The Iranian regime’s President Hassan Rouhani is an “utterly ruthless operator”, who had presided since 2013 over a collapsing economy and what Amnesty International called “a staggering execution spree”, murdering and imprisoning so many dissidents that Iran has per capita the highest execution rate in the world, writes Christopher Booker in this week’s Sunday Telegraph.
“The real power in Iran lies with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), which is answerable only to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. This not only controls more than half Iran’s economy but is responsible for spreading terror at home and abroad across the Middle East”, Mr. Booker wrote in his weekly column, which was published on May 28, 2017.
NCRI - Presided over by former Italian FM Giulio Terzi and with participation of a number of Italian senators and MPs, a press conference was held in Italian Parliament on May 22, 2017, during which the participants reviewed the consequences of Iranian regime’s presidential election show and stressed on adopting a decisive policy against the regime for its wave of executions and terrorist interventions in the region.
Following President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia last week, the state-run media in Iran has had a lot to say. One outlet quoted Mohammad Javad Zarif, the country’s foreign minister, as saying that President Trump is working alongside “the supporters of terrorism” and that he is making allegations against Iran with the aim of “milking” Saudi Arabia.
The Iranian regime claims it has built a third underground ballistic missile production factory and will keep developing its missile program.
The announcement was made by the Fars news agency, affiliated to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), which quoted a senior IRGC commander.
The United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee backed legislation on Thursday that would impose new sanctions on Iran's regime over its ballistic missile development, support for Islamist militant groups, weapons transfers and human rights violations.
The vote was 18-3 in favor of the legislation, paving the way for its consideration by the full Senate, Reuters reported.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday that his department is reviewing licenses for Boeing Co and Airbus to sell aircraft to Iran, telling lawmakers he will increase sanctions pressure on the regimes in Iran, Syria and North Korea, Reuters reported.
"We will use everything within our power to put additional sanctions on Iran, Syria and North Korea to protect American lives," Mnuchin said in testimony to the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee. "I can assure you that's a big focus of mine and I discuss it with the president."
United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has called upon the Iranian regime’s president to end all support and financing of terrorist groups.
Mr. Tillerson said the U.S. is working to bolster Gulf defenses in order to counter the Iranian regime’s influence in the region.
Ever since the UK became one of the six parties to negotiate with Iran over its nuclear programme, the British Government has been opening itself up to criticism that it is neglecting the issue of Tehran’s record of human rights violations, argues Mike Freer the Conservative candidate for Finchley and Golders Green in the upcoming UK election.
In an op-ed on Monday for the British website Conservative Home, Mr. Freer writes:
NCRI - Iran's intelligence minister emphasized once again about its Ministry’s role in negotiations to exchange prisoners with U.S. two years ago.
According to State news Agency ISNA, Mahmoud Alavi said at Friday’s prayer ceremony on May 5th: “Intelligence Ministry did the negotiation of prisoners exchange and consequently that sum of one billion seven hundred and ten million dollars was recuperated some of the prisoners were released and sanctions on a bank and a number of institutions were lifted.”