Iran News Round Up

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Key takeaway: U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned new entities and individuals involved in a “large-scale” IRGC Quds Force-orchestrated counterfeiting scheme, increasing pressure on European partners to address Iran’s destabilizing regional behavior.

OFAC designated two Iranian companies, two German-registered front companies, and two Iranian nationals for providing material and financial support to the IRGC Quds Force in printing counterfeit Yemeni bank notes. The sanctions were likely designed to urge European countries to address Iran’s destabilizing regional activities and to disincentivize European companies from conducting business with Iran.

This Iran News Round Up predominantly covers events from November 17-20.

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OFAC sanctioned new entities and individuals involved in counterfeiting scheme.

Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated two Iranian companies, two German-registered front companies, and two Iranian nationals involved in a counterfeiting scheme with the IRGC Quds Force to print counterfeit Yemeni bank notes. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said that the “scheme exposes the deep levels of deception the IRGC Quds Force is willing to employ against companies in Europe, governments in the Gulf, and the rest of the world to support its destabilizing activities.” (Treasury.gov) (E) (Treasury.gov) (E)

Citations & Links

1. Treasury.gov
https://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/sm0219.aspx

2. Treasury.gov
https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20171120.aspx

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Supreme Leader advisor criticizes politicization of earthquake.

Office of the Supreme Leader Representative Vahid Haghanian dismissed senior Iranian officials’ criticisms of the Ahmadinejad-era Mehr Housing Project buildings following the November 12 earthquake in western Iran. Several public officials, including President Hassan Rouhani and First Vice President Eshagh Jahangiri, suggested that Mehr Housing Project buildings’ poor construction and inattention to geological factors resulted in additional, unnecessary casualties. Haghanian defended the government-sponsored housing units, saying that the buildings were safe and structurally sound. He also chastised Jahangiri for politicizing the earthquake. The November 12 earthquake reignited a heated domestic debate regarding government-funded construction projects and the need for greater privatization within the Iranian economy. Rouhani promised to hold the “culprits” responsible and appointed three ministerial-level cabinet members to the Supreme Council for Spatial Planning following the November 12 earthquake.

  • Supreme Leader visits earthquake-affected town. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for rapid housing reconstruction during a visit to the earthquake-stricken town of Sarpol-e Zahab, Kermanshah Province on November 19. Khamenei stressed the need for a centralized effort toward reconstruction and to provide housing for many of the displaced victims. Khamenei also lauded the contributions of the IRGC, Artesh, and Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) toward earthquake relief efforts. (Radio Farda) (E) (Sepah News) (Fars News Agency)

Citations & Links

1. Radio Farda
https://en.radiofarda.com/a/iran-earthquake-mehr-public-housing-controversy/28861732.html

2. Sepah News
http://www.sepahnews.com/index.php/component/k2/item/4855-%D8%B1%D9%87%D8%A8%D8%B1-%D9%85%D8%B9%D8%B8%D9%85-%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%82%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%A8-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%AC%D9%84%D8%B3%D9%87-%D8%B1%D8%B3%DB%8C%D8%AF%DA%AF%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D9%85%D8%B4%DA%A9%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%B2%D9%84%D8%B2%D9%84%D9%87%E2%80%8C%D8%B2%D8%AF%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%A7%D9%86-%DA%A9%D8%B1%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%B4%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%AA%D8%A7%DA%A9%DB%8C%D8%AF-%DA%A9%D8%B1%D8%AF%D9%86%D8%AF-%D9%84%D8%B2%D9%88%D9%85-%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%B9%D8%AA-%D8%B9%D9%85%D9%84-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%B3%D8%A7%D8%AE%D8%AA-%D8%AE%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%87%E2%80%8C%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%85%D8%B1%D8%AF%D9%85-%D8%A2%D8%B3%DB%8C%D8%A8%E2%80%8C%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AF%D9%87-%D9%88-%D8%AA%D8%A7%D9%85%DB%8C%D9%86-%D9%88%D8%B3%D8%A7%DB%8C%D9%84-%DA%AF%D8%B1%D9%85%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B4%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D9%86-%D9%85%D8%B3%D8%A6%D9%88%D9%84%DB%8C%D8%AA-%D8%B3%D9%86%DA%AF%DB%8C%D9%86-%D9%85%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%AA-%D9%85%D8%AA%D9%85%D8%B1%DA%A9%D8%B2-%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%B2%D9%85-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA.html

3. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960829001425

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Bagheri discussed Syria with Russian and Turkish counterparts.

