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MPs Protest Iraqi Militia Commander's Presence in Iranian Crisis Management Meeting

- Two members of the Majlis (Iranian parliament) have bitterly protested the deployment of Hashd al-Shaabi (Iraq's Popular Mobilization Force or PMF) in the oil-rich province of Khuzestan, southwest of the country. Foreign military forces may enter Iran only if the government or parliament issue an entry visa for them, the MPs have argued. - 4/19/19

Iran to host World Health Summit regional meeting in Kish Island

- Iran will host The World Health Summit (WHS), one of the world's most prominent forums for addressing global health issues, announced the Iranian deputy health minister for research and technology. The World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2019 is organized by Tehran University of Medical Sciences and will be held in Persian Gulf's Kish Island on April 29-30, IRIB quoted Reza Malekzadeh as saying. - 4/17/19

Iranian FM's reminder to E3: No prohibition on enrichment under JCPOA

- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has reminded the Europeans that a 2015 nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, does not prohibit the country from enriching uranium. Zarif's reprimand in a Monday tweet came after French Ambassador to the US Gerard Araud said Tehran should not need to be "massively enriching uranium after the JCPOA." -Press TV - 4/15/19

Iran to retaliate any US move against IRGC in Persian Gulf: Envoy

- Hamid Baeidinejad, Iran's envoy to the United Kingdom, has warned the United States that Tehran will "forcefully retaliate" any moves by the US military against the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), which was designated as a terrorist organization by US President Donald Trump earlier this week. - 4/12/19

Iranian oil exports recover close to pre-sanction levels: S&P Global Platts

- Iranian exports of crude oil and condensate have surged to levels near before sanctions, surprising market observers and affording the country an important victory in a US "economic war" on Tehran. Iran exported 1.70 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil in March, the highest since October when shipments fell to 1.08 million bpd, data from shipping sources compiled by S&P Global Platts showed. -Press TV - 4/10/19

IAEA chief Amano reaffirms Iran's compliance with nuclear deal

- The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reaffirmed Iran's compliance with its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). "In my regular reports to the board I have stated that Iran is implementing those commitments," IAEA Chief Yukiya Amano stressed on Tuesday. "Since January 2016, the agency [IAEA] has been verifying and monitoring Iran's implementation of its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA," he added. -Press TV - 4/3/19

Maximum Pressure On Iran Still Isn't Working

- Almost a year after President Trump reneged on U.S. commitments in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal, there is not the slightest sign that this move is achieving the declared objective of Iran crawling back to the negotiating table to negotiate a "better deal." -Paul R. Pillar - 4/2/19

Parliament Speaker Says Iraq Will Need To Buy Iranian Electricity For Three Years

- The speaker of Iraq's parliament wants the United States to extend a waiver that allows it to buy electricity from Iran for at least three years, saying it will take that long before the oil-rich country can manage on its own. "Hopefully, this waiver will be extended until Iraq can stand on its feet economically," speaker Muhammad al-Halbusi said on March 29 at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington. - 3/31/19

Tulsi Gabbard's Norooz Message: The Tropical Winds Of Hawaii

- Ms. Tulsi Gabbard, a House member from the state of Hawaii, and a Democratic candidate for the Presidential election of 2020 has issued a delightful message for Norooz. In her message, she says, " the beginning of Spring is such a beautiful metaphor for a new start and beginnings." Her positive initiative and outreach should be welcomed and celebrated by the Iranian community anywhere in the world. -Farid Marjai - 3/27/19

Turkey defies US with more imports of Iranian gas

- Iran is increasing its natural gas exports to a number of countries, including Turkey which plans to raise imports from its energy-rich neighbor, a senior official says. "Based on previous agreements, Iran is currently increasing gas exports to a number of countries including Turkey, Iraq, Armenia and Azerbaijan," head of the National Iranian Gas Company Hassan Montazer Torbati told IRNA. -PRESS TV - 3/26/19

Taq Kasra, A Sasanian-Era Persian Monument, Partially Collapses

- On 7 March 2019, parts of Taq Kasra collapsed only two years after the completion of a conservation operation by Avers. The Czech firm had been commissioned by the Iraqi Ministry of Culture. Taq Kasra, also known as the Arch of Ctesiphon, is the world's largest brick vault and the symbol of the Persian Empire in the Sasanian era (224-651 AD). The monument is located about 35 km south of Baghdad, in modern-day Iraq, which was, at the time, part of Persia. - 3/25/19

