Iran urges US to abandon ‘warmongering’ policy as arch-hawk Bolton leaves White House

Washington should give up its policy of aggression toward Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said. His remarks come hours after outspoken regime-change connoisseur John Bolton stepped down as national security adviser.

During a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Rouhani pressed the US to “abandon warmongering and its maximum pressure policy” on Iran, and warned that failing to reverse course would further degrade Tehran’s commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif made similar calls for a US policy U-turn, tweeting on Wednesday that Washington’s “thirst for war” should end with the departure of its “warmonger-in-chief” Bolton.

A government spokesman said after the cabinet meeting that Bolton’s departure could help US policymakers have a “less biased” attitude toward the Islamic republic. Tehran stressed, however, that Bolton’s removal would not change its position on dialogue with Washington.

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“The departure of US National Security Advisor John Bolton from President Donald Trump’s administration will not push Iran to reconsider talking with the US,” Tehran’s United Nations envoy Majid Takhteravanchi said.

US President Donald Trump announced Bolton’s dismissal on Tuesday, tweeting that he had “disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions.” Bolton claims that he’d actually resigned before Trump’s announcement.

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Cuba reiterates solidarity with Iran in face of US hostilities

According to the Cuban News Agency, the head of Cuban diplomacy pointed to the meeting with Iranian envoy in a tweet where he described Iran as a friend country.

He pointed out that in the meeting both parties ratified the will to continue strengthening bilateral ties, which are 40 years since diplomatic relations were re-established.

The authorities of Cuba and Iran have repeatedly denounced that the US administration resorts to unilateral sanctions and threats to destabilize those countries.

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Iran Tanker Released By Gibraltar After 6 Weeks Now Headed To Lebanon

An Iranian tanker released this month after being detained for six weeks by the British overseas territory of Gibraltar is now headed for Lebanon, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday.

"This tanker is not heading actually to Eskerun (in Turkey), this tanker is heading to Lebanon," Cavusoglu said during a visit to Oslo, referring to the Adrian Darya 1 vessel. The ship was suspected of transporting crude oil to Syria and the US has called for it to be seized.

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Sadaat leads Iran to three-set win over strong Cuba

Bardia Sadaat collected a remarkable 23 points to be Iran’s top scorer in the match.

“It was a very good game. Cuba was a very strong team physically. Having a good analysis of their performance, we managed to win three straight sets,” said Sadaat after the match, according to Iranian volleyball federation. He said that the team will try its best in the quarterfinals.

Iran, the reigning champion, will lock horns with Russia on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.

“It was a hard game; Cuba was one of the strongest physical teams of the event. They managed to even defeat Brazil in the group stage. The team arrived at this level by playing hard matches. It was important where we would recover and we today succeeded in the first playoff. Tomorrow we will meet Russia and I’m happy that we played great today,” said the team’s coach Mohammad Vakili after the match.

The 2019 edition of FIVB Boy’s World Championship kicked off on August 21 in Tunis, Tunisia.

With two gold, two silver, and two bronze medals, Iran is the third most decorated team in the event after Brazil and Russia. Iranians won their first title in 2007 where they defeated China in the final. Iran has taken part in 11 out of 15 editions of the games so far managing to advance to the semifinal in eight ones.

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Iran’s Determination is Annoying for the U.S.

Teheran’s government has refuted —one by one— all the lies spread by the U.S. and its cohorts in the Middle East region. Some other nations in Europe, whose goal is to please Donald Trump’s wishes, have also gotten on that bandwagon of lies.

In this sense, the U.K. could not achieve its goal of disturbing the work of the Iranian government. Therefore, Great Britain had to free an illegally held Iranian oil tanker, which would result in the end in a greater political and economic damage for London.

Everything has been staged by the Empire especially by executing harassment tactics in the Hormuz Strait and along the Persian Gulf, all rejected by Iranian authorities, who deployed short-and-medium range missiles to respond any possible aggression from the British Royal Navy and Israel, or the continued presence of American drones. One of them was shot down while flying over Iran’s international water.

There have been no peaceful days lately. But the determination we mentioned before helped European allies of the U.S. to convince Washington to honor the nuclear treaty with Iran.

In this regard, it is important to highlight the outstanding combat readiness of the Iranian Army, the Guardians of the Revolution, and Senior Military Officers that showed they knew how to handle tough situations, conscious of Iran’s military muscle to face U.S. and Israel armies.

All these take place under Trump’s sick obsession to sanction everything that opposes the American interests. Iran is one of them. Other pressuring tactic is to insist several nations in Europe to buy the expensive gas produced by the U.S. instead of that sold by Russia.

From every perspective, it is alarming that the crisis unit in Washington has put the world on the verge of a bloodbath by demonizing not only Iran, but also Venezuela, Syria, the Palestine people, and raising tension with Russian and China while avoiding the multipolarization of the world aiming at increasing the profits of its arms industry, essential for the establishment in that country.

REASONS FOR A NONSENSE

Iran’s determination is what has stopped the Empire’ predation quest, lured by the gas and oil wells located in the Persian nation.

Plundering the oil and dividing the country could be even as lucrative as the continued threat to set fire to the region, raising the prices and delaying the breakdown of another fraud: the fracking.

This would provide the oil needed to “make America great again” at the expense of an environmental damage that they do not care about, nor those dead people because of cancer, nor the exorbitant debts that the Federal Reserve will cover up with its magical money-making machine.

