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U.S. Wants UN To Reimpose Ballistic-Missile Restrictions On Iran, Says Pompeo

- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told the UN Security Council that Washington would seek to work with the 15-member body to reimpose ballistic-missile restrictions on Iran. In his December 12 address to the council meeting on Iran, Pompeo also said a UN arms embargo on Tehran should not be lifted in 2020. -RFE/RL - 12/13/18

Iraq tops Iran's foreign tourists list

- Some 2 million Iraqi nationals visited Iran during the first seven months of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21), turning the country into Iran's largest source of tourists, ISNA reported. -Tehran Times - 12/11/18

Deadly car bomb attack hits port city of Chabahar in southeast Iran

- A terrorist car bomb explosion has hit near a police post in Iran's southeastern port city of Chabahar, leaving two police officers dead and dozens of other people wounded. Local officials said terrorists attacked the police headquarters in Chabahar, located in the southeastern province of Sistan-and-Baluchestan, with an explosives-laden vehicle on Thursday morning. -Press TV - 12/6/18

Iran's missile program not in violation of UNSC Resolution 2231, FM Zarif tells US

- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has rejected allegations by US officials that Iran's missile program violates Security Council Resolution 2231, saying the UN document does not ban Tehran's missile activities. -Press TV - 12/6/18

No oil will go through Persian Gulf if US targets Iran's crude exports: President Rouhani

- President Hassan Rouhani has reaffirmed that the United States will not be able to stop Iran's oil sales, warning that no crude will find its way out of the Persian Gulf should Washington attempt to target Iranian crude exports. - 12/4/18

Iraq Continues To Face Hurdles Due To Its Relations With Iran

- Amid U.S. sanctions on Iran, Iraq is currently facing a challenge in addressing energy needs and supply of other vital goods, as its chief supplier of natural resources and a key trading partner grapples with its own isolation. -Radio Farda - 12/3/18

Iran launches Sahand radar evading destroyer in Persian Gulf

- On Saturday, the Iranian Navy was delivered a radar-evading destroyer called Sahand. It is the most advanced of its kind in West Asia. The destroyer, designed and built by Iranian experts, joined the Navy at a base in the port city of Bandar Abbas, at the mouth of the strategic Strait of Hormuz. - 12/2/18

Russia's Putin endorses deal for Iran-EEU free trade zone

- Russia's President Vladimir Putin has endorsed a much-awaited agreement for the establishment of a free trade zone between Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) thus facilitating the process for the Islamic Republic to join the Moscow-led regional economic bloc. - 11/29/18

Secretary Pompeo Says Reducing Ties With Saudis Will Encourage Iran

- Pompeo's remarks coincided with a closed session of the United States Senate that debated a response to Saudi Arabia for the murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The senators passed a resolution to pull U.S. support from the war in Yemen, in what is seen as a rebuke to both Riyadh and President Donald Trump. -Radio Farda - 11/29/18

Two New Ghadir-Class Submarines Join Iran's Naval Fleet

- Two Ghadir-class submarines capable of launching subsurface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes and mines have joined Iran's naval fleet. The submarines were unveiled during a ceremony at the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas on Thursday. - 11/29/18

FOOTBALL: Uzbekistan defeats Iran in CAFA Women's Championship

- Iran lost to Uzbekistan 2-1 at the 2018 CAFA Women's Championship on Tuesday. The Iranian football team had started the competition with a 6-0 win over Afghanistan on Sunday. Team Melli will play Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan on Thursday and Saturday respectively. -Tehran Times - 11/28/18

'Nothing Left' For Iran In JCPOA: Deputy FM Araqchi

- Tehran has no benefit from the nuclear deal anymore since Washington reimposed sanctions on Iran, the Islamic Republic's deputy foreign minister for political affairs, warned on Monday, November 26. "The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is in a "critical situation" Abbas Araqchi insisted, adding, "This is a reality". -Radio Farda - 11/27/18

