- Reuters – Zeitung: Importe aus Iran 2007 stark gestiegen
Berlin – Im vergangenen Jahr sind nach einem Zeitungsbericht trotz des Atomstreits die Importe aus dem Iran um fast 50 Prozent gestiegen.
Allerdings sei dies auf einem geringen Niveau geschehen, berichtete das „Handelsblatt“ unter Berufung auf die Bundesagentur für Außenwirtschaft am Dienstag vorab. Die deutschen Exporte seien 2007 zum zweiten Mal in Folge zurückgegangen. Danach beliefen sich die Importe aus Iran im vergangenen Jahr auf rund 580 Millionen Euro. Die Exporte sanken dagegen um 15 Prozent auf rund 3,5 Milliarden Euro.
- AFP – Deutsche Iran-Importe angeblich gestiegen
Düsseldorf — Trotz des politischen Drucks im Atomstreit mit Teheran sind die deutschen Importe aus dem Iran im vergangenen Jahr um fast 50 Prozent gestiegen. Wie das „Handelsblatt“ unter Berufung auf die Bundesagentur für Außenwirtschaft berichtete, beliefen sich die Einfuhren aus dem Iran im Jahr 2007 auf rund 580 Millionen Euro. Die deutschen Exporte in das Land seien dagegen um 15 Prozent auf rund 3,5 Milliarden Euro gesunken. Die steigenden Einfuhren dürften die Bundesregierung in Erklärungsnöte bringen.
- HANDELSBLATT – Wirtschaft kritisiert Sanktionen / Deutsche Iran-Importe steigen
Seit Monaten wirbt die Bundesregierung wegen des ungelösten Atomstreits und amerikanischen Drucks um Zurückhaltung der Wirtschaft im Iran-Geschäft. Doch im bilateralen Handel zeigt sich nun eine überraschende Entwicklung.
BERLIN. Von der Bundesagentur für Außenwirtschaft erfuhr das Handelsblatt, dass die deutschen Exporte im Jahr 2007 zwar tatsächlich zum zweiten Mal in Folge zurückgegangen sind. Aber gleichzeitig stiegen die Importe aus Iran im vergangenen Jahr um fast 50 Prozent – wenn auch auf geringem Niveau.
Danach beliefen sich die Importe aus Iran im vergangenen Jahr auf rund 580 Millionen Euro. Die Exporte sanken dagegen um 15 Prozent auf rund 3,5 Milliarden Euro. Die steigenden Einfuhren dürften auch die Bundesregierung in Erklärungsnöte bringen. Denn vor allem die USA und Israel fordern von Berlin seit langem, den deutschen Handel mit Iran insgesamt herunterzufahren, bis Teheran im Atomstreit eingelenkt hat.
- AFP – Deutsche Iran-Importe angeblich gestiegen
- HA’ARETZ – Bush in Israel: Iran poses threat to world peace
President: West Bank outposts ‚have got to go‘; Olmert: No peace unless Palestinian terror ceases. 00:23
- JP – ‚Gulf incident clip fabricated‘ (video)
Iranian TV dismisses recordings of boats confronting US warships while apparently ignoring warnings.
- Reuters Deutschland – Bush: Bedrohung durch Iran in Hormus-Meerenge war Provokation
Washington/Teheran (Reuters) – US-Präsident George W. Bush hat das kürzliche Beinahe-Seegefecht in der Straße von Hormus als iranische Provokation …
- Basler Zeitung – Iran weist US-Video zu Zwischenfall auf See zurück
Iran hat den USA vorgeworfen, einen gefälschten Film über einen Marinezwischenfall im Persischen Golf vorgelegt zu haben. Das Video sei aus anderem Material …
- WELT ONLINE – USA und Iran beschießen sich beinahe im Persischen Golf
WASHINGTON – Iranische Militärboote haben der Regierung in Washington zufolge beinahe einen Schusswechsel mit US-Schiffen provoziert.
