Iran News Round Up

A selection of the latest news stories and articles published in Iranian news outlets, compiled by AEI Critical Threats Analysts.{{authorBox.message}}

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Key takeaway: Iranian officials strongly objected to the House of Representatives’ approval of new sanctions on the IRGC and its ballistic missile program.

Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Supreme Leader Ali Akbar Velayati stated that the recent sanctions bill is “in direct contravention of the nuclear deal.” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghassemi stated that the U.S. has “cast the [nuclear deal] into jeopardy.” Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi stated that the sanctions vote would “have an effect” on the nuclear deal and referred to the sanctions as “a completely clear hostile act” against Iran. Iranian officials regularly claim that the U.S. has violated the nuclear deal through such efforts as the 2016 renewal of the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA).

This Iran News Round Up predominantly covers events from July 24-26.

Regional Developments and Diplomacy
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Rouhani: Iran will respond to Congress vote on sanctions.

President Hassan Rouhani addressed the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of a bill imposing new sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program and the IRGC in remarks to his cabinet on July 26. Rouhani accused the U.S. government of “continued hostility towards... [Iran] and the people of Iran.” He added that Iran will “respond as is necessary” in the face of the sanctions. Rouhani stressed that America “used every excuse to impose new sanctions against the nation of Iran” and commented that Iran “will reinforce all of its defensive weapons” regardless of external pressure. (President.ir)

  • Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani criticized the sanctions vote during a meeting with the Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc (Hezbollah’s political wing in the Lebanese parliament) head Mohammad Raad on July 26. Larijani congratulated Raad on Hezbollah’s gains in Lebanon and stated that “it is entirely clear that obvious that these sanctions are due to the U.S.’s spite for the Axis of Resistance.” (Mehr News Agency)
  • Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Supreme Leader Ali Akbar Velayati stated that the recent sanctions bill is “in direct contravention of the nuclear deal.” Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi stated that the sanctions vote would “have an effect” on the nuclear deal and referred to the sanctions as “a completely clear hostile act” against Iran. Armed Forces General Staff Spokesman IRGC Brig. Gen. Massoud Jazayeri warned the U.S. that Iran would make the U.S. regret imposing the new sanctions. (Fars News Agency) (Mehr News Agency) (Radio Farda)
  • Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghassemi stated that the U.S. has “cast the [nuclear deal] into jeopardy” following the July 25 vote. Ghassemi stressed that “nothing can stop [Iran] from pursuing and implementing its policy… of increasing [its] defensive capabilities.” (Mehr News Agency)
  • Head of the Nuclear Committee of the Parliamentary National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mojtaba Zolnour stated that this round of sanctions was “indeed the mother of all sanctions against Iran.” He added that the sanctions make the nuclear deal “null and void.” (Fars News Agency)
1 day ago

U.S. ship fires warning shots at IRGC vessel.

U.S. sources reported that the coastal patrol ship USS Thunderbolt fired warning shots at an IRGC vessel after the IRGC vessel came into close proximity with the U.S. ship during a training exercise off the coast of Bushehr in the Persian Gulf. IRGC sources responded to these reports and stated that U.S. actions were “provocative and unprofessional” and that the IRGC was successful in removing the ships from the area. (Radio Farda) (IRNA)

1 day ago

Senior officials meet with senior Hezbollah official.

Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission head Alaeddin Boroujerdi and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc head Mohammad Raad in Tehran. Zarif congratulated Raad on Hezbollah’s gains against Jabhat Fatah al Sham in Arsal in northeast Lebanon. (Tasnim News Agency) (IRNA)

1 day ago

Parliament Speaker Larijani leads delegation to Moscow.

Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani met with former Duma Speaker and Foreign Intelligence Service head Sergey Naryshkin in Moscow. (Mehr News Agency)

  • Senior foreign policy advisor to the Parliament Speaker Hossein Amir Abdollahian met with the Duma’s Russo-Iranian Friendship Group Head Gennady Sklar in Moscow. Abdollahian stated that “Russia… should play a greater part in regional developments” and called the meeting “constructive.” (ISNA)
  • Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi met with representatives from Russia’s state nuclear power corporation Rosatom to discuss the two countries’ nuclear cooperation. (ILNA)
1 day ago

Iran, Turkey sign new security MoU.

Iranian and Turkish officials signed a memorandum of understanding on security cooperation after a two-day meeting in Tehran. The two sides agreed to coordinate against terrorism, smuggling, and illegal immigration on their borders. (Tasnim News Agency)

Citations & Links

1. President.ir
http://president.ir/fa/99835

2. Mehr News Agency
http://www.mehrnews.com/news/4041902/%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%AC%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C-%D8%AA%D8%AD%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%85-%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%AC%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AF-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%AF%D9%84%DB%8C%D9%84-%DA%A9%DB%8C%D9%86%D9%87-%D8%A2%D9%85%D8%B1%DB%8C%DA%A9%D8%A7-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D9%85%D8%AD%D9%88%D8%B1-%D9%85%D9%82%D8%A7%D9%88%D9%85%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA

3. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960504001282

4. Mehr News Agency
http://www.mehrnews.com/news/4041831/%D8%AA%D8%AD%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%85-%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%AC%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AF-%D8%A7%D9%85%D8%B1%DB%8C%DA%A9%D8%A7-%D9%86%D9%82%D8%B6-%D8%B5%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%AD-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%AC%D8%A7%D9%85-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA-%D9%82%D8%B7%D8%B9%D8%A7-%D9%BE%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AE-%D9%85%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D9%87%DB%8C%D9%85

5. Radio Farda
https://www.radiofarda.com/a/f2-iran-araghchi-says-new-sanctions-affect-nuclear-deal-implementation/28638827.html

