The US State Department Wednesday refused to characterize the demand of Iranian protesters as regime change after days of controversy and campaigns by activists. On October 23, US Special envoy for Iran Rob Malley sent out a tweet that became a source of controversy and triggered a strong backlash from Iranian-Americans and others. Malley wrote that protesters in Iran wanted “their government” to respect them and safeguard human rights, while clearly, they simply reject the Islamic Republic and want a secular, democratic government. “What we are seeing is the Iranian people demand basic human rights, rights of expression, as this started in the death of Mahsa Amini, and we’re seeing the Iranian people make their voices heard. Otherwise, the White House has been outspoken about the need to condemn the Islamic Republic for its violent crackdown on unarmed protesters.
US Special Envoy for Iran, Rob Malley told Iran International Monday that a tweet he sent on Iran protests, which led to negative reactions, “was poorly worded.”“It is not up to me; it is not up to the US government what the brave women and men who have been demonstrating in Iran want. It is up to them,” Malley told our correspondent Samira Gharaei. More US sanctions will further reduce the chances for a deal, as Tehran has already demanded older non-nuclear sanctions to be removed as a pre-condition. Already, both US and European countries have announced sanctions related to the drone issue. Malley also reiterated that the “JCPOA is not on the agenda right now” and the US is focused on the brutal crackdown by the Iranian regime on its people and its supply of drones to Russia that are used against civilians.1 month ago Iran International
Iran’s alleged supply of drones to Moscow remains high on the agenda at the United Nations and in Israeli President Isaac Herzog’s visit to the United States. Miguel de Serpa Soares, head of UN legal affairs, told the UN Security Council Wednesday that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres would “continue to prepare” reports on UNSC Resolution 2231. France, the United Kingdom and the United States last week submitted a letter at the UN arguing any supply of drones by Iran to Russia would violate the resolution, which endorsed the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement. Russia’s UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said Wednesday the letter broke the UN Charter by seeking to influence the general secretary. Ukraine, France, the UK and US argue that the resolution contains a provision banning Iran from exporting without prior UN approval certain military goods, including drones.1 month ago Iran International
European Union leaders are expected to focus on China and Iran’s military involvement in Ukraine in today’s discussion of ‘external’ relations. After Josep Borrell Monday said the EU needed evidence before acting, a closed-door United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting Wednesday reviewed available information. The EU and the United Kingdom Thursday sanctioned three Iranian military commanders and a defense company over allegedly supplying drones to Russia. October 6, 2022‘All means…to confront’US officials argued Thursday not just that Iran had sent military personnel to train Russia in using Iranian-made drones. Kirby said the US would use “all means” to “confront Iran’s provision of these munitions against the Ukrainian people.”“We assess that Iranian personnel, Iranian military personnel, were on the ground in Crimea and assisted Russia in these operations,” Price said at a separate media briefing.1 month ago Iran International
A bill proposed by a US Republican lawmaker, dubbed the Mahsa Amini Act, would impose sanctions on Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Ebrahim Raisi. Claudia Tenney the Republican lawmaker says Congress must not lose the chance to help protesters by increasing sanctions on the Iranian regime. We need to stand up for our national security and the people of Iran by reimposing crippling sanctions on the Iran Regime,” underlined Waltz. It has issued sanctions against some officials and entities and has signaled that nuclear talks with Iran have been put on the backburner. According to the Oslo-based NGO Iran Human Rights Organization at least 215 people, including 27 children have been killed with excessive and lethal force throughout Iran during the current antigovernment protests.1 month ago Iran International
A group of Canadian and British lawmakers and politicians have urged their respective governments to take measures to stop Iran’s brutal crackdown on protesters. Calling on Ottawa to reverse its “naïve position” on the Iranian regime, a Canadian lawmaker and opposition leader said there is evidence of the presence of Islamic Republic officials in his country. Michael Chong in an interview with Iran International said that members of the government in Tehran have been coming to Canada and in some cases intimidating members of the Iranian Canadian community. Meanwhile, British Conservative MP Bob Stewart said Tuesday he had heard “substantial rumors” that Iranian elites were attempting to make London “a place of safe refuge” and were applying for British passports. “I think when you lose the support of half your population that are protesting in such large numbers the world community should rally around these brave Iranian women, show support for them and hopefully this time achieve the change we need in Iran,” underscored Chong.1 month ago Iran International
Iran's two top intelligence organs issued a joint statement claiming that foreign intelligence, especially the CIA, have a significant role in popular protests. The Islamic Republic’s Intelligence Ministry and the Intelligence Organization of the Revolutionary Guard issued the statement on Friday, alleging that a mission called “Iran’s Destruction Project” that was earlier implemented in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Libya has ended in a “humiliating defeat” in Iran. The statement has offered no evidence about the two journalists having travelled abroad, received training or having any ties with foreign organizations. The ominous statement came as several Iranian hardliners Friday signaled that the government will resort to more force to crush the popular protests. The intelligence bodies further stated that “enemies” organized and implemented a “global media war” against Iran, through TV networks and social media.1 month ago Iran International
The UN Human Rights Council voted Thursday to launch an independent investigation into Iran's deadly repression of protests, that has killed around 400 civilians. Volker Turk, the newly appointed UN human rights commissionerThe 35th special session of the Human Rights Council was held following an official request submitted on November 11 by Germany and Iceland, as well as the support by over 40 other states. We are now in a full-fledged human rights crisis," Turk said, adding, "The unnecessary and disproportionate use of force must come to an end. "Structural impunity has fueled widespread patterns of unlawful killings, enforced disappearance, torture and other human rights violations in Iran," he said, urging the council to "establish an independent investigative mechanism on Iran." Tehran's representative called the debate disgraceful and appalling, before talking about the human rights situation in other countries such as women in Yemen, Palestine and even the indigenous people of Canada.9 days ago Iran International