The iran project News related to Iran, specially political, military and regional news! Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:14:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Iran, EU resume nuclear talks in Istanbul Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:14:36 +0000 monire@Iran Istanbul, Jan 29, IRNA – Iran’s nuclear negotiations team resumed talks with three European Union (EU) countries in Istanbul Thursday.
The talks are conducted at deputy and expert levels with representatives of Germany, France and the UK.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Deputies for International Affairs Abbas

Araqchi and Majid Takht Ravanchi are to hold talks with their British, French and German counterparts Simon Gass, Nicolas Dorier and Hans-Dieter Lucas respectively.

Director of the Political and International Security Department of the Foreign Ministry Hamid Baeedinejad, Foreign Minister’s Advisor Davood Mahammadnia as well as two officials from Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Mohammad Amiri and Pejman Rahimian are other members of the Iranian negotiating team.

Helga Schmid, a deputy to the EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini is also in Istanbul to participate in the talks.



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US drone strike kills 7 in Pakistan’s North Waziristan Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:09:10 +0000 monire@Iran

A US drone firing a missile (file Photo)

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – At least seven people have been killed and three others injured in a US drone attack in Pakistan’s mountainous tribal region of North Waziristan.
 Pakistani intelligence sources confirmed on Wednesday that a US drone raid took place in the Shawal district of the restive tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

The officials said the aerial attack targeted a house and a vehicle nearby.

The assault killed seven people on the spot as the house was razed to the ground, according to Press TV.

The identities of the victims have not been disclosed yet. However, officials say militants were suspected of residing in the compound for months.

This is the fourth US drone strike in the North Waziristan region since the beginning of this year. The area has become a major stronghold of pro-Taliban militants.

Pakistan has intensified its anti-terror strategy following a December 16 attack on an army-run school in Peshawar, which claimed the lives of some 150 people, 134 of them children. Following the deadly attack in Peshawar, Pakistan lifted the moratorium on the death penalty, which had been in place for about six years.

The United Nations and several human rights organizations have identified the US as the world’s number one user of “targeted killings,” largely due to its drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Washington claims the targets of the drone attacks are militants, but local officials and witnesses maintain that civilians have been the main victims of the attacks over the past few years.

By Tasnim News Agency


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Offering 50 trillion rial bonds approved Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:01:31 +0000 monire@Iran

A view of Iran’s Majlis

TEHRAN Jan 29(Shana)–Parliament’s Integrated Commission has permitted Petroleum Ministry to issue bonds worth 50 trillion rials for investment in development of shared oil and gas fields.
Speaking to Shana, member of Integrated Commission Esmaeel Jalili said Petroleum Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh attended Wednesday meeting of the commission in order to clarify oil industry needs for next year specially accelerating development of shared oil and gas fields and the supergiant South Pars gas field as a priority.

Integrated Commission has decided to approve a legislation that will allow Petroleum Ministry to offer equivalent of 50 trillion IR rials of bonds for stepping up development of shared oil and gas fields, the lawmaker said.

He further noted that another suggestion on allocating as much as 5 billion dollars of National Development Fund (NDF)’s resources to development of shared oil fields failed to be approved even though another proposal which focused on allocation of 4 billion dollars of NDF’s funds will be discussed during another session of the integrated commission.



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Turkish novelist Pamuk to visit Iran next month Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:51:33 +0000 monire@Iran

Turkish Nobel laureate writer Orhan Pamuk

Turkish author and Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk is scheduled to travel to Iran to unveil the Persian translated version of his book “Cevdet Bey and His Sons”.

Arsalan Fasihi, the translator of the book, said on Wednesday that the renowned novelist accompanied by his wife will visit Iran in late February.

Pamuk has expressed his willingness to meet with Iranian writers during his stay, Fasihi said, and added the Turkish literary figure will also tour the historic cities of Shiraz and Isfahan.

Pamuk’s other books The White Castle and The New Life have been translated into Persian by Arsalan Fasihi.

