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Iran news round up – January 26, 2015


A view of Iran's Majlis

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

Key takeaway: 208 parliamentarians signed an open letter hailing Qassem Soleimani as a strategic mastermind and defender of “sustainable regional security.” Hossein Salami reiterated the regime’s intent to expand the armed resistance into the West Bank. MP Hassan Asafari warned that Parliament would push legislation to enrich uranium to 60 percent if new sanctions are imposed.

208 MPs praised IRGC Qods Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani for leading the fight against ISIL and called the Qods Force the “powerful arm” of the Islamic Republic. The President of the Strategic Defense Studies Center IRGC Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi, meanwhile, attributed recent victories in Iraq against ISIL to Soleimani. The Former Qods Force Commander added that the US strategy in Iraq has failed, echoing regime rhetoric regarding Washington’s Middle East policies and the US-led coalition against ISIL.

IRGC Deputy Commander Brigadier General Hossein Salami reassured the domestic audience that a concerted effort will be made to expand the armed resistance into the West Bank, as well as carrying “…out a particular work specifically in retaliation and revenge for the incident that happened in in the Golan Heights, near Quneitra,” which killed Qods Force member IRGC Brigadier General Allah Dadi. Salami also highlighted the “sharp contrast” between the “interests” of the al Houthi movement, which he noted is “inspired by the Islamic Revolution,” and those of the US and its regional allies. His comment underscores the regime’s increasing willingness to rhetorically cast recent developments in Yemen as loss in regional influence for the US and a gain for the Islamic Republic.

Parliamentarian Mohammad Hassan Asafari announced Parliament’s plans to push legislation to enrich uranium to 60 percent in the event the US Congress passes new sanctions against Iran. Ali Shamkhani, the Supreme National Security Council Secretary, moreover, said that such approaches by the P5+1 have proven to be ineffective in the past and added that, appropriate and proportional measures will be taken in response to the behavior of the opposing party.

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Regional Developments and Diplomacy

Military and Security

Nuclear Talks

By AEI Critical Threat


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