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Iran Press Review: 30 Oct.

Politics

  • Mahmoud Nili Ahamadabadi, President Rouhani’s rejected nominee for the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technologycommented after hearing a diverse array of opinions by Parliament [Majlis] representatives yesterday:
    • “I am sorry that I was allotted such little time so that I could assist the representatives, but I am happy that in this short time, I met the opinions of the representatives with precision.”
    • “Universities must not become political clubs of disturbing currents such as left or right.”
  • Mohammad Dehqan, a Parliamentarian from Torqebehcomments on the political process to appoint and approve another Minister:
    • “According to the constitution, no Ministry may be administered with a caretaker for more than 3 months, this period according to the interpretation of the Guardian Council of the constitution is under no circumstance extendable. [This] means that the President must definitely introduce a person as a Minister to the Parliament before the end of these three months, which of course, the introduced person must have the ability to attain votes in the Parliament.”
    • “The President cannot, according to the law, pressure the Parliament based on this reason that after the 3 months, the occupation of the caretaker of the property of the Ministry, is considered an illegal occupation of government property and a crime. Based on this reasoning, it is not possible for the President to introduce a person who has no desire and with no attention to the environment in Parliament and in the end not receive votes.”
  • Hojjat al-Eslam Mahmoud Nabavian comments on the failure of Nili Ahmadabadi to get a vote of confidence:
    • “That which caused the representatives of the Parliament in relation not voting for Mr. Nili was that they are sensitive to defending the rights of people and the rights of universities.”
    • “The next person is Mr. Tofighi, who easily lies…My question is that is this moderation? This is a type of defiance. Why must we give the Ministry to a group who themselves are the source of turbulence in the university.”
  • Zahra Tabibzadeh, a Parliamentarian from Tehran notes:
    • “The impeachment of the Minister of Science and the further vote of no confidence of the Parliament to the nominated Minister of Science showed that the representatives of the nation stand on fundamentals, and it does not transgress the fundamentals that are accepted by the people and the leadership.”
    • “If several more times Ministers are introduced that do not have adequate acquaintance with the fundamentals of the leadership and the people, the Parliament will repeat its previous procedure in a vote of no confidence to the introduced Minister.”
    • “Therefore, the Parliament relies on its fundamental principles.”
  • Kayhan praises the Parliament's vote of no confidence to Mahmoud Nili Ahmadabadi.
  • An article by Kayhan’s Editor Hossein Shariatmadari is reported in Fars News Agency. The article critiqued the Rouhani administration’s handling of the failure to get a vote of confidence for Nili Ahamadabadi.

Foreign Policy

  • Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif meets with Jan Eliasson, the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations and notes:
    • On terrorism: “According to this, Iran has fundamentally been opposed to terrorism and extremism.”
    • On combating DAESH (the Persian/Arabic acronym for the Islamic State): “You can’t claim to combat DAESH in Iraq while supporting them in Syria.”
    • Supporting agreement in Yemen: “All must act to support this agreement, not to weaken it.”
  • Ali Velayati, the Head of Iran’s Center for Strategic Research also met with Deputy Secretary General Eliasson and toldreporters after the meeting that:
    • “From the statements of the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, it seems that the view of the United Nations about creating stability in Syria and Iraq and also combating extremism and terrorism is shared with us.”
    • “Eliasson has showed that he is a person who sees reality and differs when compared to others. However, it is obvious that the actions of the United Nations in some areas have caused unhappiness in regional countries including Iran.”
  • Kamal Kharrazi, the Chairman of the Strategic Council on Foreign Relations notes after his meeting with Deputy Secretary General Eliasson:
    • “It was a very good meeting and we discussed regional issues, the situation in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and the environment of the United Nations Organization and its influence in responding to the needs of human society.”
    • “Today we spoke about the situation of the region and other international issues.”

Military and Security 

  • Commander Khosrow Arvaj, an advisor to the Commander in Chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) notes:
    • “With the presence of the love of the nation of Iran for theVelayat-e-Faqih [Guardianship of the Jurisprudent], the enemy cannot do a damn thing.”
    • “A nation which adheres to the Vali-Amr Muslimeen[Commander of Muslims] will put DAESH in the trash-can of history.”
    • “The steadfastness of soldiers during the Holy Defense (the name given to the Iran-Iraq War in Iran) derives from the Ashura-like movement of Imam Hussein (the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad).” 
    • “The presence of the philosophy of martyrdom in the nation of Iran engulfs the enemy in a nightmare.”
    • “The arrogance (a reference to the United States) by creating DAESH is seeking to combat the Islamic Awakening in the region.”
  • Seyyed Hassan Firoozabadi, the Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces notes:
    • “If the intelligence systems work separately, they exclude themselves from many services [lit. charities]. Intelligence forces of the country must use the capital and resources of others.”
  • Kayhan editorializes:
    • “Commander Qassem Suleimani [IRGC Quds-Force chief] and his remarkable role in liberation of Jaraf al-Sakhr and Amerli is a story in need of a separate article. Let us suffice with the fact that the presence of a pious and devout strategist in friendly neighboring countries and salvation of people following different faiths (Izadi, Christian, Shi'a, Sunni, and the like) not only increases his popularity in Iran and even among the people of the world, but also increases the popularity of the Islamic Republic in the region. Imagine this: A group more savage than wild animals is attacking the life, property and honor of the people and is not excluding any crime. However, the ever claimant of defense of human rights, along with 59 other countries, say they are not capable of getting rid of the menace of these creatures. As these animals begin widespread mass murder killing and slaughtering people by the thousands like Mongols. In this mayhem, a man, along with a few military advisers whose numbers does not exceed the number of the fingers of a hand, enter the arena, and humiliates both the false claimants [of human rights] and the savage takfiris.”
  • Sharq discusses naval cooperation between the Islamic Republic and China as “an extraordinary victory” for Tehran.