6. Mehr News Agency
http://www.mehrnews.com/news/4041975/%D9%82%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%85%DB%8C-%D9%87%DB%8C%DA%86-%D8%A7%D9%85%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%B9-%D8%B3%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D9%81%D8%B2%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B4-%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%85%D9%86%D8%AF%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D9%81%D8%A7%D8%B9%DB%8C-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%86%D9%85%DB%8C-%D8%B4%D9%88%D8%AF

7. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960504001538

Citations & Links

1. Radio Farda
https://www.radiofarda.com/a/f4_us_navy_ship_fire_iranian_boat/28637392.html

2. IRNA
http://new.irna.ir/fa/News/82610089

Citations & Links

1. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/05/03/1474431/%D8%AC%D8%A8%D9%87%D9%87-%D9%85%D9%82%D8%A7%D9%88%D9%85%D8%AA-%D9%85%D8%B9%D8%A7%D8%AF%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A2%D9%85%D8%B1%DB%8C%DA%A9%D8%A7-%D8%B1%D8%A7-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%AA%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%85%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D9%85%DA%A9%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D9%86%D8%B8%D8%A7%D9%85%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D8%B1-%D9%87%D9%85-%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%AE%D8%AA%D9%87-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA

2. IRNA
http://new.irna.ir/fa/News/82610091

Citations & Links

1. Mehr News Agency
http://www.mehrnews.com/news/4040940/%D8%B1%D8%A6%DB%8C%D8%B3-%D8%B3%D8%A7%D8%A8%D9%82-%D8%AF%D9%88%D9%85%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B3%DB%8C%D9%87-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%AC%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C-%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1-%DA%A9%D8%B1%D8%AF

2. ISNA
http://www.isna.ir/news/96050301502/%D8%AA%D8%B5%D9%88%DB%8C%D8%A8-%D9%82%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%88%D9%86-%D9%85%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%81%D8%B8%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D8%B3%D8%B1%D9%85%D8%A7%DB%8C%D9%87-%DA%AF%D8%B0%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%85%D8%B4%D8%AA%D8%B1%DA%A9-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%88-%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B3%DB%8C%D9%87-%D8%AF%D8%B1

3. ILNA
http://www.ilna.ir/%D8%A8%D8%AE%D8%B4-%D8%B3%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%B3%DB%8C-3/515653-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%B1%D8%B3%DB%8C-%D9%86%D9%82%D8%B4%D9%87-%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%87-%D9%87%D9%85%DA%A9%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%87%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%87-%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B3%DB%8C%D9%87

Citations & Links

1. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/05/03/1474229/%D8%AA%D9%81%D8%A7%D9%87%D9%85-%D8%AC%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AF-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%88-%D8%AA%D8%B1%DA%A9%DB%8C%D9%87-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%AD%D9%88%D8%B2%D9%87-%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%AA%DB%8C

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1 day ago

Karroubi suffers heart attack, hospitalized.

Reformist leader Mehdi Karroubi was reportedly hospitalized on July 24 following a heart attack. Karroubi has been hospitalized six times since his house arrest began in 2009 for his role in the Green Movement after the 2009 presidential elections. (BBC Persian)

  • Deputy Parliament Speaker Ali Motahari responded to new of Karroubi’s hospitalization and commented that it was “a good opportunity… to bring the sad story of his house arrest to an end.” (BBC Persian)
1 day ago

Nobakht responds to Rouhani meeting with IRGC.

Government Spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht commented on President Hassan Rouhani’s meeting with top IRGC commanders on July 24. Nobakht stated that the “spirit of the meeting was very good and proper.” He stressed that “without a doubt institutions as well as different [military] forces must stand beside one another” in order for the country to complete large projects. (ISNA)

1 day ago

Gheibparvar: The IRGC is ready to cooperate with Rouhani’s government.

Basij Organization Commander IRGC Brig. Gen. Gholam Hossein Gheibparvar stated that atmosphere was “friendly and intimate” in the meeting between senior IRGC commanders and President Hassan Rouhani and affirmed the IRGC’s readiness to cooperate with Rouhani’s government. (Mehr News Agency)

1 day ago

Baghaei released from jail and hospitalized.

Hamid Baghaei, a former Vice President under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was released from prison on a bail of 20 billion toman ($6.1 million) and transferred to a hospital due to poor health. (Radio Farda)

1 day ago

Industry, ITC ministers will not retain cabinet posts in Rouhani’s second term.

Minister of Industry, Mines, and Trade Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh stated that he will not be a minister in President Hassan Rouhani’s second-term cabinet, but would be open to another post that entails “lighter responsibility.” Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi stated that he will not retain his position in Rouhani’s second-term cabinet. (Tasnim News Agency) (Tasnim News Agency)

Citations & Links

1. BBC Persian
http://www.bbc.com/persian/iran-40711782

2. BBC Persian
http://www.bbc.com/persian/iran-40714535

Citations & Links

1. ISNA
http://www.isna.ir/news/96050301615/%D9%88%D8%A7%DA%A9%D9%86%D8%B4-%D9%86%D9%88%D8%A8%D8%AE%D8%AA-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D9%81%D8%B1%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AF%D9%87%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87

Citations & Links

1. Mehr News Agency
http://www.mehrnews.com/news/4041747/%D8%B1%D8%A6%DB%8C%D8%B3-%D8%AC%D9%85%D9%87%D9%88%D8%B1-%DA%AF%D9%81%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D8%B3%D8%A7%D9%84-%DB%B5%DB%B8-%D8%B9%D8%B6%D9%88-%D8%A8%D8%B3%DB%8C%D8%AC-%D9%87%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%85-%D8%AA%D8%B4%DA%A9%DB%8C%D9%84-%D9%82%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%B1%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%AC%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%A6%D9%85%D9%87

Citations & Links

1. Radio Farda
https://www.radiofarda.com/a/o2-baqaei-ahmadinejad-hospitalized/28638385.html

Citations & Links

1. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/05/04/1474934/%D9%86%D8%B9%D9%85%D8%AA-%D8%B2%D8%A7%D8%AF%D9%87-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%AF%D9%88%D9%84%D8%AA-%D8%A8%D8%B9%D8%AF%DB%8C-%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%85

2. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/05/04/1474912/%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%B9%D8%B8%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%AF%D9%88%D9%84%D8%AA-%D8%AF%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%B2%D8%AF%D9%87%D9%85-%D9%88%D8%B2%DB%8C%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AA%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B7%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%85

Military and Security
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Over 20 Artesh Ground Force assault brigades formed.

