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[l] at 6/23/21 8:15am

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the main issues in the Vienna talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal have been settled, adding that it is now possible to have the sanctions lifted right away.

Speaking at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Rouhani said his administration has done a great job by overcoming the economic war on Iran.

Highlighting his administration’s success in bringing the US to the negotiation table in Vienna and in resolving the major issues, Rouhani said if there is a will and if Iran’s top negotiator in the Vienna talks, Abbas Araqchi, is given the necessary authority, the administration would be able to have the sanctions lifted today.

The president also noted that the next administration will have a much easier job in running the country, since his administration has handled the situation under an unprecedented economic war and while facing the problems in the import of medicine and foodstuff.

Rouhani said Iran’s non-oil exports in the first quarter of the current Iranian year have increased by 69 percent compared to the corresponding period last year, and a positive balance of trade has been recorded in the 3-month period.

The outgoing president also noted that the next administration will take over the office with proper coronavirus-related conditions, saying efforts will continue to supply the COVID vaccine as the homegrown vaccines will be soon available in the market.

In comments on Sunday, Rouhani boasted of his administration’s success in dealing with the foreign sanctions in an unequal battle, urging that his successor should be informed of the economic conditions and the measures taken during his tenure to settle the problems.

Ebrahim Raeisi, the incumbent Judiciary Chief of Iran, has won the June 18 presidential election by a landslide.

In his first press conference after winning the election, Raeisi on Monday took a swipe at the US for violating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and at the European states for failing to honor their commitments under the nuclear deal.

“Americans should have lifted all sanctions under the JCPOA, but failed to do so. I advise the Americans to return to their commitments, and Europe should not come under pressure from the US and (should) fulfill its commitments,” he said.

The latest round of talks to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action has begun in Vienna on April 6 between Iran and the remaining members of the nuclear deal, namely the UK, France, Russia and China plus Germany.

The US left the JCPOA in 2018 and restored the economic sanctions that the accord had lifted. Tehran retaliated with remedial nuclear measures that it is entitled to take under the JCPOA’s Paragraph 36.

The current negotiations examine the potential of revitalization of the nuclear deal and the US’ likely return to it.

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

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[l] at 6/23/21 8:11am

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Wednesday that the US seizure of the domains of IRIB websites is an example of US systematic effort to disrupt freedom of expression and make silent the independent voices in media space.

Khatibzadeh’s comments come hours after the United States seized domains owned by Iranian websites affiliated to Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).

The continuation of such double standards by Washington is shameful, the spokesman said.

“The current US administration has exactly followed the path of the previous US administration, and this policy will only lead to a double defeat for Washington,” he added.

Rejecting this illegal and bullying act, Khatibzadeh said that Iran will follow up the case from legal channels.

[Category: Headlines, News, Politics, Iranian IRIB websites, US sanctions against Iran]

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[l] at 6/23/21 4:50am

Sabotage on a department of Iran Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) in Karaj was foiled and has had no casualties or damages to properties.

Thanks to the tight security measures predicted for AEOI premises, the attempted sabotage that took place early on Wednesday failed before causing any damage.

The issue is now under investigation to identify its perpetrators.

Such acts of sabotage aiming to disrupt Iranian nuclear activities have not been able to disturb continuation of Iran nuclear programs.

[Category: Headlines, News, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI)]

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[l] at 6/23/21 2:14am

Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva Esmaeil Baghaei Hamaneh said the anti-Iran report of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is entirely based on political mandate.

“The report presented today is based on an entirely political mandate initiated by a group of like-minded, or rather ‘similarly-biased’, countries that have for long instrumentalized human rights as part and parcel of their adversarial agenda against Iran,” Esmail Baghaei Hamaneh said addressing the 47 Session of the Human Rights Council on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

He said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is fully committed to the protection and promotion of human rights, and respects its international obligations. Just yesterday, we submitted Iran`s fourth national report on the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to the Human Rights Committee. We cannot afford to be dissuaded from consolidating our efforts on promotion and protection of human rights because of unfair pressures and baseless allegations.

We urge all States to uphold the principles of universality, objectivity and non-selectivity in the consideration of human rights issues and the elimination of double standards and politicization.

We also call upon all who truly care for human rights to recognize the imperative of rule of law and the centrality of judicial systems in preserving the rule of law and protecting human rights.”

The Iranian official further noted that “the Iranian people have shown ‘maximum resilient’ against the cruel unilateral coercive measures strategized by Trump regime to put so-called ‘maximum pressure’ on Iran as part of their obsessive addiction to unilateralism and their hostility toward Iran.

The US continues to carry on with the unlawful and inhuman legacy of the former administration in complete defiance of international law and basic principles of humanity. We should never forget that the US even tightened its unilateral sanctions during the pandemic leaving no doubt as to their true intention to immiserate a whole nation, in bold disrespect to the ICJ’s ruling of 3 October 2018 which ordered the US to remove any impediment to export foodstuffs, medicine and medical devices to Iran.

