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Iran Press Review: 26 Nov.

Politics

  • Fars News Agency reports that: “Members of the Parliament with 197 votes in favor, have given the fifth nominee of the eleventh government (the Rouhani administration) the tenure of the helm of the Ministry of Science.”
    • The new Minister of Science, Research, and Technology (higher education) will be Mohammad Farhadi.
    • Parliamentary vote breakdown:
      • In favor: 197
      • Against: 28
      • Abstain: 10
    • President Hassan Rouhani: “Farhadi is a revolutionary, faithful, and moderate person who believes in the evolution of universities/we have a special democracy in Iran that in unsurpassed in the world.”
    • Ali Motahhari, Tehran representative: “The reason for my opposition is that I sensed that the environment of the Parliament in sum, is in favor of the nominated minister, while people stronger than Mr. Farhadi, with the correct criterions of the Parliament, that cooperation with the Fitnah [sedition - the name Iranian conservatives give to the Green Movement and its supporters] is our redline were rejected by the Parliament , therefore, I feel that the discourse of principalism has fallen into danger, it is necessary for me to defend.”
    • Speaker of the Parliament, Ali Larijani: “Accusations of the Parliament of not voting for previous nominated ministers is an un-chivalrous act.”
    • Ali Mohammad Ahmadi, Dehloran representative: “Our confidence-voting session today is related to a ministry that is the most fundamental and basic ministry of the country.”
    • Mohammad Farhadi, the nominee: “The central issue of the country today is intellectual progress in the universities.”
  • Additional outlets carried President Hassan Rouhani’s statements in Parliament today:
    • “The vote of confidence that the representatives give ministers creates a link between the Parliament and the government.”
  • Mohammad-Ali Aziz Jafari, the Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), comments on the “Fitnah” of 2009:
    • “Whatever problem there was in our country, the role of the Basij and Basijis in it is decisive, and the sedition of 88 which took eight months was more dangerous the eight years of war for the Islamic Revolution.”
    • “But our people, with intelligence, insight, and faith, stood against the sedition of 88 (2009), and were able to pass through this great and dangerous sedition with faith and belief in God.”

Foreign Policy

  • Hamid-Reza Moghaddamfar, a consultant to the Commander of the IRGC, notes:
    • “If Haj Qassem Soleimani (the Commander of the IRGC’s Quds-Force) is introduced in the world as a symbol, it is because he is the symbol of the Basij of the world of Islam.”
  • Hojjat al-Eslam Seyyed Reza Akrami, the head of the Cultural Council of the Presidency, notes:
    • “The most important achievement of the negotiations was doing away with Iranophobia in the world.”
  • The head of Iran’s Judiciary, Ayatollah Amoli Larijani, states:
    • “Shi’ite countries and the Islamic Republic of Iran equally stand behind and desire to assist Hamas as they do Hezbollah, because the goal is the dignity and authority of Islam and defense of [an] Islamic identity against enemies.”
  • Fars News Agency reports: “Kuwaiti Ambassador to Tehran Majdi Ahmad Al-Dhafiri in a meeting with Iranian Supreme Leader's senior adviser Ali Akbar Velayati said Kuwait feels no threat from Iran, underlining the friendly relations between the two countries. "The Kuwaitis are in consensus over friendly ties with Iran as we have felt no threat from Iran," Al-Dhafiri said during the meeting.”

