Daily Archives: September 20, 2020

2020-09-20: News Headlines

MEE and agencies (2020-09-20). Allies dismiss US announcement reimposing UN sanctions on Iran. middleeasteye.net Allies dismiss US announcement reimposing UN sanctions on Iran | Iran denounces 'reckless' US as Trump administration threatens consequences for violators | Sun, 09/20/2020 – 10: 31 | An anti-US mural on a Tehran building on 20 September, 2020, when Washington unilaterally declared UN sanctions against the Islamic republic were back in force (AFP) | The US has defied criticism from allies…

MEE and agencies (2020-09-20). Five injured as Houthi missile strikes Saudi village. middleeasteye.net Five injured as Houthi missile strikes Saudi village | The civilians in border village were taken to hospital suffering from shrapnel wounds, according to Saudi report | Sun, 09/20/2020 – 10: 53 | The Saudi coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 (AFP) | Five civilians were injured when a military projectile launched by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis hit a village in Saudi Arabia's southern Ja…

RT (2020-09-20). Washington unilaterally reimposes UN sanctions on Iran despite opposition from UN Security Council members — including US allies. rt.com Mike Pompeo has claimed that the US is ready to punish countries that won't comply with newly reintroduced sanctions on Iran. However, the UK and France defied Washington, saying the relief agreed under the Iran deal will remain. | The secretary of state announced the unilateral return of virtually all UN sanctions against Iran late on Saturday, hailing the development as "great news for peace in the region." | Virtually all

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-20). US has weak chance to return to JCPOA after anti-Iran moves. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 20 (MNA) — Zarif believes that after committing severe crimes and causing many financial damages against the Iranian nation as well as its illegal withdrawal from the JCPOA, today, the US has no chance to return the JCPOA easily.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-20). Health Ministry confirms 3,097 new COVID-19 infections. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 20 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 3,097 COVID-19 infections and 183 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-20). Power-obsessed Trump resorting to threat for re-election: MP. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 20 (MNA) — Slamming US anti-Iran threats, a member of the Iranian Parliament's Presiding Board said that these Trump's actions are just a show to attract the American peoples' votes on the eve of the US 2020 election.

yenisafak (2020-09-20). US facing international isolation: Iran. yenisafak.com The Iranian Foreign Ministry said Sunday the US was facing international isolation over its decision to re-impose sanctions on Tehran, according to the official IRNA news agency."The US stands at the wrong side of history and our message for it was to return to the international community, to your commitments, stop rebelling and the world will accept you," ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told a news briefing."The whole world is saying nothing has changed, sanctions were in place only in the imaginary world of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo," he said.On Sunday, Pompeo declared the re-imposition of UN sanct…

RT (2020-09-19). Is Iran into CHOPPING OFF 'teen thieves' fingers? Not quite, say local officials as MSM runs shocking headlines. rt.com Iranian officials have rebuked reports in Western media that three teens were set to have their fingers amputated. They explained that the convicts were over 20 years of age and that their sentences are yet to be confirmed. | Identified by the media as Hadi Rostami, Mehdi Sharafian and Mehdi Shahivand, the trio reportedly lost their appeals in Iran's Supreme Court and were ordered to have four fingers on their right hands amputated — a rarely-used Sharia punishment for robbery and theft. | All three are said to have been tried last year in the northern city of Urmia for four counts of robbery and have rem…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-19). Tehran-Istanbul flights to be resumed. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 19 (MNA) — An Iranian airline revealed that Tehran-Istanbul flights will be resumed on Tue. Sept. 22.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-19). Vienna to host 64th IAEA General Conference. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 19 (MNA) — Iran's Ambassador to Vienna-Based International Organizations said that the 64th Annual Regular Session of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference will be held in tAustrian capital Vienna on Mon. Sept. 21.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-19). Police dismantles drug-trafficking band in SE Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 19 (MNA) — The police forces of the Sistan and Baluchestan Province, southeastern Iran, have dismantled a drug-trafficking band and seized over 1 ton of illegal drugs in Saravan County.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-19). Iranian, Chinese uni. professors to hold literary webinar. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 19 (MNA) — Iranian and Chinese academic scholars will hold a joint literary webinar in October.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-19). Iran, Brazil stress expanding agricultural coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 20 (MNA) — Iranian envoy to Brazil and the governor of the Mato Grosso state of Brazil discussed the expanding of bilateral cooperation in the fields of agriculture, extraterrestrial agriculture, and agricultural products.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-19). 'The Eleventh Step' goes to South Korean festival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 19 (MNA) — Iranian animation 'The Eleventh Step', directed by Maryam Kashkulinia, has been accepted into the 16th edition of Indie-AniFest in South Korea.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-19). Energy ministry delegation to embark for Afghanistan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 19 (MNA) — A delegation from the Iranian ministry of energy will leave for Afghanistan on Sunday to develop mutual relations and discuss joint ventures in electricity sector.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-19). Iran to stop complying with NPT if sanctions revived. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 19 (MNA) — Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission warned, " If members of JCPOA follow the US to activate anti-Iran sanctions, Iran will restrict IAEA's access to its programs under the NPT."

