Weekly Report: From endorsing JCPOA to Zarif regional tour

Weekly Report: 20-26 July, 2015

 

July 20, 2015:

German minister travels to Iran after nuclear deal to re-establish ties

German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel arrived in Iran with an economic delegation on Sunday, becoming the first high-ranking western politician to visit the country after it struck a nuclear deal with world powers.

 

Iran’s nuclear conclusion is a model to resolve other crises: Mogherini

European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini has described the conclusion of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group as “a model” that the world countries can set to overcome crises.

 

Oil minister meets senior German official

Senior officials from Iran and Germany attended a joint economic session here on Monday after a closed-door meeting by Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zangeneh and the visiting Deputy to Chancellor of Germany Sigmar Gabriel.

 

Pentagon chief: ‘Military option’ in Iran still possible

The Iran nuclear deal does not mean military action is off the table when it comes to stopping Tehran from obtaining an atomic bomb, U.S. Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said Sunday ahead of a visit to Israel.

 

Europe backs Iran nuclear deal in signal to U.S. Congress

The European Union approved the Iran nuclear deal with world powers on Monday, a first step toward lifting Europe’s economic sanctions against Tehran that the bloc hopes will send a signal that the U.S. Congress will follow.

 

Tehran started planning to renovate airliners Iran Air, Aseman

Officials in Tehran say the country has serious plans to use the opportunities that the last week’s breakthrough in nuclear talks with P5+1 has provided to promote its domestic airline industry.

 

UN Security Council approves Iran-P5+1 plan of action

The UN Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously endorsed a draft resolution that would turn into international law the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

United Nations Security Council members vote on the Iran resolution at the UN headquarters in New York on July 20, 2015. (AFP Photo)

 

July 21, 2015:

Iranian envoy blasts US ambassador to UN for anti-Iran remarks

Iran’s Ambassador to the UN Gholam Ali Khoshrou strongly criticized the US Ambassador to UN Samantha Power for her allegations against Iran and accusing Tehran of ‘destabilizing the region and supporting terrorism’.

 

Iran-Germany ties connect Mideast, Europe: Rouhani

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says broad relations between Iran and Germany can bring countries in the Middle East and Europe closer.

 

Iran’s Zarif defends ‘balanced’ nuclear deal to MPs

Iran’s foreign minister defended Tuesday what he said was a “balanced” nuclear deal with world powers, telling lawmakers there was a need to accept the negotiations had required compromise.

 

French FM ‘to visit Iran next week’ after breakthrough in nuclear talks

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has announced a plan to visit Iran next week in the wake of a landmark breakthrough in the nuclear talks between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of countries.

 

US will lose ‘all credibility’ if Congress rejects nuclear deal: Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry voiced concerned about the rejection of the Iran nuclear deal by the US Congress.

 

Iran can use ballistic missiles without violating nuclear deal – FM Zarif

The nuclear agreement does not forbid Iran from using ballistic missiles, Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

 

Mogherini to visit Iran soon
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has said that she plans to visit Tehran soon.

 

Iran 1st developing country to sell enriched uranium, heavy water: AEOI chief

Iran has become the first among 130 developing countries in the world to put two strategic nuclear products ,namely enriched uranium and heavy water, up for sale, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said.

 

UN seeks Iran’s role in new peace initiative for Syria

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura unveiled plans for a new political procedure for ending the 4-year crisis in the Arab country, saying Iran can play a constructive role to that end.

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July 22, 2015:

Iran does not expect change in US behavior following talks: Araqchi

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi says Iran does not expect a change in the behavior of the United States following the successful conclusion of the talks between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of countries, except in the area of Iran’s nuclear program.

 

White House creates media tools to advocate for Iran nuclear agreement

The administration of President Barack Obama has launched new online resources to promote the Iran nuclear agreement reached, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said on Tuesday.

 

Iran army ground force plans 6 drills in next 8 months: Commander

Iran’s Army plans to stage 6 military drills until the end of the current Iranian year (March 19, 2016), Commander of Army Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan unveiled.

 

S-300 not subject to Security Council resolution

Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said here on Wednesday that the S-300 air defense system is not subject to Security Council resolution.

 

Recent UNSC resolution on Iran expires 10 years after adoption, says chief negotiator

Senior Iranian nuclear negotiator said that the Resolution 2231 recently approved by the UN Security Council on Iran’s nuclear program expires ten years after its adoption.

 

Tehran, Beijing to build new N. power plants in southern Iran

Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran and China have agreed to build two new nuclear plants in Makran coastal strip, southern Iran.

 

July 23, 2015:

Canada losing ‘traditional partners’ over JCPOA stance

Canada’s “radical” policy towards Iran after the conclusion of nuclear talks with global powers lacks any “rational basis,” says Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham.

 

West realized anti-Iran sanctions had to go: Nahavandian

Iran is prepared for “win-win” economic ties with other countries, says the chief of staff of President Hassan Rouhani.

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Iran, IAEA have ‘no secret deals’ amid Iran nuclear agreement – state dep’t

Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have no secret agreements between them, State Department spokesperson John Kirby said in a press briefing.

 

Iran health reform plan good model for other countries: WHO chief

Margaret Chan, the head of World Health Organization (WHO), hailed Iran’s health reform plan as a good model to be followed in other countries.

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Iran to build specialized hospital for treatment of cancer patients

Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali-Akbar Salehi said on Thursday that Iran has planned to build a modern hospital for treatment of cancer patients in near future.

