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Tuesday, 15 January 2013  /  International

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Brigadier General Hassan Salami, IRGC Acting Commander, commented on Chuck Hagel’s candidacy for the post of the US Secretary of Defense and said that current US policy-makers have always made appealing claims. Tehran, however, has never attributed any value to those claims. “Iran will never trust…

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013  /  International

Seyed Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi, Iranian Ambassador to Russia, said Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi will participate in the 10th Russian-Iranian Business Council (RIBC) meeting to be held in Moscow on February 11-12, 2013. The Russian delegation will be led by the Russian Energy Minister. He added that the…

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013  /  International

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Hassan Salami dismisses reports by “some foreign and Zionist news agencies” that Qassem Suleimani IRGC-QF Commander had visited Egypt and met officials and members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Kuwaiti newspaper Al Qabas reported that Qassem Suleimani, Commander of the Qods Force of the IRGC, secretly visited Egypt between…

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013  /  Military

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The Foreign Minister said, “There is nothing more important in defining the framework for our nuclear activities than the Leader’s fatwa” (on the prohibition of nuclear weapons). On February 22, Ayatollah Khamenei said the Islamic Republic considers the pursuit and possession of nuclear weapons “a grave sin”…

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013  /  Military

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The Foreign Ministry Spokesman said that “Iran’s nuclear talks are conducted  in two respects: the technical aspect between Iran’s representatives and the IAEA during which “various rounds of talks have been held and discussion with the 5+1 countries  which seems to have gone beyond the technical…

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013  /  Economy

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013  /  Economy

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Economy Minister, Seyed Shamseddin Hosseini, said that “according to the decision of the cabinet work group  the US dollar and euro will be gradually put aside from Iran’s trade with other countries.”  He added that Iran has changed its trade partners and is redirecting its trade transactions…

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013  /  Economy

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National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) plans to buy Turkey’s main natural gas distributor, Baskent Gaz, which has been put to tender by the Turkish Privatization Office. Turkish energy officials are quoted in the daily newspaper, Zaman, as saying that Iran’s NIGC has requested the tender documents…

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013  /  Human Rights

Azad Rasoulanejad was arrested after having been summoned to the Intelligence Ministry in Ashnaviye for questioning. According to the report, Rasoulanejad was charged with crimes related to national security.  …

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013  /  Human Rights

32-year-old Samko Kehlghati was sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges of spying for the Kurdish Democratic Party….

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013  /  Human Rights

Social activist and nephew of Anwar Hossein Fanahi (Kurdish political and social activist sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court, whose sentence was commuted to six years in prison due to international protests), Sirwan Hossein Fanahi was arrested by the Intelligence Ministry in Dehlagan and transferred…

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013  /  Domestic

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Ahmadinejad announced that “due to a busy schedule and lack of time,” he would not be able to meet Majlis members and listen to their comments, and he will leave the Majlis after delivering his speech. He is scheduled to appear in the Majlis on January…

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013  /  Domestic

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Grand Ayatollah Jafar Sobhani suggested that the president be elected through a parliamentary system, instead of the current system in which the president is elected through the people’s direct vote. He explained that despite the fact that the current electoral system is in line with the…

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013  /  Domestic

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Hussein Mozaffar, head of supervision at the Majlis, officially informed Abdolreza Sheykholeslami, Minister of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare, that it was “illegal” for the former Tehran prosecutor (Saeed Mortazavi) to retain his post as head of the State Welfare Organization. Ali Akbar Bakhtiari, head of…

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