Iran Refuses To Give Into Pressure From US

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has agian blasted US President Doald Trump saying the country will not give into his pressures.

Rouhani, in a speech broadcast live on state television, said Trump’s action on the international deal was “appalling and illegal” and had hurt America’s global reputation.

Rouhani said Iran maintained the right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes.

Recall that Trump on May 8, withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, unravelling the signature foreign policy achievement of his predecessor Barack Obama, isolating the U. S. from its Western allies and sowing uncertainty before a risky nuclear negotiation with North Korea.

The decision, while long anticipated and widely telegraphed, leaves the 2015 agreement reached by seven countries after more than two years of gruelling negotiations in tatters.

The U.S. reimposed the stringent sanctions it imposed on Iran before the deal and is considering new penalties.

Iran said it will remain in the deal, which tightly restricted its nuclear ambitions for a decade or more
in return for ending the sanctions that had crippled its economy.

So did France, Germany and Britain, raising the prospect of a trans-Atlantic clash as European companies face the return of American sanctions for doing business with Iran.

China and Russia, also signatories to the deal, are likely to join Iran in accusing the U.S. of violating the accord.

Trump’s move could embolden hard-line forces in Iran, raising the threat of Iranian retaliation against Israel or the United States, fueling an arms race in the Middle East and fanning sectarian conflicts from Syria to Yemen.

The president, however, framed his decision as the fulfilment of a bedrock campaign promise and as the act of a dealmaker dissolving a fatally flawed agreement.

He predicted his tough line with Iran would strengthen his hand as he prepared to meet North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, to begin negotiating the surrender of his nuclear arsenal.

Trump’s announcement drew a chorus of opposition from European leaders, several of whom lobbied him feverishly not to pull out of the agreement and searched for fixes to it that would satisfy him.

It also drew a rare public rebuke by Obama, who said Trump’s withdrawal would leave the world less safe, confronting it with “a losing choice between a nuclear-armed Iran or another war in the Middle
East.”

Iran Warns North Korea Aginst Accepting Nuclear Deal

Iran has warned North Korea against accepting any nuclear deal with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Iran’s government spokesman, Mohammad Bagher Nobakht, was quoted as saying by IRNA new agency;

“We don’t know what type of person the North Korean leader is negotiating with.

“We are facing a man who revokes his signature while abroad.

“It is not clear that he would not cancel the agreement before returning back home,”

Trump pulled the U.S. out of a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran on May 9, calling it deeply flawed and re-imposing unilateral sanctions.

Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, signed a joint statement on Tuesday, pledging to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula while Washington committed to providing security guarantees for its old enemy.

The joint statement signed at the end of their historic summit in Singapore gave few details on how either goal would be achieved but Trump fleshed out some details at a news conference.

“President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” said the statement.

He also said Kim had told him North Korea was destroying a major engine-testing site used for missiles, but maintained international sanctions on Pyongyang would stay in place for now.

Trump said joint military exercises with South Korea would be halted. He said the move would save Washington a tremendous amount of money and would not be revived “unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should”.

NAN reports that Trump going against advice from European allies, he said he would reimpose economic sanctions that were waived when the deal was signed in 2015.

In response, Iran said it was preparing to restart uranium enrichment, key for making both nuclear energy and weapons.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said: “The U.S. has announced that it doesn’t respect its commitments.

“I have ordered the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran to be ready for action if needed, so that if necessary we can resume our enrichment on an industrial level without any limitations.”

He said he would “wait a few weeks” to speak to allies and the other signatories to the nuclear deal first.

“If we achieve the deal’s goals in cooperation with other members of the deal, it will remain in place,” he said.

The Iranian Nation Will Resist Against The U.S. Plots- Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani has revealed that Iran will not surrender to U.S. pressures.

“They think they can make the Iranian nation surrender by putting pressures on Iran, by sanctions and even threats of war…
“The Iranian nation will resist against the U.S. plots,” Rouhani was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency.

Rouhani’s statement comes a day after Washington imposed new sanctions on following its withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.

