The head of Iran’s Commission Export Chamber of Commerce has warned that Iran can expect food shortages in the coming months. Meanwhile, a deputy in Iranian customs has said that 330 tons of medicine is currently stuck in Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International airport due to issues stemming from Iran’s multiple exchange rates.
Hard-line Iranian parliament member Ruhollah Hosseinian spoke to Reformist Shargh newspaper on the ongoing detention of Mehdi Karroubi and Mir-Hossein Mousavi and whether parliament will invite former president Mohammad Khatami to President-elect Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration.
Hosseinian, who worked in the Ministry of Intelligence under Ali Fallahian when the notorious “Chain Murders” took place, at first attempted to deflect questions about Karroubi and Mousavi. When asked about MP Ali Motahhari’s recent statements in support of the two suggesting they be allowed to “defend themselves,” Hosseinian said, “This has to do with the National Security Council and it has nothing to do with me whether they remain imprisoned or not.”
In a speech to a crowd of university students today, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei discussed the protests of the 2009 elections, his fears about what those protests could have led to and questioned why those who claimed that fraud was committed have not yet apologized.
General Ramazan Sharif, head of public relations for Sepah (the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps), has given an extensive and revealing interview to Reformist newspaper Shargh. Sharif is described by the author of the article, Mohammad Norouzi, as “one of the few people in the security field who has had a good relationship with the media.”
The editor of Asr-e Iran, Jaffar Mohammadi, wrote an op-ed listing the nine countries that stand to lose the most from improved relations between Iran and the West. Although Israel and Arab countries in the Persian Gulf were included on this list, what made the article stand out was that Iran’s allies such as China and Russia made the list as well. What’s more, Mohammadi even included the United States as one of the countries with which improved relations can be mutually beneficial.
Reformist Etemaad newspaper has drawn a list of potentials for President-elect Hassan Rouhani’s new nuclear negotiating team. Yesterday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told reporters that negotiations with the P5+1 will continue once Rouhani takes office and picks a new negotiating new team.
Reports that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad plans to remain at the presidential compound on Pasteur Street by opening an “office of the former president” has been denied by both the president and his deputy executive. Yesterday, several websites published a letter written by Gholam Hossein Elham, deputy for management development and human capital of the president’s office, to Hamid Baghaei, deputy executive of the president. In the letter, which was obtained and photocopied by the website Etedaal originally, Elham writes of “the necessity to benefit from the worthwhile and effective experience of the former president.” Continue reading