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June, 2015

  • 28 June

    Obama on Iran and Syria: See No Evil

    by Elliott Abrams The slaughter in Syria and the awful human rights violations in Iran cannot be denied by the Obama administration, but they sure can be downplayed and ignored. On the Iran point, consider the release yesterday, four months late, of the State Department’s annual human rights reports. The reports …

  • 25 June

    Former Obama aides say U.S. needs tougher Iran nuclear deal

    A group of prominent American security advisers, including five with ties to President Barrack Obama’s first term, warned on Wednesday that a deal on curbing Iran’s nuclear program was at risk of failing to provide adequate safeguards. In an open letter, the group of former U.S. officials and foreign policy …

  • 23 June

    Iranian Writer Sentenced to Death for Apostasy

    The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) has learned that Hesameddin Farzizadeh, a 23-year-old former nuclear physics student, has been sentenced to death for apostasy by the Criminal Court of Meshkinshahr in Ardabil province. A source with knowledge of the case indicates that Farzizadeh was arrested in a raid on …

  • 19 June

    Message of Congratulations to the Peoples’ Democracy Party of Turkey

    We congratulate the leaders and members of the party and the Turkish people for the victory of your party in the last parliamentary election and securing more than 13 percent of the popular vote.  This election was of paramount significance, in terms of both the regional situation and the developments …

  • 14 June

    Iran brings home body of top general killed in Syria

    Iran is bringing home the body of a top-ranking military officer killed in April in southern Syria, Iranian news agencies reported, at least the second senior Iranian to die there this year while supporting Damascus in the war. Hadi Kajbaf, a major general in the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps …

  • 13 June

    Iran’s Rouhani aims to limit nuclear inspections, warns of talks delay

    (Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday a comprehensive nuclear deal could be delayed if world powers brought new issues into play, and he would not accept a U.N. inspections regime that jeopardized state secrets. Iran is aiming to strike an accord with six powers by June 30 …

  • 11 June

    Next round of Iran nuclear talks ‘pretty tough’: U.S. official

    The next round of Iran nuclear negotiations will be “pretty tough,” a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday ahead of new talks including top diplomats from the seven countries involved. Iran and six major powers reached a framework nuclear deal on April 2 in Lausanne, Switzerland, and are seeking to …

  • 10 June

    U.S. military chief seeks to reassure Israel on Iran threat

    (Reuters) – America’s top general sought to reassure Israel on Tuesday of “unshakable” U.S. military support, despite deep strains in political relations over the prospect of a U.S.-led nuclear deal with Iran and differences over Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy. U.S. General Martin Dempsey, on a visit to Israel, said he shared a core …

  • 9 June

    Deputy of former Iranian president Ahmadinejad arrested

    (Reuters) – Iranian authorities detained a former vice-president on Monday on undeclared charges, local news agencies reported, months after another deputy to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was sentenced in a graft scandal. “Former vice-president Hamid Baghaei had a charge sheet issued against him by the judiciary and the prosecutor summoned him today …

  • 7 June

    Iran hopes to begin Russia oil-for-goods exports this week: Fars

    (Reuters) – Russia will begin importing Iranian oil under a long-heralded oil-for-goods barter arrangement in the coming week, Iran’s oil minister was quoted as saying, more than a year after negotiations began. The Kremlin announced in April it had begun to implement the deal, in which Iran would export up …