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Iran accuses Israel of grand theft cloud

Iran Focus

London, 4 July - In a bizarre attempt to try to shift the blame for Iran’s ongoing drought, which has been exacerbated through decades of corruption and mismanagement by the mullahs, a high ranking military official has accused Israel of stealing Iran’s clouds and snow.

Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, the chief of Iran’s civil defence organization, made this ludicrous statement at an agricultural conference in Tehran.

He said: “Joint teams from Israel and one of the neighbouring countries make the clouds entering into Iran barren. Moreover, we are faced with the cases of cloud theft and snow theft.”

FREE IRAN 2018

Iran Focus

London, 2 July - The main opposition to the Iranian clerical rulers, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), held its annual gathering in Paris on Saturday 30th June. It was an overwhelmingly optimistic and positive event showing the progress that has been made in recent years. The majority of the speakers - elected representatives, former US administration officials, Members of European Parliament and dignitaries from all over the world – noted the positive move forward, especially in the past six months.

Iran Must Decide Whether to Heed France’s Advise

Iran Focus

London, 22 Jun - According to senior French sources, the European signatories of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have been primarily focused on “avoiding a military confrontation,” after the US exit from the pact.

Inside Iran, some “want and seek” this confrontation, they say, but Germany, Britain and France, in cooperation with Russia and China, want to avoid reaching the “point of no return.”

The sources also blame Tehran for failing to take advantage of the nuclear deal. Instead of normalizing its ties with regional countries, it forged an aggressive regional policy and developed its ballistic missile program.

John Bolton

Iran Focus

London, 2 July - Iran’s presence in the affairs of other nations across the United States is a priority of the United States. The United States national security adviser, John Bolton, said at the weekend that Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s grip on power is not a US strategic issue, but Iran is.

In an interview with Face the Nation by CBS, the national security adviser was asked about Russia’s involvement in the blanket bombing in the southern area of Syria and how it violates the agreement between Putin and Trump. Bolton said however that there are “possibilities for doing a larger negotiation on helping to get Iranian forces out of Syria and back into Iran”, which he described as being a “significant step forward”. He added that the use of force to get Iran out of Syria would need to be agreed with Russia.

Angela Merkel Calls for Solutions to Iran's 'Aggressive Tendencies’

Iran Focus

London, 21 Jun - After meeting Jordan’s King Abdullah in Amman on Thursday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said European countries shared concerns over Iran’s ballistic missile program and called for solutions to its “aggressive tendencies” in the Middle East. The German Chancellor said, “Iran’s aggressive tendencies must not only be discussed, but rather we need solutions urgently.”

She also announced 384 million euros ($445 million USD) of aid to Jordan this year.

Protests in Iran and the Role of the MEK Opposition

Iran Focus

London, 29 Jun - In a panel discussion on Friday, June 29, the last before the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s Free Iran rally in Paris, several more political figures spoke about the Iranian opposition’s and MEK’s role and the protests that have been sweeping across Iran since the end of last year.

Mitchell Reiss, Ambassador and former Director of U.S. State Department Policy, opened the panel discussion with great positivity, pointing out that momentum is starting to shift towards to Iranian Resistance and the Mojahedin organization (PMOI) or MEK. He thanked Mrs. Maryam Rajavi and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) for keeping faith in the cause and for bringing the realities of life in Iran to our attention.

Total CEO: No big oil company can work with Iran

Iran Focus

London, 21 Jun - The CEO of French energy giant Total said on Wednesday that no big oil company can risk doing business with Iran under reimposed US sanctions.

Although Total has yet to permanently pull out of Iran, where it planned to develop a section of the world's largest natural gas field, CEO Patrick Pouyanne was pessimistic about his company's future in the country. The company is prepared to abandon this project unless they can obtain a sanctions waiver, which doesn’t seem likely.

MEK Inspired Iranian Uprising

By Jubin Katiraie

Iranian Resistance group, the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), has long been painted by Iranian Mullahs as a fringe group with little support from the Iranian people, but the Iranian uprising proves that to be false.

In December 2017, protests broke out in Mashhad over a draft budget that slashed subsidies for the poor and put more funding into Iran’s suppressive forces and malign military campaigns. At any other time, the Mullahs’ government might have quelled this protest, but the MEK stepped in to spread the protests across 142 cities in all of Iran’s provinces.

US Ambassador calls on Germany to cut off Iran’s Mahan Air

Iran Focus

London, 21 Jun - The new US ambassador to Germany has requested that the German government block Iran’s Mahan Air from flying in German airspace and landing in Germany because the airline provides material support for terrorism.

In a meeting with a senior delegation from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) last week, Ambassador Richard Grenell said: “I have asked the German government to support our efforts to stop an airline called Mahan Air from utilizing German airspace and airports. We know that Mahan Air has been used by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps [IRGC] as a mode of transport for weapons, resources and fighters, so we’re asking our allies to help us put a stop to it.”

