U.S. Puts Sanctions On Iran Morality Police, Accusing Unit Of Abusing Women

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U.S. Puts Sanctions On Iran Morality Police, Accusing Unit Of Abusing Women | Reuters 

The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on Iran's morality police over allegations of abuse of Iranian women, saying it held the unit responsible for the death of a 22-year-old in custody that has sparked protests around Iran. The U.S. Treasury Department also accused the morality police of violating the rights of peaceful protesters and said it had imposed sanctions on seven senior Iranian military and security officials, including the chief of the Iranian army's ground forces.  

Iran Unveils New Medium-Range Ballistic Missile During Parade: State TV | AFP 

Iran unveiled a new medium-range ballistic missile on Thursday during a military parade commemorating the Iran-Iraq war, state television said. “The liquid-fuelled Rezvan ballistic missile has an operational range of 1,400 kilometers (870 miles),” said the station, which aired images of the missile mounted on a military vehicle. The Rezvan missile was presented in Tehran during an annual parade of the armed forces to commemorate the start of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.  

U.S. Calls Iranian Demand To End Nuclear Probes 'Unreasonable' | Reuters 

Iran said on Thursday it saw no point reviving a 2015 nuclear pact without guarantees the United States would not withdraw again and unless U.N. inspectors close probes of Tehran's atomic program, a stance a U.S. official rejected as "unreasonable." Signaling failure of attempts at the United Nations General Assembly to overcome an impasse, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said: "What is the use of having a revived deal without assuring guarantees that the U.S. will not violate again?" After a meeting with Raisi on Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron said that "the ball on reaching a nuclear deal with Iran is now in Tehran's camp".  

UANI IN THE NEWS 

What’s Happening In Iran? Here’s What People There Are Saying. | Jason Rezaian For The Washington Post 

Every so often over the past quarter-century, analysts have predicted that Iran was on the cusp of major change. They always turned out to be wrong. Now, unrest is engulfing the country yet again. Here are the threats the Islamic republic’s regime is facing, what people are saying — and why this time could be different. Some of the posts below contain graphic content. Iran is being rocked by nationwide protests sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was arrested in Tehran last week for the alleged crime of wearing an improper hijab.  

NUCLEAR DEAL & NUCLEAR PROGRAM 

Efforts To Revive Iran Nuclear Deal Have 'Hit A Wall' -U.S. Official | Reuters 

Efforts to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have hit a wall because of Iran's insistence on the closure of the U.N. nuclear watchdog's investigations, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Thursday. "We've hit a wall" because of Iran's stance, the U.S. official told reporters on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, saying that nothing had happened this week to suggest Iran is willing to change its stance. 

PROTESTS & HUMAN RIGHTS 

Iran Restricts Internet Access As Women’s Rights Protests Spread | The Wall Street Journal

Iran restricted access to the Internet in large parts of the country on Thursday as authorities try to curb a women’s rights protest movement that has relied on social media to express dissent and rally support, while the U.S. imposed sanctions on Iran’s morality police. The death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini late last week in police custody for allegedly violating Iran’s strict Islamic dress code has sparked demonstrations across the country. Protesters have clashed violently with security forces who used tear gas and fired live ammunition.  

At Least 9 Killed As Iran Protests Over Woman’s Death Spread | Associated Press 

Clashes between Iranian security forces and protesters angry over the death of a 22-year-old woman in police custody have killed at least nine people since the violence erupted over the weekend, according to a tally Thursday by The Associated Press. The scope of Iran’s ongoing unrest, the worst in several years, still remains unclear as protesters in more than a dozen cities — venting anger over social repression and the country’s mounting crises — continue to encounter security and paramilitary forces.  

Iran's Raisi Warns Against 'Acts Of Chaos' Over Mahsa Amini's Death | Reuters 

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said on Thursday that "acts of chaos" are not acceptable, in a warning to protesters who have taken to the streets across the country in fury over the death of a woman in the morality police's custody. Speaking at a news conference on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Raisi added he had ordered an investigation into the case of Mahsa Amini, 22, who died last week after being arrested for wearing "unsuitable attire."  

U.S.-IRAN RELATIONS & NEGOTIATIONS 

Elon Musk Should Provide Internet In Iran, Lawmakers Urge Yellen | Bloomberg 

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen should give Elon Musk’s satellite Internet service Starlink clearance to operate in heavily sanctioned Iran as the country faces widespread protests, a bipartisan group of lawmakers said. Musk “recently stated that SpaceX would seek a license to provide its satellite based Starlink Internet service to Iran,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Yellen. “If such a license request is submitted, we urge you to approve it immediately.” Musk called for the exemption in a tweet on Monday.  

Amanpour Says Iran’s President Canceled Interview When She Wouldn’t Cover Head | The Washington Post 

Christiane Amanpour was all set to interview Iran’s president in New York on Wednesday when Iranian officials stepped in with a last-minute condition: The CNN host would have to wear a head covering, in deference to Iranian custom and an Islamic religious ritual. Amanpour said she refused — at which point aides to president Ebrahim Raisi canceled the interview, setting off an incident that underscored tensions over women’s rights in Iran. “I refused to fold or cave to enable [the Iranians] to impose the laws of their land on our land,” Amanpour told The Washington Post on Thursday. She added, “I stood up for myself as a journalist.”

Ebrahim Raisi Is A Monster. His Entry Into The U.S. Was Inexcusable | Sen. Ted Cruz And Rep. Claudia Tenney For Newsweek 

Ebrahim Raisi, the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran handpicked by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, touched down in the United States this week for the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Raisi should never have been allowed to enter our country. The president is prohibited by Congress from granting entry visas for the UN to leaders who have committed terrorist activities, including threatening assassination, and who pose a risk to our national security.  

MILITARY/INTELLIGENCE MATTERS & PROXY WARS 

Russia, Iran, China To Hold Joint Navy Drills In Indian Ocean | Bloomberg 

Iran, Russia and China will hold joint naval exercises in the northern Indian Ocean “this autumn,” Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency reported. Other countries including Oman and Pakistan may also join the drills, Mehr cited Iranian Chief of Staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri as saying, without giving further details. The northern Indian Ocean extends to the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz, a key waterway for the export of oil to world markets. The three nations started joint exercises in December 2019, according to Iranian state media, to deal with unspecified “threats in the region.”