Weekly report: US recertifies Iran’s compliance with nuclear

July 23, The Iran Project – Trump certifying Iran’s compliance with nuclear deal, a high-ranking delegation from Patriotic Union of Iraqi Kurdistan (PUK) visit to Iran and meeting with senior officials, Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif addressing in US Foreign Relations Council and UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York, holding Eighth session of JCPOA joint commission in Vienna, Iranian frigates going to Russia for military games, the country starting mass-production of long-rage air defense missiles and Defense Minister of Iraq Erfan Mahmoud al-Hayali travel to Iran and meeting with senior officials dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (July 17–July 23).

Politics

U.S. certifies that Iran is meeting terms of nuclear deal

The Trump administration certified to Congress late Monday that Iran has continued to meet the required conditions of its nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers.

Iran ‘serious partner’ in fighting common enemy: Zarif

Tehran is “a serious partner for all countries” in the fight against the common enemy, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says.

Zarif calls on developed states to aid others for eradicating poverty

Iran’s FM Zarif called on developed countries to fulfill their commitments on the provision of financial resources, technology transfer and capacity-building without politicizing that process.

Commander: Revenge taken for Jordanian pilot’s painful death by IRGC missile strikes against ISIL

Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh underlined that the last month missile strikes against the ISIL bases in Syria also took revenge for the terrorist group’s burning of a Jordanian pilot alive in 2015.

Iran deal outcome of collective global cooperation: Mogherini

The EU foreign policy chief say the “strong” nuclear deal struck in 2015 between Iran and the P5+1 states is the outcome of “collective cooperation,” emphasizing that the landmark accord  does not just belong to the signatories but the entire global community.

Kuwait shuts Iran cultural mission, expels diplomats: KUNA

Kuwait has reportedly told the Iranian Embassy to reduce its diplomatic staff in the Persian Gulf state and close down some of its technical offices following a court ruling last year that implicated some Iranians in a spying case.

Iran skips opportunity to upset nuclear deal over U.S. sanctions: sources

Iran decided on Friday for the second time since January not to upset its nuclear pact with six world powers, two informed sources said, despite public statements by Tehran accusing the United States of violating the deal.

White House demands release of US prisoners in Iran or face ‘serious consequences’

The White House has warned Iran of “serious consequences” if it does not release all American citizens imprisoned in the country.

Iran starts mass-production of long-rage air defense missiles

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan on Sunday inaugurated the mass production line of a long-range air defense missile dubbed Sayyad-3 (Hunter-3), which is fully designed and manufactured by domestic military experts.

Defense minister vows Iran’s full support for Iraq stability, security

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says the Islamic Republic will continue to provide Iraq with full support to help it become more secure and powerful.

Iran’s IRGC seizes trespassing Saudi vessel in Persian Gulf

The Navy of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has seized a Saudi vessel after it trespassed on the country’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf, an official with the Fisheries Organization of Bushehr Province says.

House and Senate reach deal on sanctions for Russia, Iran and North Korea

Congress will consider imposing new sanctions on Russia and Iran as well as North Korea, after Republicans and Democrats agreed to changes that will allow the legislation to move ahead. The bill also aims to prevent President Trump from relaxing sanctions without lawmakers’ consent.

Economy

Akhoundi calls for promoting urban redevelopment

Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi has pitched the idea of pursuing urban redevelopment as a serious issue in housing planning while advising the administration to distance itself from housing construction.

U.S. sanctions 18 Iranian individuals, entities over country’s missile program, other non-nuclear issues

The Latest on the Trump administration’s move to let the nuclear deal continue while its Iran policy review continues (all times local):

US Justice Dep. accuses 2 Iranians of violating sanctions

US Department of Justice in a latest attempt against Iranian nationals accused two Iranians of violating anti-Iran sanctions.

Syria eyes closer economic ties with Iran

Syrian Prime Minister Imad Khamis praised Iran for the support it has given to Syria, calling for the enhancement of economic relations between Damascus and Tehran.

Eni says not competing with Total in Iran

Italy’s Eni is keeping its foot on the ground in Iran after major rival Total’s signing of a $5 billion gas deal with the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) earlier this month.

Regional Affairs

Amir-Abdollahian warns Bahrain against ties with Tel Aviv

Parliament’s General Director for International Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Al Khalifa regime officials need to be concerned about ramification of ties with Tel Aviv.

US says Syria crisis needs political solution, Assad doesn’t have to go first

US President Donald Trump’s homeland security and counterterrorism adviser says the US is seeking a political resolution to the conflict in Syria and won’t insist on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s immediate ouster.

Egypt, France, Sweden call for UNSC meeting over al-Quds tensions

Egypt, France, and Sweden has called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting over the recent escalation of tensions concerning the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem al-Quds.

Iraqi FM appreciates Iran fundamental role in war against Daesh

Iraqi foreign minister appreciated Iran for playing a key role in war against the terrorist group of Daesh (ISIS).

Society

Alidoosti among top 10 actresses

For her lead role in Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning film ‘The Salesman’, actress Taraneh Alidoosti, 33, has been selected by Tribeca Film Festival in New York as one of the 10 best film performances by an actress of early 2017.

Robot made by Iranian students helps disabled people

A group of Iranian students at the Islamic Azad University have built a robot that can assist physically-disabled people, according to a university official.

180 Iranian female filmmakers to compete in int’l festival

A record-breaking number of Iranian female filmmakers are set to take part in different sections of an international film festival due to be held within the next two weeks.

Two local tourists killed, 17 rescued in southwestern Iran

Two people out of 19 local tourists lost their lives after an incident while swimming in a river in remote area near the city of Dezful, in Iran’s southwestern province of Khuzestan.

Lalejin potteries: Healthy, environment-friendly souvenir

The food cooked in metal dishes are not totally healthy as they may release toxic materials.  Potteries, however, are healthy handicrafts in which one can keep foods and water for a long time.

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