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U.N. Security Council unlikely to act on Iran scientist killing, diplomats say

Iran's Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi pays his respect to the body of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh among his family, in Tehran, Nov. 28, 2020. (AP) December 2, 2020 Just hours after the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist, Tehran demanded the United Nations Security Council condemn the killing and take action against those responsible, [...]

By |December 2nd, 2020|Europe, Isreal, North America, USA|

US backs Israel’s right to self-defense after Iran threat, State Dept says

The State Department in Washington, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (AP) December 1, 2020 The US State Department backed Israel’s right to self-defense on Tuesday following Iranian threats to attack Israel’s port city of Haifa. On Sunday, Iranian newspaper Kayhan - run by a representative of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei – suggested Iran attack Haifa [...]

By |December 1st, 2020|Isreal, North America, USA|

Top official forced to apologize for calling Ayatollah Khomeini the rebellious son of the US

In the video, Isa Kalantari refers to Ayatollah Khomeini as a "rebellious child" used by Britain and the United States to overthrow the Pahlavi regime. (Social Media) December 1, 2020 In late November, a short video of an interview with Isa Kalantari, a vice president for President Rouhani and head of the Department of the [...]

By |December 1st, 2020|Europe, North America, USA|

Iran’s security apparatus under fire after top nuclear scientist assassinated

A view shows the site of the attack that killed prominent Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, in Tehran, Iran, Nov 27, 2020. (Reuters) By Golnaz Esfandiari December 1, 2020 The attack that targeted Iran's top nuclear scientist took place in broad daylight not far from the capital, Tehran. Within a few minutes Mohsen Fakhrizadeh -- [...]

By |December 1st, 2020|Isreal, North America, USA|

Iran’s parliament advances bill to stop nuclear inspections

The bill would give European countries three months to ease sanctions on Iran’s key oil and gas sector, and to restore its access to the international banking system. (AP) December 1, 2020 Iran’s parliament Tuesday advanced a bill that would end U.N. inspections of its nuclear facilities and require the government to boost [...]

By |December 1st, 2020|Europe, North America, USA|

The mystery of the Iranian warship that was an Italian cargo

The Iranian Guard's warship named after slain Guard naval commander Abdollah Roudaki, sails in to the Iranian southern territorial waters, Nov. 19, 2020. (AP) By Di Gabriele Carrer and Otto Lanzavecchia December 1, 2020 Last week, the Navy of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRCG) unveiled a brand-new, ocean-faring, weapons-laden warship, named Shahid Roudaki after a slain [...]

By |December 1st, 2020|Europe, Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran’s economy will continue to struggle during Biden presidency

A currency exchange office in the Iranian capital, Tehran, August 2018. (ILNA) By Majid Rafizadeh November 30, 2020 Some politicians, scholars and policy analysts believe Iran’s economy might rebound after Joe Biden moves into the White House in January. The argument goes that President-elect Biden will rejoin the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), [...]

By |November 30th, 2020|North America, USA|

Iran likely to delay response to assassination of top nuclear scientist

Iran's Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi pays his respect to the body of slain scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh among his family, in Tehran, Nov. 28, 2020. (AP) By Jamie Dettmer November 30, 2020 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has vowed to avenge the assassination of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh — a killing he and other Iranian leaders [...]

By |November 30th, 2020|Isreal, North America, USA|

US sanctions Chinese, Russian firms over Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (left) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announce new sanctions on Iran, Jan 10, 2020. (Reuters) November 28, 2020 The US on Friday announced economic sanctions on Chinese and Russian companies that Washington said had supported the development of Iran's missile program. The four firms, accused of "transferring [...]

By |November 28th, 2020|East Asia, North America, Russia, USA|

Amid tensions with Iran, U.S. aircraft carrier deploys to Gulf, Navy says unrelated to ‘specific threats’

Sailors man the rails as aircraft carrier USS Nimitz with Carrier Strike Group 11, deployed in the Western Pacific from San Diego, California, U.S. (Reuters) November 28, 2020 U.S. aircraft carrier USS Nimitz was deployed to the Gulf this week, days before the killing of Iran’s top nuclear scientist, although the U.S. Navy [...]

By |November 28th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|