Iran News Round Up November 6, 2012

A selection of the latest news stories and editorials published in Iranian news outlets, compiled by Ali Alfoneh and Ahmad Majidyar. To receive this daily newsletter, please subscribe online.

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Diplomacy

  • Kayhan editorializes:
    • "The growing [Occupy] Wall Street protest movement is one of those problems which even the Western media can't deny. American experts and analysts believe that this protest movement which began a few months ago in New York and has rapidly reached other cities in the United States will impact the election in the United States... Under such difficult conditions, the impact of the election on the Iran issue is discussed [by the US media in order to dilute attention from domestic problems in the United States.]"
    • "Romney or Obama being elected would not have any difference for Iran, since it is clear that the hostile policies of Washington against our country will not change... As the recent Obama/Romney foreign policy debate demonstrated... the positions and policies of both parties... concerning anti-Iranian sanctions, the nuclear program of our country, Israel's crimes, and the like, are similar and no difference can be seen... Also the discussion concerning the potential for war or tougher sanctions... is a deviation, without a firm and convincing foundation. Why? Because the military option against Iran is not practical."
    • "With the economic crisis and budget deficit... the United States is not in a position to wage war... and both candidates can be expected the anti-Iranian project of sanctions... Those arguing that the fake Zionist regime would attack the nuclear installations of our country in case the candidate supported by Israel is elected into office... are wrong too... It is not known which candidate is the preferred candidate of the Zionist regime."
    • "The struggle between Islamic Iran and the United States - the Great Satan - is a fundamental struggle..."
  • E'temad editorializes:
    • "I believe that Obama will once again be elected as the president of the United States... It may have been the Republicans who claimed to fundamentally change the Middle East, but it is the Democratic Party which has engaged in great wars, and fundamental changes in the [Middle East] region... Reelection of Obama is the nightmare of the right wing in Israel... Obama has had the worst relations with the occupying regime in recent years... It was the Democrats who skillfully adjusted themselves with change in North Africa, particularly in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya... The White House's record concerning the crisis in Syria too has been different. Despite its opposition against the government of Syria, the Obama administration has tried to not to put all its eggs in the basket of countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey. This is an intelligent strategy aiming at a dual policy: On the one hand, opposing Syria, and on the other hand preventing the Salafis from seizing power... The two parties [Iran and the United States] could adopt a shared strategy the prospect for which is not very unlikely."
  • Tehran-e Emrooz' editorial warns against the United States returning to the policy of "unilateralism" in case President Obama loses his bid for the White House. 
  • Sobh-e Sadeq editorializes:
    • "The military option has no place among the difficult choices the United States has to deal with Iran. And the White House hopes to achieve its goals by increasing the pressure of sanctions and thereby impact the presidential election in Iran... However, the White House can't continue its sanctions policy... because of US allies who can't sustain the high price of oil... Should Iran realize the policy of 'threat against threats' in a wider theater against the United States and its friends, US representatives and senators indebted to the Zionist lobbies can no longer pass the bills easily to impose new sanctions against Iran... Under such circumstances it is understandable why the elites and think tanks in the United States have been talking about reaching an agreement with Iran. What they say is that it is better to negotiate with Iran, before the opportunity is lost. The White House understands perfectly well that if Iran moves towards producing fuel for its submarines - which is a legal move aiming at securing fuel for domestic production - it [the United States] would be receiving the answer to its illegitimate economic pressures and hostility against Iran."

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