Iran elected to Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Executive Council
Iran is elected to the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for a two-year term.
The Islamic Republic was unanimously elected to the council during the 18th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the OPCW.
The Executive Council consists of the following regional groups: Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Western Europe and other states. Iran will be a representative of the Asian group from May 2014 to May 2016. 05.12.13 More
Iranian MPs to visit Arak heavy water facility
An Iranian parliamentary delegation is to visit the Arak heavy water facility in central Markazi Province, says a senior lawmaker. Members of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran's Majlis are scheduled to visit the plant in two weeks’ time, said the committee spokesman Hossein Naqavi Hosseini on Tuesday
The reactor, which uses natural uranium to produce radio medicines, is planned to gradually replace the Tehran research reactor to produce medical radioisotopes for cancer patients. Iran has invited the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to visit the Arak plant after the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and the UN agency signed a joint statement in Tehran on November 12 on a new framework for cooperation. 04.12.13 More
Iran to pursue unfreezing of assets
A senior Iranian banking official says the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) plans to form a task force to pursue the unfreezing of the Islamic Republic’s assets blocked abroad.
Head of the CBI Valiollah Seif said on Monday that Iran’s blocked assets cannot be released swiftly, adding that the Central Bank intends to establish a task force over the course of next week to pursue the issue.
Seif made the remarks when asked whether any of Iran’s frozen assets have been released following the nuclear deal between Tehran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - Britain, China, France, Russia and the US - plus Germany. 03.12.13 More
Iran's Navy launches new 3-D radar called "ASR"
One day before the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy (IRIN) marks its anniversary on November 28th called Navy Day, the IRIN revealed its latest defense achievement. Wednesday Iran’s Naval Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari alongside the Deputy Commander of the Iranian Army, Brigadier General Abdolrahim Mousavi hasve launched the production of a new 3-dimensional Air Surveillance Radar called “ASR”. ASR is a 3-D solid state radar with a phased array system. ASR has a tracking and extracting capabilities with target range and bearing information system. ASR has the functionality and detectability of low-radar cross section (RCS) to detect boats far from the coast, low-flying planes and missiles. Brig. Gen. Mousavi talked about the advancements of Iran’s Navy. 29.11.13 More
Full text of the Iranian nuclear deal
After the White House released a modified version of the deal struck by Iran and the six world powers in Geneva early Sunday morning, the Iranian Foreign Ministry released the text of the agreement.
The full text of the deal is as follows
Iranian Navy to dispatch heavy-class submarine to high seas in East Asia
“The (Iranian) Navy will dispatch the ultra heavy Tareq-class submarine, ‘Younus’ as part of the Navy’s 28th flotilla of warships to the countries of East Asia,” Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Navy for Operations Admiral Siyavash Jarreh said today.
He underlined Iran's sophisticated technology in the naval industry, saying “The most complicated technology of world’s military equipment belongs to submarines.” He said that Alborz destroyer and Bandar Abbas helicopter-carrier warship will accompany Younus in the Navy’s important extraterritorial mission. 20.11.13 More
Iran unveils attack drone with 2,000 km range
Iran on Monday unveiled a missile-equipped drone with a range of 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles), the official IRNA news agency reported.
"The Fotros drone has an operational range of 2,000 kilometres and can fly at an altitude of 25,000 feet, with a flight time of 16 to 30 hours," Defence Minister Mohammad Dehgan was quoted as saying. 18.11.13 More
Iran hopes to start building 2nd N-plant in 2014
Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi has expressed hope that ground will be broken for the nation’s second nuclear power plant in early 2014 with Russian cooperation.
“We hope to see the construction of the country’s second nuclear power station start at the beginning of the [Iranian calendar] year 1393 (starting March 21, 2014) by the Russians,” said Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), in a televised interview on Tuesday.
Under a protocol signed between Tehran and Moscow, said Salehi, power plants with a capacity of up to 4,000 megawatts could be constructed in Iran.On September 23, Iran officially took over from Russia the first unit of its first 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant in Bushehr for two years. The initial construction of the Bushehr facility began in 1975 by German companies, but the work was halted following the 1979 Islamic Revolution. 13.11.13 More
Iran Army to hold massive drill in late November
A high-ranking military commander says the Iranian Army's Ground and Air Forces will conduct a massive exercise in late November.
Commander of the Iranian Army's Ground Forces Brigadier General Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan said on Monday that the capabilities of armored and airborne units will be tested in the drill, codenamed Qamar-e Bani Hashem.
He added that asymmetric warfare tactics will be practiced during the war games, and various armored, artillery, airborne and electronic units of the Iranian Army's Ground Forces will participate in the military exercise. 12.11.13 More
Iranian deputy industry minister shot dead in Tehran
An unidentified attacker shot dead an Iranian deputy minister of industry in Tehran on Sunday, the state news agency IRNA reported, in what appeared the first reported killing of a senior central government official in years.
Safdar Rahmat Abadi was shot in the head and chest as he got into his car in the east of the capital, IRNA said, quoting witnesses as saying the attack occurred at about 7:50 p.m. (1620 GMT).
