Iran says UN voting right "naturally" restored after paying off membership arrears
Majid Takht-Ravanchi said late on Saturday that as soon as Iran's arrears are received in New York, the country's voting rights should naturally be restored, official IRNA News Agency reported on Sunday. South Korea confirmed on Sunday that it has paid Tehran's membership delayed dues, amounting to $18 million, to the UN from Iranian funds frozen in the country, Xinhua news agency reported.
Iran rules out likelihood of "interim deal" in Vienna talks: source
Iran does not consider an interim deal in ongoing negotiations in the Austrian capital of Vienna aimed to restore the 2015 nuclear deal, a source close to the Iranian negotiating team told Tasnim News Agency. "The Iranian team seeks to achieve a lasting and credible agreement," the source was quoted as saying on Saturday.
Iran, China and Russia hold joint naval drill in Indian Ocean
Iran's state TV said that 11 of its vessels have been joined by three Russian ships, including a destroyer, and two Chinese vessels. Iran's Revolutionary Guard will also participate with smaller ships and helicopters. The military exercise comes at a time of heightened tension between Russia and the West over Moscow's build-up of some 100,000 troops on its border with Ukraine.
Putin, Raisi discuss economic cooperation, int'l issues
This is Putin and Raisi's first in-person meeting since the latter took office in August last year, and also the first visit by an Iranian leader to Russia since 2017. During Wednesday's meeting, Putin noted that trade between the two countries increased by over 6 per cent in 2020 despite the pandemic, and by more than 38 per cent last year.
Saudi royal family descendants of Jews: Iranian general
The speech made on January was aired on Iran's Bushehr TV and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). "We cannot bear to see injustice in a Muslim country that is perpetrated by the Zionists and the seed of the Jews," the commander, General Alireza Tangsiri, could be heard saying in a video recording of the speech, the report said.
Iran works to end UN voting rights suspension
Speaking to Iranian media, Takht-Ravanchi expressed his hope that the talks would soon yield favourable results, reports Xinhua news agency.
Iranian ambassador to Spain slams EU's inaction against US sanctions
The Iranian ambassador to Spain has blasted Europe's inaction in the face of US pullout from the 2015 nuclear deal, saying the European Union (EU), in practice, took no effective measure against Washington's "cruel" sanctions on Tehran after US' unilateral withdrawal.
Iran calls for closer cooperation with Cuba to counter US sanctions
"By expanding cooperation, we must neutralise the sanctions and pressure," Rezaei made the remarks when meeting with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Tuesday in Nicaraguan capital Managua, Xinhua news agency reported citing Iran's state TV. Iran respects Cuba's resistance against the "excessive demands of the oppressors" and is determined to strengthen relations with Cuba, said Rezaei, who is on a visit to Managua to attend the inauguration ceremony of the country's President Daniel Ortega, according to the report.
Iran rules out likelihood of 'interim' agreement in Vienna talks
"We should all try to make sure that the return of the United States to the JCPOA is accompanied by necessary guarantees and verification, and that the lifting of sanctions which should have been done under the JCPOA is done effectively," said Khatibzadeh, adding that none of these can be achieved by an "interim" agreement.
Pakistan flag carrier resumes direct flights to Iran after 5 yrs
Abdullah Hafeez Khan, a spokesperson for the flag carrier, told local media that the first flight departed from Lahore to Mashhad in Iran on Wednesday night, and returned to Pakistani port city on Thursday, reports Xinhua news agency. The official said the resumption of the flight aimed at facilitating pilgrims, tourists and strengthening people-to-people contacts between the two countries, adding that the passengers would have the facility of good quality and cost-effective air travel.