2020-08-25: News Headlines

RT (2020-08-25). 'Is this a parody account?' UN ambassador draws ire after claiming US 'will not abandon' people of Iran. rt.com Ambassador Kelly Craft's effort to beautify a US push to trigger the return of UN sanctions on Iran and frame the move in humanitarian terms was met with mockery as observers contrasted her statement with Washington's actions. | "The United States will not abandon the people of Iran or the region," Craft said Tuesday on Twitter, in support of a US request to "snap back" sanctions on Iran. "We will never allow Iran, the world's No. 1 state sponsor of terrorism, to freely buy and sell weapons of war," she said, and accused other UN Security Council members who do not support US efforts of standing "in the compan…

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-08-25). Alliance Between Venezuela and Iran Evolves into the Military Sphere. globalresearch.ca The alliance between Venezuela and Iran seems to be taking new directions. The ties between the two countries began to strengthen in an economic sphere when, in the first half of 2020, Tehran started sending oil ships to Venezuela, circumventing …

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-08-25). Reports Say the Explosion at Iranian Nuclear Plant Had a Criminal Cause. globalresearch.ca A new focus of tensions and uncertainties appears to be emerging in Iran. Recent reports from the Iranian authorities have concluded that the explosion at the Natanz nuclear plant had a criminal cause, most likely caused by a sabotage operation. …

South Front (2020-08-25). Video: Pro-Iranian Forces Attack US Convoys Withdrawing from Largest Base in Iraq. globalresearch.ca The US military has been facing increasing pressure from local resistance forces and pro-Iranian groups in Iraq. | On August 21, an improvised explosive device (IED) reportedly struck a vehicle of company working with the U.S.-led coalition in Aweerij, south of …

Comitato No Nato No Guerra (2020-08-25). Appello Ai Leader Dei Nove Stati Con Armi Nucleari (Cina, Francia, India, Israele, Nord Corea, Pakistan, Regno Unito, Russia, Stati Uniti). globalresearch.ca Noi, persone di buona volontà di tutti i ceti sociali, di tutti i continenti, di credo e religioni diverse, richiamiamo la vostra attenzione sulla minaccia di una guerra nucleare totale che puà≤ scoppiare molto facilmente a causa di azioni deliberate …

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). FM Zarif, IAEA chief hold talks in Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister met and held talks with Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Grossi on Tuesday afternoon.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). US police brutality stems from racist way of thinking: Veep. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — Iran's First Vice-President on Tue. blasted US police for its brutalities against the American people and said that US' police behavior is the outcome of domination of racist thoughts in that country.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). Jahangiri felicitates Independence Day of Ukraine. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — Iranian First Vice President Es'hagh Jahangiri congratulated the Independence Day of Ukraine on Tuesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). Iran seeks to cooperate with IAEA based on Intl. regulations. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the Islamic Republic of Iran seeks to cooperate with IAEA based on international regulations.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). Iran's government not waiting for US election. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — Government Spokesman Ali Rabiei said that Iran's administration will not wait for the result of the upcoming US election.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). Iran-Russia coop. has wide capacities incl. arms trade. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami pointed to the high potential of military cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Russian Federation.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). IAEA's reports indicate reduction of Iran's JCPOA commitments. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that IAEA's reports indicate that Iran has taken all the five steps to reduce commitments to JCPOA.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). IAEA vows to fulfill obligations responsibly despite pressure. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — The head of the UN nuclear watchdog stressed that his organization will carry out its commitments regrading Iran responsibly and independently, despite some pressures.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). Grossi negotiating IAEA's safeguards verification activities. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — In a tweet on Tuesday, the IAEA Chief Rafael Grossi said during his ongoing visit to Iran, he is seeking to reach an agreement with the Iranian side on IAEA's safeguards verification activities in the country.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). FM Zarif bids farewell to outgoing Chilean envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 26 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday received Chilean Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran Ignacio Janus at the end of his mission.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). UNSC not able to take action on US move against Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — UN Security Council President Dian Triansyah Djani said on Tuesday that he is not in a position to take further action on the attempt by the US to re-impose all UN sanctions on Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). Iran COVID-19 update: 125 deaths, 2,213 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 2,213 COVID-19 infections and 125 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). 5th night of Muharram mourning in Zanjan. en.mehrnews.com ZANJAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — The mourning ceremonies on the fifth night of Muharram in Zanjan Province, west of Iran, were held preserving the anti-coronavirus health and social-distancing protocols.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). Iranian 'Crab' wins Special Jury Prize at Hiroshima Filmfest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug, 25 (MNA) — Iranian short animation 'Crab' directed by Shiva Sadegh Asadi won the Special Jury Prize in the 18th Hiroshima International Animation Festival 2020.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). Ehsan Hajsafi to join Greece's Aris Thessaloniki. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — A Greek website has reported that the Iranian midfielder, Ehsan Hajsafi, who plays for Tractor Sazi, will leave his team in case it loses the semi-final match at the Iranian Hazfi Cup.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-25). Rouhani orders implementation of new Iran-India tax laws. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, on Tuesday, ordered the finance ministry to implement a new law of an agreement between Iran an India made on double-taxation avoidance and tax-evasion prevention.

