The iran project News related to Iran, specially political, military and regional news! Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:11:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Iran’s commercial delegation to visit Baku Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:11:57 +0000 me@iran TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Traders from Iran’s northwestern province of Ardebil will accompany a high-ranking economic delegation to the Azerbaijan Republic next week.

The delegation, headed by Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi, will discuss ways for enhancing trade ties with the northern neighbor, Hossein Pirmoazzen, chairman of Ardebil Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture told the Tasnim News Agency on Friday.

He added that the first joint chamber of commerce between Iran and Azerbaijan will be launched during the three-day trip.

Pirmoazzen went on saying that the trip is also aimed at boosting investments between the two countries and paving the way for a visit by Iran’s president to Baku.

The Republic of Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev paid a visit to Tehran in April to consult with senior Iranian officials on bilateral and regional issues and the expansion of mutual relations.

By  Tasnim News Agency


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Iran plans liquid fuel delivery to Iraq, Afghanistan Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:03:53 +0000 me@iran Iran plans to provide fuel oil and diesel fuel to Afghanistan and Iraq in the near future when more phases of the South Pars gas field come on-stream, an Iranian Oil Ministry official says.

“Operation of new phases of South Pars [gas field] and ensuing natural gas production enhancement by 100 million cubic meters a day in the near future will cause a significant [volume of] liquid fuel…to be available for export to neighboring countries,” said Managing Director of National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC) Mostafa Kashkouli.

He added that Iran has already finalized a deal for gas oil delivery to Afghanistan, adding that talks are under way with Iraq to that effect.

“Given their potential for income generation and hard currency earnings, liquid fuel exports herald a bright perspective for the country,” he said.

Kashkouli stated that Iran is also assessing the conditions for exporting liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Islamic Republic is expected to start pumping gas to neighboring Iraq early next Persian calendar year, which starts on March 21, 2015.

The country has already built 80 percent of its 100-kilometer section of the 270-kilometer pipeline stretching from the village of Charmaleh, located in Iran’s western province of Kermanshah, to Naft Shahr town on the border with Iraq.

The pipeline, which is estimated to earn Iran USD 3.7 billion a year in revenues, will be fed by the massive offshore South Pars gas field in southern Iran.

The South Pars gas field, which Iran shares with Qatar in the Persian Gulf, contains significant amounts of gas and condensate.

By Press TV


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Source denies media reports on Iranian forces in Iraq Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:47:24 +0000 me@iran TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An informed source at Iran’s foreign ministry categorically denied a story in an Arab-language newspaper that the Islamic Republic had deployed elite forces to Iraq.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has no plan to deploy military forces to Iraq,” the informed sources said on Friday.

The announcement was made in response to a recent report published by Asharq Al-Awsat pan-Arab daily newspaper, which cited an Iraqi Kurdish security source as saying that Iran has sent a heavily armed military group to Kirkuk.

The newspaper quoted the Kurdish official, speaking on condition of anonymity, as saying that the group consisted of 200 elite Iranian military forces, tasked with protecting holy Shiite sites in the Arab country.

Since the security crisis flared up in Iraq, Iranian officials have reiterated that the Islamic Republic would not interfere in Iraq’s internal affairs but have pledged any necessary logistical support or consultations.

Back on June 18, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi had reiterated that military forces would never be deployed from Iran to Iraq. The Iranian high-ranking commander had noted that there would be no need for such deployment.

And later in July, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian emphasized that the country has no military advisers in Iraq.

“If Iraq demands us to sell or give them any arms to fight terrorism, we will definitely consider such request within the framework of international regulations and treaties,” the Iranian diplomat said at the time.

By Tasnim News Agency


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Iran cleric to Muslims: Cut ties with Israel Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:13:51 +0000 FKH@iran A senior Iranian cleric has called on Muslim countries to sever relations with Israel in protest at Tel Aviv’s crimes in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahhedi Kermani told worshippers at the weekly Friday Prayers in Tehran that Muslim countries should cut ties with Israel and boycott Israeli-made products, and in their dealings with the supporters of Israel, they should treat them in a way that would deserve supporters of a criminal regime.

The Iranian cleric added that the time has come for the Muslim countries and the international community to find a solution for “bringing the criminal and aggressive Zionist regime to its knees.”

