Iran Leadership on Rocky Ground

22 June 2017

Since before the recent presidential elections in Iran, tensions between President Hassan Rouhani and the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have been getting worse. During the election campaign, Khamenei gave his backing to Rouhani’s rival, Ebrahim Raisi. 

The Supreme Leader has been openly criticising the president and embarrassed and criticised him at a meeting which included many of the country’s senior officials, in particular the parliamentary speaker and the judiciary chief. He arrogantly sneered at Rouhani during his speech, saying: “Mr President has talked at great lengths about the country’s economy and well, he’s said ‘this should be done’, ‘that should be done’. But who is he addressing by mentioning the ‘should dos’? Himself.”

Iranian Opposition (MEK Network) Reveals Details About Iran's Ballistic Missile Program

21 June 2017

At a press conference in Washington on Tuesday, the Iranian opposition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), provided numerous details about Iran’s extensive ballistic missile program. It revealed the location of twelve sites that the Iranian regime has managed to keep hidden until now. 

One site in particular, they said, is highly sensitive and has links to the regime’s nuclear program.

New US Sanctions Threaten Iran's Future

19 June 2017

On Thursday, the United States Senate passed unprecedented sanctions targeting Iran’s ballistic missile program, support for terrorism in the Middle East, and human rights violations. These new measures are far more complex than the sanctions imposed prior to the Iran nuclear deal. The new sanctions provide the US President vast authority for further punitive action.

Iran: Another Dangerous Encounter with the US Navy

16 June 2017

US Navy faced anther incident with Iranian naval patrol boats, when Iran conducted an "unsafe and unprofessional" encounter in international waters. 

The Iranian ship has been identified as a Houdong-class by the US Naval institute. It was within 800 yards of the USS Bataan helicopter carrier, the USS Cole guided-missile destroyer, and the USNS Washington Chambers cargo ship, when it "trained a laser on a CH-53E helicopter that accompanied the formation," according to Commander Bill Urban, spokesman for the Navy's fifth fleet.

Indian Plans for Iranian Port Development Affected Due to Western Pressure for Sanctions

15 June 2017

Indian officials have said that manufacturers in the West are reluctant to supply equipment for work that is being carried out by India on an Iranian port. They say that the Western companies are worried that the United States will impose more sanctions on Iran. 

This is greatly impacting India’s plans in the region. It wants to create a transport corridor that will allow it to bypass regional adversary India, and Chabahar port on the Gulf of Oman is essential to these plans. India has been pursuing this for over ten years.

Iran and US Confrontation?

06 June 2017

Combat power has been boosted by the United States in Southern Syria and there are rumours that Syria will be the launch site in a confrontation between the US and Iran. 

US President Donald Trump has been increasing rhetoric against the Islamic Republic of Iran, slamming it for its violations of the 2015 nuclear deal and its treatment of people at home, as well as the war-mongering it is carrying out across the Middle East.

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