Daily Archives: September 21, 2020

2020-09-21: News Headlines

Andrew Korybko (2020-09-21). The US' Latest Anti-Iranian Sanctions Will Worsen the Trade War with China. globalresearch.ca The US' latest anti-Iranian sanctions won't change much when it comes to the Islamic Republic's present economic predicament but will almost certainly provoke a worsening of the so-called "trade war" with China since the real intent seems to be to …

Staff (2020-09-21). Headlines for September 21, 2020. democracynow.org Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87, Sparking a Deluge of Tributes and a Fierce Succession Battle, U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Poised to Top 200,000, U.N. Says 150 Million More Children May Face Poverty as Global Coronavirus Death Toll Nears 1 Million, California Grapples with Evacuations, Toxic Air as Record-Breaking Wildfires Continue to Blaze, Trump Announces $13 Billion for Puerto Rico, as Elections Near and 3 Years After Hurricane Maria, Leaked Docs Show Major Banks Helped Criminals Launder Billions of Dollars, International Community Counters Trump over U.N. Iran Sanctions, Peru's President Survives Impeach…

MEE staff (2020-09-21). UN states have 'responsibility' to enforce Iran sanctions, Pompeo says. middleeasteye.net UN states have 'responsibility' to enforce Iran sanctions, Pompeo says | Iran's Mohammad Javad Zariff dismisses new sanctions and says the Trump administration is standing 'against the entire world' | Mon, 09/21/2020 – 17: 56 | Six top US officials gathered for a news conference to announce sanctions against Iran on Monday (AFP) | The Trump administration has announced a new round of sanctions against Iran, st…

MEE and agencies (2020-09-21). Bahrain says foiled 'terrorist attack' backed by Iran in early 2020. middleeasteye.net Bahrain says foiled 'terrorist attack' backed by Iran in early 2020 | Interior ministry said attack had been planned to avenge the January killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani | Mon, 09/21/2020 – 08: 34 | Bahrain said the planned attack was backed by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (AFP) | Bahrain's interior ministry said on Sunday it had foiled a "terrorist attack" early t…

MEE staff (2020-09-21). Iran will not renegotiate nuclear deal if Biden wins US presidency, Zarif says. middleeasteye.net Iran will not renegotiate nuclear deal if Biden wins US presidency, Zarif says | Iranian foreign minister said returning to the terms of the accord should happen 'without conditions' | Mon, 09/21/2020 – 18: 06 | Iran's foreign minister said the outcome of the US election was irrelevant to returning to the 2015 nuclear deal (AFP/File photo) | Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday that Teh…

MEE and agencies (2020-09-21). UAE central bank failed to prevent Iran sanctions evasion: Report. middleeasteye.net UAE central bank failed to prevent Iran sanctions evasion: Report | Bank failed to act on warnings about a local firm which was helping Tehran to evade sanctions, leaked files show | Mon, 09/21/2020 – 10: 44 | Suspicious transactions were flagged up to the UAE central bank, pictured, by the British bank Standard Chartered | The United Arab Emirates (UAE) central bank failed to act on warni…

Stephen Lendman (2020-09-21). The Dangers of Nuclear War: Trump Regime Sabotaging New START Extension Talks with Russia? globalresearch.ca Throughout his tenure, Trump showed he's a deal-breaker, not maker — notably by unilaterally abandoning the landmark INF Treaty and JCPOA nuclear deal. | Extending New START is jeopardized. Expiring on February 5, 2021 if not renewed, the decade-ago agreement is …

Nauman Sadiq (2020-09-21). Trump Administration Announces 'Third Party' Sanctions on Iran. globalresearch.ca The Trump administration

Thomas Newdick (2020-09-21). Did the US Draw up a Plan to Drop 80 Nuclear Weapons on North Korea? globalresearch.ca Current nuclear war plans are among any nuclear-armed military's most closely guarded secrets. Details of one such attack plan recently became available, however, revealing that the United States envisaged using 80 nuclear weapons in case of war with North Korea. …

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-21). Those who start a war don't end it: Zarif. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 21 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the Islamic Republic of Iran stood tall during Iran-Iraq war by relying on its own capabilities.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-21). US sanctions has no effect on AEOI's peaceful activities. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 21 (MNA) — The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said that US new sanctions cannot stop Iran's nuclear activities.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-21). Pompeo announces US sanctions on Iran's Ministry of Defense. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 21 (MNA) — After failing to extend Iran's Arms Embargo, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced new sanctions on the Iranian Defense Ministry and other Iranian officials involved in the country's nuclear and missile programs.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-21). Iran COVID-19 update: 177 deaths, 3,341 infections. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 15 (MNA) — The daily count of COVID-19 infections in Iran reached 3,341 on Monday, bringing the total cases to 425,481, according to the Health Ministry.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-21). Russia has no fear of US sanctions over arms deals with Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 21 (MNA) — Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Moscow has no fear of potential US sanctions over arms deals with Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-21). IAEA seeking to reinforce cooperation with Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 21 (MNA) — Director-General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi welcomed the agreement between the Agency and Iran and expressed hope that both sides enhance mutual trust.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-21). Vacations on the edge: a glance of war tourism in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 21 (MNA) — On one hand, even talking about war is bitter, particularly for those who went to the second-longest war of the 20th-century after the Vietnam War.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-21). Iran will never renegotiate an issue already discussed: Zarif. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 21 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Islamic Republic of Iran will not talk about the negotiated issue again.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-21). VIDEO: Kavkaz-2020 military drill kicks off. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 21 (MNA) — Russia launched a military drill, named ' Kavkaz-2020' on Monday, involving almost 80,000 servicemen. The exercise involves up to 80,000 servicemen from Armenia, Belarus, China, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan and other countries.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-21). Iran ready to target enemy's interests to respond any threats. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 21 (MNA) — Reacting to recent anti-Iran threats, Deputy Coordinator of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Army warned that Iran is ready to respond to any threats against the country through targeting the interests of the enemy.

yenisafak (2020-09-21). Turkey's Antalya Film Festival picks jury, films. yenisafak.com The 57th Antalya Film Festival announced on Monday jury members and films which will participate in its International Feature Film Competition.Directors, screenwriters, and artists from all over the world will evaluate the films picked elaborately for the festival.The jury members include Turkish screenwriter and director Emin Alper, Romanian producer Ada Solomon, Tribeca Film Festival's artistic director Frederic Boyer, Iranian actor and director Niki Karimi, and Brazilian filmmaker Sandra Kogut.The films, most of which were premiered at the Venice Film Festival in Italy earlier this month, will meet a Turkish a…

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 that UN sanctions against the Islamic republic were back in force (AFP) | The US has defied criticism from all…

RT (2020-09-20). Rouhani says US 'faces defeat' as its attempt to reimpose UN sanctions on Iran met with international opposition. rt.com Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has expressed confidence that Washington's bid to unilaterally reimpose UN sanctions on his country will fail, noting that even US allies oppose the decision. | "America is approaching a certain defeat in its sanctions move … It faced defeat and negative response from the international community. We will never yield to US pressure and Iran will give a crushing response to America's bullying," the Iranian leader said on Sunday. The fact that Washington's European partners have reacted negatively to the unilateral move shows that "American pressure in the political and legal se…

RT (2020-09-20). US envoy says Russia must agree to arms control deal with no NATO scaleback, or else it's 'happy to modernize nukes without START'. rt.com The US has made Russia an offer it hopes she won't refuse: accept a new arms control deal including no limits on NATO weapons in Europe, or deal with a modernized American nuclear arsenal on its doorstep. | Following the US' unilateral withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty last year, the 2011 New START treaty remains the only arms control deal in force between Moscow and Washington. However, it's due to expire in February, and negotiations to replace it remain deadlocked. | Now the US says it wants to extend New START by less than five years, and only by a memorandum of intent, rat…

