Iran News Round Up

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A selection of the latest news stories and editorials published in Iranian news outlets, compiled by the AEI Critical Threats Project's Iran research team. To receive this daily newsletter, please subscribe online. 

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  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei met with President Hassan Rouhani and administration officials. He also praised the administration’s reactions to the crisis in Gaza:
    • “The matter of Gaza is truly tragic. The Zionist regime commits these atrocities by taking advantage of the negligence of the Islamic world.”
    • “The killing of the Gaza people at the hands of the usurper Zionist regime must make Islamic governments and nations come to themselves, so they can set aside differences and unite.”
    • “Any change of cultural direction from the Islamic system’s framework will lead to the disruption of society’s intellectual order and true identity.”



  • Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Intelligence Organization Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. Majid Hosseini met with military attaches of Islamic countries residing in Iran, including Pakistan’s military attaché and Head of the Military Attaches Association in Tehran Gen. Vahid Momtaz:
    • “Our brotherly advice to countries whose support leads to the growth of takfiri and terrorist groups is to abandon this act. If not, they should be certain that this fire will engulf them in the near future and that they will pay heavy costs.”


  • IRGC Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami addressed five thousand Basijis in Mashhad:
    • “Many great wars have or are taking place in the region. The Iranian nation, however, has buried the enemies’ dreams with resistance and with presence in the scene of defending Islam.”
    • “We have a duty to be thankful to the divine and continue our resistance. Iran is a great power today and will certainly achieve victory in the scene of confronting the world of Arrogance [West].”


  • Deputy Representative of the Supreme Leader in the IRGC Hojjat al Eslam Abdollah Haji Sadeghi slammed the Islamic State [IS]:
    • “Arrogance [West] created IS to confront the Islamic Awakening and the Islamic Front.”
    • “Terrorists groups have been inducted to stand against pure Islam under the management and directorship of infidels and Arrogance.”
    • “These groups do not believe in God, Islam, and the truth of religion. They have created their own thought, God, and Islam as a religion and make incorrect judgments based on those.”


  • The Rouhani administration released its economic policy proposals to overcome low growth and high inflation, pending the review of economists:
    • Introduction: “Even during wartime [1980-1988] could we not observe two subsequent years when the gross domestic product [GDP] was negative while inflation was above 30 percent.”
    • The proposal addresses “the role of leading firms in the domestic market; exportation of industrial products and contracting and advising services to neighboring countries; tourism; housing; strengthening the capital market; improving the overdue receivables of banks and increasing their credit extension capacity; expanding downstream energy industries; improving foreign exchange reserves;; decreasing inflation; achieving relative stability in the currency market; and relatively improving the domestic business environment.”


  • First Deputy to the President Eshagh Jahangiri chaired the recent meeting of the Council of Economics which addressed administration policies on fulfilling the Supreme Leader’s “Economy of Resistance.” He ratified the goals and plans of the Industry, Mining, and Trade Ministry (IMTM) and the Sciences, Research, and Technology Ministry (SRTM):
    • Key policies of IMTM: “Encouraging foreign investment in the exports sector; creating diversity in the importation of good; expanding trade services; planning national production proportionate with exportation needs; forming foreign markets, diversifying economic relations with regional countries especially neighboring countries; and encouraging the production of sensitive, necessary and staple goods.”
    • Key policies of SRTM: “Reducing dependency on oil revenue and currency reserves in higher economics teaching; strengthening the quality of training courses with reliance on the two dimensions of science and skills; supporting the exportation of goods and knowledge-based services; and expanding targeted international presence to acquire international scientific seats.”


  • Hamas Spokesman Fouzi Barhoum reportedly announced that the Ezzeddin Qassam Brigades is armed with the “Ababil 1” drones and that they have carried out three reconnaissance missions, one being of the Israeli Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv. He added “These three drones are in the reconnaissance, offensive, and offensive-suicide forms.”






  • Head of IRGC Public Relations and Head of the Intifada and Quds Headquarters Brig. Gen. Ramezan Sharif accused Israel of committing war crimes in Gaza and praised the “defensive model and confrontation measures of the Islamic resistance in Gaza which has threatened the territorial integrity of the Zionist regime.” He added “With the inadequacy of the defensive shield known as the Iron Dome, the Zionists pass every moment in the nightmare of vengeful, unexpected, and new missile strikes.”





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