Iran http://english.irib.ir Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:08:55 +0000 en-gb Leader’s guidelines for fair, free, healthy elections http://english.irib.ir/component/k2/item/222569-leader’s-guidelines-for-fair,-free,-healthy-elections http://english.irib.ir/component/k2/item/222569-leader’s-guidelines-for-fair,-free,-healthy-elections

Elections and people’s vote play a pivotal and decisive role in the popular system of government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. In view of this fact, months before the holding of any round of election, whether it is the parliamentary, presidential, Assembly of Experts, or for the town councils, the organs in charge of supervising and conducting the elections, start their work in order to ensure the holding of fair and free voting so that people from all walks of life enthusiastically participate.

 

Recently, election organizers for the 10th 4-year term of the Majlis or the Islamic Consultative Assembly – as the national parliament is known – as well as for the 5th 8-year term of the 87-member Assembly of Experts, met with the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei to seek his guidelines. Elections for these two bodies are to be the held simultaneously on February 26.

Ayatollah Khamenei described the elections as a healthy competition among the eligible and qualified candidates in which the nation is always the final winner, since it is the people who determine the fate of the country. He said: When the masses enter the arena of elections with strength and resolve, and fill the ballot boxes with votes of determination, this is certainly a matter of pride for the popular system of the Islamic Republic of Iran. As a matter of fact, winning or losing of the honoured candidates have no meaning for the people, because either way it is the Iranian nation which is the real and final winner. This is the main point about the elections.

The Leader always encourages people to enthusiastically participate in the elections, including those who may have some problems with the Islamic Republic system. On the reason for encouraging this particular group for participation in the voting, he stated: Today this unique system of government has preserved the country’s security, has facilitated national development and progress, and given dignity to the people – facts that cannot be denied. What is, however, of prime importance, he said, is insight and carefulness while voting for any candidate, so that the people send the honest, aware, brave and faithful representatives to the parliament in order to ensure national development, as well as the independence and dignity of Iran. He elaborated on his remark on the necessity of participation of those who do not believe in the Islamic Republic, by making it clear that this does not mean a candidate who does not believe in the system is sent to the parliament.

He pointed out that nowhere in the world do decision-making centers allow someone who does not believe in the essence of the system of the national government to participate in elections. In many countries, such candidates are barred from contesting the polls on the slightest accusation.

As an example, the Leader recalled the US elections during the Cold War with the Soviet Union, when candidates suspected of leftist tendencies were barred and even imprisoned. Such restrictions in a country like the US which likes to call itself the bastion of democracy are now enforced against American Muslims.

As part of his guidelines for holding of fair and free elections, Ayatollah Khamenei turned the attention of the organizers and candidates to certain points. First and foremost is the law of the country as the most trustworthy factor and the best judge in case of differences among candidates, since it is essential to respect the legal organs responsible for holding elections, while any disrespect for them would result in chaos.

The Leader pointing to the unhealthy practice of lies, deceit, and false propaganda in the so-called democratic countries of the West during elections, said such a negative atmosphere should on no account prevail in the Islamic Republic of Iran. He advised the candidates against mudslinging and the sordid practice of insulting each other. He said: As a candidate, if you have faith in your competence and abilities, you can highlight your qualities during the campaign in order to inform the people of your plans; but you should not insult and slander your rivals, and you should not talk behind their backs. This is another vital responsibility to ensure free, fair and healthy elections.

The Leader advised the candidates against giving impractical promises to the people, when you very well know you cannot fulfill them. At the same time, no candidate should raise any illegal demand or promise by saying that if elected he/she will do such-a-such thing, when it is clear that whatever you are saying is illegal and against the country’s Constitution and laws. The candidates should be honest to the people, and this is one of the vital aspects of a fair, free and healthy election. Ayatollah Khamenei called the national elections a blessing and a big opportunity for thanksgiving.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution then mentioned some important points about JCPOA, calling implementation of Iran’s nuclear agreement with G5+1 as a great stride, for which President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and other members of Iranian nuclear negotiating team deserve thanks. He dismissed the notion that these achievements are the result of US favours, saying: We developed nuclear energy with our own capabilities, with the ideas of our own scientists and with the support of our different administrations.

