The Greek government has said it will not provide any facilities to the Adrian Darya (formerly Grace 1) oil tanker. “We have sent a very clear message, saying that we do not wish to provide any facilities for the smuggling of oil to Syria,” the Greek deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday, August 21.
Australia has said it is ready to join the US-led coalition to protect shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. On Wednesday, August 21, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his country plans to join the US-led international coalition in the Persian Gulf and protect oil tankers and merchant ships “against threats posed by Iran.”
Mike Pompeo has claimed that the White House sanctions on Iran’s oil exports have prevented the sale of 2.8 million barrels of oil. Iran claims to be able to sell its oil. The US secretary of state, speaking in an interview with MSNBC, said he was confident that the White House could continue its strategy. Pompeo made reference to the “Iran zero oil export” strategy that Donald Trump’s government has adopted since May. Mr. Pompeo has called on the United Nations Security Council to extend Iran’s arms embargo, which expires next year.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tacitly endorsed his involvement in the attack on Islamic Republic-backed Hezbollah centers in Iraq, saying “Iran has no immunity, anywhere.” Netanyahu stressed that Israel would take military action whenever needed. Israel is believed to have conducted recent attacks on Iranian-backed predominantly Shiite militia bases and warehouses in Iraq known as Hashdal-Shaabi.
The United States has warned the Greek government and Mediterranean ports authorities against cooperating with the Iranian oil tanker which was released Sunday from Gibraltar after more than a month in detention. “It is unfortunate that this has happened,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.
The Iranian oil supertanker Grace 1, recently renamed ‘Adrian Darya 1,’ finally departed from Gibraltar on Sunday night. The tanker is heading to a destination that is yet to be revealed, the information has been confirmed by shipping data and the local media. This is comes several hours after the British territory rejected a request from the United States to stop the ship from leaving.
Syrian opposition forces have announced that two people were killed and two others wounded in attacks on a convoy that contained some Turkish Army elements. The attack did not harm Turkish troops and its armor. Turkish news sources also confirmed the attack by Syrian regime fighters on Turkish troops.
An Iranian oil tanker, seized by Gibraltar authorities last month, left the port where it was detained. Traffic data in the region show that the tanker moved east in the Mediterranean, heading to Kalamata, a Greek city. Tehran expressed readiness to send Iranian naval forces to accompany the tanker, if necessary. The name of the tanker was changed from “Grace 1″ to “Adrian Darya 1” and is now carrying the Iranian flag.
The UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran says freedom of expression in Iran has been curtailed. In his second report in six months, he expressed concern about the impact of sanctions on Iran’s “food and drug safety.” Javid Rahman submitted his second report to the UN General Assembly on Friday and it emphasized that in the past year freedom of expression in Iran has been curtailed and human rights abuses have continued.
A meeting of Iran, representatives of Yemen’s Ansarollah and ambassadors of four European countries were held in Tehran to find solutions to the Yemen crisis in Tehran. The meeting discussed the political developments and the situation in the war-torn country.
Iran and Turkey have criticized India’s policy of ending the autonomy of the two states, Jammu and Kashmir. Many Muslim countries, however, have been more cautious about recent developments in Kashmir. Mohammad Hussein Bagheri, Iranian Armed Forces chief of staff, expressed concern over the situation in Kashmir and said in a telephone conversation with his Pakistani counterpart that a military approach to the Kashmir crisis could increase complexity throughout the region. Bagheri has called on the Indian government to respect the rights of Muslim residents of the two states.
According to some reports, the Grace 1 oil tanker carries two million barrels of Iranian crude and has been seized for more than a month, “soon to be released,” and reports say that the tanker has changed its next destination. Deputy director of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization Jalil Islami said Britain was “interested” in the release of Iran’s seized tanker, adding that “documents have been exchanged between the two countries to help the seized vessel.”
US National Security Adviser John Bolton has traveled to meet with UK Prime Minster Boris Johnson’s top officials to “keep London in line with pressure on Iran and secure shipping in the Gulf.” Iran and the US-UK joint approach to the country are expected to be among the most important issues of Bolton’s meetings and talks with British officials.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called the Persian Gulf “a vital highway” for the country and has described the presence of non-regional and foreign forces as a source of insecurity. Mr. Zarif wrote on his Twitter post, “The National Security Priority for the Islamic Republic,” and Iran will “no doubt maintain its security.”
Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, the Attorney General of Iran Islamic Republic, once again opposed the presence of women in football stadiums, raising the question of what FIFA is doing. Iran’s AG has said in his remarks, “FIFA has no sympathy for Iranian women, and it’s resistance on allowing them to enter arenas and watch male footballers competing against each other, is a reflection of [the] enemy’s infiltration in Iran.”
The United States has linked part of the economic sanctions against Iran to the human rights situation there and has blamed the country’s foreign secretary for violating international treaties. The Treasury Department’s Foreign Assets Oversight Office said in a statement released on its website that it had amended the title of “Sanctions Regulations Related to Human Rights Violations in Iran” and sanctioned Iran’s metal industry sector for violations.
After a relatively quiet couple of weeks, Iran upped the ante again this weekend. State media reported that the Revolutionary Guard seized an Iraqi oil tanker, which it accused of smuggling fuel. It is the third such vessel captured since July 13. The move comes as tensions continue to escalate between the quarantined Islamic Republic and the western powers, particularly the United States. A spokesman for the U.S. Navy, however, said they had no information to confirm the seizure.
The US requested collaboration to protect the transit of oil tankers after the incident with the British ship. After recent incidents in the Strait of Hormuz, the White House asked its international partners to collaborate in a joint military mission, called Operation Sentinel, to protect the transit of commercial tankers through the mouth of the Persian Gulf. The Pentagon aims to add its partners in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East in this naval effort.