Norooz Celebration Turns Into Disaster: Iraq Ferry Capsizes, Killing At Least 94

- At least 94 people were killed when an overloaded ferry capsized on the Tigris River near the Iraqi city of Mosul Thursday. Officials said more than 180 people were on board, celebrating the Kurdish New Year, Norooz, and Mother's Day. Most of the victims were women and children struggling to swim in the fast-moving current. -VOA - 3/22/19

Muslims countries hold emergency meeting, urge fight on Islamophobia and slam West after carnage in New Zealand

- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says certain countries in the West must be held accountable for an attack on two mosques in New Zealand, which left at least 50 worshipers dead. "The terrorist attack in New Zealand represents a very dangerous tide in the West that is Islamophobia," he said in Istanbul where the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held an emergency meeting Friday. - 3/22/19

U.S. Extends Waiver To Allow Iraq To Buy Iranian Energy Supplies

- The United States is extending a waiver to allow Iraq to continue to buy electricity from Iran, despite sanctions imposed by Washington targeting Tehran's energy sector. The original waiver, issued in December 2017, expired on March 19. -RFE/RL - 3/20/19

Turkish President Claims Iran Joins Military Offensive Against Kurdish Separatists

- Turkey has repeated its claim that it and Iran are jointly carrying out a military operation against Kurdish separatists, although semiofficial Iranian media quoted the military as denying it was involved. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on March 18 said the operation was targeting militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), adding it was the first of its kind and that he hoped further missions would follow. -RFE/RL - 3/19/19

Defying US sanctions, Iran inaugurates new South Pars gas field phases

- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has inaugurated four new phases of the huge offshore South Pars gas field in a move, which has been seen as a clear sign of the failure of US sanctions against the country. During an inaugural ceremony in the southern coastal city of Kangan on Sunday, Iran's president officially launched phases 13, 22, 23, and 24 of South Pars gas field, noting that despite all the US pressures on the Iranian nation, especially through the imposition of unilateral economic sanctions, Iranians remain steadfast and resistant and continue to progress. - 3/17/19

Good Iraqi-Iranian Relations Are Not A Reason To Worry

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been visiting Iraq this week-a friendly, extended visit that has yielded several bilateral agreements on trade and transportation. Such an event causes heartburn, of course, within the Trump administration and for others who believe that the only useful thing to do to Iran is to try to isolate and cripple it. -Paul Pillar - 3/17/19

AFC Beach Soccer Championship: Japan win epic clash against Iran

- Japan came from two goals down to secure a place in the AFC Beach Soccer Championship Thailand 2019 semi-finals, after earning a stunning 3-2 extra time win against defending champions Iran on Thursday. The loss comes as a crushing blow to Iran, who will miss the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup after having qualified for seven of the last eight editions, and finishing third in 2017. -AFC - 3/14/19

Iran's President Rouhani meets Grand Ayatollah Sistani in Najaf, Iraq

- President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday met with Iraq's top Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, in the holy city of Najaf on the last day of his historic visit to neighboring Iraq. Ayatollah Sistani welcomed any step toward expansion of Iraq's ties with its neighbors based on mutual interests, respect for the sovereignty and not interfering in the internal affairs of one another. -Tehran Times - 3/14/19

Iran's President Rouhani meets with Grand Ayatollah Sistani on final day of Iraq visit

- In a historic meeting, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has held talks with Iraq's top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in the holy city of Najaf on the final day of his landmark visit to the neighboring Arab state. Rouhani sat down with Ayatollah Sistani at his residence on Wednesday after visiting the shrine of Imam Ali, the first Imam of Shia Muslims. -Press TV - 3/13/19

Iran overtakes Qatar in South Pars with new gas phases

- Iran on Sunday will launch four new development phases of the world's largest gas field at South Pars with a capacity to produce 112 million cubic meters per day, the Ministry of Petroleum says. President Hassan Rouhani will travel to Bushehr in the Persian Gulf to inaugurate two refineries built with $10 billion of investment. With their launch, Iran's daily gas production will surpass that of Qatar with which it shares the offshore field. -Press TV - 3/13/19

