The iran project News related to Iran, specially political, military and regional news! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:59:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A look at Iranian newspaper front pages on Oct. 21 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:33:38 +0000 monire@Iran IFP has taken a look at the front pages of Iranian dailies on Tuesday and picked headlines from 30 of them.

The comments of the Judiciary spokesman about recent acid attacks in Isfahan caught the attention of Iranian dailies on Tuesday. Meetings between Iranian officials including President Rouhani with the visiting Armenian prime minister were also among top stories of the day. Snowfall in a dozen provinces of the country also generated some headlines and put snapshots of snow-covered streets on the front pages of some dailies. Drawing as much attention was news that The New York Times has reported Obama will bypass Congress on Iran’s sanctions if a nuclear deal is reached.

Afarinesh: “As far as foreign policy is concerned, the stage should be set to interact with the rest of the world,” said Chairman of the State Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.


Afarinesh newspaper 10 - 21

Afkar: “Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani in a meeting with the UN special envoy to Syria has expressed Iran’s readiness for the fight against terrorists.”

Afkar: “We view Iran as a friend and a strategic partner,” said the Algerian ambassador to Tehran.


Afkar newspaper 10 - 21

Arman-e Emrooz: “Violation of Islamic dress code is not behind [recent] acid attacks,” said the Judiciary spokesman.

Arman-e Emrooz: “Nuclear talks are more like a math course than a composition class,” an Iranian deputy foreign minister said in a statement aimed at the critics of the government’s handling of nuclear negotiations with P5+1.


Armane emruz newspaper 10 - 21

Asia: “The Ordre national du Mérite (The National Order of Merit) has been awarded to world-known Iranian illustrator, cartoonist and graphic designer Kambiz Derambakhsh.”


Asia newspaper 10 - 21

Asr-e Rasaneh: “Some 20,000 checks are bounced daily across the country,” said the secretary general of the Central Bank of Iran.

Asr-e Rasaneh: “We will make the oil industry self-sufficient in two years,” said the deputy oil minister.


Asre resaneh newspaper 10 - 21

Asrar: “The government won’t cross the boundaries set by the Supreme Leader; it will draw on the views of clerics to devise its plans,” said Vice President for Supervision and Strategic Affairs Mohammad Bagher Nobakht.

Asrar: “We need 20 more power plants similar to Bushehr,” said the head of the Atomic Energy Organization.


Asrar newspaper 10 - 21

Ebtekar: “US military action and acts of terror committed by IS are doomed to failure,” said Major General Ghasem Soliemani, who heads the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps.

Ebtekar: “The Judiciary will put the acid attacks case on a fast track.”

Ebtekar: “[European Union foreign policy chief] Catherine Ashton will continue leading nuclear talks with Iran until a deal is clinched.”


Ebtekar newspaper 10 - 21

Emtiaz: “Tehran will see temperatures fall as much as 10º Centigrade, the Islamic Republic of Iran Meteorological Organization (IRIMO) reported. A cold front has swept the country.”

Emtiaz: “Police are one step away from arresting the one(s) behind acid attacks.”


Emtiaz newspaper 10 - 21

Ettela’at: “A deal on construction of two atomic facilities will be shortly signed with Russia,” said Director of the Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi.

Ettela’at: “Water shortage has prompted a number of people to evacuate their place of residence,” said the deputy energy minister.

Ettela’at: “Ayatollah Sistani is opposed to foreign troop presence in Iraq.”

Ettela’at: “Heavy snowfall has cut off 35 villages around Salmas, a city in West Azerbaijan Province.”


Ettelaat newspaper 10 - 21

Hadaf va Eghtesad: Hossein Entezami, the deputy minister of culture and Islamic guidance, has paid a bedside visit to Erfan Parviz-Ansari, the former editor-in-chief of Tehran Times, an English-language daily.


Hadafo eghtesad newspaper 10 - 21

Haft-e Sobh: “The suspicious death of the American correspondent of Press TV along the border of Turkey and Syria.”

Haft-e Sobh: In a marathon reattachment operation, surgeons in Tabriz have given back a worker his severed hand.

Haft-e Sobh: Entry tariffs at the border with Turkey have increased 3-fold, Iranian long-haul bus drivers have complained. “Forget overland trips to Turkey,” the daily advises the readers.


Hafte sobh newspaper 10 - 21

Hambastegi: “Terrorists are fighting a battle against civilizations and humanity,” said President Rouhani in a meeting with the Armenian prime minister.

