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Iranian Officials Denounce Russian Allies

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25 Jan 2019
Iranian Officials Denounce Russian Allies
Official media outlets in Iran carried statements by senior officials on Thursday denouncing their Russian allies for failing to use the S-300 air defence system during last Sunday’s round of Israeli airstrikes on Iranian and Assad regime military targets in Syria, despite statements from the Kremlin insisting that the systems deployed in Syria are not yet operational.

Here is a video giving some analysis of the Israeli strikes on Syria

In related news, Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi told local media this week that the Islamic Republic, despite declaring that it is in compliance with the 2015 JCPOA nuclear agreement, is proceeding with its renegade nuclear program. Explaining that his agency has purchased spare parts to replace and repair all the equipment de-activated as demanded by the JCPOA so that the program can be quickly reconstituted in a few years when the deal’s sunset clauses are activated, he said "when our team was in the midst of the negotiations, we knew that [the Westerners] would ultimately renege on their promises…I will be going to Ardakan. From there, we will transfer 30 tons of yellow cake to Isfahan. Ardakan has become operational."

In related news, the US announced new sanctions on Thursday aimed at two Iranian-backed terror militias currently operating in Syria and two Iranian airlines that are used to smuggle weapons and other contraband around the world in support of Iran’s terrorist operations, especially in Syria.

"Treasury’s targeting of Iran-backed militias and other foreign proxies is part of our ongoing pressure campaign to shut down the illicit networks the regime uses to export terrorism and unrest across the globe," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.
Finally, the self-described “human rights organization” Amnesty International took a break from its usual routine of narrowly focusing on problems with Israel to issue a statement denouncing Iran’s theocratic regime for the arrests of over 7,000 political opponents in 2018.

"2018 will go down in history as a 'year of shame' for Iran," said Philip Luther, Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa research and advocacy director. "Iran's authorities sought to stifle any sign of dissent by stepping up their crackdown on the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly and carrying out mass arrests of protesters."

Here is a video about conditions inside Iran


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