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[l] at 8/19/22 11:41am
The New Jersey man, who stabbed Salman Rushdie in western New York on August 12, has denied any connection to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), saying he acted entirely on his own. In an exclusive interview with The New York Post on Wednesday, Hadi Matar, however, hailed Imam Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Revolution. He acknowledged that he doubted the author would survive the attack. I guess I was startled when I heard he survived, Matar said in a video interview from the Chautauqua County Jail. The 24-year-old refused to say whether he was influenced by the late Imam Khomeinis fatwa, which called for murder of Rushdie in 1989 because of his blasphemous book titled The Satanic Verses. “I respect the Ayatollah. I think he’s a great person. That’s as far as I will say about that,” Matar remarked, noting that he only read like two pages of Rushdies divisive novel. “I read a couple of pages. I didn’t read the whole thing cover to cover,” he said. He said he was inspired to go to Chautauqua after seeing a tweet about Rushdies visit sometime in the winter. “I don’t like the person. I don’t think he’s a very good person,” he said about Rushdie. “I don’t like him. I don’t like him very much. “He’s someone who attacked Islam, he attacked their beliefs, the belief systems.” The Indian-born British-American novelist, known for his blasphemous views about Islam, has touched nerves during his career. Rushdies The Satanic Verses, one of the most divisive works in recent literary history, instantly sparked violent and irate protests all around the world. The book was released in September 1988. The book has been prohibited in Iran, India, Bangladesh, Sudan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Thailand, Tanzania, Indonesia, Singapore, Venezuela, and Pakistan. Rushdie referred to the Prophet Muhammad in his book as Mahound, a disparaging epithet given to the Prophet by early crusaders that meant devil or false prophet. In 1990, he issued a statement claiming he had renewed his Muslim faith, repudiated the attacks on Islam made by characters in his novel, and was committed to working for better understanding of the religion around the world in the hope that it would reduce the threat of Muslims acting on the fatwa to kill him. Rushdie later admitted that he was pretending.     By TEHRAN TIMES

[Category: Headlines, News, Politics, Rushdie’s attacker denies any link with IRGC, Salman Rushdie attacked by knife in New York]

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[l] at 8/19/22 11:17am
The Argentinian coach of Morocco’s national volleyball team who is in Iran advised foreign tourists not to miss the Iranian dish of Ghormeh Sabzi when they travel to Iran. Our correspondent was producing a report on the Saadabad Historical Complex which consists of several palaces from the last two centuries when he ran into a group of foreign tourists visiting the site. He asked about the three tourists from their guide and realized that they were Ruben Wolochin, the Argentinian coach of Morocco’s national volleyball team, and two of his assistants Juan Cobucci and Julian Budano who are also from Argentina. The three are on a visit to Iran at the invitation of Iran’s Volleyball Federation. They warmly accepted to grant us an interview, during which Wollochin expressed content to be in Iran. He said that they have been in Iran for the last two weeks to attend the Iranian national volleyball team’s training camp to be prepared for Islamic countries games.     Wollochin praised Iran’s national volleyball team, saying that the team was definitely among the world’s top volleyball teams. The Argentinian coach also said that he enjoyed delicious Iranian foods, saying that he and his friends only had Iranian dishes, like Kebab and Iranian soups and salads, during their stay. There was a dish like soup full of herbs, he recalled a specific Iranian dish that seemed extraordinary to him. Troubled to pronounce the name of the dish, Wollochin uttered “Ghormeh Sabzi”. I recommend foreign tourists not to miss Ghormeh Sabzi, he said. “It has a wonderful taste… It’s so delicious,” the Argentinian coach said while his friend nodded in agreement. We were really surprised in Iran, Wollochi said with laughter and went on to explain that all Iranians are hospitable and friendly.     By IRNA 

[Category: News, Society, Argentinian coach of Morocco’s national volleyball team, Ghormeh Sabzi, iran's culture]

