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Wednesday, 22 August 2012  /  International

Mohammad Reza Forqani, NAM Summit Spokesman, said that Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, will make his first foreign visit to Tehran to participate in the NAM Summit (August 26-31).  …

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012  /  International

Avaz Heidarpour, National Security and Foreign Policy Commission member, said, “We have no doubt that Zionists (Israel) claims about attacking Iran are nothing but a psychological operation… First of all, I should say that Iran’s air-defense power will neither allow a targeted strike by the Zionist…

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012  /  International

Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said that Iran’s rising power in the region is the main reason for Israel’s fear of the outcome of the upcoming Non-Aligned Summit (NAM) in Tehran. He said that Israel cannot endanger the summit’s agenda, adding that it would have great influence…

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012  /  International

Hadi Shushtari, member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, underscored in a Tehran-e Emruzeditorial titled, “The Efforts of the Zionists against the NAM Summit,” that the participation of approximately 100 countries in the upcoming summit in Tehran is a “great victory” for Iran…

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012  /  Military

Ahmad Vahidi said, “Iran’s Armed Forces are currently at the highest level of defensive and military preparedness and will give a crushing response to any aggressors.” He dismissed Israeli war rhetoric against “worthless… Zionist regime (Israeli) officials are having serious political disagreements among themselves and these…

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012  /  Military

Deputy Commander of Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base for Engineering Affairs, Mohammad Husseini, has said that the Iranian military has begun construction of its largest air defense base in Abadeh, in southern Fars province. He said that the base is due to be built at a…

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012  /  Military

Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi said that the US tried to prevent the export of the Russian S-300 (advanced SA missile) to Iran. He added that Iran itself is ready to cancel the lawsuit against Rosoboronexport (S-300 manufacturer) with the Arbitration Court in Geneva, provided that Moscow perform…

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012  /  Economy

Iran is seeking to expand its banking foothold in Armenia to make up for difficulties in countries it used to rely on to do business.  …

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012  /  Economy

Arsalan Fathipour, Chairman of the Majlis Economic Committee said, “We have a variety of approaches and solutions for bypassing sanctions. We have relations with a number of other states, and our relations still continue.” He added that that Iran can use its ties with other world…

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012  /  Economy

One kilogram of chicken is selling at IRR 53000 to IRR 54000 (about USD 4.25 at the official rate), but up to IRR 60000 (about USD 4.75) in Tehran. Unsubsidized chicken in Tehran has sold for up to IRR 90000  (USD 7.25) in Tehran this summer….

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012  /  Economy

Iranian Minister of Industry, Mines and Trade stated that Iran is ready to create joint trade companies with Iraq, sign additional trade and border agreements, and increase cooperation in the banking, insurance and transport sectors. The current “volume of trade between Iran and Iraq stands at…

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012  /  Human Rights

Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian Nobel Peace laureate, has written to the United Nations to protest the Islamic Republic’s recent policies toward women. Ebadi claims the Iranian government is trying to limit the active presence of women in society. Ebadi issued a letter urging the United Nations…

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012  /  Human Rights

Majid Dorri, a prominent student activist imprisoned for 6 1/2 years, has protested in a letter against former political prisoners Shiva Nazar Ahari, Jila Bani Yaghoub and Reyhaneh Tabatabai being summoned to Evin Prison. The three activists now face a resumption of prison terms imposed after…

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012  /  Human Rights

Khamenei ordered the early release or a reduction in the prison sentences of 130 prisoners convicted of security-related crimes on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.  …

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012  /  Domestic

Solat Mortazavi, Political Deputy of the Interior Ministry, announced that two prominent reformist political parties, Association of Combatant Clerics and the Islamic Iran Participation Front, which were banned following the 2009 presidential election, will continue to be forbidden from entering the 2013 presidential election campaign.  …

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012  /  Domestic

Employees of Sarcheshmeh Copper have recently staged several demonstrations to protest the removal of Ardeshir Saadmohammadi as Executive Director of the company in Kerman Province and call for his return to the position of Executive Director of National Copper Industries of Iran. Rafsanjan and Anar’s representative…

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012  /  Domestic

Conservative Iranian websites are reporting a new wave of moral promiscuity by young men and women that continued over the summer and even during the Ramadan at several of the beaches in northern Iranian cities near the Caspian Sea. Several of these northern beaches are fenced,…

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