Category Archives: Iran

Between War and Capitulation

As we deal with aggression from China, Iran, and Russia, it’s time to dust off the Reagan Doctrine. Danielle Pletka This week, the People’s Republic of China imposed Chinese national security law on Hong Kong, violating the 1997 Sino-British declaration handing the territory to Beijing and slamming the door on what was left of a free Hong Kong. The United

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Iranian officials ‘looted’ cellphones, rings, passports of plane crash victims, Canadian relatives say

Sources previously said Iran was harassing families of the crash victims, insisting they grieve privately and praise Tehran’s leaders Iranian authorities stripped the bodies of plane crash victims in January of jewellery, passports and other personal belongings before returning the remains to their loved ones, three family members charged Tuesday. The Canadian-based relatives alleged “looting” of bodies was just one

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Iran ready to deliver black box of Flight 752 for decryption: deputy FM

“According to our investigations, Iran, Ukraine, and many other countries are not able to decode the black box due to the aircraft’s modern technology,” he said, “Iran can deliver it to a French or any other foreign company with the required technology for its decryption but we have to make sure that there are no risks of abuse of the black box.” He informed

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Radio Farda: Iran admits proposing separate settlement to Ukraine on downed plane

The Ukrainian government has consistently rejected a separate deal with Iran and says its position has not changed. In a statement issued on Thursday, the Embassy of the Islamic Republic in Ukraine for the first time admitted that Iran has proposed a settlement to close the case of the country’s Flight PS752 which Iran’s Revolutionary Guard downed in January. The

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“Iran’s airspace is not safe”: is more isolation the answer?

Will halting flights to Iran produce the desirable outcome and induce Iran into cooperation in the investigation of the Ukrainian plane crash? Six months after the Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 catastrophe, families of the 176 victims and the governments involved, are still waiting for accountability. On the morning of 8 January, the Kiev-bound UIA flight PS752 crashed shortly after

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Iran ‘likely’ to give Ukrainian airplane black box to France – report

Following the Ukrainian’s side delay in responding to Iran’s offer regarding the Ukrainian plane’s black box, the Iranian authorities have decided to send the black box to another country. Iran will “likely” send the black box from the Ukrainian airplane shot down by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to France, Al-Arabiya reported, citing Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency. The

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Garneau says still no black boxes from Iran in January shootdown of airliner

OTTAWA — Canada and four other countries are still trying to pressure Iran to release the flight recorders from its Jan. 8 shootdown of a Ukrainian passenger plane, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said Friday. On March 11, Garneau was at the Montreal meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization when Iran’s representative promised his government would surrender the so-called black

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Iran names those responsible for PS752 downed aircraft

Missile system operator violated firing rules without permission Iran has named responsible for the Ukrainian plane shot down in January of this year near Tehran. It is the missile system operator, who violated the rules of firing “without permission”. This was stated by former Iranian lawmaker Mahmoud Sadeki with reference to the response to his request from the Minister of

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Iran Must Not Give in to U.S. Provocations, Says Russia

Iran must not give in to U.S. “provocations,” Russia said on Wednesday, following months of mounting tension between Washington and Tehran. “We are urging maximum restraint and caution, not to give in to provocations and aggressive rhetoric,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters. Tehran and Washington have traded barbs over a spate of incidents in the past year involving their forces

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Ukraine insists on return of ‘black boxes’ of UIA plane shot down in Iran – Kuleba

Flight recorders of the Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), which was shot down in Iran on January 8, 2020, should be returned to Ukraine, said Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba during a telephone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. “Ukraine foreign minister separately emphasized that he insists on the delivery, according to the Chicago Convention, of flight recorders

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UIA plane crash: Kuleba rejects possibility of uncoordinated actions with partners

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba has rejected the possibility of any uncoordinated actions with Ukraine’s international partners in the investigation into the UIA plane crash near Tehran on January 8. “I have already explained that our position has not changed. We work towards a result in close collaboration with the colleagues from the International Coordination and Response Group for

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Media: Iran pushes Kyiv to sign memorandum of understanding on downed Ukrainian plane

