Weekly report: Iranians hold nationwide protest against US al-Quds move

December 10, The Iran Project – Azeri Border Guards’ Commander Lieutenant General Ilchin Qolyev trip to Iran and meeting with senior officials; Holding Int’l Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran; Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attendance in Ministerial meeting of Caspian states in Moscow; Iranians holding nationwide protests against US al-Quds decision; British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Turkey Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu visit to Iran dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Dec 04–Dec 10).

 

Politics

Iran’s top commander warns of plots to sow discord among regional states

Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri warned that certain foreign countries are plotting to widen the gap and increase differences in the region.

Anti-drugs conference starts in Moscow

An international conference named ‘Members of Parliament vs. Drugs’ opened in Moscow, Russian capital on Monday, participated by speakers of world parliamens including Iranian Majlis speaker Ali Larijani.

Ministerial meeting on Caspian Sea kicks off in Moscow

A meeting of the five Caspian Sea littoral states at ministerial level began in Russia on Tuesday to continue their discussions on legal status of the Sea.

EU calls on US to stick to Iran nuclear deal

The Latest on U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s trip to Europe (all times local):

Palestine will be free, it’s out of despair they want to declare Jerusalem capital of Israel

On the auspicious occasion of the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (saw), the heads of government branches, a group of government officials, ambassadors of Islamic countries and participants in the 31st International Conference on Islamic Unity met with the Leader of the Revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei, this morning December 6, 2017.

Zarif: Caspian Sea neighbors ‘have each other’s backs’

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif tweeted on Wednesday a photo taken by the country’s official news agency to affirm that good-neighbor policy is Iran’s priority.

Iran strongly condemns US for recognizing Al-Quds as Israel’s capital

Iranian foreign ministry has strongly denounced the US administration for its decision to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of the occupying regime of Israel.

Iran sees no obstacles for new supplies of Russian weapons — senior lawmaker

Iran sees no political obstacles for new supplies of Russian weapons, Chairman of the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security of Iran’s Islamic Consultative Assembly Alaeddin Boroujerdi told TASS. At the same time, he added that the military was to make decisions on that matter.

Top commander condemns Trump’s decision on embassy relocation

Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri in a statement issued on Thursday condemned US President Donald Trump’s decision in recognition of al-Quds as capital of the Zionist regime.

Iranians stage nationwide rallies to condemn Trump’s decision on Quds

Hundreds of Thousands Iranians from every walk of life poured into the streets in cities across the country on Friday to voice their protest against US President Donald Trump’s planned move to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Iranian Defense Minister hails Tehran-Moscow strategic ties

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami described the growing relations between Tehran and Moscow as “strategic” and said the two countries have taken major strides in boosting their military ties.

Britain reiterates commitment to JCPOA

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in a visit to Tehran reaffirmed his country’s commitment to the full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers.

Al-Quds will turn into Israel regime’s graveyard: IRGC cmdr.

The chief commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says Jerusalem al-Quds will turn into a graveyard for the Israeli regime.

President Rouhani in Majlis for budget bill

President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Majlis’ (parliament) main chamber on Sunday to submit his proposed budget bill for the next Iranian calendar year (beginning on March 21, 2018).

Official: Iran preventing Daesh to become Europe’s neighbor

In the absence of Iran’s anti-Daesh measures, terrorists had taken control of Iraq and Syria and would have now been Europe’s neighbor, an Iranian security authority said.

 

Economy

Hungary, Iran seal deal for joint production of buses

Iran and Hungary have signed an agreement to jointly produce 1,000 buses in the Islamic Republic.

Turkish banker’s lawyer blames laundering on others at Halkbank

Lawyers for a Turkish banker accused of aiding an Iran sanctions-evasion plot are pointing the finger at his colleagues.

Asian markets look to recovery of Iran’s LPG exports

Iran’s LPG export program has extended its decline for a fourth month in December, even though the South Pars gas field resumed production around three weeks ago after two months’ maintenance, trade sources said this week.

IKCO, Hyundai sign new cooperation agreement

Iran Khodro Industrial Group signed a new cooperation agreement with Hyundai Powertech as part of efforts to meet domestic and foreign markets’ needs.

Iraq and Iran sign Kirkuk oil swap deal

Iraq has agreed to swap up to 60,000 barrels per day of crude produced from the northern Iraqi Kirkuk oilfield for Iranian oil, Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi said on Saturday.

 

Regional Affairs

Trump declares Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital

US President Donald Trump has officially declared the disputed city of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital, despite warnings from around the world that the measure risks triggering a fresh wave of violence in the Middle East.

Hezbollah chief: Trump’s decision on Quds insults Muslims, violates intl. law

The secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement says US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital is an insult to all Muslims and a violation of international law.

US al-Quds move aimed at legalizing Palestine’s occupation: Iran diplomat 

A senior Iranian diplomat says a decision by US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital” is aimed at legitimizing the Israeli regime’s occupation of Palestine.

Palestine to ask the UN to issue a resolution on Trump’s al-Quds decision: Palestinian FM

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki says he will seek the United Nations Security Council’s resolution over US President Donald Trump’s recent provocative decision on recognizing Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital.”

Arab states urge U.S. to abandon Jerusalem move 

Arab foreign ministers late on Saturday urged the United States to abandon its decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying the move would increase violence throughout the region.

 

Society

Iran’s Moradi sets two new world records

Iranian 2016 Olympic champion, Sohrab Moradi, set new World Records in Men’s 94kg division of 2017 Weightlifting World Championships with a total of 417kg.

Iran-made rotavirus, rabies vaccines to hit market by 2019

Domestically manufactured rotavirus and rabies vaccines will enter Iranian market by 2019, Head of Pasteur Institute of Iran (IPI) announced Monday.

Israeli tech puts Iranian ride-hailing startups in bind

Iran’s recent decision to once again block Waze, a mobile navigation app developed in Israel, has created a great deal of controversy in the country. The GPS-based software had become popular both among the public as well as Iran’s leading ride-hailing apps, Snapp and Tap30.

Iran crowned in Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships

Iranian squad ranked first in Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships on Friday while the tournament is still undrway.

New Stanford graduate fellowship named for Maryam Mirzakhani

Two Iranians have made $800,000 gift to Stanford University to launch ‘Maryam Mirzakhani’ graduate fellowship program to support graduate students of Mathematics at Stanford.