The iran project News related to Iran, specially political, military and regional news! Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:59:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Politics, strong dollar behind falling oil prices Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:59:30 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN Oct 22 (Shana)–It is very difficult to predict the future of oil prices until November 27 when OPEC members come together in Vienna to review oil market developments, Iran’s former representative to OPEC Fereydoon Barkashli said.
In an interview with Shana, he said not fundamentals but politics and strong dollar are the two main reasons behind falling oil prices.
“While fundamentals including demand and supply are sound and stable, falling oil prices is the result of the role politics play in the market” senior expert of IIES told Shana.
He continued: “After West slapped sanctions against Russia, the country decided to offer discount to its customers and so “played a key role in falling oil prices and then Saudi Arabia and other countries decided to follow suit.

 According to Barkashli, strong dollar and rising its value against Euro and other currencies was the other important factor affecting falling oil prices.

On predicting the future of oil prices, he said it is difficult to predict developments of oil market through OPEC’s ordinary meeting on November 27.

Oil prices have witnessed a 30 percent decline since June 2014.



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US anti-terrorism campaign suspicious: Iran official Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:54:37 +0000 monire@Iran A senior Iranian official has questioned the United States’ honesty in claiming that it intends to combat terrorism, citing Washington’s record of supporting terrorist groups.

In a meeting with Iraqi Oil Minister Adel Abdul-Mehdi in Tehran on Wednesday, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani pointed to the US’s support for the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) and former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran in the 1980s, saying, “The intention of this country (the US) in its claim to fight terrorism is suspicious and untrustworthy.”

The MKO is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community and has committed numerous terrorist acts against Iranians and Iraqis.

Out of the nearly 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist attacks since the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, 12,000 have fallen victim to the acts of terror carried out by the MKO.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Shamkhani termed unity and solidarity among Iraqi people, officials, armed forces and religious clerics as the main contributing factor which will help the nation overcome the terrorist groups currently wreaking havoc on the country.

Iraq has faced brutal violence by the ISIL across the country’s north and west since early June. The ISIL terrorists have threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Izadi Kurds, during their advances in Iraq.

The Iranian official expressed the Islamic Republic’s support for the Iraqi nation and government, calling for the further expansion of all-out ties between the two countries.

“As in the past, the Islamic republic of Iran will stand by Iraq and strive to enhance its strategic relations in favor of regional security and stability,” he said.

The Iraqi minister, for his part, praised Iran’s support for Iraq in its fight against terrorism, saying that different Iraqi parties and groups are willing to forge closer cooperation with the Islamic Republic.

Pointing to both countries’ great economic potential, Abdul-Mehdi called for the promotion of Tehran-Baghdad cooperation in the energy sector.

By Press TV


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A look at Iranian newspaper front pages on Oct. 23 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:50:23 +0000 monire@Iran IFP has flipped through the front pages of the Iranian dailies on Thursday and picked headlines from 24 of them.

Instructions by the Supreme Leader that the country should stop relying on oil revenues dominated the front pages of the Iranian dailies on Thursday. Also appearing on the front pages were warnings by President Hassan Rouhani during a visit to Zanjan that promotion of virtue and prevention of vice should not become a source of insecurity in society. Comments by police officials about acid attacks in Isfahan last week drew a lot of front-page attention too.


Abrar: “Acid attacks carry the death penalty if they are designed to terrorize the public,” the chairman of parliament’s Judicial and Legal Committee said.


Abrar Newspaper-10-23

Abrar-e Eghtesadi: MPs have decided not to give the executive branch a freer hand in budgetary affairs.

Abrar Eghtesadi: Establishment of international banks in free trade zones has been placed on the agenda of the Money and Credit Council.


Abrar eghtesadi Newspaper-10-23

Afkar: “We are in the final stages of [nuclear] talks,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said.


Afkar Newspaper-10-23

Aftab-e Yazd: There are rumors that General Motors may make a comeback to Iran.

Aftab-e Yazd: “We are following new leads in the case involving acid attacks [in Isfahan],” Police Chief Brigadier General Esmail Ahmadi-Moghaddam said.