AFC Beach Soccer Championship: Iran 3-4 Oman

- Oman confirmed themselves as Group D winners, and inflicted the first blemish to defending champion Islamic Republic of Iran's campaign, with a 4-3 win in a high-quality AFC Beach Soccer Championship Thailand 2019 clash on Tuesday. The result means Talib Hilal's side will face Bahrain in Thursday's quarter-finals, while Iran are set for blockbuster, win-or-go-home clash against FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup regulars Japan. - 3/12/19

Iran's President Rohani Kicks Off First Official Visit To Iraq, Hails 'Special Relations'

- Iranian President Hassan Rohani has arrived in Baghdad for his first official visit to Iraq, state television reported, as Iraq is under pressure from the United States to limit ties with its neighbor. Iraq, which receives financial and military support from Washington, has attempted to balance its relations with the United States and Iran, which carries significant influence with members of Iraq's Shi'ite population. -RFE/RL - 3/11/19

Iran-U.S. differences non-negotiable: President Rouhani

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that differences between Iran and the U.S. are non-negotiable. "The differences with the U.S. cannot be negotiated and compromised on, we should make the enemy back off and continue our path of glory," he said, addressing a gathering of people in Lahijan, Gilan province. - 3/6/19

IAEA head Yukiya Amano reaffirms Iran's compliance with nuclear deal

- The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has once again reaffirmed Iran's compliance with its nuclear-related commitments under a 2015 deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). -Press TV - 3/4/19

Resignation Of Iranian FM Zarif: Foreign Betrayal, Domestic Infighting

- After Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced his resignation via Instagram shortly before midnight local time on February 25, many foreign pundits and officials celebrated his departure. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's response was "Zarif is gone. Good riddance." Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used even more insulting and undiplomatic language, and dismissed both Zarif and President Rouhani as "front men for a corrupt religious mafia." -Farhang Jahanpour - 3/3/19

American activists visiting Tehran slam Trump for scrapping Iran deal

- Visiting Tehran, members of an anti-war NGO based in the US criticize the Washington administration for abandoning the multilateral 2015 nuclear deal and re-imposing bans on Iran, saying such a move is the outcome of extensive lobbying by the Israeli and Saudi regimes, America's staunchest allies in the Middle East. - 2/28/19

Saudi gas export plans shine new light on efforts to isolate Iran

- Saudi plans to become a major gas exporter within a decade raise questions about what the real goal of the kingdom's policy, and by extension that of the United States, is towards Iran. Officially both Saudi Arabia and the US, which last year withdrew from the 2015 international accord that curbs the Islamic republic's nuclear program and imposed harsh economic sanctions, are demanding a change of Iran's regional and defense policies rather than of its regime... -James M. Dorsey - 2/28/19

Iran, Armenia sign two economic cooperation agreements during PM visit to Tehran

- Tehran and Yerevan have signed two economic cooperation agreements during a visit by Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to the Iranian capital. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and Pashinyan held talks on Wednesday and later attended a ceremony during which the two officials oversaw the inking of the agreements between the Armenian Ministry of Economic Development and Investments, and the Iranian National Standards Organization and the Supreme Council of Iran's Free Trade, Industrial and Special Economic Zone. -Press TV - 2/27/19

Iran fires anti-ship cruise missile from submarine during naval drills in Persian Gulf

- For the first time during naval drills in southern waters, the Iranian Navy fired an anti-ship cruise missile at mock enemy targets. Cruise missile was fired from a Qadir-class submarine. It took place on the third day of military exercises which started on Friday. -Tehran Times - 2/25/19

Iran's Supreme Leader receives Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Tehran

- Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei received the visiting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Tehran on Monday morning. During the meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei hailed the Syrian people and government's resistance against the terrorist and their supporters in the region, saying the resistance by Syrian president and nation was the key to defeating the US and its regional hacks in the Arab country. -Mehr - 2/25/19

BASKETBALL: Iran defeats Australia, qualifies for 2019 FIBA World Cup

- Iran's men's basketball team booked a spot in the 2019 FIBA World Cup with a win over Australia. Team Melli defeated the Boomers 85-74 in Tehran's Azadi Hall on Sunday. Iran were paced by Behnam Yakhchali's 21 points, and Mitch Creek was Australia's top scorer with 20 points. Iran had lost to Australia 76-49 in the Melbourne in November. - 2/24/19

