OT: Säbelrasseln zwischen den USA und dem Iran

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Beitrag von theoderich » 17. Jan 2016, 08:37

Joint press statements on implementation day by Mohammed Javad ZARIF, Iranian Minister for Foreign Affairs

Joint press statements on implementation day by Federica MOGHERINI, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC

Press statements by John KERRY, US Secretary of State

Statement by Federica MOGHERINI, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, on the "Implementation Day" of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Executive Order -- Revocation of Executive Orders 13574, 13590, 13622, and 13645 with Respect to Iran, Amendment of Executive Order 13628 with Respect to Iran, and Provision of Implementation Authorities for Aspects of Certain Statutory Sanctions

Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate

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Beitrag von theoderich » 17. Jan 2016, 15:19

Iran official: First Airbus deliveries in July

Airbus’s first deliveries to flag carrier Iran Air are due as early as July, an Iranian official has said, after a minister announced a deal for purchase of 114 jets from the European company.

Minister of Transportation Abbas Akhoundi made the announcement on Saturday which coincided with the official lifting of sanctions, putting an end to decades of economic embargo, including sales of aircraft and their parts to Iran.

Another official, quoted by Bloomberg, said the deal includes a mix of new and used jets from the A320 family and the out-of-production A340s to feed domestic demand at 50 airports in the country of 80 million.

Iran Air is also interested in wide-body planes including A350s and A380 double-decker to add destinations in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe to its network, the official said on the condition of anonymity because the details were private.

Furthermore, Iran is considering to buy narrow-body 737s for domestic flights and two-aisle 777s for long-haul routes from US aircraft maker Boeing, the official reportedly said.

Iran to Buy 114 Airbus Planes after Removal of Sanctions

Iranian Minister of Road and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi announced that the country plans to purchase 114 civil aircraft from Airbus Group SE, as sanctions against Iran’s aviation industry are slated to be removed soon.

Iran has reached an agreement with Airbus Group SE to purchase 114 planes from the French-based company, Akhoundi told the Tasnim News Agency on Saturday.

The Iranian minister further said the aircraft are scheduled to be added to the air fleet of Iran Air.

In recent months, there have been numerous negotiations with major world companies producing aircraft, he noted.

The country plans to renovate Iran Air, and the first step has been taken on this path with the agreement to purchase the 114 planes, Akhoundi said.

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Re: OT: Säbelrasseln zwischen den USA und dem Iran

Beitrag von theoderich » 18. Jan 2016, 17:57

El contrato de Navantia con Arabia Saudí, cada vez más cerca

Las conversaciones entre Navantia y Arabia Saudí para la construcción de cinco corbetas para la Armada del país han entrado en su fase final y en el sector naval español ya se habla de una firma en breve, según han confirmado a Infodefensa.com.

El contrato implicaría la construcción de cinco corbetas del tipo Avante 2200, así como la venta de los sistemas de control de los navíos, su mantenimiento y la formación y el adiestramiento de las dotaciones. Se configura así como el contrato internacional de mayor importe de los firmados por los astilleros españoles, por encima de los pedidos de las Armadas de Noruega y Australia.

La fabricación se repartiría entre los astilleros de la ría de Ferrol y de la bahía de Cádiz, tal y como viene siendo habitual en los últimos contratos y debido a la falta de ocupación que padecen ambas plantas. Fuentes del sector apuntan a que generaría carga de trabajo para alrededor de 2.000 empleados, entre directos y auxiliares.


Pentagon releases new details on how U.S. sailors were taken captive by Iran

The U.S. military released new details on Monday about how 10 Navy sailors were taken captive briefly by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Persian Gulf last week, but it remains unclear how the sailors first ended up in Iranian territorial waters before their capture.

The sailors were detained Jan. 12 off Farsi Island as they were traveling in two riverine command boats from Kuwait to Bahrain, U.S. military officials said. The island is home to a closely guarded Iranian military base. The sailors were released the following morning.

A defense official said that the boats veered into Iranian waters first, and then one of them experienced a mechanical problem.

In a statement released Monday, U.S. military officials reiterated that that sailors are in good condition. The only equipment apparently taken from the boats are two digital SIM cards that were in two satellite phones, U.S. military officials said.

