Tag Archives: Iran

France’s ATR delivers first planes to Iran as trade grows

Source: Seattle Times

“European plane maker ATR is delivering small passenger jets to Iran, the latest big-budget deal to emerge in the wake of Iran’s 2015 nuclear accord with world powers that ended years of sanctions. The first four ATR 72-600s were handed over to Iran Air in a ceremony Tuesday in Toulouse in southern France, where ATR is based. Iran Air finalized a deal last month with ATR for 20 twin-propeller aircraft, with an option to buy 20 more.” (05/16/17)

http://www.seattletimes.com/business/frances-atr-delivers-first-planes-to-iran-as-trade-grows/

Iran: Conservatives unite to pose stronger threat to Rouhani

Source: Bloomberg

“Iranian presidential candidate Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf withdrew from this month’s election to support fellow conservative Ebrahim Raisi, state television reported, a decision that polls show would effectively create a two-man race with incumbent Hassan Rouhani. Qalibaf, the 55-year-old mayor of Tehran who lost to Rouhani in 2013, criticized the president’s ‘inefficient and impotent’ cabinet in a statement announcing his decision. A survey by the state-affiliated Iranian Students Polling Agency published last week showed support for Rouhani at 42 percent, Raisi on 27 percent, while Qalibaf was at 25 percent. If conservative voters unite behind Raisi, they could tip an election that just a few weeks ago, surveys suggested, was heading toward a straightforward victory for Rouhani.” (05/15/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-15/iran-conservatives-unite-to-pose-stronger-challenge-to-rouhani

Iran: Ahmadinejad “disqualified” from presidential election

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been disqualified from running in next month’s presidential election, according to state media. The decision on Thursday was taken by the Guardian Council, a clerical body charged with vetting candidates for the May 19 election. In a surprise move, Ahmadinejad registered as a candidate last week, despite previously saying he would not stand. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had previously urged him not to run.” (04/20/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/mahmoud-ahmadinejad-disqualified-iran-elections-170420190716061.html

Rubio “gravely worried” that we’ll forget he exists if he doesn’t occasionally break into hawkish screeching

Source: Fox News

“Florida Sen. Marco Rubio told Fox News he’s ‘gravely concerned’ about the Iran’s [sic] role in helping Syria develop its chemical welfare program that ended up killing dozens of people weeks ago. Rubio, a Republican, said he was troubled by reports that both Iran and Russia were complicit in Bashar Assad’s chemical weapons program. While the Trump administration accused Moscow of covering up the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons attack, the U.S government has not mentioned Iran’s possible role. ‘Congress and the White House should work together to hold the Assad regime accountable for its war crimes and impose harsh sanctions against its enablers,’ Rubio told Fox News. [Mostly unsubstantiated claims and jingoistic propaganda follow]” (04/20/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/04/20/syrias-chemical-program-rubio-gravely-concerned-about-iran-russia-complicity.html

Iranian regime sticks to nuclear deal but Tillerson looks for excuses to keep sanctions

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“As President Trump wages a rhetorical battle with North Korea over its nuclear program, his secretary of state says the nuclear deal with Iran will now be placed under review. In a letter to Congress, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Iran is meeting the terms of the 2015 deal worked out with the Obama administration and five other countries. But Tillerson added that the current administration would evaluate whether the lifting of sanctions that had been placed on Iran ‘is vital to the national security interests of the United States.'”

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/04/19/524701919/iran-sticks-to-nuclear-deal-but-u-s-says-it-will-review-sanctions

Iran: Ahmadinejad registers for presidential polls, defying Khamenei

Source: The Hindu [India]

“Iran’s former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday stunned the country by unexpectedly filing to run in the May presidential election, contradicting a recommendation from the supreme leader to stay out of the race. Mr. Ahmadinejad’s decision could upend an election many believed would be won by moderate President Hassan Rouhani, who negotiated the nuclear deal with world powers. … Mr. Ahmadinejad’s firebrand style could prove appealing for hard-liners seeking a tough-talking candidate who can stand up to U.S. President Donald Trump. His candidacy also could expose the fissures inside Iranian politics that linger since his contested 2009 reelection, which brought massive unrest.” (04/12/17)

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/ahmadinejad-registers-for-iran-presidential-polls-defying-ayatollah-khamenei/article17951393.ece

Boeing announces $3 billion deal with Iranian airline

Source: Bloomberg

“Boeing Co. said on Tuesday it has signed a new, $3 billion deal with Iran’s Aseman Airlines to supply 30 737 MAX aircraft to the carrier, the first major sale by a U.S. company to the Islamic Republic under new President Donald Trump. The new agreement comes on top of the $16.6 billion sale Boeing previously made in Iran following the landmark nuclear deal struck with Tehran under the Obama administration. Trump long has criticized the atomic deal, though he toured a Boeing plant in February and touted the firm’s work as proof of a coming American manufacturing renaissance.” (04/04/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-04/urgent-boeing-co-says-it-signed-new-3b-deal-with-iranian-airline

Former president of Yemen, now puppet of Saudi invaders, denounces Iran

Source: The Washington Post

“Yemen’s embattled [former] president has launched a scathing verbal attack on Iran, saying the non-Arab and mostly Shiite nation is pursuing expansionist policies to destroy the Arab identity. Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi told an Arab summit in Jordan on Wednesday that Iran ‘is the true sponsor of terrorism.’ [A Saudi-led war of invasion] has raged in Yemen for two years. The fighting pits Hadi’s troops, backed by a Saudi-led international military coalition of mostly Arab states, against Shiite Houthi rebels [sic], led by Abdul-Malek al-Houthi and backed by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his forces. Iran [allegedly] supports fellow Shiite Houthis.” (03/29/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/the-latest-jordan-says-no-peace-without-palestinian-state/2017/03/29/31658cae-1468-11e7-bb16-269934184168_story.html

Iran: Regime says Russia can use its military bases “on case by case basis”

Source: Reuters

“Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Reuters on Tuesday that Russia could use Iranian military bases to launch air strikes against militants in Syria on a ‘case by case basis.’ Russia and Iran are both key allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and have played decisive roles in the past 18 months to turn the tide of the Syrian conflict in his favor. Russian jets used an air base in Iran to launch attacks against militant targets in Syria last summer, the first time a foreign power had used an Iranian base since World War Two.” (03/28/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-iran-rouhani-base-idUSKBN16Z0NU

The dangerous reality of an Iran war

Source: The American Conservative
by Sharmine Narwani

“After weeks of saber-rattling over Iran as the ‘number one terrorist state’ in the world, the Trump administration appears to have quietly dialed down the rhetoric a notch. Here in the Middle East, however, where every peep and creak out of Washington is scrutinized to death, interested parties haven’t stopped speculating about a U.S. confrontation with Iran. Fifty days into his term, Trump’s foreign-policy course remains an enigma. He swears ‘all options’ remain on the table with Iran — but do they?” (03/15/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-dangerous-reality-of-an-iran-war/