A cooperation document with ten clauses will be signed for trade and economy during a 3-day trip by Iran’s First Vice President to Iraq. On Wednesday, Eshaq Jahangiri headed an economic and political delegation of businessmen active in the private and state sectors to Baghdad. He was accompanied by the Foreign Minister, Minister of Agriculture, and President of the CBI.
At a meeting with the French Foreign Minister in Tehran, the Iranian President emphasized on the importance of safeguarding the JCPOA for regional security, stability, and cooperation, saying: “The collapse of the JCPOA will be the point of regret for everyone. Of course, we are ready for any circumstances that will not benefit us.”
The French Foreign Minister has met with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif this afternoon on his trip to Iran. The two sides have discussed a wide range of topics, from bilateral relations, to the JCPOA nuclear deal, US non-commitments, and regional issues, in particular Syria and Yemen.
Paul Pillar said: “The damaging consequences of abrogating commitments undertaken in the JCPOA would take several forms. Chiefly this is an issue of U.S. credibility. That credibility would be damaged.”
The presidents of Iran and France have held a telephone conversation as the French Foreign Minister arrived in Tehran last night. Hassan Rouhani spoke with Emmanuel Macron on Sunday afternoon and said: “Iran is ready for long-term discussions and cooperation with France in the fields of economy, culture, and politics.”
A Iranian university professor believes that world peace and security can be achieved with a regional and global balance of power. He says: “Personally, I believe that if Iran had nuclear weapons, the regional balance of power, and therefore stability and security in this area, would have been too crucial to become the object of such imperialistic intimidations.” Citing a diplomatic source in Germany, Reuters reported on 28 February that European and US officials are planning to meet in Berlin in mid-March for talks on Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
A Canadian paper has published an article entitled “The signs that Iran and Saudi Arabia preparing for war”, writing “The Islamic rivals are already battling indirectly in several countries.” The Toronto Star column says: “The growing rivalry between the region’s most powerful countries — Iran and Saudi Arabia — will be what triggers the world’s next catastrophic war.” The paper writes that the main showdown in the Middle East is between Saudi Arabia and Iran over who controls the region and asks the question of who will be the winner of such a war.
Sadegh Zibakalam announced that he has been expelled from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at the Islamic Azad University. He stressed that he would lodge a complaint at the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of Iran as his redundancy was not announced to him, nor was he given any reasons for it.
The Iranian President has announced: “The powerful youth of our country can provide any means required for our defense. We will not ask permission from anyone for our security.” Hassan Rouhani was speaking among the people of Bandar Abbas Port, Hormozgan Province, on Wednesday. He added: “We want peace with the world. For as long as the world wants peace with us, without conspiring against the Iranian people and their security, we will keep this strategic path in the region.”
Japantimes.co.jp writes on 26 February 2018 that Iran’s supreme leader has signaled a decisive shift in favor of relations with China and Russia, indicating that patience is running out with efforts to improve ties with the West.
A nuclear expert in Iran has commented on US demands to amend the 2015 JCPOA nuclear agreement between Iran and P5+1 by saying: “Historically, the US was opposed to uranium enrichment by Iran under George W Bush. But, at a later date, it realized that this was not a viable policy. Thus, it seems the US will review its demands again.”
Seyed Hossein Mousavian, former diplomat and spokesperson of Iran’s nuclear dossier, wrote in the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper: The Saudi war in Yemen has plunged the country into misery; claiming the lives of thousands of civilians, displacing millions, and triggering a devastating cholera epidemic. As a Saudi blockade has tightened, famine is also spreading, leading the United Nations to describe the situation as approaching an “apocalypse” and on track to be the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis in 50 years.”
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.