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    Post  ShahryarHedayatiSHBA on Wed Apr 08, 2015 6:57 am

    Iran has been approved as a founding member of Asian Infrastructure Bank

    Shanghai (AFP) - Iran has been approved as a founding member of the Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Bank (AIIB), China's finance ministry said Tuesday, just days after Tehran sealed a historic framework agreement on its nuclear programme.


    Tehran's application was backed by other founding members on Friday, China's Ministry of Finance said in a statement on its website. The United Arab Emirates' bid was also approved.

    More than 50 countries, plus Taiwan, have now applied to join the bank in a diplomatic coup for Beijing after Washington initially opposed its allies becoming members.

    The United States and its Asian ally Japan have not sought to join.

    But US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said last week that Washington was "ready to welcome" the bank, though he added it should complement existing multilateral institutions such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

    Iran's approval -- its application had not been previously announced -- comes immediately after the nuclear deal that China helped to broker.

    Under the outline nuclear deal, the United States and the European Union are to lift all nuclear-related sanctions on Iran once the UN atomic agency has verified that Tehran has stuck to its terms.

    The proposed limits will see Iran's stocks of highly enriched uranium cut by 98 percent for 15 years, while its unfinished Arak reactor will not produce weapons-grade plutonium.

    There are concerns over transparency of the AIIB, which will fund infrastructure in Asia, as well as Beijing using it to push its own geopolitical and economic interests as a rising power.

    Under President Xi Jinping, China is pushing to build on the ancient Silk Road trade routes on land and sea, through its "One Belt, One Road" initiative expected to be partly funded by the AIIB.

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    Post  ShahryarHedayatiSHBA on Wed Apr 08, 2015 7:01 am

    Obama: 'Misjudgment' to demand Iran recognize Israel in nuclear deal


    In an NPR interview, Obama says Netanyahu's demand that the impending Iran nuclear agreement include language on recognizing Israel is a "fundamental misjudgment." Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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    Post  ShahryarHedayatiSHBA on Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:12 am



    Iran's Revolutionary Guard chief backs nuclear talks



    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard praised the work of the country's nuclear negotiators after they struck a deal with world powers, state television reported Tuesday, a major endorsement from the Islamic Republic's most powerful institution.

    The comments by Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari came as some 200 hard-liners protested in Tehran against the framework deal reached last week in Switzerland. Jafari's endorsement likely will isolate those still opposing the deal further amid the widespread support negotiators have received and may smooth any potential parliamentary vote over it.

    "With God's grace, the revolutionary children of Islamic Iran have succeeded in defending the rights of the Iranian nation and the Iranian nation and the Guard appreciate their honest political efforts," Jafari was quoted as saying on state TV's website.

    The Revolutionary Guard is the single most powerful institution in Iran. It exerts a strong behind-the-scenes role in Iranian affairs and likely would have to agree to any potential demands reached in negotiations, such as increased international monitoring at nuclear and related sites.

    Iran's top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all major issues, including the nuclear program, has backed the negotiators, further stepping up the pressure on remaining hold-out hard-liners.

    The rally Tuesday by 200 hard-line protesters took place in front of the parliament in the Iranian capital as Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif briefed lawmakers there in a closed-door session. Iran's official IRNA news agency reported that the protesters launched their demonstrations without the permission of authorities.

    Protesters carried banners calling the agreement a "defeat" — despite the overwhelming backing of the deal by the government of moderate President Hassan Rouhani.

    The deal, which is to be finalized by June 30, is to curb Iran's bomb-capable technology while giving Tehran quick access to bank accounts, oil markets and financial assets blocked by international sanctions.

    The West long has feared Iran's nuclear program could allow it to build an atomic bomb. Iran has said its program is for peaceful purposes.


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    What the hell just happened? dunno
    I cant believe that ......Even the Revolutionary guys are happy with the dial

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    Post  ShahryarHedayatiSHBA on Wed Apr 08, 2015 11:42 pm


    Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday met with Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in Tehran.




    The meeting was also attended by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, and high-ranking Turkish officials.

    The Turkish head of state arrived in Tehran on Tuesday in an official visit made at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart.
    Earlier this day, he held a meeting with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, during which they conferred on several regional and economic issues.

