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Weekly report: Iran lifts visa ban on US wrestling team

February 5, The Iran Project – President, cabinet renewing allegiance to late Founder of Islamic Republic, start of Ten-Day Dawn celebrations in Iran, French FM Jean-Marc Ayrault visit to Iran and meeting with senior officials, Minister of Defense of the Republic of Armenia Vigen Sargsyan trip to the country and meeting with senior officials, Iran marking 9th Nat. Day of Space Technology, IRGC begining major phase of defense drills in Iran’s Semnan and Iran welcoming US wrestling team after travel ban halted dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week ( Jan 30 – Feb 05).

 

Politics

Celebrations begin in Iran to mark anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Ten-Day Dawn celebrations have kicked off across Iran, marking the run-up to the 38th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, which put an end to the monarchy of the US-backed Pahlavi regime in the country.

Leader pays tribute to Imam Khomeini, martyrs

Iran’s Leader attended mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini Wed. morning to commemorate founder of the Islamic Revolution as well as martyrs.

Iran’s Missile tests not a violation of nuclear pact: Mogherini’s deputy

Missile test in Iran is not a violation of nuclear pact, spokeswoman for EU foreign-policy chief in a reaction to recent claims that Iran conducted a new missile test emphasized.

Trump’s adviser puts Iran ‘on notice’ over missile tests

A top adviser to US President Donald Trump says the country has put Tehran “on notice” over Iran’s missile program.

Trump tweets that Iran is ‘on notice’ for firing missile

President Donald Trump says Iran was on the verge of collapse until the U.S. gave it a “lifeline” in the form of the Iran deal.

US sanctions Iran after missile test

The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on Iran following its recent ballistic missile test.

Iran announces counter sanctions against US

Iran has announced counter-sanctions against the United States, and asserted that President Donald Trump has violated the nuclear deal with his sanctions against them.

IRGC stages air defense drill

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force started an air defense exercise in northern parts of Iran on Saturday as part of the country’s Armed Forces efforts to boost its defensive strength.

Iran will fire “roaring missiles” if threatened – Tasnim news

A Revolutionary Guards commander said on Saturday that Iran would use its missiles against enemies of the Islamic Republic if they threaten the country’s security.

Iran’s anti-US detailed bill filed in ICJ 

The filing of Iran’s anti-US detailed plan in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) by the International Law Center of the Presidential Office marks another effective step towards restoration of Iranian nation’s assets.

Paul Ryan: It looks like the Iran deal is here to stay

House Speaker Paul Ryan said the nuclear agreement with Iran is probably going to stay in place, despite significant Republican opposition to the deal.

Economy

Asia’s Dec imports of Iranian oil more than double from yr earlier

Imports of crude oil by Iran’s four major buyers in Asia more than doubled in December compared with the same month a year earlier, for the third straight month, with purchases by South Korea up seven fold and India’s more than three times higher.

Total starts development of South Pars phase 11

Deputy Head of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) for Engineering and Development Affairs, Gholam-Reza Manouchehri, says Total, the oil and gas corporation in France, has practically started works for development of the phase 11 of the South Pars Gas Field.

Iran says US expanding medical clearance list ‘inhumane’

Iran’s semi-official ILNA news agency is reporting that the country has called “inhumane” a decision by the Trump administration to expand a list of medical equipment requiring federal authorization for sale to Iran.

NIOC says Iran crude output to hit 4mbd by March

Managing Director of National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) Ali Kardor says Iran’s crude oil production will reach 4 million barrels per day by the end of the current Iranian calendar year to March 20 2017.

$3b foreign investment in renewable energies approved: Minister

Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian said that applications for foreign investment in Iran’s renewable energies to the tune of three billion dollars has been approved by the Finance Ministry.

Regional Affairs

Iran-Russia cooperation in Syria continues with the same pace – Iranian MoD

Tehran’s cooperation with Moscow in Syria continues without diminishing, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said Wednesday.

Deadly U.S. raid may bolster Yemen’s al Qaeda – Crisis Group

A commando raid approved by new U.S. President Donald Trump this week may have given al Qaeda in Yemen a propaganda boost in killing civilians, the International Crisis Group (ICG) said in a report on Thursday.

UAE summons Iranian chargé d’affaires over Yemen

The Emirati Foreign Ministry has summoned the Iranian chargé d’affaires in protest at what Abu Dhabi claims to be Tehran’s “provision of weapons” to Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah fighters, an allegation the Islamic Republic has repeatedly dismissed as unfounded.

U.S. sends Navy destroyer to patrol off Yemen amid Iran tensions: officials

The United States has sent a Navy destroyer to patrol off the coast of Yemen to protect waterways from Houthi militia aligned with Iran, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Friday, amid heightened tension between Washington and Tehran.

Iranian-Russian military cooperation ‘Not Limited to Supply of S-300 Systems’

The Committee on Defense and Security of the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian legislature, will visit Iran next month to discuss weapons sales as well as the peaceful resolution of the war in Syria.

Society

Khademalsharieh nominated for 2016 World Fair Play Awards

International Fair Play Committee has nominated Iranian female chess IM Sarasadat Khademalsharieh for the 2016 World Fair Play Awards.

Iranian researcher blocked from entering US sues Trump

An Iranian scientist heading to Boston to take a job at a Harvard Medical School lab has sued President Donald Trump after she was denied entry into the U.S.

Behnaz Shafiei: Iran’s trailblazing female biker makes history with women’s race

When Behnaz Shafiei crosses the finish line on Friday at the end of a dusty, rock-strewn race track in Karaj, near Tehran, it will mark the end of both a simple motorbike race and a three-year campaign for women’s rights in Iran. Whether she wins the race or not, it’s a victory.

Iranian baby will be allowed into US for life-saving surgery

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says an Iranian infant banned from entering the United States for life-saving heart surgery under President Donald Trump’s order will now be allowed to travel to New York for the emergency procedure.

Iran Wrestling Fed. head asks for visa issuance for US wrestlers

A veteran free-styler and 1996 Summer Olympics gold medalist has urged Ministry of Sports and Youth to coordinate visa issuance for American national squad which is expected to compete in FILA World Championship in Kermanshah.

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