Weekly Report: From JCPOA Committee’s Report to death of Perspolis Captain

Tehran, Oct. 4, The Iran Project – The Supreme Leader’s remarks at the graduation ceremony of army officers, the death of Persepolis captain Hadi Norouzi and the JCPOA committee’s final report dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (28 Sept.-4 Oct.).

 

Politics

Iranian President said Syria’s al-Assad must remain to fight ‘terrorists’

As Russia significantly increases its support of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Sunday that backing Syria’s “central government” is the only way to defeat ISIS.

 

Rouhani: Nuclear deal brilliant example of victory over war

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said in his UN General Assembly address that Iran’s nuclear agreement with six world powers was the victory of diplomacy over warmonger approaches worldwide.

 

Russian president calls for removal of west’s sanctions on Iran

Russian President Vladimir Putin in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani underlined his country’s resolve in removing the oppressive sanctions imposed by the West against Iran.


Iran summons Saudi envoy again over Mina tragedy

Iran’s foreign ministry summoned Saudi Arabia’s charge d’affaires for the fourth time in a week to protest Riyadh’s failure to deal with the aftermath of a recent crush in Mina that led to the deaths of at least 239 Iranians.

 

Iran’s possible reaction vis-à-vis Mina tragedy tough:Leader

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei attended graduation ceremony of army cadets in this northern city of Noshahr on Wednesday. Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Saudi Arabia has not made good on its obligations regarding the recent deadly Hajj incident, saying Iran’s possible response will be”tough and harsh.”
Zarif meets Mexico, Austrian, Swiss, South Korean counterparts in NY

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in separate meeting with his Mexican, Austria, Swiss and South Korean foreign ministers discussed different global issues, including the refugee crisis and the Syrian crisis.

Iranian pilgrims funeral ceremony held in Tehran

The funeral ceremony for the seven Iranian pilgrims dead in stampede during the Hajj pilgrimage rituals in Mina, near Mecca, held in Tehran University on Sunday.

 

JCPOA special committee briefs MPs with its final report on Sunday

Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, spokesman for the Majlis(parliament) special committee on Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action(JCPOA) briefed lawmakers on the committee’s final report on the issue.

 

 

Economy

What Rouhani’s done to fight corruption

There has been a lot of talk in Iran about fighting administrative and financial corruption over the past decade. Yet, corruption has not diminished. Rather, the phenomenon has continued to plague the Iranian economy. High-level meetings, including regular sessions attended by the heads of the three branches of government, have so far failed to produce any tangible improvement.

 

Iran energy investment summit opens in Berlin

A day-long Iranian energy investment summit kicked off in Berlin on Thursday, attended by a high-level Iranian oil and gas delegation headed by Deputy Oil Minister Roknoddin Javadi.

 

10-Year vision plan for car industry

Despite the crisis facing Iran’s car industry, the country aims to produce three million cars annually as part of a 10-year Vision Plan, a third of which will be exported, according to the minister of industries, mining and trade.

 

Iran climbs 9 places in WEF Competitiveness Index

The latest report by World Economic Forum dubbed as “The Global Competitiveness Report 2015–2016” shows Iran’s Global Competitiveness Index has jumped nine places to rank 74th compared to the past year. Iran’s rankings during 2012-14 were 66th, 82nd and 83rd respectively.

 

New oil contracts to be attractive to investors: President legal aide

Vice president for legal affairs said Iran’s new oil contracts which were verified by the cabinet last week will be attractive to investors while securing the country’s interests and maintaining its sovereignty over the oil reservoirs.

 

Military

Top security official: Iran allows no more visits to Parchin

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani underlined the end of inspections and visits to the country’s military site in Parchin.

Enemies resent Iran independence: Ayatollah Khamenei

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the enemies of the Islamic Republic resent the independence of the Iranian nation.

 

Iran’s army decisive in region: Salami

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has stressed that Iran’s army has the most decisive role in the region.

 

IRGC ready to defend Muslim dignity

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said his forces are ready to defend Muslims’ dignity, the Iranians’ in particular, when necessary at any time or region.

 

IRGC commander: Iran-US conflict never ends

Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said the conflict between Tehran and Washington will never end, implying that the US would never tolerate an independent actor like Iran.

 

 

Society

New academic year worsens Tehran air pollution

Tehran’s already-questionable air quality is expected to worsen following the start of the new academic yearAccording to Tehran Air Quality Control Company, the new school year, which began last Wednesday, brought with it a 20% increase in traffic that resulted in a 198-ton increase in air pollutants, Mehr News Agency reports.

 

Environment high priority, says VP

One of the most crucial components in the sustainable development of any country is preserving the environment, says Vice President and Head of the Department of Environment Masoumeh Ebtekar.

 

Persepolis captain Hadi Norouzi dies of heart attack

Persepolis of Tehran captain Hadi Norouzi died at the age of 30 after suffering a heart attack in his sleep on Thursday.

 

Iranian Maestro to perform at Bratislava Symphony Orchestra

Conductor of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra, maestro Ali Rahbari, has been invited to have a performance at Bratislava Music Festival.

 

Iran comes third at FIBA Asia Championship

Iranian national basketball team finished in third place at the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship after defeating Japan 68-63 on Saturday.

 

Regional Affairs

Iran welcomes Qatar’s call for regional dialogue: Spokeswoman

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham reiterated Tehran’s resolve to promote security and stability in the Middle East, saying that the Islamic Republic welcomes neighboring Qatar’s proposal for regional dialogue.

 

Russia, UN agree on strict adherence to Int’l law in anti-ISIL airstrikes

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday agreeing that all military action against Islamic State radicals in Syria must fully comply with international law.

 

Israel most hostile regime: Egyptians

A new poll conducted by a Cairo-based center has found that the majority of Egyptian people view Israel as the most hostile regime.

 

Russia reports new ‘surgical airstrikes’ on Daesh positions in Raqqa

Russia’s Defense Ministry has announced a fresh “surgical airstrike” by Russian jet fighters against the positions of the militants of the Daesh terrorist group in Syria , knocking out the battle headquarters of the Takfiri militants near the Northeastern city of Raqqa.

 

Patients were burned to death in US airstrike on clinic in Kunduz, survivors say

The survivors of a US airstrike on a clinic run by Doctors Without Borders in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, say those patients unable to move were burned to death during the assault.

 

Iraq ready to share Daesh intel with Iran, Russia, Syria

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says his country is ready to share intelligence on Daesh with Iran, Russia, and Syria upon their request.