Iranian Minister of Health Saeed Namaki issued a serious warning to government officials at an emergency meeting of the Coronavirus Headquarters in Tehran on Wednesday. “Security reports come to us,” he said. It is serious that friends are moving from poverty to poverty.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that US and allied forces seized a ship carrying Iranian weapons for Houthi rebels in Yemen on June 28. The names of all the passengers are not mentioned. Pompeo also renewed his call for the U.N. Security Council to extend its arms embargo on Iran.
U.S. media have reported that the Islamic Republic of Iran has been ordered to pay fines and compensation to the wounded and first-degree families of the victims of the 1996 terrorist attack on the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia. The attack killed 20 and wounded 498 others.
Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Yevhen Yenin has said that his country may, “sooner or later,” sue Iran in the International Court of Justice over the crash of a passenger plane. However, Yenin insisted Ukraine was committed to resolving the issue through “negotiations.”
Israel’s Channel 12 television reported that the Mossad had thwarted several planned attacks by the Islamic Republic of Iran against Israeli embassies in Europe and elsewhere. The TV channel’s reporter said he could not reveal further details because the operation was secret.
Hisham al-Hashimi, an expert on Iraq’s security and strategic affairs, was shot dead by unknown individuals in Baghdad on Monday. The killing has been widely reported in the regional media, as well as in international news agencies. Al-Hashimi was investigating the activities of extremist groups in Iraq.
A spokeswoman for the Iranian Ministry of Health, Sima Sadat Lari said that the total number of patients with COVID-19 in the country has reached 245,688. In addition, 200 more people died of the disease in the last 24 hours. A total of 11,931 Iranians have died of COVID-19 so far.
Abbas Araghchi, the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, warned at a meeting of senior officials on Monday that any move that “identifies Iran in the international arena as a threat is a game on American soil.” Araqchi reiterated, “we should not allow the United States to introduce Iran as a security threat once again.”
The Israeli Defense Ministry said in a statement that it had successfully launched the Horizon 16 spy satellite in the early hours of Monday morning to better control Iran’s activities. Due to new tensions with Iran, the Israeli Ministry of Defense and Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced the launch of the Hadid reconnaissance satellite into space.
The American embassy in Baghdad, thanks to its air defense system, identified and shot down a missile launched in its direction today, in the Green Zone of the Iraqi capital. In addition, another Katyusha bomb was also shot down as it was about to hit the Taji military air base, north of the Iraqi capital.
Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, has announced the mandatory wearing of masks in the country as of Sunday, in covered public places. Meanwhile, an additional 148 new deaths were reported in one of the territories in the Middle East most affected by the pandemic.
The death toll from COVID-19 has risen again in the last 24 hours, which had been double-digits in Iran for some time. In addition, 154 patients have lost their lives in the last 24 hours. This statistic doubled in late April and early May, and in June it even reached 50 deaths per day.
Donald Trump’s administration has instructed prosecutors to file a lawsuit to seize four Iranian tankers carrying gasoline to Venezuela, according to Reuters. The lawsuit aims to seize Iranian tankers, prevent future deliveries of gasoline to Venezuela, and increase sanctions and economic pressure on both.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a press conference on Wednesday that the US government’s goal is not to impose sanctions on Iran for only a short time. Instead, Pompeo said the United States would continue to seek an extension of the UN’s arms embargo against Iran.
A look at the global death toll from Coronavirus infections shows that, for the second day in a row, Iran is among the countries with the highest official count. In this group, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, India, Pakistan, and the United States are still involved in the first wave of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Gholamhossein Esmaili, a spokesman for Iran’s judiciary, announced at a news conference on Tuesday that Rouhollah Zam, a journalist accused of inspiring protests in 2017, had been sentenced to death. Ruhollah Zam was the director of the AmadNews Telegram channel.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, addressing representatives of countries participating in a virtual session of the UN Security Council, said that countries from Israel to the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, all “unanimously” want to extend and expand Iran’s arms embargo.
