The Iran Project

Weekly Report: From Student Day ceremonies to Jahangiri-Erdogan meeting

Tehran, December 13, The Iran Project – Ceremonies of National Day of Students across Iranian universities, President Rouhani visit to Mashhad and mourning rituals of Iranian Muslims across the country to mark the passing anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hassan (AS) and Imam Reza (AS), dominated Iran’s media outlets in the past week (Dec.7-Dec.13).

Politics

All Iranian authorities should be accountable: Rouhani

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says all Iranian authorities, without any exception, should be held accountable to the nation based on their responsibilities.

Iran, P5+1 agree draft resolution on possible military dimension issue

Tehran and the P5+1 group have agreed a draft resolution effectively settling the issue surrounding the so-called possible military dimensions (PMD) of Iran’s nuclear program, Russia’s permanent envoy to international organizations in Vienna said Monday.
The United Nations (UN) General Assembly approved a resolution proposed by Iran on global nuclear disarmament. The non-binding resolution was adopted on Monday at a session of Disarmament and International Security Committee of the 70th UN General Assembly underway in New York.

Iran’s Ambassador to the UN Gholam Ali Khoshrou has submitted to the world body an updated version of a resolution based on President Hassan Rouhani’s proposal for the World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE).

Zarif: Precise supervisions over JCPOA leave no place for doubts

Mohammad-Javad Zarif who is has appointed a team to supervise present and future claims on Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action based on an order issued by Supreme Leader said precise supervisions by that team leave no place for doubts and worries.
Economy
Air France will resume flights to Tehran for the first time in more than seven years, as part of resuming European trade with Iran following a hard-fought deal to curb its nuclear activities.
Iran best replacement for Turkey in Russian market: TCCIMA chief
The head of Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIMA) said with the withdrawal of Turkey from the Russian market, Iranian goods can be the best replacement for the Turkish ones.
Iran denies halving gas exports to Turkey
Gas flow from Iran to Turkey has returned to normal after a temporary fall in pressure at a dispatching station, officials from the two countries say.
Iran becomes India’s 5th top oil supplier
The latest market data show that Iran has replaced Kuwait as the fifth largest oil supplier to India.
Australia announced on Thursday that it is taking necessary legal actions to lift sanctions imposed on Iran in line with the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that was reached between Iran and the P5+1 in July.
Military

Russia expects military contracts with Iran to be worth ‘Billions’

Vladimir Kozhin, a presidential aide responsible for military and technical cooperation said that Russia expects military contracts with Iran to be worth “billions,” as Tehran is “highly interested” in buying Russian military equipment.

Commander says Iran ready to boost naval cooperation with friendly countries

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari voiced the country’s preparedness to expand its collaborations with other countries in a bid to secure peace and stability in international waters.

Iran army to stage anti-terrorism maneuver: Commander

The Iranian Army’s Ground Forces will stage “anti-terrorism” military exercises outside Tehran in coming days, the forces’ commander says.

Washington: Iran’s missile tests no breach of JCPOA

US State Department Spokesman John Kirby said Iran’s missile tests are not a “violation” of the recent nuclear deal struck between Tehran and six world powers.

Iran intends to buy Russia’s T-90 tanks

Brig. Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, the commander of Iran’s Army Ground Force, said that Iran has plans to buy Russia-developed T-90 tanks and Iranian military experts would be sent to Russia to sign the contracts with Moscow.

Society

Iran, Finland discuss scientific cooperation

Ministers from Iran and Finland explored avenues for the promotion of mutual cooperation in science and technology.

Millions mark Prophet’s passing anniversary in Mashhad

Millions of Muslims have gathered in Iran’s holy city of Mashhad to mark the passing anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and martyrdom of Imam Hassan (PBUH), the second Shia Imam.

Swine flu outbreak nears Tehran as Iran death toll tops 40

An outbreak of swine flu in Iran has claimed 42 lives since mid-November, including in a province neighbouring Tehran, Health Minister Hassan Hashemi said Thursday.
The Tehran Symphony Orchestra will be performing in Shanghai during May.

Pardisan Park is host to two Asiatic cheetahs

Last winter two Asiatic cheetahs, Delbar and Koshki, were transferred to a preserved area in Pardisan Park, northwestern Tehran.

 

Regional Affairs

Syria’s Assad blasts Turkey as ‘only lifeline’ of Daesh

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says Turkey serves as the “only lifeline” for Daesh terrorists, censuring Ankara for its engagement in illegal oil transactions with the Takfiri group.

Putin: ‘Immediately destroy’ any threat in Syria

President Vladimir Putin issues his strongest message yet to Russian troops in Syria, saying any targets threatening his country’s forces must be immediately destroyed.

Iraq asks UN Security Council to urge Turkey to leave its soil

Iraq’s representative to the United Nations insistently asked the UN Security Council (UNSC) to urge Turkey to leave its soil immediately and unconditionally.

Iran ready to help resolve Turkey-Russia tensions: First VP

Iran’s First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri says the recent escalation of tensions between Moscow and Ankara over Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet is worrisome, expressing Tehran’s readiness to help settle the dispute.

Syrian army destroys terrorist ‘Lifeline’ to Turkey in Aleppo province

The Syrian army has continued its “swift” and “precise” offensive in the key province of Aleppo, freeing more villages, destroying terrorists and militant infrastructure, as well as clearing improvised explosive devices in liberated areas, the SANA news agency reported, citing an unnamed military source.

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