The iran project News related to Iran, specially political, military and regional news! Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:05:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Iraqi PM departs Tehran for Baghdad Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:05:13 +0000 monire@Iran Tehran, Oct 22, IRNA – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, wrapping up a 2-day visit to Iran, departed Tehran for Baghdad on Wednesday evening.
During his stay in Tehran, al-Abadi conferred with the Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani, Chairman of Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Majlis (parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani, Head of Judiciary Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani and Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani.

His meeting with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was delayed to some other time due to al-Abadi’s heavy schedule.

Al-Abadi met with senior clerics in the city of Qom on Wednesday.

The most important issue in his meetings with Iranian senior officials was strengthening cooperation with Iran in fight against terrorist groups in Iraq.

It was the first visit of the Iraqi premier to Tehran since he took office.



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Spokeswoman underlines Iran’s good relations with Turkey, Saudi Arabia Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:22:04 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s foreign policy is based on the improvement of good relations with its neighboring countries, including Turkey and Saudi Arabia, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said on Wednesday.
Speaking to reporters in her weekly press conference in Tehran on Wednesday, Afkham commented on the age-old relations between Tehran and Anakara, saying, “Definitely, there are some differences of opinion but we have considered dialogue and cooperation as our principles.”

Answering a question about Iran-Saudi Arabia ties, she described the relations as “good”, but at the same time said, “As regards disagreements (between the two countries) on regional issues, we need tolerance and dialogue.”

“Good relations with the neighboring countries is the principle of our foreign policy and we hope that they (neighbors) will also take the same principle into consideration seriously,” Afkham said.

Commenting on the possibility of an official visit to Saudi Arabia by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the spokeswoman said up to now, no date has been set for the visit.

She added that Zarif is slated to pay an official visit to Spain next week and then plans to pay a visit to China to participate in a conference on Afghanistan due to be held on October 31 with foreign ministers from the regional countries in attendance.

By Tasnim News Agency


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Iranians protest acid attacks in central city Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:19:05 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians rallied on Wednesday in the central city of Isfahan and the capital, Tehran, to protest a string of acid attacks on women in Isfahan in recent months, the latest public outcry over the assaults that have shocked the nation.

About 2,000 people gathered in front of Isfahan’s judiciary building, demanding that the perpetrators be brought to justice, reported the semiofficial Fars news agency. Later Wednesday, dozens of people also gathered in front of the parliament in Tehran to condemn the attacks and demand punishment for those behind such assaults.

Acid attacks are very rare in Iran, but Isfahan has seen a string of eight cases of such assaults over the past few months, police chief Gen. Ismaeil Ahmadi Moghaddam told reporters.

According to police, the attacks all had the same pattern – attackers on a motorbike, one driving, the other throwing acid at women sitting inside a passing car.

Moghaddam said an ongoing police investigation suggests the same attacker threw the acid in all the assaults. Police have already arrested four suspects in the case but the extent or nature of their suspected involvement was not known.

Local media have speculated that the attackers targeted women whom they considered to be immodestly dressed. Iranian women must cover themselves in public and wear a headscarf.

Moghaddam dismissed the speculations, saying claims the women were attacked because they were not sufficiently veiled were “wrong.”

“The victims belong to observant (Muslim) families,” Moghaddam said, according to the official IRNA news agency.

Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejehei, a spokesman for the Iranian judiciary, reiterated his earlier remarks that the suspects, if convicted, should receive harsh and “most serious punishment” – usually a reference to execution.

Local police commander, Col. Hossein Hosseinzadeh, said the person suspected of throwing the acid was likely a “mentally disturbed” individual. He did not elaborate.

In the past, acid attacks in Iran were usually linked to personal grudges. In 2011, the case of an Iranian woman blinded by a spurned suitor drew international attention.

The victim, Ameneh Bahrami, forgave her attacker in a hospital operating room, just before a doctor was about to carry out a court-ordered retribution and destroy one of his eyes with acid, under the Islamic, or Sharia, practice of “an-eye-for-an-eye.”

Iran’s judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi defended the Islamic practice but stressed that in cases such as the latest string of attacks in Isfahan, “deterrent punishment must be carried out so that no one would dare commit such crimes in the future.”

By The Associated Press


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Boeing books first sales to Iran since 1979 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:15:45 +0000 monire@Iran (Reuters) – Boeing said on Wednesday it had sold aircraft-related goods to Iran Air in the third quarter, marking the first acknowledged dealings between U.S. aerospace companies and Iran since the 1979 U.S. hostage crisis.

The Chicago-based aerospace and defense company said in a filing that it sold aircraft manuals, drawings, navigation charts and data to Iran Air to help improve the safety of Iran’s civil aviation industry.

The sales did not include spare parts for aircraft, which were thought to be likely since Iran Air’s fleet of planes includes vintage Boeing and Airbus jetliners delivered as long ago as 1978.

Boeing and General Electric (GE.N) said in April that they had received export licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control allowing them to sell parts for commercial aircraft to Iran under a temporary sanctions relief deal that began in January.

Boeing said it may sell parts in the future but declined further comment. The sales generated about $120,000 in revenue and about $12,000 in net profit in the quarter, miniscule amounts for a company that reported $23.7 billion in sales in the latest quarter.

Iran agreed in November 2013 to curtail nuclear activities for six months from Jan. 20, 2014, in exchange for sanctions relief from Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States.

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Iran’s judiciary chief warns of plots to tarnish image of Islam Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:10:28 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Judiciary chief cautioned that Islam is facing the threat of “distortion”, and lashed out at the US and the ISIL terrorist group for misrepresenting Islam.
In comments on Wednesday, Ayatollah Saddeq Amoli Larijani warned that Islam could face the threat of “distortion and misrepresentation” at any time.

