2020-07-12: News Headlines

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-12). Leader urges unity as key to overcome enemies' plots. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 12 (MNA) — Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said unity among people and the authorities is the key to overcoming the plots of the enemies.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-12). Air Force opens new hospital in Tehran for COVID-19 patients. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 12 (MNA) — Deputy Coordinator of the Iranian Army Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari cut the ribbon on a new hospital in Tehran on Sunday, which has been established by tIslamic Republic of Iran Air Force for treatment of COVID-19 patients.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-12). Iran has no arms dependency on foreign countries. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 12 (MNA) — Deputy Commander of Mostazafin Basij (Volunteer Forces) Organization said that Islamic Republic of Iran has no arms dependency on foreign countries.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-12). If JCPOA obligations were fulfilled, world could be different. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 12 (MNA) — On the eve of the anniversary of JCPOA, Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Seyyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini said that the world could be different if the obligations were fulfilled.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-12). Iran confirms 2,186 infections,194 deaths in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 12 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has infected 2,186 people and claimed 194 lives in Iran in the past 24 hours, a senior health official said.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-12). Parl. to pursue 'look to East', diversifying trade partners. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 12 (MNA) — Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf said that having a look to the East and diversifying trade partners of Iran are on the Parliament's agenda as factors that can solve the country's economic problems.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-12). Iranian airline to resume Tehran-Istanbul flights on Monday. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 12 (MNA) — Iran Air, the airline of the Islamic Republic of Iran, will resume flights between Tehran and Istanbul as of Monday, July 13, according to an official.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-12). Ex envoy objects over US effort to extend arm embargo on Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 12 (MNA) —The former Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan expressed his objection over US effort to extend the arms embargo on Iran, stressing that such futile efforts are not acceptable to the member States of the Security Council.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-12). '279 shipments of oil products loaded under sanctions'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 12 (MNA) — The Managing Director of Hormozgan PMO announced that despite the US sanctions, 279 shipments of oil products and hydrocarbons have been loaded at the Persian Gulf Oil Port as of March 20 to be exported to the world.

yenisafak (2020-07-12). Iran reports 194 more fatalities from coronavirus. yenisafak.com A further 2,186 people tested positive for COVID-19, raising the overall count to 252,720, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said.She added that a total of 219,993 people have so far recovered and been discharged from hospitals, adding that 3,359 patients remain in critical condition.Iran's Khuzestan, Razavi Khorasan, West Azerbaijan and Mazandaran provinces are in the red zone, the most serious indicator. The capital Tehran, Fars, Kerman, Alborz, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, Golestan, Bushehr, Hormozgan and East Azerbaijan provinces are among the high-risk regions.Since originating in China last Decembe…

yenisafak (2020-07-12). Yemen army seizes arms shipment to rebels in Hodaydah. yenisafak.com Yemeni forces seized an arms shipment to Houthi rebels in Al-Hudaydah province in western Yemen, according to the army on Sunday.A military statement said the shipment included light and medium weapons, ammunition and mortar shells.According to the statement, government forces had aborted several attempts to smuggle weapons and explosives to Houthi rebels, but without giving further details.There was no comment from the Houthi group on the claim.Yemen has been devastated by a conflict that escalated in March 2015 after Iran-backed Houthi rebels seized the capital Sanaa and forced President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi…

