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Iran Press Review: 29 Oct. | Foundation for Defense of Democracies
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Iran Press Review: 29 Oct.


  • Defa Press reports that Mahmoud Nili Ahmadabadi, President Rouhani’s choice to fill the seat of the impeached Minister of Science, Research, and Technology, failed to attain a vote of confidence from Iran’s Majlis [Parliament] today. The breakdown was reported to be as follows:
    • In favor – 79 votes
    • Against – 160 votes
    • Abstention(s) – 7 votes
  • Fars News Agency provides extensive coverage of the debates surrounding the rejection of Nili Ahmadabadi by members of the Parliament and by the President:
    • President Hassan Rouhani: “Mr. Nili was my choice and desired [one], and I invited him, and all the research tells me that he has all the necessary qualifications, but now, why must we proclaim a lie and say that the goal and the final desire of Mr. Nili is not the government.”
    • Mr. Akbarian (representing Karaj): “You must seek the Fitnah[sedition] of Tabari (an early Islamic historian), you who cannot administer from Tehran to Karaj, how can you administer the higher education of the entire country?”
    • Mr. Nabavian (representing Tehran): “Calm is necessary for the production of knowledge, and the performance of Nili in the past shows that he cannot create calm in the universities.”
    • Mr. Osman (representing Bukan): “I want Nili Ahamadabadi to clearly state his position in relation to the sedition (name given to the Green Movement), so that those who have striven to do away with this government (the Rouhani administration) will fail.”
  • Additional comments by Aziz Akbarian, Parliamentarian from Karaj against Nili Ahmadabadi:
    • “Mr Nili Ahmadabadi! You introduced yourself as a Guardian (member of the Guard Corps). I too am a Guardian and I know you. But even if one Basiji beside you at the [war] front was martyred, you must know the worth of the Basijis.”
  • Qaseem Jafari, the Spokesperson for the Parliament’s Education Research Committee weighs in on Nili Ahmadabadi:
    • “Nili did not have charisma for management.”
    • “The nominated Minister of Science could not even could not even keep the representatives seated for half an hour during his defense, and during his speech everyone was minding their own business and nobody paid attention to him. Can he administer the Ministry of Science?”
    • “Either way, the Parliament will abide by its responsibilities and has no intention of toying, and will have a logical approach towards the next nominee.”
  • Noted Parliamentarian Ali Motahari comments on the vote-of-confidence process, and the relationship between the branches of government:
    • “The Parliament is extra-sensitive of the events in the year [13]88 (2009), and the relationship between the government and the representatives, even the representatives that support them is incomplete.”
    • “The letter introducing the nominated Minister of Science was announced and sent on Sunday and on Wednesday the vote-of-confidence session was held, and in these three days the opportunity of the proposed Minister to consult with representatives was small, and it was possible to foresee such an outcome.”
    • “A no-confidence vote to the nominated Minister of Science is to the detriment of the government, Parliament, and work of the country.”
  • Tasnim News Agency runs a headline relating to the Ministry of Science reading: “Najafi continues to be the caretaker of the Ministry of Science.”
  • Fars News Agency reports that “Hojjat al-Eslam Hassan Rouhani, the President of our country has offered a bill for the support of intellectual property to the Islamic Consultative Assembly [Parliament] for legal procedures.” The report further noted that “The President offered this bill, which came at the suggestion of the Ministries of Culture and Islamic Guidance in a session of the board of Ministers on 2/7/1393, to the Parliament for legal procedures on 6/8/1393.”
  • Statements about the next Chairman of the Assembly of Experts continue to pour out:
    • Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani:
      • “Should some people whom I consider unrighteous run [for the chairmanship of the Assembly of Experts], I will run.”
    • Ayatollah Ahmad Alam al-Hoda:
      • “Anyone who runs will be considered unrighteous by Hashemi Rafsanjani! Let's see who he considers unrighteous and based on what conditions. It is not right to call the just jurists of Assembly of Experts unrighteous.”