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[l] at 8/19/22 10:22am
Collaboration with the Zionist regime will disrupt and threaten stability and security in the Persian Gulf region, an Iranian commander said. Rear Admiral Ali Reza Tangsiri, the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy, made the remarks in Mashhad, capital city of Razavi Khorasan province, on Friday. The commander emphasized that the Islamic Republic of Iran gives importance to the security of neighboring states, and considers their stability and security as its own well-being. However, we caution every country that paves the ground for intervention and presence of arrogant powers in the region or provides them with military bases that they would pay the most price for the provocative and unfriendly attitude, and cause insecurity in the region, Tangsiri said. The Islamic Republic feels that it enjoys the brotherly relationship with the neighboring states in the Persian Guld region, he noted, adding that Iran plans to have amicable ties with all regional countries on the basis of Islamic unity. It should be mentioned that the presence of the Zionist regime in every area has left nothing but looting, sowing discord and occupation, he argued. The IRGC naval forces are very sensitive to threats and seditions by the enemies, he said, noting that the forces will not hesitate to respond to any threats, because preserving the Islamic country’s territorial integrity and independence is of great importance in the eyes of the commanders and personnel of the IRGC. The 22nd biennial conference of IRGC Navy commanders and officials was held in the holy city of Mashhad.     By IRNA 

[Category: Headlines, Military Issues, News, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy, Persian Gulf, Zionist regime]

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[l] at 8/19/22 9:13am
Sarbananda Sonowal, India’s Minister of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, has arrived in Tehran to discuss the expansion of cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s authorities. According to the Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran, the Indian minister heading a high-ranking delegation traveled to Tehran, where he was welcomed by Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development Ali Akbar Safaei on Friday. Sarbananda Sonowal is an Indian politician from Assam who is the current Cabinet Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Cabinet Minister of AYUSH in the Government of India. Some prominent directors such as Sunil Mukundan, the Managing Director of India Ports Global Ltd, accompany the Indian minister in the trip to Iran. The Indian delegation is scheduled to visit port terminals and equipment in Chabahar Port city, hold talks with Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development Rostam Ghasemi, sign a document to make operational agreements on transportation, ports and maritime, as well as meet with some Iranian officials as part of their program in the trip. Safaei expressed hope that the collaborations of the two countries would increase in all fields, including maritime and port interactions. The deputy minister referred to the opportunity for India to participate in different projects in Iran, including development of Chabahar Port, underlining that the development of the port city can help boost trilateral cooperation among India, Afghanistan and Iran. The Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) initiated multi-sided transit of goods from Russia to India via the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) for the first time. The three states inked a landmark transit trade agreement on Chabahar Port in May 2016.     By IRNA 

[Category: Economy, Headlines, News, Chabahar Port city, Indian shipping minister arrives in Tehran, Iran-India cooperation]

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[l] at 8/19/22 8:13am
American author Marsha Freeman believes that Iran’s Khayyam satellite which was successfully placed into orbit last week will make huge contributions to the country’s science and technology fields as it can enhance digital communications. Iran’s Space Organization launched the domestically-built “Khayyam” satellite with a wide range of environmental functions at 10:22 local time on Tuesday. Named after Persian polymath Omar Khayyam (1048 – 1131), the satellite was put into orbit by a Russian Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur space station in Kazakhstan. “Omar Khayyam (1048-1131) was a Persian polymath, that is, a person who has a broad knowledge or learning, and was known globally for his contributions in mathematics, astronomy, philosophy, and poetry. Similarly, the satellite which bears his name will make contributions to many fields of science and technology,” Freeman told Press TV in an exclusive interview. She noted that the topographic maps provided by the satellite can “facilitate the planned extension of Iran’s railway network and will also provide the basis for improved digital communications in the country.” With remote-sensing applications, the satellite will send high-quality pictures four times a day for use in environmental and agricultural research and monitoring of water resources, according to Iran’s Space Organization. The maps and data will be used for improving agricultural productivity, enhanced monitoring of Iran’s water resources, managing natural disasters, supervising development projects under construction, observing environmental hazards, monitoring mines and relevant excavations, and keeping a close watch on the countrys borders. Freeman, who has authored hundreds of articles on space programs, noted that Iran has followed the same path of development as other states that plan to “enter the space age.” Buying capacity on someone else’s satellite and preparing the ground infrastructure, such as telecommunications systems, is the first step, she said. “The next step is to train an engineering workforce, which can develop the country’s first domestically-built communications satellite, which Iran has accomplished.” “Then low-Earth orbit satellites with different assignments, such as  Khayyam which look down at the Earth, are developed as well. Irans Space Organization received the first telemetry data sent from the Khayyam satellite hours after the launch. The satellite was launched at the velocity of 7.6 kilometers per second and was placed into an LEO orbit 500 kilometers above the earth’s surface some 480 seconds after the blast-off. Sanctions cannot prevent countries’ development Despite sanctions imposed by Western countries on Iran in recent years, Iran has managed to take giant strides in different fields of science and technology. Answering a question about her comment on this issue, Freeman said, “Sanctions have been the most ineffective attempt to prevent a nation from developing.” She added that sanctions “often produce a result opposite to what they intend,” referring to failed US-imposed embargos against India in the late 1990s aimed at preventing the country from developing advanced rocket engine systems. “Although it delayed the Indian program, they ultimately succeeded in accomplishing that task through their own efforts.” By PRESS TV 

