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Iranian press week in review

10:27 AM Apr 04, 2015

Hanif Zarrabi-Kashani | April 4, 2015 8:49am

Nuclear Negotiations 

Fars News quoted Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani during Friday prayers in Tehran as saying, “The recent statement out of Lausanne is essentially a general framework, without detail; the details will be discussed later.” Kashani added, “In the beginning they (P5+1) did not accept the lifting of sanctions, but they [eventually] agreed; of course how the sanctions will be lifted depends on the negotiations and final agreement.” Kashani also thanked Iran’s negotiators for their efforts.    

Mehr News reported that President Hassan Rouhani stated, “Based on the framework [agreement], all financial, banking, and economic sanctions will be lifted.”  

Speaking before the Friday prayer sermon in Tehran, ISNA quoted Mohammad Nahavandian, President Rouhani’s chief of staff as saying, “We’ve advanced and reached a stage where no one will speak to Iran using the language of sanctions.” 

According to Fars News, Ismail Kowsari, a member of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said, “Iran’s Foreign Ministry needs to resolve the issue regarding the translation of the joint [Iran-European Union] statement and publish the correct [version].” 

ISNA quoted Hamidreza Tayyebi, head of Iran’s Academic Jihad Organization, as saying, “Iran’s nuclear agreement is fair.” 

Hard-line Raja News published an editorial that noted discrepancies between the brief joint EU-Iran statement and the White House fact sheet on the agreement and asked, “Which statement from Lausanne is valid and correct?” 

On April 1, Aftab News interviewed Tehran University professor Sadegh Zibakalam. According to Zibakalam, “National reconciliation and reaching a nuclear deal are the goals of the New Year.” Zibakalam added, “There is consensus between the government and the people on solving the nuclear issue, just as there was national consensus on ending the Iran-Iraq war.”

Yemen 

On April 2, hard-line Javan Online reported that Basij Commander Mohammed Reza Naqdi said, “The delicate princesses of Saudi Arabia have no role in the war in Yemen; the Americans are directing it from the war room.” Naqdi also added that “Saudi Arabia will suffer the same fate as Saddam Hussein.” 

On March 30, Aftab News quoted the head of Iran’s Expediency Council Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani as saying, “No country benefits from the killing of defenseless and innocent people, and the bombing and destruction of Yemen’s infrastructure.”   

On March 31, Fars News reported that Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said, “Iran has a plan to work with Saudi Arabia to help solve the crisis in Yemen.” 

On March 31, Fars News published photographs of a shipment of 21 tons of food and medicine being airlifted from Tehran to Yemen.

Politics 

On April 2, Khabar Online published a chart illustrating the average age of Iranian government officials in the Rouhani administration (58), Parliament (51), Guardian Council (63), Assembly of Experts (71), and the Expediency Council (65). 

On March 31, Khabar Online quoted MP Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel as saying that the reformists and certain media campaigns want former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to enter the 2016 parliamentary elections so that there will be three different principalist candidate lists. One list for moderate principalists close to the current administration, another list for those close to Ahmadinejad, and another for principalists that lie somewhere between these two. Haddad Adel stressed that this must not happen.

Economy 

On April 2, ISNA reported that according to last year's export statistics, China is Iran’s number one trading partner. 

On April 1, Donya-e Eqtesad published a report written by economist Behrouz Hadi Zenouz which outlined seven steps towards sustainable growth for Iran’s economy.   

On April 2, Khabar Online quoted Hamid Zamanzadeh, researcher at Iran's Monetary and Banking Research Institute, as saying, “If a nuclear deal is reached and sanctions are lifted, this will lead to a new phase [for Iran’s] inflation rate which would drop to single digits by the end of 1394 (March 20, 2016).” 

On March 31, Fars News published a chart illustrating the monthly inflation rate for each month in the last Iranian calendar year. According to the chart, the inflation rate for March stood at 15.6 percent.

Photos 

ISNA posted photos of Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif and Iran’s negotiating team upon their return to Tehran from Lausanne, Switzerland. Also from ISNA, photos of celebrations in the capital after the nuclear framework agreement was announced. 

Fars News published photographs of a traditional outdoor wrestling completion in Esfarayen. 

Also from Fars, photos of Iraqi security forces retaking the city of Tikrit from ISIS militants.

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