On this path, four people were martyred until we reached this stage. We did something to force the enemy to agree to the existence of several thousand centrifuges in the country, when this same enemy had vowed not to leave even one single centrifuge spinning in Iran. He added that this success of ours is because of the efforts of the people of Iran and our scientists.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that contrary to the US-European plan to make Iranians discontent with the Islamic Republic of Iran through sanctions, the Iranian people have stood firm and their steadfastness became a source of support for political and diplomatic work. The enemy was forced to retreat, while the Islamic Republic of Iran showed its power and dignity, thanks to the strong bond of the system with the entire Iranian nation.

The Leader said, basically the arrogant powers in the West well know that the Islamic Republic of Iran is not after a nuclear bomb, but still they imposed sanctions on Iran? He said the issue is about something else, and part of the plan to pressure the people of Iran, stop the people from pursuing their revolutionary movement, and preventing the increasing influence of the Islamic Republic in the region and in the world.

It is obvious, he said, the West failed, while the sincere intentions of the people and government have continued to attract people from all over the world towards the credible system of the Islamic Republic. Ayatollah Khamenei cautioned people and officials from the excessive optimism regarding the lifting of sanctions in resolving the economic problems of the country.

He asked: Now that sanctions have been lifted, will the economic problem of the country and the problem of the living conditions of the people be solved? He answered in the negative, saying that it is proper management and planning that ensure the progress of the country. Everyone has approved of the economy of resistance and everyone has planned for it. Fortunately, the executive organizations and our friends in the administration have certain plans to pursue this matter. They should seriously pursue it in order to make the country resistant in terms of the economy. Otherwise, if we fix our eyes on foreigners’ decisions and hands, we will not reach anywhere.

On the great capabilities for reaching self-sufficiency, the Leader said: We are a strong nation with a large population of approximately eighty-million people. There are tens of millions of educated youth in Iran, including professionals, experts, and masterminds in all areas and divisions. Plus, Iran is rich in underground resources. All these are valuable resources. All these are opportunities. We should stand on our feet and we should not be dependent on others.

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Iran Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:05:22 +0000
Iran’s foreign minister expresses his views on US conduct http://english.irib.ir/component/k2/item/220302-iran’s-foreign-minister-expresses-his-views-on-us-conduct http://english.irib.ir/component/k2/item/220302-iran’s-foreign-minister-expresses-his-views-on-us-conduct

Following the approval of the resolution of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Board of Governors on closure of the case of so-called possible military dimensions in Iran’s nuclear issue, the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has started. While the executive phases of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action have taken shape, Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, notes that a number of contradictory messages are sent by Washington; the majority of which are negative.

 

In an interview on Sunday, Iran’s foreign minister noted that implementation of the law that restricts visits to Iran is against the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, while adding that such ratifications are completely meaningless, because any Iranian or other person who has traveled to Iran has nothing to do with the tragic incidents that took place in Paris or San Bernardino or other tragedies that have occurred in other locations.

Iran’s foreign minister believes that implementation of this ratification discredits those, who have approved, confirmed and execute it.

The US conducts such unjustifiable measures under the pretext of campaign against terrorism, and claims that the US diplomacy has focused on campaign against terrorist outfits. Meanwhile, the international community expects that the result of this claim to be observed in practice. However, the regional developments do not prove this US allegation.

The US repeatedly points the finger of blame toward other countries in regard to emergence of terrorism and extremism. However, countless evidences prove that the West has played an irrefutable role in promotion of radical actions. Even, some of the US officials, such as the former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, have admitted that the US created Al-Qaeda terrorist outfit and has supported this terrorist group.

Meanwhile, the terrorist outfit, dubbed ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) is currently used as a means by the US to infiltrate into the region.

The US statesmen, instead of confessing to their role in creation of terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda and ISIL, are making claims about the role of other countries in spread of terrorism. In a controversial measure to this end, the US announced that the nationals of 38 countries who have maintained a visa waiver for entry to US, from now on should obtain a visa for entry to US if they have traveled to one of the four countries of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Sudan in the past five years. This ratification might seem as an internal decision in the US. But, it tries to somehow isolate Iran. Hence, Iran’s foreign minister underscored that this act sends a very bad message to Iranians, revealing that the US has got used to maintaining hostile policies against Iran.

