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Iran says to hold joint naval drill with Caspian Sea states soon

TEHRAN, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Iran said Tuesday that it will stage a joint naval drill with Caspian Sea littoral states in the near future, Tehran Times daily reported.

Iranian Navy Commander Hossein Khanzadi was quoted as saying that the naval drill aims "to counter any insecurity and terrorist attacks."

Another objective of the joint maneuver is to use the capabilities of the littoral states' navies "regarding rescue and relief and reconnaissance operations," he said.

The agreement to carry out the joint naval drill was reached in the summer of 2019.

Iran vows ‘crushing response’ to any Israeli attack

10 Dec 2019; MEMO: Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Abbas Mousavi warned on Monday that Tehran would respond with “crushing blow” to any Israeli attack against it.

Mousavi described the recent series of threats against Iran by Israeli officials as a “sign of weakness and impotence” and an attempt “to cover up the crises and domestic problems of the occupation (Israeli) leaders”.

Iran opens development of largest goldmine

Mahabad, Dec 9, IRNA – Iran opened development of 40 hectares goldmine of Zarshouran in Takab, West Azarbaijan province, Deputy Director of Provincial Mines and Minerals Organization Parisa Abedpour said on Monday.

Parisa Abedpour said in an interview with IRNA that mining operations and the construction of a gold processing unit in the area of 100  hectares of Zarshouran gold mine in Takab have begun with an extra five 5 hectares going under the development plan.

Iran downgrades Israeli threat, warns of regretful response to stupid act

Tehran, Dec 9, IRNA – Iran on Monday downgraded Israeli threat of air strikes, warning that any stupid act will cause regretful response from Iran.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said that the Israeli officials' threats and allegations against Iran indicate their weaknesses, warning that any Israeli stupid act will be dealt with regretful and destructive response. 

Mousavi branded Israeli military threat as sign of their weakness aiming to cover up crises and internal problems.

Iranian top commander says Iran self-sufficient in producing military hardware

TEHRAN, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Chief of Staff of Iran Armed Forces Hossein Baqeri said Thursday that the Islamic republic has achieved self-sufficiency in building military equipment needed to defend the country.

Iran is becoming less dependent on foreigners in producing defense-related hardware thanks to its universities as well as knowledge-based companies, which are actively designing and manufacturing military equipment, Baqeri was quoted as saying by Press TV.

Iran self-sufficient in producing military hardware: Iran top commander

TEHRAN, Dec 6 (NNN-Xinhua) — Chief of Staff of Iran Armed Forces Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said that the Islamic republic has achieved self-sufficiency in building military equipment needed to defend the country.

Iran is becoming less dependent on foreigners in producing defense-related hardware thanks to its universities as well as knowledge-based companies, which are actively designing and manufacturing military equipment, Baqeri was quoted as saying by Press TV.

Iran, Azerbaijan Discuss Defence, Security Cooperation

TEHRAN, Dec 5 (NNN-IRNA) – Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Mohammad Hossein Baqeri and visiting Azeri Deputy Prime Minister, Shahin Mustafayev, discussed defence and security cooperation between the two countries.

The two sides vowed to do their best to deepen bilateral relations, especially in defence and security.

Baqeri said that “some of the regional and trans-regional players cannot tolerate friendly relations between Iran and Azerbaijan.”

Iran Ready To Normalise Ties With Saudi Arabia

TEHRAN, Dec 4 (NNN-IRNA) – Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, said that, Iran is ready to normalise ties with Saudi Arabia.

“From Iran’s point of view, there is no problem in developing ties with neighbours and resuming relations with Saudi Arabia,” Rouhani remarked in a meeting with visiting Omani Foreign Minister, Yousef Bin Alawi, in Tehran.

“All regional countries should stay together, in order to create peace and stability in the region,” Rouhani said.

Flu Outbreak Kills 56 In Iran In Two Months

TEHRAN, Dec 3 (NNN-IRNA) – At least 56 people have died from flu in Iran, over the past two months, Iranian Deputy Health Minister, Alireza Reisi, was quoted as saying.

Reisi said that, over the past week, 273 people were admitted to hospitals, because of exposure to the disease, of which 19 patients died.

The Iranian official said that, nearly all the patients who lost their lives were old people or people with chronic diseases.

He urged people to observe sanitary directions and protective measures, with the arrival of the cold season.

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