Daily Archives: January 4, 2021

2021-01-04: News Headlines

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). COVID-19 claims 55,650 lives across Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — The coronavirus has infected 6,073 people and claimed 110 lives in Iran in the past 24 hours, according to the Iranian Health Ministry.

M.K. Bhadrakumar (2021-01-04). Perfect storm gathers in Persian Gulf. peoplesdispatch.org On the first anniversary of the killing of the leader of Iran's elite Quds Force, Gen. Qasem Soleimani, in a targeted drone strike on January 3, 2020 that was approved by President Donald Trump, something was bound to happen. Tehran has regularly insisted that the killing has not yet been avenged. | And US officials have been especially nervous lately. The US flew strategic bombers over the Persian Gulf twice in December, in a show of force meant to deter Iran from attacking American or allied targets in the Middle East. | A senior US military official confirmed that the second flight last Wednesday by two Air Fo…

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran, Russia preparing meeting on coronavirus vaccines: envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Iran's Ambassador to Moscow Kazem Jalali said that Iran and Russia are preparing a personal meeting on cooperation in producing vaccines against the coronavirus.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Presser of Iran' Foreign Ministry spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — The Spokesperson of the Iranian ministry of foreign affairs Saeed Khatibzadeh held a press conference on Monday morning, where he answered questions on a wide range of topics.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran, Russia & Turkey cooperating to push US aside. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — A Zionist newspaper wrote in a report that Iran, Turkey, and Russia are cooperating with one another against the influence and presence of the US in the region.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran embassy in Japan to hold seminar on Gen. Soleimani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — On the occasion of the first martyrdom anniversary of Lt. Gen. Soleimani, the Cultural Counselor of the Iranian Embassy in Japan will hold a virtual seminar of "Introduction of the national hero of Iran, Gen. Qasem Soleimani".

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Martyrdom anniv. of martyrs of Resistance marked in Nigeria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Supporters of Nigerian Muslim Leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky marked 1st martyrdom anniversary of Iran's top commander Gen. Soleimani and Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Nigeria on Mon.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). IAEA confirms start of enriching uranium up to 20%: Envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Iran's permanent ambassador to the International Organizations in Vienna said that International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed the start of enriching uranium up to 20%.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran missile program must be 'on the table' for JCPOA talks. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Jake Sullivan, Biden's incoming national security adviser, says Iran's missile program should be on the table when talking about probable US's return to the nuclear deal.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Front pages of Iran's English-language dailies on Jan. 04. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Here are the front pages of Iran's English-language dailies on Monday, January 4.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). 'Resistance stronger after Soleimani assassination'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — The Iranian Judiciary chief says the assassination of top anti-terror commander, Lt. General Ghasem Soleimani, made the resistance movement stronger than ever.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran calls on Pakistan for increased anti-narcotics coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Head of Iran's Anti-Narcotics Police said further strengthening of cooperation between Tehran and Islamabad is on the agenda, while Iran emphasizes stronger actions of the Pakistani side to combat narcotics.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran produces 20% enriched uranium in 12 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said that the Islamic Republic has produced 20% enriched uranium in 12 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). US reacts to seizure of S. Korean tanker by Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — A spokesman for the US Department of Defense reacted to the seizure of a South Korean tanker by Iranian forces and noted that Pentagon is aware of this issue.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran not to negotiate on missile, defense capabilities. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Stating that Iran will not negotiate on missile and defense capabilities, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman said that the US should bear the responsibility for any adventurism in the region.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Gen. Soleimani flag-bearer of fight against terrorism: envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Brazil pointed to sacrifice and braveries of Iran's top commander martyr Lt. Gen. Soleimani and said that he stood firmly in the face of a global threat against international peace and security.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). EU reacts to increase of uranium enrichment level in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — The European Union (EU) has reacted to Iran's decision to increase its uranium enrichment level, which was recently reported to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). US seeks disintegration of regional countries. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Iran's IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said the disintegration of regional countries is the main purpose of the US.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran's measures reversible upon compliance by JCPOA members. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister said that Iran's measures are fully reversible upon full compliance by all JCPOA participants.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Police confiscate over 1 ton of narcotics in SE Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Police forces of the Sistan and Baluchestan province, southeastern Iran, have seized over one ton of illicit drugs in a single operation.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran starts 20% uranium enrichment at Fordow facility. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Iran has started the process of producing uranium with 20% enrichment at Fordow facility, said the government spokesman.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). IAEA to report to Board of Governors on Iran's 20% enrichment. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — A spokesman for IAEA said that Rafael Grossi is expected to present a report on Iran's 20 percent uranium enrichment to members of the Board of Governors.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran seizes S. Korean-flagged tanker in Persian Gulf. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Iran has seized a South Korean flagged tanker in the Persian Gulf on Monday.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Netanyahu reacts to resumption of 20% enrichment by Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — In his latest baseless claim, Zionists' Netanyahu said Iran's resumption of 20 percent uranium enrichment is aimed at developing nuclear weapons.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Seizure of S. Korean tanker technical issue. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — The spokesperson of the Iranian foreign ministry announced that the seizure of the South Korean tanker by Iran has only been based on technical issues.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Bushehr province exports near $2 billion in Q3. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — A total of 7.32 million tons of non-oil goods worth $1.9 billion were exported from the ports of southern Bushehr province during the third quarter of the current Iranian current year (Sept. 21 to Dec. 22).

