Newsletter Brief On Iran August, 25/ 2014
August 19, 2014
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, offered her condolences on the passing of Simin Behbahani, one of Iran’s preeminent poets. Mrs. Rajavi noted that the beloved artist was one of the nation’s most creative and innovative lyric writers and one of the outstanding treasures of Iranian poetry.
|Iran- Human Rights (Women, Minorities, Ethnics)|
|Iran Kills 16 in Mass Purge, Opposition Claims|
The Washington Free Beacon
BY: Adam Kredo
Iran reportedly carried out the mass execution of 16 prisoners incarcerated in the Qezel Hessar Prison in Karaj early Monday, prompting outrage from dissident groups and bringing the total number of executions to well over 800 since Iranian President Hassan Rouhani assumed office last August under the guise of being a moderate reformer, according to an Iranian opposition group.
At least 11 inmates at the prison were reported to have been hanged “en masse,” prompting a protest by inmates that led to Iranian authorities to open fire on inmates and kill at least five others, according information published by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), or MEK, an Iranian opposition group.
Iran- Nuclear Activities
Iran unveils new missiles, drones as Rouhani says goal is deterrence, defense
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran unveiled a new generation of short-range marine missiles and aerial droneson Sunday, as President Hassan Rouhani said its military doctrine was based on deterring and countering threats from unnamed foreign powers.
The official IRNA news agency said the Ghadir missile, with a range of 100 kilometers (62 miles), is designed to destroy marine targets. It did not give a range for the Nasr-e Basir cruise missile, but said it could “operate in silence,” without elaborating.
Iran’s Missile Capability Non-Negotiable: Rouhani
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated on Sunday that the country’s missile capabilities would never be subject to any negotiation in the course of talks on Tehran’s peaceful nuclear program.
“Iran’s missile capability is by no means negotiable at any level,” Rouhani said in a meeting with Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano, here in Tehran on Sunday.
Iran to US: We will help you against ISIS if you lift Nuclear Sanction
August 22, 2014
Iran is ready to join international action against jihadists in Iraq provided the West lifts crippling sanctions, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday.
His comments followed a call by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Wednesday for all countries in the region, including Iran, to join the fight against Islamic State (IS) fighters who have seized swathes of Iraq as well as neighbouring Syria.
“If we agree to do something in Iraq, the other side of the negotiations should do something in return,” the official IRNA news agency quoted Zarif as saying.
Iran: The Supreme leader makes the decisions on Nuclear negotiations,
In an interview with the state-run ISNA news agency on August 15, Alaadin Boroujerdi, head of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, described the issues of Iran’s nuclear program negotiations, homeland security, and security interventions in Iraq and Syria.
On the nuclear issue and ongoing negotiations with 5+1, Boroujerdi said the decision making body is the Supreme National Security Council and the Foreign Ministry is just a “moderator” in the nuclear negotiations. “On the nuclear issue, the Supreme National Security Council makes the decisions and effectively formulates guidelines for the negotiation team,” Boroujerdi said and emphasized, “This means that the decisions are transferred to the Foreign Ministry and the negotiating team is a moderator for the decisions in the diplomatic arena in the nuclear negotiations.”
A special tribute will be paid to 52 freedom fighters.