Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has said that any Iranian deal negotiations have to include reparations for damages caused by US sanctions imposed by the Trump administration. This is while speaking at the UN Conference on Disarmament on Wednesday.
The change of leadership in the US has caused a dramatic change in the US – Israeli relationship dynamics. The dynamics between US president Donald Trump, and the Israeli government led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Joe Biden couldn’t be more opposite.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned about the unfolding US–Iranian nuclear-talk developments. According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister, Israel remains committed to deterring Iran from having nuclear weapons. This is despite talks with the US.
Israel’s attention is focused on the March elections. Many consider the leadership of Prime Minister Netanyahu insufficient to meet the needs of the public amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic. The Israeli public is frustrated by the lockdown that is planned to be extended for another week because of the still-soaring infection rate.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is looking to avoid a clash with US President Joe Biden on matters related to the Iranian deal. This is according to Israeli government officials who spoke with Axios. The prime minister is apparently looking to tone down abrasive sentiments that may cause problems when dealing with the new administration.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has implored the Joe Biden administration to get back to the Iran nuclear deal that was signed by the Obama administration in 2015. Under the agreement, Iran would adhere to uranium enrichment restrictions in exchange for a sanctions reprieve.
Iran has asked the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to stop publishing discordant statements related to its nuclear program. The asseveration comes just a day after the IAEA issued a disclosure indicating that Iran was working to start processing uranium metal. The following is an excerpt from the statement made by Iran’s nuclear department:
France, Germany, and the United Kingdom have asked Iran to renounce the production of uranium metal, which violates the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal. The United States, for its part, has announced a new round of sanctions. Meanwhile, Tehran continues its military exercises, firing ballistic missiles at targets in the Indian Ocean.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has claimed that Iran is assisting Al Qaeda operatives in the region by providing them with legal documentation and logistical support. According to the official, Iran and AL Qaeda got into an agreement soon after the signing of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. That said, no official intelligence records have been cited regarding this.
A South Korean diplomatic delegation has arrived in Iran to discuss the release of a tanker seized by Iranian authorities in the Persian Gulf. According to the formal communique released by Iran, the vessel violated environmental pollution regulations. The crew has, however, denied the claim.
The President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, used the events that unfolded on January 6th in the US as an opportunity for propaganda to the Iranian populous. This week, four Americans lost their lives in the process. Amongst the deceased were a police officer and a female US military veteran.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday announced a ban on COVID-19 vaccines originating from the United States and the United Kingdom. The Supreme Leader said that he has no iota of trust in the two countries. Notably though, Tehran says it is currently developing its own vaccine.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday said that she was “sad” and “furious” at the invasion of the Capitol in Washington by supporters of President Donald Trump, and reiterated that the outgoing president should be held responsible for the fracas. The German chancellor spoke to news reporters yesterday.
Thousands of adherents of Iraq’s Shiite paramilitary were paraded through Baghdad on Sunday to commemorate the anniversary of Qassem Soleimani and a militia commander’s assassinations by the US.Thousands of Iraqi mourners shouted “revenge” and “no to America” one year after a US drone strike killed Shia militants’ top leader in Iraq.
The Iran addressed the Coronavirus pandemic this weekend during the National Committee meeting. The President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani said: “Coronavirus infection is not a common disease, but a historic test for the peoples and leaders of the world.”
Iran has denied allegations that it was involved in last week’s US Embassy attack in Bagdad in which 21 rockets were fired. The attack led to one Iraqi casualty. A building in Baghdad’s Green Zone was also damaged during the attack. In the aftermath, US President Donald Trump issued a warning to Tehran cautioning that if one America gets killed, there will be a huge price to pay.
The United Arab Emirates has become a new hub for shipping companies looking to avoid US sanctions. This is as revealed in a new Reuters investigative report. It divulges how a collective of shipping companies previously embargoed by the US are taking advantage of UAE registration loopholes.
An attack at Yemen’s Aden airport left at least 26 dead and more than 50 injured. The images from the airport in Aden, a port city in the south of the country, show huge columns of smoke. The causes of the explosions are not yet known, but some witnesses describe machine gun fire and the launching of mortars.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has invited Morocco’s King Mohammed VI to Israel following a meeting with the king in Rabat. The two leaders met to discuss closer ties between their two nations. The US-Israeli delegation arrived in Morocco early last week to finalize talks related to a normalization treaty.
On December 24th, Iranian officials made a statement regarding the deployment of additional air defense systems. The Russian-made systems will be deployed under emergency measures. They will be strategically positioned near Iranian nuclear facilities to guard against possible US or Israeli strikes against them.
Mexico currently tops the list of the world’s most perilous countries for journalists. This is according to a new report published by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). It brings to light the austerities faced by journalists worldwide. At least five Mexican journalists were murdered this year.
Russia has multiple formats pertaining to its own foreign policy. Russia has large ambitions in the Middle East. These interests will be even more clear in 2021. Currently, the Kremlin has three prioritized directions. However, Russia seems to not be as interested in the former Soviet Bloc Asian nations.
It would be a “mistake” to return to normalcy with Iran,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a joint news conference with US National Security Adviser, Robert O’Brien on Sunday. Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke of Israel’s resistance to the usual approaches of the past regarding the international nuclear dispute with Iran.
The US military has sent out two B-52 bombers to the Middle East to deter acts of aggression by Iran and its proxies. The planes, which flew from the Barksdale AFB military base on Thursday, will help project US military power in an area that is becoming increasingly hostile.