Military & Security

  • IRGC Commander Mohammad-Ali Aziz Jafari discussesstrategic issues while in Kerman:
    • Commenting on the Iran-Iraq War: “At the time when the unsuccessful Howeizeh operation took place, Bani-Sadr told the late Imam that we cannot advance and that we have to sit at the negotiating table, and the Imam did not accept this.”
    • “When news of this reached the ears of our soldiers at the fronts, our faithful and revolutionary soldiers could not tolerate the presence of the enemy on the soil of Iran, and so we started limited operations and hitting the enemy.”
    • Commenting on the Basij: “The Basij and Basijis without the Imam (Khomeini) and the Leadership (Khamenei) and the guidance of the Guardianship of the Jurisprudent [Velayat-e Faqih] has no meaning.”
    • Commenting on regional issues: “In Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon, if this lesson of resistance was not transferred, their destinies would not be certain.”
  • Additional reporting of Major General Jafari’s comments in Kerman:
    • “Haj Qassem Soleimani has today become a speck in the eye of the enemies, and as one of the survivors of the Holy Defense (the name given to the Iran-Iraq War in Iran) preforms steadfastness in Iraq and Syria against the enemy, and both friends and enemies have realized this.”
  • Major General Seyyed Yahya Rahim Safavi, the former Commander of the IRGC and current advisor to the Commander in Chief likened the region’s “Takfiri groups” to “the product of the intelligence organizations of England, the Zionist regime, and the Americans.

Nuclear Issue

  • Iran’s Ambassador to France, Ali Ahani, states:
    • “The nation of Iran has always supported negotiations, because this confidence of the people of Iran has always existed that with negotiations you can reach an agreement.”
    • “The nation of Iran awaits the removal of the unjust sanctions that have taken yeas.”
  • Iran’s Judiciary Head, Ayatollah Amoli Larijani weighs-in on nuclear diplomacy:
    • “Retreating from the nuclear rights of the nation is in truth retreating from the pride and independence of the nation, and a reduction in the number of centrifuges is in truth not only an earthly retreat, but rather it has many moral effects.”
  • Ayatollah Ka’abi comments:
    • “America is seeking to bring the Revolution to its knees and make it submit, however, wherever the nuclear negotiations end up, the slogan of ‘Death to America’ will continue because America is the Great Satan.”
  • Tabnak runs a headline, reading: “The statements of an Iraqi nuclear scientist about Iran”
  • Reuters reports: “The U.N. atomic agency will need more funds from member states to help pay for its monitoring of an extended interim nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, it said on Wednesday. Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China, and Russia failed to meet a Nov. 24 deadline for resolving a 12-year-old dispute over Iran's nuclear programme and gave themselves until the end of June for further negotiations.”
  • David Ignatius wrote in The Washington Post: “The Iran nuclear talks defy easy comparison: But think of a labor negotiation in which it’s too costly for workers to go on strike or for management to impose a lockout, so the two sides continue without a contract while negotiations proceed. The situation appears stable, but that’s partly because it’s at an impasse. This collective-bargaining analogy illustrates some dynamics of the nuclear talks between Iran and the West. Negotiators agreed Monday to extend for seven months their efforts to reach a comprehensive pact. They’re still far apart on some details, but neither side wants a breakup.”

Economy

  • Ali Larijani, Iran’s Speaker of Parliament, touts:
    • “That Iran came to the negotiating table due to the sanctions is a great lie.”
  • Tasnim News Agency runs a headline, reading: “The government, until further notice, has blocked legislation to increase the price of bread by 30 percent.”
  • Fars News Agency reports: “Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh and his Saudi counterpart Ali Ibrahim al-Naimi are likely to have meeting in Vienna on Thursday before the upcoming 166th Annual Meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) tomorrow, reports said. The report by a number of news media outlets said that the meeting between Zanganeh and Al-Naimi would have a deep influence on the decision of the OPEC member-states during their meeting tomorrow.”
  • Fars News Agency reports: “Iranian Government Spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said that the country's inflation rate declined by 1.3 percent in the last Iranian month (October 23-November 21, 2014) compared with the figures of one month earlier. Nobakht added that Iran’s point-to-point inflation rate for the month was 13.2 percent year-on-year.”

Daily Picture(s)

  • Fars News Agency highlights pictures of the Major General Qassem Soleimani, the IRGC Quds-Force Commander, in Iraq.
  • Fars News Agency additionally displays photos from the Parliamentary vote of confidence session for President Rouhani’s nominee for the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technoloy, Mohammad Farhadi.
    • Islamic Republic News Agency also highlights photos of thevoting in the Parliament.