Weekly report: Iraqi VP trip to Iran

January 08, The Iran Project – Iran launching small caliber ammunition production line, Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki visit to Iran and meeting with senior Iranian officials, Head of Parliament NSFPC Alaeddin Boroujerdi trip to Syria and Lebanon and meeting with senior officials and Supreme Leader receiving thousands of Qom people on the occasion of the anniversary of the 19th of Dey dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Jan 02 – Jan 08).

Politics

Iran launches small caliber ammunition production line

Iran’s Defense Minister on Monday inaugurated a production line for small caliber ammunition.

Top scientists urge Trump to abide by Iran nuclear deal

Dozens of the nation’s top scientists wrote to President-elect Donald J. Trump on Monday to urge him not to dismantle the Iran deal, calling it a strong bulwark against any Iranian bid to make nuclear arms.

Air Defense Commander: Iran’s missile, radar systems multi-folded

Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli underlined that Iran’s missile and radar systems that have multi-folded in recent years are fully prepared to confront any threat.

If not in Syria, we should have fought Takfiris in Iran: Leader

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has said Iran could have fought a war inside its borders if the enemy threats had not been thwarted in Syria.

Iran capable of producing needed missiles, aircraft: IRGC commander

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh highlighted Iran’s latest missile achievements, saying that the country can now design and produce missiles it needs.

Kerry Warns Trump Against Scrapping Iran Nuclear Deal

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned the incoming Trump administration against scrapping the Iran nuclear deal, saying it has made the world safer by leaving Tehran technically unable to build a nuclear weapon.

Russia to hold meeting on JCPOA accomplishments

The Russian Federation Mission to the United Nations will hold a meeting to discuss accomplishments of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the eve of the first anniversary of the nuclear deal implementation.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans oppose withdrawing from the Iran deal

As the one-year anniversary of Implementation Day approaches, a new survey has found that nearly two-thirds of Americans oppose withdrawing from the Iran Deal.

Top U.S. senator: Trump administration won’t toss Iran deal

The chair of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said that abrupt rejection of the Iran nuclear deal by the incoming Trump administration could create “a crisis” and that he did not expect such an approach.

Saudi government support to Takfiri terrorists led region to chaos

Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Saturday that Saudi government support to Takfiri terrorist groups has led the region to chaos.

Economy

Vitol clinches $1 bln pre-finance oil deal with Iran-sources

The world’s largest oil trader, Vitol, has clinched a deal with the National Iranian Oil Co. (NIOC) to loan it an equivalent of $1 billion in euros guaranteed by future exports of refined products, four sources familiar with the matter said.

Iran admits Gazprom to tenders for new oil and gas projects

Iran has admitted over 20 international energy firms, including Gazprom, to tenders for the country’s new oil and gas projects, the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) reported on its website on Wednesday.

Iran Railway to buy 3,000 wagons from Siemens

Iranian Railway Company has signed contract with Siemens of Germany to acquire some 3,000 wagons by the end of March, Babak Ahmadi Naqedi, senior official with Islamic Republic of Iran Railways said on Wednesday.

Iran gas output up 50% in 3 years

Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh says Iran’s gas output has raised its natural gas output by 50% over the course of the past three years.

Iran seeks investors for 25 petrochemical projects

Iran is seeking investment to build 25 petrochemical projects, an official at the state-run National Petrochemical Company (NPC) was quoted on Saturday as saying.

Regional Affairs

Pres. Assad hails Iran’s role in Syrian victories

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Iran deserved congratulations on recent victories in Syria since they were accomplished with Iran’s support.Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi met and talked with the Syrian President al-Assad in Damascus on Wednesday morning.

Iran’s Zarif writes to UN chief to urge action on plight of Rohingya in Myanmar

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has written to the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres to demand international action to stop rights violations against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Boroujerdi, Aoun discuss latest regional developments

Iran’s Parliamentary delegation headed by senior MP Boroujerdi held talks with Lebanese President Michel Aoun to discuss regional issues.Mr. Alaeddin Boroujerdi heads a delegation of Parliament NSFPC to Syria and Lebanon.

Turkey agrees to withdraw forces from northern Iraq: PM Abadi

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says his administration has reached an agreement with Turkey over Baghdad’s demand for the withdrawal of Turkish military forces from a camp in the north of Iraq.

International airport resumes work in Syria’s Aleppo

A first airplane has taken off from the international airport in the Syrian city of Aleppo in four years, during which the airport was closed due to the militancy in the Arab country.

Society

Vice President lashes out at violence against women

Violence against women amounts to the violation of human rights, says Iranian Vice-President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi.

One single step left to retrieval of Achaemenid inscriptions from US

According to a Farsi report by ISNA, Achaemenid Royal Inscriptions, which consisted of more than 30,000 clay tablets, were delivered to the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago in 1935. They were supposed to be studied and returned in a time span of three years. This did not happen on time and with the pursuit of the case, part of them was returned in 1948 and another in 1971. The third parcel was retrieved in 2004, with one part still remaining there.

Sorrowful story of disabled war veteran bullied in Tehran

According to a report by IFP, the photos released on social media belong to Ahmad, a war veteran who has lost one of his legs in the Iran-Iraq war (in the 1980s) and is 65% disabled.

Iran’s Farhadi wins US National Society of Film Critics award

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi received the best foreign-language film award of the US National Society of Film Critics from Rebecca Miller.

Iran, China archeologists start joint Burnt City explorations

The sixth season of archeological explorations has been started in Tappeh Sadeq, one of the satellite hills of the Burnt City with the cooperation of Sistan-Baluchestan University and Sun Yat Sen University of China.

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