"Investigations show that two shots were fired from inside the vehicle," the agency quoted a police official as saying. 11.11.13 More
Iranian Parliament backs country's diplomatic apparatus
Senior Iranian lawmaker Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabi-Fard says Iran’s Majlis supports the country’s diplomatic apparatus.
The deputy speaker of Iran’s Majlis on Tuesday expressed support for the “powerful and efficient” diplomatic apparatus of the Islamic Republic. On October 27, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani described the support and cooperation of Majlis as necessary for the success of his administration. 05.11.13 More
Iran Navy expands presence in southeastern coast
Iran Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari says the Iranian naval forces have comprehensive plans to expand their presence along the country’s southeastern coastal regions.
“The Navy has envisaged extensive measures in this regard. For example, its forces have been stationed in areas such as Jask, Konarak and Pasabandar,” Sayyari said in a Thursday interview.
The Iranian commander pointed to the strategic importance of Iran’s southeastern coasts, saying that Iran's Makran coastline, stretching from the Strait of Hormuz to Pasabandar Port, can be considered as “the most important coastline of the country” due to its favorable geographical situation and its proximity to the ocean. 01.11.13 More
Iran new satellite ready for lift-off into space: Minister
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says the country’s new domestically designed and manufactured satellite is ready to be launched into orbit, and it will be lifted into space in due time.
“Presence in space is a strategic issue and indicates the scientific, technological and industrial power of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Dehqan said in the Iranian Persian Gulf island of Kish on Tuesday.
He added that Iran enjoys “acceptable potential and capabilities” regarding the manufacture of satellites and satellite carriers as well as lift-off of satellites and their navigation in the space. 30.10.13 More
Iran claims to decrypt enemy confidential data
The chief of the
Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy says the IRGC cyber forces
have decrypted the most confidential data of enemy states.
“Today, our cyber forces have easily accessed the most confidential
information [encrypted] by the enemy and [our] cyber warfare
capabilities have been effectively improved,” Rear-Admiral Ali Fadavi
said on Sunday as he inaugurated IRGC Navy Information Technology (IT)
Underscoring the “daily increasing activities of enemies in the
cyber space”, the admiral said: “Counterrevolutionary [circles] have
remarkably added to their Farsi-language satellite channels in the past
one month. In the light of this trend, we have to enter this sector by
relying on our own experts with more determination and seriousness.”
Iraq to stop Iran flights over suspicions of Syria arms
Iraq is determined to stop and search flights from Iran
over its territory which are suspected of carrying weapons to Syria,
Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said in comments reported on Sunday.
"We have assured US
officials that the Iraqi government is determined to land (Iranian)
flights and carry out random searches," Zebari said, quoted by Arabic
The Iraqi minister added that his government had
told Tehran "to stop the flights and stop arming or financing the
(Syrian regime) or any other party to the conflict." Zebari said Iraq
would not "not accept being a transit point or passage way for... arming
or financing" the Syrian conflict.
Turkey ready to boost defense ties with Iran
Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz says his country is ready to further develop defense cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Ankara is keen to exchange experience and expert teams in the defense sector with Tehran, said the defense chief in a meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Ankara Alireza Bigdeli on Thursday. Pointing to the centuries-old friendship between Iran and Turkey, Yilmaz said mutual visits over the recent years by high-ranking officials of the two regional heavyweights have contributed to the enhancement of bilateral ties.
The Iranian ambassador, for his part, lauded the expansion of Tehran-Ankara ties over the past decade and urged the further expansion of relations between the defense and military institutions of the two neighboring countries. 06.12.13 More
Iran to install new radar system on warships
Iran will install its newly unveiled Asr radar system on the Jamaran destroyer, head of the Iranian Navy's Industrial Research and Self-Sufficiency Organisation Rear Admiral Ali Gholamzadeh said, Fars news agency reported on Dec. 4.
The Asr naval phased array long range radar system being manufactured by the Navy Industrial Research and Self-Sufficiency Organisation was unveiled on Nov.27. Gholamzadeh went on to note that the radar is also planned to be installed on the Sahand destroyer which is being built. 04.12.13 More
Iran, Russia discuss plans to build new nuke plant at Bushehr
Iran and Russia are discussing plans to build a new nuclear power plant at Bushehr, with construction set to begin next year, Iranian media reports said Sunday, December 1 citing the country’s nuclear chief, according to RIA Novosti.
Ali Akbar Salehi told state broadcaster IRIB that Iran was negotiating with Russia a deal to produce 4,000 megawatts of electricity, and Moscow has "expressed its readiness to build."
"With the progress made in the Geneva talks, next year we will see the start of construction on another nuclear power plant in Bushehr," AFP quoted Salehi as saying. 02.12.13 More
3 new warships to join Iranian Navy fleet on December 1
“Two missile-launcher warships, namely Neyzeh and Tabarzin, as well as Sirjan logistic warship will join the Navy’s military fleet on December 1 (Sunday),” Commander of Iran’s Second Naval Zone Rear Admiral Mohammad Reza Abbasian told reporters, addressing a press conference in the Southern city of Bushehr today.
