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[l] at 8/11/20 6:30pm

MNA – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for International and Legal Affairs Mohsen Baharvand named PGCC Secretary-General’s letter to the UN as document forgery and a blatant fraud.

In a reaction to some media reports announcing that in a letter to the UN, the Secretary-General of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf has asked an extension of an international arms embargo on Iran, Baharvand named the letter a document forgery and blatant fraud.

He said that the letter has been written and sent to the UN by two people from New York, while other PGCC are not informed about the issue.

“More interesting is Mike Pompeo’s reaction to this letter,” he noted, “Despite knowing that the letter is a fake one, Pompeo called for the UNSC to abide by the US wishes.”

In a letter to the UN Security Council on Sunday, Al-Hajraf accused Iran of supporting terrorism and sectarian organizations, a move pushed strongly by the United States.

Banning Iran from arms trade will lead to stability and security in the region, claimed Al-Hajraf without acknowledging that Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s biggest arms purchasers, spending billions with the United States and the United Kingdom, in particular.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi vehemently condemned the anti-Iranian statement on Sunday night. Mousavi expressed regret at the unconstructive approach adopted by certain PGCC members vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic of Iran, according to the Iranian Foreign Ministry.

“Unfortunately, it seems that the so-called Persian Gulf Cooperation Council has turned into a spokesperson for some narrow-minded people both inside the council and outside the region and that the council’s secretariat, swayed by the wrong and destructive policies and behavior of certain member states, has turned into a mouthpiece for anti-Iran elements,” said the spokesman.

“The PGCC, which is at the apex of its incompetence, and whose internecine differences as well as unrealistic policies have rendered the council ineffective, has, with this move, led to ignoring realities in the region and turning a blind eye to realities and priorities at this sensitive juncture,” Mousavi noted.

On early Monday, US State Mike Pompeo in his Twitter account praised the Secretary-General of the PGCC for his anti-Iranian letter to the UN Security Council. “The [P]GCC’s letter calling on the @UN Security Council to extend the arms embargo on Iran is a bold statement. The US will introduce a resolution this week to extend the embargo after years of diplomacy. The Council must choose between arming terrorists or standing by the Gulf,” Pompeo wrote.

According to UNSC Resolution 2231, the UN arms embargo on Iran will end on October 18.

China and Russia have clearly announced that they will veto such a resolution, however, Foreign Policy has reported that Washington may even fail to attract the required 9 votes to pass the resolution in the first place.

[Category: Headlines, News, World, Mohsen Baharvand, Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf, UN arms embargo on Iran]

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[l] at 8/11/20 5:30pm

MNA – Head of Islamic Development Organization Hojatoeslam Mohammad Ghomi says observing health protocols during the mourning ceremonies of Muharram is definitely a top priority.

“Our biggest concern is to raise awareness and contribute to the utmost implementation of the health protocols in the society,” Hottajoaleslam Ghomi said at a session on the health protocols during the Muharram ceremonies on Tuesday, which was also attended by Health Minister Saeed Namaki.

Expressing gratitude to the selfless efforts of the healthcare staff across the country in the fight against the coronavirus, the IDO chief said “We are obliged to remove the obstacles in the way people’s religious mourning during Muharram.”

“And at the same time, we will exert every effort to make sure the health protocols are completely met in order to prevent the spread of the pandemic,” he added.

Earlier this month, Hojjatoleslami Ghomi said his organization is responsible for implementing the initiatives of the National Task Force for Fighting Coronavirus during the Muharram ceremonies.

The Council of Iranian Religious Congregations has also urged the nation to follow the guidelines of the National Task Force for Fighting Coronavirus in holding mourning ceremonies during the upcoming Islamic month of Muharram.

This comes after the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei urged people late in July to observe health protocols during the Muharram mourning ceremonies.

“All the mourners, mourning gatherings and eulogists must follow what is announced by the National Task Force for Fighting Coronavirus, because it is a very important issue,” the Leader asserted.

Muharram is the month of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH) – the third Shia Imam – and his loyal companions at the Battle of Karbala in the year 61 AH (680 CE).

During the Muharram rituals, millions of Muslims commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, by gathering in mosques and different religious venues.

