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Oct 27 06:36

Covert strikes against Iran recount Israeli campaign against Iraq

The country had become an existential threat. It was ruled by a megalomaniac who wanted Israel eliminated. And now he wanted a nuclear bomb.

The leader claimed his nuclear program was purely a civilian program, but Israel knew that was not true. So, it set the program back. Israel undertook covert assassinations of nuclear scientists. And, when that did not work, it blew up a nuclear facility.

But the country wasn’t Iran. This was Iraq under Saddam Hussein who came to power in 1979 and ruled for 24 years. To challenge the nuclear program, Israel used assassinations, sabotage and targeted strikes in Iraq, a signature that is today found in Iran.

Oct 27 06:17

US Imposes Fresh Sanctions on Iran Ahead of Election

With an eye toward potentially limiting Joe Biden’s room to move if he wins the election, the Trump Administration has imposed a new series of sanctions against Iran, targeting the nation’s oil industry, already heavily sanctioned, with counter-terrorism limits.

Built around labeling the Quds Force as terrorists, the US is linking several other parts of Iran’s economy, from the petroleum ministry to the National Iranian Tanker Company, to be terrorists by the same token.

Beyond generally targeting Iran, the US measures are built around keeping Iran, which the US broadly forbids to sell oil and gas, from selling oil and gas to Syria and Venezuela. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says this should “serve as a warning.”

Oct 27 06:10

Ashkenazi tells Russian FM Iranian entrenchment in Syria must be prevented

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi met his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, for the first time on Monday, thanking him for working with the Jewish state “on preventing an Iranian entrenchment in Syria.”

Meeting during a diplomatic visit to the Greek capital of Athens, Ashkenazi updated Lavrov on developments on the normalization deals with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Sudan, as well as the issue of Iran and its proxy terror groups such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Oct 26 15:13

Trump threatens to destroy any Iranian missiles shipped to Venezuela after President Maduro announced plan to buy more weapons after UN arms embargo expired

The United States has threatened to destroy any long-range missiles sent to Venezuela from Iran, after a UN embargo on Iran buying or selling weapons expired last week.

The warning comes a few days after Venezuela President Nicholas Maduro announced the creation of a Scientific and Technological Military Council that will seek the independence of the country in terms of its weapons system with the help of 'sister' nations, among which he mentioned China, Russia, Iran and Cuba.

There's no confirmation that a shipment is imminent however a US official said the countries are likely to do arms deals.

Oct 26 05:51

Iran troops deployed on border near Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Sunday they have deployed troops along the border with Azerbaijan and Armenia, following stray fire from the fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh.

"Units of (the Guards) ground forces have been dispatched to and stationed in the region," their commander Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said, quoted by state news agency IRNA.

Their mission was "to protect national interests and maintain peace and security".

Oct 25 11:09

Abraham Accord: Experts Warn Trump Peace Deal a Precursor to War with Iran 10/06/20

"Experts warn that the Accord is motivated by a desire to secure a united front against Iran for a potential future war — a conflict that would likely make Iraq and Afghanistan look mild by comparison."

Oct 24 07:38

Iran Armed Forces warn Armenia, Azerbaijan of tough response if border security red lines violated

Iran has warned the warring sides in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict about a tough response if its border security is jeopardized.

“While strengthening defensive [measures] in Iran’s border lines, the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic announce that security in the border areas and of the Iranian people are their red line,” Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi, the spokesman of the Armed Forces, said on Friday.

Iran’s Armed Forces, he added, remind the two conflicting countries to be watchful of the mischief exercised by foreigners and peacefully settle issues through dialog.

The Iranian official cautioned the adversaries against endangering Iran’s territorial boundaries and the security of its citizens.

Oct 24 07:07

Trump’s quiet war against civilians in Iran continues amid the pandemic

With people in Iran already suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic and crippling U.S. sanctions, the Trump administration earlier this month unveiled yet another set of sanctions that could restrict Iranians’ access to food and medicine even further.

This move has gone largely unnoticed in the United States, with the first presidential debate passing without mention of Trump’s disastrous “maximum pressure” policy on Iran. But for Iranians, it is impossible to ignore.

Oct 23 07:02

Iran To Import North Korean Missiles In 25-Year Military Deal With China

Following the end on the 18th of October of the 13-year United Nations’ embargo on Iran buying or selling weapons, the roll-out of the military component of the 25-year deal between China and Iran will begin in November, as exclusively revealed by Oil Price.com.

Oct 23 06:40

Trump Regime Exerts Maximum Pressure on Iran: A Crime Against Humanity

On Sunday, the UN arms embargo on Iran its ruling authorities voluntarily accepted ended.

Iran is now once again free to buy and sell conventional arms — what many other countries do unrestrained.

Key to understand is that the Islamic Republic wants weapons for defense, not offense.

Its ruling authorities are at war with no one. They threaten no one.

They prioritize world peace, stability, and cooperative relations with other countries.

Their agenda is polar opposite how the US, NATO, and Israel operate — belligerents threatening everyone everywhere.

Oct 23 06:10

Iran sentences 5 Bahai women to overall 5 years of prison

Five Bahai women in Mashhad, northeastern Iran, were sentenced to a total of five years of prison by the Revolutionary Court.

On October 19 the 3rd Branch of the Mashhad Revolutionary Court sentenced Nika Pakzadan, Faraneh Daneshgari, Sanaz Eshaghi, Nekisa Hajipour, and Naghmeh Zabihian to one year of prison each for “spreading propaganda against the state by being Bahai”.

Oct 22 06:02

US Rejects Russia’s Gulf Security Proposal at UN, Blames Iran

At the UN Security Council on Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called for a collective security effort in the Persian Gulf to prevent a full-scale war from breaking out in the region. According to AP News, the proposal got strong support from all Security Council members except the US, who unsurprisingly blamed the region’s instability on Iran.

Washington brought the region to the brink of a major war in January when the US killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani in Iraq. Lavrov mentioned the assassination and said the worst-case scenario was avoided, but “the situation remains fragile and could become dangerous and unpredictable again.”

Oct 22 05:31

US officials link Iran to emails meant to intimidate voters

U.S. officials accused Iran on Wednesday of being behind a flurry of emails sent to Democratic voters in multiple battleground states that appeared to be aimed at intimidating them into voting for President Donald Trump.

The officials did not lay out specific evidence for how they came to pinpoint Iran, but the activities attributed to Tehran would mark a significant escalation for a country some cybersecurity experts regard as a second-rate player in online espionage. The announcement was made at a hastily called news conference 13 days before the election.

Oct 21 07:49

WITH AN EYE ON NEARBY IRAN, ISRAELI WEAPONS FUEL THE VIOLENCE IN AZERBAIJAN

The latest iteration of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which has already claimed the lives of dozens of people, had been largely forgotten by the world before hostilities reignited in September. Only the collapse of the Soviet Union was able to bring about the end of the last war between these entrenched enemies in the 1980s and 1990s. Now, almost a quarter of a century later, the still contested region claimed under international law by Azerbaijan and de facto controlled by its ethnic Armenian majority has fallen under a new spell of violence thanks in large part to external actors vying for a larger war with another neighboring country: Iran.

Three weeks ago, a dispute over a piece of territory in the Caucasus Mountains erupted into a hot war between the two former Soviet republics of Azerbaijan and Armenia, sending civilians in Nagorno-Karabakh to seek cover in their basements from the aerial drone strikes raining death and destruction from above.

