The planned meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by May will make it more likely the administration will kill the Iranian nuclear agreement, some current and former western officials said.
U.S. and Israeli contingency plans for a joint response to an Iranian missile attack could be activated at any moment, with U.S. forces arriving in Israel from Europe in 72 hours, officers from both countries explained.
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has accused foreign "enemies" of funding recent protests over the compulsory hijab.
UANI IN THE NEWS
With the Syrian civil war–a conflict in which nearly 500,000 people have been killed and over 12 million have been displaced—entering its eighth year, the Assad regime’s Iranian-backed brutality shows no signs of abating. The Islamic State has been largely uprooted in Syria, and Assad and his allies have resumed focus on reconquering and consolidating their control over lost territory. Priority one has been Eastern Ghouta, a Damascus suburb which is the last rebel-held enclave in the capital region.
MILITARY/INTELLIGENCE MATTERS & PROXY WARS
An Iranian news website says Revolutionary Guard troops have thwarted a twin suicide attack near the Pakistan border, killing both would-be bombers.
HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERNAL DISCONTENT
British broadcaster the BBC said on Monday it was appealing to the United Nations to protect its journalists in Iran after it said persecution and harassment by the Iranian authorities escalated in 2017.
Two women human rights defenders jailed for defending women’s rights and opposing the death penalty are being subjected to escalating ill-treatment in Shahr-e Rey prison, a former industrial chicken farm in Varamin, a town on the outskirts of Tehran, Amnesty International revealed.
From Dec. 30, 2017, to Jan. 13, at the height of this winter’s protest movement in Iran, there was a temporary ban on both Instagram and the messaging app Telegram… [N]ew evidence indicates that the government throttled or slowed connection speeds to the platform in the days after it lifted the block on Telegram. This adds a new layer of concern to the issue of Iran’s attempts to control and tighten the net.
In light of the recent protests that swept Iran at the beginning of the year, calling for the removal of the country’s theocratic regime lead by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, Iranian women have hopped on the bandwagon and are demanding their basic rights.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Passive Defense Organization was the first unit within Iran’s security structure to address cyber defense in a systematic way, and it remains an influential, if not paramount, voice in setting Iran’s cyber policies. In the excerpted article from Tasnim News Agency, a news agency close to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Passive Defense Organization head Gholamreza Jalali accuses Telegram, one of the most popular social media apps in Iran, of active engagement in espionage.
Questions have emerged about whether the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued new licenses to Canadian plane manufacturer Bombardier Inc. to sell passenger aircraft to Iran. If true, it would be the first such approval since President Donald Trump took office and comes at a time when Tehran is trying to overcome financing challenges associated with aircraft deals signed in the aftermath of its nuclear accord with the six world powers.
OTHER ECONOMIC NEWS
Iran’s crude and condensate exports are set to fall to a two-year low this month as loadings for its main Asian buyers will tumble by one-third from the previous month, said a person with knowledge of the country’s tanker loading schedule.
IRANIAN REGIONAL AGGRESSION
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says the West should mind its own business in response to concerns raised by U.S. and EU diplomats about Tehran’s involvement in the affairs of neighboring countries.
NORTH KOREA & IRAN
The Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs, drastically different but often spoken of in the same breath, are now being thrust together, as President Trump’s determination to kill the landmark 2015 accord limiting Tehran’s capabilities is colliding with his scramble to reach a far more complex deal with Pyongyang.
A knife-wielding man was shot dead outside the Iranian ambassador's residence in Vienna Sunday night, following an attack on a guard, police said.
IRAQ & IRAN
The spokesman of Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq (AAH), an Iraqi militia group with close ties with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the Lebanese Hezbollah, described the US presence in Iraq as “illegal” and called for the withdrawal of American troops from the country.
IRANIAN INTERNAL DEVELOPMENTS
The operation of fighting corruption and implementing reforms in Saudi Arabia is no longer an internal affair. In fact, its echoes have gone further beyond the Kingdom’s borders to reach other countries. The actions taken in this regard have resulted in a positive response at both the official and popular levels in the world. This had led some Iranian media to try and distort the steps taken by Saudi Arabia. Nevertheless, Iranian civil and popular societies were thrilled with Saudi Arabia’s actions, especially regarding women's rights.