en.mehrnews (2020-07-11). Iran COVID-19 cases pass 255,000. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 11 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus has infected 2,397 people in Iran during the past 24 hours, increasing the total cases to 255,117.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-11). Iran-Serbia bilateral ties on development track: envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 11 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Serbia said that bilateral relations between Islamic Republic of Iran and Serbia is on the track of development and growth.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-11). 'Carrot Cake' to take part in 29th Nevada Film Festival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 11 (MNA) —The Iranian screenplay, "Carrot Cake" by Iman Davari will take part in the 20th Nevada Festival Film in California, United States.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-11). Unveiling ceremony of electronic authentication system. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 12 (MNA) — The unveiling ceremony of the electronic authentication system for the Capital Market was held in the presence of the Vice President for Science and Technology, Sorena Sattari and the Director of Iran's Exchange Organization.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-11). NIOC, local firm sign contract on Yaran oilfield development. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 11 (MNA) — The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) has signed a contract with Persia Oil and Gas Industry Development Company (POGIDC) for the development of Yaran joint oilfield, near the Iraqi border.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-11). Iranian company produces nano-rubbish bin. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 11 (MNA) — An Iranian knowledge-based company has been able to manufacture an anti-bacterial rubbish bin by nanoparticles.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-11). Tehran-Beijing coop. to strengthen Iran's position in WA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 12 (MNA) — Former Iranian Ambassador to China said that the 25-Year Cooperation Partnership Program between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the People's Republic of China will strengthen Iran's positions in West Asia.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-11). Find the (best) Persian Realtors in Montreal. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 11 (MNA) — Living abroad can be difficult for Iranians. These difficulties begin with the start of the migration process and related activity and may continue until you are fully settled in the destination country.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-11). 'Srebrenica genocide began as Europe failed to uphold duties'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 11 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Srebrenica genocide began as Europe failed to uphold its basic duties.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-11). 'Cradle of Silence' to go on screen at Itaúna FilmFest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 12 (MNA) — Iranian short 'Cradle of Silence', directed by Mostafa Mehraban, has made it into the competition program of the 2nd Itaúna Film Festival in Brazil.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-11). Coppersmiths' bazaar in Yazd. en.mehrnews.com YAZD, Jul. 11 (MNA) — The art of Repoussé and chasing copper has a long history in Iran and some artists across the country still continue this craftmanship. Photos relate to coppersmiths' bazaar in Yazd.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-11). Iran, India seeking to expand railroad coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 12 (MNA) — In a meeting on Saturday, Head of Trade Promotion Organization of Iran (TPOI) and Indian Ambassador to Tehran conferred on expanding railroad cooperation.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-11). Iran helps Azerbaijan with providing water to its cities. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 11 (MNA) — Officials in Azerbaijan announced on Saturday that Iran helped the country in solving the problem of water shortage in some border areas.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-11). Iran opposes OPCW's decision over Syria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 11 (MNA) — Iranian ambassador to the Netherlands called the new decision of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) over Syria unbalanced and a step towards politicizing the organization.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-11). Police seize 483 kg of opium in E Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 11 (MNA) — The police forces of the eastern Iranian province of South Khorasan have busted 483 kilograms of opium in the city of Ghayen.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-11). Extinguish of wildfire of Harariz heights in S Iran. en.mehrnews.com NOURABAD, Jul. 11 (MNA) — The pictures show that voluntary forces along with firefighters are trying to extinguish wildfire of Harariz heights in Nourabad, Fars Province.

sputniknews (2020-07-11). Gas Explosion in Iranian Capital of Tehran Injures At Least 1 Person — Reports. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A gas explosion at a residential building in the Iranian capital of Tehran has left at least one person injured, a representative of the city's fire department told Iran's ISNA agency on Saturday.

yenisafak (2020-07-11). Iran's president calls for ban on weddings, wakes to halt virus spread. yenisafak.com Iran's President Hassan Rouhani called on Saturday for big gatherings such as weddings and wakes to be banned to stem a rise in coronavirus infections, but insisted the country's economy had to stay open.Shortly after Rouhani's televised speech, a police official in Tehran announced the closure of all wedding and mourning venues in the capital until further notice.Iran has been gradually relaxing its lockdown since mid-April, but has recently reported a sharp rise in the infection rate.The death toll on Saturday rose by 188 over the previous 24 hours to 12,635, while the total number of diagnosed cases reached 25…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-07-10). "I Could Live With That": How the CIA Made Afghanistan Safe for the Opium Trade. counterpunch.org Jimmy Carter later confessed in his memoirs that he was more shaken by the invasion of Afghanistan than any other event of his presidency, including the Iranian revolution. Carter was convinced by the CIA that it could be the start of a push by the Soviets toward the Persian Gulf, a scenario that led the president to seriously consider the use of tactical nuclear weapons.