The US and its enablers and those States that have been enforcing its unilateral coercive measures must be held to account for the massive systematic and gross violations of human rights. The United States is allegedly one of the major advocates of this reporting scheme and I leave it to my audience to make their judgment if an imposer of such atrocious unilateral coercive measures can logically claim to care for the human rights of the Iranians?!”

He went on to say that “the report presented today is based on an entirely political mandate initiated by a group of like-minded, or rather ‘similarly-biased’, countries that have for long instrumentalized human rights as part and parcel of their adversarial agenda against Iran. The product of such prejudicial mandate is unavoidably biased toward reinforcing the prejudices.

Shouldn’t one consider ending this careless vicious circle?!

The report is one of the four yearly reports – all similar in content, theme and tone- originating from a mentality that is far from good faith- compiled inevitably to satisfy the mandate devised by a few Western States to pressurize and demonize Iran.

Is it really the most efficient and effective way of using the UN scarce budgets and resources to turn human rights agenda into a platform for confrontation and absolutely one-sided attack on a member State?!

The successive reporting instructed under relevant UNGA resolutions tabled each year by Canada-a country that decided to sever diplomatic relations with Iran more than a decade ago for no good reason and that persists in its policy of denying the huge Iranian diaspora of their basic consular rights- are purposely aimed at antagonizing Iran and generating negative stereotyping.

The question is if and how such flawed mandate that comes from an overblown sense of self-entitlement and lacks any good faith on the part of its main sponsors could possibly contribute to the promotion and protection of human rights other than compiling volumes of documents full of controversial and inaccurate information and false narratives.

The patterned methodology used in compiling the reports is impeccably based on over-generalizing individual cases, magnifying negatives, minimizing positives and catastrophizing the whole situation.

I give you just one example. In paragraph 61 of the report it is claimed that the number of homeless people in Tehran is around 700000. This is absolutely false. The compilers of the report didn’t bother to check the original Persian news before rushing to include this ‘favorite’ data in the report.”

Hamaneh also said that “despite all the misgivings, Iran, as always, didn’t hesitate to try in all good faith to correct a host of disinformation, false claims and unsubstantiated allegations mentioned in the report. We wish that Iran’s responsible and professional approach would have been reciprocated by the report compilers who, instead, opted to ignore the overwhelming majority of our 60-page comment and clarification.

We regret that the compilers continue to underestimate drastically the negative impacts of UCMs on human rights.

We also regret that the UN Human Rights mechanisms preferred to keep silent on the assassination of Iranian nationals and scientists.”

“Last Friday, the Iranians elected their city & town councils across Iran as well as the13th president of the Islamic Republic through the ballot box and showcased their determination to exercise their constitutional rights and secure the country’s democratic processes.

The Islamic Republic of Iran remains resolute in upholding human rights. We continue our interactive approach to contributing to the promotion and protection of all human rights for all, including through constructive engagement with other States, the office of the UN High Commissioner and relevant mandate holders,” he concluded.

[Category: Headlines, News, UNHRC anti-Iran report]

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[l] at 6/23/21 2:07am

A top Iranian diplomat says no group in Afghanistan is entitled to use force and violence for dominating others.

“In such a diverse society as Afghanistan, no group or groups, however powerful militarily, can resort to force and violence to dominate others, and that the establishment of a legitimate government is possible only through a comprehensive political process and democratic means,” Majid Takht Ravanchi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations, told a Tuesday session of the United Nations Security Council on “Situation in Afghanistan”.

Here is the Iranian envoy’s full statement as published by the press service of the Iranian mission to the United Nations:

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

Mr. President,

With the complete withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan on the horizon, this country is at a crossroad. It can go in the direction of reconciliation when all sides agree to engage in dialogue and bring an end to decades of bloodshed or it can embrace more violence when one side uses its military might to force the other side to accept the terms of peace. The international community must not allow the latter to happen as it will not be a genuine peace and as a result will not sustain.

Indeed, a safer, more stable and prosperous Afghanistan, in peace with itself and its neighbors, is in the interest of all Afghans, the region and the world. Conversely, an insecure and unstable Afghanistan, which is a source of violent extremism, terrorism and organized crime, including production of and trafficking in drugs, poses a threat to Afghans themselves as well as to regional and international peace and security.

Therefore, confronting such threats and building a more secure and prosperous Afghanistan is in the interest of all, and indeed, the current phase is a common opportunity for everyone to work seriously to achieve these common goals.

This inevitably must start with an all-inclusive Afghan-lead, Afghan-owned, Afghan-controlled and UN-facilitated peace process, guided by this fundamental principle that the path to a lasting peace, first and foremost, passes through a genuine internal dialogue with the broad participation of all Afghans from all political, ethnicities and religious groups, including the Taliban, based on cooperation, understanding, compromise and reconciliation.

In other words, in such a diverse society as Afghanistan, no group or groups, however powerful militarily, can resort to force and violence to dominate others, and that the establishment of a legitimate government is possible only through a comprehensive political process and democratic means.

