Weekly report: ‘US sanctions Iran to take spotlight off Khashoggi murder’

October 28, The Iran Project – Iran National Exports Day ceremony begins in Tehran; High number of Iranian pilgrims enter Iraq ahead of Arbaeen; Leader says officials’ transparency for the people is an Islamic obligation; AEOI head visits latest developments of Nuclear Reactors Fuel Company; Iran Majlis discusses CFT in closed session; Iranian, Omani diplomats hold talks in Tehran; Iran, India, Afghanistan kick off talks on Chabahar Port project; Zarif: US sanctions on Iran aim to deflect attention from Khashoggi’s murder, Saudi crimes in Yemen; Rouhani says Trump failed in its goals for JCPOA; Mogherini: EU, UN will continue supporting JCPOA; US sanction threat breaches Amity deal, ICJ ruling: Iran UN envoy and Rouhani’s picks for 4 ministries win Iranian lawmakers’ confidence vote are among major headlines dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week ( October 22– October 28).



Canada gov’t lacks necessary readiness to advance ties with Iran: Spox

The Foreign Ministry spokesman Sunday described ties between countries as a two-way process, saying Tehran is ready to hold dialogue to offer consular services to Iranian expatriates but it seems the Canadian government is not ready to push ties with Iran.

No security problem in borders with Iraq ahead of Arbaeen: Iran’s police chief

Iranian Police Commander Brigadier General Hossein Ashtari highlighted the facilities provided for pilgrims visiting Iraq during Arbaeen season and said no security problem has been reported along the common borders with the Arab country so far.

Iran says has ‘strategic partnership’ with Russia in Syria

Iran has been working with Russia in a “strategic partnership” format based on mutual interests but is in no such “alliance” with any Eastern or Western power, says Iran’s point man on the Middle East, who has been working closely with the Russian Federation on Syria’s dossier.

Doha dismisses claims of Iran’s smuggling arms to Lebanon via Qatari airspace

The Qatari road ministry strongly rejected a Fox News report that Iran has smuggled weapons via the country’s airspace to Lebanon.

Officials’ transparency for the people is an Islamic obligation, Imam Ali’s instruction

Ayatollah Khamenei—the Leader of the Islamic Revolution—held his Dars-e Kharej Fiqh lecture on Monday, October 15, 2018– wherein his eminence elaborated on a letter by Imam Ali that contains recommendations for the authorities.

Khashoggi murder lays bare true nature of Saudi Arabia: Iran’s Top Judge

The killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul laid bare the nature of the Riyadh regime, whose young crown prince is butchering innocent people, Iran’s Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani said.

AEOI head visits latest developments of Nuclear Reactors Fuel Company

Head of AEOI Ali Akbar Salehi visited the latest developments of the Nuclear Reactors Fuel Company (SUREH) in Isfahan to closely follow up the ongoing projects.

Iran Majlis discusses CFT in closed session

Members of Iran’s Majlis (Parliament) are holding a closed session in the presence of two top diplomats on Tuesday to review bill on the joining of Iran to the Combating the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) convention.

Iran, India, Afghanistan kick off talks on Chabahar Port project

Iran, India and Afghanistan are reviewing the progress on completing the Chabahar Port project that will provide India a critical transport link to Afghanistan bypassing Pakistan.

Zarif, Oman’s undersecretary discuss regional issues

Visiting Oman’s undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry met with Iranian foreign minister in Tehran on Tuesday.

Rouhani says Trump failed in its goals for JCPOA

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said US President Donald Trump has failed in its intended goals for the fate of the 2015 nuclear deal, followed by his other failures in the UNSC and UNGA sessions.

Global reaction to journo’s murder late yet severe: Iran FM

Iran’s Foreign Minister said to Japanese media on Tuesday the international community’s response to the killing of prominent Saudi journalist was late yet severe.

Taking stances on Khashoggi’s murder a great test for so-called human rights advocates: President Rouhani

President condemned the heinous murder of a Saudi Arabian journalist and said that different countries’ stances towards his slaughter would be a great test for so-called advocates of human rights.

Leader: Without the defenders of the shrine, enemies would have come close to Imam Hussain’s tomb

The Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said that enemies would have come close to Imam Hussian’s tomb if the defenders of the shrine were not there.

Mogherini: EU, UN will continue supporting JCPOA

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Wednesday that the European Union and the United Nations as champions of dialogue and cooperation will continue supporting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Rouhani’s picks for 4 ministries win Iranian lawmakers’ confidence vote

Iran’s Parliament has given the vote of confidence to all candidates proposed by President Hassan Rouhani to fill in the four vacant ministerial positions.


Regional Affairs

Next top-level meeting between Russia, Iran, Turkey to be held in Astana, says diplomat

Russia, Iran and Turkey will hold the next top-level meeting on Syrian regulation in Astana, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin said during the meeting of deputy foreign ministers of Astana format countries (Russia, Iran, and Turkey).

Turkey to Saudi Arabia: Who gave order for Khashoggi killing?

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has urged Saudi Arabia to answer questions over the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.

Netanyahu visits Oman in dramatic sign of warming ties with Persian Gulf states

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made a rare visit to Oman, as regional Arab countries are dramatically warming their relations with the Tel Aviv regime after reports of secret contacts.

Implicated in Khashoggi murder, Riyadh claims to promote ‘vision of light’

Saudi Arabia, which has been implicated in the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, claims that the kingdom is promoting the vision of “light” in the Middle East.

Leaders of Russia, Germany, France, Turkey meet in Istanbul to discuss Syria

The leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Turkey have gathered in the Turkish city of Istanbul to try and find a lasting political solution to the conflict in Syria.



Zarif: US sanctions on Iran aim to deflect attention from Khashoggi’s murder, Saudi crimes in Yemen

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the US’s fresh sanctions against Iran aim to deflect global attention from the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Riyadh’s crimes in Yemen.

Iran urges countries to abide by ICJ ruling against US

Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations urges the international community to abide by an order issued by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) earlier this month against US sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

EU payments channel for Iran to act as monetary agreement

Governor of Central Bank of Iran (CBI) said Fri. that the EU’s financial mechanism to ease trade transactions with Iran will act as a bilateral monetary agreement, allowing exporters to receive their foreign exchange earnings through it.

US sanction threat breaches Amity deal, ICJ ruling: Iran UN envoy

Iran’s United Nations envoy says the United States’ threat of imposing more sanctions on the Islamic Republic violates both the Amity pact between the countries and a UN court ruling against Washington.

Ahead of US sanctions, India places November crude orders with Iran

Iran, historically, has been a key supplier of crude for India, says Sunjay Sudhir, joint secretary for international cooperation at the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.



Iran’s Perspolis advances to AFC Champion League final showdown

Iranian Perspolis FC drew 1-1 versus Al Sadd of Qatar in the return match of the 2018 AFC Champions League semi-final on Tuesday.

More foreign pilgrims of Arbaeen cross Shalamcheh border

Special Governor of Khorramshahr said number of foreign pilgrims of Arbaeen, who had departed for Iraq last week in Shalamcheh border, has hit 36,000.

Robotic event kicks off in Tehran

The 6th International Conference on Robotics and Mechatronics (IcRoM 2018) started work in Iran University of Science and Technology on Wednesday.

Four Iran environmentalists could face death penalty

Four detained Iranian environmental activists could face the death penalty after the charges levelled against them were changed, the Tehran prosecutor said on Wednesday.

Iran remains Asia’s best in latest FIFA Ranking

Islamic Republic of Iran climbed three rungs up to 33rd to stay Asia’s best in the latest FIFA World Ranking.