Iran News Round Up

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Key takeaway: A senior Iranian official stated that the Iraqi Government and Iranian proxy militias’ seizure of Kirkuk has damaged the Iraqi Kurdish efforts towards independence significantly.

Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), Counterterrorism Services (CTS), and Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) seized a military base and an oilfield from Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Kirkuk, Iraqi Kurdistan on October 15. Ali Akbar Velayati, the Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Supreme Leader, claimed that the offensive “broke” Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani’s “plotting against regional security,” a likely reference to the KRG-led push for Iraqi Kurdish independence.

This Iran News Round Up predominantly covers events from October 13-16.

AEI Must Reads
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18 hours ago

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.

18 hours ago

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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Kurdish Referendum Developments
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18 hours ago

Velayati: Kirkuk seizure “broke” Kurdish push for independence.

Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Supreme Leader Ali Akbar Velayati stated that “Iran had no role” in the seizure of Kirkuk by Iraqi central government forces in a statement made on October 17. Velayati claimed that the majority of Iraqi Kurds oppose Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani’s “hasty actions.” Velayati stated that the Iraqi central government and its forces’ success in seizing Kirkuk “broke” Barzani’s  “plotting against regional security,” a likely reference to the KRG-led push for Iraqi Kurdish independence in a separate speech on October 16. (Tasnim News Agency) (Tasnim News Agency)

  • Iran closes off official border crossings into Iraqi Kurdistan. Iranian officials have confirmed the closure of three major border crossings between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan on October 15. The Iranians have temporarily closed down three official border crossings at Parviz Khan near Qasr-e Shirin, Kermanshah Province; Bashmagh near Marivan, Kurdistan Province; and Tamarchin near Piranshahr, West Azerbaijan Province. Qasr-e Shirin Mayor Faramarz Akbari announced that the Khosravi crossing will be utilized in place of the closed Parviz Khan border crossing. Iran has stated that the closure of the three major border crossings into Iraqi Kurdistan occurred at the behest of the Iraqi central government. These closures come after Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), Counterterrorism Services (CTS), and Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) launched a combined offensive to seize a military base and an oilfield from Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Kirkuk, Iraqi Kurdistan on October 15. The Iranians had already closed Iranian airspace to Iraqi Kurdistan and had also temporarily banned the transportation of oil products into Iraqi Kurdistan. (ISNA) (Mehr News Agency) (Tasnim News Agency)
  • Soleimani travels to Iraqi Kurdistan. IRGC Quds Force Commander Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani traveled to Iraqi Kurdistan to participate in talks between the Iraqi central government and Kurdish authorities on October 15. The talks focused on the escalating crisis between the Iraqi central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). (Reuters) (E)

Citations & Links

1. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/07/25/1548470/%D9%88%D9%84%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%AA%DB%8C-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%86%D9%82%D8%B4%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%B9%D9%85%D9%84%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%AA-%DA%A9%D8%B1%DA%A9%D9%88%DA%A9-%D9%86%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AF

2. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/07/24/1547697/%D9%88%D9%84%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%AA%DB%8C-%D8%B4%DA%A9%D8%B3%D8%AA-%DA%A9%D8%B1%D8%AF%D9%87%D8%A7-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%DA%A9%D8%B1%DA%A9%D9%88%DA%A9-%DA%A9%D9%85%D8%B1-%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%B7%D8%A6%D9%87-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%B2%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C-%D8%B1%D8%A7-%D8%B4%DA%A9%D8%B3%D8%AA

3. ISNA
http://www.isna.ir/news/96072413250/%D9%85%D8%B1%D8%B2-%D9%BE%D8%B1%D9%88%DB%8C%D8%B2%D8%AE%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%DA%A9%D8%B1%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%B4%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%A8%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%87-%D8%B4%D8%AF

4. Mehr News Agency
http://www.mehrnews.com/news/4115038/%D9%85%D8%B1%D8%B2-%D8%AA%D9%85%D8%B1%DA%86%DB%8C%D9%86-%D9%BE%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%B4%D9%87%D8%B1-%D8%AA%D8%A7-%D8%A7%D8%B7%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%B9-%D8%AB%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%88%DB%8C-%D8%AA%D8%B9%D8%B7%DB%8C%D9%84-%D8%B4%D8%AF

5. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/07/23/1546327/%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%DA%AF%D8%B0%D8%B1%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%B1%D8%B3%D9%85%DB%8C-%D8%AE%D9%88%D8%AF-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%DA%A9%D8%B1%D8%AF%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%B9%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%82-%D8%B1%D8%A7-%D9%85%D8%B3%D8%AF%D9%88%D8%AF-%DA%A9%D8%B1%D8%AF

6. Reuters
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-iran-kurds/irans-soleimani-arrives-in-kurdish-region-for-talks-about-crisis-with-baghdad-idUSKBN1CK08Q

Nuclear Deal Developments
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Salehi: if JCPOA cancelled, Iran will stop implementation of Additional Protocol.

Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) head Ali Akbar Salehi that Iran would cease the implementation of the Additional Protocol if the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) collapses. Salehi stated that “with the cancellation of the JCPOA, the Additional Protocol would be meaningless.” Tehran signed the Additional Protocol as part of the JCPOA but the Iranian Parliament has not yet ratified the agreement. The Additional Protocol is an expanded set of requirements for information and access to help the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in verifying that states’ nuclear activities are strictly for peaceful purposes. Salehi also noted that Iran would only allow inspections as “long as the deal [remains] in place.” The former senior nuclear negotiator also threatened that if Iranian officials believe that the JCPOA is no longer beneficial for Tehran, that Iran “could resume 20% [uranium ] enrichment at Fordow (the underground uranium enrichment site near Qom) within four days.” Salehi stressed that Iran would prefer the JCPOA to remain untarnished and that Iran’s nuclear program has always been peaceful. Salehi indicated in late August that Iran’s commitment to the nuclear deal depends on EU withdrawal from the nuclear deal, not U.S. withdrawal. (IRIB)

  • Zarif to file complaint with JCPOA’s Joint Commission. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will file a complaint with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action’s (JCPOA) Joint Commission. Zarif contends that the U.S. has violated Sections 26, 28, and 29 of the JCPOA. Sections 26, 28, and 29 of the JCPOA pertain to P5+1 members refraining from re-introducing lifted sanctions and implementing policies that would adversely affect economic relations with Iran. The Joint Commission is designed to “[review], with a view to resolving, any issue that a JCPOA participant believes constitutes nonperformance by another JCPOA participant of its commitments under the JCPOA.” (BBC Persian)
19 hours ago

Larijani: Iran will rethink JCPOA if Iran no longer receives benefits.

Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said that “Iran has taken on high costs [in implementing the nuclear deal]” and if Iran no longer benefits from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) then Iran will “reconsider [its role] in the JCPOA.” Larijani made the comments on the sidelines of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in St. Petersburg, Russia on October 16. (Fars News Agency) (Tasnim News Agency) (E)

Citations & Links

1. IRIB
http://www.iribnews.ir/fa/news/1850795/%D8%AA%D9%88%D9%82%D9%81-%D8%A7%D8%AC%D8%B1%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%BE%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%AA%DA%A9%D9%84-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AD%D8%A7%D9%82%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%B5%D9%88%D8%B1%D8%AA-%D9%84%D8%BA%D9%88-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%AC%D8%A7%D9%85

2. BBC Persian
http://www.bbc.com/persian/iran-41626349

Citations & Links

1. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960724000294

2. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2017/10/16/1547482/speaker-iran-may-reconsider-implementing-jcpoa

Regional Developments and Diplomacy
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Tillerson: U.S. supports “moderate voices” in Iran.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated that the U.S. does not hold the Iranian people accountable for the Iranian regime’s past violence against Americans and others in the region. He added that U.S. support of “moderate voices” in Iran to “retake control of their government” is a component of President Donald Trump’s comprehensive strategy to deal with Iran. (State.gov)

19 hours ago

Rouhani and Macron speak after Trump speech.

