Tehran Times http://www.tehrantimes.com/ Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:53:02 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) $307b national budget bill gets Majlis nod http://www.tehrantimes.com/economy-and-business/122324-307b-national-budget-bill-gets-majlis-nod

TEHRAN – The Iranian parliament (Majlis) gave the final nod to the budget bill proposed by the administration for the next calendar year (starting March 21, 2015).
On Tuesday, the MPs approved the 8,440-trillion-rial (nearly $307 billion) budget bill with 144 votes in favor, 33 against, and 6 abstentions.
The bill will now go to the top oversight body Guardian Council, whose approval is required for the bill to be signed... Read more

]]> Economic Desk Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:59:06 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/economy-and-business/122324-307b-national-budget-bill-gets-majlis-nod Iran-CIS suitcase trade hits $74m in 11 months http://www.tehrantimes.com/economy-and-business/122323-iran-cis-suitcase-trade-hits-74m-in-11-months
TEHRAN – Suitcase trade between Iran and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) stood at $74.3 million during the first eleven months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21, 2014-February 19, 2015). 
The figure showed 20.8 percent fall from $93.9 million in the same period of time last year, the Tasnim News Agency reported on Wednesday.
Suitcase trade accounted for 0.23 percent... Read more

]]> Economic Desk Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:57:22 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/economy-and-business/122323-iran-cis-suitcase-trade-hits-74m-in-11-months Iran’s annual technical-engineering exports can reach $25b in 5 years: official http://www.tehrantimes.com/economy-and-business/122322-irans-annual-technical-engineering-exports-can-reach-25b-in-5-years-official-
TEHRAN – Iran has the potentiality to boost the worth of its annual technical-engineering exports to $25 billion over the course of five years, Association of Iranian Exporters of Technical and Engineering Services Director Mohammad Reza Ansari said on Wednesday.
The value of Iran’s annual technical-engineering exports is forecast to reach about $1 billion by the end of current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2015), the... Read more

]]> Economic Desk Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:55:43 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/economy-and-business/122322-irans-annual-technical-engineering-exports-can-reach-25b-in-5-years-official- Netanyahu’s nuclear deceptions http://www.tehrantimes.com/oped/122321-netanyahus-nuclear-deceptions
Despite that, alarmist rhetoric on the theme has been a staple of Mr. Netanyahu’s career. In an interview with the BBC in 1997, he... Read more

]]> TehranTimes Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:50:18 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/oped/122321-netanyahus-nuclear-deceptions Israel will be in ‘wheelchair’ if it attacks Iran: Larijani http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/122320-israel-will-be-in-wheelchair-if-it-attacks-iran-larijani
TEHRAN - Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani warned on Wednesday that the U.S. should expect to see “Israel in a wheelchair” if the Tel Aviv regime dares take military action against Iran under a support by the U.S. Congress.
The remarks by Larijani came in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who in his speech to the U.S. Congress on Tuesday used a threatening language against... Read more

]]> Political Desk Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:42:50 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/122320-israel-will-be-in-wheelchair-if-it-attacks-iran-larijani Nuclear talks will start on March 15 http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/122319-nuclear-talks-will-start-on-march-15-
TEHRAN – Negotiators from Iran and the United States wrapped up a fourth round of negotiations on Wednesday in the Swiss city of Montreux on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.
The talks were headed by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. 
Both IRNA and Press TV reported that the next round of talks at ministerial level... Read more

]]> Political Desk Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:39:56 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/122319-nuclear-talks-will-start-on-march-15- Obama dismisses Netanyahu's speech as 'theater' http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/122318-obama-dismisses-netanyahus-speech-as-theater-  
U.S. President Barack Obama has dismissed Netanyahu’s speech, saying the Israeli leader did not offer any alternatives. 
“I am not focused in the politics of this. I am not focused on the theatre. As far as I can tell, there was nothing new. On the core issue, which is how to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon which would make... Read more

]]> By staff and agency Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:33:14 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/122318-obama-dismisses-netanyahus-speech-as-theater- Nancy Pelosi: Netanyahu speech ‘insulting to the intelligence of the United States’ http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/122317-nancy-pelosi-netanyahu-speech-insulting-to-the-intelligence-of-the-united-states
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dismissed a speech Tuesday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as full of “condescension” and an “insult to the intelligence of the United States.”
The California Democrat was visibly upset during Netanyahu’s address on the House floor, in which the Israeli leader urged Congress to take a more aggressive line against Iran as part of ongoing negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear facilities.... Read more

]]> Political Desk Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:27:57 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/122317-nancy-pelosi-netanyahu-speech-insulting-to-the-intelligence-of-the-united-states EU says spreading fears on Iran nuclear case is unhelpful http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/122316-eu-says-spreading-fears-on-iran-nuclear-case-is-unhelpful
TEHRAN - “Spreading fears” about a deal between Tehran and the 5+1 group over the Iranian nuclear issue is unhelpful, the EU foreign policy chief has said.
Speaking to reporters in the Swiss city of Geneva on Tuesday, Federica Mogherini said, “Spreading fears is not helpful at this stage”.
She added, “We are getting closer” to a comprehensive accord aimed at ending the... Read more

]]> Political Desk Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:25:27 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/122316-eu-says-spreading-fears-on-iran-nuclear-case-is-unhelpful Iran calls Netanyahu’s remarks ‘dull’ and ‘repetitious’ http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/122314-iran-calls-netanyahus-remarks-dull-and-repetitious
TEHRAN The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman has described the Israeli prime minister’s ant-Iran speech to the U.S. Congress as another falsification of realities about Tehran’s nuclear program, describing the Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks as “dull” which are intended to win votes in the 17 elections in Israel.
Marziyeh Afkham also said Netanyahu’s fabrication of lies about the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program is “quite repetitious... Read more

]]> Political Desk Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:22:01 GMT http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/122314-iran-calls-netanyahus-remarks-dull-and-repetitious