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    DUBAI (Reuters) - The United States faces defeat in its move to reimpose U.N. sanctions on Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, as Washington declared all U.N. sanctions on Iran had been restored. "America is approaching a certain defeat in its sanctions move ... It faced defeat and negative response from the international community," Rouhani said in a televised speech. "We will never yield to U.S. pressure and Iran will give a crushing response to America's bullying," he said. The Iranian rial fell to a record low against the U.S. dollar on Sunday following the Trump administration's declaration. The U.S. currency was offered for as much as 273,000 rials, up from 267,800 rials on Saturday, according to foreign exchange site Bonbast.com, which tracks the unofficial market. Iran has dismissed the U.S. sanctions move as "void and illegal" and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Saturday...
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    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said during a government video conference on Monday that oil revenues have declined from $120 billion in 2011 to “just over $20 billion” last year, in large part due to pressure from renewed U.S. sanctions. Radio Farda noted that even this gloomy estimate from Rouhani might have been considerably padded since Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said in June that 2019 oil revenues were down to just $8 billion, less than half the figure Rouhani cited.  The head of Iran’s budget agency, Mohammed Baqer Nobakht, implied the situation was even worse later in the summer by saying Iran effectively “cannot sell even a drop of oil” because it cannot complete the international financial transactions necessary to receive payment. The Iranian rial hit a new low against the U.S. dollar over the weekend, having lost about 49 percent of its value over the course of 2020. Iran’s central...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency on Saturday reported that a pro-reform religious leader, who sided with an opposition presidential candidate during the turmoil following the controversial 2009 elections, has died. He was 83. Ayatollah Yousef Saanei died in a hospital in the holy city of Qom after being hospitalized for two days with a broken hip and wrist, IRNA said. Qom is known for its Shiite seminaries that attract students from across Iran and other countries. In 2009, Saanei had supported opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi and criticized hard-liner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who beat Mousavi in that year’s disputed elections. Mousavi’s electoral defeat led to the widespread Green Movement protests, which were put down by Iranian security forces. That year, some opposition websites quoted Saanei as saying, “Ahmadinejad is not the president and cooperation with him is haram (forbidden by Islamic law).” Many religious hard-liners in...
    ROME — Italy has set its sights on Muslim tourism in its bid to reignite flagging travel, launching an ambitious “Italy Muslim Friendly” project to lure more followers of Islam into the Bel Paese. “Italy Muslim Friendly is an innovative project for Muslim Tourism that includes a large network of companies operating in this sector and this tourist industry,” declares the official website for the campaign. “Associations and companies with Muslim inclination will support this project.” On August 24, the governor of Italy’s southern region of Puglia, Michele Emiliano, announced that he would be prioritizing Muslim tourism, taking pains to accommodate the special requirements and needs that Muslims present. The Puglia region has drafted a budget of 90 thousand euros for the project, to be used between October 1 and November 18, 2020. The plan will take into account “the particular needs of Muslim tourists, who, according to recent research...
    Iranians are carefully watching the U.S. presidential election campaign because they know their own future is on the line. But while two factions of the Islamist regime are campaigning against each other in advance of their own nation’s June 2021 presidential election, they clearly agree on one thing: both hope former Vice President Joe Biden is elected president of the United States in November. The Trump administration’s sanctions have severely battered the Iranian economy. The Iranian recession is entering its third year, while the value of the nation’s currency has depreciated a stunning 84 percent from its high point. Biden and his foreign policy advisers have pledged to reenter the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that President Trump has withdrawn from. If Biden is elected and does that, the most crippling economic sanctions on Iran would be suspended. COUNTRIES PART OF IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL CLAIM US CANNOT FORCE SANCTIONS ON IRAN The lifting of sanctions would be...
    Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday hailed the show of unity by parties to a 2015 nuclear deal, after they defeated US efforts to restore international sanctions. Britain, China, France, Germany, and Russia — dubbed the “4+1” — are struggling to save the accord after the United States withdrew from it in 2018. Washington unilaterally reimposed sanctions on the Islamic republic. Iran has stepped up its nuclear activities in the past year in retaliation for Washington’s pullout from the deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA. “Fortunately, yesterday in Vienna, the 4+1 clearly stated that they stand by the JCPOA and that America does not have the right to misuse it,” Rouhani said in remarks to the weekly cabinet meeting broadcast on state television. “They have not only pulled out of the JCPOA but also punished whoever has abided by it.” Rouhani called Washington’s drive...
    Iran’s outgoing President Hassan Rouhani ordered the nation’s Health Ministry to begin plans to buy Chinese coronavirus vaccine candidates from other countries this weekend, raising questions about the progress Iran has made on its alleged indigenous attempt at a vaccine. The Health Ministry has for months claimed that its scientists are participating in the global race to find inoculation against the Chinese coronavirus, discovered in the central city of Wuhan in late 2019. Outside of the Ministry, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) — a U.S.-designated terrorist organization that operates as a formal wing of the Iranian military — has also claimed to be developing a secret vaccine cure and claimed to have invented a coronavirus “detector.” As a product of giving the IRGC extensive latitude in controlling the coronavirus fight — resulting in mass funerals attracting thousands of people — and largely denying the severity of the threat, Iran...
    DUBAI, Aug 25 (Reuters) – If the United Sates wants an agreement with Iran, first it should return to Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with six powers that the nuclear deal that Washington abandoned two years ago, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday.
    DUBAI (Reuters) - If the United States wants an agreement with Iran, it must first come back to Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with six powers that Washington abandoned two years ago, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday. "Washington's maximum pressure policy on Iran has failed 100%...If Washington wants an agreement with us, then they should apologise for exiting the deal and return to it," Rouhani told a televised news conference. Long-tense relations between the two adversaries have almost come to blows since 2018 when U.S. President Donald Trump ditched the deal reached by his predecessor Barack Obama and reimposed sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy. In response to what Washington calls its “maximum pressure” campaign to force Iran to negotiate a new deal, Tehran has breached key limits on nuclear activity imposed by the 2015 accord, under which the Islamic Republic accepted curbs on its uranium enrichment program...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s constitutional watchdog on Monday set June 18 as date for the country’s next presidential election, a vote that will choose the successor to President Hassan Rouhani who has served two four-year terms in office. The watchdog, the Guardian Council, approved the date, Iranian election headquarters chief Jamal Orf told the official IRNA news agency. Candidates hoping to run in the balloting are to apply in early April for approval; the final list is to be announced in early June. Under Iranian law, an incumbent president cannot run for a third term if he has already served for two consecutive terms in office. Rouhani was first elected in 2013 and reelected four years later. Rouhani has been under increasing pressure from the U.S. sanctions since President Donald Trump two years ago pulled America out of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. The deal...
    Iran unveiled two new missiles and announced they are named after two military leaders killed by the United States. The weapons, one a ballistic missile and the other a cruise missile, were displayed at a ceremony on Thursday marking Iran’s Defense Industries Day. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Ali Hatami virtually attended the unveiling, according to Radio Farda. The Iranian government claims that the surface-to-surface ballistic missile named after slain Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani has a range of 1,400 kilometers, or about 870 miles. This picture released by the official website of the Iranian Defense Ministry on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, shows the "Martyr Hajj Qassem" missile in an undisclosed location in Iran. (AP) The cruise missile is named after Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al Muhandis and has a reported range of 1,000 kilometers, or some 620 miles....
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the United Arab Emirates made a “huge mistake” by agreeing to begin normalizing relations with Israel. “[The UAE] better be mindful. They have committed a huge mistake, a treacherous act. We hope they will realize this and abandon this wrong path,” Rouhani said Saturday in a televised speech. He added that Iran has “historically been the protector of its neighbors and ensurer of the security of the Persian Gulf.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, agreed “to the full normalization of relations” between their countries on Thursday, drawing praise from both sides of the U.S. political aisle. The move was beneficial to many parties in the Middle East but was described as Tehran’s “worst nightmare” by Brian Hook, the outgoing U.S. special envoy to Iran. Rouhani also accused the deal of being...