[Category: Headlines, News, Politics, Iran's Khayyam satellite, US reacts to launching of Khayyam satellite into space]

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[l] at 8/19/22 7:03am
The Iranian government has approved a raise in monthly pensions paid to millions of retired workers in the country. Caretaker labor minister Mohammad Hadi Zahedivafa said on Thursday that monthly pensions for retired workers who are on the payroll of Iran’s Social Security Organization (SSO) will rise by 38% plus a fixed monthly handout of 5.15 million rials ($17.5) as of September. The raise will be applied retroactively to pensions paid since the start of the calendar year in March, said Zahedivafa. The move comes amid efforts by the Iranian government to shield households against rising consumer prices in the country. It is estimated that nearly 10 million people in Iran will benefit from the raise as nearly 3.6 million pensioners on SSO payroll, including 2.4 million retired workers, and their families will be affected by the move. An initial plan to raise SSO retirement pensions by only 10% had triggered demonstrations by pensioners. The protests and other controversies surrounding the issue even caused a former labor minister to resign in mid-June. Reports suggest the Iranian government has plans to order similar raises in monthly wages and pensions paid to millions of civil servants and state pensioners in the country. If implemented, it will be a first time in several years that the government decides to repair wages half way through the Iranian calendar year. Consumer prices for food and services rose by at least 40% over the year to July, according to the Iranian government figures. That comes as fuel and energy prices have remained unchanged over the same period.   By PRESS  TV

[Category: Economy, Headlines, News, Iran raises pensions for retired workers by over 38%, Iran’s Social Security Organization (SSO)]

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[l] at 8/19/22 5:51am
Iran and Pakistan are expected to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) within the next six months, says a senior Pakistani government official, amid efforts by the two neighbors to boost their bilateral trade. Pakistan’s Minister for Commerce Naveed Qamar said on Thursday that Pakistan and Iran will in the next few months give a final shape to an FTA that aims to promote the value of bilateral trade between the two neighbors to up to $4 billion per year. Iran and Pakistan are currently on a preferential trade arrangement under which the two countries have sought to reduce some trade barriers and tariffs. Qamar was quoted as saying by the Associated Press of Pakistan that Islamabad and Tehran will, in the meantime, exchange trade lists for various sectors of their economies while trying to further reduce tariffs on exports and imports to reach a reasonable framework for signing an FTA. The minister made the comments while attending the 21st Session of Pak-Iran Joint Economic Commission (JEC) in Islamabad where Iran’s Minister for Roads and Urban Development Rostam Ghasemi was also attending. Qassemi leads a senior delegation of Iranian government officials and business representatives during his trip to Pakistan. The minister said on Wednesday that the decision by Iran and Pakistan to hold the JEC meeting after a five-year hiatus showed the two countries were determined to boost their economic ties. The APP said Iran and Pakistan signed four major cooperation documents during the JEC meeting in Islamabad on Thursday. The agreements will cover cooperation between the two countries on maritime issues as well as on media, tourism and ties between their national museums. By PRESS TV 

