Supreme Leader receives elite Iranian students

Weekly report: Iran to shred JCPOA if other side tears it up: Leader

October 22, The Iran Project – Parl. speaker attendance in 10th Collective Security Treaty Organization; Uzbek FM travel to Iran; Iran Supreme Leader stance on JCPOA; Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri trip to Syria; Iran’s First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri participating in D-8 Summit in Turkey and meeting with senior officials; Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran Abbas Araqchi attendance in 2017 Moscow Nonproliferation Conference and FM Zarif visit to South Africa dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Oct 16–Oct 22).

 

Politics

Iran will rip nuclear deal to pieces if other party tears it up: Leader 

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has warned that Iran will cut the nuclear deal with six world powers into shreds if the other party chooses to tear it up.

Iran top military official meets Syrian president in Damascus 

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri held talks on Thursday with the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad congratulating the Syrian Army and armed forces on their recent victory over the terrorists of Daesh.

IRGC vows to accelerate missile progress after Trump’s speech 

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps denounced the “featherbrained” US president for his recent insults against the Iranian nation and his hostile comments about the IRGC, pledging that it will press on with plans to broaden its regional clout and boost Iran’s missile power.

Iranian FM slams Trump administration’s “withdrawal doctrine” 

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif censured the US administration’s walkaway from the 2015 nuclear deal, saying that the deal is not a bilateral one between Iran and US but an agreement signed by six major world powers and ratified by the United Nations.

CNN poll: Two-thirds want to stay in Iran nuclear deal 

Two in three Americans say President Donald Trump should not pull the United States out of the nuclear deal aiming to block Iran from developing nuclear weapons, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.

Iran, Syrian ink MoU on military cooperation

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri signed a military cooperation memorandum of understanding (MoU) with his Syrian counterpart General Ali Abdullah Ayoub in Damascus.

Iran resolute to boost ties with Turkey 

Iran’s first Vice President Es’hagh Jahangiri said Iran and Turkey as two powerful countries in the region enjoy extensive capacities which must be utilized to further develop bilateral ties.

Ruining JCPOA would mean collapse on non-proliferation regime – Iran’s deputy minister 

Failing of the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program would mean a collapse of the non-proliferation regime, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi told the Moscow non-proliferation conference on Saturday.

Iran should reap all benefits of nuclear deal: Austria FM 

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, who is expected to become the European country’s chancellor, has reaffirmed Vienna’s support for a nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers (known as JCPOA).

EU vows to protect Iran nuclear deal as agreement is in limbo 

Earlier Donald Trump refused to officially confirm to the US Congress that Iran is in compliance with the agreement on the nuclear program, but at the same time president did not challenge the compliance of Iran with these agreements on the international level.

Moscow Conference participants back Iran Deal 

Participants of Moscow Nonproliferation Confab (2017) supported the Iran Deal and urged safeguarding it on Saturday.

Iran’s stances, methods of fighting terrorism significant for all countries: Commander 

Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said that Iran’s global stances and way of fighting terrorism is important for all countries.

Iraq condemns pre-planned attack on Iran’s consulate in Erbil 

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry in a statement on Saturday denounced pre-planned onslaught on Iran’s consulate in Erbil and disrespecting flag of a friendly country as well as posing threats to the lives the mission’s staff.

 

Economy

Iran’s oil exports to South Korea at six-month high 

Market figures show that South Korea’s imports of crude oil from Iran hit the highest level in six months in September in a fresh sign that the Islamic Republic is pushing ahead with plans to regain the market share it lost as a result of multiple-year sanctions.

Norway’s Saga Energy to add 2 GW of solar in Iran – report 

Norway-based solar installer Saga Energy (OTCMKTS:SAGA) has struck a EUR-2.5-billion (USD 2.9bn) preliminary agreement to install 2 GW of solar power capacity in Iran, Reuters reports.

Ericsson seals deal to help Iran launch IoT 

Iran has signed an agreement with Ericsson, the leading provider of communications technology solutions, to use its help in launching the Internet of Things (IoT) across the country.

Iran ready to boost trade ties with Turkey to $30bn : 1st VP 

Iranian First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri voiced Iran’s readiness to establish more bilateral, regional and international cooperation with Turkey, increasing bilateral trade relations to $30bn.

Italian energy giant signs gas deal with Iran firms 

Italy’s Ansaldo Energia has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with several subsidiaries of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) for converting flare gas into electricity at the supergiant South Pars Gas Field.

 

Regional Affairs

Iran’s UN envoy: Israeli occupation of Palestine source of Middle East conflicts 

Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo says Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories is the origin of all problems in the Middle East.

Ayatollah Sistani urges Iraq to protect Kurds amid tensions 

Iraq’s most senior Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has called on the government to protect the Kurdish population in the north amid rising tensions between Baghdad and Iraq’s secessionist Kurds.

D-8 Summit opens in Istanbul attended by Iran’s 1st vice president 

The 9th Summit of the D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation opened in Istanbul attended by Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri.

Netanyahu lobbies world powers to support Iraqi Kurds’ secession bid 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is lobbying world powers to support the independence of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region from the rest of the Iraqi territory, as Kurdish Peshmerga forces are losing ground to Iraqi army forces in the country’s oil-rich northern province of Kirkuk.

US, Israel seek to hinder terror fight: Iranian official

A senior Iranian official has reiterated the Islamic Republic’s support for the Palestinian cause, warning about “unfounded excuses” by the United States and the Israeli regime to hinder the current campaign against terrorism in the Middle East.

 

Society

Iran architecture meets renaissance 

Photographer Barzin Baharloui will hold an exhibition of photo-collage works at Atbin Art Gallery in Tehran. Titled ‘New Wonder’ (in Persian: Heyrani-e-No), the solo exhibit will open on October 20 and run through the end of the month. Visiting hours are 4 to 9 pm.

Arasbaran on UNESCO’s Radar 

UNESCO experts have started assessing Arasbaran Forest in East Azarbaijan Province as part of preliminary studies for the global inscription of the site, following their visit to survey Fars Province’s “Ensemble of Historical Sassanian Cities” that is also on the organization’s tentative list of world heritage sites.

Iran taking tourists on tours of Saffron harvest 

Iran’s South Khorasan province annually hosts numerous foreign tourists during the season when saffron and barberry are harvested.

81-year-old Iranian woman wins gold in China Athletics Games 

An elderly Iranian woman has bagged a gold and a silver medal in international track and field contests in China.

France to transfer modern water technologies to Iran 

Director of Business France office in Tehran, Romain Keraval, said all French firms were pioneers in their fields of specialty and could transfer state-of-the-art technologies to Iran.