Travel Risk Map puts Iran among "insignificant risk" destinations

- The 2019 Travel Risk Map, which shows the risk level around the world, has put Iran among countries with "insignificant risk" when it comes to security. The ranking has taken into account factors such as the robustness of the transport infrastructure, the state of industrial relations, the effectiveness of the security and emergency services and the country's susceptibility to natural disasters. - 11/27/18

UN Watchdog IAEA Says Iran Sticking To Nuclear Deal Amid U.S. Sanctions

- Iran is implementing its part of a landmark nuclear deal with world powers, the UN atomic watchdog monitoring the pact reaffirmed on November 22, two weeks after the United States reimposed sanctions against Tehran. - 11/23/18

Bookkeepers, Mad Mullahs, And The Sources Of Iranian Conduct

- The Trump administration's policy of "maximum pressure" on Iran so far shows no sign of inducing any desirable change in Iranian policy. Several reasons underlie this failure. The administration has given the Iranian regime no realistic proposition to which it could say "yes" even if it were so inclined, instead issuing a list of broad and unrealistic demands that would amount to Iran rolling over and playing dead. -Paul Pillar - 11/21/18

Trump: US Interests Outweigh Harshly Punishing Saudis for Killing Journalist

- U.S. President Donald Trump says turning his back on Saudi Arabia, despite its responsibility for killing a U.S.-based journalist, "would be a terrible mistake." Any human rights concerns are outweighed by U.S. national security and economic interests, the president said. -Steve Herman, VOA - 11/21/18

Iran, Iraq Vow To Significantly Boost Trade Despite U.S. Sanctions

- Iran and Iraq have vowed to significantly boost trade despite the United States imposing new crippling economic sanctions against Tehran. Under the sanctions regime, countries that do business with Iran without U.S. waivers risk hefty fines, a threat that has forced many trade partners to cut ties with the Islamic republic. But Iranian President Hassan Rohani said annual bilateral trade with Iraq could rise to $20 billion from the current $12 billion. -RFE/RL - 11/19/18

IAEA: Iran Continues To Abide by Nuclear Deal

- The United Nations atomic watchdog says Iran continues to keep its side of the 2015 nuclear agreement, even as new U.S. sanctions raise concerns about whether the deal can survive. The assessment was published Monday in a quarterly report by the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA. - 11/13/18

Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup: Iran overpowers Russia to grab the title

- Iran beach soccer coach Marco Octavio is "very satisfied" for being able to win the Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup with crop of young talents. Iran defeated Russia 4-2 to win the Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup for the second time. - 11/12/18

AFC Champions League: Japan's Kashima Antlers takes the crown after 0-0 tie with Iran's Persepolis

- Persepolis football team were held to a goalless draw by Kashima Antlers of Japan in the second leg of the AFC Champions League here on Saturday. The result means Kashima Antlers won the title 2-0 aggregate. - 11/12/18

Strange bedfellows: Ideology trumps defense of ethnic, religious and minority rights

- A global rise of nationalist and populist tendencies has not only given anti-migrant, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic and racist tendencies a new lease on life, but opened the door to alliances between groups that once would have had nothing to do with one another. -James M. Dorsey - 11/9/18

U.S., Iran Condemn Bahrain's Imprisonment Of Shi'ite Opposition Leader

- The United States has voiced concern over Bahrain's sentencing of the head of the country's Shi'ite opposition movement to life in prison, a move which was also condemned by Iran. "The United States is concerned by the verdict sentencing Ali Salman to life in prison," State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said on November 8. -RFE/RL - 11/9/18

Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup: Iran 8 USA 1

- Iran started the 8th edition of the 2018 Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup on a high note on Tuesday. Team Melli defeated the U.S. 8-1 in Group B. Russia edged past Tahiti 7-6 in another group match. Marco Octavio's men will face Tahiti on Wednesday. - 11/7/18