Iran is pushing Ukraine to sign a document obliging relatives of the victims of the crash of the Ukraine International Airlines passenger plane over Tehran to waive the right of further litigation, reports Radio Farda. It is noted that Iran has sent to the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs a draft memorandum of understanding, according to which, the families of

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Jack Laurenson: Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

By Jack Laurenson. Editor’s Note: This feature separates Ukraine’s friends from its enemies. The Order of Yaroslav the Wise has been given since 1995 for distinguished service to the nation. It is named after the Kyivan Rus leader from 1019-1054, when the medieval empire reached its zenith. The Order of Lenin was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union, whose

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Calls grow for U.S. to lift Iran sanctions due to coronavirus crisis

The International Crisis Group, Oxfam America, and the National Iranian American Council called on U.S. leaders to lift the sanctions for 120 days to offer Iranians relief at this critical time There are increased calls for the United States to suspend economic sanctions against Iran, which some believe hamper Tehran’s ability to contain the deadly outbreak of coronavirus that has

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Iranian government minister accuses US or creating a 'special version' of coronavirus to target his country – as he blasts UK for blocking sale of masks due to sanctions

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei publicly declared that he thinks the United States may have created ‘a special version’ of the diseased to kill Iranians A Chinese spokesman has already accused the US government of a coronavirus cover up adding to the long list of  conspiracy theories about deadly COVID-19  Iran is also accusing the West of impeding anti-virus efforts with sanctions  Coronavirus symptoms: what are

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Erdogan asks NATO for help in Syria

Speaking at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he had requested additional assistance from the alliance in connection with the current situation in Syria’s Idlib. According to him, the situation in Syria threatens all European countries. “No country in Europe has the right to look indifferently at the humanitarian drama in

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Seven dead in Iran after consuming methyl alcohol to avoid coronavirus

Seven people have died from methyl alcohol in the city of Ahvaz in western Iran. The victims thought it would save them from coronavirus, IRNA reported citing the local prosecutor’s office. The prosecutor’s office says the number of deaths from methanol is expected to rise. As of March 8, 48 people were poisoned. Four people lost their eyesight after consuming

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Iran’s Confession of Downing PS752 Conjures Kremlin’s Uncomfortable Past

Iran confessed to PS752, while Russia never did for MH17. Now, Russian propagandists are doubling down on denials. Editor’s Note: The following is an opinion-style article by Givi Gigitashvili,the Caucasus research assistant with the Digital Forensic Research Lab (DRFLab). It first appeared here and is republished with the author’s permission.  Following Iran’s admission of shooting down Ukrainian Airlines flight PS752, the Kremlin continued denying Iran’s

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Iran will continue to work with other countries on Ukraine crash investigation – statement

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran will continue to work with other countries in investigating the crash of a Ukrainian airliner last month and called on all parties to avoid politicizing the issue, Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization said in a statement on Tuesday. A leaked audio recording of an Iranian pilot talking to the control tower in Tehran shows that Iran knew

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France ready to help Ukraine analyze UIA PS752 black boxes

02:40, 04 February 2020 France was also affected by the tragedy. France is ready to help Ukraine analyze the black boxes of Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) flight PS752, which was downed in Iran on January 8. “France’s position regarding the opportunity to analyze the black boxes in France is quite positive. I’ve officially informed Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry about this. If

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Iran no longer sharing evidence on Ukraine airliner crash with Kiev after audio leak

Iran is no longer sharing evidence from the investigation into the Ukraine airliner crash that killed 176 people with Kiev after audio from the investigation was leaked by Ukrainian media, the director in charge of accident investigations at Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization was quoted as saying on Monday. Advertising The audio file was part of the evidence given to Ukrainian experts as part

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PS752 downing: Ukraine releases intercepted tower communications proving Iran was aware of missile launch all along

The record proves that the Iranians saw the missile from the moment it was launched and to the very moment it hit the Ukrainian plane. In breaking news from Ukraine, intercepted communications were released by TSN.Tyzhden between Tehran Airport tower and second pilot of Iran’s Aseman Airlines flight at the time of the crash of Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752.

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