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Weekly report: India will continue to import Iranian oil despite US sanctions

January 13, The Iran Project – Iran FM visit to New Delhi and meeting with senior officials; Zarif on Bolton pic: VR glasses useless if you’re blind; VP calls on EU to take practical steps for JCPOA implementation; EU’s trade mechanism for Iran to be set up “soon”: spox; Parl. begins session on addressing Iran’s accession to CFT; ‘EU harbors terrorists, blacklists terror-fighting Iran’; Iran’s Zarif offers plans to strengthen region against west; Iran oil minister trip to baghdad; Europe, intl. community to preserve JCPOA: Mogherini; India will continue to import Iranian oil despite US sanctions – Ministry; Upcoming anti-Iran conference in Poland ‘desperate circus’: FM Zarif; Tehran calls on Paris to ‘stop repeating irresponsible claims’ on Iran’s missile program; Tehran, Baghdad vow to expand oil cooperation; Advanced homegrown submarine to join Iran’s navy soon: Commander; Leader urges Iranian students abroad to lead country towards self-sufficiency; Iran FM due in Iraq for economic, political talks; Iran dismisses rumors on JCPOA exit and Polish Charge d’Affaires summoned over upcoming anti-Iran conf. are among major headlines dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (January 06- January 13).

 

Politics

Trump just echoing his own hollow, impossible dreams

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said that the allegations repeatedely leveled against Iran by the US President Donald Trump claiming that Tehran was keen for talks with Washington were merely the expression of Trump’s own false and absurd dreams.

US sent messages to negotiate with Iran on Afghanistan, Shamkhani says

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani highlighted the US failures in regional countries, including Afghanistan and Syria, and said Washington sent messages to him asking for negotiations about the Afghan crisis.

Talks with Taliban never to lead to talks with ISIL, Jabhat al-Nusra: Shamkhani

Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani, the representative of Iran’s Leader and secretary of the country’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) pointed to Iran’s recent negotiations with Taliban on the Afghan-Afghan peace issues, dismissing the possibility of holding talks with ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists.

Iran, Syria defense officials discuss regional developments

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami met and held talks with Syrian Deputy Defense Minister Mahmoud al-Shawa in Tehran on Monday.

Iran talks with Afghanistan aiming to re-establish peace

Iran talks with Taliban was aimed at maintaining peace to Afghanistan, Iranian defense minister said on Monday, adding that it was held with Afghan government coordination.

Iran FM arrives in New Delhi

Iranian Foreign Minister on Monday arrived in the Indian capital, New Delhi, for an official three days visit.

Taliban say negotiations with Iran ‘necessary’

A spokesman for the Afghan Taliban says that negotiations between the militant group and Iran are “necessary.”

Zarif on Bolton pic: VR glasses useless if you’re blind

Iran’s foreign minister reacts to a picture showing the US national security advisor wearing virtual reality goggles allegedly reconstructing the past on a tour in the Israeli-occupied holy city of Jerusalem al-Quds.

Iran, India discuss developing economic relations 

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the Indian Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari reviewed ways of promoting economic ties.

Zarif: Iran not to wait for europe to enforce SPV

Iran will keep working with Europe to put into effect a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for international trade with Tehran under the 2015 nuclear deal, but would not stand by waiting for the EU, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

VP calls on EU to take practical steps for JCPOA implementation

The Iranian First vice president Es’hagh Jahangiri has told euronews that the European countries have faced a big test in their history since the World War II with regard to Iran nuclear deal, calling on them to take practical measures to implement the deal.

EU’s trade mechanism for Iran to be set up “soon”: spox

European Union’s spokesperson said Mon. that the bloc is still working on setting up a payment mechanism to facilitate trade with Iran and bypass US sanctions.

Iranian gov. stresses need for speeding up agreements with neighbouring countries 

The Supreme Council of Economic Coordination stressed the need for accelerating the implementation of agreements with neighbouring countries.

US pure obsession with Iran like attitude of failing psychotic stalkers: FM Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the United States has a “pure obsession” with Iran which is very much like the attitude of “persistently failing psychotic stalkers.”

Iran-India FMs meet in New Delhi

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held talks with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj here on Wednesday.

