Monday, 9 November 2015

Iran's Top Commander: US Defense Secretary's Advice to Arab States Based on Wrong Analysis (on complete ignorance)
The italics are mine.

This delusional fool is still shooting his mouth off in complete ignorance.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi lashed out at US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter for his recent recommendations to a number of Arab states against Iran, stressing that his words were based on no more than a wrong analysis [ignorance].
"We are sure that the US secretary of defense's remarks were uttered based on wrong information and incorrect understanding of the regional issues that will lead to nowhere," Firouzabadi said in Tehran on Sunday.
His remarks came after the US defense secretary in an interview with the Atlantic news website said "the Arab allies need fewer expensive weapons systems and instead more will to battle ISIL and Iran on the ground".
Firouzabadi blasted his comments, and said, "The Islamic Iran is not in dispute with any of its neighbors over its territorial and national interests and has diplomatic relations will all of them."
He warned that Washington seems to be unsatisfied with the massacre of the Muslims that the US and its allies have done in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and North Africa and wants to kill more Muslims, and said, "The US and the usurper Zionist regime are Iran's main enemies and our defensive might is aimed at confronting their plots that have been hatched to stir sedition."
Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi
The General is too polite to tell Carter he is an ignorant fool.
Firouzabadi underlined Iran's wise policies aimed at increasing unity among the Muslim states, and said, "Our policy vis a vis the neighbouring and Islamic countries is based on reinvigoration of Islamic unity and safeguarding Muslims' interests, independence and national sovereignty."
Carter's remarks were also blasted by Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham who said that "Ashton Carter's statements show the destabilizing policies and measures of the US in the region".
Afkham said that these statements blatantly show his animosity and pessimism in the region, and said, "The US defense secretary's statements deserve reaction of the regional Arab governments for being humiliated and insulted to such extent by Ashton Carter instead of Iran's response.
She reiterated that Carter's statements indicate that from the point of view of the US defense secretary the Arab countries are incapable and destitute and that the US has continued its political approach of maintaining the superiority of the "Zionist regime over the Arab states and makes decision for these countries".
"It goes without saying that the Muslim nations of the region and the public opinion of the Muslim world will judge about these incorrect policies and they will not forget its negative consequences for the Muslim Ummah," Afkham added.





Americans Killed in Jordan One of Ashton Carter's "Arab Allies"
State-run media report that a Jordanian policeman shot and killed two Americans and a South African at a training center near Amman.
U.S. Marines monitor multinational military maneuvers in Quweira, Jordan. Maya Alleruzzo / AP
7:36 AM ET
Updated on November 9 at 8:02 a.m.
A Jordanian policeman has killed two Americans and a South African and wounded four others at a training center near Amman, state-run Al-Rai newspaper reported.
The newspaper quoted Mohammed al-Momani, the minister of state for media affairs, as saying the policeman opened fire at the facility before being shot and killed. The four who were wounded are all Jordanian; one is in serious condition, the newspaper quoted Momani as saying.  
The BBC reports the shooting occurred at the Jordan International Police Training Center, a facility that is funded by the U.S. It trains mainly Palestinian and Iraqi officers.
An investigation is underway to determine the motive for the killings, the newspaper reported.
There has been no official U.S. comment yet.
This is a developing story and we’ll update it when we learn more.




Mon Nov 09, 2015 12:57

Speaker: Iran Ready to Broaden Economic Ties with South Africa
Parliament Speaker Mr. Ali Larijani (right) and SA Vice-President Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa (left) Picture/FNA

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in a meeting with visiting South African Vice-President Cyril Ramaphosa in Tehran voiced Tehran's readiness for broadening economic and energy ties with Pretoria.

"We will facilitate the trend of investment by South African investors in Iran," Larijani said during the meeting on Sunday.

He pointed to vast areas of mutual cooperation between Tehran and Pretoria, and said, "Given Iran's capabilities in the field of generating electricity, we can help produce energies needed by South Africa."

