Weekly Report: 24-30 August, 2015
August 24, 2015:
Iranians celebrated the long-awaited reopening of their London embassy on Sunday with Qur’anic verses, soft drinks, expressions of florid goodwill and relentless hopes for a better future for the often stormy relationship between the Islamic Republic and the UK.
Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid on Sunday threw his full support behind President Barack Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran, saying “it is the best path to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has received British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in Tehran.
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in Tehran on Sunday that the UK stance on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) are fully independent of the US.
Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani and visiting British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond on Monday held talks on ways to boost all-out ties.
Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has called on the British government to drastically change its interventionist approach toward Iran’s domestic issues if it really seeks a new beginning in relations with Tehran.
August 25, 2015:
Iranian and Philipino officials in a meeting on Tuesday discussed ways to remove obstacles to further economic ties, banking cooperation in particular.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the sanctions against Iran will be lifted one after another with the conclusion of the recent agreement between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has emphasized the need for regional efforts against violence and extremism, saying it is in the interest of both Iran and Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism in the region.
The U.N. nuclear watchdog needs more money to carry out its role under a deal to curtail Iran’s nuclear program, its chief Yukiya Amano said on Tuesday, putting the annual cost for the agency at 9.2 million euros ($10.63 million).
The production line of the Nasr air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) was inaugurated here Tuesday in a ceremony attended by Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan.
August 26, 2015:
The chairman of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has acknowledged that the Obama administration’s lobbying campaign for the Iran nuclear accord has generated results.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham rejected media reports on talks between Iranian and British officials about Iran’s attitude towards the Zionist regime of Israel during a recent visit to Tehran by Britain’s foreign secretary.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) announced her support for the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday, becoming the final member of the Senate’s main Democratic leadership team to weigh in on the agreement.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday that Iran has always been ready to talk with the Persian Gulf states.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the country has not discussed possible establishment of an EU office in its capital, Tehran.
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali-Akbar Salehi said he is going to negotiate with Chinese officials on Arak heavy water reactor.
Iran’s VP for Science and Technology Affairs Sorena Sattari met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.The meeting took place in the venue of MAKS-2015 Aerospace Exhibition, western Moscow.
President Hassan Rouhani and members of his cabinet met with the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei here on Wednesday.
Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday appreciated the government for successful performance to cut inflation, provide economic stability and tranquility and health services and resolving the nuclear dispute.
Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi said on Wednesday that Iranian nuclear negotiators turned Iran to a global power.
August 27, 2015:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has paid a visit to his deputy, Eshaq Jahangiri, who has been in hospital due to a heart condition.
A powerful video has been released by Veterans Against the Deal, aimed at influencing undecided lawmakers to vote against the nuclear deal with Iran. According to the Administration, the parties have achieved a “long-term comprehensive nuclear deal with Iranthat will verifiably prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and ensure that Iran’s nuclearprogram will be exclusively peaceful going forward”. Most Republicans in the House and Senate oppose the deal.
San Diego-area U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA)4% announced her support for the Iran deal Wednesday in an op-ed published by the San Diego Union-Tribune that will run in Thursday’s print edition.
he White House said on Wednesday that the Obama administration is focused on building enough support for the Iran deal to keep Congress from “spoiling” the agreement.
The United States has reportedly refused to grant visa to some Iranian officials who are to accompany the parliament speaker on his New York visit, raising the possibility that Ali Larijani’s trip can be cancelled.
An official has admitted Iranian aviation companies’ interest in Russia’s Superjet passenger planes amid Tehran’s quest for new aircraft to build up the country’s aging fleet, the Fars news agency says.
A memorandum on the implementation of the agreement to supply Russian S-300 missile defense systems to Iran was signed, according to a senior official from the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation.
The International Atomic Energy Agency reports that Iran is broadly complying with agreements on curtailing its nuclear program in its first update since last month’s deal between Tehran and world powers.
Iran’s Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh says some countries in OPEC are trying to harm other members by driving crude oil prices lower through flooding the market.
August 28, 2015:
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi in a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing on Thursday discussed bilateral ties.
Democrats are confident they will have enough votes to protect the Iran nuclear deal in the U.S. Congress, but they face an uphill task to avoid President Barack Obama having to use his veto power to ensure the agreement’s survival.
The Acting US Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence will travel to Israel to discuss the Iran nuclear agreement with Israeli officials.
Interim Friday Prayer Leader Kazem Seddiqi appreciated the incumbent government’s endeavors in the past two years, saying that it has taken proper measures in various fields.
Switzerland, which became the first nation to lift sanctions on Iran last month, has arranged a major conference for its business owners, urging them to make the most of business opportunities in the energy-rich country.
An Indian navy fleet has docked at the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, as the two countries work to boost friendly maritime relations.
The US Department of State has acknowledged that Iran’s Parchin site is a “conventional” military facility, marking a departure from allegations about nuclear activities there.
August 29, 2015:
President Barack Obama is comparing tensions between the U.S. and Israel over the Iranian nuclear deal to a family feud and says he expects quick improvements in ties between the longtime allies once the accord is implemented.
48 thousand undocumented Afghan students have registered for entering the Iranian schools, says Vice Education Minister and Head of Centre for International Affairs and Schools Abroad.
Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani left Tehran for New York Saturday morning to attend an international meeting.
Iran’s commander of air defense base unveiled new missile and radar systems including Bidar loop system, Talash missile defense system and Fath 14 radar system.
A senior Iranian Navy commander announced that Iran and India will stage joint naval exercises in the near future.
Iran’s military capability has not been affected by its nuclear deal last month with six world powers, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday, moving to reassure hardliners that the deal was no sign of Iranian weakness.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says efforts by his administration have resulted in the weakening of Iranophobia, saying attempts to portray Iran as a threat are now falling flat.
August 30, 2015:
A two-day confab on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regional bureau was launched in Kish Island on Saturday.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani announced on Saturday that the country will improve its Arak heavy water reactor with the cooperation of China and probably the United States.
Iran National Science Foundation (INSF) and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) signed a memorandum of understanding on close scientific cooperation for 10 years.
Iran’s most expensive ever movie, “Muhammad”, which chronicles the childhood of the Muslim prophet, was release nationwide on Thursday, winning praise from early audiences
President Hassan Rouhani said here on Sunday that Iran and Mongolia enjoy a vast untapped economic potential.
President Hassan Rouhani expressed hope here on Sunday that the ground could be prepared for activities of Irish private sector in Iran.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the nuclear agreement with the P5+1 group of countries has paved the way for the expansion of Iran’s relations with other countries.
Officials from Iran and Germany expressed the hope that the promising prospect of a lasting deal on Tehran’s nuclear program would help the two countries rebuild their economic relations.