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Monthly Archives: July 2019

Iran Suggests New ‘Alternative’ Plan To De-escalate Tensions With U.S.

Radiofarda – Iran may be ready to start de-escalating tensions with the West without insisting on the United States returning to the 2015 nuclear deal, according to a new report. President Hassan Rouhani has sent a message to French President Emmanuelle Macron suggesting an alternative to Macron’s “freeze for freeze” plan to tackle tensions between Tehran and Washington. Deputy Foreign …

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Owner of UK ship seized by Iran contacts crew

Radiofarda – The owner of the U.K.-flagged ship held by Iran says it has made first contact with the crew of 23 since its seizure five days ago in the Strait of Hormuz. Stena Bulk says in a statement Wednesday it had direct communication with the crew of the Stena Impero on Tuesday evening. The ship’s master said “that everyone …

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Iran’s Zarif Congratulates Boris Johnson As Next UK Prime Minister

Radiofarda – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has congratulated Boris Johnson for his victory in the race to replace Theresa May as UK prime minister. Ina tweet on July 23 Zarif attacked May’s government for “seizure of Iranian oil at behest of US” calling it a “piracy”. Then he went on to congratulate Johnson, calling him “my former counterpart”. …

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Jailed Civic Activist Goes On Hunger Strike In Iran To Protest Cruelty

Radiofarda – An Iranian civic and labor activist jailed since January has begun a hunger strike to protest her treatment and that of his family at the hands of security organs. Sepideh Qolian (Gholian) who was supporting last year’s labor strikes in the oil-rich Khuzestan province was arrested twice; once in November 2018 and again in January on vague security-related …

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US Now Says It ‘Engaged’ 2 Iranian Drones, Not 1

Radiofarda – The U.S. military says that when it destroyed an Iranian drone last week over the Strait of Hormuz, it also took aim at a second drone. Iran denies it lost any drones. U.S. Central Command says that one Iranian drone crashed into the sea after the USS Boxer took what Central Command called “defensive action” against it last …

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Britain Wins Early European Support For Hormuz Naval Mission

Radiofarda – France, Italy and Denmark gave initial support for a British plan for a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, proposed after Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged tanker, three senior EU diplomats said on Tuesday. By Robin Emmott The cautious backing at a meeting of EU envoys in Brussels contrasts sharply with the …

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Tehran’s Risky Maritime Maneuver

Radiofarda -Last week, Iran raised the stakes in its intensifying standoff with the West still further when it seized a British oil tanker and briefly detained another British vessel in the Persian Gulf. To hear regime officials tell it, the seizure was fully justified – a simple enforcement of the country’s sovereign rights under international law. But there’s ample reason …

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Rouhani: IRGC seizure of UK-flagged tanker ‘powerful, precise and professional’

Al-Arabia – The seizure of the British-flagged tanker by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was “powerful, precise and professional,” Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday. The world should be thankful that the IRGC is preserving the security of the Strait of Hormuz, he added. Rouhani said that Iran has been and remains the protector of Bab al-Mandeb Strait …

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UK sent mediator to Iran to ‘plead for their ship to be freed’: Khamenei aide

Al-Arabia – Britain has sent a mediator to Iran to discuss the freeing of a British-flagged tanker seized by the Islamic Republic last week, the head of the Supreme Leader’s office said on Wednesday, according to the semi-official Tasnim news site. Mohammad Mohammadi-Golpayegani provided no details about the British mediator’s trip but made an ironic reference to Britain’s involvement during …

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