Iran’s former ambassador to Pakistan believes: “The relatively successful Islamic Republic's response to suppressing the insurgents in Iraq, which ultimately led to acceptance by Baghdad, can be repeated as a response to terrorist acts that take place from inside Pakistani territory.”
The commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force (IRGC AF) rejected US claims of attempts to sabotage Iran’s missile system, noting: “If this is true, why are they seeking to negotiate with Iran over its missile program. This shows they are lying.”
At a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Iran’s top diplomat pointed to the important relations between China and Iran, underlining that his country has the most important strategic ties in the world with China.
On the anniversary of the Popular Uprising of the People of Tabriz, which took place on February 18, 1978, thousands of people from the East Azerbaijan Province met with Ayatollah Khamenei— the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution— this morning, February 18, 2019.
The former director general of Middle East Affairs at Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs believes: “Tel Aviv is presently seeking to provoke Iran to show a military reaction so that it would lead to a US involvement in the conflict and eventually, help Israel solve its problem in the Middle East. But Iran can boost its position in the region through peace and stability and has no need for this conflict.”
The Iranian Minister of Science Research and Technology has announced that Shahid Beheshti University (SBU) and Sharif University of Technology (SUT) have been sanctioned for their scientific activities in nuclear energy.
An Iranian reformist believes: “The opposition has presented a motion to impeach the President under the present circumstances in order to lay the groundwork for the acceptance of their own candidates in the next presidential elections and tie the government’s hands in implementing certain policies such as the FATF.”
Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has said: “If Pakistan does not face up to its responsibilities regarding terrorism, the IR of Iran will proceed to punish mercenaries organized by regional and trans-regional spy services.”
An Iranian expert of international affairs believes: “The main challenges of Iran’s foreign policy in the next Iranian calendar year has more domestic than international roots, particularly in economic issues and increasing poverty.”
Christie’s has been auctioning works for some Iranian artists for a number of years now. This year, on its 25th anniversary in Dubai, Christie’s will be holding an auction titled "Modern and Contemporary Art in the Middle East" on 23 March 2019 in which twelve Iranian artists will be participating with eighteen works.
The United States clinched a strategic port deal with Oman on Sunday which U.S. officials say will allow the U.S. military better access to the Gulf region and reduce the need to send ships through the Strait of Hormuz, a maritime choke point off Iran.
A sociologist in Iran believes: “State domination on the public sphere and preventing interactions between individuals has deprived Iranian society of public rejoicing. With emphasis by government on the sad side of religion, the opportunity to strengthen the collective spirit through religion has also been eliminated.”