The United Kingdom yesterday urged Iran to ease tensions in the Gulf by releasing the British oil tanker boarded in the Strait of Hormuz, an act deemed “unacceptable” by London and raising further escalation fears. British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt announced that the executive would inform Parliament on Monday about “further measures” that the United Kingdom intends to take, but the “priority” remains to “find a way to defuse the situation.” But “we also need to see a process” of appeasement on the Iranian side, he said. “We need this ship to be released.”
US forces are deployed in Saudi Arabia to defend US interests in the face of “serious emerging threats,” the Pentagon said. The move comes amid growing tension with Iran over the safety of shipping lines in the Gulf. Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz has agreed to “host US forces to enhance security and stability in the region,” according to the Saudi Press Agency.
The United States on Thursday shot down an Iranian drone that approached an American ship in the Strait of Hormuz, the latest incident in a high-tension region for more than two months. It was US President Donald Trump who announced that the United States had shot down this Iranian aircraft that had come dangerously close to an American ship, after ignoring multiple calls to getaway.
A month ago, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shot down an unmanned American drone in the Strait of Hormuz. Later that week, President Trump called off a retaliatory military attack on Iran at the last minute. He explained the next day that he did not believe the loss of Iranian lives to be proportionate to the loss of a machine. On Thursday, the United States appeared to level the score. US Marines jammed an unmanned Iranian drone in the Strait, downing the aircraft and destroying it. The incident reignited tensions between the two countries, which seem to be stumbling toward war.
The Iranian mission to the United Nations, Ali Reza Mir Yusuf, said Tehran’s ballistic missile program is not negotiable. His remarks came after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke of the Iranians’ readiness to discuss their missile program.
US President Donald Trump also said progress has been made in an effort to reduce tensions with Iran. Relations between the two countries deteriorated dramatically after Trump withdrew last year from the nuclear deal with Iran and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran. In response, Iran began to breach some of the terms of the agreement.
Amid ongoing saber rattling between the United States and Iran, two European envoys have been dispatched to attempt to save the Iran Nuclear Deal. Emmanuel Bonne, representing French President Emmanuel Macron, was in Tehran this week, and British Foreign Minister (and Prime Ministerial candidate) Jeremy Hunt is headed for Brussels. Meanwhile, Iran says it’s ready to talk, conditionally. It seems unlikely the United States will be as willing to listen.
President Hassan Rohani is ready for negotiations with the United States in order to stop efforts to punish his country economically. Amid tensions between Washington and Tehran, Germany, France and the United Kingdom called for responsible action. Iranian President Hassan Rohani said on Sunday his country is ready to resume talks with the United States if Washington removes heavy economic sanctions against the country and returns to the 2015 nuclear deal.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said an Iranian oil tanker being held by the British Royal Navy in the Straits of Gibraltar could be released if the United Kingdom will be guaranteed by Iran that the oil tanker would not go to Syria to deliver its cargo. The minister added that he had a “constructive” telephone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who informed him of Tehran’s desire to resolve the issue, and not to escalate the situation.
Iranian ships tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, the UK government said. This happened a week after British marines detained an Iranian tanker in the Strait of Gibraltar.
As stated by the British government, the incident occurred on Wednesday into the Strait of Hormuz: three Iranian boats tried to prevent the passage of British Heritage a commercial vessel but were forced to retreat when the HMS Montrose tanker escorting crew demanded they withdraw.
The nuclear deal with Iran is facing another serious setback. The government in Tehran wants to ramp up uranium enrichment.
France’s head of state Emmanuel Macron warned his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in a telephone conversation about the “risk of weakening” the international nuclear agreement. Macron had expressed deep concern in the conversation, pointing out that such weakening of the agreement would have consequences, the Presidential Office in Paris said. What consequences this could be, was not explained.
Friday morning was an unusual one for observers of the United States Senate. The longest vote in the chamber’s history, in which several of the deliberative body’s sacrosanct rules and traditions were bent, resulted in a somewhat foregone conclusion, and with it, another abdication of congressional responsibility. An amendment requiring the president receive explicit congressional approval before attacking Iran got 50 votes after more than 10 hours of open-house voting. It needed 60, and failed.
In case you missed it, we almost went to war on Thursday night. That same day, Iran shot down an American surveillance drone, which was flying in or near the country. President Trump confirmed earlier media reports Friday morning that he authorized a limited strike on Iran, but called it off at the last minute. His action, and abrupt control-Z, raise more questions about the administration’s Iran policy than they do answers.
On Monday, in one of his last acts as acting Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan announced the United States would send an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East. They will join the roughly 1,500 American troops already there— plus an aircraft carrier strike group, Patriot missile batteries, and bombers— to counter what the Trump administration sees as a threat from Iran. It is the latest development in a tit-for-tat escalation between the two countries, which some fear may lead to war. And Congress— nominally, an important player in the use of military force— might not be involved.
Today following the world news can be seen in a world at unrest. In these countries especially is apparent World Unrest:
Khazakhstan – The world’s largest land locked country and the ninth largest in the world with an area of 2,724,900 square kilometers. It is a democratic secular republic with a diverse heritage. After the elections resulting in the overwhelming victory of interim president Toqaev began wave of protests against the lack of fairness in the elections.
Rabbi Nachman of Breslov a Chassidic master who lived from 1772-1810 in the Ukraine taught, The world is a narrow bridge to cross over, most important is not to fear to complete the journey. There is no such thing as hopelessness. The World is in turmoil. With faith in God mankind can cross the river to World Unity and Peace walking on water.