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US imposes new round of sanctions on network involved in Iran’s drone production​


Story by Bradford Betz •
The United States on Tuesday imposed a new round of sanctions against 10 entities and four individuals for their involvement in procuring materials for the production of drones in Iran.

The sanctions target a network spanning Iran, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Indonesia led by Hossein Hatefi Ardakani, according to the U.S. State and Treasury Department. Ardakani and Gary Lam, who worked for a Chinese company, and their co-conspirators were named as defendants in a Justice Department press release.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/worl...volved-in-iran-s-drone-production/ar-AA1lKXnA

 
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Iranian FM stresses country's sovereignty over trio islands​


TEHRAN, Dec. 22 (MNA) – In a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, Iran's foreign minister says that Tehran strongly rejects any claim by any party regarding its trio islands.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks reacting to the 6th Russian-Arab Cooperation Forum statement held on Wednesday in Morroco, regarding Iran’s trio islands.

In a phone call on Friday, the Iranian and Russian foreign ministers discussed several regional and international issues, as well as the bilateral relations between Tehran and Moscow.

https://en.mehrnews.com/news/209835/Iranian-FM-stresses-country-s-sovereignty-over-trio-islands
 

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Why Iran Sent the Houthis to War Against Israel​


by Arman Mahmoudian



Following the downing of numerous Houthi drones over the Red Sea by the U.S. and allied navies, the U.S. Department of Defense’s announcement of Operation Prosperity Guardian, the forthcoming international initiative aimed at safeguarding maritime commerce in the Red Sea, has heightened interest in how Yemeni militias are supporting Hamas.
Since the onset of the conflict between Israel and Hamas, the Iran-supported Yemeni Houthis have taken an extraordinary step in siding with Hamas militants. They have engaged in missile strikes, maritime hijackings, and drone launches. Despite the majority of these efforts failing and none of the attacks reaching Israeli soil, it raises a pertinent question: why, among all of Iran’s Shia allies, are the Houthis seemingly acting with such aggression? This question might draw attention, especially since a significant number of Houthi attacks have been unsuccessful. This reality leads us to the first of many assumptions about why Iran is playing the Houthi card.

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/why-iran-sent-houthis-war-against-israel-208082
 

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Iran, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad: A marriage of convenience​


Iran may not be directly behind the 7 October attacks on Israel, but Tehran has long worked to strengthen groups such as Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The broader dynamics within the Middle East have, in turn, limited these groups’ choices, prompting them to turn towards Iran for support.

 

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President Raeisi congratulates Egypt’s Sisi on reelection in first call in many years​

Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi has congratulated his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on securing a third term in office as leader of the Arab world’s most populous nation, hoping for the resolution of existing issues between Tehran and Cairo and the restoration of diplomatic ties.

In the first telephone conversation between the two heads of state in more than four decades, Raeisi warmly felicitated the 69-year-old Egyptian politician on his reelection.

They discussed developments in the Gaza Strip in light of the relentless Israeli strikes, which have killed more than 20,050 people, most of them women and children, and wounded another 53,320 individuals, and underlined the significance of unity among Muslim countries.

The two presidents also agreed to take tangible steps for the final resolution of issues between Iran and Egypt, and the re-establishment of diplomatic relations.
 

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Iran summons Russia diplomat over joint statement​


TEHRAN, Dec. 23 (MNA) – The Iranian foreign ministry summoned the Russian Chargé d'affaires in Tehran to lodge a protest against the recent joint statement issued at the 6th Russian-Arab Cooperation Forum

The Russian Chargé d'affaires in Tehran, in the absence of the neighboring country's ambassador, was summoned on Saturday evening by the Assistant Director General of the Persian Gulf Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran, and the Islamic Republic of Iran's government strongly protested the repeated support of the Russian government to the baseless claims contained in the statement of 6th Russian-Arab Cooperation Forum held recently in Morocco. A letter of protest was submitted to the Russian side, the foreign ministry of Iran said.

Earlier on Thursday in a statement, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan'ani rejected and condemned the inclusion of some baseless claims in the 6th Russian-Arab Cooperation Forum statement regarding Iran’s trio islands Abu Musa, Greater Tunb, and Lesser Tunb in the Persian Gulf.

