Post by TsarSamuil on Jan 28, 2016 16:19:20 GMT -5
Tehran hosts ceremony in commemoration of non-Muslim martyrs.
PressTV News Videos Jan 28, 2016
For the first time in Iran, a ceremony has been held in the capital Tehran to commemorate non-Muslim martyrs who lost their lives during the Iran-Iraq war. The event was attended by Christian, Jewish and Zoroastrian community leaders as well as family members of the martyrs. A number of Muslim families were also present at the ceremony.
I wish the Alawites were a more influential partner than Mullah-Iran. I can't stand the "Islamic revolution" jabbering, no matter if from Sunnite or Shiitic side.
Addressing a conference in Mehdishahr city of Semnan Province, Mohammad Javad Larijani expressed satisfaction towards omnipresence of the Islamic Revolution in Europe and asserted that the success was achieved through patience and insight of the Iranian nation. …
He said the Islamic Revolution brought about two experiences and political currents; “one was the establishment of a new system in the geographical region of Iran and the other being the beginning of Islamic Awakening in the Muslim world.” …
Larijani further said the Islamic Republic of Iran has created the greatest democracy in the Middle East; “today, we need to raise insights in order to confront the Zionists.”
Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 10, 2016 15:12:19 GMT -5
The Iranian speaks so much nonsense...he says Iran is in the middle east, it isn't. As for spread of islam, it's a Sunni expansion..that Larijani is making a bunch of silly claims to boost his ego..
Yeah, I don't like the mullahs either, would have prefered Mossadeqs Iran, before the Shah..yes the Alawites are better right now, they also celebrate Christmas so they seem to have not fully abandoned their Christian roots, while Iran has never been Christian..
..my mother's priest once said that Iran one day will be conquered by Orthodox Christianity, I don't know about that...but they need to become less islamists and instead more nationalist oriented..
Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 15, 2016 19:17:37 GMT -5
Iran Completes Eurasian Golden Triangle.
Iran, Russia, and China now set to change the current Western course of wars and destruction in favor of cooperation, development, peace and prosperity
RI F. William Engdahl (New Eastern Outlook) Sat, Feb 13, 2016 | 3,895
Sometimes profound tectonic shifts in the global politics arise from least noticed events. Such is the situation with Iran and the recent visit to Teheran of China’s President Xi Jinping. What emerged from the talks confirms that the vital third leg of what will become a genuine Eurasian Golden Triangle, of nations committed to peaceful economic development, is now in place. Now Iran, Russia and China have all indicated a will to cooperate that has the potential to change the current Western course of wars and destruction in favor of peace and cooperation. Consider some aspects of recent events since lifting of economic sanctions on Teheran only days ago.
What emerges in the public announcements following talks between China’s President and all top Iranian leaders from Prime Minister Rouhani to Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, merely hints at what is clearly a profound shift in the relations between China and Iran. On January 23, an official Chinese Xinhua news agency statement on Xi’s Iran trip, the first by any Chinese leader in fourteen years, declared the visit will, “lift their ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership.” In Teheran the Chinese President noted, “China stands ready to work with Iran to seize the momentum and further elevate our relationship and practical cooperation, so as to usher in a new chapter for our ties featuring comprehensive, long-term and stable development.”
Developing the economic fibers
The content of that cooperation is of a major geopolitical and geo-economical importance for not merely Eurasia, but for the world. Iran has just formally requested to join the world’s most important infrastructure project, China’s One Belt, One Road initiative, often called the New Silk Road Economic Initiative. The New Silk Road initiative was first proposed during a September 2013 meeting in Astana between Xi and Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan today is also a member with Russia of the Eurasian Economic Union and also of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Keep these various threads of an evolving economic fiber in mind as we proceed.
Since that initial 2013 discussion in Astana, the One Belt, One Road has begun to transform the political and economic map of all Eurasia. Last year in talks in Moscow just prior to the May 9 Russian Victory Day celebrations, where Xi was a specially honored guest, Vladimir Putin announced that the Eurasian Economic Union–Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan–will formally integrate its own infrastructure development with China’s New Economic Silk Road.