MR/MG

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Iran Mon, 21 Dec 2015 07:36:11 +0000
Leader’s letter continues to absorb western youths http://english.irib.ir/component/k2/item/219671-leader’s-letter-continues-to-absorb-western-youths http://english.irib.ir/component/k2/item/219671-leader’s-letter-continues-to-absorb-western-youths

The second letter of the leader of the Islamic revolution for the youths of North America and Europe is still an important issue among the world media and social networks. Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei wrote a letter on November 29 for the western youths just a few days after the Paris incidents. The leader had written another letter on January 2015 for the youths in North America and Europe.

 

Ayatollah Khamenei asked these youths to set up the foundations of a correct and honorable interaction with the Islamic world on the basis of a proper perception with profound vision.

The leader of the Islamic revolution, referring to the bitter events caused by the ISIL terrorist group, stressed that seeing the pain of every human being in any corner of the world is saddening.

Ayatollah Khamenei said, “Anyone with a shred of mercy and sense of humanity is impressed and saddened by these scenes whether they occur in France, or Palestine, or Iraq, or Lebanon, or Syria. For sure, 1.5 billion Muslims have the same sense and hate the agents and perpetrators of such tragedies.”

Foreign Policy magazine, publishing part of this missive, wrote that Iran’s leader has said that the only way for removing misconception about Islam is to get familiar with this religion through Qur’an and the life of the grand prophet of Islam.

New York magazine, too, wrote that the leader of the Islamic revolution has asked the western youths to think about Islam with open minds. According to this magazine, the leader of the Islamic revolution wants the western youths not to let humiliating depictions make an emotional dam between them and reality by to deny them an unbiased judgment.

In his letter, the leader stresses that terrorism is the “common pain” of the world people today and makes it clear that there is a major difference between the recent insecurity in France and the pain of the people in Iraq, Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan. He made it clear, “First, the Islamic world has been the victim of terror and brutality to a larger extent territorially, to greater amount quantitatively and for a longer period in terms of time. Second, that unfortunately this violence has been supported by certain great powers through various methods and effective means.”

British BBC channel, also, citing Ayatollah Khamenei’s letter, wrote that the leader of the Islamic revolution has invited the western youths in an open letter to embark on first-hand endeavour instead of believing in fanatic views.

The American weekly Time, publishing parts of the leader’s letter, wrote that he has encouraged the youths in the west to get information about Islam and not allow their image of Islam to be put behind the curtain of prejudgments.

Blumberg, too, reported that Ayatollah Khamenei has warned the western youths against using the Paris events for shaping prejudgments on Islam.   

RM/MG

  

 

 

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Iran Mon, 07 Dec 2015 10:35:41 +0000
US, Zionist officials escalate Iranophobia http://english.irib.ir/component/k2/item/219629-us,-zionist-officials-escalate-iranophobia http://english.irib.ir/component/k2/item/219629-us,-zionist-officials-escalate-iranophobia

The US state secretary portrayed a bleak and illusive image of Iran-5+1 group nuclear agreement at Saban Forum in Washington. John Kerry, who was speaking at the forum on Saturday, said that the verification criteria and supervision of Iran’s atomic program will remain forever. He added that according to the agreement Iran’s effort will be prevented forever from what he called “pursuing a military atomic program.”

 

These remarks have two basic points. First, Kerry spoke of violating the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) by Iran while the United States is the biggest violator of the Treaty and has acted as the main obstacle on the way of implementing the treaty. The horrendous record of dropping atomic bombs on Japanese people, continuation of nuclear tests, adamant support for the atomic weapons of the Zionist regime of Israel, opposition to holding the conference on Middle East Free of Atomic Weapons, and appropriation of billions of dollars for renovation and production of new generations of nuclear arms indicate how the US keeps smirching Iran’s peaceful nuclear program despite its own bleak and shameful record in this domain.

The second point in Kerry’s remarks is his insistence on full-scale support for the Zionist regime; a support that the US official calls it as interaction with Israel. Kerry said that since 2009, the US has provided Israel with 20 billion dollars as military aid.

As he stressed this figure is half of the military support rendered by the US in the world.

John Kerry added that his country has spent 3 billion dollars for making and transfer of the so-called Iron Dome for Israel. He emphasized that this concession has been given to the Zionist regime so that it has access to the state-of-the-art military equipment such as F-35 fighters. The Zionist regime of Israel is the only possessor of the 5th generation of American fighters. The recent remarks of the US secretary of state and the American incessant support for the illegal regime in Tel Aviv are the continuation of the promises the Zionist premier had received in his trip to the United States.

