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Monthly Archives: July 2019

Iran to face more ‘isolation, sanctions’: Pompeo

Al-Arabia – Iran will face further sanctions in response to its expected breach Sunday of a uranium enrichment cap, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. “Iran’s latest expansion of its nuclear program will lead to further isolation and sanctions,” the top US diplomat said on Twitter. Iran said earlier it was hours away from breaching the cap set by …

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Quake Strikes Southwest Iran

RFL/RE – Iran says a magnitude 5.7 earthquake hit a town in the country’s southwest on July 8, damaging several buildings.The report by the official IRNA news agency said that the quake hit near the town of Masjid Soleiman in Khuzestan Province, some 450 kilometers southwest of Tehran.It said at least four people have been reported injured.Witnesses told Western news …

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Avoid Escalation, Iran Tells Europeans After Breaching Enrichment Cap

RFL/RE – Iran on July 8 called on European signatories of a landmark nuclear agreement to abstain from any rash move in response to Tehran’s breaching the uranium-enrichment cap set by the 2015 deal.If European parties to the agreement “do certain strange acts then we would skip all the next steps [in the plan to scale back commitments] and implement …

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Iran Says Discussions Ongoing With Britain Over Impounded Oil Tanker

Radiofarda – Iran’s deputy foreign minister has revealed that UK ambassador in Tehran visited the foreign ministry Saturday evening for a second time in recent days to discuss the issue of an Iranian oil tanker impounded at Gibraltar. Abbas Araqchi (Araghchi) told the media on Sunday, July 7, “We are continuously in touch with the British government and yesterday once …

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Civic Activist Attacked After Statement Demanding Khamenei’s Resignation

Radiofarda – One of the signatories of a statement demanding the resignation of Iran’s Supreme Leader published a month ago says he was attacked by three unidentified assailants. Reza Mehregan, one of the 14 civic-political activists who in June demanded the resignation of Ayatollah Khamenei and the overhaul of Iran’s constitution, has told Radio Farda in an interview that he …

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Rouhani Tells Macron If US Sanctions Are Halted Talks Can Begin

Radiofarda – At the same time that Iranian officials say they are ready to increase the level of uranium enrichment, President Hassan Rouhani has said U.S. sanctions should be halted to make “a new movement” possible. In a telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday July 6, Rouhani has said that if all U.S. sanctions are suspended it …

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Tehran Hardens Its Stance, Aims At Higher-Grade Uranium Enrichment

Radiofarda – A senior adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Iran will start to enrich uranium beyond the 3.67 percent agreed upon in the nuclear deal with the West, also called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati, Khamenei’s adviser for international affairs, made the statement on Thursday, adding that “Americans …

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Netanyahu calls Iran’s enrichment move a ‘very, very dangerous step’

Al-Arabia- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday an announced increase of uranium enrichment by Iran was an extremely dangerous move and he again called on Europe to impose punitive sanctions on Tehran.Netanyahu made the remarks after Iran said it is fully prepared to enrich uranium at any level and with any amount, in further defiance of US efforts to …

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US sent warning message to Iran after drone downing: Iranian official

Al-Arabia – The United States conveyed a message to Iran warning of a limited strike against the country after its unmanned drone was shot down in the Gulf, Iran’s civil defense agency chief Gholamreza Jalali was quoted as saying by the Fars news agency on Sunday.“After the downing of its intruding drone, the United States told us through diplomatic intermediaries …

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Austrian Police Discover 11 Iranian Migrants Sealed In Freight Train Car

RFL/RE – Police in Austria say 11 Iranian migrants attempting to travel to Germany have been found hidden between a shipment of refrigerators inside a freight train car. Officials on July 6 said the migrants were discovered in a railway yard in the city of Fuernitz in southern Austria. Workers were alerted when the migrants knocked on the train doors …

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