sputniknews (2020-08-25). Iran Blasts Pompeo for Trying to 'Flood Region With US Weapons' Amid Talk of More Arms for UAE. sputniknews.com US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, where he promised to "continue to honour" the US commitment to ensure Israel's "qualitative military edge" against its neighbours. Pompeo made the comments amid reports that the US is looking to sell F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates.

yenisafak (2020-08-25). Iran, IAEA agree to 'open new chapter of cooperation'. yenisafak.com The director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, held wide-ranging talks with Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi in Tehran on Tuesday and both agreed to open "a new chapter of cooperation". | Grossi arrived in Tehran late on Monday on a two-day visit to discuss the issue of granting IAEA inspectors access to two Iranian nuclear sites. | He is expected to meet with top Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, officials said. | The standoff between the UN nuclear watchdog and Tehran has intensified in recent months after the IAEA…

Prof. Juan Cole (2020-08-24). Trump Walks Alone: Former US Allies Britain, France, Germany Join Russia and China in Forcefully Rejecting Trump Iran Sanctions. globalresearch.ca

sputniknews (2020-08-24). Maduro Says Can't Reveal Full Extent of Venezuela's Cooperation With Iran. sputniknews.com Iran has recently defied US pressure and provided Caracas with half a dozen cargo ships-worth of fuel, food, medical supplies and spare parts for its flagging oil industry. Washington has resorted to calling the partnership between the two countries an "alliance of pariah states."

Raul Diego (2020-08-24). Hoping to Seize on UAE-Israel Deal, Pompeo and Kushner Head East in Search of New Allies for Israel. mintpressnews.com Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Trump adviser Jared Kushner are hitting the road in an attempt to strong-arm more Arab states into normalizing relations with Israel, turning their backs on Palestine and isolating Iran.

The Canary (2020-08-24). Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is an Iranian 'hostage', documentary claims. thecanary.co Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is a "hostage" in Iran and was on the brink of being freed from jail in Iran almost two-and-a-half years ago until a planned deal collapsed, according to a new documentary.The mother-of-one's husband Richard Ratcliffe said the family had even been given a date of 28 December 2017 for his wife's return to the UK.It is unclear why the deal fell through.The revelations were made during a BBC Panorama investigation into the detention of British and other western citizens in Iran, which airs on 24 August on BBC One at 7.30pm.It has long been claimed Zaghari-Ratcliffe is being held in order to…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-24). Muharram mourning in Jami' Mosque of Gorgan under pandemic. en.mehrnews.com GORGAN, Aug. 24 (MNA) — Preserving anti-coronavirus health protocols, people held the mourning ceremonies on the fourth night of Muharram in the Jami' Mosque of Gorgan, the capital of Golestan Province, northeast of Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-24). Iran condemns terrorist attack in southern Philippines. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 25 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh condemned the terrorist attack in the southern Philippine on Monday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-24). Iran trade with CIS hits over $3.3 bn last year. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 24 (MNA) —The value of Iran's foreign trade with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in 2019 hit more than $3, 298, 61,946 Billion.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-24). UAE cannot buy security from Tel Aviv: Zarif. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 24 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the UAE has turned to the Zionist regime to buy security, while Israel cannot even ensure its own.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-24). Iran welcomes gas trade with Turkmenistan: NIGC head. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 24 (MNA) — The head of the National Iranian Gas Company Hassan Montazer Torbati expressed Iran's willingness to resume gas trade with Turkmenistan.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-24). Iran to mass-produce COVID-19 rapid diagnostic device. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 24 (MNA) — Secretary of Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council, Saeed Sarkar said on Monday that Iran will mass-produce a rapid diagnostic device that can be used in public places such as airports.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-24). No deal can legitimize the Zionist regime: Khaled al- Qaddumi. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 24 (MNA)— Hamas' Representative in Iran said that the Israeli regime still is in intense need of recognition by minor countries in the region despite support from super powers, the UN secretary-general and Europeans.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-24). Swiss ready to invest in Iran: envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 24 (MNA) — Swiss Ambassador to Iran Marcus Leitner expressed his country's willingness to invest in the Iranian economic sector.