IAEA: Iran living up to nuclear deal terms despite US sanctions

- Iran continues to comply with the restrictions on its nuclear activities under a 2015 deal it signed with major global powers, a report by the UN nuclear agency says, even as the United States re-imposed sanctions against Tehran. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a quarterly report on Friday that Iran remained within caps on the level to which it can enrich uranium and its stock of enriched uranium in accordance with the nuclear accord, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). -Press TV - 2/24/19

Afghanistan Sends First Exports To India Via Iran's Chabahar Port

- Afghanistan has sent its first exports shipment to India through Iran's strategic Chabahar Port. The port on the Indian Ocean, inaugurated in 2017, has been built largely by India and will provide a key supply route for Afghanistan while allowing India to bypass rival Pakistan to trade with Central Asia. - 2/24/19

PHOTOS: Iran's large-scale naval drill kicks off in Sea of Oman

- Iranian naval forces on Fri. started a massive three-day drill, codenamed 'Velayat 97', in the Sea of Oman and the Indian Ocean, with home-grown, recently unveiled 'Fateh' submarine and 'Sahand' destroyer taking part in the exercise. The drill is being held in an area of over two million square kilometers, from the east of the Strait of Hormuz to the Sea of Oman and the northern parts of the Indian Ocean, down to the 10-degrees latitude. -Mehr - 2/22/19

Imran Khan Resumes Pakistan's Old Habits

- Two terrorist attacks occurred almost simultaneously, on February 12 and February 14, in Indian-administered Kashmir and in Iran's Sistan and Baluchistan province. The target of both attacks were military and paramilitary personnel. Jaish Muhammad claimed responsibility for the first, Jaish ul-Adl for the second. These incidents coincided with the visit to Pakistan of Saudi Arabia's crown prince , Mohammad bin Salman (MbS), thus raising the question of whether the attack in Iran was designed to please the visiting prince. The attack in India, however, defies this logic, since MbS visited New Delhi on February 19. -Shireen T. Hunter - 2/22/19

Iran's General Soleimani warns Pakistan against Saudi attempts to destroy it

- Iran's Major General Qassem Soleimani has cautioned Pakistan against the true intentions behind Saudi Arabia's pumping of billions of dollars into its troubled economy, saying the Riyadh regime is after breaking the Asian state apart by pitting it against its neighbors. The commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) once again vowed on Thursday that Tehran will avenge the blood of those who lost their lives in last week's bloody attack carried out by Pakistan-based terrorists in southeastern Iran. -Press TV - 2/22/19

China says will boost 'strategic' partnership with Iran regardless of global developments

- Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged his country's determination to boost "strategic" partnership with Iran regardless of global and regional developments. "No matter how the international and regional situations change, China's resolve to develop comprehensive strategic partnership with Iran will remain unchanged," Xi said during a Wednesday meeting with visiting Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. -Press TV - 2/21/19

Iran decries US 'hypocrisy' over planned nuclear sale to Saudi Arabia

- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has denounced Washington's "hypocrisy" after reports said the administration of US President Donald Trump was seeking to advance the sale of nuclear power technology to Saudi Arabia. -Press TV - 2/21/19

The Dark Side Of The United Arab Emirates (UAE)

- In recent years, the human rights situation in the oil-rich monarchies of the Persian Gulf has finally received the scrutiny it deserves in the European Parliament. EU governments consider the countries in question as their strategic allies in terms of regional security, energy, trade, and, disturbingly, burgeoning arms exports. This geopolitical status, however, no longer shields them from public criticisms. -Eldar Mamedov, LobeLog - 2/21/19

President Rohani: Iran-US tug of war at maximum level

- President Hassan Rohani says the tug of war that is currently underway between Iran and the United States is at its "maximum level," but that the Islamic Republic will undoubtedly emerge victorious in "this battle of wills." Speaking at a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday, Rohani made mention of the consecutive failures suffered by the US in its anti-Iran schemes. -Press TV - 2/20/19

House Launches Inquiry Into U.S. Nuclear Plans In Saudi Arabia

- A new congressional report says that senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials. -RFE/RL - 2/20/19

Iran, China seeking to deepen 'strategic partnership'