Netanyahu had said, “I and President Obama have differences on Iran’s nuclear issue but this agreement has been signed and we should concentrate on its non-violation.”

The Minister of War of the Zionist regime Moshe Yaalon, too, adopting illusive rhetoric, considered Iran as a bigger threat for Israel than ISIL.

Undoubtedly, the aim of these ballyhoos is to reduce the international pressure against Israel as the main threat to the regional and global security and the greatest violator of human rights and international treaties.       

The Saban Forum was indeed part of a political farce which was manifested in the words of John Kerry and Moshe Yaalon.

 RM/ME

 

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Iran Sun, 06 Dec 2015 10:27:43 +0000
Leader stresses importance of the environment http://english.irib.ir/component/k2/item/219562-leader-stresses-importance-of-the-environment http://english.irib.ir/component/k2/item/219562-leader-stresses-importance-of-the-environment

One of the issues of specific importance in the light of religious teachings in the Islamic Republic of Iran is the subject of environment and the challenges in this field. The reason for this is the direct impact of the environment on the social life of human beings. Undoubtedly destruction of the environment has harmful consequences, for this reason, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Constitution in Article 50 has considered protection of environment as a public duty.

 

This was the concern of the Father of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini (God bless his soul), as well as other prominent Iranian revolutionary thinkers. The present Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, frequently focuses on the basic points about protection of the environment. He recently gave guidelines to the heads of the three branches of government regarding the general policies for protection of the environment.

Environmental challenges have always been stressed by Ayatollah Khamenei. From the Leader’s viewpoint, these challenges are actually continuation of social inequalities which have affected the natural atmosphere. The Leader makes special emphasis on personal and social acceptance of responsibility and considers protection of the environment as a vital issue. He says all citizens are responsible, as per their capabilities, making efforts to protect the environment, since it is the general public which suffers the consequences of damage to the environment. The Leader also believes that government officials are responsible for protecting the environment.

Therefore, he considers removal of environmental challenges as one of the basic responsibilities of the government, and adds, that in addition to domestic policies, protection of the environment should be placed on the agenda of Iran’s ties and interactions with other countries and world bodies at the regional and international level. On the basis of the first clause of Article 110 of the Constitution, the Leader in a letter to the heads of three branches of government announced the general policies of the environment.

The declared policies are 15 and the axis points are establishing a cohesive and national system on the issue of the environment, harmonious and organized management of vital resources, preparing an environmental atlas of the country and protecting, reviving, optimizing and developing renewable natural resources, expanding the green economy and strengthening environmental diplomacy.

Another important point of the general policies is attention to the issue of diplomacy, because positive results require strengthening of environmental diplomacy and proper coordination with regional organizations for tackling the issue of dust particles in the atmosphere as well as pollution of water resources that do not recognize the political boundaries of countries. The problem of dust particles has in the recent years faced Iran with many challenges.

This phenomenon which is the result of destruction of the environment in Iraq, Kuwait, Syria, and other places, not only endangers plan and animal life but could become an existential threat to human life itself. Iran has taken valuable steps concerning environmental diplomacy. It positively interacts with Persian Gulf, Caspian Sea, and Gulf of Oman littoral states. It is evident that expansion of ties and good cooperation in the field of environment within the framework of these policies can be a basic step in the interest of all regional states.

On the whole one can say that the Islamic Republic of Iran, on the basis of religious teachings seriously pursues efforts to protect the environment, in harmony with the economic, social, and political interests of the country and the region. Therefore the goal of conveying the environmental general policies by the Leader is to draw attention to all effective aspects in protecting the environment including economy, and expansion of interaction with neighbours as well as coordination with relevant world bodies.

The issue of environment is actually the issue of survival of the human race, because if the environment is destroyed, human life with suffer. This crisis is not restricted to one or a number of countries or a continent, but it affects all countries of the world. Environment can be the factor for peace and friendship as well. Regional cooperation can act as a pivot for both regional countries and non-regional countries to safeguard internal and external insecurity.

