On Saturday, Iranian television published a picture of the person involved in the attack on the Natanz nuclear facility, indicating that Karimi was an Iranian citizen, and that he was 43 years old.
On Monday, a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Saeed Khatibzadeh, said that his country would respond to Israel at the appropriate time and place to the Natanz attack, indicating that the incident would have led to a disaster and a crime against humanity if it led to radioactive contamination.
The Israeli public radio reported, citing intelligence sources, as saying that the Mossad behind the Natanz incident.
A spokesman for the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Behrouz Kamalondi, confirmed that the electricity distribution network at the Natanz facility had had an incident, while the head of the organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, said that the incident was an act of sabotage, describing it as “a heinous move and condemned nuclear terrorism.”
In the wake of the Natanz attack, Iran announced that it would raise the level of uranium enrichment to 60%, and the Atomic Energy Organization confirmed that this would start last Friday.
#AceNewsReport – Apr.19: In a meeting with Lavrov, President Hassan Rouhani said Iran wishes to expand regional cooperation with Russia on Syria, Afghanistan, and Yemen in order to help establish stability and combat American interventions.
Iran and Russia engage in high-level talks, discuss combating US interventions in Syria, Afghanistan, and Yemen: Iran which has been boasting of its military might, insisting that the US lift sanctions. It has signed a 25-year strategic deal with China, and is now engaging in high-level talks with Russia “in order to help establish stability and combat American interventions.” America is losing its global influence, with results that could be catastrophic.
“Iran and Russia discuss ties, the Middle East, and nuclear deal,” by Maziar Motamedi, Al Jazeera, April 13, 2021:
He also called for more defence and military cooperation,especially as a United Nations Security Council arms embargo on Iran ended in October 2020.
“Opening the Zionist regime’s foothold to the Persian Gulf region as a destabilising and tension-creating element will be a dangerous act,” Rouhani said of Israel, which Iran has accused of orchestrating “nuclear terrorism” on its facilities at Natanz on Sunday.
The president further said Iran and Russia should also boost bilateral economic activity, especially using private companies, in the oil, energy, transportation, and nuclear sectors.
He called on Russia to accelerate the process of delivering more doses of the Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 to Iran and said Iran is eager to finalise a plan to establish a joint vaccine manufacturing line with Russia.
Iran has so far received more than half a million doses of the vaccine, and has had difficulty in administering it as the first and second doses of Sputnik V – that need to be injected 21 days apart – are different.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, was also a main topic of talks as multilateral talks in Vienna to restore the deal the US abandoned in 2018 will continue on Wednesday.
Rouhani said Iran wants conditions of the landmark accord to be restored to what they were in 2015 when it was originally signed.
“We are neither willing to accept anything less nor wish to achieve anything more,” the president said.
Lavrov told Rouhani that Russia is of the same opinion as Iran on the fact the US must come back into full compliance with the JCPOA, and that trying to add new conditions to the deal would not be acceptable, according to the president’s website….
#AceNewsReport – Apr.18: The attack Sunday, suspected to have been carried out by Israel, has inflamed a shadow war between the two nations. Iran has begun enriching a small amount of uranium up to 60% purity — its highest level ever — in response amid talks in Vienna aimed at saving its tattered nuclear deal with world powers:
Iran names suspect in Natanz nuclear site attack, says he fled country: ‘State television named the suspect as 43-year-old Reza Karimi. It showed a passport-style photograph of a man it identified as Karimi, saying he was born in the nearby city of Kashan, Iran’
The report did not elaborate how Karimi would have gotten access to one of the most secure facilities in the Islamic Republic: The report also aired what appeared to be an Interpol “red notice” seeking his arrest.
The arrest notice was not immediately accessible on Interpol’s public-facing database. Interpol, based in Lyon, France, did not immediately respond to a request for comment: The TV report said “necessary actions” are underway to bring him back to Iran through legal channels, without elaborating. The supposed Interpol “red notice” listed his travel history as including Spain, the United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Ethiopia, Qatar, Turkey, Uganda, Romania and another country that was illegible. The report also showed centrifuges in a hall, as well as what appeared to be caution tape up at the Natanz facility.
This will prop up the mullahs, who are so unpopular among the Iranian people that the Islamic regime might otherwise have fallen’
“Urdu-Language Daily: ‘More Than 5,000 Chinese Troops Will Be Deployed In Iran, And A [Military] Base Will Be Built,’” MEMRI, April 2, 2021:
The article in the Urdu daily Roznama Ummat.
Pakistani analysts are also watching how China’s new focus on Iran will influence Chinese investment in Pakistan. In a report, the Urdu daily Roznama Ummat tried to assess the impact of the Chinese agreement with Iran.
The report is titled: “The Deployment Of 5,000 Chinese Troops In Iran [is] Part Of The Agreement.” The Roznama Ummat report sees the deployment of 5,000 Chinese troops in Iran in positive terms for regional stability. Following is the text of the report.
“More Than 5,000 Chinese Troops Will Be Deployed In Iran, And A [Military] Base Will Be Built For Them”
“In the agreement with Iran regarding the investment project, China has also included a clause for deployment of its troops there; and more than 5,000 Chinese troops will be deployed in Iran, and a [military] base will be built for them. Before this, China has also put its signature on investment projects with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, which shows that China is implementing a plan to increase its influence in the Middle East.
“Contrary to the general impression, analysts are also seeing positive impact of the Chinese investment in Iran on the CPEC [China-Pakistan Economic Corridor] project underway in Pakistan… China is going to get cheap oil from Iran which will go to China via Pakistan. Similarly, China’s [investment projects] with Pakistan are, instead of financial benefits, of strategic nature.
“Pakistani experts and analysts who observe these matters deeply completely reject the general concern in Pakistan that China is now moving in the direction of Iran [thereby abandoning Pakistan]. They say that the recent pact between China and Iran for economic cooperation will not be an alternative to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, and will be rather nourishing it.
“According to experts, China has tried to wriggle itself out of the consequences of the American sanctions by cooperating with Iran in long-term economic and infrastructure construction and security matters. Iran has agreed to sell its oil to China at a price cheaper than international rates to get an assured source of income and so that the sale of its oil can continue without any obstacles. The documents of this [China-Iran] agreement have not yet emerged, but as per the known details, during the next 25 years Chinese projects worth $400 billion can significantly help in creating economic stability in Iran’s damaged economy. In exchange for it, China will get oil, gas, and petrochemical products at cheaper prices from Iran.”
Former Pakistani Ambassador Iqbal Ahmed Khan: “America Has Sidelined Both Pakistan And Iran Which Forced Us To Look Toward Others; China’s Cooperation With Iran Will Benefit Pakistan Directly”
“According to the agreement signed between the two countries, 5,000 soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army of China will also be deployed in Iran which is being opposed in Iran – at the forefront of which is the former President [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad. An analyst… has written that that this agreement, giving China an opportunity to deploy 5,000 security and military officials on the Iran territory, is a regional game-changer.
“Meanwhile, as per Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, the chairman of the Pakistan-China Institute, the Iran-China agreement is positive for the interests of Pakistan and the region because this will nourish a regional economic cooperation whose center is Pakistan, that is CPEC [China-Pakistan Economic Corridor]. Mushahid Hussain expressed the hope that it will help in providing stability to the role of [Chinese-built] Gwadar port in promoting regional cooperation between China, Afghanistan, Iran, and the countries of the Middle East and in stabilizing Baluchistan [the insurgency-affected Pakistani province along Iran’s border].
“Former Pakistani ambassador Iqbal Ahmed Khan, who is the professor of international affairs at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), says that China’s investment project with Iran is part of its $8 trillion Border and Road Initiative (BRI) projects, the CPEC being one of them. It is not correct to compare China’s investment in Iran with the CPEC in Pakistan because both of them are Chinese investments and the two will be aiding each other, and its benefits will reach all the three countries [China, Pakistan, and Iran].
“The former ambassador [Iqbal Ahmed Khan] said that China’s investment in Iran is not at the cost of Pakistan. He said that America has sidelined both Pakistan and Iran, which forced us to look toward others; China’s cooperation with Iran will benefit Pakistan directly. Iran’s oil, which currently travels 13,000 miles to reach China, will now travel 1,500 miles through the safe passage in Pakistan to reach China…”
#AceNewsReport – Apr.04: In addition to replacing domestic experts in the power plant industry, good efforts were made on investment in this sector.
Iran’s power plants output capacity rises 12-fold since the beginning of the “Islamic Revolution” according to IRNA News Agency
Tehran, April 4, IRNA – The output capacity of Iranian power plants have risen 12-fold since the beginning of the Islamic Revolution and reached over 85,000 MW where the figure was 7,024 MW 42 years ago and was only able to supply part of the country’s needs’
#AceNewsReport – Mar.15: He said Iran supported all such armed groups around the world, which he described as “forces of resistance against global arrogance.”
Quds Force commander admits Iran supporting Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia: ‘Ismail Qaani told a conference in the northeastern city of Mashhad that the Houthis had launched “18 operations in less than 10 days” targeting the Kingdom’
Qaani became head of the Quds Force after its previous leader, Qassem Soleimani, was assassinated in a US drone strike at Baghdad airport in January 2020. In his Mashhad speech, Qaani repeated threats that the US would pay a price for Soleimani’s death.
“We have made it clear that we will break the bones of the criminal US. The sound of them being fractured will be heard at the proper time,” he said.
The Quds Force leader also renewed Iranian threats against Israel. “Although Israel has all the world’s tools at its disposal, it is building a wall around itself 1 meter wide and 6 meters high, in order to remain safe,” he said. “But they must be sure that we will destroy that wall too.”
Meanwhile, Israel was probably behind an attack in the Mediterranean last week that damaged an Iranian container ship, investigators in Tehran said on Saturday. The container ship Shahr e Kord was hit by an explosive object that caused a small fire.
The incident came two weeks after the Israeli-owned MV Helios Ray was hit by an explosion in the Gulf of Oman, which Israel has blamed on Iran.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.09: However, her husband Richard Ratcliffe has been told a new court case against her is scheduled for next Sunday: The PM said he was “pleased” about her tag, but “her continued confinement remains totally unacceptable”
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe must be released ‘permanently’, says PM: ‘Prior to the end of Nazanin’s jail sentence, her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, spoke to the BBC’s Caroline Hawley said she has had her ankle tag removed at the end of her five-year sentence’
He wrote in a tweet: “She must be released permanently so she can return to her family in the UK, and we continue to do all we can to achieve this.”
The charity worker had been under house arrest in Tehran since being moved from jail last March. She has always denied the charges against her.
Speaking after her ankle tag was removed on Sunday, Mr Ratcliffe said told the PA news agency it was “a mixed day for us” and “Nazanin is genuinely happy” to be free of her electronic bracelet.
“I’m a bit more guarded – it feels to me like they have made one blockage just as they have removed another, and we very clearly remain in the middle of this government game of chess,” he said.
He told the BBC that his wife had gone to see her grandmother and was “determined to enjoy the afternoon and not think about what it all means”.
“I don’t think we expected something clean but how muddy this is I’m not quite sure yet,” he said.
Earlier, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Iran “continues to put her and her family through a cruel and an intolerable ordeal”.
ReutersNazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is pictured on Sunday, after she was released from house arrest in Tehran
Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 42, had been out of prison since last spring due to the coronavirus pandemic but had been confined to her parent’s house. Her sentence was due to end on Sunday.
She was arrested in April 2016 while travelling to visit her parents in Iran with her young British-born daughter, Gabriella, who is now six years old.
The dual national was sentenced to five years in prison over allegations of plotting to overthrow the Iranian government, which she denies.
She has not yet had her British passport returned to her, according to Tulip Siddiq, the Labour MP for the Hampstead and Kilburn constituency in London where her family live.
Ms Siddiq told the BBC: “She does have to go back to court and we don’t know what awaits her there.
“Nazanin is quite worried because there was talk of another case being put against her which may of course mean another sentence, and we don’t know how long for.”
However Ms Siddiq said the removal of her ankle tag meant she could visit her elderly grandmother “which is the thing she mentions every time I speak to her”.
“So on one hand they are celebrating that she has some elements of freedom in terms of not having the tracker anymore, but we just don’t know what’s going to happen in the court case,” she added.
“I know her daughter has been counting down the days on her calendar at home for her mother to return.”
Free Nazanin CampaignRichard Ratcliffe has not seen his wife in person since she left the UK in 2016
Jeremy Hunt, who served as foreign secretary while Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was in jail, said Iran’s actions were “totally and utterly inhumane”.
“At the centre of this is an innocent woman, her husband and her daughter,” he told the BBC, adding that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe should be allowed to return home to the UK.
Shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy said there had been “an increasing use of this totally unacceptable hostage diplomacy from Iran”, and that the government was right to condemn the use of individuals such as Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe “as a bargaining chip in this wider political game”.
Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrat’s spokeswoman for foreign affairs, Layla Moran, has called for the UK to impose sanctions if she is sentenced for a second time.
“Strong words must be backed by the threat of real action if the Iranian authorities do not do the right thing,” she said.
Antonio Zappulla, chief executive of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s employer at the time of her arrest, said he had spoken to her on Sunday and she was “ecstatic” to be able to have a coffee in a café.
“Nazanin should be allowed her permanent liberty and to walk away from this appalling affront to justice; instead, for all intents and purposes, she is still held hostage,” he said.
And Kate Allen, director at Amnesty International UK, said the news that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s ankle tag had been removed was “bittersweet” and “yet another example of the calculated cruelty of the Iranian authorities”.
“Nazanin was convicted after a deeply unfair trial the first time around and this spurious new charge and possible trial is clearly designed to delay her release and exert yet more pressure on Nazanin and her family,” she said.
“This won’t be over until Nazanin has her passport and is on a flight heading home to the UK,” she added, urging the government to take “serious diplomatic action”.
HandoutGabriella has been counting down the days until her mother’s release, her father said
Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s sentence has included eight months of solitary confinement, blindfolded interrogations and hunger strikes to press for medical treatment.
Prior to her arrest, she lived in London with her husband and child.
In November, she was taken to court on fresh charges of spreading propaganda against the Iranian regime.
Her family and the UK government have always maintained her innocence and she has been given diplomatic protection by the Foreign Office – meaning the case is treated as a formal, legal dispute between Britain and Iran.
Mr Ratcliffe believes his wife and other dual nationals are being held hostage because Iran wants the UK to pay a decades-old debt over an arms deal that was never fulfilled.
‘ Detained British-Iranian women’s rights activist goes on hunger strike ‘
Iranian officials maintain she was detained for security reasons. The 25-year-old, an alumna of the School of African and Oriental Studies, went on hunger strike after she was moved to the “brutal” Evin Prison in June.
‘ Free Ghoncheh Ghavami ‘
A campaign calling for her immediate release has attracted more than 700,000 supporters to date.
Amnesty International has labelled Ms Ghavami’s continued incarceration as “appalling”, and described her as a prisoner of conscience.
Its director, Kate Allen, said: “It’s an outrage that a young woman is being locked up simply for peacefully having her say about how women are discriminated against in Iran.
“The authorities should investigate allegations that Ghoncheh was subjected to death threats by her interrogators and provide compensation for her arbitrary detention and her prolonged solitary confinement.”
A family spokesman added: “A fair and just legal process, according to Iran’s legal framework, is the basic right of every Iranian citizen. Why are these rights not upheld in Ghoncheh’s case?”
‘ Iran, women are not allowed to spectate at certain male sports ‘
Prior to the volleyball match between Iran and Italy, women were barred from attending the event altogether.
Gen Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam, chief of the national police, had said it was “not yet in the public interest” for men and women to share the stands.
Women are already banned from Iranian football matches, but authorities insist this rule is designed to protect them against inappropriate behaviour from men.
“We have concerns about the grounds for this prosecution, due process during the trial and Ms Ghavami’s treatment whilst in custody,” a Foreign Office spokeswoman said.
#AceNewsServices – TEHRAN – November 01 – The Zionist lobby in the US has begun a new wave of attacks on the Pulitzer Prize-winning black author and essayist Alice Walker for supporting the Palestinians in her new book titled ‘The Cushion in the Road’ and also writing a letter to the American singer Alicia Keys asking her not to travel to Israel.
The wave of Zionists’ attacks on Walker came after she asked Alicia Keys to stay away from a music concert in Israel and instead hold it in the Gaza Strip for the Palestinians and also compared Israel’s mistreatment of Palestinians to the behaviour of the Nazis during the World War II, Eelaf news website reported.