[Category: CoronaVirus, Headlines, News, Hojatoeslam Mohammad Ghomi, Iran health protocols, Muharram]

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[l] at 8/11/20 4:30pm

MNA – A former Iranian diplomat believes US efforts to extend the arms embargo on Iran aim to influence the 2020 election, but exactly like the previous proposal, it will result in nothing but defeat.

Speaking in an interview with Mehr News Agency, Iranian Former Ambassador to Poland Ramin Mehmanparast reacted to US efforts to extend arms embargo on Iran, which expires in October based on UN Security Council Resolution 2231, explaining “What is inferred from the US efforts to extend embargos against Iran is that Americans are more interested in launching propaganda and waging psychological warfare.”

The Americans are trying to use the issue of the arms embargo on Iran and JCPOA in favor of influencing the 2020 US presidential election through psychological warfare and propaganda, he noted.

Mehmanparast went on to highlight that “As opinion polls in the United States show that Donald Trump is behind his Democrat rival, therefore the US President and his aides are trying to improve their political position in the run-up to the 2020 elections by raising arm embargoes on Iran and Iran nuclear program.”

It seems that the new US proposal is no different in comparison to the previous proposal which has failed, he said and added that today, the US action to extend the arms embargo on Iran will result in nothing but defeat for this country.

[Category: Headlines, News, Politics, Ramin Mehmanparast, UN arms embargo on Iran, US election]

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[l] at 8/11/20 3:30pm

Tehran Times – A Chinese diplomat at the United Nations, speaking on condition of anonymity, has told Reuters that the United States’ attempt to extend arms embargo on Iran lacks legal basis and will undermine efforts to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA.

The diplomat added that there is “no chance” the U.S. text will be adopted.

A European diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, also said, “This U.S. administration’s goal is to terminate the Iran nuclear deal.”

Richard Gowan, UN director for conflict prevention advocacy body the International Crisis Group, said there was “zero chance” the U.S. attempt to extend the arms embargo would be adopted and that it was “a ploy to get to snapback.”

“Everyone at the UN understands that this resolution is just the curtain-raiser for a much bigger fight over the Iranian nuclear deal,” said Gowan.

“It’s highly likely … a number of countries will be saying they have no intention of implementing further sanctions until the UN Security Council decides whether or not snapback has been carried out legally,” said a senior council diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“I don’t see how the council can decide that given the divisions that will be within it,” the diplomat said. “I don’t see any rush to re-establish sanctions regimes therefore around the world.”

The UN Security Council is preparing to vote this week on a U.S. proposal to extend an arms embargo on Iran, a move that some diplomats say is bound to fail and put the fate of a nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers further at risk.

Russia and China, allies of Iran, have long-signaled opposition to the U.S. measure.

The embargo is due to expire in October under a 2015 deal among Iran, Russia, China, Germany, Britain, France, and the United States.

Even though U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration quit the accord in 2018, Washington has threatened to use a provision in the agreement to trigger a return of all UN sanctions on Iran if the Security Council does not extend the arms embargo indefinitely.

[Category: Headlines, News, World, Iran-China ties, Richard Gowan, UN arms embargo on Iran]

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[l] at 8/11/20 2:30pm

MNA – Government Spokesman Ali Rabiei on Monday said that Islamic Republic of Iran will respond to any provocative move by the United States decisively. emb

He pointed to the UN Security Council Resolution 2231 and added, “Any kind of resolution in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231 is ‘unacceptable’ and a mockery of the international law.

In response to a question on the consequences of submitting a US resolution to the United Nations Security Council for the continuation of Iran’s arms embargo, Rabiei stated, “The United States, as confessed by its leaders, has withdrawn from Iran’s nuclear deal, JCPOA, and has no right to support it whether in relations with the text of the agreement or the UN Security Council resolution until it fully returns to it [JCPOA] and fulfills its obligations.”

The US is well aware that this destructive and malicious effort will be turned into another catastrophic and isolating failure for the United States, he emphasized.

The fact is that the international community is resolved to uphold laws, agreements and regulations governing between countries as well as an impassable barrier for the United States in undermining the pillars of global stability and security, Rabiei stressed.

Rabiei went on to say that the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to prove that it will not show the least negligence in providing a proportionate and decisive response to any provocative and illegal action by the United States.

