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No deal with Sextet unless Iran demands met: Araqchi

A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator says there will be no deal with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany if Iran’s demands are not met. Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said on Monday night that Iran will continue the nuclear talks seriously and with good will, but will not relinquish its rights. Araqchi stated that despite ...

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Iran develops radar-evading chopper: General

Iran is manufacturing three domestically-designed helicopters including a radar-evading chopper, the latest in military advancements in the Islamic Republic, a senior military official says. The helicopters are being made by Iran Helicopters Logistics and Renovation Organization (IHLRO), affiliated with Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization (CAO). “Besides overhauling all helicopters,... the IHLRO has designed ...

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Iran rejects closure of cultural centers in Sudan

A senior Iranian official has dismissed reports about the closure of Iran’s cultural centers in Sudan, saying there are hands at work to harm friendly relations between the two countries. “The embassies and cultural as well as economic centers of Tehran and Khartoum in the two countries are continuing their routine activities,” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdolla ...

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New sanctions on Iran show US confusion: Rafsanjani

Chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani says the recent US move to impose new sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear energy program indicates Washington’s confusion. “The imposition of new sanctions against Iran is an indication of the US confusion in [its] foreign policy and particularly in [its] view towards the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Rafsanjani said in a meeting with Finnish Fore ...

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US bans to bring N-talks to stalemate: Iran MP

The US move to impose new sanctions on Iranian individuals and firms will leave negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear energy program in a gridlock, a senior Iranian lawmaker says. “The negotiations with the West over Iran’s nuclear energy program will fail to achieve a result given the US excessive demands,” spokesman for the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran’s Majlis Hossein Naqavi Hossei ...

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Islamic Jihad lauds Leader’s backing for resistance

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement has praised Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei’s support for the Palestinian resistance. “We thank and appreciate all the nations of the world who rushed to help the Palestinian nation…in particular the positions of the nation and the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and on top of that the wise positions of the Leader of the Islami ...

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Iran foreign minister arrives in Iraqi Kurdistan region

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has arrived in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region for the second leg of his two-day visit to the Arab country. On Tuesday, Zarif held talks with top officials of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), including President Masoud Barzani, in Erbil, to discuss threat from Takfiri ISIL militants to the region. The Iranian minister further praised the Kurdish resis ...

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Crushing response awaiting Iran aggressors: Defense chief

Iran’s defense minister says Tehran will give a crushing response to any enemy aggression against Iranian soil. “Iran will respond to any aggression, from any aggressor, under any circumstances, and aggressors will definitely receive a crushing … response. This is a serious message from Iran,” Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan told the Iranian state television on Monday night. He made the comments hours afte ...

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Grand Ayatollahs Makarem-Shirazi and Safi-Golpaygani hold meeting in Mashhad

Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem-Shirazi has held a meeting with Grand Ayatollah Lotfollah Safi-Golpaygani in the holy city of Mashhad. During their meeting, these two grand scholars of Shi’ah Islam discussed several important issues, including the situation of the Islamic world, Iranian cultural issues and the situation of the holy Islamic seminary. ...

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Iran condemns Israel’s killing of Hamas commanders

Iran has condemned the killing of three commanders of the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, by Israel. In a statement issued on Friday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry offered its condolences to the oppressed people of Palestine, particularly the people of the Gaza Strip, over the killing of Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhoum, commanders of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military ...

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