US Navy: 70 Tons Of Missile Fuel From Iran To Yemen Seized

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US Navy: 70 Tons Of Missile Fuel From Iran To Yemen Seized | Associated Press 

The U.S. Navy said Tuesday it found 70 tons of a missile fuel component hidden among bags of fertilizer aboard a ship bound to Yemen from Iran, the first-such seizure in that country’s yearslong war as a cease-fire there has broken down. The Navy said the amount of ammonium perchlorate discovered could fuel more than a dozen medium-range ballistic missiles, the same weapons Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have used to target both forces allied to the country’s internationally recognized government and the Saudi-led coalition that supports them.  

US Says Iran Threats To Ex-Officials Pompeo, Hook Persist | Associated Press 

The Biden administration has determined that Iranian threats against former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and one of his former top aides remain credible and persist nearly two years after they left office. The State Department notified Congress last week that both Pompeo and Brian Hook, who served as special representative for Iran during the Trump administration, were still both subject to a “serious and credible threat from a foreign power or agent of a foreign power” stemming from their work while in government.  

France's Macron Leaves Door Ajar To Proscribe Iran's Guards As More Sanctions Come | Reuters 

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday more targeted European Union sanctions on Iranian officials would be adopted and he left the door open to the bloc designating Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) a terrorist organisation. "We are several who are pushing for targeted sanctions especially on pasdaran (IRGC) and people in the regime," Macron told France Inter radio in an interview." When asked whether he would support designating the IRGC as a terrorist organisation, Macron said as things developed the question needed to be looked at.

UANI IN THE NEWS

Five Iran-Related Oil Tankers Lose Their Flags Following U.S. Sanctions | Reuters

The international ship registries of Djibouti and the Cook Islands suspended the flags on five oil tankers, following sanctions by the United States this month for having facilitated oil trade for Hezbollah and Iran's Quds Force, nongovernment organization United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) said on Monday. The U.S. Treasury Department in early November imposed sanctions on a wide network of companies, people and vessels accused of concealing the Iranian origins of shipments and exporting them around the world.  

EU Knew But Did Nothing To Stop Iran Drones From Killing Ukrainians | UANI Research Director Dan Roth For The Times Of Israel

This week the EU sanctioned the two main entities responsible for drone production in Iran.  Yet for over four months, the EU sat on its hands as Russia accumulated in plain sight a stockpile of Iranian drones to launch at Ukraine. Only after four Ukrainian civilians were killed by Shahed-136 drones did the EU react. The monomaniacal pursuit of American reentry into the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) has cost Ukrainian lives and will cost more if a new course is not charted. The likelihood of Russian acquisition of Iranian arms was so pronounced that on July 11, U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan publicly warned that Iran was preparing to deliver Russia hundreds of drones “including weapons-capable UAVs on an expedited timeline”. Iran had demonstrated its Shahed-101 and Shahed-129 UAV drones to Russia in Iran back in June, both “capable of carrying precision-guided missiles.” These drones were explicitly identified as loitering munitions, also known as suicide drones.

NUCLEAR DEAL & NUCLEAR PROGRAM 

France's Macron Does Not See Room For Progress On Iran Nuclear Deal Right Now | Reuters 

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday said he did not believe any new proposals could help revive a nuclear deal with Iran in the near future, adding that a "new framework" will likely be needed to address the matter. Asked on France Inter radio whether he believed talks on aimed at renewing an agreement between Tehran and world powers could be revived after significant setbacks in recent months, Macron said: "I would still be very cautious." "I don't think there will be new proposals which can be made right now [to save the nuclear deal]", he added.  

SANCTIONS, BUSINESS RISKS, & OTHER ECONOMIC NEWS   

UK Sanctions 24 Iranian Officials Over Violent Crackdown On Protests | Reuters

Britain said on Monday it was sanctioning two dozen Iranian officials including a government minister over what it called a "violent repression of protests" sparked by the death of a 22-year-old woman in police custody. The sanctions, coordinated with international partners, include Iranian Communications Minister Issa Zarepour as well as the chief of its cyber police, Vahid Mohammad Naser Majid, and a range of political and security officials, the British foreign office said in a statement. "These sanctions target officials within the Iranian regime who are responsible for heinous human rights violations," Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said.  

