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Thursday, 20 December 2012  /  International

American officials observe Iranian actions momentarily and view Tehran as a rival, said Hojatoleslam Mostafa Pourmohammadi, Head of Iran’s General Inspection Organization. He continued, “Iran has challenged Western civilization, and the nuclear issue is just an excuse for the West to exert pressure on Iran.” He…

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Thursday, 20 December 2012  /  International

Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said in a meeting with the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) that over the past two weeks, 32 tons of various kinds of narcotics were discovered on Iran’s eastern borders, especially the borders with Pakistan. He added…

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Thursday, 20 December 2012  /  International

Iran’s consulate in Herat (Western Afghanistan) resumed work on December 17. The Consulate’s Media Attaché, Hussein Mir-Eskandari, said that “Upon the request of the people of Herat, this political body decided to reopen the consulate.” A week ago, the consulate was temporarily closed after the mission’s…

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Thursday, 20 December 2012  /  Military

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereidoun Abbasi has said that  “The 20% enrichment for the Tehran (research, TRR) reactor is a right of the Iranian nation and Iran will defend this right powerfully”. He underlined that the West is not in a…

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Thursday, 20 December 2012  /  Military

The commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) announced that the IRGCN will be moving to Bandar Abbas port by the end of the year, on the orders of the Iranian Supreme Leader. Fadavi said that behind the decision is the Iranian assessment that…

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Thursday, 20 December 2012  /  Military

Hossein Salami said, “If the enemy threatens our vital interests, we will be able to threaten the enemy’s vital interests equally and even more, and the enemy has already witnessed this capability in intelligence and economic wars (with us)… In doing so, we will use all…

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Thursday, 20 December 2012  /  Military

Commander of Iran’s First Naval Zone, Admiral Hossein Azad, said that “Marshal Shaposhinkov, which is a heavy Russian destroyer, has berthed in Bandar Abbas to “consolidate the military ties between the two countries.” He said the Iranian navy has arranged certain programs to be carried out…

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Thursday, 20 December 2012  /  Military

Yemen’s security authorities seized a large shipment of mortar shells in the port of Mukalla. Approximately 180,000 mortar shells, several boxes of pistols and automatic rifles were discovered inside the container. “Initial reports show that the shipment loaded with various kinds of weapons and mortar shells…

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Thursday, 20 December 2012  /  Economy

Ahmadinejad, in a ceremony marking the second anniversary of implementation of the subsidy reform plan, defended “the most important economic surgery in Iran’s history.”  He said that it is vital to revive the Iranian economy along with other reforms in the tax and banking systems, the…

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Thursday, 20 December 2012  /  Economy

Seyed Shamseddin Hosseini said, “During our visits to the Middle Eastern countries, we found them asking about our experiences with the targeted subsidy plan and even the US Secretary of State (Hillary Clinton) has referred to the successful implementation of this plan.”  …

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Thursday, 20 December 2012  /  Economy

Mohammad Ali Abdollahzadeh, a member of the Majlis Planning and Budget Committee, said that the request was not unreasonable, maintaining that the Majlis is unlikely to agree to a 300% increase electricity rates (from 1 to 3 cents). He explained, “The Iranian people are currently under…

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Thursday, 20 December 2012  /  Economy

Iran has launched the first underground natural gas storage facility in the Sarajeh region of Qom Province. Managing Director of Natural Gas Storage Company, Massoud Samivand, said that “We can exploit 1.5mln cubic meters of gas on daily basis from the first storage field, but when…

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Thursday, 20 December 2012  /  Human Rights

Reverend Saeed Abedini, a 32-year-old US citizen and Christian convert, has been detained without charge in Evin Prison in Tehran. Abedini was granted US citizenship in 2010, when he married his American wife. In the past, the Iranian government allowed him to travel back and forth between the…

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Thursday, 20 December 2012  /  Human Rights

At the time of the arrest, two people were severely beaten for asking to see the police arrest warrants. The police filmed everything that happened from the moment they entered the home until the people were detained. According to reports, after the arrests and interrogation, security…

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Thursday, 20 December 2012  /  Human Rights

The Intelligence Ministry in Shiraz, after failing in their attempt to find and arrest Hadi Daneshyar, arrested his father and confiscated his personal computer and effects. 38-year-old Hadi Daneshyar, who lives in Shiraz, is accused of anti-regime propaganda and conspiring against the regime. He was sentenced…

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Thursday, 20 December 2012  /  Domestic

Yadollah Javani, Advisor to the Supreme Leader’s Representative to the IRGC and former head of IRGC’s Political Bureau, set out the terms for reformists to be allowed to participate in or excluded from the upcoming 2013 Presidential race. One group that should be excluded is the group…

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Thursday, 20 December 2012  /  Domestic

An editorial in Tehran-e Emruz  titled “Is the Blood of Americans Redder than that of the Girls of Shinabad?” refers to Ahmadinejad’s message of condolence to the American people following the school shooting in Connecticut. The author argues that the President’s “direct, personal message of sympathy…

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Thursday, 20 December 2012  /  Domestic

Ali Akbar Javanfekr, the President’s advisor for media affairs and former IRNA Director, left Evin prison on leave. Javanfekr was arrested on September 26, 2012. In November 2011, Tehran Penal Court sentenced Javanfekr to six months in prison on charges of publishing articles contrary to Islamic…

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