The iran project News related to Iran, specially political, military and regional news! Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:08:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Palestine envoy calls for Muslim support Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:57:13 +0000 monire@Iran

Picture shows smoke billowing from the Gaza Strip following Israeli air strikes on July 22, 2014.

The Palestinian ambassador to Iran has called on all Arab and Muslim countries to throw their weight behind Palestinian resistance groups against Israel’s offensive on the Gaza Strip.

On Tuesday, Salah al-Zawawi expressed hope that Islamic states would announce that Palestinian resistance fighters represent all Palestinians, Muslims and Arabs in the world.

Over the past 15 days, Israeli warplanes have been hitting numerous targets in the Gaza Strip, demolishing homes and burying families in the rubble. Israeli tanks also began a ground offensive against the impoverished Palestinian land on July 17.

More than 600 Palestinians, mostly women and children, have been killed in the Tel Aviv’s offensive.

Palestinian resistance fighters have also retaliated against the deadly Israeli attacks by firing a barrage of rockets deep into the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories. They have also killed some 30 Israelis in their retaliatory operations.

Zawawi also highlighted the “strong unity” among Palestinians, saying, “Our hero fighters … are seeking the liberation of Palestine.”

The Palestinian envoy further hailed the constant support of Iran and other Muslim countries for the Palestine issue.

“The Palestinians would never forget that Muslim and Arab countries have stood by our side all through these years and that the Palestine issue could not last without their help and support,” he also said.

He then praised Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and said Palestinians “would never forget the stance of the Islamic Republic and believe we would not be where we are today without their support.”

By Press TV


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Science minister defends university appointments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:52:50 +0000 monire@Iran Iran’s minister of science has responded to critics and defended his choices for university presidents, saying all his appointees have top academic credentials and have also been approved by the ministry of intelligence.

The Tasnim News Agency reports that Reza Farajidana told a meeting of student association representatives that: “The heads of the universities have a high degree of academic experience and no political controversy.”

He said he had consulted the ministry of intelligence about his choices and received their approval.

Farajidana has been accused of appointing individuals who supported the opposition in the election protests of 2009. He stated that following statements from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, these individuals did not persist in supporting the protests. Reza Farajidana has made several changes in the leadership of Iran’s top universities, which the conservative factions of the establishment have come to regard as a move toward a more reformist outlook in the higher-education institutions.

Farajidana had been targeted for impeachment by conservative MPs for his choice of appointees and for allowing the return of students who had been expelled or suspended for political activity.

The plan to impeach the minister of science was shelved for the time being based on promises that all of the MPs’ concerns would be addressed in the near future.

By Radio Zamaneh


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Iran’s Burnt City yields ancient strange burials Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:49:25 +0000 monire@Iran

Burnt City, Sistan-Baluchestan Province, Iran

Archeologists have unearthed several mysterious burials during a research project in the Iranian ancient site, Burnt City.

The skeleton of 45-year-old man was found in the center of the circle-shaped grave and skulls of two dogs were also placed above his head. In addition, 12 human skulls were located on the north side of the grave, said the director of archaeological team Seyyed Mansour Sajjadi.

From 1200 graves, which have been discovered in the Burnt City since 1975 during various archaeological excavations, the newly found burials have their unique style.

“The grave may date back to a period before the advent of Zoroastrianism or it may belong to the people who were living in the region before the Iranian people settled in the area,” the project archaeologists say.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) registered Iran’s Burnt City as a new Iranian entry on its World Heritage List during its 38th session held in June 2014.

Located near Zabol in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, Burnt city is one of the largest and richest Bronze Age sites in Iran and the Middle East.

The ancient city is believed by some to have been the capital of an ancient civilization that flourished on the banks of the Helmand River nearly 5200 years ago.

Spanning more than 300,000 hectares, the site had extensive commercial, political, and social relations with other important cities in the region’s northeastern and western areas.

Four civilizations have lived in the city which was burnt down three times and not rebuilt after the last fire.

The world’s oldest animated picture, a dice and backgammon set, and the earliest known caraway are among the most significant discoveries at the site.

Despite the excavations and studies carried out at the site, the reasons for the unexpected rise and fall of the Burnt City still seem to remain a mystery.

Burnt City was excavated for the first time by the Istituto Italiano per l’Africa e l’Oriente (IsIAO) team led by Maurizio Tosi in 1967. The team conducted nine seasons of excavations until 1978.

The reputed Italian archaeobotanist professor Lorenzo Costantini also traveled to Iran in 2005 and along with three teams of archeobotanists studied the site and excavated the area.

They found that residents of the Burnt City had great skills in weaving tissues, creating fine arts such as decorative objects, stone carving, and painting their pottery.