Now the formal addition of Iran to the expanding Eurasian Silk Road is a giant positive step. It will allow Iran to break years of economic isolation and Western sanctions, and to do so over land where NATO color revolutions and other shenanigans are rendered largely impotent. It will open for the rest of Eurasia, especially China, but also Russia, vast new economic potentials.
Iran’s extraordinary resources
Iran has a young, educated population of more than 80 million, more than half under 35 years old, and a strategic land expanse twice the size of the state of Texas. It has the ninth highest literacy rate in the world–82% of the adult population, and 97% among young adults between 15 and 24 without gender discrepancy. Iran has 92 universities, 512 online University branches, and 56 research and technology institutes around the country with almost four million university students, one million of them medical students. One third or 31% are studying in Engineering and construction programs, one of the highest rates in theworld. Iran today is not the primitive backwater many American policymakers imagine it to be. I’ve witnessed that first hand.
The country has also been blessed with vast undeveloped economic resources, not only its huge reserves of oil and natural gas. It is situated adjacent to Armenia and Azerbaijan on the north, Afghanistan and Pakistan on the east, and Iraq and Turkey on the west. The Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman lie south, and the Caspian Sea—the largest inland body of water in the world—lies to the north, giving Iran most of the water needed for its agriculture.
In terms of other natural resources it has one of the world’s largest copper reserves, as well as bauxite, coal, iron ore, lead, and zinc. Iran also has valuable deposits of aluminum, chromite, gold, manganese, silver, tin, and tungsten, as well as various gemstones, such as amber, agate, lapis lazuli, and turquoise. It’s a beautiful, rich country, as I can personally attest.
Now, by connecting the country to the expanding network of high-speed rail infrastructure in Eurasia’s One Belt, One Road, Iran’s future will become firmly tied to the most vibrant economic space on the planet–Eurasia–from the Pacific to India to Russia and, whenever the EU decides to stop being suicidal vassals to a Washington gone mad, also to Europe.
Notably, the peaceful economic relations between Iran and China go back some 2,000 years, when Persia was a key part of the ancient Silk Road trade route from China to the west. That fact was underscored by President XI. For the past six years, China has been Iran’s largest trading partner, which, despite western sanctions, reached $52 billion in 2014. That is now set to vastly increase, as Western sanctions are gone.
Iran as NATO pawn?
There are some who have speculated in recent months that, with US sanctions now lifted, Iran will become a pawn of Washington geopolitical games. While the Obama Administration clearly would relish the prospect, it will not happen. A recent event that has been covered up in Western, especially USA media coverage, illustrates Iran’s clear intent to defend its autonomy and sovereignty, much as her allies China and Russia do, all to the chagrin of NATO and the Pentagon.
In early January Iran seized two US Navy small ships that had violated its territorial waters in the Persian Gulf. They were captured and boarded and the 10 sailors on board taken into custody before being released, unharmed, allowed to continue their journey in their own boats. Their boats had “wandered” into Iranian territorial waters around Farsi Island.
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter claimed it was “apparently” because of mechanical and navigational failure. Farsi is the home base for the naval wing of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, in the center of the Gulf. Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, the commander of the naval branch of the Revolutionary Guard, publicly agreed with Carter, stating to press, “They were positioned in that area due to the failure of their navigation systems and they were not aware of being close to Farsi Island.”
Admiral Ali Fadavi was being diplomatic and more than a bit coy. Farsi Island is one of the most strategic bases in Iran, home to Iran’s maritime unconventional warfare force. The US claims that their two boats “lost” their GPS satellite abilities at precisely the same time, and the Secretary of Defense claims that he isn’t sure what happened? That the two boats also lost radio communication and all other communication during the incident, is a huge embarrassment for the US Navy, who only recently described Iran as an “ox-cart technology culture.”
The loss of all communication equipment and GPS systems on two US Navy boats at the same time means one thing: Iran has developed highly sophisticated electronic means to blind the GPS guidance systems essential to all operations of the world’s most powerful navy. Iran is no ox cart technology culture. In cooperation with Russia and Syria in the war to defeat ISIS, Iran has demonstrated it is no push-over as was Saddam Hussein’s Iraq in 2003. And, despite years of US sanctions, Iran today in military terms is not comparable to Iran during the US-instigated Iran-Iraq war in the 1980’s.
