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Weekly report: Iranians strongly condemn US blacklisting of IRGC

All members of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) are attending the Majlis session wearing the official uniform of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) in a symbolic move to express their support for the military body on April 9, 2019.

April 14, The Iran Project – To support Netanyahu in election, Trump designates IRGC as terrorist org.; Zarif describes US move against IRGC as ‘election-eve gift to Netanyahu’; Iran puts US forces in West Asia on its terror blacklist;Iranian lawmakers wear IRGC uniforms in mockery of US move; hina, EU stress commitment to ‘continued, full’ implementation of Iran deal; Iran marks National Nuclear Technology Day; Iran unveils new achievements on Nuclear; US decision against IRGC rooted in America’s rancor: Leader; Takht-Ravanchi appointed as Iran’s representative to UN; Iran president says US ‘leader of world terrorism’; Iran armed forces vow to spare no efforts in fight against terrorist US CENTCOM; IRGC’s sacrifices rescued region from danger of ISIL terrorism; France, EU partners pressing US to moderate Iran bans, Macron tells Rouhani; Iranian FM Zarif meets IRGC cmdr.; Taking another step forward, US will be distressed: Rouhani; Iran, Kazakhstan confer on US illegal sanctions; Iranians hold nationwide rallies to express support the IRGC following its blacklisting by the US; Iran to keep aiding flood-hit people on Army Day; Foreign Ministry introduces new spokesperson and FM Zarif reveals reason behind regional conflicts are among major headlines dominated the country’s media outlets in the past week (April 8 – April 14).

 

Politics

To support Netanyahu in election, Trump designates IRGC as terrorist org.

The US President Donald Trump has labelled Iranian Revolutionary Guards as a foreign terrorist organization to support Benjamin Netanyahu just one day before Israeli elections.

 

Zarif describes US move against IRGC as ‘election-eve gift to Netanyahu’

The Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has blasted the US’s action in naming the IRGC terrorists as a gift to Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of tomorrow’s Israeli elections; .

 

Iran designates US military a terrorist organization

Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) has decided to designate the US Central Command-the CENTCOM-and the related forces as a terrorist organization in reaction to US similar action against the IRGC.

 

Speaker: Blacklisting IRGC proves US stupidity

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said that designating the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist entity will have dire consequences for Washington, adding that he thinks that the White House is not that much senseless to risk the move.

 

Iranian lawmakers wear IRGC uniforms in mockery of US move

The Iranian lawmakers were sporting Islamic Revolution Guards Corps uniforms at a Tuesday’s session of the parliament to express solidarity with the IRGC official military force which has been blacklisted by the US government.

 

hina, EU stress commitment to ‘continued, full’ implementation of Iran deal

China and the European Union have once again reaffirmed their commitment to the “continued, full and effective” implementation of a 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement as a leading factor in the global non-proliferation architecture.

 

MPs sign triple-urgency bill on designating US military as terrorist group

Iranian lawmakers on Tue. signed a ‘triple-urgency’ bill, the highest designation of importance, on labeling the US Central Command as a terrorist group.

 

Iran marks National Nuclear Technology Day

The 13th anniversary of Iran’s National Nuclear Technology Day kicked off with the attendance of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and a number of armed forces commanders in Tehran.

 

US sanctions make no dent in Iran’s resolve to advance nuclear industry

Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi says the reimposition of US unilateral sanctions has been, and will continue to be, unable to make the slightest dent in the country’s resolve to advance its nuclear technology projects.

 

Rouhani inaugurates 1st phase of vacuum tech center in Fordow

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated phase one of the national vacuum engineering and technology center at Fordow nuclear facility via video conference.

 

US decision against IRGC rooted in America’s rancor: Leader

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the recent decision by the United States to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) a “foreign terrorist organization” is rooted in America’s “rancor” against the force, which has been on the forefront of the fight against Iran’s enemies.

 

US, Israel angry with IRGC capabilities: Gen. Hatami

Victories and capabilities of IRGC have made the US and the Israeli regime angry, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said on Tuesday in a released statement.