Melvin Goodman (2020-07-10). The Washington Post and Its Cold War Drums. counterpunch.org The Washington Post has taken its Cold War campaign against China, Russia, and Iran to a new level. In the Sunday edition of its Outlook section,…

RT (2020-07-10). Iran warns of consequences for any 'foreign elements' proven to be involved in mysterious Natanz nuclear-facility incident. rt.com Iran has vowed consequences for any foreign power that might have been involved in the recent incident at the Natanz uranium-enrichment site. The blast came amid a series of incidents at other Iranian vital sites. | "It is still too early to talk about and make any judgment regarding the main cause and reason for the blast [in Natanz], and relevant security bodies are investigating all the details of the incident," Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi said on Friday to reporters. | If they conclude that foreign elements have been involved, they will announce it, and there will be consequences.

South Front (2020-07-10). Video: Iran to Support Syria with Air Defense to Repel US, Israeli Attacks. globalresearch.ca Iran will help to strengthen Syrian air defense capabilities as part of a wider military security agreement between the two countries, Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said on July 8. …

teleSUR (2020-07-10). UN Calls Soleimani's Killing an Arbitrary Execution, US Rejects. telesurenglish.net U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Friday rejected a United Nations report accusing Iranian General Qasem Soleimani's assassination as illegal. | RELATED: | The UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions Agnes Callamard also called Soleimani's death an "arbitrary execution" given that Washington has not yet provided evidence to justify the Iranian general was planning attacks against the U.S. | "The at…

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (2020-07-10). JCPOA: The Iran Nuclear Deal that Wasn't. globalresearch.ca July 14th, 2020, marks the fifth anniversary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Agreement, often referred to as the Iran Nuclear Deal (or simply the Deal) — the Deal that wasn't. It was yet another attempt …

Scott Ritter (2020-07-10). Iran explosions: Did Israel and the US just start a cyber war? thealtworld.com Explosions rocked a pair of Iranian factories involved in the manufacture of centrifuges for its nuclear program, and the development of advanced ballistic missiles. Iran suspects a cyberattack by either the US, Israel or both. | A series of

Elijah Magnier (2020-07-10). Iran prépare sa riposte aux actes de sabotage israéliens. thealtworld.com L'Iran a décidé d'attendre avant d'annoncer ses conclusions quant à la responsabilité du sabotage de ses installations de centrifugeuses au centre nucléaire de Natanz et probablement d'autres sites. Cependant, des hauts responsables à Téhéran affirment que ´ les enquêtes sont terminées et les plus récentes explosions pourraient bien être liées. Il semblerait qu'Israà´l, ainsi qu'un autre pays du Moyen-Orient, sont impliqués. L'Iran étudie quelle sera la riposte appropriée inévitable qui suivra ª. | Selon la source, ´ il ne fait aucun doute qu'il s'agit d'un acte de sabotage. L'explosion à N…

Elijah Magnier (2020-07-10). Iran prepares retaliation for Israeli acts of sabotage. thealtworld.com Iran has postponed announcement of those it has concluded were responsible for the sabotage at the Natanz nuclear centrifuge facility and probably other sites. However, high ranking personnel in Tehran say that "investigations have concluded and the latest explosions may well have been related; indications are that Israel, plus another Middle Eastern country, are involved. Iran is studying its suitable and inevitable retaliation". | According to the source, "this has been confirmed beyond any doubt as an act of sabotage. The explosion at Natanz was destructive but security forces managed to thwart further attacks…

_____ (2020-07-10). A New Tonkin Gulf Incident In The Making? popularresistance.org While the American public, the media, and Congress have largely been focused on the Covid pandemic, demands for racial justice, and other domestic concerns in recent months, the US military has been mobilizing all of its capabilities for a massive show of force in waters abutting China. Every Pacific-based US submarine is now deployed in the area; two nuclear-powered carriers and their escort ships are conducting naval maneuvers there; the Air Force has sent B-1 bombers overhead; and the Army is practicing to seize Chinese-claimed islands. | In the most provocative of these efforts, the carriers Nimitz and Ronald…

