The iran project News related to Iran, specially political, military and regional news! Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:07:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 US NGOs urge congress not to sabotage Iran nuclear talks Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:07:01 +0000 monire@Iran Tehran, Oct 25, IRNA – Scores of American Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) have urged the Congress not to sabotage the nuclear talks with Iran.
According to the website of the Nation weekly, 37 NGOs have sent a letter to the US Congress “representing millions of Americans” who support using diplomatic ways to work out a nuclear agreement with Iran.

“We write to express deep concern with inaccurate and counterproductive rhetoric from a handful of Members of Congress regarding possible outcomes of the current negotiations,” said the letter.

It also criticized certain US congressmen for announcing that they will oppose to any possible comprehensive agreement made between the six major powers (US, Britain, Russia, France and China plus Germany) and Iran calling their act “particularly irresponsible.”

“We are disappointed to hear some Members of Congress also threaten to oppose any agreement that does not completely “eliminate” or “dismantle” Iran’s uranium enrichment infrastructure,” added the American NGOs calling it a “troubling” move on the way of reaching a “workable agreement”with Iran.

The ‘Americans for Peace Now,’ ‘Arms Control Association,’ ‘Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation,’ ‘Center for International Policy,’ ‘Council for a Livable World,’ ‘Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding and ‘Historians Against the War’ were among the NGOs that have signed the letter.



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UN deputy secretary general to visit Tehran: Envoy Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:01:05 +0000 monire@Iran Tehran, Oct 25, IRNA – Prior to the upcoming visit of the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson, to Iran during 28-30 October for high-level negotiations, IRNA spoke with UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Iran, Gary Lewis, on the UN’s role on the ground both in Iran and globally.
In the exclusive interview carried out on the occasion of UN Day, Lewis noted the fact that Iran is a founding member of the world body and underlined the presence of UN in Iran since 1948 and the strong cooperation the UN currently has under its 5-years UN Development Assistance Framework for the period 2012 – 2016.

“Iran joined the UN in 1945, when we were created. It is a distinguished and long-standing UN member state. We opened our first office in Iran in 1948. Currently, we have 18 UN agencies working on the ground in Iran to improve education, health, poverty, disaster preparedness, respond to environmental challenges, care for refugees and heal the scars left by drug trafficking and abuse.”

While understanding that the UN has seemingly become largely synonymous, in the minds of many Iranians, with resolutions adopted by the Security Council imposing sanctions which have caused sufferings in Iran – and which may have also adversely affected UN operations on the ground – Lewis said that he is very satisfied with the level of cooperation extended by the government.

“There is often a misplaced perception of the UN in the minds of some Iranian citizens,” he added. “But a close operational UN partnership with the government – which produces real development and humanitarian results on the ground – can help to diminish this perception.”

The negative effects of the sanctions on UN work have largely related to access to finance, procurement of goods and services essential for project implementation and some technical services, he explained.

But according to the UNDP Representative, “Their impact on UN operations has obliged us to work harder and put in much more time needed to secure special permissions required – time that could have been spent on supporting implementation – for example.

According to Lewis, who has been working in Iran for the past 18 months, the work of the UN – as agreed with the government – focuses on the fields of public health, environment, natural disaster risk reduction, inclusive growth, refugees, and drug reduction and control.

“The way we work is to deliver UN expertise and ensure that it complements the existing government development and humanitarian infrastructure. For example, this is how our partnership works best in combating HIV, TB, and malaria, the adverse impact of climate change, countering organized crime, better water and land management, coordinating the response to natural disasters and care for refugees.”

On the necessity of reforms in the United Nations, the UN envoy said that throughout his 27 years of experience with the organization, this has always been an issue, which is constantly being discussed, both within and outside the body.

“But our real challenge,” he added, “is the need to increasingly turn our attention to how the UN can prove more effective in responding to the real mega-threats of the new millennium. At a time, when the world’s mega-challenges present ‘problems without passports’, UN member states need to see that these challenges can only be fixed by a vision that is willing to respond to these challenges at the regional and global levels. We need to go beyond narrowly-defined national boundaries and priorities.”

He identified these threats – at the global level – as climate change impact, pandemics (like the Ebola which we now see erupting in west Africa), food insecurity, conflict over resources like water, transnational organized crime and terrorism. “These,” he said, “are the real human security challenges of the future.”

In Iran, he noted, these were some of the challenges to which the 400 UN personnel – 90 per cent of them being national staff serving their own country through the United Nations – were dedicated.

To a query on what being a UN representative means to him, Lewis commented with a positive personal note. He said that he had dreamed about working with the UN ever since he was 15 years old. Now, having served the organization for almost three decades in numerous countries, Lewis observed that, working in the UN was for him a dream job whereby he could try to make a positive difference in the lives of other less fortunate people.

Lewis said that the UN was, for him, “more an idea than just another international organization. It is an idea containing values such as peace, human rights, justice and development – our foundation values. You will find them in the Preamble to the UN Charter.”

