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US cannot fool Iran with a chocolate, says Leader’s adviser

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US cannot fool Iran with a chocolate, says Leader’s adviser

“I believe they cannot return to the JCPOA if they do not remove sanctions,” Ali Larijani told the Persian service of ‘Khamenei.ir’.

“America’s sanctions are 100% against their commitments and they cannot return [to JCPOA]. It is absolutely unacceptable that they say ‘we will return and then negotiate’. Their return depends on fulfilling their commitments.”

“The basic principle is that the sanctions should be lifted. There is no doubt on this issue and if they do not do this, they cannot join [the JCPOA] because they have not met their obligations. A road map is needed for how to do this and if they think that they can fool Iran with for example one chocolate, that will show their lack of vigilance,”  the former Iranian Parliament speaker said.

The remarks come days after Tehran announced it has started 20% uranium enrichment in response to the failure of JCPOA signatories to fulfill their commitments. Tehran says all the steps in decreasing commitments to the Nuclear Deal is reversible as soon as other parties to the deal meet their obligations and secure Iran’s economic interest under the deal.

Iran is strongly holding this position and says other than compensating the damage imposed on the country in the past years, sanctions should be at least lifted, and then, they can join 5+1 and further discussions will be made, Larijani added.

Asked about claims of some Western countries on negotiating over Iran missile program or regional presence in future talks, Larijani stressed that such topics are rejected and that “we must be sensitive toward this in the political arena”.

“Power is one aspect of politics. It is probable to conduct dialogue in diplomacy but if you are not equipped with the other side of power, your diplomacy will not proceed. They aim to take away this aspect of power from you so that you cannot proceed in diplomacy,” he said.

Westerners have nothing to do with Iran’s missile program, the adviser highlighted, calling for vigilance during diplomatic talks. “Iran has always been flag-bearer of dialogue but the point is that one should not eliminate the tool of power and the movement of producing knowledge should not be slowed down.”

Elsewhere, Larijani said that the nuclear issue is mainly an ‘excuse’ for imposing pressure against the Islamic Republic. “Did we have nuclear power during the first years of the Revolution that they started a war against us? If they have a problem with the nuclear issue, why do they say other things now?”

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Israel’s Mossad chief to meet Biden, set out conditions to reform Iran’s nuclear deal

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will send Israel’s Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen to Washington next month to meet with US President Joe Biden in order to set Tel Aviv’s demands for reforming Iran’s nuclear deal, the Times of Israel reported yesterday.

According to the Israeli newspaper, Israeli TV Channel 12 broke the news on Saturday night, adding that Cohen, a trusted Netanyahu ally, would be the first senior Israeli official to meet with Biden and the chief of the CIA.

Israel is afraid that reviving Iran’s nuclear deal would help it enrich uranium and relieve its economy, the Israeli newspaper said.

Channel 12 reported that Cohen will present Israel’s demands to Biden, which are: Iran must halt the enrichment of uranium, stop producing advanced centrifuges and cease supporting terror groups, foremost Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

The demands also include ending Iran’s military presence in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, stopping “terror” activities against Israeli targets overseas and granting full access to the IAEA on all aspects of its nuclear programme.

READ: Israeli officials concerned over Biden’s stance on Iran and Palestine

Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that the US administration would consult with Israel and other allies when it takes a decision to revive the nuclear deal with Iran.

On Wednesday, Netanyahu urged Biden to work with Israel to deal with the “threat posed by Iran”.

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Head of CENTCOM terrorists repeats US’ anti-Iran claims

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Head of CENTCOM terrorists repeats US' anti-Iran claims

Frank Kenneth McKenzie, head of the United States Central Command, a terrorist organization known as CENTCOM, claimed that relations between Washington and Tehran were at an “opportune moment” with the inauguration of the administration of new US President Joe Biden.

Relations between the United States and Iran are in a “period of opportunity” following the inauguration of President Joe Biden, the top US military commander in the Middle East said during his first swing into the region under the new administration.

McKenzie claimed that there were “heightened threat streams” from Iran during the months leading up to Biden’s election and inauguration, but the United States was able to maintain what he has long-termed a “contested deterrence” during what has become increasingly clear was an unnerving and unpredictable moment, Defense One reported.

Continuing his claims and accusations, he said not only did Iran not strike any US targets directly, as some security and military analysts had worried it might do in the waning days of former President Donald Trump’s tenure, but Iran was also largely able to manage its actors in Iraq and elsewhere in the region, but not all of those groups operate under direct command and control from Tehran.

This is McKenzie’s first visit to the West Asian region under the new US administration to implement Trump’s order to add the Zionist regime and occupied Palestine to CENTCOM.

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Biden suspends Trump’s immunity for ex-Egypt PM

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The new US administration of Joe Biden has suspended the request of immunity for former Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem El Beblawi in a torture case brought to courts by US citizen Mohamed Soltan, the legal reporter for the Washington Post Spencer Hsu tweeted on Saturday.

In July, the US State Department declared that El Beblawi, who is serving on the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), should be immune from a federal lawsuit brought by a US citizen seeking to hold him liable for torture, the Washington Post reported.

The Post said this came after diplomatic pressure from the Egyptian government aimed at blocking the lawsuit.

Following that decision, several US lawmakers and human rights groups accused Egypt of blackmailing the Trump administration by threatening to weaken their strategic partnership in the Middle East.

Soltan, an Egyptian-American citizen, was imprisoned in Egypt following the violent crackdown on the peaceful anti-military coup protests that took place in Egypt in 2013. Under much pressure from the US, he was released on condition of giving up his Egyptian citizenship.

Since then, Soltan, who launched a hunger strike in protest of his detention and torture, has been vocal about the Egyptian authorities’ abuses against other detainees, including his father and other family members.

Sultan filed a lawsuit against El Beblawi in June 2020, accusing him along with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, his former office manager Abbas Kamel, head of the General Intelligence Service and three former leaders of the Ministry of Interior, of “torturing him in Tora Prison”.

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