Iranian press ( June 29th, 2016) Larijani emphasizes static regional policies… and resuming uranium enrichment


The Iranian Newspapers handled Gabri Ansari’s first external visit after taking over his new position, and Larijani emphasizes that regional policies of Iran will not change, in addition to hinting at resuming uranium enrichment because of the violation of the nuclear deal, and the White House warns Iran because of Nasrallah.

Prominent Editorials
“Government, Parliament and Visions to Development” Sharq Newspaper discussed in its editorial the relationship between the Iranian government and parliament concerning visions to development. The editorial said that the current government took over at a time of economical crisis with a 40% inflation rate. Government debts were skyrocketing in addition to international economical sanctions. These conditions resulted from ineffective and sabotage policies, unprecedented corruption and waste of oil astronomical revenues which were concentrated in the hands of the former government. The editorial reflected the fear of Rouhani’s government to recur the second term experience of Khatami’s era, when the Iranian economy was managed on a $ 40 oil price basis, which led to dissatisfaction among the Iranian citizens resulted from the ascetic policy. The editorial mentions the difficulties that faced Rouhani’s government hoping to relief the state of bitterness that is growing inside the Iranian society, especially Rouhani’s government implementation of the resolution taken by the former conservative parliament to stop the financial aids to the undeserving and direct them to improve the infrastructure, which can also be used by Rouhani’s opponents. The editorial also addressed foreign policy and the opponents’ attempt to disrupt the process of improving the Iranian international relations, which will have a negative impact on the economic situation and foil the current government in a cycle of failure at various levels. It is clear that recurring Khatami‘s experience worries the reformists who saw that the only way to escape the same destiny lies at the parliament support to the government by issuing a series of laws that ensure economical and foreign policy success of Rouhani’s government.

“Crisis of low-quality Iranian car Industry,” Arman Newspaper raises in its editorial the issue of the low quality of the Iranian car industry, citing the remarks of the Iranian Minister of Industry about cars manufactured in Iran, he stated that the Iranian-made cars go to repair shops before going on streets to fix up manufacturing defects which has become known to all. The editorial said that 85% of the Iranian cars components come from different manufacturers and have no relation to the standard model, so there is no wonder that these cars go to repair shops before moving. The quality of the Iranian car has not witnessed any progress since the time of Khatami, the founder of Iran Khodro fifty years ago. The Editorial emphasizes that the Iranian factories network for Auto parts are worn out and unable to meet the Iranian Auto manufacturers needs. Thus, talking about upgrading the Iranian Auto industry is so funny. Meanwhile Turkey, the Iranian regional rival, exports an estimated amount of 5 to 10 billion dollars of auto parts annually. The editorial revealed the fake progress Iran claims in many fields especially car industry, which was considered a national pride, but it seems that the accumulation problems over years without any constructive solutions is going to topple this industry internally after having lost its position in the region.

“Erdogan stepped back, Turkey moved forward,” Afrensh Newspaper opposes all other Iranian press in its position toward Erdogan’s own rapprochement steps with Israel and Russia. Most Iranian press described Erdogan’s position as a defeat and a setback to the Turkish role regionally and globally, meanwhile Afrensh Newspaper praises Erdogan, saying that after six months of diplomatic disputes between Turkey and Russia on the aftermath of the targeted Russian aircraft and Turkey’s refusal to apologize to Russia. Erdogan finally apologizes and promises to pay reparations to Russia, which was the most important condition to resume relations between the two countries. According to statistics Turkey lost five million Russian tourists annually, exports of goods to Russia has stopped, as well as transit trade that pass its lands to Russia. Consequently, the total economic damage Turkey suffered because of the strained relations amounts to $ 40 billion annually, As well as the growing disagreement with Russia concerning the Syrian crisis and accusations of supporting terrorism. The editorial sees that Turkey adopts a realistic trend in its foreign policy in order to fulfill its interests, and the change of Erdogan’s position came in favor of his country’s interests rather than his personal ego.

Prominent News

♦ Telegram: Assistant of Foreign Minister Report about his first mission in Beirut

Assistant of Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs, Hussein Gabri Ansari, wrote a report about his first visit in his new position to Lebanon on the social network site (Telegram). He said that it was scheduled to visit Lebanon after assuming his new position but some necessities moved it ahead. In Beirut, he had meetings with the Prime Minister, Tammam Salam and discussed the political situation in Lebanon and the circumstances that deter presidential elections, in addition to Arab-Iranian relations.
The second meeting Gabri Ansari had was with the Lebanese Foreign Minister, Gubran Bassil. They discussed the Syrian crisis and the political situations in the region meanwhile the third meeting he held was with the Speaker of Parliament, Nabih Berri, a Shiit representative in the Lebanese sectarian political structure which focused on the Iranian relations with the regional powers and ways to solve all current crises in the region. Assistant of Foreign Minister added that the fourth meeting was with the Secretary General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, at which he described him as the character that made major victories for Muslims and Arabs over the Zionist regime through his smart leadership and had achieved unconditional Israeli withdrawal from the occupied Lebanese territories. They also discussed the political situation in Lebanon and other files in the region.
The final meeting was with his with whom he described as friend, Mr. Mounir Shafiq, the Palestinian intellectual and strategic thinker. They both discussed conditions in the region and ways to get Palestine and the Middle East out of this complicated situation.
Source: Mehr Agency.