Aftabe Yazd Newspaper-10-23

Arman-e Emrooz: “The sale of hunting rifles has stopped,” the defense minister has told a joint meeting of the Environment Protection Organization and the Defense Ministry.

Arman-e Emrooz: “The reformist approach should be public-oriented,” former President Mohammad Khatami said.


Arman Emrouz Newspaper-10-23

Asr-e Iranian: Iran has moved a notch up in the medals table of the 2014 Asian Para Games.


Asre Iranian newspaper-10-23

Asr-e Rasaneh: The oil ministers of Iran and Iraq have met to promote cross-border economic cooperation.


Asre Resaneh newspaper-10-23

Asrar: “Promotion of virtue and prevention of vice should not be monopolized by one particular group,” the president said.

Asrar: Former President Mohammad Khatami has urged the “wise members” of both parties [reformists and principlists] to form a “calm and moderate” parliament.


ASrar Newspaper-10-23

Ebtekar: President Rouhani has warned against politicization of efforts to promote virtue in society.


Ebtekar Newspaper-10-23

Eghtesad-e Pooya: “The country’s scientific move forward should not stop,” Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Wednesday.

Eghtesad Pooya: “Recent flooding in Mazandaran has left some $25 million in damage,” the governor general of the Caspian province said.


Eghtesad pouya Newspaper-10-23

Esfahan Emrooz: “Police investigations into acid attacks are underway. The public should not pay attention to rumors about the case,” said the prosecutor of Isfahan [where a recent spate of acid attacks has put residents on edge].


Isfahan Emrouz Newspaper-10-23

Etemad: The health minister [who is an ophthalmologist] has examined the eyes of a girl who has suffered serious injuries in a recent acid attack in Isfahan.

Etemad: “We are not denying our past mistakes. Reformists should help eliminate the possible skepticism of the establishment about the [reformist] movement,” former President Mohammad Khatami said.

Etemad: The smart filtering of social networking sites has got underway.


Etemad Newspaper-10-23

Ettela’at: In a surprising admission, a Saudi prince has blamed the support Saudi Arabia and a number of other countries have lent to the Syrian opposition for the emergence of ISIL.

Ettela’at: “Unemployment and hunger are the worst of social ills,” President Rouhani said during a visit to Zanjan province.

Ettela’at: “The president has tapped Dr. Mahmoud Nili Ahmadabadi, the current chancellor of Tehran University, for minister of science, research and technology.” It came against the backdrop of speculations that Mohammad Ali Najafi, the acting minister, will be named to seek parliamentary approval.

Ettela’at: “Reliance on oil is equal to giving world politicians a chance to determine the future of our country,” the Supreme Leader has told a host of especially-talented students.


Ettelaat Newspaper-10-23

Farhikhtegan: The chairman of the Expediency Council has said that an increase in the number of graduate students is in the best interest of the country.


Farhikhtegan Newspaper-10-23

Haft-e Sobh: Sources say Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting will restart airing widely-watched Premier League soccer matches as of next week. A spat over broadcast fees between the national broadcaster and the Football Federation has stopped the former from airing the games live.


Hafte Sobh Newspaper-10-23

Hemayat: “We won’t allow the seditionists to reemerge,” Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani said.


Hemayat Newspaper-10-23

Iran Daily: “Iran and P5+1 hold expert-level talks in Vienna.”


Iran Daily Newspaper-10-23

Javan: Divorce rate in Tehran stands at 37 percent.


Javan Eghtesad pouya Newspaper-10-23

Jomhouri Islami: “The inflow of foreign investment into the capital market will be facilitated,” a spokesman of the Securities and Exchange Organization said.

Jomhouri Islami: “Iran is ready to cooperate with Iraq at any level Iraqi officials want,” the chairman of the Expediency Council has told the Iraqi premier.


Jomhouri Eslami newspaper-10-23

Kayhan: “The acid attacks in Isfahan are unrelated to morality laws,” the vice president for legal affairs said.


Kayhan Newspaper-10-23

Mardomsalari: “Iran will continue its constructive interaction with the rest of the world,” the president said.


Mardom Salari newspaper-10-23

Qods: “Iran is to export electricity to Europe,” the deputy energy minister said.


quds newspaper-10-23

Roozan: People in Tehran and Isfahan stage rallies to condemn the recent acid attacks.

