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Iranian Regime Comments on Possible Regime Change

The people of Iran have made no secret of their desire for regime change. During the massive uprising that took place between December 2017 and January 2018, Iranians explicitly said that they want the clerical regime to collapse.

The Iranian authorities have rarely commented on the will of the people, dismissing the slogans chanted during the anti-government demonstrations as a foreign conspiracy by the West, especially the United States.

Latest Tanker Seizure Reflects Prevalence of Hardline Foreign Policy in Tehran

On Sunday, Iranian state media reported upon the latest effort by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to assert control over the Strait of Hormuz and the passage of international shipping through vitally important Persian Gulf routes. These efforts began in earnest in mid-July with the seizure of the MT Riah, a Panamanian-flagged vessel that had departed from the United Arab Emirates. They continued roughly a week later when the IRGC detained the British-flagged Stena Impero. This was a more obvious instance of retaliation to the July 4 seizure by British Royal Marines of a supertanker carrying Iranian oil into the Mediterranean Sea, en route to Syria.

With Sanctions on Iran’s Foreign Minister, US Demands Answers to Maximum Pressure

On Thursday, the US Department of the Treasury announced that it was imposing sanctions on Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. This latest step in the Trump administration’s application of “maximum pressure” has raised concerns about still greater escalation in the tensions between the two countries, but American explanations for the move sought to emphasize that diplomacy remained very much on the table.

Propaganda Video and Vienna Talks Highlight Iran’s Ongoing Exploitation of Gulf Crisis

As the situation in the Persian Gulf continues to develop, information is apparently still emerging about the details of the inciting incidents, including the seizure of a British-flagged tanker by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on July 19.

Gulf Shipping Crisis Sees Slow Progress and Complications, but US and UK Hold Firm

On Friday, India’s Foreign Ministry announced that nine Indian sailors had been released from Iranian custody, following multiple seizures of commercial vessels passing through the Strait of Hormuz. All nine had been onboard the Panamanian-flagged MT Riah when it was detained by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on July 14 after departing from one of Iran’s leading regional rivals, the United Arab Emirates.

Arrests of Alleged CIA Assets Raise Concerns for Dual Nationals, Political Prisoners

As the Washington Post noted on Tuesday, Iran’s recent announcement of 17 arrests allegedly of supposed CIA assets follows a familiar pattern. The Islamic Republic has repeatedly boasted of rooting out Western spies at times when tensions were escalating between the Iranian regime and its traditional adversaries. And with potential for more escalation in the days ahead, this could be a precursor to further crackdowns on dual nationals and persons with significant connections to Western nations.

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