Iran’s Military Says Ready to Set up Field Hospitals to Treat COVID-19 Patients

A senior Iranian military commander says the Armed Forces stand ready to set up makeshift hospitals to treat coronavirus patients if need be. Second Brigadier General Hassan Araqi said the military’s preparedness is in line with a recent order by Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, who instructed the General staff of the Armed Forces to make all medical centres and hospitals of the military, with their maximum capacity, available to COVID-19 patients. “The General Staff of the Armed Forces officially communicated [to the military] the commander-in-chief’s order,” said general Araqi, the head of the Health and Treatment Office of the General staff of the Armed Forces. He said all resources and facilities of the army have been made available to coronavirus patients in coordination with the National Coronavirus Headquarters. He added the military is also ready to work closely with relevant bodies to establish convalescent homes if necessary. “We are facing the third peak of the coronavirus outbreak in the country,” he said. “Our people should seriously take care of their health and abide by health protocols and social distancing measures,” he added. “The health and treatment sector has also mobilized all its resources to counter coronavirus and look after patients,” he said. Subscribe

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Iranian, Iraqi Foreign Ministers Discuss Bilateral Relations

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had a phone conversation with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein on Saturday, October 17, 2020. In the phone call, the two top diplomats discussed various issues related to Tehran-Baghdad relations, particularly the visit of an Iraqi delegation to follow up on the agreements earlier achieved in the Iraqi foreign minister’s trip to Tehran. Subscribe Facebook Twitter ReddIt Pinterest WhatsApp Viber VK Email Telegram Print LINE The IFP Editorial Staff is composed of dozens of skilled journalists, news-writers, and analysts whose works are edited and published by experienced editors specialized in Iran News. The editor of each IFP Service is responsible for the report published by the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website, and can be contacted through the ways mentioned in the "IFP Editorial Staff" section.

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Over 30,000 Iranians Die of Coronavirus: Health Ministry

Iran’s Health Ministry spokeswoman says the novel coronavirus has killed 253 patients since Friday noon, increasing the overall death toll to 30,123. In a press briefing on Saturday, Sima-Sadat Lari said 526,490 patients have contracted the virus so far, including 4,103 new cases identified in the past 24 hours. So far, she added, 423,921 patients have recovered from the disease or been discharged from the hospital. Lari said 4,721 patients are also in critical conditions caused by more severe infection.The spokeswoman noted that 4,482,263 COVID-19 tests have been taken across the country so far. She said the high-risk “red” zones include Tehran, Qom, Mazandaran, East Azarbaijan, Isfahan, Yazd, Ardabil, Khorasan Razavi, Khuzestan, Hamadan, West Azarbaijan, Bushehr, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, Alborz, Lorestan, Markazi, Ilam, South Khorasan, Kermanshah, North Khorasan, Semnan, Gilan, Zanjan, Qazvin, Kurdistan, and Kerman provinces.The “orange” zones also include Golestan, Hormozgan, and Fars provinces, she added. Subscribe

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Iran Says to Keep Using Nuclear Energy Despite US Claims

File photo of Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says the country will press ahead with using nuclear energy for peaceful purposes regardless of Washington’s baseless allegations in that regard. The AEOI made the comment in a tweet in response to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s fresh claim regarding Tehran’s use of nuclear energy. “Scientists in Iran’s nuclear industry, taking heed of the Leader’s guidelines, stand ready to counter the United States’ bullying and unilateralism when it comes to using nuclear energy,” said the tweet. “A strategic principle for Iran’s Islamic Establishment is to be far-sighted when it comes to using nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, and nuclear power will always be under the Iranian nation’s control,” he said. Recently, Pompeo had claimed that Iran, with its nuclear program, was threatening the world holding countries hostage to its nuclear blackmail. He called on the international community to confront Iran. Earlier, he had claimed and Iran was continuing what he called “its terrorist attacks” across the world and seeking to develop its nuclear program. Subscribe Facebook Twitter ReddIt Pinterest WhatsApp Viber VK Email Telegram Print LINE The IFP Editorial Staff is composed of dozens of skilled journalists, news-writers, and analysts whose works are edited and published by experienced editors specialized in Iran News. The editor of each IFP Service is responsible for the report published by the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website, and can be contacted through the ways mentioned in the "IFP Editorial Staff" section.

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Iranian Experts Abroad Establish 160 Start-ups under Cooperation Plan

Iranian experts and entrepreneurs overseas have established some160 start-ups so far in a line with a cooperation program drawn up to set the stage for the establishment of such companies. The 160 firms have become operational in the domains of biotechnology, nanotechnology, stem cells, information and communications technology, energy and advanced materials. Most of these Iranian entrepreneurs come from the United States, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Britain, said the Science and Technology Department of Iran’s Presidential Office. They have established the start-ups via the cooperation plan mentioned earlier. The cooperation program (connect.isti.ir) is aimed at tapping into the scientific and expert potential of Iranian researchers and experts and establishing a link with top scientific, technological and industrial centres of the country. The program has been growing well with the establishment of a vast network of specialized centres, including the best universities, research centres and knowledge-based companies of the country. Under the latest figures, more than 120 expert cetnres have joined the program so far. The cooperation will lead to the development of science and technology inside the country as well as drawing on the experience of Iranian expatriates and tapping into the potential of other countries. Subscribe

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‘Truckloads of Medicines Seized in Iraq Not of Iranian Origin’

The Food and Drug Administration of Iran says the 19 truckloads of medicines seized in Iraq were not Iranian, and had only been transferred via Iran. The government body underlined that all profiteers who seek to cash in on the current situation to make huge profits, especially amid US sanctions on Iran’s medical sector, will be dealt with. The food and drug authority reiterated that Iranians are under tough and unfair sanctions imposed by Washington, which claims to be an advocate of human rights, but is ironically targeting Iranian people’s health. The Food and Drug Administration said the US chants demagogic slogans that it has not imposed sanctions on food and drugs, but has, in fact, blocked the supply of some medicines and medical equipment. “All domestic potential has been utilized to ally patients’ slightest concerns about the procurement of the medicines they need,” added the administration. The food and drug authority added part of the financing for medicines comes foreign currency provided by the government at an exchange rate much lower that its market value. “So, there is a possibility that some profiteers smuggle medicines,” said the administration.It said measures have been adopted to identify and deal with all offenders in the pharmaceutical sector. Subscribe

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Iran Condemns Terror Attacks on Pakistani Security Forces

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has denounced the terrorist attacks carried out against Pakistani military forces in the past two days in the country’s Ormara and North Waziristan districts. In a statement on Friday, Khatibzadeh also offered sympathy to the Pakistani nation and government. The spokesman said all forms of terrorism are rejected, and that all regional countries must participate in the continuous fight against the perpetrators, organizers, supporters, and sponsors of such terrorist attacks. Twenty security personnel, including six Army men, were martyred in two terrorist attacks in Balochistan’s Ormara area and North Waziristan tribal district on Thursday and late Wednesday. Fourteen security men — seven personnel of the Frontier Corps and as many civilian guards employed by the OGDCL — were martyred in an armed attack on their convoy on the Coastal Highway in the Ormara area of Gwadar district on Thursday. Six troops, including a Pakistan Army captain, were martyred and one suffered injuries when two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) struck their vehicles in North Waziristan tribal district on Wednesday evening. The ISPR on Thursday also confirmed the martyrdom of six security personnel, including an Army captain, and injuries to one in the Wednesday’s North Waziristan attack. The military’s media wing said in a brief statement that a convoy of security forces was attacked with improvised explosive devices near Razmak which resulted in the martyrdom of a captain and five soldiers. The martyrs were identified as Captain Umar Farooq, Naib Subedar Riaz Ahmed, Naib Subedar Shakeel Azad, Havaldar Younas Khan, Naik Mohammad Nadeem and Lance Naik Asmat Ullah. Subscribe