[Category: Economy, Headlines, News, Free Trade Agreement (FTA), Iran-Pakistan relations, Iran-Pakistan trade]

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[l] at 8/19/22 4:52am
Iran foreign minister stressed his countrys good intentions and seriousness in reaching a good and durable agreement in Vienna talks, adding that there will be no good and lasting agreement until everything is agreed upon. Hossein AmirAbdollahian made the remarks in a telephone consultation with his Omani counterpart Sayyid Badr Albusaidi on Thursday. The Iranian foreign minister stressed Iran’s good intention and seriousness in reaching a good and durable agreement and said, After receiving the United States viewpoints, we will see if Irans economic benefits from the agreement as well as meeting our red lines are guaranteed, We will enter a new stage in Vienna. Until everything is agreed upon, we cannot speak with certainty about reaching a good and durable agreement. He also pointed to the constructive role played by Oman during the negotiations on the removal of sanctions against Iran and appreciated the neighboring countrys efforts to bring the views of the different parties closer to each other. He further pointed to the arrest of an Iranian pilgrim during this years Hajj by the Saudi police and emphasized the need for his immediate release. The Omani FM, for his part, promised to follow up on the pilgrims case within the framework of the friendly relations between the two countries. Badr Albusaidi also voiced hope that we will witness a satisfactory outcome from the Vienna talks with the through cooperation of all parties.     By MEHR 

[Category: Headlines, News, Politics, Iran-Oman relations, JCPOA, Vienna talks]

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[l] at 8/19/22 4:12am
On the anniversary of the US-led coup in Iran in 1953 which toppled the Iranian government under Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq, Irans foreign ministry spokesman has posted a message. The American government tops the world record in terms of intervening in affairs of other countries and staging military attacks and coup against independent countries and governments, Nasser Kanani wrote in a post on his Twitter account in Farsi. The spokesman also said, The 1953 coup détat against the Iranian national government is a clear example of Irans dark days. Will the American government correct its wrong and failed policy towards Iran and respect the Iranian nations legitimate rights? Kanani concluded. The 1953 Iranian coup détat, known in Iran as the 28 Mordad coup détat was the overthrow of the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh in favor of strengthening the monarchical rule of the Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi on 19 August 1953.     By MEHR 

[Category: Headlines, News, Politics, anniversary of the US-led coup in Iran in 1953, Iranian government under Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq]

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[l] at 8/19/22 3:06am
Hossein AmirAbdollahian voiced hope with the cooperation of Saudi officials, the only remaining Iranian Haj pilgrim will return home. Hossein Amirabdollahian, Irans Minister of Foreign Affairs on Thursday evening held a conversation with the father of Mr. Khalil Dardmand, an Iranian pilgrim who was detained by the Saudi police after the Hajj ceremony in Makkah. In the conversation, the top Iranian diplomat explained to the family of the detained Haj pilgrim about the measures taken from the very beginning of the case until now by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and emphasized that his Ministry has used all its power to release that Iranian citizen as soon as possible. He expressed hope that with Saudi Arabias assitance, the only remaining Hajj pilgrim will return home. Meanwhile, the Iranian foreign minister in recent days held separate conversations with the foreign ministers of Iraq and Oman and called fior their assistance for the immediate release of that Iranian citizen.     By MEHR 

[Category: Headlines, News, Politics, Iran pursues release of haj pilgrim detained in Saudi Arabia]

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[l] at 8/18/22 12:03pm
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani on Thursday extended the countrys condolences to the Algerian nation and government over the death of some people in the recent wildfire. Kanani expressed condolences to the Algerian nation and government over the widespread fire in Algeria over the tragic incident and wished health for the victims. According to Algeria Press Service, the countrys Minister of the Interior Kamal Beldjoud has said on Wednesday evening that 106 fires were recorded in several provinces in the east of the country, causing 26 deaths and several injuries, calling on citizens to be more vigilant, especially during this period.     By IRNA