The South African vice-president, for his part, pointed to the status quo of South Africa-Iran relations, and said, "We have supported Iran and its stances and believe that Iranians are strong persons who never give up their stances."
Ramaphosa said that after the removal of sanctions, the two countries can open a new chapter in the areas of trade, investment and banking cooperation.
"Tehran and Pretoria have similar stances regarding international developments," the South African vice-president said.
On Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a meeting with Ramaphosa in Tehran on Sunday called for the expansion of trade and economic relations between the two countries.
"Iran has no restriction for the expansion of economic and trade relations with South Africa," Zarif said.
The Iranian foreign minister underlined the good diplomatic relations between Tehran and Pretoria, and expressed the hope that the two countries would further broaden their relations in economic and trade fields.
Zarif voiced pleasure in Ramaphosa's visit to Iran, and said, "We are waiting for the upcoming visit of South African President (Jacob Zuma) to Tehran; the Iranian nation respects late Nelson Mandela very much and visits by high-ranking South African officials to the Islamic Republic of Iran is reminiscent of past memories."
The Iranian foreign minister said that the two countries also share similar stances on the international scene, and added, "We can broaden our mutual cooperation in all areas."
Ramaphosa, for his part, thanked Iran for its unsparing supports for the campaign of the South African nation against the Apartheid regime, and said, "These aids helped us achieve victory faster."
The South African vice-president reminded that Mandela, after his release from prison, travelled to Tehran and also tried to expand the Pretoria-Tehran relations once he was elected president.
Ramaphosa pointed to Iran's nuclear program, and said, "We supported Iran's peaceful nuclear program; we are happy that you (Iran) could proceed well in the negotiations with the big powers; you insisted on you principles and succeeded and I congratulate this victory."

He said that a new chapter has opened in the two countries' bilateral relations after the nuclear agreement was reached between Iran and the big power in Vienna on July 14, and "I hope we could cooperate with Iran under the new conditions; a big trade delegation from South Africa's private sector is accompanying me to start a new round of cooperation with Iran."


Sun Nov 08, 2015 5:29
DM: US Threats Unable to Intimidate Iran
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan played down US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter's war rhetoric against Tehran, and stressed that such threats only strengthen the nation's anti-US spirit.
"He and all the Americans know that the Islamic Iran will not be intimidated by their hollow threats given its huge popular backup and valuable experiences in fighting against the US aggressions and excessive demands and given its companionship with all nations which are being oppressed," Dehqan said in Tehran on Sunday.
Stressing that the Iranian nation's path of resistance and fight against the arrogance system, headed by the US, is still alive and is being reinvigorated, he said, "The Islamic Iran seeks regional stability and security and has paid its price so far."
Dehqan also advised the regional rulers to stop purchasing the expensive US-made weapons, and said, "We think that security can be established in the region in the absence and non-interference of the US and other trans-regional states; Iran is the region's harbor of stability and sustainable security and moves in line with those states that seek stability and security."
His remarks came after the US defense secretary in an interview with the Atlantic news website said "the Arab allies needfewer expensive weapons systems and instead more will to battle ISIL and Iran on the ground".
Also in response, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham blasted his comments, and said, "Ashton Carter's statements show the destabilizing policies and measures of the US in the region."
Afkham said that these statements blatantly show his animosity and pessimism in the region, and said, "The US defense secretary's statements deserve reaction of the regional Arab governments for being humiliated and insulted to such extent by Ashton Carter instead of Iran's response.
She reiterated that Carter's statements indicate that from the point of view of the US defense secretary the Arab countries are incapable and destitute and that the US has continued its political approach of maintaining the superiority of the "Zionist regime over the Arab states and makes decision for these countries".
"It goes without saying that the Muslim nations of the region and the public opinion of the Muslim world will judge about these incorrect policies and they will not forget its negative consequences for the Muslim Ummah," Afkham added.