U.S. Exempts Iran's Chabahar Port From Sanctions In Nod To Afghanistan

- The U.S. State Department says it is exempting Iran's big port project in Chabahar from sanctions in recognition of its importance to landlocked Afghanistan. President Donald Trump's "South Asia strategy underscores our ongoing support of Afghanistan's economic growth and development as well as our close partnership with India," a State Department spokesman said on November 6. -RFE/RL - 11/7/18

The Iranian Canary In The Coalmine

- The past two years have witnessed a shift in the way that the United States interacts with the world. Although Donald Trump's Iran policy has continuities with the regime-change mentality of the George W. Bush presidency, the current president has abandoned or threatened the integrity of a range of other international commitments... But the case of Iran demonstrates how, precisely, the Trump administration is unscrewing the hinges of the international system. -Matthew K. Shannon - 11/6/18

Saudis Launch Nuclear Research Reactor Amid Competition With Iran

- Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman has launched the kingdom's first nuclear research reactor as part of a plan to diversify the kingdom's energy mix and acquire nuclear capabilities, state media reported. The reactor launched on November 5 is among 16 that Saudi officials, citing archrival Iran's continued development of nuclear energy, have said they plan to build over the next two decades at a cost of $80 billion. -RFE/RL - 11/6/18

Iranian architects receive nominations at 2018 MEA Awards

- Twenty-one designs and architects from Iran are among the nominees for the 2018 Middle East Architect Awards, which were announced by the organizers last week. Golshahr Mosque and Plaza by Arash G. Tehrani, Floating Island by Kamran Heirati Architects, and Persian Tehran Garden by Hooman Balazadeh and Mohammad Khavarian have been nominated for the award in the Concept Design of the Year category. -Tehran Times - 11/5/18

Iran Indirectly Blames Israel For A Major Cyberattack

- Senior Iranian officials dealing with communications and information have announced that a cyberattack was launched against Iran, indirectly blaming Israel. The Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi tweeted, "A regime with a history of using cyber weapons, such as the Stuxnet, this time has tried to harm the infrastructure of communications but with the vigilance of [our] technical teams, they ended up empty handed". -Radio Farda - 11/5/18

ACL Final: Iran's Persepolis football team falls short against Japan's Kashima

- Iran's Persepolis will be looking for a response next week against Kashima Antlers of Japan after they were beaten 2-0 on Saturday in the first leg of the AFC Champions League final. The Iranian team will have a difficult task ahead in Tehran's Azadi Stadium on Nov. 10 as their key midfielder Siamak Nemati will be absent in the second leg after being sent out due to injury. - 11/4/18

Trump Highlights Renewed Iran Sanctions Ahead Of U.S. Elections

- U.S. President Donald Trump has highlighted his reimposition of U.S. sanctions on Iran ahead of the November 6 elections in which the Republican Party is seeking to retain control of both houses of the U.S. Congress. -RFE/RL - 11/4/18

Yemen: UN chief hails 'signs of hope' in world's worst man-made humanitarian disaster

- Welcoming recent indications that peace talks could resume soon to end Yemen's brutal civil conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday there is "no room for complacency," and called on the warring parties and the international community to "halt the senseless cycle of violence" and "reach a political settlement". - 11/4/18

Pashinian Says He Made 'Clear' To U.S. That Armenia Will Maintain Ties With Iran

- Acting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian says he made clear to U.S. national-security adviser John Bolton last week that Armenia will pursue its national interests and maintain "special relations" with its neighbor Iran. -RFE/RL - 11/2/18

The "Linguistic" Component of the Khashoggi-gate Narrative

- Ultimately, "language" and "metaphor" are the building blocks of an established political paradigm. In that vein, we can examine the linguistic framework that international news is presented to the public. The "Regime"-- For some years now, in its official language the American media refers to the governing bodies in Iran, Syria, Russia and Venezuela as "regime". On the other hand, Egypt and Pakistan have (legitimate) "government". -Fareed Marjaee - 11/2/18

India, Iran, Russia push alternative to Suez Canal

- India, Iran and Russia will meet next month to discuss the operation of a 7,200 km trade and transport corridor that presents a cheaper and shorter alternative to the traditional route through the Suez Canal. - 10/31/18

Millions Of Shi'ite Pilgrims Stream Toward Karbala, Iraq For Arbaeen Festival

- Millions of Shi'ite Muslims from around the world are making their way this week to their sect's holy shrines in the Iraqi city of Karbala in an annual holy festival known as Arbaeen or Ziara. The shrines commemorate two revered Shi'ite imams -- Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, and his half-brother Abbas -- and the event, which draws 10 million to 20 million pilgrims each year, will reach its peak on October 30. -RFE/RL - 10/30/18

Iran And America: Why All The Enmity?

