Monday, November 27, 2017

Eye on Iran: Iran Warns It Would Increase Missile Range If Threatened By Europe

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The deputy head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards warned Europe that if it threatens Tehran, the Guards will increase the range of missiles to above 2,000 kilometers, the Fars news agency reported on Saturday. France has called for an "uncompromising" dialogue with Iran about its ballistic missile program and a possible negotiation over the issue separate from Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards are ready to help rebuild Syria and bring about a lasting "ceasefire" there, chief commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said, adding that disarming Lebanon's Hezbollah is out of the question, state TV reported on Thursday. 

Iranian state television aired videos Sunday targeting a Briton and an American serving time on espionage charges, likely trying to pressure the U.S. and Britain as London considers making a $530 million payment to Tehran. 


David Daoud, a research analyst on Hezbollah and Lebanon at United Against a Nuclear Iran, said it's important to look at the last three speeches Nasrallah has given since the Hariri crisis began on November 4. "My takeaway is that he is nervous about Hariri's moves and wants to deflect [criticism of Hezbollah's hold on Lebanon] from the substance to the form," he said. Because Hariri's actions appear shadowy and unclear, Nasrallah can shift the focus to the actions of the Saudis. In Saudi Arabia, Hariri claimed his life was in danger in Lebanon, and Riyadh attacked Hezbollah for threatening Lebanon and the region. "In the first [Nasrallah] speech he wanted to be responsible," said Daoud. "He wants to be Mr. Lebanon, Mr. Sovereignty, and he wants to distract from the content [of Hariri's critique]. If he screams and yells, he confirms what Hariri says, so he says we must follow a political process."


Speaking Thursday, International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano told the IAEA's 35-nation board that the "commitments being undertaken by Iran are being implemented."


Iran yesterday accused the United States of responsibility for "atrocities" in Yemen through its support for Saudi Arabia, which is leading a coalition fighting Tehran-backed Huthi rebels.


A small gas field on the edge of the British North Sea could become a litmus test for U.S. policy towards Iran. London-based BP this week agreed to sell to North Sea producer Serica Energy three fields in the ageing offshore basin... Because of the Iranian involvement, BP needs a licence from the U.S. Treasury's sanctions enforcement arm - the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) - allowing U.S. nationals and companies to take part in the field's operations. The licence was renewed in September, a month before Trump sought to reverse the U.S. position on the nuclear deal with Iran. Serica will apply for its own licence in the coming months.


Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards will play an active role in establishing a lasting "ceasefire" in crisis-hit Syria, its chief commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said, adding that disarming Lebanon's Hezbollah was non-negotiable, state TV reported on Thursday.

Iran confirmed on Thursday that it was determined to support its Houthi ally in Yemen and stressed on refusing to discuss pulling out the arms of its other ally in Lebanon, "Hezbollah." 


Iran has told jailed Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe that she will appear in court next month accused of spreading propaganda, her husband, Richard, said on Thursday. 

The Iranian state-owned TV station accused of peddling lies about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the jailed British mother, is operating from a former car factory in Acton, west London. The Sunday Times can reveal that the UK office of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) is headed by a British resident, while several former staff have settled in this country after moving from Tehran. The UK's acceptance of these journalists contrasts with Iran's hostility towards BBC staff and its incarceration of Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a charity worker, whom IRIB has accused of being a British spy, a claim that Britain denies.


The trilateral meeting between Iran, Russia and Turkey in the Russian resort of Sochi this week was "a right step, at the right time" for stability in Syria, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad.


The busiest square in Tehran is dominated by an enormous billboard with a drawing of a young man in the uniform of the Revolutionary Guards Corps, extending his hand to invite Iranians to follow his path... After years of cynicism, sneering or simply tuning out all things political, Iran's urban middle classes have been swept up in a wave of nationalist fervor.

The shock and awe unleashed by Saudi Arabia's crown prince has prompted concern in Iran, where speculation is mounting that the U.S. and Israel will unite with the kingdom to take the fight to its bitter regional rival.

Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince called the Supreme Leader of Iran "the new Hitler of the Middle East" in an interview with the New York Times published on Thursday, sharply escalating the war of words between the arch-rivals. 

Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting that the country's Foreign Ministry has taken aim at Saudi Arabia's "adventurous" Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, urging him to recall the fate of the region's autocratic rulers. 


An Iranian official said 3.7 million Euros and $530,000 were embezzled from the accounts of non-aligned countries, during a summit five years ago, which was also during the term of former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad... Mohammed Ali Bourmukhtar, member of the judicial committee at the Iranian parliament, held Ahmedinejad's aide Hamid Baghaei responsible and said the latter had the money.

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