The Leader’s proclamation actually stresses the need for proper planning of the industrial and economic projects to ensure these are friendly to the environment. The other importance aspect of the Leader’s guidelines to the three branches of the Iranian government is related to the forthcoming summit of heads of state of world countries regarding climatic changes. The Islamic Republic of Iran is committed to improve the situation of the environment in the framework of the concept of the global village.

FK/AS/SS

  

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Iran Fri, 04 Dec 2015 17:04:05 +0000
Reflections of the Leader’s letter to the western youths http://english.irib.ir/component/k2/item/219344-reflections-of-the-leader’s-letter-to-the-western-youths http://english.irib.ir/component/k2/item/219344-reflections-of-the-leader’s-letter-to-the-western-youths

The release of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei’s second letter to the youths of North America and Europe has been widely dealt with by the foreign media. The foreign media have presented various analyses on different parts of this letter. Some of the topics of the leader’s letter that have been presented in these analyses include: “Terrorism, the common pain of the world of Islam and the west”, “the US contradictory policies vis-à-vis terrorism” and the “necessity of campaign against violence-breeding ideology”, “condemnation of Paris attacks”, “bloodshed in Palestine”, “ISIL atrocities in Iraq and Syria”.

 

The Agence France Presse (AFP) wrote on Sunday that Iran’s leader, in the aftermath of Paris attacks, addressing the American and European youths, condemned the western double standard policies.

Associated Press also wrote that the Iranian leader has called Paris attacks as “blind terrorism”.

This news agency, quoting from the leader of the Islamic Revolution, wrote that he is sad at the bloodshed in Palestine, and violence perpetrated by ISIL in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

The internet site of BBC Persian Service under the heading, “Ayatollah Khamenei’s second letter to the western youths” wrote that the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, writing a letter for the youths in western countries, has demanded them to set the foundation of a correct and noble interaction with the Islamic world based on a proper cognition and profound vision and usage of the bitter experiences.

The Lebanese Al-Mayadeen network, too, releasing large parts of the missive, wrote that 1.5 billion Muslims across the world are clean from the terrorist measures of the Takfiris and are resentful of the perpetrators of these measures.

The Al-Manar network, also, wrote that Ayatollah Khamenei has stressed in this letter that there are few people who are unaware of the role of the US in formation and arming of terrorist groups such as Taliban and al-Qaeda.

The Lebanese news website, Al-Ahd also covered much of Leader’s historic letter to young people in Europe and the North America, quoting the Leader : “Terrorism today is a common problem  for us all”.

The Lebanese website, Al-Nahar, under the title: “US supports terrorism” said the Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution has criticized the West’s selective approach to terrorism and its double standards with regards to the issue of terrorism.

The Al-Arabiya television network has also quoted the Leader as saying that he strongly condemned Western policies with regards to terrorism.

MG

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Iran Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:54:19 +0000
Iraqi pres., Algerian premier confer with Leader of Islamic Revolution http://english.irib.ir/component/k2/item/219130-iraqi-pres-,-algerian-premier-confer-with-leader-of-islamic-revolution http://english.irib.ir/component/k2/item/219130-iraqi-pres-,-algerian-premier-confer-with-leader-of-islamic-revolution

The Iraqi President, Fouad Masoum, and the Algerian Premier, Abdul-Malik Salal, have met and conferred with the Leader of Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei. Development of mutual cooperation and campaign against terrorism were the talking points in the meetings of the Iraqi president and Algerian premier with the Leader of Islamic Revolution.

 

The Leader of Islamic Revolution, in a meeting with the Iraqi president, on Tuesday, expressed content over the recent advances in Iraq against the terrorist outfit, dubbed ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL), while putting emphasis on the maintenance of the current solidarity in Iraq. The Leader of Islamic Revolution noted that emergence and spread of differences of opinion throughout the public scene in Iraq sets the stage for the meddlesome allegations of foreign powers. The Leader underscored that the atmosphere should not be in a manner which would embolden the US officials to speak of disintegration of Iraq.

Following the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, Iraq is experiencing a new form of government. Given the current atmosphere, the foes that are against the unity of Iraq are making strenuous efforts to somehow deal a blow against the territorial integrity of this country.

Meanwhile, upon the withdrawal of US occupation forces from Iraq in December 2011, the unity and solidarity of the Iraqi people was manifested. In fact, the termination of occupation of Iraq is the result of solidarity of Iraqi nation.

