Weekly report: JCPOA joint commission meeting held in Vienna without US presence

May 27, The Iran Project – Iranian officials see off members of Team Melli; Iranian health min. Hassan Ghazizadeh Hashemi attends World Health Assembly; Iran’s top leader sets conditions for Europe to save nuclear deal; Iran marks 36th anniversary of liberation of Khorramshahr; JCPOA joint commission meeting kicks off in Vienna; US slaps new sanctions on entities working with Iran airlines; Iran attends St. Petersburg Int’l Economic Forum in Russia and Six medical helicopters were unveiled in Karaj are among major headlines dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (May 21–May 27).

 

Politics

US imposes new anti-Iran sanctions

The United States imposed fresh sanctions on five members of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) over their alleged efforts to provide missile support to Yemen’s Houthis, the Treasury Department said in a statement on Tuesday.

Accord violators to end up like Iraq’s Saddam Hussein

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Bagheri said Wed. that the likes of US which violate international agreements will end up like Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, who was executed in 2006 over charges of crimes against humanity.

FM Zarif: Iran sets deadline on talks with Europe

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran has set a deadline for negotiations with Europe since lapse of time is not in Iran’s interest.

Iran’s top leader sets conditions for Europe to save nuclear deal

Iran’s top leader set out a series of conditions on Wednesday for European powers if they want Tehran to stay in a nuclear deal after the U.S. exit, including steps by European banks to safeguard trade with Tehran and guaranteeing Iranian oil sales.

IRGC warns US of consequences of military action

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) highlighted Iran’s military power and deterrent capabilities, warning the US of the horrible fate it will face in case of attacking Iran.

Top security official: Any aggression on Iran to receive swift, resolute response

Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran (SNSC), told Al-Jazeera that any American aggressive action in the Persian Gulf will face direct and swift reaction.

Iran marks 36th anniversary of liberation of Khorramshahr

Iran is marking the 36th anniversary of the liberation of the southwestern city of Khorramshahr from forces of the ex-Iraqi dictator’s regime in the course of the eight-year war imposed on the Islamic Republic in 1980s.

Macron: Necessary guarantees should be given to Iran

French President said on Thursday that necessary guarantees should be given to Tehran with regards to the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

JCPOA joint commission meeting kicks off in Vienna

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) joint commission meeting kicked off in Vienna’s Cobourg Hotel on Friday to hold consultations on mechanisms to continue implementation of the deal.

US House bans Trump from declaring war on Iran without Congress’s approval

The US House of Representatives has unanimously passed an amendment that bans President Donald Trump from declaring a war on Iran without the Congress’s approval.

JCPOA joint commission issues statement after Vienna meeting

Coordinator of the joint commission of the parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) issued a statement following a Thursday session of the commission in Vienna, hailing Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal as confirmed by the UN nuclear watchdog.

Reports of EU-Iran missile talks ‘A Complete Lie’: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif dismissed as “a complete lie” claims that the European parties to the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), plan to hold talks with the Islamic Republic on its missile program.

Iran official confirms new trial for British-Iranian woman

Iran will put imprisoned British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on trial for a second time to face new charges, Iranian media reported on Saturday.

Iran Leader urges UN to probe cases of rights violations in US

The Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has called on the United Nations to condemn the violation of human rights in, and by the United States.

No Iranian killed in Israel attack on Syria: Official

No Iranian military advisor has been killed in the Zionist regime’s attack on an airport in Homs in Syria, an Iranian official said.

 

Regional Affairs

Saudi royal urges coup to depose King Salman, protect kingdom from harm

An exiled Saudi prince has called for a coup by his influential uncles to depose King Salman and prevent the current ruling structure led by his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, from doing more damage to the kingdom.

Lebanese longtime parliament speaker re-elected to post

Lebanese lawmakers overwhelmingly re-elected the country’s longtime parliament speaker to the post on Wednesday, giving the 80-year-old monopoly of the office for three decades now.

Syrian air defenses intercept missiles near Homs

Syrian air defense systems have repelled a missile attack on an airport near the western city of Homs, less than a day after US-led coalition jets targeted several Syrian military positions in the country’s eastern Dayr al-Zawr province.

US sanctions on Hezbollah will have no effect, Nasrallah says

The secretary general of the Lebanese resistance movement says the latest round of sanctions by the United States and a number of its Persian Gulf Arab allies against the leadership of the group will have no effect and will not harm its officials at all.

Qatar bans four Arab states’ goods in retaliation for blockade

Qatar’s Ministry of Economy and Commerce has prohibited the sale of products made in the Arab states of a Saudi-led quartet that has imposed embargoes against the country since last June.

 

Economy

US slaps new sanctions on entities working with Iran airlines

The US has imposed new sanctions against nine Iranian and Turkish individuals and companies as well as a number of aircraft providing goods and services to four Iranian airlines.

Iran attends St. Petersburg Int’l Economic Forum in Russia

The 22nd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) started on Thursday in the Russian port city with Iranian representatives in attendance.

IMF Chief urges Trump to review sanctioning Iran

Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde urged US President Donald Trump to review his policies regarding imposing sanctions on Iran and Russia.

US sanctions on Iranian aviation to expand Tehran-Moscow ties – Civil Aviation 

The US sanctions against the Iranian aviation industry will accelerate and expand Tehran’s cooperation with Moscow, spokesman of the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization’s (CAO), Reza Jafarzadeh, told Sputnik on Friday.

Putin raps Trump over Iran oil sanctions move

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has criticized a controversial decision by US President Donald Trump to re-instate sanctions against Iran, warning that such a move would only harm the global economy.

 

Society

FIFA invites Iran president to World Cup

The President of FIFA Gianni Infantino officially invited President Hassan Rouhani to the opening of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

Iran opens its first Autism library

Iran’s Autism Association has opened a library in Tehran which helps autistics socialize with each other and raises public awareness about the disorder.

Attempt to hijack passenger plane flying over Iran fails

An attempt to hijack a passenger plane flying from the UAE’s Dubai to the Afghan capital of Kabul has been foiled.

“Startups run by youths providing Iran with multimillion-dollar incomes”

Iran’s Vice-President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari says new generations of startups in Iran are run by youths under 30 and generate multimillion-dollar incomes.

Iran to use air medical service

Six medical helicopters were unveiled in Karaj, Alborz Province, west of Tehran on Saturday.