[Category: Headlines, News, Politics, Iran condoles Algeria over wildfire deaths, Iran-Algeria relations]

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[l] at 8/18/22 11:12am
21st meeting of the Iran-Pakistan Joint Economic Commission (JEC) concluded in Islamabad on Thursday with the signing of MoUs to expand bilateral cooperation in different areas.   The closing ceremony of the JEC was held in the presence of Iran’s Minister of Roads and Urban Development Rostam Ghasemi and Pakistans Commerce Minister Naveed Qamar – the head of the Pakistani delegation. In the two-day event, Rostam Ghasemi also met with high-ranking Pakistani officials and discussed the agenda of the 21st meeting of the Joint Economic Commission and ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation. Ambassador of the Islamic Republic Mohammad Ali Hosseini, officials from different Pakistani ministries, and Iranian officials were also present at the ceremony.     During the meeting of the Joint Economic Commission, Iran and Pakistan signed various MoUs to expand mutual cooperation in the fields of trade, energy, transportation, culture, tourism, and media. The last meeting of the Iran-Pakistan Joint Economic Commission was held in 2016 in Tehran and now Islamabad hosted the next round of the event.     By IRNA 

[Category: Economy, Headlines, News, Iran-Pakistan Joint Economic Commission, Iran-Pakistan trade]

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[l] at 8/18/22 10:02am
The 54th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO 2024) will be held in Iran, the head of the National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents said on Wednesday. Iran has so far hosted four international Olympiads of physics (2007), astronomy (2009), computer (2017), and biology (2018), IRIB quoted Elham Yavari as saying. Some 80 countries are going to attend the 54th International Physics Olympiad, she noted. Iran has so far hosted four international Olympiads of physics (2007), astronomy (2009), computer (2017), and biology (2018). Most recently, Iranian students won two gold medals, one silver medal, and an honorary diploma at the 34th International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI 2022) which was hosted by Indonesia from August 7 to 15. Over the past Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, Iranian students won seven gold medals, 11 silver medals, and nine bronze medals at different international Olympiads. According to the latest information on science production, Iran is ranked 15th in the world in the international system of Web of Science in 2021, with an h-index of 383, which indicates the quality of Iranian articles registered. Iran’s scientific position in the Web of Science over the last 5 years shows that the production of conference papers has been on a downward trend during 2020 and 2021 due to the outbreak. The share of Iranian science production from conference papers has dropped from 7.38 percent in 2017 to 1.26 percent in 2021. In the SCOPUS international regulations, the most important research areas of Iran in the production of science in 2021 have been medicine, engineering, and materials science, respectively.     By TEHRAN TIMES

[Category: Headlines, News, Society, 54th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO 2024), IPhO 2024 to be held in Iran]

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[l] at 8/18/22 8:58am
Iran has announced its first case of the monkeypox virus, detected in a woman, health ministry spokesman Pedram Pakaeen said on Tuesday. 34-year-old woman who is living in the southwestern city of Ahvaz has been diagnosed with monkeypox, IRNA reported. Pakaeen explained that the woman has been quarantined after being tested positive and is at her home during the recovery period. However, the official stressed that the disease is not highly contagious and fatal. The virus is transmitted from one person to another by close contact with lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets, and contaminated materials. Those who have injected the smallpox vaccine will be immune against monkeypox to a great extent, Pakaeen noted. Since May 13, cases of monkeypox have been reported to the World Health Organization from 12 Member States that are not endemic to the monkeypox virus. In May, Pakaeen said the Ministry of Health was examining suspects to identify possible monkeypox infection. Also, a guideline has been prepared for the prevention and treatment of this disease, which will be provided to universities. Due to its low transmission pace, it is less likely to cause an epidemic and is not worrisome, he stated. Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals) with symptoms very similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patients, although it is clinically less severe. It is caused by the monkeypox virus which belongs to the orthopoxvirus genus of the Poxviridae family. The virus is transmitted from one person to another by close contact with lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets, and contaminated materials such as bedding. The incubation period of monkeypox is usually from 6 to 13 days but can range from 5 to 21 days. Monkeypox is usually self-limiting but may be severe in some individuals, such as children, pregnant women, or persons with immune suppression due to other health conditions. Human infections in the West African clade appear to cause less severe disease compared to the Congo Basin clade, with a case fatality rate of 3.6% compared to 10.6% for the Congo Basin clade.     By TEHRAN TIMES

