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Zarif: Congressional election results do not affect Iran-US engagement

Zarif: Congressional election results do not affect Iran-US engagement

Iran’s Foreign Minister has said that the results of US congressional elections will not affect Iran-US engagement, adding: “Our decisions and policies are not based on changes in domestic US affairs. I do not believe the elections will have much effect on Iran. of course, Trump may encounter problems in his domestic policies.”

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Iran's response to intervention in congressional elections

Iran's response to intervention in congressional elections

The Spokesperson for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, Bahram Ghasemi, has rejected recent claims by the US intelligence, judiciary, and security organs of meddling in US congressional mid-term elections as unfounded, saying: “Iran's principle policy is non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries.”

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Iran responds to Iran Action Group by the US

Iran responds to Iran Action Group by the US

The spokesperson for Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said the US setup of Iran Action Group in line with its long-standing hostile policies is contrary to international law, stating: “This action is a pointless psychological and economic warfare.”

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Reasons why Iran won't talk with Trump

Reasons why Iran won't talk with Trump

Mehdi Shaddel writes in The National Interest that the recent exchange of barbs between Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and Donald Trump has given rise to speculations about a potential North Korea-style rapprochement between Iran and the United States following the latter’s unilateral withdrawal in May from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Such speculations partly stem from the fact that Trump and several high-ranking members of his administration, most recently Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have underscored America’s readiness for a new round of talks on Iran’s nuclear programme and its regional behavior.

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Less negativity in American views on Iran

Less negativity in American views on Iran

Maria Caspani writes in Reuters that Americans view Russia as a greater threat than Iran, Reuters/Ipsos opinion polls showed, as the Trump administration this week reintroduced sanctions on Tehran and slapped new ones on Moscow.

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Iran will continue to be most powerful player in Iraq

Iran will continue to be most powerful player in Iraq

Middle East Eye writes that the aftermath of the Iraqi elections on 12 May confirmed the country's troubled political cycle. Although the polls reflected the Iraqis' desire for political change, the dire realities of Iraqi politics provided the usual set of obstacles to the fulfilment of this choice.

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Rouhani congratulates Erdoğan victory

Rouhani congratulates Erdoğan victory

The Iranian President has congratulated Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s victory in Turkey’s presidential elections and expressed hope that the friendly ties between Iran and Turkey will continue stronger than before.  

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Reuters: Iraq’s election could yet be won by Iran

Reuters: Iraq’s election could yet be won by Iran

Reuters reports on 11 June 2018 that the battle to determine the composition of the next Iraqi government has not yet been won, but Iran could secure a strategic victory in the face of lackluster engagement by the United States. Senior U.S. foreign policy officials are distracted by the upcoming summit with North Korea, while those assigned to push back against Iranian influence are solely focused on re-imposing sanctions – failing to appreciate the significance of this potential turning point for Tehran’s regional influence.

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Larijani Parliament Speaker for 10th consecutive year

Larijani Parliament Speaker for 10th consecutive year

Elections by the Parliamentary Assembly of Iran took place Wednesday morning with 279 MPs. In the second round of voting, incumbent Ali Larijani was re-elected with 147 votes for the third year of the 10th Parliament for the 10th consecutive year.

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