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani after President Donald Trump’s speech on October 13. Rouhani stated that the JCPOA is “in no way negotiable.” Macron had reiterated France’s commitment to the JCPOA and urged Iran to remain committed to the nuclear deal. The two heads of state also discussed Macron potentially visiting Tehran. If Macron were to visit Iran, he would be the first French president to visit Tehran since 1971. (Bloomberg) (E) (President.ir)

Citations & Links

1. State.gov
https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/10/274807.htm

Citations & Links

1. Bloomberg
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-15/france-wants-to-save-iran-deal-macron-considers-potential-trip

2. President.ir
http://president.ir/fa/101124

Military and Security
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Iran behind June cyberattack on British lawmakers.

The Times reported that Iran was behind a June 2017 cyberattack that targeted British lawmakers. Approximately 90 of the 9000 email accounts were compromised in the “sustained and determined attack.” Iran’s cyberattack capabilities have grown markedly over the years and the Iranians have penetrated well-defended networks in the U.S. (The Times) (E) (Reuters) (E)

19 hours ago

Hassani: An insult to the IRGC is an insult to the Artesh.

Artesh Ideological and Political Organization (IPO) head Hojjat ol Eslam Abbas Mohammad Hassani said that the Artesh considers “an insult to the IRGC as an insult to the Artesh” in a statement on October 16. Hassani noted that the “Artesh is a supporter of the IRGC” because they both have the same mission in “preserving the independence and territorial integrity of the Islamic motherland and defending religious and national values.” Hassani added that the Artesh is waiting for permission to do its duty to confront those who insult the IRGC. Members of the larger political apparatus - including Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif - have also made a show of unity with the IRGC in the wake of the U.S. Treasury’s designation of the IRGC on October 13. (Sepah News)

Citations & Links

1. The Times
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/iran-attacks-9-000-email-accounts-in-parliament-w5mr836cg

2. Reuters
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-politics-cyber/iran-was-behind-cyber-attack-on-british-lawmakers-in-june-the-times-idUSKBN1CJ0AH

Citations & Links

1. Sepah News
http://sepahnews.com/index.php/sepahnews/item/4591-%D8%AD%D8%AC%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%85-%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%B3%D9%84%D9%85%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%AD%D8%B3%D9%86%DB%8C-%D8%AA%D9%88%D9%87%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%AA%D9%88%D9%87%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AA%D8%B4-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AA%D8%B4-%D9%85%D9%86%D8%AA%D8%B8%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D8%AC%D8%A7%D8%B2%D9%87-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%85%D9%82%D8%A7%D8%A8%D9%84%D9%87-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%AA%D9%88%D9%87%DB%8C%D9%86%E2%80%8C%DA%A9%D9%86%D9%86%D8%AF%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA.html

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Zanganeh: Trump’s comments will not have much impact on oil prices.

Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh expressed hope that President Donald Trump’s decertification announcement will not have much impact on oil prices. Zanganeh noted that oil deals are still being negotiated with the Europeans. Zanganeh also said that everything has been going well regarding foreign companies’ involvement in Iran’s South Pars gas field. France’s Total SA agreed to invest $1 billion into the Iran’s South Pars gas field in June 2017. (IRIB) (Reuters) (E)

Citations & Links

1. IRIB
http://www.iribnews.ir/fa/news/1851380/%DA%AF%D8%B2%D8%A7%D9%81%D9%87-%DA%AF%D9%88%DB%8C%DB%8C-%D8%AA%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%BE-%D8%A8%D8%B1-%D9%82%DB%8C%D9%85%D8%AA-%D9%86%D9%81%D8%AA-%D8%AA%D8%A7%D8%AB%DB%8C%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D9%86%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AF

2. Reuters
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-oil/iran-says-trumps-nuclear-deal-policy-not-to-have-high-impact-on-oil-prices-tv-idUSKBN1CK05O

Key takeaway: President Donald Trump announced he is not certifying that it is within the national security interests of the U.S. to continue sanctions relief mandated by the nuclear deal during an October 13 speech rolling out his administration’s new strategy regarding Iran.