_____ (2020-07-10). China's Reasonable Proposal for Arms Control and Washington's Duplicity. strategic-culture.org China underscored this week that it is willing to engage in negotiations with the U.S. to reduce nuclear arsenals and to underpin strategic stability. However, the offer comes with the caveat that Washington must first reduce its arsenal to the level of China's before Beijing will engage in such talks. | That is an eminently reasonable and logical proposal. The starting point is to look at the existing balance of forces. While the U.S. and Russia each possess about 6,000 nuclear warheads, China's arsenal is

yenisafak (2020-07-10). Iran reports 142 more deaths due to coronavirus. yenisafak.com Iran on Friday confirmed 142 more fatalities caused by the novel coronavirus, bringing the nationwide death toll to 12,447.A further of 2,262 people tested positive for COVID-19, raising the overall count to 252,720, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said.A total of 215,176 people have recovered and been discharged from hospitals so far, while 3,319 patients remain in critical condition, the official said.Across the world, COVID-19 has claimed over 555,500 lives in 188 countries and regions since emerging in China last December.Nearly 12.3 million cases have been reported worldwide, with the US, Brazil,…

yenisafak (2020-07-10). Russia warns of growing nuclear war threat. yenisafak.com The risk of a nuclear war has risen significantly in recent years because of the US unwillingness to reaffirm its impossibility, the Russian foreign minister said on Friday."We are particularly concerned about the two-year-old refusal of the Americans to reassert the fundamental principle,…

RT (2020-07-09). Series of 'explosions & power outages' reported near Tehran. rt.com A series of explosions have rocked the outskirts of the Iranian capital Tehran, as well as the cities of Garmdareh and Quds, Iranian media reported amid speculation that missile depots were the intended target. | Citing social media, official news agency IRIB reported an explosion in western Tehran in the early hours of Friday local time. More explosions were reported in Garmdareh and Quds, the Mehr News Agency added. | Saudi-based Al-Arabiya television reported that the explosion took place in missile depots of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), southwest of Tehran. Iranian officials have neithe…

en.mehrnews (2020-07-09). Assad praises Iran-Syria strategic agreement. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 09 (MNA) — Chief of Staff for the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran Major General Mohammad Bagheri met and held talks with President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Thursday.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-09). 1,048 kg of illicit drugs seized in Yazd. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 09 (MNA) — The police forces of Yazd province in Iran have seized over 1 ton of illicit drugs in the province in the past 24 hours.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-09). Police bust over 1.5 tons of narcotics in Kerman. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 09 (MNA) —The police forces of Kerman province, in south Iran, have seized a big consignment of narcotics in the province.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-09). Iran futsal maintains 1st in Asia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 09 (MNA) — Iranian futsal team has maintained its first position in Asia, according to the latest report by Futsal World Ranking on Thursday.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-09). US plots expectable, but outworn, futile: Mousavi. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 09 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry's Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi described US plots expectable, but outworn and futile.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-09). People's coop. in controlling corona to be key to success. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 09 (MNA) —Iranian President said that people's cooperation for observing protocols was key to success in controlling coronavirus' first wave, adding that restrictions should be applied intelligently, in proportion to causes of outbreaks.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-09). Lying, accusation US foreign policy's key elements: spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 09 (MNA) — In reaction to US officials' claims that Iranian vessel carrying weapons to Yemen has been seized, Iranian Foreign Ministry's Spokesman said that lying and accusing are key elements of US foreign policy.

2020-07-11: News Headlines

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-11). Unveiling ceremony of electronic authentication system. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 12 (MNA) — The unveiling ceremony of the electronic authentication system for the Capital Market was held in the presence of the Vice President for Science and Technology, Sorena Sattari and the Director of Iran's Exchange Organization.

