Weekly report: Rouhani at UN: US ‘unilateral, illegitimate’ sanctions amount to economic terrorism

September 30, The Iran Project – Ayat. Khamenei backlashes at Ahvaz terror attack perpetrators; Iran, major powers labor to keep nuclear deal afloat; Implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action: Joint ministerial statement; In his UN address, Trump urges world to isolate Iran; President Rouhani addresses UNGA and meets world leaders on the sidelines of the 73rd meeting of the UNGA in New York; Iranian president denies requesting meeting with Trump; US ‘unilateral, illegitimate’ sanctions amount to economic terrorism: Rouhani; Iranian media hails Rouhani for scoring in UN battle against Trump; Regional Security Dialogue kicks off in Tehran; Iran unveils new defense achievements in ground combat; At UN, Iran, Russia, Turkey FMs exchange views on Syria crisis, Idlib situation; Iran’s Defense Ministry opens battery factories and Iran unveils water bomber are among major headlines dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week ( September 24– September 30).  

 

Politics

Rouhani in New York to attend General Assembly meeting

President Hassan Rouhani arrived in New York to take part in the 73rd high-profile meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.

EU condoles Iran over Ahvaz terror attack

The European Union in a statement issues on Sunday extended condolences to the families of victims and people of Iran over a terror attack in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz.

Funeral procession for martyrs of Ahvaz kicks off

The funeral procession for those who attained martyrdom in a terrorist attack against a military parade in Ahvaz started with the attendance of cabinet ministers and provincial officials in the city of Ahvaz.

Ahvaz terror attack perpetrators to face severe punishment: Ayat. Khamenei

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran will severely punish those “cowardly” elements who were behind a recent terrorist attack in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz.

Iran, major powers labor to keep nuclear deal afloat

The remaining parties to the Iran nuclear deal on Monday agreed to keep working to maintain trade with Tehran despite skepticism this is possible as U.S. sanctions to choke off Iranian oil sales resume in November.

Implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action: Joint ministerial statement

1. A Ministerial Meeting of the E3/EU+2 (China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom, with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy) and the Islamic Republic of Iran, the participants of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was held on 24 September 2018 in New York.

World leaders address UN General Assembly in New York

US President Donald Trump has stated earlier that he will discuss the fight against terrorism as well as trade issues at the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly.

In his UN address, Trump urges world to isolate Iran

US President Donald Trump has used his second address to the United Nations General Assembly to attack Iran, promising hard-hitting sanctions and urging the world to isolate the Islamic Republic.

Full text of Iran’s President Rouhani speech at UNGA 73

Inviting the US to return to the JCPOA instead of imposing sanctions and throwing threats, in his address to the UN General Assembly, the Iranian president lambasted the US disrespect for its international obligations, citing examples of US and its allies’ wrong policies across the world, especially in the Middle East.

Iranian president denies requesting meeting with Trump

 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani flatly denied Tuesday that he has asked for a meeting with President Donald Trump.

US ‘unilateral, illegitimate’ sanctions amount to economic terrorism: Rouhani

 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says “unilateral and illegitimate” sanctions imposed by the United States against the Islamic Republic are tantamount to “economic terrorism” and are in violation of world nations’ right to progress.

Iranian media hails Rouhani for scoring in UN battle against Trump

 After ups and downs and weeks of debate between critics and supporters of the Iranian president over whether he should attend this year’s UN General Assembly meeting, Hassan Rouhani delivered his speech in New York on Sept. 25. Both sides now seem to be applauding his performance.

Norway PM, Iran President discuss mutual ties in New York

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg held talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York Tuesday night on bilateral ties and other issues of mutual interests.

Iran unveils new defense achievements in ground combat

The latest defense achievements of the Armed Forces in the field of ground combat have been unveiled Wed. in the presence of Army Ground Forces Commander Brig. Gen. Kioumars Heidari.

Rouhani says Iran does not wish to go to war with U.S. forces in the region

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday Tehran had no intension to go to war with U.S. forces in the Middle East.

Iran Leader raps West’s double standards on Weapons of Mass Destruction

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has lashed out at Western countries for adopting a double-standard policy toward the use of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs), reminding them of their support for slain Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in his war on Iran in the 1980s.

