The Iran Project

Weekly report: Iran to withstand sanctions; US isolated

Anti-US protesters on Sunday commemorate the takeover of the US embassy in Iran. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

November 11, The Iran Project – Rouhani says Iran to sell oil, break U.S. sanctions: TV; US military reportedly concerned it won’t be able to ‘repel Iran’s missiles’; Iran foils apparent Israeli cyber attacks on communications infrastructure; Parl. approves Iran’s membership to APLAC; Iran vows to help Afghanistan restore peace; Denmark anti-Iran claim about terror attack, Mossad plot: FM Zarif; US announces reimposition of ‘toughest’ oil, economic sanctions on Iran; Iran’s Army Air Force, IRGC successfully drill missile strikes; Iran Army overhauls F-14 Tomcat fighter; IAEA confirms Iran fulfills nuclear deal, says Russia’s envoy; Iran unveils new missile defense system, radar in war game; Khashoggi killed for disclosing Saudi funding of anti-Iran TV channel: Guardian; Starve? Iran won’t just survive, it’ll thrive: Zarif to Pompeo and Iran women attend Asian Champions League football final are among major headlines dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week ( November 05– November 11).

 

Politics

President says 13 Aban rallies reveal public enthusiasm toward Revolution

President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday hailed massive turnout in 13 Aban rallies, saying that holding National Day of Fighting Global Arrogance is indicative of popular attachment to the Islamic Revolution.

Rouhani says Iran to sell oil, break U.S. sanctions: TV

Iran will sell its oil and break sanctions reimposed by the United States on its vital energy and banking sectors, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told economists at a meeting broadcast live on state television on Monday.

US military reportedly concerned it won’t be able to ‘repel Iran’s missiles’

Unnamed military sources, quoted by The Washington Post, have expressed alarm over Iran’s unpredictable reaction to US economic and diplomatic pressure.

Iran foils apparent Israeli cyber attacks on communications infrastructure

Iran says it has successfully thwarted a wave of cyber attacks apparently staged by Israel to target the country’s communications infrastructure, saying it will certainly follow up on the “hostile” scheme via international mechanisms.

Parl. approves Iran’s membership to APLAC
Iranian lawmakers on Monday approved the country’s membership to the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC), which was proposed by President Rouhani last May.

Iran vows to help Afghanistan restore peace

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced that Iran is ready to help and facilitate the peace process in Afghanistan, and said that terrorism and the ISIL are currently the main dangers posed to Afghanistan.

Denmark anti-Iran claim about terror attack, Mossad plot: FM Zarif

Iran has decisively rejected Denmark’s claims that an Iranian intelligence service had tried to carry out an assassination plot on the Danish soil, saying the Israeli spy agency, Mossad, was behind such allegations.

Iran, Russia discuss developments in Syria, Yemen

Senior Iranian and Russian foreign ministry officials discussed the latest developments in the war-torn countries of Yemen and Syria.

US announces reimposition of ‘toughest’ oil, economic sanctions on Iran

The United States has announced reimposition of the “toughest” sanctions ever against Iran in an attempt to curtail the Islamic Republic’s oil exports and put extra pressure on the country’s economy.

Iran’s Army Air Force, IRGC successfully drill missile strikes

Iran’s Army Air Force and the the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) have successfully launched missile strikes against mock enemy targets on the second day of major joint maneuvers.

Iran Army overhauls F-14 Tomcat fighter

Experts and technical staff at Shahid Babaei Airbase in Isfahan province have overhauled a grounded F-14 Tomcat fighter.

IAEA confirms Iran fulfills nuclear deal, says Russia’s envoy

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN nuclear watchdog, confirms that Tehran is meeting its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on its nuclear program, Russian Permanent Representative to the Vienna-based international organizations Mikhail Ulyanov told TASS on Tuesday.

Iran unveils new missile defense system, radar in war game

An air defense military exercise, underway in large parts of Iran, was brought to a climax on its second day when a homegrown missile defense system and a new 3-D radar were unveiled and became operational.

Denmark arrests 3 for praising September terror attack in Iran’s Ahvaz

Denmark says it has arrested three people for praising those behind a September terror attack in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz that killed at least 25, including a four-year-old boy.

Brig. Gen. Sanaeirad: Pompeo’s remarks against Gen. Soleimani ‘disgraceful’

The political head of the Ideological-Political Bureau at the office of the Commander-in-Chief of Iran’s Armed Forces said Thu. that the recent remarks by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo against Major General Ghasem Soleimani will bring nothing but shame to the US government in the eyes of the oppressed people.

