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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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August 2, 2013 0

Iranian Regime Amps Up Anti-Zionist Rhetoric For Al Quds Day Protests

Has­san Rouhani, president-elect of Iran, while viewed by many as a “mod­er­ate” leader will­ing to work with the West, is a life-long regime insider. How­ever, Rouhani’s elec­tion appar­ently does not sig­nify any change in the regime’s antag­o­nism toward Israel and the West. khamenei-facebook-al-quds

This fact has been plainly pre­sented this week in the run up to Inter­na­tional Al Quds (Jerusalem) Day, a day of protest against Israel first estab­lished by the founder of the Islamic Repub­lic, Aya­tol­lah Ruhol­lah Khome­ini. Through­out the course of the week, state lead­ers and offi­cials have made a series of hos­tile and threat­en­ing remarks against the Jew­ish state, which have also been echoed in state-run news­pa­pers and social media.

The fol­low­ing are some exam­ples of anti-Israel rhetoric made by Iran­ian gov­ern­ment offi­cials and news­pa­pers lead­ing up to this Friday’s Al Quds Day demonstrations:

  • In an August 1 inter­view with the Iran­ian Stu­dents News Agency (ISNA), Hos­sein Naqavi-Hosseini, the spokesman for the Par­lia­men­tary National Secu­rity and Pol­icy Com­mit­tee, called upon all Mus­lim nations to “sup­port the inalien­able rights of the Pales­tin­ian nation and to fight this can­cer­ous tumor [Israel] that’s in the Islamic world.”
  • State-run news­pa­pers on Thurs­day fea­tured Jerusalem Day arti­cles and op-eds denounc­ing Israel and Israeli poli­cies. An arti­cle pub­lished in Kay­han, the offi­cial mouth­piece of Supreme Leader Aya­tol­lah Ali Khamenei, claimed that the Arab Spring, dubbed the Islamic Awak­en­ing by Iran’s lead­ers, has ended “the dream of Amer­ica and the Zion­ists of cre­at­ing ‘Greater Israel’ from the Nile to the Euphrates.”
  • A pre-Jerusalem Day post on the offi­cial Face­book page of Aya­tol­lah Khamenei called on sup­port­ers to “defeat the enemy & force it to retreat” by par­tic­i­pat­ing in demon­stra­tions. The post was accom­pa­nied by a graphic accus­ing Israel of com­mit­ting geno­cide and infanticide.
  • In a July 31 inter­view with Fars News Agency, Ramazan Sharif, the head of the Coun­cil of Islamic Pro­pa­ganda and Al Quds Intifada, said that Iran sup­ports all “Pales­tin­ian jihadi resis­tance move­ments,” and that there will be no regional peace and secu­rity so long as the “usurp­ing Zion­ist regime is present in the region.”

Dur­ing last year’s Jerusalem Day protests, Iran’s Supreme Leader and sev­eral gov­ern­ment offi­cials openly called for the Israel’s anni­hi­la­tion.

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