Iran Resumes Production Of Advanced Nuclear-Program Parts, Diplomats Say

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Iran Resumes Production Of Advanced Nuclear-Program Parts, Diplomats Say | The Wall Street Journal

Iran has resumed production of equipment for advanced centrifuges at a site the United Nations’ atomic-energy agency has been unable to monitor or gain access to for months, diplomats familiar with the activities said, presenting a new challenge for the Biden administration as it prepares for nuclear talks. The renewed work has raised concerns among Western diplomats who say it could allow Iran to start secretly diverting centrifuge parts if Tehran chose to build a covert nuclear-weapons program, although they say there is no evidence at this point that it has done so. 

Blast Hits Oil Pipeline In Southern Iran, No Casualties – TV | Reuters  

An oil pipeline in southern Iran exploded on Wednesday, Iran's state TV reported on Wednesday, citing ageing infrastructure as the reason for the blast. "This accident did not lead to any casualties," a local official from the oil-rich province of Khuzestan told state media, adding that the fire had now been put out. Small tremors were felt in the area following the explosion.

Biden, Xi Discuss How To 'Align' Stances On Iran Nuclear Issue | Reuters 

U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping talked about how they might harmonize their positions ahead of the Nov. 29 resumption of indirect U.S.-Iranian talks on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, a top U.S. official said on Tuesday. Officials from Iran and the six nations that struck the pact - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - will meet in Vienna to see if Tehran and Washington can agree to resume compliance with the deal under which Iran curbed its nuclear program to gain relief from U.S., EU and U.N. sanctions.

UANI IN THE NEWS 

Cameroon Flag Registry In Fresh Links To Iran Oil Trading | Lloyd’s List

The international flag registry of Cameroon is under renewed pressure to deal with tankers trading US-sanctioned crude after another ship loaded a cargo via ship-to-ship transfer in waters off Jask, Iran last week. The Cameroon-flagged very large crude carrier Roza (IMO: 9197909) received a cargo of Iranian oil from Tanzania-flagged Phoenix (IMO: 9181194)between November 6-9, the United Against Nuclear Iran said in a letter to the country’s registrar. The New York-based non-profit group cited satellite images of the two tankers alongside each other in that region and said that both ships were spoofing their vessel location so that Automatic Identification Signals did not show them in the vicinity. 

Hackers Launch Cyberattack On Group Opposing A Nuclear Iran | Iran International

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), an advocacy group has said it was the target of Iranian hackers, calling on the US impose sanctions on those responsible. In a statement on Tuesday, UANI, based in the United States, said it suspected that APT35, also known as Charming Kitten, a well-known Iranian hacking group launched a series of cyberattacks, “Specifically targeting its leadership and members of its Advisory Board.” UANI CEO Ambassador Mark D. Wallace was quoted as saying, “Those responsible managed to procure data outside of the public realm, impersonated our leadership in communications with former senior officials of the US government, and attempted to harvest Gmail credentials.” He added that UANI took immediate action upon discovering these attacks “and has notified the relevant law enforcement authorities to request a criminal investigation.” 

NUCLEAR DEAL & NUCLEAR PROGRAM 

Russia, China And Iran Signal Allied Stance Before Nuclear Talks | Bloomberg 

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed U.S. sanctions against Tehran and the future of the 2015 nuclear deal before negotiations to revive the ailing accord resume on Nov. 29. The Tuesday phone call between Putin and Raisi followed a statement by China that it “reached a broad consensus” with Iran and Russia on the nuclear deal, without giving more details. The comments point to a united front between the three countries as world powers, including the European Union, prepare for indirect talks between Iran and the U.S. in Vienna. 

PROTESTS & HUMAN RIGHTS 

UN Experts Call On Iran To Repeal ‘Anti-Abortion’ Population Law | Al Jazeera

Leading United Nations experts have called on Iran to repeal a newly implemented law that they say violates women’s human rights under international law. The Youthful Population and Protection of the Family law came into effect on Monday in an effort to encourage higher childbirth rates as Iran faces a looming crisis due to its ageing population. Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei has long supported the idea of increasing Iran’s current population of about 85 million by tens of millions over the coming decades. 

U.S.-IRAN RELATIONS & NEGOTIATIONS 

Washington's Changing Iran Policy Requires A New Plan Of Action From Israel | Haaretz 

There are so many signals, it’s sometimes hard to understand the message. The Israeli military is busy with a broad and intense series of exercises, in various venues, largely described as a warning to Iran. The United States, which is sending forces for training in the region, is signaling support for Israel and its other allies in the Middle East. The Iranians are also flexing their muscles with military exercises. 

RUSSIA, SYRIA, ISRAEL, HEZBOLLAH, LEBANON & IRAN 

Visiting IDF Exercise, Bennett And Gantz Say Israel Ready To Act Against Iran | The Times Of Israel 

Top Israeli officials on Tuesday called on world powers to take action against Iran, ahead of the scheduled resumption of nuclear talks in Vienna later this month, while warning that Jerusalem was prepared to act alone if necessary against the Islamic Republic. “We have been seeing Iran’s policies within Iran in terms of its nuclear program and in terms of its armament outside of Iran and its influence in Syria and Lebanon,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz said after visiting a large Israel Defense Forces exercise in northern Israel. 

Ahead Of Vienna Meeting, Israel’s Lapid Multiplies Efforts Against Iran | Al Monitor 

Alon Ushpiz, director general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, visited Brussels Nov. 10, meeting with European Commission leaders, representatives of the 27 member states and high officials in NATO, including Secretary-General of the European Union External Action Service Stefano Sannino and Secretary-General of the European Parliament Klaus Welle. Ushpiz was following up on the July 12 visit there by Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, who participated as guest at the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union. Both visits were designed to relaunch and reshape relations between Israel and the European Union in general, but also to advocate in particular for the Israeli position on talks with Iran. 

IRAQ & IRAN

How Can Iraq’s Destructive Pro-Iran Militias Be Tamed? | Arab News

Iran-backed Iraqi militias have rejected the results of Iraq’s October parliamentary election, in which their political wings performed very poorly, and elements among them may well have been behind the attempt on Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi’s life earlier this month. But can anything be done on a practical level about the malignant menace of Iraq’s pro-Iran militias? For years now, there have been widespread fears that the Iran-backed elements of Hashd Al-Shaabi (or Popular Mobilization Forces) have amassed enough fighters and weaponry to outgun the Iraqi Security Forces and pose a Hezbollah-style threat to the Iraqi government and state. 

CYBERWARFARE 

Exclusive: Hacktivist Group Aims To 'Expose The True Face Of The Regime' In Iran | Radio Free Europe 

A hacktivist group calling itself Edalat-e Ali (Ali's Justice) has rocked the Iranian establishment in recent months by leaking videos and confidential documents that appear to show the systematic mistreatment of inmates at Iran's most notorious prison. But to this point the group has revealed little about its makeup or goals. Now, in an exclusive interview with RFE/RL's Radio Farda, Edalat-e Ali has for the first time said that it is composed of Iranians living and working inside Iran, is intent on exposing alleged human rights abuses in the country, and seeks the release of political prisoners.