Oct 20 07:11

Iran will give 'direct, clear' response to any Israeli threat in Persian Gulf: Defense minister

Iran’s defense minister says the Islamic Republic will give a "clear and direct" response to any possible Israeli threat against its interests in the Persian Gulf.

In an interview with Aljazeera network, published on Monday, Brigadier General Amir Hatami reflected on a recent measure by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to fully normalize relations with Israel through deals mediated by the administration of US President Donald Trump, noting that such a measure will pose a direct threat to security of the entire Persian Gulf region.

He added, “Any threat posed by the Zionist regime in the Persian Gulf [against Iran’s interests] will be faced with a direct and clear response.”

The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed the controversial normalization agreements with Israel at the White House on September 15, amid outrage across Palestine and the Muslim world at the Arab regimes’ betrayal of the Palestinian cause.

Oct 20 07:06

Iran To Import North Korean missiles In 25-Year Military Deal With China

Following the end on the 18th of October of the 13-year United Nations’ embargo on Iran buying or selling weapons, the roll-out of the military component of the 25-year deal between China and Iran will begin in November, as exclusively revealed by Oil Price.com.

Oct 20 06:09

Escobar: There Won't Be An Iranian 'October Surprise'

No Washington-designed “maximum pressure” has been able to derail a crucial milestone this Sunday: the end of the UN arms embargo on Iran, in accordance with UN Security Council 2231, which has endorsed the 2015 JCPOA deal.

The JCPOA – or Iran nuclear deal – was unilaterally ditched by the Trump administration. But that, notoriously, did not prevent it from engaging in a massive campaign since April to convince the proverbial “allies” to extend the arms embargo and simultaneously trigger a snapback mechanism, thus re-imposing all UN sanctions on Tehran.

Foad Izadi, professor of International Studies at Tehran University, summed it all up:

“The US wanted to overthrow the government in Iran but failed obviously, they wanted to get more concessions out of Iran, but they have not been successful and they actually lost concessions. So the policy of maximum pressure campaign has failed.”

Oct 19 07:41

The Ridiculous Distortions of the Iran Obsession

Mike Pompeo gave an interview with Newsmax TV this week, and during that interview he made one of the most ridiculous statements he has uttered during his short, embarrassing tenure as Secretary of State:

The most important thing that President Trump did was recognize that the nuclear deal was dumb, that it was bad for America, that it presented real risk. And so he ripped America out of that back in May of 2018. Since then, we have taken a fundamentally different approach to stability in the Middle East. We recognize the Islamic Republic of Iran as the greatest threat to that peace – the greatest threat, frankly, to Americans all across this great country [bold mine-DL]. And so we have put enormous costs on the regime itself.

Pompeo knows as well as anyone that Iran poses no real threat to Americans in the U.S., so it is risible and dishonest for him to assert that Iran is somehow the “greatest threat” to Americans here.

Oct 19 06:51

Russia weighs military cooperation with Iran after arms embargo expiration: Foreign Ministry

The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman says Moscow will consider military technical cooperation with Iran in line with mutual interests after the expiration of a United Nations arms embargo on Tehran.

“We are convinced that all possibilities stemming from the expiration of the provisions of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 that are linked with military technical cooperation with Iran will be duly taken into account and used on the basis of mutual benefit and in the interests of the peoples of our two states,” Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

She was referring to the resolution that endorsed a multilateral 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major world powers, including Russia.

All the parties to the talks about Iran’s nuclear program were aware from the very beginning that there is no link between restrictions on weapons supplies to Tehran and the settlement of issues pertaining to its nuclear program, added Zakharova.

Oct 19 06:24

'Made In Iran' Movement Bolsters "Resistance Economy" To Beat Trump Sanctions

For the few international travelers which have walked the streets of either Tehran or Damascus at any point in recent history, it comes as a bit of a shock and pleasant surprise to see so few Western brands, companies and chains on the streets in all cities.

Even Egypt has multiple McDonald's and Burger King restaurants, but after years of sanctions and international isolation, in Iran and Syria the streets are lined only with locally-owned stores, restaurants, and clothing brands. To a large degree, these wartime and sanctions adaptable economies have allowed these countries to stay afloat even as the West essentially wages economic warfare, but just barely.

Oct 19 06:23

As UN Arms Embargo Expires, Iran Celebrates "Clear Reality" Of US Defeat

Today the United Nations weapons embargo on Iran expires which has been in effect for 13 years but was negotiated to end on Oct.18 as a key stipulation of the 2015 nuclear deal (JCPOA) brokered under Obama. The Trump administration has tried to fight the expiration of the embargo tooth and nail while claiming authority to enact snap back sanctions.

Iranian officials on Sunday hailed it as a "clear reality" of the defeat of the US on this front, with the ambassador to to the UK quoted in state-run IRNA saying, "Today the international community once again expressed support for multilateralism and openly opposed to the U.S. attempt to prevent the implementation of one of the significant achievements of international diplomacy."

He underscored that "The US has been defeated in its diplomacy and this is a clear reality."

Oct 19 06:12

As Iran Arms Embargo Expires, Pompeo Threatens Anyone Who Sells to Iran

After months of US opposition, the Iran arms embargo at the UN has expired, and despite the US opposition, UN officials are uniform in agreement that it actually has expired. Don’t tell that to the Trump Administration though, as they insist it’s still in place.

Reflecting US promises to enforce the non-existent embargo themselves, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened to impose US sanctions on any nations that sell arms to Iran, or offer them training or services.

That’s been the US position since they failed to extend the embargo, but it’s not clear it will actually do anything, as the nations most likely to provide Iran with arms and services, Russia and China, will almost certainly ignore US threats the same way they do on everything else Iran-related.

Oct 19 06:09

Gantz: Israel will do whatever it takes to stop Iran rearming as UN embargo ends

Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Sunday vowed to take “whatever measures necessary” to prevent Iran from purchasing weapons after a United Nations arms embargo against the country ended despite an American effort to extend it.

Earlier on Sunday, the Iranian foreign ministry announced that it considered the ban on weapons sales to be fully over.

Oct 18 21:14

Defense Minister says Iran will sell weapons to countries despised by US

"...Iran’s defense minister says the country is going to support the countries that seek to defend their existence now that the UN Security Council’s restrictions on Tehran’s arms trade are lifted.

Brigadier General Amir Hatami said Iran will sell arms to the countries despised by the Americans if they ask for it..."

Oct 18 06:45

Iran Threatens Response To Errant Missiles On Its Territory From Nagorno-Karabkh Conflict

Iran has warned both Azerbaijan and Armenia over multiple instances of errant missiles landing within Iranian territory amid fighting over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh autonomous region. Both countries share a border with Iran's northern provinces, and in some cases fighting has been so close to Iran's border than Iranian citizens are close enough to watch the battle unfold before their eyes.

On Thursday Iran's state media reported a major incident wherein at least 10 missiles landed to two Iranian villages of Khudaferin district. Iran's IRNA said one missile struck a house, injuring a civilian. Iran's foreign ministry promptly warned both sides of the war that harm to its citizens is a "red line" for which the Islamic Republic would respond.

Oct 17 11:53

Iran Ready for Arms Trade as Clock Ticking for Embargo Lifting

"...The spokesperson for Iran’s UN mission voiced the country’s readiness to begin arms trade with the friends as soon as a decade-old arms embargo on Tehran is removed on Sunday.

“Iran has many friends and trading partners, and has a robust domestic arms industry to ensure its defense requirements against foreign aggression,” Alireza Miryousefi told Newsweek in an interview published on Friday..."

