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Iran and the 5+1 Powers will renew nuclear discussions in Vienna on February 18.

After days of maneuvers and false-start announcements, both Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the lead negotiator for the 5+1 Powers, the European Union’s Catherine Ashton, confirmed the news on Friday after a meeting on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.

The Vienna talks will open discussions on a comprehensive agreement to follow up November’s interim deal. Under that deal, Iran agreed to suspend enrichment of uranium to 20% while the US and its partners began the lifting of some sanctions.

The comprehensive agreement seeks to resolve all matters on a long-term basis, including the status of Iranian facilities such as the Arak heavy-water reactor, due on-line in late 2014.


Reformist Clerics Criticize Supreme Leader

The reformist Association of Combatant Clerics have used a statement for the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution to criticize the Supreme Leader.

The clerics indirectly chided Ayatollah Khamenei through their praise of Ayatollah Khomeini as the first leader of the Islamic Republic, “chosen on the basis of people’s wishes and in a normal procedure”.

The statement added that, “in the eyes of Imam Khomeini, the people and their freedom and welfare were very important”.

The clerics also said the people, having elected Hassan Rouhani as President after great dissatisfaction with the policies of the past eight years, expect the Government to free political prisoners and those under house arrest.

Khomeini’s Grandson Calls for “Political Freedom”

Sayed Hassan Khomeini, the grandson of the late Ayatollah Khomeini, has called for “political freedom” on the eve of the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Khomeini said the anniversary is “the chance for the people in charge and the public to think about the reasons why the revolution was formed and why it achieved a victory”.

He continued, “Today while working on the independence of our country from others, we have to work on domestic freedom, especially political freedom.”

Former Mohammed Khatami called in his statement for faster resolutions of current disputes and freedom of political prisoners and those under house arrest, including opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi, and Zahra Rahnavard: “The Islamic Revolution was a revolution against violence and today we should stand against the groups promoting violence.”

And Sayed Hadi Khamenei, the reformist brother of the Supreme Leader, sad that until the house arrest issue is resolved, “people cannot trust the President“.

Revolutionary Guards Dismisses “Direct Relations with America”

The commander of the the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ navy, Ali Fadavi, has said:

The enemies of the Revolution create the false illusion in the minds of our youth that the basis of Iran’s progress is through direct relations with America. But have those who have direct relations with America progressed more than Iran? It is not possible to find a regional or non-regional country that has progressed more in different areas than Iran.

Head of Atomic Energy: IAEA Inspections Going Smoothly

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, has said inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities by the International Atomic Energy Agency are going smoothly.

IAEA inspectors visited the Gachin uranium mine this week, part of arrangements agreed with Tehran in November. The six-point plan also includes inspections of the complex at the Arak heavy-water reactor.

Salehi said that Iran has already suspended its uranium enrichment activities beyond 5%, as promised in November’s interim nuclear deal with the 5+1 Powers.

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  1. http://www.voiceofeconomicreality.com

    Iran Newsletter No 30 January 2014
    In this issue:

    – The Geneva agreement comes into force
    – TEDPIX reaches new high, then declines 8,000 points
    – Bad loans amount to USD 32 billion
    – Infrastructure projects delayed by unavailability of Iranian funding
    – Iran and Iraq co-operation to attract international investment
    – December crude exports remained at 1 million bpd
    – Plans to increase crude production facing delays
    – NIOC threaten to halt to Jebel Ali refinery unless ENOC settle debt
    – Further decline in Iran’s automobile industry
    – Statistics

  2. Islamist state of Iran: leader in human rights violation

    http://www.iranfocus.com/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29013:islamist-state-of-iran-leader-in-human-rights-violation&catid=5&Itemid=110

    Front Page Magazine

    By Majid Rafizadeh

    The Iranian military published a flimsy and unsubstantiated 28-page report this week criticizing human rights in the United States.

    […] was quoted by the semi-official Fars News Agency as saying that similar reports on the human rights situation about other Western countries would be released on a regular and quarterly basis.

    Iranian military leaders were excited about the ceremony for the publication of the 28-page report on human rights and the US held Monday in Tehran. The reports lacks any statistical data for supporting its conclusions, and it fails to provide any credible arguments to back its thesis. It draws on cases arbitrarily, such as the case of George Zimmerman.

    Speaking of Iran’s record, Esfandiyari mentioned that human rights issues are at the foundation of the Iranian government and that Iran’s emphasis on human rights is “extensive.”

  3. “”It seems that a looming threat of an economic collapse has for now, at least in part, kept conservatives from adamantly insisting on their preferred policy.””

    So, the Geneva deal was a relief for everybody, including ultraconservatives, despite their publicly expressed outrage against Rouhani’s “compromising.””

    “”As the process moves forward, conservatives will have plenty of time to reconsider their strategy should Rouhani fail in his efforts to guarantee the Islamic Republic its “rights.” Advocates of the resistance economy, however, have already learned that it is not a strategy for the long term and that it would fail if the physical and financial infrastructures of the economy are not sound enough for an all-out confrontation.””

    http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/01/iran-resistance-economy-future.html#ixzz2s58NAYRP

  4. Destructive trend in iranian economics persists

    President Rouhani announced that if we do not take action immediately, we will absolutely be stricken with gas cuts next winter.

    In the same way, if current electricity conditions continue, we will also be confronted with electricity cuts next year. For this reason we have returned electricity shares from the targeted subsidies to electricity companies.”

    “The president believes that targeted subsidies are a cause of the lack of investment in electricity, energy, and businesses, but we have no alternative other than to implement phase two of the targeted subsidies.”

    source: mehr news, translated by iranian tracker

    It does not look as if iran can afford the war at Syria.
    already. The iranians are paying an expensive price for the support of the terrorist Assad with an increase in the rate of poverty in Teheran.

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