- WELT ONLINE – Iran nennt US-Vido über Provokation Fälschung
Schnellboote der Iranischen Revolutionswächter hatten drei US-Schiffe eingekreist und per Funk damit gedroht, die Boote in die Luft zu sprengen.
- JP – ‚Gulf incident clip fabricated‘ (video)
- FOCUS – Zwischenfall/ Bush droht Iran
Die US-Marine hat für den Beinahe-Schusswechsel im persischen Golf den Iran verantwortlich gemacht. Eine deutliche Warnung richtete das Weiße Haus in Washington an die Teheraner Führung.
US-Präsident George W. Bush
„Ich kann ihnen sagen, unsere Position ist, dass die Iraner so etwas nicht wieder tun sollten“, sagte die Sprecherin von US-Präsident George W. Bush. US-Außenministerin Condoleezza Rice nannte Teheran vor dem Hintergrund des Zwischenfalls „die größte Bedrohung“ des Nahen Ostens. Der Iran müsse seine „Provokationen“ beenden, sagte Rice der israelischen Zeitung „Jerusalem Post“. „Die USA werden ihre Interessen verteidigen, sie werden die Interessen ihrer Verbündeten verteidigen“, fügte Rice hinzu.
„Teheran ist unberechenbar“
Iran: Deutscher Diplomat ausgewiesen
Das Außenministerium in Teheran hatte jedoch am Montag von einem Routinezwischenfall gesprochen.
- WELT ONLINE – Immer den Iran im Nacken
Der provokative Scheinangriff der iranischen Revolutionsgarden auf einen amerikanischen Flugzeugträger im Golf vom Montag macht deutlich: Das Regime im Iran …
Iran Focus – Iran’s embassy in Turkey blasts article by UK’s Miliband
Tehran, Iran, Jan. 04 – Iran’s embassy in Ankara reacted angrily to an article last month by British Foreign Secretary David Miliband in the Turkish daily Zaman which argued the need to keep up the pressure on Iran over its controversial nuclear activities.
In a letter which appeared in the daily on Wednesday, Qolam-Reza Baqeri-Moqaddam, Iran’s ambassador to Turkey, described Miliband’s remarks as a „great political deception“.
- Iran Press Service – Khamenehei Ordered Nuclear Activities Resumed – By Safa Haeri – Published Friday, January 4, 2008
Paris, 3 Jan. (IPS) Iran’s leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenehei revealed Thursday 3 January 2008 that it was he who ordered the resumption of nuclear activities, including enriching uranium and confirmed that those activities would continue „unabated“.
Speaking to handpicked students in the centre-east city of Yazd, the cradle of the Iranian Zoroastrians, Mr. Khamenehei, who is visiting the province of the same name said „as the voluntary suspension of nuclear activities, abused by the enemies, was about to annihilate the activities in the nation, I reiterated that if the process of demands by the nuclear interlocutor is to continue, I would myself enter the arena, something which was done and the process of stopping nuclear activities was changed to a progress of the activities“.
- Earthtimes – Iranian football federation approves new president
Iran’s vice-president and sports chief, Mohammad Aliabadi, boycotted the election ceremony in protest against his rejection by FIFA as FFI presidential …
- FNA – Iran to Produce Radar-Evading Fighter Jets
TEHRAN – Iranian air force commander here Saturday said his country has achieved the technology for manufacturing radar-evading fighter jets and would soon start production of such planes.
„Iran will launch production of the fourth and fifth generation of Saeqeh (Thunderbolt) fighter jets in the near future and these planes which will be radar-evading will start their flights next year,“ General Ahmad Mighani said.
He pointed out that all the different generations of Saeqeh and Azarakhsh (Lightening) fighter jets are fully home-grown and that their design and production are carried out inside Iran.
The General reiterated that the said planes enjoy such an advanced technology which rivals with that of Europe, adding that Iran is now manufacturing the third generation of Saeqeh fighters.
He said that the air force is now busy with optimizing the avionic, radar and missile systems of its home-made fighter jets.
