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Monday, 3 December 2012  /  International

Hojjatoleslam Ali Saeedi said in a meeting with a group of IRGC commanders that toughening of sanctions was the first phase of strategy adopted by the global arrogance against Iran, which extended into other areas such as imposing sanctions on technological know-how, investments, banking, oil exports…

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Monday, 3 December 2012  /  International

Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, controversial Chief of Staff, was appointed as the head of the Secretariat of the Non-Aligned Movement. Iran took the chair of the NAM in August and will hold it through summer 2015….

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Monday, 3 December 2012  /  International

Saeed Jalili, Supreme National Security Council Secretary, stated that in a meeting with the Vice Chairman of Syria’s National Coordination Committee opposition group that countries that make it difficult for Syria to achieve democracy are themselves part of the problem. He reiterated that Iran is ready…

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Monday, 3 December 2012  /  Military

Gholamreza Massoumi, head of Iran’s emergency services, said that “We believe all of our emergency services should be trained and ready to face nuclear accidents.” He referred to “accidents” at the Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF), where yellowcake is converted into highly toxic uranium hexafluoride (UF6)…

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Monday, 3 December 2012  /  Military

Pro-reform Tehran daily, E’temaad ran an editorial titled, “A diplomatic victory,” maintained that the acceptance of Palestine as an observer by the UN General Assembly was welcomed by all Palestinians, including the people, parties and resistance groups. Mahmoud Abbas is harnessing this victory in his own…

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Monday, 3 December 2012  /  Military

Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, Commander of the Iranian Navy, said in a ceremony marking Iranian Navy Day that the countries of the Indian Ocean can restore and safeguard the security of that region through mutual interaction and cooperation. “Iran’s Navy as the flag bearer of peace…

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Monday, 3 December 2012  /  Military

Mohammad Bagherzadeh, Commander in charge of identifying MIAs, said that a search operation will soon begin on Um al Rasas and Majnoon islands to trace Iranian MIAs from the Iran–Iraq War (1980-1988). Bagherzadeh said that the remains of 61 martyrs of the Sacred Defense (Iran–Iraq war)…

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Monday, 3 December 2012  /  Economy

Oil Minister Rostam Qassemi said, “At present, Iran is producing 4 million barrels of oil and 600 million m3 of gas every day,” adding that these figures should increase to 5.2 million barrels of oil and 1 billion m3 of gas by the end of the…

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Monday, 3 December 2012  /  Economy

Mehdi Ghazanfari, Minister of Industry, Mines and Trade, said that USD 6.5 billion of the National Development Fund goes to 265 industrial, mining and trade projects based on agreements signed to that effect. Ghazanfari added that that the budget allocation encourages the private sector to be…

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Monday, 3 December 2012  /  Human Rights

Saeed Malekpour’s lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaei, said that “After the sentence was confirmed, my client repented for his actions. With this repentance, the death sentence has been suspended.” Malekpour was accused of “insulting and desecrating Islam.” Malekpour was arrested in 2008 while visiting relatives in Iran.  …

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Monday, 3 December 2012  /  Human Rights

Mostafa Tajzadeh and Behzad Nabavi were summoned to court to face new charges. Both men were arrested shortly after the June 2009 Presidential elections. Tajzadeh, a former Minister of Interior and prominent critic of the regime, was sentenced to six years in prison. Nabavi, a former Deputy Majlis…

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Monday, 3 December 2012  /  Human Rights

Their names are Ramin Zandia, Baha Melki, Peiman Navadinian, Ali Ghoreishi, Kamal Fakorban, Mostafa Sarbazan, Ezat Nosrati, Parviz Nasehi, Mohamad Sedik Sadeki, Hiva Ahmadi, Reza Vakili….

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Monday, 3 December 2012  /  Human Rights

Asad Olah Hadi had refused several times to wear his prison uniform, and as a result, prison authorities have refused to transfer him to a hospital to receive treatment. Prisoners have recently been required to don prison uniforms and shackles when being transferred to hospitals for…

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Monday, 3 December 2012  /  Domestic

Student entrances and exits have recently been placed under control. Until recently, a student card wasn’t even necessary to enter university grounds. Now, the dress of female students is scrutinized. Females not modestly dressed and males who smoked did not receive a place in university dorms….

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