US Admits Iran’s Missile Testing Not Prohibited in UN Resolution

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US Admits Iran’s Missile Testing Not Prohibited in UN Resolution

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook openly admits that missile testing is not prohibited in the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorses the 2015 nuclear deal.

US Admits Iran’s Missile Testing Not Prohibited in UN Resolution: Zarif

According To Iran News, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook openly admits that missile testing is not prohibited in the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorses the 2015 nuclear deal.

In a post on his Twitter account, Zarif hit back at the European parties to the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which recently accused Tehran of ignoring the UN resolution.

“Brian Hook has given our E3 #JCPOA partners a timely reminder, openly admitting that missile testing is NOT prohibited in Security Council Resolution 2231,” the Iranian top diplomat wrote.

“One of the deficiencies of the Iran nuclear deal is that it ENDED the prohibition on Iran’s ballistic missile testing,” Zarif quoted Hook as saying.

Zarif’s post came after the three European parties to the JCPOA, namely France, Germany and the UK, sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, alleging that “Iran’s developments of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles” go against the UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

Ambassadors from the three European nations have also called on Guterres to inform the Security Council in his next report that Iran’s ballistic missile activity is “inconsistent” with the call in the resolution endorsing the JCPOA.

Resolution 2231 calls upon Iran “not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons.”

Iranian officials have time and again underscored that none of the country’s missiles have been designed to be capable of carrying nuclear warheads, because nuclear weapons have basically no place in Iran’s defense doctrine.


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IRGC cmdr says enemy not aware of Iran’s full extend of power

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IRGC cmdr says enemy not aware of Iran’s full extend of power

The IRGC commander Major General Hussein Salami said today’s Revolutionary Guards are ready more than ever to defend the revolution and Islamic Iran, and the enemies will see Iran’s true power in battle field.

Major General Hussein Salami, after visiting Fars Island and assessing the situation and readiness of the units and fighters stationed in Bushehr on Thursday, said in a speech that Iran’s military power had been repeatedly tested and enemies know only a small part of the reality of our defense capability, although they know that the military and security power of the Islamic Republic of Iran is invincible, IRNA reported.

Top military commander went on to say that the deterrent power of Islamic Iran is built based on overcoming great enemies and by the grace of God we are ready to uphold the national security, territorial boundaries and independence and territorial integrity every day and our people are also confident that the military personnel have the enemies under their surveillance around the clock.

General Salami reiterated that we have developed and expanded our equipment and power based on the strategy of overcoming the transnational arrogant powers and have displayed parts of it in various fields and some operational dimensions.

Our enemies have seen both the technological capability of our equipment and the will and determination of our warriors to defend the values ​​of the Islamic Revolution; we are a tested power in the region and therefore will see our true power in the battle field, he added.


Source : Iran-Daily

Iran saffron exports down due to smuggling, restrictions: Exporters

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Iran saffron exports down due to smuggling, restrictions: Exporters

Iranian exporters of saffron, a highly expensive spice with incredible healing powers, said that smuggling and restrictions have caused a decline in exports this year.

A member of Iran’s Saffron Council said that exports of the food additive declined to just over 40 tons between April and June this year, down 15 percent compared to the similar period in 2018 when over 50 tons of the Iranian saffron was sold in markets across Europe and Asia.

Ali Hosseini told ILNA that the declining in saffron exports would continue for the next two or three months as European customers have either decreased purchases due to the holiday seasons or prefer to wait for new harvests coming from Iran.

He said each kilogram of the Iranian saffron is priced between €700 and €1,000 in the European markets but the price prescribed by the Iranian government is well below – between €450 and €600.

Exporters and farmers have been lamenting that underpricing has caused a surge in the smuggling of saffron to neighboring Afghanistan, where the Iranian product in repackaged and exported to countries like India.

Hosseini said in an interview two weeks ago that India’s low tariffs on saffron imported from Afghanistan, compared to higher duties levied on Iran’s saffron, were encouraging more and more people to transfer the spice in large quantities from Mashhad to Afghanistan.

Authorities believe the illegal businesses have cost Iran saffron exports dearly as exporters have decreased their shipment to the United Arab Emirates, a top buyer of the Iranian saffron, because of declining inventories.


Source : Iran Daily

Iran reports 12-pertcent increase in DRI pellets output

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Iran reports 12-pertcent increase in DRI pellets output

Iron mills across Iran managed to increase their output of direct-reduced iron (DRI), pellets that can be melted to make steel, in the past four months.

A report by the IRNA published on Monday showed that DRI output in 19 major mills across Iran had reached 9,236,687 tons between late March and late July, an increase of 12 percent compared to the similar period in 2018.

The report said that the highest surge in production, around 50 percent, had been recorded in Sefid Dasht Steel, located in central Iran, while production in Mianeh Steel, located in the northwest, was down by 37 percent.

It said seven out of the 19 iron mills were among industrial units that had resumed production after around a decade of closure.

Iran is among the 10 leading steel producers of the world with an annual capacity of 35 million tons. The government seeks to increase output to 55 million tons by 2025 despite sanctions imposed by the US.

Iranian steel mills produced around 25 million tons of steel ingots in the 12-month period ending in March, of which some 30 percent was exported, according to official government data.

Officials say US sanctions, enacted in November, have failed to curb iron ore and steel production in Iran this year.

Another report published on Monday detailed output figures for products meant to convert iron ore to metallic iron.

The report by IRNA said production of iron concentrate in Iran had increased by three percent between late March and late July to top 15,103,165 tons.