- Top diplomats of Iran and China have emphasized the two nations' determination to promote their "strategic" relations in various areas as a high-ranking delegation from Tehran visits Beijing for talks. During a meeting on Tuesday with Chinese State Councilor Wang Yi in Beijing, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tehran views the "strategic partnership between Iran and China as one of our most important relations." -Press TV - 2/19/19

The Anti-Iran Warsaw Conference And The Isolated Superpower

- The Trump administration tried to make this week's Middle East conference in Warsaw what the administration had intended it to be all along: an Iran-bashing exercise that would get Europeans to join in more of the bashing. But the conference instead became what most European governments-whose attendance at the gathering was spotty and often low-level-warned it would be: a demonstration not of U.S.-European unity on policy toward Iran but instead of disunity. That the conference's final statement makes no mention of Iran has to be a major disappointment for the administration. -Paul Pillar - 2/18/19

Iran warns Saudi Arabia, UAE of retaliatory measures, scolds Pakistan after deadly terror attack

- The chief commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has warned Saudi Arabia and the UAE that they could face retaliatory measures for supporting terrorists on behalf of the US and Israel. General Mohammad Ali Jafari on Saturday stressed that Iran would give a "decisive" response to a Wednesday terrorist attack which killed 27 IRGC border guards in the southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan province. - 2/17/19

PHOTOS: Iran unveils Fateh submarine equipped with cruise missiles

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has inaugurated a new domestically-built submarine armed with cruise missiles in line with the Islamic Republic's move to boost its defense power. The inaugural ceremony for Fateh (Conqueror) submarine was held in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas in Hormozgan Province on Sunday. - 2/17/19

Russia, Turkey, Iran Poised to Map Syria's Future

- The leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey are meeting in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi Thursday to discuss the conflict in Syria for the first time since the United States announced its troop withdrawal. Although the Kremlin hasn't divulged details, a number of observers say questions about the strategic implications of a U.S. pullout and differences between Moscow and Ankara on a political settlement in northern Syria are likely to predominate. -Pete Cobus, VOA - 2/15/19

Suicide attack in Iran frames visit to Pakistan by Saudi crown prince

- While Baluchistan is set to figure prominently in Prince Mohammed's talks with Mr. Khan, the attack also coincided with a US-sponsored conference in Warsaw, widely seen as an effort by the Trump administration to further isolate Iran economically and diplomatically...Mr. Giuliani told the protesters who waved Iranian flags and giant yellow balloons emblazoned with the words, "Regime Change" that "we want to see a regime change in Iran." -James M. Dorsey - 2/14/19

Poll: Majority Of Iranians Still Support JCPOA

- In spite of the Trump administration's decision to violate the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) and reimpose sanctions in an effort to exert "maximum pressure" on the Iranian government, new polling finds that a majority of Iranians still stand by the agreement. -Derek Davison - 2/13/19

Why Has Iran Remained In The Crosshairs

- The value of a US Dollar is now around 12,000 Tomans in Iran. The inflation rate seems out of control. There is a shortage of meat, even chicken, as well as other staple commodities and medicines in the market. The prices of locally manufactured automobiles fluctuate from one day to the next. Housing prices have skyrocketed since last year, to where the price of a typical flat in Tehran is over 1,000 US Dollars per square meter! There is also the horrible prospect that what is happening in Venezuela is a model of what the United States has in mind for Iran. -Kambiz Zarrabi - 2/12/19

Iranian FM Zarif Says U.S. Sponsored Warsaw Gathering Already 'Doomed'

- Days ahead of a summit focused on Iran, the Islamic Republic's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, has dismissed it as already doomed to fail. Zarif's mentor and former Foreign Minister, Kamal Kharrazi, also cautioned participant countries at the Warsaw summit that they cannot "hide" from Tehran. -Radio Farda - 2/11/19

PHOTOS: Iran unveils underground ballistic missile plant for first time

- Iran has unveiled an underground plant manufacturing precision ballistic missiles for the Aerospace Division of its Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC). "Unveiling this missile production city deep underground is an answer to the idle talk made by the Westerners, who assume they can restrict us and dissuade us from [pursuing] our long-term goals by means of threats and sanctions," Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, the IRGC's chief commander, said during the unveiling ceremony on Thursday. - 2/8/19

