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May 2, 2014

Iran Weekly: Selected News & Developments

The fol­low­ing is a selec­tion of news reports and com­men­tary from Iran­ian media and main­stream pub­li­ca­tions on devel­op­ments per­tain­ing to Iran. This weekly update includes a sam­pling of pub­lished reports from Iran’s Farsi-language media* as well as rel­e­vant arti­cles from the inter­na­tional press.

Iran­ian Media

The IRGC’s missiles are in desirable readiness*
(Fars News Agency – April 30, 2014)

In a meeting Wednesday with the IRGC Council of Ashura Commanders, IRGC Commander Mohammad Jafari said, “In terms of military and security readiness, our missiles are in very good shape; however, the IRGC’s primary objective is to be prepared in faith, and this factor makes the IRGC the superior among the world’s armies.”

P5+1 negotiations with Iran have been breathless*
(Fars News Agency – April 30, 2014)

Deputy Foreign Minister Hassan Qashqavi said during a press conference on the status of the nuclear negotiations that, “The future of the negotiations at present are heading toward the direction of a comprehensive [settlement], and talks are sensitive, because the primary issues have not yet been resolved. For now, we cannot directly assess the final outcome of the talks.”

Iran is not after creating tensions in the region*
(Fars News Agency – April 30, 2014)

Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani said during a speech marking National Persian Gulf Day, “The Persian Gulf is a very important issue, and if we and our neighboring countries have the correct approach, we could earn a lot of interest from it… Today, the presence of foreign ships [in the Gulf] have created implications.” Larijani added that Iran has “not been after any tensions in the region and we will not be. The security and calm of the region is of benefit for all, especially for Iran.”

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Ayatollah Noori Hamadani

America does not dare attack Iran due to its fear of the IRGC*
(Basij News Agency – April 30, 2014)

Ayatollah Noori Hamadani, a senior cleric from the city of Qom, said during a meeting with commanders and representatives of the Supreme Leader, that, “The policies of the IRGC have frightened America and the world, and we must promote the spirit of jihad and martyrdom-seeking in society, especially among the youth.”

September 11 was an excuse for America to get closer to the region*
(Mehr News Agency – April 30, 2014)

Nader Talebzadeh, secretary of Iran’s annual International Resistance Film Festival, praised the 2012 film “Operation Terror” by former California mayor Art Olivier, as presenting the “truth” about the 9/11 attacks. During a review panel of the film, Talebzadeh said, “In the first sequence of this film, the September 11th events [orchestrated] by the American government are disclosed…”

Iran welcomes Fatah-Hamas Deal
(Fars News Agency – April 26, 2014)

Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham released the following statement on recent Palestinian reconciliation efforts: “The Islamic Republic of Iran welcomes the Palestinian groups’ solidarity against the Zionist regime and any national reconciliation which leads to Palestinian unity and adoption of decisions in line with the materialization of that nation’s valuable causes against the expansionism and aggressions of the Quds Occupying Regime (Israel).”

Inter­na­tional Media

A bold move
(The Economist – April 30, 2014)

The long awaited second round of cuts to subsidies on gasoline and electricity have been implemented by President Hassan Rouhani. Gasoline prices were raised by 75%, from $0.16 to $0.28 per liter.

U.S. targets Chinese businessman, says he supplied parts for Iranian missiles
(CNN – April 29, 2014)

New sanctions and criminal charges were announced by the U.S. against a Chinese businessman accused of supplying the Iranian military with parts for ballistic missiles.

Tehran book fair to feature works by anti-Semites, Holocaust deniers
(Access ADL – April 29, 2014)

An annual book fair in Tehran will include domestic and foreign-published anti-Semitic and Holocaust-denying books available to the public.

Iran to target decoy US aircraft in drills
(The Washington Post – April 27, 2014)

Admiral Ali Fadavi of the IRGC’s Naval Forces announced that Iranian forces should “target the [mock-up U.S. aircraft] carrier” in upcoming war games training. Fadavi added that the exercise will allow the IRGC to “learn about weaknesses and strengths of our enemy.”

Meaningful progress with Iran
(The New York Times, Editorial Board – April 26, 2014)

A look into the successes, and shortcomings, of the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the West as the July deadline for a final agreement approaches.

Iran general urges Tehran to make new UN pick
(The Washington Post – April 19, 2014)

Officials from the Iranian military have urged the foreign ministry to name a new envoy to the United Nations after the U.S. block granting a visa to the Islamic Republic’s original ambassador over alleged ties to the 1979 U.S. Embassy hostage crisis.