Hambastegi: “Whether or not movies should hit the screen is determined by laws; we don’t need people to tell us what to do and what not to,” said Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati. His comments came after the head of parliament’s Cultural Committee appealed to the ministry to stop the screening of a few films.


Hambastegi newspaper 10 - 21

Hemayat: “Parliament is utterly determined to pull the plug on gas imports.”

Hemayat: “Death sentence is awaiting those behind acid attacks in Isfahan,” said Deputy Judiciary Chief Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei.


Hemayat newspaper 10 - 21

Iran Daily: “EU imports from Iran up 77%.”


Iran daily newspaper 10 - 21

Isfahan-e Emrooz: “Isfahan is home to different monotheistic religions; the peaceful coexistence of the followers of these religions is the source of honor for this city and today we stand ready to revive “Safakhaneh” [an old congregation hall located in a predominantly Christian neighborhood of Isfahan where followers of divine faiths used to gather for debate]. We are honored to have lived with our Christian brothers for hundreds of years here in Isfahan,” said the provincial governor of Isfahan.

Isfahan-e Emrooz: “Security agencies are monitoring the acid attacks,” said the Friday prayer leader of Isfahan.


Esfehan emruz newspaper 10 - 21

Javan: “Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has arrived in Iran on his first overseas trip as premier.”

Javan: “Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan has met with President Rouhani.”


Javan newspaper 10 - 21

Jomhouri Islami: “Four individuals have been arrested in Isfahan in connection with the recent acid attacks,” said the deputy interior minister.


Jomhurie eslami newspaper 10 - 21

Kaenat: “Three individuals have been convicted of sedition for what happened after the 2009 presidential election.”

Kaenat: “A bloody day in Karbala: Eighty people were either wounded or sustained fatal injuries in a series of blasts in Iraq on October 20.”


Kaaenat newspaper 10 - 21

Kar va Kargar: “Iranian athletes have bagged 42 medals two days into the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, South Korea.”


Karo kargar newspaper 10 - 21

Kasb va Kar: “Iranian tunnel constructors establish a link between Europe and China.” The daily has picked this headline to highlight exports of Iranian technical and engineering services to Kazakhstan.

Kasb va Kar: “Implementation of this unjust verdict against [senior Saudi cleric] Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr will mobilize the world of Islam against Saudi Arabia,” the Coordination Council of the Islamic Propagation Organization said.


Kasbo kar newspaper 10 - 21

Mardomsalari: “Israel has started taking retrogressive steps in history,” said Chairman of the State Expediency Council Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani.


Mardom salari newspaper 10 - 21

Payam-e Zaman: “Monitoring procedures should be intensified at border crossings to prevent contagious diseases from finding their way into the country,” highlighted the health minister.


Payame zaman newspaper 10 - 21

Resalat: “I do not want the Executives of Construction Party to share the fate of the Islamic Participation Front,” said former spokesman of the party Mohammad Hashemi, who has recently quit the post.

Resalat: “Enemies have failed to inflame insecurity along [Iran's] borders,” said Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari.


Resalat newspaper 10 - 21

Roozan: “Under the previous government, the country’s economy was haphazard; a person who had no experience of running a grocery shop was put in charge of an auto-making corporation,” said Akbar Torkan, the chief advisor to President Rouhani.

Roozan: “Iran can ensure the security of the Middle East and Central Asia,” a member of parliament’s National Security Committee said.


Ruzan newspaper 10 - 21

Shahrara: “Lowering oil prices is the last tool Iran’s enemies are resorting to,” said government’s Spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht.


shahre aara newspaper 10 - 21

Sharq: “Half of South Pars’ personnel lost their jobs when Ahmadinejad’s government was in office,” said the provincial governor of Bushehr.


SHARGH newspaper 10 - 21

SMT: “The new budget appropriated to vessel-building projects and revocation of ship leases will save the shipbuilding industry as much as $146 million.”


Samt newspaper 10 - 21

Tafahom: “Seventy percent of stock transactions are done online,” said the head of the Securities and Exchange Organization.


Tafahom newspaper 10 - 21

Tehran Times: “Iran and Armenia are to form a joint commission to boost trade ties.”


Tehran times newspaper 10 - 21

Vatan-e Emrooz: “Reports by [Iran's] Press TV correspondent Serena Shim that [Turkish President] Recep Tayyip Erdogan supports IS have cost the journalist her life.”


