Weekly report: Iran’s Chabahar port opens

December 3, The Iran Project – Leader receiving Navy commanders; Iran Navy unveiling its new achievements; Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif participation in the third international conference on ‘Mediterranean Dialogue’ in Rome and the Heart of Asia Conference in Baku; First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri attendance in Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Sochi; Indian FM Sushma Swaraj trip to Iran and meeting with senior officials and President Rouhani inaugurating Phase I Shahaid Beheshti FTZ Port dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Nov 27–Dec 03).

 

Politics

Iran Leader urges Navy to maintain presence in high seas

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has called on the Iranian naval forces to continue their strong presence in international waters.

DM: Iran’s most advanced tank ready for operation 

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami announced that the country’s newly-manufactured state-of-the-art tank named ‘Karrar’ has been mass-produced and is ready for delivery to Armed Forces.

Iran’s Rouhani: Riyadh’s hostility attempt to cover up failures

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that Riyadh’s revamped hostility towards Tehran is an attempt to cover up its regional failures and domestic troubles.

Navy unveils 9 new achievements 

Iranian Navy’s Strategic Research Organization unveils nine new achievements.

Army, IRGC cooperate on boosting missile power 

Iranian Army Chief General Mousavi and IRGC Commander Brig. Gen. Jafari met Sunday to discuss the necessity of boosting Army, Navy, air force and missile powers.

Leader: Human sciences should be connected to their religious roots 

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution’s speech made in a meeting with the officials in charge of the first International Conference of Quran and Humanities on May 22 was published in Qom on Thursday.

Iran, Italy foreign ministers call for expansion of cooperation 

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif conferred on Thursday with his Italian counterpart Angelino Alfano on expansion of mutual relations and cooperation along with regional developments in a meeting held in Rome.

Earthquake jolts SE Iran, leaves no casualties 

Less than three weeks after a deadly earthquake hit Iran’s western province of Kermanshah, a temblor measuring 6 on the Richter scale struck a southeastern area near the city of Kerman on Friday morning, but caused no casualties.

Heart of Asia Conference kicks off in Baku 

Heart of Asia Conference kicked off in the capital of Azerbaijan Republic on Friday morning with the presence of high-ranking officials from around the world including the Iranian Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Iran FM: Nulcear deal ‘best we could have reached’ 

Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday that the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), ‘is not what we want …but what we could achieve.’

SCO Summit kicks off in Sochi 

The meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) heads of governments started in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Friday afternoon.

EU says renegotiating Iran deal not possible 

The European Union (EU) says the articles of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six other countries are highly technical and there is no possibility of renegotiating the agreement — even partially.

Iranian, Indian FMs discuss bilateral ties, regional developments 

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and visiting Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in a meeting here on Saturday discussed mutual cooperation and regional developments.

Intelligence Minister: 120 terrorist teams disbanded in Iran 

Iranian Intelligence Minister Seyed Mahmoud Alavi announced that his forces have disbanded tens of terrorist teams in the past few years.

Tehran dismisses verbal duel between Iran, S. Arabian FMs in Rome 

Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi on Saturday rejected reports on alleged severe verbal conflict between the Iranian and Saudi Arabian foreign ministers during the newly-ended Rome MED Conference 2017 in Rome, describing the report as ‘mere news fabrication’.

Pompeo claims he ‘sent a note’ to warn Iran’s Soleimani over Iraq 

CIA Director Mike Pompeo says he has written a letter to Iran’s Major General Qassem Soleimani, who commands the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) to warn him about US interests in Iraq.

 

Economy

Iran, Turkey, Qatar move to bolster trade amid Saudi-led blockade

Iran, Turkey and Qatar have signed a trilateral agreement aimed at boosting trade with Doha amid a Saudi-led blockade on the Persian Gulf sheikhdom.

CKTI nations seal deal to boost rail traffic 

China, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran have signed an agreement to increase the volume of cargoes shipped through the four countries to international markets by rail.

9-month oil cut extension acceptable 

Iranian oil minister Bijan Namdar Zaganeh who has traveled to Vienna in order to attend the OPEC conference on extending agreements to cut oil production, said that a 6 to 9 month oil cut extension is acceptable.

Iran, South Korea sign contract to build 450 railway wagons 

Iran and South Korea signed a contract on Saturday to jointly manufacture railbuses for public transportation in suburban Tehran.

30 infrastructural, economic projects open, start operation in Sistan and Baluchistan

25 infrastructural and economic projects started operation and 5 others were opened in Sistan and Baluchistan province on Saturday at President Rouhani’s order.

 

Regional Affairs

Hariri: I may withdraw resignation if conditions remain positive

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri has announced that he may retract his resignation by next week.

Iran in Syria based on Syrian government’s request

Giving speech in the third annual conference on Mediterranean dialogues Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran’s presence in Syria is based on the official invitation of Syrian government.

Iran FM: Afghanistan crisis cannot be resolved by military means

It is now crystal clear that Afghanistan problem cannot be resolved by military means and requires comprehensive and inclusive strategies, focusing on the task in hand and refraining from injecting extraneous political agendas, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday.

Trump likely to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital next week: official

President Donald Trump is likely to announce next week that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a senior administration official said on Friday, a move that would upend decades of American policy and possibly inflame tensions in the Middle East.

Israeli forces arrested 450 Palestinians in November: Prisoners’ group

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies (PPCS) says a total of 450 Palestinians were arrested by the Israeli regime forces in the month of November.

 

Society

‘Heroic’ Iranian Alireza Karimi throws wrestling match to avoid fighting Israeli

An Iranian wrestler is being lionised by the government for deliberately losing a match at a junior world championships so he would not have to fight an Israeli in the next round.

Azizi, Iran’s saviour in Melbourne 

Iran, boasting perhaps their greatest-ever side, had a mountain to climb to reach the 1998 FIFA World Cup France™. Having drawn 1-1 with Australia in the first leg of their qualification play-off in Tehran, they trailed 2-0 in Melbourne with less than 20 minutes remaining.

Water resources discovered under Earth’s hottest spot

Iranian researcher Amir Aghakouchak, a winner of American Geophysical Union’s prestigious Hydrology award, says he has discovered underground water resources in Lut Desert, the earth’s hottest place.

Iran joins Spain, Portugal at FIFA World Cup 2018

Iran’s national football team has been seeded against Spain, Portugal and Morocco in Group B of World Cup 2018 to be hosted by Russia.

Iran’s mannequin robot among world’s top 8 contributions

Graduates of Sharif University of Technology have made a robotic mannequin called RoMa that managed to be put among the world’s top eight contributions in the Ninth international Conference on Social Robotics in Japan.