Manouchehr Bakhtiari, the father of Pouya Bakhtiari, one of the victims of last November’s protests, has called for an independent inquiry into international institutions, including the United Nations human rights body, on the “deadly violence of the Iranian government against protesters.”
Iran has issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump over the killing of General Qassem Soleimani. Tehran has also asked Interpol, the international police organization, for support in the accomplishment of the mission. The Iranian arrest warrant is, however, considered symbolic.
According to the Iranian Ministry of Health, 2,489 new cases of COVID-19 have been discovered in Iran in the last 24 hours. Of this number, 1,406 have been admitted to medical centers across the country. According to Sima Lari, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health, 144 patients with COVID-19 have died in the past 24 hours.
In an interview with the Associated Press on Sunday, Brian Hook, the US State Department’s special envoy for Iran, stressed the importance of extending the UN’s arms embargo on Iran. He said the world should not care about Iran’s threats to retaliate if the embargo is extended.
Eastern Syria has once again witnessed an airstrike. AFP reported on Saturday that Lebanon had reported an airstrike on one of the positions of forces affiliated with Bashar al-Assad’s government in eastern Syria. The attack is said to have killed six members of the Syrian army and forces backed by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The issue of reading the black box of a Ukrainian passenger plane seems to be coming to an end. French officials have announced that they will begin reading the black box on July 20. The passenger plane was shot down by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps on January 8.
Eight protesters in Iran have been sentenced to death for “spreading corruption on earth,” in parallel with the confirmation of three other death sentences in Isfahan. The Chief Justice of Isfahan, Mohammad Reza Habibi, announced that “we will deal decisively with the puppets and the rioters.”
Some residents of East Tehran reported on Friday morning that they heard an explosion in the Parchin area, and saw an orange light in the sky. Eyewitnesses in the Parchin area who witnessed the blast closely said that the orange light had been on for several seconds.
The US Treasury Department on Thursday issued a statement announcing its decision to blacklist major Iranian metal production companies and their affiliates. The US Treasury Department has emphasized the importance of the Mobarakeh Steel Company in particular.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described the construction of the Goreh-Jask pipeline as one of the projects of the Ministry of Petroleum in the provinces of West Azerbaijan, Markazi, and Hormozgan. According to the news sources, Rouhani made remarks at a ceremony, which took place on Thursday.
In its annual report, released on Wednesday, the US State Department described the Islamic Republic of Iran as the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world. According to the report, “traces of Iran’s support for terrorism can be traced from Gaza to Pakistan.”
The daily death toll from COVID-19 in Iran has risen to 133, the highest level since mid-April. That brings the total death toll in the country to near 10,000. According to official statistics from the Ministry of Health, the incidence of coronavirus is not declining in at least eight provinces.
The State of Israel was established in 1948. The United Nations recognized its independence, but its borders were never secure. The Arab states surrounding Israel— Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, and Syria– also gained independence prior to this, after the expiration of British and French mandates, each one with its allocated borders.
News reports quoted diplomatic sources as saying that the United States had submitted a draft resolution to the UN Security Council calling for a continued unrestricted arms embargo on Iran. Iran’s arms embargo, under the IAEA Board, continues until October of this year.
Kyrgyzstan’s Minister of Health, Sabirzhan Abdikarimov, announced 205 new cases of coronavirus over the past 24 hours. Most of the newly identified 82 people came from the capital, Bishkek. Three of the hospitalized patients died. This is the highest rate since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
China has warned that the continued bullying of Iran by the US government may undermine the current agreement, which allows Iranian nuclear sites to be inspected as set out in the 2015 Iranian agreement. China has stated this in a 5-page document presented to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Iran is reportedly sending a ship ferrying cargo to Venezuela. The move comes amidst growing sanctions on vessels and companies involved in facilitating bilateral trade between the two nations. Last week, the US Treasury Department enacted sanctions targeting four shipping companies.