On the one hand, an American version of Islam is now being propagandized all over the world, on the other hand, an untrue version of Islam is being represented by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group, which has been created by the US and the Europeans themselves, he added.

Ayatollah Amoli Larijani underlined that the terrorist groups have nothing to do with the true Islam, noting that what they introduce as Islam is indeed to “damage the image of Islam” and tarnish the Islamic doctrines.

In relevant comments in September, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined that the terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and ISIL have been fabricated by the West and its regional proxies.

“Although, the Western countries, particularly the US, claim that they have nothing to do with these groups (al-Qaeda and ISIL), there is ample evidence suggesting that these movements have been fabricated by Western powers and their regional elements,” the Leader said at the time.

By Tasnim News Agency


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Rouhani: Iran experiencing stable situation Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:07:08 +0000 monire@Iran Zanjan, Oct 22, IRNA – President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that the country is now experiencing a stable situation and the problems of foreign diplomacy will be resolved through negotiations.
The country’s status in terms of economy and security is very satisfactory, said President Rouhani.

President Rouhani made the remarks in a meeting with investors and businessmen of Zanjan province on his 9th provincial tours.

The economy will develop under a stable and safe situation, he said.

The government is determined to do its best to reduce inflation rate to a single digit next year, he said.

Iran’s status in terms of security and stability is very satisfactory compared to other countries of the region and the country’s foreign problems will be solved through negotiations.

He also called for closer cooperation between the state-run organizations and the private sector which he said would expedite the country’s march towards development, he said.



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Iran commander visits China’s Qingdao naval base Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:02:15 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari arrived in China’s eastern port city of Qingdao on Wednesday to visit a naval base in the city and hold talks with Chinese military officials.
Heading a high-ranking delegation, Rear Admiral Sayyari arrived in Qingdao as the second leg of his China tour. The commander has already paid a visit to Shanghai.

During his stay in Qingdao, Sayyari is scheduled to visit the Chinese naval hardware stationed in the port city, including destroyers, frigates and submarines.

The Iranian commander will also hold meetings with ranking Chinese officers in that city.

According to Iran’s Navy, Sayyari’s tour of China is aimed at forging stronger military ties and promoting cooperation between Tehran and Beijing.

Qingdao is a major city in Shandong Province, east of China. It is a major seaport and industrial center and hosts a naval base as well.

By Tasnim News Agency


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ICC must act firmly on international crimes: Iran envoy Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:59:29 +0000 monire@Iran An Iranian official says Tehran is among the main victims of international crimes, particularly the use of chemical weapons and that the International Criminal Court (ICC) must act strictly against those that committed the crimes.

Iran’s Ambassador to Amsterdam Alireza Jahangiri, in a Tuesday meeting with the ICC’s President Judge Sang-Hyun Song, also criticized the international community for failing to take any action to punish and put on trial those who are committing international crimes, including the users of chemical weapons.

The envoy said Iran supports the impartial and independent measures of the ICC.

According to reports, the use of chemical weapons by Baghdad, under the deposed dictator Saddam Hussein, during the eight-year Iraqi war imposed on Iran (1980-1988) inflicted over 100,000 casualties on the Iranian side. Many are dying on a daily basis as a result of having been affected by the gas. Around 20,000 Iranian soldiers were killed instantly by nerve gas during the war.

The Iranian city of Sardasht was the main target of Iraq’s chemical bombardments during the war. The city was attacked with mustard gas bombs twice.

Iran has slammed Western countries for providing the former Iraqi regime with chemical arms in the 1980s.

The ICC president, for his part, said Iran has an important position in the Middle East region.

By Press TV


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Iran condemns Israeli plans to divide Al-Aqsa mosque Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:37:53 +0000 monire@Iran

File photo shows Israeli forces clashing with Palestinians at al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds.

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian foreign ministry strongly rejected the Israeli regime’s plan to divide the al-Aqsa mosque, and stressed Tehran’s support for the Palestinians’ demands.

“Iran has always condemned such views. Palestine is the heart of Islam and the al-Aqsa mosque is the heart of Palestine and raising such issues is aimed at the continued occupation and expansionist policies of the Israeli regime and we condemn it, and support the Palestinians’ demands,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said in Tehran on Wednesday.

“The Al-Aqsa mosque belongs to all divine religions and such a division is not acceptable,” she added.

Her remarks followed reports that the Israeli Knesset (parliament) was to restart a highly contentious discussion on dividing the al-Aqsa Mosque—Islam’s holiest site in Jerusalem—between Muslims and illegal Israeli settlers in November.

The discussions follow Jewish demands to pray and perform Talmudic rituals at the al-Aqsa Mosque which, though under Israeli occupation, is administered by an Islamic Waqf (endowment) under the Jordanian government.

In February, the Knesset held an inflammatory debate in which right wing Israeli politicians pushed forward the idea that Israel should have sovereignty over the site.

Analysts believe that these debates reveal Israeli intentions to divide al-Aqsa, despite Israeli claims that the site is not under threat.

They say that such a decision is an indicative of the stealth policies against Palestinians to eradicate their historic, national and religious heritage from the occupied territories.

The al-Aqsa Mosque has been the scene of appalling violence in recent weeks, and Palestinian worshippers have faced increasing attacks and limits on their freedom to enter into the area and pray within the precincts of al-Aqsa.

Right-wing Israelis want to see the mosque divided between Muslims and Jews, which would be a massive infringement of Palestinian sovereignty over the historic site.

By Fars News Agency


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