Editorials of Iranian newspapers on Thursday morning, July 18, 2017, discussed the future of political and economic life in Iran, and highlighted Ahmadinejad’s candidacy in the presidential elections in 2017, as well as providing a solution to help Iran out of the current economic and political crisis.
As for the news, Chinese-Iranian talks to develop two oilfields, along with the excellent opportunity for Iranian exports to Russia in light of Turkey’s absence. As well as the objection of the Zoroastrians to the Governor of Khorramshahr, determining a proposed date for the elections of 2017, the arrival of the first S-300 missiles shipments to Iran and the news of buying a nuclear reactor from Bulgaria is false.
“Look at his hands,” In its editorial, Ebtekar Newspaper discussed the probability of Ahmadinejad’s return back to the political life after the coming presidential elections. It says that the Iranian intellectuals can’t find any logical explanation about the reasons for emergence and vanish of Nejad. First of all, we have to understand what has happened and how. How Ahmadinejad was received by the warm welcome in villages and cities, and who were those that gathered to greet and welcome him? So far there is no clear theory to understand it and prevent the recurrence of Ahmadinejad’s phenomenon. The editorial is clearly reflecting the politicians concerns of Ahmadinejad’s presence in the upcoming presidential elections and the possibility of winning the presidency, despite the disastrous economic situation in Iran during his reign. He is currently touring the Iranian cities, including Malard and people rally to welcome him, which has shocked the Iranian political elite.
“Corruption and unemployment are obstacles toward the recovery of the Iranian economy” Etemad newspaper analyzes the reasons for the inability of the Iranian economy to deal with external shocks. The editorial says that any economy standing in the face of external shocks reflects its strength and status. Current conditions portray that Iran has no insecurity or political turmoil, but people trust in the Ruling Authority needs to be intensively enhanced. The editorial also stated that the main reasons for the deterioration of the Iranian economy are corruption and unemployment.
The editorial says that the inappropriate economic policies in Iran have led factories to operate less than 20% of their actual capacity. One of the poor economic indicators resulted from corruption is that savings rate is higher than investment rate. According to the editorial, this is an episode of the shocking realities to the Iranian people over the four decades of the revolution at which deterioration of the economic conditions was attributed to the economic sanctions and hate of the outside world toward Iran. people found out after the nuclear deal that the economic poor management by the regime, uncontrolled corruption and fraud are the direct causes of their low standards of living, but not the external pressure as has been claimed. In addition to that, the hostility of Iran and its interference in others’ affairs is greater than the desire of others to interfere in Iran’s affairs.
“Where are we going?” Etela’at Newspaper handled the political and economic future of Iran a year after the nuclear deal. The editorial says that the economic sanctions have been repealed, but there are other reasons rather than the nuclear file for those sanctions that were imposed for more than thirty-seven years, since the beginning of the Iranian revolution such as human rights violations, support of terrorism, and the ongoing ballistic missile experiments. That is why foreign banks refrain from doing business with Iran so as not to be exposed to huge financial penalties by the US banking organizations just like what happened with the French BNP Bank that was fined $ 9 billion. The editorial states that the Iranian foreign and domestic policies are still confined to certain individuals who give no attention to the Iranian people’s interests and harm the country through their attempts to thwart Rouhani’s policies. In the end, the editorial brings up a solution for the Iranian political and economic crises that, in general, focuses on regional issues away from internal affairs, which reflects the writer’s despair of any internal solutions to the Iranian crises.
♦ Nineteen divorce cases per hour
Director General of the Office of Social Affairs in Health Organization, Waliullah Nasr Allah said that divorce rate is increasing in Iran comparing to the decline of the number of marriages. Nineteen divorce cases per hour have been recorded in Iran. Every three or four marriage cases offset a single divorce with a 5.4% decline in marriages. Waliullah Nasr Allah accused social media and TV channels as the main reason of the terrifying number of divorce cases in Iran.
Source: Arman Newspaper.
♦ Chinese-Iranian talks to develop two oilfields
Iran’s largest oil fields are located in western Iran on the borders with Iraq. As a result of the huge Iraqi investment in those fields, and with the help of international companies to take advantage of these fields, the Iranian oil ministry declared its priority in developing them as soon as possible. Accordingly, the planning director of the National Iranian Oil Company, Abdolmohammad Dlbrish said that talks with China are ongoing to develop new two joint oilfields located in the west of Iran.
Source: Jehan Eghtesad Newspaper.
♦ A golden opportunity for Iranian exports to Russia in light of Turkey’s absence
Mehr news agency considered that Turkey, the rival of Iran had suffered a step back after the failed coup, which happened two days ago. According to Mehr, this is an advantage for the Iranian economy and an excellent opportunity for exporting Iranian goods to Russia.
Statistics issued by the Customs department indicated a 4% decline in the Iranian exports to Russia during the first three months of this year compared to those of the same period last year. This confirms that the Iranian government’s policies were not fruitful and dissatisfying in taking control of the Russian markets.
Source: Mehr News Agency.
