Thursday, May 31, 2018

Eye on Iran: India's Reliance to Halt Oil Imports from Iran: Sources

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India's Reliance Industries Ltd, owner of the world's biggest refining complex, plans to halt oil imports from Iran, two sources familiar with the matter said, in a sign that new U.S. sanctions are forcing buyers to shun oil purchases from Tehran.

The U.S. on Wednesday imposed sanctions on several Iranian groups and officials it accused of human rights abuses, in another round of weekly punitive actions intended to isolate Tehran and force a fundamental change in the Islamic Republic of Iran's military posture. The Treasury Department's new sanction targets included Ansar-e Hezbollah, a conservative organization linked to the government, and Evin Prison, where Tehran detains political prisoners. 

A top adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is proposing Iran resume its uranium enrichment in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal between world powers and Tehran. Ali Akbar Velayati was quoted Wednesday by the semi-official Tasnim news agency as saying Iran is "capable to spin centrifuges for enrichment" to higher levels should it choose to do so. Velayati says Iran should also accelerate production of nuclear propulsions and also research on advanced centrifuges.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave the order in 2011 for the military to prepare to attack Iran within 15 days, a former Mossad chief [UANI Advisory Board member Tamir Pardo] said in remarks released on Thursday. 


Iran's crude oil exports have declined slightly in May, according to estimates from a leading tanker-tracking company, in the first sign that the threat of U.S. sanctions may be deterring buyers. The estimates from Geneva-based Petro-Logistics also suggest Iranian oil buyers are not rushing to cut volumes from OPEC's third-largest producer. The U.S. sanctions have a 180-day period during which buyers should "wind down" purchases. 

Iran's numerous tourist attractions, many of which stem from its rich history and civilization going back thousands of years, have the potential to transform into revenue streams far more sustainable than the country's vast oil and natural gas reserves. But this potential has remained largely untapped due to unyielding restrictions that deprive visitors of a number of basic liberties, Iran's troubled foreign relations - mostly with the United States - and lackluster development caused by mismanagement.


Iran carried out previously unreported ballistic missile tests in January that contravened UN Security Council Resolution 2231, according to Israeli ambassador to the UN Danny Danon. 


Javad Zarif was recently caught on video chanting "Death to America!" and "Death to Britain!" and "Death to Israel!" at a rally in Tehran. That should come as no surprise to Americans who understand the nature of the Iranian regime, its history, and the anti-Western animus that pulsates at its heart. Yet numerous American political and media figures have spent years promoting Zarif as something other than what he is: a pure product of Khomeini's hateful revolution.


Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman is visiting Moscow for talks focusing on Syria. The Syrian government's plans to recapture rebel-held parts of the region have raised Israeli concerns that its backers - Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah - could take up positions along the frontier... Russian news reports said Moscow wants to cut a deal that would see Russian military police deployed to areas near Israel. The agreement would envisage the pullout of all Iranian forces from the area and require Syrian rebels to surrender heavy weapons.

Israel plans to act against Iran anywhere in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, as Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman prepared to fly to Moscow for talks about removing the Islamic Republic and its proxy armies from the war-torn country.

Israeli media reports that Moscow and Tel Aviv have reached an agreement on the withdrawal of Iranian-led forces from southern Syria have caused a stir in Iran.

Israel is pointing a finger at Iran for being behind the most serious escalation on it's southern front in four years.


The mother of an Iranian citizen-journalist who has been jailed in Iran for four years says her son [Soheil Arabi] has been on a hunger strike for a month to raise awareness about poor conditions at his prison.  

Masih Alinejad discusses her campaign against a law requiring that Iranian women and girls to cover their heads and necks with a hijab.


On May 30, in an internal election over the speakership of Iran's parliament, moderate Ali Larijani defeated the leader of the main Reformist parliamentary faction, becoming the speaker for the 11th time in a row - a record in the history of Islamic Republic.


Amid current tensions between Washington and Tehran, Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the forthcoming Eurasian Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting June 9-10 in Qingdao, China. Analysts say Rouhani's presence at the SCO conference will send a message that China is ready to fill the void left after the U.S. withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal earlier this month.


While Yemeni legitimate forces march towards Hodeida, which is the most important port for the rebels, Tehran is offering its desire to negotiate on Yemen.


Theresa May's former chief-of-staff has called for her government to finally proscribe Hezbollah in its entirety, ending a legal loophole that will enable the public display of the terror group's flag on the streets of London next weekend.

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