The pomegranate and thanksgiving festival in the Houraman or Ouraman region of Kermanshah Province, western Iran, is also being celebrated in Tehran’s Niavaran Palace complex. The event opened on Saturday and will continue until 21 December, showcasing the pomegranates of Houraman. Classical Iranian music, regional rituals, and the ancient ceremonies of Kermanshah are on the main agenda of this festival.
Qatar's foreign minister expressed a host of grievances over his Gulf counterparts' regional activities on Sunday, calling out Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in particular — and not just for their blockade of his country, writes Natasha Turak in CNBC.
The Head of the Motorcycle and Automobile Federation of Iran said meetings will be held with the specialized committees and proposals will be offered to host an international competition in Iran in 2019, reports IRNA.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says economic sanctions imposed by the United States against Iran will fail to have any impact on the policies of the Islamic Republic at home or abroad, according to PressTV.
The fishing and tourism port of Baris on the Chabahar-Gouater coastline in the south of Sistan and Baluchistan Province is a haven for nature lovers to watch the sea, sandy beaches, and the Martian hills or miniature mountains.
- The South Pars gas field in the Persian Gulf was an offshore discovery that, for oilmen, is the stuff of dreams. The largest natural gas field in the world, it stretches across the maritime border between Iran and Qatar.
The UN Security Council convened Dec. 12 to address the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). US Secretary of State Pompeo said that Iran’s pace of missile activities has not diminished since the JCPOA and that the United States seeks to reimpose ballistic missile restrictions that were outlined in UN Security Council Resolution 1929. European countries, however, distanced themselves from the United States by saying Iran had been in compliance with the Iran nuclear deal, while at the same time saying the missile tests were in noncomformity with UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorsed the nuclear deal. Meanwhile, China and Russia said Iran’s missile tests were not a violation of Resolution 2231.
Russia’s largest oil producer Rosneft has decided to quit Iran and the possibility of US$30 billion worth of joint Russian-Iranian investments in oil and gas projects in the Islamic Republic, Russian business daily Vedomosti reports, quoting three sources close to Rosneft’s top management.
In an exclusive interview with Persia Digest (PD) MIT Professor, John Tirman, said: “For all his bluster, Trump probably does not want a war with Iran. But if he takes such a decision, he will not seek congressional approval.”
The Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) of Iraq (al-Hashd ash-Sha’abi) Commander who is in Khuzestan Province to help flood victims in southern Iran has said: “Despite Iraq’s extensive problems, we considered it our duty to help the people of Khuzestan with all our expertise to compensate for a small part of what Iranians have suffered for us.”
An expert of Pakistani affairs in Tehran commented on the ongoing tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, saying: “Imran Khan is willing to help reduce existing tensions if possible; this will be one of the main topics to be discussed during his visit to Tehran.”
A former Iranian diplomat has said: “In the present circumstances, there is no hope that Iran’s foreign policy or diplomacy can continue its way forward without a paradigm shift; as such, there is nothing to negotiate and use the capacity of Takht-Ravanchi’s presence in New York for as long as this shift is not happening.”
About one year after the United States decided to leave the Iran nuclear deal, the State Department is set to announce that all countries will have to completely end their imports of Iranian oil or be subject to U.S. sanctions. This is an escalation of the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign, which seeks to force Tehran to end its illicit behavior around the world.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly told a group of Iranian-American community leaders that the Trump administration is not seeking regime change in the Islamic Republic through direct military intervention.
Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Commander of All Iranian Armed Forces, has appointed the former IRGC Deputy Commander Brigadier General Hossein Salami as the new chief commander of the Revolutionary Guards.