♦ The arrival of the first S-300 missiles shipments to Iran
Air defense base of the Iranian army, which has been pursuing to create a unified defense network in recent years, succeeded in establishing this network after the implementation of the security and military procedures, which covered all parts of the country and created a safe space for Iran.
In recent months, the capability of the Iranian air defense forged ahead by receiving the first shipment of S-300 defense system. According to the base commander, Amir Esmaeili, the first missile system will settle down in its positions by the end of this year.
The arrival of this missile system in Iran is considered an indicator for the serious will of Iran and air defense base to improve the Iranian air defense forces. Currently, there are 3,700 sites in the inside of Iran covered by air defense base. This achievement resulted from the hard work and dedication of the base that made the International Organization of Aeronautics classify the Iranian airspace as highly secured.
The range of this S-300 system is 200 kilometers.
Source: Tasnim Agency.
♦ Shaykh al-Islam, Ambassador to Damascus and Amir Abdollahian Director General of International Affairs in Shura Council
The member of Committee of National Security and Foreign Policy of Shura Council, Javad Karimi Kaddosi, referred to the news released about a change in public administration and international affairs in Shura Council and the possibility of Amir Abdollahian to replace Shaykh al-Islam as Director General of the International Affairs Department, confirming that he had heard such news almost a month ago. It is also almost confirmed, that Hossein Amir Abdollahian, former Assistant of Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs, will be appointed as Director General of International Affairs in Shura Council, welcoming this matter and considering that it will have a positive impact and a step forward.
Tasnim reports refer to the possibility of appointing Hussein Sheikh al-Islam, former Director General of International Affairs in Shura Council, as Tehran’s Ambassador to Damascus. Shaykh al-Islam did not deny such news, while Amir Abdollahian is going to replace him.
Source: Tasnim Agency.
♦ Salehi: news of buying a nuclear reactor from Bulgaria is false
Head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi stated that it was scheduled for Bulgaria to build two new nuclear plants with the help of Russia, but this project has been halted in mid-way because of financial constraints. From this standpoint, Bulgarian officials are willing to sell some of the newly manufactured equipment at the proper price and that they are studying this matter.
Salehi referred to the latest news about buying second-hand reactors from Bulgaria for Bushehr plant, stressing that this is completely incorrect because used reactor cannot be sold.
♦ The proposed date by Ministry of Interior Affairs for the elections of 2017
Director General of Elections bureau in the Ministry of Interior Affairs Ali Pour Ali Motlaq said that there is a great possibility to study the proposed date for the twelfth presidential electoral cycle and the fifth municipal councils and villages’ cycle at the Constitutional Guardian Council on Wednesday this week. Motlaq stated that concerning the date of the presidential elections, and as a result of what happened last week of appointing three members of the Guardian Council Scholars by the Supreme Leader and the election of three other members of legislators in this Council by the Iranian parliament, there was no opportunity to discuss the proposed date of 2017 elections by the Ministry of Interior Affairs. He continued that the proposed deadline date by the Ministry of Interior for the presidential elections is May 19th, 2017, but if we get to the second phase, we will suggest May 26th, 2017.
♦ welayati: Some of the Supreme Leader’s terms were not observed in the nuclear deal
Citing from Fares News Agency, Ali Akbar Velayati, the top advisor of the Iranian Commander, referred to the anniversary of the nuclear deal, saying, “Americans did not stick to their commitments in the Joint Action Plan and did not fully lift the sanctions. Unfortunately, some of the Supreme Leader’s terms were not observed in the nuclear deal.”
In the conference of Trustees of Mutalefa Islamic Party in all provinces of the country, he added, “It is normal for Obama to say that sanctions have been repealed, but in reality, he hasn’t implemented any of his commitments.”
Source: Jam-e Jam.
♦ The objection of the Zoroastrians to the Governor of Khorramshahr
PM of Zoroastrianism in Shura Council, in his a speech to the Governor of Khorramshahr, Mohammad Ali Dwaei Fer, criticized conducting the misguided groups Research and Criticism Conference, where Zoroastrianism was classified as a misguided group, which hurts the feelings of the Iranian people. He added that Zoroastrianism has heavenly messenger and is a monotheistic religion, which was recognized in the Iranian constitution by the current regime through giving it a chair in the Shura Council, wondering how this group could be insulted and described misguided in its homeland, Iran?
Source: newspaper Arman Emrouz Newspaper.
♦ The formation of an eight- individual team to oversee the implementation of the nuclear deal
Member of the Iranian nuclear negotiating team, Abbas Iraqchi, revealed that a committee of eight members has been formed to oversee the implementation of the nuclear deal under the orders of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei and to submit a report to him concerning that issue. The eight individuals are, president Hassan Rouhani, Head of Shura Council Ali Larijani, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for national security Ali Shamkhani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Defence Hossein Dehghan, Head of Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi, top Advisor of Iran’s supreme leader Ali Velayati, and Former Secretary of the Supreme Council for national security in Iran Saeed Jalili..