 

Iran agreement showed language of threat should be dropped: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says “the recent agreement” reached between Iran and the P5+1 countries over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program conveyed the message that the language of threat against the country should be dropped.

 

Iran-EU trade confab opens in Vienna

Top officials and traders from Iran, Austria, France, the UK, Germany and other countries gather today at the two-day “Iran-EU Conference on Trade and Investment” held in the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber in Vienna, to discuss post-sanctions’ opportunities for cooperation.

 

FM Zarif defends General Soleimani in last round of nuclear talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has repeatedly defended the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) in his private meetings with US Secretary of State John Kerry and in one of the meetings with P5+1 ministers in the last round of nuclear talks, a source close to the negotiating team said.

 

Hollande urges Iran to contribute to crises settlement in Middle East

French President Francois Hollande on Thursday urged Tehran to contribute to the resolution of crises in the Middle East, his office said in a statement.

 

July 24, 2015:

Iranian, Austrian officials review technological cooperation

Vice-President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari met and conferred with the Austrian President Heinz Fischer on bilateral cooperation in scientific and technological issues.

 

Turkish warplanes carry out airstrikes in Syria

The Turkish government has confirmed that its warplanes have launched attacks on targets inside neighboring Syria said to be the positions of ISIL Takfiri terrorists.

 

Parchin visit only within Iran-IAEA roadmap: Salehi

A senior Iranian nuclear official says any visit to the Parchin military site near the capital, Tehran, will be carried out only based on a roadmap agreed upon by Tehran and the UN nuclear body aimed at sorting out outstanding issues regarding the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

 

Iran agreement no reason to forget hostile US past: Cleric

A senior Iranian cleric says a recent agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries should not be a reason to forget the past hostile behavior of the United States toward the Islamic Republic.

 

Kerry calls talk of better Iran deal a ‘fantasy’

Countering Republican criticism, Secretary of State John Kerry declared Thursday it is “fantasy plain and simple” to claim that President Barack Obama failed to insist on enough restraints on Iran’s nuclear program before agreeing to lift economic sanctions long in place.

 

Tehran keen on removing obstacles in way of foreign trade: Iran industry minister

Iran’s Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh says Tehran works to remove obstacles in way of foreign trade seeking long term economic cooperation with Europe in various areas including infrastructure, tourism, industry and investment.

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July 25, 2015:

Zarif dismisses Kerry’s remarks at Senate hearing

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has dismissed recent remarks made by his US counterpart John Kerry as “incomplete hints” about some issues raised at the latest nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries.

 

Foreign Minister Zarif to visit Kuwait, Qatar, Iraq

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is due to launch the first stage of his new round of visits to regional countries on Sunday by visiting Kuwait, Qatar and Iraq.

 

Iran writes letter to IAEA over US official’s remarks

Iran’s Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency Reza Najafi in a letter to IAEA chief Yukiya Amano warned against the possible leak of the IAEA’s information after White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest’s irresponsible remarks.

 

Iran blasts UNSC lack of political will on Palestine

The Iranian ambassador to the United Nations has blasted the UN Security Council for failing to show the necessary “political will” to defend the Palestinian people’s rights.

 

Chinese Parliamentary Delegation to Visit Iran

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A group of Chinese parliamentary delegation will pay a visit to Tehran in coming weeks for talks on parliamentary and economic issues.

 

Austrian President Heinz Fischer to visit Iran: Austrian media

Austrian President Heinz Fischer will become the first European head of state to visit Iran following the successful conclusion of nuclear talks between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1.

 

French aviation delegation due in Iran

Caretaker of Civil Aviation Organization said that a delegation from French Civil Aviation Organization is to visit Iran soon.

 

After nuclear deal, US remains Great Satan: Nasrallah

Secretary General of the Lebanese Resistance Movement of Hezbollah Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said after signing of the nuclear deal last week, the US remains the Great Satan, rejecting claims that Iran will abandon the anti-Israeli occupation movement, Al-Manar TV reported on Saturday.

 

July 26, 2015: 

UK eases travel advisory for Brits traveling to Iran

The UK has relaxed its official travel advisory on visiting Iran, but still urges caution while visiting several of the country’s border regions.

 

President Rouhani arrives in Sanandaj

President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Sanandaj in western province of Kurdistan Sunday morning at the 20th leg of his provincial tours.

 

Iran says value of frozen assets at $29bn

Iranian officials have rejected recent speculations that the value of the country’s assets frozen in overseas banks due to sanctions amount to above $100 billion. The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) – to which the bulk of frozen assets belongs – says only a total of $29 billion of Iranian cash have been blocked as the result of the sanctions.

 

Manama recalls Bahrain’s envoy to Iran: Report

Bahrain said on Saturday it had recalled its ambassador to Tehran for consultations, media reports said.

 

Iranian, Turkmen FMs meet in Tehran

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met his Turkmen counterpart in Tehran on Sunday morning before starting a tour of regional countries.

 

Zarif conveys President Rouhani’s message of friendship to Kuwait Emir

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met and conferred with Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah on Sunday.

 

Iran, Kuwait FMs discuss important regional issues

The foreign ministers of Iran and Kuwait met here on Sunday noon. In the meeting, which took place at the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry venue, deputy foreign ministers and members of Iranian and Kuwaiti delegations were present.

 

Differences with US “serious, deep-rooted”: Iran’s Araqchi

Differences existing between Iran and the US are too serious, deep-rooted and long-lasting to be settled easily, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said.