Iran won’t be pressured by fall in oil prices
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday the recent decline in global crude prices will not pressure the Islamic Republic, implying Saudi Arabia would suffer more in the long run from the current slump.
Obama: Washington focused on comprehensive deal with Tehran
US President Barack Obama said Washington is ‘focused’ on efforts to reach a ‘comprehensive’ nuclear deal with Iran over its nuclear program.
70 foreign firms at Kish energy expo
Some 70 foreign firms are attending the 11th Kish International Energy Exhibition (Kish ENEX 2015) which runs from Jan. 12-15.
ISIL supporters hack US CENTCOM accounts
A group declaring support for ISIL terrorist group hacked US Central Command’s social media accounts on Monday, forcing the military to take down the command’s Twitter feed.
Erdogan accuses West of hypocrisy over Paris attacks
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused the West on Monday of hypocrisy for its stance over the attack on satirical journal Charlie Hebdo and hostage-taking at a Jewish supermarket in Paris, while failing to condemn anti-Muslim acts in Europe.
Iran to limit oil influence in political decisions
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said that Tehran seeks to limit the influence of oil prices in political decisions.
Regional developments discussed with Turkey
Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi conferred on Tuesday with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on issues of mutual interests as well as regional developments.
Official: Western borders secure
Deputy Interior Minister Hosseinali Amiri said all Iranian borders, especially in the west, have maximum security.
Psaki: US seriously pursuing Iran nuclear talks
Spokesperson for the US Department of State Jen Psaki said on Tuesday Washington is seriously following process of Iran’s nuclear talks which will continue today.
Merkel: Islam ‘belongs to Germany’ German Chancellor
Angela Merkel said on Monday that Islam “belongs to Germany”, in a clear repudiation of anti-immigration protesters gath- ering in Dresden and other cities.
S. Arabia, Kuwait will suffer more from oil price plunge: Rouhani
Ira- nian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that countries behind the fall in global oil prices would regret their decision and warned that Saudi Ara- bia and Kuwait would suﬀer along- side Iran from the price drop. “Those that have planned to decrease the prices against other countries will re- gret this decision,” Rouhani said in an address to a gathering of people in the southern Iranian province of Bushehr, Reuters reported.
Qatari FM: Qatar ‘home’ to Hamas chief Meshaal
Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal remains welcome in Qatar, the Persian Gulf state’s for- eign minister said on Monday, brushing off claims that the Palestinian leader had been asked to leave.
New sanctions could torpedo Iran nuclear deal: U.S. envoy to UN
It is still possible to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, but new U.S. congressional sanctions could seriously undermine prospects for an agreement and end up isolating Washing- ton instead of Tehran, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations said on Monday.
French defense minister: ISIL must be wiped out
The Islamic State in Iraq and the Le- vant (SIL) terrorists must be wiped out, France’s Defense Minister Jean- Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday, indi- cating that Paris would not pull back from military operations overseas after 17 people were killed by home- grown militants in Paris last week.
Erdogan blasts Netanyahu for ‘daring’ to attend Paris rally
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blasted Is- raeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu for “daring” to attend an anti-terror solidarity march in Paris, ac- cusing him of leading “state terrorism” against the Palestinians.
‘Iran moving to defuse effect of oil price drop rooted in political behaviors’
Secre- tary of the Supreme National Security Council has said Iran will move toward immunizing itself against cruel sanctions and the eﬀects of fall in oil prices, which is rooted in “political behaviors”, through the strategy of resistance economy.
Zarif calls on EU to play more active role in nuclear talks
Iranian Foreign Min- ister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called on the European Union to play a more active role in the ongoing nuclear talks between Iran and the 5+1 group of world powers (the United States, China, France, Russia, Britain, and Germany).
‘Sanctions, assassinations failed to force Iran to forego nuclear technology’
The former director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has said the Western sanctions and assassination of scientists have failed to hamper the country’s determination to use nuclear technology for civilian uses.
Iran denounces terrorist attack on Pakistani Shia mosque
Iran has strongly condemned a recent deadly terrorist attack on a Shia mosque in the northeastern Pakistani city of Rawalpindi, warning that enemies would beneﬁt from such moves.