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Trump agrees with Macron on Iran
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Trump agrees with Macron on Iran

Reuters in Washington reports that the U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron pledged on Tuesday to seek stronger measures to contain Iran, but Trump refrained from committing to staying in a 2015 nuclear deal and threatened Tehran with retaliation if it restarted its nuclear program.  

Shamkhani: Iran likely to leave NPT
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Shamkhani: Iran likely to leave NPT

Javad Zarif initially mentioned the possibility of Iran leaving the NPT during his interview with the New Yorker on 22 April 2018, stating that if the US withdrew from the 2015 nuclear agreement, Iran would have three options to consider, one of which would be leaving the NPT. This has now been echoed by the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, Ali Shamkhani, saying that this would be the most likely option Iran will take should the US withdraw.  

Mousavian and Prince Turki Al Faisal hot debate
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Mousavian and Prince Turki Al Faisal hot debate

With tensions between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia at the brink, a rare dialogue recently took place between two former senior Saudi and Iranian officials. Hosted by the Center for Strategic Studies at the Joint Special Operations University in Tampa, Florida, former Saudi Ambassador to the United States and Director General of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence agency Prince Turki al Faisal debated Hossein Mousavian, a former spokesman for Iran’s nuclear negotiators and chairman of the foreign policy committee of Iran’s National Security Council. The lively discussion touched on each country’s view of its security environment and the broader issues affecting the Iran-Saudi relationship. LobeLog has obtained the full transcript of the conversation, and the following is an abbreviated excerpt covering the key points.  

FM Zarif warns: Iran may leave the NPT
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FM Zarif warns: Iran may leave the NPT

On 22 April 2018, newyorker.com writes that the Iran nuclear deal—the most significant non-proliferation agreement in more than a quarter century, whether you like the terms or not—is perched on the edge of a diplomatic cliff. By May 12th, President Trump will decide whether to kick it into the abyss. He hates it. “The worst deal I’ve ever seen,” he told Fox News, in an interview for the 2017 Super Bowl. “It was a deal that should never have been negotiated.” The world’s five other major powers—Britain, China, France, Germany, and Russia—were equal parties to the accord. The United Nations Security Council unanimously endorsed it, as did the twenty-eight nations of the European Union. But the United States was the decisive voice during the two years of diplomacy that went into the deal’s signing, in 2015, and it will be decisive in its fate now.  

Iran options after US withdrawal from the JCPOA
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Iran options after US withdrawal from the JCPOA

On 22 April 2018, al-monitor.com in New York writes that the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, speaking with Al-Monitor in New York, said that if President Donald Trump withholds the next round of Iran sanctions waivers due May 12, effectively exiting the nuclear deal, Tehran could resume its nuclear program “in a much more advanced way.” 

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Tesla and Volvo seek out 10-year old Iranian inventor

2018/01/06

The young 10-year old Iranian boy, Hossein Atayi Sangrudi from Karaj has already 16 inventions in his portfolio. Six of these are in the process of being registered. His inventions include the VTOL three-modality drones, gunboats, office furniture, miniature sprayer, multipurpose control for smart TVs, and so on.

Iran, US should opt long term relations

2017/10/22

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.

German Schiller Group Concert in Tehran

2017/11/14

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.  

Cooking Tour for Persian dishes

2017/08/16

Two young girls by the names of Shirin Tahanan and Matin Lashkari are the initiators of a delicious cooking tour in Tehran. Shirin cooks and Matin organizes the tour.  

New find in Persepolis

2017/08/20

The newly discovered gates in Persepolis will soon be turned into a museum site once all the protective and safety measures have been completed.

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Iran wins World Super 6-Men Sitting Volleyball

2018/04/25

The first World Super 6-Men Sitting Volleyball Championships have taken place in Tabriz, northwestern Iran, culminating in a win by the home team.  

MoU signed between Iran and EAEU

2018/04/25

The Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, has signed a 4-year MoU to establish a free trade zone between Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union. The interim agreement was published online on the Russian government’s official website yesterday, whereby Iran and the EAEU will operate a free trade zone for a period of four years.  

UN Secretary-General supports the JCPOA

2018/04/25

At a meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister, the UN Secretary-General supported the 2015 JCPOA Iran nuclear deal and asked that all signatories remain committed to their obligations under the agreement.  

Complaint (music)

2018/04/25

Artist: Masoud Shaari/ Christophe Rezai Album: Journey Genre: Fusion Year: 2001   (Persia Digest) – The track “Complaint” from the album “Journey” is a work by two prominent Iranian musicians, Massoud Shorari and Christoph Rezaei. It is a fusion of pure Iranian classical music and western music with a touch of Indian. It is considered one of the best fusion pieces in this genre.

EU will seek to preserve the JCPOA without US

2018/04/24

In an interview with Persia Digest, Richard Murphy said: “Trump's nomination of Pompeo as Secretary of State and choice of Bolton as National Security Advisor do not signal his decision to withdraw from the JCPOA.”