Parl. begins session on addressing Iran’s accession to CFT

Parliament has began a session Wed. to review a report by National Security and Foreign Policy Committee on the bill on Iran’s accession to the convention against the funding of terrorism (CFT).

US targeting religious foundations in war against Iran

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said the United States may seem to wage security, political and economic war against Iran, but in principle, they target religious foundations, as the source of their adventures.”

Leader: Some US officials claim insanity, but are ‘first class idiots’

Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Wed. that some US authorities claim insanity, but they are in fact “first class idiots”.

‘EU harbors terrorists, blacklists terror-fighting Iran’

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has condemned a decision by the European Union to place two Iranian individuals and a department of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry on its “terror” list over what it calls links to “foiled attacks” in Europe.

Iran FM assistant in Moscow to discuss regional issue

Senior assistant to Iran’s foreign minister Hossein Jaberi-Ansari arrived in Moscow on Wednesday to review important regional issues with Russian counterparts.

Iran calls for US’ rapid withdrawal from Syria

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday called for rapid withdrawal of the US forces from Syria.

Iran’s Zarif offers plans to strengthen region against west

Addressing a forum in New Delhi, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the West does not control or even influence all significant developments anymore, offering initiatives for regional stability and collective efforts for a strong region.

Zarif scolds Pompeo: Wherever US goes, chaos follows

’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has countered US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s claims that “when America retreats, chaos often follows,” saying actually the opposite is true.

Iran will not comply with ‘illegal’ US sanctions: oil minister

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Thursday U.S. sanctions against his country were “fully illegal” and Tehran would not comply with them.

Iran, Russia discuss US exit from Syria

Iranian foreign minister’s special assistant for political affairs, Hossein Jaberi Ansari, held talks with high-ranking Russian diplomats on the latest developments in Syria, particularly the US military pullout from the Arab country.

Europe, intl. community to preserve JCPOA: Mogherini

The EU foreign policy chief has said that Europe and the international community will preserve the Iranian nuclear deal, adding that the United States is not allowed to make decisions over Europe’s legitimate trade with Iran.

India will continue to import Iranian oil despite US sanctions – Ministry

A day after Washington threatened to impose further economic sanctions against Iran, India once again reiterated that it will continue to import Iranian crude oil to fulfill the country’s energy needs.

Iranian envoy calls Europe a ‘safe haven’ for terrorists

Iran’s Ambassador to London Hamid Baeidinejad complained that Europe has turned into a “safe haven” for all the terror outfits, including the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO or MEK) terror group, that are pursuing Iran’s “disintegration”.

Upcoming anti-Iran conference in Poland ‘desperate circus’: FM Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has lashed out at an anti-Iran conference due to be held by the US in the Polish capital of Warsaw next month, describing it as a “desperate circus” that will disgrace the participants.

Tehran calls on Paris to ‘stop repeating irresponsible claims’ on Iran’s missile program

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has criticized the French Foreign Ministry’s provocative comments about Iran’s ballistic missile program, urging Paris to avoid repeating such “irresponsible and incorrect” claims regarding the Islamic Republic’s defensive programs.

Iranian, Venezuelan defense ministers discuss comprehensive coop. road map

The Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami has held a meeting with his Venezuelan counterpart on a visit to the Latino American country.

Tehran, Baghdad vow to expand oil cooperation

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh and his Iraqi counterpart Thamir Ghadhban, in a meeting in Baghdad, exchanged view on ways to broaden bilateral cooperation, and pledged to expand relations between oil industries of the two countries.

Top security official reacts to Warsaw anti-Iran conf.

Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani has reacted to the US’ announcement of holding an anti-Iran conference in Polish capital Warsaw next month.

Advanced homegrown submarine to join Iran’s navy soon: Commander

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said a state-of-the-art homegrown submarine dubbed “Fateh (Conqueror)” is slated to join the Navy’s fleet later this month.

Leader urges Iranian students abroad to lead country towards self-sufficiency

The Leader of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Khamenei has sent a message to the Union of Islamic Student Association in Europe (UISAE).

Air Force wraps up war game in central Iran

The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Air Force (IRIAF) concluded an aerial exercise in the central areas of the country on Friday.

