Election inspectors receiving training

The inspectors of the May 19 council elections are getting training to become fully prepared for their function on the election day, according to the secretary of the election monitoring headquarters.


Ministers banned from engaging in electoral campaigns

All ministers have been banned from engaging in electoral campaigns, the culture minister said on Monday in answer to a question by Mehr which said President Rouhani has assigned campaign-related tasks to his security ministers.

Rouhani reassures Assad of Iran’s support

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that the Iranian people will stand beside the Syrians in fighting terrorism and maintaining the country’s territorial integrity.


Iran urges global action against terrorist supporters

Following a deadly terrorist attack on the St. Petersburg metro on Monday, Iran’s Supreme National Security Council secretary Ali Shamkhani said on Wednesday that it is necessary the international community launch a comprehensive war against terrorists, counter their ideology, and also take action against their supporters.

Rouhani to run for a second term

The government spokesperson said on Tuesday Hassan Rouhani, who is constitutionally allowed to run for the post of president for a second term, will be the only cabinet member who will register to contest the May 19 presidential elections.

Popular Front to hold 2nd meeting Thursday

The principlist Popular Front of Revolution Forces is going to hold its second general meeting on Thursday, according to Lotfollah Forouzandeh, a member of the central council of the front.

Velayati congratulates nation on Islamic Republic Day

Ali Akbar Velayati, the senior foreign policy advisor to the Leader, on Saturday congratulated the nation on the Islamic Republic Day, which is registered as the anniversary of the 1979 establishment of the Islamic Republic and celebrated by people.

U.S. general makes military threats against Iran

The United States should consider using “military means” against Iran, U.S. Army General Joseph Votel says, calling Tehran “the greatest long-term threat to stability” in the Middle East.

Envoy talks about Noruz in Tajikistan

While New Years Day in Tajikistan has been celebrated on January 1 nearly for the past hundred years, similar to other countries which secured independence from the Soviet Union, still Noruz has a matchless status throughout the history of Tajikistan.

The GCC’s three options for dealing with Iran

Anyone who follows international politics knows that the rivalry between Iran and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is bitter and has exacerbated the various conflicts raging across the Middle East.

Zarif: Iran will resume nuclear work with ‘greater’ speed if U.S. violates deal

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned late on Monday that if the United States continues reneging on its commitments under the nuclear deal to the extent that Iran sees the keeping of the deal not in conformity with its national interests the Islamic Republic will resume its nuclear activities with “even greater” speed.

We must stand together to have honourable Iran: Rouhani

President Rouhani congratulated the advent of the new Iranian year, 1936, to the Iranian nation and described government’s achievements in harnessing inflation and bringing economic growth and employment in year 1395 as unparalleled.

Trumps ISIS challenge

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump declared that destroying ISIS would be his top foreign policy priority. He signaled his seriousness about meeting this campaign promise shortly after inauguration day, ordering the Pentagon to develop a plan to more aggressively confront the group.


Iran boosting defense power ceaselessly: IRGC chief

Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari has said Iran is not wasting a moment to improve its defense capabilities as in the missile and drone industries.

UN hails Iran for embracing refugees

The United Nations on Thursday hailed Iran’s generous hosting of millions of violence-stricken asylum seekers and refugees, particularly those from neighboring Afghanistan.


Iran to further boost defense capabilities

Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan hailed on Wednesday Iran’s military achievements in the current Iranian year which will end on March 20, saying that the Islamic Republic will continue boosting its defensive capabilities, ISNA reported.

Rouhani touts economic gains

President Hassan Rouhani highlighted gains in Iran’s economy on Wednesday, pointing out in particular how his administration has been shoring up economic growth without too much help from oil revenues.

Russia keen on cyber cooperation with Iran

Russian Telecom and Mass Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov said on Monday that his country is interested in launching cooperation with Iran in cyber security fields such as electronic trade and software, IRNA reported. 

Tehran-Riyadh close to Hajj consensus

Tehran and Riyadh will be finalizing a framework by the summer which ends a two-year hiatus in performing Hajj rituals by Iranian pilgrims, according to a senior Iranian official. 

