Weekly report: Iran presidential campaign heats up

May 14, The Iran Project – President Rouhani inaugurating Crucial rail link between Tehran and Hamedan, Secretary General of the APA Mohammad Reza Majidi and Norwegian State Secretary Wegger Christian Strømmen visit to Iran and meeting with senior officials, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei attendance in cadets graduation ceremony, Iranians marking the birth anniversary of the twelfth Shia Imam and Iran 2017 presidential candidates holding final blistering live debate dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (May 08–May14).

 

Politics

Iran tests superfast Hoot torpedo in Strait of Hormuz – reports

Iran has allegedly carried out a test launch of the supercavitating Hoot torpedo in the Strait of Hormuz, multiple Pentagon officials have told NBC and Fox. This is the first test of the experimental underwater technology since February 2015.

EU urges commitment to Iran nuclear deal

The EU’s foreign policy chief has hailed the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal with Iran as a “milestone,” which could set a precedent for resolving global issues through diplomacy.

No polling stations in Canada for Iranian expats: Source

The Canadian government denied a request by Tehran to set up polling stations in the North American country for its upcoming presidential election, a source said.

Supreme Leader warns of Iran’s crushing response to enemies’ possible aggression

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei warned enemies not to make a mistake to test Iran’s defense power through hostile moves or wait for Tehran’s crushing and harsh response.

Top General warns enemies of consequences of sea battle with Iran

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces cautioned the enemies, the US in particular, against the severe damage they will have to suffer in case of a naval warfare against Iran.

Iran presidential candidates Qalibaf, Raeisi ready for face-to-face debates with Rouhani

Two candidates contesting Iran’s 12th presidential election, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf and Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, have expressed their readiness to hold separate face-to-face televised debates with another contestant Hassan Rouhani.

Economy min. in China for ‘New Silk Road’ summit

Iran’s Economy Minister Ali Tayebnia has arrived in the Chinese capital Beijing on Sat. to take part in the ‘New Silk Road’ summit formally known as the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’.

Economy

Italy’s Pininfarina, Iran Khodro ink ATP deal

Famous Italian car design firm Pininfarina signed a contract with Iranian automobile manufacturer Iran Khodro to provide the latter with an agile technology reference platform.

Pall Corp. first US tech firm to invest in Iran in years

An Iranian company says a top American technology leader plans to invest in an Iranian oil equipment production project – what could be the first direct investment by a US oil company in Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

India to import LPG from Iran to meet rising demand

India has for the first time ever signed a contract to import LPG from Iran as it looks at additional sources of cooking fuel to meet rising domestic demand.

OMV says talks on Iran settlement are in end phase

The chief executive of Austrian energy group OMV, Rainer Seele, said on Thursday talks with Iran’s national oil company NIOC on settling outstanding claims which have hindered OMV from investing more in the country were almost finished.

Mobarakeh Steel buys 16% stake in Iran’s largest mining investor MMDIC: report

Iran’s largest steel producer, Mobarakeh Steel Co or MSC, has bought a further 16.1% stake in Mines and Metals Development Investment Co or MMDIC from a semi-governmental retirement fund, local media reported Friday.

Regional Affairs

Palestinian hunger strikers urge Pope to speak out against Israel

Hunger striking Palestinian prisoners have written to Pope Francis, urging the pontiff to immediately take a stance against the Israeli regime with regard to the ordeals of Palestinian inmates.

Russian, Turkish, Iranian experts to discuss Syria safe zones in 10-12 days – FM

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday that standards for functioning of safe zones in Syria will be discussed in up to 12 days by the experts from Russia, Syria and Iran.

Norway’s largest trade union federation endorses full boycott of Israel to advance Palestinian human rights

Today, the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO), representing close to one million workers, endorsed a full boycott of Israel to achieve Palestinian rights under international law. LO is the largest and most influential umbrella organization of labor unions in Norway.

Majlis speaker congratulates Hamas new chief election

Majlis speaker Ali Larijani on Saturday congratulated Esmail Haniyeh on his election as new head of the Political Bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).

Army forces regain control of al-Jarrah airbase in northern Syria

Syrian government forces have managed to retake a military air base in the country’s northern province of Aleppo from Daesh Takfiri terrorists as they continue to score territorial gains against the extremists across the country.

Society

Quake claims three, injures 220 in northeastern Iran

At least three people have been killed and over 220 more injured as a 5.7-Richter scale earthquake rocks northeastern Iran.

Lionel Messi lookalike causes stir In Iran

An Iranian student who bears an uncanny resemblance to the Barcelona star was taken to a police station after too many people wanted pictures with him What would you do if you bore a resemblance to one of the most famous footballers on Earth? If you’re like Iranian student Reza Parastesh, and you look like Lionel Messi, you don the famous Barcelona No.10 jersey and walk about town.

Iran elected as president of AIPS Executive Committee

Iran has been appointed as president of the three-member Executive Committee of AIPS (International Sports Press Association) Asia.

2 new cases awaiting inscription in UNESCO list

Two new cases have been submitted to UNESCO and are expected to be inscribed in the world heritage list this year, Head of Iranian National Commission for UNESCO said Thursday.

Iran issues alert on ransomware cyber attack

The Iranian Cyber Police issued a security alert to all Internet users in the country, encouraging people and organizations to update their operating systems to ward off a massive wave of cyberattacks across the globe that seize control of computers until the victims pay a ransom.

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