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Iran Marks Revolution Anniversary by Making Threats

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11 Feb 2019 (All day)
Iran Marks Revolution Anniversary by Making Threats
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gave a fiery speech broadcast live on State TV Monday, saying among other things that "We have not asked and will not ask for permission to develop different types of ... missiles and will continue our path and our military power…the Iranian people have and will have some economic difficulties (due to the sanctions) but we will overcome the problems by helping each other.” The speech was part of celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the violent coup which occurred in 1979 and became known to history as Iran’s Islamic Revolution.

In related news, Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, declared on Sunday that the Islamic Republic is preparing to boost uranium enrichment at several facilities which together employ nearly 200,000 centrifuges, despite the JCPOA nuclear deal. “Some European governments expect the Iranian nation to both put up with sanctions and give up its nuclear activities,” he said.

Russia Putting Pressure on Israeli Actions in Syria
Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin said in an interview posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry website over the weekend that the Kremlin has told Israel that “arbitrary attacks on sovereign Syrian territory should be stopped,” adding that it has not moved on from the downing of Russian intelligence aircraft last September that Russia blamed on Israel even though it was Assad regime loyalists who shot it down. He also said that Russia does not consider Hezbollah a terrorist organization and did not recognize the legitimacy of Israeli strikes on it.

Here is a video giving some analysis of the situation in Syria



HRW Official Says Israel Interfering in UK Politics
Sarah Leah Winston, executive director of the Middle East and North Africa division at the self-described “human rights group” HRW, sent out a tweet over the weekend accusing Israel of entering into a conspiracy to unfairly malign UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. In response, Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon tweeted that HRW “has lost all legitimacy when it comes to Israel. Obsessive hatred and conspiracy theories worthy of the worst antisemites.”

BDS Movement Threatens to Derail Large Deal with South Africa
South African members of the movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel are putting heavy pressure on dairy conglomerate Clover to cancel a massive deal with Israel’s Central Bottling Company (CBC) to allow Milco, a business consortium in which CBC holds a majority, to buy 59.5% of Clover. The pressure is coming despite the boost the deal could give to South Africa’s struggling economy.

 

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