The Iran Project

Weekly Report: From Iran’s PMD case closure to elections’ case opening

IAEA Board Adopts Landmark Resolution on Iran PMD Case

Tehran, December 20, The Iran Project – Closure of Iran’s PMD case by IAEA and kicking off the registrations for both Iran’s Assembly of Experts and Parliament across Iran dominated Iran’s media outlets in the past week (Dec.14-Dec.20).

 

Politics

Iran urges justice for perpetrators of recent Nigeria muslim killings

A senior Iranian official has called on the Nigerian government to bring to justice those involved in the military’s bloody crackdown on the Shia Muslim community in the African country.

President Rouhani welcomes closure of Iran’s PMD case

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday the closure of investigations into Iran’s past nuclear activities was a political victory for the country, and that the Islamic Republic would start implementing the deal within weeks.

Imam Khomeini grandson registers for Assembly elections

A grandson of Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini registered on Friday for February’s election of the Assembly of Experts, the clerical body that chooses the Supreme Leader.

Iran Majlis registration starts

The official registration of candidates for the ninth Majlis elections started across the country as well as Iran’s embassies and consular offices abroad on Saturday.

Ayatollah Shahroudi raps Riyadh for irrational stance on Nigeria

Vice-Chairman of Assembly of Experts strongly criticized Saudi Arabia for taking side with the Nigerian army in the massacre of Shia Muslims of the African country.

Economy

Moscow, Tehran to discuss bilateral trade at WTO summit on Wednesday

Alexei Ulyukayev will meet on Wednesday in Nairobi with Iranian Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh to discuss bilateral trade and economic issues.

US poised to lift sanctions on Iran under nuclear deal

The U.S. appears poised to lift at least some sanctions against Iran – possibly as early as January.

Iran to sell $500m foreign-currency-denominated bonds in 2016

Iran’s Central Bank (CBI) plans to offer $500 million in foreign-currency-denominated bonds to international investors next year as the country prepares to prop up its economy after sanctions are lifted.

Oil recovery boosted in Southern Iran

Head of the National Iranian South Oil Company (NISOC) says the company has raise extraction of crude oil from the country’s southern oil-rich fields.

Iran awards IKIA deal to Dutch firm NACO

Iran on Saturday awarded a deal to a Dutch company over the development of a town in the vicinity of the country’s biggest airport – Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA) – in southern Tehran.

Military

Talks held with Russia on buying T-90 tanks: Iranian commander

A top Iranian commander said negotiations have been held with Russia for the purchase of T-90 tanks, although the country is already manufacturing tanks locally.

Iran defense minister says Emad missile ‘conventional’

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says the recently test-fired precision-guided long-range Emad missile is a conventional armament.

IRGC top commander: Iran’s power acknowledged by enemies

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari underlined Iran’s growing might and power, and said the enemies have also admitted this fact.

Missile tests our legitimate right: Iran

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has defended Iran’s right to carry out missile tests, saying none of Iranian missiles are capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

DM: Iran receives proposals for advanced defense cooperation

Defense and Armed Forces Logistical Support Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said on Saturday that advanced countries have had good proposals for military cooperation with Iran since the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Society

‘Princess of Rome’ hits screens in England

Iranian animation Princess of Rome was screened in England after it was displayed in Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Ivory Coast.

Persian folk theater revived in an old city

The 2nd national festival of traditional folkloric Persian play, Siah-bazi, is held in the northern city of Sari which indeed gave a fresh life to the ancient art.

Isfahan, Italy, Germany ink cultural, economic agreements

Traveling to Germany and Italy, members of Isfahan’s Chamber of Commerce signed MoUs in cultural and economic fields, the head of the chamber announced. Talking about the foreign interactions of the chamber Abdul Vahab Sahlabadi said that holding a joint industrial expo by Isfahan and Germany’s Baden-Württemberg as well as linking the two region’s companies were mutual demands.

New determination to end US monopoly of the Internet

Many Western countries participating in the Wuzhen summit stressed the need for serious confrontation with cybercrimes and cyber-terrorism, the Iranian communications minister said.

A message from Darul Quran to Al-Azhar

In a letter to Egyptian religious figures, a Koranic center in Iran has said that the Koran is the divine reference for all Muslims, advising Islamic nations against making a strategic mistake in telling friends from foes.

Regional Affairs

No agreement on main issues in Syria talks: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says there “seems to be no agreement” on two major issues ahead of UN-brokered negotiations on the Syria conflict in New York.

UNSC approves Syria peace process resolution unanimously

United Nations Security Council has approved Syria peace process resolution on Friday to pave the way for the establishment of “inclusive and non-sectarian” government in Syria.

US steps up pressure on Turkey to withdraw troops from Iraq

The United States has significantly ratcheted up pressure on the Turkish government to withdraw recently dispatched troops out of Iraq, with President Barack Obama reaching out to his Turkish counterpart to resolve a row between the two US allies.

Israel airstrike kills top Hezbollah member near Damascus

The Israel regime has carried out an airstrike on a residential area near the Syrian capital city of Damascus, reportedly killing a high ranking member of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah.

Yemenis kill nearly 150 Saudi forces in missile attacks

Yemen’s Ansarullah fighters and allied army units have managed to kill nearly 150 troops working for Saudi Arabia in two ballistic missile attacks against Saudi bases in the impoverished country.

EU, Turkey close airspace to Russian warplanes: report

Europe and Turkey have closed airspace for Russian Long-Range Aviation planes carrying out airstrikes on Daesh terrorist group’s positions in Syria, forcing Russian pilots to reroute, Deputy Commander Maj. Gen. Anatoly Konovalov said Saturday.

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