Iranian Major General Hossein Salami has denied claims about Iran targeting the US Ambassador to South Africa. The story, which was first reported by Politico, indicated that the Iranian leadership was looking to take out Ambassador Lana Marks in retaliation for the killing of Iranian major General Qasem Soleimani earlier this year.
On Saturday during the morning ceremony, the Iranian Lieutenant General Hussein Salami, commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps stated “The Islamic Republic will take revenge on all those who are indirectly or directly involved in the martyrdom of General Suleimani, and this is a very serious message.”
A new report published by Politico indicates that Iran is planning an assassination attack on the US ambassador to South Africa. It highlights that the move against Ambassador Lana Marks is being made in retaliation for the murder of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani earlier this year.
South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham reportedly begged US President Donald Trump to scrap plans to assassinate Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani. This is according to a new tell-all book by journalist Bob Woodward called “Rage”. The book reveals the events leading up to the assassination Soleimani.
Following an agreement with UAE, a peace treaty with another Arab country Bahrain is a new step in a cherished dream of Israel and America to win recognition of the Jewish State of Israel without having to complete negotiations for the two state solution which has been most difficult considering the objection of the Palestinians to any type of compromise.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced that a US spy has been caught spying close to the Amuay and Cardon refineries. According to his statement, the man is linked to the CIA. He was reportedly found with a sizeable amount of money as well as specialized weapons. No further details have been revealed except that he is in detention.
Iran has announced that it is building a new facility in the mountains located close to the Natanz nuclear site. According to the government statement, it will be a much bigger complex than Natanz and will be used in the production of nuclear centrifuges. A segment of the Natanz facility was destroyed in July following a suspected sabotage attempt.
Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis has left for Tehran to hold talks with officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Iran has claimed that the issue is not about Iran-US relations. One of the topics of discussion is the Swiss financial solution. The first stop of Cassis’ travel was the city of Isfahan.
Last, week Haaretz published an opinion piece authored by Chuck Freilich titled “Can a Nuclear-armed Saudi Arabia Be Israel’s Partner for Peace?” The article was written by Charles Freilich, a former Israeli deputy national security adviser and long-time senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center.
Inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency have revealed that Iran has stockpiled over 10 times the maximum amount of enriched uranium allowed under the Iran nuclear deal. The latest revelation underlines the consequences of the nuclear talks’ breakdown after the Trump administration walked away from the pact in 2018.
Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, reacted to the report of the International Atomic Energy Agency. He said activity in the production of advanced centrifuges has expanded and the amount of enriched uranium has increased. Kamalvandi, told Iranian News Agency reporter on September 6th.
Hassan Younesi, the lawyer of the Afkari brothers, said the convicts of the protests of August 2018, announced the transfer of all three brothers from Adelabad prison in Shiraz to unknown places and their families were unaware of them.. The news has raised concerns about the possible execution of Navid Afkari.
US President Donald Trump has asked Iran to spare the life of Iranian pro-wrestler Navid Afkari. He has been handed two life sentences while his two brothers Vahid and Habib, who were prosecuted alongside him, face 54 and 27-year jail sentences respectively.
The beginning of the academic year in Iran due to the coronavirus outbreak was held in the virtual presence of Hassan Rouhani. This year, schools will start operating while there is still ambiguity about whether classes will be held in person or virtually. The students watched a video call to start off the year.
The United States has announced sanctions against 14 companies in Iran, China, and the United Arab Emirates for violating sanctions against Iran’s oil and petrochemical industries. The US Treasury Department has added a number of individuals and companies to its sanctions list as part of its “Maximum Pressure” policy.
Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis is scheduled to pay a three-day official visit to Tehran on Saturday at the head of a high-level delegation. According to the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the reason for this trip is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Swiss diplomatic presence in Iran.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded to Iran Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei’s remarks on Twitter about the UAE-Israel peace agreement. Pompeo also said he was waiting for Khamenei to respond to the killing of Uighur Muslims by the Chinese government.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has reiterated his readiness to establish direct contact between US officials and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Direct negotiations between the two countries could be an important step in reaching an agreement. However, experts remain skeptical.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has called the establishment of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates a “betrayal” of the Muslim world and the Palestinians. According to Reuters, Ayatollah Khamenei made the speech as senior U.S. and Israeli officials flew to Abu Dhabi to finalize the pact.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 11 people, including seven “Iranian government-affiliated militias,” were killed in an Israeli airstrike south of Damascus. According to the watchdog, which monitors the Syrian civil war, the death toll includes one civilian, three Syrian army soldiers, and seven Iranian-backed militants.
Alexander Stuchilin, the Deputy CEO of Rezonans, a Russian military research company, has claimed that Iran used the company’s radar systems to track down American stealth F-35 jets. He said that the Iranian military used the Rezonans-NE detection system to pinpoint the heading of F-35 stealth jets, and gain other critical information.
The Supreme Court of Israel has ruled that Israeli settler homes built on private Palestinian land are illegal. This is following a case brought forward by Palestinian plaintiffs. They contended that homes built by Israeli settlers on the Mitzpe Kramim zone in the West Bank were built on private land.
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ali Khamenei, held a mourning ceremony for the first night of Muharram on Wednesday. Unlike in previous years, “due to the observance of hygienic rules,” it was held without the presence of a crowd and in an empty hall, the Imam Khomeini Husseiniyah.
The Canadian government has confirmed that it has received a report from Iran’s Islamic Republic Aviation Authority about the crash of Flight 752, but this initial report contains only “limited and selected information.” Two federal cabinet ministers said they expect Iran to answer all questions.
A spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, for the first time, said that the explosion at the Natanz nuclear facility was the result of “sabotage.” On the eve of the meeting of the great powers in Vienna, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency will travel to Tehran on Monday.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Jerusalem on Monday to meet with Israeli officials. The purpose of the trip is to support President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan and Israel’s proximity to Arab countries. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu then met with Pompeo in the Prime Minister’s Office.
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ali Khamenei, said in a video meeting with members of President Hassan Rouhani’s government that the government should deal with the import of American luxury phones and the purchase of property abroad. He stressed that the return of currencies could have “logical reasons.”
A ship registered to a United Arab Emirates shipping company has been intercepted by Iranian authorities after it sailed into its territorial waters without authorization. The fishing vessel was detained following an incident in the UAE which led to the shooting of two Iranian fishermen. Tensions are high in the region.
Tooraj Zanganeh, head of the Civil Aviation Authority and deputy minister of roads and urban development of Iran, said in a press conference: “Nineteen seconds after the first missile hit the plane, the voices of pilots inside the cockpit, indicated that the passengers were alive, 25 seconds later the second missile hit the plane.”
US Gen. Kenneth Ackman, who was present at the handover ceremony, described the handover to the Iraqi army as a “historic event.” Maj. Gen. Tahseen al-Khafaji, the official spokesman for the Iraqi Joint Operations Headquarters, said Australian, New Zealand, and US forces were stationed at the base and said $347 million worth of equipment had been delivered to Iraqi forces.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in response to remarks by his Colombian counterpart that Venezuela was considering buying Iranian missiles, described the idea as “good” and called on his defense minister to negotiate with Iran. On Saturday described, the Venezuelan President called the purchase of missiles from Iran as a “good idea”.
Touraj Dehghani Zanganeh, head of the Iran Aviation Authority, confirmed that Iran would soon begin talks in Tehran on compensation for the victims of the Ukrainian airliner. Flight 752 (PS752) flight from Tehrand to Kiev operated by Ukraine International Airlines. on January 08, 2020, was shot down and all 174 passengers and crew died.
The inflation rate in the Middle East is now estimated to be 8.8% in 2020. With Egypt, possibly the fastest growing Arab country, growing at only 2%, most oil producing countries in the region are seeing economic contractions. The combination of Covid-19 hitting the local population and the oil decline has severely affected this region.
Arab oil exporters are forecasting oil supply cuts of about 50% in 2020 and 2021, levels that have been approved by OPEC agreements. The combination of significant cuts in production, $42 a barrel for oil, and Covid affecting local marketplaces, will have a significantly negative impact on regional economies.
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell and his deputy say the United States will not be able to activate the trigger mechanism against Iran by withdrawing from the nuclear deal. The foreign ministers of the three European countries on the side of the UN Security Council have also reacted negatively to US efforts in this regard.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo presented to the United Nations Security Council Washington’s request to bring back all international sanctions against Iran. The United States claims that the Islamic Republic has violated its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
The Abraham Accords— the peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates— is exciting to almost all Israelis and brings a new beginning in development of peace in the Middle East. The UAE is the first Gulf Arab nation to make peace with Israel. Egypt and Jordan already have friendly relations with Israel.
Iran seized a ship registered in the United Arab Emirates that entered its territorial waters this week, and said that the UAE Coast Guard had killed two Iranian fishermen. Tensions escalated between the two countries after the normalization of relations between the UAE and Israel.
Washington is seeking to re-impose sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran. President Donald Trump has announced that the United States intends to activate a “trigger mechanism” at the United Nations to reinstate all sanctions related to Iran’s nuclear program. “It’s a snapback,” Trump said on Wednesday.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi is leaving for the United States to meet with President Donald Trump. This is the first meeting between the two politicians. Kadhemi recently met with officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The reason for his trip to the United States is speculated.
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has condemned Iran’s approach to a peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel. The secretary-general of the council called the threatening reaction of Hassan Rouhani and other officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran a violation of diplomatic norms.
The United Arab Emirates has summoned Iran’s ambassador to Abu Dhabi over “threats made by Iranian officials,” specifically, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Iran threatened that after the UAE’s agreement with Israel, that from now on, the UAE will be a “legitimate and easy target” for the “resistance” forces.
At a video conference on Friday evening, only two of the 15 member states of the UN Security Council voted in favor of a draft resolution submitted by the United States to extend the arms embargo on Iran indefinitely. China and Russia voted against it, and 11 countries abstained, including Germany, France, and Britain.
Centcom, the US headquarters in the Middle East and Central Asia, posted a video on its Twitter account reporting that Iranian forces had stopped and taken control of an oil tanker in international waters in the Persian Gulf. The ship was called “Villa,” and was flying the Liberian flag.
The United States accused Iranian forces of boarding an oil tanker in international waters before the United Nations Security Council was expected to vote on a US draft resolution to extend the arms embargo on Iran. The arms embargo is set to expire after about two months.
Pope Francis has today asked the international community to step in and help Lebanon overcome the serious crisis caused by Tuesday’s explosions. The same plea for help was made by the Lebanese government, and several countries have already responded to the calls for help.
Iran has been toning down its war rhetoric in recent weeks, even in the face of an increasingly hostile archenemy, Israel. The recent destruction of sites crucial to Iranian nuclear program by suspected Israeli operatives caused a stir, but the Iranian administration was keen to downplay the incidents.