2020-06-24: News Headlines

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-06-24). Video: The Social Impacts and Economic Dimensions of the Drug Trade. globalresearch.ca Being a neighbor to one of the biggest producers of drugs in the world has caused the Islamic Republic of Iran to shoulder a heavy burden as one of the main routes for drug transport. | Iran is at the forefront …

en.mehrnews (2020-06-24). US unilateralism poses serious threat to international peace, security: Ghalibaf. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 24 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf called the unilateral behavior of the US a serious threat to international peace and security and stressed the need for regional and international cooperation to counter the irrational actions of the White House.

Abdul Rahman (2020-06-24). Two years of US sanctions against Iran. peoplesdispatch.org The US withdrew the last set of exemptions provided to some foreign companies to work on Iranian nuclear sites in May, which also marked the second anniversary of Donald Trump administration's renewed aggression against Iran.

yenisafak (2020-06-24). US sanctions five Iranian ship captains for bringing oil to Venezuela. yenisafak.com Speaking to reporters, Pompeo also said the United States continues to support Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido. Washington, which seeks the ouster of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and most other Western governments have recognized Guaido as the legitimate leader of the OPEC nation.

Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (2020-06-24). US Sanctions Iranian Ship Captains as Russia Hosts Venezuelan FM. venezuelanalysis.com Russian FM Sergei Lavrov reiterated his opposition to US aggression in Venezuela.

Jamal Abdi, Ryan Costello (2020-06-24). Biden Can Reverse Trump's Failures on Iran. commondreams.org By January 2021, the U.S. is likely to have been in material breach of the JCPOA for 32 months and will have very little credibility or leverage to insist on changes to the agreement or a grand bargain addressing all of the international community's concerns about Iran. (Photo: Ron Adar / Shutterstock.com) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-06-24_at_12.36.13_pm.png

sputniknews (2020-06-24). First COVID-19 Case Registered at Chernobyl Nuclear Plant. sputniknews.com In mid-March, Ukraine introduced a nationwide quarantine for a month and subsequently extended it several times. The Ukrainian government decided to relax coronavirus-related restrictions starting 11 May.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-24). Israeli regime facing 'collapse from within': Parliament Speaker. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 24 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf said that the Israeli regime is declining while pointing to the need for continuing resistance against the occupation.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-24). Army chief lauds defensive synergy with IRGC. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 24 (MNA) —Iranian Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi hailed the constructive cooperation between the Army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in building a great defensive mechanism against the threats.

Melvin Goodman (2020-06-23). Trump, Bolton, and Pompeo: Loathsome Peas in a Pod. counterpunch.org For nearly a year and a half, from April 2018 to September 2019, the Trump administration was in the hands of a "war cabinet." With Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State, and John Bolton as National Security Adviser, Donald Trump created one of the most aggressive foreign policy teams in the history of the presidency. Bolton and Pompeo were fixated on going to war against Iran; were contemptuous toward our European allies and the entire European Community; and were opponents of arms control and disarmament.

RT (2020-06-23). 'Unrealistic': Russia says it won't pressure China to join nuclear talks on Washington's behalf. rt.com US expectations that China will join nuclear arms control talks are unrealistic, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said, noting the only way forward is bilateral dialogue between Moscow and Washington. | Ryabkov pointed out that he made that clear to US special envoy for arms control Marshall Billingslea as the two met in Vienna on Monday for negotiations on prolonging the New START Treaty, which expires in February. | "We quite thoroughly explained to them why counting on China joining [the negotiations] is unrealistic," Ryabkov said, noting that Moscow will not pressure Beijing the way Washingt…

Gareth Porter (2020-06-23). Israel Leverages Dubious 'Nuclear Archives' to Re-enlist IAEA in Campaign Against Iran. globalresearch.ca The International Atomic Energy Agency has once again lent itself to the political interests of the United States and Israel, provoking a needless conflict with Iran | *** | The approval by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of a June …

Philip Giraldi (2020-06-23). Victoria Nuland Alert. Her Ambition is Confront Russia to Deter Putin. globalresearch.ca It is difficult to find anything good to say about Donald Trump, but the reality is that he has not started any new wars, though he has come dangerously close in the cases of Venezuela and Iran and there …