IRAN: On the virtues of evolution rather than revolution

- In response to a couple of recent articles that I have written about the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution and the current situation in Iran, I have received some angry and occasionally rude comments. The writers who comment on social media often lack the honesty or the courage to give their real names and hide their identities behind some pseudonyms. They have even accused me of being guilty of facilitating the fall of the Shah's government, of treason, of being a fanatical supporter of the Islamic Republic, being dishonest and trying to deceive the people. -Farhang Jahanpour - 2/7/19

Iran Claims Iraq Will Pay Its Debts, But U.S. Sanctions Make It Hard

- One day after Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh complained that Iraq has not paid billions of dollars for its imports from Iran after the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions, Iran's Central Bank Governor told reporters that he has reached an agreement with his Iraqi counterpart about the payments. -Radio Farda - 2/7/19

Pompeo, Bolton, And Iran's "Fake Opposition"

- As Iranian people struggle for democracy and respect for human rights and the rule of law, as well as preserving the national security and territorial integrity of their country, two main groups have emerged among the opposition to Iran's hardliners, both within Iran and in the diaspora. One group, the true opposition that includes the reformists, religious-nationalists, secular leftists, various labor groups, human rights activists, and others, believes that it is up to the Iranian people living in Iran how to change the political system in their country. -Muhammad Sahimi - 2/6/19

Iran Accuses U.S. Of Supporting 'Dictators, Butchers, Extremists' In Middle East

- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has responded to criticism by U.S. President Donald Trump by declaring that the United States supports "dictators, butchers, and extremists" in the Middle East. Zarif issued the statement in a Twitter post on February 6 in response to remarks made by Trump in his State of the Union speech. -RFE/RL - 2/6/19

Iran At Crossroads On 40th Anniversary Of Islamic Revolution

- On February 11, 2019, the Islamic Republic of Iran marks the fortieth anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution. In his latest speech at a conference of the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), for which he received huge fees, National Security Advisor John Bolton said: "The outcome of the president's policy review should be to determine that the Ayatollah Khomeini's 1979 revolution will not last until its fortieth birthday...." -Farhang Jahanpour - 2/5/19

Iraqi President Responds To Trump's Comments: U.S. Did Not Ask Permission To 'Watch Iran'

- Iraqi President Barham Salih said on Monday that the United States has not asked permission from Iraq for U.S. troops to "watch Iran". On Sunday, U.S. President Donald Trump told CBS "Face the Nation" in an interview that it is important to keep a U.S. military presence in Iraq to keep a close eye on neighboring Iran. - 2/4/19

U.S. Intelligence Chiefs Contradict Trump On North Korea and Iran

- The latest global threat assessment by U.S. intelligence chiefs indicate that Iran is not currently developing nuclear weapons. The assessment also concludes that North Korea is unlikely to give up all of its nuclear stockpile. -Radio Farda - 1/30/19

AFC Asian Cup Semi-final: Iran 0-3 Japan

- Yuya Osako returned to Japan's starting line-up to score a second-half brace and seal the Samurai Blue's spot in the final of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 as Hajime Moriyasu's side defeated the Islamic Republic of Iran 3-0 at Al Ain's Hazza bin Zayed Stadium on Monday. -AFC - 1/28/19

Five Iranian named among 50 influential architects from Middle East in 2019

- Five Iranians have been named among the 50 most influential architects of the Middle East in 2019, according to a list published by the Middle East Architect (MEA) magazine. The magazine named Mohammad Khavarian, Kourosh Hajizadeh, Amir-Hossein Hajizadeh, Farshad Mehdizadeh and Arash G Tehrani as Iran's influential architects in the Middle East region. - 1/23/19

Iran defeats Oman 2-0 in AFC Asian Cup, will play against China in quarterfinals

- Three-time champions Iran have reached the quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup with a 2-0 victory over Oman in Abu Dhabi in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. Oman almost took a surprise lead as early as the 3rd minute when they were awarded a penalty. However, Iran's keeper Alireza Beiraanvand saved the spot kick heroically. - 1/21/19

Zarif Says Pompeo Has No Right To Interfere In Iran-Iraq Ties

- Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif who is on an extended tour of Iraq responded to his American counterpart, saying the United States has no right to interfere in bilateral relations between Tehran and Baghdad. -Radio Farda - 1/18/19