“I hope there will be even greater appreciation of the UN’s role and its work in the eyes of the Iranian people,” he observed, “and that we are striving to make this world a safer one for everyone to live in.”

Regarding the initiative of President Hassan Rouhani on establishing a World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE), the UN Resident Coordinator said the proposal was in conformity with the peace promotion clause stipulated in the UN Charter’s Preamble.

He said he hoped that this important initiative would receive greater international visibility in the coming months and years.

Welcoming President Rouhani’s WAVE proposal, the UN Resident Coordinator said, “It is not as difficult a task as many people think to promote a culture of peace. And it starts at the kitchen table when we teach our children mutual respect, tolerance, listening and understanding of each other.”



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Iran: No good prospect for conclusion of nuclear talks by Nov. 24 deadline Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:31:32 +0000 monire@Iran

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior Iranian negotiator said he sees no bright prospect for the conclusion of nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers by November 24 deadline unless the other side abandons “illogical excessive demands” and used opportunities provided by Tehran.

“The negotiations between Iran and Group 5+1 are going ahead in a tough path filled with ups and downs and there is no good prospect for the conclusion of the talks by the deadline,” said Seyed Abbas Araqchi, Iran’s deputy foreign minister in reaction to the latest comments made by the US undersecretary of state for political affairs, Wendy Sherman.

“Undoubtedly, attempting to launch negotiations through media outlets rather than (sitting behind) negotiation table and declare political demands, once accompanied by illogical excessive demands, will not only help the progress of the talks, but also will make (continuing) the present tough path more difficult or impossible,” the Iranian diplomat warned.

Earlier this week, Wendy Sherman had said there has been impressive progress on several issues in the nuclear talks between world powers and Iran.

The chief US nuclear negotiator further referred to the November 24 deadline for clinching a deal, and described it as “the time to finish the job”.

Araqchi, however, reiterated that the Islamic Republic will continue the negotiations with good will until reaching the final result.

“We also believe that the existing opportunity is a great chance which may not be available for neither side again. We are certain that if the other side adheres to its declared objective in the negotiations, that is making sure that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful, realizing this goal is not that difficult,” said the Iranian official.

Iran and the G5+1 (alternatively known as the P5+1 or E3+3) are in talks to hammer out a final deal to end a decade of impasse over Tehran’s peaceful nuclear energy program.

On November 24, 2013, Iran and the G5+1  (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) signed an interim nuclear deal in the Swiss city of Geneva.

Based on the interim deal, the world powers agreed to suspend some non-essential sanctions and impose no new nuclear-related bans in return for Tehran’s decision to freeze parts of its nuclear activities.

In July, Tehran and the six countries agreed to extend negotiations until November 24 in the hope of clinching a final deal.

Sources close to the Iranian negotiating team say the main stumbling block in the way of resolving the Western dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program remains to be the removal of all the sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic.

Tehran wants the sanctions entirely lifted while Washington, under pressure from the pro-Israeli lobby, insists that at least the UN-imposed sanctions should remain in place.

By Tasnim News Agency


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Harvesters pick berberis in Iran, enjoying the fruits of their labor Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:19:13 +0000 monire@Iran Harvest season in Iran creates picture-perfect scenes of farmers’ efforts bearing fruit.

It is harvest season in Iran where pickers are all out in the open to pick berberis. Pickers find it somewhat difficult to collect berberis thanks to their thorny shrubs, but it is a labor of love for many.

Berberis vulgaris are the evergreen shrubs found throughout the temperate and subtropical regions of the world. Iran is the title holder when it comes to berberis cultivation. It accounts for almost 95 percent of the berberis produced around the world.

The berberis, which has dark red to violet foliage, is edible and rich in vitamin C. The dried fruit of the plant which is called Zereshk in Persian is widely used in cooking, giving a tart flavor to food. It is also used for medicinal purposes.

The following are beautiful images Fars News Agency placed on its website on October 22 on the harvest of berberis in a town in South Khorasan province:


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Tehran Univ. hosts refugee childrens’ painting expo Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:12:54 +0000 monire@Iran Tehran, Oct 25, IRNA – Tehran University hosted a painting exhibition by refugee children on Friday which was attended by representatives of international agencies in Iran.
The fair was organized by the World Food Program (WFP).

The executive secretary of the painting exhibition Amir Roshan said that the sale of the 38 exhibited paintings will be given to the refugee children themselves.

“The works were selected from 4000 paintings gathered from 16 camps during nine months,” he added.

In a speech in the opening ceremony of the exhibition, the WFP representative in Iran, Negar Gerami said: “Despite their suffering, the world of refugee children is full of colors.”

The Islamic Republic is the 2nd country known to host refugees, in particular, Afghan refugees which it is sheltering for nearly 30 years.

