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Tuesday, 10 September 2013  /  International

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Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying while responding to a question about the possibility of direct talks between Iran and the US on the Syrian issue, “There is no such intention (direct talks with the US) at the moment, (but) some messages have…

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013  /  International

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Hossein Amir Abdollahian and Mikhail Bogdanov “ruled out allegations that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian government,” and voiced opposition to any possible military attack. Amir Abdollahian said, “Syrian officials assured Tehran and Moscow that no chemical weapons had been used, despite the rumors and…

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013  /  International

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Khamenei’s address to a meeting of Friday prayer leaders. Key points: The West is “seriously concerned” about the “gradual expansion of the thought and identity of the Islamic Revolution of Iran” and is planning to limit its influence. Current conditions in the region have led the…

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013  /  Military

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Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif referred to the possible effect of transferring the nuclear dossier to the Foreign Ministry. He said, “If the talks are held at a level that requires me to lead them, I will be accompanied by a team. If the negotiations are…

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013  /  Military

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In a meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister’s Special Envoy, Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Chairman of the Expediency Council, reiterated that Tehran is ready to remove alleged concerns about its nuclear program. He said that if the G5+1 refrain from making excuses, the Iranian administration is…

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013  /  Military

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Hassan Firouzabadi, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, issued a decree appointing Mostafa Mohammad Najjar as his top advisor. Mohammad Najjar, an IRGC veteran, served as Interior and Defense Minister in Ahmadinejad’s first and second administrations from 2005 to 2013….

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013  /  Human Rights

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Four prisoners were hanged in two different prisons on Saturday, September 7 and on Sunday, September 8. One prisoner was hanged publicly in the town of Ilam and another prisoner in Sanandaj prison….

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013  /  Domestic

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Iran’s entire government has opened Facebook pages to apparently demonstrate more openness - even though the social media site is blocked in Iran. The Facebook pages of 15 ministers can only be viewed through a proxy server. Iranian media hinted the move might hint at the…

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013  /  Domestic

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The head of Aref’s Public Relations Office, Ali Reza Khamesian, announced that “Aref is planning to publish a newspaper called, Omid-e Iranian (Iranians’ Hopes), with a focus on civil society.”…

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