Weekly report: Trilateral meeting of Iran-Russia-Azerbaijan in Tehran

November 5, The Iran Project – Iran launching homemade Afagh Radar System; Joint meeting of the three branches of government; Iranian air force holding war game in central province; US Treasury expanding sanctions against IRGC; Russian President Vladimir Putin and Azeri President Ilham Aliyev trip to Iran and meeting with senior officials; holding 2nd round of Iran-Russia-Azerbaijan trilateral talks in Tehran; Iranian senior official Ali Akbar Velayati visit to Lebanon; Iranian people marking day of fight against global arrogance and Iran Army top brass meeting with President dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Oct 30–Nov 05).

 

Politics

Iran unveils new radar system for defense purposes 

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami unveiled a new radar system named Afaq (Horizons) on Monday.

Rosatom starts construction work at Bushehr NPP second power unit site in Iran 

Chief Executive Officer of Rosatom Alexei Likhachev took part in the formal ceremony of work start in the foundation pit of main buildings of the power unit No. 2 of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Iran, the Russian state nuclear corporation said on Tuesday.

US Treasury expands sanctions against IRGC 

The US Treasury Department on Tuesday announced the expansion of sanctions on Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, which were imposed on October 13.

2nd round of Iran-Russia-Azerbaijan trilateral talks held in Tehran 

Presidents of Iran, Russian and Azerbaijan held the second round of trilateral talks in the Iranian capital on Wednesday.

Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan sign joint statement 

At the conclusion of a trilateral summit in Tehran, the presidents of Iran, Russia and Azerbaijan issued a joint statement and threw their weight behind the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei reveals methods to isolate US

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that there are various ways to nullify US sanctions.

Leader decries Trump’s ‘foolish’ comments against Iranian nation 

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has slammed US President Donald Trump’s “foolish” remarks against Iranian people, saying such a stance is a clear sign of Washington’s hostility towards the entire nation.

Senior advisor to Iran’s Leader confers with Nasrallah 

Iran Supreme Leader’s senior advisor Ali Akbar Velayati and Secretary General of the Lebanese Hezbollah Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah discussed latest regional developments in a meeting on Friday.

Iran displays missile during anniversary of embassy takeover 

Iran on Saturday displayed a surface-to-surface missile as part of events marking the anniversary of the 1979 U.S. Embassy takeover and hostage crisis amid uncertainty about its nuclear deal with world powers.

Iran administration to continue support for Armed Forces: Rouhani 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has pledged full support for the country’s Armed Forces in defending the Islamic Republic’s independence and territorial integrity.

Shameless, ridiculous CIA 9/11 falsification aimed at saving US allies in Mideast: Iran 

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has dismissed new “shameless” falsification of 9/11 records by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to incriminate the Islamic Republic, saying such a futile propaganda campaign is meant to protect some of Washington’s allies in the Middle East.

Amano’s visit to Iran due to US misconduct over JCPOA

Iranian VP who also heads AEOI, Ali Akbar Salehi, pointing out that the IAEA chief traveled to Tehran with his own wish, said Yukiya Amano holds a special responsibility with regard to the conduct of the United States on JCPOA.

 

Economy

Russia’s Rosneft, Iran’s NIOC eye $30 bln in oil and gas projects 

Russian oil producer Rosneft and the National Iranian Oil Company have signed a road map on the implementation of “strategic” projects in Iran with total investments worth up to $30 billion, Rosneft head Igor Sechin said on Wednesday.

Russian president: North-South Corridor cost-effective

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that North-South Corridor is economically viable and cost-effective.

Russia and Iran sign $30bn energy agreements

Russia and Iran have signed agreements to collaborate on “strategic” energy deals worth up to $30bn that will involve energy groups such as Rosneft and Gazprom.

France’s Total opens Washington office as Iran risks loom

Total (TOTF.PA) has opened an office in Washington in a bid to strengthen relations with the U.S. administration as the French oil and gas company prepares to invest billions in Iran.

Int’l collaboration puts pressure on US unilateralism: Iran 

Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh says collaboration of countries puts pressure on US unilateralism.

 

Regional Affairs

Official: No decision on admiting observor members in Astana talks

Russia and Iran have so far received requests by certain countries applying to join Astans talks as observers, but no decision has been made by the peace guarantors as yet, Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs said.

US, Israel supporting Takfiri terrorists in Middle East: Velayati

A senior Iranian official says the United States, Israeli regime and certain countries in the Middle East are supporting Takfiri terrorists in the region, stressing that such extremists and their sponsors are on the verge of annihilation.

Lebanese PM Hariri resigns, attacks Iran while in Saudi Arabia

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri, in the middle of a visit to Saudi Arabia, resigned from his position while accusing Iran of meddling in the domestic affairs of regional countries.

Saudi Arabia arrests 11 princes, including billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal

Saudi Arabia announced the arrest on Saturday night of the prominent billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, plus at least 10 other princes, four ministers and tens of former ministers.

Retaliatory missile launched at Riyadh airport was Borkan H2, Yemen says 

The Yemeni army has confirmed that it targeted Saudi Arabia’s King Khalid international airport in Riyadh with a long distance Borkan H2 ballistic missile.

 

Society

Iran stops New York auction of ancient Persepolis relics

An auction of an ancient relic which had been stolen from Iran’s Persepolis decades ago has been stopped in the US city of New York, according to an Iranian official.

Iranian woman wins gold at Asian Rock Climbing Cup 

Iranian rock climber Elnaz Rekabi has been crowned as the champion of Asia Cup – Wanxianshan 2017 in China, and clinched a gold medal at the prestigious sports event.

World’s longest dining table set for Arba’een pilgrims 

The longest sufra (piece of cloth on which food is served) in the world has been spread by people from the southern Iraqi province of DhiQar to receive Arba’een pilgrims.

UNESCO registers Iran’s ancient history book as world heritage

A genuine book of ‘Jami-al-Tawarikh’ or ‘Rashidi History’ written by Rashid-ul-ddin Fazlollah Hamadani kept in Golestan Museum in Tehran was registered as world heritage in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Programs to highlight Tabriz tourism capacities, attractions

Several tourism programs have been submitted by officials for the Tabriz 2018 event following a seven-day deadline set by Iran’s Cultural Heritage Handicrafts and Tourism Organization in late October.