With the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan, the Taliban’s unwarranted justification to resort to force will be completely removed. Therefore, it must stop the violence; demonstrate its willingness to use the force of logic instead of logic of force to interact with its compatriots; and seize this unprecedented opportunity to contribute sincerely to establishing a durable peace in the country through political means, as peace and violence are mutually exclusive and cannot go hand in hand.

While we have witnessed many lost opportunities for peace in the past years, it is obvious that a possible new wave of violence and fratricide in Afghanistan will only lead to a new cycle of insecurity and instability, something that this country, the region and the world cannot afford.

At this critical juncture, the voice and demand of Afghans from all walks of life for a durable peace must be heard and effectively supported. They must not be left alone.

Indeed, a safer, more stable and prosperous Afghanistan, in peace with itself and its neighbors, is in the interest of all Afghans, the region and the world. Conversely, an insecure and unstable Afghanistan, which is a source of violent extremism, terrorism and organized crime, including production of and trafficking in drugs, poses a threat to Afghans themselves as well as to regional and international peace and security.

Therefore, confronting such threats and building a more secure and prosperous Afghanistan is in the interest of all, and indeed, the current phase is a common opportunity for everyone to work seriously to achieve these common goals.

This inevitably must start with an all-inclusive Afghan-lead, Afghan-owned, Afghan-controlled and UN-facilitated peace process, guided by this fundamental principle that the path to a lasting peace, first and foremost, passes through a genuine internal dialogue with the broad participation of all Afghans from all political, ethnicities and religious groups, including the Taliban, based on cooperation, understanding, compromise and reconciliation.

In other words, in such a diverse society as Afghanistan, no group or groups, however powerful militarily, can resort to force and violence to dominate others, and that the establishment of a legitimate government is possible only through a comprehensive political process and democratic means.

With the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan, the Taliban’s unwarranted justification to resort to force will be completely removed. Therefore, it must stop the violence; demonstrate its willingness to use the force of logic instead of logic of force to interact with its compatriots; and seize this unprecedented opportunity to contribute sincerely to establishing a durable peace in the country through political means, as peace and violence are mutually exclusive and cannot go hand in hand.

While we have witnessed many lost opportunities for peace in the past years, it is obvious that a possible new wave of violence and fratricide in Afghanistan will only lead to a new cycle of insecurity and instability, something that this country, the region and the world cannot afford.

At this critical juncture, the voice and demand of Afghans from all walks of life for a durable peace must be heard and effectively supported. They must not be left alone.

Preserving the past achievements of the people and Government of Afghanistan, including the Constitution, the rights of ethnic and religious minorities and women, the right to self-determination of people through elections, governance system and structures derived from the Constitution, as well as the commitment to combat terrorism, must be one of the main elements of any peace process.

To succeed, any peace process and subsequent steps must enjoy the strong support of all Afghans. It has now become clear that any peace process in Afghanistan that is guided and directed by only one actor, however powerful, and in the absence of active involvement of major players including from the region, and more importantly, with the least engagement of the United Nations, would not yield result.

The significant position and high capacity of the United Nations in organizing and facilitating the peace process in Afghanistan and also supporting and ensuring the full and effective implementation of any future peace agreement is irreplaceable and enjoys our full support. Iran continues to call for the central role, and further and substantive engagement, of the United Nations in an intra-Afghan peace process.

Afghanistan’s security situation has remained a source of serious concern. The growing number of deadly terrorist acts by Daesh in Afghanistan, targeting certain religious and ethnic minorities as well as women and girls, which we condemn in the strongest possible terms, show the severity of its threat to Afghanistan and the region.

Such attacks indicate the vulnerability of ethnic and religious minorities and women in Afghanistan and the dire need for effective preservation of their rights. Such terrorist attacks also underline the need for continued efforts in combating terrorism in that country.

Prior and simultaneous to the withdrawal of foreign forces, Afghanistan’s military and security forces must be supported and strengthened and effective assistance must be extended to Afghanistan in combating the illicit production of and trafficking in narcotic drugs; a source of financing terrorism and other crimes.

While pursuing a durable peace must remain a top priority, the international community must not lose sight of the dire need for economic development of Afghanistan, which is also an important pillar of sustaining peace.

The Islamic Republic of Iran once again calls on all parties in Afghanistan, including the Taliban, to place the interests of all people of Afghanistan above the other interests.

By hosting millions of Afghan refugees and establishing the link of this land-locked country to high seas through Iran’s Chabahar Port and to Europe through the Khaf-Herat railway, Iran has stood with the people and Government of Afghanistan in their quest for a safer and more stable, democratic and prosperous country. We stand ready to further contribute to Afghanistan’s prosperity, peace and stability.

 

[Category: Headlines, News, World, Afghan Peace Process]

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[l] at 6/23/21 1:17am

The US Justice Department announced on Tuesday it has seized 36 Iranian-linked websites, many of them allegedly associated with either disinformation activities or violent organizations, taking them offline for violating U.S. sanctions.

“Today, pursuant to court orders, the United States seized 33 websites used by the Iranian Islamic Radio and Television Union (IRTVU) and three websites operated by Kata’ib Hizballah (KH), in violation of US sanctions,” the department said in a statement.