Artesh Ground Forces Commander Brig. Gen. Kiomars Heydari provided details of a restructuring under his command in remarks on July 26. Haydari stated that General Staff Chiefs had ordered the “offensive and mobile elements” of infantry forces to be emphasized and that “accordingly, 21 mobile assault brigades have been created in the Ground Forces. An ‘infantry brigade’ no longer exists in accordance with [its] old meaning; all brigades have been made into mobile [assault brigades].” (Mehr News Agency)

1 day ago

IRGC forces participate in military exercise in China.

Forces from the IRGC 33rd al Mahdi Special Forces Brigade undertook exercises in China in preparation for this year’s International Army Games. (Tasnim News Agency)

Citations & Links

1. Mehr News Agency
http://www.mehrnews.com/news/4041841/%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%AC%D8%A7%D8%AF-%DB%B2%DB%B1-%D8%AA%DB%8C%D9%BE-%D9%85%D8%AA%D8%AD%D8%B1%DA%A9-%D9%87%D8%AC%D9%88%D9%85%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%B3%D8%A7%D8%AE%D8%AA%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%B1%D9%88%DB%8C-%D8%B2%D9%85%DB%8C%D9%86%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AA%D8%B4

Citations & Links

1. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/05/03/1473572/%D8%AA%D9%85%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%B1%D9%88%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%88%DB%8C%DA%98%D9%87-%D9%87%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%AF-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87-%D9%BE%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%DA%86%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%AA%D8%B5%D8%A7%D9%88%DB%8C%D8%B1

Casualties in Iraq and Syria
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Fatemiyoun fighter buried near Ray.

Fatemiyoun Brigade fighter Ali Ahmad Ebrahimi was buried in Zamanabad near Ray, Tehran Province. Ebrahimi was reportedly killed in Syria. (ABNA)

Citations & Links

1. ABNA
http://fa.abna24.com/news/%D8%A7%D8%A8%D9%86%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%B4%D9%87%D8%B1%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%87%D8%A7/%D9%BE%DB%8C%DA%A9%D8%B1-%DB%8C%DA%A9-%D8%B4%D9%87%DB%8C%D8%AF-%D9%84%D8%B4%DA%A9%D8%B1-%D9%81%D8%A7%D8%B7%D9%85%DB%8C%D9%88%D9%86-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%B4%D9%87%D8%B1-%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D8%AA%D8%B4%DB%8C%DB%8C%D8%B9-%D8%B4%D8%AF_723187.html

Key takeaway: President Hassan Rouhani met with senior IRGC commanders following an extended dispute with the Guards.

Rouhani met with IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, IRGC Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani, and Basij Commander Brigadier General Gholam Hossein Gheibparvar. The meeting was likely designed as a show of decreased tensions between the IRGC and Rouhani. Rouhani faced significant backlash from the IRGC and conservatives for his criticism of the IRGC’s role in Iran’s economy.

Senior officials continued to voice Iran’s adamant opposition to Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence referendum. Defense Minister IRGC Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan and Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani both highlighted the referendum as unacceptable to Iran in a meeting with Iraqi Defense Minister Erfan Mahmoud Abdul Ghafur Abdullah al Hiyali on July 24.

This Iran News Round Up predominantly covers events from July 20-24.

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Rouhani meets with top IRGC commanders.

President Hassan Rouhani met with top-level IRGC staff, including IRGC Quds Force Commander Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Basij Commander IRGC Brig. Gen. Gholam Hossein Gheibparvar, and IRGC Commander Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari. Rouhani reportedly emphasized the need for cooperation between all branches of government and the regime during the meeting and added that he hoped the commanders would endeavor to act with total transparency. (ISNA)

3 days ago

Rouhani: Half of my cabinet will remain intact.

President Hassan Rouhani stated on July 22 that he plans to retain half of his current cabinet for his second term in office. First Vice President Eshagh Jahangiri is reportedly confirmed to remain in his position.  (Tasnim News Agency) (Tasnim News Agency)

3 days ago

Kermanshah Prayer Leader: Government should respond to abrogation of JCPOA.

Kermanshah Friday Prayer Leader Ayatollah Mostafa Elmi stressed that one of the principles of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was that “there would be no more sanctions” despite the imposition of a new round of sanctions by the U.S. He added that the Rouhani administration and Parliament “should deliver a tooth-shattering response to America.” (Tasnim News Agency)

  • Tehran Prayer Leader: “Iran is the most powerful country in the region.” Tehran Friday Prayer Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami claimed that the US-Israeli lobby is attempting to damage Iran’s relations with its neighboring countries, referring to the recent rift between Iran and Kuwait. Khatami added that “whether you want it or not, whether you accept it or not, Iran is the most powerful country in the region” and that “friendship with Iran is beneficial” to neighboring countries. (Press TV) (E) (Fars News Agency)
3 days ago

IRGC Construction Chief: Economy open to private domestic investment.

