The Corner

Iran News Round Up

(Thanks to Ali Alfoneh for his assistance in compiling)

Diplomacy

  • Ali Akbar Velayati, former Foreign Minister and Current Advisor to the Supreme Leader: “One should not be optimistic when it comes to the prospects of Iran-U.S. relations.”
    • Velayati: ”The U.S. faces fiasco in the Middle East. American policies have been defeated.”
  • Hojjat al-Eslam Zolnour, representative of the Supreme Leader in the Revolutionary Guards, criticizes Khatami’s foreign policy before a crowd of Basij Resistance Force members.
  • Foreign Minister Mottaki: ”Expansion of relations with Russia is our strategy.”
  • Ahmadinejad heads to Mecca on Sunday.
  • Public opinion supports rapprochement between the Islamic Republic and Egypt.

Nuclear Issue

Politics

Security

  • Suspect captured after murder of French tourist in Isfahan.
  • The “Unknown Soldiers of the Imam of the Age” [Iranian ministry of intelligence forces] annihilate a terrorist group in Sistan va Baluchistan province.
    • Entekhab identifies the group as Jundallah, and says that the Iranian intelligence ministry forces killed 5 and took 15 prisoners.
    • In English.

Religion, Culture, and Society:

Economy and Trade

  • President inaugurates new bank.
  • Iranian-assembled and Syrian-manufactured Pride automobile enters the market. 
    • The Islamic Republic takes a leading position in production of an “Islamic Automobile,” based on cooperation between various Muslim countries.
  • Iran, Turkey sign trade pact.

Environment

  • Mount Damavand shows volcanic activity.
    • (Mt. Damavand is Iran’s tallest mountain, in the Alburz range; can be seen from Tehran on clear days).

Human Rights and Labor

Sports

  • Iran-FIFA dispute over politicization of football organization in Iran.

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Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.

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