 

Takht-Ravanchi appointed as Iran’s representative to UN

Iran’s deputy director of the presidential chief of staff, Majid Takht-Ravanchi, has been appointed as the Islamic Republic’s permanent representative to the United Nations.

 

Iran president says US ‘leader of world terrorism’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday accused the United States of being the real “leader of world terrorism”, hitting back after Washington blacklisted Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation.

 

Iran armed forces vow to spare no efforts in fight against terrorist US CENTCOM

The General Staff of Iranian Armed Forces have issued a statement to condemn the US terrorist designation of IRGC, declaring that the armed forces will spare no efforts in fight against terrorist US CENTCOM.

 

If US troops do a damn thing, we will respond vigorously: Iran military chief

The Chief of General Staff of Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri says “we consider the US troops in West Asia as terrorists and if they do a damn thing, we will confront them vigorously.”

 

IRGC’s sacrifices rescued region from danger of ISIL terrorism

The presidents of the Islamic Republic of Iran and France had a phone conversation on Tuesday evening to discuss and exchange views on the most important bilateral, regional and international issues.

 

Iran strongly condemns Saudi Arabia, Bahrain’s stance on IRGC

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Bahram Ghasemi vehemently condemned Saudi Arabia and Bahrain’s support for US designation of IRGC as a terrorist organization.

 

FM: Trump’s move against IRGC new US adventurism in region

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif described designation of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) by US President Donald Trump as another adventurism by Washington in the Middle East.

 

Turkey, Qatar, China, Iraq denounce US blacklisting of IRGC

Turkey, Qatar, China, and Iraq have separately denounced US President Donald Trump’s recent move to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist group.

 

Iranian FM Zarif meets IRGC cmdr.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif along with his deputies met and held talks with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari on Wednesday.

 

Rouhani orders interior min. to form unified management unit in flood-hit areas

In an instruction to the interior minister, President Rouhani stressed that the ultimate crisis management during the recent floods is under the interior minister, who is the Deputy of Supreme Council of Disaster Management.

 

Taking another step forward, US will be distressed: Rouhani

“The US knows that if it takes another step forward, it will suffer great distress,” Iranian President Hasan Rouhani said in a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

 

FM Zarif highlights IRGC sacrifices against ISIS

Iranian foreign Minister in a message referred to president Trump’s confession as regard Iran fight against ISIS terrorists raising the question that who from Iran did the fight.

 

Iran, Kazakhstan confer on US illegal sanctions

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Kazakhstan Deputy Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi sat for talks on Wednesday on mutual and regional issues.

 

Iran, Turkey, Russia lawmakers meet in Moscow 

The first trilateral meeting between the foreign affairs committees of parliaments of Iran, Turkey and Russia has been held in Moscow. The participants have held talks to promote peace and stability in the region.

 

Iran welcomes Egypt’s exit from Arab NATO initiative

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Thursday that if news reports about Egypt’s withdrawal from a US-led Arab NATO initiative come true, Iran would welcome Cairo’s decision.

Zarif holds US accountable for consequences of anti-IRGC adventurism

In a letter to the UN chief, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif cautioned that the US and a number of puppet regimes will be held accountable for the dire consequences of the adventurous move to blacklist the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

 

Iranians hold nationwide rallies to express support the IRGC following its blacklisting by the US

Iranians have held nationwide rallies to express support for the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) following US blacklisting of the popular force.

 

Iran cuts oil output in some areas to save flood-hit people

Iran has shut down some oilfields in Khuzestan province as intensive efforts are underway to control damage from flash floods and prevent possible environmental pollution, Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh says.

Foreign Ministry introduces new spokesperson

The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has introduced Seyyed Abbas Mousavi as its new spokesperson, replacing Bahram Ghasemi.

 

Iran to keep aiding flood-hit people on Army Day

Military parades held to mark the National Army Day will not be held in Iranian flood-stricken areas this year so that the army forces can continue with providing relief to flood affected people, Iranian Army Commander said on Friday.

