Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the last say on all state matters, on Thursday praised Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for his "resistance" after seven years of war.
The Iranian government has introduced new restrictions on the use of the US dollar by blocking imports priced in the currency, in what appears to be a fresh attempt to halt a slide in the value of its own currency, the rial.
A federal judge in a civil case focused on a 2003 attack by terrorists backed by the Iranian government says the Trump administration has notified the court that it is complying with the 2015 multiparty deal designed to restrict Iran’s nuclear program. The disclosure came in a ruling this week by Chief U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo in Chicago in which he ordered Boeing to turn over to terror-attack victims details of a $16 billion contract with Iran Air, Iran’s flag carrier, to purchase 80 commercial planes.
European powers and Iran have started talks over Tehran’s role in the Middle East and will meet again this month in Italy as part of efforts to prove to U.S. President Donald Trump that they are meeting his concerns over the 2015 nuclear deal.
HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERNAL DISCONTENT
One of Iran’s leading female politicians has called for debate over the mandatory wearing of the headscarf after protests indicated growing frustration among some younger women over the pace of change in the Islamic Republic.
Iran has detained 35 women for trying to attend a football match… Iran has barred women from attending football games since the Iranian Revolution in 1979.
In all probability, Iran will eventually succumb to popular demonstrations and protests, simply because it doesn’t have the solutions to its growing economic problems, unless it abandons its costly expansionist practices.
RUSSIA & IRAN
According to Ali Akbar Velayati, an adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Russia’s veto of a United Nations draft resolution linking Iranian arms to Houthi militias in Yemen is a sign of improving ties between the two countries.