The recent incident recalls the event on December 4, 2011 when a US a Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel spy drone, the premier spy drone in the US fleet, crashed into the Iranian countryside. Iran claimed its electronic warfare unit brought the plane down. Washington laughed. Iran was right. They didn’t just down the aircraft, they took control of it mid-flight: “Using its knowledge of the frequency Iran initiated its ‘electronic ambush’ by jamming the bird’s communications frequencies, forcing it into auto-pilot. By putting noise [jamming] on the communications, you force the bird into autopilot. This is where the bird loses its brain.’” Iran managed to guide the drone to a peaceful landing inside Iran with the drone “believing” it was Afghanistan. This most recent Iranian capture of two US Navy boats well in Iranian waters by sophisticated electronic jamming says that Iran is hardly bowing before the temple of Washington power. She has become a very formidable military force. This ability for self-defense is very important in today’s hostile world.
Now, with Iran a formal partner in the Eurasian New Silk Road infrastructure development, and with US sanctions finally lifted, Iran will certainly be formally admitted as a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization at their next annual meeting this summer. Iran currently has SCO Observer status.
Presently SCO members include China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and most recently, India and Pakistan.
In coming months the SCO, if present dynamics continue, will form the seed crystal of an emerging unified Eurasia, cooperating economically, politically, and importantly, militarily, as well as in counter-terrorism. It will tend to become the forum where vital issues among all SCO member nations will be worked out, as the Chinese are fond of saying, on a “win-win” manner.
We’re seeing the emergence of a true Eurasian Golden Triangle with China, Russia and Iran as the three key points. With the stated plan to route the Silk Road rail infrastructure to assist the mining of new gold for currency backing of the Eurasian member states, including now Iran with its significant own unexploited gold, the hyper-inflated, debt-bloated dollar system is gaining a formidable positive alternative, one committed to peace and development. Isn’t that a nice prospect?
Iran: First Chinese train arrives in Tehran as part of New Silk Road Initiative.
Ruptly TV Feb 15, 2016
The first regular container train travelling from China to Iran arrived in Tehran on Monday, completing its 17-day inaugural journey as part of China's New Silk Road Initiative.
SOT, Sadaf Sabaghian, commercial director of PTV Company (English): "This route is comparative and compatible with regard to sea transportation. Sea transportation usually takes minimum 25 to 30 days up to Bandar Abbas, another seven days from Bandar Abbas to Tehran while it is only coming in 14 days by railway and the cost is also effective in comparison with air cargo transporation."
Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 29, 2016 21:59:12 GMT -5
Iranian moderates secure majority in parliament and assembly of experts.
RT.com 29 Feb, 2016 19:15
Iran’s reformists and moderate conservatives have won a parliamentary majority, according to election results released by the Interior Ministry. Earlier, it was announced that the moderates also secured a win in the Assembly of Experts vote.
Reformists who back extended relationships with western countries won about 85 seats in the parliament, while moderate conservatives got another 73 seats, thus being able to secure a 54 percent majority in the 290-seat legislature in case they form a coalition, AP reported citing Iranian state TV.
At the same time, hard-liners, who opposed Iran’s nuclear deal with the world powers signed in July 2015, won only 68 seats, which equals 23 percent of the total number of seats in the parliament.
Five more seats will go to religious minorities and the remaining 59 seats will be allocated in a runoff, which is expected to be held in April, according to AP.
Earlier it was announced that reformist-backed candidates aligned with President Hassan Rouhani won all 30 parliamentary seats in the country’s capital of Tehran The voter turnout for the elections was 62 percent, according to Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli.
Earlier on Monday, it was announced that Iran’s moderates also won a majority of seats in the Assembly of Experts, a clerical body charged with electing the Supreme Leader of Iran and monitoring his activities as well as with removing him. Moderates got 52 seats in the 88-member assembly securing a 59 percent majority.
The Assembly’s next term, lasting until 2024, is very likely to choose the next Supreme Leader of Iran. Because of 76-year-old Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s age, his successor could well be among those elected this week.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who both belong to the moderate camp, also won seats in the Assembly of Experts. At the same time, several prominent hard-liners, including Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, were also re-elected.