Stephen Lendman (2020-06-23). Is the JCPOA Nuclear Deal Doomed? globalresearch.ca Trump regime hardliners want the landmark JCPOA nuclear deal eliminated to facilitate escalation of sanctions war on Iran — risking things turning hot. | Decades of US hostility toward the country are all about wanting it transformed into a vassal state …

Thierry Meyssan (2020-06-23). Comment Washington entend triompher. thealtworld.com

| Durant le trimestre de confinement des Occidentaux, la carte du Moyen-Orient a été profondément transformée. Le Yémen a été divisé en deux pays distincts, Israà´l est paralysé par deux Premiers ministres qui se détestent, l'Iran soutient ouvertement l'Otan en Iraq et en Libye, la Turquie occupe le Nord de la Syrie, l'Arabie saoudite est proche de la faillite. Toutes les alliances sont remises en cause et de nouveaux clivages apparaissent ou plutà¥t réapparaissent. | Depuis deux décennies Washington tente de ´ remodeler ª le ´ Grand Moyen-Orient ª, un région arbitraireme…

Thierry Meyssan (2020-06-23). How Washington intends to triumph. thealtworld.com During the quarter of Western lockdown, the map of the Middle East was profoundly transformed. Yemen has been divided into two separate countries, Israel is paralysed by two Prime Ministers who hate each other, Iran openly supports NATO in Iraq and Libya, Turkey occupies northern Syria, Saudi Arabia is close to bankruptcy. All alliances are being called into question and new dividing lines are appearing or rather reappearing. | For two decades Washington has been trying to "reshape" the "Greater Middle East", an arbitrarily defined region stretching from Afghanistan to Morocco. However, over the last three years…

Elijah Magnier (2020-06-23). La ´ guerre douce ª menée par les USA contre l'Iran et ses alliés se tourne contre Washington. thealtworld.com En 2016, l'administration américaine sous Barack Obama a rédigé la loi César pour soumettre la Syrie, mais a jugé qu'il valait mieux la reléguer aux oubliettes. Le président Donald Trump et son administration estiment que le temps est venu de la dépoussiérer. Pour l'Iran, la politique de Trump est une véritable manne tombée du ciel, car elle pousse l'administration américaine dans les brans de Téhéran. L'Iran récolte aujourd'hui d'énormes bénéfices régulièrement, des alliés solides et des bastions de résistance des suites de la politique boiteuse des USA au Moyen-Orient. Motivé par la menace de la mise en &asymp…

Elijah Magnier (2020-06-23). The US "soft war" on Iran and its allies turns against Washington. thealtworld.com The US administration under Barack Obama drafted "Caesar's Law" in 2016 to subdue Syria but kept it in the drawer. President Donald Trump and his administration dusted it off and are now implementing "Caesar's Law". In fact, Trump's policy is manna to Iran: the US administration is playing straight into the hands of Tehran. Iran is reaping huge benefits, including more robust allies and resistant strongholds as a result of the US's flawed Middle Eastern policies. Motivated by the threat of the implementation of "Caesar' Law", Iran has prepared a series of steps to sell its oil and finance its allies, bypassing de…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-06-23). Dangerous and Uncertain: Coronavirus and the Nuclear Industry. globalresearch.ca Accountability has always been a problem in the nuclear industry, despite praises to the contrary. Constantly keeping its muddled head above water with government handouts to remain competitive; ostensibly keeping a hand in the energy sector despite a sketchy record, …

en.mehrnews (2020-06-23). Iran incessantly monitoring enemies' movements: intelligence min. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 23 (MNA) — The unknown soldiers of Imam Zaman [May God Hasten His Reappearance] are thoroughly monitoring the malicious movements of criminal imperialist, usurper regime of Israel and sworn enemies of the country incessantly.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-23). Afghanistan seeking to expand Parliamentary ties with Iran: Afghan official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 24 (MNA) — Speaker of Afghanistan's House of the People Mir Rahman Rahmani congratulated Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf on his election as the Iranian Parliament Speaker.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-23). Europe played into hands of two fools: Shamkhani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 23 (MNA) — Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani asked why Europe ignored the common stupidity of the two incompetent idiots in leaving JCPOA and played into their hands by issuing an anti-Iranian resolution.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-23). Electricity Monitoring Center, Shahroud Power Plant inaugurated concurrently. en.mehrnews.com SHAHROUD, Jun. 23 (MNA) — Shahroud Power Plant and Electricity Industry Monitoring Center were inaugurated simultaneously on Tue. through video conference in the presence of Energy Minister Eng. Reza Ardakanian, Chief Executive of Iran's Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Management Company [TAVANIR] Mohammad Hassan Motavalizadeh and Managing Director of Iran's Thermal Power Plants Holding Company Mohsen Tarztalab.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-23). US shares draft resolution with UNSC to extend arms embargo on Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 23 (MNA) — With the ban on arms transactions with Iran set to expire in October under terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, the US has shared its prepared anti-Iranian draft resolution with members of the UN Security Council, sources say.

