(Thanks to Ali Alfoneh for his assistance in compiling)
- Iranian government spokesman: “The [NIE] report cleanses of earlier allegations of the U.S. against Iran.”
- Member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian parliament), Heshmat-allah Falahat Pisheh, warns of a U.S. conspiracy and a “strategic trap”: “If Iran welcomes the report we have recognized the false claim that Iran has been engaged in pursuing nuclear weapons prior to 2003.”
- TABNAK (close to former IRGC head Mohsen Rezai) chooses the same line, and stresses that the report can be used against Iran.
- TABNAK also takes comfort in what the news agency calls “Support from China and from the Democratic Party [in the United States].”
- U.S. should compensate Iran for U.S. “lies about Iran.”
- For more, in English, see: here and here.
- Commentary, in English, ridicules Bush’s lies.
- ElBaradei pleased.
- Ahmadinejad,while accepting the credentials of the new Swedish ambassador: “The entire world must recognize and respect our nuclear rights.”
- Secretary of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Said Jalili holds a closed meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Economy and Trade
- Minister of Economy: “Budget deficit reaches three trillion tomans.” ($3.1 billion)
- Rising exchange rates: 1 U.S. Dollar rises to 9650 rials, the Euro reaches 14050 rials
- Iran’s economy affected by Dutch disease.
- Turkey-Iran talks over power plant construction.
- Fourth round of U.S.-Iran talks in Baghdad to commence within days.
- Raja News Agency: “The United States utilizes [the Kurdish terrorist organization] PEJAK to create a new Israel in the region.”
- Iran and Canada no longer enjoy diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level.
- Gulf Cooperation Council Summit’s communiqué supports United Arab Emirates’ claims in the island dispute with Iran.
- SCIRI leader Abdulaziz Hakim opposes the idea of “permanent U.S. army bases in Iraq.”
Human Rights and Labor
- Wife of imprisoned Iranian human rights and civil society activist Emad al-Din Baghi says that Baghi is no longer allowed to receive visitors.
- Deputy representative of the Supreme Leader in Basij Resistance Force: “We must concentrate our efforts on developing resistance cells.”
- At GCC, Iran proposes joint Persian Gulf army.
Religion, Culture, and Society
- Hojjat al-Eslami Mohammad-Mehdi Karimi-Nia presents his Ph.D. research project on the theological and legal dimensions of sex change operations at Imam Khomeini Research Center in the holy Shi’ite city of Qom.
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