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  1. JERUSALEM: Israel for the first time admitted that it bombed a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007 and said on Wednesday the strike should be a warning to Iran that it would not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. The Israeli military released previously classified cockpit footage, photographs and intelligence documents about its Sept. 6, 2007, air strike on the Al-Kubar facility near Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria. It said the reactor was being built with help from North Korea and the facility had been months away from activation. Reuters has been unable to immediately verify the Israeli material. Israel?s decision to go public comes after repeated calls in recent months by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the United States and international community to take tougher action on Iran, Syria?s ally. Israel?s intelligence minister, Israel Katz, said on Twitter: ?The (2007) operation and its success made clear that Israel will never allow nuclear weaponry to be in the hands of those who threaten its existence - Syria then, and Iran today.? The Israeli military described in detail events leading up to the night of Sept 5-6, 2007, in which, it said, eight warplanes, F-16s and F-15s, carried out the mission after taking off from the Ramon and Hatzerim air bases and flying to Deir al-Zor region, 450 km northwest of Damascus. Eighteen tonnes of munitions were dropped on the site, it said. In his 2010 memoir ?Decision Points,? former US President George W. Bush disclosed that he discussed intelligence about the Syrian facility with then Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert before it was destroyed but did not give him the green light for the raid. James Jeffrey, Bush?s deputy national security adviser, said on Wednesday the former U.S. president had been ?absolutely supportive? of Israel. ?(He) made it clear that we were very happy that events had eliminated this threat and that if there were any threats to Israel that would emerge from this situation, the United States would stand with Israel, period,? Jeffrey told Israel?s Army Radio. In 2008 the United States presented what it described as intelligence showing that North Korea had helped Syria with ?covert nuclear activities.? At the time Syria dismissed the accusations as part of a campaign to discredit the Damascus government. ?The Syrian government regrets the campaign of lies and falsification by the U.S. administration against Syria, including allegations of nuclear activity,? said a government statement issued on the Syrian state news agency. Iran, which says its nuclear program has only peaceful aims, signed a 2015 deal under which it accepted curbs on its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief. U.S. President Donald Trump and Netanyahu have both been critical of the deal. ?TOP SECRET? The Israeli military declassified internal ?top secret? intelligence reports, in Hebrew, some of them partly redacted. One, dated March 30, 2007, said: ?Syria has set up, within its territory, a nuclear reactor for the production of plutonium, through North Korea, which according to an (initial) worst-case assessment is liable to be activated in approximately another year. To our assessment [REDACTED] secretive and orderly [REDACTED] for achieving a nuclear weapon.? Israeli intelligence predicted that the suspected reactor ?would turn operational by the end of 2007?. The mission to destroy the facility started at 10.30 p.m. on Sept. 5 and ended with the return of the warplanes at 2.30 a.m. the next day, the Israeli military said. The event was first made public by Syria, which, as reported by Reuters at the time, said in the early hours of Sept. 6 that Syrian air defenses had repelled an incursion by Israeli warplanes. Syria, a signatory of the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), has always denied that the site was a reactor or that Damascus engaged in nuclear cooperation with North Korea. The Israeli military?s announcement on Wednesday noted that the area in question, around Deir al-Zor, was captured by Daesh after the Syrian civil war erupted in 2011. Had there been an active reactor there, the Israeli military said, it would have had ?severe strategic implications on the entire Middle East as well as Israel and Syria?. The Israeli release contains a black-and-white aerial photograph captioned ?before the attack? and showing a box-like structure amid desert dunes with smaller outlying buildings. A series of black-and-white videos, taken above the target, shows the structure in cross-hairs. A male voice is heard counting down three seconds, a cloud of black smoke rises from the structure as it explodes. Other footage appears to show the aftermath - a smoldering hole in the ground. Wednesday?s release came ahead of the publication of a memoir by Olmert containing passages about the 2007 strike.
