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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Rouhani: Iran will respond in kind to US breaches of nuclear deal

Al-Arabia – President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that Iran would respond in kind to any breach by the United States of the 2015 nuclear deal after the House of Representatives passed a new sanctions bill. “If the enemy steps over part of the agreement, we will do the same, and if they step over the entire deal, we will do …

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Trump warns ‘emboldened’ Iran to comply with nuclear deal

Al-Arabia – US President Donald Trump issued a veiled threat against Iran on Tuesday, warning Tehran to adhere to the terms of a nuclear deal with world powers or else face “big, big problems.” A week after certifying Iran as complying with the 2015 agreement negotiated by Democratic President Barack Obama, Trump made clear to thousands of raucous supporters that he …

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House OKs New Sanctions Against Iran as Tehran Flexes Military Muscle

VOA – The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Tuesday in favor of imposing new sanctions on Iran, a move that most likely will further exacerbate tensions between Washington and Tehran. U.S. officials said further sanctions were warranted as a result of Tehran’s destabilizing influence in the Middle East and support for terrorist groups, as well as the Iranian government’s continuing …

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Report: Iran-Linked Cyber Spies Use Simple Yet Effective Hacks

VOA  — A cyber spying group with links to Iran and active for the past four years is targeting countries including Israel, Saudi Arabia, Germany and the United States, security researchers said on Tuesday. A new report by Tokyo-based Trend Micro and ClearSky of Israel detailed incidents as recently as April of this year involving a group known as “CopyKittens”. The …

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US Warship Fires Warning Shots at Iranian Military Vessel

VOA – A U.S. Navy ship patrolling in the Persian Gulf fired warning shots at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard ship that came dangerously close to the vessel Tuesday morning local time. The USS Thunderbolt fired “a couple of warning shots” at the Iranian vessel after it came within 140 meters of the U.S. ship at a high rate of speed, a …

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Iran: Five Prisoners Including a Woman May Be Executed at Any Moment

Iran Human Rights – Five prisoners, including a woman, may be executed at any moment in Urmia’s central prison. Five prisoners, including a woman, were reportedly transferred to solitary confinement in Urmia’s central prison in preparation their executions. According to close sources, the transfers occurred on the morning of Tuesday July 25. Close sources have identified the prisoners as Fattah Amini …

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Iran: Three People Including Afghan Citizen Executed on Drug Charges

Iran Human Rights – Three prisoners, including an Afghan citizen, were reportedly hanged on the morning of Monday July 24. One of the prisoners was reportedly under the age of 18 at the time of his arrest. Iranian official sources, including the Judiciary and state-run media, have not announced these three executions. Three prisoners, including an Afghan citizen, were reportedly hanged …

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1,600 Teachers Demand Iran’s Judiciary Free Imprisoned Rights Activist

CHRI – More than one thousand Iranian teachers have issued a statement calling for the release of a teacher imprisoned for peacefully advocating for teachers’ rights in the southern port city of Bushehr. “We believe the authorities should stop looking at trade union activities as a security threat and unconditionally free Mohsen Omrani,” said the statement, signed by more than 1,600 …

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Inflation likely to rise in Rouhani’s second term

Al-monitor – In terms of economic management, containing inflation has been one of the most significant achievements of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s first term in office. The Rouhani administration managed to reduce inflation from close to 40% in mid-2013 to 7.2% in the Iranian year ending on March 20, 2017. As a result, Iranian politicians have been promising a single-digit inflation rate over the next …

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