 Resuming uranium enrichment in case of violating the nuclear deal / the move toward 190 thousand Sue on measurement equipment

Chairperson of the Committee of National Security and Foreign Policy, Alaeddin Boroujerdi stated that the Council has voted at the decision to move toward 190 thousand Sue units in two years if the Western side doesn’t fulfill their commitments. In that case, the government is to move toward resuming uranium enrichment through high separation units “Sue” without any restrictions according to the laws of the council. He also added that the Leader, Ali Khamenei, said that, if the Americans wanted to give up their commitments and pledges concerning the nuclear deal, then Iran would wash it out.
On the skyrocketed salaries of some governmental officials, Chairman of the National Security Committee said that such salaries are unacceptable at all, neither by the government nor by the council and public opinion. Whatever procedures the judiciary and inspection organizations take concerning this case, they must put an end to the violations of behavioral standards by people who get astronomical salaries.
Source: Tasnim Agency.

♦ Extensive changes in the organization of the Ministry of Oil to increase exports and foreign investment

Reuters News Agency quoted a report following of the news of reappointing Majid Hedayat-Zadeh, Executive Director of Niftiran Interted Company (Nico). The agency wrote that the reasons behind those changes were to enhance oil finding and exporting through reappointment of the former executive director of Nico which is located in Switzerland.
This change took place following the appointment of a new head of the National Iranian Oil Company this month, as well as Tehran’s efforts to increase its exports and contracts with international oil companies on the threshold of the presidential elections next year 2017.
The oil advisor in London, Reza Mostafavi Tabatabai, said that Nico, under the umbrella of National Iranian Oil Companies group is looking to race with other competitors in the region such as Saudi Aramco. In addition, Niko is trying to regain its share in the European market which needs more organization and marketing campaigns next year.
Source: Fares Agency.

♦ The appointment of Major General Mohammad Bagheri Chief of Staff of Armed Forces

قائد عسكري ايراني: الارهابيون سيُق
Quoting from media website at the Office of Supreme Leader of Iranian Republic, the Supreme Commander of the Iranian forces, Ali Khamenei, issued a decree appointing Major General in the Revolutionary Guards, Mohammad Hossein Bagheri Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, replacing brigadier, Hassan Firuzabadi who was assigned senior adviser of the Iranian Republic Commander. The decree says that in light of the honorable services of Hossein Bagheri during the Iranian-Iraqi war and aftermath of assuming responsibilities and leadership in the Revolutionary Guards base of “Khatam Alanbia”, he was appointed Chief of Staff. It is remarkable that Bagheri had worked before that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces.
Source: Mehr News Agency.

♦ Larijani: Iran’s regional policies will not change by changing diplomats

Chairperson of the Shura Council, Ali Larijani stressed that the foreign policies of the Iranian Republic are taken from the articles of the Constitution and that these policies won’t change by changing governments and diplomats. Larijani, on the margins of his meeting at the headquarters of Shura Council with a group of activists of Jerusalem Liberation Association, regarding the question of Mehr News Agency reporter if these changes that occurred on the position of the Foreign Minister Advisor for Arab and African affairs would influence the regional policies of Iran or not ? He responded that the foreign policy of Iran is taken from the articles of the Constitution and never change.
Source: Mehr News Agency.

♦ The White House: The Support of Hezbollah leads to the extension of Iran’s problems in the international markets

Spokespersons on behalf of the White House requested Iran to stop its support to Hezbollah in Lebanon and stressed that the continuation of such assistance will extend the problems of Iran to access the international market.
According to C-ESPN Channel, the White House press advisor, Eric Schultz replied to a question in a press conference regarding the statements of the Secretary-General of the Lebanese Hezbollah, “Hassan Nasrallah” about the Iranian financial aids, saying “We call on all those who provide aid to the Lebanese Hezbollah, to stop it. We know that Iran supports terrorism, supports Hezbollah, and for this reason, we have imposed severe sanctions on Iran”.
Hassan Nasrallah had declared, last Friday that the new round of US sanctions would not have any influence on Hezbollah, because the party takes its financial needs directly from Iran, but not from the Lebanese banks. He added “as long as Iran has the money, the party gets its needs and capabilities”.
Eric Schultz referred to the problems facing Iran’s access to global markets after the nuclear deal, and that the activists and organizations of financial markets are watching the Iranian behavior. If Iran continues to finance and support terrorism, no international financial organization will have any contact and trade deals with a country that sponsors terrorism.
Source: Farda Radio.

Editorial Team