Iran News Round Up

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

Key takeaway: Senior IRGC commanders and conservatives continued to criticize President Hassan Rouhani’s call to decrease the IRGC’s role in Iran’s economy.

Prominent hardliner Grand Ayatollah Hossein Nouri Hamedani stated, “Those who seek to weaken Iran’s security and the IRGC are enemies of the people.” Former IRGC Commander and current military adviser to the Supreme Leader Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi also claimed that “weakening the IRGC… [results in] the weakening of the politics and national security” of Iran.

IRGC Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari stated that his term as Commander of the IRGC has been extended by three years. It had been expected previously that Jafari would observe a ten-year term like his immediate predecessor, IRGC Maj. Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei first appointed Jafari as IRGC Commander in 2007.

This Iran News Round Up predominantly covers events from July 1-5.

Domestic Politics
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July 06, 2017

Soleimani: No one should weaken and attack IRGC.

IRGC Quds Force Commander Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani addressed increased tensions between President Hassan Rouhani’s government and the IRGC in remarks on July 4. Soleimani praised the leadership of former Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and noted that Iran possesses “no greater treasure than the Supreme Leader.” Soleimani then commented on recent detractions aimed at the IRGC and stated that “no one should target the IRGC to weaken and attack it, since today the IRGC’s heart is devoted to a way forward for the country and the people.” (Fars News Agency)

July 06, 2017

Jannati criticizes Rouhani camp for electoral behavior and IRGC comments.

Assembly of Experts Head Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati criticized the behavior of “one candidate” during the presidential elections, an an oblique reference to President Hassan Rouhani, and noted that “during the elections certain government institutions became election headquarters.” Jannati stated that his concerns had been referred to the Judiciary in hopes that they would be investigated. Later in his speech Jannati turned to the increasing tensions between Rouhani and the IRGC and asked “what would happen to this country’s security without the IRGC? One dimension of the IRGC is to serve [the government]. ” (Tasnim News Agency)

July 06, 2017

Hamedani: IRGC detractors are “enemies of the [Iranian] people.”

Grand Ayatollah Hossein Nouri Hamedani stated, “Those who seek to weaken Iran’s security and the IRGC are enemies of the people” in remarks on July 4. Hamedani warned against the “polarization” of Iran’s political sphere and advised Iranian authorities to be more lenient in accepting constructive criticism, stating that “fair critique is a factor of progress.” (Tasnim News Agency)

July 06, 2017

Safavi: Weakening IRGC weakens national security.

Maj. Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi, military adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stated on July 5 that “weakening the IRGC… [results in] the weakening of the politics and national security” of Iran. He went on to add that the weakening of the IRGC also affected Iran’s economy since “if there is no security in the country, domestic and foreign investment” will not increase. Safavi invoked Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini's statement that “I wish I was a Revolutionary Guard,” and stated: “Imam Khomeini… said [that statement] from the bottom of his heart and I hope that people will not seek to weaken the IRGC.” (Tasnim News Agency) (Jahan News)

July 06, 2017

Supreme Leader calls on Judiciary to defend Iran internationally.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on the Judiciary on July 3 to take a broader approach to its role internationally as the “flagbearer” of Iran’s rights on the international stage. Khamenei claimed that international organizations have “stood by the oppressors instead of the oppressed” and said that the Judiciary should intervene in “any matter … to face up to lawbreakers and dissenters.” He characterised the role the Judiciary should take as  “developmental and jihadi.”  Khamenei also emphasised the need for the Judiciary to take actions against America and countries that support terrorism, and support Muslims in Nigeria, Myanmar, and Kashmir. (Fars News Agency) (E)

July 06, 2017

Jafari announces extension of term as IRGC Commander.

IRGC Commander Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari announced that his term as IRGC Commander will be extended an additional three years during the ceremony appointing Mohammad Reza Yazdi as commander of the IRGC’s Mohammad Rasoul Allah unit (Greater Tehran). It had been expected previously that Jafari would observe a ten-year term like his immediate predecessor, IRGC Maj. Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei first appointed Jafari as IRGC Commander in 2007. (BBC Persian)  

July 06, 2017

Jafari: Verbal attacks will not harm IRGC.

