Weekly report: Iran’s Pres. Rouhani stresses Moderation at UNGA

September 24, The Iran Project – President Rouhani attending and addressing the 72nd session of UN General Assembly and meeting with several world leaders; Iranian Army, IRGC staging joint aerial drills, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meeting with Tillerson, P5+1 representatives over JCPOA in New York; the country marking Sacred Defense Week with massive military parades; unveiling and successfully testing ballistic missile Khorramshahr, Iranian people observing Muharram Mourning Ceremonies and G-77 backing Iran nuclear deal dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Sep 18–Sep 24).

 

Politics

Iran’s Rouhani: US will pay a high price if Trump scraps nuclear deal 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that America would pay a high price if US President Donald Trump makes good on his threats to scrap the Iran nuclear deal.

France plays key role in maintaining positive atmosphere in post-JCPOA era 

President Rouhani, at a meeting with his French counterpart, said Europe and Paris played a crucial role in maintaining the positive atmosphere emerged in the post-JCPOA era.

Israel: ‘We have shot down Iranian-supplied Hezbollah drone’ 

Israel has shot down what it claims was an Iranian-supplied Hezbollah reconnaissance drone over the Syrian border only hours before a speech at the UN by the country’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in which he is expected to warn of the growing threat from Iran and its proxies on Israel’s northern border.

Iranian Army, IRGC stage joint aerial drills 

The fighter jets of the Iranian Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) held a joint military exercise in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas.

Iran cautions about destruction of nuclear deal by ‘rogue’ newcomers 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday that it will be a great pity if the nuclear agreement were to be destroyed by ‘rogue” newcomers to the world of politics.

Zarif meets Tillerson, P5+1 representatives over JCPOA 

Representatives from Iran and the six world powers have come together to highlight the necessity of complying with Islamic Republic’s nuclear agreement, despite threats by US President Donald Trump to scrap the deal.

Mogherini says EU still backing nuke deal 

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief, Federica Mogherini, met on Wednesday in New York.

Iraq, Iran, Turkey release statement on KRG referendum plan 

Foreign Ministers of Iraq, Iran and Turkey held a trilateral meeting in New York on September 20, 2017 to discuss the referendum plan of the KRG.

Iran celebrates sacred defense week with nationwide parades 

Iranian Armed Forces staged military parades across the country on Friday morning to commemorate the Sacred Defense Week, which marks the onset of the Iraqi imposed war on Iran 37 years ago.

Iran ballistic missile Khorramshahr unveiled 

Iran unveiled some of its defensive achievements on Friday, on top of which was the ballistic missile `Khorramshahr’ with a range of 2000 kilometers .

134 countries voice strong support for JCPOA 

The final communique of the annual meeting of foreign ministers of the Group of 77 and China in New York stresses strong support for the nuclear deal and the need for lifting unilateral sanctions against Iran.

Iran, India, Oman hold talks on energy 

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with Foreign ministers from India and Oman to confer on energy in a trilateral session.

 

Economy

‘No shortage at home as Iran supplied Iraq with power’ 

Iran says it has been producing enough electricity throughout summer to be able to satisfy a significant portion of Iraq’s power needs without causing shortages at home.

Wheat imports continue based on pre-ban orders 

More than 55,200 tons of wheat worth close to $15.45 million were imported from six countries during the five months to August 22, the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration announced.

UK’s Quercus seals Iran’s €500 million solar deal 

UK renewables investor Quercus has signed a deal worth over half a billion euros to build and operate a 600-megawatt (MW) solar farm in Iran, the company said on Wednesday.

Iran, Austria banks finalize €1 billion finance deal 

Austria’s Oberbank signed a finance deal worth €1 billion with 14 Iranian banks Thursday in Vienna.

Petrobras to look for oil in Iran’s share of Caspian Sea 

Brazil has voiced interest in looking for hydrocarbon reserves in the Iranian share of the Caspian Sea.

 

Regional Affairs

Ignoring plight of Rohingya to incite extremism, Iran warns 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on the government of Myanmar to end violence against the Rohingya Muslims, warning that disregard for the violation of the basic rights of Muslim people in Myanmar would foment extremism and destabilize the whole region.

Palestinian president calls on UN to halt Israeli settlement activities 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has called on the UN to end Israel’s “apartheid” regime in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Zarif: Diplomacy is only solution to Syrian crisis 

Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif says diplomacy is the only solution to Syrian crisis.

Full eradication of ISIL by 3 months: Maj. Gen. Soleimani 

The commander of Iran’s Quds forces fighting with ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria vowed the full eradication of the ISIL by the next three months.

Iran strongly supports Iraq’s unity, territorial integrity 

Iran has once more reiterated its support for the unity and territorial integrity of Iraq based on its constitution and strongly expressed its opposition to holding of any referendum in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.

 

Society

Imperial college lecturer appointed to Iran’s Dept. of environment 

Kaveh Madani, a salient Iranian environment lecturer at Imperial College of London, has been appointed as the Social, International, Technology and Educational Deputy of Iran’s Department of Environment.

Iran selects ‘Breath’ as official submission to Academy Awards 

The Iranian drama ‘Breath’ (Nafas), directed by female filmmaker Narges Abyar, has been selected as the country’s official submission to the 90th Academy Awards in the best foreign language film category.

Restoration of Pasargadae Garden on agenda 

The restoration of water canals of Pasargadae Garden in Fars Province is a top priority of cultural heritage officials, the head of Pasargadae World Heritage Base said.

Mourning ceremonies in full swing in Iran 

Iranians are holding mourning ceremonies to mark the martyrdom of Imam Hussein and his companions. Muslims revere Imam Hussein for the sacrifices he made for Islam.

Iranian weightlifter Moradi smashes 18-year-old world record 

Iranian weightlifter Sohrab Moradi has broken an 18-year world record and upset Georgian-Greek athlete Kakhi Kakhiashvili, after he lifted a total of 413 kilograms and set a new world record in the 94-kilogram weight class of the 5th edition of Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan.