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IRAN POLITICS: President Hassan Rouhani Declares End of Islamic State

IRAN POLITICS: President Hassan Rouhani Declares End of Islamic State

In his address on Tuesday, Rouhani accused the United States and Israel of supporting Islamic State. He also criticized Arab powers in the region and asked why they had not spoken out about civilian deaths in Yemen’s conflict.

Rouhani is scheduled to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan in Russia on Wednesday to discuss the Syria conflict.

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IRAN POLITICS: Trump’s ‘Foolish’ Remarks Against Iranians Upsets Ayatollah Khamenei

IRAN POLITICS: Trump’s ‘Foolish’ Remarks Against Iranians Upsets Ayatollah Khamenei

“Is it not hostility?” Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei asked.

“This foolish comment indicates that not only are the Americans the enemies of the Iranian leadership and government, they also show hostility and enmity towards the very existence of a nation that stands against them tirelessly,” Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei added.

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IRAN POLITICS: ‘Mossad Agent’ Sentenced to Death Over Scientist Killings

IRAN POLITICS: ‘Mossad Agent’ Sentenced to Death Over Scientist Killings

Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi told the judiciary’s news agency: “The person had several meetings with (Israeli intelligence agency) Mossad and provided them with sensitive information about Iran’s military and nuclear sites in return for money and residency in Sweden.”

Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi did not identify the person, but Amnesty International said on Monday that Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian doctor who studied and taught in Sweden, had been sentenced to death in Iran on espionage charges.

Amnesty said the court verdict states that Djalali worked with the Israeli government which subsequently helped him obtain a residency permit in Sweden.

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IRAN POLITICS: US Secretary of State Tillerson to Iranian-Backed Militias in Iraq: ‘Go Home’

IRAN POLITICS: US Secretary of State Tillerson to Iranian-Backed Militias in Iraq: ‘Go Home’

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday it was time for Iranian-backed militias and their Iranian advisers who helped Iraq defeat Islamic State to “go home”, after a rare joint meeting with the leaders of Iraq and Saudi

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IRAN POLITICS: Iran Nuclear Deal Vital for Strategic Stability: Russia

IRAN POLITICS: Iran Nuclear Deal Vital for Strategic Stability: Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rejected the need for further inspection of Iran’s nuclear sites beyond the JCPOA requirements, noting that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) “performs regular checks and confirms their [Iran’s] strict fulfillment of obligations.”

Touching on US demands for renegotiating the JCPOA, Lavrov stated that any changes to the deal would require the approval of all the parties to the accord, including Iran.

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IRAN POLITICS: ‘Ballistic Missile Programme Will Accelerate’: IRGC Says

IRAN POLITICS: ‘Ballistic Missile Programme Will Accelerate’: IRGC Says

“Iran’s ballistic missile programme will expand and it will continue with more speed in reaction to Trump’s hostile approach towards this revolutionary organization (the Guards),” the Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) said in a statement published by Tasnim.

“Imposing cruel sanctions against the Guards and hostile approach of the rogue and brute (U.S.) president shows the failure of America and the Zionist regime’s (Israel) wicked policies in the region,” the Guards statement said.

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IRAN POLITICS: EU, Russia, China Fully Behind Iran Deal Ahead of Trump Speech

IRAN POLITICS: EU, Russia, China Fully Behind Iran Deal Ahead of Trump Speech

If Trump refuses to certify the deal, the Congress will have 60 days to decide whether to restore the sanctions against the Islamic Republic that the US has agreed to waive.

Trump has been critical of the agreement since he started campaigning for 2017 presidency. He has called it “the worst deal ever” and an “embarrassment” to Washington.

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IRAN POLITICS: Iran Vows to Give ‘Crushing’ Response If US Designates Elite Revolutionary Guards a Terrorist Group

IRAN POLITICS: Iran Vows to Give ‘Crushing’ Response If US Designates Elite Revolutionary Guards a Terrorist Group

“We are hopeful that the United States does not make this strategic mistake,” foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA at a news conference.

“If they do, Iran’s reaction would be firm, decisive and crushing and the United States should bear all its consequences,” he added.

IRGC commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said on Sunday “if the news is correct about the stupidity of the American government in considering the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group, then the Revolutionary Guards will consider the American army to be like Islamic State all around the world.”

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IRAN POLITICS: ’10 Trumps’ Cannot Deprive Iran of Nuclear Deal Benefits: Rouhani

IRAN POLITICS: ’10 Trumps’ Cannot Deprive Iran of Nuclear Deal Benefits: Rouhani

Rouhani went on to say that no one can possibly reverse the effects of the deal, including Trump. “If 10 other Trumps emerged in the world” and sought to roll back the benefits of the 2015 nuclear agreement, they would still ultimately fail, he added.

“In negotiating [with world powers], we showed that we are not just strong at war [but] we’re also strong at peace,” he said, adding that “political power” that Iran got as a result of the negotiations cannot just “go away.”

“The party who makes a deal will not lose anything; rather, the one who breaches a deal loses face and dignity,” Rouhani added.

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IRAN POLITICS: Donald Trump to Decertify Landmark Iran Nuclear Deal

IRAN POLITICS: Donald Trump to Decertify Landmark Iran Nuclear Deal

“We must not allow Iran … to obtain nuclear weapons,” President Donald Trump said during a meeting with military leaders at the White House on Thursday, adding:

“The Iranian regime supports terrorism and exports violence, bloodshed and chaos across the Middle East. That is why we must put an end to Iran’s continued aggression and nuclear ambitions. They have not lived up to the spirit of their agreement.”

Asked about his decision on whether to certify the landmark deal, Trump said: “You’ll be hearing about Iran very shortly.”