[Intense diplomacy between John Kerry and Iran secured sailors’ release]

U.S. Central Command officials said that the riverine command boats, or RCBs, departed at 9:23 a.m. local time with a planned path down the middle of the Persian Gulf that would not touch through territorial waters of any country other than Kuwait and Bahrain. The boats were expected to receive additional fuel alongside the Coast Guard cutter Monomoy in international waters around 2 p.m.

At about a 2:10 p.m., Navy officials received a report that the sailors were being approached by the Iranians. By 2:29 p.m., it became hard to reach the U.S. boats, and by 2:45 U.S. Naval Central Command (NAVCENT) was notified that the U.S. military had completely lost communications with the sailors, according to a timeline of events released Monday.

“Immediately, NAVCENT initiated an intensive search and rescue operation using both air and naval assets including aircraft from USS Harry S. Truman and the U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Coast Guard, U.K. Royal Navy and U.S. Navy surface vessels,” according to the statement released Monday.

There were two aircraft carrier strike groups nearby at the time, U.S. military officials said. The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman’s group was 45 miles southeast of Farsi Island, and the French Charles de Gaulle strike group was 40 miles north of the island. Combined, they operate dozens of planes and helicopters.

“NAVCENT attempted to contact Iranian military units operating near Farsi Island by broadcasting information regarding their search and rescue effort over marine radio, and separately notified Iranian coast guard units via telephone about the search for their personnel,” the statement released Monday said. “At 6:15 p.m. (GMT), U.S. Navy cruiser USS Anzio received a communication from the Iranians that the RCB Sailors were in Iranian custody and were ‘safe and healthy.'”

The Navy’s initial operational reports show that while on the mission, the boats deviated from their planned course on the way to refueling — something Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and other U.S. officials have previously called a “navigation error.” The U.S. military said Monday that a Navy investigation “will determine what caused the change in courses why the RCBs entered into Iranian territorial waters in the vicinity of Farsi Island,” but it did not provide any reason for the time being.

“At some point one RCB had indications of a mechanical issue in a diesel engine which caused the crews to stop the RCBs and begin troubleshooting,” the U.S. military said Monday. “As the RCBs travel together, the second RCB also stopped. This stop occurred in Iranian territorial waters, although it’s not clear the crew was aware of their exact location. While the RCBs were stopped and the crew was attempting to evaluate the mechanical issue, Iranian boats approached the vessels.”

Two Iranian craft carrying armed troops initially approached the U.S. boats, followed by two more. No shots were exchanged, but some Iranians boarded the U.S. craft while others watched over them while wielding mounted machine guns, according to the U.S. military.

“At gunpoint, the RCBs were escorted to a small port facility on Farsi Island where the U.S. Sailors disembarked and were detained for approximately 15 hours,” the U.S. military said. “At this point there are no indications that the Sailors were physically harmed during their detainment. The Navy command investigation will focus on the Sailors’ treatment while in Iranian custody, including any interrogation by Iranian personnel. All indications are that the RCB crews were detained by Iranian military personnel operating from Farsi Island.”

The sailors were released the following day in the same two boats, and later taken ashore by U.S. aircraft aboard the cruiser USS Anzio and the USS Harry S. Truman, military officials said. U.S. official have previously said that they were sent to Qatar for debriefing and a well-being check, while the boats were taken to their original destination in Bahrain by other U.S. sailors.


    MD 620 Jericho


    Origins and prototypes

    The ballistic missile

    Efforts to expand its lines of business led the company to look into the missiles its aircraft could carry and, on September 15, 1957, to open Missile department in Saint Cloud. In 1962, the French government approached Dassault to develop a ballistic missile on behalf of the State of Israel. That sparked work on the MD 620 Jéricho. The MD 620 needed to transport a warhead over 500 km.

    Production and operational experience

    The first shot of a single-stage missile took place on February 1, 1965, in the Mediterranean sea, from Levant Island. Tests on a dual-stage missile in March 1966 proved successful. The MD 620 was France’s first ballistic missile featuring an airborne digital computer.

    This program was aborted in January 1969 following a full weapon embargo on Israel. However, thanks to it, Dassault Aviation and Dassault Electronics could count on experienced missile-specialized teams that understood the aerodynamic and thermodynamic phenomena associated to speeds of up to Mach 6, as well as missile steering and inertial guidance.

