Iran News Round Up

The Iran News Round Up ran from February 2009-September 2018. Visit the Iran File for the latest analysis.

 A selection of the latest news stories and editorials published in Iranian news outlets, compiled by Ali Alfoneh, Ahmad Majidyar and Michael Rubin.  To subscribe to this daily newsletter, e-mail [email protected].  

(E) = Article in English



  • Ahmadinejad addresses the crowds in Lebanon:
  • Hezbollah Leader Nasrallah: "Iran wants a Lebanon for the Lebanese... We are proud of our deep belief in guardianship of the jurist. The just, wise and brave guardian jurist."
  • Sheikh Sobhi Tofeili, Hezbollah founding father and former Hezbollah general secretary: "Not even the Shah did what is being done today with the scholars, the households of the theologians and sources of emulation."
  • Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, temporary Tehran Friday prayer leader: "The only country which overtly supported the victimized nation of Palestine was the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is natural that when people see this revolutionary symbol they welcome it. Every slogan which was chanted in welcoming the president hammered on the heads of the United States and Israel because this all happened close to the Israeli border. Just imagine how angry Israel and the United States are... This visit was carrying the message of support for Palestine, [the message that] you the people of Palestine are not alone. This visit injected resistance into the Palestinian nation..."  
  • Ayatollah Alam al-Hoda, Mashhad Friday prayer leader: "What upsets them [the United States and Israel] is that should the Iranian president visit Lebanon it would demonstrate the influence of the Leader and the Islamic revolution of Iran in eyes of the world."
  • Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says Iran has spent $100 million in aid to Pakistan.
  • Jahan News quotes "many Internet users" for claiming that "beginning of the rescue mission for Chilean miners coinciding with Ahmadinejad's visit to Lebanon was the plan of Israel and its allies."
  • Following news of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's visit to Lebanon, Tabnak News speculates about Ahmadinejad extending his visit.
  • Hojjatollah Jodaki, former cultural attaché in Cairo, says Egypt denied tourist visas to Iranians during the Khatami presidency out of fear that "Israeli and German tourists would abandon Egypt."

Military and Security


  • Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, temporary Tehran Friday prayer leader: "It is unclear when the subsidies system will be reformed, but everyone knows that it is to the benefit of our nation. The only thing I ask for from the government is that they should not do something which upsets the people. They now say that in some provinces the price of electricity and water has been doubled. I, of course, called the minister and wrote letters, but did not receive any answer."
  • Yahya Al-e-Eshagh, Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines chairman, says Iran's foreign exchange reserve is $80 billion.


  • The Islamic Republic begins exporting petrochemicals to Egypt. Donya-ye Eqtesad.
  • Deputy Commerce Minister Babak Afghahi meeting the head of Southern Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture discusses expansion of Iran/Lebanon trade relations. Donya-ye Eqtesad.
  • Zanjan Airport starts direct flights to Kish and Damascus, Syria.

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