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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  • IRGC weekly newspaper Sobh-e Sadegh carried an article explaining the message underlying the Supreme Leader’s attendance at the recent IRGC Air Force exhibition. The article was addressed to “some who are thinking of compromise with the Arrogant System to improve the country’s situation”:
    • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that raising the issue of ballistic missiles in nuclear negotiations “shows that they…will introduce other scientific and technical arenas that create power!”
    • “Imam Khamenei said that the industrial production of these achievements must accelerate so this scientific achievement can transform to industrial production so development and progress can take place in industrial arenas. In the economy realm, we can even think about exporting these products.” 


  • AFGS Headquarters Chief Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi defended President Rouhani, who he said “served during the revolutionary struggle and 35 years after the revolution in the sensitive security-defense trenches and policymaking. We must be proud and thankful of his presence and we must all concentrated our efforts in supporting an administration that can guide the country’s ship in such sensitive circumstances.” He then warned of confrontation against “media outlets that are related to the armed forces in a way. They are committing a mistake. They do not move according to the Supreme Leader’s wishes. They must reform their ways or we will confront them.” 





  • Cultural Advisor to the IRGC Commander Mohammad Hossein Saffar Harandi stated: “Today the outlook of some regarding the revolution and the revolution’s ideals is that if we traversed a path in the [1970’s] or [1980’s] the situation required it and that current circumstances are such that we cannot continue that path anymore and that we cannot have a government in the same style of the [1980’s] or fulfill an Islamic government or stand against the superpowers.” Harandi said these individuals “want the revolution and the system to remain but to change its criteria. As the Supreme Leader said they want to empty the system from content.” 
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