The Iran Project

Weekly report: Ayatollah Khamenei: US ’embodiment of evil, violence

February 10, The Iran Project – Parliament approves Namaki as Health Minister; Iran equips long-range missile with guided warheads; Araghchi leaves for Paris to attend Iran-France talks; President Rouhani appoints Saeid Namaki as health minister; Nuclear chief: Iran self-sufficient in producing oxygen-18; Hezbollah leader describes Iran’s Islamic Revolution as a turning point in history; Zarif says Iran will not wait for Europeans in its trade relations; Iran seeks no permission to boost defense capabilities: Military official; Iran, France discuss INSTEX implementation; Iran’s Zarif lashes out at US for destroying region; Syrian FM in Tehran to confer with senior Iranian officials; Era of US domination over Iran will not return: President Rouhani; Epic turnout on Feb. 11 will be a firm response to enemies’ conspiracies; Iran unveils latest military achievements; Iran unveils underground ballistic missile plant for 1st time; Zarif due in Lebanon for official visit; Ayat. Khamenei receives Army Air Force commanders, staf and US seeks to cover up strategic mistake on JCPOA: Iran official are among major headlines dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (February 4- February 10).

 

Politics

IRGC kicks off combat casualty care exercise

The Ground Forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) are staging a Combat Casualty Care (CCC) exercise since Sunday morning.

Parliament approves Namaki as Health Minister

The Iranian Parliament approved Saeed Namaki as the new Health Minister of the country in today’s vote of confidence session.

Parl.’s security committee to address INSTEX with Zarif in attendance

An MP said the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee will hold a session later today with FM Zarif in attendance to discuss EU’s recently created trade mechanism for Iran.

Kremlin: Iran, Russia, Turkey leaders to meet in Russia on Feb. 14: RIA

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet the leaders of Turkey and Iran in the Russian Black Sea resort town Sochi on Feb. 14, RIA news agency reported on Sunday, citing the Kremlin.

Iran equips long-range missile with guided warheads

Iran has mounted home-made guided warheads on its most destructive and longest range (2,000km) Khorramshahr missiles.

Iran’s new cruise missile can reach Israel undetected: Israeli report

Iran’s new Hoveyzeh cruise missile can bypass all existing American and Israeli defense systems and hit any target in the occupied territories without being detected, Israeli sources have said.

Araghchi leaves for Paris to attend Iran-France talks

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araghchi left Tehran for Paris on Monday to take part in the fourth round of Iran-France political talks.

Iran never accepts INSTEX’s humiliating conditions: Judiciary chief 

Iranian Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani said the country would never accept the “humiliating conditions” of the European Union’s financial mechanism for trade with Iran known as INSTEX, including Iran’s accession to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

President Rouhani appoints Saeid Namaki as health minister

President Rouhani appointed Saeid Namaki as Minister of Health and Medical Education after he secured confidence vote by the lawmakers in the parliament today.

Nuclear chief: Iran self-sufficient in producing oxygen-18

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi said the country has become self-sufficient in producing oxygen-18, a stable isotope of oxygen and a necessary precursor for making radiopharmaceuticals.

Hezbollah leader describes Iran’s Islamic Revolution as a turning point in history

The Islamic Revolution in Iran changed the course of history and we believe that this revolution directly affects the fate of the Resistance and the region, according to Hassan Nasrallah.

Velayati: Iran has found real regional allies for first time

Senior Adviser to Iran’s Leader for International Affairs and Head of Founding Board of Islamic Azad University (IAU) Ali Akbar Velayati said that Islamic Republic of Iran has found real regional allies for the first time in a way that countries like Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan and recently Yemen have stood at the axis of Islamic resistance.

Zarif says Iran will not wait for Europeans in its trade relations 

Foreign minister Zarif says that Iran will not wait for the implementation of EU’s non-dollar channel as it has continued its trade relations so far.

Iran seeks no permission to boost defense capabilities: Military official

The senior spokesman of the Iranian Armed Forces has once again reiterated Iran’s message of peace and friendship to the world, emphasizing that the country seeks no one’s permission to boost its defense capabilities.

Hezbollah leader describes Iran’s Islamic Revolution as a turning point in history

The Islamic Revolution in Iran changed the course of history and we believe that this revolution directly affects the fate of the Resistance and the region, according to Hassan Nasrallah.

Islamic Rev. reduces gap between poor and rich: VP

Iranian First Vice-President Es’hagh Jahangiri said that the gap between the rich and poor has significantly decreased after the Islamic Revolution.

