Seyed Hossein Mousavian, former diplomat and deputy secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, wrote in the Cairo Review of Global Affairs: The conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran marks a deepening division between regional powers and international hegemons in the Persian Gulf. The Saudis and Iranians have to learn to cooperate or risk further confrontation.
The US secretary of State has announced the launch of the JCPOA modification task force by three European countries, while Iran and Europe have not confirmed the news. However, news of European efforts to launch talks with Iran on its missile program and regional issues has been announced.
The spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry has responded to Israeli claims of an Iranian drone entering its air space and the shooting of an F16 aircraft. Bahram Ghassemi said: “The claim of the Zionist regime that an F16 has been shut down and the involvement of an Iranian drone are too risible to be discussed. The IR of Iran has an advisory presence in Syria at the request of its legitimate government.”
In response to pressures by the West to conduct talks with Iran on its missile program, the Political Deputy of Iran at the Foreign Ministry said: “The West must allow the JCPOA to succeed first before we can talk on other issues.”
The years 2017/2018 will certainly be recorded as an important years in the history of Iran. Not only because of the 12th presidential elections and the victory of Mr Rouhani, but also due to the protests which, in fact, began on 28 December 2017 in Mashhad, but quickly spread to other cities.
In an interview with the Persia Digest reporter, former Iranian diplomat Fereydoun Majlessi, has answered questions about the future of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, officially known as the JCPOA. Majlessi is presently a foreign policy and international affairs analyst.
In a press conference with Iranian and foreign reporters yesterday, 7 February 2018, President Hassan Rouhani pointed out that if the US was interested in positive interaction with Iran, it could have used the 2015 nuclear agreement, the JCPOA, correctly. He added: “If the US had remained committed to all its obligations under the JCPOA, it would have led to a set of new conditions and we may have been able to discuss other topics with the US. Sadly, they have stepped over this golden opportunity.
Sardar Hossein Salami, Deputy to the Commander of the Revolutionary Guards of Iran has said: “Today, I can sincerely and realistically announce that we have totally blocked the enemy’s strategies and have the upper hand in all military campaigns to overcome their vital interests; but, this is definitely not the end of the road.”
In a telephone conversation with President Putin of Russia, Iran’s President Rouhani has mentioned certain efforts by countries to kill the Iran nuclear agreement, the JCPOA, and said: “Iran will remain committed to its obligations under the deal for as long as the other signatories are committed to it. To achieve this, it is necessary to stop certain signatories from killing the deal.”
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.
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 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.
Parliament Speaker, Ali Larijani, in answer to a question asked by a reporter on the fate of Iran joining the Combatting the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) convention, said: “I will certainly ask the Leader’s opinion on the subject; we will act on the Supreme Leader’s expertise in Parliament.”