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Tehran ready to negotiate with Riyadh. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Stating that Iran welcomes any attempt to bridge the gap among regional neighbors, the Iranian envoy to Kuwait expressed Iran's readiness to discuss any disputes and crises with Riyadh via peaceful and formal negotiations.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). S. Korea demands immediate release of tanker seized by Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — South Korea's Foreign Ministry said on Monday that a South Korean chemical tanker had been seized by Iranian authorities in the waters off Oman, and demanded its immediate release.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iranian 'Am I a Wolf?' joins 2021 Oscar Academy Awards list. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — The Iranian animation "Am I a Wolf? " directed by Amir Hoshang Moeen has managed to enter the final list of 2021 Oscar Academy Awards animated short films.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran's nuclear program fully transparent, verifiable. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna noted that Iran's nuclear program is fully transparent and verifiable.

_____ (2021-01-04). This Book Turns Everything You Thought You Knew About North Korea Upside Down. popularresistance.org In the United States today, North Korea is the standard reference point for modern-day totalitarianism: a land of darkness that is considered a dangerous security threat because of the development of nuclear missiles capable of striking the U.S. | A.B. Abrams' new book, Immovable Object: North Korea's 70 Years at War with American Power (Clarity Press, 2020), shows that the common perceptions in the U.S. of North Korea are mostly wrong. | Though the Kim dynasty has ruled through autocratic methods, it has also adopted rational and at times intelligent policies, which have enabled North Korea to weather unpreceden…

Online News Editor (2021-01-04). Iran seizes South Korean-flagged oil tanker in Gulf. laprensalatina.com Tehran, Jan 4 (efe-epa).- The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Maritime Force seized a South Korean-flagged oil tanker in the Persian Gulf on Monday. The seizure comes amid tensions between Iran and South Korea surrounding $7 billion worth of Iranian funds that are blocked in a South Korean account because of United States sanctions relating to Tehran's …

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-03). Iran registers 5,960 new COVID-19 cases, 102 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 03( MNA) — Iran's Health Ministry registered 5,960 new coronavirus cases and 102 fatalities on Sunday, the ministry's spokeswoman said.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-03). VIDEO: Miankaleh wildlife sanctuary in northern Iran. en.mehrnews.com `Tehran, Jan. 03 (MNA) — Every winter, the Miankaleh wildlife sanctuary in northern Mazandaran province hosts a variety of immigrant birds and wild animals due to its suitable weather condition and vegetation.

