The iran project News related to Iran, specially political, military and regional news! Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:32:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Road transportation fleet to be renovated with Oil Ministry cooperation Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:32:07 +0000 monire@Iran Tehran, Dec 18, IRNA – Minister of Roads and Urban Development said on the basis of planning made with the Oil Ministry the plan for renovation of public road transportation fleet has been prepared and presented to the Economy Council.
Abbas Akhundi put the total value of the country’s roads at 2000 thousand billion rials and said although the cost of roads maintenance is 90 thousand billion rials annually there is no credit available for this job.

He underlined the need for the development of infrastructures for increasing the number of border terminals and connecting Iran’s surface network to international routes. He said: “I am committed to put into operation whatever that has been commissioned to me through consultation with experts and the private sector.”

Terming renovation of public road transportation an essential task, he said roads of the country are tolerating traffic load more than their capacity and growth rate of vehicles is high in the country.

He said currently 17 million vehicles are operating in the country and the number is ever increasing but road facilities are not compatible with this growth.

Meanwhile, Traffic Police Chief Brigadier General Eskandar Momeni referred to the 7.5% drop in traffic accidents in the past year and said no action has been taken with regards to safety vehicles and in certain cases there has been a drawback.

He said in Iran 50% of traffic accident victims lose their lives on the spot and the remaining 50% after the incident, adding that vehicle safety will save passenger lives.



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“Green hands to save Zagros” Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:19:18 +0000 monire@Iran

Conservation of Biodiversity in Central Zagros Landscapes’ goal is ultimately to ensure the protection and sustainability of use and exploitation of all biodiversity in the Central Zagros Region. Photo Credit: Farid Atar

Dating back 5000 years, oak forests play a vital role in providing fresh air, water and other ecological services to the inhabitants of western parts of Iran. However, ecologically speaking these forests are considered to be young and vulnerable.

Sadly in recent decades, factors such as climate change, extensive logging, overgrazing and reduced level of underground water resources have affected the natural regeneration of oak trees. Intensified by dust storms and Biscogniauxia mediterranea – a fungal disease affecting this species – the oak forest decay is regarded as one of the most important biodiversity threats in the Zagros Region.

To address this issue, the q/GEF Conservation of Biodiversity in Central Zagros landscape has supported realization of an idea proposed by a local man from Lordegan County – located in southwestern part of Iran – aiming to produce oak saplings as well as training the local communities.

The project is named “Each School, One Nursery” and is under implementation by local NGOs with technical support of Zagros Project and Small Grants Programme (SGP).

In December 2013, this project was piloted in eight schools in the forests of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province and teachers were trained by technical experts.

This initiative resulted in the plantation of more than 1200 oak seeds with the help of 400 students. The students were asked to take care of their seedlings and to deliver them the next year. The Natural Resources Organization (NRO) will buy the seedlings and use them for forest rehabilitation schemes.

18 Dec 2014- Green hand to save Zagros

Students of Jozestan Village in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari

As the next step in 2014, “The Oak-planting Guideline” was jointly published by UNDP/GEF Zagros Project, Department of Environment (DoE) and SGP, and some training workshops were held for DoE experts to build their capacity to involve other governmental organizations such as Natural Resources Organization and Ministry of Education in the program and train teachers and subsequently engage every school of Zagros Mountains Area in this initiative.

Nowadays, given the good amount of precipitation in western altitudes of the country and as the oak planting season approaches, the trainers are speeding up the implementation of this project in 11 provinces of Zagros including Isfahan, West Azerbaijan, Lorestan, Kohkiluye and Boyrahmad, Fars, Ilam, Kermanshah, Chaharmahal o Bakhtiari, Hamedan, Kurdistan and Khuzestan.

The extension offices of Forest, Range and Watershed Management Organization (FRWO), Red Crescent Volunteers and Students are supporting the program. Once grown, these new saplings will also be used by the provincial offices of the NRO to rehabilitate Oak forests.

All interested NGOs, Governmental Organizations, CBOs, local communities and individuals could contact their local DoE offices, to participate in the program.

By United Nations In Iran


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Non-oil exports must become first priority Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:11:15 +0000 monire@Iran Kerman, Dec 18, IRNA – Chairman of the Trade Development Organization of Iran Valiollah Afkhami-Rad said orientation of the country should be towards giving priority to exports and all should consider non-oil exports a major task.
The official, speaking at an Export Day Conference here on Wednesday, further remarked that passing through the difficult conditions facing the government is not an easy task and problems cannot be solved quickly.

“Using human experience plays an important role in the progress of objectives which we have sometimes not used and paid a heavy price.”

He stressed that the sanctions cannot bring the country to its knees but can lower the speed of action and create heavy costs, adding that such costs have been sustained in the past.