IRGC Khatam ol Anbia Construction Base Chief Brig. Gen. Abdollah Abdollahi highlighted the IRGC’s welcoming of private sector contributions to construction in Iran. Abdollahi stressed that the IRGC would “support” and “permit” private sector participation wherever possible. He added that the IRGC seeks to limit the opportunities for foreign investment. (Fars News Agency)

3 days ago

Ebrahimi welcomes Rouhani’s criticism of U.S. sanctions.

Combatant Clergy Association member Hojjat ol Eslam Hossein Ebrahimi welcomed President Hassan Rouhani’s criticisms of U.S. sanctions against Iranian entities and groups. Ebrahimi stated that “the truth is that Rouhani has confessed” the true nature of the agreement “despite the fact that he previously always defended this issue and emphasized that the sanctions would be lifted.” He commended Rouhani for his statement and added that “fortunately, Mr. Rouhani’s latest position on America is an expression of the truth.” (Fars News Agency)

 

 

3 days ago

Motahari criticizes Rouhani for revealing Cabinet members to Khamenei.

Deputy Parliament Speaker Ali Motahari criticized President Hassan Rouhani for introducing the list of proposed ministers for his next cabinet to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei before introducing it to Parliament. Motahari claimed that such a move limits Parliament’s ability to give its opinion on the proposed ministers. (BBC Persian)

3 days ago

Kerman's Friday prayer leader resigns.

Kerman Friday Prayer Leader Ayatollah Yahya Jafari presented his resignation to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stating that he resigned due to his old age. However, Jafari’s son commented that his father resigned due to “some pressure.” Jafari is a supporter of President Hassan Rouhani, according to BBC Persian. (BBC Persian)

Citations & Links

1. ISNA
http://www.isna.ir/news/96050201404/%D8%AD%D9%85%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%AA-%DA%A9%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%84-%D8%AF%D9%88%D9%84%D8%AA-%D8%AF%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%B2%D8%AF%D9%87%D9%85-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D8%AE%D8%AF%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%A2%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%AF%DA%AF%DB%8C-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%87%D9%85%DA%A9%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%8C

Citations & Links

1. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/04/31/1470945/%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C-50%D8%AF%D8%B1%D8%B5%D8%AF-%DA%A9%D8%A7%D8%A8%DB%8C%D9%86%D9%87-%D8%AF%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%B2%D8%AF%D9%87%D9%85-%DA%A9%D8%A7%D8%A8%DB%8C%D9%86%D9%87-%D9%82%D8%A8%D9%84%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA-%D8%AA%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%B4-%D9%85%DB%8C-%DA%A9%D9%86%DB%8C%D9%85-%D8%B3%D9%86-%D9%88%D8%B2%D8%B1%D8%A7-%D8%B1%D8%A7-%DA%A9%D8%A7%D9%87%D8%B4-%D8%AF%D9%87%DB%8C%D9%85

2. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/05/02/1473075/%D8%AC%D9%87%D8%A7%D9%86%DA%AF%DB%8C%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D9%85%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%88%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%88%D9%84-%D8%B1%D8%A6%DB%8C%D8%B3-%D8%AC%D9%85%D9%87%D9%88%D8%B1-%D9%85%DB%8C-%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AF

Citations & Links

1. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/04/30/1470183/%DA%A9%D8%A7%D8%A8%DB%8C%D9%86%D9%87-%D8%AC%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AF-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%AD%DB%8C%D9%87-%D9%88-%D8%B9%D9%85%D9%84-%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%82%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%A8%DB%8C-%DA%86%DB%8C%D8%AF%D9%87-%D8%B4%D9%88%D8%AF-%D8%AF%D9%88%D9%84%D8%AA-%D9%88-%D9%85%D8%AC%D9%84%D8%B3-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D9%86%D9%82%D8%B6-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%AC%D8%A7%D9%85-%D9%BE%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AE-%D8%AF%D9%87%D9%86%D8%AF

2. Press TV
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/07/21/529214/Iran-US-Israel-Kuwait-Ahmad-Khatami-Friday-Prayers

3. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960430000364

Citations & Links

1. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960429000146

Citations & Links

1. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960430000239

Citations & Links

1. BBC Persian
http://www.bbc.com/persian/iran-40684173

Citations & Links

1. BBC Persian
http://www.bbc.com/persian/iran-40680787

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Shamkhani meets with Afghan national security advisor.

Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Ali Shamkhani met with Afghan National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar in Tehran on July 24. Shamkhani and Atmar discussed regional developments and opportunities for cooperation between the two countries’ security apparatuses in the fight against “terrorism.”  (Mehr News Agency)

3 days ago

Jaberi Ansari meets with Ammar al Hakim.

Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari met with the leader of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Hojjat ol Eslam Ammar al Hakim during a visit to Baghdad on July 24. The two parties reportedly discussed regional developments and other Iraqi issues. (ILNA)

3 days ago

IRGC detains Saudi fishing ship.

IRGC forces reportedly detained a Saudi fishing boat in the waters off the coast of Bushehr Province in the Persian Gulf after it entered Iranian territorial waters on July 22. Five Indian nationals were reportedly on board. (BBC Persian)

3 days ago

Velayati: America’s abrogations won’t remain unanswered.