Armed Forces General Staff (AFGS) Chief IRGC Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri traveled to Sochi, Russia on November 20 to meet with his Russian counterpart Chief of the General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov and Turkish counterpart Chief of the General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar. The three top military officials discussed conflict resolution in Syria, regional stability, and counterterrorism. The high-level military gathering took place two days prior to the arrival of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi to discuss an end to the Syrian Civil War scheduled for November 22. (ISNA) (Defa Press)

Citations & Links

1. ISNA
https://www.isna.ir/news/96082917098/%D8%B3%D8%B1%D9%84%D8%B4%DA%A9%D8%B1-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%82%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AF-%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B3%DB%8C%D9%87-%D8%B4%D8%AF

2. Defa Press
http://www.defapress.ir/fa/news/267138/%D8%B3%D8%B1%D9%84%D8%B4%DA%A9%D8%B1-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%82%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D9%85%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B2-%D8%B9%D8%A7%D8%B2%D9%85-%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B3%DB%8C%D9%87-%D9%85%DB%8C%E2%80%8C%D8%B4%D9%88%D8%AF

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Schmid travels to Tehran to discuss JCPOA and regional developments.

European External Action Service (EEAS) Secretary General Helga Schmid met with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi to discuss regional developments and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in Tehran on November 20. Both sides emphasized the importance of political dialogue in solving political challenges in Syria, Yemen, Qatar, and Lebanon. Schmid reiterated the EU’s support for the full implementation of the JCPOA. (IRNA) (E) (Fars News Agency)

Citations & Links

1. IRNA
http://www.irna.ir/en/News/82736957

2. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960829001994

Key takeaway: Damage to government-constructed buildings during the November 12 earthquake in western Iran has renewed a domestic debate regarding publicly-funded construction projects.

President Hassan Rouhani claimed that the earthquake inflicted heavier damage to government-constructed buildings in comparison to privately-constructed ones. IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari contradicted Rouhani’s claim, stating that government-constructed buildings sustained the least damage. The government-initiated Mehr Housing Project erected many of the buildings destroyed in the earthquake. Many Mehr Housing structures were poorly built and constructed with insufficient regard for geological factors. Reformists will likely use the circumstances to intensify calls for greater privatization in commercial and residential construction projects.

This Iran News Round Up predominantly covers events from November 14-16.

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November 16, 2017

Government institutions continue assistance for earthquake victims.

Rouhani administration spokesperson Mohammad Bagher Nobakht announced the allocation of $187m in loan assistance and $79.7m in free aid for victims of the November 12 earthquake that struck parts of western Iran. Nobakht indicated that he expects the Central Bank and the Planning and Budget Organization to issue the payments within one week. Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said that the IRGC-operated Khatam ol Anbia Construction Headquarters would coordinate with the Ministry of Roads and Urban Planning to rebuild homes in affected villages. President Hassan Rouhani said that Bonyad-e Maskan (Housing Foundation) is primarily responsible of situating permanent and temporary housing for earthquake victims. (Mehr News Agency) (Mehr News Agency) (ILNA)

  • Rouhani visits town affected by earthquake. President Rouhani traveled to the earthquake-ravaged city of Sarpol-e Zahab, Kermanshah Province to visit with the wounded and inspect ongoing relief efforts on November 14. Rouhani thanked the IRGC, Artesh, Basij, Iranian Red Crescent, and other humanitarian aid groups for their assistance with relief efforts. Rouhani remarked that the earthquake inflicted heavier damage to government-constructed buildings as compared to privately-constructed buildings. The president vowed to hold those who failed to meet building standards accountable - likely a reference to the heavily criticized Mehr Housing Project. (Reuters) (E) (Fars News Agency) (BBC) (E)
  • Jafari contradicts Rouhani’s claim. IRGC Commander Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari visited earthquake-affected areas in Kermanshah Province. Jafari commented that the newer, government-constructed buildings in Sarpol-e Zahab, Kermanshah Province received the least damage, contradicting statements from reformists and most notably President Hassan Rouhani. Jafari announced that once debris removal operations are complete, the IRGC and Basij will quickly commence the construction of new homes. (Fars News Agency) (Sepah News Agency)

