The Iran Project

Weekly report: OPEC agrees joint 1.2mn bpd cut; Iran exempted

December 9, The Iran Project – FM Zarif highlights US hypocritical behavior towards UN resolution; Iran backs Yemen peace talks, wants end of crisis: state TV; If Iran can’t export oil, no country will do it from the Persian Gulf – Rouhani; Iran’s supreme leader comments on ‘no-retirees law’; Iran wants to expand missile range despite U.S. opposition; Iran’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi attends Bakutel 2018; UN council meets on Iran’s ballistic missile launches; 27th national prayers confab kicks off with Iran Leader message; Iranian MPs approve amendment to bill on Iran’s accession to CFT; Zarif says resolution 2231 doesn’t restrict Iran’s missile program; Deadly car bomb attack hits Iran’s SE port city of Chabahar; 175th OPEC meeting held in Vienna; OPEC endorses Iran exemption from production cut; 2nd Speakers’ Conference kicks off in Tehran and Iran unveils blueprint for military trimaran are among major headlines dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (December 03– December 09).

 

Politics

Zarif highlights US hypocritical behavior towards UN resolution

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said US is falsely accusing Iran of violating UN Security Council 2231 resolution while it has earlier breached the same resolution.

Iran backs Yemen peace talks, wants end of crisis: state TV

Iran backs U.N.-sponsored Yemen peace talks, Iranian state TV reported on Monday, saying Tehran was ready to help find a political solution.

US calls for Europe to impose sanctions on Iran’s missile program

European leaders should impose new sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program, a top U.S. diplomat said while arguing in favor of President Trump’s maximum pressure campaign against the regime.

Zarif: Iran backs intra-Yemeni talks to solve crisis

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message expressed Iran’s support for the intra-Yemeni talks to resolve crisis.

Pres. Rouhani in Shahroud for provincial tour

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived at Shahroud Airport to make a 2-day visit to Semnan province, central Iran.

If Iran can’t export oil, no country will do it from the Persian Gulf – Rouhani

President Donald Trump’s administration has repeatedly stressed that Washington seeks to cut Iran’s oil exports to zero in a bid to curb Tehran’s nuclear programme and regional influence.

Iran’s supreme leader comments on ‘no-retirees law’

At a meeting with clerics and scholars on Tuesday, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution touched on some of the gaps in ‘no-retiree law’.

Iran wants to expand missile range despite US opposition 

Iran wants to increase its missiles’ range, a senior military official was quoted as saying on Tuesday, a move that would irk the United States which views Tehran’s weapons program as a regional security threat.

Iranian IT minister meets with Azeri president

Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi met with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on Tuesday.

Iran ready to host regional center on startups

Iran’s minister of communication suggested setting up a regional center for supporting startups activities.

UN council meets on Iran’s ballistic missile launches

The United States and Iran traded accusations Tuesday over Tehran’s latest ballistic missile test, which the U.N. Security Council discussed behind closed doors without taking any action.

27th national prayers confab kicks off with Iran Leader message

The 27th national conference on Muslim prayers (Namaz) started in Semnan on Wednesday with a message by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

Iranian MPs approve amendment to bill on Iran’s accession to CFT

Iranian lawmakers on Wednesday approved an amendment to the first article of a bill on the country’s accession to Combating the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) treaty – a series of standards set by the FATF (Financial Action Task Force).

Zarif says resolution 2231 doesn’t restrict Iran’s missile program

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that resolution 2231 of UN Security Council does not limit Iran’s missile program.

4 killed, several injured in terrorist attack in Iran’s Chabahar port

Reports are pouring in about a suicide attack in Iran’s southeastern port Chabahar near the Pakistani border on Thursday morning.

IRGC warns supporters of Chabahar terrorist attack of harsh punishment

Head of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Public Relations Department and Spokesman General Ramezan Sharif warned supporters of the terrorist group responsible for the Thursday attack in Chabahar city in Southeastern Iran of the IRGC’s crushing response.

Iran attends 11th Bali Democracy Forum

The 11th Bali Democracy Forum kicked off on Thursday hosting the Islamic Republic of Iran in Bali Island themed ‘Development of Democracy’.

Iranian envoy elected as first deputy of UN Commission on Drug Policy

Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran’s ambassador and permanent representative to the international organizations in Vienna was elected as first deputy of the United Nations Commission on Drug Policy and chairman of the commission’s General Committee for one year during the commission’s 61st meeting on Friday.

2nd Speakers’ Conference kicks off in Tehran

The Second Conference of the Parliament Speakers of Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, China and Russia on combating terrorism kicked of on Saturday morning with President Hassan Rouhani in attendance.

Rouhani says Iran victim of US ‘economic terrorism’

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has lashed out at what he has described as US “economic terrorism” against Iran.

Iran unveils blueprint for military trimaran

Iran’s Navy on Saturday unveiled the blueprint for a new military trimaran, a multi-hulled watercraft with optimized naval capabilities.

2nd Speakers’ Conference releases final statement

The final statement of the 2nd conference of parliament speakers of Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, China and Russia on the challenges of terrorism stressed the role that parliaments can play in the fight against terrorism and the expansion of international cooperation.

 

Economy

Iran exports all its oil through maritime borders: Navy cmdr.

93% of Iranian goods exports and all oil exports are carried out through the country’s maritime borders, according to the commander of the Iranian Navy Admiral Khanzadi.

Cutting output by even 1 barrel is ‘a red line’ for Iran, oil minister says

Iran is refusing to cut its oil production at the latest OPEC meeting, saying it is a “red line” for the Islamic Republic.

EU’s plan to challenge dollar dominance won’t work without Russia – Economist

The newly-leaked European Commission plan to substantially reduce the bloc’s dependence on the dollar will not work without Russia’s participation, Sputnik contributor Ivan Danilov noted, suggesting that Paris and Berlin would have to strangle their anti-Russian sentiments.

OPEC endorses Iran exemption from production cut

Iran managed to secure exemption from an agreement by OPEC members to reduce their oil production to prevent supply glut and bolster the prices.

Iran resumes flow of gas exports to Iraq after pipeline repairs

The Islamic Republic of Iran has resumed flow of gas exports to neighboring Iraq after a temporary halt due to a damaged pipeline in recent floods and landslide in southwestern Iran.

 

Regional Affairs

Hezbollah, Iranian positions not hit in Syrian strike: Hezbollah source

A senior Hezbollah source said on Monday neither the group nor Iranian positions in Syria had been struck last week during what Syrian state media had reported as an attack south of Damascus.

Pope meets Abbas, voices concern over al-Quds status

In a meeting with visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis has expressed his concern about the status of Jerusalem al-Quds, months after the US recognized the occupied Palestinian city as Israel’s “capital” in defiance of widespread international criticism.

Trump’s friends adopt tougher tone on Saudi prince amid Khashoggi fallout

Top Republicans in the United States are attacking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for ordering the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul in October.

No Israeli aggression against Lebanon will go unanswered, Hezbollah warns

A Hezbollah official has warned Israel against invading Lebanon, saying the resistance movement is strong enough to block any military aggression and retaliate against it.

More than 50% of Yemen’s population facing ‘severe acute food insecurity’: Survey

Some 53 percent of Yemen’s population, 15.9 million people, is now facing “severe acute food insecurity” as the direct result of a Saudi-led invasion of the impoverished country and the ensuing economic collapse, a survey says.

 

Society

Iranian swimming prodigy to attend Int’l Sports Convention in Switzerland

Shahin Izadyar, Persian version of Michael Phelps, will visit Switzerland to attend an International Sports Convention.

Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Russia agree on IT venture

Azerbaijan, Turkey, Russia and Iran will establish a joint venture on information technologies. The decision was adopted at the Azerbaijan-Turkey-Russia-Iran four way ministerial meeting in Baku.

Iranian referees to judge UEFA women futsal

Iranian female referees Gelareh Nazemi and Zari Fathi will officiate at the UEFA Women’s Futsal EURO 2019 final tournament, said the head of the Refereeing Committee of Iran’s Football Federation.

Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport to debut domestic flights

The new terminal (Salam) will have the capacity to transport five million passengers per year

AFC: Iran’s Sardar Azmoun named as top-10 Asian strikers

The Asian Football Confederation has named Iran’s Sardar Azmoun as one of its top-10 Asian strikers, praising Sardar and referring to him as “the Iranian Golden Boy”.

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