Iran Berates Israel for Rehashing Groundless Accusations at IAEA

Iran has once again lashed out at the Israeli regime for making unsubstantiated allegations about the Islamic Republic’s nuclear activities. In his speech, Iran’s delegate to a meeting of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohsen Baharvand gave a harshly-worded response to the Israeli representative to the meeting. The Israeli delegate had rehashed baseless claims about Tehran’s nuclear program and accused Iran of conducting undeclared nuclear activities in Turquzabad, a village in Ray County near the Iranian capital, Tehran. The Iranian delegate dismissed the Israeli representative’s comments as a “childish story” which was “soporific and humiliating.” Baharvand said the Israeli delegate was making the remarks while “maintaining the posture of a philosopher with those glasses on his nose.” The Iranian representative blasted Tel Aviv for possessing hundreds of nuclear warheads, not joining the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and not allowing IAEA inspectors to monitor its nuclear work. He said Israel has not undertaken any international commitments. “Such effrontery is shameful,” said the Iranian delegate, according to a report by Etemad newspaper. Subscribe Facebook Twitter ReddIt Pinterest WhatsApp Viber VK Email Telegram Print LINE The IFP Editorial Staff is composed of dozens of skilled journalists, news-writers, and analysts whose works are edited and published by experienced editors specialized in Iran News. The editor of each IFP Service is responsible for the report published by the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website, and can be contacted through the ways mentioned in the "IFP Editorial Staff" section.

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UAE, Bahrain Rulers Accessories to All Israeli Crimes: Iran Speaker

The Iranian parliament speaker says betraying rulers in the region are accomplices to all crimes committed by the Israeli regime. The comment by Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf came in a statement issued in reaction to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain normalizing relations with Tel Aviv. “Many regional governments have, for years, been lovingly kissing the hands of despotic Zionists who have blood on their hands, and clawing at the haggard faces of oppressed Palestinian people,” read part of the statement. He said the recent peace agreements with Israel were simply putting on paper the UAE and Bahrain’s shameful years-long animosity with Palestinians. “They have had cordial relations with the hostile Zionist enemy at all times,” the statement added. The top parliamentarian added the normalization agreements with Tel Aviv have brought humiliation upon the UAE and Bahrain. Subscribe Facebook Twitter ReddIt Pinterest WhatsApp Viber VK Email Telegram Print LINE The IFP Editorial Staff is composed of dozens of skilled journalists, news-writers, and analysts whose works are edited and published by experienced editors specialized in Iran News. The editor of each IFP Service is responsible for the report published by the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website, and can be contacted through the ways mentioned in the "IFP Editorial Staff" section.

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Iran Warns Regional Arab States against Normalizing Ties with Israel

A senior Iranian official has warned rulers of countries which have compromised the interests of the Muslim world as well the cause of Palestine for the sake of their own transient desires. Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani dismissed normalization deals between certain regional Arab rulers and the Israeli regime as an act of betrayal and dangerous. “The Muslim world will never allow the plan [to set the stage for Israeli presence in the region] to materialize,” said Shamkhani in a meeting with former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki. Shamkhani said the struggles of the resistance front will “root out the US and the Zionist regime [of Israel] in the region.” The Iranian official also elaborated on the US strategy aimed at creating divisions and insecurity in the region, urging regional countries to band together and cooperate to tackle such plots. Shamkhani further urged Iraqi people and groups to remain vigilant and united against enemy conspiracies. “The enemies of unity and progress of Iraq seek to turn the country’s future elections into an arena for differences, conflict and finally insecurity,” said Shamkhani. He also touched upon Washington’s all-out efforts to undermine regional countries and maintain the security of the Israeli regime. “With the so-called ‘peace’ plan, the Israeli regime is trying to secure its domination on the territory between the Nile and the Euphrates,” he noted. Iran Warns Bahrain, UAE over Any Israeli-Instigated Tension in Persian Gulf Maliki, in turn, praised Iran’s outstanding role in fighting terrorism and establishing stability and security in the region, urging Tehran and Baghdad to work together on key regional and international issues. He emphasized the necessity of boosting solidarity in the Muslim world and preventing measures that would deal a blow to the identity of Islamic countries. “As we turned away the evil spectre of terrorism from Iraq and the region, we will be able to tackle threats to holy Quds and the Palestinian existence through the cooperation of Islamic countries,” he said. Subscribe