Citations & Links

1. Mehr News Agency
https://www.mehrnews.com/news/4145572/%D8%A7%D8%AE%D8%AA%D8%B5%D8%A7%D8%B5-%DB%B6%DB%B5%DB%B9%D9%85%DB%8C%D9%84%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AF-%D8%AA%D8%B3%D9%87%DB%8C%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D9%88-%DB%B2%DB%B8%DB%B1-%D9%85%DB%8C%D9%84%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AF-%DA%A9%D9%85%DA%A9-%D8%A8%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%B9%D9%88%D8%B6-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%B2%D9%84%D8%B2%D9%84%D9%87-%D8%B2%D8%AF%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%86

2. Mehr News Agency
https://www.mehrnews.com/news/4146044/%D9%82%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%B1%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%AE%D8%A7%D8%AA%D9%85-%D8%B3%D8%A7%D8%AE%D8%AA-%D9%85%D8%B3%DA%A9%D9%86-%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%A7%DB%8C%DB%8C%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%B1%D8%A7-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%B9%D9%87%D8%AF%D9%87-%DA%AF%D8%B1%D9%81%D8%AA

3. ILNA
http://www.ilna.ir/%D8%A8%D8%AE%D8%B4-%D8%B3%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%B3%DB%8C-3/559201-%D8%A7%D8%AA%D8%AE%D8%A7%D8%B0-%D8%AA%D8%B5%D9%85%DB%8C%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%B2%D9%85-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%A7%DB%8C-%DA%A9%D9%85%DA%A9-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%B2%D9%84%D8%B2%D9%84%D9%87-%D8%B2%D8%AF%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%AC%D9%84%D8%B3%D9%87-%D8%A7%D9%85%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B2-%D8%AF%D9%88%D9%84%D8%AA-%D8%A8%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%AF-%D9%85%D8%B3%DA%A9%D9%86-%D9%85%D8%B3%D8%A6%D9%88%D9%84-%D8%A7%D8%B5%D9%84%DB%8C-%D8%AA%D8%B1%D9%85%DB%8C%D9%85-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B2%D8%B3%D8%A7%D8%B2%DB%8C-%D8%B3%D8%A7%D8%AE%D8%AA%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%87%D8%A7-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA

4. Reuters
https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-iran-quake/iran-ends-quake-rescue-operations-hungry-survivors-battle-cold-idUKKBN1DD2SO

5. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960823001047

6. BBC
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-41988176

7. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960823001860

8. Sepah News
http://www.sepahnews.com/index.php/component/k2/item/4814-%D9%81%D8%B1%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AF%D9%87-%DA%A9%D9%84-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%DA%A9%D8%B1%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%B4%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%B9%D9%85%D9%84%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D8%AD%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AB-%D9%85%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%B2%D9%84-%D9%87%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B7%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%B2%D9%84%D8%B2%D9%84%D9%87-%D8%B2%D8%AF%D9%87-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%B2%D9%88%D8%AF%DB%8C-%D8%A2%D8%BA%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D8%B4%D9%88%D8%AF.html

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November 16, 2017

Total will review South Pars gas deal if U.S. imposes unilateral sanctions on Iran.

French oil and gas giant Total S.A. CEO Patrick Pouyanne told CNN that if the U.S. imposes sanctions on Iran, Total would review its South Pars gas field agreement with Iran. Total S.A. and Iran signed a $4.8b deal to develop Iran’s South Pars gas field in July 2017. (Reuters) (E)

Citations & Links

1. Reuters
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-total/citing-u-s-assets-total-chief-says-would-have-to-review-iran-gas-deal-if-new-sanctions-arose-idUSKBN1DE19X

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November 16, 2017

French Foreign Ministry reiterates possibility of imposing sanctions on Iran.

French Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Agnes Romatet-Espagne stated that France will consider all possible diplomatic options, including “uncompromising political dialogue with Iran” and UN investigations. Romatet-Espagne also reiterated that France would also consider “examining” new European sanctions against Iranian entities or individuals involved in the ballistic missile program “if necessary.” (Reuters) (E)

  • Principlist PM: Macron should not be allowed to visit Iran. Conservative parliamentarian and Islamic Revolution Stability Front member Ahmad Salek Kashani said that French President Emmanuel Macron should not be permitted to visit Iran. Salek claimed  that France meddled in Iranian domestic affairs by commenting on Iran’s ballistic missile program. Macron said that France should restrict Iran’s ballistic missile program either through negotiations or sanctions on November 9. Macron is expected to visit Iran in early 2018 although neither the French nor the Iranians have confirmed the exact date. (ILNA)

Citations & Links

1. Reuters
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-france-eu/despite-eu-caution-france-pursues-tough-line-on-iran-missile-program-idUSKBN1DF23M