He noted that the three vessels have been fully renovated by Iranian experts and by using indigenized knowledge.
The Iranian Navy has accelerated and widened its progress after Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei described it as "a strategic force". 27.11.13 More
Blasts at Iranian embassy in Beirut kill at least 23
Two explosions rocked the Iranian Embassy compound in Beirut on Tuesday killing at least 23 people and injuring scores, according to the Lebanese Health Ministry. The Iranian ambassador, Ghazanfar Roknabadi, confirmed on Al Manar television that the cultural attaché, identified as Sheikh Ibrahim Ansari, was killed in the attack. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which seemed to fit a pattern of deepening sectarian division across the region inspired by the civil war in Syria.
The area where the attack took place, Bir Hassan, is populated by Shiite Muslims. Apart from the Iranian diplomatic mission, it also houses an office of the Shiite Amal Party, an ally of Hezbollah, a Lebanese militant group that is sponsored by Tehran and which has sent its militia forces to fight rebels in neighboring Syria. 19.11.13 More
Iran launches new missile production line
Iran inaugurated production line of a new missile as it completed research on defense system project in a ceremony attended by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan on Saturday.
"Sayyad (Hunter 2) missile was designed and built to provide defense equipment and confront air strikes," Dehghan said. "The missile works with solid fuel and with combined (hybrid) directing system. It enjoys high operational capabilities," he added.Sayyad 2 is a mid-range aerial defense system designed based on new technologies. It is able to annihilate drones and targets which have high speed and maneuver capability. The system with high anti-electronic war power is able to intercept targets automatically and independently. 11.11.13 More
Iranian channels targeted 66 times in 3 years
The head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) says Iranian channels have been taken off air from 27 satellites 66 times over the past three years by those claiming to be the advocates of freedom of speech.
Ezzatollah Zarghami made the remarks in an interview with Iran’s Young Journalists' Club (YJC) on Thursday. Zarghami noted that in addition to this, the channels have been repeatedly blocked or distorted through jamming of their transponders. “This is while the Islamic Republic of Iran has been falsely accused of jamming [foreign radio and TV broadcasts] and sometimes it is claimed that the source [of the jamming] is outside Iran,” he stated. 07.11.13 More
Iran’s negotiating team arrives in Geneva
The Iranian negotiating team has arrived in the Swiss city of Geneva for a fresh round of talks with the representatives of six major world powers over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the US, Britain, France, China and Russia - plus Germany are to sit at the negotiating table set for 7 and 8 November to discuss Tehran’s nuclear energy program. The two sides wrapped up two days of nuclear talks in Geneva on October 16. 06.11.13 More
Iran, Iraq to finalize new gas deal
A senior Iranian energy official says Tehran and Baghdad will soon finalize a deal under which Iran will pump natural gas to its western neighbor to fuel power plants in the southern Iraqi province of Basra.
The agreement will see Iran export 25 million cubic meters (mcm) of natural gas per day to Iraq to fuel Basra power stations, said Managing Director of the National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) Hamid Reza Araqi on Monday. 04.11.13 More
Japan FM to visit Iran on November 9
Japan’s foreign minister plans to visit Iran after the upcoming round of talks between the Islamic Republic and six major world powers in Geneva in November.
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said on Tuesday that he is scheduled to pay a visit to Iran on November 9, shortly after Tehran and the six powers - the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany - wrap up talks on Iran’s nuclear energy program in Geneva, AFP reports.
Iran and the six powers held two days of negotiations over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program behind closed doors in Geneva on October 15-16. The two sides agreed to meet again in the Swiss city on November 7-8. 29.10.13 More
Military helicopter crashes in Iran
An Iranian helicopter of the Revolutionary Guards crashed in western Iran near the Iraqi border killing four Guards on Saturday, the force's website Sepahnews reported.
It did not specify the type of aircraft, saying only that the helicopter suffered "technical failure" while on a mission in Sardasht border area, which is populated by Iran's Kurdish minority. 27.08.12 More
Iran starts construction of largest air defense base
Iran's Air Defense Force has commenced the construction of the Islamic Republic’s largest air defense site in the southern Iranian city of Abadeh.
At a Tuesday ceremony, marking the commencement of the construction project, Mohammad Hosseini, a deputy commander of Iran’s Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base, underscored the importance of air defense as one of Iran's major requirements under the prevailing circumstances. 23.08.12 More
Iran unveils upgraded short-range missile
Iran’s president on Tuesday unveiled an upgraded version of a short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile just weeks after it was test-fired, the country’s state-media reported.
At the ceremony for Fateh-110, or Conqueror, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a group of defense officials that Iran wants to advance its defense technology "not in an aggressive context, but as a deterrence."
"We do not seek it for conquest, domination of neighboring countries and the world. We do not want it because of defiance," said Ahmadinejad, according to state TV. 21.08.12 More