Weekly report: Trump plans to decertify Iran nuclear agreement

October 8, The Iran Project – Chairman of the Senate of Ireland, Denis O’Donovan trip to Iran and meeting with senior officials, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif travel to Qatar and Oman, Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi trip to Syria, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visit to Iran, Oil Minister participating in Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) in Russia, Trump planing to decertify Iran nuclear agreement and FM Zarif attendance in ex-Iraqi president funeral ceremony dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Oct 02–Oct 08).

 

Politics

FM Zarif holds talks with Sultan of Oman

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held a meeting with Sultran Qaboos bin Said al Said on Monday evening.

Iran, Qatar stress peaceful settlement of regional crises 

Iran and Qatar have underlined the need for peaceful solutions to regional crises, as Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visits Doha.

Jail term upheld for ex-Iranian nuclear negotiator: Report 

An appeals court has upheld a five-year prison sentence handed down to a former member of the Iranian nuclear negotiation team found guilty of espionage.

Iran, Turkey sign 4 cooperation pacts 

The Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Turkey signed four Memorandums of Understanding to deepen their relations.

US, foreign powers after creation of new Israel: Leader 

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the United States and Israel benefit from the recent referendum in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, stressing Washington and foreign powers seek to create a new Israel.

180 House Dems ask Trump to certify Iran nuclear deal 

At least 180 members of the US Congress have called on President Donald Trump to endorse the Iran nuclear deal, saying an American withdrawal from the pact would be against the interests of the United States and its allies.

Report: Trump plans to decertify Iran nuclear agreement 

US President Donald Trump is reportedly planning to announce next week that he will “decertify” the international nuclear agreement with Iran known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Trump takes new aim at Hezbollah, part of tougher Iran stance 

The Trump administration on Friday plans to roll out a new public campaign aimed at cracking down more forcefully on the armed wing of Hezbollah in Lebanon, part of a broader effort to counter the militant Shia group’s chief backer, Iran.

Iran president: 10 Trumps can’t roll back nuke deal benefits 

Iran’s president is defending the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, saying not even 10 Donald Trumps can roll back its benefits to his country.

Iran says will not allow any intrusion into defensive affairs, vows to boost capabilities 

Iran says it will allow no one to intrude into its defensive affairs, vowing to boost its capabilities in the sector.

Iran’s Javad Zarif: ‘The US is addicted to sanctions’

In an heated speech at the United Nations General Assembly last month, US President Donald Trump described the landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and Western powers as “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions” in the history of the US.

 

Economy

Russia’s Lukoil, Iran’s NIOC sign memoranda on geological prospecting 

An oil industry source said that Lukoil and the National Iranian Oil Company have signed two memoranda of understanding in the field of geological prospecting.

No pressure on Iran to join OPEC output cuts: Zanganeh 

Nearly a year into the production-cut deal that brought together major OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers, Iranian oil minister Bijan Zangeneh said there was no pressure on Iran to join the cuts.

Tehran, Ankara to boost trade volume to $30bn 

In a Wed. meeting of High Council for Strategic Partnerships of Iran and Turkey in Tehran, Iranian President Rouhani and his Turkish counterpart stressed resolve for increasing the volume of trade transactions up to $30 billion.

EU sets duties on Brazil, Iran, Russia, Ukraine steel 

The European Union has decided to set duties on hot-rolled steel from Brazil, Iran, Russia and Ukraine after a complaint by EU manufacturers that the product used for construction and machinery was being sold at excessively low prices.

Iran’s exports steady as US targets oil revenues 

Iran exported 2.25 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil to customers in Asia and Europe in September, data released by the Ministry of Petroleum showed on Saturday.

 

Regional Affairs

US involved in ‘bloody provocations’ against Russian forces in Syria: Lavrov

The Russian foreign minister has slammed the US for pursing a “double standard” approach towards the fight against terror in Syria, saying Washington encourages “bloody provocations” against Russian and Syrian government forces.

Bashar al-Assad: Damascus never to forget Iran’s supports, devotions

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday that his country will never forget the devotions and supports rendered by the Islamic Republic of Iran in difficult times.

NAM voices support for Palestine’s bid for full UN membership

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has reaffirmed support for the full membership of the state of Palestine in the United Nations, saying the oppressed Palestinian nation should be given its rightful place in the world community.

Iraq officially asks Turkey, Iran to deal exclusively with Baghdad

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry said that Baghdad has officially called upon Ankara and Tehran a week ago to only deal with the central government on border ports and in oil matters.

Turkey to open new crossing with Iraq in response to Kurdish vote: Yildirim

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says Ankara intends to open a new border crossing with Iraq in cooperation with the central government in Baghdad after the Anatolian country closed the existing crossing in response to last week’s controversial referendum on independence in Iraq’s Kurdistan region.

 

Society

Religious mourning ceremonies held in Tehran in full security: Police Chief

The new commander of Tehran’s Law Enforcement Force said mourning ceremonies marking the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS) and his companions were held in the capital in full security.

Iran launches center for breeding Arabic horses

Iran has established a unique facility in Qom, southern Tehran, to raise one of the best breeds of horse – the Arabia horse. Each horse at the facility has a unique identity document and has been certified as thoroughbred by the World Arabian Horse Organization (WAHO).

Iran finishes runner-up in 14th World Wushu Championships

Iranian male and female wushu practitioners have displayed extraordinary physical and mental skills at the 14th edition of World Wushu Championships, and managed to finish in the second place overall at the prestigious tournament.

Madrid to host 7th Int’l Congress of Spanish Society of Iranian Studies

The Seventh International Congress of Spanish Society of Iranian Studies (SEI) will be held at the Autonoma University of Madrid on October 16-17.

Iran produces disposable teaspoon with probiotic features

Iranian researchers have produced a new type of disposable teaspoons with probiotic properties as part of their project to promote the quality of Iranian herbal tea.