Muslim countries are obligated to equip the Palestinians so that Israel could not carry out onslaught on Palestinians anytime it desires, Movahhedi Kermani stated.

He said the three-day truce which took effect between Israel and the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas on Friday would not be real unless the ceasefire includes the lifting of the Gaza siege.

Despite the ceasefire agreement, the Israeli regime reportedly resumed its offensive during the early hours of Friday, prompting Palestinian resistance fighters to fire retaliatory rockets into the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.

More than 1,460 people, mostly civilians, have lost their lives and some 8,400 others have been injured in the Israeli military offensive against the Gaza Strip since July 8.

The death toll from the latest Israeli offensive against Gaza has surpassed that of Tel Aviv’s 22-day war on the blockaded Palestinian sliver in 2009, in which up to 1,450 Palestinians were killed.

‌By Press TV


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Iran’s President to take part in inauguration of Sangtoudeh-II powers plant in Tajikistan Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:38:36 +0000 FKH@iran TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani plans to participate in the inauguration ceremony of Phase II of Sangtoudeh-II Dam and Power Plant constructed with Iran’s major financial and engineering partnership.

President Rouhani will attend the Sangtoudeh-II Project’s inauguration ceremony on the sidelines of his visit to Tajikistan in September 12-13, 2014 to take part in the upcoming summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Founded in 2001, the SCO comprises Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The organization consolidates efforts to counter terrorism and radicalization among member countries, and also works on other policy areas such as politics and trade.

Afghanistan, India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan have observer status, while Belarus, Sri Lanka and Turkey are classed as dialogue partners of the SCO.

In April, Iranian experts completed the second phase of the Sangtoudeh-II power plant in Tajikistan and connected it to Tajikistan’s national power grid, but the project will be inaugurated officially in September.

Two 110MW units of the power plant are now supplying power to the national power grid.

Mehdi Malekpour, the director of Sangtoudeh-II dam and power plant, said in April that all the designing and building operations have been conducted by Iranian engineers.

The first turbine of Sangtoudeh-II power plant, some 180 kilometers from the capital, Dushanbe, was inaugurated in 2011 simultaneous with Tajikistan’s Independence Day.

The Iranian contractor will hand the plant’s operation management to Tajikistan in 12 years.

Sangtoudeh-II power plant has the capacity to produce 220 megawatts of electricity. It will increase Tajikistan’s annual power output to 1bln kilowatt/hours.

Iran has contributed $180bln to the construction of Sangtoudeh-II and Tajikistan’s share is $40bln.

Sangtoudeh-II is located 120 km Southeast of the Capital city of Dushanbe.

By Fars News Agency


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Minister: Iran’s hospitals ready to admit Gaza’s wounded civilians Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:03:24 +0000 FKH@iran TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Minister of Labor, Cooperatives and Social Welfare Ali Rabiei voiced Iranian hospitals’ readiness for rendering medical services to the Gazans who have been wounded as a result of Israeli army attacks on the besieged enclave.

Rabiei said that Iranian hospitals are ready to admit the Palestinians in need of medical treatment if they are transferred to Tehran.

In his annual report to 2014 the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Iranian minister underscored that cruel bombardment against the Gazans have turned the region into a explosive box.

Rabiei, as the current leader of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) labor ministers, has written to his counterparts urging them to join hands to help Gazans stop Zionist regime’s crimes against humanity.

“In my letter to my NAM counterparts, I have denounced Zionist regime’s disproportionate violence against defenseless people which violate all human criteria,” the minister said.

In another letter to director of UNICEF, the Iranian labor minister said that massacre of civilians, innocent children in particular, is intolerable and contravenes all human and international regulations.

He has also urged UNICEF to pave the way to enable the countries to send their humanitarian aid to the oppressed children in Gaza.

Rabiei said that labor unions have announced they would stage protests outside UN office in Tehran against the Israeli crimes against Gazans.

Israel has been pounding the blockaded Gaza for 24 consecutive days, killing at least 1,380 people and injuring more than 8,000 others.

By Fars News Agency


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Fresh Israeli raids shatter Gaza truce, 40 Palestinians killed Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:41:01 +0000 FKH@iran TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Israeli shelling near the southern Gaza town of Rafah killed at least 40 people on Friday, the local hospital said, as a cease-fire that went into effect only hours earlier crumbled.

