Iran Press Review 27-28 May

Politics

  • Sharq reports on the latest revelations concerning economic corruption among the executive directors of the Bonyad-e Shahid (Marty’s Foundation.
  • Abbas Abdi, one of the noted hostage takers from the U.S. Embassy hostage crisis in 1979 who lake became a noted reformist, criticized the presidency of former President Mohammad Khatami:
    • “If you are in power, you must defend yourself in order to remain in power. You can't say, I have come and did get the vote but can't do anything and I'm only a ceremony master. I do not accept such words under any circumstance.”

Foreign Policy

  • Fars News Agency reports: “Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian renewed Tehran's stance on a political solution to the Syrian crisis, and said that imposing a no-fly zone in the Arab country would be a grave mistake. "Speaking of imposing a buffer and no-fly zones (in Syria) is repeating the past mistakes," Amir Abdollahian told reporters on the sidelines of 42nd Foreign Ministerial Meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Kuwait City on Thursday.”

Military & Security

  • Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan, Iran’s Minister of Defense, states:
    • “The terrorist group Daesh (the Persian and Arabic acronym for the Islamic State) does not have the capability and the capacity to threaten Iran’s borders, and we do not consider this group to be a threat to ourselves.”
  • Defa Press runs a backgrounder on creation of the Fatemiyoun unit, an all-Afghan brigade linked to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) currently fighting in the Syrian Civil War.
  • An editorial in Kayhan predicted additional Saudi bombings in Yemen

Nuclear Issue

  • Ala al-Din Boroujerdi, the Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, states:
    • “We have passed a plan in the Parliament that clarifies the status of the inspections and other things, and whatever shouting we have should be directed towards America, not the Foreign Minister of Iran.”
    • “The nuclear do’s and don’ts are clear… and according to this agreement which may be up to five or 10 years, we will become a nuclear country and the world will accept us.”
    • “Heavy water remains in its place and changes will be made to the reactor at Arak.”
    • “According to the statements of Imam Khamenei,  we are firm in our stances, and if negotiations reach a conclusion, with the preservation of our achievements we are [the] victors, and if it does not reach a conclusion, the invoice for the failure of the negotiations and its consequences will definitely be written to the account of America and this country’s excessive demands.”  
  • Ayatollah Nouri Hamadani proclaims:
    • “The dignity and authority of Iran must be preserved, at present, the Americans want to inspect the nuclear sites of Iran, and this command must not be accepted by the nuclear negotiating team.”
    • “The nuclear scientists are a source of honor for Iran, since [our] scientists have with love and affection uncovered the secrets of nuclear energy, and from this perspective we must not allow the Americans to talk to Iranian scientists.”
    • “There must not be numerous voices in this front for the enemies to think that there are conflicts in the seminary.”
    • “Media outlets must not propagate the creation of discord in society about the nuclear negotiations.”
  • Ayatollah Mojtahed-Shabestari, the Representative of the Supreme Leader to East Azerbaijan province, notes:
    • “Every the 5+1 says something new and fresh and they change their tone with the influence of Israel and the global arrogance (a reference to America), and recently they have suggested new excessive demands, specifically the inspection of military sites and the interrogation of nuclear scientists, which the Supreme Leader with clear precision defended the honor of the Muslim nation of Iran and said I will not allow for [them] to inspect our military sites.”
  • Saeed Jalili, former nuclear negotiator and Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), proclaims:
    • “The only reason why the United States is sensitive about Fordow is because they can’t bomb it.”
  • Raja News's Mehdi Khanalizadeh criticizes Abbas Eraqchi, the senior nuclear negotiator’s claim that the inspections regime is “ordinary,” and says that “the Agency (IAEA) will not be here to dust off the facilities,” and uses inspection of Brazil as an example of intrusive IAEA inspections regime likely to be imposed on the Islamic Republic.
  • President Hassan Rouhani defended his legacy of nuclear diplomacy while addressing the people of Malard:
    • “Iran's strong nuclear negotiations team is taking still more serious steps every single day in order to realize the rights of the Iranian nation. A very small minority has borrowed huge loudspeakers from others, but the decisive majority of the people want the path of peace, reconciliation and constructive engagement with the world. We shall continue our path with popular support, led by the Leader and as previous months.”
  • Abbas Eraqchi, senior nuclear negotiator, defended the track-record of Iran’s nuclear negotiations and diplomacy on television:
    • “We shall not allow the inspections regime to reach the secret information of the state, identify the [nuclear] scientists, [and the like...] Our order was to cooperate with the IAEA within the framework of the known and ordinary regimes one of which is the Additional Protocol... The Additional Protocol was not among our red lines... From the outset, we were authorized to accept the Additional Protocol in the course of the negotiations. It has not yet been recognized, and we still have no agreement, but it is one of the issues upon which an agreement can be reached... Of course, it is possible that the red lines change over time... However, the Additional Protocol is not yet among our red lines... In the Additional Protocol, there is the issue of access to non-nuclear sites... Should an agreement be reached, based on our instructions, the legal process must be followed. If anything is against the parliament, the parliament's opinion must be heard. There is no reason for concern. We are negotiating, and in the course of the negotiations, the Additional Protocol is among things which we were allowed to consider accepting while negotiating... Non-nuclear sites may include military centers... If the IAEA inspectors must verify that no illegality is taking place at our non-nuclear sites, the individual [inspector] will enter and exit the centers in such a way that he or she will only have access to information needed, and not what we may imagine about inspections such as taking photographs and the like... no, not at all, and this is called managed inspection.”

Economy & Trade

  • Press TV reports: “Governor of the Central Bank of Iran Valiollah Seif says liquidity growth is in check but some economists warn of a “tsunami” of cash which is inundating the market. According to the governor, Iran saw off the year on March 21 with a 21.2% growth of liquidity which snowballed to around 7 trillion rials ($250 billion).”
  • Tasnim News Agency reports on the inking of six agricultural agreements between Iran and France relating to “agriculture, fisheries, animal husbandry, and gardening.”
  • Linking the nuclear issue to Iran’s economic recovery, Ayatollah Khamenei said in his address yesterday that:
    • “Solutions exist to resolve the nuclear issue, all of which depend on relying upon domestic capacities and the strengthening of production.”

Religion & Society

  • Prior to the anniversary of the birth of the Mahdi, Raja News’ Mostafa Amiri, allegedly referring to Islamic sources, discusses the role of Jesus after the return of Mahdi, the 12th Shiite Imam:
    • “Prior to the Day of Reckoning, Jesus returns and none of the Jewish and Christian nations survive unless believing in him and His Holiness [Jesus] shall pray standing behind the Mahdi... Jesus will tell His Holiness the Mahdi: ‘I have been sent as a cabinet minister [of Mahdi] and not as a prince and ruler...’ According to other accounts, Jesus will be the chancellor and finance minister of the Mahdi.”
  • NBC News reports: “A cartoon competition aimed at ridiculing ISIS militants has been launched in Iran by the same organization that held similar events on the theme of Holocaust denial. "Enthusiastic artists from over 43 countries have submitted their work" to the contest about ISIS' "crimes," semi-official Tehran-based House of Cartoons said on its website.”

Daily Picture(s)

  • IRNA displays pictures from Hojjat al-Eslam Seyyed Hassan Khomeini’s (grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini) trip to Golestan province.