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Tuesday, 16 October 2012  /  International

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Nader Qazipur, Iranian Majlis member, has urged reciprocal measures towards US planes in response to Turkey’s demand that Iran should land its planes heading to Syria for inspection when passing through these countries’ airspace. “The (Iranian) government should force US planes crossing Iraqi and Turkish airspace en…

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012  /  International

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Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said, “The interference of powerful countries in the internal affairs of other nations must be prevented… Inciting a wave of Islamophobia and Iranophobia, sowing discord among regional nations, opposing regional convergence and cooperation, and preparing the ground for the expansion of…

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012  /  International

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Mehdi Davatgari, a member the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said that “the evil nature of the British regime has always been (an) established (fact) for the Iranian nation. The British have stood against the Iranian nation since the (1979) Islamic Revolution and have…

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012  /  International

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Mohsen Paknahad, the new Iranian Ambassador to Baku said in a meeting with the Azeri foreign minister that Iran and Azerbaijan share good opportunities for cooperation in the trade, cultural and international arenas. “Thanks to cultural similarities,” Paknahad noted that “fostering of Tehran and Baku commonalities is beneficial…

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012  /  International

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A European Union parliamentary delegation is scheduled to arrive in Iran on October 27 for a one-week visit. The last time the EU parliamentary delegation visited Iran was in 2007.  …

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012  /  International

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President Ahmadinejad left for Azerbaijan to attend the ECO Summit of Heads of State and Heads of Government. The President was accompanied by the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Senior Advisor Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi, his Executive Deputy Hamid Baghaei and head of his office, Esfandiar…

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012  /  International

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Iran’s Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, announced that Iran’s written and unofficial proposal to resolve the Syrian crisis had been submitted to the UN special envoy….

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012  /  Military

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Ali Fazli said that  Iran is extremely capable in terms of defense and defense equipment, and will use these capacities when necessary… “Iranian drones are currently flying over the enemies’ ships in the Persian Gulf… The enemy has strong points, but it also has weaknesses. We…

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012  /  Military

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Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi, Deputy Commander of Chiefs of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces, said that “Today we have achieved self-sufficiency in producing military equipment and defense systems.” Hejazi added that Iranian experts have turned Iran into a major producer of military equipment that can both…

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012  /  Military

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General Mehdi Farahi Deputy Defense Minister and Head of Iran’s Aerospace Organization, said that “12 golden achievements” will be unveiled in the current Iranian year (ending on March 20, 2013). He added that some of these achievements have already been publicized. Farahi spoke at the  inauguration ceremony of…

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012  /  Military

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President of Iran’s Defense Ministry’s Aerospace Industry Organization, Sardar Mahdi Farahi, discussed Iran’s growing ballistic capabilities, including cruise missiles, adding that the cruise missiles possessed various characteristics and properties that change based on the relevant threat. He emphasized that the cruise missiles can be installed on…

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012  /  Military

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IRGC commander Mohammad Ali Jafari, at an IRGC conference in North Khorasan, reflected on the overall readiness of the IRGC, adding that the organization was continually monitoring threats, expanding its intelligence control and command in defense and security, which enabled it to develop strike power of…

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012  /  Economy

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Turkish natural gas transporter Naturgaz denied sending Iranian gas into the European Union (EU) via Greece, casting doubt on EU plans to ban Iranian gas imports ../../../css/ng_Director__Ali_Arif_Akturk__said_that_Iranian_gas_imported_into_Turkey_under_long-term_deals__8230_2td4zcyr5apyghng4ed2jt.css;

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012  /  Economy

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Iran will likely import two hundred thousand tons of Indian wheat between December and January….

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012  /  Economy

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According to an announcement by the Minister of Transportation and Housing, Ali Nikzad, 13 new planes, Airbus A-320, A-310 and a Boeing M-D will soon be joining Iran’s fleet of planes….

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012  /  Economy

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Minister of Industry, Mines and Commerce, Feireidon Ahmadi, announced that Iran would shortly achieve independence in steel production and would no longer need to import. The Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO) said in a statement on Friday that the country had exported…

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012  /  Economy

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The Chairman of the Majlis Industry and Mines Committee, Reza Rahmani, announced that in light of Western countries’ attempts to create an anti-Iranian economic-political atmosphere by enforcing a series of new sanctions, the Majlis would prepare of proposals to counter the sanctions in the Industry and…

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012  /  Economy

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Mehr News Agency is reporting foreign reports on a 30% increase in American exports to Iran in the first eight months of 2012, despite the tightening sanctions against Iran. This is primarily attributable to the export of legumes, particularly wheat, to Iran. The amount of American…

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012  /  Economy

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Basij commander Mohammad Reza Naghdi discussed Iran’s economic situation, and said that Iran’s economy was growing and on the path of success  and that hurdles and obstacles needed to be overcome on that road. According to Naghdi, the economy was growing despite the obstacles, the hurdles…

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012  /  Human Rights

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Ali Mazari, a political prisoner who has been temporarily imprisoned in Evin Prison for over eighteen months, has again refused to appear in the Revolutionary Court, which he called illegal and unjust. This is the third time that Mazari has refused to appear in court, and…

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