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Iran’s President Blasts US for Stoking Insecurity in Region

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has lashed out at the White House leaders for fomenting insecurity in the region. President Rouhani made the comment in a Wednesday cabinet session, while referring to Washington’s destructive moves in the region. “Look what they did to Afghanistan, and look what’s going on in this country, and see who is in control of its western and eastern parts,” he noted. “Those who claimed to be fighting the ISIS terrorist group … see what they did? Can the US government say what success it has achieved in its foreign policy over the past four years,” he said. President Rouhani said White House rulers have been defeated on all fronts. “They haven’t secured even one single success,” he said. The president then congratulated Iranians as the UN arms embargo on Iran expires on Sunday, October 18 He said the unfair, 10-year ban will be removed despite US attempts to keep them in place. President Rouhani said this achievement was one of the results of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). “As of Sunday, we will be able to buy and sell weapons,” the president noted. Subscribe

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Iran to Enforce Fresh Travel Bans to Curb COVID-19 Spread

The Iranian president has agreed to the enforcement of lockdowns in five major cities across the nation during the days-long holidays ahead in order to contain the coronavirus outbreak. President Hassan Rouhani authorized travel restrictions to be imposed in the capital Tehran as well as in Karaj, Mashhad, Isfahan and Urmia, said Health Minister Saeed Namaki on Wednesday. “We should turn to the third peak in the coronavirus outbreak, which gripped part of the country,” he noted. “With the studies we have conducted on the virus, we realized that the virus has undergone some mutations,” he said. The minister underscored the virus is infecting people at a higher pace than before.He expressed with the enforcement of the new travel restrictions, the infection and mortality rate from the virus will decrease. According to the new restrictions, only the cars belonging to the citizens of these five cities are allowed to enter their hometown, and other cars will be denied entry, unless they prove they live in one of those cities. There will be no quarantine inside these five cities, however. Subscribe Facebook Twitter ReddIt Pinterest WhatsApp Viber VK Email Telegram Print LINE The IFP Editorial Staff is composed of dozens of skilled journalists, news-writers, and analysts whose works are edited and published by experienced editors specialized in Iran News. The editor of each IFP Service is responsible for the report published by the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website, and can be contacted through the ways mentioned in the "IFP Editorial Staff" section.

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US Pressure on Iran a Non-Starter, Official Says

The chief of staff of the Iranian president has highlighted the failure of American sanctions and pressures against Tehran, saying Washington has no option but to change policy towards the Islamic Republic, no matter who wins the US presidential election. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a weekly cabinet session on Wednesday, Mahmoud Vaezi reminded the White House of the “futility” of sanctions and pressures on Iran. “Whatever happens in the US and whoever takes power –be it the current administration or another president– will be mindful that the US cannot achieve results against this (Iranian) nation, this government and this establishment through pressure,” he underscored. Pointing to the “tough conditions” resulting from the US sanctions, the president’s chief of staff thanked the people of Iran for “realizing that the administration, the government and the three branches of power do not accept such conditions, as they are doing their utmost, but are not going to give in to the enemy’s pressures or bow down.” “This is the price we are paying for our independence,” he noted. While the enemies had formulated plans for Iran’s economic collapse within three months, their plots have gone nowhere after two years and nine months despite all the pressures and sanctions, Vaezi added. The US has launched a fierce war against Iran with maximum power, he noted, saying, “The fact that the Supreme Leader says ‘we are facing a serious economic war with a person and a group that does not respect any principles’ (is a proof of) what the thugs do.” He then touched on the recent sanctions the US has imposed on 18 Iranian banks, saying Tehran had made arrangements beforehand to deal with the sanctions since two months ago. Iran would not make its plans public, because the enemy may block the new ways for Iranian trade, he added, noting that most of the Iranian ministries working with foreigners use “special methods” to bypass the sanctions. “However, we would pay a higher cost. Under normal situation, we could have handled the exports more easily and our imports would also cost less. All in all, the situation is difficult. We have always maintained that we are sorry for people, we are sorry because of the pressures,” Vaezi stated. “There is no other option for it (the US) to change stances. Those who had made plans for three months (have gone nowhere) after two years and some nine months now. So I believe that the situation will be better in future, God willing,” he concluded. Subscribe

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‘Iran’s Average COVID-19 Death Toll 2.5 Times That of World Average’

An Iranian epidemiologist says the average number of deaths in Iran per million due to the COVID-19 infection is 2.5 times higher than global average. Mohammad Tajik, a professor of epidemiology at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, has, in an interview with Hamshahri newspaper, weighed in on the developments related to the coronavirus pandemic in Iran. He said the measures adopted so far have mostly been of a “treatment” nature than “prevention and health.” Tajik argues that the measures taken so far have not been effective enough, and that can be seen in the high number of Iran’s fatalities, which is 2.5 times that of world average. The full text of the interview follows. Given the pandemic situation in the country as well as the numerous ups and downs in the number of people contracting the disease, what is your analysis of the COVID-19 condition in Iran and in the world? My analysis is that the plans drawn up so far in the country have not produced the desired results. Despite the fact that many countries were gripped by the epidemic after Iran, they managed to control it and contain the peak of the epidemic. Now, we are facing the third peak of the disease. This comes as the disease was detected in our country earlier; however, Italy and France, where the disease erupted a few weeks after it broke out in Iran, were able to control it, but we have not been able to do so, yet. If we look at the whole world, it seems that because the epidemic broke out in the southern hemisphere much later, people had more awareness and were more prepared to face the epidemic, and that is why the disease did not spread that much in that part of the world. Although the epidemic has moved from the East to South America, the disease still linger on in our country. Could you explain why the COVID-19 virus is still there in our country and why there are many ambiguities in the different comments made by officials and experts? If we want to answer this question in a realistic and documented manner, I think we can categorize into two groups the reasons why coronavirus continues to linger on in our country and why we are the first country in the world to be experiencing the third peak in the disease. Some contributors are outside our control and some factors are domestic ones. It is natural that when economic sanctions exist and there is the problem of generating income, it is much more difficult to control an epidemic. For example, we cannot make people stay at home for a long time and ignore their need to earn a living. Many questions have remained unanswered, including what percentage of the society have not contracted the disease yet. We need comprehensive policy-making and planning. However, when it needs several billions to be done and the government is facing financial problems, then a series of outside contributors will cause policies to move forward cautiously. On the other hand, our approaches have had problems, too, because our approaches have been more treatment-oriented than geared to prevention. So, we didn’t use the potential of the expert manpower that we have in the domain of prevention. Given Iran’s population of 83 million, where do we stand now compared to other world countries in terms of infections and the number of deaths? Unfortunately, our situation is not good. Italy, where the disease took so many lives, manages to control the disease, and now the daily number of fatalities in that country is fewer than 10. This is while our daily fatalities exceeded 270 over the past days. Iran is among the few countries in the world where more than 100 people die daily due to the coronavirus infection. Therefore, why this is so is mostly related to the policies and decisions made by authorities. We are among the top ten countries with the highest rate of deaths from the coronavirus. We have been among the top 10 to 12 world countries for weeks now in terms of infections, which shows our situation is no good. How do you evaluate the conditions of the coronavirus outbreak in Tehran as the largest province in the country? Tehran is a cross-section of the different types of behaviour of people of all cities and provinces across the nation. Tehran is a city where confrontations have more complex patterns compared to other locations. It is a city where, due to much travel, the odds of contracting the virus and the spread of the disease and the pattern of contracting the disease differ. After a contagious disease lingers on in society and becomes native to the community, people gradually become immune to that disease. Of course, I’m not saying that people won’t contract the disease, but when someone from outside the region with a different epidemic pattern enters that community, he/she can disrupt this relative balance. This is one of the features of Tehran at the moment, and its pattern is constantly being affected by trips and travel. Moreover, there is a wide variety of lifestyles as well as economic, social and behavioural conditions in Tehran while that is not the case in other areas, which has made the epidemic complicated. Tehran requires its own specifications and special bahaviour, and it has a more complex situation compared to the national average. It is predicted that if the epidemic begins to die down, it will happen in Tehran with a delay. How do you predict the end of the epidemic in Tehran and in the world? This cannot be predicted and depends on global determination. If the whole world is cleared of this virus, but even one single country remains affected, it can spread and transmit the virus again. In the world of viruses, even if one gene undergoes mutation, that can make a great change to the nature of the virus. We are not very hopeful that this epidemic will go away any time soon. Subscribe

