Iran Press Review 28-29 June

Politics

  • Mansour Haghighatpour, the Vice-Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee is quoted in a headline in Resalat as saying: “Extremist reformists should be watchful of their irrational comments.”
  • Sharq runs a backgrounder on female officials in Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s government.
  • Former President Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the current Chairman of the Expediency Discernment Council, says it is a “mistake that we do not allow large [political] parties.”
  • Ayatollah Amoli-Larijani, the head of Iran’s Judiciary, commented on the lasting impact of the “sedition [fitnah]” (what Iranian conservatives call the Green Movement of 2009 and its aftermath):
    • “Some say that the affair of the sedition was a historical issue and is [now] over, it was historical, however it has one important political feature and it is what type of reaction to have to those who started such a current.”

Foreign Policy

  • Mohammad Saleh-Jokar, a member of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee weighs-in on Iran’s role in the region and that of the United States:
    • “America’s policy in the region has reached a dead-end and has been caught in political obstruction; no longer does America get to have the last word in the region and the management of events has left their hands and only are addressed by some issues, and even then by proxy.”
    • “In order for the Americans to attain their real place, in the regional and international arenas they need to deal with Iran, which from the beginning of the Islamic Revolution until present has been recognized as the symbol of and model of resistance against arrogance and domination.”
  • The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hojjat al-Eslam Seyyed Mohammad-Hassan Aboutorabifard, states:
    • “These inhumane actions have one message from the global arrogance to the people of Iran, and this message is the submission of the nation of Iran to the dominating power, however the noble and martyr-producing people of Islamic Iran will never submit to this demand.”
  • Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, addressed family members of martyrs of terrorism:
    • “Martyrs... disclose the truth about the Arrogant Powers claiming the [mantle of] human rights. Those very people who commit terrorism in this country (a reference to the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization) move freely around in Europe and America, meeting the heads of state and talking about human rights...! Those who are trying today to remake this monster (the United States)... into an acceptable face, they are engaged in treason. They are criminals. Those who are trying to hide the clear truth and camouflage the evil enmity by way of excuses and explanations, they are engaged in treason against this nation and this country. Our country, and our nation needs to know the enemy and comprehend the depth of their enmity.”
  • Mehr News Agency reports: “Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said Iran's principled policy lies in strengthening cordial ties with all Muslim countries, particularly Morocco. Pointing to the newly-formed relations between Tehran and Rabat, she said Iran seeks expansion of all-out relations with the North African country based on mutual respect and non-interference in internal affairs of each country.”