Iran: Israel showed it masterminds Syria war

Iran says the Israeli prime minister “clearly” showed in his recent remarks opposing Iranian counterterror contribution to Syria that Tel Aviv is behind the ongoing war in the Arab country.


Iranian nation progressing despite superpowers onslaught

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei met with the chairman and members of the Assembly of Experts on Thursday, describing the assembly as exceptional, very important and influential in determining the present and future of the country.

Iranian nation progressing despite superpowers’ onslaught

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei met with the chairman and members of the Assembly of Experts on Thursday, describing the assembly as exceptional, very important and influential in determining the present and future of the country.

China hopeful Saudi and Iran can resolve problems

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday that he hopes Saudi Arabia and Iran can resolve their differences through talks, speaking ahead of a visit by the Saudi king to China, Reuters reported.

Bahrain playing blame game to justify own failure: Iran

Tehran has dismissed as baseless the Manama regime’s latest claims that it is attempting to destabilize the kingdom, saying Bahraini rulers are playing a “blame game” to justify their own crackdown on dissidents at home.

Iran rejects delusional Saudi-Malaysian statement

Iran has strongly condemned new allegations leveled against the Islamic Republic in a joint statement released at the conclusion of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s visit to Malaysia.

Iran, Iraq want more cooperation on human rights issue

A senior Iranian official has underlined the need for cooperation among Iran, Iraq and other nations to campaign against attempts by certain states to politicize the issue of human rights to advance their personal agendas.

Iran denies UAE claim of interference in Yemen

Iran has dismissed as baseless claims by the United Arab Emirates that the Islamic Republic is involved in deepening the ongoing conflict in Yemen, stressing that the Saudi-led coalition, which includes the UAE, is accountable for the worsening situation in war-torn Yemen.

Iran urges enhanced relations with Indonesia

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic welcomes the expansion of cooperation with Indonesia in various political, economic, cultural, and scientific fields.

New US sanctions on Iran unacceptable: Russia

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has expressed his regret over the new United States’ sanctions against the Islamic Republic, saying bans are not an appropriate means to resolve issues.

Iran welcomes enhanced ties with Belarus: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic and Belarus have always stood by each other with their close political stance and cooperation on the international scene, stressing the importance of further improving ties.

Iran opposes plots to partition Iraq: Leader’s aide

A senior Iranian official says any threat to Iraqs security and territorial integrity will affect the entire Middle East, stressing that the Islamic Republic opposes Iraq’s partition and any interference in its internal affairs.

Iran to issue visas for US wrestlers after ban halt

Iran has agreed to issue visas for US freestyle wrestlers seeking to join World Cup games in the Islamic Republic after Washington suspended a controversial ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations, including Iranians.

Iran unmoved by US threats, relies on own defense means: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran is “unmoved” by the United States’ threats and only relies on its own defense means amid hostile rhetoric against the Islamic Republic, including hints of military aggression, emanating from Washington.

UAE summons Iranian chargé d’affaires over Yemen

The Emirati Foreign Ministry has summoned the Iranian chargé d’affaires in protest at what Abu Dhabi claims to be Tehran’s “provision of weapons” to Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah fighters, an allegation the Islamic Republic has repeatedly dismissed as unfounded.

Ayrault in Iran: I come as defender of N-deal

In Iran with a crucial message, France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault says he is a “defender” of the nuclear deal between Iran and six other countries, amid concerns that one of those countries, namely the United States, may act to breach it.

France doubles visas for Iranians in 2017

France says it will double the visas available for Iranians in 2017, in what appears to be a response to US President Donald Trumps controversial travel ban order which has targeted Iranians – as well as nationals from six other Muslim countries.

Trump’s travel ban on Muslims illegal, inhumane: Iran first VP

Irans first vice president says US President Donald Trumps executive order to ban entry into the country from the Islamic Republic and six other Muslim states is “illegal, inhumane and in violation of human rights”, adding Tehran will take reciprocal measures. 

