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Iran Press Review: 3 Oct.

Foreign Policy

  • The Friday Prayer leader of Qom today, Ayatollah Seyyed Mohammad Saedi comments on re-opening the British Embassy:
    • “The Iranian nation knows the consistency of minor and petty Britain quite well; Cameron was speaking in such a way that he saw himself in the 19th century, when England had many colonies. Many in the world, because of his statements have condemned him and the Iranian nation expects the statesmen of the Islamic Republic to not allow the re-opening of the embassy of this deceitful government in Tehran.”
  • The Friday Prayer leader of Tabriz today, Ayatollah Mohsen Mojtahed Shabestari further comments on the issue of the British Embassy and Iran-U.K. relations:
    • “The atrocities of England in the Pahlavi and Qajar era, after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, military and monetary assistance to Sadam during the eight years of Holy Defense (the name given in Iran to the Iran-Iraq War) and direction interference in the Fitnah of 88 (the name conservatives give to the Green Movement form 2009) is obvious to everyone.”
    • “The Iranian nation under no circumstance will the Embassy of England to open once again.”
  • Arutz Sheva reports: “Iran on Thursday warned neighboring Turkey against doing anything that might aggravate tensions in the region, AFP reports. The warning came after the parliament in Ankara voted to authorize military intervention in Syria and Iraq.”
  • Fars News Agency reports: “Iranian and Russian officials in meeting in Moscow on Friday discussed the latest regional developments and fight against the spread of terrorism. During the meeting in the Russian capital today, Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Mehdi Sanayee and Russian President's Special Envoy for the Middle East Affairs Mikhail Bogdanov discussed the latest developments in Syria and Iraq.”

Military and Security

  • In additional comments during Friday Prayers in Tabriz, Ayatollah Mohsen Mojtahed Shabestari notes that:
    • “Iran in the past 35 was always been sacrificed by terrorists, and the best and most resistance against terrorists, such as Daesh (the Persian/Arabic acronym for the Islamic State) has come from Iran.”
  • Seyyed Abdol-Rahim Mousavi, the current Deputy Commander of the Artesh (National Army) praises Valiollah Fallahi, whom he referred to as a “martyr” and as someone who “was a case-study for Jihadi management.”
  • Fars News Agency notes: “Commander of Iran's Basij (volunteer) force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi lauded the Palestinian resistance movements, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, for their recent victory in the Gaza war against Israel, and pledged again that Iran would arm resistance groups in the West Bank. "Their arming will be done," Naqdi said on Wednesday, adding, "Everything will be done in their proper times."”

Nuclear Issue

  • During Friday Prayers in Tehran today, which coincides with Eid al-Adha/Ghurban, Hojjat al-Eslam Ahmad Khatami proclaimedthe following with respect to nuclear negotiations:
    • “Our expectation of these negotiations is compliance with the framework of that the Supreme Leader commanded and we support it. Our line is that of the Velayat.”
    • “We say [may] God give strength to those responsible for negotiations and we hope that they can reach somewhere. We have several redlines, first the enrichment capacity must be preserved for that which is needed in our country, and our needs are determined by the system, and no other people have such a right.”
    • “The discussion of research and development continue and our nuclear technology must grow in this field. The capacity of enrichment in Fordow must be preserved and the nature of Heavy Water [at] Arak must be reserved. The output of negotiations must be the elimination of all sanctions and these are our redlines in these negotiations.”
    • “[Our] talk is one word and that one word is that the dignity of Islamic Iran must be preserved.”
  • Tasnim News Agency reports: “Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) criticized the UN nuclear watchdog for failing to safeguard classified information on Tehran’s peaceful nuclear energy program. Reza Najafi said it is regrettable that the IAEA has once again failed to protect classified information related to Iran’s civilian nuclear program. Western media reported about the leaking of such information, he noted, while Tehran and the agency were planning for a visit by an IAEA delegation to Iran.”
  • Last night, The Washington Post Editorial Board wrote: “THE DEADLINE for completing a nuclear agreement with Iran is now less than eight weeks away, and the omens are not good. U.S. officials had hoped that an intensive week of negotiations at the United Nations last month would open the way to a deal but, by the account of both sides, little headway was made. “The gaps are still serious,” said a U.S. official briefing reporters at the end of the talks. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was even blunter: “The progress realized thus far has not been significant.””
  • Reuters reports: “A high-level U.N. nuclear watchdog team will visit Tehran for talks in coming days, Iran said on Friday, more than a month after it missed a deadline for addressing questions about its suspected atomic bomb research.”
  • Lee Smith writes in The Weekly Standard: “Last week Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu went to the U.N. General Assembly and the White House to warn against letting Iran become a nuclear threshold state. He may be too late. With the Obama administration walking back its longstanding demand that Iran dismantle its centrifuges, the clerical regime in Tehran will soon be on the threshold of a nuclear breakout.”
  • The Wall Street Journal reported: “More than 350 House members are calling on U.S. negotiators to demand greater transparency from Iran over its nuclear program, upping the pressure as Western powers prepare to reconvene talks with Tehran over the next two weeks.”

Economy

  • The Islamic Republic News Agency reports that “In previous years, Chinese businesspeople have greatly welcomed hand-knotted carpets of Iran, and to remain steadfastly present in this field, marketing and special advertising must occur, and the destruction of that market must be avoided.”

Daily Pictures

  • Fars News Agency captures photos of Friday Prayers in Tehran, led by Hojjat al-Eslam Ahmad Khatami.
  • Islamic Republic News Agency captures photos of a ceremony commemorating the martyrdom of Valiollah Fallahi, the former Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces. A statue was unveiled in his honor.