IRGC Commander Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari reiterated comments on July 1 in defence of the IRGC as tensions between conservatives and President Hassan Rouhani grow. Jafari stated that since members of the IRGC “die for the people of Iran,” verbal attacks are harmless against the organization. Jafari stated that the IRGC considers “solving economic and social problems as much a provision of safety as armaments and military equipment, if not more.” Jafari stressed that this manner of commitment to the Iranian people  would endure so long as the IRGC was in the hands of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (Fars News Agency)

July 06, 2017

Rouhani to Judiciary: Being revolutionary means isolating America.

President Hassan Rouhani discussed his administration’s foreign policy in a statement to the Judiciary on July 2. Rouhani stated that “being revolutionary” means “isolating America.” He added that Iran’s foreign policy should allow other nations to “understand… and accept” the country’s discourse. Rouhani then turned to recent domestic political tensions and asked whether “electoral competition” needed to be repeated given that that “period has finished.” (BBC Persian)

July 06, 2017

Jahangiri: Rouhani’s opponents must accept the people’s will.

First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri addressed the increasing tension between Rouhani and conservative figures on July 1. He stated that after the reelection of President Hassan Rouhani there were those who were “unable to hide their anger” with regard to the popular vote. Instead Jahangiri urged these figures and officials to “accept the people’s vote.” (Radio Farda)

 

 

Citations & Links

1. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960413000474

Citations & Links

1. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/04/13/1453591/%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AA%D9%82%D8%A7%D8%AF-%D8%B1%D8%A6%DB%8C%D8%B3-%D9%85%D8%AC%D9%84%D8%B3-%D8%AE%D8%A8%D8%B1%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%AD%D9%85%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%BA%DB%8C%D8%B1%D9%85%D9%86%D8%B5%D9%81%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%87-%D8%B9%D9%84%DB%8C%D9%87-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%DA%A9%D9%85%D8%AA%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%86-%D9%87%D8%B2%DB%8C%D9%86%D9%87-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%A8%D8%B1-%D8%AE%D8%B7%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%B3%DB%8C%D9%86%D9%87-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%B1-%D9%85%DB%8C-%DA%A9%D9%86%D8%AF

Citations & Links

1. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/04/13/1453414/%D8%AA%D8%AE%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%A8-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87-%D9%87%D9%85-%D9%86%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%B4%D8%AF%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%AF%D8%B4%D9%85%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA-%D8%AA%D8%B6%D8%B9%DB%8C%D9%81-%DA%A9%D9%86%D9%86%D8%AF%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%B1%D9%88%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%AA%DB%8C-%D9%86%D8%B8%D8%A7%D9%85-%D8%AF%D8%B4%D9%85%D9%86-%D9%85%D8%B1%D8%AF%D9%85-%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AF-%DA%AF%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%81%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%AF-%D9%82%D8%A7%D8%A8%D9%84-%D8%A8%D8%AE%D8%B4%D8%B4-%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%B3%D8%AA

Citations & Links

1. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/04/14/1454857/%D8%AA%D8%B6%D8%B9%DB%8C%D9%81-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D9%85%D9%86%D8%B2%D9%84%D9%87-%D8%AA%D8%B6%D8%B9%DB%8C%D9%81-%D8%B3%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA-%D9%88-%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%AA-%DA%A9%D8%B4%D9%88%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA-%D8%AD%D8%A7%D8%AC-%D8%A7%D8%AD%D9%85%D8%AF-%D9%85%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%B3%D9%84%DB%8C%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%DA%AF%D9%88%DB%8C-%D8%B1%D8%B2%D9%85%D9%86%D8%AF%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%AC%D8%A8%D9%87%D9%87-%D9%85%D9%82%D8%A7%D9%88%D9%85%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA

2. Jahan News
http://www.jahannews.com/news/531475/%D8%B1%D8%AD%DB%8C%D9%85-%D8%B5%D9%81%D9%88%DB%8C-%D8%AA%D8%B6%D8%B9%DB%8C%D9%81-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87-%D9%85%D9%86%D8%B2%D9%84%D9%87-%D8%B3%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%AA-%DA%A9%D8%B4%D9%88%D8%B1

