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Iran Press Review: 25 Sept.

Foreign Policy

  • Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Marziyeh Afkham commentsafter President Hassan Rouhani's meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron: "The British government has with its actions inflicted our region and the world with the menace of the Islamic State."
  • Fars News Agency praises the "clever statements of Obama" concerning Iran in his United Nations General Assembly address. 
  • Iraqi President Fouad Masoum to Al-Hayat (London):
    • "John Kerry, the United States secretary of state, told us that the Americans do not desire to attack Iran and have no other conflict with Iran but the nuclear issue. Should this issue be solved, many other regional issues too will be solved."
  • Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Chairman of Iran’s Expediency and Discernment Council, addressed a group of students:
    • According to Asr-e Iran, Rafsanjani "considered the fear and concern and of some of negotiations of the government with the world as an effect of a factional view of national interests and continued: 'If we have faith and believe in the logic and language of the revolution, why we should fear negotiations with others? '"
  • Ali Larijani, Iran’s Speaker of the Parliament [Majlis] in receiving the Syrian ambassador to Tehran, exclaimed: "The claim United States to uproot terrorism is a political joke!"
  • Digarban reported that: "Mojtaba Zolnour, a consultant to the representative of [Supreme Leader] Ali Khamenei in the Guard Corps stated that with the 'victory' of the Islamic Republic in 'Yemen,' the gates to 'victory' in [Saudi] Arabia have been opened." The article went on to quote similar sentiments from Alireza Zakani.
  • Seyyed Hossein Naghavi, the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Spokesperson in Iran’s Parliament exclaims with respect to renewed diplomacy between the Islamic Republic and Great Britain:
    • "The Iranian nation will never forget the atrocities and conspiracies of England, this old fox against the Islamic Republic and the Revolution."
    • "England, always like an old imperialist has oppressed the rights of the nation of Iran and in interacting with Iran has never kept in mind rights and justice."
    • "There is no expectation from Cameron and the Prime Minister of England to do other than speak and act against Iran."
    • "The enemies must know that the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue on its path much like the past 35 years."
  • President Hassan Rouhani commented on dealing with the United States over Iran’s nuclear program at the New America Foundation yesterday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York:
    • "We will agree with the government of America, and the problem of the government of America with Congress is a matter related to itself."
  • Ayatollah Nouri-Hamadani proclaims that "America is the Antichrist [Dajjal] of the end of times."
  • Tasnim News Agency reports: "Iran’s foreign ministry called on Bahrain to try to make up for its mistakes instead of telling Iran what to do. An Iranian foreign ministry official said Manama had better try to "maintain balance in words and deeds" and make up for its mistakes rather than deciding what Iran should do."
  • The New York Times reports in the aftermath of President Rouhani’s United Nations General Assembly speech: "President Hassan Rouhani of Iran delivered a searing indictment of Western and Arab states on Thursday in his annual speech to the United Nations, blaming them for sowing the seeds of extremism in the Middle East with “strategic blunders” that have given rise to the Islamic State and other violent jihadist groups. “Certain intelligence agencies have put blades in the hands of madmen, who now spare no one,” Mr. Rouhani said, adding that “all those who have played a role in founding and supporting these terror groups must acknowledge their errors” and apologize."