Born in Istanbul in 1952, Orhan Pamuk is a novelist, screenwriter and academic and the recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature.

His works have been sold around the world, with over eleven million copies in sixty languages.

His novels mainly explore mystery, romance, philosophical questions and the conflict between Islam and Westernism in modern Turkey.

My Name Is Red, Snow, The Museum of Innocence and The Black Book are among his better-known works.

By Press TV


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Iran’s IRGC launches new Parmida crew boat Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:46:23 +0000 monire@Iran

This file photo shows a Parmida crew ship

A new model of Iran’s first domestically manufactured crew boat has begun its maiden voyage in the Persian Gulf waters.

The boat was launched in the southern port city of Bushehr on Wednesday in the presence of chief of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)’s naval forces Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi.

According to Sepah News, the light vessel, named “Parmida 6”, is specialized in transporting passengers and equipment.

With a maximum speed of 25 nautical miles per hour, the boat has the capacity to carry 73 passengers and eight crew on board.

The first version of the vessel, “Parmida 1,” was built in 2010.

In recent years, Iran has unveiled several domestically made submarines, ships and warships, including the Jamaran destroyer.

Jamaran, a Mowj-class warship, has been designed and built by Iranian experts and has state-of-the-art navigation equipment and complex defensive systems.

Iran has so far launched different classes of home-made advanced submarines, including Fateh, Ghadir, Qaem, Nahang, Tareq and Sina.

By Press TV


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Iran and Europe negotiatiors to meet Thursday in Istanbul Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:24:16 +0000 jafari@iran Iranian officials will meet with European members of the P5+1 group in Istanbul on Thursday under the ongoing diplomatic effort to secure a deal over Tehran’s disputed nuclear programme.

The meeting with British, French and German diplomats was announced by Iran’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham during a weekly press briefing in Tehran.

The EU, which has chaired the P5+1 talks, said separately that its political director Helga Schmid would also attend.

However, a senior State Department official said there were no plans for the United States to participate in the Istanbul talks which he said were part of the bilateral discussions between Iran and the EU.

Under an interim agreement, representatives of the P5+1 (United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany) and Iran gave themselves until March 31 to reach a political deal. The two parties are seeking a comprehensive accord by a June 30 deadline.

Two such deadlines were missed last year and both sides have admitted that big differences remain on the hard detail of what the final pact would look like.

Afkham told reporters there could be meetings with P5+1 members at a security conference in Munich next month, where Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is already scheduled to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Under an interim deal, Iran’s stock of fissile material has been diluted from 20 percent enriched uranium to five percent in exchange for limited sanctions relief.

Experts say such measures pushed back the “breakout capacity” to make an atomic weapon, which Iran denies pursuing.

Tehran insists its nuclear programme is for domestic energy production and that it needs to increase its enrichment capacity to make fuel for a fleet of power reactors that it is yet to build.

World powers, however, are skeptical about why Iran needs such a large enrichment capability, and UN atomic inspectors say Tehran has not yet fully addressed questions about past nuclear activities.

Zarif meanwhile was quoted by an Iranian newspaper Wednesday as saying there was a “general agreement that Iran could have a nuclear enrichment programme, no sites will be closed and sanctions should be lifted”.

“But the discussions are continuing on the level of enrichment, on when Iran will begin industrial scale enrichment and how nuclear research and development will be done,” he told Etemad daily.

The future of a heavy water reactor at Arak in central Iran is also to be resolved, Zarif added.



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US senate majority leader insists on Iran sanctions bill Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:17:55 +0000 jafari@iran

US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday vowed action on a bill to toughen sanctions on Iran over its nuclear energy program despite opposition by the White House.

“We think the Iran sanctions bill is important and ought to be dealt with in the near future,” McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, said during an interview with USA TODAY.

“It makes a lot of sense…to send a message to the Iranians that if no agreement is reached, you get tougher sanctions,” the senator added.

Congress is pushing for a new round of sanctions against Iran if nuclear negotiations between Tehran and the P5+1 fail to reach an agreement by a July deadline.

