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Iran News in Brief – October 7, 2021

U.S. Representative Office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI-US) held a press conference and unveiled previously undisclosed aspects of the Iranian regime’s massive UAV program.



Turkey Banned Iranian Trucks from Entering Its Territory


Ozcan Alash, President of the Turkish-Iranian Trade Development Association announced: “Responding to Tehran’s recent actions, Turkish border crossings to Iran have been closed to Iranian trucks.”

According to the state-run Mizan news agency on October 7, the head of the Turkish-Iranian Trade Relations Development Association said that the trade between Iran and Turkey has been completely stopped due to the tense situation on the border between Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan, adding that this situation could have a negative impact on trade relations between Tehran and Ankara.


Iranians Continue to Call for Justice

خانواده‌شهدای قتل‌عام ۶۷خواستار محاکمه خامنه‌ای و رئیسی جلاد شدند- ۱۵مهر-سوئد دادگاه دژخیم حمید نوری

Today, Iranians and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization demonstrated in Stockholm, where Hamid Nouri, one of the 1988 massacre perpetrators is on trial by the Swedish judiciary. The victims’ families demanded the trial of Ali Khamenei and Ebrahim Raisi as those with the most blood on their hands during four decades of the regime’s dark history.


Iranian FM Threatens to Quit Korean Series


State-run website ‘Entekhab’ quoted Foreign Minister Amir-Abdullahian as saying: “I told the South Korean Foreign Minister that if you fail to give us our money, we may even tell our TV to cease broadcasting any Korean series because Korea has not fulfilled its obligations. I told the South Korean Foreign Minister that our children watch Korean series at home and they keep asking us if these kind Koreans in these series are the same people who refuse to give us our money back?!

Referring to the Vienna talks, Amir Abdollahian added: “If the talks are going to be negotiations for negotiations, then we will make the appropriate decision.”


Iranian Passport Among the Least Valid on Henley Passport Index

Henley Passport Index-iran-passport

Ranking as 107th in Henley & Partners index, the Iranian passport is among the least valid in terms of visa-free travel among all countries in the world. The London-based residence and citizenship planning firm published its latest list of valid passports in the world. The Iranian passport is still among the weakest and ranks tenth at the bottom of the table. According to the report, UAE has the strongest passport in the Middle East region and among the Arab countries. Japan and Singapore, as in previous years, are at the top of the list of the strongest passports in the world.


Hundreds of Admirers Gather to Commemorate Executed Man

The memorial service on the seventh day of the execution of Abbas Gholi Salehi was held on Thursday, October 6, under strict security measures. Despite his family was threatened by the regime, they held the ceremony with a large crowd of the people of Yazdanshahr attending.

حضور گسترده مردم در مراسم هفتم عباسقلی صالحی در یزدانشهر اصفهان- ۱۵مهر

حضور گسترده مردم در مراسم هفتم عباسقلی صالحی در یزدانشهر اصفهان- ۱۵مهر


Azerbaijan Denies Visa for Iranian Official

Hossein Pir Moazen, head of the Iran-Azerbaijan Joint Chamber-min

Following tensions between Baku and Tehran, the Azerbaijani government refused to issue a visa for Hossein Pir Moazen, head of the Iran-Azerbaijan Joint Chamber. Mehran Fekri, Vice President of the chamber told the state-run website ‘Ruydad 24’: “The head of the chamber wanted to travel to Azerbaijan next week for a meeting, but due to the tensions, the head of the chamber was denied a visa.”

Tensions between the Iranian regime and the Republic of Azerbaijan escalated after the wargames conducted by Iran’s northern neighbor on the border between Iran, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. Accordingly, the regime’s army ground forces also held a training exercise called ‘Conquerors of Khaybar’ as saber-rattling.


Global Consensus Against Iranian Regime’s Behavior in UN General Assembly First Committee

Credit: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

As the 76th session of the UN General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security continues, envoys from different countries called for curbing the Iranian regime’s nuclear program.

Aidan Liddle, UK ambassador and permanent representative to the conference said: “We have deep concerns about Iran’s destabilising activity and its ballistic missile activities are inconsistent with UNSCR 2231; in particular, the proliferation of weapons to proxies and non-state actors which undermines regional security. Iran’s escalatory nuclear activity undermines the counter-proliferation value of the JCPOA and threatens its preservation. We began talks in April to restore the JCPOA and negotiated in good faith until Iran paused talks in June. We call on Iran to return to negotiations without delay.”

Andrejs Pildegovičs, permanent representative of the Republic of Latvia said: “Despite efforts by the EU and the IAEA, Iran has repeatedly reduced its commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Latvia expresses deep concerns over Iran’s actions and calls for immediate resumption of verification and reporting activities and for the talks in Vienna to continue.”

Krzysztof Szczerski permanent representative of the Republic of Poland to the UN said: “On another regional issue of the global security range, we note with concern steps taken by Iran violating its obligations under the JCPOA, highlighted by the IAEA reports. Exceeding uranium enrichment and stocks significantly above JCPOA limits and producing uranium metal make it impossible to be assured about the exclusively peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear programme. We hope Iran will return to JCPOA negotiations in Vienna without any further delay and that parties will finally reach consensus on the JCPOA reactivation.”