- At some time in the future, when officials in Washington and Tehran finally stop yelling at each other and start talking, they will ask themselves: "Why did we waste so much time hating each other?" They are not there yet. Until they are, denunciations, accusations, and threats are still the order of the day. -John Limbert - 10/29/18

Iran's Persepolis defeats Qatar's Al Sadd 2-1 on aggregate to reach AFC final

- Iranian Perspolis FC drew 1-1 versus Al Sadd of Qatar in the return match of the 2018 AFC Champions League semi-final on Tuesday. The winner of Iranian Persian Gulf League Perspolis took on Qatari Al Sadd on Tuesday in the second leg of the AFC Champions League semi-final which was held in 80,000-capacity Azadi Stadium in Tehran. The breathtaking match ended in a 1-1 draw, allowing Perspilis to advance to the final match of the AFC Champions League. - 10/24/18

India, Afghanistan defy US on Iran's Chabahar port plan

- India and Afghanistan are pushing ahead with plans to open a new transportation corridor between the two countries via Iran's strategic port of Chabahar despite US sanctions. New Delhi sees the port crucial to its connectivity ambitions, including access to CIS countries - a regional organization of 10 post-Soviet republics in Eurasia. For landlocked Afghanistan, the corridor means opening the way for billions of dollars in trade and cutting the country's dependence on foreigners for aid as well as stemming the illicit opium trade. - 10/24/18

Iran's Silence On Khashoggi Killing Loosens, But Tehran Keeping Its Cards Close To Its Vest

- Tehran spent weeks watching quietly as the international crisis unfolded over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, reportedly in brutal fashion in the Istanbul consulate of regional foe Saudi Arabia. Iranian officials largely refrained from commenting publicly on the death and purported dismemberment at the hands of Saudi agents of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and conspicuous critic of the Saudi government. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 10/24/18

EXPOSING SOME UNPLEASANT REALITIES: Removing the Candy-Coating from the Bitter Pill

- Dwight D. Eisenhower was serving his second term as President when I set foot on the American soil for the first time in June 1956. I was a twenty-year-old high school graduate holding a student visa looking forward to attending college and receiving a degree from a prestigious university in California; I was told the streets were paved with gold there. -Kambiz Zarrabi - 10/22/18

Iran and the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea

- On 12 August 2018, five littoral states of the Caspian Sea (Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan) signed a convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea. This convention should be approved by the legislative bodies in all five states before it becomes officially binding. -Bahman Aghai Diba - 10/18/18

Khashoggi-Gate And U.S. Persian Gulf Strategy

- In U.S. assessments, which began well before the Trump administration, Saudi Arabia has been one of Washington's key pivots in the Middle East. Oil security? Check. Anti-Iran? Check. Moving toward Israel? Check. Given these three factors, the United States has been willing to turn a blind eye to other things that either Saudi Arabia or its citizens have done, especially rich supporters of Wahhabism who have bankrolled this extreme form of Islam and its malign behavior all over the Sunni world. -Robert E. Hunter - 10/17/18

IRGC says terrorists have abducted 11 Iranian forces near Pakistani border

- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says terrorists have kidnapped a number of Iranian forces in the southeastern Province of Sistan-and-Baluchestan, which borders Pakistan. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the IRGC confirmed that local Basij volunteer forces and border guards had been among those abducted overnight near the town of Mirjaveh on the Pakistani border. - 10/16/18