US President Barack Obama has warned Congress that he would veto any measures to impose new sanctions on Iran because it would halt the nuclear negotiation process.

McConnell unyielding on Israel

Senator McConnell also defended a controversial invitation for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak at Congress about harsher sanctions on Iran.

House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu to address Congress on March 3. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has described the invitation as a breach of protocol.

“I think we should go ahead and have the speech because the issue is very timely in this country, and this is an American initiative, not an Israeli initiative,” McConnell argued.

“I’m not sure what the custom is,” he said, dismissing the idea of a breach of protocol. “We now have a new Republican Congress. It has a different agenda in many respects from that of the president.”

Iran and the P5+1 states — the US, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany — are making intensive efforts to narrow their differences and pave the way for a final, long-term nuclear accord.

By Press TV


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A look at Iranian newspaper front pages on Jan. 29 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:08:47 +0000 jafari@iran IFP has taken a look at the front pages of newspapers on Thursday and picked headlines from 17 of them. IFP has simply translated the headlines and does not vouch for their accuracy.

A visit by the Supreme Leader to the mausoleum of the late Imam Khomeini to pay respects to the architect of the Islamic Republic as the 36th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution nears appeared on the front pages of all newspapers on Thursday. Also on the cover of dailies was the retaliatory attack of Hezbollah on an Israeli military convoy.


Abrar: In a letter to the parliament speaker, four MPs have called for the list of deputies who have received financial aid from Mohammad Reza Rahimi [a convicted deputy of the former president] to be made public.

Abrar: “Government should be required to hand over development projects to the private sector,” said Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani.


Abrar Newspaper-1-29-2015

Abrar-e Eghtesadi: “Oil accounts for some 90 percent of the country’s GDP,” said the minister of industries, mines and trade.

Abrar-e Eghtesadi: Following a 50 percent rise in imports of consumer goods, a motion to question Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh [the minister of industries, mines and trade] will be debated on parliament floor.


Abrar Eghtesadi Newspaper-1-29-2015

Afkar: The new Saudi King has made his first official comment on Iran. “Iran should not develop nuclear weapons.”

Afkar: Lebanon’s Hezbollah has retaliated against the Israeli attack.


Afkar Newspaper-1-29-2015

Aftab-e Yazd: Gholamali Khoshroo, an ally of [former President Mohammad] Khatami has been named Iran’s new ambassador to the United Nations.

Aftab-e Yazd: The grandson of Imam Khomeini has urged President Rouhani – when he visited the mausoleum of the late Imam – to stick to his “prudence and bravery”.


Aftabe Yazd Newspaper-1-29-2015

Arman-e Emrooz: A member of the committee looking into the corruption case involving billionaire Babak Zanjani has said four ministers have been questioned in connection with the case.


Armane Emrooz Newspaper-1-29-2015

Eghtesad-e Pooya: “The Chinese supply one-fourth of Iran’s needs,” reported the Trade Promotion Organization of Iran.


Eghtesad pouya Newspaper-1-29-2015

Emtiaz: Some 50 percent of those who develop cancer in Iran die of the disease.


Emtiaz Newspaper-1-29-2015

Etemad: “The crime Mohammad Reza Rahimi has been convicted of dates back to the time he was first vice-president,” said the spokesman of the judiciary. [His comment seems to be in response to former President Ahmadinejad’s statement that Rahimi’s corruption case has nothing to do with his presidency.


Ettemad Newspaper-1-29-2015

Ettela’at: The president has urged the public to turn out in force for festivities to mark the victory of the Islamic Revolution.


Ettelaat Newspaper-1-29-2015

Hemayat: Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani paid respects to the founding father of the Islamic Republic by visiting his mausoleum, south of Tehran. “Imam established a link between politics and religiosity.”


Hemayat Newspaper-1-29-2015

Jamejam: An Iranian referee will officiate the final of the AFC Asian Cup in Australia.


