Weekly report: JCPOA’s universal approval 2nd anniversary

July 16, The Iran Project – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and Oman’s foreign minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah visit to Iran and meeting with senior officials, Russia 5th Peace and Friendship Fleet entering Anzali Port and holding joint naval drill with Iranian navy forces, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif travel to New York for high-level UN forums, marking two-year anniversary of Iran’s nuclear deal, Special envoy of Russian President for Syria Affairs Alexander Lavrentiev trip to the country and Iranian Math genius Mirzakhani passing away dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (July 10–July 16). 

 

Politics

Iran biggest victim of terrorism: Police Official

Iran has been the biggest victim of terrorism in recent decades as various terrorist groups have killed its people, a police official said, noting, however, that the country has spared no effort to improve security across the region.

Iran continues to increase influence in Middle East – CIA director

Iran continues to increase its influence in the Middle East region , Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Mike Pompeo said.

Iran, EU start first ever joint project on nuclear safety

Iran and the European Union have launched their first joint project aimed at strengthening bilateral nuclear safety cooperation on the eve of the second anniversary of Tehran’s nuclear deal with six world powers.

Trump administration plans to certify Iranian compliance with nuclear agreement

The administration has decided for the second time since January to certify Iranian compliance with the nuclear agreement that President Trump has called a “disastrous” deal, according to U.S. and foreign officials.

US not fully compliant with spirit of nuclear deal: Zarif

The Iranian foreign minister has lashed out at the US for its failure to completely observe its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal by occasionally preventing the Islamic Republic from enjoying the full benefits of the agreement.

Iran marks two-year anniversary of nuclear deal

Iran on Friday marks the two-year anniversary of the nuclear deal with the P5+1 group of countries. As our correspondent reports, despite being in place, the country still faces banking restrictions and trade challenges by the US.

Iran, Russia hold joint naval drill

A Russian Navy fleet, on the third and last day of its presence in Iran, carried out a joint naval exercise along with an Iranian flotilla in the Caspian Sea.

Rouhani to take the oath of office on August 5

The swearing-in ceremony of Iran’s re-elected President Hassan Rouhani is to be held on August 5 in the Parliament (Majlis), a member of the presiding board of the legislative body said.

Confronting Israel only solution to restore Palestinians’ rights

The Secretary General of the Permanent Secretariat to Support Palestinian Intifada Hossein Amir Abdollahian said confronting Zionist Regime is the only way to achieve Palestinians’ rights.

Terrorists shoot at border from Pakistan, 3 killed, injured

A terrorist team opened fire at the Iranian borders in southeatern Iran from Pakistan’s territory with light and curve fire guns, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ Ground Force reported late on Saturday.

Economy

Italy, Iran sign $1.3 billion high-speed rail deal

Iran’s state railway company and its Italian counterpart have signed a deal worth 1.2 billion euros ($1.3 billion) to build a high-speed rail line between Iranian cities of Arak and Qom.

Intl. firms negotiate $200 billion of oil deals in Iran

Asian and European companies are negotiating participation in Iran’s oil and gas development projects which need $200 billion worth of investment, according to Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh.

New Iran commission to oversee Total gas deal

Iran is forming a government commission to oversee its deal with France’s Total to develop the South Pars gas field, the first major Western energy investment in the Islamic Republic since the lifting of sanctions last year.

South Korea’s Iran crude imports for June up 10.5 percent year-on-year: customs

South Korea imported 1.2 million tonnes of crude oil from Iran in June, up 10.5 percent from a year ago, preliminary data from Korea Customs Service showed on Saturday.

Korean retailer seals deal to set up shop in Iran

A South Korean company has sealed a deal to open convenience stores in Iran, putting further pressure on local businesses which are already feeling the heat from big retailers in neighboring countries and beyond.

Regional Affairs

Saudis and allies: Anti-Qatar sanctions to stay in place

Saudi Arabia and its allies have announced that a deal reached between the US and Qatar over battling terrorism is “insufficient” while stressing that anti-Doha sanctions will remain in place.

Saudi Arabia’s public schools to offer physical education for girls

Girls in public schools in Saudi Arabia will receive physical education classes in the coming academic year, the country’s Education Ministry has announced.

UN rights office urges Bahrain to free activist

The United Nations (UN)’s human rights office has urged Bahrain to “unconditionally and immediately” release prominent activist Nabeel Rajab, whom Manama has sentenced to two years in prison.

Army establishes control over several villages, kills large number of ISIS terrorists in eastern area

Army units re-established control over a number of villages and oil fields in the southern countryside of Raqqa and western countryside of Deir Ezzor.

Iran blasts Israel’s closure of al-Aqsa Mosque

Iran has censured the Israeli regime’s recent move to shut down al-Aqsa Mosque and cancel Friday prayers at the holy site, warning against the “dangerous repercussions” of such measures.

Society

Mideast’s first mini-world park under construction in Iran

The construction of the Middle East’s first and world’s fourth mini-world park is underway in the western Iranian province of Hamadan.

Traces of feathered Dinosaur found in Iran

Iranian scientists have managed to find the archaeological traces of some feathered dinosaurs in Iran in cooperation with professors from Beijing and Colorado universities.

Iranian freestyle wrestler Rahimi top-ranked in world’s 57kg section

Iranian freestyle wrestler Hassan Rahimi has clinched the title as the world’s best athlete in the 57-kilogram weight class in the July 2017 edition of the United World Wrestling rankings.

Iran lands 3rd at Intl. Chemistry Olympiad

High school students of Iran scored four medals to finish third at the 2017 International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) in Thailand.

Magnificent Iranian math genius’ light turns off

The Iranian winner of Fields Medal, also known as the Nobel Prize of mathematics, and Stanford University professor, Maryam Mirzakhani, passed away at 40.

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