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Major General Baqeri: Iran prepared to counter any threat

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TEHRAN – Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said in a meeting on Tuesday that the Iranian Armed Forces are fully prepared to deal with any threat against the country. He highlighted that the complicated and diverse missions the Iranian military forces have been involved in have made them fit for countering all threats, saying “noting that such readiness is developed with an eye to threats from outside the region”. The commander noted that plans for enhancing the combat readiness of the Armed Forces should be devised with regard to trans-regional threats. He also stressed the Islamic Republic’s leading role in saving the people of the region from “the yoke of arrogance”. Baqeri underlined how Iran has made great headways in the military industries in recent years, while a targeted Western campaign, led by the US, has tried to contain Tehran’s defense capabilities citing nuclear concerns. In a gathering of Army officers in October 2017, leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said that the adversaries are opposed to the enhancement of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s power in the region and beyond, because such power constitutes the “strategic depth of the Islamic Establishment”.

Iran prepared a strong response in case of US withdrawal from JCPOA

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Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, spokesman for the Iranian Administration Mohammad Baqer Nobakht declared that the Islamic Republic is poised to give “a strong and firm response” to a possible move by the US government to leave the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), stressing that the country has made various preparations for the possible withdrawal of the US from it. The remarks came as US President Donald Trump must decide whether to waive nuclear sanctions on Iran or effectively end the United States’ participation in the nuclear agreement. In October, Trump announced he would not certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement negotiated under the previous administration because it was “in violation of the spirit” of the accord. The Trump administration asked Congress then to come up with and pass a companion agreement that addresses those issues and to modify the legislation that gives lawmakers the authority to slap sanctions on Iran if it decides Tehran is in violation of the nuclear agreement, outlining “trigger points” instead that set off automatic sanctions. Last week, Rex Tillerson, US Secretary of State, said that Trump would be inclined to authorize another sanctions waiver if real progress was being made toward the changes he demanded in October.

Iran: major General Baqeri says that most cases of the deaths in the riots are suspicious

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Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Wednesday, Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri, chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, denounced US allegations against Iran over deaths in the recent riots, saying that the US are themselves a symbol of oppression of people, having a long record of barbarism and crimes against humanity, and have no right to accuse a nation whose officials are elected by the people. He stressed that in the riots over the past weeks, none of the security forces carried combat weapons to deal with the demonstrators. Major General Baqeri also warned of enemy plots to blame the government for the deaths in recent riots, most of which, he said, occurred in suspicious circumstances: most cases of the deaths in the riots are suspicious because those killed have been shot from behind and the shootings have taken place in unknown areas. Security forces say many rioters arrested in the recent unrest have been trained by the MKO terrorists or had links with the Takfiri terrorist groups.

Iran: triple Party Involved in Recent Unrest in Iran

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TEHRAN – On Tuesday, in a gathering of people of Qom held in Tehran, leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said that a tripartite plot was behind the recent violent unrest in some Iranian cities: the US and Israel as one side of the triangle that masterminded the plot and worked on it for months. On the second side of the tripartite plot stood a Persian Gulf wealthy state which financed the ploy, while the third party included lackeys of the terrorist Mojahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO) that had been prepared since months ago. Ayatollah Khamenei also pointed to two command bases the enemies had set up in the vicinity of Iran to coordinate and control the operation: one of the bases was tasked with handling the operation in the cyberspace, while the second one focused on directing the unrest. “The US is clearly pursuing the objective of overthrowing the Islamic Republic”, the Leader warned, saying unlike the previous US administrations, the current one has announced such a policy in an unabashed and overt manner. Imam Khamenei then praised the Iranian nation for protecting the country and standing against hostile plots like a “strong dam”, citing the massive rallies held across Iran in condemnation of the riots and acts of vandalism and desecration. The Leader finally called on Iranian officials and political activists to try to solve the problems, saying correction of deficiencies would thwart the foreign propaganda campaign and prevent the US from harming the country. He also stressed that a distinction should be made between legitimate demands of the people and acts of vandalism by a certain group.

Tehran: a cell linked to MKO terrorists disbanded in western Iran

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TEHRAN – Lorestan Province’s intelligence office announced that a cell linking with the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) was disbanded in the city of Boroujerd, in the western province of Lorestan on Friday morning. According to a statement, four members of the terrorist cell have been arrested, and one of them has been injured in clashes. The statement also added that the terrorist cell has been involved in many acts of sabotage in the province of Lorestan, particularly in Boroujerd, over the past days. According to commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, many rioters arrested in the recent unrest have been trained by the MKO terrorists. Last week, a number of peaceful protests over economic problems broke out in several Iranian cities, but the gatherings turned violent when groups of participants, some of them armed, vandalized public property and launched attacks on police stations and government buildings. According to media reports over a dozen people have been killed in the ensuing violence. Following the unrest, demonstrators from all walks of life held demonstrations in many cities across Iran, including several provincial capitals to condemn violent riots, acts of vandalism and desecration that happened during the recent civil protests in the country and voice support for the Islamic Republic’s Establishment.