    (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that Washington had suffered a humiliating defeat in its bid to get a U.N. arms embargo on Tehran extended. In a U.N. Security Council vote on the U.S. effort on Friday, Russia and China voted against, while 11 members abstained, including France, Germany and Britain. The United States and the Dominican Republic were the only votes in favour. "I don’t remember the United States preparing a resolution for months to strike a blow at the Islamic Republic of Iran, and it garners only one vote!," Rouhani said in a televised speech. "But the great success was that the United States was defeated in this conspiracy with humiliation." The U.N. arms embargo on Iran is due to expire under a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, which provided for many international sanctions against Iran being lifted in exchange for curbs...
    Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani expressed “great hopes” Wednesday that a US bid to extend an arms embargo on his country will fail, warning of consequences if the UN Security Council backs it. Rouhani’s remarks came after Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations said the US would have to redraft its proposed resolution on the issue after being “rebuffed” by Security Council members. The ban on selling weapons to Iran is set to be progressively eased from October under the terms of Resolution 2231, which blessed the Iran nuclear deal that world powers agreed in July 2015. But a UN embargo on materials and technology that Iran could use for its ballistic missile programme is to remain in place until 2023. The European Union has said it will continue to enforce its own embargo against Iran after the lifting of the first UN embargo. Under the accord officially known as the...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian hard-liners in parliament on Wednesday voted against President Hassan Rouhani’s nominee for trade minister in the first showdown between the rival camps since the house resumed work in May despite the struggles to curb the spread of the coronavirus. According to the parliament’s website, lawmakers rejected Hossein Modares Khiabani’s nomination for minister of trade and industries. Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf said the vote was 140-104 against the nominee. There were 254 lawmakers at the session and 10 abstained. The parliament has 290 seats. The vote marked the first serious confrontation between the newly elected house, dominated by conservatives and the bloc of supporters of the relatively moderate Rouhani. Under the law, Rouhani must introduce new nominees to his cabinet in the next three months. Rouhani in May dismissed the trade and industry minister at the time, Reza Rahmani, as Iran faced an unprecedented economic...
    (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged people on Saturday to observe health protocols and practice social distancing during upcoming Muslim festivities, as a health official said there had been a surge in coronavirus infections in a major holy city.  Muslims around the world mark the Eid al-Adha feast, due to start at the end of the month. This year, Saudi Arabia is to limit the number of domestic pilgrims attending haj to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Most Iranians are Shi’ite Muslims, who also mark their most significant mourning ceremonies of Ashura in September. “Let glorious festivities be held in mosques and religious centers by observing health protocols and social distancing,” Rouhani said in a televised speech. "Let [face] masks this year be part of the glorious mourning of Muharram,” Rouhani said, referring to Ashura, the 10th day of the lunar month of Muharram, when according to Islamic...
    In Iran, President Hassan Rouhani recently announced that 25 million people in the territory could be infected with Covid-19. As this is more than the official count of the country, the population is plunged into confusion and fear. “Our estimate is that, so far, 25 million Iranians have been infected with this virus” Before the National Committee for the Fight against coronavirus pandemic in Iran, Saturday July 18, Hassan Rouhani said: “Our estimate is that, so far, 25 million Iranians have been infected with this virus.” According to media reports, he gave his figures referring to a report from the Ministry of Health. The Iranian leader warned that “30 to 35 million” more people could be infected. Iranian health ministry noted 270,000 cases According to the assessment reported by the France-Presse agency from official sources, Thursday, July 23, more than 15.25 million cases of infections in coronavirus have been...
