In response to the latest comments by Federica Mogherini, the EU foreign policy chief, Abbas Araghchi, deputy to the Iranian FM, has said: “A sentence in the preamble of the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement states that the complete implementation of the JCPOA can play a part in the peace and security of the region and the world.”
On 12 December 2017, Reuters Washington writes: “The U.S. Congress will allow a deadline on reimposing sanctions on Iran to pass this week, congressional and White House aides said on Tuesday, leaving a pact between world powers and Tehran intact at least temporarily.
Mahmud Bahmani, CEO of the CBI in Ahmadinejad’s cabinet has denied Zarrab’s comments that they met at the time.
In an interview with ISNA New Agency, the former CBI Chief stated that he never met the Iranian-Turkish businessman, Reza Zarrab, and added: “I don’t believe Mr Ahmadinejad met him either.”
On Sunday 10 December 2017, Iran’s top diplomat, Javad Zarif, writes in the New YorK Times: On a crisp morning in Vienna two summers ago, hours before concluding the nuclear deal with the United States, the European Union and five other world powers, I took to Twitter to write that the landmark accord was “not a ceiling but a solid foundation.”
Boris Johnson, the British Foreign Secretary who was in Tehran for a 2-day visit, met with his counterpart, the speaker of Parliament, the head of SNSC, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, and the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has landed in Tehran for meetings with his Iranian counterpart and other officials.
He will initially meet with Iran’s FM Javad Zarif, followed by a meeting with Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran.
The Trump-Netanyahu coalition claims Quds (Jerusalem) as Israel’s capital despite world opposition. The website english.khamenei.ir writes: Their [the enemy's] announcement of Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital city of [Zionists] occupied Palestine proves their weakness and inability. In regards to Palestine, they are helpless and unable to achieve their goals. Victory is for the Islamic Ummah; Palestine will be free; and the Palestinian people will be victorious.
With the death of Ali Abdullah Saleh, former Yemeni President, the country is further submerged into its complicated faith. With the sudden U-turn by Saleh a few days ago breaking his alliance with the Houthis, previously in a coalition with the Houthi forces (Ansarllah) against Saudi Arabia and its allies, war broke out between his loyal forces and Ansarullah forces in Sana. Later, Saleh announced on TV that if Saudi coalition strikes on the Yemen were to end, he would start a new page in their relations.
The 31st Islamic Unity Conference has opened in Tehran with a speech by President Rouhani. Over 220 dignitaries from the Islamic world, and 300 guests from Iran are attending the Conference entitled “Unity and the requirements of modern Islamic civilization”.
The Iranian Foreign Minister said: “Iran’s influence in the region is due to the fact that it has not supported terror groups such as Al-Qaeda, Saddam Hussein, Daesh, the Al-Nusra Front, and other similar groups. Iran has made the right choices.”
In an interview with Paris Match, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad El-Din Rafik Al-Hariri has said: “Lebanon is seeking to have the best ties with Iran, especially in the economic domain. But, this must be based on the mutual interests of both countries.”
The German Schiller Group Concert is taking place in Tehran for the first time.
Christopher von Deylen, will be traveling to Tehran with his Group for the first time in mid-December to stage a concert at the Hall of the Ministry of the Interior over two nights on 11-12 December, at 21h30.
In an interview with Persia Digest, Adib-Moghaddam said: It is imperative that Iran gets even closer to the EU, not least to keep the communication with Washington going, and to minimize misperceptions.
The Iranian Ambassador to the UK, Hamid Baeidinejad, has announced the signing of an MoU between the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of Iran and the UK’s IGH International Hospitals Group who are a leading, independent healthcare services company.
Artist: Alan Kushan [Where are they now]
Album: Par [Feather]
(Persia Digest) – “East” from the “Par” album is an experimental combination of eastern music, especially from Iran and India, where the dulcimer and tabla feature prominently as the ambassadors of two cultures.
Iran’s Minister of Petroleum, Bijan Zangeneh, met for talks with Wang Yang Gao, Chief of China’s International Chamber of Commerce yesterday.
At the meeting, Yang Gao pointed out the extensive trade ties between Iran and China, and stated: “China needs energy resources and our old friend, Iran, is rich in these resources. This can help expand ties between the two countries.”
The Iran Film Week will kick off in Paris next week, organized by “Cahiers du Cinéma” editor and film critique Jean-Michel Frodon. A lack of invitation to Masoud Kimiaei, however, prompted Iranian filmmaker Ebrahim Golestan to turn down an invitation to the film week.