PMOI/MEK: The Main Threat for the Iranian Regime

By Jubin Katiraie

Over the past four decades, one of the cornerstones of regime’s strategy to remain in power has been to push the idea that there’s no other alternative for the Iranian people than the current regime itself, so the people have to get along with it anyway.

In line with the strategy, regime claimed that it had physically eliminated the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) as their only rival. But when the organization continued to exist and stabilize, the regime launched a propaganda campaign this time, claiming out of weakness that the MEK has no place among Iranian people and that people will choose the Iranian regime over the MEK anytime.

19 Million Dollar Scam in Tehran Sparks Protests

Iran Focus

London, 19 Jun - In the Gisha area, a builder pre-sold several housing units that were under construction to several people simultaneously. After issuing a tracking code, the builder fled with over 80 billion tomans (approximately 19 million USD). On Monday, June 18th, a group of the betrayed home buyers staged a protest against the million-dollar scam of the Gisha housing construction in Tehran, Iran.

Washington Lobbyist Harasses John Bolton for Past Iranian MEK Support

Iran Focus

London, 26 Jun - With regards to Iran and particularly the recent developments after the last December and January uprising in the country, and President Trump’s Iran-nuclear-deal exit, the US National Security Advisor John Bolton has certainly been an outspoken and steadfast personality supporting the current US-Iran foreign policy agenda.

For many years Iranian dissident supporters of the MEK (Mujahedeen-e Khalq of Iran) in Europe and United States have come to respect and count on Mr. Bolton for his support for freedom of Iran and the notion of a regime change in that country.

Iran's blocking of OPEC agreement still leaves options for Saudi Arabia

Iran Focus

London, 18 Jun - Many have been saying that Iran is putting Saudi Arabia in a position where it cannot act. However, this is not true. There are a number of possibilities still open to Saudi Arabia even if Iran does go ahead and block an increase in OPEC's oil production.

Iran is threatening to veto any proposal for more OPEC output and claims that it has the support of Venezuela and Iraq. Both Saudi Arabia and Russia are keen for output to be increased.

OPEC's representative from Iran - Hossein Kazempour Ardebili - said yesterday that if Russia and Saudi Arabia want the production to increase, it must have unanimity.

Merchants Protest Failing Economy Despite Suppressive Forces

Iran Focus

London, 26 Jun - The steep drop in the value of the rial led to massive protests in Tehran on Sunday and Monday. Protesters took to the streets, shutting down many shops in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, to bring attention to the country’s failing economy.

The value of the rial has plummeted over the past year, and it has been in a free fall since last week. A U.S. dollar was being offered for as much as 87,000 rials on Sunday, compared to 75,500 last Thursday.

Iran: IRGC creating more environmental disasters

Iran Focus

London, 14 Jun - There were hopes that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was going to ease up on its control over the Iranian economy. The country’s defence minister had said that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered the IRGC to diminish its economic activities.

However, its actions show that this is not the case at all. In fact, looking at its actions, it is safe to say that it is planning to increase its activities.

Proposal for Iran to Join Global Convention Against Money Laundering Stymied by its Leader

Iran Focus

London, 23 Jun - When considering major bills like the proposal to join the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crimes (UNTOC), the legislative body will take into account Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s “full directives”, according to the speaker of Iran’s parliament, Ali Larijani.

The Supreme Leader has voiced his disapproval of this bill. He called the bill “unacceptable” June 20, saying the UNTOC, a measure meant to fight money laundering and terrorism funding, had been “cooked up” by foreign powers, and that the parliament should shelve it.

Oberbank

Iran Focus

London, 14 Jun - An Austrian bank has become the latest company to withdraw from deals with Iran in light of strict US sanctions that are set to be imposed in November.

Oberbank, which signed a deal with Iran in September, announced on Wednesday that it would withdraw from Iran due to the increased risk for European companies.

Oberbank said on its website: "Oberbank has supported numerous clients and their Iran business in the past two years. The threat posed to European companies by U.S. secondary sanctions is forcing us to retreat."

Japan Asked to Stop Iran Oil Purchases

Iran Focus

London, 23 Jun - People with knowledge of the matter say that going beyond the reductions that were demanded when sanctions were imposed earlier this decade, the U.S. has now asked Japan to completely halt oil imports from Iran. But, during talks with Japanese counterparts in Tokyo earlier in the week, no decision was reached. Asking that not to be identified because the matter is confidential, they revealed that discussions will continue later.

After his decision to renew sanction against Iran, U.S. President Trump’s administration gave allies 180 days to reduce purchases from the OPEC producer.

Iranian banks to SWIFT

Iran Focus

London, 13 Jun - As the US takes measures to re-impose crippling sanctions on Iran, options to support the Iranian people’s strive for freedom and democracy are being revealed.

For instance, severing all access for Iranian banks to SWIFT, or the Society for the Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication has the potential to exert crippling economic and financial pressure Tehran that would affect the regime’s trade relations and import/export process.

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