yenisafak (2020-07-11). Iran's president calls for ban on weddings, wakes to halt virus spread. yenisafak.com Iran's President Hassan Rouhani called on Saturday for big gatherings such as weddings and wakes to be banned to stem a rise in coronavirus infections, but insisted the country's economy had to stay open.Shortly after Rouhani's televised speech, a police official in Tehran announced the closure of all wedding and mourning venues in the capital until further notice.Iran has been gradually relaxing its lockdown since mid-April, but has recently reported a sharp rise in the infection rate.The death toll on Saturday rose by 188 over the previous 24 hours to 12,635, while the total number of diagnosed cases reached 25…

en.mehrnews (2020-07-11). Iran COVID-19 cases pass 255,000. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 11 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus has infected 2,397 people in Iran during the past 24 hours, increasing the total cases to 255,117.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-11). Iran opposes OPCW's decision over Syria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 11 (MNA) — Iranian ambassador to the Netherlands called the new decision of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) over Syria unbalanced and a step towards politicizing the organization.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-11). Extinguish of wildfire of Harariz heights in S Iran. en.mehrnews.com NOURABAD, Jul. 11 (MNA) — The pictures show that voluntary forces along with firefighters are trying to extinguish wildfire of Harariz heights in Nourabad, Fars Province.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-11). Police seize 483 kg of opium in E Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 11 (MNA) — The police forces of the eastern Iranian province of South Khorasan have busted 483 kilograms of opium in the city of Ghayen.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-11). Coppersmiths' bazaar in Yazd. en.mehrnews.com YAZD, Jul. 11 (MNA) — The art of Repoussé and chasing copper has a long history in Iran and some artists across the country still continue this craftmanship. Photos relate to coppersmiths' bazaar in Yazd.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-11). 'Cradle of Silence' to go on screen at Itaúna FilmFest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 12 (MNA) — Iranian short 'Cradle of Silence', directed by Mostafa Mehraban, has made it into the competition program of the 2nd Itaúna Film Festival in Brazil.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-11). Tehran-Beijing coop. to strengthen Iran's position in WA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 12 (MNA) — Former Iranian Ambassador to China said that the 25-Year Cooperation Partnership Program between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the People's Republic of China will strengthen Iran's positions in West Asia.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-11). 'Carrot Cake' to take part in 29th Nevada Film Festival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 11 (MNA) —The Iranian screenplay, "Carrot Cake" by Iman Davari will take part in the 20th Nevada Festival Film in California, United States.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-11). Find the (best) Persian Realtors in Montreal. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 11 (MNA) — Living abroad can be difficult for Iranians. These difficulties begin with the start of the migration process and related activity and may continue until you are fully settled in the destination country.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-11). Iran helps Azerbaijan with providing water to its cities. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 11 (MNA) — Officials in Azerbaijan announced on Saturday that Iran helped the country in solving the problem of water shortage in some border areas.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-11). Iran, India seeking to expand railroad coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 12 (MNA) — In a meeting on Saturday, Head of Trade Promotion Organization of Iran (TPOI) and Indian Ambassador to Tehran conferred on expanding railroad cooperation.

Mehr News Agency (2020-07-11). 'Srebrenica genocide began as Europe failed to uphold duties'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 11 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Srebrenica genocide began as Europe failed to uphold its basic duties.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-11). Iranian company produces nano-rubbish bin. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 11 (MNA) — An Iranian knowledge-based company has been able to manufacture an anti-bacterial rubbish bin by nanoparticles.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-11). NIOC, local firm sign contract on Yaran oilfield development. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 11 (MNA) — The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) has signed a contract with Persia Oil and Gas Industry Development Company (POGIDC) for the development of Yaran joint oilfield, near the Iraqi border.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-11). Iran-Serbia bilateral ties on development track: envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 11 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Serbia said that bilateral relations between Islamic Republic of Iran and Serbia is on the track of development and growth.

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-07-10). "I Could Live With That": How the CIA Made Afghanistan Safe for the Opium Trade. counterpunch.org Jimmy Carter later confessed in his memoirs that he was more shaken by the invasion of Afghanistan than any other event of his presidency, including the Iranian revolution. Carter was convinced by the CIA that it could be the start of a push by the Soviets toward the Persian Gulf, a scenario that led the president to seriously consider the use of tactical nuclear weapons.