It said output for iron ore pellets decreased slightly by one percent in the same period to stand at 14,403,672 tons while sized ore production was down 37 percent on 1,662,958 tons.


Source : Iran Daily

NIOC: Iran to present oil at stock exchange for sixth time

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NIOC: Iran to present oil at stock exchange for sixth time

The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) announced on Saturday that the sixth round of introducing Iran’s crude oil at the stock exchange will start as of August 21st.

A base price of $52.80 is recommended for every single barrel of heavy crude oil, of which two million barrels is planned to be sold, the NIOC said, according to IRNA.

On July 1st, Iran’s First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri announced that the government is to offer the country’s oil through the national stock exchange, as the US has targeted the Iranian oil sector in order to minimize the country’s exports.

Those who buy Iran’s oil can receive the cargo three months after the deal, the NIOC noted.

Reportedly, the decision to present crude oil at the stock exchange has been taken based on the ‘resistance economy’ policies set by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on March 21, 2017.

Despite the world’s criticism over Washington’s anti-Iran measures, President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018 and reinstated unilateral sanctions on Tehran in November of the same year.

Trump claims that this time, the US has imposed the “highest level” of economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran.

According to Iranian officials, oil is a strategic product and the world needs the commodity. Those countries which have already stopped their oil imports from Iran are now seeking to find ways to indirectly purchase oil from the Middle Eastern state.


Source : Iran Daily

Rouhani: Persian Gulf countries can protect region’s security

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Rouhani: Persian Gulf countries can protect region’s security

Political Desk

Iran and other Persian Gulf states could protect the region’s security and foreign forces were not needed, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, repeating a longstanding rejection of a US maritime security mission in the region.

“There is no need for foreign forces to ensure security and stability in the Persian Gulf. The countries of the region can maintain their security through unity and dialogue, and no doubt they will not benefit from US claims and actions,” Rouhani said at a cabinet meeting.

Rouhani said the US and others are after sowing the seeds of discord among regional Muslim countries and emptying their coffers.

He said regional countries have historically had and will continue to enjoy brotherly relations, stressing that any division and discord will only benefit their enemies.

“Throughout history, the countries of the region have been and will be neighbors and brothers, and their division is in favor of the enemies,” Rouhani said.

The United States has announced plans to form a coalition to supposedly protect shipping in the Strait of Hormuz from what it calls an Iranian threat following a series of mysterious attacks on oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz and the Sea of Oman.

Washington has accused Iran of having a hand in those attacks, a claim Tehran has strongly rejected. Tehran has warned that such sabotage operations may be part of a general ploy to target Iran amid increasing regional tensions.

The US has asked its allies, including Germany, Japan, France, Britain and Israel, to join the coalition.

The call has, however, not been warmly received, with Israel and Britain becoming the only parties which have said flat out that they would join the alliance.

Rouhani also scoffed at an Israeli plan to join the US-led maritime coalition, saying the regime is not even capable of securing the areas it has occupied.

The Israelis “should try providing security where they are if they are really capable of doing that,” Rouhani said.

He called Israel the main element behind terrorism, warfare, and bloodletting in the region and said, “Wherever they established a presence, they brought about bloodshed and terror.”

“No one should be baited by these claims and statements [about Israel’s potential presence in the Persian Gulf] because it is clear to all how it would end,” the president noted.

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz said on August 7 that Tel Aviv would be part of such a US-led coalition to “protect the security of the Persian Gulf.”

Katz said that Israel was determined to stop “Iranian entrenchment” in the Middle East and strengthen its relationship with Persian Gulf countries.

A day afterwards, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said Iran considered such possible Israeli presence in the region to be a clear threat to its national security, and reserved the right to counter it.

Rouhani likewise denounced Tel Aviv’s “hollow statements” about a role in “providing security” in the region.

He described all the slogans being advertised about the creation of a new naval coalition in the region as “ostentatious and impracticable.”

Reuters and Press TV contributed to this story.


Source : Iran-Daily

Iran expresses concern over developments in Kashmir

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Iran expresses concern over developments in Kashmir

National Desk

Iran’s armed forces chief of staff expressed concern over recent developments in Indian-controlled Kashmir, saying that military approaches adopted by Pakistan and India would further complicate the situation in the area.

Pakistan reacted with fury this week after India revoked the special status for the portion of Kashmir that it controls, calling the action illegal, a claim New Delhi denies.

Major General Mohammad Baqeri in a phone conversation with Pakistan’s Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa cautioned the two neighbors to avoid any “hasty decision” in Kashmir without considering the wishes of the region’s people.

“The parties are expected to refrain from any hasty decision on the fate of the (Kashmir) region, without regard to the people’s will,” Baqeri said.

Seeking to tighten its grip on the region, India this week withdrew special rights for Jammu and Kashmir State. It has cut off almost all communications, prohibited assemblies of more than four people and detained hundreds of political and separatist leaders.

The constitutional change will mean that non-residents will be able to buy property, get government jobs and take college places in the state, to the fury of arch-rival Pakistan, which claims the region as its own and accuses India of trying to change the demographics of its only Muslim-majority state.

Pakistan said on Saturday it had canceled a bus linking Lahore with India’s capital New Delhi, the last remaining public transport link between the neighbors divided by a dispute over the Kashmir region.

Pakistan has already cut two rail links, suspended bilateral trade and expelled India’s ambassador, all part of what it called a diplomatic effort to protest against the decision.


Source : Iran Daily