Weekly report: June 29-July 5, 2015
June 29, 2015:
An Iranian MP revealed that Barack Obama has sent a secret message to Iranian authorities just a few days ahead of recent nuclear negotiations in Vienna.
Chemical weapons suppliers of Sardasht attack must be tried: Iran’s Zarif
Iran has called on the international community to prosecute those responsible for supplying former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein with chemical weapons which were used during the chemical bombardment of Iran’s Sardasht during the Iraq–Iran War.
Deputy foreign ministers of Iran and the P5+1 resumed drafting the final nuclear deal here on Monday.
A senior US official called reports claiming that US President Barack Obama had sent a secret message to the Iranian leadership “not accurate.”
June 30, 2015:
Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad-Javad Zarif resumed talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday.
The petition signed by millions of Iranians in support of national fact sheet was unveiled in Tehran’s Azadi Square (freedom square) on Tuesday.
Iran’s chief diplomat insisted Tuesday he had a mandate to finalize a nuclear agreement despite increased signs of backtracking by his country’s supreme leader, as talks with world powers were set to blow past Tuesday’s self-imposed deadline without a deal.
Iran’s foreign ministry spokeswoman strongly condemned a Saudi-led coalition airstrike that seriously damaged a Development Program office of the United Nations in southern Yemen, and voiced serious concerns over the deteriorating situation in the war-hit country.
Iran and major powers Tuesday effectively gave themselves until July 7 to reach a nuclear deal, the US State Department said as a midnight deadline approached in talks in Vienna with no agreement in sight.
US extends interim sanctions relief for Iran as nuclear talks continue
The United States will extend sanctions relief for Iran due to prolonged nuclear deal negotiations between Tehran and P5+1 group of countries, US Treasury said in a statement on Tuesday.
July 1, 2015:
Council Regulation in Britain imposing financial sanctions against Iran has been amended so that an asset freeze no longer applies to one Iranian individual and eight entities.
US President Barack Obama warned Tuesday he will “walk away” from a bad nuclear deal with Iran, as Tehran and six world powers gave themselves until July 7 to reach an agreement.
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano is due in Iran on Thursday for talks on Tehran’s nuclear program.
Iran’s new development plan, unveiled by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday, envisages sustainable growth of eight percent over the next five years.
The Central Bank of Iran took delivery of 13 tons of Iran’s gold reserves, CBI Governor Volilollah Seif said on Wednesday.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, have met on the first day of the prolonged talks over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.
Iran has met a key commitment under a preliminary nuclear deal setting up the current talks on a final agreement, leaving it with several tons less of the material it could use to make weapons, according to a U.N. report issued Wednesday.
July 2, 2015:
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Euro-American Affairs Majid Takht-e Ravanchi insisted that all sanctions imposed against Iran over its peaceful nuclear porgram must be lifted as part of a comprehensive nuclear agreement.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday that the nuclear talks are proceeding well and moving forward.
He said that he does not intend to return home.
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Thursday reiterated nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers are moving ahead well but there has been no deal yet.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Thursday said there had been progress on certain issues in nuclear talks between major powers and Iran, but on others there was still work to be done.
Vienna: China`s foreign minister said Thursday that he sees a “high possibility” of Iran and major powers agreeing a nuclear deal, but said all sides need to make “positive efforts”.
Iran has decried the 1988 missile attack by the US military on an Iranian passenger jet flying over the Persian Gulf, saying the heinous crime will be etched in memories forever.
Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano conferred with President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Thursday.
Government did not follow the case of women’s presence in sports stadiums to respect the views of grand Ayatollahs, said Iran’s vice president for women and family affairs on Wednesday.
July 3, 2015:
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says Russia will make sure that the mechanism of anti-Iran sanctions snapback will not be automatic and will be subject to a vote in the UN Security Council.
A final comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran will promote global peace and security, said Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz in Vienna on Thursday.
Iran’s permanent representative and ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency Reza Najafi described IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano’s talks with senior Iranian officials as useful and constructive.
Agonising talks towards a grand bargain nuclear deal between Iran and major powers looked set Thursday to drag into the weekend and beyond, with stubborn differences still separating the two sides in Vienna.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has dispatched his Chief of Staff Mohammad Nahavandian to the Austrian capital of Vienna – where negotiations are underway between Iran and the P5+1 countries – on what some media reports say may be a special mission.
Interim Friday prayers leader of Tehran addressing the six world powers said here on Friday that the Iranian nation and government will not retreat from their righteous stands on nuclear issue the slightest bit.
According Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, the country’s delegation is willing to leave Vienna if Iran’s demands aren’t considered.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the conclusion of a final deal between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries over Iran’s nuclear program hinges on the United States’ move to lift the sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
Iran’s national volleyball team has registered a straight-sets win against Russia in the 2015 Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) World League.
July 4, 2015:
The U.N. nuclear watchdog can likely issue a report on its investigation into past Iranian research suspected of being linked to nuclear weapons development by the end of the year if Tehran cooperates, the agency’s chief said on Saturday.
Iran will declassify and publish the materials regarding the talks on its nuclear program in case the negotiating process with world powers fails, a source close to the talks told Sputnik Saturday.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei received hundreds of university professors on Saturday evening.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the sanctions against Iran have nothing to do with the country’s nuclear activities or human rights record, adding that there are other motives behind the bans.
Iran has denied a report claiming that it has reached tentative agreement with the P5+1 group of world countries on the removal of the sanctions against the Islamic Republic in the course of ongoing nuclear negotiations in the Austrian capital, Vienna.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani in a directive on Saturday has ordered the implementation of a series of reforms in the country’s financial and banking systems.
July 5, 2015:
Depty Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi underlined that Iran has not had so much progress in the nuclear talks like this time.
Iran’s volleyball team has lost to Russia in its last pool B Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) World League match.
ranian FM Zarif resumed nuclear talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry on the fifth day into the July-7 extended deadline.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking in Vienna on July 5, said there has been genuine progress in the Iranian nuclear talks but that “we are not yet where we need to be” and that the talks “could go either way.”
The talks between Tehran and international mediators on the Iranian nuclear program have reached its final stage, the deal could be struck now if there is a possibility, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Sunday.