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Re: OT: Säbelrasseln zwischen den USA und dem Iran

Beitrag von theoderich » 19. Jan 2016, 12:59

پاسخ رهبر انقلاب به نامه رئیس‌جمهور درباره سرانجام مذاکرات هسته‌ای

The leader said he was pleased that parts of oppressive sanctions against Iran have been lifted and certain sides of talks who are known for their hostility towards Iran have been made to retreat from their previous positions, the Leader added.

He called the outcome of nuclear talks as the result of Iranian nation's resistance against oppressive sanctions and also due to the efforts of Iranian nuclear scientists who advanced this industry forward.

Ayatollah Khamenei called recent remarks by some US politicians as source of concern and suspicious, adding that the government should care that other sides of talks in particular the US fullfil their obligations.

Removal of sanctions alone will not resolve country's economic problems and government should do its best for implementation of Resistance Economy with good management and using internal capacities, he added.

The Leader said that in calculation of results of nuclear talks, the costs of reaching agreement with P5+1 should be considered and explained to Iranian people honestly.

The achievements of nuclear talks are the result of resistance towards arrogant powers and this is a lesson for all of us, he noted.

Ayatollah Khamenei hailed result of nuclear talks and thanked the nuclear negotiating team for their sustained efforts.

Ich habe den Brief mal durch Google laufen lassen. Die IRNA-Meldung beschreibt den Inhalt relativ präzise.

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Re: OT: Säbelrasseln zwischen den USA und dem Iran

Beitrag von theoderich » 21. Jan 2016, 20:39

Haaretz hat geschrieben:Exclusive
U.S. Delegation to Arrive in Israel Next Week to Finalize Details of New Military Aid Package

Israel to start receiving 10-year package in 2018, when the present arrangement runs out.

Gili Cohen

    Jan 19, 2016 1:46 PM

A delegation from the United States will arrive in Israel next week to finalize the details of the U.S. military aid agreement with Israel for the next 10 years. The payout from the new aid package will start with the 2019 U.S. government fiscal year, beginning in October 2018.

Composed of staff from the U.S. National Security Council, the delegation is scheduled to meet with their Israeli counterparts, headed by Brig. Gen. (res.) Jacob Nagal, acting head of Israel’s National Security Council. Nagal has temporarily replaced Yossi Cohen, who recently was tapped to direct the Mossad espionage agency. Senior officers from the Israel Defense Forces General Staff's Planning Directorate, as well as Defense Ministry officials will participate in the meetings too.

The upcoming round of discussions is expected to focus on technical details, says a source involved in the talks, and to be one of the last before finalization of the new aid agreement.

Within the next month and a half, the two countries hope to draft a memorandum of understanding covering American funding to Israel's military over the next decade, the source added.

During recent visits to Washington, both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon have discussed with American officials the amount of military aid Israel will receive starting in 2018, when the present aid arrangement runs out.

The Obama administration is expected to raise America's annual military funding to Israel by up to $1 billion for the period covered in the new accord – to about $4.1 billion annually, Haaretz reported three months ago.

Israeli defense officials have said in the past increased U.S. military aid must be concomitant with an increase in Israeli defense spending. As part of the recent negotiations between Israel's finance and defense ministries, a hike in the defense budget was approved, bringing it to a total of more than 60 billion shekels (about $15 billion) per year. In addition, the ministries agreed that from now on, U.S. military aid will be considered to be separate from the regular defense budget, and accounted for separately as well, and to that end, there will be an exemption on levying value added tax on the use of these monies.

After the Iran deal

U.S. military aid to Israel began in 1962; the cumulative sum allocated since then is about $100 billion. The agreement allows Israel to purchase weapons as well as other related equipment and supplies, such as fuel, from the United States. Among the items included are F-35 airplanes. A significant increase in American aid would allow Israel also to purchase Bell Boeing's V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, a deal agreed to last year but postponed due to a shortage of funds. The V-22 deal is estimated at a cost of $1.3 billion.

Up until a few months ago, Israel refused to hold talks on the military aid framework and the “compensation package” it will receive because of the Iranian nuclear agreement, until the latter was formally approved. A senior Israeli defense official said that because the Iranian accord with the world powers will involve the arming of various Arab countries, particularly the Gulf states, “an answer for preserving [Israel’s] qualitative military edge is required — and everyone is aware of this.”