Oct 17 07:44

Iran hawk Bolton admits receiving ‘tens of thousands of dollars’ from MKO

Former US national security advisor John Bolton has admitted to receiving tens of thousands of dollars from the anti-Iran terrorist cult of Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO) at a time when the group was still a banned terrorist outfit and not removed from the Washington’s black list.

In an interview with Al Jazeera's Presenter Mehdi Hassan, the Iran hawk was asked to expound on his long-time animosity with the Islamic Republic as well as his relationship with the MKO, which has long been responsible for the death, assassination and torture of thousands of Iranians.

“How much of your antipathy towards Iran is to do with geopolitics, and how much is to do with the fact that you have a long association with a group called MKO which was once a terrorist group banned by the state department while you worked there,” Hassan asked Bolton.

Oct 15 05:52

Delivery Of 2 Million Flu Vaccines To Iran Blocked By US Sanctions On Banks

Last Thursday the US Treasury announced fresh sanctions on 18 Iranian banks in order to “stop illicit access to U.S. dollars” — a move widely seen as the most aggressive and devastating measure against Iran's financial sector to date.

Given it effectively blacklists the entire Iranian financial system, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tried to proactively address European allies and international critics' concerns that this would only massively increase the suffering of the common Iranian people amid a raging pandemic. His statement last week vowed that certain exemptions will "continue to allow for humanitarian transactions to support the Iranian people."

But now Iranian health officials say they've been prevented by US sanctions from importing 2 million influenza vaccines, amid a desperate and deteriorating health crisis inside the country.

Oct 14 06:01

US Seized Iranian Gasoline, But Legal Battle Ensues on If They Can Sell It

Described by the Justice Department as the largest fuel shipment from Iran ever taken, the US is slowly shipping the gasoline up the coast to New Jersey. Officials want to sell it, but that’s a legal issue that the Justice Department has yet to sort out.

Four gasoline tankers were seized by the US, to prevent delivery to Venezuela. The way the administration figures it, it’s Iranian gas, so it belongs to the Revolutionary Guards, which gives them a license to take it and sell it.

The actual owners of the gasoline disagree, saying they own the gasoline, not Iran, and that the US can’t just take it. The US has just taken it, to be clear, but they have to get through court to be allowed to sell it.

Oct 14 05:25

Coronavirus & Sanctions Have Plunged Iran's Currency To Lowest Level In History

On Monday Iran announced it suffered its highest single-day death toll from the coronavirus since the pandemic began, with 272 confirmed dead, up from the 251 deceased from the disease the day before. The grim report also came alongside news that two senior government officials were infected - the head of Iran's atomic energy organization as well as the country's vice president.

Out of a total population of just over 80 million, Iran has tallied more than 508,000 confirmed cases and 29,070 total deaths as of Tuesday, however, the true number of cases has long been believed to be much higher, even in the millions according to prior estimates of President Rouhani.

Headlines of the record day for virus deaths plunged Iran's currency to its lowest level ever. This also as there's been a steady rise in daily cases, including 3822 new cases from the 24 hours of Saturday into Sunday, according to the AP.

Oct 14 00:17

Trump administration pushes the US war on Iran into high gear

"...The Trump administration is pushing the US war on Iran into high gear with these new ramped-up sanctions that are more extreme than just about any sanctions anyone has ever applied anywhere.

These sanctions are now stopping basic medical equipment from getting into Iran such as the Mepilex dressings from Sweden that are used to treat wounds, serious wounds. Apparently, Trump and his Zionist backers want Iranians to be wounded and not to heal. They want to inflict horrific pain on ordinary Iranian people..."

Oct 13 06:52

Trump administration pushes the US war on Iran into high gear

The Trump administration is pushing the US war on Iran into high gear with these new ramped-up sanctions that are more extreme than just about any sanctions anyone has ever applied anywhere.

These sanctions are now stopping basic medical equipment from getting into Iran such as the Mepilex dressings from Sweden that are used to treat wounds, serious wounds. Apparently, Trump and his Zionist backers want Iranians to be wounded and not to heal. They want to inflict horrific pain on ordinary Iranian people.

Why would they do that? Well, the Zionists obviously have a sadistic personality disorder. They've perpetrated by far the worst Holocaust ever in modern history by not only destroying Palestine but also dragging the US into wars that have killed well over 10 million people. It's 27 million, according to Dr. Gideon Polya who's a Jewish scientist operating out of Australia.

Oct 13 06:34

Iran decries U.S. embargoes barring access to medical, humanitarian supplies

The Iranian Judiciary's High Council for Human Rights has urged the world to oppose U.S. "crimes" of embargoes barring Iranians' access to medical and humanitarian supplies.

"The enforcement and intensification of unjust, illegal and inhumane embargoes by the U.S. regime ... have not only caused problems for Iran's normal economic, financial and banking relations, but also made purchase of medicines, diagnostic kits and laboratory equipment practically impossible," the council said on Sunday in a statement, Tasnim news agency reported on Monday.

It said Washington had already embarked on committing "crimes against humanity" by unilaterally withdrawing in 2018 from the 2015 international nuclear deal and since then imposing "the toughest embargoes against the Iranian nation."

Oct 12 07:10

What Does Biden’s ‘Deliberate Ambiguity’ on Iran Sanctions Imply?

The Trump administration tightened the noose further around Iran’s beleaguered economy on Thursday, October 8, announcing a fresh round of sanctions that will effectively shut the country out of the global financial system.

The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on eighteen major Iranian banks in one of the most extensive such moves by Washington against Tehran in months. The order will also penalize non-Iranian institutions trading with them, effectively cutting the banks off from the international financial system.

Significantly, the sanctions also target foreign companies that do business with the banks, giving them 45 days to cease such activities or face “third-party sanctions.”

Oct 12 07:00

The undeniable cruelty of Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ on Iran

The Trump administration calls its policy towards Iran one of “maximum pressure.” By its latest move, it would more properly be called “siege and starve,” as the feigned interest in establishing leverage for comprehensive negotiations with Iran has been replaced by a full-throttle push to pulverize Iran’s economy and collapse its social and economic life.

Oct 12 06:59

IAEA: Iran Lacks Uranium to Make Even One Nuclear Bomb

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director Rafael Grossi took the opportunity in an interview this weekend to publicly dismiss allegations about Iran nearing breakout capability, saying they don’t have enough enriched uranium to even make a single nuclear bomb.

A lot has been made of “breakout time,” with the Iranian uranium stockpile growing, but Grossi noted Iran is still only enriching at below the 4.5%, low levels they committed to under the nuclear deal. Iran has never attempted to go beyond 20% enrichment, while weaponization would require 90% to 95%.

Grossi said that the IAEA doesn’t look at breakout time, but rather at the quantity of enriched uranium needed for a weapon, reiterating that Iran “does not have this significant quantity at the moment.”

Oct 12 06:17

Iran rights council: US criminal sanctions target Iranians’ lives, health

Iran’s top human rights council has strongly condemned recent US sanctions on Iranian financial system and banks, noting that by curtailing the country’s access to medicine and other humanitarian equipment, Washington’s sanctions are taking direct aim at Iranian people’s lives and health.

“Enforcement and intensification of unjust, illegal and inhuman sanctions by the US regime and their implementation by certain European countries ... have not only caused problems for Iran’s normal economic, financial and banking relations [with other countries], but also made purchase of drugs, diagnostic kits, and laboratory equipment practically impossible amid difficult conditions caused by the coronavirus pandemic,” Iranian Judiciary’s High Council for Human Rights said in a statement on Sunday.