The spokesman made the remarks as the UN Security Council gets ready to discuss a Washington-drafted resolution, which aims to extend the UN arms embargo against Iran. The embargo is set to expire this October under the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

[Category: Headlines, News, U. S., World, Ali Rabiei, UN arms embargo on Iran, UNSCR 2231]

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[l] at 8/11/20 1:30pm

IRNA – Iran’s Chief of Staff of Presidential Office Mahmoud Vaezi on Tuesday said that the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) must not follow the United States as the presence of the country in the region is illegitimate and brings insecurity and instability.

The diplomat made the remarks on Twitter in reaction to the statement of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) to extend the arms embargo on Iran, adding that preserving the security and maintaining the regional states’ interests can be achieved through regional trust-building and cooperation.

The Council should not follow the United States, whose illegitimate presence in the region has brought nothing but insecurity and instability, he pointed out.

He underscored that the recent measure creates distrust, adding that the country will suffer from the most severe consequence.

[Category: Headlines, News, Politics, Mahmoud Vaezi, Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC), UN arms embargo on Iran]

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[l] at 8/11/20 12:30pm

Tasnim – Iran and Russia are going to launch a permanent shipping route in the Caspian Sea for trade with container ships, an official said.

Member of Iran-Russia Joint Chamber of Commerce Jalil Jalaifar said the Caspian shipping route will come into operation as early as September.

Iran has been unable to raise the level of exports of agricultural products and foodstuff to Russia via the Caspian Sea for years due to the lack of container ships, he noted, saying the new shipping route will include cargo ships capable of carrying refrigerated containers.

Jalaifar added that according to a decision made by the North-South corridor joint taskforce, two container ships will begin carrying goods between Russia’s port of Astrakhan and two Iranian ports of ‘Caspian’ and ‘Qazian’ at Bandar-e Anzali, north of Iran.

Iranian and Russian officials have already agreed to hold the 16th session of the Joint Economic Cooperation Commission in September.

In a telephone conversation in April, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed ways to maintain and expand trade ties amid the outbreak of the coronavirus and promote mutual cooperation in the fight against the disease.

Highlighting the close and strategic relations between Iran and Russia in recent years, Rouhani stressed the need to develop bilateral relations and cooperation, especially in the fields of trade, economy, science and medicine.

[Category: Headlines, News, World, Iran-Russia cargo shipping route, Iran-Russia ties, Jalil Jalaifar]

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[l] at 8/11/20 11:30am

Tasnim – Following a delay after the outbreak of the coronavirus, Iran is going to hold the runoff election for the parliamentary seats on September 11, the government’s spokesman said.

Speaking to Tasnim on Tuesday, Ali Rabiee said the runoff parliamentary election will be preceded by week-long campaigns.

The election campaigns must be conducted without any gatherings in compliance with the health protocols, he noted, saying the candidates can use the virtual space.

The spokesperson added that the runoff parliamentary election in Tehran and two other cities will be held next year with the nationwide presidential and city council elections.

In March, the Guardian Council approved a proposal from the Interior Ministry to delay the runoff parliamentary election because of the novel coronavirus.

[Category: Headlines, Iran Election, News, Politics, Ali Rabiei, Iran runoff parliamentary vote]

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[l] at 8/11/20 10:30am

Tasnim – Iran’s Foreign Ministry denied reports that part of the foreign sanctions against the country are going to be lifted temporarily.

Asked by reporters on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Seyed Abbas Mousavi rejected the media reports citing an anonymous source about the temporary removal of part of the so-called non-targeted sanctions on Tehran.

Such comments are unreal fabricated reports whose purpose is not clear, he said.

“It is not unlikely that the failure of the US’ policy of sanctions would be a source of quarrel between Europe and the US, but what relates to the Islamic Republic of Iran is that the US’ unilateral sanctions are illegal and cruel, and according to the JCPOA and the (UNSC) Resolution 2231, the US must remove and nullify all of the sanctions it has re-imposed after its withdrawal from the JCPOA,” Mousavi added.

In remarks in June, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran would be prepared for talks with Washington as soon as the US returns to the JCPOA, complies with the UN regulations, apologizes to Iranians, and makes up for the damages it has caused to Iran.

