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US Commander in Iraq General David Petraeus speaks to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts).

POLITICS

In a wide ranging interview, Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) interviews Abdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister and leading candidate in Afghanistan’s Presidential Election. Abdullah praises Iran's role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, as well as strengthening mutual interests and future development between the two countries.

BBC News reports that the United States House of Representatives passed a measure today that would bar Iran's pick for ambassador to the United Nations, Hamid Aboutalebi, from entering the country. The measure was passed unanimously two days after the Senate approved it.

Iran’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, commented on the last remaining abducted Iranian border guard who has yet to be repatriated and said, “(Unless we receive his body), we don’t accept Jamshid Danaeifar’s  martyrdom.”  

On April 13 and 14, Iran’s Intelligence Minister Mohammad Alavi and Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, are set to come before the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission to answer questions pertaining to additional protocols regarding the U.N. Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods, and the U.N. Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.

REACTIONS TO PETRAEUS OP-ED

Conservative Javan Online covered today’s editorial in the Washington Post penned by former director of the CIA and former commander of U.S. Central Command David H. Petraeus, and adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security Vance Serchuk, titled, “U.S. needs to plan for the day after an Iran deal.” The Javan Online article titled its report, “The CIA’s Opinion about the Nuclear Deal with Iran.”   

Tabnak News also covered the Petraeus and Serchuk Washington Post editorial and claimed it was nothing new as in recent years “as extremist elements refer to themselves as nonpartisan analysts to provide potential disruptions if the (nuclear) talks succeed and relations with Iran improve.”

NUCLEAR   

Reuters News reports that the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi has made a proposal “that would significantly lower plutonium production” at the Arak heavy-water reactor, which has been a point of contention between Iran and the P5+1. "In our plan, we explained that we would redesign the heart of the Arak reactor, so that its production of plutonium will decrease drastically," said Salehi.

During the first Qazvin Administrative Council conference of the New Year, Mohammad Javad Larijani, Iran’s secretary-general of the Iranian High Council for Human Rights told the audience, “In our current situation, with our knowledge of nuclear science, we haven’t had to beg because we obtained it ourselves…our country’s nuclear undertakings are impressive and there are no plans in adjusting this.”  

ECONOMY & ENERGY

Iran’s Armed Forces Chief of Staff, General Hassan Firuzabadi emphasized that “Iran’s armed forces do not have an economic mission but we do have an economic workforce, because the economy is tied to various important components such as staffing, expertise, discipline, guidance, and entrepreneurship. The armed forces fully support the (Rouhani) administration, and will play the role that the government may require of us in the economic sphere.”

Iran’s Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Abbas Akhundi announced that in this current calendar year, “approximately 700 thousand Mehr housing units will be assigned” to low-income groups.

Abbas Shari Moghaddam, the managing director of Iran’s National Petrochemical Company (NPC) is seeking to receive regulatory approval from Parliament in order for the NPC to “directly invest up to 20 percent in development projects.” Moghaddam also mentioned, “according to law, NPC can invest up to 100 percent in development projects, but if it wasn’t already brought before the budget, the Parliament can approve it.”  

PHOTOS

Former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the current head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi, and Iran’s top military brass commemorate the anniversary of the assassination of Ali Sayad Shirazi, who was chief-of-staff of the Iranian Armed Forces during the Iran–Iraq war.

Chairman of Tehran’s City Council Ahmad Masjed-Jamei visits the head of Iran's Environmental Protection Organization and Rouhani Administration Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar while she is on bed rest in a Tehran hospital.

Iran’s Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian attends the opening ceremony of a new solar energy power plant in the city of Mashhad.