    Tehran (AFP) – Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi met Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Tuesday during his first trip abroad since taking office. Rouhani said in a joint news conference with Kadhemi that they had discussed expanding trade ties, fighting the novel coronavirus and efforts to ensure regional stability. “The two governments’ will is to expand bilateral trade ties to $20 billion,” Rouhani said after an hour-long meeting with the Iraqi leader. Iraq is one of Iran’s main destinations for non-oil exports but trade has dipped as the COVID-19 pandemic forced temporary border closures. Rouhani said Iran was ready to “stand with Iraq for the stability and security of Iraq and the region.” He hailed as “heroes” a top Iranian general and an Iraqi commander killed together in a US drone strike on Baghdad airport at the start of the year. “I deem it necessary to honour the...
    (Reuters) - Iranian health officials sought on Sunday to play down the president’s estimate that some 25 million people have been infected with the coronavirus, saying it was based on serological blood tests that measure exposure to the illness and that cannot be relied on to show the current state of disease. The 25 million figure put forward by Rouhani on Saturday is nearly a third of the population and massively higher than the official number of COVID-19 cases. Official case numbers rose to 273,788 on Sunday, with 14,188 deaths, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said. A Health Ministry statement carried by Iranian news media said the figure given by the president was based on numbers produced by a deputy in the ministry. "It is not possible to rely on serological tests to diagnose the current state of the disease," the statement said. Serological tests determine if a person...
    Iran‘s President Hassan Rouhani approximated that up to 25 million people in the nation have been infected with coronavirus – nearly double the official globally tally. In spite of his estimate as properly as urging citizens to just take safeguards, the region will not reimpose lockdown constraints. ISRAEL IMPOSES SWEEPING NEW CORONAVIRUS Restrictions Rouhani, talking in a televised deal with on Saturday, referenced a new examine by the Iranian Health and fitness Ministry that has not been publicly introduced, and he did not cite details on how the estimates in instances had been reached. The present-day formal coronavirus scenario overall stands at much more than 14 million, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins College. In this photograph released by the formal web site of the business of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani adjusts his deal with mask in a meeting of the countrywide headquarters of the struggle towards the...
    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani estimated that up to 25 million people in the country have been infected with coronavirus - nearly double the official worldwide tally. Despite his estimate as well as urging citizens to take precautions, the country will not reimpose lockdown restrictions. ISRAEL IMPOSES SWEEPING NEW CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS Rouhani, speaking in a televised address on Saturday, referenced a new study by the Iranian Health Ministry that has not been publicly released, and he did not cite specifics on how the estimates in cases were reached. The current official coronavirus case total stands at more than 14 million, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani adjusts his face mask in a meeting of the national headquarters of the fight against the COVID-19, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, July 18, 2020. (Iranian Presidency...
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that nearly 100 times more people have been infected with the coronavirus than his government previously reported. “A report from the research department of the health ministry has assessed that 25 million Iranians have been infected with the disease so far,” Rouhani announced on Saturday, according to state-sponsored Fars News. He also posited that hospitalizations will be “twice as many as we have seen in the last 150 days.” The concession is shocking given the deviation from Iran’s official count, which claims only some 271,000 people have been infected and nearly 14,000 have died. The remarks by Rouhani come after experts cast doubt on the regime’s reporting. An Iranian opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, said it has tallied more than 70,000 deaths in the country of 81 million. Rouhani also said Saturday that 30 to 35 million people...
    (Reuters) - President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that 25 million Iranians have been infected with the coronavirus and that another 35 million were at risk of acquiring it as Iran reimposed restrictions in the capital and elsewhere. The figures Rouhani cited in a televised speech were far higher than Saturday's official toll of 271,606. His office said they were based on "an estimated scenario" from a report by the health ministry's deputy minister of research. "Our estimate is that until now 25 million Iranians have been infected with this virus and about 14,000 have lost their dear lives,” Rouhani said in the speech. "There is the possibility that between 30 and 35 million other people will be at risk." He said more than 200,000 people had been hospitalised and that the ministry expected that number to double in the coming months. RESTRICTIONS REIMPOSED Authorities on Saturday reimposed one-week restrictions...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president on Saturday estimated as many as 25 million Iranians could have been infected with the coronavirus since the outbreak’s beginning, as he urged the public to take the pandemic seriously, the state-run IRNA news agency reported Saturday. Hassan Rouhani cited a new Iranian Health Ministry study in offering the unprecedentedly high numbers. Rouhani also said about 30 to 35 million will be infected to the virus in the coming months. “We have to estimate that 30 to 35 million people will be exposed to the virus, which is very important”, Rouhani added. Iranians officials have not explained on what the report’s estimates are based. The study has so far not been made publicly available. Referring to the report, Rouhani said it also predicts that the number of hospitalizations will soon be “twice as many as we have seen in the last 150 days.” In...
