Iran’s coverage: Washington Post reporter back in court in Iran on spy charges

 Daily look at Iran’s late-breaking news and upcoming events:

 

New hearing begins for Washington Post reporter held in Iran

The trial of a Washington Post reporter detained in Iran more than a year ago and charged with espionage resumed on Monday, in what his lawyer said would likely be the final session before a verdict is issued in the case, which has been condemned by the newspaper and press freedom groups.

 

Iran’s FM due in Beirut Tuesday: Report

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif plans to pay a visit to the Lebanese capital of Beirut on Tuesday as part of his tour of regional countries, media reports in Lebanon said on Monday.

 

Senior official says JCPOA will improve Iran’s capabilities

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi referred to the text of the nuclear deal finalized by Tehran and world powers as an opportunity for Iran to boost its regional, economic, and defense capabilities.

 

UK trade delegation plans October visit

Director general of the British-Iranian Chamber of Commerce Martin Johnston is hoping to lead the UK’s first trade delegation to Tehran in years this October.

 

Economy minister given 3rd ‘yellow card’

The Parliament gave another yet symbolic “yellow card” to Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Ali Tayyebnia after he failed to “convince” lawmakers in respect to questions raised about the performance of his ministry.

 

Obama: Arab neighbors spend eight times more on military than Iran

US President Barack Obama says Iran’s Arab neighbors spend at least eight times more on their military, but they are not as “strategically effective” as the Islamic Republic, which uses military funds for defense.

Ballistic missiles, Iran’s red line: IRGC official

Ballistic missiles are part of Iran’s red lines, Iranian Supreme Leader’s representative at the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ali Saeedi said on Monday.

 

No US delegation on its way to Iran: Zangeneh

Iranian Petroleum Minister says he has received no requests for presence in Iran’s oil industry from any American company so far.

US warship pullout from Persian Gulf ‘goodwill gesture’ to Iran: Former CIA contractor

A former CIA contractor says US President Barack Obama’s decision to withdraw the USS Theodore Roosevelt from the Persian Gulf shows a goodwill gesture towards Iran in the wake of the nuclear agreement.

Iranian foreign minister to visit Damascus early next week for Syria talks

According to a TV source, Zarif will hold talks with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem.