Strengthening of US, Israel, Saudi axis and problems for Iran and its allies
US attacks Syrian military base
Damascus: The Syrian agencies have claimed that the United States had carried out an attack on a Syrian military base near the Iraqi border. Hezbollah also has claimed this to be an attack by the United States. However, the United States has not confirmed this report and the damages caused in the attack also have not been disclosed. Therefore, the plot around the attack seems to be thickening.
Will restart nuclear program if Europe does not accept Iran’s demands, threatens Supreme Leader Khamenei
Tehran: ‘If Europe does not accept the demands put forward by us then Iran will restart its nuclear program’, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran has issued this direct warning. Only two days ago, Iranian Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif had warned Europe that simply giving lip service to the issue would not be enough. With this direct threat of restarting the nuclear program, Khamenei has indicated that Iran would be adopting a more aggressive stance.
China and Germany firm on the Iran nuclear deal, assures German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Beijing: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that although the United States may have withdrawn from the Iranian nuclear deal, Germany and China still stand firmly behind the current nuclear deal. Chancellor Merkel has just completed her China visit and as per the sources, besides the Iranian nuclear deal, she also had discussions about free trade agreement and human rights issues with China during this visit. At this time, the Chinese leaders said that their country was open to German industry and investments as well as clearly indicated that China can prove to be a good alternative against the backdrop of pressure from the United States.
If Israeli borders are attacked, due action will be taken action against Assad – warns US Department of State
Washington: The United States issued a warning to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, criticising the activities of the Syrian army near the Israeli border. ‘If the Assad regime carries out attacks near the Israeli border violating the ceasefire, the United States will also retaliate appropriately,’ threatened the United States Department of State. Since the last few days, the Syrian army is distributing leaflets in the Daraa area, located in south west Syria.
Israel will act on three fronts to stop Iran: Israel PM Netanyahu
Jerusalem: ‘While the threat from Iran is rising, Israel is making efforts on three fronts. The first is attacking the Iranian bases in Syria and Israel will not stop these attacks,’ announced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Prime Minister Netanyahu informed that he has already discussed about this front with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Over the last month, Israel has taken a harsh stance against the military locations of Iran and its allied organisations in Syria.
Saudi Arabia closes door for German companies over its pro-Iran policy
Berlin: Germany, who is making frantic efforts to save the Iran nuclear deal, is being forced to pay a heavy price. Saudi Arabia has initiated action against Germany for its pro-Iran policy and the German companies will have to forgo their business in Saudi Arabia. The decision is said to have been taken by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman himself. Since last six months, tension between Saudi Arabia and Germany was on the rise.
Israeli Defence Minister on Russia visit to discuss about Iran
Jerusalem: Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman is reaching Russia to discuss the Iranian military movements in Syria. As per the information received, the Israeli Defence Minister will meet the Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoygu during his visit, to discuss the Iran issue. The importance of this visit by the Israeli Prime Minister has increased after the Russian announcement asking for withdrawal of all foreign militaries near the Israeli border.
Israel’s National Security Advisor arrives in the US
Washington: Within a few days of the United States’ announcement of opening an international front against Iran, Israel’s National Security Advisor (NSA) Meir Ben Shabat, has arrived in the United States. Meir Ben-Shabbat is scheduled to meet his US counterpart, John Bolton, on Tuesday and sources have informed that there is a possibility of a joint agreement on the Iranian issue. The United States and Israel had signed an agreement on the Iranian issue last December.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to visit Europe next week to discuss Iran’s nuclear aspirations
Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu informed that he is scheduled to visit Europe next week to discuss the issue of the nuclear aspirations of Iran and its movements to increase its influence in the Middle East. Following the United States’ withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal, the European nations had taken the decision to cooperate with Iran to save the deal. The Israeli Prime Minister’s Europe visit is considered important against this background.
After Jerusalem, US should also recognize Israel’s sovereignty over Golan, demands Israeli Minister of Intelligence
Jerusalem: After announcing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, the United States should also recognize the Israeli right over the Golan Hills,’ demands Yisrael Katz, Israel’s Minister for Intelligence. If this happens, it will be a deterrent for the increasing Iranian aggression in the Gulf, claimed Katz. Discussions on this issue are already underway between the United States and Israeli leaders, informed Katz.
