Iran dismisses US claims of arms supply to Taliban
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh categorically dismissed “baseless” claims by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Iran is sending weapons to Taliban militant group, saying what is happening now in Afghanistan is the outcome of the US warmongerings in the Asian country.
The spokesman said the accusations leveled by the US secretary of state amount to a type of blame game and an attempt at diverting the public opinion from Washington’s instances of assistance to Daesh terrorist group, IRNA reported.
“What is going on in Afghanistan today is the result of US warmongering and intervention in the country’s affairs,” Khatibzadeh said.
In an interview with Radio Free Europe, Pompeo had accused Iran and Russia of arming the Taliban. “We know that the Russians have armed the Taliban in the past, right. We know that the Iranians continue to arm them today,” he alleged.
Khatibzadeh said the US has so far failed to provide any explanation for the nature of the helicopters that fly by NATO forces in Afghanistan to help out the Daesh terrorist group.
The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 under the banner of following the September 11 attacks in order to wage a “war on terror” thousands of miles away from America’s own borders.
The invasion toppled the Taliban militants, but the group now controls more territory than at any point since being ousted from power and is engaged in peace talks with the United States.
Daesh has also gone from strength to strength, especially in eastern Afghanistan, after suffering crushing defeats in Syria and Iraq.
Iran reports 2,247 new coronavirus cases
Iran’s Health Ministry reported 2,247 new cases of infection with the coronavirus from Sunday to Monday, bringing the total number of the infected people in the country to 345,450.
The ministry’s spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said that 1,255 out of the new cases have been hospitalized since Sunday noon.
Lari added that 299,157 patients have recovered from the disease in the country so far, which is the worst-hit country from the virus in the West Asia, according to IRNA.
Among those undergoing treatment in medical centers at present, 3,773 patients have critical health conditions, Lari said.
Lari put the total death toll from the novel coronavirus in Iran at 19,804 after the disease claimed the lives of 165 more people from Sunday to Monday.
The ministry’s spokeswoman said that more than 2,887,000 coronavirus diagnostic tests have been carried out in Iran so far.
On Sunday, the Health Ministry said that most of the country’s provinces are still in the high-risk “red” category or alarming situation.
The ministry said that the provinces of Mazandaran, Tehran, Qom, Golestan, North Khorasan, Ardebil, Isfahan, Alborz, Khorasan Razavi, Kerman, Semnan, East Azarbaijan, Markazi, Yazd and Gilan are still classified as “red”, the highest level on the country’s color-coded risk scale.
It added that the provinces of Fars, Ilam, Lorestan, Hormuzgan, Zanjan, Qazvin, West Azarbaijan, Bushehr, Hamedan, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, and Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad are on an alarming situation.
The ministry urged the people to observe the country’s health protocols in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country.
Iran has been battling to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak since announcing its first cases on February 19.
Declared virus-related deaths and infections in Iran rebounded since hitting months-long lows in May. But, new figures in recent weeks have shown a decrease in the number of deaths and infections across the country.
Authorities have made wearing masks mandatory in enclosed spaces and reimposed restrictions lifted gradually since April to reopen the country’s sanctions-hit economy.
John Kerry’s self-styled admission of US involvement in overthrowing of Prime Minister Mossadegh
By Farshid Farahnakian*
Sixty seven years ago, the popular Iranian Prime Minister Mohmmad Mossadegh who led the oil industry nationalization movement from Britain was forced out of office in a joint clandestine US-UK operation. Former US Secretary of State John Kerry in his book “Every Day Is Extra” acknowledges that the United Sates was directly involved in the notorious removal of the popular Iranian premier in Augut 1953.
A Yale graduate, Kerry enlisted in the US Navy in 1966, and served in the infamous Vietnam War. He returned home highly decorated but disillusioned and testified powerfully before Congress as a young veteran opposed to the war. Kerry was elected to the Senate in 1984, eventually serving five terms. In 2004, he was the Democratic presidential nominee and came within one state – Ohio -- of winning. He succeeded Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State in 2013. In that position he tried to find peace in the Middle East, dealt with the Syrian civil war while combatting ISIS, and negotiated the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement.
In Chapter 7 of his book titled The Old Senate, he writes, “Dulles, along with his brother, Allen, who was CIA director in that same era, had reversed the revolution in Iran and reinstalled the shah.”
John Foster Dulles served as Secretary of State under Eisenhower until his death in May, 1959. Allen Dulles, John Foster’s younger brother was the first civilian director of the CIA.
John Foster Dulles was the then US Secretary of State (1953–59), as he once said “There are two kinds of people in the world. There are those who are Christians and support free enterprise, and there are the others.”
It is noteworthy that, although Kerry acknowledged US intervention in the fall of Mossadegh’s government, like other American officials, he did not consider this intervention a “coup d’état” and described it as “reversing the revolution” and “reinstalling the Shah”.
“Diplomacy” can be considered the technique, art or science of achieving “foreign policy” goals. From the perspective of the American imperialist mentality, “diplomacy” is sometimes used to impose domination, threaten and intimidate -- read stick -- and sometimes to encourage -- read carrot -- the weaker side to pursue the desired “foreign policy” of this country.
To further substantiate the hypothesis that the US “foreign policy” towards Iran is typically fixed from the type of intervention mentioned in Chapter 7 of Kerry’s book, and that only the “diplomacy” of achieving its goals may change -- such as the Iran nuclear deal or JCPOA as mentioned in Chapter 18 of John Kerry’s book -- it holds true that “Every Day Is Extra”.
