Weekly Report: From JCPOA implementation to Chinese Xi in Iran

Tehran, January 24, The Iran Project – Amano’s trip to Iran after JCPOA implementation, JCPOA implementation conference in Tehran, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif visiting the country, Iran’s FM Zarif presence at World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Chinese president Xi Jinping visiting Iran, Supreme Leader Ayat. Khamenei meeting with IRGC navy forces who arrested US sailors in Persian Gulf dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (Jan.18-Jan.24). 

Politics

UN Security Council removes sanctions on Iran’s Bank Sepah

The UN Security Council has crossed off Iran’s Bank Sepah and its international subsidiary from its sanction list following the implementation of a historic nuclear agreement between Tehran and the world powers.

Iran will continue to upgrade missile might: Foreign ministry

Iran’s Foreign Ministry says the country will continue to enhance its missile capabilities in defiance of the “destructive” fresh US sanctions over the Islamic Republic’s missile program.

Iran’s President briefs Supreme Leader on nuclear achievements

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a letter to Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution provided details on the recent implementation of the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, and briefed Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on the nuclear achievements.

Salehi, Amano presser; Iran, IAEA agree to leave past issues behind

AEOI head Ali Akbar Salehi in a Mon. presser with Yukiya Amano said the fabricated case against Iran’s nuclear program has been dissolved and the two sides have now entered a new phase of cooperation. The remarks were made by the Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi in a press conference with Yukiya Amano, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in the Iranian capital on Monday.

Iran to test new missiles despite US sanctions: Defense minister

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says the Islamic Republic will unveil new domestically-designed and manufactured missiles in the near future in defiance of new US sanctions against the country over its missile program.

IAEA supervision side by side with its contributions

Iran has always honored its international commitments and will always do so in future and IAEA, too, should side by side with its supervision duties heed its duty to contribute to development of Iran’s peaceful nuclear program, said IRI president here Monday.

President: JCPOA Implementation Day an auspicious day for entire region

President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that the Implementation Day of Iran deal – known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – is an auspicious day for the entire region.

Saudis’ Iranophobia creating tensions in Middle East: Zarif

Saudi Arabia tries to achieve its regional goals by promoting “Iranophobia” and creating tensions in the region, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says.

New US bans have no intl. legal ground: Zarif

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran will “proportionally” respond to new US sanctions on Tehran’s missile program.

Leader: US remarks ’cause for suspicion’

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says recent remarks by US leaders after official implementation of a nuclear accord and lifting of sanctions on Iran are “totally a cause for suspicion.”

IAEA officially unveiled final expert report on Iran

The Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) decided Tuesday to make public the final report of the experts on the Iranian nuclear program.

Muslims need coalition for progress not war: Rouhani

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has called on Muslim countries to form an alliance for progress and development and not for war, in an apparent reference to the coalition formed by Saudi Arabia for the aggression against Yemen.

Nuclear agreement result of Iranian nation’s endeavors: Leader

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers was result of endeavors of Iranian nation and scientists, not a US favor.

Leader urges appropriate reaction to any violation of JCPOA

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution on Wednesday urged Iranian officials to take reciprocal measures should the other parties to last year’s nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), US in particular, fail to fulfill their commitments.

Leader encourages large voter turnout

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday urged preparing the ground for large turn out of people for the upcoming February elections.

Iran nuclear deal proves power of diplomacy: Zarif

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and the P5+1 proved that regional disputes can be resolved through diplomacy.

Zarif tells CNN: Saudi Arabia is ‘panicking,’ the 2 countries can coexist

Iran’s foreign minister says Saudi Arabia is “panicking” over the potential for reduced tensions between Tehran and the West, that he is happy for the families of Americans previously imprisoned in Iran, and that the U.S. is “addicted” to sanctions.

Iran denies involvement in attack on Saudi embassy in Tehran

State authorities of Iran were not complicit in organizing an attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Hossein Zolfaqari said Thursday.

