Rouhani: Investigations will continue to identify and prosecute all involved in plane crash tragedyTEHRAN – President Hassan Rouhani has pledged to continue investigations for identifying and prosecuting all individuals involved in the unintentional shootdown of the Ukrainian plane which crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport on January 8, leading to the death of 176 people on board. In a statement on Saturday morning, Rouhani noted that the country “deeply regrets this disastrous mistake.” “Armed Forces’ internal investigation has concluded that missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane (and) death of 176 innocent people. Investigations will continue to identify (and) prosecute all those involved in this great tragedy (and) unforgivable mistake,” Rouhani wrote on his official Twitter account. “My thoughts and prayers go to all the mourning families. I offer my sincerest condolences.” Rouhani’s full text message ..
UK expresses concern over attack on Iran’s consulate in Najaf TEHRAN – British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has expressed concern over attack on Iran’s consulate in the Iraqi city of Najaf, Iranian Ambassador to London Hamid Baeidinejad said in tweet on Friday. A group of rioters stormed into the Islamic Republic’s diplomatic mission in Najaf on Wednesday and set it ablaze. They also replaced the Iranian flag with an Iraqi one. Reportedly, the consulate had already been evacuated of its staff. Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali al-Hakim has apologized to the Islamic Republic. During a phone call on Thursday, Hakim told Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that his country was committed to protecting Iran’s diplomatic missions and their staff in Iraq, according to Press TV. This is the second attack on an Iranian diplomatic mission in Iraq after its office in the Shia holy city of Karbala was attacked last month. Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad Iraj Masjedi said on Thursday that ..
Military aide says Leader has foiled U.S.-Israeli evil policiesTEHRAN – The leadership of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the fight against Takfiri terrorists has foiled the evil polices adopted by Israel, the U.S. and their regional servants, says a top military aide. “The victories of nations in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen are the fruits of the Resistance Front,” Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi said on Saturday, Fars reported. He pointed to the decline of the hegemons’ power in the world, saying the world is moving in a path that would lead to the dominance of oppressed nations over the oppressors and the arrogant. Rahim Safavi said with the victory of the Islamic Revolution and the Holy Defense (Iraq’s war against Iran in the 1980s), the global arrogance was defeated and the way to overcome arrogant powers have been paved. The Islamic Revolution in Iran created a new Islamic civilization and the new Islamic civilization will form the source of the Islamic world’s power in the curr..
Senior officials study details of next year’s budget TEHRAN – In a session of the Supreme Council of Economic Coordination on Saturday, President Hassan Rouhani, Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani and Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raeisi discussed details of the budget for the next Iranian calendar year. The next Iranian calendar year starts on March 21, 2020. The top officials also exchanged views on sources of income and also the effects of reforming the budget. In a session of the council in November, the heads of three branches of government discussed revising the structure of the tax system. In a session of the council on September 21, Rouhani said that revenues of a planned increase in fuel prices should be given to low-income people and those with fixed income. “Revenues of increase in fuel price should be given to low-income people to make up for the reduction in their purchasing power because of fluctuations in inflation,” he said. In another session on September 14, it was agreed to ..
Tehran, Beijing hold enormous potential for tourism co-op: ministerTEHRAN – Iran’s tourism minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan on Thursday called for tapping into Iran-China tourism capacity, which he referred to it as “enormous”, Fars reported on Friday. Mounesan made the remarks in a gathering of international tourism officials, marketers, hoteliers, private investors, and tour operators, which was held in Beijing, China, on the sidelines of the third ministerial meeting of the Ancient Civilizations Forum. Given the [high] rate of economic and political ties between the two countries, tourist exchanges are also expected to further improve, the minister noted. Elsewhere in his remarks, Mounesan described tourism as a means for [securing] peace, dialogue, and interaction among nations. “Iranian people are very interested to visit China and get familiar with its culture and that’s why the number of Iranians visiting China exceeds Chinese traveling to Iran,” he said. Mounesan further not..
Iranian police seize ancient relics from smugglerTEHRAN – A number of ancient relics, estimated to date from prehistoric times to the [early] Islamic era, have recently been confiscated from a smuggler in Nahavand, Hamedan province, west-central Iran. “The accused was traced and lastly arrested in Nahavand after police received reports from cultural heritage aficionados about him [illegally] keeping relics, some of which date back to the first millennium BC,” a senior police official in charge of protecting cultural heritage said on Saturday, Mehr reported. Recovered objects include 13 silver and copper coins, bronze figurines, seven rings made from silver or copper, agate beads, a copper bowl, three daggers, and a semi-circular metal object, which experts of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, [Tourism and Handicrafts] declared date from the 1st Millennium BC to Parthian and Islamic periods, Amir Rahmatollahi added. The culprit was surrendered to the judicial system for further inv..
Iran calls French FM’s remarks on nuclear deal ‘irresponsible’ TEHRAN – Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Thursday that French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian’s remarks on the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, were “irresponsible”. Le Drian said on Wednesday that Paris is seriously considering triggering a mechanism within the Iran nuclear deal that could lead to UN sanctions. “Every two months, there is another dent (in the deal by Iran) to the point where today we ask ourselves, and I’m saying this very clearly, about the implementation of the dispute resolution mechanism that exists in the deal,” Euronews quoted him as saying in a parliamentary hearing. Mousavi said, “These remarks were irresponsible and non-constructive and seriously undermine efficiency of political initiatives for full implementation of the JCPOA by all sides and for removal of sanctions.” He noted that Iran’s action in reducing nuclear commitments is within the framework of the JCPOA…
TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met on Wednesday morning with Swiss State Secretary Pascale Baeriswyl in Geneva to discuss a range of issues, including the latest developments in the Middle East.
TEHRAN – Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIMA) is planning to hold an Iran-Armenia business forum on November 25 in Tehran, TCCIMA portal announced.
US war on Iran by other means is all about wanting the nation colonized as a vassal state, its sovereignty eliminated, its oil, gas, and other resources looted, its people exploited as serfs.
TEHRAN – Iranian director Soheil Amirsharifi’s movie “Fault Line” (Gosal) will go on screen at the main section of the 20th Izmir International Short Film Festival in Turkey.
مکتب دفاع مقدس که به موازات و الهام گرفته از مکتب عاشورا است به مرور مشمول زمان شده و با شیب آهسته ای در حال کمرنگ شدن و فراموشی بود. اما در سحرگاهی که خبر شهادت سپهبد حاج قاسم سلیمانی همچون زلزله ای ویران کننده، زنگار خاطرات مردم ایران از دوران دفاع مقدس را بر […]