    Rouhani and Erdogan also held a joint press conference, and then attended a ceremony in which the two countries signed eight cooperation documents and a joint communique as part of efforts to boost the value of bilateral trade to $30 billion this year.

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    Post  George1 on Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:56 am

    Iran: Next Battleground for Arms Deals?

    ABU DHABI — Arabian Gulf countries are closely watching Iran's anticipated re-integration into the international community as it may develop into a Russian-Chinese-Western battleground for arms sales, regional experts said.

    Since the announcement of the Lausanne agreement, Russia has lifted its weapons exports ban to Iran and announced it will supply the S-300 missile system purchased in 2010.

    And on April 5, the head of the Iran-China Joint Chamber of Commerce, Asadollah Asgaroladi, announced that Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Iran in the "near future," according to the Fars press agency.

    Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries disapprove of this Russian arms sale,

    "I believe the view in gulf capitals [is] that the S-300 agreement has been made too soon and it may be, for a number of reasons, like Russia trying to strengthen its relations with Iran, Russia trying to show its independence of the American political influence in the region, or even the Russians trying to pave [the] way for deals with Iran ahead of the nuclear agreement signing," he said.

    Despite Russia and the GCC tendering a strong relationship since 2009, where the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have struck a number of arms deals with their Russian counterparts, Iran remains Russia's largest customer in the region.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the recent Russian-Iranian reversal of the S-300 export ban has been due to the nuclear agreement, signaling Russia's intent to intensify arms sales to Iran ahead of competition.

    "Initially, the decision to suspend the implementation of the contract, which was already signed and came into force, was made in September 2010," he told Russian news agency TASS. "It was done in the interests of support for consolidated efforts of the six international negotiators to stimulate a maximally constructive process of talks on settlement of the situation around Iran's nuclear program."

    Asgaroladi stated in the announcement of the Chinese president's visit that China is looking to increase its annual trade with Iran from $52 billion to $60 billion.

    "Asia is a hot market more for Russia than China with sales to countries such as Malaysia and India, but the competition is also showing a mixed sales picture of various types of systems that are, at the end of the day, interoperable," said Theodore Karasik, a gulf-based geopolitical affairs consultant.

    "The Chinese-Russian competition in Asia, when it comes to arms, is not in sales," he said. "It's in technology and politics. Over the past decades, both Moscow and Beijing have engaged in a race, if you will, for sales of equipment versus modified technology."

    Karasik said Iran is actually a nexus of Chinese-Russian cooperation.

    "The Chinese-Russian calculus regarding Iran is all about integration because of ongoing shifts in the geostrategic environment, the Chinese-designed ballistic and cruise missiles complement other inventory of Russian-designed small arms, and now anti-aircraft systems are the norm," he said.

    "The Chinese approach is unique to Beijing where Norinco, Aviation Industry Corp. of China, Poly Technologies and China South Industries Group outsmart the competition by selling package deals that fit the requirements of the current tactical environment where Chinese political and economic interests are most intense," Karasik added.

    Sources close to the Russian Defense Ministry believe Iran is unlikely to start buying Western and US weapons once the sanctions get lifted, said Yuri Barmin, a Russian political and military analyst.

    "Tehran would be better off purchasing Russian arms and there are in fact existing contracts that need to be implemented first," Barmin said.

    Igor Korotchenko, the head of the Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade, assessed that Iran needs $11 billion to $13 billion in Russian arms, Barmin said.

    "Iran has an ambitious program to rearm its Army, and Russia could become Tehran's main arms supplier," he added.

    Russia's strong resurgence in the geopolitical scene and the changes in and around the Middle East will make Iran a field of intense competition between Moscow and Washington in the foreseeable future, said Muhammed Bin Saqr al-Sulami, a Saudi Arabia-based Iranian military and political affairs specialist.

    Al-Sulami wrote in a paper published last month that Iran's nuclear deal may open business and arms trade while Russia, a long-term supplier, may lose ground.

    "From my understanding of the Iranian political mentality, Iran's political, intellectual and ideological leadership does not trust Moscow, but [they still] benefit in times of crises for many reasons, including the intersection of their national interests," he said.