Quoting the manager of an Iranian bank outside the country he said the price paid by the Iranian business and the people in the recent years for commercial activities amounts to $100 billion.

Afkhami-Rad noted that despite all the problems and banking sanctions export of non-oil commodities in the past eight months amounted to $31.5 billion which shows an increase of 20%.

He said target markets of the Iranian commodities are China with $6 billion, Iraq with 4 billion, the UAE with $2.5 billion, Afghanistan with $1.6 billion and India with $1.4 billion.

The official further noted that among the top 10 countries which are targets for the Iranian commodities there is also one European country, namely Italy.

He said major exports are to the Asian continent with 92.6%, an also 5% to Europe and 2% to Africa, adding that exports to the U.S. and the Pacific is meager.

Pointing to imports in the past eight months he said $34.225 billion were imported but the gap between imports and exports is low which is considered a strong point in trade.

He concluded by saying that for the promotion of exports direct airlines should be established for the target countries, the railway should be connected to the neighboring countries and marine transportation should become operational.



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Russian president: Moscow to broaden ties, cooperation with Tehran Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:00:46 +0000 monire@Iran Moscow, Dec 18, IRNA – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Moscow spares no efforts to broaden relations and cooperation with Iran.
Speaking in a press conference in Moscow, he said there is no obstacle to expansion of relations with Iran.

The Russian president also blamed decrease in the volume of trade exchange between Iran and Russia last year on international conditions.

Moscow tries to boost trade ties between the two countries, he said.

Iran’s economy is based on production and sales of oil and gas products, Puttin said.

Some believe that the current complicated situation in world oil market is a plot hatched by Saudi Arabia and the US to punish Iran and Russia, he said.

Some believe that the current problems in the market refer to tight competition between producers of crude oil, he said.

Moscow is determined to deversify its cooperation with Iran and this has been welcomed by Iranian business partners, Puttin said.

Moscow and Tehran are now cooperating in auto and aviation industries and are determined to fully broaden it, he said.

The two sides’ economic and energy officials have met in recent years to study expansion of relations and cooperation, Putin said.

In fact, the two sides’ officials are determined to help resolve existing problems, said the Russian president.

The Russian president also lauded Iran’s stand on the country’s nuclear dossier.

Russia contributed to the construction of Busherhr nuclear plant and will continue its cooperation, underlined President Putin.

Putin’s annual press conference took about three hours in which he highlighted domestic, regional and global issues.

Some 1,259 domestic and foreign reporters covered Putin’s press conference.



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Iran’s coverage: Next round of nuclear talks to be held in January, Araqchi says Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:30:43 +0000 monire@Iran Daily look at Iran’s late-breaking news and upcoming events:


Araqchi: Next round of nuclear talks next month in Dy FMs’ level

Talks between deputy foreign ministers of Iran and Group 5+1 after 3-day intensive negotiations ended in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday evening.


Oil price stability tied to producers’ cooperation

Iraq’s Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri has said that cooperation among oil producing countries would help curb oil price fall.

Iran nuclear talks look promising: Russian deputy FM

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov commented on the talks on Iran nuclear deal, saying that the negotiations look very promising and the sides have agreed to the next round of negotiations at the level of deputy foreign ministers in mid-January.

Iran’s speaker voices Tehran’s continued support for stability in Syria

Speaker of Iran’s Parliament Ali Larijani expressed Tehran’s support for any attempt to restore peace and stability in Syria, and underlined the significance of protecting the Arab country’s territorial integrity and national sovereignty.

Putin not ruling out visit to Tehran

During his annual press conference Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his visit to the Iranian capital Tehran is possible.


Iranian army to stage massive drills

Iran’s Army plans to hold large-scale military exercises next week.


Tax should replace oil revenues in budget

Reliable tax income is a good substitute for volatile oil prices in the budget, Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Ali Tayyebnia said.


Iran, Britain to discuss reopening of respective embassies

A group of Iranian MPs has been invited by the British House of Commons to travel to London to discuss the reopening of the British Embassy in Tehran.


Putin says deal on Iran’s nuclear program ‘very close’

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the six world powers and Iran were “very close” to reaching an agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program.


Air Force’s new rockets to be tested in planned drills

Iranian Air Force spokesman said the force’s newest rockets will be test-fired in military exercises planned to be held next week.


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59 suspected militants arrested in Kabul Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:39:03 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN (FNA)- Defense ministry of Afghanistan on Thursday said 59 suspected militants were arrested in military operations in different parts of Kabul province.

A statement issued by the ministry states that during these operations security forces confiscated military uniforms, binoculars, mines, 134 different types of weapons, ammunition as well as drugs, Khaama Press reported.