2. ILNA
http://www.ilna.ir/%D8%A8%D8%AE%D8%B4-%D8%B3%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%B3%DB%8C-3/559249-%D8%B3%D8%A7%D9%84%DA%A9-%D8%A7%D8%AC%D8%A7%D8%B2%D9%87-%D9%86%D8%AF%D9%87%DB%8C%D8%AF-%D8%B1%DB%8C%DB%8C%D8%B3-%D8%AC%D9%85%D9%87%D9%88%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D9%81%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%B3%D9%87-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A8%DB%8C%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%AF-%D9%85%D8%B7%D9%87%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D8%AA%D8%B5%D9%85%DB%8C%D9%85-%DA%AF%DB%8C%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D8%B1%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%87-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%B3%D9%81%D8%B1-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%B9%D9%87%D8%AF%D9%87-%D9%85%D9%82%D8%A7%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%84%DB%8C-%DA%A9%D8%B4%D9%88%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA

Key takeaway: The reported recent construction of a permanent Iranian military base in Syria is not the first build-up of Iranian basing in Syria.

The BBC released a series of satellite images in November showing the construction of an Iranian military base in an old Syrian Arab Army military base in Kiswah, eight miles south of Damascus. It is unclear whether Iranian forces are currently present at the base.

Iran has already built up its military basing in Syria. Iranian military forces have both refurbished and built new structures for their use over the course of their six-year involvement in the Syrian Civil War since 2011. Iranian military forces and their proxies are also co-located with Syrian regime and Russian forces in Syrian military bases.

This Iran News Round Up predominantly covers events from November 9-1

AEI Must Reads
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November 14, 2017

Confusion over the Iran deal.

Fred Kagan clarifies common points of confusion regarding the Trump administration’s decision on the nuclear deal in “Confusion over the Iran deal.

November 14, 2017

America needs a new strategy to deter Iran’s destabilizing behavior.

Marie Donovan breaks down why a new strategy for dealing with Iran’s destabilizing behavior is necessary in “America needs a new strategy to deter Iran’s destabilizing behavior.

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Regional Developments and Diplomacy
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November 14, 2017

Iranian forces reportedly constructed a military base in southern Syria.

The BBC released a series of satellite images on November 10 reporting the construction of an Iranian military base in Syria. The series of images, dated between January-October 2017, illustrate the Iranian construction of new buildings and refurbishment of existing buildings at a compound in Kiswa eight miles south of Damascus. The BBC also reports that the base is “military in nature” and includes low-rise buildings and a series of garages. The BBC noted that it was unclear whether or not Iranian forces are present at the compound currently. (BBC) (E)

November 14, 2017

Foreign Ministry: Iran will not interfere in Lebanon’s internal affairs.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghassemi stated that Iran will not interfere in Lebanon’s internal affairs and reiterated Iranian support for Lebanese stability. Ghassemi’s comments immediately follow Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s November 12 statement accusing Iran of intervening in regional countries’ affairs and calling on Lebanon to disassociate itself from Iran. Hariri unexpectedly resigned from his post on November 4. Hariri cited concerns of an Iranian plot to assassinate him. (Fars News Agency) (Reuters) (E) (Reuters) (E)

November 14, 2017

Foreign Ministry dismisses accusations of Iranian involvement in Bahraini oil pipeline explosion.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghassemi denied Bahrain officials’ allegations that Iran orchestrated an explosion at Bahrain’s main oil pipeline on November 10. Bahraini Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah al Khalifa called the incident an act of terrorism “carried out through direct contacts and instructions from Iran.” Ghassemi called the accusations “baseless.” (BBC Persian) (Radio Farda) (E)

 

 

November 14, 2017

USAF Commander: Recent al Houthi-Saleh missile strike bears “Iranian markings.”

USAF CENTCOM Southwest Asia Commander Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian stated that the November 4 al Houthi-Saleh ballistic missile strike toward Riyadh, Saudi Arabia exhibited “Iranian markings.” U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley also accused Iran of involvement in a July al Houthi-Saleh missile strike. Haley stated that the evidence Saudi Arabia provided confirms that the missile fired was Iranian-made. Haley added that the November 4 al Houthi-Saleh missile strike “may also be of Iranian origin.” (Reuters) (E)

Citations & Links

1. BBC
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-41945189

Citations & Links

1. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960822001443

2. Reuters
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-lebanon-hariri/iran-says-it-does-not-interfere-in-lebanese-state-affairs-tv-idUSKBN1DD0XH

