Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Iran Focus

London, 26 July - A state-run newspaper in Iran with close ties to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has quoted a warning from the spokesman for the Yemeni Houthi rebels stating that Western companies should leave Riyadh, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi because "missiles are on their way."

The Kayhan wrote on July 25, under the frontpage headline "Missiles On Their Way, Evacuate Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh", that this spokesman warned Western companies not to invest in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

These are two countries who are supporting the legitimate Yemeni government in their quest to take back control of the country from the Iran-backed Houthi rebels; a conflict that has been raging since 2014.

Donald Trump

Iran Focus

London, 25 July - It appears that Donald Trump has decided that he must get tough on Iran on Twitter, as well as through traditional diplomatic measures, in the same way that he did with North Korea.

Following a threat by Iranian president Hassan Rouhani about the US heading for “the mother of all wars” with Iran, Trump hit back with an all-caps warning about the consequences that Iran would likely suffer if they continued to push the US.

Iran: internal crisis becoming increasingly evident

Iran Focus

London, 15 July - Internal disputes among officials in Iran are becoming more and more publicised. Previously, Iran’s state media omitted to report honestly about the goings-on and disputes among officials and the different factions, but it is becoming more challenging to hide.

Mahmoud Sadeghi is a very outspoken official. He is a representative to Iran’s parliament and he recently accused his colleagues of succumbing to bribes to that a parliamentary motion should be shelved.

The motion in question is regarding legal violations that take place at Tehran’s municipality.

Iran does not have the leverage it thinks it has

Iran Focus

London, 24 July - Relations between the United States and Iran heated up over the weekend. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that war with Iran would be “the mother of all wars”. He said: “America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars.”

U.S. President Donald Trump warned Iran that he will not allow such threats to be made. His anger was evident in his message on social media that he posted in block capitals. His message on Twitter read: “To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!”

Andrew Peek

Iran Focus

London, 13 July - US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Andrew Peek said in an interview during his visit to Bahrain as part of his regional tour, that Washington is committed to halting Iran’s regional aggression.

The US is working with its Gulf allies to bring Iran to the negotiating table, stop it from supporting military proxies, terrorism, and proliferation of missiles, according to Peek.

He said, “The discussion in particular highlighted the ways in which Iran attempts to destabilize and provoke conflict in Bahrain through proxies that have their headquarters abroad, other key personnel abroad, and that work to cause cleavages in Bahraini society.”

Iran threatens to close the Strait of Hormuz, but will they follow through?

Iran Focus

London, 23 July - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani recently threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf and cut off a large section of the world’s oil supply in retaliation for sanctions levied against them by the US.

Rouhani, often wrongly described as a moderate by the US, was praised for these comments by General Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, who is under sanctions from the US, the EU, and the UN.

Soleimani said: “I kiss your hands for these wise statements, and I am at your service to implement any policy that serves the Islamic Republic.”

Iran’s Plans to Evade US Sanctions Won’t Work

Iran Focus

London, 12 July - Iran recently announced that they planned to circumvent US sanctions on Iranian oil by offering their crude oil to buyers through the national stock exchange.

Eshaq Jahangiri, Iran’s first vice-president said: "We have friendly countries to which we sell our oil, and we’ve started negotiations with them. The private sector can openly buy oil and export it."

However, this plan has its own limitations according to Senior Fellow at the OCP Policy Francis Perrin, who explained that this is not an efficient and effective way to evade sanctions on Iranian oil and that this would not become a significant method of trade as the US would still impose sanctions on it, no matter how the purchaser came across it.

Sanctions on Iran Broadcasting

Iran Focus

London, 22 July - In 2012 as part of the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act, the state-run Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), sanctions were imposed that designated IRIB for perpetrating serious human rights abuses and enforced secondary sanctions against any company connected to it. During negotiations for the 2015 nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), those sanctions were waived. This week, President Trump must decide whether the State Department will continue waiving the sanctions.

Iran: Will the outcome of Trump-Putin meeting suit Iran?

Iran Focus

London, 12 July - US President Donald Trump will be meeting his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on 16th July. The purpose of the visit is to soothe the tense relations between the two countries and it is a much anticipated meeting between the two leaders.

The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, has spoken about his interest in the outcome of the meeting and has said that he is anticipating the “deal of the century”.


Iran Focus

London, 19 July - Iranian teachers have launched a protest movement over their low salaries, which has gained momentum in recent days, according to social media reports.