But the attack clearly aims to undermine the regional security as Iran has been the mainstay of a very volatile region, and remains a retaining wall for the balkanization of Syria and Irak. And that is another reason why Iran plays an annoying role for the U.S. and its dominance projects.

The thing is that Iran has a geo-strategic position of great impact and stands as a military, economic, scientific, and technological counterbalance against the few elites in Israel and the abuses of the Saudi monarchy.

If we take a deeper look, we are facing the power of some people opposed to the world who break alliances and friends, and certainly, destroy themselves. There is no country in the world more devastated than the U.S. itself.

Translated by Sergio A. Paneque Díaz/CubaSi Translation Staff

Iran sends 2 warships to Gulf of Aden to escort commercial vessels

The Islamic Republic of Iran has sent a destroyer and a helicopter carrier to protect its trade ships in the Gulf of Aden, amid a US-driven military build-up in the volatile region, and mutual tanker seizures.

The destroyer ‘Sahand’ and the helicopter carrier ‘Khark’ have been sent to the Gulf of Aden and Sea of Oman to escort Iranian ships and provide them with security in international waters, according to Iranian Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari.

The ‘Sahand’, commissioned in December 2018, is Iran’s most advanced home-made warship. It has a stealth hull and can travel a lot further than the previous class destroyers without refueling. It is armed with an array of anti-ship cruise missiles, torpedoes, and anti-aircraft guns.

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Tehran’s move comes amid increased tensions in the region, with US and UK warships operating in and around the Persian Gulf under the default premise that Iran is the aggressor behind June’s attacks on two tankers in the Strait of Hormuz. The situation became even more tense after the Iranian tanker ‘Grace 1’ (later renamed ‘Adrian Darya’) was seized off the coast of Gibraltar for allegedly carrying oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions. It was later released, despite US requests to detain it again. In a reciprocal move, Iran detained a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf; it remains in Tehran’s custody.

In a drive to suffocate Iran’s economy, US President Donald Trump’s administration has been cracking down on its attempts to sell oil. Accusing Tehran of ‘sponsoring terrorism’ and running a secret nuclear program, Washington has beefed up its military in the region with more troops and hardware, including an aircraft carrier and bombers.

The United States’ most devoted ally in Europe, the UK, is the only country, so far, to apparently support Trump’s call for an international anti-Iran armada in the region. It has sent three new warships to reinforce its presence there in recent weeks, with the stated goal of protecting shipping lanes.

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Iran test-fired new missile, says Revolutionary Guards commander

Iran has test-fired a new missile, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has said, according to the country's Tasnim news agency.

"Our country is always the arena for testing a variety of defence and strategic systems and these are non-stop movements towards the growth of our deterrent power," Major General Hossein Salami said on Saturday.

"And yesterday was one of the successful days for this nation," he said, without providing more information about the missile.

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Iran unveils new missile defence system, calls US talks 'useless'

On Thursday, Iran displayed what it described as a domestically-built long-range, surface-to-air missile defence system.

Last year, US President Donald Trump pulled out of an international agreement on Iran's nuclear programme and stepped up sanctions on Tehran in order to curb its development of ballistic missiles and its support for proxies in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq.

The two countries have been exchanging threats and warnings since then.

Iran shot down a US military surveillance drone in the Gulf with a surface-to-air missile in June, nearly resulting in a conflict with the United States.

The Islamic Republic says the drone was in its airspace, but Washington claims it was in international airspace.

Regional tensions escalated in May when the US and its allies - Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) - accused Iran of sabotaging tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, allegations Iran denies.

The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence announced this month that Royal Navy vessels will work alongside the US Navy to escort vessels through the busy strait.

Britain has been giving UK-flagged vessels a naval escort since the IRGC seized a British oil tanker last month. The move followed the seizing of an Iranian oil tanker off the coast of Gibraltar in July.

The British Royal Marines seized the ship in July on suspicion it was shipping oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions. Iran denies that the tanker was ever headed for Syria.

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Iran Displays Domestically Built Missile Defence System

DUBAI: Iran displayed what it described as a domestically built long-range, surface-to-air missile air defence system on Thursday, at a time of rising tension with the United States.

Iran shot down a U.S. military surveillance drone in the Gulf with a surface-to-air missile in June. It says the drone was over its territory, but the United States says it was in international airspace.

State television showed President Hassan Rouhani attending an unveiling ceremony for the mobile Bavar-373 system, which Iranian media have described as a competitor to the Russian S-300 missile system.

"With this long-range air defence system, we can detect ... targets or planes at more than 300 km (190 miles), lock it at about 250 km, and destroy it at 200 km," Defence Minister Amir Hatami told state television.

The system's unveiling came on Iran's National Defence Industry Day. Iran has developed a large domestic arms industry in the face of international sanctions and embargoes that have barred it from importing many weapons.

Western military analysts say Iran often exaggerates its weapons capabilities, though concerns about its long-range ballistic missile programme contributed to Washington last year leaving the pact that Iran sealed with world powers in 2015 to rein in its nuclear ambitions in exchange for an easing of economic sanctions.

On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned at a U.N. Security Council meeting that, under the Iran nuclear deal, a United Nations arms embargo on Iran was due to expire in October 2020.

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