[Category: Economy, Headlines, News, Sanctions Against Iran, Abbas Mousavi, US sanctions against Iran]

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[l] at 8/11/20 8:26am
Iran News Daily

 

Swiss Financial Channel To Facilitate Cereals, Pharmaceutical

Chairman of Iran-Switzerland Joint Chamber of Commerce said that Swiss financial channel with the Islamic Republic of Iran will facilitate trade of cereals and pharmaceuticals.

 

The Disqualified Better Not to Register to Run for Presidency

Guardian Council Spokesman Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaee says the council has not yet involved in the election issue and it has not taken any action and people can register to run for presidency at the due time but he recommends those who had been disqualified in the past not to register.

 

UNSC Urged to Reject U.S. Bullying, Unilateralism

Referring to U.S. resort to Iran-phobia and the coercion to extend Iran’s arms embargo, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi said that UNSC must reject U.S. bullying and unilateralism.

 

Saudi Arabia Halts Oil Supply to Pakistan

Saudi Arabia has suspended the supply of oil to Pakistan as the latter complains about Riyadh’s foot-dragging on a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) to address India’s contentious measures in Muslim-majority Kashmir region.

 

Leader Condoles Demise of Hojatoleslam Mousavian

Leader of the Islamic Revolution has expressed condolences over the demise of Hojatoleslam Seyyed Abbas Mousavian, an expert on issues related to Islamic economy.

 

Iran Rejects PGCC’s “Irresponsible” Statement

Foreign Ministry spokesman has denounced a recent anti-Iran statement issued by the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC).

 

U.S. Efforts to Extend Arms Embargo Against Iran, Futile

Spokesman for the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian parliament said the U.S. efforts to extend arms embargo against Iran is futile.

 

Maduro Highlights Inseparable Ties Between Tehran, Caracas

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in a statement on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Iran-Venezuela diplomatic relations said that during these years, deep bilateral relations and inseparable brotherhood have been set up between the two countries.

 

UNSC Facing Major Test to Show Independence

President’s Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi said that the members of UN Security Council are facing a major test to show their independence and react negatively to U.S. pressure on Iran

 

Iranian, Indian Universities Sign MoU

Persian Gulf University from Iran and Indian University of Petroleum and Energy Studies signed MoU to develop scientific cooperation.

 

 

Tehran Times

 

Lebanon PM announces resignation of cabinet amid uproar over Beirut blast

Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced the resignation of the country’s government on Monday evening amid heightened political tensions over the last week’s massive explosion at Beirut port.

 

European insurers should pay compensation for Ukrainian plane crash: Iran

The chief of Iran’s Central Insurance Organization announced on Monday that the Ukrainian plane that was mistakenly downed near Tehran in early January had been insured by European insurers and therefore they should pay the compensation for the incident.

 

Tehran Municipality to dedicate cultural centers to Muharram mourning rituals during pandemic

The Art and Cultural Organization of the Tehran Municipality plans to dedicate courtyards of its cultural centers
to Muharram mourning ceremonies amid the pandemic.

 

New generation of running blade prosthetics unveiled

The new generation of running blade prosthetics was unveiled in a ceremony on Sunday in the presence of Sourena
Sattari, the vice president for science and technology.

 

UNSC is facing a big test, Vaezi says

Presidential chief of staff Mahmoud Vaezi said on Monday that the United Nations Security Council is facing “a big test” to show its independence in countering violation of the 2231 resolution.

 

Maduro calls Iran-Venezuela relations ‘unbreakable’

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said that relations between Iran and Venezuela are “deep” and “unbreakable”.

 

Takht-Ravanchi urges UN Security Council to reject U.S. bullying

Majid Takht-Ravanchi, Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, has said that the UN Security Council should
reject the United States’ bullying and unilateralism.

 

Tehran calls PGCC’s anti-Iran statement irresponsible

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi late on Sunday denounced an anti-Iran statement issued by the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) as “irresponsible” and said the council has turned “into a mouthpiece for anti-Iran elements”.

[Category: Iran top newspaper headlines, News, Iran News Daily, Tehran Times]

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[l] at 8/11/20 8:16am

IRNA – Iran’s Minister of Health and Medical Education Saeed Namaki called on the regional countries to further cooperate in the fight against Coronavirus.

The health program of the states in the Mediterranean region during which Iran, Iraq, Pakistan as well as Afghanistan cooperate under the supervision of World Health Organization (WHO) should be expanded in various countries in the region, he further noted.