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Tehran Urges Its Trade Partners to Release Iranian Frozen Assets

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called on Tehran’s trade partners to fulfil their legal and ethical commitments towards the Islamic Republic. Otherwise, the president said, scepticism will grow among public opinion regarding the future of Iran’s relations with these countries. Rouhani made the comments in a Wednesday cabinet session, after he was briefed on the outcomes of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s trip to China and the visit of Iran’s top banker Abdolnasser Hemmati to Baghdad, where he discussed Iran’s frozen assets in Iraq. The president expressed pleasure with the achievements of these visits, and tasked all government officials to pursue returning Iran’s money from other countries. On Monday, Governor of the Central Bank of Iran said his negotiations with the Iraqi officials had yielded “positive” results, and the Arab country had given its approval to release Iran’s frozen assets for the purchase of basic commodities. Hemmati said he held a trilateral meeting with Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq Mustafa Ghalib Mukheef and Chairman of Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI) Salem Jawad Abdul Hadi Al-Jalabi during his visit to Baghdad. Iran’s Zarif Hails Fruitful Talks in China Trip The Iraqi authorities have agreed to release Iran’s frozen funds for the purchase of basic commodities after extensive talks on trade exchanges, Hemmati added, noting that the Islamic Republic of Iran holds remarkable financial sources in the Iraqi banks earned by the export of electricity and gas. Under the new agreement, the main obstacle to the release of Iran’s assets in the executive sphere has been removed, as the Central Bank of Iraq and the TBI face no more restrictions, he added. The assets held in Iraq belong to the Central Bank of Iran, which is the main supplier of the basic demands in various sectors such as industry, agriculture and healthcare, he explained, saying Tehran would begin to withdraw money from those funds according to its needs. The commodities that are categorized as basic needs are exempted from the cruel and unilateral sanctions imposed by the US, the Iranian official noted. Also on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Zarif held a phone conversation with his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi, during which he urged the Japanese top diplomat to prevent the US from blocking Iran’s assets. “Iran expects the government of Japan to prevent such unlawful American measure within the framework of the general commitment of countries to the implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions, including the Resolution 2231,” Zarif added. Foreign Minister Zarif stressed that Iran should be able to use its foreign currency resources held in Japan, condemned the US regime’s illegal restriction on Tehran’s access to those funds, and denounced the limits preventing the purchase of medicine and foodstuff for the Iranian people as a crime against humanity. Subscribe

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Official Hails Baku’s Call for Iran to Play Pivotal Role in Maintaining Peace

A top Iranian official has welcomed the Azerbaijan Republic’s proposal that Iran, Russia and Turkey play a more pivotal role in maintaining peace and stability in the region. Mahmoud Vaezi, the chief of staff of Iran’s president, said the promotion of cooperation between Iran and Azerbaijan is in line with the interests of both nations. He stressed the need to respect the Azerbaijan Republic’s territorial integrity, saying Iran stands ready to play a more active role in resolving differences between Baku and Yerevan. In a phone conversation with the Azerbaijan Republic’s deputy prime minister Shahin Mustafayev, the Iranian official welcomes the establishment of a ceasefire between Baku and Yerevan. Vaezi called on both sides to maintain the truce and iron out their differences based on dialogue, within international regulations, and by respecting each other’s internationally recognized borders and territorial integrity. He expressed satisfaction with the trend of implementing agreements signed by Iran and the Azerbaijan Republic, especially the ones discussed in a recent phone conversation between the two countries’ presidents. “The implementation of these agreements will, undoubtedly, be an effective step in the growing mutual ties,” said Vaezi. The top Azeri official, in turn, conveyed to Vaezi a message of appreciation from his country’s president, saying his country would like to enhance its cooperation with Iran on all fronts. Subscribe

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Iran Reports over 4,600 New Cases of COVID-19 Infection

Iran’s Health Ministry spokeswoman has confirmed 4,616 new cases of COVID-19 infection in 24 hours, increasing the total number of cases to 517,835. In a press briefing on Thursday, Sima-Sadat Lari said the virus has killed 256 patients since Wednesday noon, raising the overall death toll to 29,605. So far, she added, 418,054 patients have recovered from the disease or been discharged from the hospital. Lari said 4,671 patients are also in critical conditions caused by more severe infection. The spokeswoman noted that 4,426,779 COVID-19 tests have been taken across the country so far. She said the high-risk “red” zones include Tehran, Qom, Mazandaran, East Azarbaijan, Isfahan, Yazd, Ardabil, Khorasan Razavi, Khuzestan, Hamadan, West Azarbaijan, Bushehr, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, Alborz, Lorestan, Markazi, Ilam, South Khorasan, Kermanshah, North Khorasan, Semnan, Gilan, Zanjan, Qazvin, and Kerman provinces.The “orange” zones also include Golestan, Hormozgan, Kurdistan, and Fars provinces, she added. Subscribe

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Iran Says Its Joint Initiative with Russia, Turkey Can End Karabakh Dispute

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has informed Baku of a joint initiative by Tehran, Moscow, and Ankara to settle the decades-old dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. In a telephone conversation on Thursday, Zarif informed his Azeri counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov of the Islamic Republic’s preparedness to help bring about peace and a sustainable solution to the conflict within the framework of Iran-Turkey-Russia regional initiative, as a complement to the OSCE Minsk Group mechanism. Zarif once again elaborated on Iran’s principled stances and stressed the territorial integrity of the Azerbaijan Republic. The two top diplomats also stressed the significance and the role of regional initiatives to resolve the decades-old crisis. Zarif was also briefed by the Azeri foreign minister on the latest on-the-ground developments of the Karabakh dispute. Subscribe Facebook Twitter ReddIt Pinterest WhatsApp Viber VK Email Telegram Print LINE The IFP Editorial Staff is composed of dozens of skilled journalists, news-writers, and analysts whose works are edited and published by experienced editors specialized in Iran News. The editor of each IFP Service is responsible for the report published by the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website, and can be contacted through the ways mentioned in the "IFP Editorial Staff" section.

