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Iran News Round Up

(Thanks to Ali Alfoneh for his compilation)

Military and Security

  • General Ja’fari, Commander in chief of the Revolutionary Guards, says the threat against Iran is not only military, but also cultural.
  • Acting minister of interior Pour-Mohammadi says (audio file) the explosion at the Hosseiniyeh of Shiraz which left 12 dead and 200 wounded was an act of “sabotage,” and the minister of intelligence says the perpetrators of the bombing have been arrested.
    • The Security Council, chaired by the minister of interior, had earlier said the explosion had been due to exhibition of explosives commemorating the Iran/Iraq war.
    • The Interior Minister blames “The enemies of the great Iranian nation, who [act] in the name of monarchism and with support from countries who claim they support human rights, the rights of nations and wage war against terror.”
    • The minister of intelligence on the other hand says the terrorist group behind this act has “relations with America and England, and the Foreign Minister earlier protested against them, but no attempt was made to stop their terrorist acts, and on the contrary, they [the terrorists] enjoyed more support.”
    • According to Entekhab News Agency, the latest findings with regard to the bombing in Shiraz increase the possibility of the dismissal of the governor of Shiraz, who has earlier firmly claimed there has never been a bombing in the city.
  • Abdol-Majid Moadi-Khah discusses the early revolutionary terrorist organization Forghan [Furqan].
  • Deputy commander of Popular Formations for Amr-e be Ma’rouf va Nahy az Monker [the morals police] in Isfahan province says one of the major schemes of this institution is tazzakkor-e lesani [oral warning] against patients in the waiting rooms of doctors. According to Seyyed Mohsen Mortazavi, the morals police are organized in the neighborhood mosques and the squad is formed by members of the Basij of the mosque, the Friday prayers leader of the mosque, and the local area police station.

Politics

Religion, Culture, and Society

Diplomacy

Nuclear Issue

  • The Islamic Republic of Iran reveals her own “incentive package” in the nuclear dispute.
  • Hadi Hagh-Shenas, member of the Line of the Imam faction in the Iranian parliament, says “if we want nuclear energy we also have to be ready to pay the price…”

Human Rights and Labor

Trade

  • Iran’s chambers of commerce urge the authorities to reduce risks for investment in Iran.
  • The Islamic Republic petroleum minister: “$200 per barrel oil is not out of reach.”
  • Ahmadinejad, meeting the Turkish minister of trade: “Through cooperation, Iran and Turkey could become economic giants.”
  • Minister of Trade defends the policies of the Ahmadinejad government in the face of vote of no confidence in the parliament.
    • Trade Minister fighting for his political life: “There is no such a thing as a mafia which pushes the prices up…Let’s calm down the atmosphere, just like the Supreme Leader’s advise not to beat on the drums of conflict…The rising food prices has to do with world market prices which started last year, and today we experiencing it.”

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