Weekly report: 22-28 June, 2015
June 22, 2015:
Iran’s foreign minister dropped in on a meeting of his EU counterparts on Monday, predicting intense and difficult days ahead before a June 30 deadline to strike a deal with world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program.
The Iranian foreign minister says Iran-P5+1 talks on Tehran’s nuclear program are entering very intensive days, saying political will remains the key to reaching a final agreement by the self-imposed June 30 deadline.
Rumor has it that Russia and Iran will sign a deal for the delivery of the brand new Antey-2500 anti-ballistic missile systems as soon as the talks on recalling Tehran’s $4 billion lawsuit against Russia regarding the non-delivery of S-300 air defense systems end successfully.
Iran’s senior nuclear negotiator Abbass Araqchi said on Monday that differences between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) over the draft text of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) have lowered a little a bit but progress is not as much expected.
June 23, 2015:
Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday received heads of the three branches of government, officials and a number of senior directors of various state and military organs.
Iran’s Parliamentary fraction of women has reacted to the recent remarks of vice president for Women and Family Affairs that scolded hardliners over volleyball ban for female fans, Aftab Yazd newspaper reported.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says it will not be “the end of the world” if the Islamic Republic and six world powers fail to reach a final comprehensive nuclear deal, stressing that the Iranian nation is ready to make sacrifices for the sake of its own rights and dignity.
In the context of the E3/EU+3’s efforts to complete work on a comprehensive, long-term solution to the Iranian nuclear issue within the agreed timeframe, EU Political Director Helga Schmid and Iranian Deputy Foreign Ministers Abbas Araghchi and Madjid Takht Ravanchi will meet again today, 23 June, in Vienna.
The case of former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahamadinejad is going through its legal procedures, senior judiciary official said on Tuesday.
Iran’s parliament gave final approval on Tuesday to a bill subjecting the credibility of the results of nuclear talks between Tehran and six world powers to complying with a series of requirements meant to safeguard Iran’s nuclear achievements.
June 24, 2015:
The deputy foreign ministers of Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany) had two meetings or over six hours of talks in the eight day of their negotiations with EU deputy foreign policy chief for coordination Helga Schmidt.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran seeks to reach a fair deal with the P5+1 group of countries over Tehran’s nuclear program that will serve the country’s national interests.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says a comprehensive nuclear deal with the P5+1 group of countries is possible should the six world powers not put forward excessive demands.
Government spokesman Mohammad-Baqer Nobakht said Wednesday that if any ambiguity remains that could be removed by extending nuclear talks, Iran will agree with such an extension.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Wednesday that recent declarations from Iranian leaders appeared not to favour an international deal on the country’s nuclear programme.
June 25, 2015:
Iran’s Judiciary Chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani appreciated the country’s lawmakers for approving a bill on Tuesday which requires the government of President Rouhani to protect the country’s nuclear rights in its negotiations with the world powers.
President Hassan Rouhani underlined that the country’s negotiating team will continue its nuclear talks with the world powers under according to the guidelines of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.
Deputy Foreign Ministers Seyed Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht-e Ravanchi met their Russian counterpart Sergey Ryabkov in Vienna on Thursday afternoon.
A number of principlists walked out the Iftar banquet organized by President Hassan Rouhani after Karbaschi’s speech in support of sedition leaders, Fars News Agency reported on Wednesday.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry telephoned Iran’s foreign minister in recent days to tell him that Tehran must answer questions about whether its past atomic research was arms-related if it wants a nuclear deal, officials said.
The text of a deal between Iran and six world powers has been worked out at around 90%, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Thursday.
June 26, 2015:
There are still some “important” gaps that need to be bridged between Iran and the group of six world countries over the final text of a possible comprehensive nuclear deal, says an informed source close to the Iranian negotiating team.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has called US President Barack Obama to discuss international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program ahead of a self-imposed deadline for a final agreement.
Tehran Interim Friday Prayer Leader Hojjatoleslam Kazem Seddiqi said on Friday that nuclear agreement must guarantee total termination of all sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council, ruling out suspension of the sanctions.
Iran-P5+1 talks progressing hard, slowly: Iranian negotiator
An Iranian negotiator says talks between Iran and the P5+1 on the text of a possible deal between the two sides are progressing “hard and slowly.”
Iranian volleyballers edge past Poland in 2015 FIVB World League
The Iranian volleyball team has edged past world champion Poland in a Pool B match of the 2015 FIVB World League.
June 27, 2015:
Nuclear negotiators for Iran, obligated to dispose tons of enriched uranium under an approaching deal, are focusing on a U.S.-backed plan for Iran to send the material to another country for sale as reactor fuel, diplomats told The Associated Press on Saturday.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei slams the US and its elements for conducting terrorist attacks against Iranians in the past.
France’s foreign minister said on Saturday there were three conditions that Iran still needed to accept to ensure a “solid” agreement with major powers over its nuclear programme.
The final round of the Iran nuclear talks began Saturday with Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javard Zarif both cautioning that a lot of hard work lies ahead of them to reach a deal in the dwindling days remaining before a deadline.
A top Iranian negotiator in talks with world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program said if the parties decide to extend the deadline for a final deal beyond June 30, negotiations will go on for a couple of more days, not months like in the past.
June 28, 2015:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has reiterated the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program, saying the Islamic Republic has never sought atomic bombs.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his US counterpart John Kerry held the 3rd round of their talks here on Sunday.
Federica Mogherini, EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, has arrived in Vienna to join the final talks to curb Iran’s nuclear program, a Sputnik correspondent reported Saturday.
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali-Akbar Salehi said Sunday that if the other side honors the framework agreement achieved on April 2 in Lausanne and does not seek excessive demands, a nuclear deal is within the reach.