‘ The Cushion in the Road ‘
Walker’s book titled The Cushion in the Road is a series of essays on varying topics containing 80 pages on the Israeli brutalities against the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories.
“I want the Israeli government to be made accountable for its behavior toward the Palestinians, and I want the people of the United States to cease acting like they don’t know what’s going on,” Walker wrote in The Cushion in the Road.
“All colonization, all occupation, all repression basically looks the same, whoever is doing it. Our heads cannot remain stuck in the sand,” the American author said in her book.
Last month walker wrote an open letter to American R&B singer Alicia Keys, urging her to boycott Israeli “apartheid”.
“It would grieve me to know you are putting yourself in danger (soul danger) by performing in an apartheid country that is being boycotted by many global conscious artists,” she wrote in her letter to Keys.
Walker, who participated in the Civil Rights Movement, has long criticized Israel’s mistreatment of the Palestinian people, which she has compared to Black oppression in the United States, and has traveled to West Bank and Gaza to protest.
Last year, she refused to allow her award-winning classic, The Color Purple to be translated into Hebrew by an Israel publisher, in protest of Zionism and what she called Israel’s “apartheid” policies.
#AceWorldNews – TEHRAN – October 25 – A 26-year old Iranian woman, who was convicted of murdering a man she has accused of raping her when she was a teenager, was hanged in Tehran’s Evin Prison Saturday, the official IRNA news agency reported.
‘ Iran executes woman who killed her alleged rapist ‘
#AceNewsServices – IRAN (Tehran) – October 18 – Iran and Russia have held a new round of consultations on bilateral cooperation in the area of nuclear energy in the Iranian capital, Tehran, the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom says.
Rosatom’s Communications Department announced on Thursday that Nikolaï Spasski, the deputy director general for international affairs at Rosatom, met with Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi in Tehran on October 15, Ria Novosti reported.
“The parties discussed the current state as well as the prospects of nuclear cooperation between the two countries,” Rosatom added.
Last month, Kamalvandi said Tehran and Moscow were “close to reaching final agreements on the construction of two power plants” in Iran’s southern province of Bushehr before the end of the current Persian calendar year (20 March 2015).
In September 2013, Iran officially took over from Russia the first unit of its first 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant in Bushehr for two years.
The Obama administration re-submitted the U.S.-Russian agreement for peaceful nuclear cooperation to Congress on May 10, 2010. The agreement, which would allow the two countries to trade nuclear materials, technology and services, was originally signed and submitted to Congress for review in May 2008.
However, following the August 2008 conflict between Russia and Georgia, the U.S.-Russian relationship deteriorated significantly; the Bush administration withdrew the agreement from Congress on September 8 of that year. The agreement will automatically enter into force unless both houses of Congress pass a resolution of disapproval within 90 legislative days.
The initial construction of the Bushehr facility began in 1975 by German companies, but the work was halted following the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
After signing a deal on the construction of nuclear plants in 1992, Iran and Russia reached an agreement in 1995 to complete the Bushehr plant.
Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian said on September 14 that Russia plans to build eight power plants in three Iranian cities.
#AceNewsServices – IRAN (Tehran) – October 18 – A senior Iranian cleric has dismissed as “false” recent allegations by the Saudi foreign minister that Iran meddles in the internal affairs of regional countries, saying the Persian Gulf monarchy is the source of all problems as it sponsors terrorists in the region.
Saudi regime source of all Mideast problems: Top Iran cleric
Addressing worshippers at the weekly Friday Prayers in the Iranian capital, Tehran, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami expressed surprise over the allegation by Saud al-Faisal, saying the Saudi regime is attempting to shift the blame for fueling tension in the Middle East to Iran.
He went on to ask, “Doesn’t everybody know that your petrodollars created the ISIL? To whom is it unknown that every act of terror in the Islamic world is carried out with your petrodollars?”
Addressing the Saudi officials, the cleric added, “If you want to know the truth, it is that you are not part of the problem but the whole problem [in the Middle East].”
“Of course, we totally understand why you are upset,” Khatami said, noting that Saudi Arabia has spent billions of dollars to topple the Syrian government and to achieve its objectives in Iraq but all its plots have failed.