Several of the sites were back online within hours with new domain addresses.

A  message has appeared on the websites of a series of Iranian and regional television networks, including Press TV, that claims their domains have been “seized by the United States Government.”

 

 

[Category: Headlines, News, Politics, US sanctions]

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[l] at 6/22/21 8:05am

The market has begun making room for Iran’s oil even as reports from Vienna have a dim view of the US folding back all its sanctions imposed on Tehran under the Trump administration.

The return of Iran’s barrels to the market is already taken for granted in many quarters, with the searing question basically being when it will happen and in what volume.

“Of course, this must be taken into account because it affects the balance of supply and demand. You just need to accurately understand the return schedule, what are the maximum volumes, but it all depends on when this will be done,” Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said Monday.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its oil market report this month that Iran could bring its oil production to 3.8 million barrels per day by 2022 and become the key source of the global oil output growth.

All eyes are on Vienna where the remaining signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal are working to bring the US back to compliance by tearing down a maze of sanctions which have bedeviled the negotiations.

On Monday, outgoing President Hassan Rouhani sounded unusually sanguine. “The sanctions will be removed soon and foreign investment will flow into Iran,” he told the inauguration of several projects in Iran’s free trade and special economic zones.

Iran is set to usher in a new government headed by Ebrahim Raeisi, who bluntly ruled out any meeting with US President Joe Biden even if the US agrees to join the nuclear deal – the Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – and remove its draconian sanctions on Tehran.

“We tell the United States that you have to remove all sanctions and must return to the deal and fulfill your obligations,” he told his first news conference in Tehran since winning Friday’s election.

Raeisi said any negotiation that secures Iran’s national interests will be supported by his administration, but “we will not tie the economic situation and people’s livelihood to these negotiations and we will not allow talks for the sake of talks.”

The remarks are the first clearest sign of his administration’s resolve to have the illegal sanctions removed.

Markets are now watching to understand what the likely removal of the sanctions might mean for the world’s supply of oil.

Iranian oil ministry officials have said a revival of the JCPOA and removal of the sanctions could bring back 3.8 million barrels per day of oil to the market over time. That would return the country’s production level to where it was before the sanctions

The country sits on the world’s fourth-largest oil and first largest gas reserves, making it the world’s no.1 energy superpower.

Iranian oil ministry officials are confident of the country’s ability to increase production quickly. One senior official said earlier this month that most output could be restored within a month.

[Category: Economy, Headlines, News, Iran oil exports, JCPOA, US sanctions]

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[l] at 6/22/21 6:06am

The Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces and a group of other high-ranking military commanders met with Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi and congratulated him on his victory in the Friday presidential elections.

Major General Mohammad Bagheri, Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces, and senior commanders of the IRGC, army, police, defense minister and a group of other high-ranking military commanders met with Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi at his office on Tuesday.

In addition to congratulating Ayatollah Raeisi on his victory in the presidential elections, the senior military commanders emphasized the readiness of the armed forces to assist the new government and upgrade the capabilities of the Islamic Republic in various fields and the formation of a strong Iran.

During the meeting, Raeisi, for his part, thanked the Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces and military commanders for their visit and expressed hope the Iranian people would better off as compared to the past through using all the potentials available in the country.

It is worth mentioning that prior to this, the Commander-in-Chief of the Revolutionary Guards and members of IRGC Command, as well as the Commander of the Police Force and a group of other senior police commanders went to Ayatollah Raeisi office to congratulate him on his election victory.

[Category: Headlines, News, Ebrahim Raisi]

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[l] at 6/21/21 6:26am

Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raeisi reminded the US of its responsibility to carry out the 2015 nuclear deal, saying Washington must also lift all of the sanctions on Iran.

Speaking in his first press conference after winning the presidential election, Raeisi took a swipe at the US for violating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and at the European states for failing to honor their commitments under the nuclear deal.

“Americans should have lifted all sanctions under the JCPOA, but failed to do so. I advise the Americans to return to their commitments, and Europe should not come under pressure from the US and (should) fulfill its commitments,” he said.

“The US is required to lift all of the sanctions against the Iranian nation. What I have emphasized repeatedly is the termination of sanctions and verification,” Raeisi stated.

The US must explain why it is procrastinating when it comes to the fulfillment of the JCPOA commitments, the president-elect said.

Raeisi made it clear that regional issues or Iran’s missile program would never be subject to negotiations, wondering how the US could ask for talks on a new subject while it has failed to honor its previous commitments.

 

[Category: Headlines, News, Ebrahim Raisi, Iran presidential election 2021, JCPOA, US sanctions, Vienna talks]

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[l] at 6/21/21 6:22am

President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that US sanctions on Iran which were wrong in the first place would be removed soon and foreign investment would pour into the country.

Speaking online in the inauguration of national projects, Rouhani said that this was the 75th inauguration ceremony, which shows the world that Iran is the hub of investment and production.

He hailed Iranians’ resistance during the last 3.5 years of economic terrorism by the US, describing it as being unprecedented in the history of the region and the world.