Jannati is the head of the Guardian Council, which is a constitutional watchdog that pre-approves election candidates. However, the current leader of the Assembly of Experts, Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, who is also a member of the hard-liners’ camp, was not re-elected.
The outgoing parliament is dominated by hard-liners, otherwise known as “principlists,” who currently hold 65 percent of the seats. The principlists were largely skeptical about Iranian President Rouhani’s policy of re-engagement with the West. However, the incoming parliament is expected to be more favorable towards his political course that started with the July 2015 nuclear deal.
Russia to open ‘green corridors’ for Iranian goods.
RT.com 1 Mar, 2016 10:18
Moscow wants to ease customs procedures for Iranian agricultural products and speed up their delivery, according to Russian Deputy Agriculture Minister Sergey Levin.
During a two-day visit to Iran he said the southern Russian ports of Makhachkala and Astrakhan on the Caspian Sea will receive Iranian goods. Russia's Republic of Dagestan in the North Caucasus is expected to become the main receiving center.
"The idea of creating green corridors for Iranian products is a very good initiative. We fully support it and are ready to contribute to fulfilling this project,” said the head of Dagestan Ramazan Abdullatipov. “Our port in Makhachkala is the only ice-free port ready to accept any volumes of goods," he added.
A huge logistics center could be also created in Dagestan to further distribute produce to other Russian regions, Abdullatipov said.
In November Russia and Iran agreed on developing economic ties, with Moscow promising to provide a $5 billion state loan to Tehran for promotion of industrial cooperation. The loan is expected to boost trade between the two countries. The target is to reach $10 billion, from the current $1.6 billion.
The two countries have selected 35 priority projects in energy, port facilities, and railway electrification.
Post by TsarSamuil on Mar 22, 2016 13:44:20 GMT -5
Khamenei says Iran still faces problems in international financial system, blames US.
RT.com 20 Mar, 2016 21:07
Iran’s leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has blamed the US for difficulties his country faces in the international financial system despite the landmark nuclear deal, saying Washington removed sanctions only "on paper."
"In Western countries and places which are under US influence, our banking transactions and the repatriation of our funds from their banks face problems... because [banks] fear the Americans," the Supreme Leader said in a televised address on Sunday, as quoted by Reuters.
Saying that the Iranian nation has no choice but to either comply with Washington or "permanently withstand the pressure of America," Khamenei said that "the Americans have not acted on their promises and [only] removed the sanctions on paper."
Not only does the current US leadership act in a way to prevent "big corporations, big institutions and big banks" from dealing with Tehran, but candidates running for the US presidency also display hostility towards his nation, the top Iranian leader said.
"The candidates for the American presidency have competed to vilify Iran in their speeches, and this is a sign of hostility," he said in a speech marking the start of the Iranian New Year, Nowruz.
Saying that there will be "both opportunities and threats" for the nation in the year ahead, Khamenei called for "the people of Iran [to] do something to liberate themselves from vulnerabilities in the face of the enemies' threats."
Proclaiming economy "the first priority... the most urgent and essential one" in the new year for Iran, the country's leader said that the "cure" for problems like unemployment and inflation is in boosting domestic production and "economic resistance."
"With the economy of resistance, we can fight unemployment and recession, control inflation and confront the threats of enemies," he said.
Nuclear-related sanctions against Iran have been lifted earlier this year, after years of international talks. After the breakthrough nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, including the US, was implemented in January, expectations of economic recovery in the Middle Eastern country were running high, with Iran placing its hopes on renewed foreign investment and resumed oil sales.
Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 11, 2016 17:13:53 GMT -5
Russia & Iran negotiate canal from Caspian Sea to Persian Gulf.
RT.com 8 Apr, 2016 10:22
Moscow and Tehran are holding talks on digging a ship canal from the Caspian Sea to the Persian Gulf, said Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanai, speaking to students in St. Petersburg. Any canal linking the two has to go through Iran.
"Yes, this issue is being discussed", said the ambassador on Thursday without specifying details, quoted by TASS.