Speaking in a joint press conference with his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in the Saudi city of Jeddah on Monday, Faisal claimed Iran was “part of the problem, not the solution” in the Middle East, alleging that Tehran “cannot play any role in the region” if its policies remain unchanged.
The Saudi foreign minister also accused Iran of having “occupying forces” in Syria despite the fact that Iran has firmly dismissed reports about its military involvement in Syria and Iraq, stressing that Tehran’s support for the two Arab nations is in the form of humanitarian aid and military consultation.
The allegations against Iran come as the Iraqi and Syrian authorities have repeatedly criticized Riyadh and its Persian Gulf Arab allies for fomenting terrorism in their countries.
Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf kingdoms are widely known as being the major sponsors of Takfiri terrorist groups, including ISIL and al-Nusra Front, which are operating in Iraq and Syria.
#AceWorldNrews IRAN (Tehran) – October 17 – Iran is reportedly mulling a compromise over its nuclear program, suggested by the United States, AP reports.
The proposal, detailed by two unnamed diplomats, would allow Tehran to keep more uranium enrichment centrifuges than previously demanded by the US if the country agrees to shrink its stockpile of low-enriched uranium.
Iran is reportedly in talks with Russia about possibly moving its stockpile.
The number of centrifuges left intact has become a major sticking point for negotiators, with Iran insisting on maintaining some 10,000 while the US looks to limit the number to a few thousand and increase the amount of time it would take to develop a bomb.
#AceWorldNews – GENEVA – October 15 – US nuclear negotiators should stop focusing on Iran’s number of centrifuges, Reuters quoted a senior Iranian politician as saying on Wednesday.
Exclusive: Iran digs in heels on nuclear centrifuges at Vienna talks – envoys
“This is something like a trivial matter and we should not bargain over trivial matters,” Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said in Geneva.
“This is not going to be useful, this is not going to solve any real problems,” he said, adding that the negotiators should rather push for a deal to help build confidence between Iran and the six world powers.
#AceNewsServices – IRAN (Tehran) – October 15 – Iranian Intelligence Minister Seyed Mahmoud Alawi warned that foreign spy agencies, including the CIA, Mossad and MI6, are seeking to target and carry out sabotage operations against Iran’s nuclear and defence programs, yet he stressed that his forces know how to fool the foreign spies.
“Some (spying) services like Mossad, the MI6 and the CIA and the countries which are enemies of Iran are naturally in pursuit of negative objectives in the Islamic Republic or sometimes they act directly and leave negative effects in political, economic and social fields,” Alawi said in a press conference in Tehran on Tuesday afternoon.
“And sometimes they make use of other spying services for proxy jobs or use people’s internet pages,” he added.
“Our nuclear, defense and missile industries and advanced technologies are the arenas in which they seek to gain intelligence and carry out sabotage operations,” Alawi said.
He, meantime, stressed that the Iranian intelligence forces have kept vigilant, identified the hostile spy agencies’ weak and strong points and adopted the necessary actions to manage these spy agencies.
Senior Iranian officials have always reiterated Iran’s intelligence supremacy over the enemies’ moves and espionage operations in the region, saying that the Iranian intelligence forces’ successful operations against CIA and Mossad operatives in recent years prove the superiority of the Iranian side.
In June 2013, a senior Iranian legislator lauded the intelligence ministry for its vigilance and power in foiling enemies’ plots against Iran, and said the ministry has thwarted several Israeli and US plots across the country.
“Numerous events (plotted by the enemies) have happened in the country in the past few years which have been defused due to the desirable performance of the intelligence ministry and other Iranian intelligence and security bodies,” Chairman of the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi told FNA.
“The intelligence ministry enjoys a very desirable dominance and control over intelligence issues both in and outside Iran,” he added.
Boroujerdi said that the Iranian intelligence bodies today are to confront Mossad, the CIA and their regional collaborators “and we have succeeded in defusing the operations of the US and Israeli intelligence bodies and showing the intelligence might and power of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the whole world”.
#AceWorldNews – PAKISTAN – October 12 – Three senior Iranian police officers were among seven people killed in a plane crash after a police turbo-propeller aircraft went down in the restive Sistan-Baluchistan province, which borders Pakistan, local media reported.
Iranian Police Officers Killed in Plane Crash
The highest-ranking officer was the deputy of Iran’s police inspectorate.