- FNA – Iran Seeking Membership in UNSC
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran seeks to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini said.
Speaking to reporters during his weekly press conference here on Sunday, Hosseini said that Tehran has applied for candidacy for the years 2009 and 2010, and pointed out that a similar demand has been raised by another country.
Iran’s request for membership in the Security Council should be put to vote at the next meeting of the UN General Assembly.
Hosseini dismissed speculations that Iran’s demand for becoming a UNSC member was in anyway related to Libya’s presidency over the Council.
Asked about the date of the next meeting between Iran and the US over Iraq’s security, he reminded Tehran’s positive view about the talks. „The Islamic Republic of Iran is not opposed to the talks. We have announced our views to the Iraqi side and are waiting for their response.“
- FNA – Iran Wants N. Case Closed at UNSC
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran called on the United Nations Security Council to stop investigations on the nature of its nuclear activities and to allow the UN nuclear body to work and decide on the case, specially now that reports by IAEA and the US intelligence agencies have stressed the peaceful nature of its programs.
„The time has come to end the illegal consideration of Iran’s nuclear issue at the Security Council, and send the case back to a relevant technical forum, specifically the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),“ said Mohammad Khazaei, Iran’s envoy to the United Nations on Saturday.
If the Security Council declines to close Iran’s nuclear dossier, it will undermine the IAEA’s credibility and further complicated the situation, Khazaei said.
- ATIMES – Dolphins: Iran’s weapon against the US?
By Kaveh L Afrasiabi
The Pentagon, which has in the past tried to place its naval operations above US laws, has suffered a court reversal that is bound to have repercussions well beyond the California coast and impact the US Navy’s global operations.
A federal judge in Los Angeles has imposed rigid limits on the navy’s use of mid-frequency sonar off the coast of southern California. The sonar is suspected of causing disruption to whale and dolphin navigation systems.
The ruling, in response to a case brought by environmentalists, bans sonar within 12 nautical miles of the California coast, increases the navy’s „shut down“ zone for sonar use near marine mammals, and mandates the navy monitor for marine mammals one hour prior to sonar exercises as well as during them.
- 20minuten – Ahmadinedschad lädt Couchepin ein
Bundespräsident Pascal Couchepin ist von seinem iranischen Amtskollegen Mahmud Ahmadinedschad eingeladen worden. Eine Reise nach Teheran ist aber wenig …
- St. Galler Tagblatt – Ahmadinejads Einladung
Bundespräsident Pascal Couchepin ist vom iranischen Präsidenten Mahmud Ahmadinejad eingeladen worden. Eine Reise nach Teheran ist aber wenig wahrscheinlich.
- St. Galler Tagblatt – Ahmadinejads Einladung
- STRATEGIPAGE – No One Is In Charge In Iran
January 7, 2008: Who runs Iran? No one in particular, it turns out. Over the past two years, the senior cleric, Ali Khamenei, has tried to solve the corruption problem by ordering most state owned companies to be privatized (sold off to investors). Khamenei, who has enormous civil and religious power, was ignored. How did that happen? It’s all about money.
About ten million of Iran’s 70 million people live off the third of the economy that is, technically, owned by the state. These are properties that were seized from the royal family and royalist families 25 years ago. These firms are controlled by the clergy and their Islamic conservative allies. This includes the oil industry, which earns over $80 billion a year. Most of that goes to finance a huge bureaucracy, whose main goal is to keep the clerics in power. State owned companies that are losing money, are kept afloat with oil revenues. Education, health and infrastructure spending all take second place to keeping the clerics in power. Khamenei’s order to sell the state firms, finally made publicly over national television, was ignored because all the corrupt clerics knew that the most important thing was not curbing corruption, but keeping the clergy in power.
- Financial Times Deutschland – Rostocks Chaosreise in den Iran beendet
Um Mitternacht Ortszeit landete Fußball-Bundesligist FC Hansa Rostock nach der Chaosreise in den Iran wieder im Trainingslager in Dubai.
- MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG – Iranian Parliamentary Speaker: Persian Gulf Incident „U.S. Propaganda Against Iran“
The Iranian news agency Fars reports that, according to Iranian Parliamentary Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel, the U.S. „hue and cry“ about the incident in the Strait of Hormuz is part of Washington’s psychological warfare against Iran.
The comment followed a wave of Western media reports about what the news agency called the alleged confrontation between Iranian and U.S. Navy vessels in the Persian Gulf on January 5.
- MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG – Iranian Student Paper Publishes Protest Against Conditions In Evin Prison
The Committee of Students for Human Rights in Iran has published, in the Amir Kabir University student newspaper, a protest by prominent political prisoner Hashmatollah Tabarzade, a journalist and human rights activist.
Tabrazadi complained about the poor conditions in the notorious Evin prison, and stated that in the past year the prisoners had not been given meat to eat even once.
He said that prisoners who complained were threatened with being sent to distant, isolated prisons, and demanded that human rights organizations representatives be allowed into Evin.
Tabarzadi has been imprisoned for several years.
- MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG – Senior Iranian Officials Call For Increased Censorship
Iran’s Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hossein Saffar Harandi has called on Iran’s newspapers to use self-censorship and to support the government’s activity.
On a visit to the offices of the official Iranian news agency IRNA, Iranian Assembly of Experts member Ahmad Khatami called to expand censorship in Iran, and asked media to refrain from criticizing the government and to keep „the secrets of the regime.“
In an interview, presidential advisor on clerical affairs Hojatoleslam Naser Saqa-i Biria told the daily Resalat that in their reports on nuclear issues, some Iranian papers are joining forces with foreign elements opposed to the regime.
Meanwhile, the reformist online daily Rooz stressed that this criticism of the papers comes at a time when over 10 journalists are sitting in Iranian prisons.
- MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG – Reformists Under Attack In Iran
In its daily circular, the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) political bureau accused Saeed Hajrian, who is considered the theoretician of the reform movement in Iran, of planning an „orange revolution“ against the regime.
The editor of the Iranian daily Kayhan, Hossein Shariatmadari, who is close to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, stated in an editorial that Iran’s reformists are a fifth column serving the West.
At a conference of Basij activists, Ali Saeedi, Khamenei’s representative in the IRGC, said that the reformists are acting under Western protection and against the interests of the regime and of the Islamic revolution.
- MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG – Iran MPs Request Higher Defense Budget
Iran’s parliament is asking Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to increase the defense budget in the upcoming Iranian new year.
Parliamentary National Security Council chief ‚Alaa Al-Din Boroujerdi said that taking into account Iran’s large population, the country has the lowest defense budget of all the countries in the region.
He added that one possible way to eliminate the U.S. threats in the region is to allocate a larger budget to the defense department.
Referring to the claims that Russia is selling anti-missile shields to Iran, he noted Iran’s missile power is by itself a deterrent factor against every threat.
- MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG – IRGC: U.S. Navy Video, Audio „Fabricated“; Iranian FM: Claims Of Iranian Speedboat Threats „Propaganda“ Connected To Bush Middle East Visit
Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said today that the U.S. video of the January 5 incident in the Strait of Hormuz involving Iranian patrol boats and U.S. warships was archive footage and that the audio was faked.
An IRGC navy commander told Press TV that in the matter of Washington’s claims that IRGC speedboats had harassed three U.S. Navy warships, „the footage released by the U.S. navy are file pictures and the audio has been fabricated.“
Meanwhile, Iranian Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar dismissed as propaganda the U.S. Navy claim that the Iranian craft had threatened to blow up the U.S. warships, saying that the Iranian navy’s monitoring of ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz is a routine task.
Najjar also called depicting this normal procedure as a provocation a „project“ by the White House to portray Iran as a frightening country, and connected it to President Bush’s visit to the region.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini also played down the incident, saying it was an issue of mistaken identity and comparing it to „previous ones“ that had been resolved „once the two sides recognized each other,“ Hosseini explained.