Military and Security

  • Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Air and Space Commander notes:
    • "If they [the Iraqi people] need help, Iran can assist them. Had it not been for Iran, Islamic State would have occupied Iraqi Kurdistan... It was commander [Qassem] Suleimani, who along with seventy other people, stopped the IS terrorists in Erbil. 
  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei’s brief comments were reported by Fars News Agency where he likened Iran’s martyrs during the Iran-Iraq War to a "shining gem."
  • More of President Hassan Rouhani’s comments at the New America Foundation in New York:
    • "The roots of Daesh [the acronym for the Islamic State in Persian/Arabic] cannot be plucked by military operations and any type of combat against extremism is only successful when it is in full compliance with the fundamentals and conditions of international law and provisions of the charter."
  • The Commander of the Neinava Units of the IRGC in Golestan province, Rahmat-Allah Sadeghi notes:
    • "The enemy commenced the war in order to destroy the Islamic Republic and in those years where the Islamic Revolution had just reached victory, military officials were after the plan to model the Islamic Republic in the system’s forces and nobody was prepared for total war."
    • "The war had many blessings for the holy system of the Islamic Republic, the late Imam [Khomeini] was able to turn a threat into an opportunity, and [one[ could know the fruits of the eight years of Holy Defense [the name given to the Iran-Iraq War in Iran] as the recognition of a religious culture and defense of Islam, refining the armed forces of the Islamic Republic, and organizing the Guard Corps and forming the ground, air, and naval forces of the Guards."
    • "In the eight years of Holy Defense, the Basij became an inexhaustible supply for defense…which in every arena came to the aid of the Islamic Republic." 
  • An Op-Ed in Al-Arabiya reports: "A striking commonality between two al-Qaeda figures that made headlines this week is that they both lived in Iran. Muhsin al-Fadhli, targeted by a U.S. airstrike in Syria on Monday night, is a reported al-Qaeda figure who was reportedly placed under house arrest in Iran, while Sulaiman Abu Ghaith (Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law), slapped with a life sentence in a New York court, had spent more than 10 years in Iran. According to U.S. officials, he was in confinement, however."
  • An article in Medium ran a headline reading “Iran’s Top Agent in the Middle East Isn’t All He’s Cracked Up to Be" in contravention of conventional Washington D.C. wisdom about the Commander of Iran’s IRGC Quds-Force (IRGC-QF) Qassem Soleimani.

Nuclear Issue 

  • Ali Larijani addresses officers at the National Defense University:
    • "In general, negotiations of the Western countries mostly aim at restricting Iran in the enrichment [of uranium] and delaying research and development in this field, but they certainly will not succeed. On the other hand, of course, everybody knows that in such cases, delay is possible but it has no impact on the general trend of the affairs in the country." 
  • Mohammad Soleimani, a member of parliament representing Tehran exclaimed: "The behavior of the government in the nuclear field is completely vague and not transparent."
  • Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif states in New York that, "We, in laying out, finding a solution, and in reaching a comprehensive agreement are quite serious and are determined, and today there is a rare opportunity for the West to resolve this artificial problem."
  • The Washington Post reports on part of President Rouhani’s United Nations General Assembly address: "In a wide-ranging speech, he also said a nuclear agreement is possible before the November deadline if the West wants a deal and shows flexibility. He said a deal would create a new day for cooperation in the region and internationally, including on combating violence and extremism."
  • Reuters reported: "Israel said on Wednesday that Iran has used its Parchin military base as the site for secret tests of technology that could be used only for detonating a nuclear weapon. The Jewish state has been a severe critic of six big powers' negotiations with Iran on curbing its nuclear energy programme, suspecting Tehran is only trying to buy time to master sensitive nuclear know-how and would evade the terms of any final deal."
  • The Hill reported: "Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that international negotiations to curb Iran's nuclear program have a great deal of ground left to cover. But Kerry emphasized that talks with Iran, the United States and five other countries still have two months to reach an agreement before the Nov. 24 deadline."

Economy

  • Trend reports: "The first consignment of the United Arab Emirates’ gasoline was unloaded in Iranian ports in order to be transited to Iraq. The consignment consists of 24 million liters of gasoline, Iran’s Mehr News Agency reported on September 24."
  • Mehr News Agency reports: "Iran’s minister of industries, mine and trade has said non-oil exports and engineering and technical services have risen 4 per cent in value."
  • Mehr News Agency reports: "French companies have expressed eagerness to invest in Port of Chabahar in south of Sistan and Baluchistan Province. Representatives from Bolloré, a French investment and industrial holding group, visited Iran and conducted an investment feasibility study on Port of Chabahar, and expressed their eagerness to invest in this port."

Human Rights

  • The New York Times reported: "But Mr. Rouhani and his entourage encountered an unscripted moment on Wednesday near the end of a speech at the Hilton in Midtown Manhattan, when two people in the audience suddenly held aloft photographs of political prisoners in Iran. Political dissent is an issue that has nagged at Mr. Rouhani since he was elected last year, partly because he had pledged to ease the restrictive practices of his predecessor."

Daily Picture(s)

  • Islamic Republic News Agency displays photos from the funeral of an "unknown martyr" from Iran’s 8 year war with Iraq held in the honor of "the fourth day of Holy Defense week."
  • Islamic Republic News Agency highlights from President Hassan Rouhani’s speech at the New America Foundation in New York. He went on to be interviewed by Fareed Zakaria.
  • Asr-e Iran compares President Hassan Rouhani and former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's meetings at the United Nations General Assembly.