Vatane emruz newspaper 10 - 21

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Leader describes Iraq’s security as that of Iran Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:23:57 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei referred to the security of Iraq as Iran’s security, reaffirming Tehran’s full support for the new Iraqi government.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran considers security of Iraq, (which is) a brotherly and neighboring country, as its own security,” Imam Khamenei said Tuesday in a meeting with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

The Leader said the complex conditions in the region are such that the security of regional countries is indivisible.

Ayatollah Khamenei added that the current situation in the region, including in Iraq, is the result of “irresponsible policies of ultra-regional powers and certain regional countries in Syria”, and said these policies must be confronted with firm resolve.

He further described Iraq as a “great, important and influential country in the region” and underlined Iran’s decisive support for the new government in Iraq.

The Leader also reiterated that the Iraqi people and government are well capable of dealing with the security problems in the country and have no need to foreign countries (to reestablish security).

Haider al-Abadi, for his part, said he was pleased to visit Iran in his first official trip abroad after forming Iraq’s new government.

The Iraqi premier appreciated the stances of the Supreme Leader and the support provided by the Islamic Republic to Iraq in the fight against the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

He also expressed his country’s resolve to develop ties with Iran in various fields.

By Tasnim News Agency


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Salehi: Iran ready for nuclear cooperation with interested countries Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:20:07 +0000 monire@Iran Tehran, October 21, IRNA – Keeping in mind Iran’s hoard of precious nuclear experience, Tehran is ready for cooperation with friend countries interested in peaceful usage of that energy, Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi said here Tuesday.
“Iran has lots of experience in peaceful usage of the nuclear technology and is ready for cooperation with friend countries within the framework of the regulations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and under that agency’s supervision,” said Salehi Tuesday night in a ceremony on the occasion of 60th anniversary of the Algerian independence, held at the residence of that country’s ambassador.

The vice president, meanwhile, referred to Iran’s good and still expanding relations with Algeria, referring to the two countries’ presidents meeting and consultation on the sidelines of this year’s UN General Assembly session.



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Amini bags gold in Asia Para Games Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:16:29 +0000 monire@Iran INCHEON (Tasnim) – Iran’s Mahnaz Amini grabbed a gold medal in the Women’s Javelin Throw – F57 in the 2014 Asia Para Games.
The Iranian athlete won the gold with a 21.57meters throw.

Chinese Ming Liu claimed the silver with 18.97meters.

Bronze medal went to Emirati Siham Masoud Muhail Alrasheedy with 13.57 meters.

Iran has previously won 11 gold medals in the games.

Vahid Keshtkar claimed a gold medal in the men’s 400 m freestyle S13.

Erfan Hosseini won the gold medal in the men’s javelin throw F12–13.

Sareh Javanmardi earned the gold medal in the Mixed 50 meter pistol SH1.

Discus thrower Alireza Mokhtari clinched a gold medal in the men’s F51/52/53.

Peyman Nasiri won the gold medal of the Men’s 1,500m T20 final.

Sareh Javanmardi claimed a gold medal in the Women’s P2-10m Air Pistol-SH1.

Mohammad Alvanpour clinched a gold medal in the Men’s Javelin Throw – F55/56.

Amir Jafari Arangah seized the gold medal in weightlifting.

Mahnaz Amini claimed a gold medal in the Women’s Shot Put – F57.

Younes Seifipour won a gold medal in the Men’s Shot Put – F32.

Alireza Mokhtari clinched a gold medal in the Shot Put – F53/54.

The 2014 Asian Para Games started on October 18 in Incheon, South Korea and will last until 24. The games feature around 5,000 athletes competing across 23 sports.

By Tasnim News Agency


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Iran’s parliamentary delegation due in Moscow Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:11:44 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A group of Iranian lawmakers will leave Tehran for an official visit to Russia later this week.

Led by Ramezan Ali Sobhanifar, who heads the Iran-Russia Parliamentary Friendship Group, the five-strong parliamentary delegation will start a five-day visit to Russia on Sunday.

Mohammad Taghi Tavakoli, Mohammad Hossein Ghorbani, Hadi Ghavami, Safar Naemizar, and Abbas Salahi are the other members of the delegation.

They are scheduled to meet with Russia’s parliamentary, political and economic officials during the visit.

Tehran and Moscow have taken steps to develop bilateral ties in recent months.