Iran rejects UK official’s remarks on HR record

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has strongly rejected recent remarks by a British Foreign Office official against the Islamic Republic’s human rights record, calling the comments “provocative.”

Saudi FM claims distortion of realities in Middle East: Iran

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has dismissed the recent “insulting” claims by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir against the Islamic Republic, saying such allegations are aimed at distorting the existing realities in the Middle East.

Kuwait FM due in Iran soon to relay [P]GCC message: Report

Kuwaits Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Hamad al-Sabah reportedly plans to pay an official visit to Iran in the near future to deliver a written message by the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC) to the Islamic Republic.


Iran welcomes peaceful power transition in Gambia

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has welcomed a peaceful power transfer in the Gambia hours after the West African country’s former President Yahya Jammeh left the country following 22 years in power.

Iran consults Russia, Turkey before Syria talks

The Iranian delegation, which is in Astana to mediate talks aimed at resolving Syria’s six-year conflict, has held separate consultations with the two other mediating delegations, namely those of Russia and Turkey.

Trump to be surprised if ditches Iran nuclear deal: Zarif

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran will have its “own options” in response to any violations of the 2015 nuclear deal, adding that the Islamic Republic will “surprise” US President-elect Donald Trump if he scraps the accord.

Iran opposes US participation in Syria peace talks in Astana: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has expressed the Islamic Republic’s opposition to the participation of the United States in the forthcoming Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan, which aim to boost efforts to end the nearly six-year-old conflict in the Arab country.

Iran supports political initiatives on Syria: Shamkhani

A senior Iranian official says the Islamic Republic supports political initiatives on Syria, which seek to address the real demands of the Syrian people and preserve the war-stricken country’s territorial integrity and independence.

JCPOA belied allegations against Iran: President Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the historic deal over Irans nuclear program and its implementation belied claims about the country seeking weapons of mass destruction and demonstrated the honesty and sincerity of the Islamic Republic.

Iran responds to Saudi Hajj invitation: Official

Iran has responded to an official invitation it has been sent by Saudi Arabia to attend meetings to discuss the resumption of the Hajj pilgrimage for Iranians, an Iranian official has announced.

Syrian, Swedish PMs to visit Iran for talks

The prime ministers of Syria and Sweden plan to pay official visits to Tehran to hold talks with senior Iranian officials about the latest developments in the Middle East and ways to bolster mutual relations. 

Mogherini: EU to stay true to Iran nuclear deal

The European Union (EU)’s top diplomat says the bloc will remain committed to and work to ensure the proper execution of a nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers.

Iran arrests MKO ringleader in Isfahan

Iran’s security forces have arrested a ringleader of the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), who was seeking to create chaos during the funeral procession of a senior Iranian official in the capital Tehran.

Ayatollah Rafsanjani: A look back at his life

Here is a glimpse at major events in the life of the late Chairman of the Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani who passed away at the age of 82 due to heart condition in Tehran on Sunday.


US wants insecurity crisis to continue in Mideast: Iran official

A senior Iranian official says acts of sabotage by the United States against the campaign launched to liberate the northern Iraqi city of Mosul from Daesh terrorists show Washington’s unwillingness to see an end to the insecurity crisis in the Middle East.


Iran to join Syria talks unconditionally: Foreign Ministry

Iran has vowed all-out efforts to help restore peace to violence-torn Syria, saying the Islamic Republic will attend the upcoming crisis resolution talks between Damascus and the opposition in Astana, Kazakhstan, “without any preconditions.”


Iran FM: Syria ceasefire as ‘major achievement’

Iran’s foreign minister has praised the Syria-wide ceasefire deal, brokered by Russia and Turkey, as a “major achievement” on the diplomatic front, saying the world must now work to target terrorism at the roots.

Political blame games can’t end terrorism, extremism: Iran FM

Iran’s foreign minister says the blame game between the West and the East does nothing to eradicate the “twin problems of terrorism and extremism,” calling for “genuine cooperation” among world countries to confront the “cancerous phenomena.”