3. Reuters
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-politics-france/iran-non-interference-in-lebanon-is-key-for-regional-stability-france-idUSKBN1DD1GX

Citations & Links

1. BBC Persian
http://www.bbc.com/persian/iran-41959041

2. Radio Farda
https://en.radiofarda.com/a/irn-denies-involved-bahrain-pipeline-blast/28849237.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Citations & Links

1. Reuters
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-emirates-airshow-us-iran/iran-provided-capability-for-missile-attacks-from-yemen-u-s-air-force-idUSKBN1DA1OZ

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November 14, 2017

Earthquake rocks western Iran near Iraq border.

An earthquake struck parts of western Iran in Ilam and Kermanshah Provinces near the Iran-Iraq border. The 7.3 magnitude earthquake devastated several villages and killed at least 430 and wounded 7,370 people in Iran. IRGC Spokesman Brig. Gen. 2C Ramazan Sharif said that the IRGC dispatched infantry, aerial, and medical units to afflicted areas to provide relief and conduct search and rescue operations. Artesh Commander Maj. Gen. Abdol Rahim Mousavi said that the Artesh opened an air bridge between Kermanshah and Sarpol-e Zahab (both in Kermanshah Province) to evacuate the wounded. The IRGC-owned Khatam ol Anbia Construction Headquarters dispatched 500 bulldozers and ambulances from Kermanshah and Ilam Provinces to assist in relief efforts. Several reports and videos claim that Mehr Housing Project residences and buildings sustained the most damage.

  • The Mehr Housing Project was initiated during former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s administration. Reports indicated that Mehr Housing structures exhibited poor structural integrity and were constructed with little regard for geological factors. First Vice President Eshagh Jahangiri, a prominent reformist and strong proponent of national privatization efforts, used the opportunity to further censure the Ahmadinejad-era housing program. Reformists will likely take advantage of the circumstances surrounding the devastating earthquake to intensify calls for greater privatization in commercial and residential construction projects. (Radio Farda) (E) (Sepah News) (Defa Press) (Sepah News) (ILNA)

 

Citations & Links

1. Radio Farda
https://en.radiofarda.com/a/iran-iraq-earthquake-kurdistan-kermanshah/28851609.html

2. Sepah News
http://www.sepahnews.com/index.php/component/k2/item/4801-%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%B9%D8%A8%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%84%D9%87%DB%8C-%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%B4%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%A2%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D9%82%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%B1%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%AE%D8%A7%D8%AA%D9%85%E2%80%8C%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%A8%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%A1-%D8%B5-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%AE%D8%AF%D9%85%D8%AA-%D9%85%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%B7%D9%82-%D8%B2%D9%84%D8%B2%D9%84%D9%87%E2%80%8C%D8%B2%D8%AF%D9%87-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA.html

3. Defa Press
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Nuclear Deal Developments
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November 14, 2017

Iranian officials reject Macron’s calls for negotiations on Iranian ballistic missile program.

Senior Iranian officials rebuffed French President Emmanuel Macron’s call for negotiations over Iran’s missile program. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghassemi reiterated that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not negotiable and that Iran will not allow other issues “to be added to it.” Parliamentary National Security and Foreign Policy (NSFP) Committee spokesperson Hossein Naghavi Hosseini said that Iran considers Macron’s remarks an “intervention in Iran’s internal affairs.” (Tasnim News Agency) (Reuters) (E) (Radio Farda) (E) (IRNA) (E) (Reuters) (E)

Citations & Links

1. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/08/19/1569784/%D9%88%D8%A7%DA%A9%D9%86%D8%B4-%D8%B3%D8%AE%D9%86%DA%AF%D9%88%DB%8C-%DA%A9%D9%85%DB%8C%D8%B3%DB%8C%D9%88%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%AA-%D9%85%D9%84%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%A7%D8%B8%D9%87%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%B6%D8%AF%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C-%D9%85%DA%A9%D8%B1%D9%88%D9%86

2. Reuters
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-france/iran-rejects-macron-call-for-talks-on-iranian-missiles-idUSKBN1DC06W

3. Radio Farda
https://en.radiofarda.com/a/iran-france-missile-nuclear-accord-saudi-yemen-huthi/28849154.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

4. IRNA
http://www.irna.ir/en/News/82726769

5. Reuters
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-france/france-raises-prospect-of-new-sanctions-on-iran-over-ballistic-program-idUSKBN1DD1JY

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