Concurrent with the end of US military presence in Iraq, this country has been the target of different conspiracies. The presence of different ethnicities in Iraq has raised an opportunity for the infiltration of the enemies within the Iraqi people. The social, political, and religious fiber of Iraq has raised an opportunity for the enemies of this country, especially the US, to somehow advance their goals. The conspiracy to cause rifts among different Iraqi groups and ethnicities is a major concern for Iraq in its efforts to attain sustainable development and security.

The US, which failed to materialize its sinister goals throughout nine years of occupation of Iraq, currently aims to fulfill its goals by stirring discord and disputes among Iraqis. Discord is a major concern for a unified and democratic Iraq.

Meanwhile, as the Leader of Islamic Revolution has pointed out, the Iraqi officials will regulate relations with other countries based on the interests of the Iraqi nation. Meanwhile, the US officials should not be allowed to consider Iraq as their personal property. The present day Iraq is different from Iraq during the rule of Saddam Hussein, given the alertness and vigilance of the present day young generation in this country, and no one would be able to once again dominate Iraq. The Iraqi people, especially the Iraqi youths, have awakened and realized their power and capacities, and such youths will certain not submit to US domination.

The remarkable achievements of the young Iraqi popular forces in the war against the terrorist outfit, dubbed ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) is a clear manifestation of the vigilance and self-confidence of Iraqi youths in the contemporary era.

MR/MG

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Iran Wed, 25 Nov 2015 07:27:59 +0000
Leader of Islamic revolution meets Turkmen president http://english.irib.ir/component/k2/item/219030-leader-of-islamic-revolution-meets-turkmen-president http://english.irib.ir/component/k2/item/219030-leader-of-islamic-revolution-meets-turkmen-president

The Leader of Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, has noted that maintenance of the security, welfare, and progress of neighboring and Islamic countries is to the benefit of Islamic Republic of Iran. The Leader of Islamic Revolution, in a meeting with the Turkmen President, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, on Sunday afternoon, noted that Iran-Turkmenistan borders are the borders of peace and calm for both countries, and usage of Iran path to gain access to Persian Gulf and high seas has raised a valuable opportunity for Turkmenistan. Ayatollah Khamenei went on to put emphasis on the necessity to make use of ample capacities for expansion of cooperation.

 

Iran and Turkmenistan maintain several cultural, economic, social, and political commonalties. Tehran and Ashgabat arrange their economic and political relations based on the principle of mutual respect and equal footing. In fact, the appropriate and reassuring cooperation between Iran and Turkmenistan serves as a role model across the region.

Meanwhile, throughout the meeting of President Hassan Rohani and his Turkmen counterpart, in Tehran on Sunday, the two countries concluded nine mutual cooperation documents. The Iranian and Turkmen presidents, with the intention of promotion of economic cooperation and amicable and cordial ties, have aimed to boost mutual trade to $60 billion per annum. Tehran-Ashgabat cooperation in the domains of natural gas, electricity, road and rail transportation, industry, agriculture, tourism, and culture has always been emphasized by the two countries’ high-ranking officials.

The peak of Iran-Turkmenistan cooperation has been displayed in the two countries’ cooperation in the natural gas sector. Throughout the meeting of Iran and Turkmen presidents, the two parties reached an agreement for purchase and sales of natural gas, and presentation of technical and engineering services. Iran-Turkmenistan cooperation serves the joint interests of these two nations.

Iran, within the framework of cooperation with different countries, including neighboring and Islamic countries, believes that the protection and maintenance of the security, welfare, and progress of these countries serve Islamic Iran’s interests. Given this important and vital principle, the borders of Iran and Turkmenistan have always been the borders of peace and calm.

Iran and Turkmenistan also maintain an indomitable resolve in the campaign against terrorism and extremism.

MR/MG

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Iran Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:13:07 +0000
Iran’s foreign minister evaluates UN performance http://english.irib.ir/component/k2/item/218983-iran’s-foreign-minister-evaluates-un-performance http://english.irib.ir/component/k2/item/218983-iran’s-foreign-minister-evaluates-un-performance

Iran’s minister of foreign affairs, during the international conference on the 70th anniversary of UN establishment, spoke of the weaknesses and deficiencies of this organization. Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday in Tehran that the 70th anniversary of UN establishment should provide the opportunity for casting an all-encompassing look at the performance of the UN.

