INU - The Associated Press reports that on Monday, the last hearing was held in Iran’s Revolutionary Court for Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, who spoke in his own defense at the session. Rezaian’s lawyer, Leila Ahsan said that the journalist may receive a verdict early next week. He faces the possibility of 10 to 20 years imprisonment related to accusations of espionage and spreading propaganda.
On Tuesday, the National Journal reported that Republicans in both houses of the US Congress had announced plans to vote on a resolution of disapproval of the Iran nuclear agreement by mid-September.
Under the terms of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, Congress is in the midst of a 60-day process of reviewing the agreement – double the 30 days it would have been given if the negotiations had met their end-of-June deadline. Majorities are certain to disapprove of the deal in both Houses, given near-universal Republican opposition. But President Obama is equally certain to veto their disapproval, necessitating a number of Democratic votes to secure and override.
INU - On Monday, the Washington Press Club hosted a panel discussion that gave voice to three distinct critical voices on the Iran nuclear agreement.
Olli Heinonen, a former International Atomic Energy Agency official and a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, assessed the technical details of the nuclear deal that was announced on July 14. The first of the three participants to speak, Heinonen declared that the Iranian regime had not changed its intentions regarding its pursuit of a nuclear weapon. He projected that the deal would lengthen Iran’s breakout time from two or three months to one year, but he also criticized the deal for flaws in verification and declared that the one year breakout time would likely shrink over the life of the deal.
INU - On Monday, the Washington Press Club hosted a panel discussion on the nuclear deal that was announced July 14 between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany. In it, critical views of the agreement were expressed by three expert figures: former International Atomic Energy Agency official Olli Heinonen, US Naval Commander Kirk Lippold, and National Council of Resistance of Iran Washington representative Alireza Jafarzadeh.
NCRI - Iranians living in France on Saturday rallied in central Paris to denounce the upsurge in the rate of executions in Iran under the presidency of Hassan Rouhani and call on European governments to make human rights the focus of their Iran policy. The gathering coincided with the 27th anniversary of the 1988 massacre of Iran’s political prisoners.
Following the July 14 Iran nuclear deal, some European officials have travelled to Tehran in the hope of re-establishing economic ties with the mullahs' regime.
These officials are failing to pay attention to the dramatic deterioration in the human rights situation and the rapid rise in the rate of executions in Iran, the protesters said.
Watch a short clip from today’s protest in central Paris:
Immediately after the nuclear deal was clinched, the clerical regime embarked on a new wave of executions, including several cases of group hangings.
At least 44 prisoners, including two women, have been executed in Iran, in some cases in public squares, in the past 11 days.
The protesters in Paris called on European governments to condition an improvement of relations with Tehran on an end to the killing spree and Tehran’s export of terror and fundamentalism.
The protesters also called on the United Nations and the U.S. government to live up to their obligations to protect several thousand members of the PMOI (MEK), facing an inhumane siege at Camp Liberty in Iraq.
Some people claim that the Iran Nuclear Deal will usher in a new era of moderation and the development of Iranian civil society; however, the facts on the ground and the state of human rights in Iran paint a very different picture, writes Hamid Yazdan Panah.
INU - Since the nuclear negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran finalized on July 14, analysts have largely been confident that that agreement would ultimately go forward and become the letter of the law, following review by the Iranian and American legislatures. The US Congress technically has the ability to prevent President Obama from bringing an end to US-led economic sanctions, thanks to the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, but doing so would require gathering a two-thirds majority in both chambers of Congress in order to override a presidential veto.
INU - On Friday, the Associated Press reported that Reza Najafi, the main Iranian delegate to the International Atomic Energy Agency, had complained about Obama administration spokesperson Josh Earnest’s reference to the possibility of future military strikes in the event of Iran’s cheating on the recently signed nuclear deal. Earnest told reporters that a military option would remain on the table and that a strike by either the US or Israel would be made more efficient by the intelligence gathered through an inspections regime set up by the nuclear deal.
In recent months and following the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, which is also called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iranian officials were hoping to blackmail other signatories of the accord to offer economic privileges.
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An regime's official warned about the occurrence of “Social violence and bitter...