By Press TV


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Iran welcomes ties with Britain on certain conditions: MP Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:45:35 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN –A member of Iran-Britain Parliamentary Friendship Group says Tehran welcomes expansion of relations with London provided that the country’s rights are preserved.
 Nader Fereydouni said the government, Majlis, people, and the leadership of the Islamic Republic have never sought to sever relations with other countries, except the Zionist regime of Israel which is not a legitimate state, according to ICANA news agency.
He went on to say that despite the fact that Britain had not adopted an acceptable policy towards Iran in the past, it has relatively modified its approach over the past few months which can help speed up the opening of embassies in the two countries.
Britain ordered the closure of Iran’s embassy in London after closing its own in Tehran following the storming of the compound by hundreds of angry students in November 2011.

By Tehran Times


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Enrichment capacity of 190,000 SWUs is Iran’s target: Araqchi Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:42:25 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN –A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator has said that the Supreme Leader has outlined the vision for the country’s nuclear program, the Nasminonline said in a report on Tuesday.
 Abbas Araqchi said the statement by the Leader that Iran definitely needs a uranium enrichment capacity of 190,000 SWUs (separative work units) in order to fuel its nuclear reactors is a target for Tehran’s nuclear program.
However, Araqchi said this “does not mean that Iran wants to develop a uranium enrichment capacity of 190,000 SWUs this year or the next year… or even in five years.”
The timeline for Iran to reach the target is a subject for discussion in nuclear talks with the major powers, said Araqchi, the deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Araqchi said that Iran and the major powers will resume their talks on a final comprehensive deal on Tehran’s nuclear program in late August or early September.

By Tehran Times


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Iran hopeful about success of nuclear talks: Rouhani Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:38:04 +0000 monire@Iran

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani (R) receives the credentials of Iceland’s Accredited Ambassador to Tehran Gonar Pulsen on July 22, 2014.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic is optimistic that negotiations with the P5+1 group aimed at reaching a comprehensive deal on Tehran’s nuclear energy program will come to fruition.

“Dialog is the only way ahead of us, and we are hopeful about the success of the talks,” Rouhani said in a meeting with newly-appointed Iceland’s accredited  Ambassador to Tehran Gonar Pulsen on Tuesday.

“We are ready for cooperation within the framework of international regulations,” the Iranian president added.

He emphasized that the Iranian nation expects that it will enjoy its inalienable right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the US, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany agreed on the extension of talks until November 24 with a view to achieving a permanent deal that would end the decade-old dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program.

The two sides sealed an interim deal in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 23, 2013, for a six-month period. The deal, which took effect on January 20, expired on Sunday.

Rouhani further stressed the importance of cooperation among countries to sort out key regional and global problems, expressing Iran’s determination to play an active role in that regard.

“Today, human communities are currently faced with major scourges such as terrorism. So, it is necessary that all [countries] cooperate and participate in order to eradicate it,” the Iranian president stated.

The Iceland’s envoy, who submitted his credentials to President Rouhani, said his country seeks to improve relations with Tehran in mutual and international fields.

Pulsen expressed hope that nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 would reach the desired outcome.

By Press TV


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Gaza war shows Israel’s frustration: Iran’s defense minister Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:33:42 +0000 monire@Iran

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan

Iran’s defense minister says Israel’s fresh aggression against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip shows the Tel Aviv regime’s frustration in face of the Palestinian resistance.

Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said on Tuesday that the Israeli regime’s brutal aggression against Gaza indicates the frustration of the regime in the face of anti-Israel resistance front.

The Iranian defense minister condemned Israel’s relentless attacks on Gaza, saying the offensive manifests Tel Aviv’s existential crisis.

Dehqan lashed out at the international claimants of human rights advocacy for remaining tight-lipped in the face of Israeli crimes.

He made it clear that such silence is tantamount to support for the terrorist acts by Takfiri-Zionist groups, adding that these “unjust supports” would embolden the Tel Aviv regime and encourage terrorism.

The Iranian defense minister also stated that the isolation, disarmament and condemnation of Israel is the least that the international community can do against the Tel Aviv regime’s crimes in Gaza.

Over the past 15 days, Israeli warplanes have been hitting numerous targets in the Gaza Strip, demolishing homes and burying families in the rubble. Israeli tanks also began a ground offensive against the impoverished Palestinian land on July 17.

Nearly 600 Palestinians have been killed and thousands of others injured since the Israeli military began a fresh wave of aerial assaults on Gaza on July 8. Around 30 Israelis have also been killed in the war.

By Press TV


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Kerry puts onus on Hamas as he seeks end to Gaza fighting Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:27:22 +0000 monire@Iran

July 22 (Bloomberg) — Bloomberg’s Elliott Gotkine reports on support in Israel for the conflict in the Gaza Strip as casualties mount on both sides. He speaks on “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry put the onus on the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers to halt two weeks of fighting with Israel that has killed more than 600 people, the overwhelming majority of them Palestinians.

Kerry, who arrived in Cairo yesterday, said he traveled to the region to support an Egyptian cease-fire initiative that foundered last week after Hamas rejected it. “Only Hamas now needs to make the decision to spare innocent civilians from this violence,” Kerry told reporters in a joint press appearance with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is also in the Middle East pressing for a truce.

Kerry said talks must also address “underlying issues” for any cease-fire to prove durable. Hamas says it wasn’t consulted on the proposal, which Israel accepted, and has demanded that any accord lift economic curbs on Gaza.

