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Iran Press Review: 30 Sept.

Diplomacy

  • The Iranian Parliament’s [Majlis] Foreign Policy and National Security Committee demands a formal apology from British Prime Minister David Cameron because of his UNGA speech as a precondition for expanding relations with the UK.
  • According to former Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Velayati, China’s president has accepted an invitation on behalf of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to visit the Islamic Republic.
  • Jomhouri-ye Eslami's editorial praises the Argentine president's UNGA speech:
    • "By condemning the crimes of the Zionist regime in Gaza, criticizing the double standards of the United States towards Iran, also showed that the accusations against the Islamic Republic of Iran in the AMIA case are not credible. In doing so, she showed a manly bravery."

Military and Security

  • Admiral Ali Shamkhani, Supreme National Security Council Secretary, speaking in Beirut, says Iran will "present a gift to the Lebanese Army."
    • Shamkhani also had a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.
  • While the Intelligence Ministry acquits Mehdi Hashemi Rafsanjani, Mohammad-Hossein Nejat from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), still accuses him of "espionage" for foreigners.
  • According to an editorial in Asr-e Iran, attacks against the Islamic State (IS/Daesh) in Syria are a prelude to overthrowing the Assad regime in Damascus.
  • Press TV reports: "On Tuesday, Commander of the Iranian Army’s Ground Forces Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan hailed the security situation in Iran’s western and southern border areas and said the country’s armed forces were closely monitoring all regional threats against the Islamic Republic."

Nuclear Issue

  • An editorial in Kayhan warns Iranian nuclear negotiators against pitfalls of negotiations:
    • "Inflexibility and insistence on respecting the red lines of the regime are the most important factors to which the Westerners and their media blame for failure of previous negotiations. They believe that in order to achieve result, the Iranian part must ready itself for making hard decisions... But have we really had any shortcomings in this regard?"
    • "If one part of the negotiations has no role in their failure, one must look for the guilty part on the other side of the table: the 5+1 Group, with the United States at its helm, whose proud and hegemonic nature does not allow recognition of the official rights of the nations, including our nation..."
    • "A long time ago... we practically and officially suspended our country's nuclear activities prior to showing up at the negotiation table. Naturally, the enemy got more daring and took another step. Such behavior is certainly because of incorrect assessment of the enemy as fair, but we saw that they have neither fairness nor reason."   

Economy

  • Reuters reports: "Asian buyers imported less than 1 million barrels per day of Iranian crude for the first time this year in August as China's buys hit the lowest since the easing of Western sanctions, although intake was still up 6.4 percent from a year ago."

Religion, Society and Culture

  • Fars News Agency releases the list of books chosen for exhibition at the Frankfurt International Book Fair.
    • Fars further reports that some of the books were published with the permission of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, but were deemed "problematic" and are slated to be removed from the Book Fair.

Human Rights

  • Farshid Rofougaran, the lawyer for a group of young Iranians arrested for producing the "Happy" video, said his clients have been condemned to "99 lashes because of inappropriate relations through dance involving both sexes."
  • Reuters reports: "A former psychologist has been executed for heresy in Iran after eight years in detention, human rights groups said, in the latest example of what activists say is a worrying rise in the use of death penalty by the Islamic Republic. Mohsen Amir Aslani was hanged in a prison near the city of Karaj west of Tehran on Sept. 24, according to the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), which is based outside Iran, for "corruption on earth and heresy in religion"."
  • Fox News reports: "The mother of an Iranian woman sentenced to death for killing a man who tried to rape her told FoxNews.com the execution was postponed at the last minute. Rayhaneh Jabbari, 26, was to be executed Tuesday, and even told her mother goodbye in a tearful phone call as she was being taken to the prison facility where she was to be hanged.  But early Tuesday, Shole Paravan said she had learned the execution had been postponed. That word came after Paravan and other supporters of Jabbari went to Rajaiy Shahr Prison to protest the pending execution, and after Jabbari's farewell."

Daily Picture(s)

  • Photos of Commanders of the IRGC, past and present, by way of Fars News Agency.
  • President Rouhani returns to Tehran.