Iran News Round Up

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Key takeaway: Turkey’s military campaign against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq may result in additional clashes between the IRGC and Kurdish insurgents along the Iran-Iraqi Kurdistan border.

IRGC Ground Force fighters clashed with likely PKK-affiliated Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK) fighters in three separate engagements in northwestern Iran along the Iraqi Kurdistan border from June 8 - 10. These clashes coincided with Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) airstrikes against PKK locations near the Qandil Mountains in northern Iraq. Tehran and Ankara both view Kurdish insurgencies as an immediate security threat and have coordinated militarily in the past to target militants. Clashes between the IRGC and Kurdish militants in northwestern Iran may increase as the TSK continues to expand its air campaign against PKK targets in northern Iraq.

This Iran News Round Up predominantly covers events from June 5 - 14.

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June 14, 2018

Ahem: Iran still has troops in Syria on Israel’s northern border

Mike Saidi explains how the IRGC continues to maintain a military presence in southwestern Syria near the Israeli border and how regime officials are comfortable lying about it in “Ahem: Iran still has troops in Syria on Israel’s northern border.

Citations & Links

Military and Security
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June 14, 2018

IRGC Ground Forces clash with PJAK militants near Iraqi Kurdistan border.

IRGC Ground Force fighters clashed with militants “guided from northern Iraq” in three separate engagements in northwestern Iran near the Iraqi Kurdistan border from June 8 - 10. IRGC Ground Forces likely engaged with Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)-affiliated Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK) fighters. The IRGC Ground Forces Hamzeh Seyyed ol Shohada (Northwestern) Operational Base announced that its fighters engaged and neutralized “terrorists groups” near Oshnaviyeh, West Azerbaijan Province on June 8. IRGC Ground Forces Commander Brig. Gen. Mohammad Pakpour later announced on June 10 that the IRGC Ground Forces again clashed with two groups of militants in Oshnaviyeh and Sarvabad, Kurdistan Province on June 9 and 10. Unidentified militants previously killed two Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) Border Guard officials near an LEF Border Guard outpost near Sardasht, West Azerbaijan Province along the Iraqi Kurdistan border on June 6. (Tasnim News Agency) (Tasnim News Agency) (Defa Press)

Citations & Links

1. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1397/03/19/1745730/%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%87%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%85-%DB%8C%DA%A9-%D8%AA%DB%8C%D9%85-%D8%AA%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%B3%D8%AA%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%B4%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%84-%D8%BA%D8%B1%D8%A8-%DA%A9%D8%B4%D9%88%D8%B1-%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%B3%D8%B7-%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%B1%D9%88%DB%8C-%D8%B2%D9%85%DB%8C%D9%86%DB%8C-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87-7-%D8%AA%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%B3%D8%AA-%DA%A9%D8%B4%D8%AA%D9%87-%D9%88-%D8%B2%D8%AE%D9%85%DB%8C-%D8%B4%D8%AF%D9%86%D8%AF

2. Tasnim News Agency
http://tn.ai/1746367

3. Defa Press
http://defapress.ir/fa/news/295073/%D8%B4%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%A7%DB%8C%DB%8C-%D9%88-%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%87%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%85-2-%D8%AA%DB%8C%D9%85-%D8%AA%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%B3%D8%AA%DB%8C-%D8%AF%DB%8C%DA%AF%D8%B1-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%B4%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%84-%D8%BA%D8%B1%D8%A8-%DA%A9%D8%B4%D9%88%D8%B1

Nuclear Deal Developments
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June 14, 2018

Salehi announces construction of centrifuge assembly center in Natanz.

Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) head Ali Akbar Salehi announced plans to construct a centrifuge assembly center in Natanz, Esfahan Province on June 5. Salehi later noted that the AEOI aims to complete the assembly center within the next month during a separate statement on June 6. Salehi stipulated that the AEOI will not begin assembling new centrifuges but rather that the AEOI is “preparing the infrastructure and requirements [to assemble centrifuges.]” The Natanz Fuel Enrichment Plant is one of the AEOI’s primary uranium enrichment sites and the sole location for active centrifuges permitted under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Salehi stated that Iran’s uranium enrichment capabilities will still comply with the terms of the JCPOA. Salehi’s statement follows Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s threat to increase Iran’s uranium enrichment capacity to levels far beyond the terms of the JCPOA on June 4. (Defa Press) (Defa Press)