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‘Iran Must Praise Kuwait, Saudi for Rejecting Peace with Israel’

Kuwait's emir Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, right, shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, left, during an official reception ceremony at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran, Iran, June 1, 2014. / Photo by AP An Iranian political analyst and author believes that Tehran must stop adopting a negative approach towards Arab states and hail Saudi Arabia and Kuwait for refusing to normalize their relations with Israel. Seyyed Hadi Borhani, a professor of Israel Studies at Tehran University, says the always-negative approach adopted by Iran so far has led Israel to introduce Tehran as an enemy of the Arabs. It’s time for Iran to praise Kuwait and even Saudi Arabia for not joining the trend of making peace with Israel, which is considered a joint enemy of the Muslim world. What follows are highlights of the remarks he made in a recent interview with Iranian news website Entekhab: Kuwait is a small country on the shores of the Persian Gulf, surrounded by several major countries in the region including Iran, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. The total area of this Arab country is about 17,000 square kilometres, which is a small figure compared to the 1.5 and 2 million square kilometre areas of Iran and Saudi Arabia. The population of Kuwait, in proportion to its area, is not comparable to the population of its neighbouring countries. The power of the neighbours has always been a concern for this small country and has led Kuwait to make an alliance with great world powers and a security and military coalition with them. In fact, if there was no such alliance, Iraq (which occupied Kuwait in 1990) would have swallowed and digested it by now. Despite Kuwait’s small size and limited power and its vulnerability to pressure from major powers (especially the United States), it pursues an independent policy towards Palestine, which is admired by observers and analysts. The latest example of this courageous and principled policy is Kuwait’s stance on the UAE-Israel compromise. At this point, Kuwait opposed the policy of normalisation of ties with Israel and the passage of Israeli planes over the country, declaring that it would be the last Arab country to establish relations with Israel. The Kuwaiti parliament also criticised the UAE-Israel agreement. Kuwait’s position on the UAE agreement can be considered the best position adopted in the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council and probably the most independent position in the entire Arab world. Kuwait’s position on this issue is even stronger and more serious than the positions of Iran’s allies and members of the Axis of Resistance, including Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. The independent and free positions of Kuwait on the Palestinian issue are not limited to this and are rooted in the history of this country. The positions of the Kuwaiti government and its parliament have always been considered as free positions on this issue during the past years. Shortly after Donald Trump’s move to propose the deal of the century, Speaker of the Kuwaiti parliament, Marzouq al-Ghanim, said at a meeting of Arab Parliaments in Jordan that “In the name of the Arab nation, I declare that the deal of the century is born dead and its real place is the dustbin of history.” The anti-Israel stance of the Speaker of the Kuwaiti Parliament is not limited to this and has a long history. Marzouq al-Ghanim is perhaps the most active and serious speaker of the world parliament against Israel’s policies. The importance of this Kuwaiti policy becomes clear when we consider the country’s inability to provide security using its own limited domestic resources, as well as its dependence on US and Western powers for its security.  Also, consider the relatively bad behaviour of some Palestinian organisations towards Kuwait during the occupation of this country by Iraq. Unfortunately, these organisations committed a shameful mistake by supporting Saddam’s regime during the occupation. That came as, throughout its history Kuwait has always supported the Palestinian liberation and has hosted about half a million Palestinian refugees and displaced persons. Given these facts, Kuwait’s resistance to the US pressure, as well as its move to forgive Palestinian organisations and the continuation of an independent policy based on support for the Palestinian cause and people, can be considered a historic move. A fundamental question regarding Kuwait’s policy towards Palestine is why and how Kuwait is supporting their cause. What are the reasons or factors that differentiate Kuwaiti policies from the policies of other countries in the region, especially the UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia? Answering this question requires independent research, but it seems that the influence