Weekly report: Iranians mark anniversary of 1979 Islamic Revolution

February 12, The Iran Project – Iran unveiling new military equipments, Belarusian Council of the Republic Speaker Mikhail Myasnikovich visit to Iran, Iran receiving last consignment of yellowcake from Russia, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez and Oil Minister Nelson Martinez trip to Iran, Iranians marking anniversary of victory of Islamic Revolution, Opening ceremony of Women’s world championship and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven trip to the country and meeting with senior officials dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Feb 06 – Feb 12).

 

Politics

Iran puts new military equipment on production line

Iran begins the mass production of state-of-the-art defense equipment newly designed and manufactured by experts at home to enhance the country’s capabilities in ground and aerial warfare.

May refuses Netanyahu’s call to impose new sanctions on Iran

Theresa May has resisted pressure to re-examine the viability of the international nuclear deal with Iran from her Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, who urged her to follow Donald Trump’s example by imposing fresh sanctions.

Iran receives last consignment of yellowcake from Russia

Iran has received the final consignment of a 149-tonne shipment of uranium from Russia as part of its 2015 nuclear agreement with the P5+1 group of countries, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says.

Iranian defense minister denies media reports of Tehran’s missile test

The Iranian Defense Minister has denied media reports of Tehran’s missile test, Press TV reports.

Iran’s Araqchi holds Syria, nuclear talks in Moscow

Iran and Russia have underscored the importance of Tehran’s nuclear agreement in maintaining the regional and international security.

Zarif names peace and friendship as Tehran’s message for other nations

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday that Tehran’s message is peaceful and friendly life with those ready for mutual respect.

Bullies will regret threatening Iranian nation: President Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani has hailed Iranians for turning out in millions on Friday to celebrate the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, saying the rallies are a response to recent threats by new US rulers against Iran.

EU’s Mogherini: U.S. says will fully implement Iran nuclear deal

The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said on Friday she was reassured during meetings with President Donald Trump’s administration that the United States was committed to full implementation of the Iran nuclear deal.

NAM deplores US coercive measures against Iran

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has deplored the US government’s recent “unilateral and coercive” measures against Iran, expressing the body’s support for the Islamic Republic’s national sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence.

Iranian Armed Forces equipped with most advanced technologies: Official

Iranian Deputy Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami highlighted the country’s military capabilities and said the Armed Forces have been equipped with state-of-the-art technologies in defense fields.

US, Europe instrumental in Mideast bitter events: Leader

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has blamed the United States and many European countries for the bitter events in the Middle East.

Economy

Zarif: No problem with Iran-Belarus economic, banking cooperation

Foreign Minister, Mohammad-Javad Zarif, said on Monday that with removal of sanctions, there will be no problem at work for development of Iran-Belarus economic and banking cooperation.

Iran sees no barriers to oil talks with Riyadh

Iranian Oil Minister Zanganeh, while emphasizing that Iran assumed no barrier to talks with Saudi Arabia on oil market issues, said bilateral talks will continue within framework of national and mutual interests.

Turkish retailer eyes expansion into Iran

Turkish discount retailer BIM says it is exploring opportunities in Iran for possible opening of stores in a country which has largely remained closed off for years under sanctions.

Documents of sanctions losses to be submited to ECJ soon

A senior official at the Bank Tejarat of Iran said on Thursday that a lawsuit filed in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for losses Iran sustained during nuclear sanctions, was registered by the ECJ and that necessary documents will soon be handed over to the lawyers of the case.

President hopes ECO Summit would promote cooperation

President Hassan Rouhani said the 13th Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) in Pakistan will hopefully help forge closer ties between member states and strengthen cooperation in the regional organization.

Regional Affairs

Senior Advisor: S. Arabia colluding with Israel in massacre of Yemeni civilians

Senior Advisor to the Iranian Parliament Speaker Hossein Amir Abdollahian said Riyadh has been in secret collusion with Tel Aviv to kill the civilians in Yemen.

Tide of Syria conflict turning in favor of Damascus, Moscow: Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the tide of events in the Arab country is changing in favor of Damascus and Moscow, which are both engaged in a battle against foreign-backed terrorists.

February 15-16 confirmed as date of Astana Syrian talks new round – Zakharova

The next round of Astana talks on Syria settlement will take place on February 15-16, Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

Shamkhani: Russian planes flight over Iranian airspace ‘likely’

Secretary of Supreme National Security Council has not ruled out possibility that Russian fighter jets could use Iranian airspace to hit targets in Syrian territories against extremists.

Rockets hit at Baghdad’s Green Zone following deadly protests

Several rockets have been fired at Baghdad’s Green Zone following violent clashes between police and supporters of cleric Muqtada al-Sadr which claimed the lives of at least seven people.

Society

‘La La Land’ director backs Asghar Farhadi

The director of film musical ‘La La Land’, who won the top prize at the Directors Guild of America Awards ahead of the Oscars later this month, backs Iranian director Asghar Farhadi who decided not to attend the Oscar ceremony because of Trump’s travel ban.

Iranian baby girl with heart defect admitted into Portland hospital

An Iranian infant in need of life-saving heart surgery arrived Tuesday at a Portland hospital with her family after being temporarily banned from coming to the U.S. by President Donald Trump’s immigration orders.

Iran holds first women’s motocross championship in Tehran

Iran has held the country’s first women’s motocross championship in the capital city of Tehran.

Women’s world championship takes off Saturday

The 2017 Women’s World Championship will start in Tehran on Saturday. Among the 64 participants are former world champions Alexandra Kosteniuk, Anna Ushenina, Antoaneta Stefanova and Zhu Chen. The top seed is world number two Ju Wenjun.

Russian scientists find 13kg of extraterrestrial material in Iranian desert

A team of Russian geologists from Ural Federal University recently returned from an expedition in the Lut desert in the east of Iran. The team found 13 kilograms of meteorite-like material. Sputnik Persian spoke with Viktor Grokhovsky a member of the Committee on Meteorites at the Academy of Sciences.