The ministry officials say that the arrest of such a large number of insurgents with their weapons is a setback to the militants and has promptly blocked terrorist attacks in Kabul.

Kabul is seeing some worst terrorist attacks these days with one suicide attack at police just this morning that killed one and injured three others.

By Fars News Agency


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First drilling operation conducted underneath SP gas reserves Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:30:29 +0000 monire@Iran Bushehr, Dec 18, IRNA – Offshore Deputy Managing Director of Pars Oil and Gas Company Farrokh Alikani said the first operations for exploration in hydrocarbon layers of the Persian Gulf field were successfully conducted with the cooperation of POG experts as well as other Iranian firms.
The operations were aimed at evaluating reserve potentials of the field in Faraqan and Zakin and Sarchahan-Siahoo layer formations and production from Kangan and Dalan layer formations.

Pointing to the fact that at present major gas production in the Persian Gulf fields is related to Kangan and Dalan layer formations which is the joint field of South Pars, he added with respect to the studies conducted and exploration and production activities of the neighboring countries such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Turkey and Jordan, it seems that the future of exploration of new hydrocarbon reserves in this field will be related to soil-stone layer formations of Faraqn and Zakin.

Alikhani further remarked that the successful implementation of the operations is a new achievement in the discovery of different layers in the marine resources in south of the country and identification of these layers provides an opportunity for the exploiter to gain access to the main sources of production and reserve potentials in the process of oil and gas production.

He noted that with the achievement of the new success all previous ambiguities about major reserve layers underneath South Pars gas field have been removed and with the completion of future studies a more precise knowledge about this huge hydrocarbon reserve will be obtained.

Appreciating efforts of the Iranian experts he said all the complicated technical and operational stages were implemented by Iranian companies which can be considered a major scientific and operational achievement.

The South Pars gas field is one of the world’s largest gas resorts that is located on shared Iran and Qatar offshore border at about 3000 meters depth from the seabed of the Persian Gulf.

South Pars is located at a 105 kilometer distance to the south of the Iranian shores and is one of the county’s main energy resources.



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Merkel says Russia sanctions remain ‘unavoidable’ Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:26:06 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN (Tasnim) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed Thursday that Europe’s goal remains a free and whole Ukraine and that Western sanctions against Russia remain unavoidable until that goal is reached.
She was speaking to parliament hours before the start of a European summit in Brussels that will look at the standoff with economically-battered Russia over the fate of its Soviet-era satellite, AFP reported.

“The goal of our actions is and will remain a sovereign and territorially intact Ukraine that can decide its own future,” said Merkel, cautioning that this would require continued “patience and perseverance”.

Merkel reiterated that there is “no military solution” and pledged to continue political and economic support for Ukraine, which in turn should “modernise the economy, strengthen the rule of law and fight corruption”.

She pointed to the humanitarian situation amid icy winter temperatures and said “Ukraine must be permitted to bring their own relief supplies safely to areas in the east of the country that are controlled by the separatists”.

Merkel, a frequent interlocutor with Russian President Vladimir Putin, stressed that Europe continued to seek dialogue with Moscow, and that the goal is “European security cooperation with Russia, not against Russia”.

“Until we reach that goal… sanctions remain unavoidable,” she said.

Merkel, who grew up under communism in the former East Germany, said that “the end of the Cold War 25 years ago allowed the countries of central and eastern Europe to determine their own paths.

“If we allowed this self-determination to be abandoned today, it would mean nothing less than a new division of Europe into spheres of influence, a new splitting of Europe.

By Tasnim News Agency


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Photos: Iran U-17 Football team loses to Italy Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:49:32 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran Under-17 football team suffered a home defeat against Italy in a football friendly.

By Tasnim News Agency

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Geneva to host next round of nuclear talks before January 20 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:42:38 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The next round of nuclear talks between Iran and world powers is set to be held in Geneva in less than a month.
A source close to the Russian team of negotiators in Geneva told the Tasnim News Agency that the Swiss city will host the next round of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) before January 20, 2015.

It will be held at the level of deputy foreign ministers, he said.

At the end of Wednesday talks at Geneva’s President Wilson Hotel, the two sides agreed to resume the negotiations next month.

It came less than a month after the parties decided to extend for more 7 months a self-imposed deadline for signing a comprehensive agreement on Tehran’s civilian nuclear work.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (also known as the P5+1 or E3+3) wrapped up a week of intensive nuclear talks in Vienna on November 24 without reaching the long-awaited deal.

Negotiations between Iran and the sextet aim to hammer out a final agreement to end more than a decade of impasse over Tehran’s peaceful nuclear program.

By Tasnim News Agency


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