Friday, July 13, 2018

Eye on Iran: Pompeo Warns Europe of Threats Posed by Support for Iran

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U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo unleashed a new broadside against Iran on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday, asking U.S. allies to "cut off all funding" so the regime can't finance terrorism. 

A top aide to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday that Iran would immediately withdraw its "military advisers" from Syria and Iraq only if their governments wanted it to.

President Donald Trump on Thursday forecast an unspecified "escalation" between the United States and Iran following his withdrawal from a landmark deal that provided sanctions relief for Tehran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.


US President Donald Trump said Iran's economic troubles were going to force it to seek a security deal with Washington following his withdrawal from a nuclear pact. 

The United States has rejected a French request for waivers for its companies operating in Iran that Paris sought after President Donald Trump imposed sanctions

Chief Executive of France's Oil Major Patrick Pouyanné said that his company left Iranian South Pars Gas Field since it could not receive US sanctions waiver. There is no other way than to leave Iran's lucrative project, he said, adding, "you cannot operate in 130 countries in the world without accessing to US financial system. Therefore, we are enforcing and complying with US laws and have to leave Iran's profitable market."

Iran imported 36 percent less gasoline than a year earlier during the first quarter of the Iranian year beginning on March 21 in what may well be a signal the country is shoring up its domestic supply as the start of U.S. sanctions draw near.

Iran will do its best to ensure security of oil supply to India by offering "flexible measures" to boost bilateral trade, a statement from Tehran's embassy in New Delhi said. 

Chinese tech giant ZTE has signed an agreement with the US clearing the way for it to resume business in the country. Once ZTE makes a $400m (£303m) security deposit, an order to lift the ban will be issued, the US Commerce Department said. ZTE was blocked from buying US parts in April after the US found it violated trade bans with Iran and North Korea.


A top U.S. official focused on sanctions against Iran linked American financial pressure on Tehran with ongoing economic protests roiling the country, saying she hoped the strain would limit the Islamic Republic's "malign activities" across the Mideast.

A federal judge in California has ordered the Trump administration to reconsider the asylum requests of nearly 90 Iranian refugees - overruling the blanket denial the government had issued to all of them. Instead, the Department of Homeland Security must disclose individual reasons for the denials, which allows the claimants to file an appeal.

Iranian police on Thursday killed a man while trying to disperse a protest over water scarcity, The Associated Press reported, citing Iranian media. The IRNA news agency quoted Col. Mohammad Ebadi Nejad, a local police chief in southern Iran, as saying police fired shots in the air after ordering a crowd to disperse. He said the man was shot in the neck and taken to a hospital, where he died.


It was not the deal he was hoping for, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel left Moscow on Thursday saying he had won an important commitment from President Vladimir V. Putin. Israel, he said, did not object to President Bashar al-Assad's regaining control over all of Syria, a vital Russian objective, and Russia had pushed Iranian and allied Shiite forces "tens of kilometers" away from the Israeli border.

The top adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday had been "very constructive and friendly" and that Moscow would invest in the Iranian oil sector.

An Israeli general says his nation's recent strikes on Iranian forces in Syria have left Iran far from cementing a presence there but also have left Israel needing support to end that presence completely.

When President Donald Trump meets Russia's Vladimir Putin on Monday, the Syrian conflict will be one of the most immediately pressing issues on a wide-ranging agenda.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who for months has said Israel will not tolerate an Iranian military presence anywhere in Syria, prioritized matters on Thursday, saying the most important immediate objectives are to remove Iran's long-range missiles from Syria, and to distance Iranian forces from Israel's border.

Iran's supreme leader sent a message through one of his top aides to Vladimir Putin on Thursday, just one day after the Russian president met with the leader of Iran's top foe, Israel. Ali Akbar Velayati, the international affairs adviser to Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, visited Putin as part of a three-day visit to Moscow at a time of heightened international tension between Tehran and Israel.


July temperatures in Iran have reached a whopping 52-53 degrees Celsius (125-127 F) in some spots, as residents struggle with a lack of water and now a looming danger to the electricity network.

A former Iranian deputy prime minister who spent years in jail on charges of spying for the US died Thursday at the age of 86, state media reported.


Argentina's Foreign Ministry says it has asked Russia to arrest and extradite former Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati, citing his alleged role in a 1994 bombing in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people. Velayati, who is now a top aide to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was visiting Moscow on July 12 for a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, but planned to travel to China on July 13.

In a rare lucid moment in January 2016, then-Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that the Tehran regime would use some of the funds from the Iranian nuclear deal to fund terrorism. 

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