Iranians mark 2009 pro-establishment rallies

Millions of Iranians have poured on the streets across the country to commemorate the seventh anniversary of mass rallies held on December 30, 2009 to protect the Islamic Republic. 

US wants to keep Daesh terrorists in Mideast: Iran

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan has slammed Washingtons lack of seriousness in the fight against the Daesh terrorist group, saying the US has nurtured terrorists itself and now wants them to stay in the Middle East.


Iran censures terrorist attack in Berlin

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has condemned the recent terrorist attack in the German city of Berlin, stressing the importance of a "relentless and sincere" fight against terrorism.

Iran official criticizes UN’s Aleppo resolution

A high-ranking Iranian security official says a recent United Nations Security Council resolution on the Syrian city of Aleppo is an attempt to pave the ground for the deployment of foreign intelligence officers to the city under the cover of UN observers.

Foreign support for militants must end: Iran to UK

After being summoned to the UK Foreign Office over the Syria crisis, Iran’s ambassador to London says the plight of Syrians would only end if all foreign parties channeling arms and money to militants ceased to do so.

Iran sanctions bill becomes law without Obama signature

US President Barack Obama has declined to sign a bill renewing existing sanctions against Iran, but allowed the legislation to become law, in an apparent effort to alleviate the Islamic Republic’s concerns that Washington is backtracking on the nuclear agreement.

Iran will never bow to US sanctions: Senior official

A senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the Islamic Republic will never cower in the face of the arbitrary restrictions, particularly those imposed on the country by the US.

US not after eradicating Takfiri terrorism: Ayatollah Khamenei

Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the United States has never been seeking to root out Takfiri terrorism, but it is rather making efforts to preserve some terror groups in the Middle East to advance its goals.


OPEC states must work for stable oil market: Iran president

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says all member states of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) must make joint efforts to stabilize the global oil market and reverse a slump in prices following their landmark supply-cut deal.

GCC must stop interfering in Iran affairs: Foreign Ministry

Iran says the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) must stop leveling groundless allegations against Tehran, saying such claims would not change the reality about the Islamic Republic’s sovereignty over its three islands in the Persian Gulf.

Iran says in US interest to respect nuclear deal

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says it is in the interest of the US to remain committed to last year’s landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries.

Japan FM urges ‘uninterrupted’ implementation of Iran deal

Japan has voiced support for the nuclear deal struck between Tehran and the P5+1 group of world powers last year, calling for an “uninterrupted” implementation of the landmark accord, days after the US Senate voted in favor of extending an anti-Iran sanctions law.

Iran urges UN chief to brief Security Council on US sanctions bill

Tehran have submitted an official letter of complaint to the UN chief, protesting a recent US Congress vote in favor of extending an anti-Iran sanctions law, in a move viewed as a violation of Washington’s commitments under last year’s nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group.

Iran will duly respond to US extension of sanctions: Velayati

A senior Iranian official says a recent US Senate vote to extend the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) violates last year’s nuclear agreement signed between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, vowing a tough and appropriate response by the Islamic Republic to the move.

Iran committee to decide on ISA ratification: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says a committee tasked with monitoring the implementation of a nuclear agreement with six world powers will on Wednesday decide how to respond to the US Congress’ recent extension of a piece of anti-Iran legislation.

Irans options numerous if JCPOA violated: Shamkhani

Iran has multiple options at its disposal in case of any violation of the landmark nuclear agreement signed between Tehran and the group of six countries known as the P5+1, a senior Iranian official says.

Obama not to sign bills to undermine Iran deal

The administration of outgoing President Barack Obama will avoid signing any bill in its final months that would “undermine” the Iran nuclear agreement, the White House says.


US likely wiser than to harm own interests: Iran

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman has implied that the incoming administration of US President-elect Donald Trump is unlikely to harm American and international interests by potentially denting or scrapping a multi-lateral nuclear deal with Iran, which has been negotiated by the outgoing US administration.

