US Plots in Middle East Have Failed: Khamenei

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says US plots in the Middle East have failed, citing Syria, Iraq and Lebanon as clear examples.

The Leader made the remarks at the graduation ceremony of a group of navy cadets in northern Noshahr, where he said Iran's "strong resistance against the arrogance has led to a major defeat of the goals of the global oppressors in the region."

The Leader touched on the "threats, frowns, taunts and bullying of the oppressive powers to intimidate nations," saying that if a nation does not fear these methods and moves ahead with courage, trust and confidence in its abilities, it will force the superpowers to retreat and will defeat them, according to Press TV.

Iraqi Officials Impose Basra Curfew amid Protests

TEHRAN– Iraqi officials have imposed a curfew on Basra starting at 4pm local time (1300 GMT) on Saturday, a military statement said, according to Tasnim News Agency.

Iraq’s second biggest city has been rocked by five days of deadly demonstrations, in which government buildings have been ransacked and set alight by protesters angry over  mismanagement and the poor services in the port city of Basra, the agency said.

On Friday, protesters stormed the Iranian consulate and set a fire inside.

The US State Department criticized the attack, without explicitly mentioning Iran. "The United States condemns violence against diplomats, including that which occurred today in Basrah," it said in a statement.

More than 10 protesters have died in clashes with security forces since Monday.

Petrochemicals at Forefront of Countering Sanctions, Says Rouhani

 TEHRAN - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday,  that the country’s oil, gas and petrochemicals are at the forefront of countering the enemies’ economic sanctions against Iran. 

President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Assalouyeh in southern Iran on Tuesday to visit and open three new petrochemical projects, including Phase 3 of Pardis Petrochemical Complex with a production capacity of 1.755 million tonnes ammonia and urea; Methanol Production Unit of Marjan Petrochemicals with an annual production capacity of 1.65 million tonnes of methanol; and Phase 1 of Damavand Petrochemical Company Power Plant with an annual production capacity of 650MW of electricity.

Astana Meeting on Syria Very Promising, Says Araqchi

Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi said on Tuesday that Astana negotiations comprising the Islamic Republic of Iran, Turkey and Russia experienced a very promising progress in fight against terrorism and lessening of tensions.

Araqchi said in a televised speech on Tuesday on the outcome of Astana negotiations.

It is over two-three years that Astana talks resumed through active presence of Iran, Turkey and Russia, he said.

Alongside Astana talks, 'we witnessed resumption of Geneva talks' in which western countries failed to invite Iran but the result of such negotiations did not bear fruits, he said.

Spain Cancels €9.2mn Deal to Sell Saudis 400 Precision Bombs

The Saudi-led coalition’s recent slaughter of Yemeni children has prompted the Spanish defense ministry to cancel a €9.2-million deal to sell Saudis 400 precision bombs, Press T.V reported.

The Spanish Ministry of Defense announced on Monday that it will return the 9.2 million euros already paid by Saudi Arabia to buy 400 Spanish-made precision bombs amid fears that they could be used to target the innocent people of Yemen, the El Mundo reported.

The arms deal had been negotiated and finalized by former Spanish defense ministers Pedro Morenés Eulate and Maria Dolores de Cospedal.