Former CIA Chief and Trump’s Secretary of State nominee, Mike Pompeo, has confessed to twelve years of making up lies by the US about Iran’s nuclear activities at his confirmation hearing, saying: “Iran wasn’t racing to a weapon before the deal. There is no indication that I’m aware of that if the deal no longer existed that they would immediately turn to racing to create a nuclear weapon today.”
Seyed Hossein Mousavian is the former Deputy Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council and an Iranian scholar who served on Iran's nuclear diplomacy team in negotiations with the EU and International Atomic Energy Agency. He is currently a visiting research scholar at Princeton University. He has recently spoken at the International Meeting on Nuclear Power (Fissile Material) in South Korea’s Parliament. The full text can be read below.
The parade of the IR of Iran special armed forces units on Iran Army Day has taken place on 18 April in the presence of President Rouhani. This was attended by senior commanders of the armed forces, including the General Staff of the Armed Forces, the Army, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the Police Force, the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Support, and the Basij Resistance Force.
On 15 April 2018, Thomas Friedman wrote in the nytimes.com: “SYRIA-ISRAEL BORDER, Golan Heights — Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Syria is going to explode. I know, you have heard that one before, but this time I mean really explode. Because the U.S., British and French attack on Syria to punish its regime for its vile use of chemical weapons — and Russia’s vow to respond — is actually just the second-most dangerous confrontation unfolding in that country.
Prior to the meeting of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said: “Safeguarding the JCPOA is vital for Europe and EU foreign ministers will once again emphasize their commitment to the full implementation of the nuclear agreement with Iran today.”
In a response to the closing statement issued by the Arab Summit, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Bahram Ghassemi, stressed on the Islamic Republic of Iran's permanent policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries, and said: “Iran expects regional countries to maintain mutual respect and non-interference in each other's affairs and stop beating the drum of alleged claims and accusations, in order to place realism, interaction, reflection, logic, dialogue, goodwill, and foresight on their priority list of policies for confidence-building, stability, and a halt to creating unnecessary concerns.”
AP in Washington writes the future of the landmark Iran nuclear deal hangs in the balance and its survival may depend on the unlikely success of last-minute European interventions with President Donald Trump.
Seyed Hossein Mousavian wrote in Al-Monitor on 13 April 2018: “President Donald Trump’s tapping of Mike Pompeo and John Bolton for secretary of state and national security adviser, respectively, should do away with any pretense that the US administration wishes to “fix” the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). While Trump has long telegraphed his desire to undo the nuclear deal, Pompeo and especially Bolton have long advocated regime-change policies toward Iran, including war. As the May 12 deadline for Trump to renew sanctions waivers under the JCPOA approaches, five scenarios exist for how Trump’s “fix it or nix it” saga on the accord will play out.
“Arabia’s current rulers, alongside the Zionist regime, have transformed themselves into symbols of aggression and crime in the Middle East. They are adding to the instability and crisis here with their increasing interventions in the affairs of other countries.”
Recent news indicate that the US and its allies are preparing for a military strike against Syria under the pretext that Bashar Al Asad forces have used chemical weapons and toxic gas earlier this week. Warships and aircraft carriers just deployed to the area are also witness to this. Russia has warned against any strikes on Syria and reportedly placed its forces on high alert. Israeli forces carried out a strike on a military airbase in Syria two days ago, during which seven Iranian militaries were martyred. Is the region moving towards a big war?
The bodies of seven Iranian military advisors martyred in an Israeli attack on an air base near Palmyra have been flown back to Tehran. Persia Digest reports that Israel fired eight missiles in the early hours of Monday morning, 9 April 2018, targeting the military airport of T4, in Homs, Syria, killing and wounding a number of people. Seven Iranian advisors were killed in the strike.
The young 10-year old Iranian boy, Hossein Atayi Sangrudi from Karaj has already 16 inventions in his portfolio. Six of these are in the process of being registered. His inventions include the VTOL three-modality drones, gunboats, office furniture, miniature sprayer, multipurpose control for smart TVs, and so on.
In an interview with Persia Digest, Adib-Moghaddam said: It is imperative that Iran gets even closer to the EU, not least to keep the communication with Washington going, and to minimize misperceptions.
The German Schiller Group Concert is taking place in Tehran for the first time.
Christopher von Deylen, will be traveling to Tehran with his Group for the first time in mid-December to stage a concert at the Hall of the Ministry of the Interior over two nights on 11-12 December, at 21h30.
Professor of arts and media studies at Université Paris III, Fahimeh Najmi, has released her book entitled “Le Théâtre, L'Iran et L'Occident” [The Theater, Iran, and the Occident] in Paris on 11 April 2018.
Seventy-eight years ago, on 24 April, the first radio transmitter in Iran began broadcasting from the old Shemiran road studios in Tehran. Exactly on 24 April, 1940, a radio service started which presented programs such as news, Iranian music, cultural and artistic subjects, history and geography for eight hours a day. The service was only for Tehran, and for this reason became known as “Radio Tehran”.
With tensions between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia at the brink, a rare dialogue recently took place between two former senior Saudi and Iranian officials. Hosted by the Center for Strategic Studies at the Joint Special Operations University in Tampa, Florida, former Saudi Ambassador to the United States and Director General of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence agency Prince Turki al Faisal debated Hossein Mousavian, a former spokesman for Iran’s nuclear negotiators and chairman of the foreign policy committee of Iran’s National Security Council. The lively discussion touched on each country’s view of its security environment and the broader issues affecting the Iran-Saudi relationship. LobeLog has obtained the full transcript of the conversation, and the following is an abbreviated excerpt covering the key points.
Iran's foreign minister said Monday that neither Iran nor Saudi Arabia can be the dominant power in the Middle East and what's needed most is for countries in the Persian Gulf region to talk to each other — not about each other.