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Iran ready for talks if US lifts bans


Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran is prepared to start negotiations over its nuclear energy program if the US lifts illegal sanctions against the country.
In an interview with ABC’s “This Week” program on Sunday, Zarif said, “Iran is prepared to start negotiating…. We are willing to engage in negotiations. Of course the United States also needs to do certain things very rapidly”.

He stated, “One is to dismantle its illegal sanctions against Iran that are targeting ordinary Iranians”.
The Iranian foreign minister added that the resolution of Iran’s nuclear issue “will be a first step, a necessary first step, towards removing the tensions and doubts and misgivings that the two sides have had about each other for the last 30-some years.”
He added that Tehran and Washington have similarities in many ways, adding, both “have pluralistic societies where difference of views exists and difference of views are aired. And I think it’s very healthy.”
the Iranian minister reiterated, “We believe that, if the United States is ready to recognize Iran’s rights, to respect Iran’s rights and move from that perspective, then we have a real chance and we negotiate with the full authority of the Leader [of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei]”.
He expressed regret that there is lack of mutual confidence between Iran and the US and said as declared by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and his US counterpart, Barack Obama, there has been 34 years of building up of this mutual distrust
Zarif, who is also serving as Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, reiterated that Iran’s nuclear program will always remain peaceful.

World Tourism Day


September 27 is marked as the World Tourism Day every year by the World Tourism Organization (WTO). This year the main celebrations on this day under the UN auspices will be held in the Maldives islands in the Indian Ocean in the presence of high-ranking tourism officials of member countries, including the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The theme of the meeting is “Tourism and Water, Protecting our Common Future”, in order to highlight the role of tourism in protecting water resources around the world. The United Nations General Assembly had earlier this year designated 2013 as the International Year of Cooperation, and the WTO has decided to focus on worldwide cooperation in the vital field of water resources through the sensitive role tourism could play in this regard. On this special occasion we have prepared a special article as follows:

In the world of nature no liquid is important and valuable than water, which is rightly called “the elixir of life”. The holy Qur’an says everything has been created from water. In other words, without water no living being can survive. Due to its vital nature, God has put water at the disposal of humans and other creatures in abundance. Unfortunately, many people instead of realizing the importance of water and thanking God for His bounties think that since water is free of charge and also falls from the sky in the form of rains, they are free to use it excessively and waste it. Such a misconstrued idea has not only led to shortage of water in various regions but it has resulted in emergence of diseases and environmental and social disasters. In view of the growth of the world’s population and the increasing need for fresh water resources for securing the food supply, certain efforts have been made for a better utilization in this regard.

However, no worthwhile progress has been yet achieved, and has led to warnings by the scientific societies of the bleak perspectives ahead. With many regions of the world facing water and food crises, the management of water resources ought to be seriously stressed. In other words, if water resources are exhausted the future of mankind would be catastrophic, and this warrants scientific efforts and coordination to properly manage water and prevent its wastage. Read more:(http://english.irib.ir/analysis/articles2/item/117855-world-tourism-day)

Iran favors broader ties with neighbors



Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his administration attaches paramount significance to the promotion of friendly and amicable ties with neighboring countries.
Speaking at a Friday press conference in New York after the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Ministerial Meeting on Cooperation for the Rule of Law at the International Level, Rouhani stated that he had held discussions with representatives from Iran’s neighboring countries about mutual trust, the expansion of economic, cultural and tourism ties as well as the resolution of existing differences on the sidelines of the 68th annual session of the UN General Assembly.
He also pointed to the tourism ties that Iran has with Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Bahrain, and Oman.
Rouhani said, “Such relations with Saudi Arabia and Iraq are at a high level, and one of the objectives of the current (Iranian) administration is to forge and maintain friendly ties with neighbors”.
The Iranian president further noted that meetings have also been arranged with a number of heads of state aimed at improving Iran’s ties with neighboring countries.

Obama: We can reach solution with Iran



US President Barack Obama says his conversation with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani by phone shows the possibility of moving forward over Iran’s nuclear energy program.
Obama said on Friday, “Just now, I spoke on the phone with President Rouhani of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The two of us discussed our ongoing efforts to reach an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program”.
After the conversation, Obama said he believes the two sides can reach a comprehensive solution over Iran’s nuclear program.
Obama said, “I reiterated to President Rouhani what I said in New York. While there will surely be important obstacles to moving forward and success is by no means guaranteed, I believe we can reach a comprehensive solution”.
Obama also described his conversation with President Rouhani as an “important opportunity in Washington’s foreign policy.”
The Iranian president also confirmed the phone conversation in a series of messages on Twitter.
The phone conversation was the first direct communication between the presidents of the two countries since Iran’s Islamic Revolution of 1979.
Obama said, “Iran’s supreme leader has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons. President Rouhani has indicated that Iran will never develop nuclear weapons”.
He added, “I’ve made clear that we respect the right of the Iranian people to access peaceful nuclear energy in the context of Iran meeting its obligations. So the test will be meaningful, transparent and verifiable actions, which can also bring relief from the comprehensive international sanctions that are currently in place”.
The remarks came one day after Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States — plus Germany (P5+1) held a meeting in New York.
US Secretary of State John Kerry called talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif “constructive,” saying the Iranian side put some “possibilities” on the table over Iran’s nuclear energy program.
Kerry said, “We’ve agreed to try to continue a process that would try to make concrete and find a way to answer the questions that people have about Iran’s nuclear program”.
The next round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 are scheduled to be held in Geneva on October 15 and 16.

