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NCRI - At least 500 people have been arrested and the majority sentenced to flogging in Shiraz, southern Iran, for failing to observe a fast during daytime in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, the regime's deputy prosecutor general in the city has said.
At least two sites in the city serving food to people during daytime were sealed down and two vehicles have been impounded by the para-military bassij force as part of the regime's strict measures to prevent people from breaking their fast during the day, Ali Keshavarzi said.
As the chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, is flying into Tehran on Thursday to meet with Hassan Rouhani and op national security officials of the regime in the latest effort to agree on a plan for interviewing scientists, examining their documents and visiting a long list of places, this unresolved issue may stall Iran nuclear talks, the New York Times reports.
It is the third such effort by the UN agency since 2007 to come up with a plan to inspect what it calls the “possible military dimensions” of the Iranian regime’s nuclear program.
Former U.S. defense secretary William Cohen told Bloomberg that U.S. must walk away from any nuclear deal with the Iranian regime that does not provide unrestricted access to military nuclear sites requested by international inspectors.
Cohen told Bloomberg “Let’s verify and then trust”. He added: “Because of the way in which the Iranians have conducted a covert program for so many years, I think it’s incumbent on Iran to earn the trust before they can say the verification regime is okay.”
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is calling on President Obama to walk away from negotiations with the Iranian regime, after the deadline to reach a long-term deal was extended until next week.
Rubio, who is running for president, said in a statement. "If the president were serious about negotiating a deal that advances our security and protects our allies, such as Israel, he would walk away from the table and impose new sanctions on Iran until the regime comes to the table ready to negotiate seriously."
NCRI - Iran’s regime is sowing sectarian discord in the Middle East by masterminding explosions at some Islamic centers, Al-Arabiya TV reported. The report was produced following a deadly suicide explosion last week targeting a Shiite mosque in Kuwait.
“ISIS, al-Qaeda or other terrorist groups are not the only parties that resort to such explosions with a political and sectarian agenda. There are countries such as Iran that fan the sectarian culture in the region and are behind some of the explosions. They target holy sites that belong to the Shiites, including in Iran, Iraq and mosques in Saudi Arabia with specific political objectives in the Arab region,” Alarabiya.net wrote in the Arabic edition of its website on Sunday.
A number of Iran experts and a former U.S. government official expressed serious doubts about the success of a nuclear deal with Iran, underscoring the harmful intentions and nefarious activities of the regime both at home and abroad. The panel debated the issue in Washington on March 12, 2015.
The event, entitled "The Islamic Republic of Iran: Peacemaker or Revolutionary," was organized by New York University and included a panel of experts and policymakers to discuss the consequences and potential outcomes of the ongoing nuclear negotiations with the Iranian regime.
NCRI – The following is an English translation of an infographic published on the website of the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei spelling out his ‘red lines’ in nuclear negotiations with the world powers. Though the regime can never be trusted in what it says, nevertheless we have decided to publish a translation of the text, since these red lines are very telling about the covert military aspects of the regime’s nuclear program.
The infographic chart in Farsi appears on Khamenei’s official website (khamenei.ir), while the English version has been translated by NCR-Iran.org.
NCRI – One of the main areas of contention in the ongoing nuclear negotiations between the P5+1 and the Iranian regime is a demand that Tehran allow complete unrestricted access to international inspectors to monitor Iranian military facilities as part of a possible deal.
A report by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) unveiled last week shows that the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has declared international monitoring of its military sites to be a red line not to be crossed.
Shahin Gobadi, spokesperson of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), answered the following questions regarding the Iranian regime's red lines in nuclear negotiations with the P5+1 countries.
Question: The Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader said publicly last week that Iranian military sites and nuclear scientists would be off limits to IAEA inspectors. US officials have suggested that his comments were for a domestic audience. Is Tehran just trying to force a better deal?
Answer: In reality, Khamenei's remarks fit the framework that he has articulated for nuclear talks by the negotiating team.
Professor Raymond Tanter, cofounder of the Iran Policy Committee (IPC), wrote an article on Monday in The Hill about the misguided policy of successive US governments towards Iran’s main democratic opposition group. The following is the full text of Prof. Tanter’s article:
Source: The Hill, Congress Blog
Published date: June 29, 2015
Appeasing the ayatollahs and suppressing democracy
By Raymond Tanter