India, Iran to speed up Chabahar plan before US sanctions take effect

- Indian media have quoted informed officials as saying that the country plans to speed up the development of Iran's Chabahar port before the new round of US sanctions against Tehran is put into place. - 10/16/18

Iran record best ever showing at Asian Para Games

- Iran delegation moved one place up to third place at the Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. Iran won 51 gold, 42 silver and 43 bronze medals and were placed third in the overall rankings. - 10/15/18

Qatar Airways will continue flights to Iran, unfazed by US sanctions

- Qatar Airways Group has expressed its commitment to continuing flights to Iran, saying it will not be affected by the US sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Addressing a high-profile business conference in the Qatari capital of Doha on Monday, the airline's Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said services to Iran would continue despite a tightening economic and political squeeze on Iran by the United States. - 10/9/18

"Iran ready to work with Saudis to build strong region, end US conceit": FM Zarif

- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran is prepared to cooperate with Saudi Arabia in order to build a strong region together and put an end to the US humiliation of regional countries. "President Trump repeatedly humiliates the Saudis by saying they can't last 2 weeks without his support," Zarif said in a Thursday tweet. - 10/5/18

Iranian MPs Call Ahvaz Terrorist Attack An Intelligence Disaster

- Citing sources affiliated with the intelligence, security, and police forces of the Islamic Republic, Iranian MPs say they have evidence the recent terrorist attack in the southwestern city of Ahvaz was the result of carelessness on the part of the security apparatus. - 10/5/18

Iran's Persepolis earn remarkable win over Al Sadd of Qatar in ACL semis

- Persepolis of Iran football team earned a remarkable 1-0 win over Qatari giants Al Sadd in the first leg of the AFC Champions League semi-finals. In the match held in Doha's Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Ali Alipour was on target from the penalty spot in the 86th minute. - 10/3/18

Iran Says Missile Attack In Syria Killed 40 'Leaders' Of Islamic State

- Iran claimed the missile attack it launched at targets in Syria on Monday had killed 40 "top leaders" of Islamic State, and that intelligence for the operation had been provided by its elite Quds Force. Iran fired six missiles at targets in the Abu Kamal and Hajin regions in eastern Syria, in retaliation for an attack on a military parade in Iran on Sept. 22 that killed 25 people, nearly half of them members of its Revolutionary Guards. - 10/3/18


- President Trump's speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, September 25, left no doubt as to my depiction of him as the Clueless Clown. Trump's verbal barrage against Iran was by no means unprecedented. As he repeated allegations against Iran as the world's worst supporter of international terrorism and a destabilizing agitator in the region, etc., his delivery sounded as though he had not bothered to rehearse the text, or even understood the implications of what he was reading: that is not unusual for Mr. Trump! -Kambiz Zarrabi - 10/2/18

Iran's President Rohani Claims Trump Bid To Isolate Tehran Backfired At UN

- Iranian President Hassan Rohani has claimed that U.S. President Donald Trump failed to achieve the isolation of Iran that he sought at the United Nations, with the international community mostly ignoring his demands. - 9/28/18

UN Security Council Members Reject Trump's Calls For Sanctions On Iran

- U.S. President Donald Trump has taken his case against Iran before the United Nations Security Council, a day after urging all nations to isolate the Iranian government. But his calls for other countries to join U.S. sanctions against Tehran were rejected by the other signatories of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran -- Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany. - 9/27/18

Trump And Rouhani UN Speeches Highlight U.S.- Iran Standoff

- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has expressed a new view about negotiations between Iran and the United States during his speech at the UN General Assembly. "For dialogue to take place, there is no need for a photo opportunity. The two sides can listen to each other right here in this Assembly. I am starting the dialogue right here," he said. - 9/26/18