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-19). Iran to host 1st EAEU intl. expo in Feb. 2021. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 20 (MNA) — Tehran is planning to host an international exhibition for introducing the Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU)'s trade potentials in February 2021.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-19). Parl. to mull over UAE, Bahrain ties with Israeli regime. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 19 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission is scheduled to examine treacherous compromise between UAE and Bahrain with Zionist regime on Sun. Sept. 20.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-19). China, Russia next targets if US wins in undermining Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 19 (MNA) — Pointing to US unlawful move to reimpose sanctions against Iran and importance of confronting its unilateralism, Cartalucci said China and Russia are next targets of the US if it will be successful in undermining of Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-19). IAEA asked for no more access into Iran nuclear activity. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 19 (MNA) — Iran's nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, says the International Atomic Energy Agency has asked for no further probes except for the two cases agreed between Theran and the Agency last month.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-19). Russia once again rules out activation of snapback. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 19 (MNA) — Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov questioned the possibility of the United States using snapback to impose new sanctions on Iran and once again blamed Washington.

Staff (2020-09-19). 2020 Election Could Decide Whether US Pursues Nuclear Escalation or Arms Control. truthout.org In these final weeks of the 2020 presidential campaign, U.S. voters' attention is being consumed by a maelstrom of crises — a merciless pandemic, a battered economy, a society ruptured by racist police violence and deadly structural inequalities, climate chaos and a fragile democracy. | Who has time to worry about nuclear war? | But just as warnings of a climate crisis and pandemics have been borne out, experts have long sounded the alarm about nuclear weapons, whether their use is…

John Laforge (2020-09-18). Germany: US Nuclear Weapons Shamed in Nationwide Debate. counterpunch.org We need a broad public debate … about the sense and nonsense of nuclear deterrence. —Rolf Mutzenich, German Social Democratic Party Leader Public criticism of the US nuclear weapons deployed in Germany bloomed into a vigorous nationwide debate this past spring and summer focused on the controversial scheme known diplomatically as "nuclear sharing" or "nuclear

MEE staff (2020-09-18). Iran facing 'third wave' of coronavirus with resurgence in infections. middleeasteye.net Iran facing 'third wave' of coronavirus with resurgence in infections | In last 24 hours, Iran has reported 3,041 new cases and 141 deaths | Fri, 09/18/2020 – 17: 27 | Schools and universities have reopened in Iran, but it has been left to parents to decide whether to send their children to class (AFP) | Iran is dealing with a potential third wave of the novel coronavirus, with the number of new daily infectio…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-18). US prepares to impose unilateral arms embargo against Iran after failing to garner support in the UN. peoplesdispatch.org The US is considering issuing an executive order within days which will threaten secondary sanctions against countries or firms buying or selling arms from and to Iran…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-18). Iran, Pakistan review boosting coop. between border provinces. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 18 (MNA) — The Consul General of Iran in Pakistan's Quetta held talks with spokesman of the Government of Balochistan on the expasion of cultural, economic and social relations between the border provinces of the two countries.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-18). 'Iran, Turkey need to coop. against threats at joint border'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 18 (MNA) — Iran's Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs Hossein Zolfaghari said that Iran and Turkey need to strengthen cooperation to combat all the threats posed to security and order on the joint Iranian-Turkish border…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-18). Iran, Russia stress promoting scientific, technological coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 18 (MNA) — Iran's Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari held talks with Head of Russian Academy of Sciences Aleksandr Sergeyev late on Thursday through videoconference.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-18). Israel regime's nuclear weapons threat to world's security. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 18 (MNA) — Iran's Ambassador to the Vienna-based international organizations Kazem Gharibabadi said that the Zionist regime's acquisition of nuclear weapons is a serious threat to the security and stability of the region and the world.

Mitchell Plitnick (2020-09-18). Israel, the UAE, & Bahrain Didn't Sign Peace Deals, They're Military Alliances to Counter Iran. globalresearch.ca Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in Washington on Tuesday. Brokered by the Trump administration, these deals represent two of the most broadly popular developments for both Trump and Netanyahu in many …

MEE staff (2020-09-17). US announces another round of Hezbollah-related sanctions. middleeasteye.net US announces another round of Hezbollah-related sanctions | New measures target two Lebanese companies and one official accused by Washington of being linked to Iran-backed group | Thu, 09/17/2020 – 16: 03 | Latest round of sanctions comes after US targeted former government minister allied with Hezbollah (Reuters/File photo) | The US government announced another round of sanctions on Lebanon-based entities, t…

