Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Eye on Iran: Iran Informs UN of Increase in Nuclear Enrichment Capacity

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Iran has told the U.N. nuclear watchdog that it will increase its nuclear enrichment capacity within the limits set by the 2015 agreement with world powers... Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had ordered the increase in a speech Monday, in which he vowed that the country would preserve its nuclear program despite the U.S. withdrawal from the landmark 2015 accord.

Iran has begun working on infrastructure for building advanced centrifuges at its Natanz facility, Ali Akbar Salehi, the director of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization said on Tuesday.

Peugeot owner PSA has become the latest French company to signal it will pull out of Iran if it cannot get bulletproof protection from potential US sanctions... Although PSA is not currently in the US, chief executive Carlos Tavares recently detailed plans to return to the US market after an absence of more than two decades.


Israel's intelligence minister called Tuesday for a military coalition against Iran if the Islamic Republic were to defy world powers by enriching military-grade uranium. 

Israel has granted European spymasters access to parts of the secret Iranian nuclear files spirited by Mossad from Tehran ahead of a visit by Benjamin Netanyahu to Germany, France and Britain this week.


Iran has awarded its first cargo of West Karoun oil to Spain's Repsol, two sources familiar with the matter said on Monday, indicating that Tehran is keen to boost its oil exports despite the looming threat of sanctions.


Iran's top leader says anyone who fires one missile at his country "will be hit by 10" in response, but dismisses fears of war as "propaganda" by the West.


Moscow confirmed on Monday that its jets would not provide air coverage to Syrian regime forces [and Hezbollah] in their "southern battle," if Iranian-linked militias are allowed to participate in it. 

Despite not having a union, truck drivers in Iran have staged a nationwide strike for almost two weeks now. Unprecedented in terms of geographical spread, the protest showcases not only the growing solidarity of unorganized groups, but also the changing face of social unrest in Iran.


The U.N. Yemen mediator is in talks with the Houthi movement to hand over control of Hodeidah port to the United Nations in an attempt to avert a possible assault on the city by a Saudi-led coalition, Yemeni political sources said. Martin Griffiths arrived in the Houthi-held capital Sanaa on Saturday as coalition-backed troops moved to within 10 km (6.21 miles) of the Red Sea port, long a key target in the war, according to local military officials, who said the advance had paused in the last few days.

It's been a year since three of Qatar's neighbors plus Egypt severed ties with the Gulf state, cut off exports, expelled their citizens and banned Qatari flights from using their airports and airspace. The tiny country has weathered the storm by drawing from its substantial cash reserves, deepening alliances with Turkey and Iran, and using its strategic location in the Persian Gulf as the world's largest producer of liquefied natural gas to continue shipments to major world powers.


Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday lashed out at Israel, calling the Jewish state the "cancerous tumor" of the region that must be "removed and eradicated"... Khamenei has previously branded Israel as "barbaric," "infanticidal," and the "sinister, unclean rabid dog of the region." More recently, he blamed "Zionists" for the anti-government demonstrations held across Iran earlier this year.


Iran's activities across the Middle East threaten to drive another wave of refugees to Europe, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday.

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