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Monthly Archives: July 2020

Middle East Countries Want Iran’s Arms Embargo Extended, Pompeo Says

Radiofarda – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday, July 6, that Middle Eastern countries demand to extend Iran’s arms embargo, and the United Nations Security Council should listen to them. Citing a remark by Pompeo, the State Department said, “from Israel to the [Persian] Gulf, countries in the Middle East – who are most exposed to Iran’s …

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IAEA Likely To Send Iran’s Case To UN, Says Senior Diplomat

Radiofarda – Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi (Araghchi) says the next IAEA Board of Governors’ meeting is likely to send Iran’s case to the UN Security Council. Some observers say if the case is referred to the UNSC, it may bring back all previous international sanctions against Iran. Official ews agency IRNA quoted Araqchi, a senior Iranian nuclear negotiator, …

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Iran’s missiles can reach around Gulf, US defenses are ‘not sufficient’: Kimmitt

Al-Arabia – Iran’s missiles can reach around the Gulf and they represent a “dangerous threat,” and while the United States has “good” antimissile defenses in place, they are “not sufficient,” Mark Kimmitt, a retired US general and former assistant secretary of state tells Al Arabiya in an interview. “We have known for some time that Iran has an extremely capable set of missiles …

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Iraqi Expert on Armed Groups Shot Dead in Baghdad

VOA – An Iraqi analyst who was a leading expert on the Islamic State and other armed groups was shot dead in Baghdad on Monday after receiving threats from Iran-backed militias.  Gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on Hisham al-Hashimi, 47, outside his home in the Zeyouneh area of Baghdad, a family member said, speaking on condition of anonymity for …

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November Protester Lingering on Death Row Despite Declining Mental Health

Iran-HRM – Increased physical and mental pressure on a prisoner compelled him to attempt suicide at the Greater Tehran Penitentiary. On July 4, Siamak Moghimi attempted suicide by slitting his wrists. His cellmates found him lying in a pool of blood in the bathroom and took him to the prison’s clinic. He was returned to the ward after a quick …

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UN Drone Strike Report Calls US Attack on Iranian General ‘Arbitrary Killing’

VOA – As part of a new report on targeted killings using drones, a U.N. human rights investigator says a January U.S. strike that killed top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was an “arbitrary killing,” and that Iran’s retaliatory missile attack was not justified.  “No evidence has been provided that General Soleimani specifically was planning an imminent attack against U.S. interests, particularly in …

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Iran: Concerns About Death Row Prisoner, Mahmoud Mousavi-Majd, After Transfer to Unknown Location

Iran Human Rights (IHR) – Mahmoud Mousavi-Majd, a political prisoner on death row has been transferred to an unknown location. Domestic media have wrongly described him as the “discloser of Qasem Soleimani’s location”, without taking account of the date of his arrest. The transfer raises concerns that his sentence may be executed imminently. According to Iran Human Rights, Seyed Mahmoud …

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Iran: Man Executed At Mashad Prison

Iran Human Rights (IHR) – A man sentenced to “retribution in kind” for premeditated murder has been executed in Mashhad Central Prison. According to Khorasan newspaper, on the morning of July 4, a 32-year-old man on death row was executed in Mashhad Central Prison. The prisoner who has only been identified as Ahmad F had been sentenced to “retribution in kind” …

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Iran admits incident at nuclear site caused ‘slow down’

Al-Monitor – Two days after Iranian officials said there was an “incident” in an industrial shed at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, Iranian authorities have admitted serious damage has occurred. Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO), spoke to parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission behind closed doors about the incident. According to the commission’s spokesman, Abufazl …

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Iran Says Incident At Nuclear Site Could Slow Boost To Enrichment

Radiofarda – An incident at Natanz nuclear complex in Iran caused significant damage and could slow the production of advanced centrifuges used to enrich uranium, the country’s atomic energy spokesman said. A mysterious explosion or fire occurred in one of the buildings at the sprawling nuclear facility on June 2, which destroyed a large part of a building. Speculations range …

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