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Coronavirus Kills 265 More Iranians in 24 Hours: Ministry

Iran’s Health Ministry spokeswoman says the novel coronavirus has killed 265 patients since Wednesday noon, increasing the overall death toll to 29,870. In a press briefing on Wednesday, Sima-Sadat Lari said 522,387 patients have contracted the virus so far, including 4,552 new cases identified in the past 24 hours. So far, she added, 420,910 patients have recovered from the disease or been discharged from the hospital. Lari said 4,684 patients are also in critical conditions caused by more severe infection.The spokeswoman noted that 4,454,570 COVID-19 tests have been taken across the country so far. She said the high-risk “red” zones include Tehran, Qom, Mazandaran, East Azarbaijan, Isfahan, Yazd, Ardabil, Khorasan Razavi, Khuzestan, Hamadan, West Azarbaijan, Bushehr, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, Alborz, Lorestan, Markazi, Ilam, South Khorasan, Kermanshah, North Khorasan, Semnan, Gilan, Zanjan, Qazvin, and Kerman provinces. The “orange” zones also include Golestan, Hormozgan, Kurdistan, and Fars provinces, she added.a Subscribe

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Iran, Russia Refute US’ Bid to Reinstate Sanctions

Ranking diplomats from Iran and Russia have opposed the US administration’s “illegal” attempt to re-impose the UN sanctions on the Islamic Republic. Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, who was accompanying Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a trip to Moscow, held a meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Ryabkov on Thursday. In the meeting, the two diplomats emphasized that the United States’ attempts to re-impose the anti-Iran sanctions lifted by the UN Security Council are illegal. Araqchi and Ryabkov also discussed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the efforts by the remaining parties to save and implement the agreement in full. Subscribe Facebook Twitter ReddIt Pinterest WhatsApp Viber VK Email Telegram Print LINE The IFP Editorial Staff is composed of dozens of skilled journalists, news-writers, and analysts whose works are edited and published by experienced editors specialized in Iran News. The editor of each IFP Service is responsible for the report published by the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website, and can be contacted through the ways mentioned in the "IFP Editorial Staff" section.

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Iran Rejects US Envoy’s Comments on Its Role in Afghanistan

The Iranian foreign minister’s special envoy for Afghanistan has slammed his American counterpart’s “untrue and irresponsible” remarks on the Islamic Republic’s role in Afghanistan. In comments on Thursday, Mohammad-Ebrahim Taherian said the untrue and irresponsible remarks made by the US special representative about Iran’s role in the current developments of Afghanistan clearly demonstrate Washington’s inaccurate understanding of the developments in Afghanistan. “The Islamic Republic of Iran has officially and openly supported the launch of negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban and has expressed readiness to help advance the process of real and sustainable peace in that country,” he added. “Stability in Afghanistan is an indispensable and permanent part of our policy on that country,” the Iranian envoy noted. “The remarks made by the American official result from the gradual revelation of the mistake that architects of the Doha deal made in advancing the peace process and their resort to the blame game in order to justify the ineffectiveness of this policy by accusing the other countries,” he concluded. His comments came after the US negotiator on Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, accused Iran of seeking to bog down its archenemy in its longest war in Afghanistan. In remarks at a virtual event of the US Institute of Peace, Khalilzad said the United States would target any Iran-backed groups “taking action against us,” saying Washington was “monitoring them very closely.” Subscribe

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Iran’s Daily COVID-19 Fatalities Exceed 25,000: Ministry

Iran’s Health Ministry spokeswoman says the novel coronavirus has killed 175 patients since Sunday noon, increasing the overall death toll to 25,015. In a press briefing on Thursday, Sima-Sadat Lari said 436,319 patients have contracted the virus so far, including 3,521 new cases identified in the past 24 hours. So far, she added, 367,829 patients have recovered from the disease or been discharged from the hospital. Lari said 3,957 patients are also in critical conditions caused by more severe infection. The spokeswoman noted that 3,854,827 COVID-19 tests have been taken across the country so far. She said the high-risk “red” zones include Tehran, Qom, Mazandaran, East Azarbaijan, Isfahan, Yazd, Ardabil, Khorasan Razavi, Khuzestan, Hamadan, West Azarbaijan, Bushehr, Alborz, Lorestan, Markazi, Ilam, South Khorasan, Kermanshah, North Khorasan, Semnan, Gilan, Zanjan, Qazvin, and Kerman provinces. The “orange” zones also include Golestan, Hormozgan, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, and Fars provinces, she added. Subscribe

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Iran Congratulates Armenia on National Day

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has congratulated the Republic of Armenia on the anniversary of the country’s National Day. In separate congratulatory messages to the President and Prime Minister of Armenia, President Rouhani expressed hope that Tehran-Yerevan relations would further deepen and develop to serve the interests of the two nations.In his message to the President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian, Rouhani said, “I hope to see the growing development of relations, considering the historical, cultural and social ties between the two countries and also in the light of the efforts of the officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Armenia to serve the interests of the two nations.” In his congratulatory message to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, the President stated that “without a doubt, the common cultural, social and friendly ties between the two countries will provide fertile grounds for the development and deepening of relations and the people of the two countries will be able to establish synergy in the path of development to be a model for constructive and friendly relations between the countries around the world.” President Rouhani expressed the hope that in the light of the close and friendly efforts and interactions of the officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Armenia, there will be a bright future full of prosperity for the two nations. Subscribe Facebook Twitter ReddIt Pinterest WhatsApp Viber VK Email Telegram Print LINE The IFP Editorial Staff is composed of dozens of skilled journalists, news-writers, and analysts whose works are edited and published by experienced editors specialized in Iran News. The editor of each IFP Service is responsible for the report published by the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website, and can be contacted through the ways mentioned in the "IFP Editorial Staff" section.

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‘King Salman Pins Blame on Iran to Cover Up Riyadh Dark Record’

Iran’s permanent representative to the UN has dismissed Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s recent accusations against Tehran as a “blame game” aimed at diverting attentions away from Riyadh’s dark record of supporting terrorism. “Saudi Arabia desperately seeks to press charges against others in order to deflect attention from its long, dark record of extensively supporting terrorism, promoting extremist ideologies, sowing the seeds of discord and hatred, making destabilizing moves in the region and committing crimes during its aggression against Yemen in the past six years,” Majid Takht-Ravanchi noted. “It has completely been proven that Saudi Arabia, as a source of instability in the region, was the main financial supporter of Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi dictator, during Iraq’s eight-year aggression against Iran during which he committed countless crimes, including using chemical weapons against Iranian and Iraqi citizens and cities,” he added. “It has also become completely clear today that Saudi Wahhabi ideology was the main source of inspiration for the most dangerous terrorist groups such as the ISIS and al-Qaeda, and this country is seen as the key sponsor of these groups with its petrodollars,” he said. “Another example of Saudi Arabia’s destabilizing move in the region is its merciless killings during its aggression against Yemen over the past six years, which have had no results other than the killing of women and children and the destruction of houses, mosques and hospitals and the targeting of mourning and wedding ceremonies alike,” he noted. “These crimes against Yemeni children have been so heinous that the UN has put Saudi Arabia on top of the list of the world’s child-killing entities, though the name of the country was removed from the list later due to completely unprofessional reasons,” he said. The ambassador said Riyadh, in an inhumane move, keeps using famine as a war tactic and also prevents fuel, food and medicines from being sent to Yemeni people. Iran’s reaction came after the Saudi king, in his UN General Assembly speech, accused Iran of having struck Saudi oil facilities with missiles last year, a charge that Tehran vehemently denies. The monarch claimed Iran keeps targeting Saudi Arabia with ballistic missiles and drones.He said international pressure against Iran should increase in order to prevent Tehran from attaining what he called “weapons of mass destruction.” Subscribe

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Al Saud Policies Turn Riyadh into ‘Humiliated Creature’ among Arabs: Iran

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman has categorically rejected recent accusations levelled against the country by Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz at his UN General Assembly speech. In a statement on Thursday, Saeed Khatibzadeh dismissed the charges as unfounded and delusional. “As the base and birthplace of the ideologies of Takifiri terrorist groups and the main financial and logistical supporter of terrorism in the region, Saudi Arabia has, for years, been pursuing a blame-game policy and seeking to distort realities in order to escape the realities and not to be held accountable for its crimes,” said the spokesman. “The Saudi regime’s support for, and alignment with the US in its failed policy of ‘maximum pressure’ on Iran, its attempts to expand relations with the usurper Zionist regime of Israel, and paying billions of dollars of Saudi people’s money in ransom have not only failed to produce any results for Saudi Arabia, but also turned it into a humiliated creature among Arab countries,” he added. “Saudi Arabia has become delirious due to back-to-back defeats it has suffered both on the ground and on the political front in Yemen, and Riyadh wants to shirk responsibility for the war crimes it has committed against Yemeni women and children,” the spokesman noted. “In line with its responsible approach in the region, the Islamic Republic of Iran has, time and again, reminded the world of the Saudis’ miscalculations which have imposed a heavy price on the region, and keeps emphasizing its fundamental policy of boosting diplomatic and dialogue-oriented talks in the region and the promotion of relations with all neighbours,” he said. Subscribe