Russia preparing to keep Iranian military in Syria away from Israel border, claim Israeli officials
Jerusalem: Russia has made preparations to keep the Iranian military and the pro-Iran groups away from the Israeli border. Russia is concerned that if this does not happen, Israel will continue to carry out scathing attacks on the Iranian locations and the Syrian conflict will intensify. Therefore, Russia will be discussing with Israel to reduce the Iranian influence in Syria, claimed the Israeli newspapers. Indicating that it will not be accepting the Russian demand, Iran has continued its military activities in Syria.
Iran attempts to create anarchy in Saudi Arabia by spreading rumours of Saudi Crown Prince’s death, asserts US State Dept
Washington: ‘Iran is spreading news about the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Bin Salman, having been killed or grievously injured in a fatal attack. This is a conspiracy by Iran to create anarchy in Saudi Arabia. Therefore, nobody should pay any attention to it,’ asserted the US State department officials and analysts. These officials and analysts have also pointed out that the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman recently had discussions with the US Secretary of State ‘Mike Pompeo’
US, Saudi Arabia impose severe sanctions on Hezbollah; Iran reacts strongly
Washington/Riyadh/Tehran: The United States and Saudi Arabia delivered another blow to Iran by imposing severe sanctions on Hezbollah. As expected, Iran has reacted very strongly to this. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif has registered a strong protest against the United States and Saudi Arabia asking ‘what action did Saudi Arabia take against Israel who is responsible for killing 60 Palestinians?’.
US will form an international front against Iran: US State Department
Washington: The US Department of State has declared that they will form a front of all the like-minded countries against Iran. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stated strong efforts for making this a reality. US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert revealed this information about the front against Iran. Nauert did not reveal which countries would be a part of this new international front against Iran. However, the State Department Spokesperson clarified that the front will be against the perceived threat from Iran.
Russia and Israel agree to hold back Iran in Syria, claims Russian news agency
Moscow: ‘We will not allow Syria to become an Iranian military base and even if Russia tries to interfere in our action, we will not hesitate to target Russia,’ warned Israel. But it seems like Israel has now succeeded in getting Russia’s concurrence on the issue of Israeli attacks on Iranian bases. Statements indicating this change have been made by Russia over the past few days. But now, the Russian news agency has claimed that Russia and Israel have agreed on this issue.
US navy in readiness to protect interests in Syria, warns senior US Navy official
Washington: ‘United States does not want confrontation with any other country’s navy in the Mediterranean Sea. But the US navy is in readiness to protect our interests in Syria,’ warned a senior US navy official. A few days ago, the Russian navy chased a United States aircraft carrier in the Syrian marine region. Against this background, this seems to be a warning issued by the United States to Russia. The aircraft carrier, USS Truman of the United States is stationed in the Mediterranean Sea. Other than this, there are five destroyers and one submarine deployed in this region.
Europe, China and Russia to provide financial aid to Iran, claims a German daily
Berlin: Europe, China and Russia have made preparations to provide financial aid to help Iran to cope with the harsh sanctions imposed on it by the United States. A German newspaper claimed that decision on this matter will be taken in the meeting to be held in Vienna next week. The European Union has already indicated to conduct trade with Iran in Euro, to bypass the United States’ sanctions. Last week, the United States under the leadership of President, Donald Trump imposed harsh sanctions against Iran. This has rendered a major blow to Iran as well as to the European countries dealing with Iran. The European countries are making efforts on various fronts to escape from these sanctions.
Lip service not enough to save the nuclear deal, Iran reprimands the European nations
Tehran: ‘In the current scenario, just the political will of the European Union will not be sufficient but needs to take more active steps. If Europe wants to continue with the economic cooperation, they will have to make more investments in Iran’, demanded the Iranian Foreign Minister. The sanctions already imposed by the United States and the impending threat of new sanctions has set off panic waves among the European companies and a big company like Total has even indicated withdrawal from Iran.
United States warns of harsh action against Iran; Iranian President retaliates
Washington/Tehran/Jerusalem: ‘If Iran does not accept the compromises proposed by the United States and improve its behaviour, the United States will impose very harsh sanctions against Iran’, warned US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Whereas, the US Defence Headquarter Pentagon has threatened of a direct military action against Iran. Iran also reacted to this threat with retaliation. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has lashed back saying, “The days when the US could issue such threats are over”.