  2. A display featuring missiles and a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen at Baharestan Square in Tehran, Iran September 27, 2017. Nazanin Tabatabaee Yazdi/TIMA via REUTERS/Files BRUSSELS/PARIS: Britain, France, and Germany have proposed fresh EU sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles and its role in Syria?s war, according to a confidential document, in a bid to persuade Washington to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. The joint paper, seen by Reuters, was sent to European Union (EU) capitals on Friday, said two people familiar with the matter, to sound out support for such sanctions as they would need the support of all 28 EU member governments. The proposal is part of an EU strategy to save the accord ? signed by world powers ? that curbs Tehran?s ability to develop nuclear weapons, namely by showing US President Donald Trump that there are other ways to counter Iranian power abroad. Trump delivered an ultimatum to the European signatories on January 12. It said they must agree to ?fix the terrible flaws of the Iran nuclear deal? ? which was sealed under his predecessor Barack Obama ? or he would refuse to extend US sanctions relief on Iran. US sanctions will resume unless Trump issues fresh ?waivers? to suspend them on May 12. ?We will therefore be circulating in the coming days a list of persons and entities that we believe should be targeted in view of their publicly demonstrated roles,? the document said, referring to Iranian ballistic missile tests and Tehran?s role backing Syria?s government in the seven-year-old civil war. The steps would go beyond what a US State Department cable obtained by Reuters last month outlined as a path to satisfy Trump: simply committing to improving the nuclear deal. It also reflects frustration with Tehran. ?We?re getting irritated. We?ve been talking to them for 18 months and have had no progress on these issues,? a diplomat said. EU foreign ministers will discuss the proposal at a closed-door meeting on Monday in Brussels, diplomats said. Analysts say the nuclear agreement, touted at the time as a breakthrough reducing the risk of a devastating wider war in the Middle East, could collapse if Washington pulls out. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif struck a defiant note towards Washington on Friday. ?If the United States makes the mistake of pulling out of the JCPOA, it will definitely be a painful mistake for the Americans,? Iranian state television quoted Zarif as saying. The JCPOA is the formal name of the nuclear deal. Zarif did not refer to the possibility of new EU sanctions. The commission overseeing the nuclear accord said on Friday in Vienna that Iran was meeting its obligations under the deal. The joint document by Britain, France and Germany said they were engaged in ?intensive talks with the Trump administration to ?achieve a clear and lasting reaffirmation of US support for the (nuclear) agreement beyond May 12?. The proposal follows weeks of talks between the State Department and European powers as they try to mollify the Trump administration, which is split between those who want to tear up the agreement and those who wish to preserve it. A US official cited ?very good? talks with London, Paris and Berlin this week in Vienna on the issue. 'Proliferation' of Iranian missiles The document referred to sanctions that would ?target militias and commanders?. It proposes building on the EU?s existing sanctions list related to Syria, which includes travel bans and asset freezes on individuals, as well as a ban on doing business or financing public and private companies. It was strident in its criticism of Iran?s ballistic weapons, which Tehran says are for defensive purposes, saying there were ?transfers of Iranian missiles and missile technology? to Syria and allies of Tehran, such as Houthi rebels in Yemen and Lebanon?s Iran-backed Hezbollah. ?Such a proliferation of Iranian missile capabilities throughout the region is an additional and serious source of concern,? the document said. Still, the issue is highly sensitive because the 2015 pact between Iran and six major powers ? Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the US ? lifted international sanctions that crippled Iran?s oil-based economy. While the EU retains some sanctions on Iranians over human rights abuses, it rescinded its economic and financial restrictions on Iran in 2016 and does not want to be seen to be reneging on the agreement. Iran signed up to limits on its uranium enrichment activity, which it has repeatedly said is for peaceful power generation, not atomic bombs, but has refused to discuss its missiles. The Islamic Republic has dismissed Western assertions that its activities in the Middle East are destabilising and also rejected Trump?s demands to renegotiate the nuclear accord. In the joint document, Britain, France, and Germany set out questions and answers that seek to show that legally, the European powers would not be breaking the terms of the nuclear deal. It said they are ?entitled to adopt additional sanctions against Iran? as long as they are not nuclear-related or were previously lifted under the nuclear agreement. The European powers said new sanctions are justified because Iran ?did not commit further to stop undertaking ballistic missile destabilising activities? under the nuclear agreement. The nuclear deal?s terms did not cover ballistic missile activity.
