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Thursday, 3 January 2013  /  International

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Alaeddin Boroujerdi, Chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said that “The Americans insisted on holding direct talks with Iran before the recent (US) presidential elections (November 6th), and they are still interested in doing so, because they know Iran has the final…

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Thursday, 3 January 2013  /  International

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Hojatoleslam Abdollah Haji Sadeghi, the Supreme Leader’s Deputy Representative to the IRGC, called direct talks with US as going against the nation’s best interests. “Soft war and deviating the young from the principles and making them indifferent about Iran and (the Islamic)  system’s future are parts…

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Thursday, 3 January 2013  /  International

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Ali Mohammed Nayini, head of the Headquarters of ‘Ninth of Dey’ Commemoration (the day on which state supporters were mobilized in support of the regime after June 2009 presidential elections), said that “We live in a world where a nation that stands up for its indisputable rights…

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Thursday, 3 January 2013  /  International

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Ahmad Vahidi said, “Today Canada is following in the exact footsteps of the US and Zionist regime (Israel) . It is regrettable that a country puts all its dignity at the Zionists’ service… These accusations do not by any means affect the Quds Force and its…

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Thursday, 3 January 2013  /  International

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A Mehr News editorial titled, “Erdogan wears Arab outfits to revive Ottoman Empire” maintained that “Turkish Prime Minister has devised a new ploy in his visit to a Syrian refugee camp in southeastern Turkey… wearing an Arab outfit of Saudi Arabian Wahhabists. Determined to revive Ottoman…

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Thursday, 3 January 2013  /  Military

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The Foreign Ministry Spokesman said that no agreement has been made on the date or venue of the next round of  (nuclear) talks between the G5+1 and Iran. He said that more information would be available should any agreement be reached, adding that “During the future…

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Thursday, 3 January 2013  /  Military

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The Iranian Navy test-fired the smart short-range coast-to-sea and sea-to-sea Nasr (Victory) cruise missiles on the fourth day of the Velayat 91 drills. The Nasr 1 cruise missile is capable of destroying vessels weighing three tons….

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Thursday, 3 January 2013  /  Military

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Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari, spokesman for the war games, said that on the second day of the drills, Iran’s light and kilo-class submarines have traversed territorial and international waters, conducted reconnaissance missions and tracked hypothetical enemies. Rastegari added that the Tareq super heavy submarine, which was…

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Thursday, 3 January 2013  /  Military

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Amir Rastegari, spokesman for the naval war games, announced that on the third day of the drills, the domestically produced hovercrafts, which were launched in November on the occasion of the National Navy Day, conducted “personnel- and equipment-carrying operations” along the country’s southern coastlines in the…

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Thursday, 3 January 2013  /  Economy

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Hassan Khosrojerdi, Head of the Syndicate of Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Product Exporters, said that “At present, the private sector has signed long-term agreements with foreign customers for crude oil exports, and oil sales to these customers is currently under way.”…

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Thursday, 3 January 2013  /  Economy

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According to the latest decision made at National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), the Iranian private sector will take charge of the construction of Sardar-e Jangal gas refinery. The newly discovered Sardar-e Jangal oilfield is located in Iran’s territorial waters in the Caspian Sea. It contains 50…

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Thursday, 3 January 2013  /  Economy

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Mohammad-Reza Rahimi asked the Iran’s creditor banks to have greater interaction with the auto manufacturers and to provide them with the conditions for increasing production, while decreasing the cost of their products and offering greater services to their customers. He emphasized the need for economic reforms…

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Thursday, 3 January 2013  /  Economy

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Statistics released by National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC) show that average daily gasoline consumption rose slightly, hitting 60.7 million liters, up by 200 thousand liters against the previous week. During said week, total gasoline consumption stood at 425 million liters, up by 1.1 million…

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Thursday, 3 January 2013  /  Human Rights

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Three Iranians, Issa Saharkhiz, Keyvan Samimi and Hila Sedighi, are among 41 writers from 19 countries awarded Hellman/Hammett grants by Human Rights Watch for 2012. According to Human Rights Watch, the grants are given to people “for their commitment to free expression and the courage they…

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Thursday, 3 January 2013  /  Domestic

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In a speech to members of the Health Charity Association several days following the dismissal of Iran’s Health Minister, Ayatollah Khamenei said that matters of health and medicine are receiving priority over many other national issues. In addition to the growing concern in Iran over price increased…

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Thursday, 3 January 2013  /  Domestic

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The Tehran Police force has announced that 88 “gold and foreign currency brokers” have been arrested for being engaged in the illegal and criminal handling of gold and foreign currency. The detainees are charged with selling “fake gold coins, stealing money from their customers, and distributing…

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