US and Israel Defend Israel Attacks in Iran and Syria

The US Defense Department says Israel has the right to defend itself against aggression from other parties. "Israel is our closest security ally in the region and we fully support Israel's right to defend itself against threats aimed at the region and its people, "said Pentagon spokesman Adrian Rankine-Galloway. He added that the Americans did not participate in the Israeli offensive.

The Israeli offensive was launched on Saturday in response after Israeli warplanes were shot down. The Israeli fighter plane, just launched an attack on Iranian support positions in Syria.

Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu declared the same on Saturday after speaking with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I reaffirm on him (Putin) our obligations and rights protect ourselves against attacks carried out from the Syrian region, "Netanyahu said. "We agree that coordination between our troops will continue," Netanyahu added. Netanyahu also spoke by telephone with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the attack.

The Syrian state media said Syria retaliated "new Israeli aggression". An Israeli F-16 fighter on Saturday was shot down by anti-aircraft Syrian guns. [ii]

US 'Very Concerned' with the Re-Imprisonment of Its Citizens in Iran

The United States on Wednesday (7/2) said "deeply concerned" that Iran imprisoned Iranian-American Baquer Namazi after having released him so he could receive medical treatment.

The White House said it knew the former 81-year-old UN official returned to the famous "Evin Prison" in Iran against the strong advice of his doctor and the Iranian regime's own medical examiner. "

Namazi is serving a 10-year prison term on Iranian allegations that he is spying on Iran and cooperating with the Americans. it was "wrong."

The White House says Namazi has been hospitalized four times during the past year and "continues to have heart problems that threaten his life. He still needs ongoing medical care. "

The White House says it" asks Iran to be fully responsible for Nam's health. "The Trump Government called for" the immediate and unconditional release of all Americans held in custody and disappear in Iran " including Namazi, his son, Siamak Namazi, Xiyue Wang, and Robert Levinson.

Baquer Namazi was arrested two years ago, five months after his son was arrested Jared Genser, namzi family lawyer, said returning Namazi to the prison was "the same as the death penalty."

Babame Namazi, another Namazi boy, told reporters in Washington, his father's imprisonment was an extraordinary cruelty "of the Iranian government. [my/jm]

Iran frees 440 people arrested during anti-government protests

Iranian authorities released 440 people arrested during anti-government protests some time ago. Meanwhile, several arrests were reportedly killed in custody.

A massive protest that began to protest against the difficult economic conditions of Iran, broke out in late December 2017. The protests spread to more than 80 cities and left 25 dead. The protest movement, which initially focused on price increases and alleged government corruption, shifted to the political dimension with a retreat call for Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

As reported by Reuters Tuesday (16/1/2018) , a number of Iranian justice officials have announced that more than 1,000 arrests were made in a number of areas. Iranian lawmaker Mahmoud Sadeghi said last week that at least 3,700 people were arrested.

Several people were reportedly killed in custody. Human rights activists have called for an independent inquiry into the incident.

Iran's Deputy Speaker Ali Motahari was quoted as saying by the IRNA declared 'one in Tehran and two prisoners in another province' . Iran's judicial authorities confirmed the existence of two deaths in custody, but it was said they committed suicide.

"More than 440 people previously arrested in the Tehran riots have been released," Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi was quoted as saying by Mehr . Dolatabadi says most of the arrests come from low-income families, ranging in age from 18-35 years.

The United States (US) Authority has imposed economic sanctions on 14 individuals and entities, related to the practice of human rights abuses in Iran and support for the program Iranian weapons. The United States backed anti-government protests in Iran and continued to criticize President Hassan Rouhani's government.

One of the sanctions imposed was the head of Iran's judicial authority, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani, who is Khamenei's close ally. In a statement earlier this week, as quoted by the ISNA news agency Larijani called the imposition of sanctions against him as head of the judicial authority really outrageous. He insisted Iran would not remain silent to such treatment from the United States.

Khamenei in his statement on Jan. 2, declared Iran's enemies have used various means to deliver a blow to the country. No further mention of who the enemy is Khamenei. But it is known all this time Iran is always hostile to the US and Saudi Arabia.

(nvc / rna)

Trump Agree on New Sanctions against Iran

US President Donald Trump approves new sanctions against Iran on Friday but for the third time dismisses heavy sanctions aimed at pushing Iran to disarm its nuclear weapons research.

Trump says he does not enforce the sanctions in order to grant Congress and its 120-day European allies to amend the agreement, or else the United States would abandon the agreement.

Trump's proposal to "fix harmful vulnerabilities" includes the consent of Iran to open all its locations to international inspectors, from Iran that they will never develop nuclear weapons.

According to the White House, any new agreement with Iran should cover the Iranian missile and limit its uranium enrichment period forever.

"If there is no such agreement, America will not remove sanctions within the framework of Iran's nuclear deal. And if at any time I judge that agreement can not be reached, I will withdraw from that agreement immediately, "Trump said in a statement. [ps/jm]

EU looks forward to Trump decision related to Iran nuclear deal

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday he expected the White House to impose new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program and its destabilizing actions in the Middle East. But he said the decision on whether America would abolish other sanctions under the 2015 nuclear agreement, called JCPOA, is entirely up to President Donald Trump. The deadline for the decision is Friday (1/12). Meanwhile, according to VOA reporter Henry Ridgwell in London, other JCPOA signatories have expressed their support for the deal.

Protesters in Brussels demonstrated against the visit of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday to show their solidarity against anti-government demonstrations in Iran.

But soon after being inside the EU office there, Zarif received a warmer welcome from his colleagues in the European Union, who insisted that the 2015 nuclear deal was proceeding as expected.

Federica Mogherini, Head of Foreign Policy Affairs of the European Union, said, "The agreement reached its primary goal, namely ensuring Iran's nuclear program is controlled and monitored at close range."

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said other Iranian acts on The Middle East should not affect the nuclear deal.

"We should not say but at the same time we have to focus on what Iran can do to help overcome the crisis in Yemen, help to secure peace in Syria, and help solve other problems in the region. "

The meeting took place at night ahead of a deadline for US President Donald Trump to decide whether to abolish sanctions against Iran under the nuclear deal.

Finance Minister Steve Mnuchin told reporters his decision was up to the president but he predicted there would be new sanctions from the White House. 19659003] "I estimate there will be new sanctions against Iran. We are still considering it. I think there will be new sanctions. "

The 2015 Agreement has put some sanctions against Tehran out after Iran halts its uranium enrichment activities. The UN nuclear agency, the IAEA, said Tehran abides by the terms of the deal.

But according to analyst Paulina Izewicz of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Europe and the United States have different views on the agreement.

perspective of the United States, the deal is more than just nuclear. There are concerns about Iran's ballistic missile program and Iran's regional activities. The issues are not considered as important by Europe. "

While Europeans support the nuclear deal, Izewicz says the future of the deal depends on President Trump's decision.

" Although all parties have made great efforts to affirm that this is a deal multilaterally, the American decision is crucial to the deal. It's primarily concerned with loosening sanctions and the enormous influence of the United States. "

All attention is now pouring into Washington, precisely to Donald Trump, who is preparing to make a decision, which, according to some observers, of one of the most important foreign policies of the year his first presidential term. [ab/lt]