Oil producers agree to deepen production cuts
Saudi Arabia and Russia won backing for further output cuts from OPEC and allied crude producers on Friday as they look to head off global oversupply in 2020 and sustain prices.
Iran brushes off European missile claims as ‘false’
Iran on Thursday rejected pressure to shelve its ballistic missile program after a European letter to the UN Security Council accused Tehran of developing rockets capable of delivering nuclear bombs.
Europe dropped bid to trigger Iran sanctions: Chinese envoy
European parties to the Iran nuclear deal did not trigger a mechanism that could lead to the renewal of UN sanctions at talks in Vienna on Friday, China’s envoy said.
Araqchi: HOPE initiative aimed at reducing regional tensions
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said Tehran’s proposed plan for ensuring security in the Persian Gulf aims to reduce tensions in the strategic region.
Iran welcomes any initiative to restore peace in Yemen: Zarif
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tehran welcomes “peaceful solutions” to a years-long war imposed by a Saudi-led military coalition on Yemen, stressing that the Islamic Republic supports any initiative to bring back prosperity to the impoverished country through dialogue.
Gas explosion at wedding in western Iran kills 11, injures dozens
Eleven people were killed and more than 40 others were injured in a gas explosion at a wedding hall in Iran’s western province of Kurdestan on Thursday night.
Iran to cooperate in renovating Syria’s water, wastewater networks
Iran and Syria signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Thursday for cooperation in renovating Syria’s water and wastewater networks, IRNA reported.
Remaining nuclear deal parties meet in Vienna
The remaining parties to the 2015 nuclear deal, officially called the JCPOA, met in Vienna on Friday to discuss issues surrounding the multilateral accord.
Ayatollah Sistani says new PM must be chosen without foreign interference
Iraq’s top Shia Muslim cleric said on Friday that a new prime minister must be chosen without foreign interference after Adel Abdul Mahdi announced his resignation a week ago.
Jordan seeks to restore diplomatic relations with Syria: minister
Jordan plans to restore full diplomatic relations with neighboring Syria in a further sign of Arab states embracing President Bashar al-Assad after a UAE diplomat praised him for “wise leadership” this week.
Iraqi demonstrators condemn foreign intervention in the country
Iraqis on Friday announced their support for peaceful protests for the second day in a row on the streets and reiterated opposition to foreign intervention.
Journalists killed in 2005 plane crash commemorated
A ceremony was held at Behesht-e Zahra cemetery in Tehran on Thursday in memory of the journalists and media persons who were killed in a plane crash incident in 2005.
Tehran raps U.S. interference in China’s affairs
Tehran has slammed Washington for interfering in China’s internal affairs after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill for sanctions against Chinese officials over alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang.
Zarif: E3 intends to hide ‘miserable incompetence’
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on his Twitter account on Friday that even Brian Hook has acknowledged that the UN Security Council Resolution 2231 has not banned missile testing by Iran.
Hormuz peace initiative a step forward in reducing regional tension: Araghchi
Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi who visited Kuwait on Thursday said Iran’s Hormuz peace initiative is a step in line with reducing tension in the region.
Iran won’t relinquish right to oil export, ambassador says
Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran’s ambassador and permanent representative to the Vienna-based international organizations, said on Thursday that Iran will not relinquish its right to export oil now that the country is under U.S. illegal sanctions.