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Farid Zakaria: The JCPOA is worth preserving
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Farid Zakaria: The JCPOA is worth preserving

Farid Zakaria, foreign policy analyst and CNN presenter, has written in the Washington Post: If confirmed as secretary of state, Mike Pompeo will arrive at a State Department that has been battered by proposed budget cuts, hollowed out by resignations and vacancies, and neutered by President Trump’s impulsive and personal decision-making style. But Pompeo’s most immediate challenge will not be rebuilding the department and restoring morale; it will be dealing with an acute foreign policy crisis that is largely of the president’s own making — the Iran nuclear deal.  

Roshandel: JCPOA failure has unanticipated consequences for the world
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Roshandel: JCPOA failure has unanticipated consequences for the world

Citing a diplomatic source in Germany, Reuters reported on 28 February that “European and US officials are planning to meet in Berlin in March for talks on Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.” Previously, The New York Times had reported that European countries had agreed to safeguard the JCPOA, not by amending it, but by reaching a separate agreement. The paper wrote that Europe had agreed on three issues: 1) Requiring Iran to negotiate its missile program; 2) Guaranteeing unrestricted access to Iranian military installations; 3) Extending the expiration date for the JCPOA sunset clauses.  

Iran warning to Europe
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Iran warning to Europe

Iranian Political Deputy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abbas Araghchi, has responded to certain western media claims about new EU sanctions against Iran, and said: “Should certain European countries pursue the imposition of non-nuclear sanctions against Iran to please the US President, they have made a huge miscalculation. They will see its direct consequences on the JCPOA nuclear deal and its survival.”  

Iran will leave the JCPOA if US withdraws
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Iran will leave the JCPOA if US withdraws

In a response to the replacement of the US Secretary of State, Abbas Araghchi, Political Deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, has announced that a US withdrawal from the 2015 JCPOA nuclear agreement is a serious step calling for two scenarios. He said: “The first scenario is that the US will withdraw from the JCPOA, triggering a withdrawal by Iran. We have already informed the EU that if they fail to keep the US in the deal, Iran will also leave.”  

How the Iranian nuclear deal has tied US hands
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How the Iranian nuclear deal has tied US hands

Author of the following article is Mohsen Moheimany, PhD Student at the School of Law & Government at Dublin City University. You can read excerpts here. ISNA recently reported this comment from Javad Zarif, the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs: "For a year and two months, Trump has been saying that he will undermine the nuclear deal with Iran, but has not done it yet because he knows the cost of doing it".  

Minister of Agriculture impeachment gets no vote
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Minister of Agriculture impeachment gets no vote

Following a day of impeachments for the two ministers of Labor and Road & Urban Development by MPs in the Iranian Parliament, Majlis, getting no votes, the impeachment of the Minister of Agriculture was on the agenda of this morning’s session. As in previous cases, MPs pro and against the impeachment spoke and Minister Mahmoud Hojjati defended his performance.  

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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.