He expressed the hope that the countries would deal with the pandemic in upcoming autumn and winter appropriately.

[Category: CoronaVirus, Headlines, News, coronavirus in Iran, Saeid Namaki]

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[l] at 8/11/20 8:10am

ISNA | Mohammad Ghajar: “Torkaman Sahra Plain”, located in two provinces of Golestan and North Khorasan, is nearly 400 square kilometers in extent. The Plain has stretched from the coasts of the Caspian Sea in Bandar-e Torkaman City and Turkmenistan is located in north of it. Mud volcanos, mountain heights, valleys, constructed wetlands, natural dams, big and small hills, the ancient Atrak River, etc. all have created the fantastic scenery of this Plain. The region also boasts different historical sites such as Gonbad-e Qābus Tower, which is an outstanding and technologically innovative example of Islamic architecture, the Great Wall of Gorgan, and the tomb of Khalid Nabi and its mysterious cemetery.

 

[Category: Breaking, Gallery, Golestan province, Iran tourist attractions, North Khorasan province, Torkaman Sahra Plain]

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[l] at 8/11/20 8:02am

Daily look at Iran’s late-breaking news and upcoming events:

 

Iran to sell oil in domestic stock market

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani unveiled plans for the domestic sale of crude oil in the stock market.

 

Iranian, Russian FM spokespersons to attend joint webinar on Tuesday

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi and his Russian counterpart Maria Zakharova are scheduled to participate in a joint webinar on Tuesday to exchange views.

 

Armed Forces treating COVID-19 patients in Iran: Top General

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said at least 20,000 people infected with the novel coronavirus have been admitted to military hospitals across the country so far.

 

Saudi Arabia abusing old regulatory gap in IAEA: Mousavi

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said that Saudi Arabia continues to refuse to accept IAEA inspections, despite currently pursuing a comprehensive nuclear program.

 

Iran arrests five Iranians for spying for foreign powers – judiciary

Iranian authorities have arrested five Iranians on charges of spying for Israel, Britain and Germany, convicting and handing down prison sentences on at least two of them, the judiciary said on Tuesday.

 

Source denies rumor of Iran-US talks

An informed source in Iran denied rumors that the Islamic Republic and the US have started a series of negotiations with the help of a mediator.

 

Iran says European insurers should pay compensation for downed Ukrainian plane

Iran will not compensate Ukraine International Airlines for its plane Tehran accidentally downed in January because the passenger jet was insured by European firms, the head of Iran’s Central Insurance Organisation said on Monday.

Trump had four-year time for successful diplomacy with Iran: Gov’t spox

Government spokesman Ali Rabiee said Trump had four years time for a successful diplomacy with Iran exploring legal ways for the purpose, but, he opted for the worst pathways compared to those the US experienced over the past several decades.

 

Official: COVID-19 kills 184 more in Iran

Iran’s Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Tuesday that some 184 more Iranians have died from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours bringing the total deaths to 18,800.

[Category: Iran's Coverage, News, Coronavirus death toll in Iran, Gholam Hossein Esmayeeli, Hassan Rouhani]

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[l] at 8/11/20 7:51am

MNA – First Deputy Speaker of Iranian Parliament said that colonial countries cannot take any measure against the will of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the region.

Seyyed Amir Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi in a note on Tue. reacted to France’s shameless intervention in Lebanon’s sovereignty and wrote, “it is defined clearly for trans-regional, arrogant and colonial countries that they cannot take any action in the region against the will of the Islamic Republic of Iran which is contrary to the material and spiritual interests of regional countries and strategic objectives of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

The text of the note is read as follows,

The trans-regional and colonial countries do not dare make any changes in the countries around the jurisdiction of powerful Islamic Republic of Iran in the region. Relying upon the assistance of the Almighty God and under the wise leadership of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Islamic Republic of Iran is a powerful Establishment in the world. As a matter of fact, Islamic Republic of Iran has been turned into the first power in the region under wise leadership of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution.

It is defined for trans-regional, arrogant and colonial countries that they cannot take action in the region against the will of the Islamic Republic of Iran that is contrary to the material and spiritual interests of the countries in the region and the strategic goals of Islamic Iran, because the source of the authority of the Islamic Republic of Iran is pure Islam and the dynamic school of Shiism, which is universal and supports all the oppressed and deprived people of the world.

