Yemen’s warring parties agree to cease-fire in key port at UN talks
Yemen’s warring parties on Thursday agreed to a cease-fire on a vital port in a series of breakthroughs in UN-brokered peace talks that could mark a major turning point after four years of devastating conflict.
Europe says working round the clock to launch Iran payment channel
Europe is “working twenty-four seven” to set up the special purpose vehicle (SPV), a payment mechanism aimed at facilitating business with Iran in the face of US sanctions, the head of the European Parliament’s delegation for relations with Iran said.
Zanganeh: Iran won’t cut oil output, will remain in OPEC
Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said on Thursday that his country has no plans to reduce its oil production, but will remain a member of OPEC.
US Senate hands Trump historic rebuke over Khashoggi, Yemen war
In back-to-back votes against Saudi Arabia, the US Senate delivered an unusual rebuke of President Donald Trump’s response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and signaled new skepticism from Capitol Hill toward the longtime Middle East ally.
Trump knew hush-money payments were wrong: Ex-lawyer
US President Donald Trump knew it was wrong to order election-eve hush money paid to two women who claimed to have had affairs with him, his former lawyer Michael Cohen said in an interview to be broadcast Friday.
Zarif urges US, allies to end ‘hypocritical absurdities’ about Iran
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif urged the United States and its allies to stop “hypocritical absurdities” about Iran’s missiles and its regional behavior, IRNA reported.
Georgia FM: Tbilisi committed to develop Tehran ties
Georgian Foreign Minister David Zakaliani said his country is committed to develop ties with Iran, denying that Georgia’s policy toward Tehran has changed.
Lavrov: Russia, Iran, Turkey to present Syrian committee lineup
Russia, Trkey and Iran will present a list of candidates for the Syrian Constitutional Committee to the UN next week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday.
Vaezi: Iran-Turkey ties strategic
The Iranian president’s chief of staff, Mahmoud Vaezi, described the expanding relations between Iran and Turkey as strategic, calling for strengthening of all-out ties between the two neighbors.
Qassemi: Israel’s dreams about Iran will never come true
The Iranian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman described the Zionist regime of Israel as the main cause of instability in the region, noting that its dreams about Iran will never come true.
Iran to deal with CNPC according to contract rights: Zanganeh
Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said CNPC’s leaving South Pars deal would be a violation of the contract and Iran will act accordingly, IRNA reported.
Zarif says Iran gets its security from people
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday that it is people who back national security in Iran.
Researcher lists reasons why Iran must focus on its missile power
Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a former Iranian nuclear negotiator and a current Princeton University researcher, believes at a time that Iran is being militarily threatened from all sides, it is a “simple folly” to expect Tehran to “dismantle” its missile program.
Russian White Swans in the U.S. backyard; Washington terrified
On December 10, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation announced two Russian Tu-160 planes landed at an airport in close proximity to Caracas, Venezuelan capital, after traveling some 10,000 km.
Turkey fails to comply with all its obligations in Idlib
Idlib is the only province of Syria to remain completely outside government control and has been dominated by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the modern successor to Nusra Front. The domination of the Syrian army in Syria now means the end of the war ultimately and this will lead to opportunities for political changes in the country.
Erdogan slams Israel, says it wants to destroy al-Quds’s Islamic heritage
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed on Friday an Istanbul meeting of lawmakers from several countries on al-Quds (Jerusalem).
Geminid meteor shower seen in Iran
The Geminid meteor shower is one of the brightest rain of year, originating from the 3200-Phae- ton asteroid (ancient Greek name for the planet Jupiter), which was discovered in 1982.
Iran welcomes preliminary deals between Yemeni warring sides
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Thursday that Tehran welcomes preliminary deals between the warring Yemeni sides, describing them as “promising” for continuation of talks.
We should make sanctions ineffective: general
Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force, said on Thursday that Iran should make the economic sanctions ineffective.
Ready to resume 20% uranium enrichment if JCPOA crashes
Iran’s nuclear chief says the Islamic Republic is not “bluffing” when it says it is ready to resume twenty-percent uranium enrichment at the Fordow nuclea facility in case the remaining parties to the 2015 nuclear deal fail to abide by the accord, Press TV reported on Thursday.
Israel’s pipe dream about Iran will never come true: Tehran
Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi has lashed out at the “outrageous” remarks made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on taking military action against Iran, saying the Zionist regime’s pipe dreams “will never come true.”
Tehran urges UN to hold U.S. accountable for violating resolution 2231
The UN Security Council should hold the U.S. accountable for violating the resolution 2231 by leaving the 2015 nuclear deal, the Iranian deputy ambassador to the UN said on Wednesday.