Iran confirms nuclear negotiator imprisoned for spying

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Iran’s judiciary confirmed on Sunday the five-year prison sentence given to a Canadian-Iranian member of its nuclear negotiating team on spying charges.“Mr Abdolrasoul Dorri Esfahani... was among some who were accused of spying and providing information for foreigners and had links with two espionage services,” judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeie told reporters.Some reports have also said Dorri Esfahani has British citizenship.“The court sentenced him to five ...

Qatar envoy back in Tehran to strengthen bilateral ties

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Qatar said on Wednesday it decided to return its ambassador to Tehran, more than 20 months after he was recalled in protest over the ransacking of Saudi Arabia’s missions in Iran by demonstrators angry at Riyadh’s execution of a Shi’ite Muslim cleric. READ ALSO: Chad to shutter Qatar embassy, expel diplomats The Qatari decision comes amidst a row between Doha and fellow Gulf Cooperation Council members Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, which together ...

Ahmadinejad compares Khamenei to Shah, launches blistering salvo

Monday, 14 August 2017

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has severely criticized Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei by comparing him to the former Shah of Iran, who was deposed in the country’s 1979 revolution.“No one is more important than the people,” Ahmadinejad gushed in a recorded clip, part of which was broadcast on his Twitter account. “Positions of power in any government are not inherited by a special group. We did not rise in a revolution against a family to replace it with ...

Ould Sheikh Ahmed: Military option will not solve the Yemeni crisis

Monday, 14 August 2017

The UN envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Sheikh Ahmed said in his statements in Tehran that the military option to the Yemeni crisis is not a solution, and that the peaceful solution is the only solution. Commenting on the visit of Ould Sheikh Ahmed to Iran, Houthi leader Mohammed al-Bekhiti said that it aims to seek legitimacy to allow him to continue his mission, accusing him of not being objective and biased towards the alliance. Tehran was the fourth stop of the UN envoy to Yemen, without the ...

Iran parliament increases missile funds ‘to confront terrorist US’

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Iran's parliament voted Sunday to allocate $520 million to develop its missile program to fight Washington's "adventurism" and sanctions, and to boost the foreign operations of the country's Revolutionary Guards. "The Americans should know that this was our first action," said speaker Ali Larijani, after announcing an overwhelming majority vote for a package "to confront terrorist and adventurist actions by the United States in the region". ...

Iran’s Rouhani names two female vice presidents

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appointed two female vice presidents on Wednesday, a day after coming under fire from reformists for nominating no women ministers. Massoumeh Ebtekar, known internationally for her role as spokesperson during the 1980 US embassy hostage crisis, was named as vice president in charge of women's affairs, having previously run the environment brief in Rouhani's office. Laya Joneydi was appointed as the vice president for legal affairs, while another woman, ...

4 Killed, 8 wounded in latest shooting at Iranian base

Sunday, 6 August 2017

An Iranian soldier opened fire on his colleagues, killing four and wounding 8 of them at a military air base in south Tehran, according to local news outlets. Previousely the semi-official Mehr news agency's report offered no motive for the attack but it said that it took place in Kahrizak, which is on the southern outskirts of Tehran. RELATED: Attackers raid Iran’s parliament, open fire at Khomeini tomb All injured soldiers were taken to an Air Force hospital in southeast of the city, the ...

Saudi Arabia: Iran refused to fully investigate 2016 embassy attack

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Saudi Arabia has condemned Iran for delaying and refusing to complete investigations into the attack on Riyadh’s embassy in Tehran last year. A statement released by Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Iranian authorities refused to accommodate and allow entry of a team from Saudi Arabia to investigate what had happened to its embassy premises in Tehran and consulate in Mashhad despite initially agreeing to. In January of last year, Saudi Arabia's embassy in Tehran and its ...

Iran upholds sentences of up to six months for Saudi embassy attackers

Monday, 31 July 2017

Iran’s official IRNA news agency has reported that an appeals court has approved the jail sentences for 10 people charged with attacking Saudi diplomatic missions.The report said that a lawyer associated with the case said the prison sentences for the 10 attackers, ranging from three to six months each, was approved by the appeals court.The report’s unnamed attorney also noted that four of the defendants were clerics and therefore would have to appear before the Special Clerical ...

Evin Prison: The Iranian regime’s notorious torture factory

Sunday, 30 July 2017

The Iranian regime lives in constant fear of an uprising to overthrow it. Such is its paranoia where opposition groups are concerned it has spent the whole period of its existence, eliminating dissenters. The approach to any form of opposition shows how insecure this regime has become. But as far as extreme brutality is concerned, it could not be more prevalent than that of the regime’s treatment of dissidents at Evin Prison, where guards use torture to humiliate their captives before ...

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