Khashoggi killed for disclosing Saudi funding of anti-Iran TV channel: Guardian

Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed on October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, might have lost his life for disclosing Riyadh’s funding of an anti-Iran UK-based TV channel, the British daily Guardian suggests.

Supreme Leader expresses condolence on martyrdom of police officer

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Seyyed Ali Khamenei, has verbally condoled the people of Lorestan Province and the bereaved family of Iranian police officer Noor-Khoda Mousavi-Mofrad, who succumbed to his injuries received in campaign against the terrorist group of Abdolmalek Rigi in the Lar region of Sistan and Baluchestan Province in 2008.

Iran hopes Afghanistan Peace Conference would yield fruits

Director General of the Iranian Foreign Ministry for West Asian affairs Rasoul Eslami hoped that the Afghanistan Peace Conference would achieve the intended outcomes.

World condemnation of US sanctions, pragmatic support to multilateralism

Iran’s UN ambassador Khoshroo called on world community to strongly condemn and reject the US sanctions, saying the action is pragmatic support to international law and multilateralism.

IAEA head reiterates Iran’s compliance with JCPOA

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said that Iran is implementing its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Starve? Iran won’t just survive, it’ll thrive: Zarif to Pompeo

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has dismissed his American counterpart’s starvation threat, stressing the Islamic Republic will survive and even advance despite Washington’s sanctions.

 

Regional Affairs

Israel after expanded cooperation with Persian Gulf Arabs

Israeli Intelligence and Transport Minister Yisrael Katz has called for stronger relations with the Persian Gulf Arab states in civilian sectors such as aviation security, transportation, commercial aviation and tourism.

Taliban reject talks with Afghan government in Moscow Peace Conference

The Taliban refused to enter negotiations with the Kabul government at a Friday conference in Moscow aimed at ending conflicts in Afghanistan.

Turkey unable to make terrorists withdraw from Syria’s Idlib: Iran’s Ex-Envoy

Iran’s former ambassador to Damascus highlighted the complicated situation in Syria’s rebel-held province of Idlib and said it is unlikely that the Turkish government would be able to force the terrorist groups in the area to withdraw.

Hezbollah to retaliate against Israeli aggression on Lebanon: Nasrallah

The secretary general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement says his fellow fighters will not hesitate to respond proportionately to any Israeli act of aggression against the Arab country.

10 legal organizations urge UN probe into Khashoggi’s case

Some 10 legal Arab and Turkish institutes in a statement on Saturday called for handing over 18 people accused of killing Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Turkish courts and UN investigation into the case.

 

Economy

SWIFT says suspending some Iranian banks’ access to messaging system

The Belgium-based SWIFT financial messaging service said on Monday it is suspending some unspecified Iranian banks’ access to its messaging system in the interest of the stability and integrity of the global financial system.

Sanctions no impediment to another U.S. soybean shipment to Iran

For the second straight week, a bulk carrier with soybeans left the U.S. Pacific Northwest destined for Iran.

EU remains committed to Iran nuclear deal amid US sanctions – Spokesman

The European Union will remain committed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as long as Iran complies with the deal, spokesman for the European Commission said Tuesday.

President Rouhani: US admits inability to zero Iran’s oil exports

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said American officials have admitted their incapability to stop Iran’s crude sales, and the US sanctions will only leave negative impacts on imports of foodstuff, medicine and medical equipment.

FM Zarif: World avoids being taken hostage by US

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday that the excessive use of military and economic force by the United States has persuaded the world public opinion not to be taken hostage by the US.

 

Society

Iranians mark Prophet Muhammad’s passing anniversary

Iranians are holding mourning rituals nationwide to mark the anniversaries of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s passing as well as the martyrdom of his grandson, Imam Hassan (PBUH), the second Shia Imam.

Over 2 million pilgrims march to shrine of Imam Reza (AS) in Iran’s Mashhad

Two and half millions of Shia pilgrims across Iran are walking toward the holy city of Mashhad, northeast of the country, to attend mourning ceremony on the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Reza (AS).

Iranian VP highlights support for women’s football

Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri said the administration has provided backing for the promotion of football in the country, highlighting support for development of women’s football.

850 women gain entry to Asian Champions League final in Tehran

In a historic move, 850 women were permitted to attend the Asian Champions League final in Tehran this afternoon, bringing an end to almost four decades of exclusion from top club matches in the country.

Iran’s Perspolis finishes vice champion at AFC Champions League

The second leg of the grand finale took place between home side Persepolis FC and Kashima Antlers at Azadi Stadium, where the Iranian team finished second at the AFC Champions League on Saturday.

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