Iran said on Thursday that it had tested new cruise missiles during an exercise carried out in the North Indian Ocean, near the Gulf of Oman. During the exercises, which saw Navy forces engaged, medium and long range missiles were launched, both land-sea and sea-sea, from the coast and from the bridges of the ships.
Russia announced its intent in ensuring a comprehensive plan for Iran’s nuclear program. According to the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, the plan will be implanted with the cooperation of the EU. The talks pertaining to Iran nuclear program took place on Tuesday between Lavrov and the EU representative, Josep Borrell.
Iran is allegedly rebranding oil exports destined for China and other major oil import nations. This is according to a new report published by Radio Farda. The embattled state, which is reeling from US sanctions, has been able to export over nine million barrels of oil by rebranding consignments in Malaysia to make it seem like the cargo originated from there.
Chinese oil companies have stopped chartering oil tankers that have, in the past year, delivered consignments to Venezuela. This is following a new directive by the United States government sanctioning vessels involved in boosting the Venezuela oil sector. According to the Department of the Treasury, companies aiding the corrupt regime of President Nicholas Maduro are in contravention of current statutes.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Medical Education Iran said that “180,156 people have been infected with the coronavirus so far, and with the death of 78 people in the last 24 hours, the number of coronavirus deaths in the country has reached 8,584.” That was according to Entekhab Professional News Site.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the Nuclear Weapons decree on June 2. The decree titled “On The Basis Of The State Policy Of The Russian Federation In The Field of Nuclear Deterrence” is a document regulating the conditions under which Russia has the right to launch a nuclear strike against an aggressor (or a pack of aggressors). The main goal is to legalize the use of nuclear weapons in limited local conflicts.
On the second working day of the 11th term of the Islamic Consultative Assembly, the meeting appointed the speaker and deputies for the first year. Former Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf did not have a serious rival for the speakership, and won the approval of 230 lawmakers.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed regret on Wednesday over the murder of 13-year-old Romina Ashrafi by her father in Talesh, and ordered for speedy adoption of stricter laws against so-called “honor killings.” According to Iranian media reports, Romina Ashrafi’s father attacked the girl in her sleep on Tuesday and cut off her head with a sickle.
Israel is celebrating Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, this weekend, which comes seven weeks after Passover. The Feast of Weeks is also called the Day of the First Fruits, and also commemorate the giving of the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. The holiday is for one day in Israel and two days in countries throughout the world.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has sternly warned the United States and threatened retaliatory action against Washington should it dare cause any hitches to the transportation of Iranian oil tankers to Venezuela. Rouhani says Iran would never start a conflict but has the legitimate right to defend its national interests, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.
The Iranian army is escorting tankers to Venezuela to deliver oil. Earlier, the United States said it could block the tanker from reaching Venezuela. The five tankers are expected to reach Venezuela soon. Venezuela’s Defense Minister noted that oil tankers will stop at the port in the special economic zone.
Iran and Israel have been engaging in a tit-for-tat cyber intrusion fight since the former fired the first shot last month. The attack targeted critical Israeli water infrastructural facilities. They included storage tanks and pipeline systems. Fortunately, minimal damage was caused.
Israel is celebrating Jerusalem Day on Friday, in memory of the day in which Israel took possession of East Jerusalem and the Western Wall during the Six Day War. The State of Israel also observed its 72nd year of independence last month. After three elections, Israel was finally successful in making a united coalition emergency government.
The German Government warned federal employees against using the WhatsApp messenger. The information became available on May 17 via Handelsblatt, a leading German-language business newspaper published in Düsseldorf by Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt. It was founded in the 1946. The newspaper claims the source of this announcement is a letter from the German Government Commissioner for Data Protection Ulrich Wolfgang Kelber. He sent the letter to all the ministries with a warning.