Military & Security

  • The Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Admiral Ali Shamkhani, comments on terrorism, deriding its instrumental use, and also weighed in other security issues in a press conference with Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency.
  • Former Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi, who currently is an Adviser to the Supreme Leader, comments on security matters:
    • “Some of our youth ask why must we support Iraq and Syria, and I answer that if we didn’t fight on the other side of the border against these criminal DAESH (the Islamic State as it is known by its Persian and Arabic acronym)-types, which have no religion or faith, and did not provide for the security of our country, we would have to fight these terrorists alongside our own borders.”
    • “In their attack on Yemen the Saudi’s did not reach their goals and certainly, the loser and final defeated one will be the Saudi’s.”
    • “The Americans have reached this conclusion that they must negotiate with Iran and they must accept our regional and political power, and by divine grace and with the guidance of the Supreme Leader, the nation of Iran will reach victory at this sensitive juncture.”
  • Aftab-e Yazd discusses the Afghan Taliban’s relations with Iran:
    • “Since the rumors about the visit of Teyyeb Agha and a Taliban delegation’s visit to Iran - which was not confirmed by Iranian officials, Molla Zabih-Allah, in an interview with Al-Sharq al-Awsat discusses the Taliban’s interest in having relations with neighboring countries, including Iran.”
    • Pir-Mohammad Molla-Zehi, an expert on Pakistan and Afghanistan issues, tells Aftab-e Yazd:
      • “In my opinion, the emergence of DAESH in Pakistan and Afghanistan, is trying to replace the Taliban, and has greater financial and material resources. The Taliban is also pressured from Pakistan to engage in peace with the central government of Afghanistan.”
  • President Hasan Rouhani addressed military commanders at his Iftar [breaking of the fast] reception on Saturday:
    • “The enemy not only produces arms, satellites and missiles, but also creates a mentality in the world, the region and even among the Iranian people, which depicts Iran as a threat to the world... The enemy is creating a wrong image of Iran, and we must change that image... Sometimes the enemy is trying to spread the lie in the global opinion that Iran is not a government which has the ability to engage, talk, negotiate and align with other states.”
    • Commenting on the Islamic Republic’s assistance to regional countries, Rouhani said:
      • “Iran’s aid to the regional countries which have been subjected to aggression of the terrorists is among Iran’s practical answers to the baseless allegations of the enemies against Iran... For the Islamic Republic of Iran, Shiit, Sunni, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Palestine are not different. We have always been on the side of the meek and shall do so [in the future].”
  • Mahmoud Alavi, Iran’s Minister of Intelligence, commented on the works of the ministry:
    • “One of the works of the Intelligence Ministry is to create security in the shadow of calm, for the people. Our goal is to establish a relationship with the masses of the people, along with creating security coupled with happiness and enthusiasm... Another obligation of the ministry is to safeguard the managers and officials in charge of societal affairs. We all know a lot is being said about these individuals and it’s the duty of the Intelligence Ministry to investigate.”

Nuclear Issue

  • Commenting on Iran’s nuclear diplomacy, Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, a former Speaker of Parliament and current head of the parliamentary conservative block, notes:
    • “Our logic is clear, and we desire an agreement that respects out dignity, national interests, and rights, and if the Americans are after using the excuse of negotiations to find a way into interfering in Iran’s affairs, they are mistaken.”
    • “The nation of Iran will not endure such excessive demands, and the opposing side must know that after 36 years since the victory of the Islamic Revolution, this nation acts logically so that it can be answered logically.”
  • The Deputy Representative of Iran’s Supreme Leader to the IRGC, Ayatollah Abdollah Haji Sadeghi, states:
    • “In this session the Leader impressed that the enemy is after the destruction of the country’s domestic nuclear industry since today nuclear knowledge and technology are symbols of power and the enemy in this interpretation seeks to inhibit the Islamic Revolution.”
    • “The Basij and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps are serious supporters of a good agreement wherein the red lines of the system [are maintained] and the national interests are protected.”
  • Mehrdad Bazrpash, a Parliamentarian, alleges that President Barack Obama has sent a “secret message” to the [government] authorities in the past couple of days.
  • An editorial in Kayhan discusses the “past record” of the United States in an attack against those who allegedly are “remaking the face of the enemy:”
    • “There are those who are trying to ignore the past record of the enemy! This group, which may in the past have had the harshest positions against the United States, is today talking about everything but the enmity of the United States against a nation which desires nothing but the independence of their country...When they speak of the hardship of sanctions...they don't reveal who caused those sanctions... They intentionally do not tell the people that the caring America of today is the same evil monster which downed our civilian airliner... and gave a medal to the captain... Another group, is making the argument... that from now on we are dealing with a polite and personable enemy which lacks the colonial and inhumane character of the past...A third group attempts at depicting the United States as the super power of the world... and try to intimidate those resisting it... Statements of the Supreme Leader should help us recognize the treason of such people.”
  • Ali Larijani, the Speaker of Iran’s Parliament, notes:
    • “On the eve of the final negotiations, some Western foreign ministers made statements, which mostly serve propaganda purposes. Now that you were forced to recognize the principle of enrichment, it is best for you to behave wisely. Wise behavior means remaining loyal to the agreement and do what you pledged to do... Don't commit the mistake of thinking Iran today is in need of the agreement. We welcome the agreement because it is in everyone's interest, but don't think Iran would tolerate it if you increase the pressure.”
  • Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif returned to Tehran, but his deputies Abbas Eraqchi and Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi continue the nuclear negotiations.
  • Ali-Akbar Salehi, Director of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI), said he currently has no plans to travel to Vienna.
  • Mohsen Rezaei, former Commander of the IRGC, proclaimed:
    • “The Westerners don’t dare to meet me. This is why they did not demand to interview me.”
  • Mark Dubowitz, Executive Director of FDD, is interviewed by Israel Hayom on issues related to Iran’s nuclear program and its nuclear diplomacy, amongst other things.