Senior Foreign Policy Adviser to the Supreme Leader Ali Akbar Velayati responded to the most recent round of U.S. sanctions against Iranian entities and networks in remarks on July 22. Velayati stated that “the U.S.’s breaking of its promises with regard to the nuclear deal will not go unanswered.” Velayati stressed that as a member of the Council for the Supervision and Implementation of the JCPOA, he protests America “going back on its word.”  (Mehr News Agency)

  • Boroujerdi: Iran won’t take up the burden of another nuclear negotiation. Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Borujerdi echoed Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s opposition to another round of nuclear negotiations in remarks on July 23. Borujerdi stressed that “under no circumstances will [Iran] take up the burden” of another such negotiation. (Mehr News Agency)
3 days ago

Ghassemi and Iranian top judge: The U.S. must free Iranian detainees.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghassemi demanded that the U.S. release Iranians detained in American prisons, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump called on Iran to release three U.S. citizens. Ghassemi added that the White House statement is “an example of interference in Iran's internal affairs.” Judiciary Head Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani added that the U.S. should return “Iranian property” which was seized by the U.S. in “a form of open piracy” over baseless terrorism charges. Larijani is referring to $1.6 billion of Iranian assets held by the U.S. as compensation for the September 11 attacks and $2 billion of frozen Iranian assets for the victims of a 1983 bombing in Beirut. (Press TV) (E) (Mehr News Agency) (Fars News Agency)

Citations & Links

1. Mehr News Agency
http://www.mehrnews.com/news/4039714/%D9%85%D8%B4%D8%A7%D9%88%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%AA-%D9%85%D9%84%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D9%81%D8%BA%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%B4%D9%85%D8%AE%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C-%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D9%85%DB%8C-%DA%A9%D9%86%D8%AF

Citations & Links

1. ILNA
http://www.ilna.ir/%D8%A8%D8%AE%D8%B4-%D8%B3%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%B3%DB%8C-3/515023-%D8%AC%D8%A7%D8%A8%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%B5%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%B3%DB%8C%D8%AF%D8%B9%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%AD%DA%A9%DB%8C%D9%85-%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1-%DA%A9%D8%B1%D8%AF

Citations & Links

1. BBC Persian
http://www.bbc.com/persian/iran-40691371

Citations & Links

1. Mehr News Agency
http://www.mehrnews.com/news/4037942/%D9%86%D9%82%D8%B6-%D8%B9%D9%87%D8%AF%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%A2%D9%85%D8%B1%DB%8C%DA%A9%D8%A7-%D8%A8%DB%8C-%D9%BE%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AE-%D9%86%D8%AE%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%87%D8%AF-%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AF

2. Mehr News Agency
http://www.mehrnews.com/news/4039026/%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%B2%DB%8C%D8%B1-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D9%85%D8%B0%D8%A7%DA%A9%D8%B1%D9%87-%D9%85%D8%AC%D8%AF%D8%AF-%D8%AF%D8%B1%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%87-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%AC%D8%A7%D9%85-%D9%86%D9%85%DB%8C-%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%AF

Citations & Links

1. Press TV
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/07/24/529545/Iran-US-Judiciary-Chief-Sadeq-Amoli-Larijani-White-House-Donald-Trump-assets-prisoners

2. Mehr News Agency
http://www.mehrnews.com/news/4038063/%D9%82%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%85%DB%8C-%D8%AA%D9%87%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A2%D9%85%D8%B1%DB%8C%DA%A9%D8%A7-%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%B4%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D8%AE%D9%88%DB%8C-%D8%B3%D9%84%D8%B7%D9%87-%D8%B7%D9%84%D8%A8%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D9%88%D9%84%D8%AA-%D8%A2%D9%86-%DA%A9%D8%B4%D9%88%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA

3. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960502001452

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Iran highlights possible UAV exports to Russia.

Iranian Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO) Managing Director Artesh Brig. Gen. Abdul Karim Bani Tarafi stated that Iran and Russia had arranged to further the two states’ security cooperation “including the design and exports of some of the drones that we [have the ability to] export to Russia.” Tarafi stated that the exchange would involve a “give and take” in which Iranians would also gain access to certain Russian technologies. (Mehr News Agency)

3 days ago

Iran announces start of production of Sayyad 3 missile.

Khatam ol Anbiya Air Defense Base Commander Brig. Gen. Farzad Esmail announced the official start of production for the mid-range Sayyad (Hunter) 3 missile on July 22. Esmail stressed that the technology used in the development of the missile was “totally domestic.” (Mehr News Agency)

  • Jafari: Increase in production of missile models used to strike ISIS. IRGC Commander Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari stated that the IRGC was set to increase production of the Zulfiqar and Ghiyam missiles used to strike ISIS targets in Deir ez Zour on June 18. (Tasnim News Agency)
3 days ago

IRGC clashes with “terrorists” in northwestern Iran.

Forces from the IRGC 3rd Seyyed ol Shohada Special Operations Division foiled a “terror attack” in Safar, Khuzestan Province, on July 20. The IRGC reportedly killed four and injured three from an unidentified “terrorist” group.  IRGC Maj. Yassin Ghanbari, a member of the division, was killed during the clash. He was buried in Urmia, West Azerbaijan Province, on July 22. The 3rd Seyyed ol Shohada Special Operations Division is based in West Azerbaijan Province. (Fars News Agency) (Tasnim News Agency)

Citations & Links

1. Mehr News Agency
http://www.mehrnews.com/news/4038275/%D8%B5%D8%A7%D8%AF%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D9%BE%D9%87%D9%BE%D8%A7%D8%AF%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B3%DB%8C%D9%87-%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%B3%D8%B9%D9%87-%D9%87%D9%85%DA%A9%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%B7%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%AD%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%B9-%D9%BE%D9%87%D9%BE%D8%A7%D8%AF

Citations & Links

1. Mehr News Agency
http://www.mehrnews.com/news/4037443/%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B4%DA%A9-%D8%B5%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%AF-%DB%B3-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%DA%A9%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%B3-%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B4%DA%A9-%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%AF-%D9%85%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%B3%D8%B7-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA

2. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/04/31/1470553/%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%AA%D8%B9%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AF-%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B4%DA%A9-%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%B0%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%81%D9%82%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D9%88-%D9%82%DB%8C%D8%A7%D9%85-%D8%B1%D8%A7-%D8%A7%D9%81%D8%B2%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B4-%D9%85%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D9%87%D8%AF

Citations & Links

1. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960430000100

2. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/04/30/1470189/%D8%AC%D8%B2%D8%A6%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D9%85%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%85-%D8%AA%D8%B4%DB%8C%DB%8C%D8%B9-%D9%88-%D8%AE%D8%A7%DA%A9%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D9%BE%DB%8C%DA%A9%D8%B1-%D9%85%D8%B7%D9%87%D8%B1-%D8%B4%D9%87%DB%8C%D8%AF-%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%B3%DB%8C%D9%86-%D9%82%D9%86%D8%A8%D8%B1%DB%8C

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Fatemiyoun fighter buried in Shiraz.