MEE correspondent (2020-09-17). Iranian press review: Execution of wrestler Navid Afkari sparks outrage. middleeasteye.net Iranian press review: Execution of wrestler Navid Afkari sparks outrage | Meanwhile, candidates bribed officials to facilitate vetting process in parliamentary elections and the education minister is under fire for excluding girls from a textbook image
| Thu, 09/17/2020 – 11: 30 | A woman holds a portrait of Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari during a demonstration on the Dam Square in…

Stephen Lendman (2020-09-17). Trump Regime Illegally Imposing Snapback Sanctions and Arms Embargo on Iran. globalresearch.ca In defiance of world community sentiment and SC Res. 2231 — that's binding international and US constitutional law — the Trump regime will unilaterally reimpose sanctions on Iran that were lifted when the JCPOA took effect. | According to Trump regime …

Ricardo Vaz (2020-09-17). Venezuelan Oil Production Continues Slump as Iran Steps Up Cooperation. venezuelanalysis.com A recent Iranian condensate shipment will boost oil blending operations.

Stansfield Smith (2020-09-17). Why the US Can Keep Increasing its Debt and not Suffer Inflation (Part 2). dissidentvoice.org The US Still Dominates the World Economy The US ruling class has dominated the planet since the end of World War II. Key elements of this control include its military superiority in nuclear and conventional weapons, and the stationing of over 900 military bases around the world. In addition, the US presides over the United …

_____ (2020-09-17). Less Than Two Minutes to Midnight — and Getting Closer. strategic-culture.org On January 23 this year, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists set their famous "Doomsday Clock" at 100 seconds to midnight — midnight signifying the outbreak of thermonuclear world war. In the 73 years since the famed and fearful symbol was first created in 1947, this setting was — and remains — the closest to Armageddon this supreme symbol of warning to the world has ever been set. | Yet were the Doomsday Clock to be reset today, eight months after that last announcement, the time gap to midnight would have to be further reduced, perhaps to a little more than one minute, but not by much [mdash…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-17). Army, IRGC ready to give decisive response to any threat. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 17 (MNA) — Commander of the Iranian Army's Ground Forces Brigadier General Kiomars Heidari says any threat against Iran's interests or security will draw a decisive response by the Iranian armed forces.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-17). 'Israel-firsters betray their own people for votes'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 17 (MNA) — In a tweet on Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammd Javad Zarif named US President as an 'Israel-firster' who has betrayed Americans just for votes.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-17). UAE, Bahrain's ties with Zionists part of US pres. campaign. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 17 (MNA) — Iranian parliament speaker's adviser for international affairs said The UAE and Bahrain's normalization of ties with the Israeli regime is part of a broader plot linked to the US president's reelection campaign.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-17). Iran condemns attack on diplomatic vehicles in Baghdad. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 17 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzade on Wednesday deplored attack on convoy of diplomatic vehicles in Baghdad.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-17). The magic and allure of Persian poetry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 17 (MNA) — Today is the National Day of Persian Poetry and a good opportunity to learn more about some of the greatest Persian poets with their lasting influence on Persian language and rising popularity across the world.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-17). Iran urges termination of foreign interference in Afghanistan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 17 (MNA) — The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Pakistan underlined the significance of putting an end to all sorts of external interventions in Afghanistan.

Steven Sahiounie (2020-09-16). Israeli-Arab Re-election Gift to Trump. globalresearch.ca President Trump hosts a signing ceremony today in Washington which joins Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Israel in the 'Abraham Accord' which establishes full diplomatic relations between Israel and the Persian Gulf monarchies, and portends the possibility that other …

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-16). VIDEO: Ranger slakes thirst of poisonous snake in C Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 17 (MNA) — Rangers in Yazd province encounter a thirsty Persian horned viper and slake its thirst using freshwater.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-16). Parl. hails massive Zolfaghar-99 war game. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 16 (MNA) — In a statement on Wednesday, the Iranian Parliament hailed the recent Grand Zolfaghar-99 military exercise, staged by the Army.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-16). UNODC attaches importance on Iran' counter narcotic messures. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 16 (MNA) — Hailing Iran's performance in the fight against narcotics, the Executive Director of UNODC expressed readiness to cooperate with Iran in the restitution of criminal's properties who have fled Iran into western countries.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-16). Pompeo seeking to restore Trump's destroyed credibility. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 16 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that Pompeo is seeking to restore Trump regime's destroyed credibility due to its failure in maximum pressure policy against Tehran.

sputniknews (2020-09-16). $400 Billion Deal Between Iran-China Does Not Impact Our Ties with Tehran: Indian Foreign Minister. sputniknews.com Murmurs of a potential $400 billion trade and military deal between Beijing and Tehran have reached New Delhi. As China and India continue to have estranged relations, Beijing's growing influence in the strategically-important Iran is being seen as a matter of concern by the Indian opposition.