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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  International

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In the meeting, Mood briefed Mohammadreza Sheibani on his trips to New York and Geneva as well as his UNSC meetings. Sheibani rejected any military or security solutions to the crisis and said the way out is dialogue between the government and the opposition groups. He…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  International

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An E’temad (pro-reform) editorial titled, “The Task of the Syria Conference Up to Moscow and Washington” argues that Iran’s role in solving the Syrian crisis is key. The author noted US opposition to Iran’s participation in the negotiations and stated, “With the knowledge that Iran has…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  International

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Ahmad Vahidi has called on Damascus and Ankara to resolve the tension caused by Syria’s downing of a Turkish military aircraft through dialogue. He added that the involvement of NATO or any other foreign country would backfire and undermine the two countries good relations. Vahidi Warned…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  International

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Javid Karimi-Qoddusi, member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee (NSFPC), said that following Morsi’s election, relations between Iran and Egypt will take a different form, and the change in the nature of Iran’s relations with Egypt will be soon discussed in the committee…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  International

A Qudsonline editorial titled, “Morsi’s Victory and Difficult Test of Our Diplomacy” urges the Iranian government to “refrain” from any immediate action to get close to newly elected Egyptian President Morsi in order to prevent a possible backfire. Rather, it should get close to him cautiously…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  International

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Ali-Akbar Farazi said that in the past few years, the Foreign Ministry has unfortunately lost its expert forces. The Foreign Ministry did not train new experts before forcing its elite forces into retirement, and it was therefore forced to employ individuals who had no valuable experience…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  International

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In his weekly press conference, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast cautioned regional countries (namely Saudi Arabia) “not to play in enemies’ courts …If a country wants to counter us for a political goal or goes along with the West’s incorrect and illegal sanctions against us, (it…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  Military

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Ali Akbar Salehi said in an address to Iranian expatriates in Cyprus that Tehran’s medical (research) reactor (TRR) was loaded with domestically produced nuclear fuel plates during a ceremony held to unveil Iran’s latest nuclear achievements. TheTehranreactor produces radioisotopes for cancer patients. He predicted a “bright…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  Military

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In an interview with Fars News Agency, Iranian Navy Lieutenant Commander for Technical Affairs Rear Admiral Abbas Zamini said that navy submarines would be deployed to theCaspian Sea. According to Zamini, three of Iran’s super-heavy submarines are located in the southern territorial waters, and there are…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  Military

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Dr. Abbas Ebrahimi, Secretary of Iran’s Headquarters for Development of Aerospace Technology, said that the policy document for Iran’s aerospace industry will be finalized in the current Iranian year (ends March 2013). Ebrahimi said that the “generalities” of the policy document have been finalized, and include…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  Economy

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Iranian revenue from oil this year is expected to decline to USD 50 billion, in contrast with last year, when oil revenue totaled USD 113 billion. The main reason for the decline is attributed to a drop in world oil prices, but also to decreased production…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  Economy

Iran’s Pars Oil and Gas Co (POGC) plans to issue rial- and U.S. dollar-denominated bonds worth IEE 52 trillion (USD 4.2 billion) by March 2013 to accelerate implementation of South Pars projects. POGC’s Financial Manager Toraj Jahan Ara said that there would be USD 1 billion…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  Economy

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Oil Minister Rostam Qassemi said, “The establishment of exclusive customs offices for imports ../../../2012/06/28/and_exports_of_oil_products_would_accelerate_clearance_procedures___8221.css; adding that that the initiative would be followed by falling costs and better development of oil industry. “As a first step, these customs offices…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  Economy

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Ahmad Masumifar reacted to a South Korean announcement that would suspend all Iranian oil imports from Iran July1 inresponse to a European Union insurance ban on tankers carrying crude from Iran….

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  Economy

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Ali Larijani said that the government’s disregard for the views of the Majlis is one reason for the high cost of living. Larijani added prices have risen in part due to the hostility of external enemies, but also can be partly attributed to lack of foresight…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  Economy

The highway will link Tehran with Iraq, Syria and other countries in the Mediterranean region through Iran’s Khosrawi border. The highway will become operational by the end of the current Persian year (March 2013)….

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  Human Rights

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Isa Saharkhiz (who held a senior position in the Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry under former President Khatami) accused security and judicial officials of cruel treatment, while taking him to a hospital. “The government, especially the Supreme Leader (Khamenei) will be held responsible for the consequences…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  Human Rights

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Gholamhoseyn Esma’ili, head of Iran’s Prisons Organization, said that “The statements that are published on behalf of people jailed on security grounds are not written by them. People outside the prison have written and published those statements on behalf of these prisoners.” He added that prisoners…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  Human Rights

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Internal security forces arrested Abbas Khameneh, father of Iranian student Yassar Kahmeneh who lives in the Netherlands due to his involvement in a Facebook campaign to fight extrinsic religious and messianic beliefs in Iranian society. According to Yasser, security forces contacted his father after having tapped…

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Thursday, 28 June 2012  /  Human Rights

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Human rights activist and President of the Kurdistan Human Rights Organization, Mohammad Sadeq Kaboudvand, who launched a hunger strike 30 days ago, is suffering from extreme weakness and his condition is provoking concern. Kaboudvand launched the hunger strike following the refusal of the authorities to allow…

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