Citations & Links

1. Defa Press
http://defapress.ir/fa/news/294408/

2. Defa Press
http://defapress.ir/fa/news/294401/%D8%B2%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%B3%D8%A7%D8%AE%D8%AA-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%AC%D8%A7%D8%AF-%DA%86%D9%86%D8%AF-%D8%B5%D8%AF-%D9%87%D8%B2%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%B3%D9%88-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D9%86%D8%B7%D9%86%D8%B2-%D8%A2%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%AF%D9%87-%D8%B4%D8%AF%D9%87-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA

Domestic Politics
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June 14, 2018

Government designates several parks and stadiums as protest sites

The Rouhani administration announced the designation of several large parks and stadiums in Tehran City as “suitable” public assembly sites during a cabinet meeting from June 10. Suitable protest sites in Tehran City include Azadi Stadium and the north side of the Iranian Parliament building. The cabinet also decided that city councils across Iran are to designate one to two sites as possible protest locations. The protest locations are required to be easily accessible for protesters and in a location that local citizens can hear protester grievances, among other requirements. Cabinet officials approved the resolution for the designation of protest sites but the government has yet to implement the order. (President.ir) (Radio Farda)

Citations & Links

1. President.ir
http://www.president.ir/fa/104803

2. Radio Farda
https://www.radiofarda.com/a/Iran-government-listed-public-places-to-hold-gatherings/29283124.html

Regional Developments and Diplomacy
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June 14, 2018

Salami: Golan Heights attack on May 9 was Iran’s response to Israel’s T-4 strike.

IRGC Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami suggested that the May 9 rocket strikes on the Golan Heights were Iran’s response to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) April 8 strike on the pro-Syrian regime T-4 Airbase in Homs, Homs Governorate, Syria that resulted in the deaths of seven Iranian fighters. Salami made his comments before the commencement of Friday prayers in Mashhad, Khorasan Razavi Province on June 8 during Quds Day celebrations. Iranian officials did not publicly comment or claim responsibility for the strikes following reports that the IRGC Quds Force conducted the strikes. The Iranian-supported strike on the Golan Heights immediately followed the U.S. May 8 withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). (Tasnim News Agency)

June 14, 2018

IRGC continues to operate in southwestern Syria.

Iranian media reported that IRGC fighter Khalil Takhti Nejad reportedly died in the southwestern Syrian city of Daraa on June 3. Takhti was a member of the Imam Sajjad Hormozgan Provincial Unit and commanded operations for an unnamed base in Daraa, approximately 20 miles from Israel’s northern border with Syria. It is unclear how Takhti Nejad died in Syria although at least one Iranian source attributed his death to ISIS. Khalil Takhti Nejad’s death follows reports of a joint Russian-Israeli agreement over the withdrawal of Iranian and Iranian-backed forces from southwestern Syria on June 1. Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Ali Shamkhani denied these reports and stated that “Iranian advisors are in no way present in Syria’s southern region,” during an exclusive interview with Shargh newspaper on June 1. (Mashregh News) (ABNA)

June 14, 2018

Rouhani meets with Putin and Jinping during China trip

President Hassan Rouhani met and discussed regional events with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to Qingdao, China on June 9 - 10 to participate in a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Rouhani and Jinping discussed the expansion of banking relations and transportation ties between Tehran and Beijing. Rouhani and Putin both noted their satisfaction at the strong economic and defense cooperation between Tehran and Moscow. Putin also expressed his support for Iran gaining full-member status in the SCO. Rouhani also met separately with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, and Mongolian President Khaltmaagin Battulga during his trip to China. (President.ir) (President.ir) (President.ir) (IRNA)

June 14, 2018

Lebanon will no longer stamp Iranian passports

An unidentified source from the Lebanese Embassy in Tehran stated that Iranians traveling to and from Beirut International Airport in Lebanon will no longer receive entry and exit stamps in their passports starting on June 14. The unnamed official noted that the directive is intended to help “ease travel” and to “increase the comfort of Iranian travelers.” Iranians are still required to receive a visa upon their arrival into Lebanon. This directive follows a heavily-praised Hezbollah victory in the May 6 Lebanese parliamentary elections. (ISNA)