According to the sublime remark of Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Islamic Republic of Iran will assist whenever it is needed to confront arrogance and infidelity with all its might.

[Category: Headlines, News, Politics, Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi, Iran's regional policy]

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[l] at 8/11/20 7:43am

Tasnim – An informed source in Iran denied rumors that the Islamic Republic and the US have started a series of negotiations with the help of a mediator.

Speaking to Tasnim on Tuesday, the source dismissed reports of secret talks between Tehran and Washington, adding, “Despite what has been claimed these days, Iran is not involved in any secret negotiations with the US behind the scene, nor are there any ongoing talks with the mediation of Germany, the UK or any other country. Thus, such claims are basically false.”

Asked why certain foreign media have spread such rumors, the source said the US government’s policy of maximum pressure on Iran has ended in failure, as Washington itself admits that it has failed to achieve the objectives against Tehran.

The resignation of US special representative for Iran Brian Hook was a result of his failure to pursue the policy of maximum pressure on Iran, and such a defeat is awaiting his successor too, the source noted.

As a result, the Americans are willing to hide their defeats behind rumors and false news about secret negotiations and contacts with Iran, the source added.

Iranian officials have repeatedly rejected the idea of direct negotiations with the US, stressing that Washington must first resume honoring its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and lift the sanctions on Tehran.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has ruled out the notion that ‘settlement of Iran’s problems hinges on rapprochement with the US.’

Negotiation with the US will by no means solve Iran’s woes as Washington’s main objective is to hinder Iran’s progress, American officials are liar and deceitful, and, moreover, the US itself is plagued with crises, Imam Khamenei said in 2016.

[Category: Headlines, News, U. S., World, Iran-US talks, Iran-US tensions, tasnim news agency]

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[l] at 8/11/20 4:50am

MNA – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said that Saudi Arabia continues to refuse to accept IAEA inspections, despite currently pursuing a comprehensive nuclear program.

Referring to lack of transparency about the dimensions and objectives of Saudi Arabia’s nuclear program, Mousavi said, “The important issue about Saudi Arabia’s nuclear program is the absence of International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors in the country.”

“As a member of the NPT, Saudi Arabia has the right to use nuclear energy peacefully, but must also abide by its obligations under the treaty,” he added, saying, “According to the Article 3 of the treaty, Saudi Arabia is required to accept the IAEA Safeguards and the inspections.”

Referring to Saudi Arabia’s abuse of the safeguard system over the past 20 years, he said, “Saudi Arabia continues to refuse to accept IAEA inspections, despite currently pursuing a comprehensive nuclear program.”

When asked about the reasons why IAEA as a nuclear watchdog does not force Riyadh to respond about its nuclear program, Mousavi said, “The Director General of IAEA and the Board of Governors are responsible for Saudi Arabia’s abuse from an old regulatory gap.”

“We do not understand why the IAEA does not react to Saudi Arabia. It raises a dual standard, especially in relation to the unjustified haste of the IAEA over Iran’s nuclear program,” he added.

[Category: Headlines, News, Regional Affairs, Abbas Mousavi, IAEA, Saudi Arabia nuclear power]

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[l] at 8/11/20 4:47am

IRNA – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi and his Russian counterpart Maria Zakharova are scheduled to participate in a joint webinar on Tuesday to exchange views.

Speaking to IRNA, an official in Russian Foreign Ministry said that the webinar is to be screened by Russian Foreign Ministry website on Tuesday at 16:30 local time (15:00 Russian local time).

Iranian and Russian spokespersons are supposed to discuss information dissemination affairs.

Iranian and Russian foreign ministries enjoy good ties and Zakharova earlier told IRNA that she wants to visit Iran to talks with her Iranian counterpart but it seems that the outbreak of coronavirus postponed the trip.

Zakharova stated, “We have good communication with IRNA correspondents in Moscow.”

[Category: Headlines, News, Politics, Abbas Mousavi, Iran-Russia ties, Maria Zakharova]

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[l] at 8/11/20 4:44am

Reuters – Iranian authorities have arrested five Iranians on charges of spying for Israel, Britain and Germany, convicting and handing down prison sentences on at least two of them, the judiciary said on Tuesday.

