Spotlight on Iran (Week of January February 8-15, 2012)

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The Meir Amit
Intelligence and Terrorism
Information Center

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Highlights of the week

  • “New Zionist plotline against Iran”: Iranian reactions to terrorist attacks on Israeli missions
  • Reformist opposition leaders have now been under arrest for one year; sporadic confrontations between opposition supporters and security forces
  • 30 million Iranians without e-mail: authorities block access to leading websites
  • Despite government efforts, dollar’s exchange rate goes up again; prices of food and housing continue to increase
  • Pictures of the week: procession marking 33rd anniversary of Islamic revolution in Tehran

“New Zionist plotline against Iran”: Iranian reactions
to terrorist attacks on Israeli missions

This week Iranian officials emphatically denied Israel’s claims that Iran was involved in the two terrorist attacks on Israeli missions in India and Georgia, and accused Israel of masterminding the terrorist attacks to incite world public opinion against Iran.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast categorically denied any Iranian responsibility in connection with the attacks, saying that they were planned by the Zionists to cause damage to Iran and compromise its relations with India and Georgia.

Javad Jahangirzadeh, a member of the Majles Foreign Policy and National Security Committee, said that the bomb attacks at the two Israeli missions reflect the world’s revulsion towards the Zionists, and were carried out either by Israel itself or by a group that despises Israel. Addressing PM Netanyahu’s claims about Iranian involvement in the terrorist attacks, the Majles member said that Israel is concerned about Iran and is trying to influence the future nuclear talks between Iran and the West. He added that the Zionists, having failed in their attempts to incite the world against Iran, are willing to spill their own blood to redirect the hatred the world has for Israel at Iran.

Avaz Heydar-pour, also a member of the Majles Foreign Policy and National Security Committee, defined the Israeli PM’s claims about Iran being involved in the attacks as drivel designed to lay the groundwork for more terrorist attacks by Israel or a military attack on Iran.

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Iran Launches New Home-Made Satellite into Orbit

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News number: 9010173437 15:54 | 2012-02-03
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran on Friday successfully sent its domestically-made 
satellite named 'Navid-e Elm-o Sana'at' (Promise of Science and Industry) 
into orbit.
The satellite was sent to space following a decree by Iranian President 
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Friday morning via videoconference.
Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, Minister of Science, Research and 
Technology Kamran Daneshjou and Head of State Spatial Organization Hamid 
Fazeli attended the control panel for the launch of the satellite.
The satellite, completely designed and built by Iranian experts, blasted 
into orbit on the occasion of the 10-Day Dawn celebrations, marking the 33rd 
anniversary of the victory of Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979.
The 50-kilogram orbiter lifted off into space with an orbital angle of 55 
degrees on the Iranian-made Safir satellite-carrier.

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Russian official: Iran atomic plant to operate in weeks

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Launch of Bushehr plant is imminent, says Russian deputy FM; reactor already operating at low level for tests
By REUTERS
05/12/2011 15:44.  

MOSCOW- Iran‘s Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant will be fully operational within weeks, local news agencies quoted a senior Russian diplomat as saying on Thursday.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov spoke two days after the company that built the plant, a politically charged project that faced repeated delays, said the reactor had begun operating at a low level for tests before bringing it on line. Continue reading

Iran, China Block Outside Sites to Muzzle Mideast News

The authoritarian    regimes in Iran and China are playing a double game, when it comes to the unrest in the Middle East. Tehran and Beijing are doing their best to spin the protests in their favor, when they talk to the world. But at home, they’re pursuing a different strategy: trying to muzzle anything but the official line on the upheaval.

Commentators have been keen to liken the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia both to the 1979 revolution that brought the Iranian regime to power and the electoral protests of the Green Movement which tried to unseat it. Not surprisingly, the Iranian government has preferred to use the latter comparison. Continue reading