    "Currently, there is a good political and economic relationship between the two countries, however that does not wipe the bloody history between the two as the Russian presence on the Iranian arena was very negative," he wrote. "Russia defeated Iran in two major wars during the first half of the nineteenth century and carved out parts of the Iranian territory as well as sharing the influence with the British on Iranian territory during the era of their Constitutional Revolution between 1905-1911, therefore this will not change the Iranian public mood toward Russia."

    China has been equipping the Iranian military since the 1980s, but their sales have dropped since the turn of the millennium.

    "Chinese arms sales to Iran fell off sharply around 2000," said Richard Bitzinger, senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore. "I think this was in part Beijing trying to demonstrate to the world that it was not supporting a supposed terrorist state, to appease Israel, which has been an important if sporadic supplier of military technology to China; and also to perhaps to curry favor with conservative gulf states.

    "China and Iran had a very close arms-collaboration arrangement in the 1980s and 1990s, where China was a significant supplier of conventional armaments to Iran, used during the Iran-Iraq War," he said.

    "During the 1990s, China became a pretty significant supplier of systems that Iran subsequently license-produced or reverse-engineered," Bitzinger said. "In particular, it manufactured Chinese-developed anti-ship cruise missiles, particularly the C-802 and C-70, and surface-to-air missiles, the Chinese FM-80, which was a reverse-engineered French Crotale. China also exported its Houdong-class fast attack craft to Iran."

    However, he said, the Iranians already have a "good enough" arms-manufacturing industry for armored vehicles, tanks and other equipment, allowing them to decide to cut out the Chinese. "Chinese arms sales to Iran are negligible these days," he said.

    Russia is potentially a more important supplier, Bitzinger said, but even then, Iran will not be a major buyer of Russian equipment, mostly due to money shortages and the desire to build up its own industry.

    Despite the fact that Iran has more than 300 American military aircraft and is the sole foreign customer of the Grumman F-14 Tomcat, the sanctions lift will not pave the way for US military sales — yet.

    "In any event, the US has committed only to lift its nuclear-related sanctions," said Daniel Waltz, partner at Washington-based legal consultancy Squire Patton-Boggs. "It has not committed to lifting those sanctions that relate to other subjects, e.g., proliferation or terrorism. Cooperation between the US and Iranian defense sectors will be among the last of the US barriers to Iranian trade that will be removed."

    European and American aircraft manufacturers, however, will be more focused on providing services and upgrades to the large Iranian civil aviation sector for the time being.

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    Post  ShahryarHedayatiSHBA on Sat Apr 25, 2015 2:13 am

    Monument to Jewish Martyrs Unveiled in Tehran



    Iran on Monday unveiled a monument to the Jewish citizens who lost their lives in the 8-year Iraqi imposed war on Iran in the 1980s.














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    Post  ShahryarHedayatiSHBA on Thu May 07, 2015 7:13 pm

    MEK leader to testify before Congress


    "They're not on the foreign terrorist list now, and they should be treated as if they're not on the foreign terrorist list," said panel chairman Ted Poe, R-Texas, an Iran hawk and one of the top recipients of MEK-linked donations in recent years.

    Other panel members backed the controversial decision to invite a group that has been tied to attacks against US business and diplomatic interests in Iran under the Shah. The MEK renounced violence in 2001.

    "I'd be very surprised if leaders of [Ireland's] IRA or Sinn Fein haven't been involved in official congressional business over the past two decades," said Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif. "It's clear that the MEK has revealed things about the Iranian government and its nuclear program that no one revealed. I would say the MEK is a very valuable source of information, whether it's Fordow, whether it's the original nuclear program, etc. And so since they've been a good source of information about important matters, those are the kinds of people you listen to at a hearing."


    The official went on to urge lawmakers to be wary of any claims that the NCRI — a group that fought alongside Saddam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq War and has alleged ties to the CIA and Israel's Mossad — represents a viable Iranian opposition.

    Poe said he had invited Rajavi to testify about the threats the Islamic State (IS) poses to MEK members who remain at Camp Liberty in Baghdad. The NCRI has accused Iranian-backed militias of ramping up rocket attacks against the refugee camp in recent weeks.