“In recent months, five Iranians who were spying for foreign intelligence services have been arrested,” judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said in a virtual news conference.

Shahram Shirkhani spied for British intelligence services and tried to recruit some Iranian officials for Britain’s MI6 agency, Esmali said.

Shirkhani had passed on classified information about Iran’s Central Bank and Defence Ministry contracts, he said. He has been convicted and received a prison sentence.

Masoud Mosaheb, who was secretary-general of the Iran-Austria friendship association, also has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for spying for Israel’s Mossad and the German intelligence services, the spokesman said.

He gave no details on the other three detainees.

Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Angus MacSwan

[Category: Headlines, News, Politics, Gholam-Hossein Esmaili, Iran’s Judiciary, Shahram Shirkhani]

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[l] at 8/11/20 4:39am

Reuters – Iran will not compensate Ukraine International Airlines for its plane Tehran accidentally downed in January because the passenger jet was insured by European firms, the head of Iran’s Central Insurance Organisation said on Monday.

“The Ukrainian plane is insured by European companies in Ukraine and not by Iranian (insurance) companies,” said Gholamreza Soleimani, according to the Young Journalists Club news website affiliated with state TV. “Therefore, compensation should be paid by those European companies.”

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards shot down the Ukraine International Airlines flight with a ground-to-air missile on Jan. 8 just after the plane took off from Tehran, in what Tehran later acknowledged as a “disastrous mistake” by forces who were on high alert during a confrontation with the United States.

Soleimani’s comments concerned the aircraft and did not address potential compensation for victims’ families. There was no immediate comment from European aviation insurers.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in February that Ukraine was not satisfied with the size of compensation Iran had offered to families of Ukrainians killed in the incident. Ukrainian officials have said that Ukraine would make every effort to maximise the amount of restitution.

Last month, Iranian and Ukrainian officials held talks on the compensation, with another round set for October.

In a July report, Iran’s Civil Aviation Organisation blamed a chain of mistakes – such as a misalignment of a radar system and lack of communication between the air defence operator and his commanders – for the plane crash that killed 176 aboard, including 57 Canadians.

The downing occurred at a time of high tension between longtime foes Iran and the United States.

Iran was on alert for attacks after it fired missiles at Iraqi bases housing U.S. forces in retaliation for the killing on Jan. 3 of its most powerful military commander, Qassem Soleimani, in a U.S. missile strike at Baghdad airport.

Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Mark Heinrich

[Category: Europe, Headlines, News, World, Central Insurance of Iran, Gholamreza Soleimani, Ukraine Plane Crash]

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[l] at 8/11/20 4:34am

Tasnim – Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said at least 20,000 people infected with the novel coronavirus have been admitted to military hospitals across the country so far.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, the top Iranian commander said hospitals run by the Armed Forces have accepted some 20,000 coronavirus cases so far.

Around 650 coronavirus patients are currently receiving treatment in the military medical centers, he added.

The general further highlighted the scientific and research plans being carried out by the military forces, saying 18 projects, including those for production of medicine and vaccines, are funded by the Armed Forces.

The administration of President Hassan Rouhani has repeatedly praised the country’s Armed Force for the great assistance they have been providing for the medical society in the fight against COVID-19.

The Army, the IRGC and Basij have greatly contributed to the countrywide plans to help the medical staff and have expressed readiness to stand by the health society in protecting the lives of people.

[Category: CoronaVirus, Headlines, Military Issues, News, Politics, coronavirus in Iran, Iran Armed Forces, Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri]

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Tasnim – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani unveiled plans for the domestic sale of crude oil in the stock market.

In remarks at an economic meeting on Tuesday, Rouhani said the supreme council of economic coordination among the heads of the three branches of power has approved a plan on the domestic sale of oil at the energy stock market.

Describing the new decision as part of plans to carry out people-based economy, regulate the stock exchange market and counter the oil sanctions imposed by the enemies, the president hoped that his administration would put the plan into practice immediately after final ratification.

Last week, the president said a new initiative is going to give fresh impetus to the country’s economy and resolve a series of problems.

[Category: Economy, Headlines, News, Hassan Rouhani, Iran's stock market, Iran’s oil sale]

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