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Iran News Round Up (August 8)

Supreme Leader urges Iranian leaders to unite to exploit regional events, warns against concessions to West, terms U.S. ‘most resented state in Muslim world’; China increases oil imports from Iran by 49%; Afghan analyst says Iran no longer sees Taliban as enemy, backs insurgent group against United States

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Eye on Iran: Iran Oil Minister Sees Big Future for Revolutionary Guards‘ Firm

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Reuters: „An engineering conglomerate belonging to the Revolutionary Guards, Iran’s elite military force, should further expand its role in the economy sector, Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi said on Sunday, days after leaving the company to join the government. Qasemi, who has already said Iran has no need for the foreign companies that have pulled out due to sanctions, told the official IRNA news agency that his former employer, Khatam al-Anbia, should be used to fill their place. ‚This construction base (Khatam al-Anbia) should become the replacement for big foreign companies,‘ he said. Khatam al-Anbia already stepped into projects formerly under the control of foreign companies notably replacing the likes of Royal Dutch Shell and Total SA after they pulled out of the giant South Pars gas field in the Gulf under sanctions pressure. Through Khatam al-Anbia and other affiliates, the Guards have become increasingly involved in the civilian economy, well beyond the infrastructure reconstruction it was initially involved in after the war with Iraq in the 1980s. The Guards, Khatam al-Anbia and Qasemi himself are all under various sanctions imposed by countries, including the United States and the European Union, that accuse them of involvement in helping Iran develop nuclear technology that could be use for weapons, something Tehran denies it is seeking.“

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