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Iran, July 10: FM Salehi — US Should Cooperate With Iran

Iran, July 10: FM Salehi — US Should Cooperate With Iran
July 10
07:57 2013

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Just over a week after US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew expressed hope that increased sanctions against Iran would be effective, because “the alternatives are worse”, Iran’s Foreign Minister has said that Washington should begin to “cooperate with Iran”.

In an interview with Fars News — close to the Revolutionary Guards — about new Executive and Congressional sanctions on Iran that came into force on July 1, Ali Akbar Salehi said the move was “illegitimate” and a continuation of a policy that began after Iran’s 1979 Revolution.

“This approach has gone on for 34 years and so far has not taken them anywhere…. Our recommendation here is that the Americans learn from history and begin to cooperate with Iran.”

The new sanctions — agreed before Iran’s June 2013 Presidential election — target the shipping and automobile sectors, financial transactions involving gold, and holdings of Iran’s currency.

Salehi’s comments urging Washington to “cooperate” with Iran come after the Supreme Leader published a digest of his anti-American comments over the past years, a hint that Khamenei could oppose any move to engage with Washington.


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Oscar-Winning Filmmaker Farhadi Summoned for Questioning

Asghar Farhadi, the director of the Oscar-winning “A Separation”, has been told he must appear before Iranian authorities to provide “certain explanations”.

Farhadi’s passport was briefly confiscated when he arrived at Imam Khomeini International Airport near Tehran on Tuesday.

Farhadi’s latest film “The Past”, filmed in France, was screened at this year’s Cannes film festival and has recently been released in Iranian cinemas.

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Ahmed Shaheed, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran announced on Thursday plans to undertake a fact-finding mission to the US and Canada, to gather information about alleged human rights violations in Iran.

During the 14-day mission, from 14-28 July, Shaheed is set to meet with individuals from the Iranian diaspora, including victims and witnesses of alleged human rights violations, as well as civil society organizations, to gather information about allegations of human rights violations in Iran. Shaheed will then report back to the UN General Assembly in October.

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Former President and current head of the Expediency Council Hashemi Rafsanjani has expressed concern that Iranians are suffering because of difficulties in assigning foreign exchange to purchase drugs.

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Rafsanjani said he hoped that the new administration would be able to gradually solve the problem with policy reform.

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  1. Pak
    Pak July 10, 11:09

    Re: “Salehi’s comments urging Washington to “cooperate” with Iran come after the Supreme Leader published a digest of his anti-American comments over the past years, a hint that Khamenei could oppose any move to engage with Washington.”

    I do not think this should be seen as a hint that Khamenei could oppose “any move” to engage the US. In negotiations, one must always begin by advertising a default position – the aim being to deviate as little as possible from the position, with the hope of maximising one’s gains. This is what Khamenei appears to have done, albeit quite bluntly. The extent to which he is willing to deviate is the important question that needs to be asked.

    It also looks as though the regime has adopted its traditional “good cop, bad cop” routine, something lost during the “bad cop, bad cop” days of Ahmadinejad’s presidency. From my experience, Salehi has a benign, “good cop” character, and it looks as though someone has given him the green light to regain a more prominent role as Foreign Minister, a role that was severely diminished and curtailed under Ahmadinejad, who tried to bring foreign policy under his total control.

    Salehi wants to engage the US and the international community, without doubt. However, he is also inclined to submit too easily to pressure coming from certain factions within Iran. Hopefully Rouhani’s administration will give him the breathing space he needs to do his job properly.

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  2. Mansur Arshama
    Mansur Arshama July 10, 14:26

    “This approach has gone on for 34 years and so far has not taken them anywhere…. Our recommendation here is that the Americans learn from history and begin to cooperate with Iran.”

    Mr Salehi just repeats Khamenei’s intransigent stance without offering any solution. Very obviously he ignores the catastrophic outcome of sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy. It is the Supreme Liar and his IRGC cronies who have learned nothing from history and continue with their unchecked confrontational policy.

    Rouhani will have no chance for moderation as long as they control the IR’s foreign policy, the nuclear case and economy.

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  3. Mansur Arshama
    Mansur Arshama July 10, 14:38

    Newspaper Close to Khamenei Warns Rouhani of ‘Seditionists’ in Cabinet http://iranpulse.al-monitor.com/index.php/2013/07/2362/newspaper-close-to-khamenei-warns-rouhani-of-seditionists-in-cabinet/

    “Mr. Rouhani is the president-elect of the people,” Shariatmadari continued. “And the right to pick his cabinet is legally his. But with the knowledge he has of the companions of the seditionists, he must be cautious about inviting those to work with him who have the shame of selling out their country in the American-Israeli sedition of 2009.”

    Khamenei’s pit-bull has started to set the agenda for Rouhani well before his takeover. Whoever believes in “moderation” or real changes in the Holy Rapepublic — dream on!

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  4. gunniy
    gunniy July 10, 14:56

    Some of the principlists had fascistic views, Khatami said

    In a meeting with students, former president Khatami called on Ahmadinejad’s administration to work to end the house arrests of Mousavi, Zahra Rahnavard and Karoubi, and for the release of political prisoners, Hossein Mohammadi from roozonline reported.

    Beyond that Khatami also pointed his attacks on principlists and said some of them had fascistic views and policies, adding that they were already “issuing directives for the president-elect.

    “These are the very same people who have created the current problems for the country but who do not want to hear about their failures. They opportunistically claim that what has happened is in their interest” khatami said.

    http://www.roozonline.com/english/news3/newsitem/archive/2013/july/09/article/ahmadinejad-should-strive-to-end-the-house-arrests.html

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  5. gunniy
    gunniy July 10, 14:59

    Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi

    must appear before Iranian authorities to provide “certain explanations,” Iranian media report.
    ILNA states that Farhadi’s passport was briefly confiscated when he entered the Imam Khomeini Airport on Tuesday July 9.

    http://archive.radiozamaneh.com/english/content/oscar-winning-director-summoned-authorities

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  6. gunniy
    gunniy July 10, 15:12

    A statement which covers more than explained

    The Iranian Coroner’s Office has announced that the results of Sattar Beheshti’s autopsy have been finalized, classifying the cause of death as “death due to psychological pressure.”
    The blogger was arrested last October by Tehran’s Cyber Police.

    His body bore signs of blows, and some of the prisoners who saw him in between his transfers to other facilities claim Beheshti was being tortured and feared for his life.

    http://archive.radiozamaneh.com/english/content/coroner-releases-autopsy-findings-jailed-blogger

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