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IRNAAs one of the main components of the world’s political and economic equations, Persian Gulf has deep roots in ancient history of Iran and has long been a symbol of Iranian resilience against colonialism. As the third largest gulf in the world, its 240,000 square kilometers width has embraced Iranian islands, including Kharg, Kish, Abu Moussa, Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb, Qeshm, and Lavan. Due to its geographical position, and its access to open seas has major significance among countries and governments and makes it a potential target to be dominated and to achieve so many countries have deployed their forces to this area. As a contemporary instance of such invasions is the Portuguese dominance over the Iranian southern coasts in the Persian Gulf for a period of 117 years which finally was ended in 1622 by Imam-Quli Khan, the Governor of Fars during the reign of Shah Abbas I, Safavid dynasty.
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Press TV- Iran has inaugurated the first phase of a major refinery project in the country’s south which officials say would make the country independent from imports of gasoline after 36 years once fully developed. The Persian Gulf Condensate Refinery – a project that would turn condensate into fuels – was inaugurated during a visit by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani to the southern port city of Bandar Abbas. The refinery would produce at least 12 million tons per day (mt/d) of high quality gasolinetechnically classified as Euro 4/IV in the first phase. It is expected to be in full swing by next March when its production of gasoline would reach as high as 36 mt/d thus increasing Iran’s overall production of the strategic fuel to above 100 mt/d. Officials previously said the Persian Gulf Condensate Refinery would be complete before next March and that its production would put Iran in the club of world’s gasoline exporters.
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Press TV- Iran’s national flag carrier Iran Air says it expects to receive the first of a series of planes purchased from ATR in two weeks. Iran Air Managing Director Farhad Parvaresh told the domestic media that this would be part of the first batch of four turboprops which would be gradually delivered to Iran over the next few months. Parvaresh added that pilots had been sent to France to receive the required trainings from ATR for flying the planes. In April, Iran Air signed an agreement with the French-Italian aircraft manufacturer to purchase a total of 20 medium-range turboprops. Parvaresh told Iran’s IRNA news agency that the planes would be used for flights to Iran’s provincial capitals as well as the country’s islands in the Persian Gulf. He added that they could also be used for flights to the UAE’s Dubai or Azerbaijan’s Baku. Last month, Iran’s Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi said that providing small- to medium-range planes manufactured by the same company played a central role in the government’s plan to rejuvenate Iran’s air transportation fleet.
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Press TV- Iran will install 4,000 megawatts of new capacity in its power grid by the end of the current Persian year in March 2018, Deputy Energy Minister Houshang Falahatian says. “Therefore, the overall capacity of the country’s power plants will reach 80,000 megawatts at the end of the year,” the Fars news agency quoted him as saying Saturday. Iran has already built 7,405 megawatts of new capacity over the past three and half years, including 2,200 megawatts last year, Falahatian said. Beside building new plants, the country’s priority has been to convert fossil-fueled facilities into combined cycle systems powered by gas, thus boosting efficiency in addition to cutting greenhouse gases, he said. Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian said Iran has to generate 5,000 megawatts of renewable energy over the next five years. His ministry has received requests for $3.
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The three countries are about meet in Iran again in May when a summit will be held to attract investments in the Special Economic Zone of Chabahar. India’s $235 million investment on phase two of Chabahar is about to come in two tranches: India's Exim Bank would provide a credit line of $150 million, while an Indian company would invest $85 million to convert the planned berths into a container terminal and a multi-purpose cargo terminal. Through bankrolling a connectivity hub in Chabahar, India seeks to rival the China-Pakistan partnership at Gwadar and integrate South Asia’s economies. However, the slow pace of the project has drawn criticism from many circles as bureaucracy has taken its sweet time. Chabahar can even benefit China which has signed a raft of agreements to build terminals in some Persian Gulf Arab states across from the Iranian coast.
