Weekly report: Iran’s Team Melli kicks off World Cup campaign with 1-0 win over Morocco

June 17, The Iran Project – Iran, China sign 4 MoUs on the sidelines of the SCO summit; 8 Daesh members to be executed in Iran; Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif trip to South Africa; Iran attends quadrilateral security meeting in Baghdad; Iranians celebrate Eid al-Fitr and Iran’s Team Melli kicks off World Cup campaign with 1-0 win over Morocco are among major headlines dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (June 11–June 17).

 

Politics

Iran, China discuss JCPOA, all-out relations on SCO sidelines

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has conferred with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on a multilateral nuclear agreement Tehran signed with the P5+1 group of countries in 2015 and mutual relations, particularly in economic and trade sectors.

Iran, China sign 4 MoUs to expand bilateral coop.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed on bolstering bilateral ties in a Sunday meeting on the sidelines of the SCO) summit in the Chinese port city of Qingdao.

Palestinians must decide fate of Palestine: Ayatollah Khamenei

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the fate of Palestine must be determined by Palestinians, including Muslims, Jews and Christians, who originally lived in the historical land of Palestine.

Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant producing 1000 MW a year: Salehi

Ali Akbar Salehi, the Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said on Sunday that Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant is currently providing 1000 MW stable electricity in a year for Iran.

Iran releases details of complex operation to free fishermen held by pirates

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry has shed some light on a covert operation in Somalia that recently led to the release of four Iranian fishermen held captive by pirates.

8 Daesh members to be executed in Iran

The death sentence of eight Daesh (ISIS) terrorists got confirmed in Supreme Court of Iran, said the deputy head of the Supreme Court of Iran on Monday.

FM spokesman: Tehran hosts 1st G4+1 on JCPOA meeting

Foreign Ministry pokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Monday that following the US unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA Tehran hosted the first G4+1 meeting in the absence of the US to examine the latest status of the treaty and the commitments of the Europe.

IRGC: No troops killed in clashes with terrorists

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) denied media reports that a number of its forces have been killed in recent clashes with terrorist teams in northwest Iran.

Iran tells N.Korea Trump could cancel deal before getting home

Iran warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un not to trust U.S. President Donald Trump who, it said, could cancel their denuclearisation agreement within hours.

Iranian MP blasts Netanyahu’s video message, asks Israel to end stealing water from Arab States

A senior Iranian legislator lashed out at Israeli Prime Minister Benjami Netanyahu for his video message on water shortage in Iran, calling on Tel Aviv to stop stealing water resources from the regional states.

Iran will quit nuclear deal if it does not benefit from it: President Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic will quit the multilateral nuclear agreement Tehran signed with major world powers in 2015 if it does not benefit from the deal after the US pullout.

Iran, South Africa FMs discuss issues of mutual interest

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is here at the head of a high ranking politico-economic delegation held talks with his South African counterpart Lindiwe Sisulu on issues of mutual interest Tuesday Night.

Iran attends quadrilateral security meeting in Baghdad

Military officials of Iran, Iraq, Russia and Syria held a quadrilateral security meeting here on Wednesday evening.

Canada’s anti-Iran motion “not in line with international security”

In response to a motion in Canada’s parliament demanding immediate cease of all negotiations on restoring diplomatic ties with Iran, Iranian FM Zarif said that these policies will harm Canada and are not in line with maintaining international peace and security.

Syrian-Iranian relation strategic, not subject to a deal

President Bashar al-Assad affirmed that the Syrian-Iranian relation is strategic not subject to a deal, affirming that neither Syria nor Iran has floated this relationship on the international political bazaar for it to be subject to haggling.

Supreme Leader performs Eid al-Fitr prayers

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei led Eid al-Fitr congregational prayers in Tehran’s Grand Musalla (prayers ground) on Friday.

Ayatollah Khamenei: Illegitimate regime of Israel will not last

Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the Israeli regime will not last, emphasizing that it will eventually crumble under the burden of its illegitimacy.

All countries must stand against White House rulers’ bullying

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on leaders of Muslim countries to stand against bullying power of the United States.

 

Regional Affairs

Iraqi cleric Sadr rejects election rerun, warns of civil war after ballots burned

Iraqi cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in the country’s recent parliamentary elections, has rejected calls for an election rerun, warning Iraqis about breaking out of a possible “civil war” just a day after a storage site in Baghdad, which housed ballot boxes, was purportedly torched ahead of a recount.

US aiding false flag chemical attacks in Syria: Russia Defense Ministry

US Special Forces are aiding Syrian militants to engage in “chemical attack provocation” via chlorine gas to provoke Western airstrikes on Syrian forces, says the Russian Defense Ministry.

UN General Assembly slams Israeli killing of innocent Palestinians

The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution condemning Israel for Palestinian civilian deaths in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Yemen’s Ansarullah denies fall of Hudaydah airport to Saudi-led forces

A leader of Houthi Ansarullah movement denied earlier reports that the airport of Yemen’s western port city of Hudaydah has fallen into the hands of a Saudi-led coalition, saying the battle for the strategic port would be a war of attrition.

French, US, UK forces aid push to seize Hudaydah: Report

French special forces are present on the ground in Yemen supporting the ongoing Saudi-led military operation on the Red Sea port city of Hudaydah, Le Figaro newspaper has reported.

 

Economy

IRGC’s construction base ready to work with foreign investors

The commander of Khatam al-Anbia Construction Base says the IRGC-affiliated conglomerate is prepared to work with foreign investors who are willing to fund Iranian construction projects.

Zangeneh meets Congo FM, discusses OPEC membership of African country

Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh hosted a meeting with visiting Congolese Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Claude Gakosso in his Tehran office on Thursday.

Renault CEO says will stay in Iran despite US sanctions

French carmaker Renault says it will maintain its presence in Iran despite the risk of penalties for violating US sanctions re-imposed on Tehran after Washington’s move to withdraw from the 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement.

Iran players call out Nike after Morocco win for taking away squad’s shoes

Iran’s Karim Ansarifard and Alireza Jahanbakhsh had strong words for Nike following their team’s 1-0 win against Morocco to open the World Cup.

Gazprom to partake in 4 gas field projects in Iran

Gazprom is getting ready to participate in the four gas field projects in southern Iran, said a top official of the Russian company on Friday.

 

Society

Nike cuts ties with Iran’s World Cup team, citing U.S. sanctions

President Donald Trump’s recent decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and restore heavy economic sanctions on the country is having an effect on an arena beyond politics: the 2018 World Cup.

Iranians celebrate Eid al-Fitr

The Muslim people of Iran are celebrating Eid al-Fitr on Friday at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, after the new moon of the lunar month of Shawwal was sighted Thursday night.

Iran beats Morocco 1-0 at World Cup 2018

Morocco’s own goal gave Iran the win and a crucial three points to start Group B play.

Iranians pour into streets to celebrate World Cup win

Iranian people from all walks of life took to streets on Friday to celebrate the Team Melli’s 1-0 victory over Morocco in their first FIFA World Cup match.

Quieroz dedicates Iran’s victory against Morocco to Ferguson

Paying tribute to his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson, Carlos Quieroz dedicated the dramatic late win of Iran over Morocco to the great manager, saying “that was like Fergie Time and it was for Sir Alex.”