The campaign, which has the slogan “No! to Payslips and Salaries”, was launched by several teachers’ rights activists following an announcement by the Ministry of Education that they would be increasing teachers’ salaries six to ten per cent for the 2018-19 school year, according to local news website Khabar Online.

US looking for other countries to fill gap in oil caused by Iran sanctions

Iran Focus

London, 10 July - The US is looking to halt all of Iran’s crude oil exports from November and in relying on Saudi Arabia and other oil-producing countries to fill the gap.

They are hoping that by cutting off Iran’s oil exports, they can further destabilise the Iranian economy enough to bring it back to the table for a new nuclear deal or enough that the people can make a major change.


Iran Focus

London, 18 July - The re-imposition of sanctions by the US, following President Trump’s exit from the Iran nuclear deal, will likely make it impossible to purchase any form of Iran insurance using a Lloyd’s of London platform. This will only worsen struggles for European insurers that have been providing Iranian coverage.

In May, President Trump announced that the US would be leaving the Iran nuclear deal. The other members of the P5+1 world powers that originally joined the United States in the Iran accord chose to keep their promise. They have also offered Iran the economic support to help the country to overcome the loss of income that will follow the sanctions that the United States reinstates.

The EIB – the EU’s not-for-profit long-term investment arm

Iran Focus

London, 5 July - EU lawmakers approved on Wednesday plans for the European Investment Bank (EIB) to do business in Iran, despite attempts by some politicians to block the approval, which further enshrines Europe’s attempts to keep the 2015 nuclear deal alive, following US withdrawal in May.

The EIB – the EU’s not-for-profit long-term investment arm – is key to the bloc’s attempts to maintain trading links with Iran despite US sanctions. This decision does not oblige the EIB to work with Iran, but it is expected that the EIB will work with Iran from August.

Iranian students

Iran Focus

London, 18 July - The recent crackdown on Iranian students has been heavily criticised by university professors and others who are calling on President Hassan Rouhani, who they believe is responsible for the pressure, to take action.

More than 100 university professors have signed an open letter to Rouhani criticizing the arrests and pointing out that it seems like the government is "trying to silence dissenting voices in the universities".

The letter read: "It seems that most of the detainees are individuals involved in legal activities, and perhaps some had criticized your government's work on campuses. We want you to act upon your promises to defend the rights of the people, support a [safe] space for students for criticism, and protect [them].”

Money laundering monitor gives Iran one final chance to avoid blacklist

Iran Focus

London, 5 July - International money laundering monitoring agency, the Financial Action Task Force, has avoided a decision to return Iran to its blacklist for failing to take enough action to combat money laundering.

FAFT said: “Iran’s action plan has expired with a majority of the action items remaining incomplete.”

Iran’s continued reluctance to deal with financial crimes undermines the future of the 2015 nuclear deal, between Iran and five world powers.

Iran's Surface Level Jamming of Foreign Satellite TVs Harmful to Health

Iran Focus

London, 16 July - Since 2003, Persian-speaking satellite channels have been periodically subjected to jamming in Iran. Despite warnings about the health risks of exposure to jamming signals from the Health Ministry, and Shiraz's representatives to the Iranian parliament, the Information and Ccommunications Technology Minister says that equipment for monitoring “jamming signals” has been installed in the city of Shiraz and several other cities across the country.

A jamming technique that sends counter beams to the satellite cannot target just one or two specific programs. Instead, it blocks many adjacent satellite channels, leading to international backlash.


Iran Focus

London, 5 July - Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) gave the keynote speech at today’s Free Iran convention in Paris.

Mrs. Rajavi’s arrival was greeted by thunderous applause, and she walked the length of the arena to greet members of the Iranian opposition before beginning her speech, in which she spoke of the future of the resistance movement and its inevitable success.

Iranian Government Seems Ready to Implode

Iran Focus

London, 15 July - Beginning last December, widespread protests began in Iran, that have now reached unprecedented levels due to dire economic and living circumstances. Today, the Iranian government appears to be ready to implode at any time, unless it handles the current issues with transparency.

The Iranian system under new American and international economic sanctions does not seem to be sustainable.

Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Iran Focus

London, 4 July - Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper joined the Canadian delegation on the stage at the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI) Free Iran rally in Paris on Saturday, June 30, 2018. Prime Minister Harper spoke on behalf of the Canadian delegation to the members of the Iranian resistance, including many members of the MEK.

Harper’s speech was focused on how Canada has opposed, amd will continue to oppose, the Iranian regime and its history of human rights atrocities and terrorist actions.


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