    Tehran (AFP) – President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday that 35 million Iranians may contract the coronavirus, as the country still did not have herd immunity although a quarter of the population may be infected. It appears to be the first time a senior Iranian official has indicated the country is seeking to defeat COVID-19 via herd immunity. The virus has killed more than 588,000 people and infected nearly 14 million around the world since first being detected in China late last year. Iran has been battling a resurgence of COVID-19, with figures showing a rise in both new infections and deaths since a two-month low in May. On Saturday, the health ministry reported another 188 coronavirus deaths and 2,166 cases of infection in the past 24 hours. That took the overall toll to 13,979 dead out of 271,606 cases since Iran reported its first cases in mid-February. The rising toll...
    (Reuters) - A group of Iranian parliamentarians has abandoned an attempt to impeach President Hassan Rouhani, the Tasnim news agency reported on Wednesday, marking the end of a move sparked by growing economic hardship. Approximately 10 parliamentarians who were seeking to impeach the president, and rally other members of the 290 seat body to their side, have backed down, Tasnim reported.  One MP quoted by Tasnim said that the motion had been dropped after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the highest authority in the country, had expressed support for the government. Iranians’ daily struggle to make ends meet has become harder since the reimposition of U.S. sanctions in 2018, and the economy has been further damaged by rising inflation, growing unemployment, a slump in the rial and the coronavirus crisis. First elected in a landslide in 2013 and re-elected in 2017, Rouhani opened the door to nuclear diplomacy with six...
    (Bloomberg Opinion) — Pity, if you possibly can, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani. Tomorrow marks the fifth anniversary of his only significant achievement: the nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers. But instead of acclaim for that accomplishment, the cleric-politician could face impeachment by a parliament dominated by the Islamic Republic’s hard-liners. The new parliament, elected in February but only convened late in May, has set itself up as an inquisition into the political and economic failures that have left Iran weaker and more isolated than any time since the end of the 1980-88 war with Iraq. The hard-liners should be Rouhani’s natural constituency: He is, after all, a creature of the hawkish security establishment and, like them, a loyal servant of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Instead, hard-liners are baying for a political auto-da-fé, with Rouhani and his foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the stakes. The president has...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday that lockdowns meant to curb the spread of the pandemic could lead to street protests over economic problems, his website reported. In a regular Cabinet meeting on the coronavirus, Rouhani said the easiest way to fight the virus is to close off all activities. But “then people come and stage protests because of chaos, famine and problems,” he said. Confirmed virus cases and deaths reached a record low in May after mass lockdowns were imposed in Iran. But since then, the numbers have spiked again, with officials saying a combination of improved testing and re-openings has driven the surge. Rouhani urged that ceremonies be held with a limited number of participants. Many experts blame an increase in virus-related deaths over the past week on wedding and funeral ceremonies with large crowds. Ali Reza Zali, the head of Tehran’s virus task...
    The president of Iran has reported the nation are not able to manage to shut down its sanctions-strike economic climate, even as the nation reels from a 2nd-wave coronavirus outbreak that has introduced mounting bacterial infections and record higher dying tolls. Iran have to keep on “economic, social and cultural routines when observing wellness protocols”, Hassan Rouhani claimed for the duration of a televised virus taskforce conference on Saturday, according to AP. “The easiest solution is to near down all actions, (but) the up coming day, people would arrive out to protest the (resulting) chaos, starvation, hardship and force,” he included. Rouhani’s responses came as the health ministry described 2,397 new scenarios above the past 24 several hours on Saturday, taking the country’s total verified coronavirus cases to 255,117. Sima Sadat Lari, the wellness ministry spokeswoman, stated 188 a lot more men and women experienced died, getting the country’s complete...