In September, Iran and Russia agreed to boost cooperation in the area of economy and use national currencies in bilateral trade.

In a meeting between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Russian President Vladimir Putin on September 30, Putin hailed Iran’s stance on regional and international issues and described the close cooperation between the two countries as a major factor in maintaining the stability of the region.

He underlined that Tehran and Moscow share common stances on many regional and international issues.

Rouhani, for his part, said the common interests of Iran and Russia have strengthened the two countries’ cooperation.

“The numerous meetings between the two countries’ leaders and officials indicate the close ties between Iran and Russia and their determination to expand bilateral cooperation,” Rouhani stated.

By Tasnim News Agency


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Leader condoles passing of Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:07:45 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei offered condolences over passing away of Chairman of Iran’s Assembly of Experts Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani.
In a message on Tuesday, the Supreme Leader hailed Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani as a “pious cleric, sincere politician and outspoken revolutionary” who spared no efforts to defend the causes of the Islamic Revolution.

Earlier in the day, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared two days of national mourning in commemoration of Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani.

Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani had been admitted to the hospital on June 4 after suffering a heart failure and went into a coma afterwards. He died of cardiac arrest at the age of 83.

Back in 2011, Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani was elected as the chairman of the Assembly of Experts, a high-ranking body of experts which elects and oversees the activities of the leader of the Islamic Revolution.

The leading cleric was a close ally of the founder of the Islamic Republic, the late Imam Khomeini, and played a major role in events that culminated in the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

By Tasnim News Agency


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Iran Arrests Several Spies in Bushehr Province Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:03:39 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Intelligence Minister Seyed Mahmoud Alawi announced on Tuesday that the country’s security forces have arrested several spies in the Southern province of Bushehr which hosts the nation’s first nuclear power plant.

“Thanks to the vigilance of the Intelligence Ministry forces who monitor the moves of the foreign intelligence services, some agents who intended to carry out surveillance and intelligence gathering for the foreigners in Bushehr province have been identified and sent to justice,” Alawi said, addressing a number of local officials in Bushehr city today.

The minister further reminded the decisive role of the Bushehr province for the country, and stressed, “This province as the economic, industrial, military, trade and nuclear hub of the country has a special position at the national level.”

Last month, Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Asqar Zarean disclosed that the country has disrupted plots by foreign spies to recruit its nuclear experts and stopped sabotage attempts through faulty foreign equipment supplied for its facilities.

“We aim to raise awareness about the enemy, who is more hostile to us every day,” Zarean, who is also in charge of security for Iran’s nuclear program, said.

He did not name countries that authorities believe are behind the sabotage and the recruitment effort.

Zarean said foreign intelligence agencies targeted the experts when they traveled abroad and that the experts informed their superiors about the contact when they returned home. He did not elaborate on number of the attempts and destinations where the contacts occurred.

Zarean also showed parts and equipment, including modems and pumps, which he said had been deliberately tampered with to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program. He described the items on display, which he said had been manufactured in western and Asian countries, as only a small sample of western sabotage.

Despite the (nuclear) negotiations (between Tehran and the six major world powers), Zarean said Iran’s (civilian nuclear) program remains a target for foreign spies, pointing at Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) shooting down a Israeli spy drone in August near the uranium enrichment facility in Natanz, some 240 kilometers (150 miles) South of the capital, Tehran.

“With the dominance, resistance and vigilance that our defense system has shown, any flying object aiming to approach our nuclear sites will be targeted,” Zarean said. “We are not joking with anyone. From now on they will see that (our response) to such jokes will be serious.”

Late in August, the IRGC announced in a statement that it had shot down an Israeli drone near the highly sensitive nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz in Central Iran.

The IRGC Public Relations Department said in the statement that the Israeli pilotless aircraft was a radar-evading, stealth drone with the mission to spy on Iran’s Natanz nuclear enrichment plant.

The IRGC also pointed out in its statement that the Israeli hostile aircraft had been targeted by a surface-to-air missile.

The IRGC then warned that it “reserves the right of response and retaliation for itself”.

In August, Head of the AEOI Ali Akbar Salehi said not only the western, but also some developing states have been trying to sabotage Iran’s nuclear installations through selling malfunctioning parts to the country.

“Unfortunately, different European and western countries and famous world industries with special positions (in this industry) have collaborated with the Zionist regime and the US efforts to sabotage Iran’s nuclear industry, and if one day we reveal the names of these industries and companies to the world, all people will understand the importance of this issue,” Salehi told reporters at the time.

