2020-10-19: News Headlines

MEE staff (2020-10-19). Iran hits out at 'fearful' US after UN arms embargo expires. middleeasteye.net Iran hits out at 'fearful' US after UN arms embargo expires | Tehran continues its war of words with Washington after Mike Pompeo threatened to sanction those doing arms deals with Iran now that a UN embargo has ended | Mon, 10/19/2020 – 16: 18 | Iranians visit a weaponry and military equipment exhibition in the capital Tehran in February 2019 (AFP/File photo) | Iran hit out at the United States on Monday afte…

Andrew Korybko (2020-10-19). The Expiration Of The Iranian Arms Embargo Opens Up Exciting Opportunities. thealtworld.com The 13-year-long anti-Iranian arms embargo expired on Sunday, which creates exciting opportunities for the Islamic Republic to strengthen its national defense capabilities and cultivate even deeper relations with its top strategic partners such as China and Russia, possibly even playing them off against one another in a "friendly competition" so as to derive the greatest benefit. | The End Of The Embargo | The US is enraged that the UN let the 13-year-long anti-Iranian arms embargo

Stephen Lendman (2020-10-19). Iran Free to Buy and Sell Arms. globalresearch.ca Security Council Res. 2231 (adopted July 14, 2015 — effective January 16, 2016) affirmed the landmark JCPOA nuclear deal with Iran unanimously. | It also retained an arms embargo on Iran for five years, a provision its ruling authorities accepted and …

Raul Diego (2020-10-19). With an Eye on Nearby Iran, Israeli Weapons Fuel the Violence in Azerbaijan. mintpressnews.com Hoping to profit, protect an important source of oil, and to antagonize nearby Iran, Israel is selling drones and weapons to Azerbaijan, fueling the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Yonat Shimron (2020-10-19). Catholic Priest Is Sentenced to Time Served after 2018 Break-in at Nuclear Naval Base. globalresearch.ca Since his arrest nearly three years ago on trespassing charges after invading a nuclear submarine base with six others as part of a symbolic nuclear disarmament action, the Rev. Stephen M. Kelly has been held in a Brunswick, Georgia, county …

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-19). Iran records highest coronavirus daily death toll again. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 19 (MNA) — Deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in Iran hit a high record on Monday as 337 new deaths were registered over the past 24 hours, the highest since the virus outbreak in the country.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-19). Enemy not to give up malicious goals against Iran: Sayyari. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 19 (MNA) — Deputy Coordinator of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Army said that enemy will not give up its malicious goals hatched against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-19). Zarif confers on crashed airliner with Ukrainian officials. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 19 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed hope that negotiations on the Ukrainian plane will be successful.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-19). Russia's policy not determined by US threats: Ulyanov. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 19 (MNA) — In reaction to the US threat in the event of any arms deal with Iran, Russian senior diplomat said that Washington's threats are not determining Moscow's policy.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-19). Iran-Syria keen of development of trade transactions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 20 (MNA) — In a Monday meeting with the Syrian envoy to Tehran, the ICIAMA head said the implementation of the free trade agreement between Iran and Syria will bring good days in mutual trade, which is what the two countries want.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-19). Virtual panel on Iran-Serbia Coproduction Held at 33rd ICFF. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 19 (MNA) — The first virtual panel about Iran-Serbia cinematic coproduction was held with Miroljub Vuckovic and Mirko Bojovic from Serbia and Ali Mosaffa and Ra'ed Faridzadeh from Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-19). Iranian short film 'Weekend' wins at 3 intl. film festivals. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 19 (MNA) — The Iranian short film 'Weekend' has been awarded from three international film festivals.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-19). Lifting Iran arms embargo, result of JCPOA efficiency: China. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 19 (MNA) — Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson said that lifting Iran's arms embargo is the result of efficiency of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-19). US trying to abuse Afghan peace talks for electoral goals. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 19 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that US President Donald Trump is trying to abuse the Intra-Afghan peace talks to reach his presidential election goals.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-19). US imposes sanctions on Chinese companies over Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 19 (MNA) — The US has imposed Iran-related sanctions on five Hong-Kong shipping companies, one Australian entity, and one Chinese investment group.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-19). Envoy submits credentials to president of Equatorial Guinea. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 20 (MNA) — The accredited ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Equatorial Guinea submitted his credentials to the country's president.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-19). Presser of Passive Defense Organization's chief. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 19 (MNA) — Head of Iran's Passive Defense Organization Brigadier General Gholamreza Jalali held a presser on Monday on the occasion of Passive Defense Week.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-19). Dubai-Lengeh Port ferry route resumes operation. en.mehrnews.com TEHRNA, Oct. 19 (MNA) — The ferry route between Lengeh Port in Iran's Hormozgan province and Dubai has resumed operation, after eight months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-19). Police seize over 2 ton of illicit drug in S Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 19 (MNA) — The deputy police chief of Sistan and Baluchestan announced over the seizure of a total of 2 tons and 214,327 kg of various drugs during 2 separate operations in the cities of Saravan, Sib, and Soran in Sistan and Baluchestan.

