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Sherman: Exit from JCPOA tells Pyongyang US not trustworthy
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Sherman: Exit from JCPOA tells Pyongyang US not trustworthy

On 6 April 2018, Yahoo News writes that freed from the shackles of cautious advisers and brimming with self-confidence, President Trump is boldly executing the disruptive foreign policy that he promised as a candidate. In just the month of March, Trump jettisoned his secretary of State, national security adviser and chief economist, replacing these so-called “adults in the room” with officials more aligned with his unilateralist and nationalist impulses. In rapid succession Trump bypassed his top intelligence advisers in agreeing to an unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, rattled Congressional Republicans by provoking a trade war with China

EU/Japan affirm JCPOA implementation
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EU/Japan affirm JCPOA implementation

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Taro Kono, Japanese Foreign Minister, held a telephone conversation on Friday 6 April 2018, emphasizing on their commitment to the 2015 JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement and its implementation.

Rouhani, Putin, Erdogan stress cooperation in Syria
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Rouhani, Putin, Erdogan stress cooperation in Syria

The presidents of Iran, Russia, and Turkey have issued a joint statement following the Ankara Summit hosted by President Erdogan, reiterating their commitment to achieving lasting ceasefire in Syria and protecting civilians. They pointed out that the Astana talks had been the only effective international initiative for keeping the Syrian crisis in check and reducing violence and that they would continue their determined cooperation in the country, rejecting separatist goals that seek to undermine Syria's sovereignty, territorial integrity, and the security of the neighboring countries.

Zarif poke at Saudi milking by US
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Zarif poke at Saudi milking by US

On President Trump’s recent statement that if the Saudis wish to keep a US military presence in Syria they must accept the costs, the Iranian FM, Javad Zarid, tweeted: “Meanwhile “milking” continues unabated. Confirmed today: President Trump demands additional USD 4BN from Daesh financiers to keep uninvited US troops in Syria. Anything to reverse successes against extremists and undermine Syrian national unity.”

Iranian Defense Minister warns JCPOA foes
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Iranian Defense Minister warns JCPOA foes

Iranian Defense Minister, Brigadier General Hatami, stated at the seventh Moscow Conference on International Security 2018: “We consider the 2015 JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement a successful example of international cooperation and diplomacy resulting from the endeavors of all parties within the framework of mutual respect for national and international laws to reach a regional and international security understanding.

Walt: US has much to lose by launching war on Iran
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Walt: US has much to lose by launching war on Iran

Stephen Walt is an American professor of international relations at Harvard University's John F Kennedy School of Government. In his article in “Foreign Policy” he writes: Is the United States on the road to war? The number of people who think so seems to be growing, especially after President Donald Trump fired several of the grown-ups who were reportedly tempering his worst instincts and proceeded to elevate hawks such as CIA Director Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Writing in the New York Times Magazine this past Sunday, Robert Worth portrays Defense Secretary James Mattis as the sole voice of reason in Trump’s new “war cabinet” and highlights the risks of conflict with Iran, North Korea, and maybe a few other countries. How nervous should we be, and how might we tell if Trump is really serious about war or not?  

Macron tells Saudis France free to trade with Iran
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Macron tells Saudis France free to trade with Iran

In its April 9, 2018 issue, The New Yorker writes that a few days after Donald Trump was inaugurated, Jared Kushner sat down to decide how to reshape the Middle East. During the campaign, Trump had promised a sweeping transformation of the region. Steve Bannon, Trump’s senior aide and ideologist at the time, told me recently, “Our plan was to annihilate the physical caliphate of isis in Iraq and Syria—not attrition, annihilation— to roll back the Persians, and force the Gulf states to stop funding radical Islam.”

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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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Fahimeh Najmi - Le Théâtre, L'Iran et L'Occident

2018/04/24

Professor of arts and media studies at Université Paris III, Fahimeh Najmi, has released her book entitled “Le Théâtre, L'Iran et L'Occident” [The Theater, Iran, and the Occident] in Paris on 11 April 2018.  

The first radio transmitter in Iran

2018/04/24

Seventy-eight years ago, on 24 April, the first radio transmitter in Iran began broadcasting from the old Shemiran road studios in Tehran. Exactly on 24 April, 1940, a radio service started which presented programs such as news, Iranian music, cultural and artistic subjects, history and geography for eight hours a day. The service was only for Tehran, and for this reason became known as “Radio Tehran”.  

Mousavian and Prince Turki Al Faisal hot debate

2018/04/24

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.  

Persian taught in 200 universities worldwide

2018/04/24

The Director of the center for Persian as a second language at the Allameh Tabatabaei University in Tehran has said: “Persian is being taught in 200 universities worldwide.”  

Zarif: Neither Iran nor Saudis can dominate Mideast

2018/04/24

Iran's foreign minister said Monday that neither Iran nor Saudi Arabia can be the dominant power in the Middle East and what's needed most is for countries in the Persian Gulf region to talk to each other — not about each other.