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Monthly Archives: October 2017

Kremlin: Syria, Oil High On Putin’s Agenda In Iran

RFL/RE – Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to discuss the conflict in Syria and energy cooperation with Iranian President Hassan Rohani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei when he visits Tehran on November 1, the Kremlin says. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters on October 31 that “Syria-related issues will be on the agenda of the …

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Iran Skips UN Conference on Nuclear Energy in Abu Dhabi

VOA — Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers may hang in the balance, but you wouldn’t know it at the United Nations conference on atomic energy held Monday in the United Arab Emirates. Iran decided to skip the Abu Dhabi conference, leaving its seats empty as Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, avoided speaking about the nuclear …

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Hundreds of Iranian Rights Activists Call on Political Prisoner Mohammad Nazari to End Hunger Strike

CHRI – More than 700 Iranian political and civil rights activists have called on one of Iran’s longest serving political prisoners to end his life-threatening hunger strike. In an open letter sent to the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on October 24, 2017, the political and civil rights activists expressed concern over Nazari’s deteriorating health and assured him, “your …

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Man Imprisoned on Nuclear Program Related Espionage Charges on Hunger Strike

CHRI – Alireza Golipour has been imprisoned since 2012 for allegedly passing on information about Iran’s Natanz nuclear site to US officials. Refusing food in Tehran’s Evin Prison since October 12, 2017, Alireza Golipour is in poor health, his lawyer informed the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). “He’s on hunger strike because his legal situation is unclear,” said Golipour’s attorney Azita …

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Iranian academics clash on how to deal with Trump

Al-monitor — When it comes to Iran, Oct. 13 was the moment of truth for the president of the United States. Although Donald Trump had twice certified Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) since taking office, he decertified the nuclear deal, saying it didn’t meet congressional requirements. While he technically did not scrap the JCPOA, the move has sparked different reactions …

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Iran: Trump requested Rouhani meeting in New York

Al-Monitor – According to Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi, US President Donald Trump requested a bilateral meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York during this year’s United Nations General Assembly meeting in September. Iran rebuffed the request. Mehdi Fazaeli, a conservative analyst and former managing director at Fars News Agency, broke the story with an Oct. 29 article on the alleged request. According to Fazaeli, the request came one day after Trump’s …

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Iran Rejects Turkmen Proposal For Gas Shipments To Turkey

RFL/RE – Energy politics around the Caspian Sea breeds complications, as a recent example involving Turkmenistan, Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Armenia reminds us. Turkmenistan is in a serious bind. The country has the fourth-largest natural gas reserves in the world but currently has only one customer — China — at a time when Turkmenistan’s economy appears to be spiraling downward. …

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Iran To Reopen Border With Iraq’s Kurdistan Region

RFL/RE – The chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces, Mohammad Baqeri, says the country will reopen all its border crossings with the Kurdish autonomous region of Iraq in the “coming days.” Tehran had closed its borders with Iraq’s Kurdistan region after it voted for independence in a referendum on September 25. “The border restrictions between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan will …

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