    (Reuters) - Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called on Saturday for big gatherings such as weddings and wakes to be banned to stem a rise in coronavirus infections, but insisted the country's economy had to stay open. Shortly after Rouhani’s televised speech, a police official in Tehran announced the closure of all wedding and mourning venues in the capital until further notice. Iran has been gradually relaxing its lockdown since mid-April, but has recently reported a sharp rise in the infection rate. The death toll on Saturday rose by 188 over the previous 24 hours to 12,635, while the total number of diagnosed cases reached 255,117, up by 2,397 during the same period, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on state TV. “We must ban ceremonies and gatherings all over the country, whether it be wakes, weddings or parties,” Rouhani said. “Now is not the time for festivals or seminars,”...
    Tehran (AFP) – Iran said on Saturday that it cannot afford to shut down its sanctions-hit economy, even as the Middle East’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak worsens with record-high death tolls and rising infections. Iran must continue “economic, social and cultural activities while observing health protocols”, President Hassan Rouhani said during a televised virus taskforce meeting. “The simplest solution is to close down all activities, (but) the next day, people would come out to protest the (resulting) chaos, hunger, hardship and pressure,” he added. The Islamic republic has been struggling since late February to contain the country’s COVID-19 outbreak, which has killed over 12,400 people and infected more than 252,000. Deaths from the respiratory disease hit 221 on Thursday — a single-day record for Iran. The country closed schools, cancelled public events and banned movement between its 31 provinces in March, but Rouhani’s government progressively lifted restrictions from April to reopen...
    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reported to the Iranian parliament on Sunday that negotiations for a 25-year bilateral trade deal with China are proceeding with “confidence and conviction.” Legislative critics of President Hassan Rouhani were angry about the deal because Rouhani recently approved Iran’s participation without consulting parliament, and they questioned the true status of negotiations with China that have been in progress for four years with no declared end in sight. Radio Free Europe (RFE) described Zarif’s “fiery exchange” with members of parliament as a defensive play by the allegedly secular wing of the Iranian regime, which is under heavy fire from hardline theocrats who regard Iran’s nuclear deal with the U.S. and Europe as a disaster. The hardliners charged Iran was not getting enough from the deal even before President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's hardline lawmakers plan to summon the president for questioning, a move that could ultimately lead to impeachment, media reported on Monday, amid growing discontent over the government's economic policies. Iranians' daily struggle to make ends meet has become harder since the reimposition of U.S. sanctions in 2018, and the economy has been further damaged by rising inflation, growing unemployment, a slump in the rial and the coronavirus crisis. A motion to question President Hassan Rouhani was signed by 120 lawmakers out of 290 and handed to the presiding board of the assembly, Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. To take effect, the motion must be passed to the president by the presiding board. However, analysts say the board might hold back from issuing the summons, mindful that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's top authority, has called for unity among the branches of authority at a...
    Tehran (AFP) – People not wearing masks against the novel coronavirus should be refused service in enclosed public spaces, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday, as his government moves to make it obligatory. The new measure goes into effect from midnight as part of the authorities’ efforts to bring down a daily death toll that has remained stubbornly in triple figures. But face masks are already mandatory on public transport in Iran and the Tehran city council acknowledges that the rule is still widely flouted on the bus and metro services it runs. Addressing the committee in charge of Iran’s efforts to stem its virus outbreak — the deadliest in the Middle East — Rouhani said that the new order “requires some guarantee that it will be respected”. “In government offices, that is likely to be easier — we can simply deny entry to people not wearing masks.” Since late...