[Category: Headlines, News, Society, Iran reports first case of monkeypox, monkeypox virus]

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[l] at 8/18/22 8:06am
Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein AmirAbdollahian says the next steps for a possible agreement for restoration of the 2015 nuclear deal can be taken if Tehran’s red lines are respected and economic benefits guaranteed. “We have conveyed our viewpoints through the European Union’s representative to other parties, including the United States, and are awaiting a response,” the Iranian top diplomat said on Wednesday. “We have to make sure that all of our red lines have been taken into consideration, and that we can gain complete economic benefits from the agreement that is before us,” he added. “Should we reach this point, then other stages may be discussed,” noted the official. The United States left the deal in 2018 and returned the sanctions that the agreement had lifted. The Islamic Republic and the remaining parties to the deal, known as the JCPOA, have been holding talks in the Austrian capital of Vienna since last year to examine the potential of the deal’s revival and removal of the sanctions. Earlier this month, the European Union—which has been acting as the negotiations’ coordinator—came up with a revised version of the deal, which apparently contained a number of concessions in favor of the Islamic Republic. Late on Monday, Iran said it had provided the EU with its final conclusion on the talks, emphasizing that it was now the US’s turn to show realism and flexibility if it really wanted a final agreement to be reached. On Tuesday, the EU confirmed that it had received Irans response, saying the bloc was studying the reply with parties to the deal and the United States.     By PRESS TV 

[Category: Headlines, News, Politics, JCPOA, Vienna talks]

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[l] at 8/18/22 7:04am
Iranian president’s special envoy on Afghanistan affairs says Tehran has pursued an interactive policy with the Taliban based on the principle of supporting the people of Afghanistan.  In an interview with Radio Dari, a branch of IRIB World Service, Hassan Kazemi Qomi said since the Taliban returned to power, Iran has interacted with the group to support the people of Afghanistan. He added that one of the most important principles emphasized by the Islamic Republic of Iran in its interaction with the Taliban is the formation of an inclusive, broad-based government with the participation of all ethnic and minority groups. “Iran believes that without the participation of all Afghan groups in the government, stability, security, and economic growth would be out of reach for this country,” the senior diplomat affirmed. Qomi said it’s the Taliban that must ensure people’s welfare and security, protect borders, and address concerns of neighboring countries, which is why Iran interacts with the group. He hastened to add that Tehran believes lack of interaction will provide the Takfiri groups with more opportunities to grow and the number of Afghan immigrants in neighboring countries will also surge. Qomi, formerly Iran’s ambassador to Iraq, described the Taliban as a part of Afghan society’s reality. He said securing borders, preventing terrorist groups from moving toward borders, realizing Iran’s water rights from the  Helmand River, and controlling drug trafficking are among the key demands Iran had made from the interim governing body in Kabul. Referring to the dire condition of people, 60 percent decrease in imports to Afghanistan, and the loss of 70 percent of income of Afghans during the previous year, Qomi said Iran has tried to help its neighor. Pertinently, the economic crisis facing the war-ravaged country had been fueled by the freezing of Afghan assets by the Biden administration. The Iranian official also declared the development of a plan between the government of Iran and the interim government of the Taliban to strengthen border security of Iran- Afghanistan. He emphasized that if this plan is implemented; many present difficulties will be solved, including drug trafficking and illegal border crossings. In addition, the living conditions of border residents will be stabilized and border economic cooperation will also improve, he added. Qomi referred to some problems that emerged during the last few months on the joint border. “In interaction with the government in Kabul, we have sought to establish stability and sustainable security at the joint borders and tried to promote economic activities to create a joint free economic territory,” the envoy said in his remarks. Referring to Americas crimes during the 20-year occupation of the country and attempt to fuel civil, ethnic, and religious conflicts in Afghanistan, he said the aim was to “involve Iran in Afghanistan’s internal conflicts”. “Americas aim was to involve Iran in Afghanistans internal conflicts, but Iran managed to take the propitiate policy in this regard,” he noted.     By PRESS TV