President Trump’s decision to decertify does not withdraw the U.S. from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JPCOA). Congress will now debate whether the U.S. should continue sanctions relief. Trump’s strategy also promised that the U.S. would focus more broadly on addressing Iran’s destabilizing behavior in the region, among other aspects.

President Hassan Rouhani slammed Trump’s speech and new strategy, and claimed that Trump has only distanced himself from his European allies and unified Iran. UK Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron stressed their commitment to upholding the JCPOA in a statement following Trump’s speech.

This Iran News Round Up predominantly covers events from October 11-13.

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2 days ago

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.

2 days ago

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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Nuclear Deal Developments
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Rouhani slams President Trump’s speech on Iran.

President Hassan Rouhani responded to President Donald Trump’s October 13 speech announcing his administration’s new strategy regarding Iran. Rouhani stressed that Iran “will respect” the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) “within the framework of the interests” of Iran, as long as Iran’s “rights are guaranteed, and as long as [Iran’s] interests require, and as long as [Iran] enjoys [the deal’s] benefits.”

  • Rouhani claimed that Trump’s speech demonstrated the “huge gap” between the U.S. and its European allies. Rouhani highlighted several examples of the history of U.S. “aggression” towards Iran, including the U.S. role in the 1953 coup against Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh and the U.S. support for Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq War. Rouhani warned that Trump has himself “made” Iran “more united,” and stressed that Trump cannot “divide the people and the great, popular Leader [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei].” (President.ir) (E)
2 days ago

U.S. Treasury designates the IRGC.

The U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated the IRGC for its support to the IRGC Quds Force pursuant to Executive Order 13244 on October 13. The designation is distinct from the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) designation. OFAC also designated three Iran-based companies for their activities in relation to Iran’s Naval Defense Missile Industry Group and/or the IRGC, and one China-based company for proliferation activities related to an Iran-based company supporting Iran’s Defense Ministry. (Treasury.gov) (E)

2 days ago

European leaders issue statement following Trump’s speech.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron issued a joint statement conveying their commitment to the JCPOA following President Trump’s announcement that he will not certify that the deal is in the national security interests of the U.S. The European leaders cautioned President Donald Trump and U.S. lawmakers to carefully consider the implications of taking actions that could undermine the JCPOA, such as “re-imposing sanctions [that were] lifted under the [JCPOA].” They also expressed their concern about Iran’s ballistic missile program and disruptive regional activities, stating that they “stand ready to take further appropriate measures to address these issues.” European leaders have voiced their continuous support for the JCPOA. Several European countries have signed a myriad of financial deals with Iran since the implementation of the JCPOA in January 2016. The imposition of new sanctions or the reintroduction of previously lifted sanctions could imperil existing and future deals reached between Europe and Iran. (GOV.uk)

2 days ago

Amano issues statement following Trump’s speech.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) head Yukiya Amano released a statement following President Donald Trump’s decertification announcement on October 13. Trump noted that Iran has “committed multiple violations of the agreement,” and has “intimidated international inspectors into not using the full inspection authorities [outlined under the JCPOA].” Amano responded that Iran is implementing its commitments under the JCPOA and that “Iran is subject to the world’s most robust nuclear verification regime.” Amano also indicated that the IAEA has had access to all locations that “it [has] needed to visit.” Amano has confirmed Iranian compliance to its JCPOA commitments on several occasions, however he has also requested for additional clarification on certain aspects of the JCPOA. (IAEA) (E)

2 days ago

Salehi comments on new U.S. Treasury designation of the IRGC.

In a statement on October 12 prior to the U.S. Treasury’s designation of the IRGC under Executive Order 13224, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) head Ali Akbar Salehi said that Iran would consider the U.S. designation of the IRGC “a declaration of war.” He added that Iran is willing to preserve the JCPOA, but “not at any price.” He also expressed doubts that the P5+1 could preserve the JCPOA if the U.S. withdraws. (Mashregh News) (Radio Farda) (E) (Tasnim News Agency) (E)

  • Defense Minister Artesh Brig. Gen. Amir Hatami also called for unity among the IRGC, the Artesh, and the rest of Iran’s armed forces prior to the Treasury designation. Hatami warned that any action taken to undermine the IRGC will only aid in the “spread of terror and insecurity in the region and the world.” (Sepah News) (ABNA)
2 days ago

German intelligence indicates Iranian attempts to circumvent missile program restrictions.

