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Tuesday, 11 December 2012  /  International

Mohammad Hassan Asafari said, “The Americans have adopted a dual policy, as they talk about resumption of talks with Iran, while at the same time, their drones violate Iranian airspace in order to attain their sinister goals… If the Americans continue such measures, Iran will examine…

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012  /  International

Ramin Mehmanparast, Foreign Ministry Spokesman, said that “Iran will hold talks with all countries, except for the Zionist regime (Israel), if they respect the inalienable rights of the Iranian people.” Mehmanparast added, “The Americans seek to protect the interests of the Zionist regime of Israel in…

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012  /  International

Iranian cartoonist reflects on Khaled Mashal (mashal, meaning  torch in Arabic) head of Hamas Political Bureau to Gaza Strip….

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012  /  International

Ahmadinejad met with Eritrea’s new Ambassador to Iran and referred to the bilateral relations between the two countries as “positive and growing… Iran sees no limit for promoting the level of ties with Eritrea.” Ahmadinejad also met with the new Irish Ambassador to Iran and said,…

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012  /  International

Ebrahim Aqa-Mohammadi, a member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee , has brushed off UAE’s call for talks over the three disputed islands (Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa) in the Persian Gulf. “Negotiating this issue is out of the question, and…

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012  /  Military

Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said, “All the intelligence existing in this (RQ-170) UAV has been completely decoded and extracted, and we know each and every step it has taken (during its missions).” Hajizadeh revealed some of the data taken from the UAV’s intelligence (data) system…

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012  /  Military

Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh rejected Western claims that the UAV Hezbollah (Ayub) recently used to penetrate Israeli airspace had been made of the US RQ-170 stealth aircraft that Iran captured last year. He stressed that the drone was an old product manufactured about 10 years…

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012  /  Military

Palestinian parents in the Gaza strip are naming their newborn babies after Iranian-made Fajr-5 rockets as a way to show gratitude to the Islamic Republic for its support during the recent eight-day Israeli war.  …

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012  /  Military

Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said, “We don’t need missiles with over 2000 km, but we have the technology to build them… Israel is our longest-range target.” Hajizadeh’s remarks came a few days after an internal US report recently submitted to the US Congress claimed that…

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012  /  Economy

Former Iranian Oil Minister, Gholam Hossein Nozari, has a good chance of winning the post of Managing Director of a French refinery, which is due to be bought by a private Iranian company. An informed source was quoted as saying that “Gholam Hossein Nozari is one…

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012  /  Economy

Abdolhosain Bayat, National Petrochemical Company (NPC) Managing Director, said that by relying on their capabilities and knowledge, Iranian experts and manufacturers have been able to nullify the impact of sanctions so that at present many parts and equipment needed in the petrochemical industry are being manufactured…

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012  /  Economy

Arsalan Fathipour, Chairman of the Majlis Economic Committee, said that Iran’s software exports in the first  half of the current Iranian year (March 20-September 21) amounted to USD 50 million, and reiterated that Iran can bypass the Western sanctions through export of equipment and devices in…

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012  /  Human Rights

Abdol Fatah Soltani was sentenced to 13 years in prison and suffers from severe anemia (thalassemia). Tests he underwent in prison found that he required hospitalization in a hospital equipped with the suitable medical equipment. The efforts of Soltani’s family to obtain approval for him to…

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012  /  Human Rights

Ahmad Molazadeh was threatened that his continued questioning and investigation of the condition of his son would negatively impact him and his imprisoned son. The condition of his son, who was arrested last year by the IRGC, remains unknown. Ahmad’s son, who is 25 years old,…

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012  /  Domestic

Workers strike in South Fars to protest not having been paid for several key stages of the South Pars companies, leading to strikes and worker unrest in the companies. According to reports by the companies (Petro Part, Payandan, Darya, Sahel, Fars, Eskat), the companies are on…

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012  /  Domestic

Laleh Eftekhari said, “The (presidential) Election Law needed to be reformed. The changes to the composition of the provincial Executive Board will definitely help the Interior Ministry during the whole process of elections.” Moayyed Husseini Sadr, another Majlis member, said that “By the new amendments to…

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012  /  Domestic

The Education Minister appeared before Majlis to apologize for the recent fire at an elementary school that left one student dead and 31 students with serious burns. Last Wednesday, a fire broke out in a fourth grade class at a girl’s school in Sheenabad, when a…

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