Iran stands firm by its foreign policy principles: Kharrazi

Head of Iran’s Foreign Policy Strategic Council Kamal Kharrazi said Sat. that Iran has not changed the principles of its foreign policy since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Deputy FM condemns anti-Iran conference in Poland

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi deplored the Polish government for its decision to hold a US-backed anti-Iran conference next month, describing it as an instance of Warsaw’s ungratefulness as Tehran hosted and helped thousands of Polish nationals during the World War II to return home.

Iran’s top diplomat to head for Iraq tomorrow

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif plans to make an official visit to Iraq in a bid to boost bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries.

Top council calls on media to counter plots against people’s hope on establishment

The Supreme Council of Economic Coordination was held on Saturday with President Hassan Rouhani as the chair and the Speaker of the Parliament attending.

Iran dismisses rumors on JCPOA exit

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi categorically dismissed the rumors on Tehran’s exit from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Polish Charge d’Affaires summoned over upcoming anti-Iran conf.

Iranian Foreign Ministry has summoned Polish Charge d’Affaires to voice protest over the hosting of an anti-Iran, so-called ‘peace and security in Middle East’ conference by US and Poland in February.

Economy

Lopping four zeros off rial to take about 2 years

Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Abdolnaser Hemmati said on Mon. that removing four zeros off national currency ‘rial’ will take about two years.

India’s BPCL to buy Iranian oil in Feb after 3-month gap – sources

State-run Bharat Petroleum Corp will import 1 million barrels of Iranian oil in February after a gap of three months, with the nation’s overall purchases from Tehran remaining at 9 million barrels, three industry sources said.

Turkey resumes Iranian oil imports under US sanctions waiver

Turkey has resumed imports of Iranian crude oil after a one-month hiatus in November when U.S. sanctions on Iran were reimposed, trading and shipping sources said.

Veep vows to support entrepreneurs, industrialists for passing dire conditions

First Vice President of Iran Eshaq Jahngiri has promised to help entrepreneurs and industrialists to overcome harsh conditions.

Top banker: Removing zeros from Iran’s currency not to impact inflation

Governor of the Central Bank of Iran described a plan to lop off four zeros from the country’s currency as a formal move that would not have an impact on the inflation or economic growth.

Regional Affairs

Syria may join Arab League again soon: Tunisian official

Tunisian Presidential Advisor Lazhar Al-Qorawi Al-Chabi said that the Arab League is currently studying the possibility of restoring Syria’s membership in the organization.

Bolton angers Palestinians with visit to Old City of Jerusalem al-Quds

US National Security Adviser John Bolton’s visit to the Old City of the Israeli-occupied Jerusalem al-Quds has been met with angry responses from Palestinians.

US Syria withdrawal must be planned in cooperation with right partners – Erdogan

he United States must closely coordinate its planned pullout from Syria with the “right partners” in order to protect itself and the Syrian people, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday in an op-ed published by the New York Times.

Moscow: Washington seeking to retract withdrawing forces from Syria

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Moscow had the impression that the United States was trying to back down from withdrawing its forces from Syria.

MbS continues despotic rule, consults Khashoggi hit squad leader: Report

Despite facing worldwide controversy after the assassination of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, reports have shown that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has continued his despotic practices, regularly consulting the killing’s alleged mastermind Saud al-Qahtani.

Society

Iran ranks 1st in Mideast, 16th in world in nanotechnology

Iranian scientists could stand atop the Middle-Eastern states in the development and advancement of nanoscience and nanotechnology, a reputable international magazine reported, adding that the country ranks 16th in the world.

Iran begins AFC Asian Cup commandingly, trounces Yemen 5-0

The Iran men’s national football team thrashed Yemen in its first match at the 17th edition of the Asian Cup underway in the UAE.

Iran’s space technology grows 134%

Head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) Morteza Barari announced that the space technology in Iran has grown 134 percent.

Kabul ‘committed’ to deliver Iran’s share of water

Afghan Deputy Minister of Water Khan Mohammad Takal says his country is committed to fulfilling its obligations over sharing the water from the Hirmand (also known as Helmand) River and its tributary to Iran.

Iran defeats Vietnam, advances to knockout stage of AFC Asian Cup

Iran’s national football team defeated Vietnam 2-0 on Saturday to gain an early advance to the knockout stage of 2019 AFC Asian Cup underway in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

 

 

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