Roozan: The corruption case involving former Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi is now in the Supreme Court.


Rouzan Newspaper-10-23

Shahrvand: “Five people who are infected with coronavirus have been identified across Iran,” the deputy health minister said.


Shahrvand newspaper-10-23

By Iran Front Page


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Iran stands in fourth place in Incheon Para Asiad Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:42:57 +0000 monire@Iran INCHEON, Oct. 23 (MNA) – Iran’s Para Asiad delegation stands in fourth place in the ranking, replacing Uzbekistan in medal quality.

In the sixth day of Incheon Para Asiad, Iran’s athletes improved their medal count and quality to replace Uzbekistan in fourth place. Iran’s track and field contributed most to the medal quality and count. In discus throw, Masoud Heidari in F12 class came first to win the gold with 45.20 meters, and his fellow thrower Fallah Nasirpourian won the silver with 37.05 meters.

In fifth day of the games on Wednesday, Mohammad Yari set a new world record in discus throw F56 class with a throw of 45.49 meters to win gold. Iran’s second thrower Parviz Golpasand also secured silver with a record of 36.27 meters.

In weight throw F34 class final round, Iran’s Saleh Farajzadeh stood in the second place after Qatar’s Abdolqadir Abdulrahman. Iran’s Mohsen Kaeidi also won the bronze medal with 9.84 meters throw.

In women’s F44 discus throw, Solmaz Bazar stood in third place behind Chinese throwers. In men’s F35/36 class discus throw, Seyed Mehran Hosseini came first with a record of 40.14 meters. This was Iran’s 21st gold medal in the games. Earliear in the track and field, Iran’s Abdolreza Jokar secured 20 gold for Iran in javelin with a record of 20.19 meters in F53/54 class.

In archery, Iran’s women’s mixed compound team defeated South Korean team 147-144 to grab a team gold. Somayeh Abbaspour and his husband Hadi Nouri were in Iran’s squad. Zahra Nemati and Ebrahim Ranjbar won bronze medal in Recurve Archery defeating Iraq 6-0. Nemati also won second gold of hers defeating Chinese shooter in golden shoots after drawing 5-5. In men’s individual compound, Hadi Nouri won his Hong Kong rival 142-136 to win gold for archery. He had won gold in mixed team section. Ebrahim Ranjbar also won the gold with a 5-0 win against Chinese rival to add to Iran’s archery gold medals.

In weightlifting, Iran’s Saman Razi won silver medal in 97kg class, controlling 208kg weight. In women’s volleyball, Iran’s team lost in final game 3-0 to China and finished with a silver medal. Iran’s goalball also followed the suit to won a silver after a defeat in the hands of Chinese women. In football, Iran crushed Japan 5-0 to win Iran’s 26th gold medal in Incheon.

By Mehr News Agency

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Salehi inspects fuel enrichment complex in Natanz Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:36:25 +0000 monire@Iran

Director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi

Tehran, Oct 23, IRNA – Vice-President and Head of Iran Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi conducted a two-day inspection tour of Martyr Ahmadi Roushan enrichment complex in Natanz, Isfahan Province.


During his visit, Monday and Tuesday, he examined production situation of the complex and held technical sessions with managers and experts of the enrichment complex.

Attending Martyrd Qashqaei pilot complex, Salehi outlined the latest technical condition of the new generation of the advanced centrifuge machineries and offered the required recommendations to the managers and experts there.

Outlining perspective of the nuclear industry in the country and importance of preservation of achievements and while stressing on unity and solidarity under the status quo, he underlined the importance of preserving principles of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s system.

Salehi had said earlier that the country needs 20 new nuclear power plants like the Bushehr plant. ‘Bushehr Power Plant currently produces 7 billion kilowatt hours of electricity per year,’ Salehi said.’Some countries have declared their readiness to construct new nuclear power plants in Iran.’

In other remarks earlier this week Salehi sassed Tehran and Moscow are set to finalize an agreement they have already reached on the construction of two nuclear power plants in the Islamic Republic.

“The conclusion of an agreement with Russia on the construction of two power plants is in its final stages,” Salehi said Monday, expressing hope that the deal will get off the ground in the near future.

