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Iran Press Review: 8 Oct.

Politics

  • Fars News Agency notes that "The Commission for the Affairs of the Council has approved a plan to increase the number of representatives in the house of the nation to 310 persons."
  • Fars News Agency further reports that this week’s Friday Prayers will be led by Hojjat al-Eslam val Moslemeen Kazem Sedighi. The update additionally reminded readers that "Commander Esmaeil Ahamdi-Moghaddam, the Law Enforcement Forces Commander will be speaking in honor of ‘Law Enforcement Forces’ week."
  • President Hassan Rouhani meets with his cabinet.

Foreign Policy

  • Iran’s Speaker of Parliament [Majlis] Ali Larijani notes:
    • "We must not be unaware of the dangerous moves of Turkey in Iraq and Syria."
  • Mohammad-Davoud Heydar, an official in the Students’ Basij Organization comments on negotiations with the United States:
    • "Negotiations with America is not the best solution for Iran’s problems, and if the values of the Islamic Revolution are paid attention to, we will mark a good future."
  • Marziyeh Afkham, the Spokesperson for Iran’s Foreign Ministry states:
    • "Kobani is part of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, and if this government has needs and wants any type of help, we are prepared to help."
    • "Unfortunately, we are witnessing the indifference of the international community and one of the current hazards is the collection of the coalition which has taken up the responsibility to combat DAESH (the Persian/Arabic acronym for the Islamic State) have acted in a manner that has left DAESH with an free hand in the region."
  • Jahan Newscommenting on a poster made by a group of artists which reads "there is no deal which is worse than a no deal at all," accuses Zarif of "preparing the public opinion for a bad [nuclear] deal."
    • Majid Mohammadi says the poster was commissioned by Zarif himself.
  • According to Jahan News, a Chinese official recently visiting Iran complained about the behavior of the government of the Islamic Republic: "In the past couple of years that you were under the sanctions regime, we gave you all the money you asked for, but now you are reaching an agreement with the West. Should this trend continue, we too will change our policy."
  • Mohammad-Javad Zarif, Iran’s Foreign Minister at a Parliamentary questioning session:
    • Regarding British Prime Minister David Cameron: "We did not consider Cameron worthy of a comment by the president or the foreign minister. The decisive answer of the Foreign Ministry spokesperson was enough. Cameron spoke bad and tactlessly, but the main gist of his speech was the need for Iran and Iran's help. He did not say those things at the meeting with the president, and on the other hand, we are not in a hurry to establish [normal diplomatic] relations with Britain."

Military and Security

  • Vice-Commodore Gholamzadeh, the head of Iran’s Self-Sufficiency Jihad for the Naval Forces of the Artesh [National Army] proclaims:
    • "There are three levels of submarines and we have reached self-sufficiency in the light class."
    • "In the submarine classes of heavy and semi-heavy, we are in the stages of planning and construction [such] that the semi-heavy submarine class Fateh will be unveiled this year."
    • "The presence of military forces in the seas and coasts are necessary to maintain security and economic prosperity [such] that the Organization of the Self-Sufficiency Jihad for the Naval Forces of the Artesh commenced its activities in [13]62 and is in the process of providing naval equipment in the country."
  • The Commander of the 31 Ashura Operations Division draws parallels to the Iran-Iraq War, saying:
    • "The goal of the enemy with a soft war [Jang-e Narm] is forgetting that era (the Iran-Iraq War era) since they failed in all their calculations."
    • "Our people showcased their dignity and greatness astride the armed forced during the Holy Defense (Defa-e Moghadas, the name given to the Iran-Iraq War in Iran) with steadfastness against the world."
    • "If the culture of that time (the Iran-Iraq War era) and the Ashura-like culture…is institutionalized in society, today we would not be witnessing these abnormalities in the cultural sector."
  • Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi proclaims that “The coalition against DAESH is in practice a coalition against Islam, Muslims, and the region.” He continues:
    • "Even if the some of the Islamic governments don’t militarily assist DAESH, the elimination of this group will not take 30 years."
    • "Stating that it will take 30 years to eliminate DAESH is meant to mean that Westerners seek to keep it for 30 years."
    • "Westerners, by keeping DAESH want to make the Middle East unsafe so that Israel and the West and can safe."
  • Kamran Karimi, a Persian Gulf Analyst in Iran opines about Saudi fears over Yemen:
    • "Saudi Arabia is worried about the establishment of a Shi’ite government in Yemen that is inspired by Iran’s Islamic Revolution."
  • Minister of Intelligence Hojjat al-Eslam Mahmoud Alavi answers questions of the parliamentarians on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the establishment of the ministry:
    • "According to the documents and letters which I have brought with me, the Intelligence Ministry has submitted timely and effective reports to the officials concerning the threats, including the movements of the self-declared Jaish al-Adl in the southeastern borders."
    • "Two suicide vests prepared for the Quds Day were tracked down by the unknown soldiers of the Imam of the Era..."
    • "Identifying and arresting the takfiri [Muslims accusing other believers of apostasy] cells and those related to them has led to arrest of 130 of their elements..."
    • "I have not had any meeting with members of theMosharekat, [Participation reformist group]..." Alavi said but continued: "We even had meetings with the council of the dissolved Democrat and Komeleh parties. Of course, we arrange meetings with armed opposition groups in order to minimize the harm, and the Intelligence Ministry engages in such talks when security interests make it expedient to do so. This has to do with the natural mission of Intelligence to engage in talks with everyone."
  • Ahmadi-Moqaddam, Iran’s Law Enforcement Forces Chief, says Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government provided his corps with oil shipments to sell in an attempt to bypass the sanctions regime. Commenting on funds which have not yet been transferred to the government, he said he had to pay his employees and lacked a sufficient budget.