Citations & Links

1. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1397/03/18/1744417/%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%AA-%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%B3%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%85%DB%8C-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D9%88%D8%A7%DA%A9%D9%86%D8%B4-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D8%A8%D9%85%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%BE%D8%A7%DB%8C%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%87-t4-%D9%BE%DB%8C%D8%BA%D8%A7%D9%85-%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AF%D9%87-%D8%B4%D8%AF-%D8%AA%D9%84-%D8%A2%D9%88%DB%8C%D9%88-%D8%B1%D8%A7-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D8%AE%D8%A7%DA%A9-%DB%8C%DA%A9%D8%B3%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%85%DB%8C-%DA%A9%D9%86%DB%8C%D9%85-%D8%AE%D9%81%D9%87-%D8%B4%D8%AF%D9%86%D8%AF-%D9%88-%D9%87%DB%8C%DA%86-%D8%BA%D9%84%D8%B7%DB%8C-%D9%86%DA%A9%D8%B1%D8%AF%D9%86%D8%AF

Citations & Links

1. Mashregh News
https://www.mashreghnews.ir/news/862000/%D8%B4%D9%87%D8%A7%D8%AF%D8%AA-%D8%AF%D9%88%D9%85%DB%8C%D9%86-%D9%85%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%81%D8%B9-%D8%AD%D8%B1%D9%85-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%87%D8%B1%D9%85%D8%B2%DA%AF%D8%A7%D9%86

2. ABNA
http://fa.abna24.com/news/%D8%A7%D8%A8%D9%86%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%B4%D9%87%D8%B1%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%87%D8%A7/%D8%AE%D9%84%DB%8C%D9%84-%D8%AA%D8%AE%D8%AA%DB%8C-%D9%86%DA%98%D8%A7%D8%AF-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D9%82%D8%A7%D9%81%D9%84%D9%87-%D8%B4%D9%87%D8%AF%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%85%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%81%D8%B9-%D8%AD%D8%B1%D9%85-%D9%BE%DB%8C%D9%88%D8%B3%D8%AA_737039.html

Citations & Links

1. President.ir
http://www.president.ir/fa/104795

2. President.ir
http://www.president.ir/fa/104791

3. President.ir
http://www.president.ir/fa/104743

4. IRNA
http://www.irna.ir/fa/News/82938009

Citations & Links

1. ISNA
https://www.isna.ir/news/97032411472/%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D8%A7%D9%85%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B2-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%DA%AF%D8%B0%D8%B1%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%87-%D8%B4%D9%87%D8%B1%D9%88%D9%86%D8%AF%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%AC%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%B3%D9%81%D8%B1-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D9%84%D8%A8%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%85%D9%87%D8%B1

Economy
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June 14, 2018

Iran-Iraq oil swap delayed over logistical issues

Iraqi Oil Minister Jabbar al Luaibi said that logistical difficulties delayed the start of an oil swap agreement between Iran and Iraq. Luaibi added that the oil swap will commence once Iran and Iraq resolve the technical issues but did not specify what technical issues were preventing the oil swap. Luaibi’s comments contradict an Iranian Oil Ministry announcement on June 3 that claimed that Iran and Iraq began to transport crude oil from Kirkuk, Iraqi Kurdistan to Iran for refinement. (Reuters) (E)

Citations & Links

1. Reuters
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-oil-minister/iraq-iran-kirkuk-oil-swap-deal-has-not-started-iraqi-minister-idUSKCN1J22RU

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Key takeaway: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threatened to increase Iran’s uranium enrichment capacity to levels far beyond the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) during a speech on June 4.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated that the “Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) is obligated to take the necessary preparations to reach [an enrichment capacity] of 190,000 separative work units (SWU)” starting on June 5. Khamenei also noted that Iran’s enrichment activities are still in accordance with the JCPOA “for the time being.” Khamenei’s threat to expand Iran’s centrifugal efficiency to 190,000 SWU, if implemented, would signify an over 3,000 percent increase from Iran’s current JCPOA-imposed capabilities and constitute a violation of the JCPOA. The Supreme Leader aims to increase pressure on European signatories of the JCPOA to guarantee Iranian economic interests in return for limitations on Iran’s nuclear program, before the phased reimplementation of U.S. sanctions lifted under the nuclear deal starting in August 2018.

This Iran News Round Up predominantly covers events from June 1 - 4.