  3. Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. File photo WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia's crown prince warned in a US television interview that if Tehran gets a nuclear weapon, his country will follow suit. "Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt, if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible," Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in an excerpt of the interview that aired Thursday on "CBS This Morning." The 32-year-old Prince Mohammed said he has referred to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as "the new Hitler" because "he wants to expand." "He wants to create his own project in the Middle East very much like Hitler who wanted to expand at the time," Prince Mohammed said. "Many countries around the world and in Europe did not realise how dangerous Hitler was until what happened, happened. I don't want to see the same events happening in the Middle East." The interview is scheduled to run on CBS´s "60 Minutes" show on Sunday, two days before the crown prince's scheduled White House meeting with US President Donald Trump.
  4. TEHRAN: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's sacking shows that Washington is set on quitting the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, Iran's deputy foreign minister said Wednesday. "The United States is determined to leave the nuclear deal, and changes at the State Department were made with that goal in mind - or at least it was one of the reasons," Abbas Araghchi said in comments carried by state new agency ISNA. US President Donald Trump announced Tillerson's departure in a tweet on Tuesday, saying he would be replaced by Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo, who takes a much harder line on Iran than his predecessor. Trump has repeatedly slammed the 2015 nuclear deal, under which Iran agreed to freeze its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of crippling international sanctions. Despite Tillerson's determination to stick with the deal, Trump has threatened to scrap what he has dubbed a "terrible" agreement unless tough new restrictions were placed on Iran by May 12. A US exit could kill the pact between Iran, Germany and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. The deal's backers have presented it as a victory for diplomacy and nuclear non-proliferation efforts. Tehran has repeatedly ruled out changing a single comma of the text. The UN's nuclear energy agency, the IAEA, confirmed in February that Tehran had met its obligations under the agreement. "If the US quits the nuclear deal, we will also quit it," Araghchi said Wednesday. "We have told the Europeans that if they can't keep the US in the deal, Iran will also leave it." His comments contrast with those of Iranian officials including President Hassan Rouhani, who has said Iran will stick with the agreement as long as it is beneficial for the country - even if the United States leaves. While Iran has reaped massive economic benefits from the accord, notably by being able to resume oil exports, it is still constrained by US sanctions in other areas.
  5. Zibakalam is known for his criticism of Iran´s foreign policy, in particular its bitter rivalry with the United States and Israel TEHRAN: A prominent Iranian political analyst close to reformists said Tuesday he had been sentenced to 18 months in prison for propaganda against the regime. Sadegh Zibakalam, a professor of political science at the University of Tehran who supports the government of President Hassan Rouhani, said he planned to appeal. In a video posted on Facebook, Zibakalam said that in addition to the jail term he had been ordered to refrain from all political and social media activity as well as writing in the press for two years. Zibakalam is known for his criticism of Iran´s foreign policy, in particular its bitter rivalry with the United States and Israel. The judiciary-linked Mizan Online news agency had reported on Monday the start of Zibakalam´s trial in a revolutionary court in Tehran. It said the academic was accused of giving interviews to foreign media deemed hostile by the authorities and of "attempting to call into question the Islamic republic". On March 7, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported that the same court had sentenced reformist former Tehran mayor Gholamhossein Karbaschi to one year in prison for anti-regime propaganda. Karbaschi now heads a party that is part of a political coalition supporting Rouhani, a moderate who came to power in 2013 with the backing of reformists. Rouhani has faced criticism from conservatives over his efforts to rebuild relations with the West and ease civil liberties.
  6. Members of the Iranian revolutionary guard march during a parade in Tehran, Iran, September 22, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer/Files TEHRAN: Four "terrorists" were killed after infiltrating Iran and attacking a military checkpoint in a southeastern border area, officials said on Monday. The attack took place on Sunday near the city of Saravan, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the Pakistani border, in the province of Sistan-Baluchistan, the Islamic Republic's elite Revolutionary Guards said in a statement. Revolutionary Guard troops fought off the attack, it said, saying one of the attackers was killed after detonating an explosive vest. Two members of the Basiji paramilitary force affiliated with the Guards were wounded in the fight, during which one of the attackers was killed after detonating an explosive vest. The Guards statement said three assailants had been killed but ground forces commander Brigadier General Mohammad Marani later updated the figure to four dead. He said on state television that the assailants had mounted their attack from "the soil of a neighbouring country" but did not name the country. In the past, Iran has accused Pakistan of supporting Jaish al-Adl, an extremist group accused by Tehran of links to Al-Qaeda, which has carried out numerous attacks in Sistan-Baluchistan. Iranian media regularly reports armed clashes between security forces and criminal groups or "terrorists" in the border province, whose residents are mostly members of the Baluchi ethnic minority.