U.S. Iran Policy And Misusing The Fear Of Terrorism

- The history of U.S. administrations manipulating the issue of terrorism for purposes unrelated to terrorism predates Donald Trump's presidency. One reflection of this history is the official U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, which has never tracked very closely with the reality of specific states being complicit or not complicit in international terrorism. Some complicit states have never appeared on the list because they were considered U.S. friends or allies-such as Saudi Arabia with its nurturing of Sunni radicalism, Pakistan with its support to extremist groups in Afghanistan, or left-wing governments in Greece that condoned radical leftist terrorism. -Paul Pillar - 9/26/18

Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton Threatens Iran: 'There will be hell to pay'

- The National Iranian American Council condemned National Security Advisor John Bolton's saber rattling speech outside the UN in which he ominously threatened that 'there will be hell to pay' for Iran: "Bolton has called for the U.S. to bomb Iran for over a decade and is now in the driver's seat of the Trump Administration's foreign policy. His threats are aimed at inflaming tensions, preventing any possibility that his boss might negotiate with Iran, and goading Iran into to doing something that could justify a U.S. attack... - 9/26/18

Ahwaz Terror Attacks: Is Saudi Arabia Taking The War Inside Iran?

- Less than a month after Iran's consulate in Basra was attacked, a group of terrorists claiming to be members of the Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz attacked a military parade in the capital of Iran's Khuzestan province, killing 25 people and wounding many more. When the Basra consulate incident took place , some commentators in Iran speculated that the attackers also wanted to target Khorramshahr and Abadan. Now it seems that they were not too wrong. -Shireen T. Hunter - 9/25/18

Pentagon Denies 'Ludicrous' Accusations That U.S. Was Behind Deadly Attack In Iran

- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has dismissed Iran's accusations that the United States was behind a deadly weekend attack on a military parade in southwestern Iran, calling the allegations "ludicrous." Mattis pointed out to reporters at the Pentagon on September 24 that the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump condemned the attack at a military parade in the city of Ahvaz on September 22, the day it occurred. - 9/25/18

President Rouhani: Iran ready to confront US, 'small mercenary states'

- President Hassan Rouhani says the United States wants to cause insecurity in Iran with the help of "small mercenary states" in the region, but that the Islamic Republic is ready to confront them. Rouhani's remarks in Tehran Sunday before leaving for New York to attend the UN General Assembly came a day after terrorists attacked a military parade in Ahvaz in southwest Iran, killing 25 people. - 9/23/18

Terror Attack On Military Parade In Iran Leaves 25 Dead, 60 Wounded

- At least 24 four people have been killed and 53 wounded in an attack on a military parade in southwestern Iran, the country's official IRNA news agency reported, prompting President Hassan Rohani to pledge a "crushing" response to threats against the country. - 9/22/18

Iran's Rohani Vows Tehran Will Not Abandon Its Defensive Weapons

- Iranian President Hassan Rohani has vowed that Tehran will not abandon its missiles, despite U.S. pressure. Rohani made the remark in a speech carried live by state television that marked the start of the 1980-88 Iran Iraq war. "Iran will not abandon its defensive weapons...including its missiles that make America so angry," Rohani said. - 9/22/18

Iran's Problems With America Won't End With Trump's Departure

- According to reports in the U.S. media, former Secretary of State John Kerry in meetings with Javad Zarif , Iran's minister of foreign affairs, expressed the view that it would be better for Tehran to wait out the remaining years of the Trump administration before engaging in new talks with a Democratic successor. Actually what Secretary Kerry in his interview with Fox News host Dana Perino said was: " Well, everybody is waiting around talking about waiting out President Trump." -Shireen T. Hunter - 9/18/18

Trump Calls Kerry Meetings With Iranian FM Zarif 'Illegal'

- U.S. President Donald Trump has responded to news that former secretary of state John Kerry met several times with Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif recently, discussing the 2015 nuclear deal. In a tweet on Thursday, Trump called the meetings "illegal", characterizing Iran as a "very hostile" regime. - 9/14/18

Iran Calls U.S. Blame Over Iraq Attacks 'Astonishing, Provocative'

- Iran's Foreign Ministry has described accusations by the United States that Tehran's allies were responsible for recent attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in Iraq as "astonishing, provocative, and irresponsible," Iranian media report. - 9/13/18

