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News and views from the world of politics in Iran and the region, including government, Parliament, foreign affairs, defence and more. Also there is special coverage of developments related to the 2015 nuclear deal, or JCPOA.

Iran Offers Sympathy for Victims of Mexico Pipeline Blast

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has sympathized with the Mexican government and nation over the heart-clinching incident in a fuel pipeline blast in the Latin country which left tens of people dead, injured and unaccounted for.

Iran, Iraq Enjoying Most Strategic Ties Ever: Ex-Diplomat

A former Iranian diplomat says Tehran and Baghdad are enjoying the most strategic era in the history of their relations.

Enemies’ Plot to Trigger Unrest in Iran Foiled: Police Chief

Iran’s police chief says the enemies’ schemes to provoke chaos and unrest during the anniversary of the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution of Iran this year have been foiled.

‘EU’s Channel for Trade with Iran to Become Operational Soon’

The European Union’s long-awaited mechanism known as the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to keep financial ties with Iran under the US sanctions is set to become operational in the near future, said a spokesperson of the bloc.
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Time for Iran-US Talks, Former Deputy FM Argues

A former senior diplomat says he believes it’s time for high-level talks between Iran and the US on a bilateral deal, as President Donald Trump who faces numerous difficulties at home and in the Middle East would see such a deal a much-needed achievement in his presidential track record.  

Iran Says Seeks to Deepen Military Ties with Azerbaijan

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri says the Islamic Republic is resolved to strengthen its military ties with Azerbaijan Republic.

JCPOA Has Thwarted Efforts to Securitise Iran: Zarif

Iran’s Foreign Minister has commemorated the third anniversary of the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal, expressing satisfaction that the deal thwarted years of efforts to securitise Iran.

Is Paris Municipality Supporting MKO Propaganda?

Iranian social media users are circulating photos purportedly documenting the support of the Paris Municipality for the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization, questioning a claim by the French government that it does not lend support to the anti-Iran terrorist group.

US Arrest of Press TV’s Journo Violates Freedom of Expression: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has dismissed the US detention of a journalist of the Iranian English-speaking television news network, Press TV, as “politically-motivated and unacceptable”, saying that Washington must immediately put an end to its political game.

Iran, Iraq to Raise Trade Volume to $20 Billion

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran and Baghdad can increase annual trade volume to 20 billion dollars and if the ground is prepared, the Islamic Republic is ready to proudly share its achievements in energy, engineering, agriculture and trade areas with the Iraq.

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