    (Reuters) - Iranians who do not wear masks will be denied state services and workplaces that fail to comply with health protocols will be shut for a week, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday as he launched new measures to try to curb the coronavirus. Iran has been battling the spread of the coronavirus, with the total number of cases hitting 237,878 on Saturday and a further 148 deaths bringing the country's toll to 11,408, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on state television. Wearing masks becomes mandatory from Sunday in covered public places, Rouhani said on state television after tougher curbs were imposed in cities and towns in five provinces where the outbreak is rising after an easing of lockdowns from mid-April. "Government employees should not serve people who do not wear masks and employees who do not wear them should be considered absentees and sent home," said...
    July 4 (Reuters) – Iranians who do not wear masks will be denied state services and workplaces that fail to comply with health protocols will be shut for a week, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday as he launched new measures to try to curb the coronavirus. Iran has been battling the spread of the coronavirus, with the total number of cases hitting 237,878 on Saturday and a further 148 deaths bringing the country’s toll to 11,408, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on state television. Wearing masks becomes mandatory from Sunday in covered public places, Rouhani said on state television after tougher curbs were imposed in cities and towns in five provinces where the outbreak is rising after an easing of lockdowns from mid-April. “Government employees should not serve people who do not wear masks and employees who do not wear them should be considered absentees and sent...
    (Reuters) - The illegitimate presence of U.S. forces in Syria should end immediately, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a video conference broadcast on Iranian state TV on Wednesday. Iran would continue its support for Syria's legal government, Rouhani said. (Reporting By Babak Dehghanpisheh; Editing by Alex Richardson) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that his country is experiencing its toughest year because of U.S. sanctions coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus crisis has exacerbated economic problems that worsened after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew in 2018 from Iran's nuclear deal with major powers and reimposed sanctions. On Monday, Iran's rial currency fell to its lowest ever level against the U.S. dollar. "It's been the most difficult year due to the enemy's economic pressure and the pandemic," Rouhani said in a televised speech.  "The economic pressure that began in 2018 has increased ... and today it is the toughest pressure on our dear country." Iran has seen a sharp increase in coronavirus infections and deaths since restrictions to stem the spread of the pandemic were gradually lifted from mid-April. The death toll has recently topped 100 a day for the first time in...
    Tehran (AFP) – Iran’s president warned Wednesday that the UN nuclear watchdog risks losing its independence after it adopted a resolution urging access to two sites alleged to have hosted past nuclear activities. The Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency passed the resolution put forward by European states last week, calling on Iran to help clarify whether undeclared nuclear activities took place at the sites in the early 2000s. But the Islamic republic says the IAEA’s requests for access were based on allegations from its arch-enemy Israel and had no legal basis. “The Zionist regime and the Americans are pressuring the agency to investigate something related to 20, 18 years ago. They are deceiving the agency, misleading it,” President Hassan Rouhani said during a televised cabinet meeting. “Our expectation is that… the agency should be able to keep its independence,” he added, warning that Israel and the United States were tarnishing...
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president on Wednesday warned the U.N. nuclear watchdog to expect a “stern response” from his country regarding the agency’s demands for Iran to provide access to sites where Tehran is thought to have stored or used undeclared nuclear material. In a televised speech, President Hassan Rouhani said a stern response “is easy” for Iran but that the country prefers cooperation with the U.N. watchdog. The remarks reflect Tehran’s irritation at a resolution adopted last week by the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency demanding access to the sites. The resolution was proposed by Germany, France and Britain while Russia and China voted against it. Iran has dismissed allegations of nuclear activities at the sites in question. Rouhani said on Wednesday that “Iran is still ready to accept legal surveillance by the (U.N.) agency and would continue close cooperation within the legal...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran would be open to talks with the United States if Washington apologises for exiting a 2015 nuclear deal and compensates Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday. U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the pact between Iran and six world powers in 2018 and reimposed sanctions - saying the agreement did not do enough to contain Tehran's missile programme and regional influence. "We have no problem with talks with the U.S., but only if Washington fulfils its obligations under the nuclear deal, apologies and compensates Tehran for its withdrawal from the 2015 deal," Rouhani said in a televised speech. "But we know these calls for talks with Tehran are just words and lies," he added. (Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Andrew Heavens) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
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