Nuclear Issue

  • Zarif receives Dominique de Villepin, Former French Prime Minister:
    • "The negotiations have reached a sensitive stage and the Islamic Republic has presented several offers on the table. Now it is the turn of the counterpart to show its determination to reach an agreement. Unfortunately, until now, the excessive demands of some members [of the 5+1 Group] has prevented reaching of an agreement."
    • Zarif also said: "Iran's relations with France could expand in several fields," and complained of "American opposition" to a French economic delegation's visit to Iran.
  • Ali Khorram, Zarif's adviser states: "Iran must first reach a final agreement with the 5+1 Group members states before the sanctions can be removed. The process of removing the sanctions is conditioned on a confidence building measure which may take between five to fifteen years, and the verification process takes place... disagreement concerning the centrifuges remains."
  • Kayhan's Ali Akbari warns that Iran's "flexibility" in nuclear negotiations "will come to an end."
  • Iran-IAEA negotiations continue in Tehran.
  • The AP reports: "With a late-November deadline approaching, America's top diplomat is plunging back into Iranian nuclear talks with one eye on his adversary and the other on developments at home, as pressure rises in Washington for a deal ensuring the Islamic republic cannot become a nuclear state."
  • Reuters reports: "Iran and major powers are set to hold multilateral and bilateral nuclear talks in the coming days in Vienna, Iran's foreign ministry said on Wednesday, less than two months ahead of a deadline for a deal to end their dispute. A diplomatic source in the Austrian capital, where Iran and the six world powers have held a series of meetings since early this year, said the next round was expected to take place on Oct. 14-15 but that it would not include all the seven states. "
  • Reuters reports: "Iran has dismissed criticism by the International Atomic Energy Agency of its refusal to let one IAEA expert into the country as part of a team investigating allegations of nuclear weapons research. Tehran said it had a sovereign right to decide who to let onto its territory. But its failure to issue a visa to an IAEA official, that diplomatic sources said was probably a Western atomic bomb expert, may add to longstanding Western suspicions it is stonewalling the U.N. agency's inquiry."
  • The AP reports: "Iranian dissidents say that Tehran is still researching nuclear arms at facilities it relocated to escape detention. The Mujahedin-e Khalk, or MEK, cites Iranian government sources it did not identify. It said Wednesday that Iran's Organization of Defensive Information and Research, or SPND, moved its most sensitive weapons research to a new Tehran location "in recent months.""

Economy

  • Tasnim News Agency reports: "Iran’s Envoy to Tbilisi Abbas Talebifar has voiced the country’s willingness to boost cooperation with Georgia, specially in economic fields. The remarks was raised by Talebifar in a meeting with Tbilisi Mayor David Narmania during which they explored avenues for closer cooperation between the two countries."
  • Mehr News Agency reports: "Bijan Namdar Zanganeh told reporters on Wednesday that the ministry also would hold a meeting in London Marriott Hotel County Hall to unveil new projects as investment packages for foreign interested investors during Iran’s oil conference in London. Zanganeh, who was speaking about the latest developments in upstream oil industry, told reporters that the technical and expert discussions were underway in the ministry to finalize the bill and send it to government to be approved."
  • Fars News Agency reports: "The PSA, Peugeot Citroen, a French multinational manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles, plans to return to Iran's lucrative market, a spokesperson for the PSA announced. In a meeting in Paris, PSA Peugeot Citroen Chief Executive Officer Carlos Tavares and high-ranking Iranian industry officials discussed possible return of the French car-maker to Iran, the Iranian students' news agency reported."

Daily Picture(s)

  • Ali Larijani meets with the Iraqi Minister of Sports in Iran. Photos via Islamic Republic News Agency.
  • Fars News Agency highlights a joint morning processional by the "special units" of the Artesh and the Law Enforcement Forces [LEF or NAJA, its Persian acronym].
  • "Five years old son for sale." Asr-e Iran interviews a mother who is willing to sell her son to save her two other kids.