Iran News Round Up December 7, 2011

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A selection of the latest news stories and editorials published in Iranian news outlets, compiled by Ali Alfoneh, Ahmad Majidyar and Michael Rubin (E) = Article in English



  • Ayatollah Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah Yazdi praises Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, stresses that he loves Nasrallah because of “his total obedience to the Guardian Jurist,” adds that the “following Nasrallah as the deputy of the deputy of the Imam of the Era (His Holiness Ayatollah Khamenei) is a religious necessity.”


Military and Security



  • Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast:
    • “…We do not recognize that the United Arab Emirates has become a middle man exporting [European goods] to us…”
    • “We believe that our trade and economic relations have shifted from Europe to Asia, and not to the United Arab Emirates… China, India, Turkey, Japan and the like are some examples of such countries…”
  • “If we make a retreat in the nuclear issue, they will say, great, now, let’s attend to the human rights issue. We ask, what are human rights? They will say: Why do you execute people. We answer, someone has committed a murder, and it is the right of the people and the family of the victim must agree [before the murderer is pardoned]. They will say, no! You have to do what we dictate to you until the human rights problem is solved in your country. Imagine that we say that we will do anything you say concerning the human rights. What else? Is it all? They will announce, No! You must solve the democracy problem in your country. They also want to shape democracy in their own image… Even if we do as they say, they will next demand: Solve the homosexuality problem. Their demands are infinite…”
  • Oil Minister Rostam Qassemi says he is not concerned about the European Union sanctioning Iran‘s oil exports, says the OPEC summit will discuss reductions in Saudi oil production.
  • [E] The volume of trade relations between Iran and the European countries amounted to €19bln in the first 9 months of 2011 despite the US-led western sanctions against Tehran.

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