• : US Defence Secretary, JAMES MATTIS, accuses Iran of exporting terrorism

    31/Mar/2017 // 303 Viewers


    PARIS, MARCH 31, 2017: (DGW) THE Islamic Republic of Iran has been accused of sponsoring and exporting terrorism, US  Defence Secretary, James Mattis has said.

    He made the disclosure in London on Friday  adding that ''Iran’s behaviour had not changed in the years since.''

    “At the time when I spoke about Iran I was a commander of US central command and that (Iran) was the primary exporter of terrorism.

    “Frankly, it was the primary state sponsor of terrorism and it continues that kind of behaviour today,” Mattis said.

    Also fingered in his accusation is the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea (DPRK) whose behavior, Mattis ccused of recklessness which must be tamed no matter whose ox is gored..

    His words: “This is a threat of both rhetoric and growing capability, and we will be working with the international community to address this, we are doing so right now,” Mattis said in reply to a question about the potential threat to the US from ballistic missiles.

    “Right now it appears to be going in a very reckless manner in what its conduct is portraying for the future and that’s got to be stopped,’’ Mattis said.

    Also a source of concern for Washington is Russian alleged interactions with Taliban fighters.

    According to him, “We have seen Russian activity vis-à-vis the Taliban. 
    “I’m not going to say at this point if that has manifested into weapons and that sort of thing, but certainly what they’re up to there in light of their other activities gives us concern.”

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  • Iranian-American businessman ‘arrested in Tehran

    31/Oct/2015 // 358 Viewers

    An Iranian-American businessman based in Dubai was arrested by Iranian security forces two weeks ago while he was visiting relatives in Tehran, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

    The newspaper, citing people briefed on the situation, said Siamak Namazi, head of strategic planning at Crescent Petroleum Co, was arrested by the Revolutionary Guard’s intelligence arm, which reports to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

    In recent weeks, Iranian business officials with ties to foreign companies had been held, interrogated and warned against wading into economic monopolies controlled by the Revolutionary Guard, the Journal said, quoting several businessmen interviewed inside and outside Iran.

    A senior official in U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration told Reuters: “We’re aware of recent reports of the possible arrest in Iran of a U.S. citizen. We’re looking into these reports and don’t have anything further to provide at this time.”

    The report comes as Washington has urged Tehran to free three other Americans it is holding, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and to help find Robert Levinson, an American who disappeared in Iran eight years ago.

    Despite Washington’s long-standing contentious relationship with Tehran, the United States and other major powers forged a deal in July with Iran to curb its nuclear program in return for relief from sanctions.

    Friends of Namazi told the newspaper that his family home was ransacked by Iranian intelligence agents, who confiscated his computer and had since conducted cyber attacks on some of his email contacts.

    Namazi has been living in recent years in Dubai while working for Crescent Petroleum, sources familiar with his situation told the Journal. He went to Tehran three months ago to visit relatives.

    Namazi’s friends said Iranian security agents confiscated his Iranian passport and prevented him from leaving the country, the Journal reported. They said he was being held in Tehran’s Evin prison, which is where political opponents of the government are kept.

    The Journal said Namazi had strongly supported the nuclear accord with Tehran and the lifting of international sanctions, which he had argued disproportionately hurt average Iranians.

    Namazi’s family owns Atieh Group, a conglomerate with offices in Tehran, Dubai and Vienna that includes consultancies that advise foreign companies about entering the Iranian market, the Journal said.


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