Weekly Report: From Paris attacks to Syria talks in Vienna

Tehran, November 15, The Iran Project – The supreme leader remarks in meeting with University professors, the series of terrorist attacks in Paris by ISIS, the second round of Vienna talks for Syria with Iran’s top diplomats in attendance and the news related to Paris dominated country’s media outlets in the past week (Nov.9-Nov.15).

 

Politics

Leader receives heads of Iranian universities, higher education centers

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the West set humiliating conditions for selling 20-percent nuclear fuel to Iran, which prompted Iranian youths to produce nuclear fuel inside the country.

Hezbollah Leader, Iran’s deputy FM meet in Beirut

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian met with the Secretary-General of the Lebanese Resistance Movement, Hezbollah, in Lebanon’s capital of Beirut.

Rouhani says U.S.-Iran ties could be restored but U.S. must apologize

The nuclear deal between world powers and Iran could lead to better relations between Tehran and Washington and the eventual re-opening of embassies in both capitals, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was quoted as saying on Thursday.

Five high-ranking religious figures in the holy city of Qom on Thursday acclaimed the management of Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif to bring the nuclear Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to a conclusion.

President postpones trip to Europe

After shocking terrorist incidents in France on Friday night, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has decided to postpone his trip to Europe.

Zarif, Kerry discuss hold meeting on JCPOA in Vienna

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the manner of removing sanctions and the implementation of the United States’ commitments have been discussed during a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Iran’s Rouhani urges collective fight against terrorism

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has stressed the importance of a coordinated and collective fight against terrorism.

Economy

Lufthansa arm eyes services center in Iran

Lufthansa Technik, the maintenance division of the German flagship carrier, says it is in discussions with Iranian airlines to repair and overhaul their aging fleet.

France urges US guarantees for Iran trade

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has urged the US to give concrete guarantees that it will not penalize European companies for trade with Iran after sanctions are lifted on Tehran.

Iran stops wheat imports, plans to export durum wheat by March-agency

Iran has stopped importing wheat because of high domestic production and plans to export durum wheat by March 2016, Deputy Agriculture Minister Ali Ghanbari told the semi-official Mehr news agency.

Putin to visit Iran for gas forum on November 23 – presidential aide

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Iran’s capital Tehran on November 23 to take part in the Gas Exporting Countries Forum.

40,000 loan requests in 2 days

The new auto loan scheme introduced by the government has met with an enthusiastic public response, the Ministry of Industries, Mining and Trade’s public relations office said in a public statement.

Iran lines up $25 billion energy investment

Iran has put together a package for $25 billion of investment in its booming power industry which is key to the country’s economic recovery, head of Iran Power Transmission, Generation and Distribution Company (Tavanir) says.

Military

Iran says 44 terror suspects arrested at border, in cities

Iran’s state TV says the country’s intelligence agency has arrested 44 suspects charged with terrorist activities.

DM advisor: Regional Arab states purchase military equipment 10 times more than Iran
Advisor to Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Daqiqi underlined the country’s deterrence power, and said that the regional Arab countries purchase arms 10 times more than Iran.

Navy Chief: Military hardware should fit defense needs

Defense equipments, both in quality and utility, should be reliable and they should be designed and produced in accordance to Iran’s defense needs, says Navy Chief Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari.

Iran will receive Russian S-300 missile system by year-end: Dehqan

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says the country will take delivery of Russian-made S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system by the end of the year.

Iran secure, stable despite regional turmoil: Senior commander

Iranian Army’s Lieutenant Commander Brigadier General Abdolrahim Mousavi described Iran as a secure and stable country in a region grappling with crises.

Army general warns West not to misuse Paris attacks to wage wars

A high-ranking general of the army warned US and its European allies against any misuse of Paris terror attacks for pursuing warmongering policies. The comment was made by Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri following the Friday terrorist attacks in Paris carried out by ISIL which left over 150 people dead and many other injured.

Society

Electronic voting machine unveiled in Iran

Iran’s Interior Ministry on Saturday unveiled an electronic voting machine which, if authorized by the country’s Guardian Council, will come on stream in nine major cities for upcoming elections in February 2016.

Iran subdues Turkmenistan in FIFA World Cup qualifying

In their fourth 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match, Iranian men’s national soccer team defeated Turkmenistan 3-1 to re-ascent atop Group D.

Mashhad ceremony commemorates Iqbal Lahori

A ceremony in Mashhad held by Allameh Iqbal Lahori Higher Education Institute has commemorated the famous literary figure.

Iran to display ‘artistic items,’Shahnameh’ in Vienna Book Fair

Iran Cultural Fairs Institute (ICFI) has announced it will put on display items related to culture and art in Buch Wien, notably stories of Shahnameh, Iranian natural epic by Firdausi.

Iran comes second at Futsal Grand Prix

The Iranian national futsal team failed to win the 2015 Grand Prix, being defeated by Brazil 4-3 in the final match on Sunday.

Regional Affairs

Riyadh behind recent shooting in western Iran: Shamkhani

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani announced on Wednesday that a recent deadly attack on mourners in the western Iranian city of Dezful had been sponsored by the Saudi regime.

Daesh bombings hit security post in Beirut suburb, 41 killed

More than 40 people have reportedly been killed and dozens of others wounded after two large explosions claimed by the Daesh Takfiri militants rocked a security post in the Borj al-Barajaneh area in a southern suburb of Lebanon’s capital, Beirut.

Hezbollah vows to continue anti-terror fight after blasts near Beirut

Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah has vowed to press ahead with its battle against terrorists after two blasts claimed at least 43 lives in a southern suburb of the capital, Beirut.

Paris attacks: ISIS claims responsibility for gunfire, blasts that killed 128 people

ISIS claimed responsibility for a series of attacks that targeted six locations in Paris with gunfire and explosions, killing 128 people in one of the nation’s deadliest massacres.

Russia Slams Saudi interventionist policies over Syria

Alwaght- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov slammed Saudi Arabia position over the fate of the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad as a ruler of the war-torn country.

Israeli PM faces arrest in Spain over 2010 flotilla raid

A judge in Spain has issued arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and seven other former and current Israeli officials over a 2010 fatal raid by the Tel Aviv regime forces on a Gaza-bound aid ship.