Germany’s domestic intelligence agency BfV warned that Iran had attempted to circumvent missile development restrictions by attempting to purchase proliferation-related equipment or know-how in a report shown to Reuters on October 11. The document noted that Iran continues to develop its missile and rocket programs and may further attempt to circumvent regulations by trying to acquire technologies in Germany. Another domestic intelligence report released by Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia state on October 10 claimed that Iran made 32 attempts to buy equipment in 2016. (Reuters) (E)

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Rezaei: Europe and Asia will resist if new sanctions are implemented.

Expediency Discernment Council (EDC) Secretary Mohsen Rezaei warned that Asia and Europe will present “big problems” for President Donald Trump if he tries to implement new sanctions against Iran in an October 10 statement ahead of the White House’s presentation of its new Iran strategy. Rezai also stated that the global economy is not on the same page as Trump when it comes to levying new sanctions on Iran. Rezaei asserted that any new sanctions would be primarily against “businessmen and investors [who seek to work with Iran].” (Fars News Agency)

Citations & Links

1. President.ir
http://www.president.ir/en/101131

Citations & Links

1. Treasury.gov
https://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/sm0177.aspx

Citations & Links

1. GOV.uk
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/declaration-by-the-heads-of-state-and-government-of-france-germany-and-the-united-kingdom

Citations & Links

1. IAEA
https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/statement-by-iaea-director-general-yukiya-amano

Citations & Links

1. Mashregh News
https://www.mashreghnews.ir/news/785040/%D9%82%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%B1-%DA%AF%D8%B1%D9%81%D8%AA%D9%86-%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%85-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D9%84%DB%8C%D8%B3%D8%AA-%D8%B3%DB%8C%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%B1%D8%A7-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D9%85%D8%AB%D8%A7%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%A7%D8%B9%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%85-%D8%AC%D9%86%DA%AF-%D8%AA%D9%84%D9%82%DB%8C-%D9%85%DB%8C-%DA%A9%D9%86%DB%8C%D9%85

2. Radio Farda
https://en.radiofarda.com/a/iran-salehi-says-irgc-terror-status-declaration-of-war/28789881.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

3. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2017/10/12/1543650/us-in-state-of-political-confusion-over-jcpoa-iran-s-salehi

4. Sepah News
http://www.sepahnews.com/index.php/component/k2/item/4553-%D9%88%D8%A7%DA%A9%D9%86%D8%B4-%D9%88%D8%B2%DB%8C%D8%B1-%D8%AF%D9%81%D8%A7%D8%B9-%D8%A8%D9%87-%E2%80%8C%D8%AA%D9%87%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D8%AE%DB%8C%D8%B1-%D8%AF%D9%88%D9%84%D8%AA-%D9%88-%D9%85%D9%82%D8%A7%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A2%D9%85%D8%B1%DB%8C%DA%A9%D8%A7%D8%9B-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87-%D9%82%D8%AF%D8%B1%D8%AA%D9%85%D9%86%D8%AF%D8%AA%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%86-%D9%86%D9%87%D8%A7%D8%AF-%D8%B6%D8%AF%E2%80%8C%D8%AA%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%B3%D8%AA%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D9%82%D8%A7%D8%B7%D8%B9%DB%8C%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D9%82%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%AF%D8%B4%D9%85%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%B1%D8%A7-%D8%AE%D9%86%D8%AB%DB%8C-%D9%88-%D8%B3%D8%B1%DA%A9%D9%88%D8%A8-%D8%AE%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%87%DB%8C%D9%85-%DA%A9%D8%B1%D8%AF.html