[Category: Headlines, News, Politics, Iran-Taliban relations, Iranian president’s special envoy on Afghanistan affairs]

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[l] at 8/18/22 6:11am
A Paris-based intergovernmental organization has scandalously turned down a petition against a Swedish pharma company lodged on behalf of Iranians who suffer from a potentially fatal skin disease. The petition was submitted earlier this year by the lawyer, who represents the patients afflicted with epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a type of disease that causes fragile, blistering skin. The US sanctions against Iran have been choking up the financial channels that could be used towards providing the Islamic Republic with the cure for EB sufferers and other direly-needed medical supplies. Washington reinstated the cruel economic sanctions after unilaterally abandoning the 2015 deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers. The petition had protested the submission of Mölnlycke, a Sweden-headquartered internationally active supplier of medical devices, to the sanctions, which has caused the company to withhold the bandages that are needed by those suffering from the skin condition. The petition was turned down by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), of which Sweden is a member, Iranian media outlets reported on Wednesday. It was tossed out by OECD’s National Contact Point, a mechanism in the member states that supervises multinational enterprises that are headquartered in those states. Last month, Iranian ambassador to Sweden said Swedish pharmaceutical company keeps halting the supply of special bandages needed to treat Iranian patients suffering from a special skin condition as it continues to comply with American sanctions on Iran. Ahmad Ma’soumifar said that Iranian children suffering from EB have been through endless pain or have died because they have no access to the bandages needed to treat their genetic condition. “Is this not a blatant violation of the rights of children and a crime against humanity?” Ma’soumifar wrote on his Twitter page. The ambassador did not elaborate on the name of the Swedish company. However, previous reports and statements by Iranian officials suggest it is Mölnlycke, an internationally active supplier of medical devices with trade interests in the United States. The minors, who are afflicted with the disease, are often known as butterfly children since their skin is as fragile as the wings of a butterfly. Even mild frictions or bumps could cause severe blistering of the skin. There are hundreds of EB patients suffering from the disease in Iran. So far, more than a dozen Iranians have died of the disease in the absence of the needed medical supplies. Many of those suffering from the disease have lost their lives due to a lack of essential medical equipment while others have suffered due to severe physical injuries, including amputation. As one harrowing example, an Iranian girl Ava succumbed to this illness in 2019. After her tragic death, a Malaysian human rights organization said Ava and other butterfly childrens deaths due to US sanctions on Iran amounted to death to humanity, calling for an end to the worlds silence about the economic genocide against Iranians. It described Avas story as a heart-wrenching case of a pure innocent baby who was deprived of the medical care she needed.     By PRESS TV

[Category: Headlines, News, Society, Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), Iranian EB patients, Medical terrorism of US against Iran]

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[l] at 8/18/22 5:13am
The Ministry of Information said Wednesday that one of the most experienced and dangerous terrorists who carried out criminal acts in Syria and other neighboring countries was arrested and is now in custody. One of the most notorious and most dangerous terrorists who operated internationally was arrested and put behind bars, the Iranian Intelligence ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. The statement further reads that the professional terrorist was detained based on several years of intelligence activities chasing him, adding that the criminal element had been involved in terrorist activities in four countries in the region, especially Syria. He became a member of Takfiri-terrorist groups and did criminal acts in the cities of Aleppo and Hama and well as Idlib in Syria, according to the ministry of intelligence. This member of the cross-border terrorism ring, who is also an expert in heavy weapons, after the defeat of the Takfiris from the proud defenders of the holy shrine and the limitation of their scope of action in Syria, he transferred his base of terrorist activities to two neighboring countries of the Islamic Republic of Iran and to another terrorist group, He joined the professional crime and against the unity of the Islamic Ummah and continued his destructive actions against the proud nation of Iran and the territorial integrity of the country. The statement further describes the detained terrorist as an expert in heavy weapons who after the defeat of the Takfiris at the hands of Holy Shrine Defenders of the holy shrine defenders moved the areas of their terrorist activities to two of Irans neighboring countries and joined a new terrorist group who targeted Islamic unity. He continued destructive actions against the unity of the Islamic Ummah and against Iran and its territorial integrity, the intelligence ministry added.     By MEHR 

