The iran project News related to Iran, specially political, military and regional news! Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:21:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Turkey to allow 200 Iraqi Kurds to enter Kobani Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:21:56 +0000 monire@Iran Turkey says it will allow 200 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters from Iraq to cross its border into Syria’s restive border town of Kobani to assist in the battle against ISIL.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that the regional administration in northern Iraq and the Democratic Union Party (PYD), a Syrian Kurdish group, finally reached an agreement “according to information yesterday that 200 Peshmerga would be going” to Kobani.

The Turkish president also commented on a move by the United States to air drop weapons meant for the Kurdish fighters in the town, warning that some of the arms ended up in the hands of the ISIL Takfiri terrorists.

Meanwhile, Peshmerga spokesman, Halgurd Hikmat, said preparations to send the Iraqi Kurds to Kobani are underway, but the transport would not take place on Thursday.

The Peshmerga forces are due to be equipped with heavier weapons than those being used by local Kurdish fighters in Kobani.

Turkey had earlier announced its plan for the Kurdish forces from Iraq to cross into Syria for combat in Kobani.

The flashpoint town and its surroundings have been under attack since mid-September, with the ISIL militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages.

There are an estimated 2,000 Kurdish fighters operating in the battle for Kobani.

The ISIL advance in the region has forced thousands of Syrian Kurds to flee into Turkey, which is a stone’s throw from the strategic town.

Turkey continues to block any delivery of military, medical or humanitarian assistance to Kobani, where the ISIL terrorists are feared to be aiming at massive bloodletting.

By Press TV


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Gov’t orders harsh campaign against acid attacker criminals Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:05:41 +0000 monire@Iran Tehran, Oct 23, IRNA – Government has ordered launching a harsh campaign against the acid attacker criminals, Vice President and Head of Department of Environment Ma’soumeh Ebtakar said here Friday.
The DOE chief reacting to the recent days’ acid attacks against a number of Isfahani women and a single similar case in Mashhad announced the news in a post in her Facebook page.

“This is in response to those friends who ask questions (on the government’s reaction). I must say that the health minister has personally stepped in, participating in curing process of the victims, the interior minister has ordered serious investigation about the criminal act and the cabinet ministers have reacted responsibly to the matter,” wrote Ebtekar.

She also stressed that these sad events must be an end point to aggressive moves against women.

That is while thousands of Iranians took to the streets of the historic city of Isfahan on Wednesday to protest several acid attacks on women and a smaller crowd of some dozens protested in front of the Parliament in Tehran.

A local official said on Wednesday that “eight to nine” women had been attacked over the past three weeks by men on motorcycles who splashed acid on them in Isfahan, one of Iran’s largest urban centers and the country’s chief tourist destination. Some of the women were blinded or disfigured.

The protesters (more than 2,000) gathered in front of the local judiciary office and shouted slogans against extremists.



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Iran, Qatar to set up joint investment committee Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:58:49 +0000 monire@Iran Tehran, Oct 23, IRNA – Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs Ali Tayyebnia said on Thursday that the Iranian and Qatari officials have decided to set up joint investment committee.
In a meeting with Qatari Minister for Economy and Trade Abdullah bin Jassim ath-Thani, Tayyebnia stressed the need to promote economic ties between the two countries.

Tayyebnia said that the level of economic and commercial ties failed to keep up with the excellent relations of the two countries.

He noted that the two countries have the potentials to multiply the current economic and commercial exchanges.

The minister called on the Qatari investors to participate in the Iranian development project, saying that Iranian companies are ready to get involved in implementing the Qatari development projects.

Ath-Thani, for his part, expressed dismay at the low level of commercial exchanges, saying that his country will use any opportunity to boost economic ties with Iran which is a friendly and brotherly country to Qatar.



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Iranian medals in Asian Para Games hit 112 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:51:01 +0000 monire@Iran Incheon, South Korea, Oct 23, IRNA – Iranian athletes participating in 2014 Incheon Asian Para Games won other 32 medals Thursday on the fifth day of the event, bringing the total number of the medals to 112.
The Iranian team currently ranks fourth, with 35 gold, 48 silver and 29 bronze medals.

China with a total of 296 medals, Korea with 197 and Japan with 137 medals are standing first to three respectively.

On Thursday, Iran won 17 gold medals, the largest number since the beginning of the competition. The Para Games will wind up tomorrow.