teleSUR, CE (2021-01-03). Iran's General Soleimani Honored on Anniversary of Martyrdom. telesurenglish.net Thousands marched to Baghdad's Tahrir Square early Sunday to commemorate the first martyrdom anniversary of the late Commander of IRGC Quds Force Lt. Gen. Qasem Soleimani and Deputy Head of the Popular Mobilization Units Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis. | RELATED: | The United States assassinated Soleimani and Al-Muhandis in addition to their companions, at dawn on Friday, January 3, 2020, with an airstrike targeting their convoy ne…

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-03). 2 terrorist bombers, an armed criminal executed in S Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 03 (MNA) — Two terrorist bombers and an armed criminal were executed in Sistan and Baluchestan on Sunday morning.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-03). Iran, Pakistan to discuss anti-narcotics cooperation. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 03 (MNA) — Iranian and Pakistani anti-narcotics police chiefs will discuss ways of boosting cooperation in a bid to counter the traffic of illegal drugs.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-03). Martyrdom anniv. of Gen. Soleimani, al-Muhandis held in Syria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 03 (MNA) — Participated by some Iranian, Syrian, and Palestinian officials, the first anniversary of the martyrdom of General Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis was held in the holy shrine of Hazrat Zainab (S.A), Damascus.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-03). Iran hard revenge definite: MP. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 03 (MNA) — Stressing that Iran is determined to take revenge on the perpetrators of the assassination of Martyr General Soleimani, an Iranian lawmaker stressed that the US must be dealt with harshly, not on the negotiation table.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-03). 'Pars 1' satellite handed over to ISA: Official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 03 (MNA) — "Pars 1" satellite was handed over to the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) after successful completion of all relevant tests on Saturday.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-03). Gen. Soleimani represented Iran's commitment to war on terror. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 03 (MNA) — A member of the Afghan parliament says figures like Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani represented Iran's efforts and commitment to fight against terrorism.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-03). Sources reveal info. about UAE's secret contacts with Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 03 (MNA) — Diplomatic sources from Cairo have revealed some information about the UAE's secret contacts with Iran over the assassination of Iranian top scientist Martyr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-03). Exports via Hormozgan prov. ports top $7bn in 9 months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 03 (MNA) — Iran exported a total of 24 million tons of commodities worth $7 billion via southern Hormozgan province during the nine months of the current Iranian year (March 20, 2020 to December. 20).

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-03). Zionist minister reacts to Zarif's tweet on Israeli plots. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — The Israeli regime's so-called Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz has reacted to recent remarks by the Iranian foreign minister about Tel Aviv's plots in Iraq.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-03). Baghdad rally on 1st anniversary of General's assassination. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 03( MNA) — Hundreds of thousands of people held a massive rally in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Sunday, on the first anniversary of the assassination of the Iranian and Iraqi anti-terror commanders.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-03). Leader's note on Gen. Soleimani's autobiography released. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 03 (MNA) — Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has penned a note on the newly-published autobiography book of the martyred Iranian commander Lt. General Ghasem Soleimani.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-03). Iran to determine time, place of revenge for Soleimani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 03 (MNA) — IRGC Spokesman General Ramezan Sharif said it is Iran who will determine the time and place of revenge for Lt. Gen. Soleimani.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-03). Sultan of Oman seeking to resolve Arab states, Iran disputes. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 03 (MNA) — Arab sources reported that reconciliation of Qatar and the four Arab countries as well as resolving the dispute of Arab countries with Iran is a priority for the future policies of the Sultan of Oman, Haitham bin Tariq.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-03). Tehran says US expulsion from region becoming 'closer'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 03 (MNA) — Iranian senior diplomat said that the reality of the region shows that the process of expelling the US is accelerating day by day and the status of the Americans among the peoples of the world has never been such bad before.

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