yenisafak (2020-10-19). Iran plots course after end of 13-year arms embargo. yenisafak.com A 13-year UN-mandated arms embargo on Iran officially expired Sunday, effectively paving the way for the sanctions-battered country to import and export conventional weapons.In a statement, Iran's Foreign Ministry called it a "momentous day for the international community," which it said has protected the UN Security Council Resolution 2231 and the 2015 nuclear deal."As of today, all restrictions on the transfer of arms, related activities and financial services to and from the Islamic Republic of Iran, and all prohibitions regarding the entry into or transit through territories of the UN member states previously…

_____ (2020-10-18). 'Distraction Mechanism': NYT's Crocodile Tears Over Iran Sanctions. popularresistance.org What seems to be a compassionate plea for mercy from Washington by a major US newspaper is actually just a furthering of the US propaganda war against Iran that's responsible for the strangling sanctions that frustrate its ability to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, a doctor and activist told Sputnik. | An op-ed by the New York Times Editorial Board on Tuesday urged: "Iran's Covid-19 Death Toll Is Rising. Show Mercy, Mr. Trump." However, while the article noted the extensive and deliberate damage US President Donald Trump's "maximum pressure" policies toward Tehran have had…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-18). Grounds are provided for selling arms: defense minister. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Defense said that negotiations have taken place and there are grounds for selling arms and meeting the needs of customers after Iran's arms embargoes were automatically lifted on Sunday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-18). Enemy seeking to foment internal strife, conflicts: Rouhani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that enemies of the country are seeking to spread strife and conflict in the country, so that conspiracies of enemies must be foiled.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-18). VIDEO: Mustsee Tang-e KƒÅfarƒ´ in W Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) — Tang-e KƒÅfarƒ´ which is located in Ilam Province, west of Iran enjoys unique tourist attractions. It can be considered one of the most important habitat settlements of the Neolithic era up to now.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-18). Iran to export, import weapons based on its defense policy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to UK Hamid Baeedinejad said that as of today, Iran will export and import weapons based on its defense policy principles.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-18). US ignoring progress, security of Islamic countries. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf said that the US pursues its goals and does not care about the progress and security of Islamic countries.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-18). FM Zarif meeting with Abdullah in Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) — Head of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah met and held talks with Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran On Sunday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-18). Russia emphasizes developing defense coop. with Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) — Russian officials on Sunday announced that they will expand technical-military cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran in…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-18). US strategy regarding Iran produced no 'positive result'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) — Former US National Security Adviser John Bolton said that the Trump administration's foreign policy with respect to Iran has had no 'positive results' for Washington.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-18). Army Political-Ideological Dept. warding off enemy threats. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) — The Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) said Iran's Army Political-Ideological Department has not allowed enemies to abuse and managed to thwart plots waged against the country.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-18). Border guards aiding deprived areas under pandemic. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) — The Iranian border guards in South Khorasan Razavi province have been providing the people living in the deprived regions of the province with help under the pandemic.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-18). Iran registers 3,890 new COVID-19 infections, 252 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 3,890 COVID-19 infections and 252 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-18). Iran's Zarif, Afghanistan's Abdullah hold meeting in Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh announced in a tweet that Foreign Minister Zarif has begun talks with Head of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-18). Iran "Resistance" strategy defeats US " Maximum Pressure" en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 18 (MNA) — Ali Rabiei noted, "Pushing back sanctions, reducing the effects of sanctions and increasing social resistance were the strategies of the Islamic Republic of Iran to overcome the US policy of maximum pressure."