5. ABNA
http://fa.abna24.com/news/%d8%a7%d8%ae%d8%a8%d8%a7%d8%b1-%d8%a7%db%8c%d8%b1%d8%a7%d9%86/%d8%b3%d9%be%d8%a7%d9%87-%d9%82%d8%af%d8%b1%d8%aa%d9%85%d9%86%d8%af%d8%aa%d8%b1%db%8c%d9%86-%d9%86%d9%87%d8%a7%d8%af-%d8%b6%d8%af%e2%80%8c%d8%aa%d8%b1%d9%88%d8%b1%db%8c%d8%b3%d8%aa%db%8c-%d8%a7%d8%b3%d8%aa-%d8%a8%d8%a7-%d9%82%d8%a7%d8%b7%d8%b9%db%8c%d8%aa-%d8%a7%d9%82%d8%af%d8%a7%d9%85%d8%a7%d8%aa_726860.html

Citations & Links

1. Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-iran-missiles/iran-still-trying-to-buy-items-for-missile-development-germany-idUSKBN1CG2H8?il=0

Citations & Links

1. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960719000890

Key takeaway:  Iranian officials criticized the U.S. State Department’s possible designation of the IRGC as a terrorist organization.  

IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, the Foreign Ministry, and Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy (NSFP) Committee all condemned the rumored designation. It is not clear whether the U.S. would designate the IRGC as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) or as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). Congress mandated that President Donald Trump impose sanctions on the IRGC as if it were on the SDGT list in the July “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions” law.

It is not yet clear how Iran would respond to such a designation. The IRGC would be the first regular military from an internationally-recognized sovereign country to be designated as a terrorist organization, placing the IRGC alongside terrorist groups such as ISIS and al Qaeda.

This Iran News Round Up predominantly covers events from October 6-10.

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October 12, 2017

Jafari responds to possibility of IRGC being labeled a terrorist organization.

IRGC Commander Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari responded to reports that President Donald Trump will designate the IRGC as a terrorist organization, stating “if [the reports] are true, then the IRGC will consider the U.S. military... the same as ISIS.” Jafari said that “in the event that new American sanctions are implemented [against Iran], [the U.S.] will have to relocate its regional bases that are within a 2000km range of Iran’s missiles.” Jafari also stated that “Iran will use the opportunity, [brought about] by Trump’s asinine behavior regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), to produce growth in its missile, regional, and conventional defense programs.” Jafari made the comments during an IRGC strategic council meeting on October 8. (Fars News Agency) (Sepah News Agency)

  • Foreign Ministry officials warn the U.S. against terrorist designation. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the designation of the IRGC as a terrorist organization would lead to further U.S. isolation and estrangement. Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi urged the U.S. to reconsider the “strategic mistake [of labeling the IRGC a terrorist organization].”. (Fars News Agency) (Fars News Agency) (Mehr News Agency) (ABNA)
  • Parliamentary Commission reiterates Jafari’s warning to U.S. forces. Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy (NFSP) Committee released a statement condemning the possible designation of the IRGC as a terrorist organization on October 11. The announcement claimed that the IRGC has the right to interact with U.S. forces in the same way it would interact with terrorist groups. NSFP chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi stated that Iran will consider any “terrorist [label]” placed on the IRGC as an encroachment on Iranian national security. (Fars News Agency) (Fars News Agency) (IRNA) (E)
October 12, 2017

Russia: Designating the IRGC as a terrorist organization may lead to JCPOA’s collapse.

Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement denouncing the possibility of designating the IRGC as a terrorist organization. The ministry stated that designating the IRGC as a terrorist organization is a step toward the abolishment of the JCPOA. Russia confirmed that it does not support the intention of the U.S. to label the IRGC a terrorist organization and that Russia does not consider the IRGC to be a terrorist organization. (ISNA)

October 12, 2017

Rouhani: JCPOA benefits are irreversible.