RT (2020-06-22). Fool me twice? Bolton says Iran had yellowcake uranium, echoing bogus claims that led to Iraq war. rt.com Former US National Security Advisor John Bolton has claimed Israeli agents found "yellowcake uranium" in Iran in 2018, channeling the discredited intelligence used by the George W. Bush administration to justify invading Iraq. | Israel's Mossad retrieved "human-processed uranium" that was "perhaps yellowcake (uranium oxide in solid form)" during a "daring raid on Iran's nuclear archives" in 2018, the mustachioed warmonger declared in his controversial Trump administration memoir, 'The Room Where It Happened'. The discovery, Bolton alleged, was substantiated when the International Atomic Energy Agency subsequen…

Gareth Porter (2020-06-22). Israel leverages dubious 'Nuclear Archives' to secure new IAEA demands on Iran. thegrayzone.com The International Atomic Energy Agency has once again lent itself to the political interests of the United States and Israel,…

sputniknews (2020-06-22). Netizens Enraged as Full Page Tennessee Newspaper Ad Declares 'Islam' Will 'Detonate Nuclear Device'. sputniknews.com The published ad was paid for by a religious group referring to itself as "Ministry of Future for America", who defined their mission "to proclaim the final warning message" of the Christian Bible.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-22). China not to support resolution that escalates tension: spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 21 (MNA) — In response to IAEA anti-Iranian resolution, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said that China does not support a resolution that would increase tensions.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-22). IAEA's anti-Iran resolution, final nail in the coffin of Iran's relations with West. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 23 (MNA) — The IAEA Board of Governors' recent resolution, while having been the final nail in the coffin of Iran's relations with the West, could serve as an opportunity if the government plays its cards right.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-22). Necessary measures to be taken to prevent illegal transit on Iranian-Afghan borders. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 22 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Caretaker of the Afghan Foreign Ministry Mohammad Hanif Atmar in a joint statement on Monday emphasized that necessary and drastic measures will be taken to prevent illegal transit on borders of the two countries.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-22). UNWTO chief thanks Iran for adopting measures against COVID-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 21 (MNA) — Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization thanked the Iranian government for adopting necessary measures regarding the pandemic.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-22). Impressive Zomorrod waterfall in N Iran. en.mehrnews.com HAVIQ, Jun. 22 (MNA) — Located some 9km south of Haviq city in Gilan province, Zomorrod Waterfall bestows tranquility to tourists. There are two waterfalls in the area with the larger one having a 15m height and a smaller one having a 12m height with stair-like appearance. These are also being referred to as 'Twin Waterfall'.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-22). Agricultural products of Tarom, Zanjan province. en.mehrnews.com Zanjan, Jun. 23 (MNA) — Tarom is one of the towns in Zanjan province with different agricultural products. The town is called 'Iran's India' due to its untouched nature and good climate.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-22). Iran ready to share anti-corona expertise with Afghanistan: official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 22 (MNA) —Iran's Treatment Deputy of Health and Medical Education Ministry, Qasem Jan-Babaei said in a meeting with Afghanistan's Deputy of Public Health Ministry that Iran is ready to share some anti-corona successful expertise with Afghanistan.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-22). No foreign provocation can undermine Iran-Afghanistan close relation: Foreign Ministry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 22 (MNA) — Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its twitter account on Monday wrote that no ill-intended foreign provocation can undermine Iran-Afghanistan close relation.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-22). NPC plans to diversify butane chain items. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 22 (MNA) — The first project in the butane chain in Mahshahr will be ready for operation with the aim of commercial production of three important and new items, parallel with planning for realization of the second petrochemical leap in Iran.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-22). Iran to send black box of Ukrainian plane to France: Zarif. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 22 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held phone talk with his Canadian counterpart Francois-Philippe Champagne and said that the Islamic Republic will send the black box of the Ukrainian plane to France in the upcoming days.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-22). IRGC Navy to establish permanent base in Indian Ocean: navy cmdr. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 22 (MNA) — The Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said that IRGC is looking to establish a permanent base in the Indian Ocean by the end of the current Iranian year.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-22). Tehran condemns ratification of anti-Iranian human rights resolution by UNHRC. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 22 (MNA) — The Spokesperson of the Iranian ministry of foreign affairs Abbas Mousavi censured approval of an anti-Iranian human rights resolution in the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

