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Mogherini response to Trump/Macron talks

Mogherini response to Trump/Macron talks

AFP wrote that EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini insisted today that the current Iran nuclear deal was working and "needs to be preserved", after US President Donald Trump and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron called for a new agreement with Tehran.  

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Lunch time” wins Sarasota award

Lunch time” wins Sarasota award

The winners of the 20th Sarasota Film Festival have been announced. The Iranian feature “Lunch time” is also on the list. The Sarasota Film Festival has announced its winners in ten categories, and the Best Short Film Award has gone to “Lunch time” by Alireza Ghasemi.  

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Trump agrees with Macron on Iran

Trump agrees with Macron on Iran

Reuters in Washington reports that the U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron pledged on Tuesday to seek stronger measures to contain Iran, but Trump refrained from committing to staying in a 2015 nuclear deal and threatened Tehran with retaliation if it restarted its nuclear program.  

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MoU signed between Iran and EAEU

MoU signed between Iran and EAEU

The Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, has signed a 4-year MoU to establish a free trade zone between Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union. The interim agreement was published online on the Russian government’s official website yesterday, whereby Iran and the EAEU will operate a free trade zone for a period of four years.  

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EU will seek to preserve the JCPOA without US

EU will seek to preserve the JCPOA without US

In an interview with Persia Digest, Richard Murphy said: “Trump's nomination of Pompeo as Secretary of State and choice of Bolton as National Security Advisor do not signal his decision to withdraw from the JCPOA.”  

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Shamkhani: Iran likely to leave NPT

Shamkhani: Iran likely to leave NPT

Javad Zarif initially mentioned the possibility of Iran leaving the NPT during his interview with the New Yorker on 22 April 2018, stating that if the US withdrew from the 2015 nuclear agreement, Iran would have three options to consider, one of which would be leaving the NPT. This has now been echoed by the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, Ali Shamkhani, saying that this would be the most likely option Iran will take should the US withdraw.  

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Alexander Vanouk plays pieces by Nader Mashayekhi

Alexander Vanouk plays pieces by Nader Mashayekhi

Speaking at the 3rd Contemporary Music Festival of Tehran (TCMF), Polish musician, Alexander Vanouk commented: “The TCMF is a very valuable event for me as it tries to gather around the contemporary music scene of Iran and the world to work on their favorite subject.”  

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Ludovico Einaudi concert opens in Tehran

Ludovico Einaudi concert opens in Tehran

Italian composer and pianist, Ludovico Einaudi, is staging a week-long concert in Tehran, starting tonight. This is what he had to say on Iranian music: “I like Iranian music and have spent time listening to Iranian folk music.”  

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Mousavian and Prince Turki Al Faisal hot debate

Mousavian and Prince Turki Al Faisal hot debate

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.  

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Zarif: Neither Iran nor Saudis can dominate Mideast

Zarif: Neither Iran nor Saudis can dominate Mideast

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.  

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