    Although committees usually avoid asking non-US citizens to testify, Poe said it made sense to get Rajavi's perspective in this case.

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    http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/orig...javi-isis.html

    http://iran-interlink.org/wordpress/?p=6113

    http://iranian.com/posts/mek-leader-...dcomment-81503

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    MEK: When Terrorism Becomes Respectable

    http://www.carnegiecouncil.org/publi...line/0074.html

    American-Killing Terror Cult: US Delists Mujahedeen e-Khalq (MEK)

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/america...lq-mek/5305673



    Open support for terrorism ....
    Nothing gives the US congress more credibility than a terrorist group like MEK.
    lol1

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    Post  ShahryarHedayatiSHBA on Thu May 07, 2015 7:16 pm

    Iran reportedly seizes U.S. ship



    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Iran has fired on a U.S. cargo ship and directed it to a port on the southern coast of the country, Al-Arabiya reported. The U.S. ship has up to 34 American sailors, the report added. Crude-oil futures appeared to move higher on the report However, NBC News, citing senior U.S. Navy officials, say the report isn't true.

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    Iran Seizes Cargo Ship, U.S. Officials Say


    iranian forces have seized a cargo ship, flagged to the Pacific island nation of the Marshall Islands, off the coast of Iran, senior American defense officials told NBC News on Tuesday.

    The Iranian Revolutionary Guard fired across the bow of the ship, then boarded it, the officials said.

    The ship, the Maersk Tigris, was in Iranian waters, preparing to enter the Strait of Hormuz, which connects the Persian Gulf to the Arabian Sea, the officials said.

    A U.S. Navy destroyer, the Farragut, is headed to the area, and Navy planes are in the air watching, the officials said.

    A spokesperson from Maersk told NBC News' that the Maersk Tigris is currently being run on what they called a "time charter" by Rickmers Ship Management, which lists its head offices as Hamburg, Germany, and Singapore on its website.

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    Iran fires at, boards cargo ship; U.S. sending defense



    Iranian troops boarded a cargo vessel early Tuesday morning after firing shots at the ship, prompting the U.S. to send assets to the ship’s defense.

    The Pentagon said at least five Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy patrol vessels approached the Marshall Islands-flagged Maersk Tigris cargo ship at 4 a.m. eastern time as it was transiting the Straight of Hormuz and directed the ship to proceed further into Iranian waters.

    When the ship’s master declined, the Iranian ship fired shots across the bridge of the cargo vessel, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said.

    After shots were fired, the ship proceeded into Iranian waters near the vicinity of Larak Island.

    It was boarded by members of the Iranian coast guard and is now being held in Iranian waters with about 30 people aboard.



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    Post  ShahryarHedayatiSHBA on Thu May 07, 2015 7:18 pm

    USS Farragut ordered to respond to distress call from cargo ship intercepted by Iran






    Iran Revolutionary Guard patrol boats fired shots at a commercial cargo ship and then intercepted the vessel, the M/V Maersk Tigris, which was crossing the Strait of Hormuz Tuesday morning, according to a senior U.S. military official.

    Despite reports in some media, there are no Americans on board, the official said.

    Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said it was “inappropriate” for the Iranians to fire the warning shot. The U.S. Navy has dispatched one maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft to observe and monitor the situation, Warren told reporters.

    The ship, a Marshall Islands-flagged vessel, was transiting the Strait into the Persian Gulf on an internationally recognized maritime route when the the Iranian military contacted the vessel and directed the ship master to “divert further into Iranian waters,” according to Warren.

    “The master was contacted and directed to proceed further into Iranian territorial waters. He declined and one of the IRGCN craft fired shots across the bridge of the Maersk Tigris,” said Warren, referring to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy. “The master complied with the Iranian demand and proceeded into Iranian waters in the vicinity of Larak Island.”

    After the shots were fired, the Tigris issued a distress call which was picked up by U.S. forces in the area and the USS Farragut was ordered to head towards the incident. The closest U.S. warship was 60 miles from the incident. The Pentagon thinks about 30 individuals are on board.

    The U.S. Navy has also sent aircraft to monitor its status.

    According to the shipping company, which is in contact with the U.S. military, the Iranian military has boarded the ship.

