December 07, 2011 – Full Report – Iran Daily Brief

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International Affairs

Senior member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee opines: Majlis will take more measures if British belligerence continues – Mohammad Esmaeil Kosari, a senior member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said, “The recent demonstration by students in front of the British Embassy in Tehran was a completely justified move […] Britain’s decision to impose unilateral sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran intensified public outrage toward the country, and the British Embassy in Tehran was the nearest place for the people to vent their anger. During Iran’s 2009 presidential election, the British Embassy played a very active role in supporting dissident elements and agents’ provocateurs […] Iranian people have always been patient in regard to the UK hostile policies […] However, the unilateral sanctions recently imposed by the British government on the Central Bank of Iran, ostensibly to hinder Iran’s progress in peaceful nuclear activities, once again proved that there is no justification for continuing diplomatic relations with the UK […] Iranians are not the only people in the world who are fed up with British meddling […] In the wake of the recent demonstration, the UK is expected to revise its policies toward Tehran. This would pave the way for Iranian officials to restore diplomatic relations […] Otherwise, the Majlis will take tougher measures, and the remaining channels of communication will be completely shut down.” Majlis member Mohammad Karim Abedi has said that circumstances will oblige the UK to enhance diplomatic relations with Iran.

Assembly of Teachers and Researchers in Qom condemns attack against British Embassy; stress act was not the will of the Iranian people – In a statement marking Student Day in Iran, the Assembly of Teachers and Researchers in Qom condemned the attack against the British Embassy in Tehran, emphasizing that this irresponsible act was not the desire of the Iranian people and that the student population was not part of this. They emphasized that this led to condemnations of Iran around the world. In the statement, the members of the Assembly called on regime officials to formulate an intelligent and cautious foreign policy that was based on Iranian interests, to restore Iran’s international reputation, cancel sanctions and prevent war. At the same time, they called on holding free elections and for the release of all political prisoners.

Vice-President for International Affairs stressed the necessity of bolstering mutual cooperation between Iran and Syria – Ali Saeedloo said in a meeting with Syrian Minister of Housing and Construction in Tehran that “There are wide ranges for cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the housing and construction sectors.” He expressed Iran’s readiness to offer all expertise to Syria in this field. An Iranian technical delegation representing the housing sector is due to pay a visit to Syria to get acquainted with the housing situation and means of enhancing cooperation between the two countries’ housing sector.

Ahmadinejad invites Libya’s TNC to visit Iran – Ahmadinejad invited the members and the head of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) to visit Iran. Iran’s new Ambassador to Libya, Hossein Akbari, submitted Ahmadinejad’s invitation to NTC Head Mustafa Abdul-Jalil.

Iranian students call Azeris to resist their ‘anti-religious’ authorities – University students in Tabriz, in (Iran’s) East Azerbaijan Province, have signed an appeal addressed to the people of the Azerbaijan Republic, calling on them to fight for their faith and resist their anti-Islamic government. The statement reads: “For some time now the (Azerbaijani) authorities and officials have been persecuting, imprisoning and torturing Muslims and introducing new laws every day to fight Islam and, together with America and the Zionist regime, plot and carry out numerous schemes to create discord between you and the Islamic Ummah […] We urge you never to lay down your weapons in the fight and resistance against the anti-religious actions of the authorities and have faith in God’s promise.”

Military Affairs

TRR to be loaded with domestically produced fuel soon – Informed sources in Tehran say that the national project to produce plate-type nuclear fuel will be completed in the near future, and the Tehran reactor will be loaded with domestically produced nuclear fuel plates. Iranian analysts believe that this “great achievement” will perplex the West, because the Western countries had counted on a possible failure of Iran to produce nuclear fuel plates and were hopeful that the Iranian government would compromise on the nuclear issue under public pressure. More

Fars News: In downing US drone RQ170, Iran has achieved three important technological victories over US technologies:

The capability of identifying the UAV by radar – although the plane was designed to remain hidden from radar (stealth). This means that Iran has achieved great progress in the sphere of the radar industry, and this progress allows the country to equip its land-to-air missile systems with systems of track and chase, which will be able to repel any possible air attack, starting from attacks that may be carried out by Stealth and F-35 planes.

Capability to affect US naval military forces systems in the Middle East – It is obvious that this plane was controlled and guided from an on-land control unit to perform its mission, and it is impossible to force its exit from the sphere of control and guidance of the control room without affecting the encryption and encoding systems and frequencies used by the ground control unit to control the UAV. In this respect, the method of affecting special encoding systems of Israel’s spy-planes by (Lebanon’s) Hezbollah should be noted.

Reverse engineering Iran’s air defense system and provision of this technology to Syria and Hezbollah – This will assist Tehran, Damascus and Hezbollah to obtain secrets of the plane, examine its operating system, apply the technologies used for it in Iran’s air defense system and provide this technology to Syria and Hezbollah, which undoubtedly will assist Tehran, Damascus and Hezbollah in confronting the technologies of the Israeli Air Force.