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IRAN POLITICS: Iran Missile Tests Don’t Breach International Accords: Russia

IRAN POLITICS: Iran Missile Tests Don’t Breach International Accords: Russia

“The previous ban, contained in the UN Security Council resolutions, was canceled to be replaced by a call addressed to Iran to refrain from launching ballistic missiles – not any missiles, though, but only those capable of serving as WMD (weapon of mass destruction) delivery vehicles,” a senior Russian official Ulyanov said.

He was referring to UN Security Council Resolution 2231 that canceled earlier resolutions on Iran and effectively turned the JCPOA into international law.

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IRAN POLITICS: Video: Iran Successfully Test-Fires New Ballistic Missile

IRAN POLITICS: Video: Iran Successfully Test-Fires New Ballistic Missile

The ballistic missile, which is Iran’s third type of missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers along with the Qadr-F and Sejjil ballistic missiles, is capable of carrying multiple warheads.

According to Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, a senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force, the Khorramshahr missile has become smaller in size and more tactical and it will be operational in the near future.

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IRAN POLITICS: Defying Trump, Rouhani Says Will Boost Missile Capabilities

IRAN POLITICS: Defying Trump, Rouhani Says Will Boost Missile Capabilities

In a defiant speech in the capital Tehran, addressing a parade of armed forces, President Hassan Rouhani said Iran will not stop boosting its military forces.

“We will increase our military power as a deterrent. We will strengthen our missile capabilities … We will not seek permission from anyone to defend our country,” Rouhani said in a speech broadcast on state television.

“All countries in the world supported the nuclear deal in the United Nations General Assembly this year… except the United States and the Zionist regime (Israel),” Rouhani said.

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IRAN POLITICS: Iran Needs Defensive Weapons to Protect Nation: Rouhani

IRAN POLITICS: Iran Needs Defensive Weapons to Protect Nation: Rouhani

At a Tuesday meeting with US media representatives in New York, Rouhani said, “Our people cannot stand by idly in the face of regional threats. Iran’s missiles serve defense purposes.”

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IRAN POLITICS: Rouhani Goes to New York for ‘Very Important’ Talks

IRAN POLITICS: Rouhani Goes to New York for ‘Very Important’ Talks

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his planned meetings on JCPOA in New York are “very important,” adding there is need for clarifications which have to be made about the nuclear accord. Apart from the JCPOA, he will also talk about bilateral ties with world countries, regional issues as well as international developments including the ongoing crisis in Myanmar.

“The opponents of the JCPOA are restricted to two or three countries, including some in the US, who feel cheated. They believe that a feast has been set out but that they are deprived of going to the table and having something,” Rouhani said.

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IRAN POLITICS: Iran Domestically-Made 10-Ton ‘Father of All Bombs’ Dwarfs US Biggest Non-Nuclear Bomb: Senior Iranian Commander

IRAN POLITICS: Iran Domestically-Made 10-Ton ‘Father of All Bombs’ Dwarfs US Biggest Non-Nuclear Bomb: Senior Iranian Commander

“Following a proposal by the Aerospace Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), [Iran’s] Defense Industries [Organization] manufactured a 10-ton bomb. These bombs are at our disposal. They can be launched from Ilyushin aircraft and they are highly destructive,” IRGC Aerospace Force Commander Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said in a Friday TV interview.

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IRAN POLITICS: Iran’s Missile Boat Warns Off US Warship in Sea of Oman

IRAN POLITICS: Iran’s Missile Boat Warns Off US Warship in Sea of Oman

“The American warship left the area with a warning and the announcement of the Falakhan missile boat’s timely presence in the region,” the statement said.

Iran’s naval patrols and US warships have been engaged in a series of face-offs in the Persian Gulf in recent months, where Washington has accused Iranian vessels of “harassing” American warships.

“The Persian Gulf belongs to the Islamic Republic and regional Muslim countries and the presence of US forces, as a foreign country in this region, is defensive and out of fear,” said IRGC Navy chief Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi.

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IRAN POLITICS: Austria’s Oberbank to Sign Deal With Iran

IRAN POLITICS: Austria’s Oberbank to Sign Deal With Iran

Executives from 10-12 Iranian banks will also be present for the signing of the agreement, which will enable Oberbank to provide credit for Austrian companies doing business in Iran, Gasselsberger emphasized.

“I think we are the first European bank (to reach such an agreement),” he said, adding that he was relying on information from the Iranian authorities.

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IRAN POLITICS: Senior Iranian Official to Iraqi Kurdish: Forgo Referendum for Secession

IRAN POLITICS: Senior Iranian Official to Iraqi Kurdish: Forgo Referendum for Secession

Mohsen Rezaei warns, “Iraq is a well-known nation and a member of the United Nations with international borders, and its breakup is a very wrong thing, because the disintegration of the country would be the starting point for dangerous insecurities in the region. It would have “dangerous” ramifications for the regional countries, said Rezai, who is currently the secretary of Iran’s top arbitration body, the Expediency Council, having served as the head of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) all through the eight-year Iraqi war of the 1980s on Iran.”

“If the disintegration of Iraq begins, it will be extended to Syria and Turkey, and a separatist war will break up in the region, which may plunge the region to 20 years of insecurity. That is why the Islamic Republic of Iran, Turkey, Syria and Iraq are strongly opposed to a geographical change in the region.”

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IRAN POLITICS: Political Geography Change in Iraq Creates Regional Insecurity: Major General Mohammad Baqeri

IRAN POLITICS: Political Geography Change in Iraq Creates Regional Insecurity: Major General Mohammad Baqeri

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said, “Any geographical change in the region, given the differences between the Kurds and the central Iraqi government about [the country’s northern province of] Kirkuk and other areas, can start tensions and conflicts inside Iraq and this issue will never be confined to Iraq’s geographical expanse.”

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