Iran / by Michelle Ryan

The United States Senate blocked a resolution which rejected the Iran nuclear deal. Several attempts were made to push it through Congress, but were unsuccessful. The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) traveled to Iran to interview scientists and do preliminary research regarding allegations of Iran’s previous work on nuclear weapons. The Iranian government maintained its vocal criticism of Saudi Arabia after the hajj crush in Mecca, claiming Saudi Arabia did not prepare for and sufficiently handle the crowds of people. Women’s rights groups were outraged when the husband of the Iranian women’s football captain forbid her from travelling to compete in the FIFA Asian Cup, as Iranian law permits. President Hassan Rouhani spoke at the United Nations, focusing on the success of the nuclear deal and his hopes for increased cooperation with the rest of the world moving forward. Russia, Iran, Syria, and Iraq announced an intelligence-sharing agreement regarding the Islamic State (ISIS), in a multilateral effort to combat ISIS throughout the Middle East. Flash flooding killed 11 people near Tehran. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) increased their crude oil production, and Iran specifically saw an increase to 2.9 million barrels, a number that hasn’t been reached in three years. The French group Accor moved ahead with plans to build new hotels in Tehran, as projected increases in tourism call for a huge investment in new infrastructure in Iran.