• Iran documents show nuclear deal ‘was built on lies’
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says a landmark nuclear deal with Iran was “built on lies”, after Israel claimed to have proof of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons programme.
He said it showed that the accord with Iran and six world powers in 2015 was based on deception, and not goodwill.
President Trump has long signalled his desire to abandon the deal and is due to make a decision in the coming weeks.
• Iran destroys mass graves of those executed in 1988
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates : Iran is destroying or redeveloping the sites of mass graves holding those executed in a 1988 wartime purge that killed as many as 5,000 people, a report released Monday alleges.
The joint report by the London-based group Justice for Iran and Amnesty International calls new attention to the mass executions carried out nearly 30 years ago, which came at the end of Iran’s bloody war with Iraq.
• Iranian regime tells ISPs to block Telegram
Iranian officials have called for ISPs to block both the mobile and desktop versions of Telegram in the country. ISPs are also reportedly being instructed to block the messaging service in a way that can’t be bypassed by a VPN. Reuters reports that Iran’s judiciary website Mizan, quoting a court order, said, “All internet providers in Iran must take steps to block Telegram’s website and app as of April 30.” The site also said that Telegram had threatened the country’s security through “propaganda against the establishment, terrorist activities, spreading lies to incite public opinion, anti-government protests and pornography.”
• Iranian regime confirms arrest of British-Iranian professor
A British-Iranian academic has been arrested in Iran on security charges, the country has confirmed.
Abbas Edalat, professor in computer science and mathematics at Imperial College London, was detained on 15 April, after being arrested by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, according to the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).
Professor Edalat is the founder of the Campaign against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran, an anti-war protest group.