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

teleSUR (2020-09-20). Pompeo Declares UN Sanctions on Iran Are Back in Force. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Saturday announced unilaterally that United Nations (UN) sanctions against Iran are back in effect, as he promised to punish those countries who don't comply with them. | RELATED: | "The U.S. is prepared to impose consequences to those UN member states that fail to implement the sanctions," Pompeo said. | According to him, the measures "will be back into effect" as of Sunday, 20h00 pm Washington time.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-20). Sacred Defense proves Iran can overcome all difficulties. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 20 (MNA) — On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Iraq-Iran War, the Iranian Army issued a statement, saying that the Sacred Defense proved that the country can overcome problems and difficulties against the enemy.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-20). Diplomacy, resistance, two power wings of Islamic Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 20 (MNA) — Men of diplomacy and resistance are the two wings of power of the Islamic Republic of Iran since the glorious victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-20). US policies against JCPOA completely failed. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 20 (MNA) — Iran's Ambassador to the UK Hamid Baeidinejad said that the US is facing unprecedented isolation and its policies against the JCPOA have completely failed.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-20). US lost in its own web of deceit: Zarif. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 20 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the world said no to the US efforts to reinstate Security Council sanctions, adding taht Washington's government is lost in its own web of deceit.

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.

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). From Sacred Defense to sacred resistance. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 21 (MNA) — Today marks the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the war Imposed by the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein against Iran.

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). Iranian animation 'Crab' goes to Ottawa filmfest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 21 (MNA) — Iranian animation 'Crab', by Shiva Sadegh Amini, has been accepted into the 44th Ottawa International Animation Festival.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-20). Meeting on 'Saddam's Imposed War agaisnt Iran' held in Tokyo. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 20 (MNA) — A specialized online meeting on the 'Aggression of Saddam Regime's and Iranian People's Resistance' was held in the Japanese capital of Tokyo on Sunday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-20). Three new ambassadors submit credentials to Zarif. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 20 (MNA) — The new ambassadors of Iraq, Denmark, and Norway submitted copies of their credentials to the Iranian Foreign Minister on Sunday.

sputniknews (2020-09-20). Pompeo Slams European Countries For Failing to Support Reinstating UN Sanctions on Iran. sputniknews.com MOSCOW, September 20 (Sputnik) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday has slammed European countries for failing to support Washington's efforts to reinstate United Nations sanctions on Iran.

sputniknews (2020-09-20). Iran Could Have Nuclear Weapons by End of Year Through Cooperation With North Korea, Reports Claim. sputniknews.com On Saturday, the US Department of State announced it was bringing back all previously scrapped UN sanctions against Tehran, including the arms embargo and restrictions concerning the nuclear energy sector.

sputniknews (2020-09-20). France, Germany, Romania Plan Observation Flight Over Russia. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A joint mission of France, Germany, and Romania will carry out an observation flight over Russia this week under the Treaty on Open Skies, the head of Russia's National Nuclear Risk Reduction Centre, Sergei Ryzhkov, said.

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…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-09-20). 'A Farce': Trump Critics, European Allies Challenge Pompeo Claim About Snapback of UN Sanctions on Iran. commondreams.org "With a track record of failure on Iran, the Trump administration's spin machine appears to be going into overdrive heading into November."

MEE and agencies (2020-09-19). Iran's coronavirus death toll exceeds 24,000, says health ministry. middleeasteye.net Iran's coronavirus death toll exceeds 24,000, says health ministry | Health specialist says roughly half of all coronavirus patients being treated in Iran's intensive care units are dying | Sat, 09/19/2020 – 13: 11 | An Iranian woman stands next to a street bin urging people to follow anti-coronavirus health protocols in Tehran (AFP) | Iran's coronavirus death toll has topped 24,000, the h…

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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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.