Nuclear Deal Developments
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June 05, 2018

Khamenei threatens to increase uranium enrichment capacity.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threatened to increase Iran’s uranium enrichment capacity on June 4 during commemorative ceremonies on the death anniversary of the late Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Khamenei noted that the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) is “obligated to quickly take the necessary preparations in order to reach [an enrichment capacity] of 190,000 separative work units (SWU)... starting [on June 5].” Khamenei stated that the preparatory actions “for the time being, are under the framework of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).” Khamenei also said that Iran will not tolerate both sanctions and limitations on its nuclear programs. Khamenei’s directive is consistent with President Hassan Rouhani’s May 8 order following President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the JCPOA. Rouhani ordered the AEOI to have the “necessary preparation” to start “unrestricted industrial [uranium] enrichment… if needed.” Khamenei’s speech is also in line with his July 2014 speech wherein the Supreme Leader claimed that Iran requires 190,000 SWU of enrichment capacity for its energy needs. (Khamenei.ir)

Citations & Links

1. Khamenei.ir
http://farsi.khamenei.ir/speech-content?id=39796

Regional Developments and Diplomacy
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June 05, 2018

Russia and Israel purportedly reach agreement to expel Iranian forces from southwestern Syria.

Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya confirmed that Israel and Russia agreed to terms for the withdrawal of Iranian forces and Iranian-supported forces from southwestern Syria near the Israel border on June 1. Nebenzya noted that the “agreement has been achieved” but also noted that he “cannot say whether or not the agreement has been implemented [as of yet].” Nebenzya said that the agreement will be implemented “in the near future.” The purported agreement for the expulsion of Iranian forces and Iranian-backed proxies from southwestern Syria follows a series of Israeli military strikes on Iranian personnel and assets in Syria, high-level meetings between Israeli and Russian officials, and reports of “indirect negotiations” between Iranian and Israeli officials with Jordanian mediation. (Radio Farda) (Haaretz) (E)

June 05, 2018

Shamkhani: Iran does not have any forces in southern Syria, not even advisors.

Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Ali Shamkhani told Iranian reformist newspaper Shargh during an exclusive interview that “Iranian advisors in no way are present in Syria’s southern region.” Shamkhani also stated that Iranian forces played “no role in [any] executed operations” in southern Syria. Shamkhani dismissed claims over the presence of Iranian military forces in southern Syria but noted that “Iranian forces have a limited presence in Syria for advisory assistance in fighting terrorism, at the request of the legal Syrian government.” Shamkhani emphasized that Iranian “advisory assistance will continue as long as the [Syrian] government requests [Iranian help].” Shamkhani also confirmed Israeli-caused deaths of Iranian advisors in Syria during his interview but did not provide details on when and how the the Iranian advisors died. Iranian media corroborated reports of at least seven Iranian deaths following the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) strike on the pro-Syrian Regime T-4 Military Airbase in southern Syria on April 8. Shamkhani vowed to “punish” Israel for its “evil action” following the April 8 Israeli strike. (Shargh)

June 05, 2018

Imam Khomeini Relief Committee continues soft power campaign in Palestine and Lebanon.

Regime-funded charitable organization Imam Khomeini Relief Committee (IKRC) implemented projects during the month of Ramadan to disseminate free food for local citizens in Palestine and Lebanon. IKRC officials in the Gaza Strip publicized plans to provide 7,500 meals everyday to Gazans. Many Iranians began to post and share videos on social media of Iranians damaging IKRC donation boxes in protest to the news of the IKRC distributing food in Palestine and Lebanon. Protesters chanted slogans of “Neither Lebanon nor Gaza -- I sacrifice my life only for Iran” during the late-December 2017 anti-regime protests. The chant denotes a widespread belief amongst Iranians that the regime prioritizes the well being of Gazans, Yemenis, and Lebanese over that of Iranians. (Instagram) (Instagram) (Radio Farda)

Citations & Links

1. Radio Farda
https://www.radiofarda.com/a/russa-israel-syria-iranian-forces/29266954.html

2. Haaretz
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/report-israel-and-russia-agree-to-remove-iranian-forces-from-syrian-1.6137601

Citations & Links

1. Shargh
http://www.sharghdaily.ir/fa/main/detail/188747/%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%AA-%D8%B3%D9%88%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%87-%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%86%DB%8C%D8%AA-%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA

Citations & Links

1. Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/p/BjkPqKrhpU2/?hl=en&taken-by=manotoofficial

2. Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bjm4LjIBnEI/?taken-by=manotoofficial

3. Radio Farda
https://www.radiofarda.com/a/f4_iran_help_gaza_palestinian_ramadan/29268851.html

Economy
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June 05, 2018

Iran and Iraq begin oil swap.