  7. Netanyahu and Trump in the Oval Office on March 5, 2018. Photo: Reuters WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Monday he might travel to Israel for the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem as he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a united front against Iran in White House talks. Trump?s decision for the United States to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the embassy there from Tel Aviv reversed decades of US policy, aggravated Arab allies and has complicated his administration?s attempt to revive long-stalled Middle East peace talks. Trump, with Netanyahu at his side in the Oval Office, said he was considering making what would be his second visit to Jerusalem as president. The opening of the US embassy is planned for May. ?We?re looking at coming,? Trump said. ?If I can, I will.? Mired in corruption investigations threatening his political survival, Netanyahu ? questioned at his home by police on Friday ? stepped into a different spotlight during his five-day US visit. Trump?s push to change or scrap Iran?s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and concerns over Tehran?s foothold in Syria topped the agenda of his talks with Netanyahu, US and Israeli officials said. Both leaders have long railed against the deal, citing its limited duration and the fact it does not cover Iran?s ballistic missile programme or its support for anti-Israel elements in the region. ?If I had to say what is our greatest challenge in the Middle East to both our countries, to our Arab neighbours, it?s encapsulated in one word: Iran,? Netanyahu said. ?Iran must be stopped. That is our common challenge.? Trump has threatened to pull out of the agreement unless European allies help ?fix? it with a follow-up accord. The White House said in a statement that Trump ?underscored his goal of countering Iran?s malign influence.? Netanyahu told Israeli reporters that Iran had been a big focus of talks, which he said ran an hour longer than scheduled. Israel has accused Tehran of seeking a permanent military presence in Syria, where Iranian-backed forces support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a civil war. US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump (right) welcome Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (second left) and Mrs Netanyahu (left) at the White House in Washington, US, March 5, 2018. Photo: Reuters Netanyahu, whose relationship with Trump has been among the closest of any world leader, has also cautioned that Israel could act against Iran itself after an Iranian drone flew into Israel last month and an Israeli warplane was shot down while bombing air defences in Syria. He has accused Iran of planning to build precision-guided missile factories in Lebanon, amid tensions along that border. The talks also touched on Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and the Palestinians, Netanyahu said, while the White House said Trump had ?emphasised his commitment to achieving a lasting peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians.? Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, angered by Trump?s Jerusalem move, has refused to engage with the United States on Middle East peace, prompting Trump to delay the rollout of peace proposals. Participating in the talks was Trump?s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who has been on the defensive amid investigations into alleged meddling by Russia in the 2016 US presidential campaign. Some analysts believe Kushner?s ability to run the Middle East initiative has been handicapped by his loss of access to certain valued US intelligence because of a White House clampdown on access to such secrets for those without full security clearance. The White House said the downgrade of Kushner?s security clearance did not affect the role he played in the meeting. A US official speaking ahead of Netanyahu?s second visit to the Trump White House characterised it as a ?routine check-in.? For Netanyahu, however, the Oval Office meeting offered a respite from his legal troubles. Netanyahu, who will speak to the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC on Tuesday, awaits a decision by Israel?s attorney general on whether to indict him, as police have recommended in two bribery cases. Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing.
  8. Photo: Reuters Iran will not negotiate over its ballistic missiles until the United States and Europe dismantle nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, a top Iranian military official said on Saturday. Separately, Iran confirmed that the Iranian foreign minister had met his former US counterpart John Kerry on the sidelines of a Munich meeting last month. The New Yorker magazine earlier reported that Kerry had urged Tehran not to abandon a 2015 nuclear deal, despite tensions with the administration of US President Donald Trump. While Iran has accepted curbs on its nuclear work - which it says is for purely peaceful purposes - it has repeatedly refused to discuss its missile programme, something the US and European countries have called for. ?The condition for negotiating Iran?s missiles is the destruction of the nuclear weapons and long-range missiles of the United States and Europe,? Iranian Armed Forces spokesperson Masoud Jazayeri was quoted by the state news agency IRNA as saying. Iran says its missile programme is defensive, and that it is not related to Tehran?s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers which led to the lifting of sanctions against the country. European powers and Iran have started talks over Tehran?s role in the Middle East and will meet again this month in Italy as part of efforts to prove to Trump that they are meeting his concerns over the 2015 nuclear deal. On Friday, the New Yorker reported that during a meeting, which it said was attended by others involved in the nuclear deal,?Kerry quietly urged the Iranians not to abandon the deal or violate its terms - whatever the Trump Administration does?. Iran?s foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi, quoted by IRNA, said that Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif ?has always met on the sidelines of such international summits with attending personalities and elites ... in the framework of preserving Iranian interests?. Zarif had met on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference with "John Kerry and Ernest Moniz, foreign and energy ministers of the previous US government, who have a critical attitude towards Trump Administration policies?, Qasemi said.
