Iran Press Review 30 July

Analysis by FDD

  • Benjamin Weinthal, Research Fellow, writes in the National Review Online: “Since the comprehensive deal on Iran’s nuclear-weapons program was reached, technical aspects of the agreement have been discussed, but a crucially unremarked-upon topic deserves significant attention: what the deal means for the Iranian people’s deep longing for a democratic future in their homeland. One of the nuclear deal’s profound defects is its neglect of human rights. When the European Union’s High Representative says she hopes it will bring “a new chapter” in its relationship with Iran, the phrase can mean anything, from a serious commitment to defending human rights to dismissing abuses in favor of doing big business with the Islamic regime.”

 Nuclear Issue

  • Mohammad Ahmadian, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) deputy, announced the construction of two reactors by the Oman Sea coast.
  • Senior nuclear negotiator and deputy foreign minister Abbas Eraqchi briefed members of the Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Parliamentary Commission on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the administration’s economic plan:
    • “Europe’s foreign ministers are lining up to travel to Iran, but this does not mean that we will present to them whatever they want. We choose.”
    • “We will certainly not forget the behavior of some of them during the negotiations, but we will permit them to speak their mind. But we will choose afterwards.”
    • “Our approach is the resistance economy…The Supreme Leader’s resistance economy defines interaction with the world in such a way that no country or power can be able to pressure our economy. This does not mean that we cut our interactions with the world.”
    • “If America does not remain committed to its agreements, Iran will return to its previous state in a few years. We will then witness that the sanctions regime has been defeated and will not return to its previous state.”
    • “Iran will certainly be stronger than the past if the nuclear agreement is fulfilled.”
    • “Let us imagine that Iran has implemented its commitment, but the West plays in lifting sanctions. In my opinion, the strength of the Islamic Republic of Iran will not allow the West especially America to do such light acts.”
    • “We were fortunately able to block the West’s excessive demands and did not accept anything more than international law. We are confident that inspectors will not have access to our military and sensitive documents.”
    • “It has been written in the agreement that inspectors must be from countries that have diplomatic relations with Iran. For example, American and Canadian inspectors cannot be sent to Iran.”
    • “[O]ur policy opposes America’s dominant-seeking strategy. This country also supports terrorism and sowing division in the region.”
    • “Per the agreement, the Arak heavy water reactor will not be blocked whatsoever. Rather the current calandria will be taken out and a new calandria with lower plutonium production capacity will be installed.”

Foreign Policy

  • Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Supreme Leader, Ali-Akbar Velayati, addressed the Eighth World Muslim Doctors Conference held in Mashhad, praising the Islamic Republic’s promotion of medical education and said that the West must accept a nuclear Iran:
    • “The reason for [Western] propaganda is because we seek our own independence. The Iranian people want to make their own decisions. They will not permit foreign meddling. In the past two weeks, the Islamic Republic negotiated with six global powers. After 12 years of pressure, the time has come for them to accept Iran as a nuclear country.”
    • “Iran today helps the countries of Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, and Palestine.”
    • “We will not permit America to meddle in our affairs. We told the United Nations representative that if the Islamic Republic of Iran had not helped Iraq, DAESH would be in Baghdad today. Of course no one can meddle in our affairs. Today we can say that we are standing on our feet with strength and are independent.”
  • ISNA reports: Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on his twitter account called “excellent” his recent trip to Kuwait, Qatar, and Iraq. He is expected to travel to Arab states surrounding the Persian Gulf soon.
  • Sharq criticizes Tehran Municipality’s use of banners during the visit of the French foreign minister, wonders on what grounds the municipality engages in foreign policy.
  • Kayhan editorial ponders the reasons behind Ankara’s recent airstrikes in Syria and Iraq:
    • “Has Turkey truly changed its behavior and intends to annihilate the DAESH? If yes, what is the reason behind this change? If no, what is Erdogan's purpose with this game...? The first hypothesis is that Erdogan has changed his behavior... the crimes of DAESH... has led the owners of DAESH to turn against it. After all, DAESH was not meant to be permanent feature... Therefore, Turkey, which no longer needs it,... is trying to regain respectability by turning against it... Turkish domestic politics provides another reason... should there be another parliamentary election in the near future... Erdogan's party can secure a victory in the wake of a terrorist attack on Turkish soil, and immediate Turkish attacks against DAESH. Such an attack also provides an opportunity to suppress the Kurds in Turkey and the PKK... But there are also those who believe Turkey's behavior is just tactics, and Ankara still needs the takfiris.”

Military & Security

  • Naim Qassem, Deputy to Lebanese Hezbollah Secretary General, addressed the General Assembly of the World Association of Resistance Ulama held in Beirut
    • “Our priority is Palestine. We will fight anyone who stands in the way of Palestine liberation."
    • "The great country of the Islamic Republic of Iran has presented many things to Palestine. It has not sufficed on talks, closing down the embassy of the Zionist regime, and Quds Day marching. It has rather given a lot of financial and intellectual support to the Palestinian nation.”
    • “Today the resistance moves forward. The movement of sedition and deviation is retreating.”

Economy & Trade

  • The cabinet approved and issued the “Removal of Obstacles to Competitiveness and Improvement of the Financial System.”
    • Measures include requiring banks and financial institutions to declare all non-transferable properties and make their tax payments to the government.”
  • National Iranian Oil Company International Affairs Director, Mohsen Ghomsari, pushed back against Iranian natural gas exports to Europe in the short term
    • “Due to the decline of gas prices in this continent, exporting natural gas to Europe is uneconomical…the growth of Europe’s gas consumption is negative.
    • “On the other hand, growth of consumption in Asian countries, especially in the Middle East, is positive, making the Asian market Iran’s top priority.
    • “Iran cannot ignore Europe’s large natural gas market. With the growth of liquefied natural gas (LNG) technology, we will also access this large market.”

Photo(s) of the Day

  • IRNA displays images of cross country bicycle racing in Gorgan province, Iran.
  • Mourners in Mashhad grieve two Iranian brothers killed in Syria.