Friday, April 7, 2017

Eye on Iran: Iran Issues Threat Over US Strikes In Syria

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Iran "won't be quiet" after the U.S. missile attack that hit a number of military targets in central Syria, Iran's parliament news agency, reported Friday.Allaeddin Boroujerdi, head of parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, declared "Russia and Iran won't be quiet against such acts which violate interests of the region," according to the report. Boroujerdi warned serious consequences would follow the U.S. action. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif took to Twitter on Friday to denounce the strikes, saying: "Not even two decades after 9/11, U.S. military fighting on same side as al-Qaida & ISIS in Yemen & Syria. Time to stop hype and cover-ups." Zarif also called the allegation that the Syrian military used chemical weapons as "bogus." "US aids Saddam's use of CW against Iran in 80's; then resorts to military force over bogus CW allegations: 1st in 2003 and now in Syria," Zarif tweeted.

Iran denounced as "destructive and dangerous" U.S. missile strikes against a Syrian airbase from which a suspected chemical weapons attack was launched, Iran's state news agency IRNA quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying on Friday. "Iran ... condemns use of chemical weapons ... but at the same time believes it is dangerous, destructive and a violation of international laws to use it as an excuse to take unilateral actions," IRNA quoted Bahram Qasemi as saying. "Iran strongly condemns any such unilateral strikes... Such measures will strengthen terrorists in Syria ... and will complicate the situation in Syria and the region." An Iranian diplomat at the Iranian embassy in Damascus said families of Iranian diplomats in Syria had not been transferred to another country following the U.S. strike, the ENTEKHAB news website reported.

This week's suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria - believed to have been carried out by Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime - showed why the Trump administration should designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization, a prominent former US senator and vice presidential candidate said on Wednesday. "The chemical attack in Syria - one of the worst atrocities we have seen in years - was made possible by Iran and Russia's ongoing support of President Assad," Joseph Lieberman, the current chairman of the United Against Nuclear Iran advocacy group, stated. "The IRGC is the main means of support - financial and otherwise - for the Syrian regime and terrorist organizations throughout the region. This is why Iran remains, according to the US State Department, the leading state-sponsor of terrorism in the world. The gas attacks in Syria demonstrate the urgent need to designate the IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization and show that this behavior will not be tolerated by the United States."


At a House subcommittee meeting Wednesday, the deep partisan divisions over the Obama administration's Iran nuclear deal were on display once again as Republican-selected witnesses criticized the deal as allowing Iran to continue its nuclear capabilities and destabilizing the region. "The Iran nuclear deal gives Iran a clear road to the bomb," said Rep. Ron DeSantis, the chairman of the House National Security Committee Subcommittee of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He said the hearing was held to highlight defects of the nuclear deal.

Iran, more than any other country in the world, is carefully taking note of the US missile attack in Syria overnight, former National Security Council head Yaakov Amidror said Friday. "More than any place in the world, the decision makers in Iran are learning the reaction of the Americans, taking into account that if they don't behave, the military option is on the table, unlike the previous administration," Amidror said during a conference call organized by The Israel Project. Amidror, a fellow at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, said that Iran bears responsible for Syrian President Bashar Assad's actions, since they and Hezbollah have given him unqualified support over the years regardless of his brutality. Amidror said that Iran supported Assad after his previous use of chemical weapons, and that there was no question that even if they did not have prior knowledge of the attack in Idlib, they are "morally responsible."


Hungary will cooperate with Iran on setting up a small nuclear reactor for scientific-educational purposes, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff told a news conference on Thursday. Janos Lazar said in response to a question that the cooperation will be within the framework of an agreement between Iran, the EU and the United States. He said the cooperation had been agreed during a visit by Orban to Iran in 2015. "When the Prime Minister was there, we undertook to take part in jointly creating a mini nuclear plant with educational, scientific purposes, and now this agreement will be implemented," Lazar said.