Israel accused Hamas and other Palestinian groups of violating the US- and UN-mediated truce, but did not elaborate, amid Israeli media reports that gunmen had fired at Israeli soldiers in the Rafah area.

Some two hours after the truce went into effect, a Reuters photographer and the Gaza Interior Ministry said Israeli tanks opened fire in the southern Rafah area, and Hamas media reported four people were killed. The Israeli military had no immediate comment.

The 72-hour cease-fire announced in a joint statement by US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was the most ambitious attempt so far to end more than three weeks of fighting, and followed mounting international alarm over a rising Palestinian civilian death toll.

The truce was to be followed by Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in Cairo on a longer-term solution.

An official in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office claimed that Hamas and other armed groups in the Gaza Strip had “flagrantly violated the cease-fire”. But the official did not elaborate.

A local official in an Israeli southern border community said on Israel’s Channel 10 television that sirens warning of rocket attacks had sounded. No casualties or damage were reported.

After the cease-fire began at 8 am (0500 GMT), Gaza’s streets began to fill with Palestinian families. Laden with belongings, they streamed back to homes they fled during fierce fighting that destroyed or damaged thousands of dwellings.

Amid strong public support in Israel for the Gaza campaign, Netanyahu had faced intense pressure from abroad to stand his forces down.

International calls for an end to the bloodshed intensified after shelling on Wednesday that killed 15 people sheltering in a UN-run school in Gaza’s Jabalya refugee camp.

‌By Tasnim News Agency


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1st installment of Iranˈs $2.8 bln blocked assets to be released today Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:04:06 +0000 FKH@iran Tehran, Aug 1, IRNA – According to recent Vienna 6 nuclear agreement between Iran and Sextet in which 6 month  was extended for 4 more months 2.8 bln  dollars of Iranˈs blocked oil sale money will be released in 6 installments, beginning today.

Towards the end of the Vienna 6 nuclear negations between Iran and the Sextet when it was made clear that within the period till July 20 deadline for the Geneva Joint Plan of Action (JPA) the so-called comprehensive agreement between the two sides could not be signed the Islamic Republic of Iran and the six world powers decided to implement the second stage of the JPA within a new four month extension period.

The new ˈnon-paperˈ document was achieved following many rounds of intensive, tough talks in one page and it was stressed that it was unofficial. The two sides have in this new document agreed on the method of continuing the negotiations and on continuing implementing the JPA.

The United States that had initially accepted the commitment to release 4.2 billion dollars of Iranˈs blocked monetary assts in return for Iranˈs annihilation of its stockpile of 20% enriched uranium and oxidation of its rest, will this time release another 2.8 billion dollars within this new four month period.

This amount will be released in four $500 million and two $400 million installments within an almost once every three weeks period as follows:

First installment: $500 million on August, 1, 2014

Second installment: $500 million on August, 25, 2014

Third installment: $400 million on September, 17, 2014

Fourth installment: $500 million on October, 10, 2014

Fifth installment: $500 million on November, 3, 2014

Sixth installment: $400 million on November, 23, 2014

The United States has in this ˈdescriptive documentˈ also agreed to make possible on time payment of these installments so that the occurrence of difficulties and delayed that took place in case of the payments within the first six months will not happen again.

In addition, both the European countries and the United States have agreed to effectively lift the insurance sanctions and to consider conditions that since the new four month extension is a short period, if the insurance companies will be urge to pay compensations after the expiry of that period those payments will be made properly even after the end of those four months.

This commitment on the part of the US insurance companies will provide greater assurance in case of the insurances for the oil ocean liners that carry Iranian oil to various destinations.

In this new descriptive document the Islamic Republic of Iran, too, has announced that it will continue its pre-scheduled plan for provision of fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor (TRR) and precisely speaking turn 25 kilograms of its 25% uranium oxide into fuel plates to be used in the TTR.

Iran will also according to the previous program, turn the 2% residues of its incomplete enrichment processes into hexafluoride of natural uranium to be prepared for the re-enrichment process.