South Front (2020-07-10). Video: Iran to Support Syria with Air Defense to Repel US, Israeli Attacks. globalresearch.ca Iran will help to strengthen Syrian air defense capabilities as part of a wider military security agreement between the two countries, Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said on July 8. …

Melvin Goodman (2020-07-10). The Washington Post and Its Cold War Drums. counterpunch.org The Washington Post has taken its Cold War campaign against China, Russia, and Iran to a new level. In the Sunday edition of its Outlook section,…

RT (2020-07-10). Iran warns of consequences for any 'foreign elements' proven to be involved in mysterious Natanz nuclear-facility incident. rt.com Iran has vowed consequences for any foreign power that might have been involved in the recent incident at the Natanz uranium-enrichment site. The blast came amid a series of incidents at other Iranian vital sites. | "It is still too early to talk about and make any judgment regarding the main cause and reason for the blast [in Natanz], and relevant security bodies are investigating all the details of the incident," Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi said on Friday to reporters. | If they conclude that foreign elements have been involved, they will announce it, and there will be consequences.

teleSUR (2020-07-10). UN Calls Soleimani's Killing an Arbitrary Execution, US Rejects. telesurenglish.net U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Friday rejected a United Nations report accusing Iranian General Qasem Soleimani's assassination as illegal. | RELATED: | The UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions Agnes Callamard also called Soleimani's death an "arbitrary execution" given that Washington has not yet provided evidence to justify the Iranian general was planning attacks against the U.S. | "The at…

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (2020-07-10). JCPOA: The Iran Nuclear Deal that Wasn't. globalresearch.ca July 14th, 2020, marks the fifth anniversary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Agreement, often referred to as the Iran Nuclear Deal (or simply the Deal) — the Deal that wasn't. It was yet another attempt …

Scott Ritter (2020-07-10). Iran explosions: Did Israel and the US just start a cyber war? thealtworld.com Explosions rocked a pair of Iranian factories involved in the manufacture of centrifuges for its nuclear program, and the development of advanced ballistic missiles. Iran suspects a cyberattack by either the US, Israel or both. | A series of

Elijah Magnier (2020-07-10). Iran prepares retaliation for Israeli acts of sabotage. thealtworld.com Iran has postponed announcement of those it has concluded were responsible for the sabotage at the Natanz nuclear centrifuge facility and probably other sites. However, high ranking personnel in Tehran say that "investigations have concluded and the latest explosions may well have been related; indications are that Israel, plus another Middle Eastern country, are involved. Iran is studying its suitable and inevitable retaliation". | According to the source, "this has been confirmed beyond any doubt as an act of sabotage. The explosion at Natanz was destructive but security forces managed to thwart further attacks…

Elijah Magnier (2020-07-10). Iran prépare sa riposte aux actes de sabotage israéliens. thealtworld.com L'Iran a décidé d'attendre avant d'annoncer ses conclusions quant à la responsabilité du sabotage de ses installations de centrifugeuses au centre nucléaire de Natanz et probablement d'autres sites. Cependant, des hauts responsables à Téhéran affirment que ´ les enquêtes sont terminées et les plus récentes explosions pourraient bien être liées. Il semblerait qu'Israà´l, ainsi qu'un autre pays du Moyen-Orient, sont impliqués. L'Iran étudie quelle sera la riposte appropriée inévitable qui suivra ª. | Selon la source, ´ il ne fait aucun doute qu'il s'agit d'un acte de sabotage. L'explosion à N…

_____ (2020-07-10). A New Tonkin Gulf Incident In The Making? popularresistance.org While the American public, the media, and Congress have largely been focused on the Covid pandemic, demands for racial justice, and other domestic concerns in recent months, the US military has been mobilizing all of its capabilities for a massive show of force in waters abutting China. Every Pacific-based US submarine is now deployed in the area; two nuclear-powered carriers and their escort ships are conducting naval maneuvers there; the Air Force has sent B-1 bombers overhead; and the Army is practicing to seize Chinese-claimed islands. | In the most provocative of these efforts, the carriers Nimitz and Ronald…

yenisafak (2020-07-10). Iran reports 142 more deaths due to coronavirus. yenisafak.com Iran on Friday confirmed 142 more fatalities caused by the novel coronavirus, bringing the nationwide death toll to 12,447.A further of 2,262 people tested positive for COVID-19, raising the overall count to 252,720, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said.A total of 215,176 people have recovered and been discharged from hospitals so far, while 3,319 patients remain in critical condition, the official said.Across the world, COVID-19 has claimed over 555,500 lives in 188 countries and regions since emerging in China last December.Nearly 12.3 million cases have been reported worldwide, with the US, Brazil,…

yenisafak (2020-07-10). Russia warns of growing nuclear war threat. yenisafak.com The risk of a nuclear war has risen significantly in recent years because of the US unwillingness to reaffirm its impossibility, the Russian foreign minister said on Friday."We are particularly concerned about the two-year-old refusal of the Americans to reassert the fundamental principle,…