    Even though the Strait of Hormuz is in Iranian territorial waters, “innocent passage” is applied — ships are authorized to pass through the body of water assuming they abide by all the rules of the sea — because it is an internationally recognized shipping lane.

    Warren said it was “to be determined” what the USS Farragut will do when it reached the vicinity of the incident.

    The M/V Maersk Tigris was seized at the request of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (IPMO), Iran’s semi-official FARS is reporting, citing informed sources. The Marshall Islands-flagged vessel was seized after a relevant court order was issued according to the source, indicating that the IPMO had monetary differences with the ship owner.

    It’s significant that the vessel is from the Marshall Islands because of the Compact of Free Association between the U.S. and the Islands makes the U.S. responsible for its defense.

    “The government of the United States has full authority and responsibility for security and defense matters in or relating to the Republic of the Marshall Islands,” the treaty states.

    A U.S. Navy official tells CNN that on April 24, the U.S. flagged cargo ship Maersk Kensington was intercepted by four Iranian naval patrol craft in the Strait of Hormuz. “The Iranians encircled the Kensington and followed the ship on its course for a period of time before withdrawing and breaking away,” the official said.

    After that, the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet issued a notice to mariners about the incident. “We have been in communication with U.S. shipping industry representatives with regards to how their vessels should respond to threatening encounters with foreign naval forces, and how to contact us,” the official said. In the April 24 incident, no shots were fired. The official declined to say what advice is being given to U.S. cargo ships.

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    Post  ShahryarHedayatiSHBA on Thu May 07, 2015 7:18 pm

    CNN:Iranian forces seizes cargo ship



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    Real time location of The cargo ship :




    http://www.vesselfinder.com/?imo=9694581
    http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/details/ships/shipid:1635726/mmsi:538005749/imo:9694581/vessel:MAERSK_TIGRIS

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    Post  ShahryarHedayatiSHBA on Thu May 07, 2015 7:21 pm

    Iran to Put Maersk Tigris on Sale to Pay for Local Company's Losses





    TEHRAN (FNA)- The Marshall Islands-flagged trade ship, Maersk Tigris, that was seized in Persian Gulf waters last week over a legal dispute between Iran's Pars Tala'eyeh Oil Products Company and the Danish shipping line Maersk will be put on tender for sale.

    The announcement was made by Hamid-Reza Jahanian, the managing director of Pars Tala'eyeh Oil Products Company which is involved in the legal row with Maersk.

    He said the ship will be put on sale to compensate for the $10 billion loss that Pars Tala'eyeh company has suffered and also a 5-billion-rial fine ($140,000) to the Iranian government.

    The meetings between Maersk and officials from Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization have failed to make any significant progress to resolve the case, Jahanian said.

    According to Iranian officials, all crew members have been free since the ship was seized to "travel to anywhere they like or stay on board the vessel and they have not at all experienced any limitation"

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    EXCLUSIVE: Maersk Tigris Freed, Leaves Iran's Waters



    "Today the (Maersk Tigris) ship was released and it left the Iranian territorial waters," Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said.

    She said all the ship crew members were fully safe and healthy when they left Iran's waters.

    Meantime, Pars Tala'eyeh Oil Products Company officials hoped that the Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization has received "sufficient assurances and a solemn promise" from Maersk Line company for guaranteed compensation of their financial losses as mentioned in the court ruling.

    Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari had announced on Tuesday that Maersk Tigris will be freed after its owner, Maersk Line Shipping Co. pays compensation money to the Iranian company that had sued it.

    His remarks came after Managing-Director of Pars Tala'eyeh Oil Products Company Hamidreza Jahanian said Maersk Tigris had been kept in custody because it owed $10mln to his company.

    "Unfortunately, a number of containers sent by Pars Tala'eyeh Oil Products Company through the Maersk Line Shipping Co. were not delivered to the customer in Jebel Ali in 2003, which initiated financial disputes between us and Maersk Line Shipping Co. then," Jahanian told FNA on Saturday.


    http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940217000656


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    ''Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization said in a statement that the government had received the appropriate assurances from Maersk Line. The Danish company had, "ensured the provision of a letter of guarantee for the enforcement of the judicial decision,"
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/iran-releases-seized-maersk-vessel-30865769

    And then

    "Today the (Maersk Tigris) ship was released and it left the Iranian territorial waters," Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said.
    http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940217000656

    Everything is solved and Case closed

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    Post  ShahryarHedayatiSHBA on Sun May 10, 2015 2:37 am

    Iran and U.S. cut deal on new diplomatic offices in Washington, Tehran






    Secretary of State John F. Kerry, meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, on April 27, 2015, in New York.