President Hassan Rouhani stated that “neither [President Donald] Trump nor ten other Trumps can reverse the irrevocable benefits of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),” during a ceremony at Tehran University on October 7. Rouhani praised Iran’s economic performance since the implementation of the JCPOA in January 2016, citing the “myriad of foreign investments made [in Iran].” The president repeated his support for the nuclear deal by stating that “[Iran] has chosen the right path… and those who violate their commitment[s] will only cast doubt on their own reputation and credibility.” Rouhani’s comments come before Trump’s October 15 deadline to announce whether or not he will certify Iranian compliance to the nuclear deal. If Trump were to decertify Iranian compliance to the nuclear deal, Congress would then have a 60-day review period by which it could reinstitute nuclear-related sanctions on Iran. (President.ir) (Reuters) (E)

  • Zarif: U.S. is addicted to sanctions. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stated that the “United States is addicted to sanctions… they have an obsession,” during an interview with Al Jazeera on October 7. Zarif remarked that “[Iran] has become immunized to U.S. sanctions.” (Al Jazeera) (E)
  • Salehi advises against the cancellation of the JCPOA. Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) head Ali Akbar Salehi stated that “Washington’s recent delusional and negative [posturing] will not lead to good results for the preservation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).” Salehi made the remarks during a conference on promoting nuclear safety in Rome on October 10. (Fars News Agency)

Citations & Links

1. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960716000365

2. Sepah News Agency
http://www.sepahnews.com/index.php/sepahnews/item/4527-%D8%B3%D8%B1%D9%84%D8%B4%DA%A9%D8%B1-%D8%AC%D8%B9%D9%81%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D8%AC%D8%B1%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%82%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%88%D9%86-%DA%A9%D8%A7%D8%AA%D8%B3%D8%A7-%D8%B1%D8%A7-%D9%85%D8%B9%D8%A7%D8%AF%D9%84-%D8%AE%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%AC-%DB%8C%DA%A9-%D8%AC%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%A2%D9%85%D8%B1%DB%8C%DA%A9%D8%A7-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%AC%D8%A7%D9%85-%D9%85%DB%8C%E2%80%8C%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C%D9%85-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D9%81%D8%B1%D8%B5%D8%AA-%D8%B1%D9%81%D8%AA%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%AF%D9%88%D9%84%D8%AA-%D8%AA%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%BE-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%AC%D8%A7%D9%85-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%AC%D9%87%D8%B4-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%87-%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D9%81%D8%A7%D8%B9%DB%8C%D8%8C-%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B4%DA%A9%DB%8C-%D9%88-%D9%85%D9%86%D8%B7%D9%82%D9%87-%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%81%D8%A7%D8%AF%D9%87-%D9%85%DB%8C-%DA%A9%D9%86%DB%8C%D9%85

3. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960718000387

4. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960717001055

5. Mehr News Agency
http://www.mehrnews.com/news/4108685/%D9%BE%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AE-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%A2%D9%85%D8%B1%DB%8C%DA%A9%D8%A7-%DA%A9%D9%88%D8%A8%D9%86%D8%AF%D9%87-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA-%D8%AF%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D9%85%D8%B4%D8%A7%D9%88%D8%B1-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%86%DA%A9%DB%8C-%D8%AA%DB%8C%D9%85-%D9%87%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%87-%D8%A7%DB%8C

6. ABNA
http://fa.abna24.com/news/%d8%a7%d8%ae%d8%a8%d8%a7%d8%b1-%d8%a7%db%8c%d8%b1%d8%a7%d9%86/%d8%b8%d8%b1%db%8c%d9%81-%d8%a7%d9%82%d8%af%d8%a7%d9%85-%d8%a2%d9%85%d8%b1%db%8c%da%a9%d8%a7-%d8%b9%d9%84%db%8c%d9%87-%d8%b3%d9%be%d8%a7%d9%87%d8%8c-%d8%a2%d9%86%d8%a7%d9%86-%d8%b1%d8%a7-%d9%86%d8%b2%d8%af-%d9%85%d9%84%d8%aa-%d8%a7%db%8c%d8%b1%d8%a7%d9%86-%d9%85%d9%86%d9%81%d9%88%d8%b1%d8%aa%d8%b1_726770.html

7. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960718001727

8. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960718000894

9. IRNA
http://www.irna.ir/en/News/82691384

Citations & Links

1. ISNA
http://www.isna.ir/news/96071810150/%D9%85%D8%B3%DA%A9%D9%88-%D8%A7%D8%B9%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%85-%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%85-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D9%81%D9%87%D8%B1%D8%B3%D8%AA-%D8%B3%D8%A7%D8%B2%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%AA%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%B3%D8%AA%DB%8C-%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%85%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%84%D8%BA%D9%88

Citations & Links

1. President.ir
http://president.ir/fa/101066

2. Reuters
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-usa-rouhani/iranian-president-defends-nuclear-deal-says-trump-can-not-undermine-it-idUSKBN1CC0FE

3. Al Jazeera
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/talktojazeera/2017/10/iran-javad-zarif-addicted-sanctions-171007102108661.html

4. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960718001198

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October 12, 2017

Ghassemi says possible S-400 deal to Riyadh does not affect Tehran-Moscow relations.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Ghassemi said that the possible sale of Russia’s S-400 missile defense system to Saudi Arabia does not worry Iran and that it will not negatively affect Russo-Iranian relations. (Alef)

  • Boroujerdi says the S-400 deal to Saudi Arabia is a win. NSFP Committee chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi commended the possible sale, stating that it would cut into American arms sales to Riyadh and lessen Washington’s influence in Saudi Arabia. (Alef)
October 12, 2017

NSFP Committee member addresses soldier shooting incidents.

Parliamentary National Security and Foreign Policy (NFSP) Committee member Mohammad Javad Jamali Nobandegani stressed the need for psychological and mental evaluations for soldiers. Nobandegani called on the military to utilize psychiatrists and psychologists to make sure soldiers are mentally fit.  Iranian soldiers have opened fire on fellow soldiers in several separate incidents over the last few months. Nobandegani also recommended officer-focused training so that officers are properly trained in giving orders and leading newly-enlisted conscripts. (Asriran)

  • Artesh Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. Amir Ahmadreza Pourdastan stressed the importance of preserving the armed forces’ health. Pourdastan stated that the primary duty for Health and Treatment Services is to make sure soldiers are ready and healthy to fight in “asymmetric” wars. (Tasnim News Agency)

Citations & Links

1. Alef
http://www.alef.ir/news/3960718252.html

2. Alef
http://www.alef.ir/news/3960718116.html

Citations & Links

1. Asriran
http://www.asriran.com/fa/news/564849/%D9%88%D8%A7%DA%A9%D9%86%D8%B4-%D9%86%D9%85%D8%A7%DB%8C%D9%86%D8%AF%D9%87-%D9%85%D8%AC%D9%84%D8%B3-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%AD%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%AF%D8%AB-%D8%AA%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B2%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D9%BE%D8%A7%D8%AF%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%87%D8%A7-%D8%A8%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%AF-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%A7%D9%81%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%86%D8%AD%D9%88%D9%87-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%AE%D9%88%D8%B1%D8%AF-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B2%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%B1%D8%A7-%D8%A2%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B2%D8%B4-%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AF

2. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/07/18/1541480/%D8%A8%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%AF-%D8%B1%D9%88%DB%8C-%D8%A8%DB%8C%D9%88%D8%AA%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%B3%D9%85-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%AD%D9%81%D8%A7%D8%B8%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D9%81%D8%B1%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AF%D9%87%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%88-%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%B1%D9%88%D9%87%D8%A7-%D8%B3%D8%B1%D9%85%D8%A7%DB%8C%D9%87-%DA%AF%D8%B0%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%8C-%DA%A9%D9%86%DB%8C%D9%85

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October 12, 2017

Boroujerdi: Iran will continue coordinating with Iraq and Turkey.

Parliamentary National Security and Foreign Policy (NSFP) Committee chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi stated that Iran, Turkey, and Iraq will continue coordinated efforts in dealing with the Iraqi Kurdistan independence movement. Boroujerdi identified the “partitioning of Iraq” as Tehran, Ankara, and Baghdad’s “red line.” (Fars News Agency)

Citations & Links

1. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960716001850

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