The AEOI head said that the construction of one of the nuclear power plants will start in the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21, 2014), while work to build the other one will get underway in two years’ time.

According to Salehi, each nuclear power plant will have the capacity to generate 1,000 megawatts of electricity.

Russia completed the construction of Iran’s first nuclear power plant in the southern port city of Bushehr, which had begun in 1975 by German companies, but was halted following the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) became officially operational and was connected to Iran’s national grid in September 2011, generating electricity at a 40-percent capacity.

The 1,000-megawatt plant, which is operating under the full supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), reached its maximum power generation capacity in August 2012.

In September 2013, Iran officially took over from Russia the first unit of its first 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant for two years.



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Funeral held for Press TV reporter Serena Shim Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:30:13 +0000 monire@Iran Hundreds gathered in Beirut to pay tribute to Serena Shim, a Press TV reporter who died in a car crash near the Turkish-Syrian border. Shim was covering the crisis in the besieged Syrian city of Kobani and had allegedly been accused of ‘spying’ by Turkey.

Live rounds were fired into the air as her body arrived in Burj el-Barajneh cemetery on Wednesday, located in a southern suburb of the Lebanese capital.

Lebanese political and religious leaders were among the attendees who watched as her coffin was interred.

“She raised our heads high; she was really someone that gave us pride and dignity,” Press TV, an Iranian broadcaster, cites Shim’s family as saying.

Shim, a Lebanese-American journalist, was killed on Sunday when the car she was traveling in crashed into a large vehicle in the city of Suruc in Turkey’s Urfa Province. She was reportedly on her way back to her hotel after reporting form the scene.

Family members and Iranian media have speculated about the cause of Shim’s death.

Hamid Reza Emadi, the head of Press TV’s newsroom, said her death was “very suspect”, claiming that“it is likely an outcome of her critical expository reports of the adverse impact of Turkish and Saudi policies on Syrian refugees.”

Emadi said Shim had repeatedly complained of harassment by Turkish security forces in the two days leading up to her death. She further said they had told locals she was spying.

Leading up to her death, Shim reported she had discovered evidence of Turkish convoys bearing the symbols of NGOs crossing the border to bring aid to so-called Islamic State (IS) militants.

Her parents also told Press TV they suspected the Turkish government was involved in the death and would legally pursue the matter.

A Turkish Foreign Ministry official told Reuters on Monday the ministry had no information on the case and other government officials were not available to comment.



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Iran waiting for Lebanon’s response to send military aid Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:24:34 +0000 monire@Iran Beirut, Oct 23, IRNA—Iran is still waiting for response from Lebanon to dispatch military aid for the Lebanese army in its fight against Takfiri terrorists, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Thursday.
Lebanese army is on the frontline of war on terrorism, Afkham said, speaking to al-Ahd network affiliated to Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

She added, “When provided with sufficient equipment, the Lebanese army will be able to effectively fight the terrorists.”

“We have witnessed in the past that certain countries voiced readiness to help the Lebanese army but they failed to keep their promises,” Afkham said.

She termed a visit to Tehran by Lebanese Defense Minister Samir Moqbel as a positive step and said during his visit good talks were held on military cooperation between Iran and Lebanon.

Expressing concern over the terrorist actions across the region, particularly in Lebanon, Afkham reiterated Tehan’s support for the people and army of Lebanon in their fight against terrorism.

On September 30, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said during a visit to Beirut that Tehran is to provide military equipment to the Lebanese Army for its anti-terrorism struggles.

Over the past months, Lebanon has been the scene of terrorist strikes by al-Qaeda-linked militants as well as random rocket attacks, which are viewed as a spillover of the conflict in Syria.

Lebanon’s Defense Minister Samir Moqbel visited Iran on October 18 to discuss Iran’s military donation to Lebanon as well as ways to promote Tehran-Beirut defense relations.

While in Tehran on his three-day visit, Moqbel held talks with senior Iranian officials including

his Iranian counterpart Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan.

Moqbel’s visit took place upon an official invitation by the Iranian defense minister.

Immediately after his return to Beirut on October 22, Moqbel held separate meetings with five senior Lebanese political and military officials briefing them on his talks with the Iranian officials including the nature of Tehran-Beirut military cooperation and Iran’s arms donation to the Lebanese army.