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Trump, Associates Don’t Know Even ABCs of Politics: Iran

US President Donald Trump (centre) along with his State Secretary Mike Pompeo (left) and Vice President Mike Pence (right) attend Pompeo's swearing-in ceremony at the State Department A senior Iranian official says Washington’s efforts to bring back international sanctions on Tehran were aimed at improving US President Donald Trump’s approval ratings ahead of US elections, but they would not take such a risk had they known the ABCs of politics. Mahmoud Vaezi, the chief of staff of the Iranian president, said the US was trying to boost Trump’s election campaign by targeting Iran. “The covert objective that they had and did not reveal was [that they wanted to use their anti-Iran move to reinforce their campaign for] the US election, given that Mr. Trump doesn’t have a good standing in the presidential race,” he said. “He is seeking tools to change the atmosphere of the election [in his own favour]. It seems the United States’ move was not useful for him and was not effective even with regards to domestic presidential elections,” he added. “So I think the international community and the UN Security Council rejected the US demand and once again expressed their support for the JCPOA and Resolution 2231,” he added. The official underlined that the US should not have tried to mobilize countries against Iran as it was a foregone conclusion. “Whatever the US did and whatever efforts it made over the past 32 or 33 days didn’t have any political or legal grounds. In my idea, if someone knows the ABCs of politics and economy, they won’t take such a gamble,” he added. “From the very beginning, it was clear that the Americans would lose. Not only Iranian, but even US diplomats and legal experts have said time and again that they don’t know on what basis the Trump administration is referring to a deal that it has proudly withdrawn from,” Vaezi said. He said UN Security Council members rejected Washington’s demand and they reiterated that the US request has no political and legal basis. “I want to thank the international community, permanent members of the UN Security Council, the EU and European countries, especially our two friends China and Russia for adopting very straightforward and clear positions over the past month,” he added. “It seems that everything is clear today. The trigger (snapback mechanism) that Mr. Trump and Mr. Pompeo were seeking and publicizing had no supporters and did not go into force,” said Vaezi. “This should be an object lesson for the US government not to link [election] campaign issues with political issues,” he said. Subscribe

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Iranian, Swedish Diplomats Discuss Ways to End Yemen War

Ali-Asghar Khaji, the Iranian foreign minister’s senior assistant in special political affairs, has held virtual talks with Sweden’s special envoy for Yemen. In the Wednesday talks, the two sides conferred on the latest developments and situation in Yemen including the difficult conditions caused by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the ways to resolve the existing problems, and possible avenues for dispatching food and medical aid to the Yemeni people. They also underlined the need for finding a political solution to end the Yemen war by holding intra-Yemeni negotiations. Khaji described the bombings and military attacks against the innocent people of Yemen and the blockade imposed on them as an inhumane move in violation of international principles and regulations, and called on the international community to prevent its continuation. Subscribe Facebook Twitter ReddIt Pinterest WhatsApp Viber VK Email Telegram Print LINE The IFP Editorial Staff is composed of dozens of skilled journalists, news-writers, and analysts whose works are edited and published by experienced editors specialized in Iran News. The editor of each IFP Service is responsible for the report published by the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website, and can be contacted through the ways mentioned in the "IFP Editorial Staff" section.

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US Launched Economic War on Iran Based on Miscalculations: Rouhani

The Iranian president says the US launched an all-out economic war against Iran a few years ago based on miscalculations and illusions as former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein did. Speaking in a weekly cabinet session on Wednesday, President Hassan Rouhani noted that Iran will emerge victorious in this war. “Two and a half years ago, the US began an economic war against Iran based on illusions and wrong miscalculations. Their aim was to block all economic paths to Iran,” said the president. He said the US has failed to achieve its objectives like Saddam Hussein, who imposed an eight-year war on Iran, was unable to fulfil his goal of toppling the Iranian Establishment. “Like Saddam Hussein, the Americans were of the conviction that they would enter Tehran a few months after launching an economic war, and they were under the delusion that a red carpet would be rolled out for them at Mehrabad and Imam Khomeini airports,” he said. “Like Saddam Hussein, the Americans’ first goal was to oust the Islamic Republic of Iran’s system and, at least, tear up and destroy Resolution 2231, but they failed to attain any of those objectives,” he said. President Rouhani once again touched upon Washington’s failure to get its anti-Iran plans pass through the UN Security Council. “It is unprecedented in the United States’ history that they take a plan to the UN Security Council after months of arrangements, and finally fail,” he said. “Indonesia, Niger, Tunisia and 13 UN Security Council members bravely stood up to the US whereby America’s grandeur was shattered.” President Rouhani said. Subscribe

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188 Homegrown Drones Delivered to Iran’s IRGC

As many as 188 Iranian-made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been delivered to the naval force of the country’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC). The delivery was made in a ceremony attended by IRGC Chief-Commander Major General Hossein Salami, who, in a speech, reiterated that Iran has grown stronger day by day and reached self-sufficiency in the production of various pieces of equipment and military hardware. “We have become more and more powerful day by day,” he said. “The effects and signs of the influence of the [1979 Iran’s Islamic] Revolution … have generated power in areas as far as the East Mediterranean and North Africa,” he noted.“Our enemies are unable to make any move amid this eruption of power of Jihad (war for the sake of God) in Islamic countries,” the top commander said. “The means an end to the United States and Britain and their allies’ traditional domination over the Muslim world,” he said. The top general also touched upon the wrong policies adopted by the US, saying many nations in the region as well around the world hate the United States for its domineering approach. “All nations are against them (the US),” he said. He added the Iranian nation has stood up to US pressure, and will remain steadfast in the face of psychological warfare. He also said Iran’s growing influence in the region has angered the US and its allies. The Iranian general said his country has inflicted direct damage on its enemies, stressing that any aggression against Iran is doomed to failure. Subscribe

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US International Isolation Victory for Iran: Spokesman

The spokesperson for the Iranian government says it is a victory for the Islamic Republic that the US has become increasingly isolated in the international community after its failure to win support for a resolution to reinstate the UN sanctions on Iran. In response to IRNA’s question, Ali Rabiei highlighted the humiliating defeat that the US suffered in its bid to trigger the so-called snapback mechanism of the JCPOA to re-impose the sanctions against Iran. The US has become greatly isolated as all UN Security Council members and the world nations maintain that Washington’s bid to re-impose the UNSC sanctions on Iran has no legal basis, he added. “From the viewpoint of us and the international community, the US’ unilateral claim would not entail any legal consequence and is not important to the United Nations Member States at all,” Rabiei noted. The spokesman then lashed out at the US for returning to the policy of “bullying” after it failed to achieve its objectives in the political arena through legal procedures. The US must have received the signal that the world is changing, Rabiei noted, adding, “Because of the short-sighted policies of Trump and the partners, the United States itself is the first victim of such change in the international system.” Even the three European parties to the 2015 nuclear deal, which are Washington’s main allies, have once again made it clear that the US has no right to re-impose the anti-Iranian sanctions, deemed to be null and void, he added. The American presence in the West Asia region, from Afghanistan to Palestine, has left a failed legacy of devastation that has harmed the regional nations, the spokesman deplored. Trump’s efforts to verify the policy of bullying in the US’ unilateral agenda has suffered a heavy defeat and reached the end of the line, Rabiei added. Highlighting Iran’s success to prevent a crisis-creating Western consensus and reduce the all-out political pressures, the spokesman said, “With a strategic view of the developments, we consider it as a victory for the Islamic Republic.” The results of the US isolation in the international system would become visible in future, he added, saying nobody believed until recently that the US would be all alone in the UN Security Council, which it controlled for decades. “From the day one (after signing the JCPOA), the US wanted to sanction us to make us leave the JCPOA and mobilize world support to impose the sanctions on (Iranian) people with the world, but now it has to act alone after a failed attempt,” he added. Iran is aware of the “adventurist techniques” used by the US presidents, Rabiei noted. “When the international community nixes the US measures such clearly, this could mean a legal dissolution of the sanctions regime,” he concluded. Subscribe