The Caspian Sea is the largest enclosed inland body of water in the world. Its coastline is 7,000 kilometers long and is bordered by Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Azerbaijan.
Also on Thursday, Russia, Azerbaijan and Iran agreed to speed up the talks on a North-South transport corridor, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Part of it will go along the western coast of the Caspian Sea from Russia to Iran through Azerbaijan.
The North-South corridor, when built, is expected to significantly reduce the time of cargo transport from India to Central Asia and Russia. At present, it takes about 40 days to ship goods from Mumbai in India to Moscow. The new route will be able to cut this time to 14 days.
The corridor will also bypass the overloaded and expensive Suez Canal.
‘No Hormuz passage’: Iran's navy highly dangerous to US, top general warns.
RT.com 4 May, 2016 12:49
Iranian naval forces are strong and can counter any opponent, including the US, if a conflict arises over the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a senior general warned.
“We have developed a powerful Navy in the IRGC and the Armed Forces, capable of defending the country’s interests and independence,” said Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), in a televised broadcast Tuesday.
He said last year's incident in which 10 US sailors were arrested after straying into Iranian territorial waters and released through diplomatic channels proved that the Americans respected the strength of the Iranian forces.
General Salami added that Iran would be in its right to defend from possible hostile actions by the US in the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway through which a significant part of the world oil trade is conducted.
Citing the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), he said “we have to counter any harmful and ill-intended passage through Strait of Hormuz.”
“We warn the US and its allies against any threatening passage through Hormuz, for if it ever happens, we will have no other choice but act according to the 1982 Convention,” he said, as quoted by Mehr news agency.
He specifically warned against any opposition to Iranian military drills, which it conducts on regular basis.
“This is our lawful right,” he said. “We will not allow any power or country to make decisions in regard to our defense measures and deterrent exercises.”
Washington and Tehran are at an odd point in their long-strained relations at the moment. Last year their relations became somewhat warmer after striking a deal, under which Iran abandoned parts of its nuclear industry in return for relief of international sanctions.
The tension has since been ratcheted up. Washington is accusing Iran of developing rocket technologies in violation of UN Security Council resolutions, an allegation that Tehran denies. Iran for its part is accusing the US of stalling the lifting of sanctions it had imposed on its banking sector, which it was supposed to lift under the nuclear deal.
Post by TsarSamuil on May 18, 2016 11:22:40 GMT -5
‘Scared to death’ of US retaliation, Europe shuns trade with Iran.
RT.com 13 May, 2016 13:41
European businesses that want to continue working with the American financial systems know that if they are caught cooperating with Iranian enterprises the US would go after them, Jacob Hornberger, Director of the Future of Freedom Foundation, told RT.
Despite the nuclear deal reached with Iran, the US still prohibits Iran's access to America's financial system.
RT: Iran says it's not getting the economic relief it was promised. Do you think they have a fair point?
Jacob Hornberger: I think they do. This is pretty much standard for the US government: they make a deal and then they double-cross the other side on the deal. Everybody understood that when the deal was made that all of the sanctions would be lifted and the spirit of the agreement was that that would include all of these other sanctions and regulations that punish European countries and other countries from dealing with Iran. Now these countries are scared to death because the regulations have not been lifted and they have reason to be scared. If they violate these regulations there is no doubt that the US government would go after them, seize their assets. What everybody thought was an agreement to lift all of these sanctions, rules and regulations hasn’t turned out that way.
RT: US Secretary of State John Kerry says Europeans are using Washington's policies as an excuse to avoid doing business with Iran. Why would he say that if that is so clear that many European countries would face a lot of problems if they did do deals with Iran?
JH: Well, the Native Americans had an apt term for this type of thing. They called it ‘speaking with a forked tongue.’ What Kerry is doing is just speaking out of both sides of his mouth. He is acting like he’s innocent, that he doesn’t know what is going on. But these European countries know full well the extent of these regulations. And so does Kerry. He is just playing the innocent and sort of laying the responsibility on these European countries and acting like they don’t want to do business with Iran.