Fatemiyoun Brigade fighter Ramazan Rasouli was buried in Shiraz, Fars Province, on July 20. Rasouli was reportedly killed in Syria. (ABNA)

Citations & Links

1. ABNA
http://fa.abna24.com/news/%D8%A7%D8%A8%D9%86%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%B4%D9%87%D8%B1%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%87%D8%A7/%D9%BE%DB%8C%DA%A9%D8%B1-%DB%8C%DA%A9-%D8%B4%D9%87%DB%8C%D8%AF-%D9%84%D8%B4%DA%A9%D8%B1-%D9%81%D8%A7%D8%B7%D9%85%DB%8C%D9%88%D9%86-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%B4%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D8%AA%D8%B4%DB%8C%DB%8C%D8%B9-%D8%B4%D8%AF_722965.html

Key takeaway: Iranian officials continued to condemn the most recent round of U.S. sanctions.

President Hassan Rouhani responded to U.S. State Department and Treasury sanctions on Iranian entities and elements of the IRGC. Rouhani called the new sanctions a “contravention of the spirit and the text” of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and stated that Iran would “respond appropriately,” a likely reference to the continuation of Iran’s missile program, which the U.S. opposes. Rouhani’s comments follow the U.S. State Department also designating Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism in 2016 in its Country Reports on Terrorism, published on July 19.

This Iran News Round Up predominantly covers events from July 18-20.

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July 21, 2017

Rouhani: We shall stand against U.S. sanctions.

President Hassan Rouhani criticized U.S. remarks on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and new sanctions imposed against 16 Iranian entities and 2 IRGC individuals in remarks to his cabinet on July 19. Rouhani claimed that the new sanctions were “in contravention of the spirit and the text” of the agreement. Rouhani stressed that “Iran will respond appropriately” to U.S. sanctions and “stand against them, but at the same time our thoughts are also collected as to how we should make use of the [current] situation.” (Radio Farda)

  • Foreign Ministry responds to U.S. comments on JCPOA. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghassemi responded to U.S. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert’s comments regarding Iran’s failure to abide by the “spirit” of the nuclear deal. Ghassemi countered that “this takes place whilst in the past two years America… has acted against the promises [it made in] the JCPOA.”  Ghassemi stressed that calm and security in the region can only be provided “without the interference of powers from outside the region.” (Mehr News Agency)
  • Jafari responds to U.S. sanctions. IRGC Commander Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari responded to new U.S. sanctions in remarks to IRGC Ground Forces in Mashhad on July 19. Jafari stated that before the U.S. imposes sanctions on Iran or the IRGC it should first “gather up all its bases in the region within 1,000km of Iran.” He added that the U.S. should understand that the damage of “its miscalculation needs to be repaid at a high price.” Jafari stressed that Iran’s “missile capabilities in the air, at sea, and on land, are growing quickly” and that maintaining them is a matter of “principle” for the country. (Fars News Agency)
July 21, 2017

Zarif: Resumption of nuclear talks impossible.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed the impossibility of renewing nuclear talks between the U.S. and Iran in remarks on July 20 to the New Yorker. Zarif stated that “reaching the [first] agreement was accompanied with enough difficulties, and reaching another agreement would be impossible.” Zarif did not rule out the possibility of a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and added that Iran had “no opposition” to such a meeting as long as it was necessary for the continued upholding of the nuclear deal. He stated that he had not yet received a request for such a meeting and that he did not “imagine [he would] receive one in the future.” (ISNA)

July 21, 2017

Kuwait scales back diplomatic relations with Iran.

Kuwait announced on July 20 that it would close the cultural and military bureaus of Iran’s embassy in that country and decrease the number of diplomats at the embassy from 19 to 4. The move follows accusations last month that a Shia group had spied in Kuwait on behalf of Iran and Hezbollah.

  • Foreign Ministry responds to scale-back of relations. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghassemi responded to Kuwait’s actions and stated that it was unfortunate that Kuwait had “levied accusations at Iran” rather than working towards “the decrease of useless tensions in the region.” (BBC Persian)
  • Iran summons Kuwaiti Chargé d’Affaires. Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Kuwaiti Chargé d’Affaires Falah al Hajraf to discuss his country’s diplomatic steps against Iran. (Radio Farda)
July 21, 2017

Deputy FM meets with Assad.

Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari met with Syrian President Bashar al Assad on July 20 during a visit to Damascus. Jaberi Ansari emphasized the “continuation of [Iran’s] support for restoring stability and calm to Syria, in the framework of preserving [its] unity, territorial integrity, coordination, and national governance.” Assad told Jaberi Ansari that “the recent Iranian presidential elections were a great blow to Iran’s enemies.” Assad thanked Iran for its continued support and added that as a result of the elections “Iran’s prestige in the region and the world has increased.” He and Jaberi Ansari also reportedly discussed the Astana talks as well as various economic matters. (Fars News Agency)  

  • Jaberi Ansari meets with Palestinian groups. Jaberi Ansari also reportedly met with a coalition of Palestinian groups based in Damascus during his visit. The groups included the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Palestinian National Liberation Movement, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Saeqeh Group. (Mehr News Agency)   
  • Iran Deputy Foreign Minister meets with Syrian Prime Minister. Jaberi Ansari met with Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis in Damascus on July 19 to discuss developments in Syria and the region and bilateral cooperation between the two countries. (IRNA)
  • Iran Deputy Foreign Minister meets with Syrian Foreign Minister. Jaberi Ansari met with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al Muallem on July 19. Al Muallem praised Iran’s role in establishing peace and stability in Syria. Ansari and al Muallem discussed the issues raised during the Astana and Geneva peace talks as well as the agreement on a ceasefire in southern Syria. (Fars News Agency)
July 21, 2017

Iran responds to U.S. terrorism report.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghassemi issued a response to U.S. State Department’s release of its Country Reports on Terrorism 2016 in which Iran is listed as a state sponsor of terror. Ghassemi countered that Iran stands “at the front line of combating the most dangerous form of terrorism in the region.” He stressed that “Iran is determined to continue with its fight against terrorist groups and violent extremism” which it views as “the greatest international threat.” Ghassemi stated that creating a region without terrorism required “a coalition of honest governments.” (Mehr News Agency)

July 21, 2017

Three Iranian fishermen detained by Qatar in the Persian Gulf.

Qatari coast guards arrested three Iranian fishermen from Eslaviyeh, Bushehr Province, near a Qatari oil rig in the Persian Gulf on July 19. Officials in Eslaviyeh reported that they were making efforts to inquire about that state of the vessel and free the fishermen. (BBC Persian)

Citations & Links

1. Radio Farda
https://www.radiofarda.com/a/f12-rohani-says-stands-up-to-us-sanctions/28625835.html

2. Mehr News Agency
http://www.mehrnews.com/news/4035590/%D9%85%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AE%D9%87-%D8%A2%D9%85%D8%B1%DB%8C%DA%A9%D8%A7-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B1-%DA%A9%D8%B4%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%87%D8%A7-%D8%AA%D9%87%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AF-%D8%AC%D8%AF%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%AA-%D9%85%D9%86%D8%B7%D9%82%D9%87-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA

3. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960428001691

Citations & Links

1. ISNA
http://www.isna.ir/news/96042916992/%D8%B8%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%81-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D8%B3%D8%B1%DA%AF%DB%8C%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D9%85%D8%B0%D8%A7%DA%A9%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D9%87%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%87-%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%BA%DB%8C%D8%B1-%D9%85%D9%85%DA%A9%D9%86-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA

Citations & Links

1. BBC Persian
http://www.bbc.com/persian/iran-40665443

2. Radio Farda
https://www.radiofarda.com/a/f9-iran-summons-kuwait-charge-d-affaires/28628972.html

Citations & Links

1. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960429000648

2. Mehr News Agency
http://www.mehrnews.com/news/4036362/%D8%AC%D8%A7%D8%A8%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%B5%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%B1%D9%87%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A7%D8%A6%D8%AA%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%81-%DA%AF%D8%B1%D9%88%D9%87-%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%85%D9%82%D8%A7%D9%88%D9%85%D8%AA-%D9%81%D9%84%D8%B3%D8%B7%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1-%DA%A9%D8%B1%D8%AF

3. IRNA
http://www.irna.ir/fa/News/82604082/

4. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960428001552

Citations & Links

1. Mehr News Agency
http://www.mehrnews.com/news/4036321/%D8%A7%D8%A6%D8%AA%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%81-%D9%85%DB%8C%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%AF%D9%88%D9%84%D8%AA-%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%B5%D8%A7%D8%AF%D9%82-%D8%B4%D8%B1%D8%B7-%D8%AA%D8%AD%D9%82%D9%82-%D8%AC%D9%87%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%B9%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D8%AA%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%B3%D9%85-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA

Citations & Links

1. BBC Persian
http://www.bbc.com/persian/live/40653313?ns_mchannel=social&ns_source=twitter&ns_campaign=bbc_live&ns_linkname=596f4face4b053e4e0cf0772%26%D9%82%D8%B7%D8%B1%20%D8%B3%D9%87%20%D8%B5%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%AF%20%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C%20%D8%B1%D8%A7%20%D8%AF%D8%B1%20%D8%AE%D9%84%DB%8C%D8%AC%20%D9%81%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%B3%20%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B2%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B4%D8%AA%20%DA%A9%D8%B1%D8%AF%26&ns_fee=0#post_596f4face4b053e4e0cf0772

Domestic Politics
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July 21, 2017

Omid Faction: Half of cabinet will be changed.

President Hassan Rouhani met with the leadership committee of the reformist-backed Omid parliamentary faction on July 19. One of the members of the faction’s leadership committee reportedly told Iranian media outlets that during the meeting Rouhani “announced that the cabinet [appointment] list is not yet final and that he is occupied with the final details” of his selection. The member added that Rouhani stated he would likely “change half of his current [cabinet].” (Radio Farda)

July 21, 2017

Rouhani: Now is the turn of the 24m who voted for me.

President Hassan Rouhani hit back at conservative critics during remarks at a meeting of his cabinet on July 19. Rouhani emphasized that the rights of all of Iran’s citizens will be preserved under his government but stressed that “today it is the turn of the 24 million” who voted for him. He added that “otherwise for whom do we vote and why do we hold elections?” Rouhani noted that “one [side] became a minority and one [side] a majority… and we must respect the vote of the majority.” (BBC Persian)  

July 21, 2017

Jannati: Guardian Council has always faced electoral issues.