of several factors in this case is clear. In addition to the experience, foresight and maturity of the Emir of Kuwait, who has always been praised by many leaders in the region, including Hezbollah leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, two important factors seem to be effective in this regard: First, Kuwait is superior to all Persian Gulf Cooperation Council countries in terms of democracy and democratic governance. Kuwait’s parliament is a serious, old and deep-rooted assembly that can represent a significant part of the Kuwaiti people and their demands and opinions. The history of the Arab Middle East clearly shows that wherever the views of the people and their will have been the focus of attention, respect and influence, any interaction with Israel has been opposed. Kuwait’s emir Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, left, meets with Iran’s Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in June 2014. The second factor is probably the high level of education in Kuwait. Kuwait is a country that has been paying serious attention to the issue of education and culture for many years, and therefore its benefit from science, art, and expertise is commendable and undeniable. Therefore, one can expect the people of Kuwait and its elites to know the history of the region, the history of Palestine and the policies of Israel more deeply and accurately than other nations in the region do. For this reason, Kuwait has nurtured numerous writers and elites who have been prolific and influential in various fields, including the study of Palestine. In comparison, the UAE does not have these two factors. It does not have a serious democracy, nor does it benefit from Kuwait’s public knowledge of the Palestinian issue. Iran’s Stance on Arabs’ Normalisation of Ties with Israel After the ill-fated move of the United Arab Emirate in establishing relations with Israel, The Islamic Republic of Iran adopted a decisive and calculated policy to put pressure on the UAE and condemn it for making such a decision. This action by Iran is necessary, but may be insufficient. Iran has a long history of condemning such acts and putting pressure on Arab countries. Almost all of Iran’s interaction with the subject has been a negative one. The positive dimension of this policy does not seem to resonate much in Iranian policies of dealing with Arab countries. This has made Iran’s official policy to seem like an anti-Arab one. It is as if Iran is looking for an excuse to denounce the Arab countries and their positions. This has helped Iran’s regional enemies or rivals to abuse the situation and portray Iran’s regional policy as an anti-Arab one. Israel is trying hard to convince the Arab countries that Iran is the enemy of the Arab states and unfortunately (to some extent) it has succeeded in doing this. Iran’s positive interaction with positive and constructive positions of Arab countries, such as Kuwait’ policy regarding Palestine, can neutralise these efforts and put Iran’s regional policy in a reasonable and balanced direction. This policy could encourage other Arab countries to follow the Kuwaiti-Qatari model of relations with Iran and take a stand against Israel. At present, there seems to be some kind of inattention to such a policy, and the Islamic Republic’s regional policy is pursued more through pressure and coercion. For example, in the wake of the UAE-Israel compromise, Saudi Arabia has shown considerable resistance to the US and Israeli pressure to join Abu Dhabi and the peace agreement. Perhaps this policy should have been met with limited encouragement or a specific reward. Contrary to this expectation, the attacks of the allied forces of Iran (the Ansarullah of Yemen) against the Saudi positions increased during this period and a heavy attack was carried out against the Abha airport in Saudi Arabia. Due to Riyadh’s resistance against the US pressures, Iran-backed forces could wait until the Arab League summit. This patience, along with sending the necessary messages, could have encouraged Saudi Arabia to resist more (against US pressure) and play a positive role in the Arab League summit. Had such a move taken place, the possibility of taking a tougher stance against US pressure and taking a softer stance against Iran at the summit would have increased. This problem (tendency to deal negatively with Arab countries) in Iran, of course, is not limited to the government and official bodies. It has been seen many times that as soon as a mistake is made by an Arab country, it is severely attacked by the public and media. Arab embassies in Tehran have been attacked, flags set on fire, or rallies have been held against Arab rulers. However, a rally in praise of a right action or an admirable stance of an Arab country has never been held in Tehran. Hoping for such a day, the author of this text offers a wreath on the occasion of Kuwait’s independent and courageous stance on the Palestinian issue. Subscribe

