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Friday, 4 January 2013  /  International

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Seyyed Morteza Nemat-Zadeh, former cultural attaché to Syria and current Middle East affairs analyst, has referred to the rationale behind Iran’s policy on the ongoing Syrian crisis. Key points: Cost of supporting Assad - There is a difference between theoretical and practical discussions with regard to…

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Friday, 4 January 2013  /  International

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Ramin Mehmanparast said that the analyses of Western governments regarding sanctions are completely incorrect, and they should bear in mind that the Iranian nation will never give up their legitimate rights due to the sanctions… The Iranian nation is well aware that if they withdraw from…

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Friday, 4 January 2013  /  International

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Ebrahim Aqa Mohammadi, member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said that “Barzani’s new scenario about creation of an independent the situation in Iraq is unacceptable, both in terms of international law and the definition of Iraq’s sovereignty. It is merely an adventurous…

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Friday, 4 January 2013  /  International

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Millions of Muslims are heading to Karbala to commemorate the religious ceremony of Arbaeen, which marks the 40th day following the martyrdom of the third Shiite Imam Al-Hussein. Iraqi authorities have tightened security as millions of Shiite pilgrims from all over the world are gradually arriving…

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Friday, 4 January 2013  /  Military

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Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari, Deputy Commander of the Iranian Navy for Coordination, said that “The air-defense units of the Army have hunted two enemy Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)… These drones were from the 11th series of the RQ class, and one of them was hunted in…

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Friday, 4 January 2013  /  Military

Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari, spokesman for the war games, said that “The great naval war game of Velayat 91, which started on December 28, covered approximately 1 million square kilometers and was conducted in the Strait of Hormuz, Sea of Oman, North Indian Ocean, Gulf of…

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Friday, 4 January 2013  /  Military

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Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli, Commander of Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base, said that “laboratory tests” are underway on subsystems of the long-range Bavar (Belief) 373 air-defense system, which is the Iranian version of the sophisticated Russian-made S-300 long-range air-defense missile system. “The status of this project is…

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Friday, 4 January 2013  /  Military

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IRGC Division Commander in southern Khorasan, Yakub-Ali Nazari, discussed the upcoming presidential elections, stating that “a great plot that includes an economic and political scheme is in the works, and we must remain alert to overcome it.” He called on officials and citizens to remain alert,…

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Friday, 4 January 2013  /  Military

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The announcement was made by the Supreme Leader’s representative to the IRGC Ground Forces, Hojatoleslam Mohammad Hadi Rezayee, at a gathering of IRGC rank and file. Rezayee pointed to the economic sanctions and pressures imposed on Iran by enemies and said these embargos have now gone…

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Friday, 4 January 2013  /  Military

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Two Toufan II (Hurricane 2) combat choppers, produced by the Aviation Industries Organization of the Iranian Defense Ministry, were delivered to the Iranian Army and the IRGC earlier this week  in a ceremony attended by Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi, Defense Minister. Vahidi said that Toufan II,…

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Friday, 4 January 2013  /  Military

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A report issued by the Pentagon’s Irregular Warfare Support Program and published last month by the Library of Congress Federal Research Division concluded that Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), is “one of the largest and most dynamic intelligence agencies in the Middle East.” The…

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Friday, 4 January 2013  /  Economy

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Ahmadinejad said the government has planned to replace crude oil exports with oil derivatives to save the value-added available in processing of the crude oil. This will enable the national economy to enjoy the lucrative downstream industry in the oil sector. He said that compilation of…

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Friday, 4 January 2013  /  Economy

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Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi said, “We are now in an economic war with the enemy… It is possible to resist well in this war and make the enemy fail in its devilish goals through a proper practice of the economy of resistance.” He reiterated that…

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Friday, 4 January 2013  /  Economy

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Rostam Qasemi arrived at Kharg Island to visit an associated gas-gathering project. He was accompanied by Ahmad Qalebani, Managing Director of National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), Mahmod Zirakchianzadeh, Managing Director of Iran Offshore Oil Company (IOOC), and a number of other NIOC managers. Qasemi held a…

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Friday, 4 January 2013  /  Economy

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Rostam Qasemi, Minister of Petroleum, said at the inauguration ceremony of the Kermanshah Polymer Plant that “Under the intelligent initiative of the government on construction West Ethylene Pipeline, as the longest ethylene pipeline in the world, 12 provinces will take advantage of oil and gas resources…

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Friday, 4 January 2013  /  Economy

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Seyyed Ata’ollah Sadr, Managing Director of Ports and Sailing Organization, said that this year (ending March 20, 2013), Iran invested approximately USD 400 billion in port development projects… This is the volume of investment made by the Iranian private sector, and due to the legal bonuses,…

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Friday, 4 January 2013  /  Economy

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Managing Director of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC), Javad Oji, said that “We are importing gas from Turkmenistan according to a contract we concluded with them… Fortunately, the transfer of gas, especially in the northern provinces continues at a consistent rate and without any drops…

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Friday, 4 January 2013  /  Human Rights

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Over 1,200 workers at the Safa Pipe factory in Saveh, a city south of Tehran, have begun their fourth round of protests against the delay in payment of their wages for more than six months and other grievances. The workers claim that they have approached all…

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Friday, 4 January 2013  /  Human Rights

An Isfahan resident, Mansour Deshtaban, was arrested after having been summoned for questioning at the Ministry of Intelligence. His house was searched and his personal computer, camera, books and other documents seized. No reason for the arrest or information about his whereabouts has been made available….

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Friday, 4 January 2013  /  Domestic

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Ahmadinejad said, “There is no such thing; I am hearing this from you (reporters).” He added, “We are at the service of the people, and if the coach decides to make a replacement, it is all in the interest of his team.” He stressed that his…

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