    The United States, in what may be among the first negotiated deals with Iran since relations broke off in 1980, is allowing the Iranian Interests Section in Washington to move to new headquarters on 23rd Street Northwest in West End.

    In exchange, Switzerland, which had been looking for new space for the U.S. Interests Section in Tehran — because the current offices, we were told, were “no longer viable and pretty decrepit” — will be getting new offices as well for the U.S. facility.

    “Reciprocity is the hallmark of diplomacy,” one source told us. “This was a swap.”

    This news comes after Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s visit in New York last week to the elegant second-floor parlor in the residence of the Iranian ambassador to the United Nations — making Kerry the first senior American official to, at least technically, set foot on Iranian soil in decades.

    We asked whether the deal indicated a thaw in relations and was related to negotiations over Iran’s nuclear programs.

    “The Iranian Interests Section requested last year to relocate to a new address,” the official said, “and permission was granted, per standard protocol.” (The Iranians say they’ve been trying to move to new space for about 30 years.)

    The Iranian mission here, which is technically under the auspices of Pakistan, basically handles visas, passports and some cultural matters for the estimated 1.5 million Iranian Americans in this country. It’s currently housed on Wisconsin Avenue north of the Georgetown Social Safeway and above the Wide World of Wines.

    Well, this is one deal the Senate won’t get to review.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...-new-diplomatic-offices-in-washington-tehran/
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    ShahryarHedayatiSHBA wrote:Iran and U.S. cut deal on new diplomatic offices in Washington, Tehran






    Secretary of State John F. Kerry, meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, on April 27, 2015, in New York.

    The United States, in what may be among the first negotiated deals with Iran since relations broke off in 1980, is allowing the Iranian Interests Section in Washington to move to new headquarters on 23rd Street Northwest in West End.

    In exchange, Switzerland, which had been looking for new space for the U.S. Interests Section in Tehran — because the current offices, we were told, were “no longer viable and pretty decrepit” — will be getting new offices as well for the U.S. facility.

    “Reciprocity is the hallmark of diplomacy,” one source told us. “This was a swap.”



    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs...-new-diplomatic-offices-in-washington-tehran/


    US EMBASSY revamp in tehran . Bad idea . Those usa embassies are epitome of color revolutions .
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    Post  George1 on Mon May 11, 2015 11:22 pm

    Iran, Brazil to Build Oil Refinery in Latin America

    Iran and Brazil signed a preliminary agreement to build a new oil refinery in Latin America, Iran’s deputy oil minister said Sunday.

    “If a final agreement is reached between the two countries, they will build the new Latin America refinery, which is expected to be able to process 300,000 barrels per day of crude oil”, Abbas Kazemi, deputy minister of petroleum and managing director of the National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company, was quoted as saying by Mehr news agency.

    The crude only refinery is aimed at “securing long-term demand for Iran's exported crude oil”, Kazemi said, adding that Tehran was also in talks with an Indian company to build a refinery in India with the capacity to process 400,000 barrels of crude oil.

    A high-ranking Indian delegation arrived in Tehran in April to hold talks over a new oil contract with the Islamic Republic.

    India is the second biggest customer of Iran's crude oil after China, the Tehran-based news agency reported.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20150510/1021960613.html#ixzz3ZpdXZu7x
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    Iran Blasts UAE’s Repeated Territorial Claims Over Three Islands


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    Post  ShahryarHedayatiSHBA on Tue Jun 16, 2015 7:26 pm

    Return of 175 martyr divers agitates grievous memories in Iran


    TEHRAN, May 30 (MNA) – It was on May 18 when the bodies of 175 Iranian divers who were reportedly buried alive with their hands tied during Iraq imposed War on Iran back in the 1980s were returned home from Iraq.
    As many as 175 bodies belonging to Iranian divers who were killed by the forces of the Saddam’s Ba’ath regime during Operation Karbala-4 with their hands tied, were brought to the country through Shalamcheh Border Crossing in Khuzestan Province.