_____ (2020-07-10). China's Reasonable Proposal for Arms Control and Washington's Duplicity. strategic-culture.org China underscored this week that it is willing to engage in negotiations with the U.S. to reduce nuclear arsenals and to underpin strategic stability. However, the offer comes with the caveat that Washington must first reduce its arsenal to the level of China's before Beijing will engage in such talks. | That is an eminently reasonable and logical proposal. The starting point is to look at the existing balance of forces. While the U.S. and Russia each possess about 6,000 nuclear warheads, China's arsenal is

RT (2020-07-09). Series of 'explosions & power outages' reported near Tehran. rt.com A series of explosions have rocked the outskirts of the Iranian capital Tehran, as well as the cities of Garmdareh and Quds, Iranian media reported amid speculation that missile depots were the intended target. | Citing social media, official news agency IRIB reported an explosion in western Tehran in the early hours of Friday local time. More explosions were reported in Garmdareh and Quds, the Mehr News Agency added. | Saudi-based Al-Arabiya television reported that the explosion took place in missile depots of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), southwest of Tehran. Iranian officials have neithe…

_____ (2020-07-09). Israel's Attacks On Iran's Nuclear Sites Signal A New Phase Of Conflict. popularresistance.org Over the past week, mysterious explosions and fires have wracked key infrastructure connected to Iran's nuclear programme at Natanz and Parchin, key facilities engaged in uranium enrichment and the production of rocket fuel for ballistic missiles. | The US and Israel have accused Iran of violating UN resolutions and the nuclear deal in testing new ballistic-missile technology. Although Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has repeatedly denied any intent to create nuclear weapons, even going so far as to issue a fatwa against it, Iran's enemies are convinced it plans to "go nuclear". | The recent attacks…

yenisafak (2020-07-09). Iran denies US seizure of Iranian arms on way to Houthis in Yemen. yenisafak.com Iran on Thursday denied that U.S. forces had seized a boat carrying Iranian weapons to Houthi rebels in Yemen, saying the charge was aimed at extending a U.N. arms embargo on Tehran.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in Washington on Wednesday that U.S. and unidentified allied forces had interdicted a vessel off Yemen's coast on June 28 that was carrying Iranian arms to the Houthis."Lying, accusations and spreading hatred are key elements of America's foreign policy, especially in the current regime," Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said, quoted by state television. "Pompeo's remarks stem fr…

yenisafak (2020-07-09). Iran reports record deaths due to coronavirus. yenisafak.com Iran on Thursday confirmed 221 more fatalities caused by the novel coronavirus, bringing the nationwide death toll to 12,305.A further of 2,079 people tested positive for COVID-19, raising the overall count to 250,458, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said.A total of 212,176 people have recovered and been discharged from hospitals so far, while 3,324 patients remain in critical condition, the official said.The pandemic has claimed over 550,000 lives worldwide, while recoveries exceeded 6.6 million, according to figures compiled by the US-based Johns Hopkins University. Total confirmed cases topped 12 m…