Commander Highlights Iran’s Role in Regional, Global Equations

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TEHRAN – On Wednesday, during his speech at a cultural ceremony in Tehran, Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami stressed the Islamic Republic’s growing strength and influence, underlining how regional and global issues cannot be resolved without Iran’s presence. General Salami discussed about the recent defeat of the Daesh terrorist group and downfall of its self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq and Syria, stressing Iran’s role in the major achievement and highlighting that the US and Zionist regime and their regional allies created Daesh to divide Muslims and confine the extent of the Islamic Revolution’s influence. “However, what happened was the expansion of the Islamic Revolution’s influence”, as he said. The commander also emphasized that thanks to the grace of God the threats posed against Iran by the enemies have been turned into opportunities for the country. He stressed that today Iran’s presence is essential to resolve regional end global matters and showed how the country is becoming more powerful while enemies are getting weaker.

Iran deal proves diplomacy can replace war: Official

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In a speech on 72nd anniversary of the UN foundation in Tehran, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs, Abbas Araghchi, said that the United Nations has been turned into one of the cornerstone of international cooperation in recent decades, a silent platform for member states and other entities committed to spread peace and security. The deal JCPOA is a clear example of how diplomacy can replace the prospect of conflict and war. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is an international agreement on the nuclear program signed by Iran and by the world major powers in which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief. The recent drastic changes in the internal politics of the United States has put JCPOA under pressures, giving rise to voices seeking crisis and conflicts. The radical approach of the US on the global issues and the negation of collective diplomacy could be considered a serious threat for the whole world, for this reason the Iranian official underlined how the UN had to throw its power on JCPOA because its implementation should raise hope for a peaceful and understanding world. “The UN gives us the sense that we are not just states seeking our selfish goals, with no considerations of other opinions and needs and sufferings; It gives us the hope that we can and should try to make a better world through peaceful means, understanding and dialogue” Araqchi said. During the ceremony, the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister also expressed his special thanks to the UN Resident Coordinator in Iran, Gary Lewis, for his devotion and hard work in Iran, primarily on the development projects and humanitarian assistance.

Tehran cooperating with Moscow, Ankara on regional, global issues: Iran

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Iran maintains constant consultations with Russia and Turkey about all international and regional issues, spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.Tehran has continuous cooperation and consultation with Moscow and Ankara on the regional and international issues, including Syria, Bahram Qasemi told reporters during his weekly press briefing. The three countries, addressing issues, coordinate all efforts in due time, Qasemi said. Asked if Iran has any plan to dispatch inspectors to the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib where the Turkish government has declared the start of a military operation within the framework of the Astana agreement, the spokesman said the expert talks on the issue will be reviewed. Negotiations are underway to examine expert and military issues, Qasemi said.

JCPOA major step in non-proliferation of nuclear weapons

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Iran nuclear deal known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has been a major step in non–proliferation of nuclear weapons, Iranian official said. Tehran has continuous cooperation and consultation with Moscow and Ankara on the regional and international issues, including Syria, Bahram Qasemi told reporters during his weekly press briefing. The three countries, addressing issues, coordinate all efforts in due time, Qasemi said. sked if Iran has any plan to dispatch inspectors to the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib where the Turkish government has declared the start of a military operation within the framework of the Astana agreement, the spokesman said the expert talks on the issue will be reviewed. egotiations are underway to examine expert and military issues, Qasemi said.

Iran Categorically Dismisses “Unfounded” US Human Trafficking Allegations

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The Iranian foreign ministry categorically dismissed as “unfounded and unreal” the recent US human trafficking allegations against Tehran. “We believe the US government is trying to distract world public opinion from the responsibilities it shoulders under the relevant international treaties and conventions through such acts. That’s for the same reason that we consider the US move in preparing fake reports and leveling accusations against the independent countries doomed”, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Wednesday. Iran as a signatory to the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (the Palermo Convention) has so far undertaken extensive executive and legal measures in the field of fighting the evil phenomenon of human trafficking which have been verified by relevant international organizations and mentioned in UN Office on Countering Drugs and Crime, he said.

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