Iran to Buy COVID-19 Vaccine from India: Health Minister

Iran’s health minister says an Indian company is to sell the coronavirus vaccine to the Islamic Republic. Saeed Namaki said Iran is to purchase 20 million doses of the vaccine from the Indian firm under a forward sale contract. “This Indian company, which has already sold 100 million doses of the vaccine to the US under a forward sale agreement, has got the US permission to sell 20 percent of its products to other countries as well,” said the minister. Namaki said the Indian company is owned by a Zoroastrian of Iranian descent. “Based on what this Indian company has promised us, we are going to receive the vaccine at a lower and more reasonable price,” he said. Meanwhile, the minister underlined that Iranian research centres keep working to develop a homegrown vaccine for COVID-19. 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 Objection to ICJ’s Jurisdiction Aimed at Buying Time: Iran

Iran’s representative in the International Court of Justice has rejected what he calls “inadmissible” reasons the US government has given to challenge the ICJ’s jurisdiction to consider a complaint lodged by Tehran against the re-imposition of American sanctions. In remarks on Wednesday, director of the Iranian Presidency’s Centre for International Legal Affairs and the country’s representative in the International Court of Justice, Hamidreza Olumi Yazdi, said the US has questioned the ICJ’s jurisdiction with the purpose of delaying the legal procedure for hearing Iran’s complaint and the strong evidence for the US violation of the 1955 Treaty of Amity. The US’ reasons to object to the ICJ’s competence to rule in the case either lack legal basis or are based on groundless allegations against Iran, he added. Denouncing the “illegal” re-imposition of US sanctions after its withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Olumi Yazdi said the “cruel” sanctions have already targeted all sectors of Iran’s economy, including the oil and gas industries, financial and banking sector, automobile and shipping industries, metal production and construction. The US sanctions have inflicted widespread financial and non-financial damages on the Iranian people and companies, he deplored. The Iranian official finally reminded the ICJ president and judges that the international court has now a “historic opportunity” to stand against the US government’s unilateralism and law-breaking, to dismiss Washington’s baseless objection, and begin to hear the case. The International Court of Justice has begun weeklong sessions on the issue of its jurisdiction to consider the complaint filed by Iran against the re-imposition of US sanctions. Iran began a legal battle before the International Court of Justice in July 2018, after US President Donald Trump re-imposed harsh unilateral sanctions on Tehran, which were suspended under the international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. In May 2018, Trump announced the withdrawal of the United States from the nuclear agreement. Later in October, the US faced its first setback in the highest judicial body of the United Nations after the International Court of Justice ordered the suspension of some of the sanctions that were re-imposed on Iran, including goods used for “humanitarian purposes.” Washington responded immediately by canceling a friendship agreement signed between the two countries in 1955, which the court had relied on to justify its decision. Iran had asked the International Court of Justice to suspend the sanctions temporarily until the judges decide on the content of the case, which could take years. The court will consider these sessions within its competence to rule in the case, which Washington strongly opposes, Right Now Times reported. The International Court of Justice was established after the Second World War and examines disputes between states, but it does not have the binding means to implement its decisions. Subscribe

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US to Suffer Humiliating Defeat This Weekend: Rouhani

The Iranian president says the United States will suffer a humiliating defeat this weekend, which marks the day when the US claims all UN sanctions against Iran will return. Speaking in a Wednesday cabinet session, President Hassan Rouhani said Washington failed in its attempts to reinstate a UN arms embargo as well as international sanctions on Iran, and these failures amount to major victories for Iran. “The US suffered ignominious defeats,” he said. “Our people should pay attention. this Saturday and Sunday will be days of the Iranian nation’s victory and days of humiliating defeats for the US,” he added. “So, I urge anti-Iran news channels abroad not to fabricate stories that would indicate that the US has made a claim and has waited for a month, so it can use this mechanism,” the president said. “After all, no mechanism ever started in the first place to be producing any results,”“I congratulate the Iranian nation, in advance, on the success that Iranians will secure on Saturday and Sunday, the same way that I congratulated Iranians on their resistance during the eight-year Iraqi imposed war on Iran [in the 1980s],” he added. Elsewhere in his remarks, the president fulminated against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain for normalizing their relations with Israel. “They (Israeli authorities) are committing more and more crimes in occupied Palestine every day. How come you (the UAE and Bahrain) are extending your hands to Israel? Then you want to give Israel bases in this region. You will be responsible for all grave consequences of this move. Your action is against regulations and regional security,” he said. Subscribe

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Iran Says Welcomes Barter Oil Trade amid Sanctions

The Iranian petroleum minister says Tehran welcomes barter trade in the oil sector now that the country is under the harshest sanctions ever. Speaking at a Tuesday session of the Iranian Parliament, Bijan Namdar Zangeneh said Iran has made considerable progress in the natural gas and petrochemical sector. He said one of the achievements has been an increase in the production of oil and natural gas in jointly-owned fields. “The most important fields are the one in the West of the Karoon river and that in South Pars,” he added. The minister noted agreements have also been concluded to develop jointly-owned oil fields. He said Iran’s oil exports have also increased four-fold over the past eight years.“We welcome investment in the petrochemical sector as well,” he noted. Namdar Zangeneh also touched upon Iran’s efforts to find a way round oil sanctions.“We sought help from whoever we could in order to avoid sanctions. We are facing an unequal battle against the Iranian nation, and we are at the frontline,” said the oil minister. He also said projects have been under way to supply natural gas to different parts of the country. 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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