Two-thirds of Iran’s lawmakers have petitioned President Hassan Rouhani to enforce the wearing of head scarves, complaining that a Western “cultural invasion” is jeopardizing the country’s “virtuousness.”
Beyond the vast sun-drenched courtyard of Esfahan’s Imam Mosque and its intricate 17th- century tiled stalactites, an audience of four Belgians and a Polish woman listens patiently to a young Iranian cleric.
Oman’s plan to build a $1 billion natural-gas pipeline from Iran is the latest sign that Saudi Arabia is failing to bind its smaller Gulf neighbors into a tighter bloc united in hostility to the Islamic Republic.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had foreign-policy successes to showcase when he spoke in Tehran’s Azadi Square today to mark the 35th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic revolution. The economic gains will follow, he said.
The U.S. and Iran today escalated their standoff over Iran’s choice for its next ambassador to the United Nations, as diplomats in Vienna pushed forward at talks on restraining the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.