• US cannot avoid staying with JCPOA: Lebanon analyst

    Beirut� US President Donald Trump and his administration have no way but to maintain the Iran nuclear deal, said a Lebanese Middle East analyst in a recent interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

    ‘It is not simple for Trump to withdraw from an agreement signed by former US administration,’ Sami Nader said.

    Nader said for some reasons the US president has to stay committed with the international nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

    ‘There are two main reasons; firstly, the other five parties involved in the deal have proved that they are committed to the nuclear accord while they believe the JCPOA is in line with preventing development of nuclear weapons,’ he said.

    ‘Secondly, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis, as well as National Security Advisor HR McMaster and Secretary of State John Kelly as main members of US administration verify the Iran Deal and believe that it has been functioning appropriately,’ he added.

    But, the Lebanese Middle East expert went on to argue that Trump is after changing the nuclear accord by adding some articles to it and eliminating others.

    ‘In my opinion, President Trump first wants to remove the 12-year sunset clause stipulated in the deal to stop Iran from resuming its nuclear activities after that time,’ Nader said.

    ‘Then he [Trump] wants to add to the deal the issue of Iran’s ballistic missile program, while urging Iran to provide inspectors [full] access to its sites,’ he said.

    The Lebanese analyst stressed that Iran has fulfilled its JCPOA commitments.

    ‘The Europeans rightly believe that Iran will stay committed to the nuclear accord and even the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly emphasized Iran’s commitment to the JCPOA,’ Nader said.

    Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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  • Indonesian MP urges Muslims to resolve problems via dialogue

    Kuala Lumpur� A senior member of Indonesia’s parliament said she is attending a parliamentary conference of the Islamic World with the hope that Muslims can find solutions to their problems through cooperation and dialogue.

    ‘I will take part in the coming meeting of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Conference Member States (PUOICM) with the opposing stance to any interference in Iran’s internal affairs,’ Nour Hayati Ali Al Saggaf head of Inter-parliamentary Committee of Indonesian Parliament said at Jakarta airport on Thursday night before departing for Tehran.

    As to the goals of her visit to Iran, the lawmaker said she will represent his people at the meeting of PUOICM with the hope that through engagement with other members, the Islamic World can take steps towards resolving the problems.

    Regretting the killing of women and children in wars that have been waged among Muslim countries, including the one in Yemen, the Indonesian legislator said, ‘Islam is the religion of peace, and we, as Muslims, have been advised to use dialogue to solve our problems.’

    The 13th meeting of PUOICM will be held in Tehran January 13-17 to be hosted by Iran’s Parliament (Majlis).

    ‘Iran and Indonesia are both located in Asia, and geographically they are just hours of flight away from each other, so their relations can be boosted, particularly in the economic sphere, to the benefit of the people of the two countries,’ the Indonesian lawmaker said on bilateral relations.

    Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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  • Bosnia supports Iran’s stability, peace, progress

    Belgrade� Muslim member of Bosnia-Herzegovina Presidential Council Baqer Ezzat Begovich stressed the need for promoting ties with Iran, saying that the country will continue to support stability, peace and progress in Iran.

    In a meeting with Iran’s Ambassador in Sarajevo Mahmoud Heidari late on Tuesday, he referred to Tehran-Sarajevo excellent relations, expressing the Bosnian government and people’s gratitude for Iran’s support.

    Heydari, for his part, pointed to Iran’s resolve to promote ties with Bosnia-Herzegovina in all fields, underlining wide difference between popular demands and violent riots.

    US and Zionist regime’s illegal interference and their conspicuous backing to rioters revealed that they are dreaming to destabilize Iran but despite the will of ill-wishers, Iran will remain the most stable country of the Middle East to be forerunner in fight against terrorist groups and their sponsors, said the Iranian ambassador.

    Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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  • President Rouhani orders examining situation of Iranian oil tanker

    Tehran� Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ordered use of total national capacities to improve the status of employees of Iranian oil tanker that collided with a bulk freighter in China’s eastern coast.

    President Rouhani in a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Petroleum Minister Bijan Zangeneh and Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi called for the use of all national and regional capacities to speed up recognition of the oil tanker’s employees’ status.

    He called for adopting ‘legal measures’ to receive compensation for the collision.

    The President urged talking with the neighboring littoral states to help extinguishing the fire.

    An Iranian tanker carrying condensates collided with a Chinese freight ship in East China coast on Saturday night, and the 32 members of the crew have gone missing. One body was found on Monday.

    Bahrami said an American company has expressed readiness to help control the incident, but it was not equipped enough to bring the help soon.

    The found body transported to China’s Shanghai Port belongs to an Iranian crew, but his identity is not clear yet, the official said.

    The tanker is still burning after three days.

    Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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  • UN’s ‘No to Trump’ adds to US defeats: Iran

    Tehran� The negative response to Trump and his administration during the UN Security Council’s emergency meeting on the recent protests in Iran was the continuation of the US defeats in the world, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said here on Monday.

    The ‘No’ which was said to the US administration by the participating nations in the UNSC emergency meeting on Iran held after Trump’s call, was another defeat of Washington in foreign policy and in the regional and global arenas, Bahram Qasemi told reporters during a weekly press briefing.

    ‘The global community and the members of the UNSC did show that the new era is different, and that they don’t follow Trump and the US.’

    US President Donald Trump’s move to refer the internal affair of a country [Iran] to the UN Security Council, which faced a ‘big no’, can be another lesson to the US president, Qasemi added.

    A day after the emergency meeting held at the UN on recent unrests in Iran on Friday, the Iranian foreign minister tweeted The UNSC rebuffed the US’ naked attempt to hijack its mandate.’

    ‘Majority emphasized the need to fully implement the JCPOA and to refrain from interfering in internal affairs of others. Another FP [foreign policy] blunder for the Trump administration, Zarif wrote.

    Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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  • Turkey opposes foreign powers meddling in Iran internal affairs

    Ankara� Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday that security and stability in Iran is so important for Turkey that his country opposes interference of foreign powers in Iran’s domestic affairs.

    He told reporters that determination of Iran’s fate and any change in its sovereignty should be done by its own people and interference of foreign powers could be a danger for Iran’s security and stability as Turkey is strongly opposed to it.

    The Turkish foreign minister also assessed as logical and positive the reaction by senior Iranian officials before the recent unrests, and said that the Iranians should keep distance from any violence and foreign provocation and declare their protests through legal methods and fortunately President Hassan Rouhani respected people’s right to civil protests.

    Recent street protests in Iran had wide reaction in Turkey and many Turkish political experts and officials expressed their points of views on this issue.

    Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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