The Iranian Oil Ministry announced that tankers began to transport crude oil from Kirkuk, Iraqi Kurdistan into Iran for refinement on June 3 as part of an oil swap agreement between Iran and Iraq. Trucks will transport between 30,000 to 60,000 barrels of crude oil per day (bpd) from Kirkuk into Iran for refinement. Iraqi Oil Minister Jabbar al Luaibi announced the signing of the agreement in November 2017 after Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) seized Kirkuk oil fields on October 15, 2017 following the Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum on September 25, 2017. (SHANA)

Citations & Links

1. SHANA
https://www.shana.ir/fa/newsagency/283171/%d8%b3%d9%88%d8%a2%d9%be-%d9%86%d9%81%d8%aa-%d8%ae%d8%a7%d9%85-%da%a9%d8%b1%da%a9%d9%88%da%a9-%d8%a8%d9%87-%d8%a7%db%8c%d8%b1%d8%a7%d9%86-%d8%a2%d8%ba%d8%a7%d8%b2-%d8%b4%d8%af

Key takeaway: Iranian officials may leverage the regime’s influence over Yemen’s al Houthi movement to broker a ceasefire in Yemen in order to mitigate international concerns over the regime’s destabilizing regional activities.

Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araghchi suggested that Iran has made an exception to “hold talks” over Iran’s regional activities only in the case of Yemen during an interview with state television on May 28. Araghchi noted that Iran has not conducted negotiations over its ballistic missile program and characterized the missile program as Iran’s “red line.” Iran and European actors conducted negotiations regarding Yemen on May 3 and will continue talks in late June 2018. Iran’s professed willingness to hold talks regarding its regional activities in Yemen is unlikely to extend to other issues such as its missile program and Iranian interests in Iraq and Syria. Iran seeks to secure economic guarantees from Europe regarding Iran’s membership in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) before the U.S. begins to reimpose sanctions lifted under the nuclear deal in August 2018.

This Iran News Round Up predominantly covers events from May 25 - 30.

Nuclear Deal Developments
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May 31, 2018

Araghchi suggests Iran is open to negotiate on its regional activities in Yemen only.

Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araghchi suggested that Iran has made an exception to hold talks on its regional activities only in the case of Yemen during a televised interview with Iranian state media on May 28. Araghchi noted that Iran has decided to “hold talks” for humanitarian reasons over the Yemeni Civil War with Germany, France, the UK, and Italy. Araghchi emphasized that the discussions regarding Yemen are separate from the ongoing negotiations regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Unidentified Iranian and European officials told Reuters that Iran aims to help broker a ceasefire to the Yemeni civil war by persuading Yemeni al Houthi officials to negotiate toward conflict resolution. Foreign Ministry Senior Advisor for Special Political Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari led a political delegation to Rome, Italy to discuss the conflict in Yemen with representatives from Germany, France, the UK, Italy, and the EU on May 3. The next round of talks will reportedly take place in Brussels, Belgium during the second half of June 2018. (Reuters) (E) (YouTube) (BBC Persian)

May 31, 2018

Araghchi convenes with JCPOA signatories in Vienna.

Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araghchi met with representatives from the remaining Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) member states, EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini, and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director Yukiya Amano in Vienna, Austria for a deputy-level ministerial meeting of the Joint Commission on May 25. The Joint Commission is a conflict-resolution mechanism of the JCPOA for member states. The participants discussed how the remaining JCPOA-member states -- Russia, China, France, the UK, and Germany -- can guarantee Iran’s continued economic benefit from the deal. An unidentified senior Iranian official stated that Iran expects the European signatories of the nuclear deal to present an “economic package” to Iran before the end of May that ensures that Iran will continue to economically benefit from the nuclear deal. Araghchi’s participation in Joint Commission meeting follows Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s meeting with European officials in Brussels, Belgium on May 15. (EEAS.eu) (E) (IRNA) (Twitter) (E) (Twitter) (E) (Reuters) (E)

May 31, 2018

Velayati proposes five actions in response to U.S. withdrawal from JCPOA.

Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Supreme Leader Ali Akbar Velayati presented five recommended actions on May 30 for Iran to take in response to President Donald Trump’s May 8 decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Velayati called for the production of UF6 (uranium hexafluoride), nuclear-powered engines for ships and submarines, and carbon fibers for use with more advanced centrifuges among other recommendations. Velayati stated that Iran should strengthen the “unrestricted facets” of its nuclear program, intimating that his recommendations are in line with the terms of the JCPOA. Velayati also noted the importance of Iran maintaining its missile program and regional strength as well as cooperating closely with Russia and China in order to distance Iran from Europe. Velayati’s comments follow Khamenei’s demands of European signatories of the JCPOA on May 23 which included calls for Europe to continue purchasing Iranian oil despite the forthcoming reimplementation of U.S. sanctions. (Tasnim News Agency)

Citations & Links

1. Reuters
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-europe-yemen/iran-willing-to-push-for-ceasefire-in-yemen-talks-with-european-powers-idUSKCN1IU1FO

2. YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Yz7lWEcRRU

3. BBC Persian
http://www.bbc.com/persian/iran-44275640

Citations & Links

1. EEAS.eu
https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/45227/chairs-statement-following-25-may-2018-meeting-joint-commission-joint-comprehensive-plan_en

2. IRNA
http://www.irna.ir/fa/News/82925641

3. Twitter
https://twitter.com/RadioFarda_Eng/status/1000035323714441216

4. Twitter
https://twitter.com/HelgaSchmid_EU/status/999948519845826560

5. Reuters
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-talks/no-illusions-as-iran-nuclear-deal-countries-look-to-future-without-u-s-idUSKCN1IQ004

Citations & Links

1. Tasnim News Agency
https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1397/03/09/1738988/%D8%AA%D8%AC%D8%B1%D8%A8%D9%87-%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AF%DA%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1-5-%D9%BE%DB%8C%D8%B4%D9%86%D9%87%D8%A7%D8%AF-%D9%85%D9%87%D9%85-%D9%88%D9%84%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%AA%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%85%D9%82%D8%A7%D8%A8%D9%84%D9%87-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D9%86%D9%82%D8%B6-%D8%B9%D9%87%D8%AF-%D8%A2%D9%85%D8%B1%DB%8C%DA%A9%D8%A7-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%AC%D8%A7%D9%85-%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D8%B3%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AA%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%81%DB%8C%D9%88%DA%98%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%86%D8%B3%D9%84-%D8%AC%D8%AF%DB%8C%D8%AF-%D8%AA%D8%A7-%D9%85%D9%88%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%B1%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%87%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%87-%D8%A7%DB%8C

Economy
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May 31, 2018

Zanganeh: Total has 60 days to secure OFAC license.

Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh noted that French oil and gas company Total SA has 60 days to secure a U.S. Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) license in order to continue its plans of developing Phase 11 of the South Pars Gas Field in the Persian Gulf. An OFAC license authorizes holders to do business with sanctioned individuals and entities that would otherwise be prohibited. Zanganeh added that the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) will replace Total if Total fails to secure the OFAC exemption. Zanganeh made his comments after a meeting between the Oil Ministry and the Parliamentary Energy Committee on May 29. (IRNA) (Shana)

Citations & Links

1. IRNA
http://www.irna.ir/fa/News/82930160

2. Shana
https://www.shana.ir/fa/newsagency/283097/%d9%88%d8%b2%db%8c%d8%b1-%d9%86%d9%81%d8%aa-%d8%aa%d9%88%d8%aa%d8%a7%d9%84-60-%d8%b1%d9%88%d8%b2-%d8%a8%d8%b1%d8%a7%db%8c-%d9%85%d8%b0%d8%a7%da%a9%d8%b1%d9%87-%d8%a8%d8%a7-%d8%a2%d9%85%d8%b1%db%8c%da%a9%d8%a7-%d9%81%d8%b1%d8%b5%d8%aa-%d8%af%d8%a7%d8%b1%d8%af

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May 31, 2018

Larijani wins re-election as Parliament speaker for 11th term.

Parliament re-elected Ali Larijani as Parliament speaker on May 30 for the 11th consecutive term since his election to Parliament in 2008. Larijani received 147 out of 279 votes during the second round of voting after Larijani failed to secure the necessary votes during the first round. Parliament also re-elected Masoud Pezeshkian as First Parliamentary Deputy Speaker and Ali Motahhari as Second Parliamentary Deputy Speaker during the Parliamentary Leadership Board elections on May 30. (IRIB News)

Citations & Links

1. IRIB News
http://www.iribnews.ir/fa/news/2140891/%D8%A7%D8%A8%D9%82%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%AC%D8%A7%D9%86%DB%8C-%D8%AF%D8%B1-%D8%B3%D9%85%D8%AA-%D8%B1%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA-%D9%85%D8%AC%D9%84%D8%B3

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