Weekly report: Departure of Iranian legendary director Kiarostami

Tehran, July 10, The Iran Project – Iranians celebrating  Eid al-Fitr, Chinese, Iranian FMs discussing implementation of Iran nuclear program, blazing at a petrochemical plant in southwest of Iran and Tehran holding funeral ceremony for award-winning film director dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (July 04–July 10).

 

Politics 

 

Iran not to coordinate with US as it aims diminish Tehran’s regional presence: Leader

Leader of Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, rejected claims of Washington pertaining to its willingness to engage in talks with Tehran over regional issues.

JCPOA reveals US untrustworthy nature: Official

Former Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman says the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) experience reveals the real face of the US government to the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Iran airs footage of Daesh confessions on foiled attacks in Tehran

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry has released confessions of two members of the Daesh Takfiri group in which they explain the details of their plot to conduct terrorist attacks in the Iranian capital of Tehran.

 

New chief of staff resolved to boost Iranian armed forces’ defense power

New Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said on Tuesday that combating threats and increasing the defensive power of Iran’s military troops will stand atop his agenda.

Chinese, Iranian FMs discuss implementation of Iran nuclear program

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in a telephone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed the implementation of a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Reports on Iran’s ‘renewed attempts’ to build nuclear weapons are ‘absurd’

German newspaper Tagesspiegel has recently accused Iran of attempting to built a nuclear bomb, referring to the Federal Office for the Protection of the German Constitution that allegedly has “incontrovertible evidence that Iran is trying by all means to get the materials needed to build nuclear warheads and launchers.”

Iran condemns US political abuse of banking system for pressure

Iran’s UN Ambassador Khoshroo has condemned recent US court ruling to seize assets of Iran as a clear example of abusing banking and financial networks for fake and unsubstantiated claims to pressure its nation.

Tehran: Merkel’s comments on Iran missile program ‘unconstructive’

Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday rejected latest comments made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Iran’s missile program describing them as ‘unconstructive’.

Conspiracy incipient against Iran’s nuclear industry

Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has said Iran recognizes JCPOA and will not be the initiator of any JCPOA violation.

Commander: Iranian navy to stage massive ‘Velayat’ drills mid Winter

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced that his forces plan to stage massive wargames in the international waters in mid winter.

Iranian air defense’s electronic listening, radar stations double: Commander

The Lieutenant Commander of Iran’s Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base on Saturday said the number of the air defense’s advanced electronic listening and radar stations has doubled in the past five years.

West creates negative atmosphere against Iran missile program

Western powers once again create negative atmosphere against Iran missile program to justify US failure to meet JCPOA undertakings, ignoring the deployment of missile system in East Europe.

Annual meeting of anti-Iran MKO terrorists held in Paris

The anti-Iran terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization’s (MKO) annual meeting was held in the French capital, Paris, with Saudi Arabia’s former spy chief in attendance, showing Riyadh’s continued and direct support for terrorist groups against the Islamic Republic.

 

Economy

 

Leader urges action on illegitimate salaries to preserve public trust

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday renewed a call for serious and indiscriminate action on astronomical wages of some officials, warning that, otherwise, the issue could erode the public trust in the Establishment.

US House of Representatives blocks Boeing sales to Iran

The Republican-weighted US House of Representatives has approved measures to block sale of Boeing aircraft to Iran.

 

Iran’s fugitive banker expanding presence in Canada real estate business: Report

Mahmoud Reza Khavari, a former top Iranian banker who fled to Canada after committing a massive fraud, has purchased at least $12.1-million worth of properties under various names and legal entities in Toronto, a report said.

Iran’s petchem complex to resume operation within weeks: Minister

The Iranian minister of petroleum says the country’s Bu Ali Sina Petrochemical Complex in the southwestern province of Khuzestan, which was hit by a raging fire earlier this week, will resume its operation within the next few weeks.

 

Japan oil firms cautious over Iran imports

The latest indications show the Japanese companies are cautious about increasing imports of crude oil from Iran even now that the sanctions against the country have already been lifted.

 

Society

 

Acclaimed director Abbas Kiarostami dies at 76

Abbas Kiarostami, award-winning Iranian filmmaker, died at 76 in Paris on Monday.

Iranian researcher receives Legion of Honor

French ambassador to Tehran presented Legion of Honor to the Iranian researcher Jaleh Amouzgar.

 

Blaze hits Iran’s Mahshahr petchem zone

Iran’s southern industrial zone of Mahshahr in Khouzestan province is witnessing the second day of what could be the worst blaze in one of its major petrochemical plants.

 

Oldest human settlement uncovered in Persian Gulf 

Archaeological excavations have uncovered mid-Paleolithic stone tools in Qeshm Island.

Big fire at Iran petchem plant goes out after 57 hours

An inferno raging at a petrochemical refinery complex in Iran’s southwestern port city of Mahshahr went out eventually in the wee hours of Saturday, after 57 hours of constant firefighting efforts failed to extinguish the huge blaze at a main tank filled with combustible fluid.

Tehran holds funeral ceremony for award-winning film director

Funeral ceremony of the late Iranian internationally-acclaimed Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami is held in Tehran on Sunday.

Regional Affairs 

Rouhani: Iran strongly defends oppressed nations, holy shrines

President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to fully back oppressed nations as well as holy shrines of Ahl al-Bayt.

Russia, US to intensify Syria coordination: Kremlin

The Kremlin has announced that Russia and the US are prepared for better coordination efforts on dealing with Takfiri terrorism in Syria.

 

Blair ‘almost Semi-Broken’ in wake of Iraq, Libya legacies – Expert

A leading Middle East commentator has told Sputnik Tony Blair’s international reputation has been damaged over his decision to go to war against Saddam Hussein, leaving him “almost semi-broken” amid “inconsistencies” in his Middle East relations.

US, allies used WMDs lie to access Iraq’s energy resources: Iran MP

A senior Iranian lawmaker says the United States and its allies used Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) claims to access Iraq’s energy resources during the 2003 invasion of the Arab country.

 

Iraqi PM announces recapture of key base from Daesh

Iraqi government forces recaptured an air base in northern Iraq from Daesh (also known as ISIL and ISIS), a victory hailed by the prime minister as a key step ahead of the long-awaited operation to push the terrorists from the northern city of Mosul.