FATF

Weekly report: FATF suspends counter-measures against Iran for another 4 months

October 21, The Iran Project – Iran’s defense minister: Inaction on US lawlessness to create new Hitlers; Tehran denies reports of Ankara embassy evacuation over bomb plot notice – Iranian media; Japan’s new ambassador to Iran meets Iran FM; New ambassadors submit credentials to Iranian president; Iran’s Bavar-373 missile system has vertical launchers, commander confirms; 14 Iranian forces abducted by terrorists in eastern borders; Meeting of Leader with Iranian elites; ICJ announces time-limits for filing of Iran, US pleadings; Not up to Russia to persuade Iran to leave Syria: Putin; FATF suspends counter-measures against Iran for another 4 months; ASEM summit reaffirms support for JCPOA, lifting of sanctions against Iran; President Rouhani accepts resignation of two ministers and Iran, Syria hold business forum in Tehran are among major headlines dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week ( October 15– October 21).

 

Politics

Iran’s defense minister: Inaction on US lawlessness to create new Hitlers

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami decried the US breach of treaties and its sanctions on Iran, saying inaction against such lawlessness would result in the emergence of new Hitlers.

Iran embassy in Ankara evacuated following tip about suicide bomb plot – reports

After receiving the tip, Turkish authorities evacuated the Iranian ambassador from the building before cordoning off the street where the embassy is located, it is said.

Tehran denies reports of Ankara embassy evacuation over bomb plot notice – Iranian media

Tehran has denied reports that its embassy in Ankara was evacuated over a bomb-plot notice, Iran’s media reports, citing the Foreign Ministry. Security had been still stepped up, it added.

Iran UN amb. says US is addicted to sanctions

Iran’s Ambassador to the UN Gholamali Khoshroo says that the United States is addicted to sanctions and seeing it as a tool in pursuance of its own national interests.

Iran’s Bavar-373 missile system has vertical launchers, commander confirms

An Iranian military official confirmed that Bavar-373, Iran’s homegrown long-range air defense missile system, is equipped with vertical launching systems (VLS).

14 Iranian forces abducted by terrorists in eastern borders

14 Iranian Basij forces were abducted by a terrorist group in Mirjaveh border, Sistan and Baluchistan province.

President in a meeting with new Amb. of the Netherlands to Tehran: I hope ICJ’s interim ruling prevents US’ illegal acts

President described Iran-Netherlands relations long-standing and close, saying, “We are willing to deepen relations with the Netherlands in all fields, especially economy and banking”.

Iran, Iraq parliamentary delegations meet in Geneva

Parliamentary delegations of Iran and Iraq met in Geneva on Tuesday, discussing ways to boost parliamentary ties.

Supreme Leader receives elites, top students

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday received elites and top students.

ICJ announces time-limits for filing of Iran, US pleadings

In a Tuesday statement, the International Court of Justice fixed the time-limits for the filing of the initial pleading by the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States in regard to 1955 Treaty of Amity case.

Iran must not look to West on path of progress: Leader

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the Iranian nation should look to the developing nations in the East on its path of scientific progress, relying on the Western states will not help the country’s growth.

Not up to Russia to persuade Iran to leave Syria: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected US and Israeli calls for Moscow to persuade Iran to pull its military forces out of Syria, saying it is not what Russia can make a decision about.

Pakistan says committed to coop. with Iran in retrieving abducted guards

In a Thu. statement, Pakistan has voiced commitment to cooperation with Iran in retrieving the 12 Iranian border guards who were abducted and transferred to Pakistan by terrorists on Tuesday.

ASEM summit reaffirms support for JCPOA, lifting of sanctions against Iran

The participants of the 12th Asia–Europe Meeting (ASEM) have reaffirmed their collective support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, noting that the lifting of sanctions against Tehran is an essential part of the agreement, the ASEM chair’s statement released on Friday said.