Iran Cashing In On Cryptocurrencies To Avoid US Sanctions | Arab News 

Until the spectacular collapse last week of the digital-asset exchange FTX, what was making headlines was Iran’s use of cryptocurrencies to overcome the disadvantages of being cut off from the global financial system. Earlier this month, Reuters news agency reported that the leading crypto exchange Binance had processed $7.8 billion worth of Iranian crypto transactions since 2018 despite extensive US financial sanctions against Tehran. The report, citing a review of data from leading US blockchain researcher Chainalysis, said almost all the funds passed between Binance and Iran’s largest crypto exchange, Nobitex, which offers guidance on its website on how to skirt sanctions.  

PROTESTS & HUMAN RIGHTS 

Iranian Azeri Activist On Hunger Strike At Evin Prison Is Hospitalized | Voice Of America 

A well-known Iranian Azeri blogger and activist who was hospitalized over the weekend was in stable condition, Iran officials said Monday, although his family and the international community are concerned. Hossein Ronaghi, who was arrested September 24, is one of dozens of prominent rights activists, journalists and lawyers who have been arrested amid Iran's crackdown on protests that were ignited by the death of Mahsa Amini. Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian of Kurdish origin, died September 16 after she had been detained by the country's so-called morality police for not following the nation's strict dress code.  

Iran Claims Evidence Of Foreign Role In Protests | AFP

Iran said Monday it had provided evidence to countries whose nationals it claims participated in unrest that has rocked the country for about two months. At the beginning of October, Iranian authorities announced the arrest of nine foreign nationals whom it claims were connected to the wave of protests triggered by the death of Mahsa Amini. Iran labels the protests as "riots", which it says were encouraged by Western countries. Those detained included citizens of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland.

What Iran’s Regime Learned From Its Own Revolution | CNN 

The latest wave of protests in Iran is perhaps one of the longest-running challenges the Islamic Republic has faced in recent years. Over the past two months, the government has cracked down hard on demonstrators, leading to the death of at least 326, according to Iran Human Rights, an NGO based in Norway. More than 1,000 have been charged in connection with the protests. On Sunday, an Iranian court issued the first death sentence to a protester convicted of “enmity against God” and “spreading corruption on Earth” for allegedly setting a government building on fire.  

Stymied By Protests, Iran Unleashes Its Wrath On Its Youth | The New York Times 

One girl, a 14-year-old, was incarcerated in an adult prison alongside drug offenders. A 16-year-old boy had his nose broken in detention after a beating by security officers. A 13-year-old girl was physically attacked by plainclothes militia who raided her school. A brutal crackdown by the authorities in Iran trying to halt protests calling for social freedom and political change that have convulsed the country for the past two months has exacted a terrible toll on the nation’s youth, according to lawyers in Iran and rights activists familiar with the cases. Young people, including teenage girls and boys, have been at the center of the demonstrations and clashes with security forces on the streets and university campuses and at high schools. Iranian officials have said the average age of protesters is 15.

MILITARY/INTELLIGENCE MATTERS & PROXY WARS 

Increase In Iranian Global Threats, Spearheaded By The IRGC | The Jerusalem Post 

Iranian agents are scouring the world for dissidents and spying on countries from Azerbaijan to the US. The reports this week show an increasingly dangerous web of Iranian plots all around the world, from the Caucasus to the US and UK. This is important because the reports sometimes make it appear that one country or another has suddenly found an Iranian regime plot, when in fact the systematic Iranian threat is much larger and more robust than just one network of spies and agents in one place and another network somewhere else.   

RUSSIA, SYRIA, ISRAEL, HEZBOLLAH, LEBANON & IRAN 

EU Should Punish Iranians Aiding Russia, Sweden Says | Reuters 

The European Union should punish any Iranians it can establish have provided drones or missiles to Russia for use in its war against Ukraine, over and above the sanctions imposed for Tehran's crackdown on protesters, Sweden said on Monday. "I think that if we can find the culprits there definitely should be sanctions," Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billstrom told Reuters in an interview. "Those who help Russia in its aggression against Ukraine may have to be punished in one way or another.

IRAQ & IRAN 

Iran Attacks Northern Iraq, Targeting Kurdish Groups For Unrest At Home | The Wall Street Journal 

Iran attacked Kurdish groups in northern Iraq with drones and missiles on Monday after weeks of warnings from Tehran that it would target foreign actors it accuses of orchestrating a two-month-long antigovernment protest movement at home. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, targeted bases of Kurdish groups near the cities of Erbil and Sulaimaniyah, leaving at least two people dead and nine injured, according to Iraqi Kurdistan’s regional government. It was the second major attack in the region since the protests began, though the IRGC has fired artillery at less populated areas on multiple occasions.