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Iran President’s Virtual Address to UNGA 2020 (Full Text)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has delivered a speech to the 75th General Assembly of the United Nations. What follows is the full text of President Rouhani’s virtual speech: In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful  All praise belongs to the Almighty God and peace and blessing upon His prophet and his household and companions Mr. President  I am delighted to congratulate you, as the representative of our fraternal neighbor, Turkey, on your well-deserved election as the President of the Seventy-Fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Allow me to wish every success for you, the honorable Secretary General and all your colleagues in your efforts to realize the goals and objectives of the United Nations.    Excellencies The people of the world, having taken God-given blessings of health and security for-granted, were suddenly shaken by the outbreak of Covid-19. In spite of its tiny size, COVID 19 managed to challenge global management and national governance so seriously that the world’s most significant assembly is convening virtually through videoconference. Covid-19 is now a “common pain” for humanity—thanks to the rapid growth of science, technology and the media. This common pain has demonstrated that despite all progress, our ignorance as humans far outweighs our knowledge. Covid-19 is calling us to more humility and humbleness before the Almighty and the Truth of Creation. It is guiding human societies towards civil piety in promoting social and individual ethics as well as preventing environmental degradation and manipulation of nature and unhindered interference in the Creation. This universal plague that has crossed over the fabricated boundaries of power and wealth reminds us, once again as members of human society, that it would be impossible to confront common global issues without global participation.    All of us across the globe are experiencing difficult times during the pandemic. However, my nation, the resilient people of Iran, instead of enjoying global partnership and cooperation, is grappling with the harshest sanctions in history imposed in blatant and gross violation of the Charter of the United Nations, international agreements and Security Council Resolution 2231.   The footage broadcast to the world concerning the treatment of an African American by the U.S. police is reminiscent of our own experience. We instantly recognize the feet kneeling on the neck as the feet of arrogance on the neck of independent nations. For decades, the valiant Iranian nation has paid a similar high price for its quest for freedom and liberation from domination and despotism. However, the Iranian nation has not only resisted the pressure, but  flourished and advanced while persistently pursuing its historical and civilizational role as the axis of peace and stability, the harbinger of dialog and tolerance and the champion of the fight against occupation and extremism:  We stood with the people of Afghanistan against Soviet occupiers, domestic warlords, extremists, Al-Qaeda terrorists and American occupiers. And we played a pivotal role in all peace and reconciliation processes, be it the 2001 Bonn Conference or regional initiatives.  In the Mid 1980’s, we called for collective security arrangements in the Persian Gulf, even as all global and regional powers were backing Saddam Hussein’s “tanker war”. In 2013, we proposed World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE), which was unanimously adopted by this Assembly. In 2018, we offered a non-aggression pact to our neighbors and in 2019 we presented HOPE (Hormuz Peace Endeavor) to this General Assembly in an effort to enhance peace and stability in the Persian Gulf.        We were the first country in the region to stand with the people and government of Kuwait against occupation by Saddam; and it was Iran that foiled his dream of dominating all his former Arab allies.  We stood with the people of Iraq against Saddam tyranny, U.S. occupation and Daesh savagery. We supported all Iraqi—whether Kurd or Arab, Sunni or Shia, Yazidi or Christian—and supported democratic achievements of Iraqi people from the Governing Council in 2003 to all elected governments since.  We stood alongside the people of Syria against tens of terrorist Takfiri groups, separatists and foreign fighters. We presented our four-point peace plan—centered on self-determination by the Syrian people—in 2013 when others were seeking a military solution. In 2016, we formed the Astana process—in partnership with Russia and Turkey—aimed at achieving peace and political stability in Syria.   We stood with the people and government of Lebanon against Zionist occupiers, domestic warmongers and foreign plotters.   We never ignored occupation, genocide, forced displacement and racism in Palestine and we never made a deal over the Holy Quds and the fundamental rights of the Palestinian people. And in 2012, we presented a democratic solution through referendum in Palestine.   We vociferously called for justice against aggression for the besieged people of Yemen and presented a four-point peace plan at the outset of hostilities in 2015.   We fought alone against extremists and Daesh terrorists—who claimed to be fighting for Islam—in this sensitive region of the world; so that the international community would recognize the true face of Islam: the moderate and rational Islam; and not extremism and demagoguery. Our assassinated hero, Martyred General Soleimani, was the champion of the fight against violent extremism in the Middle East and fought to protect all citizens of this region—religious or secular, Muslim or Christian, Shia or Sunni—against medieval reactionaries.           And in 2015, we achieved the JCPOA as one of the biggest accomplishments of the history of diplomacy and remained faithful to it in spite of persistent violations by the United States.   Mr. President  Such a nation does not deserve sanctions. The response to peace is not war. The reward for combatting extremism is not assassination. The reaction to the choice of people through the ballot box in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon is not outside agitation and support for non-democratic processes and street riots.   Words and claims are not our yardstick. Actions are:  They claimed they came to our region to fight Saddam Hussein—the very monster they had themselves created, nurtured, and financed in his imposed war against Iran, equipping him with chemical weapons and the most sophisticated war machine.  They boast to be fighting terrorism and Daesh, while it is, they themselves, who created this terror network. And they have the audacity to expect regional gratitude for such behavior.  They accuse us—without any foundation—of trying to build nuclear weapons, and they impose sanctions on others under the pretext of nuclear proliferation. This is while they have the infamy of being the sole user of atomic bombs in the history of humanity; and while the only possessor of nuclear weapons in West Asia is running their non-proliferation theatre.  They speak of human rights, while they have targeted—through their “maximum pressure”—heath, welfare and even the right to life of all Iranians.    They are directly involved—along with their regional accomplices—in every single case of occupation, war, and aggression—be it in Palestine, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Sudan, or Somalia. Yet they blame Iran for their own inevitable defeats in confronting the will of the people of the region.  They have sold hundreds of billions of dollars of weapons to their clients turning our region into a powder keg. Yet, they try in vain to deprive Iran of its minimum defense requirements, and disregard international law and global consensus in order to extend arms restrictions against Iran in contravention of the letter of UNSCR 2231.        Here, I should express our appreciation to the presidents of the Security Council for the months of August and September 2020, as well as to thirteen of its members—especially Russia and China—who  twice said a decisive and resounding “NO” to the unlawful US attempt to exploit the Council and its Resolution 2231.  This is a victory not just for Iran, but for the global community—during the transitional international order in the post-Western world—that an aspirant of hegemony is humiliated in such self-created isolation. Ladies and Gentlemen  Where can you find precedent for a government to renege, without any reason, on the outcome of 13 years of multilateral talks—also attended by its predecessor, shamelessly violate a resolution of the Security Council and even punish others for abiding by a UNSC resolution? And simultaneously claim to be seeking negotiations and a “big deal”?  The United States can impose neither negotiations, nor war on us.  Life is hard under sanctions. However, harder, is life without independence.  Political freedom at home is important. We—as the oldest democracy in the Middle East—are proud of our people determining their destiny and will not trade domestic freedom with foreign interference.      Democracy is the sovereign right of a nation, and not the right of interference by an outsider—let alone a terrorist and interventionist outsider that remains captive to the illusions of 19 August 1953, when its predecessors overthrew the only democracy in the Middle East through a coup d’état.  Dignity and prosperity of our nation are essential for us; and they are attained through diplomacy relying on national will coupled with resilience.  We are not a bargaining chip in U.S. elections and domestic policy.  Any U.S. administration after the upcoming elections will have no choice but to surrender to the resilience of the Iranian nation.  And for the world: Today is the time to say “no” to bullying and arrogance. The era of dominance and hegemony is long over. Our nations and children deserve a better and safer world based on the rule of law.  Now is the time for the right choice.  I thank you for your attention.   Subscribe