Military and Security

  • Tasnim News Agency runs a headline quoting Sheikh Jafar Sheikh Mustafa, a former Peshmerga Minister and current force Commander about Qassem Soleimani, the Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds-Force (IRGC-QF):
    • “Commander Soleimani is a source of pride for Kurds/Iran is an old friend and ally of the Kurds.”
    • The article further quotes Sheikh Jafar Sheikh Mustafa as saying: “Whoever helps the Kurds against DAESH (the Persian/Arabic acronym for the Islamic State) we appreciate them; General Soleimani has helped us in this war; Kurds are appreciative of him, and whomever helps us; we take pride in this assistance.”
  • Tasnim News Agency runs another headline reporting that: “A session of the Supreme Council on Cyber-Space will be held this Saturday.”
  • Supreme National Security Council Secretary Admiral Ali Shamkhani met with Jan Eliasson, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and said:
    • “The failure of conclusions in condemning the actions of the Zionist regime, specifically the attack on the people of Gaza and 51 days of bombing houses, refuges, hospitals, and evens United Nations Schools will make this regime be more arrogant and increases the likelihood of repeating the attack.”
  • Hossein Hosseinzadeh, the Deputy Commander of Isfahan’s Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) comments on the recent arrests of protestors:
    • “Amongst those arrested on the sidelines of the popular protests, persons from the Munafiqeen Organization (the way in which Iranian hardliners refer to the People’s Mujahideen of Iran), monarchist elements, and anti-revolutionaries were present.”
  • Ayatollah Barek, the Representative of the Supreme Leader in Qazvin and the city’s Friday Prayer Leader met with the 16th Armored Division and said:
    • “Today, all the armed military forces and law-enforcement forces of the country have had a privileged and influential role in all fields, and this is the power of the armed forces and the leadership of the Supreme Leader which does not allow the enemies to violate this holy soil.”
  • Fars News Agency reported yesterday: “Head of Iran's Civil Defense Organization Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali revealed on Tuesday that a US cyberattack on Iran's nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz failed due to his organization's tough defensive measures. "The first cyberattack, codenamed Olympic Games, was carried out on Natanz and was declared by the US President, but it met our heavy (defensive) response," Jalali told reporters in a press conference in Tehran on Tuesday.”

Nuclear Issue

  • Admiral Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) notes:
    • “Iran in the nuclear issue believes in the continuation of its negotiations with the countries of the 5+1 and cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency in the framework of having its rights and respecting existing laws. And recent reports indicate Iran’s adherence in enacting agreements and the peaceful nature of its nuclear program.”
    • “Unfortunately, the double-sided behaviors of the West with respect to disarmament has not helped nuclear non-proliferation. The United Nations must with priority and seriousness follow-up on the issue of creating a region free of nuclear weapons in the Middle East.”
  • Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takhteravanchi states:
    • “We are not thinking of extending the negotiations... The Islamic Republic of Iran does not accept one by one removal of the sanctions, or a different type of the agreement... We do not recognize classification of the sanctions, meaning economic sanctions, trade sanctions, political sanctions and the like. The sanctions must be dealt be as one unit... The word used in the Joint Plan of Action is removal of sanctions, and we will not be satisfied with less...”
    • “We shall never recognize a cosmetic enrichment... fundamentally, one can't imagine a cosmetic enrichment with which you can reach 190,000 SWU.”

Economy & Trade

  • Commander Mohammad-Reza Naqdi, the Chief of Iran’s Basij Forces comments on production in a recent trip to Parsabad:
    • “Yearly, we witness the inauguration and set-up of 24 thousand production units in the country by way of Basiji’s and the engineers of the Basij…[and] this year we hope to set-up and inaugurate 40 thousand production units by way of Basiji’s in the framework of resistance economics plans.”
  • Fars News Agency reports: “Iranian Deputy Economy Minister Mohammad Khazayee said South Korean firms and enterprises have voiced their interest to get involved in more long-term trade exchanges with Iran and start investing in Iran's economic projects. "The South Korean companies have shifted strategy and now want to invest in Iran rather than just engaging in trade exchanges with the country," Khazayee said, addressing Iran-South Korea Trade Conference in Tehran on Wednesday.”
  • Fars News Agency reports: “Iran's foreign trade hit $57.214bln in the first seven months of the current Iranian year (March 21-October 22, 2014), the latest customs data showed. The press release said in the period under study, $26.943bln worth of goods were exported and $30.271bln were imported.”

Human Rights

  • Eli Lake writes in The Daily Beast: “Long before Reyhanneh Jabbari was executed in Iran this weekend, she was tortured and beaten for months—and then sent to one of Iran’s most notorious prisons, one of her lawyers claimed. Her crime? Killing the man who tried to rape her when she was just 19. “They kept her in a solitary cell where she was chained,” Jabbari’s first lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaei, said in an interview with The Daily Beast. “They would blindfold her sometimes for days and they beat her face and her head.””
  • Fars News Agency reports: “Iran blasted the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, Ahmed Shaheed, for giving out a biased report against Tehran, and said the report has been compiled on the basis of certain countries' foreign policy to pressure Iran. "The report against the Islamic Republic of Iran is a symbol of biased behavior and the result of certain states' foreign policy, and the goals and targets of the main sponsors of this move are completely clear to Iran," Iran's permanent mission to the UN in New York said on Tuesday.”

Daily Picture(s)

  • Jahan News displays a photo of IRGC-QF Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani in Karbala, Iraq.
  • Fars News Agency provides photos of the open Parliamentary session held in order to attain a vote of confidence for President Rouhani’s nominee for the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology.
  • Fars News Agency additionally highlights “The Seventh Day Ceremony” (a Shi’ite mourning memorial) held at the Marvi Theological Seminary in honor of the deceased Chairman of the Assembly of Experts, Ayatollah Mahdavi-Kani.