    Brigadier General Mohammad Bagherzadeh, the commander of the Missing in Action (MIA) Search Committee of the Iranian Armed Forces, said some of the retrieved bodies bore no scars indicating that the divers might have been buried alive.

    Once the news of the final homecoming of the martyred Iranian divers and what happened to them broke in the Iranian news, millions of Iranian mourned in social networking sites for their distressful loss after 29 years.

    The facts on the divers being buried alive or being killed with their hands tied provoked a wave of hatred for the crimes of the Ba’ath regime in Iraq making Iranians to share posts and pictures of the divers on social networking sites, touching off a wave of sympathy on Iranian social media.

    The link found its way to other online pages with users creating their own hashtags – including #hand-tied and #175 – to join fellow online mourners and remember the martyred divers.

    Messages on the painful loss of divers and sympathetic comments for the martyrs quickly went also viral on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    Many users started to share old pictures of the divers; even those with ideological and political differences were shocked by the event which prompted them to set aside their beliefs for a while and shed tears for the men who fought with dignity to protect their homeland.



    A piece of design by Abbas Emad Haghi, a graphic designer, was shared on social media in memory of the divers who finally came back home, but not in one piece.

    He wrote a caption under his design which depicts a single diver underwater with the number 175 on his chest. It reads: “When I was working on this design, initially I tied the hands. I got scared. It is horrible to tie somebody’s hands even in virtual world, let alone in reality!”



    A subsidiary of Tehran Municipality’s daily paper Hamshahri (Persian for citizen) and a magazine for the youth, Hamshahri Javan (Young Citizen), dedicated its latest front page to a portfolio about the 175 martyrs where it used ‘Track 175’ as its headline which referred to a recognized 2014 movie, Track 143; the movie narrated the true story of a woman whose only son volunteers to war fronts and goes missing in action. The mother waits years searching for her son believing in his return and finally receives remnants of his son’s corpse after some 25 years. The movie by Nargess Abiar was extensively welcomed by the public.

    A group of Iranian artists, in a spontaneous campaign, paid tribute to 175 martyrs of resistance by publishing photos captioned with heart-rending and touching posts in their memory.

    Mahdi Pakdel, Mahnaz Afshar, Mehrab Ghasemkhani, Rasoul Sadrameli, Hossein Mehri, Aref Lorestani, Amir Mohammad Motaghian and Bhareh Rahnama are among Iranian celebrities who expressed their respect towards all those who sacrificed their lives serving humanity in the name of God.


    Renowned Iranian actress Mahnaz Afshar posted a photo in the caption of which she wrote: “In respect to all who served our country, those who left us and those who remained alive unassuming in their dedication to their country.”

    “Karbala-4, silence, tears and respect,” Iranian film director, screenwriter and film producer Rasoul Sadrameli wrote under a photo he published in his social networking page.

    Former Head of the Cultural and Artistic Organization of Tehran Municipality and a popular religious leader Shahab Moradi also expressed his grief over the painful death of 175 Iranian divers. “The release of the facts on the painful martyrdom of Iranian divers shocked Iranians making them mourn for their lost beloved ones.”


    Ehsan Bakeri, son of one of Iranian war heroes who was martyred in the Iran–Iraq War Mehdi Bakeri, published an impressive note in a magazine. “Once again, martyrs prompted unity and solidarity in the society, which proved Iranians’ dedication to the Islamic Iran.”

    In a move to commemorate the martyrs, Islamic City Council of Tehran announced on Wednesday, May 27, it would review measures for naming a square in Tehran after 175 divers of operation Karbala-4 which was set in 1987 and became the largest battle of the war.

