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Thursday, 2 August 2012  /  International

“Ahmadinejad addressed ambassadors and embassy staff of Islamic countries stationed in Tehran. He lambasted the US and repeated his well-known anti-Semitic remarks. “For about 400 years, a horrible Zionist clan have been managing world affairs by being behind the scenes of main power, politics, media, monetary…

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Thursday, 2 August 2012  /  International

Ali Akbar Salehi said that Iran wants to restore stability in Syria and solve disputes through dialogue. “We support Mr. Kofi Annan’s plan and believe that it is the only way to get out of this situation.” He repeated Iran’s readiness to prepare ground for talks…

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Thursday, 2 August 2012  /  International

Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs, Hassan Qashqavi, said that the Saudi Foreign Ministry Spokesman was unaware of the Saudi Judicial Accord with Iran, according to which the Saudi government is to extradite Iranian citizens convicted by Saudi Courts of Justice. He said that the Judicial…

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Thursday, 2 August 2012  /  International

Seyyed Mohsen Mir-Haji said, “If Iran’s diplomatic echelon wants to reconsider relations with lowly England, it will definitely face severe reactions from students and the Hezbollah Ummah.” Mir-Haji added that he had heard that Ben Wallace, Chairman of the British-Iranian Parliamentary Group, planned to meet with…

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Thursday, 2 August 2012  /  International

Hassan Qashqavi, Deputy Foreign Minister for Parliamentary and Consular Affairs, said that “We have instructed the Iranian embassy in Libya to pursue the issue immediately… We hope that the release of these people will be obtained through the follow-up of the Iranian embassy and the cooperation…

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Thursday, 2 August 2012  /  Military

AEOI Head rejects reports alleging new malware has attacked nuclear enrichment installations. Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Fereidoon Abbasi, denied the reports saying, “It’s not true and we are carrying out our normal activities at nuclear sites.”  …

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Thursday, 2 August 2012  /  Military

Seyed Hossein Naqavi Husseini. Spokesman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said that new aspects of connections between the terrorist network that assassinated Iranian nuclear scientists with the CIA and Mossad was discussed in the Committee. He added that the Committee had held…

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Thursday, 2 August 2012  /  Military

Seyed Mahmud Reza Sajjadi said that if the Russian officials agree to deliver the S-300 air defense system to Iran in accordance with the signed contract between the two countries, Iran will withdraw its compliant.” Iran was, indeed, seeking USD 900 million in compensation, and the…

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Thursday, 2 August 2012  /  Military

Ali Hakim Javadi, Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology, said that Ahmadinejad has asked tp recruit manpower required for information technology security to provide electronic services by the government. He added that all government agencies will be linked to a national information network in next…

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Thursday, 2 August 2012  /  Military

Director of Iran Space Agency, Hamid Fazeli, said that Iran will be launching the satellite-carrier Kavoshgar-5 with a living organism on board. He added that the rocket has successfully passed every preparatory stage and will take a monkey into space by next month. Fazeli also announced…

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Thursday, 2 August 2012  /  Economy

Hojjatoleslam Morteza Agha-Tehrani, Secretary General of the Resistive Economy Paydari Front for Creating Consensus in Iran, commented on the sanctions and rising prices, saying that the pressure created by the sanctions and lack of economic calm have fomented discontent among the public. “That said, they have…

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Thursday, 2 August 2012  /  Economy

Abbas Memarnejad announced, “The private sector can run activity in crude oil export by setting up a consortium… The presence of the private sector is possible provided that the Oil Ministry issues the permit, but from the Customs Office point of view, there is no problem…

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Thursday, 2 August 2012  /  Economy

US President Barack Obama has imposed new economic sanctions against Iran’s energy sector and two banks in China and Iraq for “facilitating oil sales transactions” for Tehran. Obama said that the US sanctions will apply to any financial institution that allows Iran to access the international…

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Thursday, 2 August 2012  /  Human Rights

Three members of the Baha’i community in Tehran have been released on bail of USD 816,000 each. Nasim Ashrafi, Shamis Mohajer and Zhinous Rahimi were among about 20 Baha’is arrested in early July in raids in Tehran, Mashhad and Shiraz.  …

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Thursday, 2 August 2012  /  Domestic

First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi, defying the Administrative Court, said that Presidential aide Saeed Mortazavi will remain head of the Social Security Fund. Rahimi emphasized, “The Social Security Fund is a public non-profit and non-governmental institution, and I do not believe the decision of the Administrative…

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Thursday, 2 August 2012  /  Domestic

The Majlis speaker briefed Majlis members on recent regional and economic developments. Ali Larijani’s “closed session” presentation updated the deputies on recent regional developments (mainly in Syria) as well as social and economic and internal issues….

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Thursday, 2 August 2012  /  Domestic

Gholam Hoseyn Mohseni-Ezhe’i was asked to comment on rumors that former President, Seyyed Mohammad Khatami, was consulting with the Judiciary to secure the release the two leaders. Ezhe’i responded, “The judiciary will not allow any individual to act against the law, be it Khatami or anyone…

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Thursday, 2 August 2012  /  Domestic

The prosecutor of Tehran province, Ali Reza Avayi, said that there was a criminal case involving illegal land profiteering. Mohammad Javad  Larijani serves as  head of the Human Rights Council in the judiciary and top adviser to Khamenei. He is also the elder brother of Ayatollah Sadegh…

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Thursday, 2 August 2012  /  Domestic

The 87 traditional cafés and restaurants that internal security forces closed in Tehran’s Farahzad neighborhood reopened at the direct order of President Ahmadinejad. According to reports, immediately after the President heard about the closing, he sought to clarify the issue, contacted senior security officials and the…

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Thursday, 2 August 2012  /  Domestic

Majlis members elected the vocal critic of the government, Ali Motahhari, as a member of Press Supervisory Board. Motahhari was elected with 106 votes from among three candidates who had been nominated for this post. Majlis members Bizhan Nowbaveh and Ramezan Shoja’i Kiasari were elected as…

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