 

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Iran hosts 7th summit of Ancient Civilisations Forum

The Ancient Civilizations Forum (ACF) was jointly established by China, Bolivia, Egypt, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Italy, and Peru in 2017 (Armenia and Mexico later became members also).

The 7th summit of the ACF took place in Tehran on 21 December 2023.

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Iran rejects US claims it is ‘deeply involved’ in Houthi attacks in Red Sea​

Tehran responds to US allegations it is providing the Yemeni rebel group with weapons and tactical intelligence.
Tehran has denied claims by the United States that it is “deeply involved” in attacks by Houthi rebels on commercial ships in the Red Sea, amid reports of another Israel-affiliated merchant vessel being struck.


Iran’s deputy foreign minister on Saturday dismissed the accusations, saying the Houthis were acting on their own.
 

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Senior IRGC Commander, Seyed Mousavi, martyred by Zionist airstrikes in Damascus





This was a clear and targeted assassination by the Zionist regime. They know the IRI never responds directly, so they have free reign to kill Iranians in Syria (and Iran, for that matter), no matter how senior or how many in number.
 
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Iran Threatens to Take Red Sea Disruption to New Waters

Targeting shipping has been disturbingly successful.

So risky has the Red Sea become since Houthi militants started their attacks on shipping that, since late November, over 350 container ships—plus all manner of tankers, bulk carriers, car carriers, and other merchant vessels—have diverted to other routes. That means massive logistical challenges that involve not just new charts and more fuel but getting crews and cargo to alternative staging posts. Because shipping is extraordinarily efficient, most won’t notice a thing. But if the attacks on shipping continue, we’ll start paying for the service. And we would do well to anticipate Houthi-like campaigns in other waters.

 

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The difference between Lavrov's statements in Russian and Iranian media!

According to "Tabnak" report, quoted by Khorasan newspaper, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of our country immediately and in response to this Russian insolence emphasized that the Islamic Republic of Iran did not consider the issue of its territorial integrity and sovereignty over the three islands to be negotiable and any claim from any side In this regard, it considers it rejected and will not deviate from its sovereignty and territorial rights in any way and will not have the slightest doubt in maintaining its territorial integrity. A little later, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of our country announced the telephone conversation of Hossein Amirabdollahian, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of our country, with his Russian counterpart.
The report presented by the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the meeting shows that the parties discussed issues such as the process of negotiations between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia, the signing of a free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union, and the construction of the Rasht-Astara railway. The important point of the matter is that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of our country has claimed that the Russian side has withdrawn from its brazen position in Morocco and emphasized on the territorial integrity of Iran. In this regard, it is clearly stated: "Sergei Lavrov stated once again: Russia sincerely and honestly and unconditionally respects the territorial integrity of Iran, and this is Moscow's unchangeable position."
This is despite the fact that in the news that the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry has published in English about the conversation between the two foreign ministers, there is no mention of the mentioned sentence, either directly or implicitly, and not even one There is no text about the territorial integrity of Iran and this sentence is only found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran.
The official page of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website states: "On December 26, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had a telephone conversation with Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian." This call was initiated by the Iranian side. The ministers emphasized their shared desire to further strengthen bilateral trade and economic cooperation, partly in line with the EAEU-Iran trade liberalization agreement signed in St. Petersburg on December 25. They discussed bilateral, regional and international issues of common interest, which will help develop contacts at various levels."
Turkey's "trt" site has also published more details, but there is no indication that Lavrov mentioned Iran's territorial integrity in this conversation.


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Iran’s Economic War On The West​

Iran’s threat to close the Mediterranean Sea to shipping is a declaration of economic war on the west. It’s something that investors should take seriously as much of the world’s trade relies on shipping routes through that territory.

Just before the Christmas holiday a representative of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps threatened to close the strait of Gibraltar, according to a report from Reuters news agency. Gibraltar is currently a U.K. possession which not only protects that territory but also protects allied vessels transiting the narrow strait with UK Royal Navy warships.
 

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