But the fact is they do want to do business, but they are scared to death of these other regulations that the government would use as a sledgehammer if they’re caught trading with Iran. We see this time and time again with other countries. We see it with the embargo on Cuba. We see it with the sanctions on North Korea. If anybody violates these rules and regulations of the US government, the government goes after them.
We have to understand here that all these sanctions, embargoes and so forth are totally illegitimate from a moral standpoint. A country that prides itself on what is called free enterprise and free markets is one where enterprise and economic activity is totally free of government control, interference and regulation. No government should be involved with controlling and regulating economic activity. And that is exactly what the US government does with these sanctions.
RT: It can do that, can’t it? It essentially controls the US dollar. Many people need to use the US dollar for international transactions. Is there a way around the US dollar when it comes to international dealings with Iran?
JH: They can’t afford to do that, because if they are caught in any kind of technical violation, the US government will go after them. It will bar them from using the US banks, interacting with US financial institutions; in a worst case it will just seize their assets here in the US. Every company in Europe knows that if it wants to have anything to do with the American financial systems, it cannot afford to take that chance.
Russia to provide Iran with €2.5 billion infrastructure loan.
RT.com 6 Jun, 2016 14:35
Moscow is ready to loan Tehran up to €2.5 billion for infrastructure projects, said Russia's Deputy Finance Minister Sergey Storchak.
According to the minister, the allocation of the funds depends on contracts between Russian and Iranian companies. “Not all the risk can be calculated at the development stage. Building railways is one example. The area is mountainous, the costs may increase or decrease,” Storchak said.
The deputy minister adds that the Ministry of Finance expects Kremlin approval for the loan within two weeks.
In November, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow is ready to provide up to $5 billion in state loans to Tehran to promote industrial cooperation. Another €2 billion export loan will be granted to Iran by Russian state lender VEB.
Russia and Iran have selected 35 priority projects in energy, port facilities, and railway electrification, according to Putin.
Among these projects is a €1.2 billion contract with Russian Railways to electrify 495 kilometers of railway, linking north-central Iran to the northeastern border with Turkmenistan. The three-year project will also include building 32 stations and 95 tunnels, significantly improving Russian transit through Iran.
Technopromexport, a subsidiary of Russia's state corporation Rostec, signed an agreement to construct a power station in Iran. The plant's four generators will have a capacity of 350 megawatts.
Tehran has invited Sofia to take part in a new transport corridor linking the Islamic Republic with Armenia and Georgia and crossing the Black Sea, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has said.
Borisov is leading a Bulgarian ministerial and entrepreneurial delegation to Iran on Monday and Tuesday.
The transport corridor is not only limited to carrying goods, "but even gas", the Bulgarian National Radio quotes him as saying.
Bulgaria's participation could begin "as soon as now" through the infrastructure of the Varna and Burgas ports.
An expert meeting will be held in Sofia bringing together representatives of the four countries, he has added.
The Prime Minister has made his comments after a meeting with Iran's First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri.
He has highlighted energy and tourism as the main issues that have been discussed.
The idea of a transport corridor linking Bulgaria and Iran has been in the air for months, after a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the two countries' governments. Reports then suggested the main goal was to bypass Turkey in view of increased terror activity in the country.
On the other highlight of the visit - Bulgaria's effort to find a buyer of a nuclear reactor - Borisov has added that any specifics will be discussed during the meeting of the two countries' energy ministers on Monday afternoon.
Bulgaria: Iran Invites Bulgaria to Join New Transport Corridor Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and Iran's First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri. Photo: GIS
Last Edit: Jul 13, 2016 8:26:19 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
UNity: Tehran, Moscow & Washington show rare solidarity in bashing UN report on Iran nuke deal.
RT.com 19 Jul, 2016 10:50
The latest report by the UN chief regarding the Iran nuclear deal has come under fire from Russia, Iran and the US at the same time. They disagree with it, saying it contains “gross factual mistakes” and labeling it “unbalanced and biased.”
“Let us be straight: the United Nations secretary-general’s report to the Security Council does not fit the necessary business rhythm,” Russian Ambassador to the UNSC Vitaly Churkin told his colleagues on Monday.
