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Monthly Archives: February 2020

US concerned Iran suppressing details on coronavirus outbreak: Pompeo

Al-Arabia – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday said the United States was “deeply concerned” Iran may have covered up details about the spread of coronavirus, and he called on all nations to “tell the truth.” “The United States is deeply concerned by information indicating the Iranian regime may have suppressed vital details about the outbreak in that …

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Iran Nuclear Accord Parties Meeting To Try To Salvage Deal

RFL/RE – The remaining members of the floundering Iran nuclear deal are meeting in Vienna for the first time since Germany, France, and Britain initiated dispute procedures that could reimpose UN sanctions on Tehran.The February 26 talks come as the signatories try to rescue the landmark 2015 accord, which has been faltering since U.S. President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from …

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Iran Coronavirus Outbreak Strands Pakistani Visitors, Fuels Fear of Prison Contagions

VOA – Iran’s growing coronavirus outbreak has triggered more angst in the country, preventing thousands of visiting Pakistanis from returning home and fueling fears of contagion in prisons. At least 5,000 Pakistanis have been stuck in Iran since authorities in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan closed the border with their western neighbor Sunday, according to a provincial government spokesman who …

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US Imposes Sanctions on 13 for Helping Iranian Missile Program

VOA – The U.S. has imposed new sanctions on 13 entities and individuals in China, Iraq, Russia and Turkey because of their support of Iran’s missile program. The State Department says those sanctioned include a Chinese individual named Luo Dingwen, who has also been involved in supplying sensitive items to Pakistan’s missile program. Others include Chinese and Turkish export and …

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Iranian Clerics Keep Shrines Open, Even As Virus Spreads

VOA – Shiite shrines that attract tens of millions of visitors annually have come under focus in Iran as the country grapples with the spread of the coronavirus.   The outbreak of the virus in Iran prompted the government to request the closure of major shrines in cities like Qom, Mashhad and Shiraz, but Iran’s powerful clerics have rejected or ignored …

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Amid Coronavirus Outbreak Political Prisoners Should be Granted Furlough, Say Relatives

CHRI – Grave Concerns About the Spread of COVID-19 in Iranian Prisons Hashem Khastar (left) and Mohammad Nourizad (right). Relatives of prisoners of conscience who were imprisoned in Iran after publicly calling on the supreme leader to resign have called on Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi to allow their loved ones to go on furlough (temporary leave) to protect them from contracting the potentially deadly …

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Fast-spreading coronavirus pushes Iran closer to lockdown

Al-Monitor – Iran is closer to an effective shutdown amid a worsening coronavirus epidemic that was first reported last Wednesday in the city of Qom, the center of its powerful clergy and home to much-visited holy shrines. As of Feb. 25, the official death toll from the country’s Health Ministry stood at 15, a figure likely to jump as suspected cases approach the 1,000 mark in at least 11 affected provinces.  …

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Coronavirus Outbreak To Hurt Ailing Iranian Economy

Radiofarda – After nationwide unrest in November, escalation with the U.S. following the killing of Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani and the Ukrainian airliner shot down by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, all in a matter of three months, Iran’s economy has received yet another blow, this time from a coronavirus outbreak. The outbreak, officially announced on February 20 is likely to …

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