*Farshid Farahnakian is an Iranian attorney at law. He holds a Ph.D. in oil and gas law.
Rouhani: US a bully, violator of int’l laws
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that US President Donald Trump has committed the “worst crimes and hostilities’ against the noble Iranian nation.
Rouhani made the comments during a cabinet meeting where Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif presented a detailed report about United States’ fiasco at the UN Security Council on extension of Iran arms embargo which is due to expire on October 18, Mehr News Agency reported.
“The US government is a bully and violator of international laws and regulations,” Rouhani added.
By withdrawing from Iran nuclear deal and reimposing sanctions illegally, Trump administration has not only violated the rights of Iranian people but also violated the dignity of a collective agreement signed between several countries, Rouhani said.
In 2018, the US unilateraaly abandoned the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions on Tehran as part of a “maximum pressure” campaign aimed at forcing it to renegotiate a new deal.
On Friday, the United Nations Security Council rejected a bid by the United States to extend a global arms embargo on Iran.
In the Security Council vote, Washington got support only from the Dominican Republic for its draft resolution to indefinitely extend the embargo, leaving it far short of the minimum nine “yes” votes required for adoption.
Eleven members on the 15-member body, including US European allies France, Germany and the United Kingdom, abstained.
Russia and China strongly opposed extending the 13-year ban, which is due to expire in October under a 2015 nuclear deal signed between Iran and six world powers.
Iran reaffirms determination to continue supporting Syria
A senior aide to Iran’s foreign minister reaffirmed the Islamic Republic’s determination to continue supporting the Syrian people and government in the fight against terrorism and “unjust” sanctions against the Syrian people.
Iranian Foreign Minister’s Senior Assistant for Special Political Affairs Ali Asghar Khaji made the remarks in a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Monday, according to IRNA.
Khaji also pointed to the importance of the continuation of consultations between the two countries on bilateral and regional issues.
The Syrian president for his part thanked Iran for its stance towards the Syrian people and government and stressed the strategic importance of Iran-Syria bilateral relations.
He also expressed his country’s determination to cooperate with the Islamic Republic to foil the US economic terrorism plans.
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“We expected the South Korean government to give a correct and appropriate response to the Islamic Republic’s legal claim,” said the lawmaker.
Iranian people have so far displayed a friendly behavior toward South Koreans, the MP said, stressing that Seoul’s refrainment from honoring its commitments will distort the South Korean government’s image in Iranians’ minds. He expressed hope that South Koreans would, as soon as possible, respond to the Iranians’ legitimate expectation and allow Tehran to have access to its frozen financial resources.
Tehran has suffered considerable damage due to the freezing of its assets by Seoul, he said, urging the South Korean government to take this issue into account. Describing as unacceptable South Korea’s excuse of being under US pressures, for not paying Iran’s money, Amooei emphasized that, “We do not buy such excuses as we believe that no country is allowed to interfere in relations between Tehran and Seoul.”
He called on South Korea to prevent a third country’s interference in its legitimate relations with Iran, saying within the framework of international law, having access to these resources is a legal right of the Islamic Republic.
“We do not allow a third country to block our access to our financial resources.”
Commenting on the long-term strategic cooperation agreement between Iran and China, Amooei said the 25-year deal between Tehran and Beijing will be in both sides’ interests.
In January 2016, during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Iran, Tehran and Beijing signed an official joint statement, in which one of the clauses pertained to the two countries’ strong determination to expand cooperation within the framework of a 25-year comprehensive strategic cooperation plan.
Following the visit, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei stressed the need for such cooperation when receiving the Chinese president at a meeting in Tehran.
Since a year ago, the two countries have started serious negotiations to sign the agreement and have exchanged a few drafts of the final deal. On June 23, the final draft of the agreement was eventually approved in a meeting of the Iranian cabinet. The preliminary document and draft of the contract were handed over to the Chinese side during a visit by Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif to Beijing in the latter days of 2019.
Among the fields for cooperation mentioned in the contract’s draft are investments in Iranian infrastructure as well as oil, gas and petrochemical industries and culture and security.
Amooei said the deal can guarantee China’s long-term energy security and will also provide the East Asian country with greater access to a West Asian state capable of playing an important role in the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) by Beijing due to its geographical location. China’s economy has grown at a fast pace over the past few years, helping the country become one of the world’s major economic and trade hubs. The Chinese government seeks to implement the BRI to further enhance its status in international trade and global economy.
Formerly known as One Belt One Road, the BRI is a global infrastructure development strategy adopted by the Chinese government in 2013 to invest in nearly 70 countries and international organizations. It is considered a centerpiece of the Chinese government’s foreign policy.
The initiative can change the world’s trade structure, helping China become the world’s main trade hub through reviving the ancient Silk Road.
“A long-term cooperation with Iran will help China continue its economic growth as Beijing is in need of closer energy and trade collaborations with Tehran to become the world’s largest economy,” said the Iranian parliamentarian. The contract, he added, will also ensure stability in the relations between Iran and China.
“China is currently our first trade partner. The contract will help Beijing retain its status [in Tehran’s foreign trade].”
On the other hand, the deal will help reduce the impact of foreign interference in relations between the two countries, minimizing fluctuations in the level of their ties, Amooei said.
The MP expressed hope that negotiations between the two countries on signing the contract would soon produce favorable results. He said the Parliament supports the idea and expects the Iranian and Chinese governments to press ahead with the plan at a faster pace.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran devised a manifesto outlining the “grand strategies” and frameworks defining its defensive performance in the face of menacing activities across the cyberspace.