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Iran-P5+1 resume expert-level talks on 2nd day Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:19:16 +0000 monire@Iran Tehran, Oct 23, IRNA – Iran and the six world powers (also known as the P5+1) resumed their expert-level talks on Thursday to reach a conclusion about issues discussed in yesterday’s eight-hours sessions.
The expert-level talks began at the United Nations Office in Vienna on Wednesday and lasted for eight hours.

The talks were held in two morning and afternoon sessions and co-haired by head of the political and international security department of Iran’s Foreign Ministry Hamid Baeedinejad and EU foreign policy chief’s special aide Stephan Klement.

The discussions aimed at finding ways to resolve outstanding issues surrounding Iran’s nuclear program.

Wednesday’s negotiations focused on the size and scope of Iran’s enrichment activities, ways to lift sanctions against the country and the duration of its final agreement with the Group 5+1 (US, Britain, Russia, France and China plus Germany).

The expert talks are being held to reach a mutual understanding by the two sides over the disputed issues.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said earlier on Wednesday that during the ongoing talks, experts from both sides are to examine in details plans which were raised in previous nuclear talks which were held in Vienna, Austira in mid October.

The last round of talks (the 8th round) between Iran and G5+1 member states ended in Vienna on October 16 focusing on major disputed issues including the size and scope of Iran’s enrichment activities, the procedure of sanctions removal and the duration of the final agreement.

The talks were co-chaired by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.



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Iran, Russia share stance on US unilateral actions Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:12:23 +0000 monire@Iran Iran and Russia both consider the measures taken outside the framework of international laws as well as the US’s unilateral actions to be a source of the aggravation of extremism in the Middle East.

The similar stances were announced during a meeting between Iranian and Russian deputy foreign ministers in Tehran on Wednesday.

The session saw the two sides laying emphasis on the necessity for the resolution of Syria’s crisis, fighting terrorism in Syria and Iraq, as well as describing terrorism in the Middle East as a source of threat and insecurity for the world.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian underscored the threat posed by Takfiri and terrorist groups in the region, voicing doubt regarding the United States’ real motivation in fighting terrorism.

Amir-Abdollahian considered the US interventions in the region to be one of the most important sources of terrorism’s growth.

The Iranian official and Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Bogdanov said it is necessary for countries to responsibly, transparently, and sincerely confront terrorism, stressing that recognized international laws should be observed in this regard.

Takfiri ISIL militants made swift advances in much of northern and western Iraq over the summer, after capturing large swaths of northern Syria.

Since late September, the US and some of its Arab allies – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates – have been conducting airstrikes against ISIL inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate. The airstrikes in Syria are an extension of aerial attacks against ISIL positions in Iraq.

Some analysts have long maintained that the United States and its allies have seized on the ISIL threat to target the Syrian government.

By Press TV


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Iran’s military to conduct nightly flights over Southeast borders Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:06:03 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An Iranian commander said the country’s military aircraft are to begin night operations over the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan to counter outlaws and terrorist groups.
Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency on Thursday, Ali Khalili, lieutenant commander of Southeast Quds Base for coordination, said the aerial military operations are planned to further restrict the activities of terrorist groups at the border areas.

“As of now, the night flights will be carried out continuously for broader control and dominance over Sistan and Baluchestan Province’s borders,” he noted.

The decision for aerial operations seems to have been made after the death of four Iranian police officers in attacks by terrorist groups in the eastern town of Saravan earlier this month.

A car bomb attack on a police station in the border city left one police officer dead and three others injured on October 9. The attack came a day after three other police forces were killed in a separate terrorist attack in the city.

The Jaish-ul-Adl terrorist group has reportedly claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks.

The Pakistani-based group has already carried out terrorist activities in the area.

Back in February, the terrorist group abducted five Iranian border guards in Jakigour region in Sistan and Balouchestan Province and took them to Pakistan.

Later on April 6 and following special diplomatic efforts by the Iranian officials, four of the five abductees were released and returned home after being held hostage for two months. The fate of the fifth soldier is still unknown.

By Tasnim News Agency


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