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Iran Focus

London, 28 Mar - At the AIPAC conference in Washington on Monday, United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley was warmly received by the audience. She spoke about Iran and its negative influence in the Middle East and the dangerous consequences of the nuclear deal signed in 2015.

Haley, on several occasions, criticised the Obama administration’s treatment and enforcement of the nuclear deal, saying: “When the Iran deal took place, all it did was empower Iran and it empowered Russia.”

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London, 28 Mar - Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, spoke about Iran yesterday at the 2017 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington. His rhetoric was tough and firm and he said that the Islamic Republic poses a great danger to the national security of the United States.

He called for non-nuclear sanctions to be imposed on Iran’s ruling regime and advised that the country’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) should be designated as a foreign terrorist organisation.

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London, 15 Mar - The Turkish Ambassador to Iran warned that the Regime’s smear campaigns against Turkey were harmful to diplomatic relations.

Riza Hakan Tekin told Anadolu News Agency that tourism allows people to experience the culture of another country and encourages diplomatic relations but that Iran endangered this when their Foreign Ministry warned Iranians against visiting Turkey during the upcoming Nowruz (Iranian New Year) holiday.

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London, 26 Mar - President of the United States Donald Trump earlier this week issued a warm greeting to the people of Iran on the occasion of the Persian New year – Nowruz.

He said: “To the Iranian people and all those around the world celebrating Nowruz: On behalf of the American people, I wish you freedom, dignity, and wealth.”

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London, 15 Mar - The Iranian Regime is still trying to showcase its military power in an attempt to threaten countries like the US into kowtowing to their demands, but they certainly chose a strange way to do it.

Their new Karrar tank is decades behind the tanks of today; Kyle Mizokami actually called the Karrar tank “meh” in an article on Popular Mechanics.

However, this tank reveal could just be a hoax intended to get Iran a better deal on Russian armour. When a deal to buy several hundred T-90MS battle tanks from Russia fell through, Iran vowed to build their own.

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London, 26 Mar - On Thursday, senators in the United States announced a bipartisan bill that is set to impose sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran regarding its ballistic missile testing. It will also address Iran’s support for its Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) which may possibly be designated as a terrorist organisation.

This news came from top Democrats and Republicans who are part of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The Iranian Supreme Leader’s warnings about sanctions putting the 2015 nuclear deal in danger are being ignored.

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London, 15 Mar - The Iranian people held Fire Festival Ceremonies across various cities, on March 14, in which they burnt pictures of the Supreme Leader, ridiculed politicians, and chanted anti-Regime slogans.

The militant security forces attempted to stop people from holding a political protest during the festival but they were held off by protesters. The Regime effectively turned a celebration into a battlefield.

Mostafa, a taxi driver in Isfahan said: “Despite the authorities' efforts to stop this festival by scaring the people of [the risk of] fire to the buildings and themselves, nobody is listening and people are by all means ignoring mullahs' measures to stop the festivities.”

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London, 14 Mar - The Iranian nuclear deal and uncertainty surrounding whether it will remain in place in causing divisions amongst the Iranian Regime ahead of the May Presidential Elections.

Heshmat Alavi, a political and human rights activist, wrote an op-ed on the divide for The Diplomat, in which he reminded us that while most governments deal with divides via debate and discussion, the Iranian Regime is not most governments.

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London, 22 Mar - At the celebration of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, held at Tirana, Albania. The guests included PMOI (MEK) members and friends from Albania, France and United States.

Maryam Rajavi addressed the gathering:

Congratulations on Nowruz, the blossoming of spring and the beginning of the year 1396!

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London, 14 Mar - On Thursday, March 9, thousands of teachers took to the streets across 22 cities in Iran to protest their economic deprivation and the imprisonment of their fellow educators.

They held sit-ins in front of their local branches of the Ministry of Education, calling for their demands to be met.

They chanted slogans against the policies of suppression, repression and plundering which are carried out by the current Regime, and held signs the read: 'Detained Teachers Must be Freed’, ‘NO to Prison', 'Teachers’ future must be secured'.

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London, 20 Mar - The family of a British woman jailed in Iran have implored the UK Government to do more to help and support her.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a London-based charity worker, was arrested last April when returning from a family holiday to celebrate the Iranian New Year with her daughter and parents.

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London, 14 Mar - A dissident Iranian cleric, who has been likened to Nelson Mandela, has completed his prison sentence but there are doubts that the Iranian Regime will ever release him.

Ayatollah Seyed Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi was imprisoned for his opposition to a political Islam, his support of freedom of religion, and his condemnation of profiting from religious activities, which was a direct contradiction to that of the ruling mullahs.

He also set up many charities to help the poor and those affected by natural disasters.

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London, 19 Mar - A current senior official at the State Department, Chris Backemeyer, who serves as deputy assistant secretary for Iranian affairs under Secretary Rex Tillerson, was intimately involved in convincing public and private agencies of the Iran deal’s merits. Allegedly, he was a key component of the operation to sell the Iran nuclear deal to the American people.

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London, 13 Mar - The health of a British aid worker, detained in Iran on spurious national security charges, has gone downhill so fast that she lost a significant amount of weight, is suffering from hair loss and is practically unable to walk.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 38, a British-Iranian citizen, was arrested when she was trying to return to Britain with her daughter Gabriella after visiting family in Iran last April.

She was held for five months without charges before being tried for attempting to overthrow the Iranian Regime and sentenced to five years in Evin prison.

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London, 15 Mar - Donald Trump welcomed the Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the White House earlier this week, in what has been called a “historic turning point”.

A senior adviser to the Crown Prince gave a statement after the meeting, in which he noted that this marked a shift in relations compared with the relationship under President Obama.

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London, 13 Mar - Iran has developed a jamming device that can severe the electronic tie between the drone and its pilot, which could be used to counter US intelligence efforts.

This could be significant in the fight against the Iranian Regime as drones provide a healthy amount of intelligence in the region.

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