Iran Daily, April 13: Rouhani — “Tough Road Ahead” to Complete Nuclear Deal

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Taking a more cautious line than in his previous statements, President Rouhani said on Sunday that there is a “tough road ahead” for Iran and the 5+1 Powers to complete a comprehensive nuclear deal.

Rouhani told members of his Government and MPs that the nuclear framework, set out on April 2 after months of intense talks, is only the beginning of a “long and complicated” process for a final resolution by a June 30 deadline.

The President maintained the pose that Iran will only reach an accord from strength, rather than giving way to the pressure of sanctions:

The assumption that the US and the EU [European Union] are big powers and therefore can do anything is wrong. And their reputation and prestige would be jeopardized in case they violate their commitments. Our diplomats, legal experts, and politicians are formidable and the other side could not overpower us….

The other side clearly knows that this government and nation are not used to submissiveness.

Boosted by Saturday’s endorsement of the framework by the Revolutionary Guards, Rouhani was given further support by Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani’s praise for the nuclear negotiators: “One of the nuclear talks’ achievements is resolving a fabricated negative atmosphere against Iran.”


Putin Authorizes Russian Supply of S-300 Missile System to Iran

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to lift the ban on supplies of S-300 air defense missile systems to Iran, according to a statement from the Kremlin.

“The decree cancels the ban from transit through Russia (including by air), transportation outside the territory of Russia to the Islamic Republic of Iran and also handover to the Islamic Republic of Iran outside the territory of Russia — with the use of ships and aircraft flying the Russian state flag — of the S-300 air defense missile systems,” the statement said.

Facing Western pressure, Russia has refrained from delivery of S-300 surface-to-air missiles under a contract signed in 2010, prompting a $4-billion international arbitration suit from Iran.

In February, the head of Russian state defense conglomerate Rostec said Russia had offered Iran its latest Antey-2500 missiles.

The Antey-2500,developed from the 1980s-generation S-300V system, has a range of 2,500 km (1,500 miles) and can engage missiles traveling at 4,500 meters per second. The S-300 missiles have a 125-mile range.

The Kremlin statement today referred only to the S-300.

MPs: Don’t Publish an “Iranian Fact Sheet” Over Nuclear Framework

In a sign that the Rouhani Government wants to ease tension over a US “fact sheet” about the nuclear framework agreed on April 2, pro-Government MPs have said that an Iranian version should not be produced.

Iranian officials have publicly criticized the US fact sheet for saying that sanctions will not be lifted upon signature of a comprehensive deal, with the Supreme Leader declaring that the Americans are “dishonest” in negotiations. However, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has implicitly come close to the US version — that restrictions will be removed when the International Atomic Energy Agency verifies Iranian compliance — and Rouhani has stated ambiguously that the sanctions will be terminated “on the very first day of implementation”.

See Iran Analysis: Rouhani & Supreme Leader Add to Confusion over Nuclear Talks and Sanctions Relief

Critics of the American account have called for the “truth” through presentation of an Iranian fact sheet. However, two leading MPs said on Monday that there was no need for the fact sheet to be published while negotiations move towards a comprehensive agreement by June 30.

The statements may indicate that the Rouhani Government is not fundamentally at odds with the Americans, and wants any differences to be resolved in private rather than disputed in public.

Iran Suspends Pilgrimage Flights to Saudi Arabia

In an escalation of the political crisis with Saudi Arabia, Iran has suspended flights to the Kingdom.

Tehran halted the flights, including those of pilgrims to Mecca, after Saudi officers reportedly sexually assaulted two Iranian teenagers during a security search at Jeddah airport. Protests were held in front of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran this weekend over the incident.

See Iran Daily, April 11: Regime Steps Up Public Pressure on Saudi Arabia

Iran has also stepped up its criticism of the Saudi-led aerial intervention in Yemen, with the Supreme Leader accusing the “inexperienced” Saudi monarchy of “savagery” and “genocide”.

See Iran Daily, April 10: Supreme Leader Challenges Saudi Arabia Over Yemen

Official Admits: No Sudden Rise in Oil Exports After Nuclear Deal

Undercutting the standard regime line, a senior Iranian official has said that there will be no sudden recovery in oil exports after a nuclear deal.

Mohammad-Ali Khatibi, Iran’s former governor to OPEC, told the Iranian Students News Agency, “There will be no sudden return of the clients. There will not be an overnight increase in exports.”

Khatibi explained that some key customers have annual deals with other suppliers and cannot suddenly revoke them to turn to Iran.

The International Energy Agency said this week that, while Iranian oil production may grow “in three to five years”, it does not expect a significant rise in the short term as oil field have not been maintained “in the best way”.

Iran’s exports have been depressed by more than 40% since US-led sanctions took full effect in 2012.

Washington Post’s Rezaian, Detained for 9 Months, Accused of Economic Espionage

Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter imprisoned in Tehran for almost nine months, is accused of passing on sensitive economic and industrial information about Iran, according to Fars News.

Fars said Rezaian faces “security” charges in the Revolutionary Court but no trial date has been set. It claimed he had passed the information to unnamed Americans.