Rouhani: Iran poses no threat to the world

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic of Iran poses no threat to the world and Tehran is ready for talks on its nuclear energy program with complete transparency. In his address to the UN, Rouhani said “Nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction have no place in Iran’s security and defense doctrine, and contradict our fundamental religious and ethical convictions,” he then urged his US counterpart Barack Obama to reject “the short-sighted interest of warmongering pressure groups” if he wants “to manage differences” with Tehran.
On this connection, English Radio correspondent Mehdi Geramifard has interviewed Glyn Spark, a researcher with London-based Human Rights Commission as follows:

America’s demonization of Muslims


Muslims are targeted for demonization because it fits into the US policy of having someone as an “enemy”. By keeping the American public fearful, corporate America can get away with its crimes.
Those were excerpts from an article titled “America’s demonization project targets Muslims.” The article was written by Tahir Mustafa who is a regular contributor to Crescent International Magazine. The second and concluding part of his two part article is as follows:

Those not suffering from dementia would recall that in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, thousands of Muslims were rounded up in the US and thrown in prisons. Many were brutally tortured; some were killed.
Regardless of one’s opinion of the identity of the 9/11 perpetrators, the attacks occurred in the US, yet all Western governments immediately instituted oppressive Muslim specific anti-terror laws. Islamophobia, always present in Western societies, became respectable and mainstream. Even otherwise liberal commentators joined the hate-filled discourse. “All Muslims may not be terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims,” became the standard mantra. Any Muslim or Muslim-looking person immediately became a suspect. Raids on the homes of Muslims, businesses, workplaces and intrusive searches at airports are now routine in the US and many other Western societies. Airline “watch lists” have not only been instituted but keep expanding. With everything computerized, an individual whose name appears on one country’s “watch list” — usually the US — may end up in trouble in another.
There have also been numerous cases of mistaken identity. Take the case of Shahrukh Khan, the well-known Bollywood actor who has on numerous occasions been detained upon arrival in the US. Despite a valid visa issued by the US embassy in Delhi, he has faced harassment and humiliation only to be rescued by Indian diplomatic staff pleading with ignorant US officials. His last name matches someone on the US watch list. People with names like Ahmed, Muhammad, Hassan, Hussain are routinely hauled out at airports for interrogation and intrusive body searches. From eight-year-old girls to eighty-year-old grandmothers, all have been victimized by perverts that pass off for security personnel at airports, especially in the US.

Such acts of harassment pale into insignificance against the backdrop of a determined policy of entrapment of unsuspecting Muslims in the US as detailed in a study by the New York University School of Law’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) published on May 18, 2011. It described how American counterterrorism efforts have singled out Muslim Americans by “sending paid, trained informants into mosques and Muslim communities.” More than 200 people have been prosecuted in what are referred to as “terrorism-related cases.” These are trumpeted as hallmarks of a successful counterterrorism program and amplified by a willing media especially rightwing outlets like Fox News and CNN as well as the army of Islamophobes, most of them hardcore Zionists that have made a career out of demonizing Muslims on behalf of their favourite country: Israel. Read more : (http://english.irib.ir/analysis/articles2/item/115969-america%E2%80%99s-demonization-of-muslims-2)

Iran ready for nuclear talks: Rouhani


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic of Iran poses no threat to the world and Tehran is ready for talks on its nuclear energy program with complete transparency.

In his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Rouhani said the Iranian nation was ready for cooperation with the international community and all rational actors based on equal footing and mutual respect.
The Iranian president urged his US counterpart Barack Obama to reject “the short-sighted interest of warmongering pressure groups” if he wants “to manage differences” with Tehran.
Rouhani told the assembly that Iran poses “absolutely no threat to the world,” but it is a harbinger of peace and security in a region engulfed in chaos.
He said, “Nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction have no place in Iran’s security and defense doctrine, and contradict our fundamental religious and ethical convictions”.
Rouhani stated that the Iranian nuclear energy program has always been a peaceful one, saying, “This has been, and will always be, the objective of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
The Iranian president slammed sanctions imposed against Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program as “violent” saying, “The negative impact is not nearly limited to the intended victims of sanctions.”
Rouhani added, It is “an illusion, and extremely unrealistic, to presume that the peaceful nature of the nuclear program of Iran could be ensured through impeding the program via illegitimate pressures”
He said the only way to resolve the nuclear issue is for the international community to respect Iran’s inalienable right to peaceful nuclear program.
Rouhani also condemned the use of militaristic approaches in dealing with global challenges, saying militarism of “some players” and generalization of western values poses a true danger to the world peace.
He also condemned drone attacks on “innocent people” and said they should be stopped.
Rouhani also said there is no military solution to the crisis in Syria and the use of force will only exacerbate the crisis.
He also warned that the greatest threat to the Middle East is the danger of chemical weapons falling into the hands of extremists and terrorist groups.
The Iranian president added that there is no violent solution to crises around the world and called for the creation of UN-sponsored plan called “The World against violence and Extremism.”
Rouhani spoke a few hours after Obama told the assembly that Washington prefers a diplomatic solution to its disputes with Iran, noting that the resolution of Iran’s nuclear issue can bring about a possible thaw in relations between the two countries.

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