The Israeli decision to wait on the aid talks until approval of the deal with Tehran was not well received in the Obama administration, which saw the postponement as a waste of time.

At this week's cabinet meeting, Netanyahu mentioned the issue of U.S. military aid, after the removal of sanctions against Iran came into effect.

“Following the nuclear agreement with Iran, Israel will continue to monitor all of Iran’s international violations, including those regarding the nuclear agreement, the ballistic missile accord and terrorism,” Netanyahu declared.

“Discussions with the administration are currently being completed," the premier added, "on a document of understanding for the coming decade regarding security assistance to the State of Israel. This is an important part of the permanent policy with respect to us and the United States, our ally, and it is important in order to allow Israel to repel threats in the region – especially the Iranian threat."

    Gili Cohen

Haaretz hat geschrieben:Israel, U.S. Agree on Arms Supplies in Wake of Iran Deal

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon does not specify but says Israel seeks to maintain its edge in the air, on the ground, at sea and in cyberspace.

Gili Cohen

    Nov 09, 2015 5:27 PM

Israeli and U.S. defense officials have agreed on which military systems and technologies Israel should receive from the United States in the wake of the big powers’ nuclear agreement with Iran, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Monday.

But no agreement has been reached on the size of America’s annual military aid package to Israel.

Ya’alon, who recently returned from a meeting in Washington with U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, told reporters that the discussion “was the culmination of staff work that mapped the threats, the scenarios and the implications of the agreement with Iran.”

Israel expects the nuclear agreement to result in Iran increasing its financial support for terrorist organizations like Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, so Jerusalem wants to upgrade the Israel Defense Forces’ capabilities to help meet this challenge. Israel is also concerned about the progress of a deal under which Russia would sell Iran its S-300 anti-aircraft system; defense officials expect this deal to be concluded next year.

Ya’alon did not specify what Israel was seeking from the United States, but previous reports indicate that Israel wants more F-35 fighter jets, more F-15 fighters and the V-22 Osprey, a vertical take-off and landing plane. Washington agreed to sell Israel the V-22 in the past, but Israel decided to postpone the purchase.

Ya’alon said Israel sought to maintain its edge in the air, on the ground, at sea and in cyberspace, and the shopping list was being built accordingly.

But the acquisitions will ultimately depend on the size of the new military aid package that Washington and Jerusalem are negotiating.

Ya’alon did not specify the size of the package Israel is seeking, saying merely that “under the circumstances, we need more than there is now.” The U.S. administration is willing to increase the package by about $1 billion a year to $4.1 billion annually, a source close to the military aid process told Haaretz last month.

Ya’alon said the size of the package would not be finalized at Monday’s White House meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama, “but there will be understandings.”

Still, Ya’alon said an increase in U.S. military aid was insufficient; Israel must also increase the size of its defense budget. The defense and finance ministries are still negotiating over that issue.

Ya’alon seeks a defense budget of 63 billion shekels ($16 billion), not including special projects that the parties have agreed to exclude from the regular defense budget, like plans to relocate IDF bases from the center of the country to the Negev. But according to the official budget bill now before the Knesset, the defense budget would total only 56.1 billion shekels, a sum Ya’alon called “unacceptable” on Monday.

Ya’alon also said that in the two months since the current wave of Palestinian terror attacks began, only one assault was orchestrated by a terrorist organization.

That was the shooting that killed Eitam and Naama Henkin on October 1, which was perpetrated by a Hamas cell, he said.

Ya’alon dated the upsurge in terror to September 11, the Friday morning when a group of Muslim men barricaded themselves on the Temple Mount with pipe bombs and rocks, leading to clashes with the police. The IDF, however, believes the current terror wave really only began on October 1 with the Henkins’ murder.

“This isn’t organized activity, which is why the attacks are mainly knifings. The terrorist organizations’ inability to carry out serious attacks – shootings, including suicide attacks – is the result of our activity to thwart them,” Ya’alon said.

“We find ourselves facing a wave in which it’s hard to locate the individual who intends to perpetrate an attack, but even in this, we’re managing to arrest individuals before they act.”

Ya’alon described the current wave as “viral” violence and said the perpetrators had been influenced by Islamic State videos on the Internet.

He said the army was preparing to call up four battalions of reservists early next year to relieve the regular troops who have been sent to the West Bank to deal with the terror upsurge, so that the regular troops could spend time training.