By Fars News Agency


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FM blasts UAE minister for anti-Iran remarks Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:59:42 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN (FNA)- An Iranian foreign ministry official slammed the United Arab Emirates State Minister for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash for his baseless allegations about Iran’s alleged interference in the internal affairs of some Arab states.

Gargash in his recent comments claimed that Iran interferes in the internal affairs of some Arab countries, including Bahrain, Yemen, Syria and Iraq.

“The allegations made by the UAE state minister for foreign affairs stem from provocations and are in line with the Iranophobia scenario,” an Iranian foreign ministry official said on Tuesday.

The official underlined that Iran’s foreign policy prioritizes expansion of ties with the regional countries as before, and “its recent consultations with its neighboring countries have been in line with this outlook.”

The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions reaffirmed its determination to establish good relations with all its neighbors, particularly the Arab countries, and emphasized the need for collective cooperation in the region to counter terror threats.

By Fars News Agency


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Israeli minister airs Iran nuclear concerns at Pentagon Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:55:59 +0000 monire@Iran Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said Tuesday he shared with his U.S. counterpart his country’s concerns about the direction of talks between world powers and Iran on its nuclear program.

In an audio message released by Yaalon’s office after his meeting with Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon, Yaalon said they also talked about the conflicts in Iraq and Syria and the U.S.-Israel defense partnership.

“The Iranian issue indeed worries us,” he said in Hebrew. “The question of if there will be an agreement and what kind of agreement worries us. I’m talking about that here and behind closed doors we express our concerns.”

Expert-level talks between Iran and world powers are to be held in Vienna on Wednesday and Thursday, according to an Iranian official.

Iran and the P5+1 group of nations — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany — are seeking a comprehensive agreement over Tehran’s nuclear program by a November 24 deadline.

But the talks have been hit by disputes over what limits should be placed on Iran’s atomic activities, particularly its enrichment of uranium, and on the process of lifting U.S., U.N. and European sanctions.

“We’ve said all along that better no agreement than a bad agreement and the question is what are they discussing at the moment, are they talking about how many centrifuges there will be and if so, why should they have centrifuges at all?” Yaalon said.

“Are they talking about other elements of the Iranian military nuclear project such as missiles ready for nuclear warheads?”

In an October 1 meeting at the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned U.S. President Barack Obama not to accept any Iran deal that would allow Tehran to become a “threshold nuclear power”.

The same week in New York, Netanyahu told the United Nations that Iran was trying to “bamboozle” the world into sealing a nuclear deal that would leave Tehran with the capacity of thousands of centrifuges to enrich uranium.

The nuclear threshold is the point at which a nation is considered to have the radioactive material, equipment and know-how to quickly produce a nuclear device, but has not yet taken the decision to do so.



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Cut financial aid to terrorists, Iran president tells West Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:51:12 +0000 monire@Iran

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani (R) and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi meet in Tehran on October 21, 2014.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says those governments that have formed a coalition to fight terrorism should first cut off the financial lifeline of terrorist groups.

“Those who claim to be fighting terrorism and those who have formed a coalition [against terrorism] should in the first step make efforts to have financial aid to terrorist groups cut,” President Rouhani said in a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Tehran on Tuesday.

Noting that terrorism has grown into a major problem for all countries in the Middle East, the president warned that the US-led anti-ISIL coalition’s airstrikes against the terrorists’ positions will only benefit the Takfiri group in the long run.

The US-led coalition has conducted several airstrikes on ISIL positions across Iraq, but the air raids have so far failed to dislodge the terrorists.

The Iraqi army, backed by volunteer forces, has been fighting the terrorist group for nearly six months now.

“Iran believes that the main responsibility in the fight against terrorist groups should be shouldered by Iraqi government and popular forces. The more united the Iraqi nation…the more successful they will be,” the Iranian president pointed out.

He emphasized that Iran has been supporting the Iraqi nation and army in their fight against terrorist groups from the very first day and would proceed with this policy until the end.

Rouhani vowed that Iran would spare no effort in helping the Iraqi government and called on regional governments to counter terrorism in a “coordinated and integrated” way to uproot this phenomenon.

The Iraqi premier, for his part, said terrorism poses a threat to all regional countries, adding that Iraq is assured of Iran’s assistance for the Arab country until the eradication of terrorism.

By Press TV


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