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July 25, 2014 1

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 only rem­edy is the destruc­tion of the Zion­ist regime*
(Office of the Supreme Leader – July 24, 2014)khamenei-tehran-university-speech

In a meet­ing with stu­dent group at Tehran Uni­ver­sity on Thurs­day, Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei said that “Israel must be wiped out.” Khamenei added that this “rem­edy” is not meant “to destroy the Jew­ish peo­ple from that region.” Khamenei also repeated that the government’s solu­tion to the ques­tion of Pales­tine is for all the inhab­i­tants of the Holy Land to hold a ref­er­en­dum, “and through this way the ille­git­i­mate usurp­ing regime will be removed.”

Iran urges Pales­tini­ans, Syr­ian, Lebanese resis­tance groups to ink defense pact
(Fars News Agency – July 22, 2014)

Moham­mad Reza Naqdi, the com­man­der of the Basij force, called on regional ter­ror­ist groups to sign a defense treaty. Naqdi added, “We ask the resis­tance forces in Pales­tine, Syria and Lebanon to endorse a defense pact so that an attack on any of them will be an attack on all of them and if the Zion­ist regime makes an aggres­sion against any of them, all of them will grow united to con­front it.”

Rouhani calls for peo­ples’ mas­sive turnout in Quds Day ral­lies
(Fars News Agency – July 22, 2014)

Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani appealed to the nation to come out in larger num­bers than before for Friday’s Quds Day ral­lies against Israel. “The more mag­nif­i­cent this year’s Quds Day ral­lies are held, the greater sup­port they will indi­cate for the oppressed Pales­tin­ian nation.”

Chants of ‘Death to Israel’ will be said in 770 cities in the coun­try*
(Fars News Agency – July 22, 2014)

Ramazan Sharif, the chief of staff of the Coun­cil of Islamic Pro­pa­ganda and Al Quds Intifada, said dur­ing a press con­fer­ence held for the upcom­ing Quds Day protests: “Calls for peace from all Mus­lims and free­dom lov­ing peo­ple will be sent to the peo­ple of Gaza who have been wag­ing jihad in the path of Allah dur­ing the month of Ramadan against the usurp­ing Zion­ist regime.”

Iran to launce new home-made destroyer soon

(Fars News Agency – July 22, 2014)

The Iran­ian Navy announced plans to reveal a new destroyer named “Dama­vand” and it will be deployed in inter­na­tional waters.

Iran’s Zarif, EU’s Ash­ton issue joint state­ment on exten­sion of talks
(Fars News Agency – July 19, 2014)

Fol­low­ing the last round of talks between nego­tia­tors from the P5+1 and Iran, For­eign Min­is­ter Zarif and EU rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cather­ine Ash­ton released a joint state­ment stat­ing that talks would con­tinue to Novem­ber 24, 2014.

Inter­na­tional Media

Iran’s leader appears unbend­ing on core nuclear issues, say experts
(The Los Ange­les Times – July 21, 2014)

An exten­sion on the nuclear talks sig­nals Aya­tol­lah Khamenei’s pos­si­ble will­ing­ness to com­pro­mise, but not on the core ques­tion of ura­nium enrich­ment capacity.

Iran’s rul­ing elite embrace Face­book, while ordi­nary cit­i­zens are arrested over it
(Slate.com – July 21, 2014)

Although Face­book is blocked to ordi­nary Ira­ni­ans, gov­ern­ment offi­cials includ­ing Pres­i­dent Rouhani and For­eign Min­is­ter Zarif enjoy unfet­tered access to the pop­u­lar social media site.

Iran elim­i­nates sen­si­tive stock­pile under interim nuclear deal: IAEA
(Reuters – July 20, 2014)

Accord­ing to a monthly update released by the Inter­na­tional Atomic Energy Agency, Iran has met the terms stip­u­lated in the ini­tial six-month agree­ment and has moved to elim­i­nate its most sen­si­tive stock­pile of enriched ura­nium gas.

Iran nuclear talks: Is a com­pre­hen­sive deal still on the table?
(The Chris­t­ian Sci­ence Mon­i­tor – July 20, 2014)

It remains unclear if nego­tia­tors from the P5+1 and Iran will be able to bridge sig­nif­i­cant gaps over what Iran’s nuclear future will look like.