Iranian Media Warned Not To Report On Iraqi Sex Tourism

- The head of the Islamic Republic's judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani, has warned Iranian media not to cover sex tourism unless they want to face prosecution. The warning was issued September 10 amid increasing reports of Iraqi Shi'ite pilgrims to the holy city of Mashhad hiring sex workers during their stay. Some reports allege sex tourism has become a bigger draw for Iraqis to the holy Shi'ite city than the religious sites. - 9/12/18

India's push on Iran's Chabahar puts US in tight corner

- India and Afghanistan have signaled their commitment to the development of Iran's strategic Chabahar port ahead of a Thursday meeting with the US which is pushing for economic strangulation of Tehran. - 9/12/18

Iraq officially removes US Dollar from Iran trade

- Iraq indicated that it has officially removed the US dollar in trade with Iran by announcing a legal limit for passengers to carry along Euros - instead of the customary US Dollars - into the Islamic Republic. - 9/11/18

Tensions Rise As Iraqi Shoppers Flood Iran

- A flood of Iraqi shoppers to Iran's oil-rich Khuzestan province in the southwest has led to protests and tensions. Following large demonstrations against the influx of Iraqi visitors, the province's representative to the influential Assembly of Experts said on Monday, September 10, "The issue of Iraqis' presence in Abadan and Khorramshahr needs a thorough investigation and should be resolved." - 9/11/18

Iran implementing commitments under nuclear deal: IAEA Chief Amano

- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano says Iran is living up to all its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal. "Iran is implementing its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the nuclear agreement, known as the JCPOA)," Amano said in his introductory statement to the IAEA's Board of Governors in Vienna on Monday. - 9/10/18

Khamenei tells Putin Iran, Russia can cooperate to contain US

- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the developments in Syria and the US defeat in the Arab country show that Washington can be contained. The Leader made the remarks in a Friday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin - 9/9/18

Iran's Revolutionary Guards Confirm Deadly Missile Strikes On Kurdish Rebels In Iraq

- Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says it was behind a rocket assault on an Iranian Kurdish rebel group in Iraq that killed at least 11 people. In a September 9 statement carried by Iran's semiofficial Fars news agency, the IRGC said it fired seven missiles in the attack a day earlier on the armed opposition group in northern Iraq. - 9/9/18

Basra Protesters Torch Iranian Consulate Amid Reports Security Forces Pull Back

- Amateur video broadcast on Arab news channels Friday showed protesters in Basra, Iraq torching the Iranian consulate and chanting anti-Iran slogans. The Iraqi government declared a curfew, a day before the Iraqi parliament is due to meet to discuss the situation in the southern port city. The protesters say Iran is interfering in Iraqi politics and blame Iran for the poor public services in the oil-rich city. -Edward Yeranian, VOA - 9/8/18

Presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran Meet to Plot Future of Syria Ahead of Battle for Last Rebel Stronghold

- The presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey met Friday to discuss the future of Syria as a bloody military operation looms in the last rebel-held area of the war-ravaged nation, urging militants to lay down their weapons. -TIME - 9/7/18

Trump To Chair UN Council Meeting To Highlight Grievances With Iran

- U.S. President Donald Trump will chair a UN Security Council meeting on Iran this month during the annual gathering of world leaders in New York, to spotlight his grievances against Tehran. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley announced the move late on September 4 as the United States assumed the rotating presidency of the council, where it has pushed unsuccessfully in the past year for punitive measures against Iran. -RFE/RL - 9/5/18

UK minister: We seek no covert operation in Iran, plan to build ties

- UK's Minister of State for the Middle East, Alistair Burt, in an exclusive interview with the Tehran Times, reaffirms his country's support to the 2015 nuclear deal following the U.S. unilateral withdrawal from the agreement, saying the UK, along with the European Union, are doing all they can to provide the mechanism by which they can continue trade transactions with Iran. - 9/4/18

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