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Iran news round up – December 31, 2014

A selection of the latest news stories and editorials published in Iranian news outlets, compiled by AEI Critical Threats Project Iran Analyst Mehrdad Moarefian with contributors Chris Rawlins, Diana Timmerman and Warren Marshall. To receive this daily newsletter, please subscribe online

Key takeaway: President Rouhani praised the armed forces at the closing ceremony of the Mohammad Rasoul-Allah exercises for showcasing Iran’s conventional military capabilities. Baghdad and Tehran signed a memorandum of understanding for a bilateral defense partnership, while bolstering economic relations through joint ventures.

President Hassan Rouhani pointed to the large-scale military drills to highlight Iran’s prevailing conventional capabilities in the face of international pressure and said that, low oil prices, and sanctions will not bring Iran to its knees. Rouhani’s remarks, moreover, served to echo the Supreme Leader’s call for resistance, while reinforcing the IRGC’s perception of the diplomatic leverage military power provides Tehran in its negotiations with the P5+1.

Iran and Iraq signed an agreement to bolster bilateral defense cooperation. Tehran and Baghdad will work together to form a national army in Iraq. The accord ensures a prominent role for Iran in shaping the security apparatus of Baghdad as well as significant political clout. Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani, meanwhile, met with Iraqi transportation minister Bagher Jaber al-Zubeidt to discuss joint ventures on rebuilding Iraq’s damaged infrastructure.
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By AEI Critical Threat


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