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Iran News in Brief – October 21, 2021

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Messages of solidarity of 120 women, members of MEK resistance units from inside Iran



Visiting Middle East, UK Foreign Minister Criticizes Iranian Regime’s Behavior

Britain's Foreign Secretary Liz Truss
Britain’s Foreign Secretary Liz Truss/ Pool via REUTERS

“The Iranian nuclear program has made unprecedented progress and the United Kingdom is very concerned about it,” British Foreign Secretary Liz Terrace told Asharq al Awsat today.

The British Foreign Secretary who had met with Saudi and Qatari officials, added: “We do not want to see Iran acquire nuclear weapons. Iran’s delay in returning to nuclear talks reduces the opportunity for a diplomatic solution. The current offer will not last forever, and Iran must seize the opportunity to resume talks immediately.”


A Prisoner Was Executed Today in Southeast Iran


Iranian regime’s Judiciary executed a prisoner in Zahedan Prison on Thursday, October 21. The prisoner’s name, who was serving his time in prison on drug-related charges was identified as Nazar Naz Ghanbarzehi from Cheshmeh Ziarat village of Zahedan.

In the Last 15 Years, $170B of Investment Has Left Iran

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In a shocking report, citing statistics from the Central Bank, a state-run newspaper stated that about $170 billion of investment has left Iran between 2005 and 2020.

The state-run Farhikhtegan newspaper wrote: “In recent years, we witnessed a surge in capital outflows for investments in housing in Turkey, Georgia and the United Arab Emirates. Unfortunately, the flow of capital out of Iran has become very worrying. Particularly in the last decade, this took place under the pretext of various goals and objectives. But this has been due to weak investment indicators and lack of facilitation of trade as well as distrust in the macroeconomic environment.”


Iranian Regime is Losing Oil Market to Neighboring Countries

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State-run Tejarat News reported: “While Iran and China have a 25-year cooperation agreement and some forecasts indicated an increase in Iranian oil sales to China, the Tehran Chamber of Commerce data show that in the first eight months of 2021, Iran’s oil sales to China dropped by more than $11 billion, compared to three years ago. At the same time, Saudi Arabia’s oil sales to China grew significantly.”

“Oman, Iraq, Kuwait, and the UAE are the other four countries whose oil sales to China have also increased during this period to compensate for China’s drop in oil supply from Iran,” the website added.


Azerbaijan Banned Iranian Trucks from Entering Nagorno-Karabakh Region


Azerbaijan announced that Iranian trucks are not allowed to enter the Nagorno-Karabakh region, otherwise they will face the consequences of violating the law and disrespecting the territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The British paper Independent wrote: “The Azerbaijani Highways and Road Transport Organization issued a statement on Wednesday, banning Iranian drivers and citizens from entering the Nagorno-Karabakh and Lachin regions. According to the statement, the entry of foreign nationals into Azerbaijan, outside the official border crossings, is considered a violation of the border of the Republic of Azerbaijan and violators will be held accountable.”

Last month Azerbaijan detained two Iranian drivers for entering the country illegally which led to an escalation of tensions between Tehran and Baku.


Un Watchdog Warns of Damaged Ability to Monitor Iran’s Nuclear Activity

An Iranian flag at the country’s Bushehr nuclear power plant. President Ebrahim Raisi said on state TV on Monday that his government was ‘serious’ about pursuing nuclear negotiations © AFP via Getty Images

Fragile measures to monitor Iran’s nuclear activity that were established by the U.N.’s atomic energy watchdog are becoming undone, its director-general has warned.

“Stop-gap” measures agreed to in February to prevent the total disintegration of a monitoring deal between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency are no longer “intact,” IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said in an interview with the Financial Times published Tuesday. Specifically, Iran is no longer allowing surveillance cameras to record at its Tesa Karaj facility west of Tehran, which manufactures centrifuge parts.

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Coronavirus Death Toll Across Iran Surpasses 460,800

Infographic-PMOI-MEK reports over 460,800 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran (1)

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 547 cities had exceeded 460,800. In Tehran, the death toll has reached 107,906, Isfahan 31,280, Khuzestan 28,255, Mazandaran 16,990, West Azerbaijan 16,908, Fars 16,755, East Azerbaijan 16,068, Gilan 16,085, Alborz 13,583, Golestan 10,200, Kermanshah 8,409, Kurdistan 7,387, Ardabil 5,770, Qazvin 5,224, and Zanjan 4,390.

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Activities of MEK Resistance Units inside Iran

Messages of solidarity of 120 women, members of MEK resistance units from inside Iran

Maryam Rajavi Trailblazing the Road to Gender Parity in a Free Iran


October 22 marks the anniversary of the announcement of the election of Maryam Rajavi as President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran for the transitional period when a sovereign power is transferred to the people of Iran after the overthrow of the clerical regime. Her election kicked off the Iranian Resistance’s strategic, cultural, political, and ideological campaign against the misogynous ruling mullahs of Iran.

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Iran Nuclear Deal: Tehran’s Endless Cycle of Playing for Time

IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi

Rafael Grossi, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), declared that he intends to visit Tehran “soon” to discuss and hopefully resolve specific concerns about Iran’s nuclear program, he declared on Tuesday. Grossi’s trip is expected to happen before the next meeting of the IAEA board of governors in late November. Some members are pushing for the board to condemn Tehran’s nuclear activity, including violations of the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

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Iranian Self-immolates in Second Suicide Case in One Week in Southwestern City


An Iranian self-immolated yesterday due to unemployment and livelihood problems in Yasuj, southwestern Iran. According to the state-run Asre-Jonoob website, the citizen set himself/herself on fire in front of the Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province Martyr Foundation General Office Building. The report said the citizen self-immolated since the officials did not pay attention to his/her loan request. The identity of the citizen was not stated in the report.

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40,000 to 45,000 Premature Deaths in Iran Annually Due to Air Pollution


Air pollution in the cold season becomes the subject of Iranian state media every year. A challenge that, according to the Ministry of Health, causes 40,000 to 45,000 premature deaths annually. Statistics from Tehran Air Quality Control Company attribute most of Tehran’s air pollution to vehicle and motorcycle traffic. The share has been declared above 50% in the past years. According to the latest published statistics, 70% of the particulate matter produced in Tehran comes from vehicles.

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