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Wednesday, 12 December 2012  /  International

Hojjatoleslam Ali Saeeidi spoke  at the First Conference of Friday Prayer Imams and Basij Commanders at the Auditorium of Qom Seminary Teachers Association: Numerous strategic differences of opinion with the United States - “The status of sanctions and Iran’s economic conditions should not urge some people…

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012  /  International

Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has said that adherence to national dialogue is the most appropriate way to resolve the crisis and criticized the Western approach to Syrian developments. Salehi said the Syrian groups were holding national dialogue in Tehran, while terrorists supported by certain foreign countries…

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012  /  International

Deputy Head of Iran’s Anti-Narcotics Headquarters, Babak Dinparast, deplored the poor performance of NATO and US forces in Afghanistan in combating narcotics. He referred to the seizure of 12 tons of narcotics in eastern Iranian in recent days, and said, “These seizures have been made as we…

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012  /  Military

Deputy Governor General of Isfahan Province for Political and Security Affairs, Mohammad Mehdi Esmayeeli, rejected Western media rumors about radioactive leakage at the Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF) in Isfahan, which contains process lines to convert yellowcake into uranium hexafluoride (UF6). “The rumors about leaking and contamination…

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012  /  Military

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mehmanparast said the media reports recently released about alleged missile and nuclear cooperation between Tehran and Pyongyang are “baseless.” The remarks came shortly after foreign media outlets reported that a group of Iranian missile experts are in North Korea offering technical assistance with the…

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012  /  Military

Brigadier General Gholam-Reza Jalali, Head of Iran’s Passive Defense Organization, said that Iran is undergoing fundamental changes in its cyber infrastructure in order to increase its passive defense capabilities. He added that Iran is “under threat” from its enemies in three important spheres: “military, economy and…

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012  /  Military

Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces for Basij and Defense Culture, said that Iranian armed forces enjoy rapid technological progress, especially in production of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). “Iran enjoys a very high speed in (acquiring and developing) knowledge,…

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012  /  Economy

Majlis member Ahmad Amirabadi Farahani said that since the US failed to attain its sinister goals by the tough sanctions, the arrogant governments have no choice, except to give up. Adopting a resistance economy is the only way to thwart the sanctions imposed due to the…

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012  /  Economy

Gholam Reza Asadollahi, a member of the Majlis Planning and Budget Committee, said that 40% of the oil revenues factored in for this year’s budget have not been obtained. The committee’s report claims that the primary reason for the shortfall is Western-imposed sanctions, which by all…

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012  /  Economy

Statistics released by National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC) showed average daily gasoline consumption stood at under 60 million liters a day during the week ended December 07. Daily gasoline consumption that week hit 59.7 million liters, up by 2.6 million liters against the previous…

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012  /  Human Rights

According to reports, Milad Dahghan was arrested in Ahvaz and a search was conducted of his home during which personal equipment was seized. No information has been released regarding the charges against him or his whereabouts. Heavy pressure has recently been applied on activists in the…

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012  /  Human Rights

Ali Zakeri was taken to Evin Prison to serve his sentence. The 46-year-old political prisoner worked at Atiyeh Hospital and was arrested during the Ahsura riots. Two years ago, without the presence of his lawyer, Zakeri was charged with conspiracy against the regime and sentenced to…

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012  /  Human Rights

Hamid Eslami and Rahman Vafayi, two citizens of Baha’i descent have been in temporary custody for the past five months, 68 days of which in solitary confinement. According to reports of relatives, the two have been subjected to harsh conditions such as lack of room, fierce…

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012  /  Domestic

Habibollah Asgaroladi, the Secretary General of the Followers of Imam and Leadership Front and a member of the Islamic Coalition Party, said that the Islamic system will warmly welcome the controversial candidates from the 2009 presidential election if they repent. “I once said, that I do…

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012  /  Domestic

A member of the Majlis Budget and Planning Committee reported a petition by 15 Majlis members to put Education Minister Hamid Reza Haji-Babaii on trial in light of the chaos of the education system, the shortage of teachers in elementary and high schools as well as…

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012  /  Domestic

Iran has launched its own video-sharing website to compete against Google’s popular YouTube, sometimes considered inappropriate and not in line with Islamic moral values. The Iranian version of YouTube is called Mehr, (affection) and intends to attract Persian-speaking users and promote Iranian culture. IRIB deputy chief,…

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