At UN, Iran, Russia, Turkey FMs exchange views on Syria crisis, Idlib situation

Top diplomats of Iran, Russia and Turkey – which serve as guarantors of the Syria peace process – have sat down for talks in New York on the latest developments in the country’s Idlib Province, amid efforts to peacefully rid the area of terrorists.

Iran’s Defense Ministry opens battery factories

The Iranian Defense Ministry on Thursday inaugurated two large factories producing advanced industrial and vehicle batteries.

Tehran worshipers rally to slam Ahvaz attack

Iranian worshipers at the Friday Prayers took part in a rally in Tehran in condemnation of the recent terrorist attack in the country’s southwestern city of Ahvaz.

Europe stands by Iran in nuclear deal: German FM

In a speech at the UN General Assembly Session on Friday in New York, German Foreign Minister highlighted the need to maintain trade with Tehran and said Europe unanimously stands by Iran in nuclear deal dubbed JCPOA.

Iran unveils water bomber

Iran’s Defense Ministry unveiled a water-bomber aircraft equipped with a homegrown system used for aerial firefighting.

IRGC speedboats’ encounter with US carrier in Persian Gulf

Iran has for the first time released a video showing speedboats of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) closing in on a US aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.

 

Regional Affairs

Syria army advances in depth of Sweida Badyia

Units of Syrian Arab Army restored control over large strategic areas in the rocky cliffs of al-Safa hills area in the depth of Sweida Badyia (desert).

Israel will regret supporting terrorists, attacking Syria: Top Iranian security official

Iran’s top security official warns Israel against keeping up its strikes on positions of the Syrian army and its allies in support of terror groups, saying the regime will be given a firm response if it fails to stop such acts of aggression.

Russian FM Lavrov: Delivery of S-300 to Syria regime has begun

Russia has started delivering S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Syrian forces, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

US closes its consulate in Iraq’s Basra, citing ‘security concerns’

The US State Department has announced its decision to close and evacuate its consulate in Basra in southern Iraq over what it has called security risks after violent incidents near the facility.

King Salman discusses regional developments, oil market with Trump during phone call

King Salman received a phone call from President Donald Trump of the US on Saturday.

 

Economy

Iran says Trump should stop interfering in Middle East if he wants cheap oil

U.S. President Donald Trump should stop interfering in the Middle East if he wants the price of oil to stop rising, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

EU’s Mogherini eyes Iran SPV for trade ‘before November’

The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said on Wednesday a so-called Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) under consideration to facilitate trade with Iran could be in place “before November.”

7 EU central banks to cooperate with Iran in sanctions era: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced that so far, the central banks of seven European Union member states have agreed to create a special mechanism to facilitate financial transactions with the Islamic Republic during the era of US sanctions.

Iran sets deadline for EU to implement anti-sanction plan

An Iranian deputy foreign minister made it clear for Europeans that their proposed mechanism for neutralizing the US oil and banking sanctions against Iran must be fully or partly carried out until at most November 4, when a new round of US sanctions officially takes effect.

New CBI policies for managing currency market approved

Central Bank of Iran’s new set of policies for managing the currency market was approved on Saturday by the Supreme Council of Economic Coordination.

 

Society

Leader receives medal winners of 2018 Asian Games

Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei met with medal winners of 2018 Asian Games on Monday.

Azeri travelers to Iran up 43.4%

Azerbaijan’s border authorities have reported a 43.4% rise in number of Azeri tourists to Iran during the first eight months of 2018. According to IRNA, 29.7% of Azerbaijan’s total foreign trips have been made to Iran, whereas the number of Iranian travelers to the neighboring country comprises only 9.4% of its incoming tourists, marking a 25.4% decrease compared to the same period last year.

Quince & Walnut Broth: A yummy traditional Iranian food

The quince and walnut broth is a local Iranian food cooked in central Markazi province and highly recommended for autumn.

What happened to Iranian Dinosaur tooth fossil in Brazil?

A fire at Brazil’s 200-year-old national museum in early September resulted in incalculable losses and caused damages to thousands of invaluable ancient objects including the fossil of a dinosaur’s tooth discovered in Iran.

Drinking dodgy booze kills, poisons 300 Iranians

Alcohol poisoning has taken the lives of at least 24 people and caused over 200 others to be hospitalized in three Iranian cities.