Head of the Guardian Council Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati addressed the Guardian Council’s role in Iran’s electoral system in a statement to mark the Council’s 37th anniversary. Jannati emphasized the importance of the council’s role in vetting potential presidential candidates and stated that “some [prospective] candidates had connections of which people were not aware and we were forced to reject those candidates on the basis of [that] background.” Jannati added that some were rejected on these grounds despite “having a good [reputation] among the people.” He stressed that the Council is independent of external influence and that it “stands by its positions.” (Fars News Agency) (Mehr News Agency)

July 21, 2017

Tehran Prosecutor General: Ahmadinejad's defense of Baghaei “criminal.”

Tehran Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi referred to former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's statement on the imprisonment on July 11 of his former vice president Hamid Baghaei as “criminal.” Ahmadinejad's statement referred to Baghaei’s arrest as a “great tyranny” after Baghaei declared that he was on hunger strike. Dowlatabadi countered Ahmadinejad's accusation and asked whether “the actions of the Tehran Prosecutor General’s office, which is [investigating] an individual accused of corruption” are tyrannical. He suggested instead that “the actions of somebody who supports corruption” should be called tyrannical.  (BBC Persian)  

July 21, 2017

Rouhani set to meet with members of independent faction.

President Hassan Rouhani will meet with the independent faction on the week of July 24 to discuss the formation of the cabinet for his second term in office.  (Tasnim News Agency)

July 21, 2017

175 Members of Parliament demand appointment of women ministers.

175 parliamentarians wrote a letter to President Hassan Rouhani demanding the inclusion of “competent women” as ministers in the twelfth cabinet. Rouhani did not comment directly on the appointment of women ministers but has previously stated that the presence of women in senior positions should be a “step-by-step” process. (Radio Farda)

Citations & Links

1. Radio Farda
https://www.radiofarda.com/a/o2-rouhani-cabinet-change/28627437.html

Citations & Links

1. BBC Persian
http://www.bbc.com/persian/iran-40654377

Citations & Links

1. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960428001661

2. Mehr News Agency
http://www.mehrnews.com/news/4035943/%D8%B4%D9%88%D8%B1%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%86%DA%AF%D9%87%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%AA%D8%AD%D8%AA-%D8%AA%D8%A7%D8%AB%DB%8C%D8%B1-%D9%87%DB%8C%DA%86-%D9%86%D9%87%D8%A7%D8%AF%DB%8C-%D9%82%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D9%86%D9%85%DB%8C-%DA%AF%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%AF

Citations & Links

1. BBC Persian
http://www.bbc.com/persian/iran-40650426

Citations & Links

1. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/04/28/1469098/%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D8%B9%D8%B6%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%81%D8%B1%D8%A7%DA%A9%D8%B3%DB%8C%D9%88%D9%86-%D9%85%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%82%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%88%D9%84%D8%A7%DB%8C%DB%8C-%D9%85%D8%AC%D9%84%D8%B3-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%B1%D8%A6%DB%8C%D8%B3-%D8%AC%D9%85%D9%87%D9%88%D8%B1

Citations & Links

1. Radio Farda
https://www.radiofarda.com/a/f12-iranian-mps-for-women-ministers/28625640.html

Military and Security
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July 21, 2017

Pakpour: We must do more than drive terrorists from Iran's borders.

IRGC Ground Forces Commander Brig. Gen. Mohammad Pakpour noted that driving terrorists out of Iran’s borders was not Iran’s “only goal.” Pakpour stated that Iran’s “strategy is to go after terrorist cells’ [bases] and places of gathering and organization.” He stressed that the protection, cohesion and unity of Iraq was [a matter of] principle” for the country and added that “no country in the region or neighbor of Iraq will accept [its] partition.” Pakpour also addressed the recent round of sanctions on Iran and its designation by the U.S. State Department and noted that the U.S. and Saudi Arabia “are themselves some of the countries that create, develop, and support terrorists.” (Tasnim News Agency)

July 21, 2017

Assoudi: Iran has no plan to establish a base in Syria.

Chief Advisor to the Supreme Leader’s Representative in the IRGC Brig. Gen. Mohammad Ali Assoudi responded to suggestions that Iran was establishing military bases in Syria in remarks on July 20. Assoudi stressed that “Iran has no such intention anywhere and any presence that Iran has in Syria and Iraq is only advisory.” (YJC)

Citations & Links

1. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/04/29/1469746/%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AF%D9%86-%D8%A7%D8%B4%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D9%85%D8%B1%D8%B2%D9%87%D8%A7-%D9%87%D8%AF%D9%81-%D9%86%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C%DB%8C-%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%B3%D8%AA-%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%87%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%AF-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%B2%D8%AF%D9%86-%D8%B9%D9%82%D8%A8%D9%87-%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%AA%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%87%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA

Citations & Links

1. YJC
http://www.yjc.ir/fa/news/6170513/%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%87%DB%8C%DA%86-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%87%E2%80%8C%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%AC%D8%A7%D8%AF-%D9%BE%D8%A7%DB%8C%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%87%E2%80%8C-%D9%86%D8%B8%D8%A7%D9%85%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%B3%D9%88%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%87-%D9%86%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AF

Casualties in Iraq and Syria
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July 21, 2017

Six Fatemiyoun fighters buried.

Fatemiyoun Brigade fighter Majid Rezaei was buried in Tehran on July 20.

  • Fatemiyoun Brigade fighter Khodadad Jafari was buried in Varamin, Tehran Province, on July 20.
  • Fatemiyoun Brigade fighter Ahmad Hosseini was buried in Mashhad on July 20.
  • Fatemiyoun Brigade fighter Reza Hosseini was buried in Gol Tappeh, Tehran Province, on July 20.
  • Fatemiyoun Brigade fighter Ramazan Rasouli was buried in Shiraz, Fars Province, on July 20.
  • Fatemiyoun Brigade fighter Mokhtar Hosseinzadeh was buried in Nazarabad, Alborz Province, on July 20. (IRNA)

Citations & Links

1. IRNA
http://www.irna.ir/fa/News/82603823/

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