Oct 10 11:38

Europe And The New Sanctions On Iran

The U.S. has imposed new sanctions on Iran which will make ANY trade with the country very difficult:

[T]he Trump administration has decided to impose yet further sanctions on the country, this time targeting the entirety of the Iranian financial sector. These new measures carry biting secondary sanctions effects that cut off third parties’ access to the U.S. financial sector if they engage with Iran’s financial sector. Since the idea was first floated publicly, many have argued that sanctioning Iran’s financial sector would eviscerate what humanitarian trade has survived the heavy hand of existing U.S. sanctions.
Behind the move was pressure from the Zionist lobby. President Trump is in need of campaign funds and the lobby provides those. The move is also designed to preempt any attempts by a potentially new administration to revive the nuclear agreement with Iran:

Oct 10 08:08

Envoy Urges European Action against US Sanctions on Iranian Banks

"...Iran's permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna called on European countries to take action to defy the new sanctions the US has imposed on Iranian banks.

In a post on his Instagram page, Kazem Gharibabadi said Europe shoulders a heavy responsibility with regards to the United States’ fresh sanctions on a number of Iranian banks..."

Oct 10 06:48

'Don't f*** around with us': Donald Trump threatens to do 'things' to Iran 'that have never been done before' as he drops the F-bomb during 'radio rally' with Rush Limbaugh - but obscenity is CENSORED for listeners

President Donald Trump dropped an f-bomb on conservative Rush Limbaugh's radio show Friday during a two-hour talk-fest in which he was played off by music.

'If you f*** around with us, if you do something bad to us, we are going to do things to you that have never been done before,' Trump said in a burst of conversation about Iran.

Radio listeners weren't treated to the president's profanity, a part of that section was edited out. It is, however, included in a transcript posted on Limbaugh's website.

Oct 10 06:44

New U.S. sanctions on Iran an effort to stop meds, food purchases - Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday called new U.S. sanctions on Iran’s banks an attempt to prevent purchases of medicine and food, state broadcaster IRIB reported.

“The President called the U.S. effort to create serious obstacles for fund transfers for the supply of medicine and food cruel, terrorist and inhumane,” IRIB said.

Oct 10 06:23

‘War Is Imminent’: Iraq’s Kadhimi Moves to Fend Off US Threat to Target Pro-Iran Groups

The United States has drawn up a list of 80 sites in Iraq linked to Iranian-backed groups that it plans to target if it follows through with a threat to close its embassy in Baghdad, Middle East Eye has learned.

The sites include secret headquarters and shelters used by Hadi al-Amiri and Qais Khazali, the respective leaders of the Badr Organisation and Asaib Ahl al-Haq (AAH), as well as sites associated with Kataeb Hezbollah (KH).

All three are Shia armed groups supported by Tehran which are also part of the Popular Mobilisation Forces under the nominal control of the Iraqi government.

Political leaders and armed group commanders told MEE that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shared hundreds of satellite images of the 80 sites with Iraqi President Barham Salih during a phone call on 20 September.

Oct 09 06:20

US to impose new financial sanctions against Iran: Trump administration officials

"...The administration of US President Donald Trump plans to impose additional sanctions on Iran’s financial sector that would block the few remaining avenue of legal financial exchange with Tehran, according to three administration officials..."

Oct 08 12:42

US Treasury Imposes Crushing Sanctions On 18 Major Iranian Banks

No matter what level of emergency crisis is unfolding at the White House, there's always room for more sanctions on Iran, apparently, and 'maximum pressure' is always on.

On Thursday the US Treasury announced fresh sanctions on 18 more Iranian banks, according to the department's website, in order to “stop illicit access to U.S. dollars.”

This after last month the Trump administration was reportedly mulling aggressive sanctions on the entirety of Iran's financial system, essentially seeking to cut the Islamic Republic off entirely from the outside world. Thus it now appears Washington is moving to effectively blacklist the entire Iranian financial system in this latest devastating blow.

Oct 07 07:30

Iran’s President decries sending of Syrian ‘terrorists’ to Nagorno-Karabakh, warns fighting could spark REGIONAL WAR

Tehran can’t tolerate deploying militants from Syria to the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, where fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia affects Iran’s borders and may evolve into a regional conflict, President Rouhani warned.

The Islamic Republic will focus on ensuring “the security of our cities and villages” that appear to be lying within reach of stray shells or rockets coming from inside the conflict zone, the Iranian president warned, during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

Oct 06 06:38

IRAN THREATENS TO “SINK” UAE & ISRAEL OVER 3 DISPUTED ISLANDS IN GULF

Recall that following last month’s historic UAE-Israeli peace deal, which marked the first time in history Israel inked a peace deal to open formal diplomatic relations with an Arab gulf state, Iran angrily reacted by telling UAE it’s “now made itself a target” in response to any future Israeli aggression.

Iran interpreted the White House brokered agreement as yet more bolstering of what was already an increasing Gulf Sunni and Israeli alliance to break the so-called ‘Shia crescent’ – which is largely what regime change efforts targeting Syria’s Assad were all about.

It now appears Tehran is ready to heighten its own pressure campaign on its weaker but wealthier neighbor which sits just across the volatile Strait of Hormuz by pressing Iran’s claim over three small contested islands.

Oct 06 06:26

US Orders Iran to Pay $1.46 Billion Judgment for Missing FBI Agent

US District Judge Timothy Kelly has issued a decision in which he ordered Iran to pay $107 million in compensatory damages and $1.3 billion in punitive damages in the disappearance and potential torture of former FBI agent Robert Levinson.

The attorney argued this was fair for the “pain and suffering” of the family, saying Iran had “tortured the family in a way.” Not in a literal way, and potentially not even in a figurative way, since it’s not clear Iran was at all involved in this.

Oct 06 06:13

“Israel’s Presence Near the Iranian Border Would Also Put Them in Direct Confrontation with Iran.” Dr. Javad Heirannia

Recently, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed the “Abraham Accord” with Israel. More Arab countries are rumored to be willing to also sign an alliance with Israel. Analysts agree that the common perceived threat they share is Iran. “The enemy of my enemy is my friend,” is the glue which cements the once unthinkable alliances. In an effort to better understand the various issues between Iran, the US, Israel and the region, Steven Sahiounie of MidEastDiscourse reached out to Dr. Javad Heirannia, a Middle East expert and director of international relations at Tahlil Bazaar News Agency.

Oct 05 06:50

Russia Says "No Problem" Delivering S-400 Missiles To Iran When UN Embargo Expires

Currently Iran already operates the S-300 anti-air defense system, but just ahead of the major UN weapons embargo set to expire this month, which the US contests, Russia has once again strongly suggested that it's poised to transfer its more advanced S-400 system to Iran.

The latest comments on the issue were made Saturday by Russia's ambassador to Tehran Dzhagaryan who told an Iranian newspaper Saturday it would be “no problem” for Moscow, in effect signaling a green light for such a deal.

“As you know, S-300s have already been delivered. Russia has no problem delivering S-400s to Iran. This was never a problem from the very beginning,” the ambassador said.

Oct 05 06:34

While Turkey encourages Karabakh violence, Iran fears domestic strife

The fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan is energizing nationalist and ethnic tensions in neighboring Turkey and Iran. While Ankara encourages the violence, Tehran fears rising ethnic tensions among its own Armenian and Azerbaijani minorities.