sputniknews (2020-08-24). Iranian, French Foreign Ministers Discuss Developments Around Nuclear Deal – Tehran. sputniknews.com TEHRAN (Sputnik) – Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian, have discussed developments related to the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), during phone talks in the wake of US's attempts to revive sanctions against Tehran, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said.

sputniknews (2020-08-24). Watch Iran's Defence Minister Get Acquainted With S-400 During Arms Expo in Russia. sputniknews.com With the United Nations arms embargo on Iran set to expire in October, US officials and media have speculated that Tehran may buy Russian military hardware, including the S-400, once restrictions run out. Iran already has some advanced air defence capabilities of its own, including a system which downed a $220 million US drone in 2019.

sputniknews (2020-08-24). Analysis of Black Boxes Reveals Downed Ukraine Jet Struck by Iranian Missiles 25 Seconds Apart. sputniknews.com Analysis of the black boxes of the Ukrainian passenger plane downed on January 8 by Iranian forces shows that it was hit by two missiles 25 seconds apart and that passengers were alive for some time following the first blast, Iran's Civil Aviation Organization revealed on Sunday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). Iran-Venezuela trade coop. going ahead despite US sanctions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Venezuela announced the finalization of trade agreements with the Bolivarian country of Venezuela despite US sanctions imposed against the two countries.

Stephen Lendman (2020-08-23). Senate Voting Record of Kamala Harris. Pro-Big Money, Pro-Israel, Pro-War Dem Foot Soldier. globalresearch.ca The US political season never ends. It'll be in high gear post-conventions this month. | According to the Center for Responsive Politics, US 2020 presidential aspirants, groups working on their behalf, "leadership PACs, super PACs, dark money outlets," and other sources …

Newsclick (2020-08-23). US Threatens Fresh Sanctions Against Iran, JCPOA Members. peoplesdispatch.org The US withdrew from the JCPOA or the Iran nuclear deal in 2018. However, it is now trying to get sanctions imposed on Iran claiming violations of a deal it is not even part of…

Richard Falk (2020-08-23). Nuclear Complacency and the Dangerous Drift Toward a New Cold War with China. zcomm.org For relations among states having nuclear weaponry, stability is achieved by relying on various forms of deterrence combined with the implementation of the nuclear apartheid regime…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). Memorial ceremony of Ayatollah Taskhiri held in London. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — The memorial ceremony of the Late Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri, a member of Iran's Expediency Council and the senior advisor to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, was held at the Islamic Center of England.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). Promoting economic resilience axis of all gov't efforts. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that promoting economic resilience and implementing resistive economy policies have been the axis of all activities and efforts of the government.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). Natanz nuclear facility incident, act of sabotage: AEOI spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said on Sunday that last month's incident at Natanz nuclear enrichment facility was an act of sabotage.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). US resort to snapback is out of 'frustration': ex-diplomat. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — A former Iranian diplomat notes that the US resort to JCPOA provisions is due to their frustration and doomed to failure.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). Iran defense industry progresses at IntI. level : MP. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — A lawmaker said with the efforts of Iranian elites the Defense Ministry has gone through reverse engineering of military equipment and today Iran is among the top 10 countries in the world regarding the defense industry.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). Iran is Russia's strategic partner: Russian Defense Min. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — The Russian Defense Min. Sergey Shoygu referred to the join strategical, regional and international goals and interests between Tehran and Moscow, underlining the developing mutual defense cooperation between the two sides.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). Iran registers 2,113 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 23 (MNA) — The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has infected 2,113 people and claimed 141 lives in Iran in the past 24 hours, a senior health official said.

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-23). $82mn of carpets, kilims & gabbehs exported to 57 countries. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 24 (MNA) — Iran exported $82.57 million of carpets, kilims, and gabbehs to 57 countries in the first four months of the current Iranian calendar year to July 21), the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration announced.