Rezaian was arrested July 22 along with his wife, reporter Yeganeh Salehi, and two other journalists in a raid by security forces. The other journalists were soon released and Salehi was freed on bail in October.

Rezaian’s family say he has been denied his choice of lawyer and has not been given information about the specific charges against him. He has been allowed only one brief, cursory visit with his court-appointed lawyer.

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  1. Khatibi explained that some key customers have annual deals with other suppliers and cannot suddenly revoke them to turn to Iran.

    Which is why merely “suspending” sanctions is not good enough. Refiners won’t do long-term contracts if they think sanctions could be reimposed later on.

    Iran’s exports have been depressed by more than 40% since US-led sanctions took full effect in 2012

    And the EU embargo on oil imports and insurance had nothing to do with this, I suppose? All credit goes to the U.S Congress, right?

  2. Iran Deal’s June 30 Deadline Might Slip Amid Framework Disputes
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-13/iran-deal-s-june-30-deadline-might-slip-amid-framework-disputes

    “Khamenei might be trying to set a trap, and perhaps two, said a U.S. official who’s been monitoring the process and asked for anonymity to discuss diplomatic matters. The first and most obvious is using the June 30 deadline to pressure the world powers to make additional concessions on key issues, such as the timing of sanctions relief and the breadth of inspections of Iranian facilities. Forcing a delay also might sow divisions within the group composed of China, France, Germany, Russia, the U.K, and the U.S.

    Failing to complete a final agreement by June 30 also might allow Iran to walk out of the talks and blame the other side if Congress or the European Union moves to expand or extend the economic sanctions, said the official. Iran’s supreme leader may have further paved the way for such an outcome by suggesting publicly that the U.S. cannot be trusted and is seeking to overthrow the 1979 Islamic Revolution.”

    • It’s that old Persian macho pride again. All they seem to care about is being “respected” — which is not going to happen so long as Iran is ruled by people in funny hats.

      • Would you allow anytime/anywhere inspections, including military sites? I take you last point to be racist and Islamophobic.

        • The warning about freaks with funny hats is not Islamophobic but real satire. And the warning aginst Islamists is to protect the Enlightenment.

          Otherwise you still doesn`t explain where exactly is the difference between IS and Iranian Islamists. Your silence can only be interpreted that there is no difference

        • It isn’t a question of “would you allow”. It is a question of how the rest of the world can make 100% certain that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons. There would be no need for intrusive inspections if the Iranians were not building toward having nuclear weapons.

        • You’re one to talk about racism, Reza. Especially after you made several blatantly racist comments about Obama. As for Islamophobia, it’s people like you who help spread it with your beliefs that the entire world will convert to Islam and be ruled by sharia law as you have stated in the past.

  3. “Rezaian’s family say he has been denied his choice of lawyer and has not been given information about the specific charges against him.”

    Rezaian has been given information about his case. It is just that he cannot read Persian as he is not a native speaker.

    • LOL. Sure you can, Reza. Whatever you need to tell yourself. It’s hysterical that there are still petty dictatorships out there who think Russian technology can save them despite watching the US demolish it with little problem time and time again. It’s even funnier to see the Iranians beg Russia for weapons.

    • You should really stick to the political side of things because your absolute ignorance in military affairs has been apparent for a while now. In short, you have no idea what you’re talking about. You just regurgitate the mindless jingoistic drivel that is pervasive among a few arrogant hardliners in Tehran. As I’ve said before, there will not be a conflict between the US and Iran because there are enough level headed people in Iran who realize how badly Iran would lose such a conflict. An S-300 would never even get a shot off against a B-2. It would either be jammed or destroyed well before a B-2 ever came within range of it and even if it wasn’t it wouldn’t be able to track a B-2. Such ignorance is probably bliss for you. You might as well throw rocks at the B-2.

  4. According to Putin, components of the S-300 have been delivered to Syria but the delivery has not been completed.

    It was only a matter of time as putin would deliver the S 300 to Iran.

    Moreover, the delivery is an indicator that the relationships between the West and Putin are on the low.

  5. The neo-imperialist smiling face

    Morteza Sarmadi, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s special envoy, recently conducted a whistle-stop tour of a number of Arab capitals, in a bid to convince the political powers there to put a stop to the strikes against the Houthis.

    During his fourth stop, in Tunisia, Sarmadi said his country was keen to hold talks with Saudi Arabia over the current crisis in Yemen, insisting that Tehran was “ready for dialogue.”

    (….)

    The reality is that Iran’s latest calls and efforts prove, without a shadow of a doubt, its interference in the internal affairs of Arab states once again—unless of course Tehran actually believes it is an Arab country, or that Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon are Persian ones.

    http://www.aawsat.net/2015/04/article55342896/opinion-the-iranian-dialogue-ruse

    Who would have thought that Rouhani makes the iranian imperialism presentable………

  6. I guess it’s time for the US to begin shipping missiles to Ukraine and Georgia. We can play that game too, Putin.

    • Go ahead, please. It looks like that this is the only language Putin and his ultranationalistic environment will understand.
      Did Putin stopped his Ukraine – War? No, he didn`t.
      Did Putin has been has shown in any way a positive engagement in Syria? No, quite the contrary. He promoted the war.

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