China’s leader seeks ‘new chapter’ in ties with Iran

Chinese President Xi Jinping, the first head of state visiting Iran since sanctions were lifted on Tehran, is poised to sign letters of intent with the Islamic Republic for a new chapter in strategic economic cooperation.

Determination and effort will foil enemy plots: Leader

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says “firm determination” and “ceaseless effort” of all Iranian youths and university students is the only way to foil enemy plots.

US never sincere in approach: Leader

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei slams the US-led coalition formed with the alleged aim of targeting terrorists in the Middle East, saying Washington has never been honest about its motives.

Leader praises IRGC Navy sense of responsibility to seize US marines

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Sunday praised a group of IRGC Navy troops for sense of responsibility to protect Iranian territorial sea and seizure of 10 US marines at sea earlier this month.

Economy

Iran to reconnect to SWIFT banking system soon: Official

An Iranian official says the country will reconnect to SWIFT, the global provider of secure financial messaging services, by the end of January.

US removes all sanctions from IRISL

Iran’s media reported on Tuesday that the United States has removed the complete fleet of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), its staff and all companies affiliated to it from the list of sanctioned entities.

Zarif: Oil prices should ‘Adjust’ as Iran returns to energy market

Tehran believes oil prices should adjust after Iran returns to the energy market after the lifting of sanctions, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told Sputnik on Thursday.

Iran, China sign 17 cooperation agreements

Top Iranian and Chinese officials inked 17 agreements and documents on bilateral cooperation here on Saturday.

Iran says to buy 114 Airbus planes, interested in Boeing and other deals

Iran plans to buy 114 aircraft from European plane maker Airbus (AIR.PA) as soon as March, and is looking for other deals, senior Iranian officials said on Sunday as their country emerges from sanctions and international isolation.

Society

‘A Tale of Love’ to vie in Bengaluru filmfest.

‘A Tale of Love’, directed by Ahmad Ramezanzadeh , produced by Masoud Jafari Jozani, will participate in Bengaluru International Film Festival of India.

Art history in Arabshahi’s abstract paintings

A painting collection on “a review of experiences and performed works” by Iranian veteran artist Massoud Arabshahi, is on display at Shahrivar Art Gallery in Tehran.

Iran ancient fossils returned from US

Over 3,000 Iranian ancient fossils which were taken to the United States prior to the 1979 Islamic Revolution for academic studies were returned home.

Regional Affairs

Somalia received Saudi aid the day it cut ties with Iran: document

Somalia received a pledge of aid for $50 million from Saudi Arabia this month on the same day it announced it was cutting ties with Saudi rival Iran, a document seen by Reuters showed.

Saudi Arabia bought $1.5bn worth of bombs from UK last summer

Britain sold the Saudis over 1.5 billion dollars worth of arms last summer that saw Riyadh escalate its deadly military campaign against Yemen, say human rights groups.

Ayatollah Khamenei deplores attacks on Saudi, British embassies

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday lashed out at the recent attack on Saudi embassy in Tehran, but stressed that such moves should not turn into a pretext for undermining young Iranian revolutionaries.

UN secretary general condemns Israeli land grab

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has condemned Israel’s plan to seize hundreds of acres of Palestinian agricultural land as part of its settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank.

Netanyahu: Saudi Arabia sees Israel as an ally

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Saudi Arabia now sees Tel Aviv “as an ally rather as an enemy” as he claims “a great shift taking place” in the Arab policy toward the Palestinian issue.

Israeli rabbi calls for execution of all Palestinians

A senior Israeli rabbi says Tel Aviv should execute Palestinians instead of arresting them and “leave no one alive” in order to establish safety in the occupied Palestinian territories, Palestinian media report.

Saudi Arabia buys ‘international silence’ about its atrocities in Yemen

Since March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition has been bombing Yemen after Houthi rebels toppled its government. According to political analyst Catherine Shakdam, the international community turns a blind eye on Riyadh’s war crimes in Yemen.