Iran Daily, Feb 14: A Pause in Military’s Warnings to US


LATEST: 8% Rise in Oil Exports in January


Insider’s View of a Successful French Business Mission in Tehran

For the first time in three weeks, Iranian newspapers are close to free from warnings to the US about the Islamic Republic’s military strength.

Since Secretary of State John Kerry declared last month that “military options are still on the table” if Iran does not adhere to November’s interim nuclear deal, Iranian officials, MPs, and commanders have put out a stream of declarations of Tehran’s response “beyond boundaries” to an American attack. Threats to destroy Israel, including with Lebanon’s Hezbollah, have been accompanied by stories of new Iranian missiles and exercises — including a two-ship “fleet” heading to the “US maritime coast”.

However, this morning the emphasis on strength switches to the announcement of Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari that the navy has thwarted more than 50 pirate attacks since 2010: “Over the past four years, warships have escorted some 2,000 merchant vessels and freighters…and provided full security for the passage of Iranian vessels in a way that pirates have been unable to mount an attack on our ships.”

8% Rise in Oil Exports in January

Sales of Iranian crude oil rose by 100,000 barrels a day in January, reaching 1.32 million bpd.

Exports are continuing to recover from last year’s historic low of less than 800,000 bpd, a fall of almost 2/3rds from the level of 2012.

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh has set an immediate target of 1.5 million bpd as Tehran seeks a loosening of sanctions and foreign investment in the energy sector.

China accounted for most of the January increase, taking an additional 95,000 barrels a day. Small rises in imports by Japan and India were offset by slight falls by South Korea, Taiwan, and Syria.

Video: Footage of 5 Kidnapped Iranian Border Guards

Footage has been broadcast of the 5 Iranian border guards abducted by the Sunni insurgency Jaish ul-Adl in Sistan-Baluchestan Province earlier this week:

Iranian officials believe the men have been taken into Pakistan by Jaish ul-Adl, which has carried out a series of attacks in southeastern Iran in the six months.

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    “The U.S. Navy has reduced its carrier presence in the Persian Gulf as the Obama administration seeks to complete a nuclear deal with Iran.

    The Navy denies it has reduced its strength in the strategically vital waterway, let alone done so to help diplomatic efforts, and it points to an increase in the number of smaller ships that are regularly patrolling at close quarters with Iranian vessels.

    But records show that the U.S.S. Harry Truman, now the sole aircraft carrier in the region, has spent more time outside the Persian Gulf in the last six months than inside it.
    Just a year ago, the Navy had placed two carriers in the region.

    In addition, a Navy source familiar with the issue said the Truman isn’t spending as much time in the Persian Gulf as its predecessors, and that this is intended to give space for negotiators to work on the nuclear deal.”

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    February 14, 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of Khomeini’s fatwa calling on Muslims throughout the world to execute everyone involved in the publication of a novel by the British author Salman Rushdie in 1988.

    Hassan Rouhani, the president of the Iranian regime, affirmed the fatwa for assassination of the British author Salman Rushdie on a number of occasions. He sanctioned and advocated the calls for assassinating Salman Rushdie as recent as 2009.

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  3. Interesting revelations by Ayatollah Mousavi Tabrizi on Shargh’s Saturday edition’s front page via ILNA
    Ayatollah Mousavi Tabrizi, Secretary of the Association of Qom Theological Center’s Teachers and Researchers and former Chief Prosecutor has shed light on Khomeini’s Role in accepting the UN resolution 598 to cease the war with Iraq in 1987, which Khomeini had characterized as ‘drinking from the poison chalice’. Mousavi Tabrizi recalls Khomeini’s stance just 13 days prior to the acceptance of UN resolution expressed in a letter read in Majlis responding to Ayatollah Montazeri’s letter to Khomeini advocating to end the war. Mousavi Tabrizi reminds the current hardliner critiques of the negotiation’s with 5+1 over the nuclear issues, that when Khomeini received assessment from Mohsen Rezaie on military and from Mousavi (currently under house arrest) on budgetary issues and the effect of sanctions, Khomeini did what he had to do despite calling any doubts about continuing the war a mere 13 days before accepting the truce treason against Prophet Mohammad!
    Mousavi Tabrizi also mentions that the secret negotiations taking place with Americans headed by McFarlane was completely under the watch of Khomeini, but Ayatollah Hashemi had a more direct role in it. He reminds the current critiques once again that back then some hardliners in Majlis wanted to impeach Velayati for his contacts with McFarlane, then Foreign Affairs Secretary which was really a way to get to Ayatollah Hashemi and really damage him, but when Khomeini found out the real motivation for the attacks on Velayati, he even called this faction in Majlis worse than Israelis who themselves also wanted the secret negotiations to become public, but Mousavi Tabrizi thinks if those negotiations were not sabotaged and damaged by hardline elements in majlis and had bore fruit maybe they wouldn’t have been confronting the current sanctions and would be on much better negotiating terms with the US.

  4. In the name of peace: How Ploughshares funds an Iranian agent and terrorist suspect

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