Iranian Foreign Ministry director of American affairs Ahmad Sobhani said that the Iranian speed boats had carried out a normal and legal act.
On Tuesday, Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel had described U.S. reports about the incident as „part of a psychological and propaganda campaign against the Islamic Republic“ (see Iranian Parliamentary Speaker: Persian Gulf Incident „U.S. Propaganda Against Iran„).
Sources: Mehr, Iran, January 8, 2008; ISNA, IRNA, Mehr, Iran, January 9, 2008
- MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG – Brother Of Woman Who Died Following Arrest For Islamic Dress Code Violations: I Will Never Accept Official Statement That She Committed Suicide
The brother of Zahra Bani Yaghoub, also mentioned in the media as Zahra Bani Ameri, an Iranian medical doctor who died on October 13, 2007 in a Hamdan prison after her arrest the previous day by Morals Police for Islamic dress code violations, told the reformist online daily Rooz in an interview that he „will never accept the official statement that [Zahra] committed suicide.“
Rahim Bani Yaghoub said that he had spoken with his sister minutes before she died and she had been fine, that suicide was absolutely not compatible with her personality or with her mood at the time, and that she had been a top student, and had had a passion for serving people and „a wonderful spirit.“
(See also „Woman Arrested For Dress Code Violation In Iran Dies In Prison“)
Source: Rooz, Iran, January 8, 2008
- MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG – Ahmadinejad Invited To Guatemalan Presidential Inauguration
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been invited to participate in the swearing-in ceremony of Guatemala’s new president Alvaro Colom.
Iranian Foreign Ministry director for American affairs Ahmad Sobhani said that the inaugural ceremony is set for January 11, 12 and 13 in Guatemala.
Ahmadinejad had sent a message of congratulations to Colom on his win.
Iran and Guatemala currently have no diplomatic ties.
Source: ISNA, Iran, January 8, 2008
- MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG – Lebanese Shi’ite Cleric Fadlallah: All Satanic And Hegemonic Powers Have Gathered To Annihilate Islam
Lebanese Shi’ite cleric Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah has called the current era the most dangerous in Islamic world history.
According to Al-Manar TV, Fadlallah said that all satanic and hegemonic powers have gathered to annihilate Islam completely.
In a message for the new lunar year, Fadlallah called on all Muslims to preserve their unity and to avoid moves that might harm their unity and the power of Islam.
Source: IRIBNews, Iran, January 9, 2008
- MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG – Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei: Iran’s Situation „Sensitive“
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said January 6 in Yazd, Iran that the country has been in a sensitive situation since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, but that „this does not mean that the situation is critical and dangerous.“
He said that one reason for the country’s sensitive situation was that the revolution „freed the country from the historical disease of autocracy and submissiveness.“
He cited as signs of the sensitive situation the 1980-1988 „imposed war against the Iranian nation“ and „various conspiracies, such as a 10-year plan to undermine the Islamic establishment after Imam Khomeini’s departure.“
He added, „Despite all the conspiracies, now, 28 years after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, the people’s feelings and attachment toward the Islamic system are very strong.“
Source: Mehr, Iran, January 6, 2008
- MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG – Syrian Information Minister: Bush’s Efforts To Instigate Iran-Arab Enmity Have Failed
The official Iranian news agency IRNA reported that Syrian Information Minister Mohsen Bilal said today that efforts by U.S. President George W. Bush to instigate Iran-Arab enmity in order to cover up Washington’s support for the Zionist regime have failed.
According to IRNA, Bilal told reporters that attempts to replace Israel’s genuine threats to Arab interests and security with a purported Iranian threat are futile, and also strongly condemned Bush’s current visit to the Middle East and its „wicked goals.“
Source: IRNA, Iran, January 9, 2008
- MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG – Iranian Daily „Aftab-e Yazd“: Iranian Media Won’t Be Mouthpiece For Gov’t
In response to demands by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hossein Saffar Harandi that the media not criticize the government (see „Senior Iranian Officials Call For Increased Censorship“) , the Iranian reformist daily Aftab-e Yazd wrote : „Ahmadinejad and his government must not expect the Iranian media to function as a propaganda tool in the hands of the government – at a time when even the president’s close friends, in his cabinet and in the Majlis [parliament], are dissatisfied with what he is doing.“
The daily also criticized Ahmadinejad’s excessive preoccupation with the Holocaust, wondering „how this preoccupation has added to Iran’s pride and honor.“ It added that criticism of the president in this matter came also from conservative elements.