Jame Jam Newspaper-1-29-2015

Jomhouri Islami: “Gaps in nuclear talks have somewhat narrowed,” said the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman.

Jomhouri Islami: Talks between Iran and deputy foreign ministers of E3 [Germany, France and Britain] will open in Istanbul, Turkey later on Thursday.


Jomhouri Eslami Newspaper-1-29-2015

Kayhan: “Police prevent some 5 million liters of fuel from being smuggled out of the country on a daily basis,” said Police Chief Brigadier General Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam.


Kayhan Newspaper-1-29-2015

Khorasan: “Mohammad Reza Rahimi seeks to depict his conviction in a corruption case as being politically motivated,” said the judiciary spokesman.


Khorasan Newspaper-1-29-2015

Mardomsalari: “Reports that a senior official at the Presidential Office holds dual citizenship are untrue,” said the government spokesman.


Mardom Salari Newspaper-1-29-2015

Qods: “The West should know that Iran’s patience is not infinite,” said the Iranian foreign minister.


ghods Newspaper-1-29-2015

Sayeh: “Up to four million educated Iranian men and women are single,” said the National Organization for Civil Registration.


Sayeh Newspaper-1-29-2015

By Iran Front Page


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Argentine president renews support for AMIA agreement with Iran Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:58:20 +0000 jafari@iran TEHRAN (FNA)- Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner once again threw her weight behind the country’s last year agreement with Iran on investigations into the 1994 bombing of the AMIA center in Buenos Aires.

President Fernandez de Kirchner made the comments on Tuesday night and on the anniversary of the agreement signed with Tehran.

Addressing the people of Argentina, President Fernandez de Kirchner reiterated that the agreement will help find a way for clarifying the unknowns of the bomb attack and finding the realities.

“Several judges and prosecutors who are pursuing the interests of certain companies and politicians of the opposition political party have tried to portray the MoU as illegal,” the Argentine president said, explaining the hues and cries made by pro-Israeli lobby groups about the agreement.

Earlier this month, Argentinean Foreign Minister Hector Timmerman called a leading prosecutor a liar for accusing President Fernandez of secretly negotiating with Iran to help exonerate the country from involvement in the 1994 deadly bomb attack on the AMIA center in Buenos Aires.

Prosecutor Alberto Nisman had asked a judge to call Fernandez, Timmerman and others for questioning about the 1994 bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people.

Timmerman called the prosecutor’s accusations “despicable”.

Reading from a statement, he said Fernandez had taken big strides “in the search and punishment of the perpetrators of the brutal attack”.

The prosecutor’s accusations “only demonstrate the level of confusion and paralysis” in the unsolved case, Timmerman said.

Under intense political pressure from the US and Israel, Argentina had formally accused Iran of having carried out the bomb attack of the AMIA building in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people in 1994. The Islamic Republic has categorically denied any involvement in the terrorist bombing.

On January 27, 2013, the former Iranian foreign minister and Timmerman signed an agreement to jointly probe into the bombing.

“This initiative has prevented some countries and political currents from interfering in our good relations with the Latin American states,” former Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mehman-Parast said at the time.

He noted that Israel was trying to link the AMIA deadly incident to Iran, but Tehran’s agreement with Buenos Aires prevented Tel Aviv from achieving its goal.

“The AMIA bombing is a fully suspicious case and no independent and impartial fact-finding mission had ever been commissioned to deal with it (before),” Mehman-Parast added.

After Iran and Argentina signed the deal over AMIA, the Israeli regime showed an angry reaction. “We are stunned by this news item and we will want to receive from the Argentine government a complete picture as to what was agreed upon because this entire affair affects Israel directly,” Israel’s then Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Yigal Palmor said on January 28, 2013.

In a statement on January 30, 2013, however, the Argentinean Foreign Ministry said Israel’s demand for explanation over the agreement, described by Argentinean President Fernandez as “historic,” was an “improper action that is strongly rejected”.

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Photos: Opening of 14th IRGC women’s championship held in Tehran Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:50:54 +0000 jafari@iran

By Mehr News Agency

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