Weekly report: From resumption of National Orchestra to Rouhani presser

Weekly report: 8-14 June, 2015


June 8, 2015:

Former Ahmadinejad vice-president detained

Hamid Baqaei, the vice-president for executive affairs under former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was detained on Monday afternoon, according to Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei.

Mohseni Ejei announced the news speaking at a press conference.


EU: No Iran nuclear deal without UN probe of past

The European Union is telling Iran to cooperate with a stalled U.N. probe of suspicions that it worked on atomic arms if the country wants a nuclear deal that will see removal of sanctions.

The cautionary EU statement comes ahead of a June 30 target date for such an agreement. It was obtained by The Associated Press ahead of its delivery at a meeting of the U.N’s International Atomic Energy Agency that opens Monday.


Iran spy trial of Washington Post reporter resumes

The trial of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian on charges of spying on Iran resumed behind closed doors in Tehran on Monday, a news agency linked to the judiciary reported.

MizanOnline gave no details of the new hearing before Branch 15 of the Tehran revolutionary court.


June 9, 2015:

Nobakht: Judiciary investigating embezzlement by former government

Government spokesman Mohammad Baquer Nobakht said on Tuesday that judiciary is investigating embezzlement by former government.


Iran, G5+1 focused on procedure to lift sanctions

Experts of Iran and Group 5+1 have currently focused on procedure to lift sanctions, Director General for Political and International Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hamid Baeedinejad said on Tuesday.

Baeedinejad is heading Iranian team to the expert meeting with G5+1.


Iran Parliament gives 2nd “yellow card” to Culture Minister

Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance failed to convince Iran’s Members of Parliament by his remarks on press freedom, Tasnim News Agency reported on Tuesday.

Having been questioned by some MPs over press freedom on Tuesday, Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati said that the ministry is accused of giving a lot of freedom to press, but what is important is the constitution that recognizes freedom of expression for the press unless it violates principles of Islam or public rights.


Comprehensive nuclear deal will ‘have a certain period of time’: Araqchi

Senior member of the Iranian negotiating team Abbas Araqchi said Tuesday that once reached, a comprehensive nuclear deal between Iran and the six governments will ‘have a certain period of time’.


June 10, 2015:

Iran nuke talks resume ahead of June 30 deal target date

Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers are accelerating as the sides try to seal a deal by the June 30 target date.

After a meeting last week that stretched into the weekend, experts from all seven nations are resuming negotiations Tuesday. They will be joined by senior officials later in the week.


Tehran sends protest letter to Riyadh over airstrike near Iranian embassy in Sana’a

The Iranian foreign ministry announced that it has send a letter to Riyadh to protest at the Saudi-led coalition attacks near Tehran’s mission in the Yemeni capital.


Saudi airport staff sentenced for abusing Iranian pilgrims

A Saudi security official says two airport employees have been convicted and sentenced to four years in prison each for sexually harassing two male Iranian pilgrims.

The official says the court also ordered that the two workers at Jiddah International Airport receive 1,000 lashes each. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to talk to the media.


Iranian lecturers send letter to Rouhani on nuclear talks

A number of Iranian university professors have sent a letter to President Rouhani, saying the Americans – who once slapped inspections on Iraq – are now seeking to impose an inspection regime on the Islamic Republic.


Spy virus linked to Israel targeted hotels used for Iran nuclear talks

Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab finds three hotels that hosted Iran talks were targeted by a virus believed to be used by Israeli spies


June 11, 2015:

Iran’s National Orchestra resumes activities after 3-year hiatus

Iran’s National Orchestra has resumed its activities after a 3-year hiatus in the capital, Tehran.

Conducted by maestro Farhad Fakhreddini, the orchestra celebrated its return with a concert held at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on Wednesday.


Senior officials attend Iran’s National Orchestra concert

Iran’s Foreign Minister Moammad Javad Zarif and Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati attended the Iran’s National Orchestra concert along with a number of other Iranian officials and Tehran-based foreign dignitaries and ambassadors.


No verifiable Iran deal reached yet but talks go on – French FM

The international group of negotiators wants to ink a comprehensive agreement with Iran on Tehran’s nuclear program but the parties have not yet agreed on a verifiable deal, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.


Mehdi Hashemi sentenced to 10 years imprisonment

Mehdi Hashemi, son of Chairman of Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after his appeal was overturned, it was announced on Thursday.


Basij commander views inspection of military centers as major threat to Iran

Commander of Iran’s Basij (volunteer) Force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi said the western demand for inspecting Iran’s military centers under a final nuclear deal would pose a major threat to the country and will, thus, be impossible.


June 12, 2015:

US ensures confidentiality of Iran nuclear talks in Europe

The US says it has taken steps to ensure confidentiality of nuclear talks between Iran and major world powers, denying a report that Israel has been spying on the negotiations.

“We take steps, certainly, to ensure that confidential, that classified negotiating details stay behind closed doors in these negotiations,” State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said Thursday.


Ayat. Khatami: All political groups should support negotiators

Provisional Friday prayers leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami said that all political groups should help the country’s negotiating team to succeed in their negotiations with the representatives of the world powers.


Tehran-Moscow ties should expand in various fields: Rouhani

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has called for the expansion of ties between Tehran and Moscow, stressing the need for the promotion of bilateral and multilateral cooperation in various fields.


Iran, 5+1 FM deputies reviewing process of drafting final deal

Deputy foreign ministers of Iran and the 5+1 member states held a meeting in Vienna on Friday to review the process of drafting the final nuclear deal.


June 13, 2015:

Iran, Russia agree on cyber-defense cooperation: Official

Head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali said on Saturday that Tehran and Moscow have reached an agreement to work together in the field of cyber-defense.


Iran sinks Russia on home soil in FIVB World League

Great blocking and excellent serves lead Iran’s volleyball team to a historic victory against Russia in the FIVB World League.

Iran beat Olympic champion Russia 3-1 (20-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-23) in Kazan on Saturday, increasing its tally of points to four in the fifth week of the major games as a struggling Russian side failed to deny the Iranians their first ever victory against the European giants.


Safeguarding nuclear rights big victory for Iranian nation: President Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the achievements of his administration in safeguarding the nuclear rights of the Islamic Republic are a big victory for the Iranian nation.

The Iranian president made the remark in a press conference in the Iranian capital, Tehran, with the members of Iranian and foreign media.


Rouhani says he is following case of Post reporter

President Hassan Rouhani says he is following the case of a Washington Post reporter detained for nearly 11 months.

Jason Rezaian, the Post’s 39-year-old bureau chief in Tehran, has had two trial sessions at a Revolutionary Court that handles security issues.


Rouhani: Final nuclear deal ‘within reach’

President Hassan Rouhani said a final nuclear deal is “within reach” as Iran and six world powers face a June 30 deadline for an agreement.

Rouhani told a press conference Saturday that negotiations between Iran and the six-nation group – the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany – are making progress, although some gaps still remain.


June 14, 2015:

President: All capacities will be used to remove sanctions

President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that the government will use all the capacities to remove anti-Iranian sanctions.

Speaking to a large gathering of people in Bojnurd, President referred to the economic pressure of sanctions on common people, adding that those who suppose sanctions are unimportant are not aware of the people’s pocket.


Hillary Clinton labels Russia, Iran, N Korea ‘traditional threats’ to US

US Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton said Russia, North Korea and Iran are traditional security threats to the United States during her first major campaign speech on Saturday in New York.


Iran, EU resume new round of nuclear talks

Iranian deputy foreign ministers and EU deputy foreign policy chief resumed a new round of negotiations on a nuclear agreement in Vienna on Sunday.