Iran also said that new sanctions imposed on it by Washington were an attempt to derail efforts to save the 2015 nuclear deal by its remaining signatories following the U.S. withdrawal from the accord.

The U.S. Treasury on Tuesday imposed sanctions on Iran’s central bank governor, three other individuals and an Iraq-based bank, a week after U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned the deal Iran signed with world powers to curb its nuclear program.
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Iran has described the sanctions as illegal and has warned that if talks to rescue the accord fail, it would ramp up its nuclear program to a level more advanced than before.

“With such destructive measures, the American government is trying to influence the will and decision of the remaining signatories of the JCPOA (nuclear agreement),” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying by Fars news agency.

British, French and German foreign ministers met in Brussels on Tuesday to see how they can save the nuclear deal without the U. S., but appeared hard-pressed over how their companies could continue doing business with Iran once Washington begins to reimpose sanctions.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif said the meeting had been a good start, but he wanted to see guarantees materialize.

European powers on Monday vowed to keep the 2015 nuclear deal alive without the U. S. by trying to keep Iran’s oil and investment flowing, but admitted they would struggle to provide the guarantees Tehran seeks.

The deal between Iran and six world powers lifted most international sanctions in 2016 in return for Tehran curbing its nuclear programme, under strict surveillance by the UN nuclear watchdog.

On May 8, President Donald Trump abandoned the pact he branded “the worst deal ever” and reimposed U.S. sanctions on Iran.

Russia Vows To Deepen Ties With Iran

Despite US sanctions against Iran, Russia is to deepen ties with Iran, in spite of the U.S. decision to boycott international nuclear deal and impose new sanctions on Tehran, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday.

President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that the U.S. was withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

He said that he was preparing new sanctions on Iran to ensure it did not develop nuclear weapons.

Israeli Jets Strike Iranian Military Targets

A statement by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) revealed that Israeli fighter jets struck dozens of Iranian military targets in Syria early Thursday in response to a rocket attack on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

The IDF said about 20 rockets were shot down by the Israeli Iron Dome air defense system or fell short of the Golan targets in the Iranian attack, while reporting no injuries.

The IDF added that it had struck the Syrian air defence system because the latter fired, despite warning, trying to intercept its missiles against Iranian targets.

The retaliatory and extensive attack launched from the Golan Heights hit a radar station, Syrian air defense positions and an ammunition dump among targets of the Quds Force, an IRGC external arm, which carried out the rocket attack just past midnight on the Israeli army bases in the Golan Heights.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army warned against any further attack, saying “the IDF is prepared for a wide variety of scenarios” and will meet any attack “with force and determination.”

While asking civilians to heed related instructions, it has decided to maintain the Golan daily routine including farming and school activities.

IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus told a news briefing Thursday morning that all the Israeli fighters returned safely after destroying Iranian and Syrian targets.

Conricus said the Israeli army will maintain a high-level alert in the Golan Heights.

IAEA Inspections Funding In Iran Will Not Stop- Officials

Officials of the United States will not stop funding intense International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections in Iran, in spite its pullout from the nuclear deal with Tehran.

“The U.S. will continue to support robust implementation of IAEA inspections in Iran to the full extent of the IAEA’s authority,” an official at the U.S. mission to the IAEA in Vienna said.

Washington has been a major financial contributor to the IAEA’s efforts to make sure that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons under the 2015 agreement that U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned on Tuesday.

The IAEA is present in Iran around the clock. Its specialists in Vienna search millions of pieces of Iran-related information each month for suspicious developments.

The IAEA spends 9.2 million euros (10.9 million dollars) on this work per year, of which 4.1 million euros are currently funded by the agency’s regular budget.

The rest comes from voluntary payments by member countries.

The U.S. covers about a quarter of the regular budget and has volunteered an additional 3 million dollars for Iran inspections since 2015, the U.S. official said.

Trump has pulled out of the 2015 pact and reinstated U.S. sanctions because he does not believe that the agreement prevents Iran from getting atomic weapons.

The other major powers involved in the deal – Britain, Germany, France, Russia and China – have promised to uphold the deal that has forced Iran to scale down its nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Calls On Muslim Nations To Unite Against US

There is great tension between Iran and the United States and the recent call by Supreme leader Khamenei might have just poured fuel in the fire.

