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Tuesday, 23 October 2012  /  International

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Alaeddin Boroujerdi, Chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said that anytime Iran’s interests necessitate direct negotiations with the United States… “such a decision to enter into bilateral negotiations with the US, if expedient, will be made (only) by the Supreme Leader… However, such…

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012  /  International

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The Foreign Ministry Spokesman dismissed the claims that the Iranian government was involved in an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Washington in 2011. Mansour J. Arbabsiar was charged in a plot to kill Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir in 2011 and pleaded guilty…

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012  /  International

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Ali Akbar Salehi said, “Immediately following the explosion, I spoke to the Lebanese foreign minister over phone and expressed my condolences.” He said that the Zionist regime (Israel) is the biggest enemy of the region, adding that the UAV that penetrated deep inside Israeli airspace and…

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012  /  International

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An editorial in Jomhuri-e Islami titled, “Behind the Explosion in Beirut,” maintained that “Undoubtedly, one of the objectives of the perpetrator of the terror explosion in Lebanon was to create a rift among Lebanese parties and groups. It is clear that given the present regional condition, such measures would…

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012  /  Military

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Former Politburo Chief of the IRGC, General Yadollah Javani, when addressing IRGC naval forces in Bandar Abbas said that the West is upset with Iran, because the Islamic Republic “has broken the monopoly of the US and a number of Western countries over the world management…

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012  /  Military

Rear Admiral Gholam Reza Khadem Biqam, Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Navy (IRINF), referred to Iran’s ability to build submarines, destroyers and different naval systems and subsystems. He said that Iran’s advancements in defense and aerospace are an “important factor in changing regional and international equations…

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012  /  Military

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Mohammad Ali Jafari described resistance as the Iranian nation’s sole way to win the present economic war waged by the enemies against Iran. Jafari referred to the existing economic pressures on Iran and emphasized that key to victory against an enemy that is focused on economic…

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012  /  Military

Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar and the Russian Ambassador to Tehran underlined enhancement of bilateral ties and cooperation on security and border issues as well as a campaign against drug trafficking and organized crime….

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012  /  Economy

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Ahmad Tavakoli, formerly Chairman of the Majlis Research Center, addressed the various factors that were involved in the foreign currency crisis. He argued that the sanctions had far more marginal impact on the foreign currency crisis than the government’s poor economic policy. Tavakoli listed the factors…

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012  /  Economy

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Gholamreza Kateb, Chairman of the Majlis Planning and Budget Committee, said that “The government submitted its letter introducing the four representatives to the Majlis.” Vice President for Parliamentary Affairs Lotfollah Foruzandeh; Minister of Economic Affairs Seyyed Shamseddin Husseini; Mehdi Ghazanfari, Minister of Industry, Mining and Commerce,…

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012  /  Economy

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Managing Director of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), Ahmad Qalebani, said that oil industry contractors are not authorized to import ../../../css/d_that_contractors_are_not_allowed_to_import_items_if_domestic_manufacturers_make_similar_ones__8230_pckpbmtyxzfrmhbeuzs6tm.css;

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012  /  Economy

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The US State Department’s Persian-language spokesman, Alan Eyre, has posted a video explaining the US-led sanctions and responding to viewers’ questions….

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012  /  Human Rights

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Reza Khandan, husband of detained lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, said that the human rights attorney is entering the second week of her hunger strike, despite a visit from her family. Sotoudeh, a leading advocate for activists facing punishment, was sentenced to 11 years in prison in December 2010….

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012  /  Human Rights

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Leyla Tavasoli, daughter of engineer Mohammad Tavasoli (Chairman of the Iranian Freedom Movement) and niece of Dr. Ebrahim Yazdi, reported to Evin Prison to begin serving the two-year sentence she received on charges of participating in the protests following the 2009 elections and an interview with…

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012  /  Human Rights

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The Supreme Court upheld the death sentence handed down against a young woman accused of killing the mother of her new husband about three years ago. In her initial confession, she claimed that she had killed the woman after being abused by her, but later recanted….

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012  /  Human Rights

Ten men imprisoned on drugs charges were executed on Monday….

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012  /  Domestic

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Shirin Ebadi told Al-Monitor that Iran would soon have its own revolutionary spring. “It is not going to be very long before that day arrives.” She warned that the exact timing “was difficult to predict.” An uprising against the government is “a function of Iran’s relationship with the…

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012  /  Domestic

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Head of Iran’s State broadcaster, Ezzatollah Zarghami, has been summoned to court after a complaint by former political prisoner, Mehdi Khazali. Khazali, a physician and blogger repeatedly detained after the disputed 2009 Presidential election and sentenced to 14 years in prison, alleges that he was the…

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012  /  Domestic

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Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Mahmud Khosravi, said that communications channels are monitored and supervised on a daily basis and that the judiciary deals with Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) smuggling to the tune of USD 40 million annually. Khosravi maintained that many people…

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