The officers were heading from Tehran to the provincial area of Zahedan to investigate a series of attacks on security forces this week.
The reports said the plane was not shot down but investigators cannot rule out the possibility.
#AceNewsServices – VIENNA – October 09. /TASS/. Iran failed to propose any new practical measures to resolve the disputable issues of its nuclear program at the October 7-8 meeting in Tehran, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement on Thursday.
“Iran did not propose any new measures during the meetings in Tehran,” the statement reads.
Iran and the IAEA have been unable to agree on two unsettled issues in an effort to allay the UN watchdog’s concerns about the possible military dimensions of the program.
During the talks, the sides discussed the fulfilment of two practical measures agreed in May concerning neutron transport calculations and high explosives detonators, the statement says.
The UN nuclear watchdog and Iran have agreed to continue negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear program, but the date has not been set yet.
“The Agency and Iran will continue discussions on these measures,” the Vienna-based UN agency said.
Western nations suspect Iran of using its nuclear research for developing atomic weapons while Iran insists its nuclear program is intended for peaceful purposes only.
#AceNewsServices – IRAN (Tehran) – October 07 – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Expatriates’ Affairs Hassan Qashqavi lashed out at Australia for mistreating asylum seekers, and warned Iranians, specially the youth, not to travel to Australia through illegal channels, particularly on “death ships” sailing from Indonesia to Australia.
‘ Death Ships Sailing from Indonesia to Australia ‘
“Young people travel to some regions legally and then get on these death ship to sail the way between Indonesia and Australia (illegally), which in 90 percent of the cases leads to ship sinking and their death,” he added.
He further expressed regret that even if the Iranian nationals reach Australia sound and safe, they will still lose their lives in refugee camps, and demanded Iranian families to discourage their youth from travelling to Australia through illegal channels.
Last month, the Iranian deputy foreign minister had rapped Australia for mistreating the refugees after an Iranian national died in the country due to the inhuman conditions of a refugee camp.
The “Death Ships” Sailing from Indonesia to Australia.
“The islands that Australia has considered for sheltering the refugees who intend to enter the country via the sea have hard and inhumane weather conditions and the refugees are not treated well in them,” Qashqavi said.
He referred to the Iranian refugee who lost his life after suffering septicemia and then brain death in Australia, and said, “The bad respiratory conditions in Manus Island and the impacts of this region’s sewage on people’s living conditions made the Iranian national’s health conditions grow critical and led to his septicemia.”
Noting that he had held several meetings with Australian officials and the country’s ambassador has been summoned to the Iranian foreign ministry to protest at the situation of the Iranian nationals seeking asylum in Australia, Qashqavi called on human rights activists and institutions to use their capacities to put an end to such inhumane conditions in Australia.
“Sometimes, the refugees are deliberately kept in bad weather conditions, made to suffer malnutrition and don’t receive proper medical treatment, and we have always protested at such a behaviour of the Australian government,” the deputy foreign minister stressed.
#AceNewsServices – IRAN (Tehran) – At least two former Iranian nuclear negotiators joined with Holocaust deniers, 9/11 truthers, and anti-Semites from across the globe this week in Tehran for Iran’s second annual New Horizons conference, an anti-American hate fest that U.S. lawmakers say highlights the country’s dangerous duplicity.
Among those in attendance at the conference—which the U.S. State Department admitted it was not even aware of—were notorious Holocaust deniers, American anti-Israel activists, and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s closest adviser.
They were joined by two of Iran’s former nuclear negotiators, Saeed Jalili and Ali Asghar Soltanieh, both of whom were once responsible for inking a deal with the West over Tehran’s contested nuclear program.
The presence Jalili and Soltanieh triggered concern on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers warned that this is another sign that Tehran cannot be trusted to deal honestly in ongoing nuclear talks, which have been extended through November.
As the Obama administration continues to provide billions of dollars in sanctions relief to Tehran in a bid to foster a final nuclear deal, some in Congress say that the White House is letting itself be fooled into backing a bad deal with Iran.
“The so-called ‘New Horizon’ conference in Tehran proves why the current Iranian regime under President Hassan Rouhani is, at its core, no less extremist and dangerous than the regime under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,” Sen. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) said in a statement.