Israel and Gaza militants have clashed frequently since Israel ended its 38-year occupation of the territory in 2005. Previous truces haven’t resolved fundamental issues including the arsenals militants have amassed and the cross-border tunnels they’ve built to attack Israel, and the Israeli blockade on Gaza. The embargo, along with Egypt’s sealing of its border with Gaza, has battered the enclave’s economy and confined 1.8 million Palestinians to a 140-square-mile (363-square-kilometer) patch of land.

Photographer: Mohammed Abed/AFP via Getty Images

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Markets Indifferent

Israeli markets have been largely unaffected by the violence that has killed more than 570 Palestinians and at least 29 Israelis since weeks of rocket fire into Israel and air strikes on Gaza escalated on July 8. The shekel has appreciated 0.2 percent against the dollar since July 8 while the benchmark TA-25 index rose 1 percent in the period.

A majority of the Gaza dead are women and children, Palestinian health officials said. Israel says Hamas uses civilians, including children, as human shields. The number of Gazans seeking shelter from the fighting with the UN Relief and Works Agency has exceeded 100,000, the agency said in a Twitter posting.

At least 27 Israeli soldiers have been killed since ground troops entered the Gaza Strip last week, the military said, more than double the toll during Israel’s last incursion in 2009. Today it said it has identified the remains of six of seven soldiers who were in an armored car that was badly damaged in battle earlier this week. Efforts to identify the seventh soldier continue, the military said in a statement. It declined to comment when asked whether that soldier was the serviceman Hamas militants claim to have captured. The militants didn’t say whether the soldier they say they seized was dead or alive, Al-Jazeera reported.

Photographer: Mohammed Abed/AFP via Getty Images

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Weapons Caches

In addition to the combat casualties, two Israeli civilians have been killed by rockets since early July.

The relatively high Israeli military toll “reflects the intensity of the type of combat we’re facing,” Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner said by phone today. “Hamas is trying to save, and operate and maintain the tunnels, and that is where we’re finding most of the friction.” Israel killed 10 infiltrators yesterday in a battle that also claimed the lives of four soldiers.

Fighting was heavy today in the Shuja’iya neighborhood of Gaza City where Israeli soldiers were finding more weapons caches and tunnels, Lerner said. Destroying tunnels is the stated aim of the ground war Israel began on July 17 after failing to demolish them in air strikes. The aerial bombardment has also targeted rocket operations; the military says 2,060 rockets have been fired at Israel since July 8.

Demands Changes

Shortly before Kerry arrived in Cairo on his truce mission, Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyehsaid his group wouldn’t back down without pledges the Israeli blockade will be lifted. He also demanded that hundreds of Palestinians arrested in Israel’s recent sweep of the West Bank be released.


Photographer: Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images

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“We will never give up and will go for this war to the end until our demands are met,” Haniyeh said in a televised speech yesterday.

Hamas officials are ready to go to Cairo if invited by Egyptians to discuss the proposed truce, though they can’t accept it in its current form “after all the huge sacrifices Palestinians have made in the past two weeks,” Mohammad Nazzal, one of the group’s leaders, told Al-Jazeera television.

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said late yesterday that the proposal his government made last week won’t be amended, and offers the prospect of all Gaza’s borders being opened. The plan didn’t include details on how that would be achieved.

Demilitarization Call

Restrictions Israel imposed in 2006 after militants captured a soldier expanded into a full-blown naval and land blockade in 2007 following Hamas’s violent takeover of Gaza. The land blockade was eased in 2010 without allowing for large-scale exports of goods from Gaza or ending limits on the entry of construction materials needed for industry. Israel, pointing at concrete-lined infiltration tunnels by way of example, says it restricts building materials militants could use to attack Israel.

Israel has called for the demilitarization of Gaza, and says it’s campaign is making progress in diminishing the militants’ rocket capabilities and crippling the network of tunnels they built.

By Bloomberg


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6 Iranian MPs due in Gaza Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:16:43 +0000 monire@Iran

Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, the spokesman for the Majlis (parliament) Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy

Tehran, July 22, IRNA – Spokesman for Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hossein Naqavi Hosseini said on Tuesday that six Iranian MPs are going to visit Gaza.
 Hosseini told IRNA that the group of six MPs, headed by Hassan Kamran, will voice Iranˈs spiritual support for Palestinian people and carry humanitarian aid to Gaza.



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Iran’s Marouf picked as Volleyball World League best passer Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:09:43 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN (ISNA)- Captain of Iran national volleyball team Saeid Marouf was picked as the Volleyball World League best passer.

The US titled the Volleyball World League as it managed to crash Brazil 3-1. Brazil and Italy came respectively second and third in the ranking.

International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) announced in his website that Taylor Sander (US) was the most valuable player, Saeid Marouf (Iran) was the best passer, Salvatore Rossini (Italy) best libero, David Lee (US) best middle blocker, Natasha Valas (Brazil) best spiker and Taylor Sander the best outside spider.

Each of the top people was awarded $10.000 and the most valuable player received $30.000.



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