Citations & Links

1. Fars News Agency
http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960412001404

Citations & Links

1. BBC Persian
http://www.bbc.com/persian/iran-40501767

Citations & Links

1. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960410001557

Citations & Links

1. BBC Persian
http://www.bbc.com/persian/iran-40472050

Citations & Links

1. Radio Farda
https://www.radiofarda.com/a/f12-dispute-on-democracy-iran-officials/28589569.html

Military and Security
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July 06, 2017

Mohammad Reza Yazdi chosen as IRGC Tehran Chief.

IRGC Commander Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari appointed IRGC Brig. Gen. 2C  Mohammad Reza Yazdi as the new commander of IRGC Mohammad Rasoul Allah Unit (Greater Tehran) on July 4. Yazdi replaces IRGC Brig. Gen. Mohsen Kazemeini. Yazdi previously served as the IRGC’s legal and parliamentary deputy. (BBC Persian)

  • Esmail Kowsari, an IRGC veteran and hardline former parliamentarian, was promoted commander of Tehran’s IRGC Sarallah Base, on July 1. (BBC Persian)  
July 06, 2017

Pakpour confirms shelling of Kurdish groups.

 IRGC Ground Forces Commander Brig. Gen. Mohammad Pakpour addressed on July 5 reports of IRGC shelling of Kurdish groups in Iraqi Kurdistan. Pakpour stated that Iran would target “terrorists in the process of training and planning” to destabilize Iran wherever they may be. He added that the July 3 attack came in the wake of “a terrorist team entering [Iran] through [northern Iraq]” with another team in the process of being trained in the area. (Fars News Agency)

  • IRGC shells Iraqi Kurdish groups. IRGC forces reportedly shelled Kurdish militia positions north west of Irbil from across the Iranian border in Piranshahr, West Azerbaijan Province on July 3. Peshmerga forces across the border reported that two Kurdish fighters had been injured. (ABNA) (Rudaw)
July 06, 2017

Salami: Iran must remain strong.

Deputy IRGC Commander Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami stated on July 5 that there was no other way for Iran to survive but to “remain strong” militarily. Salami emphasized that “without great jihad, self-sacrificial endeavors and the establishment of power, and its development, and expansion, we cannot stand against our hateful enemies.” (ISNA)

July 06, 2017

S-300 SAMs officially installed in Iran.

Khatam ol Anbia Head Air Defense Base Commander Brig. Gen. Farzad Esmaili announced that Iran has officially installed its Russian-built S-300 missile defense systems. Iranian officials first announced the delivery of the missile system in October of 2016, though this appears to be the first announcement of their readiness for deployment. Esmaili added that the Iranian-built Bavar 373 SAM missile system will be built and tested by the end of the year and stated that the Iranian-built system would be “stronger” than its Russian counterpart. (Tasnim News Agency) (Defa Press)

July 06, 2017

One killed, three injured in West Azerbaijan clashes with smugglers.

One border guard was killed and three injured in clashes between Iranian border guards and armed smugglers on July 2. The smugglers were reportedly transporting alcoholic beverages when they were confronted by border guard forces in the town of Piranshahr in West Azerbaijan Province. (Tasnim News Agency)

July 06, 2017

Pourdastan: “ISIS forces will be destroyed if they get close to Iran’s borders.”

Brig. Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan stated on July 2 that Iran’s Armed Forces’ strategy will be “to eliminate ISIS if they get closer than 40 kilometers [25 miles] to Iran’s borders.” Pourdastan added that the Army’s ground forces are stationed along the country’s western borders with Iraq’s Diyala province, claiming that Iran is “keeping a close watch” on ISIS movements in the area. (Tasnim News Agency)

  • Dehghan: “Iran will respond to enemies in the strongest form possible.” On July 1, Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan reiterated support for Iran’s missile program, claiming that “any threat posed by enemies will be dealt with strongly and decisively.” Dehghan added that U.S. sanctions will not have a serious impact on Iranian activities due to Iran’s “deep-rooted and strong system.” (Tasnim News Agency)
July 06, 2017

Navy holds drills in Caspian Sea.

