The United States accused Iran on Tuesday of supplying Yemen’s Houthi rebels with a missile that was fired into Saudi Arabia in July and called for the United Nations to hold Tehran accountable for violating two U.N. Security Council resolutions.
The European Union’s top diplomat got a frosty reception on Capitol Hill today as she lobbied lawmakers to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran.
Indeed, Tehran has twice crossed [the] line, including surpassing the designated limit on heavy water, although some officials and experts have downplayed the violations. Iran’s development of advanced centrifuges is also seen as problematic, as per the accord’s stated restrictions. Prof. Emily Landau, a senior research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, shared with The Media Line her belief that Iran is not complying with the deal, and expressed particular reservations about the Procurement Working Group, which was set up to monitor Tehran’s nuclear-related purchases.
IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL
President Donald Trump’s decision not to certify the Iran nuclear deal has consequences only in the U.S. — for the moment. But American lawmakers are now in a crucial position: their next moves will have a significant impact on the security of the U.S. and its allies in Europe, the Middle East and the rest of the world. One thing is clear: renegotiation is not an option.
U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will fly to Washington in an attempt to persuade the U.S. not to abandon the Iran nuclear deal, as he battles to save his own job in London.
NUCLEAR & BALLISTIC-MISSILE PROGRAMS
Iran, along with Syria and Pakistan, may have obtained technology that can be applied to military programs that can cause widespread destruction, intelligence services in the Netherlands said late last month.
Iran is determined to terrorize and weaken American interests, whether it is helping proxies fire missiles at the Saudi Arabian capital, trying to kill Americans, attacking Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, and Syria, or supporting Sunni-terrorist groups such as the Taliban. Only now are we learning how diverse the mullah's malevolence really is.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says his country will "not hesitate" to help maintain the stability of Lebanon following the resignation of the Lebanese Saudi-backed prime minister that threw the government into disarray.
In October 2016, an article by the Tasnim news agency reported that an Iranian company showcased the first-ever unmanned GEV vehicle ever in an exhibition, though the article was promptly taken down after posting and the exhibitors refused to speak with media afterwards.
Syria's state-run news agency SANA says President Bashar Assad and a visiting Iranian official have vowed to defend their national interests amid rising regional tensions. Tuesday's report on Assad and Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, comes as the Trump administration and Saudi Arabia accuse Iran of backing groups opposed to both Riyadh and Washington
Iraq’s highest-ranking Sunni leader said Tuesday the growing influence of Iranian-backed Shiite militias looms as the nation’s most pressing future security threat and called for bolstering U.S. military aid to Sunni forces. In Washington for talks this week with Trump administration officials and congressional leaders, Iraqi Vice President Osama al-Nujaifi is hoping the administration will deliver on pledges to counter Iran’s growing influence inside Iraq and across the Middle East.
In early September, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, a senior Iranian official and cleric, flew to the holy city of Najaf in southern Iraq. His entourage included a sizable security detail and the former head of the Revolutionary Guards, the most powerful military force in the Islamic Republic. Shahroudi, 69, spent several days on a charm offensive meeting officials, clerics and seminary students at his office near the golden dome shrine of Imam Ali, one of the world’s holiest Shi‘ite sites. His aim was to raise his profile as a replacement for the top Shi‘ite cleric and most powerful man in Iraq: the 87-year old Ayatollah Ali Sistani, according to current and former Iraqi officials. While attention has focused on Iraq’s battle against Islamic State, the country’s future could equally hinge on what is happening in Najaf.
GULF STATES & IRAN
Saudi Arabia is more aggressively confronting its rival Iran on multiple fronts. It’s a policy that risks sharpening several conflicts in the Middle East, even though so far it has failed to score any successes in stemming Tehran’s influence.
Saudi Arabia has opened a new front in its regional proxy war with Iran, threatening Tehran’s powerful ally Hezbollah and its home country Lebanon to try to regain the upper hand.
Saudi Arabia, locked in a struggle for regional dominance with Iran, will have no choice but to create and strengthen militias in countries across the region, a prominent columnist wrote in a state-owned daily. Direct military conflict with Iran is “something that no one wants’’ unless Iran launches a direct attack on Saudi Arabia, Abdulrahman Al Rashid wrote in the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper. With that off the table, “countries will have no choice but to resort to proxies’’ to curb Iran’s influence, he wrote.
President Hassan Rouhani warned Saudi Arabia on Wednesday that it will achieve nothing by threatening the might of Iran, as a war of words between the regional heavyweights intensifies.
Iran's President Rouhani said on Wednesday that Yemen’s missile attack targeting Riyadh on Saturday was "a reaction to Saudi aggression." "How should the Yemeni people react to bombardment of their country. So they are not allowed to use their own weapons? You stop the bombardment first and see if the Yemenis would not do the same," Rouhani was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.