Weekly report: Iran robustly condemns US, UK, France airstrikes on Syria

April 15, The Iran Project – 83 nuclear achievements unveiled on Nuclear Tech. Day; Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visit to Senegal, Brazil, Uruguay and Namibia and meeting with senior officials; Vyacheslav Volodin, Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and Russian President Putin’s Special Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev trip to Iran; Iranians bid farewell to military advisers martyred in Israel’s airstrike in Syria; Leader’s aide holds talks with top Syrian officials in Damascus and Iran slams US-led attack on Syria are among major headlines dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (April 09–April 15).

 

Politics

Iran President unveils 83 nuclear achievements

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani unveiled 83 nuclear achievements of the country on Monday that is designated as the National Nuclear Technology Day.

Leader urges respect for Iranian people’s privacy

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei called on administrative and judicial authorities to respect the Iranian people’s privacy amid debates about the need for replacing foreign mobile messaging applications with homegrown ones.

Bodies of 7 Iranians killed in Israeli attack on Syrian base repatriated

The bodies of seven Iranian military advisers who lost their lives in an attack by Israeli warplanes on the T-4 airbase in Syria’s Homs were transferred to Tehran on Tuesday.

Iran, Russia discuss Syria developments

Alexander Lavrentiev, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Special Envoy to Syria and Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) discussed the latest developments in Syria.

Iran, Brazil discuss JCPOA developments

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a meeting with his Brazilian counterpart Aloysio Nunes discussed the latest developments in Iran nuclear deal.

Iran-Turkey high border commission convenes after 6 years

The 27th meeting of Iran-Turkey High Border Commission was held on Tuesday in Ankara after a six-year hiatus.

Iran, Uruguay call for expansion of economic ties

Iran’s FM Mohammad Javad Zarif and Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez have called for promotion of economic cooperation in all areas.

IAEA: Nuclear cooperation with Iran constructive

Director of the International nuclear watchdog’s Division for Asia and the Pacific described cooperation with Iran as long-lasting, extensive and productive.

Iran wants Idlib freed, occupying US troops out of E Syria: Senior official

Following Syria’s victory in Eastern Ghouta, a senior Iranian official has expressed hope for the Arab nation’s army to liberate Idlib Province, now a major militant bastion, and cleanse the country’s eastern regions of “occupying” US troops.

Leader’s aide holds talks with top Syrian officials in Damascus

Senior Aide to Iranian Leader Ali Akbar Velayati arrived in Syria on Tuesday (April 10) to participate in an international conference dubbed ‘Quds, Our Approach and Destination’ and hold talks with top Syrian officials as well.

Ayatollah Khamenei: US, UK, French attack on Syria ‘a crime’

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has condemned joint airstrikes by the US, the UK and France on Syria as “crime,” describing the leaders of the three Western states as “criminals.”

President Rouhani: US strike on Syria against int’l principles

Iranian President Hassan Rouahni on Saturday slammed US air strike on Syria, saying it is against international principles and blatant support for terrorism.

IRGC: US missile attacks to reinforce Syrians’ determination

US missile strikes will reinforce anti-terrorism determination of the Syrian Resistance and deepen the Syrians’ grudge toward West-Arab criminals, Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) said in a statement.

West’s missiles won’t shake Resistance resolve to protect Syria

Iran’s Defense Min. Hatami stressed that the West’s airstrikes will not cripple the resolve of Resistance Front and Syrian government to restore peace and stability to the Arab country.  

Attacks on Syria aim to justify US presence in region: Iranian president

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani decried overnight missile attacks on Syria by the US and its allies and said they are trying to justify their military presence in the Middle East region by such acts of aggression.

 

Regional Affairs

US envoy to NATO accuses Assad of ‘genocide’, calls for military strike

The US ambassador to NATO, Kay Hutchison, has accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of “genocide” in the aftermath of a suspected chemical attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma, calling for “a military response.”

Syria comes under military attack on Trump’s orders, 13 missiles shot down

Multiple places in Syria have come under attack by US, British and French military forces after President Donald Trump ordered a military strike against the country despite international warnings against further escalation of the situation.

Israel made own biggest mistake by attacking Syria’s air base

Secretary General of Hezbollah movement said on Friday that Israel made its biggest mistake by attacking Iranian forces in Syria as it started a war with powerful Iran by doing that.

Syrian Army announces full libration Eastern Ghouta

The General Command of the Syrian Army and Armed Forces has announced that Eastern Ghouta in the Damascus Countryside is now completely terrorism-free following two months of operations in the region.

UN Security Council rejects Russia draft resolution slamming strike on Syria

The UN Security Council has failed to adopt Russia’s draft resolution condemning the recent joint airstrikes by the US, Britain and France on Syria, which came following an alleged chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Douma.

 

Economy

Rusal triggers Iran-style defense after U.S. sanctions – source

Russian aluminum giant Rusal has activated a contingency plan asking customers to pay in euros instead of dollars to try to skirt round U.S. sanctions, a source close to the matter said.

Iran, India resolve differences on Farzad B development

Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh said, “Disagreements between Iran and India over Farzad B Development Project have been resolved.”

EU extends Iran sanctions by one year

The Council of the European Union on Thu. extended the sanctions imposed on Iran over alleged human rights violations by a year until April 2019.

Politicization of oil market, harmful to consumers, producers: Iran

Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh said, “The politicization of the oil market harms the consumers as well as producers of this strategic item.”

Iran wheat production estimated to reach 13.5m tons this year

About 13.5 million tons of wheat are estimated to be produced in the country during the current Iranian year (started March 21), the deputy agriculture minister for agronomical affairs said.

 

Society

Iran’s 2018 Fajr Int’l Film Festival unveils Cup of Divination lineup

The 2018 Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF) has announced the names of films playing in its Cup of Divination (Festival of Festivals) section.

Italy returns smuggled stone inscription to Iran

Italian police returned a 17th century gravestone which has been smuggled out of Iran to the Iranian Embassy in Rome.

Iranian chess player takes crown in Asian Youth Chess Championships

Iranian Woman International Master (WIM) Vesal Hamedinia has displayed commendable performances at the Asian Youth Chess Championship and Asian Youth Rapid and Blitz Championships in Thailand, and claimed the top position in the sporting event.

Newly-discovered rock carvings prove ancient history of boxing in Iran

Researchers have recently found some ancient engravings in the city of Khomeyn in Iran’s Markazi Province that show boxing competitions used to be held in Persia thousands of years ago.

SCI puts Iran’s winter unemployment rate at 12.1%

Iran’s unemployment rate in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year (Dec. 22, 2017-March 20) stood at 12.1%, registering a 0.4% drop compared with the same period of the year before and a 0.2% increase compared with Q3, the latest report by the Statistical Center of Iran showed.