The Artesh Navy began a five-day exercise named “Velayat 96” in the Caspian Sea on July 2. (YJC)

July 06, 2017

IRGC finds cache of ‘spy’ equipment in north Tehran.

IRGC forces in Tehran reportedly uncovered a large stockpile of listening devices and other ‘spy’ equipment in north Tehran on July 3. Four people were identified and arrested in connection with the stockpile, which they had allegedly smuggled into the country. (Mashregh News Agency)

Citations & Links

1. BBC Persian
http://www.bbc.com/persian/iran-40492136

2. BBC Persian
http://www.bbc.com/persian/iran-40501767

Citations & Links

1. Rudaw
http://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/03072017

2. Fars News Agency
http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13960414001192

3. ABNA
http://fa.abna24.com/news/%D8%A7%D8%AE%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%A2%D8%B3%DB%8C%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%BA%D8%B1%D8%A8%DB%8C-%D9%88-%D8%AE%D8%A7%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%85%DB%8C%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%87/%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%85%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%B6%D8%B9-%DA%A9%D9%8F%D8%B1%D8%AF%D9%87%D8%A7-%D8%B1%D8%A7-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%DA%A9%D9%88%D9%87%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%87%D9%84%DA%A9%D9%88%D8%B1%D8%AF-%D8%A8%D9%85%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%DA%A9%D8%B1%D8%AF_722227.html

4. Rudaw
http://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/03072017

Citations & Links

1. ISNA
http://www.isna.ir/news/96041407203/%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%87%DB%8C-%D8%AC%D8%B2-%D9%82%D8%AF%D8%B1%D8%AA%D9%85%D9%86%D8%AF-%D8%B4%D8%AF%D9%86-%D9%88-%D9%82%D8%AF%D8%B1%D8%AA%D9%85%D9%86%D8%AF-%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AF%D9%86-%D9%86%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%85

Citations & Links

1. Press TV
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/10/13/488880/Russia-Iran-S300

2. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/04/14/1454532/%D8%A7%D9%86%DA%AF%D8%B4%D8%AA-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%B1%D9%88%DB%8C-%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%B4%D9%87-%D8%A7%D8%B3300-%D8%B1%D9%81%D8%AA-%D8%AA%D8%B5%D8%A7%D9%88%DB%8C%D8%B1

3. Defa Press
http://www.defapress.ir/fa/news/246466/%D8%B3%D8%A7%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%87-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%88%D8%B1-373-%D8%B3%D8%A7%D9%84-%D8%A2%DB%8C%D9%86%D8%AF%D9%87-%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AF-%D8%B4%D8%A8%DA%A9%D9%87-%D9%BE%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%81%D9%86%D8%AF-%D9%87%D9%88%D8%A7%DB%8C%DB%8C-%DA%A9%D8%B4%D9%88%D8%B1-%D9%85%DB%8C%E2%80%8C%D8%B4%D9%88%D8%AF

Citations & Links

1. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/04/11/1451525/%D8%A2%D8%AE%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%AC%D8%B2%D8%A6%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%AF%D8%B1%DA%AF%DB%8C%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D9%85%D8%B1%D8%B2%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D9%82%D8%A7%DA%86%D8%A7%D9%82%DA%86%DB%8C%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D9%BE%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%B4%D9%87%D8%B1-%DB%8C%DA%A9-%D9%85%D8%A3%D9%85%D9%88-%D8%B1-%D8%B4%D9%87%DB%8C%D8%AF-%D9%88-3-%D9%85%D8%B1%D8%B2%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%85%D8%AC%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%AD-%D8%B4%D8%AF%D9%86%D8%AF

Citations & Links

1. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/04/11/1451728/%D8%AA%D8%B9%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AF%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%B1%D9%88%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B9%D8%B4-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%87-%D8%B9%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%82-%D8%AD%D8%B6%D9%88%D8%B1-%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%86%D8%AF-%D8%A8%D9%87-40%DA%A9%DB%8C%D9%84%D9%88%D9%85%D8%AA%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D9%85%D8%B1%D8%B2-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%B3%D9%86%D8%AF-%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%A8%D9%88%D8%AF-%D9%85%DB%8C-%D8%B4%D9%88%D9%86%D8%AF

2. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/04/10/1450529/%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%AF%D9%87%D9%82%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%AA%D9%87%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%AF%D8%B4%D9%85%D9%86-%D8%B1%D8%A7-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%B4%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AF%D8%AA%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%86-%D9%88%D8%AC%D9%87-%D9%BE%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AE-%D9%85%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D9%87%DB%8C%D9%85

Citations & Links

1. YJC
http://www.yjc.ir/en/news/10869/iran-navy-holds-military-drills-in-caspian-sea

Citations & Links

1. Mashregh News Agency
http://www.mashreghnews.ir/news/744528/%DA%A9%D8%B4%D9%81-%D8%B5%D8%AF%D9%87%D8%A7-%D8%AF%D8%B3%D8%AA%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%A8%DB%8C%D8%B3%DB%8C%D9%85-%D9%88-%D8%AA%D8%AC%D9%87%DB%8C%D8%B2%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%B4%D9%86%D9%88%D8%AF-%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%B3%D8%B7-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87-%D8%AA%D9%87%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86

Regional Developments and Diplomacy
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July 06, 2017

Iranian and Russian security chiefs to enhance coordination.

Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) head Ali Shamkhani spoke with Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev by phone on July 4. Shamkhani noted that the purpose of the conversation was “enhancing coordination… to prevent US illegal interventions in Syria.” This statement was released as peace talks between Russian, Iranian, Turkish, UN, Syrian, and opposition officials began in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Tuesday. During the meeting Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari met with Russia’s special envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev. (Mehr News Agency) (E) (Mehr News Agency) (E)

July 06, 2017

Boroujerdi: “Iran will not abrogate the JCPOA but it will stand up to U.S. ambitions.”

Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi stated on July 1 that Iran will not violate the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) but also will not comply with U.S. hostility. Boroujerdi stressed that Iran will not rollback efforts on its missile program, claiming that the program is “integral to Iran’s defensive strategy.” Boroujerdi added that if the diplomatic crisis between Iran and Saudi Arabia is to be resolved, the latter has to take the initiative, claiming that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attempted to initiate dialogue between the countries but received no cooperation from Saudi Arabia. (Mehr News Agency)

July 06, 2017

Rouhani: States cannot use terrorism to advance regional goals.

President Hassan Rouhani criticized U.S. and Saudi foreign policy during a speech to the International Conference on Combatting Sand and Dust Storms on July 3. Rouhani stated that “whatever country… [uses] its power to threaten another’s existence… [threatens] its own existence.” The President noted that instead regional actors should pursue “win-win policies” in order to create a “powerful region.” (YJC) (E)

July 06, 2017

Rouhani: Mosul “liberation” should double Iraqi unity.

Hassan Rouhani reiterated his congratulations for Iraq’s retaking of Mosul from ISIS forces on July 4 during meetings with Ammar al Hakim, Head of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq. Rouhani noted that Iraq’s newfound “stability and unity would be strengthened more than ever and that without a doubt this stability and security is to the advantage” of both countries. (ABNA)

July 06, 2017

Iran will set up temporary consulates in Saudi Arabia.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghassemi stated on July 4 that despite the absence of diplomatic ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Iranian officials will be deployed to Jeddah, Mecca, and Medina to provide consular services to Iranian pilgrims during the Hajj. (ISNA)

Citations & Links

1. Mehr News Agency
http://en.mehrnews.com/news/126321/Iran-Russia-to-bolster-coordination-against-US-meddling

2. Mehr News Agency
http://en.mehrnews.com/news/126338/Jaberi-Ansari-meets-Syrian-Russian-officials-in-Astana

Citations & Links

1. Mehr News Agency
http://www.mehrnews.com/news/4018377/%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%82%D8%B6-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%AC%D8%A7%D9%85-%D9%86%D8%AE%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%87%DB%8C%D9%85-%D8%A8%D9%88%D8%AF-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D9%85%D9%82%D8%A7%D8%A8%D9%84-%D8%B2%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%AF%D9%87-%D8%AE%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%87%DB%8C-%D8%A2%D9%85%D8%B1%DB%8C%DA%A9%D8%A7%DB%8C%DB%8C-%D9%87%D8%A7-%D9%85%DB%8C-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B3%D8%AA%DB%8C%D9%85

