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Weekly report: Zarif Southeast Asian tour

December 4, The Iran Project – Iran’s Navy unveiling new achievements, Iranians marking martyrdom anniversary of 8th Shia Imam, US Senate passing 10-year extension of Iran Sanctions Act, Zarif in New Delhi on 1st leg of Southeast Asian tour and attending in Heart of Asia Conference, Russian President’s special envoy in Middle East affairs Alexander Lavrentiev trip to Iran and meeting with senior Iranian officials and President Rouhani submiting budget bill to Majlis dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Nov 28– Dec 04).

Politics

Sanctions renewal by US breach of commitments: Leader

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the renewal of sanctions against the Islamic Republic by the US is tantamount to the violation of commitments under the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and the group of six countries known as the P5+1.

Iranian President hopes for no possible obstacles in Tehran-Moscow relations

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said he hoped to eliminate any kind of possible obstacles to the development of relations between Moscow and Tehran, in particular, during the upcoming intergovernmental commission meeting.

Commander highlights Iran’s self- sufficiency in military sphere

Iranian Army’s Lieutenant Commander Brigadier General Abdolrahim Mousavi underlined that the country’s military dependence on foreigners has reduced to zero.

Iran absolutely determined in counter-terrorism efforts: FM Spokesman

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi here on Wednesday said the brutal act of terrorists in Iraq in killing Arbaeen pilgrims, including tens of Iranians, will have no impact on the determination of the Iranian people and government to fight terrorism and the malicious decadent people.

Iran makes full payments to Russia for S-300 deliveries

Iran has made full payments to Russia for the deliveries of S-300 antiaircraft missile systems, Russian presidential aide for military and technical cooperation Vladimir Kozhin said on Thursday.

ISA has no executive effect: Iran’s Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the extension of a piece of anti-Iran legislation in the US will have no “executive effect” and will merely be a sign of the United States government’s unreliability.

Iranian President asks world powers to stop US strikes at N. deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani requested the world powers, party to the nuclear deal with Tehran, to take action to stop Washington from damaging the Vienna agreement, warning that the US is treating the multilateral deal based on its own antagonistic aspirations.

Iran will halt JCPOA implementation if sanctions re-imposed: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has warned that the Islamic Republic will halt the implementation of last year’s landmark nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries if the US sanctions are re-imposed on the country.

Zarif attends Heart of Asia’s dinner banquet in India

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attended a dinner banquet specially organized for the participants of Heart of Asia Conference.

Economy

OPEC confounds skeptics, agrees to first oil cuts in 8 years

OPEC confounded its doubters and sent crude oil prices soaring by agreeing to its first production cuts in eight years.

US Senate passes 10-year extension of Iran Sanctions Act

The US Senate has passed a 10-year extension of existing sanctions against Iran, sending the measure to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign into law.

Zangeneh hails OPEC’s “Major” decision for output cut

Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zanganeh said on Thursday that per OPEC ‘s “major” decision Iran will be exempted from its output cut plan, which is pegged at 32.5 million barrels per day.

Official: Iran, India set to boost trade exchanges to $30bln

Chairman of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) Gholam-Hossein Shafeyee underlined that Tehran and New Delhi are resolved to boost the level of their trade balance to $30 billion in mid-term.

Iran to use its ‘Own Methods’ in reaction to JCPOA violation: Deputy FM

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is spending his final months in office if not reelected. This is while he spent most of his first tenure wrestling with all types of US-led embargoes, trying to have them lifted.

Regional Affairs

Nigeria court rules Sheikh Zakzaky must be released ‘immediately’

A Nigerian court has ruled that Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, the jailed leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), should be released unconditionally.

‘Heart of Asia’ conference on Afghanistan opens in India

The Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan called ‘Heart of Asia’ opened in the presence of visiting Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Amritsar, Indian Punjab, on Saturday.

Syria now in control of 60% of east Aleppo: Group

Syrian forces have retaken another district in the east of the city of Aleppo, now exerting control over 60 percent of the city’s militant-held eastern part, according to a monitoring group.

Lavrov: US finally moves closer to Russia on Syria’s Aleppo

US Secretary of State John Kerry has finally made proposals on how to move forward on the crisis in Syria’s stricken city of Aleppo that seem acceptable to Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday.

Iran offers to mediate between Pakistan and India

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Saturday said Iran is willing to mediate between Pakistan and India over the long standing issue of Kashmir, reported DawnNews.

Society

Iranians commemorate martyrdom anniversary of 8th Shia Imam

Millions of Iranians are attending mourning processions to mark the martyrdom anniversary of the eighth Shia Imam, Imam Ali Ibn Musa al-Reza (PBUH).

Iran’s ‘The Salesman’ takes 1st step toward winning Oscar

y naming Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’ the best foreign language film of the year by US National Board of Review, the Iranian drama has taken its 1st step toward winning the 2017 Oscar.Asghar Farhadi’s Cannes award-winner drama ‘The Salesman’ which has been chosen to represent Iran at the 2017 Academy Awards, was named by the US National Board of Review as the best foreign language film of the year.

Iran’s Lavash bread inscribed at UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list

The eleventh session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage is underway in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, from 28 November to 2 December 2016.

Liverpool have sent scouts to watch striker: He could make history if he signs

LIVERPOOL have sent scouts to watch FC Rostov forward Sardar Azmoun.

Iranian futsal player Hassanzadeh picked AFC Player of Year

Iranian futsal player Ali Asghar Hassanzadeh Navlighi has been awarded the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Futsal Player of the Year title, thanks to his dazzling displays at the AFC Futsal Championship and Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Futsal World Cup.

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