Recall that Iranian president Hassan Rouhani blasted US president Donald Trump dismissing him as a businessman who have no idea about international matters.

Rouhani spoke after French President Emmanuel Macron flew to Washington to try to persuade Trump not to scrap the 2015 agreement – under which Iran curbed its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions.

“They say that with the certain leader of a European country we want to make a decision about a seven-sided agreement,” Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state TV.

“For what? With what right?”

“You don’t have any background in politics. You don’t have any background in law. You don’t have any background on international treaties,” Rouhani said.

“How can a tradesman, a merchant, a building constructor, a tower constructor make judgments about international affairs,” he added referring to Trump’s career as a property developer.

Now according to state television Iran’s supreme leader has called on Muslim nations to unite against the U.S.,saying Tehran would never yield to its arch foe’s “bullying”.

“The Iranian nation has successfully resisted bullying attempts by America and other arrogant powers and we will continue to resist.

“All Muslim nations should stand united against America and other enemies,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
said.

The other powers that signed the agreement with Iran – Russia, China, Germany, Britain and France, have all said they want to preserve it.

 

Iran’s Rouhan Publicly Insults US Trump

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran has dismissed US President Donald Trump “tradesman” who lacked the qualifications to deal with a complex international publicly insulting him on live TV making reference to Trumps Career part over Tehran’s nuclear agreement.

Rouhani spoke after French President Emmanuel Macron flew to Washington to try to persuade Trump not to scrap the 2015 agreement – under which Iran curbed its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions.

“They say that with the certain leader of a European country we want to make a decision about a seven-sided agreement,” Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state TV.

“For what? With what right?” he added.

He reserved particular scorn for the U.S. president, who has called the agreement one of the worst deals ever negotiated and has threatened to restore U.S. sanctions next month unless what he sees as severe flaws are fixed.

“You don’t have any background in politics. You don’t have any background in law. You don’t have any background on international treaties,” Rouhani said.

“How can a tradesman, a merchant, a building constructor, a tower constructor make judgments about international affairs,” he added referring to Trump’s career as a property developer.

The other powers that signed the agreement with Iran – Russia, China, Germany, Britain and France, have all said they want to preserve it.

Many in the West see it as the best hope of preventing Iran from getting a nuclear bomb and heading off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

In a bid to salvage the deal while satisfying Trump’s call for tougher action, Macron’s has proposed that the U.S. and Europe block any Iranian nuclear activity until 2025 and beyond, address Iran’s ballistic missile programme and generate conditions for a political solution to contain Iran in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold talks with Trump in Washington on Friday.

Senior Iranian officials have said repeatedly that Iran’s ballistic missile programme is not up for negotiation.

Iran Increases Missile Production

A senior Revolutionary Guards Commander has revealed that Iran has increased its missile production three-fold.

He said this to the Fars news service, although he wasn’t clear about the period this increase had started.

Fars reported ” Brig.-Gen. Amir Hajizadeh, the head of the Guards’ aerospace division “ saying;

“In the past we had to do a lot of explaining to various bodies for our actions but it’s not like that anymore said”

“Our production has increased three-fold compared to the past,” he said, referring to missiles.

Hajizadeh said the government, parliament and other Iranian officials had, in particular, agreed on the need for ground-to-ground missiles.

Fars gave no further details.

France’s foreign minister visited Iran on Monday on a delicate mission to reaffirm Europe’s support for a nuclear deal that opened Iran’s economy, while echoing U.S. concern about its missile program and role in regional conflicts.

Jean-Yves Le Drian’s visit reflected French efforts to safeguard Iran’s 2015 accord with major powers.

U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to pull out of the deal unless three European signatories help “fix” it by forcing Iran to limit its sway in the Middle East and rein in its missile program.

Senior Iranian officials told Le Drian on Monday that Iran’s ballistic missile program was not up for negotiation.

 

Plane crashes in Iran killing all 66 aboard

An Iranian passenger plane on a domestic flight crashed into the country’s Zagros mountains on Sunday killing all 66 people on board, officials said.