Citations & Links

1. YJC
http://www.yjc.ir/en/news/10868/iran-no-one-can-threaten-others-and-stay-safe

Citations & Links

1. 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%a2%d8%b2%d8%a7%d8%af%db%8c-%d9%85%d9%88%d8%b5%d9%84-%d8%a8%d8%a7%db%8c%d8%af-%d9%88%d8%ad%d8%af%d8%aa-%d9%88-%db%8c%da%a9%d9%be%d8%a7%d8%b1%da%86%da%af%db%8c-%d8%b9%d8%b1%d8%a7%d9%82-%d8%b1%d8%a7-%d8%af%d9%88-%da%86%d9%86%d8%af%d8%a7%d9%86-%da%a9%d9%86%d8%af-%d8%a7%db%8c%d8%b1%d8%a7%d9%86_722270.html

Citations & Links

1. ISNA
http://www.isna.ir/news/96041306309/%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%82%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D9%85%D9%88%D9%82%D8%AA-%DA%A9%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%B4%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%A7%D9%86-%DA%A9%D9%86%D8%B3%D9%88%D9%84%DB%8C-%D9%88%D8%B2%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AA-%D8%AE%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%AC%D9%87-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D9%85%DA%A9%D9%87-%D8%AC%D8%AF%D9%87-%D9%88-%D9%85%D8%AF%DB%8C%D9%86%D9%87

Economy
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July 06, 2017

Boeing and Qeshm Air signed an agreement for purchase of 10 aircraft.

Iranian airlines Qeshm Air announced an agreement on June 30 to buy 10 Boeing 737 MAX airplanes. The aircraft will be delivered after 2022. (Radio Farda)

Citations & Links

1. Radio Farda
https://www.radiofarda.com/a/f3-boeing-iran/28588551.html

Casualties in Iraq and Syria
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July 06, 2017

Two Fatemiyoun fighters killed in Syria.

Nematollah Vahedi was buried on July 4 in the town of Savojbolagh in Alborz Province. Mohammad Sajjadi will be buried in Tehran province on July 6. Both fighters were killed during clashes in Syria. (ABNA) (ABNA) (Tasnim News Agency)

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-%D8%B4%D9%87%DB%8C%D8%AF-%D8%AC%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%86-%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%A8%D8%AE%D8%B4-%DA%86%D9%86%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%AA%D8%B4%DB%8C%DB%8C%D8%B9-%D9%85%DB%8C%E2%80%8C%D8%B4%D9%88%D8%AF_722282.html

2. 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/%d9%be%db%8c%da%a9%d8%b1-%d8%b4%d9%87%db%8c%d8%af-%d9%85%d8%af%d8%a7%d9%81%d8%b9-%d8%ad%d8%b1%d9%85-%d8%b3%db%8c%d8%af-%d9%85%d8%ad%d9%85%d8%af-%d8%b3%d8%ac%d8%a7%d8%af%db%8c-%d8%af%d8%b1-%d8%aa%d9%87%d8%b1%d8%a7%d9%86-%d8%aa%d8%b4%db%8c%db%8c%d8%b9-%d9%85%db%8c%e2%80%8c%d8%b4%d9%88%d8%af_722324.html

3. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1396/04/12/1452219/%D8%AC%D8%B2%D8%A6%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%AA%D8%B4%DB%8C%DB%8C%D8%B9-%D9%BE%DB%8C%DA%A9%D8%B1-%D9%85%D8%B7%D9%87%D8%B1-2-%D8%B4%D9%87%DB%8C%D8%AF-%D9%81%D8%A7%D8%B7%D9%85%DB%8C%D9%88%D9%86

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