Sunday August 20, 2017

Iranian Ambassador Summoned by Jordan Over Foreign Ministry Statements

The Iranian ambassador to Jordan, Mojtaba Ferdosipour was summoned on Sunday by the Amman-Jordan’s Foreign and Expatriates Affairs Ministry, who protested the remarks made by an Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson against Amman and its leadership.

The foreign ministry issued a statement on Sunday, saying that the comments delivered by the Iranian foreign ministry official “reflected a failed attempt to distort the pivotal role of Jordan in pursuing regional security and stability, fighting terrorism, countering attempts to sow strife or using Arab causes for own benefit.”


The US Considers Sanctions Against Russia and Iran Over Syria

The USA is considering new sanctions against Russia and Iran for their support of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad after his most recent chemical attack which killed over 100 civilians, according to the USA’s UN ambassador Nikki Haley.

Hayley appeared on CNN’s State of the Union to confirm that, regarding tougher sanctions on Assad’s supporters, nothing was off the table, particularly after Russia condemned the US’s retaliatory strike on a Syrian air force base.


Not Designating Iran's IRGC for Terrorism 'Would Hold American Policy Hostage'

The Trump administration is considering calls for the IRGC to be designated a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) under U.S. law.

Mark Dubowitz, Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) executive director and Iran expert, in written testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the IRGC could be designated under executive order 13224, a post-9/11 tool designed to disrupt funding to terrorists. “Congress should reject the argument that this designation will provoke the IRGC to threaten or commit violence,” he said. “To do so would hold American policy hostage.”


Iran: General Warns US to Leave the Region

Iranian Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehghan said on Thursday that the United States is an unwelcome intruder in the Middle East and warned that it needs to leave the region immediately. 

According to numerous state media outlets, Dehghan, the Minister of Defence of Iran, said: “What is the U.S. doing in the Persian Gulf? They better leave this region and not harass the regional countries.”


Iran: IRGC Funding to Be Increased

The Iranian parliament has voted for a large increase in funding for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Politicians have also voted for an increase in funding for the country’s missile development program. 

Iranian state media confirmed that two military bills were approved. The first one provides $7.4 billion to the IRGC’s defence budget – an increase of almost 25 percent. The other bill outlined a development plan for the next five years regarding the country’s missile program. It requires the government to guarantee a minimum of 5 percent of the budget to defence.


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