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Iran News in Brief – December 22, 2020

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UPDATE: 5:30 PM CET

Comment Central: Iran’s reckless state terrorism may mean closing its London embassy

Bob Blackman

By Bob Blackman

The Iranian Diplomat, Assadollah Assadi, is on trial following his intent to blow up a rally in France of a prominent opposition group. Bob Blackman MP is among many other lawmakers who has signed a statement calling for a change to the European diplomatic stance toward Iran.

Recently, a group of 240 lawmakers, including some 50 from the UK, issued a statement calling for a dramatic change in European diplomatic posture toward the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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International Policy Digest: Ongoing Nuclear Work Shows that U.S. and Europe Should Keep Up Pressure on Iran

By Giulio Terzi

The Iranian nuclear deal that was signed with Tehran in 2015, had one objective: To prevent Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Yet, it was evident from the outset that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) had many flaws. Its duration was too short, its scope was too limited, and it kept too many pathways open for Tehran to eventually acquire a nuclear weapon.

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To Make Iran Compromise on Nuclear Issues, European Policy Should Focus Elsewhere

On Monday, Foreign Ministers from Iran, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and China held a virtual gathering to discuss the future of the Iran nuclear deal or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The meeting resulted in a joint statement regarding mutual commitments to the preservation of that deal.

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UPDATE: 9:00 AM CET

Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll in 470 Cities Exceeds 189,300

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Monday, December 21, 2020, that the Coronavirus death toll in 470 cities had exceeded 189,300. The number of victims, in Tehran is 46,486, Khorasan Razavi 12,995, Isfahan 11,185, Khuzestan 9,725, West Azerbaijan 7,128, Gilan 6,756, Fars 5,772, Golestan 4,687, Hamedan 4.550, Kerman 4,029, Kermanshah 3,996, Kurdistan 3,261, Semnan 2,859, Ardabil 2,312, Zanjan 1,970, Ilam 1,955, Bushehr 1,904, and Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari 1,470.

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Iranian Officials Endanger People’s Lives by Refusing to Purchase COVID Vaccine

While the novel coronavirus has claimed the lives of nearly 200,000 Iranians, the IRGC-run medication mafia prevents the purchase of foreign Covid-19 vaccines.

These days while the world severely struggles to provide necessary doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to contain the health crisis, Iranian officials have launched a criminal trade.

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UPI: EU’s policy on Iran is a history of failure

By Struan Stevenson

The trial in Belgium of an Iranian diplomat for attempting to bomb a mass rally of Iranian opposition supporters at Villepinte near Paris in 2018 has provided the clearest sign yet that decades of appeasement by the European Union has done nothing to tame this terrorist regime.

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New warden of Qarchak Prison threatens political prisoners with new attacks

Soghra Khodadadi, the new warden of Qarchak Prison, has threatened to attack political prisoners in this prison, again.

On Sunday, December 13, the anti-riot guards in Qarchak Prison accompanying Soghra Khodadadi raided political prisoners in Ward 8 of Qarchak Prison. They beat them up with stun guns and batons and abandoned them in the ward without any medical care. The prisoners all had bruises, and some had pain in the chest because of the guards’ beatings.

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Baluchi prisoner executed in Central Prison of Zahedan without Proof of Crime

Abdol-Basset Khesht

After eight years of imprisonment and while his crime had not been proven in court, a Baluchi prisoner was executed in the Central Prison of Zahedan.

On Sunday, December 20, 2020, a Baluchi prisoner by the name of Abdol-Basset Khesht was hanged in the Central Prison of Zahedan, capital of the southeastern Sistan and Baluchistan Province. Abdol-Basset, son of Pir-Mohammad, came from the village of Banest in Konarak County.

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Iran news in brief, December 22, 2020

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