Weekly report: US president violates Iran deal, exists the deal

May 13, The Iran Project – Trump announces withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal; Iranian officials, world leaders react to US withdrawal from JCPOA; Iranian lawmakers set fire on JCPOA, US flag after Trump’s decision; Iranians rally in protest against US JCPOA exit; Afghanistan’s Minister of National Defense Lieutenant General Tariq Shah Bahrami, Bolivian Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces Admiral Yamil Octavio Borda Sosa and Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rasit Meredow trip to Iran and meeting with senior officials; Iran’s women futsal team crowned Asian Champions again; Iran’s women karate team claims Asian title; Iran FM Mohammad Javad Zarif travels to Beijing for talks with Chinese officials on JCPOA; Iran court sentences eight men to death over ISIS attack and President Rouhani officially welcomes Sri Lankan counterpart are among major headlines dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (May 07–May 13).

 

Politics

Commander calls for broadening of Iran-Oman sea border cooperation

Commander of Iran’s Border Guards Brigadier General Qassem Rezaei said on Sunday that Persian Gulf and Oman Sea should be administrated by interactions of regional governments.

Trump announces withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal

President Donald Trump has announced his decision to withdraw the United States from Iran’s nuclear deal with the world powers and re-impose sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

EU determined to preserve the JCPOA: Mogherini

The European Union’s diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini has said the bloc is “determined to preserve” the Iran nuclear deal.

Iran’s Rouhani says US never complied with JCPOA

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stressed that Tehran has always complied to its commitments to the JCPOA, while the US has never complied with its commitments.

Iran MPs table motion on response to Trump decision

Iranian lawmakers have denounced US withdrawal from the 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement, introducing a motion that calls for “proportional and reciprocal” action by the government.

France’s Macron says Trump made a mistake by leaving JCPOA

French President Emmanuel Macron has said that the US decision to leave the Iran nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was a “mistake.”

Iranians hold nationwide rallies to condemn US breach of contract

Iranians have taken to the streets across the country to vent their anger at the US over its withdrawal from a 2015 nuclear deal and President Donald Trump’s incendiary rhetoric against Tehran.

UK, EU partners ‘firmly committed’ to Iran deal: May tells Trump

British Prime Minister Theresa May has told US President Donald Trump that the UK and its EU partners will remain “firmly committed” to the Iran nuclear deal.

Iran, Bolivia discuss defense ties

Highest-ranking military commanders of Iran and Bolivia in a meeting in Tehran weighed plans for enhanced defense cooperation between the two countries.

Leader: Unity, scientific progress major needs of Muslim world

The most urgent needs of the Muslim world are ‘unity’ and ‘serious move toward progress in different sciences’, said Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution in a meeting with the participants of the International Congress on the Role of the Shia School in the Emergence and Development of Islamic Sciences on Saturday.

Zarif: No restrictions in boosting of Iran-Turkmenistan ties

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday that Iran sees no limits in promotion of cooperation with Turkmenistan.

Iran, China underline preserving Iran Deal

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Director General of the Department of West Asian and North African Affairs at Chinese Foreign Ministry Deng Li emphasized the need to preserve Iran nuclear deal.

Afghanistan needs Iran for security, defense minister says

Afghanistan’s Defense Minister General Tariq Shah Bahrami said his country needs to work in close cooperation with Iran to ensure its security and stability.

Ali Afshani elected as Tehran Mayor

Tehran Councilors appointed Mohammad Ali Afshani as Tehran Mayor on Sunday.

Iran court sentences eight men to death over ISIS attack – TV

An Iranian court on Sunday sentenced eight men to death over attacks that killed 18 people at the parliament and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s mausoleum last year in the first deadly operation by ISIS in the country, state TV reported.

President Rouhani officially welcomes Sri Lankan counterpart

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani officially welcomed his Sri Lankan counterpart Maithripala Sirisena at Saadabad Cultural and Historical Complex in Tehran on Sunday.

 

Regional Affairs

Israel withdraws candidacy for UNSC seat amid low chance of winning

Israel has withdrawn its bid to get a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council due to its slim chance of winning.

Lebanon election: Hezbollah leader declares ‘victory’

Hezbollah’s leader says the Shia group and its allies have achieved “victory” in Lebanon’s first parliamentary elections since 2009.

Iraqis start voting in first parliamentary election since Daesh collapse

Voting has begun in Iraq to elect a new parliament and new prime minister in the first national election since the country declared complete victory over the terrorist Daesh group.

Israel doubling troop deployments ahead of US embassy opening

The Israeli military has announced that it will be doubling the number of forces around the Gaza Strip and in occupied West Bank territories ahead of the controversial opening of a US embassy in Jerusalem al-Quds.

No Iranian killed in Israel attack on Syria: Informed source

No Iranian has been killed in the Zionist regime’s recent attack on Syria, an informed source said on Saturday.

 

Economy

OPEC in no hurry to decide if extra oil needed to offset Iran – sources

OPEC is in no hurry to decide whether to pump more oil to make up for an expected drop in exports from Iran after the imposition of new U.S. sanctions, three sources familiar with the issue said, saying any loss in supply would take time.

Iran expects word from Airbus on plane deal soon: Fars

Iran expects to hear from Airbus (AIR.PA) in the coming days about the fate of an order for 100 planes that looks to have been wrecked by the United States’ decision to reinstate sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

China’s CNPC ready to take over Iran project if Total leaves: sources

China’s state-owned energy major CNPC is ready to take over Total’s stake in the giant Iranian South Pars gas project if the French company leaves amid newly announced U.S. sanctions, industry sources said.

65% of refinery equipment locally manufactured: Zangeneh

Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh says Iranian manufacturers can supply up to 65 percent of the equipment used for building a refinery.

Russian companies to benefit from US Iran withdrawal

While Russia has condemned Washington for its withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, Moscow remains less exposed to the economic consequences of US sanctions than Europe and its companies could even benefit from the move.

 

Society

Freaky ISIS stunt in crowded mall in Tehran sparks controversy

Shoppers and cinemagoers in a major mall in central Tehran were terrified to death on Monday night when they saw a group of ISIS terrorists, with guns and horses, entering Kourosh Mall and Cineplex, shouting “Allahu Akbar”, and intimidating the citizens.

71st Cannes opens with Farhadi’s drama

The 71st Cannes Film Festival opened with the premiere of Asghar Farhadi’s ‘Everybody Knows’, starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.

Leader visits Int’l Book Fair in Tehran

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei paid a visit to the 31st Tehran International Book Fair (TIBF) on Friday.

Iran’s women futsal team crowned Asian Champions again

The reigning champion Iran defeated Japan 5-2 to claim gold medal in the 2018 AFC Women’s Futsal Championship on Saturday.

Futsal team championship another sign of Iranian women merit

President Hassan Rouhani in a message congratulated the Iranian women’s national futsal team on their valuable victory, saying that their championship in the global competition is another indication of the Iranian women’s capabilities, dynamism and merit.