sputniknews (2020-07-09). Multiple Explosions Sound Off in Tehran, Power Outages Detected – Reports. sputniknews.com Iranian media reported an explosion in Garmdareh, just west of Tehran, early on Friday morning.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-09). Iran records highest COVID-19 death toll since outbreak. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 09 (MNA) — Deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in Iran hit a high record on Thursday as 221 new deaths were registered over the past 24 hours, the highest since the virus outbreak in the country.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-09). Chabahar Port's place in Iran's "looking to the East" policy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 10 (MNA) — The strategic port of Chabahar in southeastern Iran has a special place in the country's "looking to the East" strategy and can link India to Central Asia, the Caucasus, and the Persian Gulf littoral states.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-09). Police bust over 1.5 tons of narcotics in Kerman. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 09 (MNA) —The police forces of Kerman province, in south Iran, have seized a big consignment of narcotics in the province.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-09). US plots expectable, but outworn, futile: Mousavi. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 09 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry's Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi described US plots expectable, but outworn and futile.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-09). Lying, accusation US foreign policy's key elements: spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 09 (MNA) — In reaction to US officials' claims that Iranian vessel carrying weapons to Yemen has been seized, Iranian Foreign Ministry's Spokesman said that lying and accusing are key elements of US foreign policy.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-09). US should be accountable for Gen. Soleimani' assassination. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 09 (MNA) — Iran's Permanent Representative to the UN office in Geneva said that the United States should be held accountable for the assassination of Lt. Gen. Soleimani.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-09). Assad praises Iran-Syria strategic agreement. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 09 (MNA) — Chief of Staff for the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran Major General Mohammad Bagheri met and held talks with President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Thursday.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-09). Iran futsal maintains 1st in Asia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 09 (MNA) — Iranian futsal team has maintained its first position in Asia, according to the latest report by Futsal World Ranking on Thursday.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-09). People's coop. in controlling corona to be key to success. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 09 (MNA) —Iranian President said that people's cooperation for observing protocols was key to success in controlling coronavirus' first wave, adding that restrictions should be applied intelligently, in proportion to causes of outbreaks.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-09). 1,048 kg of illicit drugs seized in Yazd. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 09 (MNA) — The police forces of Yazd province in Iran have seized over 1 ton of illicit drugs in the province in the past 24 hours.

yenisafak (2020-07-08). US affirms Lebanon support as Hezbollah steps up criticism. yenisafak.com A U.S. general voiced Washington's backing for Lebanese stability on Wednesday on a visit that triggered a by demonstrators including supporters of the Iran-backed Hezbollah against U.S. policies in the country.General Kenneth McKenzie's visit to Beirut, a big recipient of U.S. military aid, comes after Hezbollah stepped up criticism of U.S. ambassador Dorothy Shea on Tuesday, accusing her of blatant interference in Lebanese affairs.Lebanon is in throes of an acute financial crisis seen as the biggest threat to its stability since the 1975-90 civil war.The heavily armed Hezbollah, founded by Iran's Revolu…

Juan Cole (2020-07-08). UN Special Rapporteur: US Drone Strike Killing Iranian Gen. Soleimani Was Unlawful. commondreams.org Trump was acting as judge, jury and executioner and arbitrarily killing someone he didn't like the looks of. (Photo: CC) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/dj_1.jpg

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-07-08). Patriotism Is Bullshit, And Other Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com It is 2021. The Biden administration has launched a full-scale invasion of Syria and the US and Russia are at a nuclear standoff unseen since the Cuban missile crisis. All top Twitter trends relate to the widespread debate over whether or not Sesame Street is guilty of kink shaming. | ~ | A vote for Kanye is a vote for Trump. | A vote for the Green Party is a vote for Trump. | A vote for no one is a vote for Trump. | A vote for Joe Biden is a vote for Trump. | Everything is a vote for Trump. | Everything is Trump. | You are Trump. | I am Trump. | Trump is all there is. | There is no escape. | ~ | Leaving aside th…

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-07-08). Arrest of Shi'ite Militias in Iraq Is Part of Iranian-US Proxy Struggle. globalresearch.ca New Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazemi faces many challenges to his authority, including from powerful pro-Iranian Shi'ite militias like Kata'ib Hezbollah. On June 26, 14 militiamen of Kata'ib Hezbollah, commonly known as the Iraqi Hezbollah, were apprehended by Iraqi security …

en.mehrnews (2020-07-08). Senior managers of Interior Ministry's meeting with Jahangiri. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 09 (MNA) — Senior managers of Ministry of Interior held a meeting with Iranian First Vice President Es'hagh Jahangiri and Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli on Wednesday.