[Category: News, Politics, Iranian intelligence forces arrest an international terrorist, Takfiri-terrorist groups]

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[l] at 8/18/22 3:53am
The commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says that the IRGC naval forces have been ordered to have a presence in international waters other than the Persian Gulf. Speaking to a gathering of the IRGC commanders in Mashhad on Thursday, the IRGC commander-in-chief Major General Hossein Salami hailed the IRGC Navy as a powerful force that has been tasked with being present in the high seas. Today, we have been tasked with establishing a presence in the high seas, Major General Salami said, adding Today, you are our prestige, you are the Establishments prestige, and you give credit to power. The commander of all armed forces always prays for you and considers your power to be bringing credit and glory to Islam. The IRGC top commander further said that the faith that the IRGC forces have distinguishes them from other navies in the world, saying that faith and spirituality have dramatically increased the IRGC naval forces combat power. Today we have nothing short of what the enemy has, advanced missiles, high stability vessels at sea and other basic naval equipment. When this equipment is combined with the true faith that guards have, they become invincible and no power can defeat this faith. This is one thing that has been proven. The longer you resist against the enemy, the sooner it leaves and escapes the battlefield, general Salami further urged the IRGC naval forces.     By MEHR 

[Category: Headlines, News, Politics, IRGC navy tasked with having presence in high seas, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Major General Hossein Salami]

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[l] at 8/18/22 3:12am
The spokesman of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the Wednesday deadly terrorist attack on a mosque in Kabul. In a statement on Thursday, Nasser Kanani, the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran condemned the terrorist explosion in a mosque in Kabul, which resulted in the martyrdom and injuries of a large number of worshipers. The spokesman expressed his sympathy with the families of the martyrs in the terrorist attack and wished health and speedy recovery for the wounded. Afghan media reported an explosion on Wednesday in a mosque in the capital Kabul which left many worshippers killed or injured.     By MEHR 

[Category: Headlines, News, Politics, Iran condemns terrorist attack in Kabul mosque, Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Nasser Kan'ani]

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[l] at 8/17/22 12:02pm
The senior advisor to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ali Akbar Velayati met with Chinese ambassador to Tehran Chang Hua, discussing bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues. Stressing on the importance of strengthening and developing strategic relations between Iran and China, Velayati said, “Beijing is pursuing its communication development plan, especially in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative and in this regard, using Iran’s capacities and crossing this route through our country is seriously on the agenda and should be followed up”. Pointing to the current situation in Afghanistan, Velayati stated, “Consultation between Iran and China regarding the future of Afghanistan will be vital and constructive. The only solution to Afghanistan’s crisis is to form an inclusive government that all people support it. Moreover, the continuation of negotiations between acting leaders of Afghanistan and neighbors in order to create an inclusive government is very important”. Emphasizing Iran’s support of the One China principle, Velayati said, “We must stand against the conspiracies, attacks and threats of the enemies and we strongly condemn US’ actions”. “Undoubtedly, cooperation between Iran, Russia and China in the region such as holding joint drills is essential for security and fate of the region and Iran as the most important country in Islamic world is ready to further expand cooperation. Cooperation can become more active in the Middle East because the Middle East is the political heart of the world and Iran has the most influence in it. Also, the formation of a new pole between Russia and China will be the source of new and impactful developments,” he noted. The Chinese ambassador to Iran, for his part, stressed on strengthening and developing cooperation between Tehran and Beijing, saying that the cooperation should be followed and strengthened seriously. By ISNA 

[Category: Headlines, News, Politics, Iran-China stress on expanding strategic relations, senior advisor to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ali Akbar Velayati]

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