2019 AFC Asian Cup: Iran, Iraq tie 0-0 and move to next round

- Iran national football team were held to a 0-0 draw by Iraq at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup on Wednesday at the Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai and claimed top spot in Group D thanks to a better goal difference. Both teams have already qualified for the Round of 16. - 1/17/19

Trump On Iran: A Lie That May Lead To War

- On the first work day of the new year, President Trump held a cabinet meeting that was open to the press and consisted mostly of a rambling monologue by the president about border walls and assorted other topics. Toward the end of the proceedings, Trump castigated anew the "horrible Iran nuclear deal" and asserted that the agreement "in eight years, gives Iran the legal right to have nuclear weapons." -Paul Pillar - 1/17/19

Iran's satellite launch not against international law: Russian diplomat

- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Tuesday that Iran's action in launching satellite is not against international law. Iran attempted on Tuesday to launch Payam satellite into orbit but the rocket's third stage failed to provide enough speed to reach the orbit. -Tehran Times - 1/17/19

Iran to open bunkering terminal in blow to UAE's Fujairah

- Iran will start bunkering operations at a newly-built ship fueling terminal on the Persian Gulf island of Qeshm by next month, the head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) said Wednesday. The 52,000-tonne capacity terminal will give Iran access to traffic on one of the world's biggest shipping lanes in the Strait of Hormuz through which 40 percent of the world's seaborne oil exports pass. -Press TV - 1/16/19

Don't Rule Out The Possibility Of War With Iran

- According to press reports, Iran has all but despaired of the European Union's ability-or, perhaps more accurately, willingness-to work out a system of financial transactions that could facilitate Tehran's trade with Europe. Not only that, largely under pressure from Denmark and Holland, the EU imposed sanctions on Iran's ministry of intelligence and two individuals on charges of plotting to kill leaders of the Ahwaz separatist movement in Europe. This group was involved in the bombings that took place in Ahwaz in September 2018. -Shireen T. Hunter - 1/15/19

Iran, Iraq's Kurdistan call for enhanced ties

- Iran and Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region have emphasized the importance of expanding bilateral relations in various sectors, particularly in the economic field. The calls for stronger ties came during a visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, Erbil, on Tuesday. -Press TV - 1/15/19

Pompeo In Cairo: Anti-Obama, Anti-Iran, And Little Else

- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a campaign speech in Cairo that seemed written to please an audience of one-President Donald Trump-along with the domestic political base to which Trump's own rhetoric is designed to appeal. The main theme was the familiar one that U.S. policy before the Trump presidency was uniformly awful and, since then, the current administration has spectacularly turned everything around for the good. -Paul Pillar - 1/11/19

Iran kicks off AFC Asian Cup 2019 with 5-0 victory over Yemen

- Iran national football team started their AFC Asian Cup campaign with a 5-0 win over debutants Yemen at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the UAE on Monday. Iran will play Vietnam On Jan. 12 at the Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi and face Iraq four days later at the Al-Maktoum Stadium in Dubai. - 1/8/19

India Takes Over Operation At Iran's Chabahar Port

- India has started its commercial activities in Chabahar within the framework of a trilateral deal, also including Afghanistan, aimed at developing the southern Iran port into a regional trade hub. "This is the first time India will be operating a port outside its territories," the Ministry pointed out. -Press TV - 1/8/19

Pompeo warns Iran against space launches, using as justification a UNSC resolution abandoned by U.S.

- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has dismissed a new US claim that Iran's launch of space rockets and missiles breaches a Security Council resolution that endorsed the 2015 nuclear deal, saying Washington has already violated that UN document and thus cannot comment on it. -Press TV - 1/4/19

Iran's Fading Economic Presence In Iraq Can Be Costly, Says MP

- The chairman of Iran's national security and foreign policy commission has said that his country's economic balance sheet in Iraq is "negative", and Turkey and Saudi Arabia have assumed a larger economic role, IRNA reported on January 1. -Radio Farda - 1/2/19

Iran says has held talks with Taliban with knowledge of Afghan government

- Tehran has been holding talks with the Taliban with the knowledge of the Afghan government, Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani said on Wednesday during a visit to Kabul. The talks were held "to help curb the security problems in Afghanistan," Shamkhani told Hamdullah Mohib, the Afghan president's national security advisor. -Tehran Times - 12/27/18

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