    Gili Cohen

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Beitrag von theoderich » 25. Jan 2016, 07:36

Iran, US hold talks on direct flights

Farhad Parvaresh, Chairman and Managing Director of Iran Air, referred to the resumption of refueling at airports in Western Europe following the lifting of international sanctions.

Parvaresh also noted that the number of flights will get elevated with the entry of new aircrafts to the fleet.

“Iran Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is conducting talks on direct flights between Iran and the US,” maintained the official concluding “daily flights to New York used to take place before the Islamic Revolution and they will hopefully get resumed in near future.”

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Re: OT: Säbelrasseln zwischen den USA und dem Iran

Beitrag von theoderich » 26. Jan 2016, 14:00

State Dept. Denies U.S. and Iran Are Looking to Establish Direct Flights

Turns out you won’t be able to board that nonstop flight to Tehran just yet.

On Sunday, reports swirled in the Iranian media that Tehran and Washington were in talks to establish direct commercial flights between their respective countries, a move that would have broken down a major wall between the longtime adversaries. On Monday, though, the Obama administration denied that such negotiations were underway and downplayed the possibility of opening direct air travel between Iran and the United States anytime soon.

“That’s not something we’re considering. There are a number of issues, regulatory and otherwise, that would prevent direct flights between the U.S. and Iran,” said State Department spokesman Sam Werberg. “We’re not aware of any [U.S. government] officials involved in such talks.”

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Beitrag von theoderich » 09. Feb 2016, 16:35

Statement for the Record
Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community

Senate Armed Services Committee

James R. Clapper
Director of National Intelligence

February 09, 2016


Since January, Tehran met the demands for implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), exchanged detainees, and released 10 US sailors. Despite these developments, the Islamic Republic of Iran presents an enduring threat to US national interests because of its support to regional terrorist and militant groups and the Asad regime, as well as its development of advanced military capabilities. Tehran views itself as leading the “axis of resistance”—which includes the Asad regime and subnational groups aligned with Iran, especially Lebanese Hizballah and Iraqi Shia militants. Their intent is to thwart US, Saudi, and Israeli influence, bolster its allies, and fight ISIL’s expansion. Tehran might even use American citizens detained when entering Iranian territories as bargaining pieces to achieve financial or political concessions in line with their strategic intentions.

Iran’s involvement in the Syrian, Iraqi, and Yemeni conflicts deepened in 2015. In Syria, Iran more openly acknowledged the deaths of Iranian “martyrs,” increased Iranian troop levels, and took more of a frontline role against “terrorists.” In Iraq, Iranian combat forces employed rockets, artillery, and drones against ISIL. Iran also supported Huthi rebels in Yemen by attempting to ship lethal aid to the Huthis. Tehran will almost certainly remain active throughout the Persian Gulf and broader Middle East in 2016 to support its regional partners and extend its regional influence. Iranian officials believe that engaging adversaries away from its borders will help prevent instability from spilling into Iran and reduce ISIL’s threat to Iran and its regional partners. Iran has also increased cooperation with Russia in the region.

Supreme Leader Khamenei continues to view the United States as a major threat to Iran, and we assess that his views will not change, despite implementation of the JCPOA deal. In October 2015, Khamenei publicly claimed the United States was using the JCPOA to “infiltrate and penetrate” Iran. His statement prompted the Iranian hardliner-dominated security services to crack down on journalists and businessmen with suspected ties to the West. The crackdown was intended by hardliners to demonstrate to President Ruhani and to Washington that a broader opening to the West following JCPOA would not be tolerated. Iran released several US citizens in January 2016 who were being held in Iran; however, it might attempt to use any additional US citizens as bargaining chips for US concessions.

Iran’s military and security services are keen to demonstrate that their regional power ambitions have not been altered by the JCPOA deal. One week prior to JCPOA Adoption Day, Iran publicized the launch of its new “long-range” and more accurate ballistic missile called the “Emad.” Iran also publicizes development of its domestically produced weapons systems, submarines and surface combatants, artillery, and UAVs to deter potential adversaries and strengthen its regional influence and prestige.

Iran’s involvement in the Syrian and Iraqi conflicts has enabled its forces to gain valuable on-the-ground experience in counterinsurgency operations.

