Switzerland: The keeper of Iranian and American secrets

Iranian FM Javad Zarif, right, and his Swiss counterpart Ignazio Cassis pose for media prior to their meeting in Tehran, Sept 7, 2020. (AP) By Faramarz Davar September 16, 2020 Of all the European countries Iran has contact with, the Iranian-Swiss relationship has some of the most striking features of all. At several points [...]

By |September 16th, 2020|Europe|

UK told to adopt hard line on Iran post Brexit

Britain, along with France and Germany, last week signalled that they would not support Washington in its push to bring “snapback” sanctions against Iran. (AP) September 16, 2020 Britain must strike an independent foreign policy post-Brexit that is significantly tougher on Iran, a leading backbench MP has said. With the UK no longer [...]

By |September 16th, 2020|Europe|

European powers push Iran hard to comply with nuclear deal

Since then the US has been isolated on the UN security council in its efforts to prevent Iran being allowed to rearm. (RFE/RL) September 15, 2020 The British foreign secretary has demanded Iran complies with its nuclear deal but has avoided a commitment to reimpose UN arms sanctions against Tehran, it emerged today. [...]

By |September 15th, 2020|Europe|

Iran summons German envoy for condemning wrestler’s execution

Navid Afkari, an Iranian wrestler, has been executed for participating in anti-government protests in Shiraz and Kazerun, Iran. (Twitter) September 14, 2020 Iran’s foreign ministry on Monday summoned Germany’s ambassador over tweets condemning the execution of a wrestler, accused of murdering a man during a wave of anti-government protests in 2018. The ministry “strongly [...]

By |September 14th, 2020|Europe|

EU condemns execution of Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari

Protesters demonstrate outside the Iranian embassy in London against the execution of Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari, Sept 12, 2020. (AFP) September 14, 2020 The European Union on Monday added its voice to an international outcry over the execution of Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari, saying the death penalty is a cruel and inhumane punishment [...]

By |September 14th, 2020|Europe|

Iran says 1,044 centrifuges active at Fordow uranium enrichment plant

The interior of the Fordo (Fordow), nuclear, uranium conversion Facility in Qom, in the north of the country, November 6, 2019. (AFP) September 14, 2020 The head of Iran's atomic agency said Sunday that 1,044 centrifuges were active at the Fordow uranium enrichment plant, in line with steps to reduce its commitments to the nuclear [...]

By |September 14th, 2020|Europe, North America, USA|

Hezbollah’s links with Irish terror group exposed

Hezbollah flags have often been waved at the annual al-Quds rally in Berlin. (Getty) September 14, 2020 Hezbollah provided the New IRA with finances and shipments of weapons, according to an undercover agent who infiltrated the Irish terror group. Former British secret service operative Denis McFadden made the assessment after spying on the [...]

By |September 14th, 2020|Europe, Lebanon|

Tehran rejects Canada’s complaint over Ukraine plane crash

Iranians light candles for victims of Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 as they protest in front of Amir Kabir University in Tehran, 11 Jan 2020. (EPA-EFE) September 12, 2020 Saeed Khatibzadeh, the spokesman for Iran's foreign ministry, says the Iranian government "has not received and will not receive" any Canadian government complaints about [...]

By |September 12th, 2020|Europe, North America|

Swedish politicians stand together to demand Iranian protesters’ release

The call was prompted by the publication on September 2, 2020, of a horrific report by Amnesty International on the torture of demonstrators in Iran. (Amnesty International) By Hannah Somerville September 12, 2020 Swedish politicians from different parliamentary factions have joined forces to demand the Islamic Republic of Iran release the political prisoners it [...]

By |September 12th, 2020|Europe|

Iran’s longstanding cooperation with Armenia

Armenia - Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian meets with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Yerevan, October 1, 2019. (Supplied) By Brenda Shaffer September 12, 2020 When the Soviet Union collapsed in December 1991, Iran’s stable northern boundary suddenly became a shared border with five states: land borders with Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan, and maritime borders [...]

By |September 12th, 2020|Azerbaijan, Europe|