The following is a selection of news reports and commentary from Iranian media and mainstream publications on developments pertaining to Iran. This weekly update includes a sampling of published reports from Iran’s Farsi-language media*as well as relevant articles from the international press.
Difficult days ahead for the occupiers*
(Basij News Agency – July 9, 2014)
Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Massoud Jazayeri said in response to the escalating violence between Israel and Hamas militants, “Difficult days lie ahead for the occupiers [Israel] and the Palestinian resistance has once again cast the Zionist war machine into the mud.” Speaking about recent events that occurred leading up to the renewed fighting, Jazayeri added, “The martyrdom of the Palestinian teenager, after he was tortured and set on fire alive, [was done] with the excuse of the kidnapping of three Jewish settler youth, and this has inflamed the world’s opinion against the hangman executioner Zionists…”
Head of the judiciary criticizes incorrect statements made by some cultural officials*
(Rasa News Agency – July 9, 2014)
Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, the head of Iran’s judiciary, claimed that America and its allies are supporting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), claiming, “One the one hand, the Americans claim that they are against ISIS, and on the other, it’s observed that America’s lackeys are the primary supporters of the terrorists in the region and they give money, weapons and support to them.”
Iran strongly condemns intensified Israeli crimes against Palestinians in Gaza Strip
(Fars News Agency – July 8, 2014)
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham condemned Israeli “aggressions” against the Gaza Strip, claiming that Israel is using the recent tragic murders of three Israeli teenagers as cover for its airstrikes against Hamas targets: “Surely, the savage aggressions and killing of the defenseless people which started on the false pretext of abduction of three Israeli settlers and have continued for more than two weeks now and the murder of the martyred Palestinians teenager (Mohammad Abu Khdeir) which is a reminiscent of the crimes committed by the terrorists in Syria and Iraq show incapability and destitute of that regime vis-à-vis the resistance of the heroic people of Palestine [sic].”
FM: Iran not to strike final deal with world powers at all costs
(Fars News Agency – July 8, 2014)
Speaking on the sidelines of the latest round of nuclear negotiations taking place in Vienna, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, “We do not accept to reach a solution at all costs as we insist on our rights while trying to find an acceptable, logical and long-term solution.” Zarif added, “I hope that the other side will be ready to see the realities, take our word seriously and accept that the Iranian nation has never withdrawn under pressure.”
America and ISIS are both lackeys of the Zionists*
(Rasa News Agency – July 8, 2014)
Speaking during a sermon after prayers, Ayatollah Hossein Mozaheri, a senior cleric from the Esfahan province, claimed, “ISIS and America are the lackeys of the Zionists. America and Zionism have combined forces to get rid of our precious Islam.”
Regional events have no other result than ‘the final conquest of Jerusalem’*
(Fars News Agency – July 6, 2014)
Head of the Basij Volunteers Organization Mohammad Reza Naqdi, stated during a speech that “The name of Hezbollah is one considered like a missile force in the world that shakes Israel’s iron limbs. In Palestine we also see that the calls of the Imam [Khomeini] are awakening them, and the people who stand against the occupiers of Jerusalem with sticks and stones can deal a response to Tel Aviv with rockets.”
Open the files on the Iran coup
(The New York Times, Op-Ed – July 9, 2014)
Op-ed contributor Roham Alvandi writes that now is the time for the U.S. and Britain to disclose their roles in Iran’s 1953 coup, and that this admission will help mend the “open wound in Iran’s relations with the West.”
Iran’s supreme leader calls for more uranium enrichment capacity
(Newsweek – July 8, 2014)
In a statement published online, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated that Iran must have 190,000 centrifuges, calling this “the country’s absolute need.”
Iran’s hand in Gaza
(The Wall Street Journal – July 8, 2014)
A recent United Nations report indicating Iran’s role in providing weapons to Palestinian militants goes unnoticed.
Khamenei: Nuclear team ‘will defend Iran’s rights’
(Now Media – July 7, 2014)
Speaking after breaking the Ramadan fast, Supreme Leader Khamenei expressed his support for Iran’s nuclear negotiating team ahead of the latest round of talks in Vienna.
Iran weighs U.S.-trained economist as its new UN envoy
(Bloomberg News – July 6, 2014)
An American-educated economist may be selected by the Rouhani administration to serve as Iran’s next UN ambassador.
Iran’s message: We can make history
(YouTube – July 2, 2014)
Foreign Minister Zarif released a YouTube clip appealing to the West to forge a negotiated settlement to the Iranian nuclear issue.
As deadline nears for an Iran nuclear pact, the fingers are pointing
(The New York Times – July 2, 2014)
As negotiators for the P5+1 and Iran prepare to hammer out an agreement before the July 20 deadline, both sides are reiterating red lines they cannot cross.
Iranian nuclear deal still is possible, but time is running out
(The Washington Post, Op-Ed – June 30, 2014)
Secretary of State John Kerry writes that Iran has a chance to end its “economic and diplomatic isolation and improve the lives of their people” if the Iranians show flexibility and reach an agreement with the P5+1.