 

The necessity of international cooperation for proceeding development and enhancement of human rights to prevent war, as the main goal of the UN, were among the issues that Zarif referred to.

The Iranian top diplomat enumerated dominance of political considerations over real global concerns as a deficiency in the UN and pointed to the duplicitous approaches on human rights issue and terrorism as two clear examples in this regard.

The Iranian foreign minister added that two resolutions were issued against the Islamic Republic of Iran during the past days which are perhaps one of the bitter ironies of our time when the countries which have no constitution or election speak of such things. Zarif stated, “Those who fostered ISIL are criticizing the way of confrontation with it and unfortunately garner votes.”

Given the remarks of the Iranian foreign minister, what can be expected from the United Nations? Can the structure created by the victors of the WWII and the big powers change? The answer might be negative in the current circumstances. But, as Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed the imposition of the global powers on the UN has not caused its principles to be forgotten. Thus, everyone should try in the way of strengthening the UN role.

It is a matter of deep regret that on the issues of human rights, terrorism and war, as the key world issues, the double standard policies and inaction of the UN have totally altered the course of decision making and have turned this global body into a tool at the hands of the big powers, especially the US.

The Iranian top diplomat emphasized that one cannot have security at the price of the insecurity of others. And ISIL cannot be fought against under conditions.

The fact of the matter is that the phenomena like terrorism and insecurity know no borders and are interlinked. The West, despite its claim of sophisticated security structures, has been targeted by terrorist attacks. Therefore, everyone must accept the undeniable principle that in the interconnected world security is either for all or for none.

Today the international community expects the UN, especially the Security Council, to deal with the modern conditions more actively and rather than selectively.

RM/ME

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Iran Sun, 22 Nov 2015 10:08:41 +0000
Leader’s guidelines; the criterion for JCPOA implementation http://english.irib.ir/component/k2/item/218740-leader’s-guidelines-the-criterion-for-jcpoa-implementation http://english.irib.ir/component/k2/item/218740-leader’s-guidelines-the-criterion-for-jcpoa-implementation

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, ruling out some of the remarks by the US officials on the issue of “Potential Military Dimensions” (PMDs) in implementing Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), stressed, “There are articles in the letter of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution on the JCPOA that will be observed by Iran.”

Rear Admiral, Ali Shamkhani, in an exclusive interview with IRIB, added, “The past issues against Iran’s nuclear activities have been based on the reports of western intelligence services with the aim of tarnishing Iran.”

Meanwhile, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s envoy at the International Atomic Energy Agency emphasized on the closure Iran’s dossier as the precondition for implementation of the JCPOA.

The reports of some of the news sources during the recent days implicate that JCPOA’s implementation depends on the report of the IAEA on forged PMDs on Iran’s nuclear program.

Reza Najafi said in Vienna that according to article 14 of the JCPOA the 5+1 group’s member states are committed to present a resolution to the Board of Governors within a month the aim of which is to close Iran nuclear dossier.

Connecting the PMDs with inspections of military facilities and interviews with nuclear scientists is the main topic pursued by western circles. This, as one of the first points that the Islamic Republic and the members of 5+1 group had agreed upon, since the inception of the negotiations, was that Iran will implement the Additional Protocol voluntarily and temporarily. The Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis), too, will take the proper decision on the issue of implementing the protocol with regard to the other side’s fulfillment of commitments.

In 2006, it was claimed for the first time that the Islamic Republic is likely to have nuclear activities at Parchin military site but all of the IAEA’s documents on the issue were fake.

At that time, the IAEA announced, after twice inspection of the site, that the site is not engaged in nuclear activities whatsoever.

Now, as the time for implementation of the JCPOA arrives, Iran is fully committed to its obligations on the basis of the roadmap. The IAEA has admitted that, as per the agreement sealed in the roadmap, Iran has delivered the written explanations and documents related to solving all of the remaining issues between Iran and the IAEA. Therefore, raising unreal and fabricated issues on the JCPOA will further hinder its implementation.

Depicting Iran’s peaceful nuclear program as a threat has always been part of the West’s propaganda strategy against the Islamic Republic of Iran. That’s why Iran has called on the IAEA director general to concentrate on implementation of the roadmap rather than paying attention to the brouhaha forged by the West. 

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