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Iran News in Brief – December 15, 2021

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UPDATE: 08:20 PM CET

Iranians Hold Protest in Sweden, Calling for Raisi’s Prosecution

Freedom-loving Iranians and family members of political prisoners killed by the Iranian regime during the 1988 massacre were rallying outside the Swedish Parliament calling for the prosecution of the regime’s President Ebrahim Raisi.

UPDATE: 06:45 PM CET

The World Has a “Blurred Image” of Iran’s Nuclear Program, IAEA Chief Warns

Restrictions caused by Tehran give a “very blurred image” of Iran’s nuclear program, the UN’s nuclear chief warned on Tuesday.

IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi issued the warning as Tehran continues to deny UN inspectors access to a nuclear site in Karaj Tehran alleges that saboteurs used the IAEA’s cameras to plan an attack on the site.

Grossi called the claim “absurd” Grossi also warned about the high level of uranium enrichment taking place at Iran’s nuclear sites. “There’s no other country other than those making nuclear weapons reaching those high levels” of uranium enrichment, Grossi said.

Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Urmia Central Prison—Iran News

47 political prisoners in Urmia Central Prison of northwest Iran went on hunger strike after being transferred to a high-security ward The high-security ward lacks basic facilities and is very small.

It has been designed to torture and harass political prisoners. The warden seeks to isolate the transferred inmates from other political prisoners Urmia Central Prison is one of the most notorious prisons in Iran.

The prison’s authorities often torture prisoners and force them into false confessions The prison is also low on hygiene and has a high Covid-19 death rate.

UPDATE: 08:30 AM CET

Briefing: Policy Options to Counter the Rising Iranian Threat

The U.S. Representative office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), will hold a briefing over the rising threat of the Iranian regime, following the presidency of Ebrahim Raisi.
This conference will be attended by a number of renowned American politicians and experts. Tune in to watch this briefing.

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Blinken: The Us Is Preparing for “Alternative” Solutions if Nuclear Talks With Iran Fail

With talks to curb Iran’s nuclear program nearing a deadlock, the US will take “alternative” measures, its top diplomat said.

“We are actively engaging with allies and partners on alternatives,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday. Echoing remarks by European diplomats, Blinken said, “Time is running out, that Iran is still not engaged in real negotiations.”

Tehran has taken a maximalist stance in the talks, asking for the lifting of all sanctions, including those not related to its nuclear program Tehran also committed to fewer limits to its nuclear activities Blinken and other politicians previously warned Tehran might use the talks to buy time for its nuclear program


Iran’s Security Forces Receive a Boost in New Year’s Budget

The government delivered the budget bill for the Persian year 1401 (starting in March 2022) to the Majlis on Sunday.

According to state-run news outlets, the bill allocates 930 trillion rials (~$3.1 billion) to the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), a 240% increase in comparison to last year The budget for some security organizations, such as the Bassij, is missing from the bill The state-run broadcasting corp. (IRIB) will receive 52.89 trillion rials (~$176.3 million), a 56% yearly increase.

Meanwhile, vital segments of the society, such as teachers and retired government workers, have not received their due The sudden increase in the budget of the regime’s security and propaganda apparatus comes amidst ongoing protests across Iran.


 

Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses 488,100

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 547 cities had exceeded 488,500. In Tehran death toll has reached 114,385, Khorasan Razavi 39,575, Isfahan 33,590, West Azerbaijan 18,393, Fars 18,285, Mazandaran 17,795, Lorestan 16,220, Kermanshah 9,114, Kurdistan 8,042, Semnan 6,460, Qazvin 5,664, Ilam 4,673, and Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari 3,765.

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As Protests Grow Across Iran, Khamenei’s Worst Fears Turn Into Reality

The three-day strikes of teachers in more than 100 cities across Iran are indicative of the restlessness of the society and the regime’s waning capacity in preventing protests. Starting on Saturday, the teachers refused to go to classes and held protest rallies in different cities.

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Read more: Iran News in Brief – December 14, 2021

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