Economy & Trade

  • According to a report by Aftab-e Yazd report, the GSP FORTUNA offshore oil platform which was paid for by the government of Iran but “disappeared” during the Ahmadinejad presidency, instead of being delivered to Iran, was first transferred to the United Arab Emirates, and from there to the Gulf of Mexico!
    • Rostam Qassemi, Iran’s former Oil Minister, weighs-in on the issue, saying: “This does not make any sense!”
    • Ali Taheri Motlaq, former IOEC director, says Iran had not paid for the total price of the oil platform.
    • Parviz Fattah, the Director of Iran’s Imam Khomeini Aid and Relief Committee, assures the Iranian public that money from the charity is not being sent to Lebanon, Syria and Iraq.
  • Sharq reports on the half a billion dollars’ worth of  “irregularities” in the Qeshm Free Trade Zone:
    • “Two executives have been arrested... and one is barred from leaving the country... Most of the irregularities [which took place during the Ahmadinejad presidency] took place concerning transfer of management and lands of the Old Qeshm Airport and Port Dargahan... Shahriar Moshiri, who was the manager of Qeshm Free Trade Zone, immediately reported on irregularities systematic corruption in the area and informed [Akbar] Torkan, Free Trade Area Zone director, and Eshaq Jahangiri, first vice president. Moshiri explains:
      • On selling land belonging to the Old Qeshm Airport: “It was like a kind of plunder. The entire landing strip and tower of the airport was sold. As you know, the privatization law only allows transfer of the management of airports... They built residential buildings on the landing strip...! I even reported the irregularities to the Qeshm Branch of the Intelligence Ministry, but nothing happened. I submitted a copy of the report to the Supreme Audit Court, but there still was no result... The party which signed the contract [with the Qeshm Free Trade Zone] had no capital, and was not investing... At the time it purchased the land, it was not registered as a company... The irregularities were committed by Mr. Heydaripour, who was appointed by Hamid Baqaei... The government did not receive a single Rial in return for transferring the ownership of the land to the private company... But the company which seized the airport, instead of 20 hectares land of the airport, also seizes further 26 hectares of land, which provokes the protests of the people of Qeshm and the Hormozgan province.”
      • “In Dargahan, entire woods were destroyed... to build residential buildings.”
      • “The people who came to Qeshm to engage in ‘investment’ had no money... They were a bunch of barefoot people who managed to access the island because of secret deals with the head of the Qeshm Free Trade Zone director... They had no money, but retired as billionaires.”
  • Fars News Agency reports: “Chairman of the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran (CAOI) Alireza Jahangirian announced that the foreign airlines have a considerable share in Iran's market. "The foreign airlines gain $3 billion from tickets selling in Iran," Jahangirian said, addressing the first conference on Air Transportation Industry Development in Tehran on Monday.”

Daily Picture(s)

  • Commander of Iran’s IRGC Quds-Force (IRGC-QF) Major General Qassem Soleimani depicted in the latest mourning ceremony for four Iranians killed in Syria.
  • [WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT] Defa Press displays images of Reza Esameili, the first identifiable slaughtered member of the all-Afghan Shiite Fatemiyoun brigade fighting in Syria.
  • Entekhab displays a photograph of the grandsons of Mohsen Rezaei, donning IRGC and other military apparel.