Iranian Regime-Backed Houthis Are a Threat to International Shipping- Yemeni Official

Moamer al Eryani yemen

Moammar Al-Eryani, Yemeni Minister of Information stressed that the terrorist acts of Houthi militants affiliated with the Iranian regime are a threat to international naval lines.
The Yemeni Minister of Information said: “We call on the international community, the United Nations, the U.N. and U.S. envoys to Yemen to fulfill their responsibilities in maintaining regional and international security while condemning the actions of Houthi militants.”
Meanwhile, in a letter to the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday, Abdullah al-Saadi, Yemen’s representative to the United Nations, said that the Houthis were targeting civilians with ballistic missiles. According to this letter, the Houthis were committing war crimes by besieging the city of al-Abdiya in the south of Maarib and he called on the Security Council to condemn and punish the Houthis’ violations.


Iran’s Armed-Drone Prowess Reshapes Security in Middle East


Wall Street Journal- A deadly attack on an oil tanker by explosive-laden drones. Unmanned aircraft launched from the Gaza Strip hitting Israeli neighborhoods. Strikes on Saudi Arabian refineries and pipelines and on bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq.

Behind this wave of attacks, U.S., European and Israeli defense officials say: Iran and its allies across the Middle East. They say Tehran’s rapidly developing ability to build and deploy drones is changing the security equation in a region already on edge.

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Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses 449,700

Infographic-PMOI-MEK reports over 449,700 coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in Iran (1)

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, that the COVID-19 death toll in 547 cities had exceeded 449,700. The number of victims in Tehran has reached 105,376, Khorasan Razavi 37,015, Isfahan 30,310, Khuzestan 27,565, West Azerbaijan 16,193, Fars 16,190, East Azerbaijan 15,833, Lorestan 15,010, Alborz 13,208, Golestan 10,065, Kermanshah 8,119, Yazd 7,423, North Khorasan 5,759, Qazvin 5,029, Ilam 4,273, South Khorasan 3,896, and Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari 3,415.

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Protest Held in Beirut Against Visit by Iran’s Foreign Minister

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People stage a protest against visit of Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian to Beirut on October 06, 2021 in Beirut, Lebanon. ( Houssam Shbaro – Anadolu Agency )

Anadolu Agency- Lebanese demonstrated Wednesday in Beirut against an imminent visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. Anadolu Agency reported that dozens of Lebanese protested in Sassine Square in Achrafieh district of eastern Beirut because of the invitation by a youth group, Sovereign Groups.

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Biden Administration Needs to Take Decisive Action Against Iranian Nuclear Threat- Experts

The Iran Nuclear Showdown: What’s Next?

In a virtual meeting broadcasted from Washington D.C., David Albright, founder and president of the Institute for Science and International Security, and Olli Heinonen, deputy director-general for Safeguards at the International Atomic Energy Agency called upon the IAEA and the international community to take a decisive role countering the Iranian regime’s nuclear threat.

During the virtual roundtable that was organized by the Hudson Institute, David Albright said: “The Iranian regime has been able to use a very successful tactic, which is to being rewarded only by expressing the willingness to negotiate without making any substantive progress.”

Albright said it was time for the US Congress to put pressure on President Biden’s administration to deal more decisively with the Iranian regime.

Oli Heinonen said the indecision in dealing with the Iranian regime’s nuclear program has led to Tehran’s abuse of the international community’s excessive patience towards advancing its nuclear goals.

“Cut off From the World” — Survivor Talks of Iran’s 1988 Massacre


Thirty-three years after the summer 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners in Iran the world is coming to understand the horrific details of this genocide. The mullahs’ regime in Iran had, and continues to this day, gone to great lengths to both eradicate the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), which it considers the main threat to its rule since day one after the 1979 revolution.

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Iran’s Regime Exacerbates COVID Outbreak by Holding Arbaeen Ceremonies


While the Iranian regime’s health minister is heralding victory over coronavirus in the next few days, many physicians and health experts are warning about the threat of the sixth wave of Covid in Iran, which will result in more deaths in the next weeks than what has been witnessed in the past few months. Even the state-run Tasnim News Agency reported on October 5, “In the next 14 days, we will probably witness a spike in the indicators and probability of a sixth peak in the country.”

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Iran in September, the Month of Teachers’ Protests


In September 2021, a total of 340 protest movements were formed in Iran in 109 cities in 30 provinces by different strata. The main and significant protests were held by the country’s teachers protesting their miserable situation while living below the poverty line. While their protests are now continuing in October the regime expressed many times its fear and many state media outlets asked the government for a solution, fearing the regime will experience more intense protests.

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Death Penalty for Women Under the Misogynous Rule of the Mullahs


Death penalty for women under the misogynous rule of the mullahs in Iran. The World Day Against the Death Penalty this year is dedicated to women “who risk being sentenced to death, who have received a death sentence, who have been executed, and to those who have had their death sentences commuted, exonerated, or pardoned.”

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