Klingt alles reichlich übertrieben - vor allem angesichts der im regionalen Vergleich bescheidenen Militärausgaben des Iran und der mehrheitlich eher belustigenden als ernstzunehmeden "militärischen Innovationen" seiner Rüstungsindustrie.

Was hier zum Jemen und dem Iran steht, ist überhaupt etwas widersprüchlich:

    p. 23 - 24 hat geschrieben:Yemen


    Nonetheless, regional stakeholders on both sides of Yemen’s conflict, including Iran, which continues to back the Huthis, are signaling willingness to participate in peace talks. Even a cease-fire of a few days or weeks would facilitate the entry and distribution of commercial and humanitarian goods inside Yemen, where at least 21 million people—80 percent of the population—require assistance, according to the UN.




    Iran also supported Huthi rebels in Yemen by attempting to ship lethal aid to the Huthis.

From the A320 to A380: Iran Air selects the full Airbus jetliner portfolio for its fleet modernisation (28. Januar 2016)

Signed today in Paris, the agreement for 118 new aircraft spans from Airbus’ single-aisle A320 product line – involving both current engine option (CEO) and new engine option versions (NEO) – to the widebody A330ceo and A330neo, the A350 XWB and A380. Deliveries could start as early as this year.

Covered in the historic accord are: 21 A320ceo Family and 24 A320neo Family jetliners, 27 from the A330ceo Family, 18 A330-900neo aircraft, 16 A350-1000s and 12 A380s.

While phasing in this major new inventory, Iran Air will be supported by Airbus’ extensive resources in pilot and maintenance training, customer support and services. Iran Air also can benefit from its long experience with Airbus aircraft – and all the advantages of Airbus’ product line commonality – based on the carrier’s current fleet of 19 total A320ceo, A300 and A310 jetliners.

Additionally, the Iranian air transportation infrastructure will be enhanced through a separate agreement for development of the country’s air navigation services with assistance in airport and aircraft operations, harmonisation of its air regulations, training on the technical and academic levels, guidance in maintenance and repair operations, as well as industrial cooperation.

Overall, Iran’s various airlines currently operate a combined 84 Airbus jetliners. In addition to those with Iran Air, the Iranian carriers are: ATA Airlines, Atrak Air, Iran Aseman Airlines, Mahan Air, Meraj Airlines, Qeshm Airlines, Taban Airline and Zagros Airlines.

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Beitrag von theoderich » 11. Feb 2016, 15:34

Rouhani: Iran soll „erneuert“ werden

„Wir können als religiöses Land den Fundamentalismus behalten, müssen ihn aber reformieren und erneuern“, sagte Rouhani heute in einer Rede auf dem Teheraner Freiheitsplatz am 37. Jahrestag der Islamischen Revolution von 1979.

Hier ist die APA offensichtlich wieder einmal "kreativ" bzw. "erfinderisch" geworden. Denn die Zusammenfassung der Rede des iranischen Präsidenten legt nahe, dass er so etwas nie gesagt hat - bloß, dass man die Islamische Revolution von 1979 "erneuern" müsse:

    رییس‌ جمهوری در اجتماع بزرگ مردم تهران در مراسم راهپیمایی 22 بهمن:

    امروز روز تقابل جناحها نیست؛ برای پیشرفت کشور نیازمند "برجام دو" و اقدام مشترک ملی هستیم/ اصولگرا و اصلاح طلب واقعی، انقلابی اند/ انقلابی بودن یعنی اهل نشاط، امید و سازندگی/هر کس خطری را دور کند و برای وحدت و پیشرفت قدم بردارد؛ انقلابی است/ اقتدار ما در سایه مشارکت ماست؛ هیچکس با صندوق رای قهر نکند/رای هفتم اسفند؛ رای به قانون و حقوق ملت است / ایران آباد و سرافراز را در چارچوب اقتصاد مقاومتی می‌سازیم

Dafür zieht sich die Wirtschaftspolitik wie ein roter Faden durch den gesamten Text. U.a. hat Rouhani auch die neue allgemeine Krankenversicherung angesprochen.

Congress throwing kitchen sink at Iran less than one month after nuclear deal takes effect

In this week alone, lawmakers will gather for at least five separate committee meetings specifically dedicated to reviewing Iran’s actions ranging from its compliance with the nuclear pact to its dedication to locating and freeing still-missing former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared in Iran in 2007. Top U.S. intelligence officials were grilled Tuesday in two additional hearings for their take on the threat posed by Iran.

