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Thursday, 27 December 2012  /  International

Salehi  presented Iran’s six-point plan for resolving the ongoing crisis in Syria and other activities Iran carried out in this regard. “Among those moves, I can refer to Iran’s full cooperation with former Joint Special Envoy for Syria, Kofi Anan, and Mr. Ban Ki-moon’s current envoy…

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Thursday, 27 December 2012  /  International

The visit was scheduled for the first week of January, but has been postponed because of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani’s ill health….

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Thursday, 27 December 2012  /  International

Hassan Qashqavi, Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs, said that “The intensity of the developments on the international scene, particularly since the Islamic Awakening (Iranian term for Arab Spring) in the region, have been very rapid, fluctuated and unpredictable… US officials, despite their scientific mentalities and…

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Thursday, 27 December 2012  /  International

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Thursday, 27 December 2012  /  International

Hamas (Gaza) Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh, praised Iran’s support for Palestinians in Gaza during the recent “eight-day war with the Zionist regime (Israel).” Haniyeh took part in a ceremony held in Beirut to celebrate the “victory of the Palestinian resistance movement.” Iran’s Ambassador to Lebanon, Qazanfar…

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Thursday, 27 December 2012  /  Military

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, Chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said that “No agreement has been reached on the venue of the negotiations; Istanbul might be an option, but we will not negotiate with the Westerners in countries that have embargoed us.” Boroujerdi described…

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Thursday, 27 December 2012  /  Military

Iran Diplomacy ran an interview with Amir Hossein Tavakoli, economic affairs analyst, titled, “Sanctions are Not Ineffective.” Hossein Tavakoli discussed the new round of sanctions being imposed by the EU, US and Security Council, claiming that these sanctions and pressures are not ineffective. He emphasized, however, that…

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Thursday, 27 December 2012  /  Economy

Mehr News Agency quotes a report that appeared in the Wall Street Journal. Abdulla Al Saleh, UAE Undersecretary for Foreign Trade, said that the international sanctions on Iran have had a great impact on the volume of trade and were the main reason for the drop…

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Thursday, 27 December 2012  /  Economy

According to the report, Iran last month exported over USD 1.3 billion in petrochemical products, polymers and liquid gas.  This month, Iran will import about 202 tons of merchandise and equipment valued at over USD 4 million for refinery equipment and chemical products used by the…

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Thursday, 27 December 2012  /  Economy

Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister, Taner Yildiz, said that “We will continue purchasing crude oil from Iran like in the past under all circumstances.”  …

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Thursday, 27 December 2012  /  Economy

Police Chief Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam said, “The fuel price in Turkey is higher than in Iran, and this price difference is the main cause of fuel smuggling.” Ahmadi Moghaddam added that smuggling is not related to the sanctions, but given the increasing rate of the dollar in Iran and the…

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Thursday, 27 December 2012  /  Human Rights

Reza Shahabi launched a hunger strike two weeks ago following treatment by prison guards and their preventing him from receiving medical treatment and tests during his hospitalization at the time.  …

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Thursday, 27 December 2012  /  Human Rights

The Intelligence Ministry has increased the pressure on Ayatollah Seyyed Sadeq Shirazi. Dozens of his followers and managers of a television network affiliated with him were arrested. Ayatollah Shirazi’s representative in Mashhad, Sheykh Ja’far Ghafuri, was arrested along with his seven-year-old son….

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Thursday, 27 December 2012  /  Domestic

Ali Larijani said in an open Majlis session (December 26) that high prices and unemployment are the key challenges facing Iran.” He said, “The first step is to have an unambiguous and realistic analysis of our enemy’s behavior and our weak and strong points, and spend our…

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Thursday, 27 December 2012  /  Domestic

Mahdi Mousavinejad, a representative of Bushehr, where the nuclear power plant is located, said that violation of dress code by the Russian women  workers has had a “corrupting and negative impact” on his constituency. Mousavinejad added that the women technicians at Bushehr receive a “hijab payment,”…

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Thursday, 27 December 2012  /  Domestic

Ali Taheri, Spokesman for the Majlis Cultural Committee, said that “According to the new directive, airplanes are banned from flying during Azan, especially during the call to morning prayers.”  Taheri added that uncompromising attention will be paid to observance of strict Islamic dress code for women working…

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Thursday, 27 December 2012  /  Domestic

Police Chief Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam criticized state-run television for broadcasting a video of a violent robbery. He said that those who produced and issued the video have been identified. He added that the media should be aware that not all events can be aired, because this…

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