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IRNA Kuwait ministry of foreign affairs underscored the importance of holding joint talks between members of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Kuwait’s deputy foreign minister Nasser al-Sabeeh urged PGCC countries to pursue holding bilateral talks with Iran. Speaking to reporters, he said that the final decision on holding diplomatic talks with Iran would be made in the upcoming summit of the council. He said that the issue was put forth in the ministerial meeting of the Persian Gulf littoral countries. Earlier, the Kuwaiti Foreign Affairs Minister Sabah al-Khalid had underlined the need for joint cooperation with Iran describing the political talks and consultations with the country as important and strategic. Kuwait and other Arab states of the Persian Gulf region all agree on the important role of Iran in the region and on the fact that having good relations with Iran would benefit all countries and would contribute to regional stability, said the Kuwaiti minister.
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The U.S. Navy says an Iranian boat was "unprofessional" and "provocative" by coming close to a U.S. destroyer in the Persian Gulf. It's not the first time.
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The USS Mahan, a guided-missile destroyer, moves up the Hudson River in New York. (Photo: Ed Bailey/AP) US warships have made a habit of wandering around in the Persian Gulf just off the coast of Iran, waiting for Iranian Naval ships to get sort of close, then complain in the international media how “unprofessional” that was. Today, the USS Mahan took it a step further, firing a “warning flare” at the Iranian ship. Officials didnt identify the Iranian ship involved in this case but did say it was 1,000 meters away from the USS Mahan, which isnt hugely close. Officials say the Mahan repeatedly ordered the Iranian ship away from Iranian waters and fired the flare afterward to “ determine the vessel’s intentions .” President Trump has long played up the idea of using such an incident to pick a fight with Iran, saying he thinks the US should just blow up any Iranian ship they decide has gotten too close.
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Sputnik News The Trump administration is ramping up its anti-Iranian policy. This is evidenced by recent statements from President Trump himself, and those from other high-ranking US officials. What are the sins' Washington is accusing Tehran of committing? Just how far will the White House be able to go? How will Tehran react? Sputnik Persian investigates. Last week, US President Donald Trump accused Iran of failing to comply with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, adding that this would receive a response from the United States. Trump also directed the US National Security Council to conduct a review of whether the Iran nuclear deal is in line with US interests. Trump's comments were part of a series of remarks made by senior US officials. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accused Iran of sponsoring terrorism, and blamed the Obama administration for having bought off Iran's nuclear ambitions temporarily, an argument which Tel Aviv has been making for years.
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Think of it as the lifeblood coursing through our foreign policy, a policy based on maintaining superpower status and confronting those whom we perceive as challenging us. The 1980 Carter Doctrine, which stated that the United States would use military force if necessary to defend its national interests in the Persian Gulf, formalized the toxic nexus between access to oil and war. Since the late 1970s, the United States has spent $8 trillion protecting oil cargoes in the Persian Gulf through ongoing naval patrols. (1) Today the United States, China, Britain, France, the Netherlands and others trade arms for oil, directly and indirectly, with Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Nigeria and Venezuela. Keeping oil and gas supply sealanes in the South China Sea open, in the face of China’s expansionism there, is a factor in the US pivot to Asia. This foreign policy pivot has involved engaging Australia and Southeast Asian allies in military training exercises, opening new and previously closed bases to the US military, and sales of new weapons systems.
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US warships have made a habit of wandering around in the Persian Gulf just off the coast of Iran, waiting for Iranian Naval ships to get sort of close, then complain in the international media how unprofessional that was. Today, the USS Mahan took it a step farther, firing a warning flare at the Iranian ship. Officials didn't identify the Iranian ship involved in this case, but did say it was 1,000 meters away from the USS Mahan, which isn't hugely close. Officials say the Mahan repeatedly ordered the Iranian ship away from Iranian waters, and fired the flare afterward to determine the vessel's intentions . President Trump has long played up the idea of using such an incident to pick a fight with Iran, saying he thinks the US should just blow up any Iranian ship they decide has gotten too close. The Iranian Foreign Ministry was a little more realistic about what actually happened.
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The U.S. Navy says an Iranian boat was "unprofessional" and "provocative" by coming close to a U.S. destroyer in the Persian Gulf. It's not the first time.
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