Referring to the recent US Treasury Department’s announcement on easing hurdles against importing coronavirus-related items, Rouhani said that this was a confession by the US that they blocked everything for the Iranian nation, including humanitarian goods.

The US admitted the fact only once Iran became a producer and exporter of masks and COVID-19 vaccines, the President stressed.

He underlined that despite inflation, the country is replete with any kind of goods, which shows that the economic war has failed to reach its goal of crushing Iran’s economy.

Expressing hope that the US sanctions would be lifted soon, Rouhani said that foreign investment would pour into the country and the free trade zones in Iran should serve as mobilizers in this regard.

He referred to the ties with the Azerbaijan Republic, promising great positive developments in northwest Iran in this regard.

The President also pointed to joint projects with Iraq, like Basra-Shalamcheh railroad which would connect Iran to the Mediterranean.

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

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[l] at 6/21/21 1:43am

 Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman said that the United States once showed during the Trump era that it can arrogantly ignore the interests of other countries, so Iran wants guarantees from the current US administration.

Speaking in his weekly press conference on Monday, Saeed Khatibzadeh answered questions on a wide range of topics.

FM spox congratulates Iran’s President-elect Raeisi

Congratulating the successful holding of the 13th presidential election and winning President-elect Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, Khatibzadeh said, “Over the past 48 hours, more than 45 senior officials from various countries sent congratulatory messages to the President-elect. Twenty-four presidents and prime ministers, four members of parliament, and eighteen senior political and international figures sent congratulatory messages to President-elect, and the process continues.”

Next round to be final round likely

In response to the question of whether the parties to the Vienna talks are going to reach an agreement with the new Iranian administration, he said, “These speculations are not true. All the parties in Vienna talked about the details, but none of them believes that they spent much time in Vienna.”

“Iran’s policy has never been to delay lifting sanctions if possible,” the FM spokesperson stressed. “It is not unlikely that the next round will be the final round, we have to see if all parties make their decisions or not.”

“Diplomats are optimistic, but it is always too early to judge, and we have to see if political decisions are made by all parties,” he added, saying, “The draft is unambiguous and we have reached a clear draft in all working groups. What remains is a political decision rather than a negotiation, and if decisions are made, we can hope to be in the final round of talks.”

New JCPOA not to be negotiated 

In reaction to the recent remarks of US National Security Advisor Sullivan, the Iranian diplomat noted, “Everyone knows that Iran has had a single policy in recent years. There will never be a discussion about a new JCPOA. If he has read the text of the JCPOA, it is stated in it that the full implementation of the JCPOA is a reassurance of the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear activities and the case will be closed. Therefore, if anyone wants to be sure of the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program, it is better to put the full implementation of the JCPOA on its agenda.”

“The best that the United States can think of is to provide the necessary guarantees to return to the JCPOA and not to violate Resolution 2231,” he added.

Iran wants guarantees from current US administration

Answering a question of whether Iran wants guarantees from the current US administration, Khatibzadeh said, “It is true but I won’t talk about details. It is a topic that is being discussed behind closed doors.”

“The United States once showed during the Trump era that it can arrogantly ignore the interests of other countries, so Iran wants guarantees from the current US administration,” he added.

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

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[l] at 6/21/21 1:41am

Iran’s top negotiators in the Vienna talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal said Tehran’s policies are not going to change under the administration of President-elect Ebrahim Raeisi, who will take office in August.

In an interview with Japan’s NHK in Vienna after the conclusion of the sixth round of JCPOA talks on Sunday, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said Iran’s policies are unchanging, irrespective of different administrations.

Asked about Tehran’s stance under the next president, Araqchi said President-elect Raeisi is a realistic and reasonable person, and that Iran’s position will not change even after the transition of government.

Araqchi also stressed that what matters most to Iran is to preserve its national interests, noting that the difficult part of the talks still remains.

The top negotiator also expressed hope that the nuclear talks would conclude during the current administration of President Hassan Rouhani.

The negotiations are closer to a deal than ever, Araqchi told NHK, adding that that negotiators decided to conclude this round and return home not only for further consultations, but also for decision-making.

The deputy minister noted that he hopes to finish the negotiations, and even implement the deal, while the current government is still in office.

The most recent round of efforts to resuscitate the JCPOA began on April 6 to examine the US’ likely return to it.

Three working groups that focus on nuclear issues, the removal of sanctions, and the JCPOA implementation arrangements have held several meetings in Vienna in recent weeks.

The US left the JCPOA in 2018 and restored the economic sanctions that the accord had lifted. Tehran retaliated with remedial nuclear measures that it is entitled to take under the JCPOA’s Paragraph 36.

[Category: Headlines, News, Politics, Iran presidential election 2021, JCPOA, Vienna talks]

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[l] at 6/20/21 9:05am

Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Abbas Araghchi said on Sunday that the remaining important issues of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) require serious decisions in capitals, especially in negotiating states.

The sixth round of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action aka JCPOA Joint Commission meeting between Iran and P4+1 which was chaired by Enrique Mora, the coordinator of the nuclear deal talks in Vienna, ended a while ago.