And later this month, senators are expected to roll out a series of bills to bring the greater weight of more non-nuclear sanctions down on Tehran, seeking to punish Iran for everything from recent ballistic missile tests to pervasive human rights abuses.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper addressed Iran at a hearing Tuesday on global security threats, warning that there are “many other things” Iran could do “in a nuclear context that serves to enhance their technology and their expertise,” especially in the area of research and development.

However, he also said he was “confident” that U.S. intelligence would be able to detect any serious violation or deviation from the nuclear accord.

“I don’t think it’s helpful to keep having bills that try to abrogate or get rid of what’s already been negotiated. But what we do need to focus on now is holding Iran’s feet to the fire,” said Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which this week is grilling the Treasury Department’s top sanctions official and its lead Iran negotiator about the nuclear pact.

A House Foreign Relations subcommittee will also mark up a bill calling on Iran to live up to its promises to shed light on Levinson’s disappearance. Iran has denied having Levinson in custody, but officials in Tehran are suspected of knowing more about his case than they are letting on.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will consider a similar Levinson-related measure this week as well.

The resumed assault on Iran comes as the Islamic Republic heads toward parliamentary elections for the 290-seat Majlis — one of the few directly elected governing bodies in the country.

John Kerry’s desperate push on Syria

“The hard-liners made Foreign Minister [Mohammad Javad] Zarif and President [Hassan] Rouhani’s life very difficult, just as hard-liners in the United States had a role in making — oppositionists, I wouldn’t call them hard-liners, I’d call them oppositionists . . . made it difficult for our negotiations,” Kerry said. But he sharply cautioned against any U.S. effort to support Rouhani’s camp in this month’s parliamentary elections: “The worst thing we could do is meddle.”

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Beitrag von theoderich » 12. Feb 2016, 09:57

Iran eyes Su-30 procurement and production deal with Russia


Iran looks set to receive the latest generation Sukhoi Su-30 'Flanker' combat aircraft from Russia, the Associated Press (AP) reported on 10 February.

The proposed deal, which was disclosed by the Iranian defence minister General Hossein Dehghan during an interview on national television, is for an undisclosed number of fighters to be delivered over an unspecified timeframe. While details were scarce, the general did reveal that Iran would look to be involved in production in some capacity.

While the blanket UN conventional arms ban against Iran and restrictions on the country's ballistic missile programme will remain in effect for five and eight years respectively from the Adoption Day of 18 October 2015 (or until the date on which the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] submits a report confirming Iran's compliance, whichever is earlier), there is an exception whereby individual arms sales can be permitted on a case-by-case basis by the UN Security Council (subject to the usual votes and vetoes). This exception could provide Tehran with the means to procure the military hardware that it requires following decades of US and international sanctions.

The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) in particular has a pressing need to recapitalise its ageing and increasingly unserviceable aircraft fleets, the majority of which were procured from the United States in the 1970s or seized from Iraq following Operation 'Desert Storm' in 1991.

Before the revolution in 1979, the United States supplied the Shah of Iran with about 500 of its latest-generation military aircraft and helicopters: namely Grumman F-14A Tomcats; McDonnell Douglas F-4E, F-4D, and RF-4E Phantom IIs; F-5E and F-5F Tiger IIs; Lockheed Martin C-130E/H Hercules; Boeing 707s; Lockheed Martin P-3F Orions; Boeing CH-47A Chinooks; and Bell UH-1 Iroquois and AH-1 Cobra helicopters.

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Re: OT: Säbelrasseln zwischen den USA und dem Iran

Beitrag von theoderich » 27. Feb 2016, 21:40

نتایج اولیه خبرگان رهبری در حوزه انتخابیه تهران اعلام شد

Preliminary results of Assembly of Experts in Tehran district announced

1 - اکبر هاشمی بهرمانی (رفسنجانی)
2 - حسن روحانی
3- محمدآقا امامی کاشانی
4- محسن قمی
5- محمدعلی موحدی
6- قربانعلی دری نجف آبادی
7 - سیدابوالفضل میرمحمدی
8- محمد محمدی نیک(ری شهری)
9- ابراهیم حاج آمینی نجف آبادی
10- سید محمود علوی
11- احمد جنتی
12- نصرالله شاه آبادی
13- محمدعلی تسخیری
14- محسن اسماعیلی
15 - محمد یزدی
16 - محمدحسن زالی

