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.
Iran raps Israel for slaughter of Palestinians
(Tasnim News Agency – July 16, 2014)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani condemned Israel during a cabinet meeting Wednesday, saying, “Only a regime in support of racial discrimination and apartheid can bring thousands of innocent women, men and children under the barrage of nonstop artillery and tank shells under the pretext of [the] death of three people.”
The international community’s alliance with the Zionists is evident by their silence in countering the Zionist regime’s crimes*
(Basij News Agency – July 16, 2014)
In an exclusive interview with the IRGC-linked Basij News Agency, member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Syed Hussein Naqvi Hussaini, said, “The progress of the criminal Zionist regime and their aggression toward Palestine and Gaza is a continuation of their policy to dominate the region.”
The Gaza disaster must bring Islamic nations and governments together*
(Office of the Supreme Leader Khamenei – July 14, 2014)
In a meeting with members of the cabinet and President Rouhani earlier this week, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said: “The problem of Gaza is really another tragedy, and the Zionist regime has been using the silence of the Islamic world to commit this disaster. The killing of the people of Gaza at the hands of the usurping Zionists must bring the Islamic governments and nations together to get rid of their difference and to be united with one another.”
Iranian legislature asks world parliaments to break silence on genocide in Gaza
(Fars News Agency – July 14, 2014)
Chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi sent letters to several allied parliaments condemning Israel’s airstrikes against Hamas targets in Gaza. “Given the extensive dimensions of the Zionist regime’s inhumane crimes against the Gaza people, it is expected from you and other honorable members of your foreign policy commission to adopt proper positions in support of the helpless Palestinians and condemn the Zionist aggressors,” Boroujerdi’s letter stated in part.
IRGC official: All Zionists within range of Palestinian missiles
(Fars News Agency – July 14, 2014)
General Ramezan Sharif, the head of the IRGC’s Public Relations Department, boasted that “The defense capacity and capabilities of the Islamic resistance and Hamas forces has left no safe place for the Zionists in the occupied territories.” Sharif added, “[The] defensive and offensive power of Hamas, Ezzedin Al-Qassam and Quds brigades forces have increased so much that one can dare say that all Zionists are within the range of the resistance’s missiles.”
Iran’s president calls on Islamic states to help oppressed Palestinians
(Tasnim News Agency – July 11, 2014)
In a message to the head of Islamic countries, President Rouhani called for the end of the Zionist regime’s aggressive measures against Gazans. Rouhani also referred to Hamas and Islamic Jihad as “heroic and legitimate” resistance, and expressed confidence that “the Palestinian nation will once again make the Zionist enemy taste the bitter taste of defeat.”
Iran urges international action to rein in Israel
(Press TV – July 10, 2014)
Foreign Minister Zarif appealed to the United Nations, Arab League, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to bring an end to Israeli airstrikes against Hamas in Gaza. “Doubtlessly, an explicit condemnation of the Zionist regime’s crimes against Palestinian regions and preventing the continuation of strikes by this regime are responsibilities assigned to all regional and international bodies and assemblies,” Zarif stated.
Iran’s identity crisis stymies nuclear deal
(Boston Globe – July 16, 2014)
An editorial in the Boston Globe welcomes a possible extension of the July 20 deadline to negotiations, citing Iranian compliance over the past six months that saw a reduction of Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium by 80%.
Kerry cites ‘progress’ in Iran talks while gaps remain
(The New York Times – July 15, 2014)
Following rounds of intense talks between representatives from the P5+1 and Iran, Secretary of State John Kerry said that “tangible progress” had been made, but expressed that “very real gaps” remained to be bridged.
Iran outlines nuclear deal; Accepts limit
(The New York Times – July 14, 2014)
As the July 20deadline fast approaches, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an interview with The New York Times that Iran may accept a deal that sees the freezing of nuclear fuel production at current leaders for several years.
Thank Obama for Iran’s growing economy
(The Daily Beast – July 14, 2014)
A new study from the Roubini Global Economic and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies claims that U.S. and Western countries’ gradual easing of sanctions against Iran have allowed the Islamic Republic’s ailing economy to recover.
Americans and Iranians see constraints at home in nuclear negotiations
(The New York Times – July 13, 2014)
Iranian negotiators face recent statements by Supreme Leader Khamenei while the Americans must deal with members of the Senate seek assurances from President Obama that a deal must address core weapons proliferation issues and not lead to the lifting of sanctions instead.
British parliament committee endorses limited uranium enrichment for Iran
(Al-Monitor – July 13, 2014)
The British House of Commons’ Foreign Affairs Committee decided to endorse a deal that would allow Iran to continue limited uranium enrichment.
Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Zarif employs a disarming charm
(The Los Angeles Times – July 13, 2014)
Western officials regard Foreign Minister Zarif, the Western-trained leader of the Iranian negotiations team, as turning up the charm to make Iran appear non-threatening.
Iran sticks to ‘unworkable, inadequate’ stances in nuclear talks: U.S.
(Reuters – July 12, 2014)
Before arriving in Vienna for talks with Iran, Secretary of State Kerry told reporters, “We are still very far apart on some issues and obviously on enrichment capacity.”
Iran Supreme Leader spills the nuke talk secrets
(The Daily Beast – July 12, 2014)
Supreme Leader Khamenei issued remarks earlier this week, after leading Ramadan evening prayers, divulging highly technical details about remaining disagreements between the P5+1 and Iran.
Open a nuclear fuel bank
(The New York Times, Op-Ed – July 11, 2014)
Sam Nunn, the co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, suggests in this opinion piece that an international fuel bank, owned and managed by the IAEA, would allow countries full assurance that they could access nuclear fuel in the event of an interruption to their supply.
Iran’s aid to Hamas has bearing on nuclear talks, House panel chief says
(The Christian Science Monitor – July 11, 2014)
The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee points to Iran’s continuing support for Hamas as another reason for the U.S. to proceed cautiously in negotiating with Iran.
Iran’s central bank loses appeal in terror suit payout
(Bloomberg – July 9, 2014)
A federal appeals court rejected Iran’s Bank Markazi’s appeal to award $1.75 billion to families of hundreds of Americans killed in terrorist attacks sponsored by the Islamic Republic.