During the 6th meeting in Vienna, the parties expressed their satisfaction with the ongoing and intensive efforts of the expert teams and examined the results of the current round of talks.

Referring to the progress made in this round of negotiations, especially on the draft texts of the negotiations, Araghchi said that the JCPOA’s remaining important issues require serious decisions in capitals, especially in the countries of negotiating parties.

He called on the negotiating parties to realistically make the necessary decisions with the seriousness and strong will to preserve and revive the JCPOA.

Deputy FM noted that they have made good progress this round and now they are closer to an agreement than ever.

He expressed hope that the final conclusion will reach the next round, saying, he hopes it will reach in the next round, although it cannot be guaranteed.

While confirming the progress made, the heads of other delegations also stressed the need for all parties to participate with a constructive approach in creating the ground for reaching an agreement.

 

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

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[l] at 6/20/21 7:45am

Iran has reported a slight increase in agrifood exports in the two months to May 21 despite continued restrictions imposed at borders because of the coronavirus pandemic, says the country’s Ministry of Agriculture Jihad (MAJ).

MAJ’s deputy for planning and economy Ahmad Ali Keykha said on Saturday that the value of agrifood exports from Iran in the first two months of the current calendar year had reached $896 million, up 2% against the similar period last year.

Exports had increased by 20% year in year in April-May in volume terms, Keykha said, adding that the weight of shipments sent from Iran over the period had amounted to 1.974 million metric tons.

Watermelon topped the list of major agrifood items exported from Iran in the two months to late May with $126 million worth of sales, followed by pistachio at $122 million and tomato at $102 million, said Keikha.

He added that apple and dates exports had also been profitable over the period as they were responsible for nearly $100 million worth of revenues derived from agrifood exports.

The official said, however, that imports of food and farming products into Iran in the two months to May 21 had declined by 18% in value terms to $2.202 billion.

[Category: Economy, News, Iran’s agrifood exports]

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[l] at 6/20/21 6:00am

Russia’s permanent representative to the international organizations in Vienna says a consensus on the revival of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is “within reach” as the parties to the agreement prepare to meet in the framework of the Joint Commission.

“The Joint Commission of JCPOA will meet on Sunday, June 20. It will decide on the way ahead at the Vienna Talks. An agreement on restoration of the nuclear deal is within reach but is not finalized yet,” Mikhail Ulyanov tweeted on Saturday, using an acronym for the official name of the nuclear accord, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Also, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who has traveled to Turkey to take part in Antalya Diplomacy Forum in his tweet on Saturday night highlighted the responsibility of the United States, as the party that exited the nuclear deal and broke the agreement, to fix it.

[Category: News, World, JCPOA, Vienna talks]

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[l] at 6/20/21 5:45am

Stating that almost all JCPOA agreement documents are ready, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs said that the parties will return to the capitals not only for further consultation but also for decision-making.

“Today is the last day of the sixth round of negotiations, and we have gone through very intense days,” said Seyyed Abbas Araghchi on the eve of the meeting of the Joint Commission of the JCPOA on Sunday.

“We are now in a situation that we think almost all the agreement documents are ready,” he added. ” Of the main issues that remained disputed, some have been resolved and some remain, but it has taken on a very precise form and it is quite clear what the dimensions of these disputes are.”

“I think it is time for the other side to decide because the stage for negotiations and a possible agreement is quite clear. They have to make their own decisions,” Araghchi highlighted, stressing, “It is time for all parties to make their final decision.”

The Iranian top negotiator in Vienna talks went on to say, “We will stop the talks and return to the capitals for a few days not just for further consultation but for decision-making. But now, I can not say exactly how many days.”

“My colleagues had very difficult days and worked on the documents until late at night. You know that indirect negotiation is not easy and you have to work to prevent misunderstandings,” he added.

Referring to today’s meeting of the Joint Commission of the JCPOA, Araghchi said, “Today we will have a summary of what has been done so far and we will return to Tehran tonight.”

“Every time we negotiated, we made progress. Some rounds have been more progressive and some rounds have been less. We have made good progress this round and now we are closer to an agreement than ever. I hope we can reach a final conclusion in the next round,” Deputy FM noted.

He also expressed hope that the final conclusion will reach the next round, saying, “I hope it will reach in the next round, but it is certainly not possible to predict whether we will be able to do so in the next round, but I am very hopeful.”

The last meeting of the 6th round of the Joint Commission meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) will be held in Grand Hotel Wien in Vienna on Sunday in presence of delegations of Iran and P4+1 (Germany, France, Russia, China, and the UK).

The meeting will be chaired by Deputy Secretary-General of European Union (EU) Foreign Action Service Enrique Mora and Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for the Political Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araghchi will head the Iranian negotiation team.

It should be noted that the 5th round of the Joint Commission meeting of JCPOA was held in the Austrian capital of Vienna from May 25 to June 2.

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

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[l] at 6/20/21 5:30am

In a trilateral meeting, the foreign ministers of Iran, Turkey and Afghanistan emphasized the active participation of the three countries in the Afghan peace process and the fight against terrorism in the region.