Start with Turkey, the larger economic force in the Caucasus. For months Ankara’s full-throttled support for Azerbaijan, its bellicose rhetoric and their joint military drills, have looked like preparations for war. President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an is using the conflict to boost his credentials with nationalists and distract from perpetual economic crisis at home, much as he has done around the Mediterranean in recent years.

Oct 04 07:22

MAJOR: Russia Ready To Supply S-400 To Iran

Russian Ambassador to Tehran Levan Dzhagaryan said that his country recognizes the expiration of UN arms sanctions against Iran on October 18 and is ready to supply the country with its S-400 air defense system.

Oct 03 07:43

UK’s lead role in 1953 Iran coup d’etat exposed

A recently discovered transcript of an interview with a British intelligence officer who played a leading role in the 1953 coup that restored powers to the shah of Iran claims that Britain was the driving force behind the overthrow of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh.

On the anniversary of the UK-US-led coup d’etat that removed Iran’s democratically elected leader, an interview with Norman Darbyshire – head of the MI6 spy agency’s “Persia” station in Cyprus at the time – was published.

Oct 03 07:29

Iran Detains UAE Ship, Summons UAE Envoy Over Shooting Incident

The chargé d’affaires of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was summoned to the Iranian Foreign Ministry over the UAE coast guard’s move to shoot at a number of Iranian fishing boats and the seizure of one of them in the Persian Gulf on August 17, 2020.

Right after the incident in which two fishermen were also killed, relevant Iranian officials put on their agenda an immediate investigation into the tragic event. After the situation on the ground was carefully examined, the UAE diplomat was summoned to the ministry in the early hours of the following days by the director of the International Legal Affairs Department of the ministry, Tasnim News Agency reported.

At the ministry, the Iranian official condemned the UAE vessels’ harassment of the Iranian fishing boats, saying the responsibility for this illegal and out-of-norm move rests with the UAE government.

Oct 03 07:25

Iranians Raided Tanker Off UAE Searching for 1M Barrels of Petroleum Seized by U.S.; DOJ: ‘They Were Looking For Their Gas’

Iranian forces were looking for 1.1 million barrels in petroleum products seized by the U.S. Justice Department when they took over a merchant tanker in the Gulf of Oman earlier this week, DoJ officials confirmed to USNI News.

On Friday, the DoJ announced the U.S. had seized more than 1.1 million barrels of petroleum, owned by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, from four merchant tankers bound for Venezuela.

“The government announced today that it has successfully executed the seizure order and confiscated the cargo from all four vessels, totaling approximately 1.116 million barrels of petroleum. With the assistance of foreign partners, this seized property is now in U.S. custody,” reads a statement from the Department of Justice.
“These actions represent the government’s largest-ever seizure of fuel shipments from Iran.”

Oct 03 07:15

US confirms the seizure of four Iranian tankers headed to Venezuela

Washington confirmed Friday earlier reports that it had seized Iranian tankers believed to be carrying a multimillion-dollar fuel shipment to Venezuela.

“These actions represent the government’s largest-ever seizure of fuel shipments from Iran,” a statement from the US Justice Department said.

Oct 03 07:12

Iran's Oil Exports Jump in September Defying Sanctions

Iranian oil exports have risen sharply in September in defiance of U.S. sanctions, three assessments based on tanker tracking showed, throwing a lifeline to the Islamic Republic and its collapsing economy.

Exports have shrunk from over 2.5 million barrels per day (bpd) since the United States withdrew from a nuclear deal with Iran and reimposed sanctions in 2018. Still, Iran has been working to get around the measures and keep exports flowing.

Data from TankerTrackers and two other firms indicated exports are rising in September, although the figures fall into a wide range of between 400,000 bpd and 1.5 million bpd, reflecting the difficulty in tracking the shipments.

Oct 03 07:11

A pipeline built for Iran may turn Israel into a major crude oil transportation hub

Following the normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, it is possible the UAE will make use of a crude oil pipeline originally built by Israel and pre-revolution Iran – and turn Israel into a major center for the transport of oil between regions, 246 Mag reports. In using the pipeline, the UAE could bypass transporting oil through the Suez Canal and save a great deal of money on shipping costs.

The Eilat-Ashkelon-Haifa oil pipeline was built in 1959, following the Suez Crisis of 1956. The pipeline was predominantly used to ship Iranian crude oil from Shah-era Iran to Europe, avoiding the Egypt-controlled Suez Canal. The transfer of oil from Iran to Europe through Israel was terminated after the Iranian Revolution of 1979, 246 Mag reports.

Oct 03 06:57

US bullying with regard to JCPOA backfires, isolating the US

The terms and conditions stipulated in the JCPOA, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, are crystal clear, with the 18th of October clearly set as the termination date for the arms embargo on Iran.

The USA, despite having unilaterally left the JCPOA and no longer being a party to the agreement, has been rallying its allies since April in the hope of extending the embargo and, eventually, triggering the snapback mechanism, to re-impose ALL sanctions on Iran!

That would entail retaining the arms embargo beyond October 18th in addition to the suspension of all nuclear enrichment-related and reprocessing activities. Since imports to Iran would consequently be banned; imports of anything that could contribute to those activities would cease.

Oct 03 06:53

Strategic partnership deal with China will mark new chapter in bilateral ties: Iran

Congratulating China on its National Day, Iran has hailed strategic ties between the two countries, saying the partnership agreement that Tehran and Beijing are working to finalize will open a new chapter in bilateral relations.

In a message to his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, on Thursday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani congratulated the Chinese people and government on the occasion of their National Day.

Tehran and Beijing have been standing side by side in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak, he emphasized, expressing Iran’s readiness to cooperate with China in producing COVID-19 vaccine.

“I am sure that the conclusion and signing of the 25-year comprehensive strategic cooperation plan between the two countries will be a large step towards advancing common interests in line with international peace and security and confronting unilateralism,” Rouhani said.

Oct 01 10:05

Analysis | Netanyahu and Erdogan in Unlikely Alliance Against Iran in Nagorno-Karabakh?

Azerbaijani cargo planes landing at Israeli air force bases in the Negev are a relatively common sight, attesting to the extensive arms deals between the two countries. But the frequency of arrivals and timing of Ilyushin Il-76 freighters – two of which landed at Uvda last Thursday, just two days before a major escalation in the ongoing conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, followed by two more on Tuesday and Wednesday – suggest both the preparation and replenishing of Azerbaijani forces for the latest bout of fighting around the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, now in its fourth day.

Sep 30 07:36

Tehran rejects media allegations of arms transfer to Armenia via Iran

Iran has dismissed as lies reports by some media outlets about the transfer of weapons and military equipment to Armenia through the territory of the Islamic Republic.

“The movement of trucks and the transit of conventional civilian goods between the Islamic Republic of Iran and neighboring countries have been ongoing as usual,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said.

However, he added, “in addition to closely monitoring and controlling the movements and transit of goods to other countries, Iran does not allow the use of its soil for the transfer of weapons and ammunition.”

Sep 30 06:32

Iran FM calls for immediate cessation of hostilities, Yerevan-Baku dialogue

Iran’s foreign minister has reacted to the latest round of military confrontation in South Caucasus, emphasizing that the Islamic Republic is ready to do all in its power to restore peace to that region, because "our region needs peace now."

Mohammad Javad Zarif made the remarks in a Twitter post on Sunday, in which he called for “an immediate end to hostilities,” and urging, “dialogue to resolve differences.”

