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Iran News Round Up

(Thanks to Ali Alfoneh for his compilation) 


  • Bonyad-e Mostaz’afan [Foundation of the Oppressed] signs a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Oil and the National Iranian Oil Company, paving the way for foundation activity in the international crude oil and petrochemical market. The contract breaches the monopoly of the National Iranian Oil Company to export Iranian oil.


  • According to acting minister of economy, economic growth in Iran is 6.7 percent.
    • The Iranian president says economic growth rate is 7.8 percent.
  • Law on value added tax passes the Iranian parliament.
  • In a phone conversation with the Iranian president, Ayatollah Nouri-Hamadani complains about rising prices.

Nuclear Issue



  • Agah-Sazi says the banning of Tehran-e Emrouz, close to Tehran mayor Qalibaf, occurred after it interviewed IRGC chief Ja’fari, whose comments on social injustice in Iran, the editor spun as criticism of Ahmadinejad.  

Military and Security


  • Human Resources advisor of the Iranian president repeats the Iranian president’s claims that the U.S. forces in Iraq had planned to kidnap Ahmadinejad during his visit to Iraq, and also claims the Iranian president’s bodyguards foiled an attempt to assassinate him while attending the FAO summit in Rome.

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