Two clear ambiguities in implementation of the GPA regarding providing access for the IAEA inspectors to the workshops where Iranˈs nuclear facilitiesˈ spare parts and new generations of centrifuges are manufactured will be made possible in a way that no new commitment for the Islamic Republic beyond the JPA, or the NPT will be accepted.

South Korea, on the other side, has been the second Asian country next o Japan to release the second installment of Iranˈs blocked oil sale money.

The first such payment was made by the Central Bank of Japan on February 3 through the Central Bank of Switzerland and its amount was the Swiss Franc equivalent of US $500, which was deposited in the account of the Central Bank of Iran.

India, South Korea and Japan have been the first countries to release the blocked Iranian oil sale money and deposit it in the Iranian Central Bankˈs account, some of which were transferred through some Arab countriesˈ banks, such as Oman.

Although some of those installments were released with one to a few daysˈ delays, but they were eventually deposited in the account of the Central Bank of Iran before July 21, when the 8th installment of the Iranian oil sale money was deposited.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham confirmed the depositing of that installment on July 22 in her Wednesday weekly news briefing.

Also on July 23 the Reuters announced that India had deported the last installment in accordance with the Geneva Joint Plan of Action amounting to $550 in Iranˈs account.

That last payment was made following the publication of and IAEA report on Iranˈs full commitment to its JPA requirements.

Thus, Iran received $4.3 million of its blocked oil sale money within six months after the signing of the Geneva JPA.



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Early nuclear deal possible if Iran rights respected: Official Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:42:19 +0000 FKH@iran

Iran Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal And International Affairs Abbas Araqchi

A top Iranian nuclear negotiator says Iran and the P5+1 can reach a final nuclear deal before the expiry of the four-month extension of talks between the two sides if the six countries acknowledge Tehran’s rights.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said on Friday that Iran and its opposite side have made “good progress” in their negotiations over the past six months, adding that an agreement is possible before the November 24 deadline.

He, however, admitted that major differences still remain between the two sides.

“There is always the possibility of reaching an agreement on the condition that the opposite side recognizes the Iranian nation’s nuclear rights,” he said.

Araqchi said that safeguarding Iran’s rights is the main priority in the course of negotiations.

Both sides have demonstrated the political will to reach an agreement, he said, adding that the P5+1 has come to the conclusion that there is no solution but talks to end the dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program.

The six countries have exhausted all other options over Tehran’s nuclear program and now they are serious to settle the dispute through negotiations, the diplomat said.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany are to resume their negotiations to discuss ways to reach a final agreement over Tehran’s nuclear energy program in September. Iran’s right to enrich uranium is among the bones of contention between the two sides.

They had clinched a landmark interim deal in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 23, 2013. The agreement took effect on January 20 and expired six months later on July 20.

In July, the two sides agreed on the extension of their discussions until November 24 in an effort to achieve a permanent nuclear deal.

‌By Press TV


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Three-day Gaza Strip ceasefire takes effect Fri, 01 Aug 2014 07:48:45 +0000 FKH@iran

A destroyed UN vehicle is seen in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip following Israeli military strikes, July 29, 2014.

A three-day ceasefire has taken effect in the Gaza Strip amid hopes that the lull contributes to an end to Israel’s now-four-week-long aggression against the besieged enclave.

The ceasefire, announced by the US and the UN hours earlier, took effect at 8:00 a.m. (0500 GMT) on Friday.

During the lull, representatives from Palestinian resistance movement Hamas and Israel are to hold indirect talks on a more durable truce in Egypt.

Hamas has already announced that Palestinian resistance groups will observe the ceasefire unless the Israeli troops violate it.

Israel has been targeting the Gaza Strip with military attacks since July 8. The air, sea and land strikes by Israel have so far killed at least 1,460 people and injured over 8,400 others.

At least four short humanitarian ceasefires have been announced since the conflict began, but each has been broken within a few hours by renewed fighting.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has cautioned that there were “no guarantees” that the 72-hour-long truce would bring an end to the Gaza war.

Ashraf al-Kidra, a Gaza health official, said hours before the ceasefire was to take effect, that 17 Palestinians were killed in Israeli strikes, including 10 people from the same family. He said the family members were killed in an airstrike on their home in the southern Gaza town of Khan Yunis.

‌By Press TV


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