Monday, October 30, 2017

Eye on Iran: Reports: Iranian Support Of Houthi Militias In Yemen Surges

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Despite international efforts to deter Houthi militias in Yemen since their takeover of Sanaa in March 2015, Iran has been repeatedly accused of continuing to back the group. And with pro-government forces reclaiming two-thirds of Yemen, Iran's involvement in arming and training Houthi militias has been highlighted by regional and Western sources. This is what coalition leaders highlighted in one of their documents, as well as stating that Hezbollah members are supervising the training of the rebels. Iran's peaked support has come in the midst of the rising defeat of the Houthis on battlefronts and their recent strong disagreements with ousted President Saleh. This caused Iran to supply the militias with more long-range ballistic missiles that were smuggled into the country, according to Gulf observers.

Iran will continue to produce missiles for its defense and does not consider that a violation of international accords, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday in a speech broadcast on state television. Rouhani spoke days after the U.S. House of Representatives voted for new sanctions against Iran's ballistic missile program, part of an effort to clamp down on Tehran without immediately moving to undermine an international nuclear agreement. 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rebuffed a request from U.S. President Donald Trump to meet at the United Nations in New York in September, a day after the Trump made a speech highly critical of the Islamic republic, the state-run Fars News Agency said.


In mid-September, Hezbollah's Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah declared victory in the Syrian Civil War, dismissing any continued fighting as "scattered battles." Victory in Syria has long been considered a necessary prerequisite for the group initiating another war with Israel. However, Nasrallah's declaration of triumph is still premature. Victory alone in Syria is insufficient to speed up the "doomsday clock" on the next clash between the two foes, since many regional, domestic, and internal factors continue to constrain the group.


Iran is fulfilling its commitments under the nuclear deal with world powers and inspectors are not facing any problems in their verification efforts, the International Atomic Energy Agency's director-general said on Monday. "The IAEA can state that such nuclear-related commitments are being implemented," Yukiya Amano told a news conference in Abu Dhabi following a trip to Iran on Sunday where he met Iran's president and other officials.  "I requested that Iran ... fully implement the nuclear-related commitments. This is the main thrust of the meeting in Iran ... Regarding the activities by our inspectors, they are discharging their responsibility without problem," he said.

A senior Iranian lawmaker announced that the parliament is set to mention 18 cases of breach of the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in its third half-yearly report on the implementation process of the deal.  Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency,


Iran's nuclear deal with world powers may hang in the balance, but you wouldn't know it at the United Nations conference on atomic energy held Monday in the United Arab Emirates. Iran decided to skip the Abu Dhabi conference, leaving its seats empty as Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, avoided speaking about the nuclear deal at all in his address at the venue.


The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that would hit Iran with a fresh batch of sanctions for its ballistic missile program in a vote held Thursday morning. The bill now moves to the Senate for its approval; if it becomes law, it would further strain already tenuous US-Iran relations but not outright violate the terms of the nuclear deal with Iran.  The House bill would require the Trump administration to identify companies and individuals, Iranian and non-Iranian alike, who are supplying the ballistic program. The sanctions options would include, among other things, freezing the US assets of suppliers, restricting their travel to the US, and banning imports from them. Iran's ballistic missile program isn't covered by the Iran nuclear deal, which means these sanctions don't violate the terms of the deal.


US President Donald Trump's new Iran strategy, including his Oct. 13 refusal to certify that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) meets congressional requirements, will push a contract for 80 passenger jets signed between Boeing and IranAir into uncertainty, despite the confidence both companies have been trying to show. Trump has specifically referred to the $16 billion order by the Iranian flag carrier, saying he has not made up his mind about the future of the contract. "They were going to buy Boeings. I don't know what's going to happen with the deal," he said in an interview Oct. 22, referring to Iran. Meanwhile, there have been reports going so far as to say that the US administration is likely to nix the aircraft order.


Asma Jahangir, the UN special rapporteur on the Iran rights situation, said on Thursday that no change has been made in Iran during the past year, expressing her frustration with the high number of executions, especially among teenagers as well as the harassment of minorities. She added that achieving a progress on the level of women rights is quite slow, expressing concerns over curbing the freedom of speech. A day after submitting her report to the world body, Jahangir told reporters that torture was widespread in Iran and that some people were imprisoned for seeking justice.


Iran will lift border restrictions with Iraq's Kurdistan region "in the coming days following a closure after last month's Kurdish vote in favor of independence, the Iranian armed forces chief of staff said. Major General Mohammad Baqeri, in remarks quoted by ISNA news agency on Monday, also said if Kurdistan implemented its plan to break away from Iraq, "there would be bloodshed in Iraq and neighboring countries would be affected."  

The U.S. must not allow Iran to seize Kurdish border crossings between Iraq and Syria. Because Iran is attempting to do just that.


Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Gulf affairs Thamer al-Sabhan has said Iran's media propaganda arm is aiming to stop the recent rapprochement between Riyadh and Baghdad by spreading what he called fake news. 

Houthi militias are violating all international laws and banning hospitals from operating and treating patients, as well as targeting humanitarian aid convoys in Yemen, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has said. "When we talk about Yemen and our alliance to support the legitimacy, we have to remember the war of the Houthi and Saleh militias on the stability of the country and taking it captive," he said on Sunday.


Iran's parliament has approved two nominees by President Hassan Rouhani to head the ministries of energy and higher education... Rouhani's 18-minister cabinet is now complete.

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