(Today’s Iran News Round Up entirely compiled by Ali Alfoneh)
· Ahmadinejad had presented “the highest echelons of the Islamic Republic” with a list of nominees to succeed Larijani: Mojtaba Hashemi Samareh, Esfandiyar Rahim Mashayi and Said Jalili. The unnamed authority (presumably the Supreme Leader) chose Jalili.
· Mohammad Atrianfar, member ally of Rafsanjani: “Dr. Larijani’s resignation no surprise… but his presence in Rome at the EU/Iran negotiations a sign of weakness on the part of newly appointed Said Jalili.
· Semi official news agency’s biography of Said Jalili claims he was Ahmadinejad’s choice for minister of foreign affairs, but “Manouchehr Mottaki was chosen because of some other considerations.”
o Rumors about Manouchehr Mottaki headline E’temad.
· Ahmad Sobhani replaces Said Jalili in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
· Rafsanjani: “My effort aims at widening the executive power of the Assembly of Experts.”
- French President Sarkozy: “Nuclear cooperation with Iran is possible, confrontation with Iran not predestined.”
- Ali-Akbar Velayati, Supreme Leader’s foreign affairs advisor: “I am not aware of the warning of Putin to Iran.”
- Larijani: “Change of personnel will not affect Iran’s nuclear policy.”
- Ahmadinejad: “The nuclear issue safely back in the IAEA… bullies of international politics failed in intimidating us.”
- Is ElBaradei on the take?
- Ahmadinejad’s visit to Armenia abruptly ended; speculation he did not want to anger Turkey by paying tribute to memorial erected in honor of Armenian victims in the wake of WWI.
- Answering a question on ’Armenian Genocide’: “We condemn all injustice done in world history.”
Economics and Trade
- Ahmadinejad: “Export of Iranian natural gas through Armenia a good idea.”
- Aftab claims LUKOIL stops its engagement in Iran.
- Kayhan writes Russian LUKOIL continues its engagement in Iran “despite U.S. harassment.”
- Finance Minister: “Economic terrorism of the West against our country has been defeated.”
- Turkish army helicopter wounds three Iranians while chasing PKK terrorists along the Turkey-Iran border.
- Ahmadinejad in Armenia: “Good news on air and space to be announced soon.”
- Deputy Science minister clarifies that the “good news on air and space” is related to Iran’s satellite technology.
Human Rights and Labor
- Jailed human rights and civil society activist Emad al-Din Baghi writes an open letter to the head of Iranian judiciary detailing violations of Iranian law while arresting him.
- Hundreds of Iranian students demonstrate at Amir Kabir Technical University protesting against imprisonment of student activists.
- Rafsanjani censored from Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, which titles him by the inferior religious title of Hojjat al-Islam.
- Tehran book stores with a coffee shops to be closed in 48 hours.
- “Free health care is the forgotten principle of the Constitution” headlines reformist daily Khorasan.
- Parliamentary Deputy from Tabriz: “Islamic Republic’s foreign aid hardly honorable when seen in the context of shortcomings in the educational system in our own country.”