Source: Aftab-e Yazd, Iran, January 9, 2008
- MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG – Iranian Activists Demand Release Of Imprisoned Students; Guardian Council Sec’y: Europe, America Don’t Have Democracy Like Iran
A group of Iranian human rights activists have issued a communiqué expressing fear for the fate of over 30 students detained in Evin prison since December 7 who have not received legal aid or medical attention.
They also demanded the release of three Amir Kabir University students who are still detained even though bail was posted, the release of two women’s movement activists arrested in the Kurdistan region, and the release of Iranian Prisoners‘ Rights Association chairman ‚Amad Al-Din Baqi (see also „Unrest At Universities Across Iran“, „Over 2,000 Students Demonstrate In Iran“, and others)
In a speech in Tabriz, Iranian Guardian Council chairman Ahmad Jannati said that „no country in Europe or America has the democracy and freedom that Iran has.“
Sources: ISNA, Iran, January 8, 2008; Rooz, Iran, January 9, 2008
- MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG – Khamenei: Imam Khomeini Still Inspires
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has called on Iranian authorities to cherish the opportunity of their posts to serve, adding that the Islamic Revolution’s spectacular accomplishment to lift the country from the historical, acute ailment of despotism and hegemony.
Khamenei told a gathering of executive authorities yesterday, „The inspirational character of Imam [Ayatollah Ruhollah] Khomeini, which helped rescue a whole nation from despotism and hegemony and turn it into the liveliest nation in the world, after centuries of lethargy, is still there, to invigorate the soul and body of the nation.“
He also noted that the country was currently negotiating a sensitive juncture, adding that the country had nevertheless constantly been through touchy conditions since the victory of the Islamic Revolution, and thus this never implied an existential crisis.
He added, „Thanks to the inspirational character of Imam Khomeini, the Islamic Revolution struck a spectacular accomplishment and delivered a sea change in the history of the country, by rescuing the Iranian nation from the plague of despotic rulers and hegemonic powers whose specters loomed over the country from the Qajar time through the Pahlavid era.“
Khamenei also urged the nation to beware of the resurgence of despotism and the rule of foreigners, adding that the Iranian nation should be on the alert during the coming decades until religious democracy, which counters both despotism and hegemony, takes root among the people.
- MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG – Iranian FM Spokesman: Iran Acted Normally In Connection With U.S Navy Ship
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said today that the act taken by Iran in connection with a U.S. Navy ship was normal.
Hosseini told the official Iranian news agency IRNA in an exclusive interview: „That’s something normal, taking place every now and then for each party, and it (the problem) is settled after identification of the two parties.“
He recalled that the same thing had happened in the past as well, and had concluded as the two parties identified each other.
According to IRNA, some Western media had late Monday quoted U.S. officials as saying that several Iranian speedboats had approached several U.S. Navy ships in the Strait of Hormuz. IRNA also said that U.S. officials claimed that during the incident warnings had been exchanged between the two sides.
- MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG – Iranian Women’s Rights Activist: Iranian Regime Permits Marriage Of Girls Age 10-13
Iranian women’s rights activist Mahboubeh Hossein Zade has criticized the Iranian regime for permitting marriage for tens of thousands of underage girls, aged 10-13.
- MEMRI IRANIAN MEDIA BLOG – Five Sentenced To Arm and Leg Amputations In Southeast Iran
Following a verdict by a court in the Sistan-Baluchistan province in southeast Iran, the five people accused of armed struggle against the regime and disturbing the public order had their right arms and left legs amputated.