The tripartite meeting of Mohammad Javad Zarif, Mevlut Cavusoglu, and Mohammad Hanif Atmar, the foreign ministers of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Turkey and Afghanistan was held in Antalya, Turkey a few hours ago.

During the meeting, the foreign ministers emphasized the active participation of the three countries in the Afghan peace process and the fight against terrorism in the region.

Transit cooperation with Afghanistan through Iran’s communication routes, as well as the development of economic cooperation with this country were among agreements reached in this meeting.

At the end of the meeting, a trilateral statement was issued by Mohammad Javad Zarif, Mevlut Cavusoglu, and Mohammad Hanif Atmar.

Iranian Ambassador to Turkey Mohammad Farazmand also in a tweet announced the holding of the meeting, saying that trade, transit, migration, drug trafficking and counterterrorism were among the topics discussed at the meeting.

Zarif arrived in Antalya on Thursday, June 17, to attend the Antalya Diplomatic Forum.

He has met with some officials present in Antalya, including the foreign ministers of Iraq, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Croatia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Poland as well as EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell and the Head of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah.

[Category: News, Regional Affairs, Afghanistan peace talks, Antalya Diplomacy Forum]

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[l] at 6/20/21 3:40am

The Iranian Navy’s 74th flotilla of warships has returned to the country’s territorial waters at the southeastern port of Chabahar after sailing in international waters for 91 days.

The flotilla, comprised of Shaheed Naqdi destroyer and Tunb logistical warship, which had been dispatched to the Gulf of Aden and Bab el-Mandeb Strait, arrived in Chabahar port on Saturday after successfully conducting its mission in international waters.

It managed to sail some 14,500 nautical miles, about 29,000 kilometers.

Addressing a ceremony to welcome the fleet, Commander of the Third Naval Zone of Iran’s Navy Rear Admiral Mostafa Tajoddini said the committed and specialist naval forces can easily overcome any problem and obstacle.

He added that the Iranian Navy is now the forerunner of the battle against the enemies’ threats beyond the borders.

The commander noted that the naval forces play an influential role in safeguarding the country’s interests and economic resources, saying the presence of Iranian flotilla in international waters conveys a message of peace and friendship to all world countries.

Over the past few years, Iran’s Navy has increased its presence in high seas to safeguard naval routes and provide security for merchant vessels and tankers.

Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said in April that the enemies of Iran do not dare violate the country’s territorial waters thanks to the powerful presence of the naval forces of the Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in international waters.

[Category: News, Politics, Iran Navy's 74th flotilla of warships, Iran's Chabahar port, Iran's Navy, Naqdi destroyer]

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[l] at 6/20/21 3:30am

The party that withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal was the US, and therefore it has to make up for breaching the agreement, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

In a post on his Twitter account on Saturday, Zarif pointed to the topics he has discussed in the Antalya Diplomacy Forum in Turkey.

“At Antalya Diplomacy Forum, emphasized the imperative of cognitive adjustments,” the top Iranian diplomat said, highlighting three main issues.

“1. Diplomacy not about trust; rather, respecting interest of counterparts,” he said.

“2. US broke JCPOA. Onus on US to fix it,” Zarif added.

“3. Outsiders will leave our region sooner or later. We must seize its ownership,” the Iranian foreign minister underlined.

Zarif has held meetings with many foreign officials on the sidelines of the forum in Antalya.

Iran and the remaining members of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), namely the UK, France, Russia and China plus Germany, have held talks in Vienna since April 6 to revive the agreement.

The US left the JCPOA in 2018 and restored the economic sanctions that the accord had lifted. Tehran retaliated with remedial nuclear measures that it is entitled to take under the JCPOA’s Paragraph 36.

The current negotiations examine the potential of revitalization of the nuclear deal and the US’ likely return to it.

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

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[l] at 6/20/21 3:16am

 Many political leaders and prominent figures in the region and the world in separate messages congratulated Iran’s President-elect Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi for his victory in the 13th presidential election.

In a statement on Saturday afternoon, interior minister Rahmani Fazli announced the final result of the presidential election. Final presidential elections results on Saturday showed that Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi won Friday’s votes by a landslide, gaining 61.95% of the total votes.

Following the announcement of Raeisi’s winning in the 13th presidential election, many political leaders and prominent figures in the region and the world offered their congratulations on his victory.

Afghanistan:

The Head of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah in a message congratulated Ebrahim Raeisi’s victory.

He also expressed hope that With the victory of Raeisi, the relations between the two governments and the two nations in the fields of culture, economy, fight against drug trafficking, as well as the fight against terrorism will be further expanded and strengthened.

Uzbekistan:

Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the President of Uzbekistan, also offered his congratulations to Ebrahim Raeisi on his victory in Friday presidential elections.

Iraqi Kurdistan Region:

In his congratulatory message to President-elect Raeisi, Head of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani expressed hope that the strengthening of Baghdad-Erbil relations with Tehran would be based on good neighborliness and common interests.

Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Masrour Barzani also sent a message on Raeisi’s victory on Sunday. “The Iraqi Kurdistan Region is interested in working with you [Raeisi] to strengthen long-term relations based on mutual interests and respect, and to promote peace and stability in the region.”

Lebanon:

Lebanese Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has offered his congratulation on Raeisi’s victory in the elections.

Venezuela: 

In a message, Nicolas Maduro, the President of Venezuela, congratulated Ebrahim Raeisi on victory in the Iran presidential elections.

“President-elect Ebrahim Raeisi and the Iranian people will enjoy the unconditional support of President Nicolas Maduro in order to deepen the unity of the peoples of the two countries in the face of struggles for social justice, dignity and sovereignty in a troubled world and to continue building a multipolar world,” the message read.

Palestine:

Head of Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas sent a congratulatory message to Raeisi on Sunday, emphasizing the strong will of the Palestinian Authority to strengthen joint cooperation in the interests of the two countries and the two nations.

Belarus:

Alexander Lukashenko, the President of Belarus, congratulated Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi on his victory in the Iranian presidential elections.

“I hope that with your guidance, Iran will be able to overcome all external obstacles and achieve significant progress in economic and social development and that long-term friendly relation with Belarus will continue to be strengthened and expanded in all dimensions,” his message read.

Kazakhstan:

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev sent a congratulatory message to Raeisi on Sunday, saying that he considered Iran as a friendly neighbor in the Caspian region and one of Kazakhstan’s reliable partners in the Islamic world.

He voiced readiness for joint efforts with the President of Iran to further strengthen cooperation in bilateral and multilateral relations.

India:

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has also offered his congratulation on Raeisi’s victory in the elections.

In a tweet on Sunday, Modi wrote, “Congratulations to His Excellency Ebrahim Raeisi on his election as President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. I look forward to working with him to further strengthen the warm ties between India and Iran.”

[Category: News, Politics, Ebrahim Raisi, Iran presidential election 2021]

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[l] at 6/20/21 3:16am

 Many political leaders and prominent figures in the region and the world in separate messages congratulated Iran’s President-elect Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi for his victory in the 13th presidential election.

In a statement on Saturday afternoon, interior minister Rahmani Fazli announced the final result of the presidential election. Final presidential elections results on Saturday showed that Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi won Friday’s votes by a landslide, gaining 61.95% of the total votes.

Following the announcement of Raeisi’s winning in the 13th presidential election, many political leaders and prominent figures in the region and the world offered their congratulations on his victory.

Afghanistan:

The Head of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah in a message congratulated Ebrahim Raeisi’s victory.

He also expressed hope that With the victory of Raeisi, the relations between the two governments and the two nations in the fields of culture, economy, fight against drug trafficking, as well as the fight against terrorism will be further expanded and strengthened.

Uzbekistan:

Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the President of Uzbekistan, also offered his congratulations to Ebrahim Raeisi on his victory in Friday presidential elections.

Iraqi Kurdistan Region:

In his congratulatory message to President-elect Raeisi, Head of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani expressed hope that the strengthening of Baghdad-Erbil relations with Tehran would be based on good neighborliness and common interests.

Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Masrour Barzani also sent a message on Raeisi’s victory on Sunday. “The Iraqi Kurdistan Region is interested in working with you [Raeisi] to strengthen long-term relations based on mutual interests and respect, and to promote peace and stability in the region.”

Lebanon:

Lebanese Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has offered his congratulation on Raeisi’s victory in the elections.

Venezuela: 

In a message, Nicolas Maduro, the President of Venezuela, congratulated Ebrahim Raeisi on victory in the Iran presidential elections.

“President-elect Ebrahim Raeisi and the Iranian people will enjoy the unconditional support of President Nicolas Maduro in order to deepen the unity of the peoples of the two countries in the face of struggles for social justice, dignity and sovereignty in a troubled world and to continue building a multipolar world,” the message read.

Palestine:

Head of Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas sent a congratulatory message to Raeisi on Sunday, emphasizing the strong will of the Palestinian Authority to strengthen joint cooperation in the interests of the two countries and the two nations.

Belarus:

Alexander Lukashenko, the President of Belarus, congratulated Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi on his victory in the Iranian presidential elections.

“I hope that with your guidance, Iran will be able to overcome all external obstacles and achieve significant progress in economic and social development and that long-term friendly relation with Belarus will continue to be strengthened and expanded in all dimensions,” his message read.

Kazakhstan:

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev sent a congratulatory message to Raeisi on Sunday, saying that he considered Iran as a friendly neighbor in the Caspian region and one of Kazakhstan’s reliable partners in the Islamic world.

He voiced readiness for joint efforts with the President of Iran to further strengthen cooperation in bilateral and multilateral relations.

India:

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has also offered his congratulation on Raeisi’s victory in the elections.

In a tweet on Sunday, Modi wrote, “Congratulations to His Excellency Ebrahim Raeisi on his election as President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. I look forward to working with him to further strengthen the warm ties between India and Iran.”

[Category: News, Politics, Ebrahim Raisi, Iran presidential election 2021]

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