Nuclear Issue

  • Ali Velayati, in the same press-briefing with Jan Eliasson notes:
    • “In negotiations, actions are taken according to redlines that have been mapped by the Supreme Leader and also the frameworks of the system. And certainly, Mr. Zarif and the nuclear team of our country have not surpassed the redlines, and will not [in the future].”
    • Mohammad Hossein Asfari, a member of Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee from the parliamenttells of an impending Parliamentary visit to the ‘Khondab’ nuclear site:
    • “This visit will take place on the 18th of the month of Aban of this year (November 9, 2014) after the Parliament holiday.”
  • Kayhan’s analyst on nuclear negotiations:
    • “It seems as if the Americans are fearful of potential defeat of the negotiations and the dialogue ending without result. A defeat, which according to Iranian negotiators not only rolls the Islamic Republic's nuclear activities to the time prior to the temporary nuclear agreement, but will accelerate these activities.”
  • The AP reports: “Iranian authorities have foiled a sabotage attempt involving tanks used for the transportation of heavy water, a key component in nuclear reactors, an Iranian newspaper reported on Thursday. The independent Arman daily quoted Asghar Zarean, deputy head of Iran's nuclear department, as saying that Iranian nuclear experts thwarted the sabotage attempt "in recent weeks" but did not provide a more specific timing.”
  • The Economist reports: “Talks to curb Iran’s nuclear programme have less than a month to run. Even now, after 12 years of sporadic argument, Iran insists that it wants civilian nuclear power and not a bomb. But nobody really believes that. If the talks break down, atomic weapons could proliferate in the Middle East; or, in a bid to stop Iran, America or Israel could launch a military attack on its infrastructure. Either outcome would be a disaster. Plenty still separates Iran and, on the other side, the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (known as the P5+1). Much of the focus is on the mechanics of a deal (see article). The two sides cannot agree on how many centrifuges Iran should be able to use to enrich uranium, how long an agreement should last, or how fast to lift sanctions.”
  • Fars News Agency reported: “Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran's foes have left no stone unturned in their efforts to stop or sabotage the country's nuclear progress, adding that such moves have helped Tehran develop a powerful civil defense structure in its nuclear industries. "By the grace of God, Iran's nuclear industry has progressed a lot by relying on local forces," Salehi said, addressing a civil defense conference in Tehran on Wednesday.”

Economy & Trade

  • Seyyed Mohsen Ghamsari, the International Affairs Manager for the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) states:
    • “The export of one shipment of Iran’s crude oil to some of the countries in Europe has commenced.”
    • “Presently, the average is around 100 thousand tons of LPG per month that is exported to various countries”
  • Hossein Negharkar, the Secretary General of the Chamber of Commerce notes:
    • “At present, 70 percent of Iran’s economy is governmental…”
    • “Even if one hundred percent of work is transferred to the people, Iran’s economy can reach its real locale.”
  • President Hassan Rouhani warns the parliament of a 30% decrease in Iran's oil revenue:
    • "We must accommodate to the new conditions of the global economy in which - when it comes to the oil issue, not only economy, but usually politics and global conspiracies too play a significant role.”
  • Mohammad Khazaei, Deputy Economics and Finance Minister,urges South Korean companies to invest in Iran rather than just engaging in commerce.
  • Bloomberg reports: “Iran’s revenue from crude sales, the OPEC member’s biggest export, dropped 30 percent because of the recent decline in global oil prices, according to President Hassan Rouhani. “International conditions are such that the country’s main source of income, i.e. oil revenues, has been cut by some 30 percent,” Rouhani said in remarks to parliament published yesterday on Shana, the Oil Ministry’s news website. “We have to deal with the new conditions and the global economic conditions.””
  • The Wall Street Journal reported: “Apple Inc. is in contact with Iranian distributors about possibly entering the country should Western sanctions ease sufficiently, people familiar with the matter said. Senior Apple executives have met potential Iranian distributors at Apple’s regional headquarters on London’s Hanover Street, people familiar with the matter said.”
  • Fars News Agency reported: “Iranian and Georgian officials in a meeting in Tbilisi conferred on ways to further boost the volume of trade interactions between the two countries. "Given the potentials of Iran and Georgia, the necessary grounds exist for increasing the volume of trade and economic exchanges between the two countries in a way that we can have a ten-fold increase in our bilateral exchanges in a five-year working plan," Head of Iran-Georgia Parliamentary Friendship Group Moayyed Hosseini said in a meeting with Georgian Economy Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili on Wednesday.”

Human Rights

  • Global News reports: “The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran says Canada’s tough stand on the issue gives strength to those inside the country. Ahmed Shaheed made that comment as Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird welcomed him to his Centre Block office on Parliament Hill.”
  • The Washington Post reported: “The family of a Washington Post reporter held without charge in Iran for more than three months called Wednesday on the authorities in Tehran to free him. An open letter signed by Jason Rezaian’s brother, Ali, and his mother, Mary Breme Rezaian, was released 100 days after Rezaian was arrested under still-vague circumstances, along with his wife and another couple. Rezaian’s family said he is being held in solitary confinement in the notorious Evin prison, which houses common criminals as well as dissidents, intellectuals and journalists.”

Daily Picture(s)

  • Pictures of a tourist-train in Iran as cited by Islamic Republic News Agency.
  • Mehr News Agency documented Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi’s recent trip to Shiraz.