Era of US domination over Iran will not return: President Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has slammed the United States’ hostile attitude toward Iran since the victory of its Islamic Revolution 40 years ago, saying the era of US domination over the Islamic Republic has come to an end.

Iraq never to allow its soil used against other country: PM

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdelmahdi said on Tuesday that his country will never allow its soil to be used against other countries.

Iran, France discuss INSTEX implementation

Iranian and French top officials discussed implementation of Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) between Iran and EU.

Iran’s Zarif lashes out at US for destroying region

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message condemned the US for supporting dictators and destroying the region.

Iran has ‘many options on table’ if EU delays its commitments on JCPOA: Salehi warns

Iran Nuclear Chief Ali Akbar Salehi said that if European signatories of JCPOA slow down the process of meeting their commitments, Iran may use many options that it has on the table.

Larijani says Leader ordered for reforms in country’s structure

Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Wed. that Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei has ordered for reforms in the country’s structure within the next four months.

Iran’s president delivers speech as he hosts foreign ambassadors

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani renews Tehran’s call for a Middle East free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, urging an end to foreign interventions in the region.

Syrian FM in Tehran to confer with senior Iranian officials

Syrian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem arrived in Tehran on Tuesday upon an invitation by his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Iran has turned into great power in SW Asia: Top commander

Iran’s top military commander says the country has turned into a major power in Southwestern Asia, 40 years into its Islamic Revolution that toppled the US-backed Pahlavi regime.

Epic turnout on Feb. 11 will be a firm response to enemies’ conspiracies

President Hassan Rouhani called on all Iranians to have a massive turnout in the demonstrations on Feb. 11, which mark the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, saying, “people’s epic turnout in the demonstrations can be a firm response to all conspiracies of the enemies in the past year.”

Hezbollah chief highlights Iran’s achievements after 1979 Islamic revolution

The secretary general of Hezbollah praised the outstanding achievements made in Iran, stressing that the Islamic Republic is now top-ranked in many fields both in the Middle East and the world forty years after the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

FM Zarif: Region has turned into scene of war, extremism due to foreign intervention

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that region has been turned into scene of war, extremism and destructive moves due to the foreign intervention.

Maj. Gen. Bagheri: Iran not to be intimidated by threats over defense, missile capabilities

Chief of General Staff of Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri said that Islamic Republic of Iran will not be intimidated by threats to deal with its powerful defense and missile capabilities.

Iran unveils latest military achievements

Iran’s latest army achievements in different fields were unveiled in the presence of the Commander of Iran’s Army Ground Forces Brigadier General Kioumars Heydari on Thursday.

Iran, Iraq ties very strong: Veep 

Iran-Iraq relations are cordial and strong and nothing can weaken such cooperation, Iranian first vice president said on Thursday.

Large number of convicts pardoned by Leader on 40th anniv. of Revolution

On the 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution, the Leader of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Khamenei has pardoned the largest number of convicts.

Iran unveils underground ballistic missile plant for 1st time

Iran has unveiled an underground plant manufacturing precision ballistic missiles for the Aerospace Division of its Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

Zarif due in Lebanon for official visit

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif plans to pay an official visit to Lebanon in a bid to boost bilateral relations between the Islamic Republic and the Arab country.

Ayat. Khamenei receives Army Air Force commanders, staff

Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei received a group of commanders, pilots and staff of the Army Air Forces on Friday morning.

Zarif: Europe failed to fulfill commitments under JCPOA

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said late on Thursday that the Europeans did not trample upon the JCPOA but they failed to do their part under the deal.

Twitter removes Leader’s anti-Trump remarks

Twitter removed a post on the Arabic account of Iran’s Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei where the Leader had said that chants against the US are aimed at Washington’s officials like Donald Trump, John Bolton, and Mike Pompeo.

Iran’s IRGC vows to boost missile power, back resistance front

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said on Saturday that regardless of the enemy’s conspiracies against the country, the IRGC will continue boosting the Islamic Republic’s missile power and supporting the anti-Israeli Resistance Front.

France’s US envoy defends Europe’s stay in Iran deal, says all states must stick to signatures

The French ambassador to the US has defended Europe’s decision to stay committed to the Iran deal in defiance of Washington’s pressure and threats, saying all countries should stick to their signatures.

Iran underlines peaceful interaction with world

Iranian Foreign Ministry in a statement stressed maintaining peaceful interactions in a world without any domination and submission.

Saudi crimes across the globe reveal Riyadh’s mercenary nature

Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaie reacted to the harrowing news of a young Saudi boy brutally murdered in Medina, saying Saudi Arabia’s crimes across the globe reveal Riyadh’s mercenary nature.

5th decade of Islamic Revolution to start with national motto of ‘All will come along with each other’

Islamic Revolution will step into the fifth decade of its life after 40 years and on Bahman 22 (February 11) this year and at a time when pressures have mounted on Iranian nation more than ever, ‘All will come along with each other’ will be the national motto of getting into the 5th decade of the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s system.

Massive turnout in Bahman 22 rallies to make enemies fearful 

The massive turnout in the upcoming Bahman 22 (February 11) rallies will defeat enemies and make them fearful, Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Republic Army Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi said.

US seeks to cover up strategic mistake on JCPOA: Iran official

Iran has censured as baseless meddlesome remarks that keep being repeated by some US officials about the Islamic Republic’s internal affairs, saying the United States is trying to cover up its strategic mistake to withdraw from a historic 2015 nuclear agreement with Tehran.

Economy

Top Iranian council approves boost in central bank’s supervision over credit institutes

The Supreme Council of Economic Coordination convened on Sunday in a session chaired by President Hassan Rouhani, with heads of the other branches of the government in attendance.

Oil min.: Iran oil reserves hit over 160bn barrels in 40 yrs.
Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said the country’s oil reserves have reached from 88 billion barrels during the Islamic Revolution in 1979 to 160 billion barrels, showing a considerable hike.

Chief bankers of Iran, Iraq sign deal on payment mechanism

Governors of the central banks of Iran and Iraq on Tuesday signed an agreement on a payment mechanism which is to facilitate the settlement of Baghdad’s debts to Tehran.

Iran consulting to join Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU)

Iran has begun preparations for its accession to the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) with the aim of securing tariff reductions for exporting its goods to the member countries.

Iran extends power export agreement with Iraq

Iran has signed an agreement to extend exports of 1,200 megawatts of electricity to neighboring Iraq.

Regional Affairs

Yemen’s Houthis, ex-govt. representatives meet aboard UN ship

A United Nations-appointed committee tasked with monitoring a ceasefire in the Yemeni city of Hudaydah has started its new meeting aboard a ship anchored off the key port city because representatives of forces running Yemen have refused to enter areas controlled by Saudi-led aggressor forces.

Erdogan urges Trump to fulfill promise on US withdrawal from Syria – Reports

Turkey expects US President Donald Trump to deliver on his promise to pull US military out of Syria in the near future, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday.

Army carries out artillery strikes on terrorists’ dens, foils their infiltration attempts in Hama countryside

Syrian Arab Army responded with appropriate weapons to the terrorist groups’ breaches of de-escalation zone agreement , inflicting heavy losses upon them in personnel and equipment and destroying their fortified points in the countryside of Hama.

Sheikh Qassem: Hezbollah ready to repulse Israel’s attack on Lebanon

Hezbollah’s second-in-command Sheikh Naim Qassem said his movement is prepared to fight a new battle against Israel if the Zionist regime dares attack Lebanon.

Saudis transferring US weapons to Qaeda in Yemen, report reveals

Saudi Arabia is “transferring” American weapons to al-Qaeda terrorists and Salafi militias in Yemen, a report reveals.

Society

9 injured as bus carrying Iranian pilgrims in Iraq attacked

At least nine Iranian pilgrims have been wounded after their bus came under a terrorist attack in Iraq’s northern province of Salahuddin, according to Iraqi media.

Intelligence Ministry disbands three fuel-smuggling cartels 

Iranian Intelligence Ministry said on Monday that the intelligence forces have dismantled three major fuel-smuggling cartels in the country.

Iran to launch Dousti Satellite soon: ICT minister

Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi says Iran’s Dousti Satellite is ready to launch, awaiting the permission of the Ministry of Defense.

Iran remains Asia’s best team in latest FIFA ranking\

According to the latest FIFA world ranking, the national Iranian football team has remained as the best team in Asia above the Australia and Japan as well as the AFC Asian Cup champion Qatar.

Water level in Lake Urmia rises by 33cm

The level of water in Lake Urmia, northwestern Iran, has increased by 33 centimeters compared to the same time last year, head of the provincial department for the Lake Urmia restoration program in West Azarbaijan province has said.

 

 

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