RT (2020-10-17). Iran claims victory over US as UN arms embargo expires. rt.com Iran's foreign ministry has declared the victory of "multilateralism, peace and security", claiming the UN's conventional arms embargo effectively expired on October 18, despite Washington's pressure to reimpose sanctions. | "As of today, all restrictions on the transfer of arms, related activities and financial services to and from The Islamic Republic of Iran, and all prohibitions regarding the entry or transit through territories of the United Nations Member States previously imposed on a number of Iranian citizens and military officials, are all automatically terminated," Iran's Foreign Ministry said in a…

Noam Chomsky (2020-10-17). The President, the Pandemic & the Election. zcomm.org The urgent problem of overcoming the existential crises—global warming, nuclear war, pandemics—has to be done within the general framework of existing institutions. We can improve them. But you won't be able to overcome them in the relevant time frame…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-17). Fishermen oppose release of contaminated water from Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. peoplesdispatch.org The company which operates the plant, Tokyo Electric Power, has collected over 1.23 million tons of contaminated water since the collapse of the nuclear plant in 2011…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-17). 2nd round of Iran-Ukraine plane crash talks to start on Mon. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 17 (MNA) — While the first round of the Iranian delegation's talks about the flight 752 incident in Ukraine ended in early August, the second round of the related talks is slated to be held in Tehran, from Monday to Wednesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-17). Iran's new envoy arrives in Yemen. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 17 (MNA) — The spokesman of the Iranian foreign ministry informed on Saturday that the country's new ambassador to Yemen has arrived in Sana'a.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-17). Leader in Imam Reza martyrdom mourning ceremony. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 17 (MNA) — The mourning ceremony of the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Reza (PBUH) was held at Imam Khomeini Husseiniyah on Saturday in the presence of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-17). Iran Covid-19 update: 253 deaths in past 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 17 (MNA) —The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 4,103 new COVID-19 infections and 253 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-17). Iranian embassy in Baku condemns attack on Azerbaijan's Ganja. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 17 (MNA) — The Iranian embassy in Baku, in its Saturday statement, strongly condemned the rocket attack on Azerbaijan's Ganja.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-17). Zarif holds phone talks with Iraqi counterpart on mutual ties. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 15 (MNA) — Iranian FM Zarif and his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein discussed bilateral talks in a phone conversation on Saturday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-17). Envoy urges intl. community to unite against US unilateralism. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 17 (MNA) — Iran's representative in the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly expressed concern over the US' lack of respect to the UN's stance amid the coronavirus pandemic.

sputniknews (2020-10-17). Tehran Declares Arms Embargo Lifted, Iran Free to Procure, Export Arms as Sees Fit. sputniknews.com In 2015, Iran signed the JCPOA with China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany and the European Union, requiring Iran to scale back its nuclear program and severely downgrade its uranium reserves in exchange for sanctions relief, including lifting the arms embargo five years after the deal's adoption.

yenisafak (2020-10-17). Iran's death toll from coronavirus above 30,000: health ministry. yenisafak.com Iran's new coronavirus death toll has risen by 253 to 30,123, the health ministry said on Saturday, as the number of confirmed cases spiked to 526,490 in the hardest-hit Middle Eastern country.Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state TV that 4,103 new cases had been identified in the past 24 hours.

Manlio Dinucci (2020-10-17). Il virus nucleare di cui nessuno parla — intervista a Manlio Dinucci, giornalista. globalresearch.ca Trasmissione radiofonica. | Conducono in studio Mauro Caruso e Ludovica Di Chiara …

RT (2020-10-16). 'Putin's proposal a non-starter': White House rejects Russian call to extend nuclear arms control treaty. rt.com Washington has refused President Vladimir Putin's offer to extend New START, the last remaining arms control treaty between the US and Russia, for one year without any preconditions. | "President Putin's response today to extend New START… is a non-starter," the US National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien said in response to Moscow's offer, adding that Washington hopes Russia "will reevaluate its position before a costly arms race ensues." | (2/3) This would have been a win for both sides, and we believed the Russians were willing to accept this proposal when I met with my counterpart in Geneva. President Pu…

_____ (2020-10-16). Priest Sentenced To 33 Months For Protesting Nuclear Weapons. popularresistance.org Fifteen supporters in a carefully Covid masked and distanced courtroom witnessed Father Steve Kelly receive a sentence of 33 months today. After a 20 minute delay to get the telephone conference line working and properly muted 160 people listened in to the proceedings on the audio link. | Fr. Steve's sentence falls in the middle of the proposed guidelines and will likely allow his release from the Glynn County Detention Center where he is presently being detained 30 months after the action.

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-16). New arrangements forming in WA thanks to martyr Soleimani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 16 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker's Special Aide for International Affairs said that new political-security arrangements are being formed in world, mostly in West Asia, thanks to the great martyr Soleimani.