French FM to visit Iran in January: IRIB

French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault has told IRIB he will visit Iran in January to attend Iran-France joint economic committee meeting.

Iran ready to help Iraq hold Arba’een rituals: First VP

Iranian First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri says the Islamic Republic is ready to provide Iraq with necessary assistance to hold religious rituals commemorating Arba’een, the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Shia Imam.

Iran rejects baseless claims by Arab states

Irans ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations has rejected "unfounded" allegations by nearly a dozen Arab states that Tehran was meddling in their internal affairs.

Iran raps UNs Israel-sponsored rights bill

Iran’s deputy representative to the United Nations has dismissed as biased and politically-motivated a recent UN resolution on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic.

Iran to join Paris climate change treaty

Iranian lawmakers voted in favor of a bill that allows Iran to join the Paris climate change agreement, paving the way for the country to participate in the global effort on curbing emissions.

Israel is Muslim world’s main problem: Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has warned that Israel is the main problem facing the Muslim world, calling on Muslim countries to unite rather than diverge in the face of the usurping regime.

Iran FM calls for closer relations with Slovakia

Iran’s foreign minister says relations with Slovakia are currently growing, adding that the two countries should work to pave the way for closer cooperation in various areas, particularly economy.


Saudi abuse of sanctities very dangerous: Iran

Iran says Saudi Arabia is spreading lies and exploiting Islamic sanctities for its own political goals after Riyadh claimed, in an allegation later dismissed, that a ballistic missile by the Yemeni army forces and allied fighters had targeted the holy Saudi city of Mecca.


Iran FM, new Lebanon president meet in Beirut

Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif has held talks with Lebanon’s newly-elected President Michel Aoun in Beirut, becoming the first foreign minister to meet with the Lebanese head of state.


Trump and the American elections

Donald Trump has broken several longstanding norms in the US presidential election by insulting Mexican migrants and undocumented workers, Muslims, women, and several reputable, establishment Republican candidates.

Iran FM plans to visit Lebanon next week

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif plans to make an official visit to Beirut next week to hold talks with senior Lebanese officials and prominent figures.

Top Russia, Hungary parliamentarians to visit Iran

The Speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly Laszlo Kover and Russias Federation Council Chairperson Valentina Ivanovna Matvienko will pay separate visits to Tehran to hold talks with senior Iranian officials.

Obama extends national emergency against Iran

US President Barack Obama has extended the country’s national emergency with respect to Iran despite last year’s nuclear agreement with Tehran and the P5+1 to lift sanctions.

Iran urges global action against Israeli crimes

Iran’s deputy permanent representative to the UN says the Israeli regime poses a serious threat to global peace and security, urging international action to end Tel Aviv’s crimes against Palestinians.


Iran, UK must make up for lost ground after JCPOA: Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic has kept to the nuclear agreement it signed with the P5+1 group of countries last year, stressing that with implementation of the deal, Iran and Britain must now make up for lost opportunities.

Iran, Bosnia sign economic MoU

Iran and Bosnia and Herzegovina have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the promotion of business cooperation and mutual investment.

Iran’s Zarif, USs Kerry win Chatham House Prize 2016

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry have been voted as the winners of this year’s Chatham House Prize for their pivotal role in the conclusion of a nuclear agreement between Iran and the six world countries in 2015.

Iran urges all sides to maintain Yemen ceasefire

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has welcomed a three-day ceasefire in Yemen, urging all parties engaged in the conflict to make efforts to maintain the truce and end the fruitless war in the country.


IRGC Commander: Israel, S. Arabia Lavishly Spending to Make Iran Insecure

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari warned of Riyadh and Tel Avivs collaboration in attempts to foment insecurity inside Iran, saying that the two hostile states are making hefty expenses for their schemes against Tehran.

Commander: Popular Forces Trained by Iran inside Iraq

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior commander of Iraqs popular forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) appreciated Commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Qassem Soleimani for his unique role in the war on terrorism, and said Iran is training the popular forces inside Iraq.