Coronavirus: Why Iran Won’t Give Up Its Nuclear Program to Remove Sanctions

Iran has gone to extreme lengths to preserve its nuclear program. Despite a flurry of devastating sanctions designed to cripple its economy, it has refused to abandon this dicey endeavor. Just to get a feel of how badly the sanctions have ravaged the economy, Iranian oil exports have fallen to just under 2.6 million barrels a month, from 4.6 million in 2018.

Iran Appeals to UN for Sanctions Relief, IMF for Help

The Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General calling for the end of US government sanctions against Iran. He has said that US sanctions are a major obstacle to combating the Coronavirus outbreak in Iran. Iranian news agencies, including ISNA, have sent a copy of Mohammad Javad Zarif’s letter to the heads of all international organizations and foreign ministers around the world.

Iran Threatens to Withdraw from Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that his country will withdraw from the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) if the Europeans present its violations of the Iran Nuclear Deal to the UN Security Council. “If the Europeans continue their improper behavior or send Iran’s file to the Security Council, we will withdraw from the NPT,” he said.

Iran Claims Hundreds of Government Buildings Burned in Protests

Iran’s Mіnіѕtrу оf the Interior сlаіmеd that hundreds оf bаnkѕ аnd government buіldіngѕ were burned іn rесеnt рrоtеѕtѕ іn the соuntrу. Amnеѕtу Intеrnаtіоnаl hаѕ аlrеаdу confirmed аt least 143 deaths in thе worst demonstrations in thе соuntrу ѕіnсе 2009.  Intеrіоr Minister Abdоlrеzа Rаhmаnі Fazli said thаt 731 banks and 140 gоvеrnmеnt оffісеѕ wеrе ѕеt оn fіrе durіng thе unrest іn Irаn.

Iran Opposes Possible Turkish Attack on Northeast Syria

Iran has stated that it opposes any possible military operations in Syria, and that the US decision to withdraw its troops from the north should be made sooner. The Foreign Ministry of Iran issued a statement on Tuesday referring to the possibility of Turkish troops entering Syrian territory. Such a move would not only address Turkey’s security concerns but also cause damage, they said. Iran has called US military presence in Syria “illegitimate,” and has insisted that the US decision to withdraw its troops “should have happened much sooner.”

Zarif: Relations with Neighbors Top Priority— Silent on Saudi Arabia

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has described relations with neighbors, and facilitating economic affairs, as Iran’s “top foreign policy priority.” Mr. Zarif made these remarks while answering questions from members in the Iranian Parliament. He cited his trip to Pakistan to congratulate Imran Khan after he became Prime Minister, saying he was the first foreign minister to do so.

“We’ll Be Talking About Iran,” Trump Says of UNGA Speech

In his speech to the UN General Assembly, US President Donald Trump is expected to explain his policy towards Iran. At the same time, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has praised Western powers’ statements on the Saudi oil facility attack and has demanded Iran’s international condemnation. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has rejected talks with the United States.

Rouhani Signals Readiness to Meet Trump, Conditionally

US President Donald Trump has reiterated his desire to resolve the conflict with Iran peacefully. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani is also said to have offered a new proposal to resolve the dispute through a meeting at the UN General Assembly. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has added to his diplomatic efforts to settle the dispute with the United States peacefully. News Agencies on Monday announced a meeting between Zarif and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Iranian Foreign Minister: Attack Would Mean “All-Out War”

Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said today that it would be “all-out war” if Saudi Arabia or the United States dared to carry out a military attack on Iran. The already frosty relationship between the US and Iran has escalated in recent days, following attacks on two Saudi oil plants that Washington and Riyadh have attributed to Tehran. However, Tehran has maintained its innocence in as far as the attack is concerned, and it denies any involvement in any way whatsoever.

Iranian Foreign Minister Warns of “All-Out War” if Attacked

The Iranian Foreign Minister has wrarned that any attack on his country would be considered “all-out war,” after the US Secretary of State supported Saudi Arabia’s defense after the attack on Saudi oil facilities. Javad Zarif has said this after his US counterpart, Mike Pompeo, said that the attack on Saudi oil facilities was an act of war, that Iran’s actions were unbearable, and that the United States was following the recent attacks on Saudi Arabia’s crude oil facilities.

Iran Requests UN Secretary-General Take Action on US Sanctions

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.

Iran Seizes Third Foreign Tanker as Tensions Mount

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.

Strait Trippin’: Iran Seizes Tanker, US Downs Drone

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.