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Iran signals new welcome to European rail tourists Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:08:04 +0000 monire@Iran

A steam engine pulls the Golden Eagle Danube Express after its departure from Budapest on 15 October, en route to Tehran. Photograph: Zoltan Mathe/EPA

First private train heads for Tehran with 96 passengers from 14 countries

A long-distance luxury train, operating in the style of the Orient Express, arrived in the Iranian city of Zanjan from Budapest on Thursday, in a rare private rail visit to the Islamic republic.

Iran’s cultural heritage and tourism organisation said some 96 passengers from at least 14 different countries were aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express, according to the semi-official Isna news agency. “It arrived in Zanjan at 17.30 local time,” Gholamreza Najafloo, a spokesperson, told Iranian reporters.

The Cheshire-based Golden Eagle Luxury Trains, which has organised the Jewels of Persia tour, said it marked the first time a European private train had been permitted to enter Iranian territory.

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Iran, Netherlands determined to develop economic ties Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:00:08 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian and Dutch officials are due to explore different avenues for the further expansion of trade and economic relations between the two countries.

Head of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce Gholam Hossein Shafeyee, heading a delegation, arrived in the Netherlands on Wednesday to meet the Dutch officials on bilateral relations and mutual cooperation.

The visit to the Netherlands took place at the invitation of the President of Netherlands’ Chamber of Commerce Simoness.

It is expected that a new chapter of mutual cooperation between the two countries in the field of trade would start in the near future.

The Iranian delegation is to meet and discuss issues of mutual interest with the officials of public and private sectors and participate in two specialized sessions in The Hague.

Late in January, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underscored Iran’s constructive and decisive role in the region, specially in settling the Syrian crisis.

Rutte highlighted Iran’s constructive role in regional issues, and said all political parties in the Netherlands believe that the Islamic Republic can help resolve the Syrian crisis.

Rutte further expressed optimism about the expansion of economic and trade ties between the two countries.

President Rouhani, for his part, emphasized the need for all-out efforts to fulfill the demands of the Syrian people.

By Fars News Agency


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President: Iran to expand economic ties with world even under sanctions Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:59:43 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed optimism about reaching an agreement with the world powers on Tehran’s nuclear program, but meantime, underlined that Iran will develop its economic relations with the world states even under the western embargos.

Speaking in a press conference in the Northwestern province of Zanjan on Wednesday evening, Rouhani said good steps have been taken for reaching a permanent nuclear agreement with the world powers, adding that access to a final agreement in the remaining time is possible.

Rouhani said reaching an agreement on an important issue with six world powerful states is not easy, but initial experiences indicate that we can have a successful agreement with them.

The president said we need better relations with the world for economic development.

Rouhani said his government has plans on economic issues with the neighbors and a number of big powers, which could be performed even under sanctions.

Also on Wednesday, addressing a gathering of local people in Zanjan, Rouhani underlined that the country would continue talks with the world powers to restore its right of using the peaceful nuclear technology and remove the sanctions.

He said that Iranian nuclear negotiating team has the support of both the Supreme Leader and the nation, underlining that Iran is resolved to continue its constructive interaction with the Sextet of world powers to narrow down differences over its civilian nuclear program to remove all sanctions for ever.

The president said Iranians should be confident that the country’s officials, particularly nuclear negotiators, would never compromise on national interests under any conditions.

By Fars News Agency


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Discus thrower Mohammadyari clinches gold in Asian Para Games Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:52:18 +0000 monire@Iran INCHEON (Tasnim) – Iran’s Ali Mohammadyari claimed a gold medal in the 2014 Asian Para Games on Thursday.

In the Men’s Discus Throw – F56, Mohammadyari won the gold with a throw of 45.49meters.

Parviz Golpasand also from Iran won the silver with 36.21meters.

Vietnamese Be Hau Nguyen claimed a bronze medal with 36.17meters.

China tops medal tally with 159 medals, followed by South Korea (67), Japan (37) and Iran (35).

Iran has previously won 22 gold medals in the games.

Vahid Keshtkar claimed a gold medal in the men’s 400 m freestyle S13.

Erfan Hosseini won the gold medal in the men’s javelin throw F12–13.

Sareh Javanmardi earned the gold medal in the Mixed 50 meter pistol SH1.

Discus thrower Alireza Mokhtari clinched a gold medal in the men’s F51/52/53.

Peyman Nasiri won the gold medal of the Men’s 1,500m T20 final.