“The document is politically-motivated and goes far beyond the frames of factual summary of the course of the implementation of Security Council Resolution 2231," Churkin added, according to TASS. "Moreover, it contains a lot of irrelevant information [and] gross factual mistakes."
He also accused the UN chief of “unacceptable” use of “unverified data taken from the mass media or obtained from certain countries.”
The US appeared to be equally unhappy with the report, with Ambassador to the UNSC Samantha Power voicing the American stance.
"The United States disagrees strongly with elements of this report, including that its content goes beyond the appropriate scope. We understand that Iran also disagrees strongly with parts of the report," Power told the council.
Iran does disagree with the report, with Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi having described it as “unbalanced and biased” just prior to the UNSC meeting.
He also lashed out at Washington, saying the report was “prepared under open pressure by the United States.”
Qassemi called the allegations in the report “unfounded,” emphasizing that "Iran’s ballistic missiles by no means fall within the jurisdiction of Resolution 2231, because they have not been designed to carry nuclear warheads and the Islamic Republic of Iran will, therefore, not allow anyone to even opine about its defense system.”
Ban Ki-moon’s report said that the ballistic missile launches by Iran in March were at odds with the deal, and "not consistent with the constructive spirit" of the agreement.
"I call upon Iran to refrain from conducting such ballistic missile launches since they have the potential to increase tensions in the region," the UN chief wrote in his first biannual report to the 15-member Security Council.
Last year, Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany) made a deal with Iran to make sure that its nuclear program is peaceful.
The agreement said that Iran should eliminate its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium, cut its stockpile of low-enriched uranium, and reduce by about two-thirds the number of its gas centrifuges.
Iran also agreed to let the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to monitor the status of the deal, and to check if Tehran complies with the conditions.
In return, the US, the EU, and the UN Security Council pledged to lift the sanctions linked with the nuclear sector.
Last week, Iran attempted to launch a new type of ballistic missile, the fourth in a series of launches that have been ongoing this year. Iran's development of the technology has raised concerns that it could equip the missiles with nuclear warheads, which Tehran insists it does not possess.
Tehran is "called upon" to refrain from work on ballistic missiles for up to eight years under Security Council resolution. While the resolution is not regarded by key powers as legally-binding. Still, Ban’s report urged UNSC to decide if Iran had violated the resolution.
Post by TsarSamuil on Sept 21, 2016 13:52:53 GMT -5
Russian-Iranian bank may ditch the US dollar.
RT.com 15 Sep, 2016 14:43
Moscow and Tehran are actively working on opening a joint bank with plans to carry out operations in national currencies, according to the former president of the Russia-Iran Friendship Society Bahram Amirahmadiyan.
The decision on setting up the bank was agreed last year but Western sanctions against Tehran have been the main obstacle.
“Of course, the prospect of Russian banks opening in Iran is very attractive and important because it can widen and improve our economic cooperation,” Amirahmadiyan told Sputnik news agency, adding that banking cooperation between the two countries has a long history.
According to the official, Moscow and Tehran want to carry out all trade operations in national currencies but the plan has yet to be resolved.
“At the moment, all banking operations between Russia and Iran are carried out in dollars or euro. It's very inconvenient, because all these operations are controlled either by the EU or US central banks," Amirahmadiyan said.
He added the Russian ruble could also benefit from the bank's entry into the Iranian market, which would enable Iranian companies to buy Russian goods in rubles.
“I also think the Russian ruble can strengthen a lot on the Iranian currency market, and become a very attractive currency… I hope the same will happen to the Iranian rial in Russia,” he said.
Bilateral trade between Russia and Iran currently stands at around $5 billion and is conducted mostly through intermediate countries such as Cyprus or the UAE. Trade has risen 70 percent since 2015.
Last year, the countries agreed on developing economic ties, with Moscow promising to provide a $5 billion state loan to Tehran to promote industrial cooperation. The loan is expected to boost trade between the two countries. The target is to reach $10 billion, from the current $1.6 billion.
In July, a five-year strategic cooperation plan was agreed that includes energy and infrastructure projects.
Post by TsarSamuil on Dec 15, 2016 20:36:36 GMT -5
Russian trade with Iran up 80 percent.
