Weekly report: Iran’s Sacred Defense Week and unveling military capabilities

October 2, The Iran Project –  Iran’s Army Ground Forces holding joint drills, the country’s Army Ground Force producing 3 new homegrown products, Dual-citizen inmate Homa Houdfar releasing from Iranian prison on humanitarian grounds, Syrian parliament speaker Hadieh Khalaf Abbas visit to Iran and meets senior Iranian officials, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif trip to Turkey and discussing regional affairs and IRGC releasing first photos of captured American drone dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Sep 26 – Oct 02).

 

Politics

 

Dual-citizen inmate released on ‘humanitarian grounds’

Foreign Ministry spokesperson has told reporters an Iranian-Canadian university professor has been released from prison on humanitarian grounds.

Zarif arrives in Ankara to discuss regional issues

Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif has arrived in the Turkish capital to hold talks with FM Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on bilateral, regional and international issues.

Armed Forces must stand ready against enemy threats: Leader

Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the country’s Armed Forces should always stand ready in the face of enemy threats against the nation.

Halt to Syrian clashes, Zarif’s achievement in visit to Turkey

The foreign ministry’s media diplomacy directorate general announced that the most important achievement of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s visit to Turkey was Tehran-Ankara agreement on halting fighting in Syria.

Iran dominates Clinton, Trump debate

Alwaght-US Presidential candidates, Republican Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton held their first debate on Monday with Iran dominating this faceoff.

Iranian-Egyptian meeting

The meeting between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamed Javad Zarif and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukri on the sidelines of the recent UN General Assembly meeting in New York may have been one of the important from the Muslim countries’ point of view.

Iran may reverse steps if JCPOA violated: Nuclear chief

Iran warns the West to keep its end of the bargain in last year’s nuclear agreement, saying any failure could prompt Tehran to radically reverse the steps it has taken under the deal.

IRGC releases first photos of captured American drone

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force on Saturday released the first photos of a US drone captured by Iran.

U.N. atomic agency chief says Iran sticking to nuclear deal

Iran has kept to a nuclear deal it agreed with six world powers last year limiting its stockpiles of substances that could be used to make atomic weapons, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) told French daily Le Monde.

FM: Nobody can set out conditions for Iran 

Iran is an independent country and no country is permitted to set out conditions for the Islamic Republic, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday.

Economy

Tayyebnia presses for FATF compliance

Economy Minister Ali Tayyebnia said to avoid the blacklist of the Financial Action Task Force, Iran must fulfill the organization’s requirements or else the country will not be able to regain its positive status it enjoyed in the past.

OPEC agrees modest oil output curbs in first deal since 2008

OPEC agreed on Wednesday modest oil output cuts in the first such deal since 2008, with the group’s leader Saudi Arabia softening its stance on arch-rival Iran amid mounting pressure from low oil prices.

Renault to enter new joint venture in Iran

Renault (RENA.PA) said on Friday it had signed a deal to enter into a new joint venture in Iran that would allow it to strengthen its presence in the country after most trade sanctions were lifted earlier this year.

U.S. signed secret document to lift U.N. sanctions on Iranian banks

The Obama administration agreed to back the lifting of United Nations sanctions on two Iranian state banks blacklisted for financing Iran’s ballistic-missile program on the same day in January that Tehran released four American citizens from prison, according to U.S. officials and congressional staff briefed on the deliberations.

German economy minister leads delegation to Iran

German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel is leading a large delegation of business executives to Iran for two days starting Sunday to discuss potential business deals after a historic nuclear accord paved the way for ending sanctions that had been in place for years.

 

Society

 

Iran’s kurash wrestler Sheikholeslami clinches gold in Asian Beach Games

Iranian kurash wrestler Mohammad Hossein Sheikholeslami has demonstrated outstanding athletic and gripping qualities at the fifth edition of Asian Beach Games in Vietnam, and scooped a gold medal at the continental sporting event.

Iran unveiled: The street photography collective that shows the softer side of Iran

Iran Unveiled, an artist collective made up of nine Iranian photographers in their 20’s and early 30’s, aims to show a side of Iran that’s often missing from its portrayals in Western media by inviting its viewers on a walk through Iran, one photograph at a time. “Drawing on Iran’s rich history and homegrown talent, this project aims to address misconceptions about this long-isolated Middle Eastern country and depict a more realistic image of its people and how they live their lives,” says Mahya Jaberiansari, who founded the collective in September of 2015. “All that is portrayed [in the media] is hostility, aggression, and this sense that the people of Iran are primitive and backwards. What is missing is the ‘human’ face of the country: the simple everyday happenings, the fact that Iranians are crazy about music and coffee shops, the fact that they know what it means to find happiness amidst all the troubles in life.” These young artists use Instagram to place daily life in Iran, which takes place against a backdrop rich with history and tradition, squarely in the modern age.

Nanoparticles improved to absorb wider range of light

Iranian researchers used carbon nanotubes to improve the optical performance of titanium oxide nanoparticles, the results of which have applications in electronic industry.

Response to inquiry from Telegraph UK regarding Women’s World Championship in Iran

I was recently asked by the Telegraph in the UK about the upcoming Women’s World Championship being in Iran and women wearing head scarf (hijab) during competition. Here is my response:

Iran comes third at FIFA Futsal World Cup

Iran claimed third place at FIFA Futsal World Cup 2016 after a 4-3 penalty shootout win over Portugal following a 2-2 draw in Cali, Colombia on Saturday.

Regional Affairs

Zarif, Cavusoglu hold talks on regional issues

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif conferred here Wednesday with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on both regional and bilateral questions.

Zarif, Yıldırım discuss regional developments

Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has arrived in Ankara on Wednesday to meet country’s Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım.

Shimon Peres, former Israeli president, dies aged 93

The former Israeli PM and president, Shimon Peres, has died aged 93.

Iran holds France accountable for humanitarian crisis in Syria

Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi on Wednesday held French government accountable for the current waves of violence and humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Abbas attends funeral of former Israeli president Peres 

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres – a deeply controversial figure in the Arab world – was laid to rest on Friday in a ceremony attended by thousands, including dozens of western politicians.