    Public reactions shocked many people and revealed incredible facts. Iranians proved community values are far beyond conventional or media imaginations. Once again they proved they respect their heroes regardless of political inclinations or cultural beliefs and, above all, they proved they have always been united for domestic ‘values.’

    http://en.mehrnews.com/news/107555/Return-of-175-martyr-divers-agitates-grievous-memories-in-Iran

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    Post  ShahryarHedayatiSHBA on Tue Jul 14, 2015 7:36 pm

    Deal reached on Iran nuclear program, diplomats say


    Vienna (CNN)After 20 months of tortuous talks, negotiators have reached a historic deal aimed at reining in Iran's nuclear program, diplomats said Tuesday.

    The agreement, a focal point of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy, appears set to reshape relations between Iran and the West, with its effects likely to ripple across the volatile Middle East.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/14/politics/iran-nuclear-deal/


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    Post  max steel on Tue Jul 14, 2015 8:37 pm

    Its a historic moment but they have not lifted all sanctions yet . Iaea still insists to inspect iran's military nuclear centres hidden in mountains somewhere . Moreover sanctions can be reinstated in next 65 days again if any disruption occurs , so we will be back to zero after 15 years jibber jabber .

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    Post  ShahryarHedayatiSHBA on Tue Jul 14, 2015 10:02 pm

    Russia to deliver Iran’s S-300 soon: Lavrov


    Russia says it will “soon” deliver Iran’s S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system.

    “Preparations for the delivery are underway and the deal will be effected soon,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters following a meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Thursday.

    http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/06/05/414424/Iran-Russia-Lavrov-S300-Kozhin-Novikov-AlmazAntey

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    Post  ShahryarHedayatiSHBA on Wed Jul 15, 2015 1:10 am

    Rouhani derides failure of ''warmongering Zionist regime''

    Hailing nuclear agreement, Iran’s president slams anti-Iran ‘propaganda’ from ‘usurper’ Israel


    President Hassan Rouhani making a statement following announcement of the Iran nuclear deal, Tuesday, July 14, 2015 in Tehran. (Press TV via AP video)

    Declaring that the nuclear deal struck by Iran with world powers meets all of Iran’s aims, President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday also derided Israel for what he called its “failed” attempts to undermine his country’s interests.

    “Do not be deceived by the propaganda of the usurper Zionist regime,” Rouhani said, in a speech in which he declared that “today major world powers recognized Iran’s nuclear program.”

    “The Zionist state has failed in its efforts,” he said, speaking live in a nationwide televised address.

    He also tweeted: “To our neighbours: Do not be deceived by the propaganda of the warmongering Zionist regime.”

    Israel’s leadership has relentlessly attacked the deal, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu describing it Tuesday as a “historic mistake.”

    “Today, we are at an important juncture in the history of our country and our revolution and the situation in the region,” Rouhani said, adding that “Iran will honor the agreement, if the other sides abide by it.”

    To our neighbours: Do not be deceived by the propaganda of the warmongering Zionist regime. #Iran & its power will translate into your power

    — Hassan Rouhani (@HassanRouhani) July 14, 2015

    Rouhani called the deal a “win-win agreement” and asserted that the sanctions regime employed against Iran was “never successful” in affecting Iran’s nuclear program. It only harmed ordinary people, he said.

    “A new page has been turned and a new chapter has begun,” said Rouhani, predicting that it would mark a “starting point” for trust between Tehran and the world.

    “Today, we are at an important juncture in the history of our country and our revolution and the situation in the region,” he said.

    Rouhani dismissed claims that Iran seeks nuclear weapons. “Iran has never sought to manufacture a nuclear weapon and will never seek to manufacture a nuclear weapon,” he claimed. “The whole world knows very well that manufacturing a nuclear bomb … is considered forbidden.”

    [b]The Times of Israel
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    Post  mack8 on Wed Jul 15, 2015 6:55 am

    I'm trying to figure out what is the situation with the weapons embargo, the pro-american MSM says that it will be maintained for another 5 years, but an iranian article says that the weapons embargo will be lifted too and replaced with "some restrictions". So what is the truth?

    Preparations for the delivery are underway and the deal will be effected soon

    So does this mean the deal has already been signed or it WILL be signed? If it was signed, when, for how many of what S-300 variant, how much?

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    Post  ShahryarHedayatiSHBA on Sat Jul 18, 2015 4:40 am

    Watch: Iranian rapper celebrates nuclear power from the deck of a warship - The Washington Post



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