The Justice Department has paid more than $800 million from a special compensation fund to hostages held by Iran and victims of embassy bombings and the 2000 attack on the U.S.S. Cole. The money was paid out of the U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund, which was established in 2015. The department said Thursday that the money has been provided to thousands of victims, their family members and survivors. More payments are expected in the coming weeks, with the total expected to exceed $1 billion. The fund is being administered by Kenneth Feinberg, who has performed a similar role for funds set up after the Sept. 11 attacks, the BP oil spill and other disasters.


BP and Iran's state-run oil company received a license from the U.S. Treasury last year to operate their joint gas field in the North Sea following the lifting of Western sanctions on Tehran, BP said on Thursday.  Production at the Rhum field was suspended in 2010 when Europe imposed sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program and only resumed four years later after Britain agreed to set up a temporary management scheme whereby all revenue due to Tehran would be held until sanctions were lifted. Following the removal of European Union and United Nations sanctions on Iran in January 2016, the temporary management scheme ceased. Iran regained control of its stake and on Sept. 29, 2016 BP obtained a license from the U.S. Treasury, through its sanctions enforcement arm - the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC), to continue operations at the field, BP said in its 2016 annual report.


An additional 91 days were added to civil rights activist Atena Daemi's seven-year prison sentence for her peaceful activism. The sentence was issued to Daemi and her two sisters after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) responded to her complaint about their use of excessive force with a complaint of their own."The strange thing is that when the IRGC makes charges, the authorities quickly prosecute, but Atena filed a complaint against the IRGC for violent arrest and nothing was done," an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on April 3, 2017. "In fact, the authorities are now saying that her complaint has been lost." "When we asked the judge about her complaint during the trial, he had no clue," added the source. The 91-day sentence was issued by Branch 1163 of the Qods Criminal Court, which suspended Onsieh and Hanieh Daemi's sentences for one year, said the source.

Hundreds of runners took part in Tehran's first-ever marathon on Friday, but many women were outraged to find they could only run a short distance in a closed-off stadium.While men ran through Iran's capital in the morning, women were allowed to run just 10 kilometers (six miles) in Azadi stadium in the afternoon - with no male spectators or officials permitted. Many were baffled by the move, since there are no rules against men and women running together in Iran - and joggers of both sexes are often seen in parks and public areas. "I registered but I quit. I took back my 500,000 rials ($15) because we were deceived," Nasim, an architect in her 30s, told AFP.


Iran's hardliners have nominated five candidates, including Ibrahim Raeisi, a powerful cleric, to contest next month's crucial election as they attempt to put on a united front to defeat Hassan Rouhani, the centrist president. The Islamic Revolution Forces Popular Front, a new umbrella group, said it had been agreed that the candidate who emerges as the frontrunner in the days ahead of the May 19 poll would contest the vote, while the other four would step aside, Iranian media reported. Hardliners hope the tactic will enable them to launch a multipronged challenge to Mr Rouhani on the campaign trail, but also avoid a repeat of the 2013 presidential election when several hardline candidates ran against each other, diluting their support.


As someone characterized as part of the Iran Deal "echo chamber" in 2015, many might anticipate that I would oppose the sanctions against Iran presently being developed in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.  But, with modifications and in the right context, the bills being developed in the House and in the Senate may actually point the way for the kind of approach to sanctions against Iran that preserves and advances the common cause of JPOCA proponents and skeptics alike. Though sometimes lost in the public debates of 2015, the United States neither gave away all of its sanctions leverage over Iran in the JCPOA nor did it lose the right and the ability to impose targeted measures against Iran for actions incompatible with the JCPOA or outside its aegis. Under the JCPOA, what was agreed is that we would exchange nuclear relief for sanctions relief, offering Iran the promise of some economic renewal and securing for the United States the relief of Iran being unable to produce a nuclear weapon undetected and in less than a year.

Freedom of speech and press are the Islamists' top enemies. They are targeted on a regular basis, making it difficult or impossible for the truth to be revealed to the world. While others may take their privacy for granted, the people living under this kind of tyranny must think about everything they say and do. Sometimes even the bravest of souls turn away in the face of such intimidation Can it really be as restrictive as described? Yes, and far worse than you can imagine. Sina Dehghan, 21, for example, was arrested by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) when he was 19 for "insulting Islam". Charges were brought against him for insulting the Prophet Muhammad on the messaging app LINE.

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