Weekly report: US House passes new sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program

October 29, The Iran Project – Ayatollah Khamenei participation in cadets graduation ceremony; Iraqi Prime Minister Heidar al-Abadi trip to Iran and meeting with senior officials; U.S. House passing ballistic missile sanctions on Iran; Zarif three-leg African tour and IAEA chief Amano in Tehran for talks with Iranian officials dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Oct 23–Oct 29).

 

Politics

Zarif meets with South African President

Iran’s foreign minister, who is on visit to Republic of South Africa (RSA), met and talked with the African country’s President, Jacob Zuma, on Monday evening.

Iran’s defensive capabilities not open to negotiation: Leader 

Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has once again ruled out any negotiation over the Islamic Republic’s defensive power.

IRGC smashes terrorist team northwest of Iran 

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) forces attacked a terrorist team in the northwesternmost corner of Iran on Wednesday night, killing all of the terrorists and confiscating their weapons.

Ayatollah Khamenei warns neighboring Iraq against American plots 

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has called on neighboring Iraq to remain vigilant in the face of American plots, warning that the US is not trustworthy.

President in a meeting with Iraqi PM: Iran to always support Iraqi gov’t, nation in fighting terrorism, boosting unity

The president described unceasing support and devotion of the people, officials and wisdom of the authorities in Iraq in resolving its problems and crises, and stated: “The Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported the Iraqi nation and government in fighting terrorism, strengthening unity and solidarity, and maintaining Iraq’s territorial integrity and will continue to do so”.

Iran FM Zarif: No limit on Iran-Niger ties 

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said late on Thursday that there is no limit on Iran-Niger relations and the two countries are determined to promote bilateral ties.

23rd Press Exhibition officially inaugurated in Tehran 

First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri officially inaugurated the 23rd Press Exhibition here in Imam Khomeini Mosalla on Saturday.

Military sites inspection case closed forever 

Behrouz Kamalvandi, Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said that the dossier of inspecting Iranian military sites was closed forever.

Unity of IRGC, Iranian Army defeats enemies: Chief Commander 

Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari says the brotherly unity of the army and the IRGC is an element that defeats the enemies of Islam and the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Establishment.

Israeli PM thanks visiting US treasury chief for anti-Iran sanctions 

US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who is in Israel as part of his  so-called“anti-terror” tour of the Middle East, has met with the regime’s, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who thanked him for recent American sanctions against Iran.

Iran president in Majlis to defend his picks for energy, science ministers 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attended the Majlis (Parliament) session here on Sunday to defend two proposed ministers for his cabinet.

 

Economy

Iran Supreme Leader: Oil-based economy is insecure

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that when oil becomes the pivot of everything, the economy is insecure.

U.S. House passes ballistic missile sanctions on Iran

The U.S. House of Representatives voted nearly unanimously on Thursday for new sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program, part of an effort to clamp down on Tehran without immediately moving to undermine an international nuclear agreement.

Commercial Forum Iran-Niger opens

Commercial Forum Iran-Niger opened in Niamey late on Thursday with the two countries’ foreign ministers as well as economic delegations in attendance.

Iran, Russia talk economic coop. in Moscow

Iran’s Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi and Russia’s Minister of Energy Alexander Novak conferred on expansion of economic and energy cooperation on Fri. in Moscow.

Iranian carmaker to work with Ferrari designer

Iran Khodro Company (IKCO), the giant Iranian auto manufacturer, plans to build cars in collaboration with the firm that designs such cars as Ferrari, Maserati, and Peugeot.

 

Regional Affairs

Ex-Deputy PM: Iraqi Kurdish leaders revoke Kurdistan referendum results on General Soleimani’s bid

Former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Hossein al-Shahrestani lauded the efforts made by Commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) to help restore peace and security in Iraq, and said the Iraqi Kurdistan leaders froze that region’s referendum results on recommendation of Major General Qassem Soleimani.

Over 90% of Syria retaken from terrorists: President Putin 

President Vladimir Putin has hailed Russian forces’ contribution to Syria’s counterterrorism campaign, saying over 90 percent of the Syrian territory has been liberated from the grip of militants.

Syria ‘categorically denies’ content of UN report on Idlib chemical attack 

Syria has denounced as a “falsification of the truth” a United Nations report blaming the Damascus government for a chemical attack in Idlib province back in April.

Hezbollah says U.S. sanctions aim to stir unrest in Lebanon 

A Hezbollah member of the Lebanese parliament said on Thursday that proposed new U.S. sanctions against the powerful Iran-backed group aimed to provoke unrest in Lebanon.

New Syria talks to begin November 28 in Geneva: UN

United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has announced that a new round of talks aimed at ending the Syrian crisis will open in a month’s time.

 

Society

Two ancient skeletons discovered in central Iran

Iranian archeologists have started investigating two ancient skeletons of a man and a woman recently discovered in the central province of Hamadan.

Azmoun among Asian young soccer stars

The Asian Football Confederation listed Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun as one of the six Asian stars that have shined during previous qualifying campaigns.

ISIS terrorist group threatens to attack FIFA World Cup

A propaganda cell of ISIS terrorist group has released a doctored image of Argentina and Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi, where he is seen crying blood, in a fresh threat to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

‘Iranian hulk,’ Instagram star, shares his tips for becoming super strong

The astonishing physique of Iranian bodybuilder Sajad Gharibi has earned him plaudits and a host of nicknames, from “Hercules” to “Hulk;” in an exclusive interview with Sputnik, the 25-year-old shares the secrets of his success.

Ecotourism development top priority of Isfahan

Isfahan’s office of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization has given top priority to ecotourism in the province.