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Iran Reports All-Time High Number of New COVID-19 Infections

Iran’s Health Ministry spokeswoman says 429,193 patients have contracted the novel coronavirus so far, including 3,712 new cases identified in the past 24 hours, the highest daily rise in the number of patients since the beginning of the outbreak in Iran. In a press briefing on Tuesday, Sima-Sadat Lari said the virus has killed 178 patients since Monday noon, increasing the overall death toll to 24,656. So far, she added, 363,737 patients have recovered from the disease or been discharged from the hospital. Lari said 3,869 patients are also in critical conditions caused by more severe infection.The spokeswoman noted that 3,800,619 COVID-19 tests have been taken across the country so far. She said the high-risk “red” zones include Tehran, Qom, Mazandaran, East Azarbaijan, Isfahan, Yazd, Khorasan Razavi, North Khorasan, Semnan, Gilan, Zanjan, Qazvin, and Kerman provinces. The “orange” zones also include Lorestan, Ardabil, Golestan, Markazi, Alborz, Hormozgan, Ilam, Fars, Bushehr, West Azarbaijan, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Kermanshah, South Khorasan, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, and Khuzestan provinces, she added. Subscribe

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European Envoys Join Tehran Mayor in Car-Free Day Cycling

The ambassadors of France, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Germany along with Pirouz Hanachi, the mayor of Tehran, used their bicycles on Tuesday on the occasion of World Car-Free Day. World Car Free Day, which is celebrated on September 22, encourages motorists to give up their cars for a day. Organized events are held in some cities and countries. In the Iranian event, the ambassadors and Hanachi cycled from Tehran’s Laleh Park to the City Park and finally paid a visit to the Peace Museum of Tehran. What follows are IRNA’s photos of the event: Subscribe Facebook Twitter ReddIt Pinterest WhatsApp Viber VK Email Telegram Print LINE The IFP Editorial Staff is composed of dozens of skilled journalists, news-writers, and analysts whose works are edited and published by experienced editors specialized in Iran News. The editor of each IFP Service is responsible for the report published by the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website, and can be contacted through the ways mentioned in the "IFP Editorial Staff" section.

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Persepolis Reliefs; Symbol of Iran’s Ancient, Rich Civilization

Tablets, inscriptions and reliefs of Persepolis mirror many historical and geographical features as well as customs of the ancient Iran. Many details about the Achaemenid era’s culture, art, clothing and tools can be discovered by looking at these remains- and that includes the wages of craftsmen and workers!Iranians have combined their local art with that of different nations and lands in the construction of Persepolis. After the fall of Achaemenids, the architectural and decorative style used in the monument has been propagated inside and outside Iran. It is still a source of inspiration for architects.An interesting characteristic of Persepolis’ carvings is the absence of ashamed, humiliated figures: the representatives of other nations aren’t pictured as defeated warriors or slaves, but all are equal members of the great world community. All the nations, from the Medes to Indians, Tunisians, Africans, and Greeks, are portrayed as independent, self-reliant figures. No one is on a horse; no trace of the Persians’ superiority or self-glorification is seen. Also, it is clear that all people have been free to use their indigenous clothes and culture.What follows are Honar Online News Agency’s photos of reliefs and sculptures in Persepolis; a stupendous monument that depicts the apogee of Persian art:

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Iran Exporting Microtubule Inhibitor Used for Cancer Treatment

An Iranian knowledge-based company has produced a microtubule inhibitor used for treatment of patients with metastatic breast cancer and pancreatic cancer, and is exporting it to international markets. The anti-cancer medicine, named, Paclinab, has been produced by Nano Daru company, a knowledge-based firm established in 2011. Paclinab is a microtubule inhibitor indicated for the treatment of patients with Metastatic breast cancer, locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer, and Metastatic adenocarcinoma of pancreas. The company says it is recommended by guidelines such as NCCN and ESMO as first line regimens in metastatic pancreatic cancer in combination with gemcitabine and in nonsmall cell lung cancer in combination with carboplatin. Mohammad-Saleh Farazandeh, the business development manager of the company, says the drug is one of the most strategic products ever manufactured in the Middle East. “The product has a turnover of $1 billion annually in the world, and Iran has managed to export this product to Turkey,” Farazandeh said. “Right now the product is being registered in 12 different markets,” he added. According to Farazandeh, the company has 150 personnel, and “acts as a bridge from the university to the industry”. “Nano Darou is well-known in Iran for developing Novel Drug Delivery Systems (NDDS). This category of products consists of four different types: nanoparticulates, microspheres, Antibody-Drug Conjugates (ADCs), and pegylated molecules,” he explained. He also noted that the company’s products are novel, and for them there are only two or maximum three manufacturers in the world. “Nano Daru is acting as a pioneer in the products it selects.” Subscribe

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Iran, UNICEF Sign Cooperation Deal

The Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) office in Tehran have signed a cooperation agreement covering issues related to the youth and children, filmmaking and book reading. The cooperation agreement has been signed by Advisor to the Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance and General Director of Ministerial Affairs, Mohammad Mahdi Ahmadi, and the UNICEF representative in Iran, Mandeep O’Brien. Ahmadi said the agreement entails mutual cooperation and partnership in improving the ethical representation of children in the mass media, as in the virtual space and among the media professionals. The agreement also includes plans to improve child dignity and self-esteem in the motion pictures and photography industries and promote book reading, he noted. The Iranian official also noted that the new cooperation agreement, signed as part of the second round of collaboration between Tehran and the UNICEF, would provide opportunities to help the teenagers and young people hone their filmmaking skills. In July, the Iranian Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare launched a joint cooperation program with the UNICEF in preventing and treating the COVID-19 pandemic. Subscribe Facebook Twitter ReddIt Pinterest WhatsApp Viber VK Email Telegram Print LINE The IFP Editorial Staff is composed of dozens of skilled journalists, news-writers, and analysts whose works are edited and published by experienced editors specialized in Iran News. The editor of each IFP Service is responsible for the report published by the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website, and can be contacted through the ways mentioned in the "IFP Editorial Staff" section.

