West keeps mum on Israeli nukes but fumes at Iranian defenses: FM
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday took a swipe at the West for turning a blind eye to Israel’s nuclear stockpile while criticizing Iranian missile defenses.
32 European firms bid to work in Iranian oil industry
Dozens of European companies have announced readiness to cooperate with Iranian firms in the petroleum industry within the framework of a European trade mechanism, an Iranian official said on Saturday.
Iranian, American freed in apparent prisoner swap
An Iranian scientist held in the United States and an American researcher detained in Iran have been released, the two sides declared Saturday, in an apparent prisoner swap at a time of heightened tensions.
Iran, Afghanistan discuss ties, peace process
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani met Iranian government’s special envoy, Ebrahim Taherian, in Kabul on Saturday.
Qatar: Doha will not forget Tehran’s help
Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said that Qatar will not forget Iran’s help following a blockage imposed by some Arab countries on the Persian Gulf country.
Parties to Iran deal see US as root cause of JCPOA problems: Araqchi
All parties to the Iran nuclear deal believed that US policies including Washington’s so-called maximum pressure campaign against Iran, are at the root of issues regarding the deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), an Iranian deputy foreign minister said.
Health Ministry: Influenza death toll rises to 81
Iran’s Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raeisi said on Saturday that an ongoing influenza epidemic in the country has claimed 25 more lives in recent days, putting the death toll at 81, according to IRNA.
Navy unveils homegrown drone
Iran’s Navy unveiled a homegrown combat drone on Saturday. The unmanned aerial vehicle, dubbed Simorgh, was unveiled at a ceremony in the southeastern coastal city of Konarak, attended by Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Oman trying to expand economic ties with Iran
Omani minister of commerce and industry said his country is trying to boost its trade and economic ties with Iran, stressing that this goal can be achieved through more cooperation between the two sides’ private sectors.
Iran’s Hajj organization chief in Saudi Arabia for talks
Head of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization Alireza Rashidian left Tehran for Saudi Arabia on Saturday to hold talks with Saudi officials over the next year’s Umrah Hajj rituals.
Berri says his bloc to vote for Khatib
Lebanon Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri asserted the need for an “emergency” government to help Lebanon out of the crisis, noting that his Liberation and Development Parliamentary Bloc will vote for the leading candidate for the post of Prime Minister, Samir Khatib, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.
Qatar foreign minister: crisis has ‘moved from stalemate’
Qatar’s foreign minister has said he hopes for “progress” in the efforts to resolve the Persian Gulf diplomatic crisis following talks with Saudi Arabia, adding that the parties have “moved from
a stalemate” in the two-year dispute.
Scientist Massoud Soleimani released from U.S. captivity
The United States has released Massoud Soleimani, an Iranian scientist who was arrested last year by the U.S.for allegedlyviolating American trade sanctions against Iran.
Deputy FM: All JCPOA parties see U.S. as root cause of tensions
The Iranian deputy foreign minister for political affairs said on Friday that Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany unanimously blame the U.S. for the standoff surrounding the 2015 nuclear deal.
Remaining parties firm to preserve nuclear deal: statement
The remaining parties to the JCPOA who met in Vienna on Friday issued a statement saying they are determined to preserve the 2015 nuclear agreement.
Student Day is symbol of fight against arrogant powers: Raeisi
Judiciary Chief Seyed Ebrahim Raisi said on Saturday that the National Student Day is symbol of fight against arrogant powers, colonialism and dictatorship.
Zarif: Nuclear-capable missile test by Israel is aimed at Iran
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has criticized the United States and Europe for their silence over a nuclearcapable missile test on Friday by Israel, saying the test was “aimed at Iran”.
Russia: U.S. trying to demonize Iran missile program
Russia’s mission to the United Nations said that the U.S. continually tries to demonize Iran’s missile activities despite lack of any damning evidence against the Islamic Republic’s defensive activities, and while Washington itself is in default of several international non-proliferation agreements.