Iran’s foreign minister also indicated the Islamic Republic’s readiness to "provide good offices to enable talks" between

Sep 29 07:54

Netanyahu Not Ruling Out Preemptive Strike Against Iran

Last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the UN Security Council's decision not to allow an extension of the arms embargo on Iran as "scandalous", adding his country is set to continue jointly working with the United States to thwart what he called "Iranian aggression".

Israel has not ruled out a preemptive strike against Iran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned during a memorial service on Tuesday for those who fell in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, an Arab-Israeli military standoff.

"A preemptive strike is a difficult thing to do. I know that if Iran wants to base itself in the north, we are ready to fight them. This is a direct lesson of the Yom Kippur War", noted Netanyahu, asserting that they "will do everything in order to protect the State of Israel; we are not ruling out a preliminary strike".

Sep 29 07:14

Trump Administration Prepares Broad New Iran Sanctions

The exact wording is still being worked on, but the Trump Administration is preparing to introduce a new round of sanctions against Iran in general, and its financial sector in particular. The goal an executive order from Trump imposing these before the election.

Again, how it works isn’t yet confirmed, but the idea is to prevent every last avenue of legal financial exchange for Iran. Since this is already effectively the case with existing sanctions, the changes are likely to be minor.

These new restrictions will be presented as closing “loopholes,” and some officials are saying that the real goal is to prevent Joe Biden, if he wins the election, from easily reversing the sanctions and returning the US to the nuclear deal.

Sep 29 06:50

Video: US Is Preparing Military Response to Wave of Iranian-backed Attacks on Its Forces in Iraq

Over the past months, attacks on convoys of the US-led coalition moving military equipment and supplies have become an ordinary development in Iraq. Local Iranian-backed resistance groups demanding a US military withdrawal from the country have conducted over two dozen attacks so far. The most recent ones took place on September 22 and 23.

The September 22 attack erupted in the district of al-Dujayl, around 60 km to the north of Baghdad. According to Iraq’s Security Media Cell, the convoy was targeted with an improvised explosive device. No casualties were reported. On the afternoon of September 23, a second supply convoy of the U.S.-led coalition was targeted in the district of Awja, more than 160 km north of Baghdad.

Sep 29 00:15

Trump admin mulls new sanctions on Iran’s financial sector

"...The Trump administration is considering fresh sanctions to sever Iran’s economy from the outside world except in limited circumstances, by targeting more than a dozen banks and labeling the entire financial sector off-limits, three people familiar with the matter said.

The move would effectively leave Iran – which has seen its economy crushed by the loss of oil sales and most other trade thanks to existing American restrictions – isolated from the global financial system, slashing the few remaining legal linkages it has and making it more dependent on informal or illicit trade..."

Sep 28 09:33

With spy series 'Tehran,' Israelis reach out to an enemy

The show's creators hope that offering viewers a sympathetic view of Iran - one of Israel's greatest regional foes - could open hearts and maybe be a stepping stone for future dialogu

The series opens with a commercial flight from Jordan to India that's suddenly diverted to Iran. A few of the passengers on board have secrets. Those secrets will soon have war jets scrambling and a covert manhunt launching.

As audacious as the premise, “Tehran” is equally bold: an Israeli production that offers viewers a sympathetic view of Iran — one of Israel's greatest foes — without anyone from the production setting foot in the Islamic Republic.

Sep 28 09:22

Iran and Iraq agree to boost ties in high-level meetings

Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein has concluded a two-day diplomatic trip to Tehran, during which he met with top Iranian officials to discuss boosting political and economic ties, and the role of the United States in the region.

On Saturday, Hussein met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, and parliament Speaker Mohammed Bagher Ghalibaf.

Sep 28 07:16

Iran to Help Syria Rebuild Air Defenses to Better Withstand Ceaseless Israeli Aggression

Iran’s military is reporting they’ve made a deal with the Syrian government to help rebuild their air defense systems, and have signed a new contract to begin when the Iran arms embargo expires next month.

Details of what the contract said is unclear, but the Iranians say they are ready to export some arms with the embargo’s expiration.

The likely arms are Sayyad-2, as the Syrians have S-200 launchers, which are compatible with the Iranian missiles.

Syria has invested a lot in air defenses over the years, but over the past year they’ve lost a lot of capacity in some parts of the country, facing near constant Israeli attacks. The systems are mostly bought from Russia, but Iran’s compatible parts may be cheaper.

Sep 28 07:01

Zarif says US simply lying about sanctions not affecting humanitarian items

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Washington is simply lying when it claims its unilateral sanctions have had no impact on the delivery of humanitarian items to the Iranian people.

“Whatever the Americans are saying about their sanctions not affecting humanitarian items is just [a] lie,” the Iranian foreign minister told Russia Today on Sunday.

Zarif said the United States has not only hindered Iran’s oil export, but also denied the Islamic Republic access to its “own money.”

“The United States first of all limited our financial resources by preventing us from selling oil and, secondly, it is preventing us from having access even to our own money.”

Sep 28 07:00

US sanctions are harming Iran’s Covid-19 response & amount to ‘medical terrorism’, FM Zarif tells RT

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has accused the United States of impeding his country’s ability to fight coronavirus, explaining that US sanctions have prevented the purchase of critical medical supplies.

Washington’s efforts to stop Tehran from exporting oil have limited the government’s ability to respond to the global health crisis and provide relief to the Iranian people, Zarif said in an interview with ‘Worlds Apart’ host Oksana Boyko. The top Iranian diplomat noted that Iran also has “quite a bit of money stashed in countries abroad,” but that the US has prevented Tehran from gaining access to these funds, even to buy medicine.

Zarif lamented that, due to US sanctions, Iran could not use its “own money” to ensure access to coronavirus vaccines under development. Iran cannot even purchase doses of influenza vaccine, the foreign minister said.

Sep 28 06:57

CIA Spy’s Dream: IRGC Opens Massive National Aerospace Park in Tehran - Video

The Islamic Republic has made major strides in its defence electronics, rocketry, radar and space technology industries in recent years, and demonstrated the extent of its capabilities through the successful launch of a new generation of satellites, and the destruction of a stealthy $220 million US drone which violated its airspace last year.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps have inaugurated a large new National Aerospace Park in Tehran on Sunday, with the permanent exhibition showing off the achievements of the Middle Eastern nation’s defence and aerospace industries.

The exhibition, located inside a giant hanger facility, features an array of equipment and technologies, including full-scale mockups of various classes of missiles and rockets, radar systems, rocket engines, defence electronics components, prospective and fielded drones, and satellites.

Sep 28 05:51

American Space Force Installs Military Base in the Persian Gulf to Monitor Iran

The sixth and newest branch of the U.S. Armed Forces now has an overseas base. A squadron of 20 soldiers has been sent to an air base in Al Udeid, which is in a desert in Qatar, where the first unit abroad of the American Space Force will be deployed. The Space Force is the first new military service since the creation of the Air Force in 1947 and the speed with which it managed to install its first base abroad is surprising. On Sunday (September 20), the U.S. Space Force posted a video on its Twitter account showing the military’s oath ceremony, which took place earlier this month. The number of troops in the region is provisional and is expected to increase soon.

Sep 27 05:35

Russia pledges military cooperation with Iran after UN arms embargo expires

Russia said Tuesday it will develop military cooperation with Tehran after a United Nations arms embargo on Iran expires next month, despite U.S. efforts to block arms deals.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said earlier this month that Washington would prevent Iran from purchasing Chinese tanks and Russian air defense systems as the U.N. arms embargo expiration approaches.