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Iran’s Beauties in Photos: Asiabar Traditional Market

Asiabar is located in Deylman region of Siahkal County in northern Iranian province of Gilan. The traditional market of Asiabar is said to date back to the Safavid era. There used to be more than 50 stalls in the bazaar to meet the needs of people from different villages: traditional forging, sewing, butchery, bakery, coffee house, hostel, carpentry, blacksmithing, pottery, shoemaking, trading, hospital, veterinary, petitionary, school room, pharmacy, apothecary and horseshoe making. Easy access had been a main factor for the prosperity of Asiabar bazaar in the mountainous region of Deylman. It was registered this year in the list of Iran’s National Heritage as the first traditional market in the north of country. What follows are ILNA’s photos of Asiabar bazaar:

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Iran Calls for IAEA’s Impartial Verification of Saudi Nuclear Activities

Ali-Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), has urges the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to guarantee the independent, impartial and professional nature of its work by verifying Saudi Arabia’s non-transparent nuclear activities. In an online address to the 64th General Conference of held in Vienna International Centre, Iran’s nuclear chief said the professional, impartial, and independent nature of the IAEA’s work would only be guaranteed if the Agency also considers unequivocally and impartially the available information on the nuclear activities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. “If Saudi Arabia is seeking a peaceful nuclear program, it should act in a very transparent manner and allow the Agency’s inspectors to verify its activities,” Salehi noted. He also lashed out at “the regime of Israel as a non-party to the NPT” for “continually and adamantly refusing to adhere to the IAEA safeguards”, and said the issue requires an “unbiased and professional approach by the Agency”. “This regime which is the main source of instability and insecurity in the region as well as a threat to international peace and security, should abandon its Weapons of Mass Destruction program and accede to the NPT without further delay and precondition. Needless to say that, clarifications on the nuclear activities and programs in this regard would certainly strengthen the credibility and professionalism of the Agency,” he added. He also said the only way to protect multilateralism in the world is to get united and put an end to the destructive behaviour of the current United States administration for the interests of all in the international community. What follows is the full text of his Monday statement: The world is enduring very serious and unique circumstances caused by the pandemic COVID-19, which has practically required many fora and organizations, including the Agency, to change their modus-operandi. In view of this, it is a distinct pleasure for me to virtually join the 64th session of the General Conference of the Agency. Amidst such a unique gloomy and painful environment wherein almost all Members of the Agency have suffered one way or another from the COVID-19, the international community could not witness the tattering of another thread of multilateralism, namely the architecture of the United Nations. It is no secret that international organizations are under political pressures from certain States, and the IAEA is of no exception. At this critical point in time for multilateralism, on the one hand, the raison d’être of the United Nations System has come under serious question; and on the other hand, the International Atomic Energy Agency is facing a very serious challenge of its kind since its inception. I am proud to say that the international community has successfully passed the first phase of this dire ordeal; the UN Security Council members in New York have rightly shown that they are not willing to compromise on the achievements simply because of the intimidation approach of one specific Member State. 13 out of 15 members of the Security Council not only unanimously rejected the US Resolution on the extension of the arms embargo against Iran but also didn’t recognize the US as a JCPOA participant to use specific mechanisms of the Deal to bring back Council’s already terminated sanctions. That is a real asset that should be preserved. Also, here in Vienna, the Agency and the Islamic Republic of Iran have shown utmost vigilance in relation to their long term interests with the view that it will be materialized only through mutual cooperation avoiding any outside influence. Thus, within the framework of the safeguards obligations of States under the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement (CSA) and Additional Protocol (AP), the Agency should show its determination that it will not compromise its impartiality, independence, and professionalism for the sake of short-sighted comforts. It is worthy to know that Iran, alone, receives 22 percent of the total inspections of the IAEA at the global level, 432 inspections, and 33 complimentary accesses that have also been conducted in Iran in 2019. Furthermore, the Agency has also been able to carry out its verification activities in Iran even during the difficult situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. With this transparent and extensive cooperation, Iran and the Agency agreed to work in good faith to resolve three safeguards related questions with an understanding that based on the analysis of information available to the Agency, there will be no other questions or requests for access. Such approaches taken in New York and in Vienna are the real silver-linings in this gloomy political environment for multilateralism and deserve genuine compliments. On the current status of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), I would like to say that, while there is still a broad agreement among the international community that the JCPOA should be preserved as the real turning point in the history of multilateralism and as an important achievement of diplomacy, the JCPOA is caught in a quasi-stalemate situation due to the illegal withdrawal of the US from the deal. Therefore, preservation of the JCPOA is also a common responsibility of all members of the international community. In this context, the responsibility of the EU specifically E3 as members of the JCPOA is of utmost importance, i.e. they must implement their obligations fully and effectively. Thus, the Deal is preserved only when its provisions are implemented in a balanced manner by all parties involved. As a result, Iran has and had no other option rather adopt a step-by-step approach in implementing paragraphs 26 and 36 of the JCPOA to restore the lost balance to the Deal. Nuclear safety is among Iran’s highest priorities. In doing so, progress has been made in establishing an advanced Nuclear Safety Centre (NSC). While the responsibility for nuclear safety and security rests entirely with the Member States, Iran strongly believes that these areas need to be strengthened and enhanced through cooperation between States. New threats by malicious sides have been observed recently by way of cyber and other technological instruments. In this regard, let me point to the recent explosion at Shahid Ahmadi Roshan (Natanz) Nuclear Facility which was the result of sabotage as already declared. These malicious acts need to be condemned by the Agency and the Member States. Iran reserves its rights to protect its facilities and make necessary reactions to any threat as appropriate. The Islamic Republic of Iran persists in its path towards the peaceful application of nuclear science and technology in various fields including agriculture, health, and industry while continuing to generate electricity. Here, we reiterate that one of the main missions of the IAEA is “to foster the exchange of scientific and technical cooperation on the peaceful uses of atomic energy” and “to encourage the exchange and training of scientists and experts in the field of peaceful uses of atomic energy” among member states. One last word of wisdom, the professional, impartial, and independent nature of the work of the Agency would only be guaranteed if the Agency also considers unequivocally and impartially the available information on the nuclear activities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. If Saudi Arabia is seeking for a peaceful nuclear program, it should act in a very transparent manner and allow the Agency’s inspectors to verify its activities. In this context, the regime of Israel as a non-party to the NPT which has continually and adamantly refused to adhere to the IAEA safeguards requires an unbiased and professional approach by the Agency. This regime which is the main source of instability and insecurity in the region as well as a threat to international peace and security, should abandon its Weapons of Mass Destruction program and accede to the NPT without further delay and precondition. Needless to say that, clarifications on the nuclear activities and programs in this regard would certainly strengthen the credibility and professionalism of the Agency. To conclude, the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to continue its efforts and cooperation with others in the International Community to bring back multilateralism and diplomacy at the centre of international relations. To this end, there is no way but to get united and put an end to the destructive behaviour of the current United States administration for the interests of all of us in the international community. Subscribe

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Iraqi Imposed War Proved Cost of Invading Iran Very High: Leader

Iran’s Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the Islamic Republic’s resistance against the Iraqi war imposed on the country in the 1980s proved that it is “very costly” to invade Iran. The Leader made the remarks on Monday in a virtual address to an event held for commemoration of the veterans of the country’s 1980-88 Sacred Defence against the Iraqi war. “When a nation shows that it has the diligence and power to defend itself and delivers a crushing response to invaders, invaders would then think twice before perpetrating any incursion against this country and its people, and realize that such an act of aggression would be very costly for them,” Ayatollah Khamenei said. Ayatollah Khamenei’s comments came in an apparent reaction to the recent threats by US President Donald Trump to take military action against the Islamic Republic of Iran.The Leader highlighted the rewards of Iran’s defence against the Iraqi invaders, and said successful engagement in the war awarded Iran its current level of security. He said the resistance shown by Iranian people also equipped them with a sense of self-belief in their ability to fend for themselves and put it on a course of technological and scientific development because it had to wade into many new areas to be able to buttress its defensive activities. The war taught Iran that “some things that appear to be impossible are actually possible,” Ayatollah Khamenei added. The Leader’s comments came on the anniversary of the day when Iraqi invading forces took on Iran with untrammeled foreign support, just one year after the victory of its Islamic Revolution. The war lasted until 1988, leaving a treasure trove of memories of self-sacrifice and spiritual conviction in ultimate divine victory. Subscribe

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