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Iran Press Review: 26 August

Military and Security

    •    Conflicting official statements in the Iranian press concerning the Islamic Republic's military presence in Iraq: 

    ◦    Abd al-Reza Rahmani Fazli, the Rouhani government’s Minister of Interior stated that: "Iran and Hezbollah engaged in logistical interventions in Iraq at the behest of Kurdish authorities in Iraq."

    ◦    Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Marziyeh Afkhamdismisses statements concerning the Islamic Republic's military presence in Iraq. 

    •    Fars News Agency (FNA) ran comments by Brigadier-General Hossein Salami, the Deputy Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on the reportedly downed Israeli drone: “This UAV was traced upon entering the country so that we could be aware of their [Israel’s] intelligence-based intentions, it was guided until it came in, and at an appropriate time, we targeted it.”

    •    The Daily Beast notes today that despite reported military undertakings in Iraq by both the Islamic Republic and the United States, "there is no direct channel to coordinate military activities inside Iraq. Instead messages are occasionally passed by senior Iraqi officials who have for years served as interlocutors between Iran and the United States."

    •    According to President Barzani in Iraqi Kurdistan: "We asked for weapons and Iran was the first country to provide us with weapons and ammunition." Reuters reports that the comment was made at a press seminar where he and Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif briefed journalists.

    ◦    AFP reports Zarif’s comments: "The Iraqi people require assistance, including defence assistance, but not soldiers... We do not have any soldiers in Iraq, we don't intend to send soldiers to Iraq,"

Nuclear Issue

    •    Kayhan editorializes

    ◦    "On another occasion, one must discus if flexibility of some statesmen in the diplomatic field is evidence of 'heroic flexibility' or not. Imagining it was completely heroic, today, no one doubts that cooperation with the Great Satan, including the cost of some incorrect deeds [by Islamic Republic representatives] did not reach its goal and because of pride of American arrogance, reached a dead end. What ought to be done now? Ought one not correct this path? O should one, like deviant recommendations, make so many concessions in order to soften the hearts of American criminals? In that case, one must ask the ill wishing advisers of [Hassan Rouhani's] cabinet, who claim to support the government, where in this world such an advise has been effective? In Arafat's Palestine, or Libya or even in the Soviet Union, did detente ever since the [Cuban] missile crisis not led to ambush of the Americans in the course of collapse of the Soviet Union, or the serial revolts in Ukraine and Georgia...?! It has become evident that the Arrogance does not understand the language of cooperation, understanding and detente. Even if the Arrogance had extended a hand of peace and friendship [towards Iran,] we would not have the right to be optimistic, let alone how they behave now..." 

    •    Ali-Akbar Salehi, the Director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), reports on attempts to sabotage Iran's nuclear facilities: 

    ◦    "Our colleagues at the Atomic Energy Organization are constantly monitoring the enemies’ acts of sabotage. This activity increased at the time when the tenth cabinet [the Ahmadinejad government] said the Stuxnet virus had entered Iran's industry with the aim of sabotage. However, we investigated the issue and informed timely about this and managed to prevent their sabotage. This was our first effort to counter sabotage against Iran's industry... We are suspicious of all equipment purchased abroad... Unfortunately, various European and Western countries, and various well-known companies... became the partners of the Zionist regime and the United States in an attempt to sabotage Iran's nuclear industry... Forced by circumstances, the Islamic Republic also purchases components from Eastern and developing countries. Unfortunately, they want to sabotage Iran's nuclear industry.... One must ask why Eastern countries are being deceived by the West." 


    •    The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reports that tomorrow, on August 27th, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will be traveling to Turkey for Erdogan’s inauguration as President of the Turkish Republic.

    •    Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian informs Reuters about his trip to Saudi Arabia, claiming, "The meeting took place in a very positive and constructive atmosphere."


    •    Abd al-Reza Rahmani Fazli, Minister of the Interiorrelates that: "80 percent of governors have changed, and for the election of the new individuals, not only have consultations been taken with members of the parliament [Majlis] but with the representative of the Supreme Leader [Vali-Faqih] and members of the presidential election campaign. Therefore, they have no dependence on any political group. "


    •    Mahmoud Hojjati, Minister of Agriculture, reveals the Islamic Republic's oil for red meat barter-deal with Brazil, butcomplains of inflated Brazilian meat prices. 

Contributor(s): Ali Alfoneh & Behnam Ben Taleblu 

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