"New opportunities will emerge in our cooperation with Iran after the special regime imposed by U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231 expires on Oct. 18," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the Interfax news agency.

Sep 27 05:20

Enemies Lists on Display at the United Nations

The opening of the United Nations General Assembly in New York each September is generally notable for its two weeks of speeches by heads of state, foreign ministers and other government officials addressing their own fellow citizens through the medium of a world forum. This year was no exception except for the fact that the coronavirus pandemic meant that most speakers were not live, instead delivering their messages by means of pre-recorded videos.

Most of the speeches were bland, boasting of achievements back at home, and utterly predictable. Many also praised the United Nations as a gathering place where all nations could learn to get along. There were, however, some exceptions, with certain spokesmen using the bully pulpit to deliberately target regimes and foreign leaders for criticism, or even to deliver thinly veiled threats.

Sep 24 06:34

Don’t believe all the US lies on Iran. America’s sole aim is to get the country it ‘lost’ in 1979 back in its grip

Let’s not pretend US actions or words on Iran have any legitimacy. The real ‘threat to the world’ comes from self-righteous warmongers in Washington, not from Tehran.

We’ve heard it all over the past week. Iran is a “threat to the world”, a “sponsor of terrorism”, is “destabilizing the Middle East”, and the international community must “cooperate” over this grave threat by implementing crushing United Nations sanctions on the country, including an arms embargo, as part of a “snapback” option against it. Shamelessly, Mike Pompeo positions himself once again as a champion of freedom, claiming he is on a self-righteous mission to stop the tyranny of Iran from “obtaining a nuclear weapon”.

Sep 24 06:22

Iran Bucks US Sanctions to Export Venezuelan Crude

After defying U.S. sanctions by shipping a cargo of oil condensate to Venezuela just last week, Iran is using the same ship to help the Latin American country export its crude.

The Iran-flagged supertanker Honey, also known as Horse, is loading Venezuela’s top exported grade Merey 16 at Venezuela’s government-controlled port of Jose, according to a shipping report seen by Bloomberg. The shipments give some respite to the nation’s hobbled oil industry, as most shipowners avoid doing business with the country for fear of sanctions.

The vessel, which just discharged 2 million barrels of Iranian condensate , turned off its satellite signal to avoid detection after the U.S. was able to intercept 1.116 million barrels of gasoline going to Venezuela in August. Bloomberg reported that the ship was discharging its contents in Venezuela last week though ship-tracking signals still show the ship off the coast of Dubai.

Sep 23 12:06

IRAN SAYS HOUTHIS USE ITS MILITARY KNOW-HOW IN BATTLE AGAINST SAUDI ARABIA

Iran has supplied Ansar Allah (also known as the Houthis) with technical expertise and know-how, a spokesman for the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi said on September 22. However, the general claimed that Yemeni forces “have learned how to produce missiles, drones and weapons in Yemen on their own” and Iran has no military presence in the region. Shekarchi described what Iran is doing across the region as “spiritual and advisory presence”.

“Countries of the resistance front have armies and forces themselves. We provide them with advisory help. In order to share our experience with the people of Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen, our skilled forces go there and assist them, but this is the people and armies of these countries who stand against the enemies in practice,” the general stated.

Sep 22 07:27

US blockade of Iran would be an act of war: American analyst

Patrick Lawrence, an American political analyst and foreign affairs journalist, has said the US should not try to blockade the Islamic Republic of Iran in order to enforce illegal sanctions unilaterally, because blockades are acts of war.

For the first time in ten months, last week a US aircraft carrier sailed through the Strait of Hormuz and enters into the waters of the Persian Gulf, after Washington threatened to illegally extend an expiring arms embargo on Iran.

The US 5th Fleet said in a statement on Friday that the strike group led by the USS Nimitz and including two guided-missile cruisers and a guided-missile destroyer sailed into the Persian Gulf to operate and train with US partners.

The Nimitz strike group includes the USS Princeton and USS Philippine Sea, both guided-missile cruisers, and the guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett.

Sep 22 07:26

Iranian woman walks round the globe to introduce peace road

Every year on September 21 people around the world attempt to strengthen the ideals of peace in various ways.

The day was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Countries attempt to stop hostilities during the day and hold educational and cultural events to promote peace.

This year a common enemy, known as the coronavirus, has made it more necessary to promote peace and help the world get rid of the disaster.

Due to the spread of the virus, the programs are held with restrictions and few people participate.

In Iran, a woman has decided to walk around the world. She is going to introduce a peace road for the first time to the world. By travelling between peace symbols of different countries, this Iranian woman seeks to deliver Iran’s message of peace to other parts of the world.

Sep 22 07:20

Trump Admin Unilaterally Imposes UN Sanctions on Iran

On Monday, the Trump administration announced new sanctions on Iran under the guise of enforcing stipulations of the 2015 nuclear deal, an agreement the US withdrew from in 2018. The US is taking these measures unilaterally, with virtually no international support. The move is not only rejected by the UN Security Council but also by key European allies like the UK, Germany, and France.

President Trump signed an executive order on Monday that is meant to replace a UN arms embargo on Iran that will expire in October. The executive order allows the US to impose sanctions on any individual or entity that sells weapons to Iran.

Sep 22 07:20

Iran Offers Full Prisoner Exchange With US

On Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif made a video address to the Council of Foreign Relations in New York, during which he proposed a full exchange of prisoners held by the US and Iranian governments.

It’s unclear exactly how many prisoners this would cover, but Zarif said the offer was to exchange all prisoners, adding that “there are Iranians in US prisoners who are only there because they refuse to betray their country.”

Iran has some US citizens in prison on espionage charges, while mostly the Iranians held by the US are facing allegations of violating sanctions. The US has often demanded the unconditional release of all Americans held.

Exchanges are not unheard of. In December 2018 the US and Iran traded a pair of prisoners, and in June Iran released a Navy veteran who had contracted Covid-19, in return for the US allowing an Iranian-American doctor to visit Iran.

Sep 22 07:07

U.S. concerned about Iran-North Korea cooperation, seeks to prevent it - envoy

The United States is concerned about Iran’s cooperation with North Korea and will do whatever it can to prevent it, Elliott Abrams, Washington’s envoy on Iran, said on Monday.

Abrams was responding to a reporter’s question on whether the United States had seen evidence that Tehran and Pyongyang had resumed cooperation on long-range missile development.

He spoke shortly after the Trump administration slapped new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear and weapons programs.

Sep 22 06:58

The US’ Latest Anti-Iranian Sanctions Will Worsen the Trade War with China

The US’ latest anti-Iranian sanctions won’t change much when it comes to the Islamic Republic’s present economic predicament but will almost certainly provoke a worsening of the so-called “trade war” with China since the real intent seems to be to target the countless companies that are poised to participate in those two countries’ reported $400 billion strategic partnership agreement by replicating the model of “maximum pressure” that’s been experimented against Huawei over the past year.

Sep 20 12:50

Iran's Rouhani Vows "Crushing Response" After Pompeo Declares Restoration Of All Sanctions

Pompeo on Saturday announced the restoration of all sanctions on Iran, following the expiration of a 30-day window for the Islamic Republic to come back into conformity to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

But as even America's European allies point out, Washington is attempting to uphold 'snapback' sanctions based on a deal it pulled out of in May 2018. Undeterred, Pompeo announced the re-implementation of "virtually all previously terminated UN sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran."

