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Iran has capacity to enrich uranium ‘at any percentage

Iranian technicians work at a new facility producing uranium fuel for a planned heavy-water nuclear reactor, just outside the city of Isfahan, April 9, 2012 . (AP) January 25, 2020 If Iranian authorities make the decision, Iran’s nuclear agency has the capacity to enrich uranium at any percentage, the deputy head of Iran’s [...]

By |January 25th, 2020|Iran|

Tehran and its three fantasies

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran saying Eid Fitr prayers on 15 June 2018. (IRNA) By Amir Taheri January 25, 2020 “He died, so that Iran lives!’ this is the slogan attached to posters and T-shirts distributed in Tehran as the Islamic Republic prepares to mark the 40th day of General Qassem Soleimani’s “martyrdom” in [...]

By |January 25th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

What role does the IRGC play in choosing the Iranian national team’s football manager?

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) and FIFA President Gianni Infantino holding a football shirt with Rouhani's name during Infantino's visit to the capital Tehran on March 1, 2018. (AFP) By Payam Younesipour January 25, 2020 Choosing the new head coach for Iran’s national football team has become a political power struggle. As of now, the [...]

By |January 25th, 2020|Iran|

Iran-China trade dropped by one-third in 2019

China has remained Iran's biggest trade partner even after the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions. (AFP) January 25, 2020 In its most recent report China's General Administration of Customs said that trade with Iran significantly dropped in 2019; by about one-third. At $13.434 billion last year, Iranian exports to China dropped by more than [...]

By |January 25th, 2020|East Asia|

Iran to teach US ‘crimes and conspiracies’ at schools and universities

Several people walk on U.S. and Israeli flags while many others avoid stepping on the flags by walking around them, at the Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, January 12, 2020. (Reuters) January 25, 2020 Iran is set to add "America's Crimes and Conspiracies" as a new topic to the curriculum of local schools [...]

By |January 25th, 2020|North America, USA|

US measures on Syria-Iraq border to confront Iran

US troops in northeast Syria. (AFP) January 25, 2020 The administration of US President Donald Trump is looking to enhance its military presence on the Syrian-Iraqi border for a range of reasons, mainly to “confront Iran." The US presence in Iraq was a main item on the agenda of two separate meetings held [...]

By |January 25th, 2020|Iraq, North America, Syria, USA|

UK PM Boris Johnson urged to be ‘tougher’ on Iran

Boris Johnson (L) with Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, in London on November 15, 2017. (AFP) January 25, 2020 The husband of a British-Iranian woman jailed by Tehran over charges of espionage has urged the UK to be “tougher” with the regime. Richard Ratcliffe made the comments after a meeting with [...]

By |January 25th, 2020|Europe|

Iran’s Petropars developing South Pars gas field after withdrawal of foreign companies

A general view shows a unit of South Pars Gas field in Asalouyeh Seaport, north of Persian Gulf, Iran November 19, 2015. (REUTERS) January 25, 2020 Iran’s Petropars will develop phase 11 of South Pars, the world’s largest gas field, after the withdrawal of French oil major Total and the China National Petroleum [...]

By |January 25th, 2020|East Asia, Europe|

Iran’s annual film festival on verge of collapse after boycott by movie stars

Initially launched in 1982, the International Fajr (Dawn) film festival takes place every year on the anniversary of the Islamic revolution. (Getty) January 25, 2020 The major annual film festival in the Islamic Republic is on the brink of collapse after more than a hundred Iranian stars and artists decided to boycott it [...]

By |January 25th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Iran’s Fars news agency’s website blocked after US sanctions

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). (AP) January 25, 2020 Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency said its website is no longer accessible in and out of Iran after the US Treasury added them on its Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs) list, the agency said on Friday. The agency is closely affiliated with Iran’s Islamic [...]

By |January 25th, 2020|North America, USA|