According to a report released by the WFP in the country, currently 840,000 Afghan and 45,000 Iraqi refugees live in Iran.



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Iranian parliamentary delegation due in Moscow on Sunday Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:07:34 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A delegation of Iranian lawmakers is slated to travel to Moscow on Sunday to hold talks with the high-ranking Russian officials on a diverse range of issues, including ways to promote parliamentary ties.
“According to the schedule, the 5-member delegation is planned to leave for Moscow early on Sunday,” Ramezan Ali Sobhanifar, the Head of Iran-Russia Parliamentary Friendship Group, told the Tasnim News Agency on Saturday.

Sobhanifar also said that he will be heading the parliamentary delegation, which includes Mohammad Taghi Tavakoli, Mohammad Hossein Ghorbani, Hadi Ghavami, Safar Naemizar, and Abbas Salahi.

He also announced that during their 5-day visit to Russia, the Iranian parliamentarians will meet with senior Russian officials, including vice-speakers of the Russian State Duma (the lower house) and the Federation Council (the upper house).

Tehran and Moscow have taken steps to develop bilateral ties in recent months.

In September, Iran and Russia agreed to boost cooperation in the area of economy and to use national currencies in bilateral trade.

By Tasnim News Agency


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Iran to hold 3rd Int’l engineering materials, metallurgy conference Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:00:56 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN (FNA)- The Third International Engineering Materials and Metallurgy Conference and Exhibition will be held in association with Tarbiat Modarres University at the venue of Shahid Beheshti International Conference Hall in Tehran on 18-19 November 2014.

The aim of the conference is to create interactions between materials and metallurgy engineers and other specialists, and to create added value for commercial and industrial beneficiaries.

The conference includes the delivery of key speeches by scientific and industrial elites in the world, presentation of scientific articles, organization of educational workshops, and introducing best research and industrial projects in the field of materials and metallurgy engineering.

The scopes of the conference are as follows:

· Materials characterization

· Production and manufacturing, industrial issues, metrology, and standards

· Surface science and engineering

· Computational materials science and engineering (modeling and simulation)

· Advanced materials design

· Nanoscience and nanotechnology

· Extractive metallurgy

· Education and technology transfer in materials science and engineering

· Materials engineering leadership and management.

For more information about paper submission and registration in the conference, visit the conference’s website at

By Fars News Agency


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Iran film ‘Tales’ screened at Abu Dhabi film festival Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:55:17 +0000 monire@Iran The Tales directed by leading female filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad represented Iran’s cinema at the main competition section of the 8th Abu Dhabi International Film Festival.

Bani-Etemad’s social drama is composed of seven short episodes, in which she reveals the fate of some of the main characters in her previous films like The Blue-Veiled, Under the Skin of the City and Mainline.

The film has garnered the Best Screenplay award at the 2014 International Venice Film Festival in Italy.

The Tales was also displayed at the main competition section of this year’s Hamburg International Film Festival in Germany.

Best known for addressing social problems in her films, Bani-Etemad has directed numerous feature-length and short films as well as documentaries, which have garnered many international and national awards.

She has said that “the characters in my films are real, [from among] the people whom I might meet every day.”

Many titles in different categories entered the lineup of this year’s Abu Dhabi film festival.

Established in 2007, the festival is held annually in October in the United Arab Emirates.

The 8th Abu Dhabi Film Festival kicked off on October 24 and is scheduled to run until November 1.

By Press TV


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Zarif’s Spain visit postponed Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:50:38 +0000 monire@Iran Tehran, Oct 25, IRNA – The visit of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to Spain has been postponed, an official said on Saturday.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the official told IRNA that Zarif was scheduled to travel to Spain this week but his planned visit is postponed due to heavy work engagements.



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Saudi activists set to defy no-women driving law Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:36:46 +0000 monire@Iran Activists in Saudi Arabia are set to defy a no-women driving law by getting behind the wheel amid warnings of punishment by officials.

Saudi activists are encouraging women to drive themselves in public on Sunday on the anniversary of an October 26 campaign last year by female drivers in defiance of a driving ban in the kingdom.

In recent weeks, campaigners have been pushing on social media for women to get behind the wheel and post pictures or films online.

The call is part of a renewed right-to-drive campaign which is scheduled to culminate this weekend.

Saudi authorities have strongly warned women against any move which would violate the female driving ban.

In a statement on Thursday, Saudi Interior Ministry warned women against any move which violates the kingdom’s controversial ban on female driving and said it will “strictly implement” measures against anyone who “contributes in any manner or by any acts, towards providing violators with the opportunity to undermine the social cohesion.”

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women are prohibited from driving. The medieval ban is a religious fatwa imposed by the country’s Wahhabi clerics. If women get behind the wheel in the kingdom, they may be arrested, sent to court and even flogged.

Saudi authorities have defied calls by international rights groups to end what has been described as its violation of women’s rights.

By Press TV


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