en.mehrnews (2020-06-21). Foreigners who seek destabilization must leave region: cmdr. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 21 (MNA) — The Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said that foreign countries threaten regional peace and must leave the Persian Gulf.

RT (2020-06-21). Tennessee newspaper apologizes after ad promising nuclear bomb from Islam in July based on 'Bible prophecies'. rt.com The Tennessean has found themselves in hot water on social media and apologizing following a paid advertisement in their newspaper promising Islam will drop a nuclear bomb on the city of Nashville on July 18. | "Dear citizens of Nashville," the full-page ad read. "We are under conviction to not tell you but provide evidence that on July 18, 2020, Islam is going to detonate a nuclear device in Nashville, Tennessee." | Included above the text is an image of President Donald Trump and Pope Francis with burning US flags behind them. In small print above the image is the label "paid advertisement." | The text is s…

RT (2020-06-21). China blame game: White House adviser says Beijing 'created' coronavirus, 'open question' whether it was deliberate. rt.com Unfazed by the lack of evidence, White House trade advisor Peter Navarro went on accusing China of creating Covid-19, possibly even purposefully, as he was grilled about the US readiness for the pandemic. | Asked by CNN's Jake Tapper what the president and his team are doing to prepare for a potential second wave of the coronavirus, Navarro quickly launched into a diatribe about China. | "China created this pandemic," he said. "They hid the virus. They created that virus. And they sent over hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens here to spread that around and around the world," he said. "Whether they did th…

yenisafak (2020-06-21). 13-year-old girl killed amid gunfire at Kashmir border. yenisafak.com A 13-year-old girl was allegedly killed in Pakistani-administered Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday in an exchange of gunfire along the border with the Indian-administered side of the region, according to the Pakistani military.Amid heightened tensions between the South Asian nuclear rivals, the Pakistani Army accused Indian border forces of targeting civilians on the Pakistani side of the disputed Kashmir valley, claiming that the girl's mother and a 12-year-old boy were also injured due to "indiscriminate" fire."Indian Army Troops initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation in Hajipir and Bedori Sectors along LOC [Line…

en.mehrnews (2020-06-21). Iran-China comprehensive 25-yr coop. plan approved. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 21 (MNA) — The Cabinet of Ministers in a meeting on Sun., headed by President Hassan Rouhani, approved the final draft of a 25-year comprehensive cooperation between Islamic Republic of Iran and China.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-21). CBI governor Hemmati says Iraq 'good opportunity' for exports. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 21 (MNA) — Governor of Central Bank of Iran Abdolnaser Hemmati said that Iran's export volume of products to neighboring Iraq and its foreign exchange resources obtained is good opportunity for the country that should be used optimally.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-21). Parl. National Security Commission mulls over IAEA BoG's resolution against Iran: Spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 21 (MNA) — Spokesman for the Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Abolfazl Amouei said that the Commission in its first meeting mulled over the illegal resolution issued by the Board of Governors [BoG] of the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-21). Iran's Shamkhani, Afghanistan's Atmar hold meeting in Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 21 (MNA) — Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani met and held talks with Mohammad Haneef Atmar, the current acting Minister of Afghanistan's Foreign Affairs in Tehran.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-21). Partial solar eclipse over sky of Iranian capital. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 21 (MNA) — Stargazers in Tehran watched a partial solar eclipse on Sunday morning from 09: 04 to 11: 38 local time.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-21). Iran still experiencing first wave of COVID-19: Health Min. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 21 (MNA) —Iranian Minister of Health and Medical Education, Saeed Namaki said that we are experiencing the first wave of coronavirus pointing to the increasing cases of patients in Iran.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-21). 'Headless' to go on screen at 2020 Cannes Film Market. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 22 (MNA) — Iranian movie 'Headless', directed by Kaveh Sajjadi Hosseini, will be screened at the the 2020 Cannes Film Market (the Marche du Film) in France.