Why Iran believes the mil­i­tant group ISIS is an Amer­i­can plot
(Time – July 19, 2014)

An arti­cle from the Iran­ian state-run Islamic Repub­lic News Agency claims that there was a joint U.S., British and Israeli plan to “cre­ate a ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion capa­ble of cen­tral­iz­ing all extrem­ist actions across the world.” Unfor­tu­nately for IRNA, there is no men­tion of such a plan in the doc­u­ments leaked by Edward Snow­den which IRNA claims as its source.

Sanc­tions nearly halve Iran oil export rev­enue in two years, OPEC says
(The Wall Street Jour­nal – July 18, 2014)

Accord­ing to newly released data from OPEC, sanc­tions have caused Iran’s petro­leum export rev­enue to decrease by 42% in 2013.

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March 21, 2014 4

Iranian Leader Questions Holocaust During Persian New Year Speech

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Supreme Leader Khamenei address­ing the nation on Per­sian New Year (March 21, 2014)

Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei made state­ments ques­tion­ing the his­tor­i­cal real­ity of the Holo­caust dur­ing his annual Nowruz, or Per­sian New Year, address to the nation on Friday.

Dur­ing his speech, where the leader dis­cussed Iran’s strug­gling econ­omy and West­ern cul­tural encroach­ments on youth, Khamenei denounced the West for its “strict adher­ence” to free­dom of speech while impos­ing restric­tions on dis­cussing the Holo­caust. Empha­siz­ing this point, Khamenei said, “In Euro­pean coun­tries no one dares to speak about the Holo­caust, which it is unknown if the roots of this mat­ter are actual or not, and, if it actu­ally did hap­pen, in what way.”

Khamenei added that the West, and Europe in par­tic­u­lar, place high value on free speech, yet, “Opin­ions on the Holo­caust and doubt the Holo­caust are con­sid­ered one of the biggest offenses that they [try to] stop and imprison and prosecute.”

Khamenei also sin­gled out the U.S. and its sup­port for Israel’s require­ment for the Pales­tin­ian Author­ity to rec­og­nize Israel as a Jew­ish state. “Amer­ica has been left in a dis­as­ter in Pales­tine. The plans they had for Pales­tine, and they’ve tried very hard, have not been successful…They want to trans­form the coun­try of Pales­tine into a Jew­ish coun­try, mean­ing that Pales­tini­ans, whether they be Mus­lim or Chris­t­ian, will not have the pos­si­bil­ity to live in Pales­tine,” Khamenei said. Khamenei also claimed that the U.S. is plot­ting to “fin­ish off Pales­tine in its entirety” by sup­port­ing Israel’s pre­con­di­tions in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

In his 2013 Per­sian New Year address, Khamenei threat­ened that if Israel were to “make the mis­take of attack­ing Iran, the Islamic Repub­lic of Iran will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground.”

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August 17, 2012 1

Iranian Leaders Call For Israel’s Annihilation In Anticipation Of Jerusalem Day

At a time of height­ened inter­na­tional ten­sions over Iran’s nuclear pro­gram, Iran­ian lead­ers have been using the occa­sion of  annual Jerusalem Day demon­stra­tions, tak­ing place today in cities around the world, to amplify their threats against the Jew­ish state.

  • Speaker of par­lia­ment Ali Lar­i­jani opened Thursday’s par­lia­men­tary ses­sion declar­ing, “God will­ing, this move­ment of the Mus­lims toward the goal of end­ing and remov­ing this can­cer­ous tumor called Israel will be accomplished.”

    Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei

  • Another call to anni­hi­late Israel, made by Iran’s high­est author­ity fig­ure dur­ing a speech on Wednes­day evening, was broad­cast on state tele­vi­sion. Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei, the final deci­sion maker on all of Iran’s poli­cies, said, “The ille­git­i­mate Zion­ist state will def­i­nitely be erad­i­cated from the face of the world.”
  • In an August 1 meet­ing with rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Islamic coun­tries in Tehran, Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ahmadine­jad stated that “Jerusalem Day is the only way to lib­er­ate Pales­tine.” He then added, “It has now been some 400 years that a hor­ren­dous Zion­ist clan has been rul­ing over major world affairs; [they] are behind the scenes in the major power cir­cles, in polit­i­cal, media, finan­cial, and bank­ing orga­ni­za­tions in the world…”

Such anti-Israel state­ments from top level Iran­ian offi­cials usu­ally inten­sify in the days before Jerusalem Day, a day of protest first started in 1979 by Aya­tol­lah Ruhol­lah Khome­ini against Israel. The day is held on the last Fri­day of Ramadan and is observed through­out the Mus­lim world.

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