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Iran has threatened Greece over use of bases by US

“Indeed, there has been a protest on the part of Iran, I have not seen the text and I will have a brief telephone conversation with the Iranian Foreign Minister, who asked to speak to me. I know Mr. Zarif, we have met in New York, he is a very intelligent man, he understands what the broader Greek position is, we understand why Iran wants in this juncture to raise our issues the way it sees it, we’ll see what he has to tell me. I’m will be glad to hear him anyway. “

This was stated by Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, 11 January, on OPEN television, confirming that Iran was protesting statements by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on the US assassination of General Soleimani. The matter was revealed by a reportage by journalist Christos Tsigouris.

  • Published in Greece

Ratcheting up the US-Iran collision

The Trump administration announced new sanctions against Iran Friday morning, in the latest tit-for-tat move, in a week fraught with tension and violence.

by Efthimios Tsiliopoulos

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the sanctions would target Iran’s construction, manufacturing, textiles, mining, and aviation industries, including “primary and secondary” sanctions, adding that they would extend sanctions on Iranian officials.

The new U.S. sanctions go contrary to the idea, that some analysts saw as a de-escalation in tensions with Iran, that cropped up in media in the last two days. Although, analysts have often been wrong in the outcome of crisis situations, the present situation accentuates a regional conflict, that for acute observers has no rational strategic reason

It is very doubtful that the sanctions will have much real political impact. Iran has already suffered through a bevy of Trump's campaign of sanctions that have damaged its economy. How much more damage could further sanctions do? Instead, Soleimani's assassination may coalesce popular support, for an otherwise not-so-popular theocratic regime.

The Trump administration has touted Soleimani as being an “imminent threat”, but no explanations have been given.

The rift between Trump and the Washington establishment and lawmakers is becoming more than obvious as both parties ripped into Pompeo and administration officials because of this dilly-dallying on the necessity of killing Soleimani. Leaks of closed door meetings on Capitol Hill, on Wednesday, described this politely. Thursday, Trump claimed that Soleimani was planning attacks against multiple U.S. embassies, again showing no proof. The Secretary of State, on Friday said the info had been included in the classified briefing, but this was refuted by many lawmakers, and saw the light of the media.

During Pompeo's Friday briefing, the Secretary tried to square the circle. “We had specific information on an imminent threat, and that threat included attacks on U.S. embassies. Period. Full stop,” Pompeo claimed.

And the world awaits.

Iran admits to shooting down Ukrainian 737

Ukrainian Boeing 737 Plane has been shot down as a hostile object due to human error at a time of heightened US threats of war, the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces said in a statement on Saturday.

  • Published in World
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