 

Iran weighs adopting punitive measures for countries backing US sanctions

A host of members of the Iranian Parliament have proposed a bill, according to which countries supporting US sanctions on Iran will face punitive measures, including a ban on oil trades.

Zarif appoints ‘Ali Asghar Khaji’ as senior aide for special political affairs

The Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has appointed Ali Asghar Khaji as his senior aide for special political affairs.

 

FM Zarif reveals reason behind regional conflicts

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message revealed the reason behind conflicts waged by the US in the region.

 

Rouhani briefed on plans of 4 vice-presidencies, sport ministry, CBI

The performance of four vice-presidencies, the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, and the Central Bank of Iran, and their plans for the new year were reviewed in separate meetings with President Hassan Rouhani.

 

Economy

Slovenia ready to kick off INSTEX

An official at the Slovenian foreign ministry said on Monday that Ljubljana voices readiness to kick off new financial cooperation with Iran named as instrument for support of trade exchanges (INSTEX).

 

Iran to open business office in Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq

Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Reza Rahmani said that Islamic Republic of Iran will open a trade and business office in Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.

 

US’ blacklisting of IRGC not to influence Iranian markets

The US move to brandish IRGC as a terrorist group will have no impact on stability in Iranian domestic markets, Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) announced.

 

S. Korea seeking to keep importing Iran’s oil: Sources

South Korea is trying to obtain another exemption from the US sanctions that enables Seoul to continue importing oil from Iran despite sanctions, an informed source said.

 

Iran, UNIDO sign MOU

Iranian Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad Javad Jahromi and Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Li Yong signed a memorandum of understanding.

 

Regional Affairs

IPU condemns US recognition of Golan Heights as part of Israel

The President of the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) Gabriela Cuevas Barron issued a statement condemning a recent move by the US in recognition of Syrian Golan Heights as Part of Israel.

 

Deadly blast hits Pakistan’s Quetta

At least 16 people have been killed and another 30 wounded as an explosion ripped through a market in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, police said.

New Saudi airstrikes kill 13 civilians, including schoolchildren, in Yemen

More than a dozen civilians, most of them schoolchildren, have been killed in the latest round of airstrikes by Saudi warplanes on residential areas in Yemen’s west-central province of Sana’a and the southwestern province of Ta’izz.

Syria’s air defenses intercept Israeli missiles fired at Hama military base

Damascus says its air defenses have intercepted some of the Israeli missiles fired at a Syrian military base near the city of Hama, while the remaining missiles hitting the target have destroyed several buildings and injured three Syrian soldiers.

 

Taliban says it fired deadly missile at largest US air base in Afghanistan

In a tweet, Taliban spokesman Zabihollah Mujahid said that the Afghan armed group launched a missile at Bagram Air Base, the largest US base in Afghanistan, on Thursday morning.

 

Society

Karkheh dam in southwest Iran overflows, residents ordered to evacuate

The governor of Iran’s southwestern province of Khuzestan said a major dam on the Karkhe river has overflown and local residents in a number of cities and villages, including Soosangerd, have been ordered to leave their homes.

 

At least 7 killed in chain reaction crash near Iranian capital

At least seven people were killed and seven others injured in a chain reaction crash on Tehran-Saveh highway on Thursday, said the emergency services spokesman, Mojtaba Khaledi.

 

Iran uni. entrance exam postponed due to flood

Member of Education and Research Committee of Iranian Parliament Mahmoud Sadeghi said Iran university entrance exam will be postponed because of the requests of students who are in flood-affected areas.

 

Flood relief operations gain momentum

Relief operations in Iran’s flood-affected areas is gaining momentum as the Red Crescent Society mobilizes to dispatch much-needed aid to the flood areas in the north and southern regions, including tents, water, food packages, blankets and moquette.

WHO airlifts medical supplies to people affected by the floods in Islamic Republic of Iran

The World Health Organization (WHO) airlifted essential medical supplies to the Islamic Republic of Iran to respond to the growing health needs of thousands of people who have been displaced as a result of the flooding in many provinces in the country. The supplies include trauma, health, cholera and non-communicable disease kits and other commodities requested by the Ministry of Health and Medical Education.

 

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