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Iran Condemns Bahrain’s Plan to Normalize Relations with Israel

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran has strongly condemned the announcement of plans for normalization of relations between Bahrain and the Zionist regime. In a statement released on Saturday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry vehemently condemned the announcement of establishment of diplomatic relations between Bahrain and the Zionist regime as a shameful and ignominious measure by Bahrain that would sacrifice the cause of Palestine, decades of struggles, and the Palestinian people’s fortitude against miseries and sufferings for the sake of US election. “Undoubtedly, the oppressed and right-seeking people of Palestine and the free Muslims in the world will never approve of normalization of relations with the usurping and lawless Israeli regime, and such shameful measure will remain in the historical memory of the oppressed and downtrodden people of Palestine and the world’s free nations forever,” the statement said. “Instead of gaining legitimacy from its people, the government of Bahrain has unfortunately turned its back on them in a fundamental mistake, has sought the Quds-occupying regime’s shelter, and has sacrificed the cause of honourable Palestine for the domestic US elections,” it added. “From now on, the Bahraini rulers will be an accomplice in the crimes committed by the Zionist regime as the constant source of threat to security in the region and the Muslim world and as the root cause of decades of violence, massacre, wars, terror and bloodshed in oppressed Palestine and the region,” the statement underlined. “The Bahraini government’s move will definitely result only in escalating anger and perpetual hatred among the oppressed people of Palestine, Muslims and the world’s free nations,” it added. The statement has finally warned against any act by the Zionist regime creating insecurity in the Persian Gulf region, saying the Bahraini government and the other supporting governments would be held accountable for all the consequences of any action in this regard. US President Donald Trump announced on Friday that Bahrain and the Israeli regime will normalize ties in a US-brokered deal. A month ago, the United Arab Emirates agreed to normalize ties with Israel under a US-brokered deal scheduled to be signed by Trump, who is seeking re-election on November 3. Subscribe

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Iran Warns Bahrain, UAE over Any Israeli-Instigated Tension in Persian Gulf

Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the de facto ruler of the UAE (left) and Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (right) Iranian lawmakers have warned that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain will be responsible for any tension-provoking action in the Persian Gulf region that the Israeli regime might take. In a statement, the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian Parliament said being allied to Tel Aviv will jeopardize the security of the UAE and Bahrain more than ever before. “Unfortunately, the betrayal of rulers who are cronies of the White House and the Zionist regime [of Israel] dealt yet another blow to the bloody body of Palestine,” read the statement. “The puppet regime of Al Khalifa, which believes the continuation of its rule is fully contingent upon the US and the racist Zionist regime, has stepped into a path which will result in nothing but failure for it,” the statement added. The legislators condemned Bahrain’s normalization of ties with Tel Aviv, and added such moves will only further strengthen the Palestinian nation’s rightful struggles against Israeli occupiers. Subscribe Facebook Twitter ReddIt Pinterest WhatsApp Viber VK Email Telegram Print LINE The IFP Editorial Staff is composed of dozens of skilled journalists, news-writers, and analysts whose works are edited and published by experienced editors specialized in Iran News. The editor of each IFP Service is responsible for the report published by the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website, and can be contacted through the ways mentioned in the "IFP Editorial Staff" section.

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Severe Vengeance Awaiting Bahrain King after Deal with Israel: IRGC

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has roundly condemned the establishment of diplomatic relations between Bahrain and the Israeli regime. The IRGC warned that severe vengeance is awaiting Bahraini King Hamad bin Salman al-Khalifa. “The ruthless ruler of Bahrain should be awaiting tough revenge by those fighting for the liberation of Quds and the country’s Muslim and zealous nation,” read an IRGC statement.“The shameful move by the Al Khalifa [ruler] and the Bahrain ruling regime to establish relations with the Zionist regime [of Israel], which is against the will and desire of the Muslim people of this country, amounts to sheer folly and lacks any legitimacy and they will receive proportionate responses,” the statement added. “The domino of the normalization of the Israeli regime’s ties with rulers of some Arab countries engineered by the White House and the hated and unwise president of the US following the imposition of humiliation on Muslim nations and looting their resources and wealth is aimed at creating security for the occupiers of Palestine and usurpers of the holy Quds; however, the vicious objective will never come true,” read the statement. “Rather, the move will ironically further boost the power and determination of the Muslim community to unleash the hidden potential of the anti-Zionist resistance front to eliminate the cancerous tumour of Israel from the geography of the Muslim world,” the statement read. The statement warned the Al Khalifa ruling regime as well as other rulers who commit acts of betrayal and are in the pay of the global hegemony against paving the way for the Israeli regime to gain a foothold in the strategic region of the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman. “Like other wicked and traitorous reconciliation deals, the Bahraini ruling regime’s diabolical and disgraceful move will have no achievement for the US and supporters of child-killing Zionists; rather, the move will expose those committing these acts of betrayal and wicked moves to the wrath and revenge of the Islamic community, especially the Shia people of Bahrain,” read the statement. Subscribe

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