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Monthly Archives: January 2017

UNSC to hold urgent talks on Iran missile test

Al-Arabia – The UN Security Council will hold urgent talks Tuesday on Iran’s test-firing of a medium-range missile, diplomats said. The United States requested the emergency consultations after the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations called for council action. “In light of Iran’s January 29 launch of a medium-range ballistic missile, the United States has requested urgent consultations of the …

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New Iraqi Minister of Interior: from pro-Saddam to pro-Iran

Al-Arabia – Qasim Mohammad Jalal al-Araji was appointed Iraq’s Minister of Interior on Monday after the resignation of former minister Mohammad al-Ghabban. He is a commander of the Quds Force installed in the Iraqi 9th Badr Corps. According to his biography, Qasim Mohammad Jalal al-Araji is about 53-years-old and was born in the southern Iraqi city of Kut. He is …

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France, Worried by Trump, Promises to Defend Iran Nuclear Deal

VOA – France vowed on Monday to defend Iran’s nuclear deal, which U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to tear up, but said it was imperative Tehran abide strictly by the conditions of the accord. Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault arrived in the Iranian capital just as relations between Tehran and the new U.S. leadership were strained by new U.S. immigration …

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Trump’s Travel Ban Grants Iran’s Government Veto Power Over US-Bound Nationals

Iranhumanrights.org —The executive order signed by President Donald Trump banning entry into the United States from nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, subjects all Iranians to collective punishment while doing nothing to enhance the security of the US homeland. Signed by Trump on January 27, 2017, the order prohibits the freedom of travel of all Iranian citizens, including academics, …

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Gulf of mistrust mars Kuwaiti initiative for Iran-GCC dialogue

Al-monitor – When former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died Jan. 8, it was thought that his death might be another nail in the coffin of Saudi-Iranian dialogue, and thus usher an era of additional tension between Tehran and its Arab neighbors. Yet a personal condolence letter from Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud to the family of …

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Iran’s president: We’re neither xenophiles nor xenophobes

Al-monitor – On Jan. 30, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took to the podium to state that independence is not equivalent to isolation — remarks that can be interpreted as a response to hard-liners’ continued criticism of the government’s foreign policy. AUTHOR Rohollah Faghihi Rouhani, who was speaking at the founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s mausoleum ahead of …

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Russia’s Lukoil Seeks To Expand Mideast Operations As Iran Opens

RFL/RE – Russia’s No.2 oil producer, Lukoil, is seeking opportunities for growth in the Middle East as Iran opens its oil fields to international partners, a senior executive says. “Iran is our target area at the moment,” Gati Al-Jebouri, Lukoil’s head of upstream operations in the Middle East, told reporters in Dubai on January 29. Lukoil is in talks with …

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Renowned Iranian Filmmaker To Skip Oscar Awards After U.S. Immigration Order

RFL/RE – A renowned Iran filmmaker whose latest movie is up for an Academy Award announced he would boycott next month’s Hollywood ceremony in protest of the new U.S. immigration restrictions. Asghar Farhadi, whose film The Salesman has been nominated for best foreign movie, made the announcement in a statement distributed to U.S. and Iranian media on January 29. In …

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Iran Retaliates With Entry Ban on US Citizens as Controversy Swirls

VOA – Iran says it will ban all U.S. citizens from entering the Islamic republic, in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order limiting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. In a statement Saturday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry directly linked its ban to Trump’s order, which Tehran called “an obvious insult to the Islamic world.” The statement predicted that Trump’s order …

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