Iranian Deputy FM, UN Envoy Stress Political Solution to Yemen Crisis
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian and UN special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed in a telephone conversation on Sunday discussed the latest developments and international efforts to halt the Saudi aggression against Yemen, and called for national dialogue to put an end to the problems of the war-stricken nation.
During the phone conversation, the Iranian deputy foreign minister pointed to the continued Saudi airstrikes on the Yemeni nation, and said Iran is ready to help resume national dialogue in Yemen.
Amir Abdollahian reiterated Iran's logical stance on the political settlement of the crisis in Yemen, and called for putting an end to the Saudi-led airstrikes on the oppressed nation.
The UN envoy, for his part, appreciated Iran for its efforts to help find a political solution to the crisis in Yemen, and said, "A lot of efforts have been made so far to stop the war in Yemen and send humanitarian aid to the Muslim country."
Cheikh Ahmed also reiterated that the Yemen crisis has a political solution, and said, "The early signs of the attainment of an agreement can be seen, but it needs cooperation of all Yemeni sides and all countries' support for Yemeni-Yemeni talks."
In July, Iranian Supreme Leader's top adviser for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati underscored the necessity for launching a regional coalition in opposition to the Saudi-led war against the innocent Yemeni people.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran is the only country in the world which has defended the Yemeni people clearly and without any considerations," Velayati said.
He underlined the necessity for the formation of a regional coalition against the Saudi-led military strikes on Yemen, and meantime, said, "This needs time."
Velayati said that certain regional states, including Iraq, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Oman have already voiced support for Yemen against Riyadh's military strikes.
Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 228 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 6,920 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.
Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.
Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.


How the treacherous house of Saud plays the USA
Saudileaks 32: Saudi Intelligence Agency Offers Unsolicited Aide to US against Iran's IRGC
TEHRAN (FNA)- The documents released by the Yemen Cyber Army after it hacked the Saudi Foreign Ministry in May show that Riyadh has persuaded the US to place more Iranian IRGC commanders under its sanctions list.
The Saudi Foreign Ministry was hacked by the Yemen Cyber Army in May, and a copy of its information was sent to FNA and another one to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks.
According to one of these documents, Mostafa bin Mohammad Habib Kowsar, the director-general of the Saudi foreign ministry for Asian States Affairs, in a letter to the deputy head of the ministry's department for bilateral relations has stated that he has received a telegraph from Khalid al-Tuwaijri, the Chief of the Royal Court of Saudi Arabia under King Abdullah, informing that Riyadh has come to realize changes in the IRGC's chain of command.
According to Kowsar's letter, Tuwaijri has proposed in his cable that the names of new IRGC commanders be added to the list of those Iranians who had been sanctioned internationally or unilaterally by the US which would lead to their travel ban and freezing of their assets.
The cable has also warned that Saudi Arabia doesn’t want to play an overt role in this regard and the information should be presented to the US officials secretively.
Kowsar has reminded in his letter that the measure will hit an efficient and preemptive blow at Iran and the political future of these new IRGC commanders, and will send them a direct message to caution them that they are under international scrutiny.
Kowsar also says that Tuwaijri wants the Saudi foreign minister to be informed of what the intelligence agency has proposed.
Late in May, the Yemen Cyber Army released a portion of the information and documents that it had gained in its recent cyber attack on Saudi Arabia's Foreign, Interior and Defense Ministries.
The Yemen Cyber Army announced that it has hacked the website, servers and archives of Saudi Arabia's Foreign, Interior and Defense ministries and would release thousands of these top secret documents.
The group claimed that it "has gained access to the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) network and have full control over more than 3000 computers and servers, and thousands of users. We also have access to the emails, personal and secret information of hundreds of thousands of their staff and diplomats in different missions around the world".
The hackers' statement, which said the cyber army has also attacked the Saudi Interior and Defense ministries and vowed to release their details later, was carried by several globally known hackers websites.
Following the hack in May, the Yemen Cyber Army sent a copy of its information to FNA and another one to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks.
"WikiLeaks released over 60,000 documents on Friday and vowed to release the rest in coming weeks, but we plan to release the documents in separate news items since many of them contain the names of foreign nationals who have demanded visit to Saudi Arabia, for example for Hajj pilgrimage, and their names have been mentioned among the Saudi agents. Thus releasing the list of names and documents might hurt innocent individuals who have done nothing, but applied for visa at a Saudi embassy for doing Hajj pilgrimage," FNA English Editor-in-Chief Seyed Mostafa Khoshcheshm said.
"The number of the documents is way beyond the 500,000 that has been announced by WikiLeaks, but they need to be checked first to make sure that they do not contain misleading information and are not harmful to innocent people," he added.








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