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Iran News in Brief – June 27, 2022

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UPDATE: 8:00 PM CEST

Amid Nuclear Talks Resuming in Qatar, Khamenei’s Mouthpiece Warns of Bad Signals to Russia and China

The Kayhan newspaper whose editorial guidelines are dictated by the Supreme Leader’s office, wrote today: “Negotiating in Qatar is a trap and we should not reward the United States with it. The West is waiting for us to welcome the resumption of negotiations zealously (a retreat if you will) and fall into the American and European traps!”

“Another thing that should not be overlooked is that the location of the nuclear negotiations is not the main issue,” the daily added. “If the United States wanted to lift the sanctions, it could have done so in Vienna. Therefore, determining another place for the talks may initiate the rumor that China and Russia were disturbing the negotiations and Iran and the United States are supposed to sideline China and Russia by indirect negotiations in Qatar.”


UPDATE: 12:30 PM CEST

Regime’s President Warns of MEK

In a meeting with officials of the Judiciary, the regime’s president Ebrahim Raisi repeated Tehran’s grievances about the Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization and warned law enforcement to be aware of penetration into state institutions.

“The group of hypocrites (regime’s description of the MEK) shall eternally be cursed because wherever you see evil and sedition in the country in the last 40 years, there has been a footprint of the hypocrites,” Raisi said. “There has been no movement or action against this revolution where the hypocrites were absent. With the backing of dominant powers (one of the regime’s terms for referring to the West), the hypocrites have always tried to continue with their evil doing.”

The former head of the Judiciary added: “Combatting penetration is the main task of the revolutionary forces. The revolutionary forces must be wary so that those who try to infiltrate our system cannot pursue their evil goals in this country. Today, the main task of the revolutionary forces is to combat penetration.”


UPDATE: 8:30 AM CEST

MEK Resistance Units Expand Activities in Several Cities Across Iran

Members of Resistance Units, an expanding network of brave and resilient Iranians associated with the opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), are escalating their ongoing campaign of measures aimed at weakening the regime’s crackdown across the country. In recent days, the Resistance Units carried out activities in several cities, including Tehran, Mashhad, Rasht, Sabzevar, and Isfahan.

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Iran’s Nuclear Program in Spotlight Again as Borrell Goes to Tehran

The European Union foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, took a two-day trip to Tehran on June 25, in the latest effort by the EU to restart talks aimed at restoring the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The recent talks in Vienna over reviving the JCPOA were ineffective and halted without success in March. Reports say several matters of disagreement between the United States and Iran, including over Washington listing the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization, were behind the deal’s failures.

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Like All Iran Regime’s Created Disasters, the Case of Metropol Collapse Has Been Closed

One of the worst disasters caused by the Iran regime’s corruption was the collapse of the Metropol tower in Abadan on May 22, 2022. Dozens were killed, and many others were injured. The regime has refused to announce the victims’ names or the actual casualties, while many unofficial numbers speak about the death of more than 300 people, mostly workers.

This event brought the critical state of instability and worn-out buildings in Iran to light. Yesterday the state-run daily Asr-e Iran wrote that the regime’s Head of Medical Sciences had ordered the evacuation of the Hazrat-e Rasul hospital by the end of July. He said that this hospital, like many other hospitals in the country, is insecure and that an event like the Metropol collapse is possible in many of them.

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Security Forces Arrest 22 Tourists in Northern Forest

Security forces arrested 22 tourists in the summer heights of the Amlash region of Gilan Province last weekend.

Some local media outlets claimed on Sunday, that these individuals were involved in ” propagating an emerging and Western sect.”

According to reports, these citizens had come to this recreational area in tourist groups, and security forces confiscated 14 cars of these tourists upon their arrest.

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Rights Lawyer Returned to Prison to ‘Continue Serving His Sentence’

Amirsalar Davoodi, a human rights activist and lawyer who was temporarily released from prison in June last year after about 2 years and 7 months in prison, was returned to prison on Sunday.

Mr. Davoodi’s wife, Tannaz Kolahchian, tweeted that the human rights lawyer had been sent back to prison “to continue serving his sentence.”

Amirsalar Davoudi was arrested on November 20, 2018, by security agents in his law office.

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Father of Slain Protester Imprisoned for Seeking Justice

Amin Ansarifar, the father of slain protester Farzad Ansarifar turned himself in to begin serving his sentence in Behbahan Prison.

Ansarifar’s eldest son, 27-year-old Farzad, was shot and killed in November 2019 by a bullet fired by the state security forces in Behbahan, southern Iran, during the protests over the sudden rise in gasoline prices.

Ansarifar’s daughter, Farzaneh, tweeted the news, saying that her father’s crime was asking: “Who is my son’s killer?”

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Freedom-Loving Iranians, MEK Supporters Rallies in Sweden, Germany, and Denmark Against the Mullahs’ Regime – June 25, 2022

MEK Supporters Rallies in Frankfurt, Aarhus, & Gothenburg Against the Mullahs’ Regime -June 25, 2022

June 25, 2022: Freedom-Loving Iranians and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) rallied in Sweden, Germany, and Denmark against the mullahs’ regime. The rallies took place in Stockholm, Frankfurt, Aarhus, and Gothenburg.

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Read more: Iran News in Brief – June 26, 2022