Iran’s efforts to standardize banking system attracts global attention

Iran’s Ambassador in London Hamid Baeidinejad said Friday that FATF’s extension of suspending anti-Iran measures revealed that Majlis and other institutes’ strives for standardization of banking and financial regulations were deeply noticed by the world.

President Rouhani accepts resignation of two ministers

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani accepted the resignation of Minister of Road and Urban development Abbas Akhoundi and Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Mohammad Shariatmadari.

 

Regional Affairs

Saudi looking for bin Salman replacement: Report

Having found Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s antics too costly for its already stained reputation, Saudi Arabia’s ruling family is looking to replace the young prince with his less ambitious brother, Khalid, a new report suggests.

Saudi Arabia admits Jamal Khashoggi killed in Istanbul consulate

Saudi Arabia admitted journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul, saying he died in brawl but made no mention of where his body is.

US, Saudi policies stoking tensions in Middle East: Hezbollah leader

The secretary general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement says the policies of the United States and Saudi Arabia stoke tensions across the Middle East.

History to register Iran’s hardships for Iraq with golden pen: secretary general of al-Nujaba

Stressing the need for the formation of the Just Heavenly government, the secretary general of al-Nujaba Islamic Resistance stated, “If West considers following the Guardianship of the Islamic Jurist as dependence, the world should know that we are all dependent”.

Khashoggi probe: Turkey vows to uncover truth after Saudi admission

Ankara is seeking the extradition of 15 suspects and is worried they may be executed by Riyadh before being questionned, sources tell MEE.

 

Economy

Iran oil outlook ‘very solid’ despite US sanctions

Iran’s senior officials remain generally upbeat about the country’s oil production outlook despite looming US sanctions which seek to drain a key source of revenues.

Turkey’s Tupras in talks with U.S. for Iran sanctions waiver: sources

Turkey’s top refiner, Tupras, is in talks with U.S. officials to obtain a waiver allowing it to keep buying Iranian oil after Washington reinstates sanctions on the Islamic Republic’s energy sector in November, industry sources said.

FATF suspends counter-measures against Iran for another 4 months

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) said on Friday Iran had until February to complete reforms that would bring it into line with global norms or face consequences.

Iran’s oil exports total 2.20 Mmbpd in first 2 weeks of October

Iranian crude oil and condensate exports averaged 2.20 million barrels per day (Mmbpd) in the first two weeks of October, an increase of 195,618 Bpd over the full month of September, Kallanish Energyreports.

Iranian, Syrian businessmen discuss closer economic coop.

Syria and Iran on Saturday discussed mechanisms of strategic cooperation in economic, trade and investment domains.

 

Society

Iranian student wins gold medal at world math contest

The 10th World Mathematics Invitational (WMI) took place at Yonsei University in Incheon, South Korea Zahra Zavieh, a student at Urmia University northwest Iran, the provincial capital of west Azerbaijan, won a gold medal for Iran, in a competition that brought together the world’s best math students.

Iran’s innovation growth fastest in world: Official

Iran’s improvement in world innovation rankings by 67 in the last four years, has turned the country into the world’s fastest growing one in innovation, said Iranian Vice President for Scientific and Technological Affairs on Tuesday.

Iran women attend international football match against Bolivia

Some 100 Iranian women were allowed to watch their country take on Bolivia in a friendly football match at the national stadium on Tuesday, an extremely rare step. Women have been barred from attending matches since the 1979 Islamic revolution, with authorities saying they must be protected from the masculine atmosphere.

I am women refereeing pioneer in Iran: Gelareh Nazemi

Iranian woman referee Gelareh Nazemi sees herself like a pioneer.

Millions of Iranian Shia muslims attend great march of Arbaeen in Iraq

Millions of Iranian Shia pilgrims crossed the borders with Iraq on Saturday, in order to take part at the world’s biggest religious march to arrive in Karbala on October 30 that marks the 40th day after martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS) more than 1400 years ago.