Sep 20 09:33

US carrier transits Strait of Hormuz amid tensions with Iran

The USS Nimitz aircraft carrier safely transited on Friday through the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important chokepoint for oil shipments, the U.S. Navy said, as tensions with Iran continue to simmer.

Sep 20 06:46

Goal of Natanz explosion was to send ‘clear’ message to Iran - EXCLUSIVE

An explosion two months ago at a key Iranian uranium enrichment facility in Natanz was meant to send a message of determination to stop the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, The Jerusalem Post has learned. The purpose of the attack was to send an unambiguous deterrent message that progress toward a nuclear weapon beyond certain redlines would not be tolerated.

In addition, the Post has confirmed foreign reports that the explosion was caused by physical sabotage as opposed to exclusively cyberwarfare.

Sep 20 05:18

Britain, France, and Germany Spurn US Plan for Iran Sanctions

Trump Administration officials have been saying this for weeks, but on Friday reiterated their intentions to try to enforce a UN Security Council resolution that includes broad sanctions against Iran. Officials say they expect every nation to comply.

The glaring problem with this is that the resolution doesn’t exist, at least not as an active resolution the US wants. The P5+1 nuclear deal gave the US the authority to reimpose sanctions on Iran, but the US had withdrawn from that pact years ago. Though the Trump Administration argued that didn’t matter, the UN has virtually unanimously rejected their interpretation, and rejected the UN Security Council resolution. The US believes the resolution becomes active Sunday, but the reality is it just doesn’t exist legally.

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These actions spell desperation on the cusp of madness, and the world is not following suit; so, what is next here, an invasion of Iran?!?

Considering just how "brilliantly" the other US occupations around the world are going, you might imagine it might just be time for a "re-think" on this; but of course, Israel's Bibi Netanyahu will not allow that to happen; he wants the US waging war against Iran, so Israel will not have to.

Sep 19 08:26

US threatens sanctions for China and Russia over Iran arms deals

Chinese and Russian defense companies that strike weapons deals with Iran will suffer the “very full force” of U.S. sanctions, according to the State Department, despite Western disagreements about the legality of President Trump’s move to renew an international arms embargo.

“It's the position of the United States that the arms embargo should be extended, and had it been extended, we would not have had to snap back to restore the full panoply of U.N. sanctions,” State Department special representative Elliot Abrams, the lead official for Iran, told reporters Wednesday. "So, one practical effect, we believe, will be to say to arms manufacturers and traders around the world that if you engage in business with Iran, very full force of these new, or rather restored, sanctions will be felt immediately, they will be placed on you.”

Sep 19 08:22

US leaders ruining region, betraying own people to protect Israel: Iran's Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the US leaders, who have been providing all-out support for Israel, have not only ruined the West Asia region, but also betrayed their own people.

Zarif made the remarks in a Thursday tweet in clear allusion to recent comments by US President Donald Trump, who said during a rally in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on September 8 that the US was not involved in the Middle East for oil, but because we “want to protect Israel.”

Bragging about America’s energy independence during the rally, Trump said, “While I’m president, America will remain the number one producer of oil and natural gas in the world. We will remain energy independent. It should be for many, many years to come. The fact is, we don’t have to be in the Middle East, other than we want to protect Israel. We’ve been very good to Israel. Other than that, we don’t have to be in the Middle East.”

Sep 19 06:50

USS Nimitz aircraft carrier enters Persian Gulf after Pompeo’s threats against Iran

For the first time in ten months, a US aircraft carrier has sailed through the Strait of Hormuz and enters into the waters of the Persian Gulf, as Washington has threatened to illegally extend an expiring arms embargo on Iran.

The US 5th Fleet said in a statement on Friday that the strike group led by the USS Nimitz and including two guided-missile cruisers and a guided-missile destroyer sailed into the Persian Gulf to operate and train with US partners.

The Nimitz strike group includes the USS Princeton and USS Philippine Sea, both guided-missile cruisers, and the guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett.

“The [carrier strike group] will operate and train alongside regional and coalition partners, and provide naval aviation support to Operation Inherent Resolve,” read the statement.

Sep 19 06:48

After failure at UN, US says will work to hinder arms trades with Iran with its own action

Following a humiliating failure at the UN Security Council to secure an extension of the arms embargo against Iran, the United States has threatened to use its “secondary” sanctions to block any arms trades with Tehran after the expiry of the UN ban next month.

US Special Representative for Venezuela and Iran Elliott Abrams claimed on Wednesday that Washington could deny access to the US market to anyone who trades in weapons with Tehran.

Sanctions “will have a very significant impact” on arms manufacturers and traders that seek to do business with Tehran, he told reporters.

Sep 17 10:36

When it comes to Iran, how many failures is enough for Pompeo?

For many years Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has worked to bring Iran to heel, if not to destroy the Islamic Republic altogether. He would presumably prefer to accomplish those ends through economic and political warfare, but it is unlikely he would object to military attacks if that is what it takes. As a Congressman from Kansas as early as 2014, he was urging Washington to attack Tehran’s nuclear facilities, noting it would take “under 2,000 sorties,” or bombings, to do the job. “This is not an insurmountable task for the coalition forces,” he said.

Sep 16 07:27

Iran warns the UAE and Bahrain they will bear 'severe consequences' after they signed an historic peace deal with arch-foe Israel

Iran has warned the UAE and Bahrain they will be responsible for 'severe consequences' caused by the signing of an historic peace deal with Israel.

Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian President, blasted leaders of the two Arab states over the deal and accused them of forgetting 'their debt to the Palestinian people'.

'How could you reach out your hands to Israel? And then you want to give them bases in the region? All the severe consequences that would arise from this are on you,' he said in televised remarks.

Sep 16 07:18

President Trump Warns Iran Of Retaliation If They Assassinate US Ambassador

President Donald Trump has issued a stark warning to Iran if they go through with an alleged plan to assassinate the US ambassador to South Africa.

On Monday, reports emerged that Iran was considering assassinating the US ambassador to South Africa, Lana Marks, as retaliation for the killing of General Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian regime’s Quds Force, in a drone strike earlier this year.

US officials have been aware of a general attack on the ambassador since the spring, but intelligence suggests the threat has become far more specific in recent weeks, according to a government official. The Iranian Embassy in Pretoria is involved in the plot, they told Politico.

Sep 16 06:32

Pompeo Vows US Will Never Let Iran Acquire Russian & Chinese Weapons

Weeks ago the United States lost its bid to get the UN Security Council to extend the international arms embargo on Iran, which is set to expire October 18.

And now on Tuesday Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is vowing to never let Iran acquire Chinese and Russian weapons, but it remains unclear precisely how he hopes to make this happen.

Pompeo said during an interview with European radio broadcaster “France Inter” on Tuesday that “Nothing has been done so far to enable the extension of this ban, and therefore the United States assumed its responsibilities.” He's of course referencing the fact that the Europeans have by and large sought to uphold the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, or JCPOA.

Sep 15 05:30

Iran's Resistance Film Festival Key to Undo Hegemony of US Films: Canadian Journalist

"...A Canadian journalist and political analyst described the 16th Resistance International Film Festival underway in Iran as important in the face of the hegemony of American films..."

Sep 14 07:01

Iran Says It Chased Off US Spy Plane During Large-Scale Hormuz Exercises

On Friday the AFP reported on some surprising statement from Iran's military, which however remains unconfirmed from the US side:

The Iranian navy on Friday said it drove off American aircraft that flew close to an area where military exercises were underway near the Strait of Hormuz.

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