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Friday, 29 March 2013  /  International

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Ali Akbar Salehi said that giving Syria’s seat in the Arab League to the so-called interim government was a very dangerous deviation by the Arab League member states. “We believe that the path followed in Syria is wrong. Iran has frequently called for steps to stop…

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Friday, 29 March 2013  /  International

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An unnamed official at the Iranian Embassy in Syria denied Al-Arabiya news reports that an Iranian aircraft carrying weapons to the Syrian regime had exploded at Damascus Airport. The Syrian government also issued a similar statement denying the report. The inquiry made by the ISNA reporter from…

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Friday, 29 March 2013  /  International

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The Foreign Ministry dismissed a report that appeared in Al-Sharq al-Awsat, a pan–Arab London-based newspaper, that maintained that Iran’s ambassador to Riyadh had left Saudi Arabia for Tehran and called the report false. Saudi Arabia has accused the Iranian Intelligence Ministry of operating a spy ring in…

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Friday, 29 March 2013  /  International

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Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, head of the NAM Secretariat and Ahmadinejad’s close ally, said that Ahmadinejad will visit a number of African countries “by April 20… We have to wait for the Foreign Ministry to confirm which countries the President will visit.” Rahim Mashaei also said that…

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Friday, 29 March 2013  /  International

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Ali Akbar Salehi left Tehran for Tajikistan to attend the eleventh summit of foreign ministers of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue….

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Friday, 29 March 2013  /  International

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Abdullah Gul Alireza Bigdeli lauded the close ties between Iran and Turkey, and stressed that the relations between the neighboring countries are moving in right direction. He expressed hope to be able to accelerate the move to increase the volume of trade exchange between the two…

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Friday, 29 March 2013  /  Military

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Mohammad Saleh Jokar, a member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said that the Iranian Armed Forces have made tactical and technological advances in recent years, and Iran’s Navy is now “a trans-regional maritime power.” On March 21, the 24th fleet of the…

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Friday, 29 March 2013  /  Economy

Hashemi Rafsanjani also said in this regard, “The realization of the slogan for the New Year requires the use of political, economic, and management skills.”  …

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Friday, 29 March 2013  /  Economy

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Iraj Nadimi, a member of Majlis Economic Committee, warned that if inflation and current difficulties continue, the Iranian economy “will be paralyzed.”…

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Friday, 29 March 2013  /  Economy

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Imports last month were about 321,000 barrels a day, up 67% from January. However, refiners have reduced their imports on a yearly basis — thus, one month’s increase is unlikely to jeopardize Japan’s waiver from US sanctions. Japan’s purchases from Iran last year declined 39%….

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Friday, 29 March 2013  /  Economy

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A Chinese supertanker - Yuan Yang Hu, belonging to state-owned China Ocean Shipping (Group) Co., the country’s largest shipping company able to haul 2 million barrels of crude - sent a signal from Iran’s largest export terminal in what may be the first visit of its kind since…

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Friday, 29 March 2013  /  Economy

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Friday, 29 March 2013  /  Economy

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Iran LNG Company (ILC) lodged a complaint with an international court against the EU for its ban on the liquefied natural gas producing company….

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Friday, 29 March 2013  /  Economy

India is set to sign a transit agreement with Iran and invest over USD 100 million in the southeastern Iranian port city of Chabahar in order to facilitate the transportation of commodities to Afghanistan.  …

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Friday, 29 March 2013  /  Economy

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A senior Indian official said that New Delhi plans to establish a fund for insurance companies providing coverage for importers of Iranian crude in order to counter Western sanctions against Tehran….

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Friday, 29 March 2013  /  Human Rights

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United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, on BBC Persian, took the occasion of the 37th anniversary of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) that was adopted in March 1976 and ratified by 167 countries, including Iran, and argues that it…

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Friday, 29 March 2013  /  Human Rights

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Abdolhamid Amanat-Behbahani, the Deputy Prosecutor of Khuzestan Province, said that “six rapists” in the town of Shushtar have been sentenced to death….

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Friday, 29 March 2013  /  Domestic

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Everybody should accept the rule of law, be it elections or anything else. The events of the year 2009 - which inflicted losses on the country - took place because certain people decided not to accept the law. They decided not to accept the votes of the…

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Friday, 29 March 2013  /  Domestic

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Supreme Leader’s Advisor for International Affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati, said that “While Iran is a in a strong and mighty position in the world, we have before us the greatest and most political event, which is the  (presidential) election… No country in the region has the…

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Friday, 29 March 2013  /  Domestic

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Habibollah Asgaroladi, head of the Followers of Imam and Supreme Leader Front, described the two-year house arrest of the 2009 presidential candidates, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi  as “a lock that, if not opened, will cause problems again in the next elections… The lock was gluing Mousavi…

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