Sareh Javanmardi claimed a gold medal in the Women’s P2-10m Air Pistol-SH1.

Mohammad Alvanpour clinched a gold medal in the Men’s Javelin Throw – F55/56.

Powerlifter Amir Jafari Arangah seized the gold medal in the Men’s -59kg.

Mahnaz Amini claimed a gold medal in the Women’s Shot Put – F57.

Younes Seifipour won a gold medal in the Men’s Shot Put – F32.

Alireza Mokhtari clinched a gold medal in the Shot Put – F53/54.

Mahnaz Amini grabbed a gold medal in the Women’s Javelin Throw – F57.

Danial Souraniyan won a gold medal in the Men’s Shot Put – F35/36.

Sadegh Beit Sayah claimed a gold medal in the Men’s Discus Throw – F41.

Iran’s football 5-a-side won the title of the 2014 Asia Para Games.

Mohammadali Malekpour earned the gold medal in the Men’s Discus Throw – F54/55.

Sajad Mohammadian seized a gold medal in the Men’s Shot Put – F42.

Mohammad Khalvandi bagged a gold medal in the Men’s Javelin Throw – F57.

Powerlifter Hamed Solhipour seized a gold medal in the Men’s -88kg.

Iran finished in the first place in the Mixed Team Compound Open.

The 2014 Asian Para Games started on October 18 in Incheon, South Korea and will last until 24. The games feature around 5,000 athletes competing across 23 sports.

By Tasnim News Agency


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US marginalized in Mideast region: Iran commander Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:50:31 +0000 monire@Iran A senior Iranian commander says the power of the United States in the Middle East has diminished while the Islamic Republic has turned into the region’s main player.

“The US has become marginalized from a major player in the region and instead the Islamic [Republic of] Iran has become this sensitive region’s most important administrator…,” Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the second-in-command of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), said in the central city of Isfahan on Thursday.

Elsewhere in his comments, Salami highlighted Iran’s power in the region, saying, “Today our first strongholds have been located in Eastern Mediterranean and Iran has turned into a global hub in politics.”

Arrogant powers used all their capacities to prevent the formation of new powers that went against their interests throughout history and they applied “the most severe type of these measures” in the case of the Islamic Republic throughout the past three decades and more, the commander added.

“Today we have no fear of international powers and we have lined up our might in the face of their excessive demands,” he further pointed out.

In recent years, Iran has made major breakthroughs in its defense sector and attained self-sufficiency in producing important military equipment and systems.

The Islamic Republic has also conducted military drills to enhance the defense capabilities of its military and to test modern military tactics and equipment.

Iran has repeatedly said that its military might poses no threat to other countries, reiterating that its defense doctrine is based on deterrence.

By Press TV


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Tehran, Baghdad willing to further consolidate relations Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:42:19 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian and Iraqi officials in a joint statement on Thursday stressed their enthusiasm for the further reinvigoration of ties and cooperation between the two Muslim states.

Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri and visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi issued a joint statement on Thursday, calling for the further promotion of relations between the two capitals.

The joint statement was issued at the end of al-Abadi’s visit to Tehran.

The two officials voiced satisfaction over the growing trend of relations between Tehran and Baghdad, and called for further promotion of ties between the two capitals.

The Iraqi premier had arrived in Tehran on October 20, heading a high-ranking delegation for an official visit.

Al-Abadi visited Iran upon an invitation by Jahangiri.

The Iraqi prime minister held separate meetings with Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani, Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani and a number of other high-ranking Iranian officials.

Iran and Iraq have enjoyed growing ties ever since the overthrow of the former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, during the 2003 US invasion of the Muslim country.

Also on Tuesday, Iran and Iraq, once again, emphasized their determination to widen and deepen security cooperation in fight against terrorist and extremist groups, particularly against the ISIL.

In a meeting between Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani and al-Abadi, the Iranian official said that restless campaign against Takfiri terrorists and their supporters stands atop Iran-Iraq cooperation agenda.

“Continuous close cooperation between the two countries aimed at boosting both countries’ strategic capabilities and the two nations’ interests are vital,” he added.

Al-Abadi, for his part, said that the Iraqi government and nation would never forget Iran’s effective cooperation and contributions in campaign against terrorism in Iraq.

“My country is today engaged in a full scale, comprehensive war against terrorism and is determined to uproot the sedition of terrorism in Iraq relying on the brave Iraqi combatants,” the premier said.

By Fars News Agency


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