Amid a Saudi-led military offensive to defeat Iranian backed Houthis that control much of Yemen, the White House has expressed concern about the Iranian regime’s role in stoking violence in that country.
An official at the U.S. National Security Council official said yesterday that Tehran’s actions were destabilising and threatening Yemen’s government.
NCRI - Over 500 Tabriz Petrochemical Company workers gathered outside the employment office in the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz on Wednesday to protest against the plant’s director preventing their entry to the factory after refusing to sign contacts which they regard discriminatory.
The director of Tabriz Petrochemical Company has barred the workers from the repairs and maintenance department from entering the plant since the beginning of the Iranian New Year on March 21.
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce said the “takeover of southern Yemen by the Iranian-supported Houthis has led to chaos, threatening the national security interests of our regional partners and the United States.”
“Regional states, led by Saudi Arabia at President Hadi’s request, are taking action from the air,” Royce said.
Early on Thursday, King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia ordered the beginning of a sweeping military operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen that are backed by the Iranian regime.
Hours later the Saudi Air Force carried out several airstrikes on Houthi positions in Yemen, destroying most of an airbase used by the militia in Sanaa and "most of their air defenses," a Saudi source told Al Arabiya News Channel.
In an interview with a German daily Mrs Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) warned that mullahs in Tehran will not give up the nuclear bomb. She also warned against the Iranian regime’s increasing interference in the neighboring Iraq.
“The mullahs' regime has never been a reliable negotiating partner and it cannot be one. This is a proven fact. We have been witnessing 30 years of concealment and deception. The Iranian Resistance divulged a secret nuclear site just in the midst of the recent talks. I think this regime will never give up its nuclear program, voluntarily,” she said in the interview published on March 6 in West Dutche Allgemeine Zeitung.
Saudi Arabia is moving heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its border with Yemen, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, raising the risk that the Middle East’s top oil power will be drawn into the worsening Yemeni conflict, Reuters reported.
The buildup followed a southward advance by Iranian-backed Houthi Shi'ite militants who took control of the capital Sanaa in September and seized the central city of Taiz.
NCRI - A number of residents of the Iranian city of Khoramshahr were arrested after taking part in a funeral service of an Arab Iranian worker that turned into an anti-regime protest with people chanting slogans against the regime.
Younes Asakereh, a 31-year-old street vendor, was a resident of the city of Khoramshahr in the oil-rich province of Khuzestan in southwestern Iran.
Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization announced on Tuesday that the Iranian regime will not implement the Additional Protocol to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which would allow international inspectors the ability to go anywhere at any time to examine sites suspected of harboring secret nuclear weapons development.
France warned on Tuesday that "insufficient" progress has been made toward a nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers with specific disparities over research and development and the issue of sanctions.
"Iran must now make difficult choices if it truly wishes to regain the trust of the international community," French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre told a United Nations Security Council meeting on U.N. sanctions on Iran.
The European Union is set to put 40 shipping firms controlled or otherwise linked to the Iranian regime Shipping Lines (IRISL) back on a list of sanctioned groups, Reuters reports.
The 40 companies includes Hamburg-based Ocean Capital Administration GmbH, that were previously placed on the EU's sanctions list.EU says these companies were controlled or otherwise linked to top national carrier the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL), which had previously been blacklisted.