1. Akbar Hashemi Bahramani (Rafsanjani)
2. Hassan Rouhani
3. MA Emami Kashani
4. Mohsen Qomi
5. MA Movahedi
6. G. Dori Najaf Abadi
7. Seyed Abolfazl Mirmohammadi
8. Mohammad Mohammadi
9. Ibrahim Haj Amin Najaf Abadi
10. Seyyed Mahmoud Alavi
11. Ahmad Jannati
12. Nasrallah Shahabadi
13. Mohammad Ali Taschiri
14. Mohsen Esmaeili
15. Mohammad Yazdi
16. MH Zali

Leider gibt es noch keine englische Übersetzung (Auffällig ist der Absturz des prominenten Konservativen Ahmad Jannati - bei der letzten Wahl auf Platz 6.). Es wurden auch schon Ergebnisse aus 59 Wahlkreisen veröffentlicht:


    Iran's hardliners losing ground in vote

    Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former centrist president, Mr Rouhani and other moderate clerics lead the Tehran constituency polls for 16 seats of the Experts Assembly, while only two prominent hardline figures have so far made it to the next assembly from the capital. One of the most hardline figures, Mohammad Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi, is at risk of failing the race.

    Meanwhile, pro-reform candidates have won almost all seats in the capital’s parliamentary poll with Mohammad-Reza Aref the top figure.

    Out of the hardline candidates in Tehran, only Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel, a former parliament speaker, has so far been elected for the legislative body.

    Hardliners, however, have done relatively good in smaller constituencies and are expected to win enough number of seats to form a strong minority in the next parliament.

    If the configuration of the results across the country does not change dramatically by the time the counting of votes is finished, possibly on Monday, moderate and reformist forces will have a strong minority like hardliners. Both sides will try to form a coalition with candidates who ran independently but this will not give any faction a stable majority.


"Der Machtkampf ist noch nicht entschieden" (Interview - Dr. Walter Posch, LaVAk/IFK, 26. Februar 2016)

Zuletzt geändert von theoderich am 28. Feb 2016, 18:30, insgesamt 1-mal geändert.

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Re: OT: Säbelrasseln zwischen den USA und dem Iran

Beitrag von theoderich » 28. Feb 2016, 17:10

Laut den aktuellsten Ergebnissen ist Mohammad Yazdi, der derzeitige Vorsitzende des Expertenrats, aus dem Gremium geflogen. Bei Ahmad Jannati, dem Vorsitzenden des Wächterrats, ist das Aus im Expertenrat möglicherweise nur noch eine Frage des Auszählungsgrades (derzeit Platz 15 - in Teheran sind 16 Sitze zu vergeben):

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Re: OT: Säbelrasseln zwischen den USA und dem Iran

Beitrag von theoderich » 28. Feb 2016, 23:00

Die Ergebnisse der Parlamentswahl im Wahlkreis Teheran sind vor kurzem bekanntgegeben worden (Nur die ersten vier, sonst würde es den Rahmen sprengen. Außerdem lassen sich manche Namen nicht so ohne weiteres übersetzen.):

1 - Mohammad Reza Aref (1.351.706 Stimmen)
2 - Ali Motahari (1.212.166 Stimmen)
3 - Alireza Mahjoub (1.099.422 Stimmen)
4 - Soheila Jelodarzadeh (1.093.065 Stimmen)

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Re: OT: Säbelrasseln zwischen den USA und dem Iran

Beitrag von theoderich » 29. Feb 2016, 10:56

Latest results of Majlis voting in Tehran

Final results of Expert Assembly voting in Tehran province

Arash Karami

It's official. Mesbah Yazdi & Mohammad Yazdi failed to make it in the assembly of experts.

Und der Vorsitzende des Wächterrates hat es nur mit Müh' und Not geschafft ...

P.S.: Am 20. Februar war ein Airbus A350 in Teheran:

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Re: OT: Säbelrasseln zwischen den USA und dem Iran

Beitrag von theoderich » 29. Feb 2016, 17:11

Final results of parliamentary polls in Tehran

Iran, Austria to resume pre-sanctions cooperation: Minister

Iran, Austria sign agreement on environment protection