The German Ambassador, President-in-Office of the European Union, has been summoned to the Iranian Foreign Ministry on behalf of the Union and has been informed of “the extent of the protest by the Assistant Secretary-General and Director General for Europe of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs”.
Kazem Gharib Abadi, Iran’s Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), strongly criticized the release of a confidential report by the organization on Iran’s plan to install three new cascades of centrifuges in Natanz. The IAEA provided the information to the member nations pertaining to Iran’s decision to install the advanced IR-2M centrifuges.
The deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards says that the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the country’s main nuclear physicist, was carried out remotely with a machine gun equipped with “an intelligent satellite-controlled system.” Iran had previously claimed that Fakhrizadeh was the victim of a “complex” operation using “completely new” technology.
The Dow and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index are expected to record their largest percentage gains in November since 1928. Data from the Dow Jones Market Data Group show that the two indexes rose by 12.86% and 11.27%, respectively. The Nasdaq Composite Index is expected to rise 11.86%, the best November since 2001.
Iran is blaming the State of Israel for assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, their Chief of Staff in production of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Israel has in the past been accused of targeting killings. The second suspect for the assassination is the United States under the leadership of President Trump. The week before the assassination Netanyahu made an unannounced visit to Saudi to meet Mike Pompeo and the Prince of Saudi Arabia. The purpose of their meeting the danger of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons to the stabilization of the Middle East which has already begun with the Abraham Accords.
The slaying of Iranian nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, has threatened to escalate tensions between the United States and Iran. According to reports by Iranian officials, the scientist was ambushed as he headed to his home in Absard. The scheme, which was meticulously planned, involved a squad of over 50 people.
“We regret that the Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh lost his life as a result of an armed attack in Tehran. We condemn this heinous murder and extend our condolences to the government of Iran and the family of the deceased,” said Turkey’s Foreign Ministry in a statement.
Iranian President Hassan Rohani on Saturday accused Israel of the murder of it’s scientist,“sowing chaos” and acting as a “mercenary” of the United States. The murdered scientist was one of the top scientists in Iran working on the Iranian nuclear program. Iran has thus vowed retaliation over the murder.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry made a statement condemning the possibility of additional sanctions against China. The new sanctions could be implemented against four Chinese corporations that continue to have business dealings with Iran. The protest by China, stems from the virtual event in the Institute of Belarus that was held on November 25th.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an unannounced visit to Saudi to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the beginning of the week. The Prime Minister did not inform his partner in the government, Benny Gantz, that he was making this trip abroad.
A Twitter user with the handle “Reza_Mad” published an image of a production version of an Iranian tank on Sunday. The tank differs from the previously shown samples. Images of the first mass-produced main battle tank (MBT) of the Iranian production Karrar appeared on the social networks.
The US Central Command has announced that it will deploy B-52 fighter jets in the Middle East to increase its rapid response capability. The decision comes just days after announcing a reduction in US military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gen. Greg Guillot, a U.S. Air Force commander, has said B-52 bombers will be deployed to counter possible attacks.
In response to a rocket attack on the coastal city of Ashkelon, the Israeli air force targeted Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip. Despite the Hamas-Israel agreement on the ceasefire, rocket attacks on Israel as well as Israeli airstrikes continue. The Israeli army issued a statement on Sunday announcing its air strikes on areas in the Gaza Strip.
Canada announced on Wednesday that China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea are the main threats to its cyber security. This is the first time Canada has made such a declaration. In 2018, when the Canadian Communications Security Establishment (CSE) released its first cybersecurity threat report, the agency only mentioned foreign-funded actors.
At least 3 soldiers died and another was wounded following an air attack by Israel against positions in Syria belonging to the Syrian army forces and the Iranian Quds Force on Tuesday night. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the death toll includes about 10 dead, including three Syrians and other soldiers of foreign origin, presumably Iranian.
On the anniversary of the crackdown on the November protests in Iran, the Trump administration imposed sanctions on Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi, two deputies of the Foundation of the Oppressed and Disabled, and a number of individuals and entities close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
Bahrain Foreign Minister Aldulallatif Al-Zayani arrived in Israel to meet with Netanyahu and Mike Pompeo to sign bi-lateral agreements during the visit. This is the first official delegation to Israel. Gabi Ashkenazi Israel foreign minister greeted the delegates from Bahrain at Ben Gurion airport as the two countries look to broaden cooperation after establishing formal ties in September.
Two months before the end of his term in office, U.S. President Donald Trump has been investigating an attack on an Iranian nuclear facility. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also spoke about this issue after the publication of the results related to the US presidential election.
Iran has rebuffed claims made by the New York Times alleging that a high ranking al-Qaeda member was recently assassinated by Israeli operatives in its capital. According to the Times story, Abu Muhammad al-Masri, who is believed to be the Number 2 in al-Qaeda’s top hierarchy, was killed alongside his daughter, Miriam on August 7.
Last week, US President Donald Trump asked his advisers about the possibilities of striking Iranian nuclear facilities. The Wall Street Journal published the information regarding Iran expanding its supply of low-enriched uranium. Trump has been hostile towards Iran since he took office.
The New York Times reported this week that Israeli operatives killed Abu Mohammed al-Masri, al-Qaeda’s #2 leader, in Iran in August. Al-Masri, who is accused of masterminding the bombing of two United States embassies in Africa, was gunned down by two men on a motorcycle in the streets of Tehran.