Head of the Leadership Office: downing of the US drone is a major move; Iran is now in the best possible situation – While addressing a group of mourners, Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Mohammadi Golpayegani said Iranian armed forces have high capability. “The downing of the US drone by Iranian armed forces was a major move,” which Westerners themselves also acknowledge and because such planes are non-penetrable devices. He stressed that Iran is now in the best possible situation.

Economic Affairs

Oil minister: Iran is not concerned about possible additional EU sanctions on Iranian oil – Rostam Qasemi said, “Tehran is not worried by the threat that the EU may halt imports of oil from Iran.”

Largest contracting company involved in South Pars on sanctions list – The Iranian website on oil and energy is reporting that the Iranian Offshore Engineering and Construction Company, which is the largest contracting company involved in the South Pars field development project, especially offshore, is on the West’s sanctions list. This company is involved other Iranian oil and gas ventures in the Persian Gulf. This year, it also signed a contract with a Venezuelan Oil Ministry subsidiary to construct offshore facilities for Venezuela’s oil and gas industries, and earned Italian approval to participate in international bids.

Australia expands sanctions against Iran – The French news agency is reporting that due to increased fears of Iran’s nuclear activities, Australia has decided to expand sanctions against Iran to include financial and oil sectors.

Qatar takes over Iranian oil market in Japan – Following its success in producing large amounts of gas from the joint oil field with Iran, the South Pars field, Qatar has successfully exported 355,000 barrels of oil a day to Japan, officially replacing Iran as the third largest oil exporter to Japan.

Human Rights

Iranian official: “Baha’i religion is greatest threat to Iranian youth” – The Head of the Cultural Division in the Center for Mahdavi Studies in Qom emphasized at the end of an international exhibition on Ashura culture that the Baha’i cult is the largest and most active deviant cult in Iran and the greatest threat to Iranian youth. According to the director, the Baha’i cult and its followers are supported by the US, Israel and UK, and receive direct support from Israel. He further claims that the Zionists support the Baha’i in order to create a rift among Muslims, adding that the Center for Mahdavi Studies has set up a center to fight the Baha’i cult while identifying propaganda sources and activities of this cult in Iran.

Kurdish minority under attack – Over the past several days, security forces arrested Sanandaj resident Ms. Manijeh Sadeghi, who arrived in the appellate court to hear her sentence. Sadeghi was charged with attempted public disorder and sentenced to 91 days in prison. Human rights activists are reporting that in the several weeks that have passed since the arrest of Ali-Ali Khani, a member of the Kurdish minority, no information about his fate has been released. In addition, another Kurd, Shahou Ahmadi, was sentenced to 7 years in prison.

Student and blogger imprisoned in Evin – Student and blogger Bahar Ali Nia, who disappeared last week, is imprisoned in Evin Prison. Bahar mysteriously disappeared last week after having left her home. It is now known that she was arrested by security forces and sent to Evin Prison. Bahar informed her family of her imprisonment during a brief phone call. She studies outside of Iran, arriving two weeks ago for a family visit.

Student activist hospitalized in prison clinic – Student activist Peyman Aref was hospitalized with heart problems. Following brief treatment, Aref was returned to his cell. Peyman was recently released from prison after he was caned just before his release, and arrested only two weeks later due to an interview he gave in foreign media and because he visited the grave of Nada Agha Sultan.

Reformist activist sentenced to four years in prison – Hossein Zarini, an activist in Mir Hossein Mousavi’s election campaign was sentenced to four years in prison on charges of anti-regime propaganda and for insulting the Supreme Leader. Zarini, who is disabled and suffers from serious health problems, has been imprisoned for 19 months in Wing 350 of Evin Prison without one day of furlough.

Worker rights activist launches hunger strike – Member of the bus drivers union, Reza Shahabi, who has been imprisoned for the past 19 months in Evin on temporary remand, launched a hunger strike two weeks ago in protest of his uncertain condition and no trial in his case. According to his sister, Shahabi sounded weak and could barely speak during his last phone call.

Empty chair campaign to mark Student Day – Ahead of Student Day on November 7 in Iran, human rights activists launched an Empty Chair campaign to symbolize the empty seats of students who have been suspended, killed and imprisoned in classrooms. According to campaign activists, a photo of the students who have been killed and imprisoned will be placed on an empty chair in classrooms, and photos are to be sent to the campaign.

Domestic Affairs

Iran launches science network in Tehran Province Ali Hakim-Javadi, Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology said that a science network has been established in the first instance in Tehran Province… We hope to link the universities that are based in Tehran Province, some Health Ministry centers and one or two seminaries. In the future and with the steps that have been taken and with the negotiations that have been held with operators and the private segments of Iran’s communications, we will be extend the network throughout Iran. He said that one of the capabilities this network will place at the disposal of users, which consist of universities and university environments, is one gigabyte per second. Hence, the country’s universities will be able to exchange and share scientific and technological information. And it will be possible to hold virtual classes, using video-conferencing.

Press TV covers worldwide Ashura (martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein) processionsIran, London, Nigeria, New York City. Press TV enlightens viewers about the month of Muharram, which is the first month in the Islamic calendar. The first ten days of Muharram mark the anniversary of the Battle of Karbala, when Imam Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), was killed by the forces of the second Umayad Caliph Yazid. (videos)

 

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