Iran FM response to Trump deadline
In a statement, Iran’s Foreign Ministry has responded to Trump’s sanctions waiver for Iran and the need to amend the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the JCPOA. As reported by Persia Digest, the statement reads: “On Friday, 12 January 2018, the US President inevitably issued a sanctions waiver for Iran despite his year-long efforts to kill the JCPOA.”
Trump waives Iran sanctions again
US President, Donald Trump, has waived sanctions against Iran. The waiver must be issued every 120 days. But he warned that this may the last time, unless talks begin about Iran’s missile program and the uranium enrichment which has been limited for ten years under the deal becomes permanent.
Latest: FM Zarif meets with Lavrov
Iran’s FM Javad Zarif has met with Russian FM Lavrov. He has tweeted about the importance of the US to remain committed to the JCPOA Iran nuclear deal with the five world powers in 2015.
Talks on the fate of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement with the great powers, officially known as the JCPOA, have reached their highest levels these days. It is time for the US to decide on certification and sanctions relief for Iran in a few days’ time. Trump must decide whether he wants to keep the US in the deal, or to re-impose sanctions and leave the deal. As a result, diplomatic talks between the other signatories to the deal have reached a peak.
Paul Pillar: The US cannot change the JCPOA unilaterally
Paul Pillar says: The U.S. government does not have the ability to change unilaterally a multilateral agreement. Even most of the U.S. opponents of the JCPOA admit that, which is why they talk about "renegotiating" the accord.
FM Zarif reaction to UNSC meeting
The Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, has reacted to the US’ unsuccessful attempts at the UN regarding the unrests in Iran.
He tweeted: “The UNSC rebuffed the US’ naked attempt to hijack its mandate. Majority emphasized the need to fully implement the JCPOA and to refrain from interfering in internal affairs of others. Another FP blunder for the Trump administration. Iran’s statement: goo.gl/CE84yi.”
UN Security Council Meeting on Iran
The US called for an emergency UN Security Council met yesterday, 5 January 2018, to discuss the unrests in Iran. The meeting ended with no clear conclusions and it was declared that the recent protests did not endanger regional or international security.
Rouhani and Macron hold telephone conversation
President Hassan Rouhani called President Macron of France Tuesday evening to wish the government and people of France a Happy New Year. He expressed hope that the good relations between the two countries will persevere and deepen in 2018.
Two more ATRs land in Iran
Two more ATR 72-600 series which were dispatched from France last night landed in Mehrabad Airport in Tehran this morning.
Following the Iran nuclear agreement of 2015, the JCPOA, with world powers and sanctions relief, Iran's Aviation Industry has signed an agreement for the purchase of 100 passenger planes with the French Airbus, 80 Boeings with the US, and 20 ATRs. Eight of the latter and three airbuses have been delivered to Iran Air.
USD 2BN foreign investment in industry
The Minister of Industries and Mines of Iran has said: “In the first 100 days of Rouhani’s cabinet, around USD 2BN has been invested in the small and medium-sized enterprises of Iran in 37 projects.”
Araghchi reaction to Mogherini disclosure
In response to the latest comments by Federica Mogherini, the EU foreign policy chief, Abbas Araghchi, deputy to the Iranian FM, has said: “A sentence in the preamble of the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement states that the complete implementation of the JCPOA can play a part in the peace and security of the region and the world.”
Congress passes ball back to Trump on Iran
On 12 December 2017, Reuters Washington writes: “The U.S. Congress will allow a deadline on reimposing sanctions on Iran to pass this week, congressional and White House aides said on Tuesday, leaving a pact between world powers and Tehran intact at least temporarily.