RT.com 13 Dec, 2016 15:05
Year on year trade between Russia and Iran has risen significantly, up by 80 percent according to Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak.
Novak is the co-chair of the Intergovernmental Russian-Iranian Commission on trade and economic cooperation and is in Tehran with a delegation of over 200 Russian officials.
He met Iranian Minister of Communication Mahmoud Vaezi to talk about the possibility of Tehran signing a free trade agreement with the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union next year.
The sides signed agreements to construct a heat and power plant, and railway electrification worth €2.2 billion.
Last year, the two countries agreed to develop economic ties, with Moscow promising to provide a $5 billion state loan to Tehran to promote industrial cooperation. The money is expected to spur trade from the current $2 billion to a target of $10 billion.
According to Novak, the money flowing between Russia and Iran tripled in 2016. "The return to normal bank payments is going to become a powerful trigger. This year the amount of financial payments has tripled," he said.
Vaezi said he expects energy agreements will be signed worth $10 billion which will also improve Russia-Iran trade.
"Judging by the agreements we have signed with Russian companies over the past several months, we offered the biggest number of fields for development to Russian companies compared with other countries,” said Iranian Deputy Oil Minister for International Affairs and Trading Amir-Hossein Zamaninia.
Russian oil producer Gazprom Neft has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Iranian Oil Company to develop two oil fields in Iran, Novak said.
Pan-Slavic Patriot: Greetings brothers! Nice to see some new faces
Jun 30, 2018 2:36:30 GMT -5
Jul 9, 2018 8:49:33 GMT -5
White Cossack: How are you, Nikolov? I heard it's a hot summer in Sweden this year. Do you enjoy it? Regards, Yaroslav
Jul 20, 2018 5:51:43 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Very very hot...sometimes around 31-35...and it has been going on since month of May, everything is scorched yellow and dry, things are dying or dead, this is abnormal summer..must be global warming, usually have rainy dull summers, this feel like south eu
Jul 30, 2018 10:49:17 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: large forest fires, not where I live, but have country-wide BBQ ban..which I find ridiculous...not to enjoy this warm summer? pffft..
Jul 30, 2018 10:50:42 GMT -5
White Cossack: You enjoy it, huh.
Jul 30, 2018 12:41:41 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bbq is basic slavic right
Aug 3, 2018 10:18:31 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: @ussrstrong: I blame general low activity on social medias, all the people sit there today
Oct 10, 2018 12:53:50 GMT -5
reznik: @proto-Orchid: very true. What's worse, is that the system is designed specifically to keep those people dormant in their echo chambers. Nothing new to learn for them there, just stupid cat videos and such. Sad.
Oct 14, 2018 5:48:26 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Its the substitute for going out, meeting and spending your time with friends in real life. Its just part of the story. When I was younger I remember people were meeting to play team sports, but today you see completely autistic people jogging with iPhone.
Oct 14, 2018 18:18:38 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Then they come back home, put pictures on Instagram or Facebook to show off how they spent their time jogging, and as mental satisfaction they get few likes or hearts, or whatever social medias have today, which is a measure of how good their life is. Sick
Oct 14, 2018 18:21:43 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: Sto Latz! Today marks 100 years of Polska! May there be 100 more! Wish I could have gone to the Independence March to celebrate this year, of all years. Theres always the next one to look forward to...
Nov 11, 2018 6:56:57 GMT -5
prawiomir: Hello. : )
Nov 25, 2018 17:19:11 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: The latest flare up in the Ukraine-Russia conflict is painful to watch. Two brothers pit against one-another by foriegn elites, for what? Money and power... Sad.
Nov 30, 2018 3:17:07 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Seems like its loosing momentum? lets hope...
Dec 29, 2018 9:15:04 GMT -5
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Feb 27, 2019 23:01:32 GMT -5
Marcinko: Looking for contacts to research Marcinko name in Slovakia.
Jun 3, 2019 0:37:57 GMT -5
White Cossack: Nikolov, my dear.. What's up
Jul 28, 2019 9:08:27 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bought a 3rd book shelf, for some reason I'm crazy about buying lots of books..
Aug 12, 2019 15:49:41 GMT -5