The Aseman Airlines flight left Tehran’s Mehrabad airport around 0800 (0430 GMT) for the city of Yasuj in Isfahan province, said Mohammad Tabatabai, director of public relations for the airline.

The plane crashed into Dena mountain, part of the Zagros range, around 23 kilometres (14 miles) from Yasuj, some 500 kilometres south of the capital, he told state broadcaster IRIB.

“After searches in the area, unfortunately we were informed that the plane crashed. Unfortunately, all our dear ones lost their lives in this incident,” said Tabatabai.

The plane was carrying 60 passengers, including one child, as well as six crew, he added.

A helicopter sent by Iran’s national emergency services was unable to land at the site of the accident due to severe weather, its spokesman said.

The Relief and Rescue Organisation of Iran’s Red Crescent said it had dispatched 12 teams to the region.

“Given the fact that the area is mountainous, it is not possible to send ambulances,” Mojtaba Khaledi, spokesman for the national emergency services, told ISNA news agency.

Decades of international sanctions have left Iran with an ageing fleet of passenger planes which it has struggled to maintain and modernise.

It has suffered multiple aviation disasters, most recently in 2014 when a Sepahan plane crashed killing 39 people.

Tabatabai said the plane that crashed on Sunday was a twin-engine turboprop ATR-72.

Aseman currently has a fleet of 36 planes — half of them 105-seat Dutch Fokker 100s.

Its three Boeing 727-200s are almost as old as the Islamic revolution, having made their first flights in 1980.

Lifting sanctions on aviation purchases was a key clause in the nuclear deal Iran signed with world powers in 2015.

Following the deal, Aseman Airlines finalised an agreement to buy 30 Boeing 737 MAX jets for $3 billion (2.4 billion euros) last June, with an option to buy 30 more.

However, the sale could be scuppered if US President Donald Trump chooses to reimpose sanctions in the coming months, as he has threatened to do.

The US has maintained its own sanctions on Iran, which block almost all trade with the country, but plane manufacturers were given a specific exemption under the nuclear deal.

Boeing, which is also building 80 planes for national carrier Iran Air, faces heavy criticism from US lawmakers who say Iranian airlines have been used to ship weapons and troops to Syria and other conflict zones.

The US Treasury Department approved the sale of the 80 Boeing jets as well as 100 Airbus planes to Iran Air. The first few Airbus jets have already arrived in Tehran.

(AFP)

Attempted Entry Into President’s Office Foiled By Security Operatives

An unidentified man has been shot and arrested in Iran after he tried to break into the president’s office.

This was disclosed by the deputy governor of Tehran on Monday.  “We are trying to identify the person and find out his motivation,” Mohsen Hamedani added.

In June 7, 2017, Iranian officials said suicide bombers and gunmen attacked Iran’s parliament and the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran, killing 12 people in a twin assault at the heart of the Islamic Republic.

Islamic State claimed responsibility and released a video purporting to show gunmen inside the parliament building and one body, apparently dead, on the floor.

The rare attacks were the first claimed by the hardline Sunni Muslim militant group inside in the tightly controlled Shi’ite Muslim country.

Islamic State has regularly threatened Iran, one of the powers leading the fight against the militants’ forces in neighbouring Iraq and, beyond that, Syria.

The raids took place at a particularly charged time, after Iran’s main regional rival Saudi Arabia and other Sunni powers cut ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of backing Tehran and militant groups.

Attackers dressed as women burst through parliament’s main entrance in central Tehran, deputy interior minister Mohammad Zolfaghari said, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

Zolfaghari said one of them detonated a suicide vest in the parliament.

About five hours after the first reports, Iranian news agencies said four people who had attacked parliament were dead and the incident was over.

At least 12 people were killed by the attackers, the head of Iran’s emergency department, Pir-Hossein Kolivand, was quoted as saying by state broadcaster IRIB.

Soon after the assault on parliament, another bomber detonated a suicide vest near the shrine of the Republic’s revered founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, a few kilometres south of the city, Zolfaghari said, according to Tasnim.