  9. US President Donald Trump. Photo: Reuters file WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump discussed Iran?s ?destabilizing activities? and other security and economic issues in separate telephone calls with senior Saudi and Emirati leaders on Tuesday, the White House said. In calls with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, Trump thanked them for highlighting ways that Gulf Arab states ?can better counter Iranian destabilizing activities and defeat terrorists and extremists,? the White House said. Saudi Arabia and the UAE, along with Bahrain and Egypt, cut off travel and trade ties with Qatar in June, accusing it of supporting terrorism and their arch-rival Iran. The United States is trying to resolve the dispute. Qatar denies the charges and says the four Arab countries aim to curtail its sovereignty. The two crown princes, as well as Qatar?s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, are planning to visit Trump for bilateral meetings in March and April, a senior US official said on Friday. The agenda for the meetings will include setting up a summit of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, the official said, which Washington hopes will be held later this year, as well as Middle East peace and Iran. Trump also discussed enhancing bilateral partnerships on security and economic issues with the Saudi and Abu Dhabi crown princes, the White House said.
  10. Relatives of a passenger who was believed to have been killed in a plane crash react near the town of Semirom, Iran LONDON: Iran has located a passenger plane that crashed with 65 people on board, a military spokesman said on Tuesday, two days after it disappeared from radar over mountainous terrain, increasing Iranians? fears about the country?s aging fleet of aircraft. The Aseman Airlines flight from Tehran disappeared on Sunday, 50 minutes into its journey to the southwestern city of Yasuj. The spokesman said it had crashed into a mountain. No one is expected to have survived. Glacial temperatures and mountainous terrain hampered search and rescue efforts, adding to the grief and anger felt by families of the victims and wider society in a country that blames decades of sanctions for the poor state of its planes. The twin-engined turboprop ATR 72 was over 24 years old. According to data cited by the Flight Safety Foundation?s aviation-safety.net website, it had been restored to service just three months ago after being in storage for six years. The wreckage was finally spotted by a military drone, Revolutionary Guards spokesman Ramezan Sharif said. ?Two helicopters were sent to the coordinates that the drone had located, and found the wreckage,? told state television. ?The plane had hit top of the mountain before crashing 30 metres (yards) further down.? Emergency and rescue helicopter searches for the plane that crashed in a mountainous area of central Iran After a long wait to locate the plane, families will have to endure further delays until the bodies of their loved ones are returned as helicopters are unable to land in the hostile terrain and the work will have to be carried out on foot, and emergency service official said. More than 100 people demonstrated outside a local government office in Dena Kooh county on Monday, demanding officials step down for their handling of the disaster after announcements that wreckage had been found on Monday were then denied. A video on Tasnim news agency showed an angry man shouting at Iran?s Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi: ?Would you have flown on the same plane?? Iran has suffered several plane crashes in the past few decades. Tehran blames US sanctions for preventing it from importing new aircraft or spare parts. A deal with world powers on Iran?s nuclear program has lifted some of those sanctions, opening the way for Iranian airlines to update their fleets but many older planes are still in service, particularly on domestic routes.
  11. LONDON: The wreckage of an Iranian plane that crashed with 65 people on board was found in central Iran, state media said on Monday, but aviation authorities could not confirm the report. The Aseman Airlines flight from Tehran disappeared from radar screens on Sunday 50 minutes into its journey to the southwestern city of Yasuj. It is believed to have gone down in a mountainous area near the town of Semirom. No one is expected to have survived. The deputy governor of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province was quoted by state media as saying the wreckage was found near Dengezlu city, in Semirom county, in Isfahan province. A few minutes later, Iran?s Civil Aviation Organisation said it could not confirm the wreckage had been discovered. ?We are facing a total enigma. We do not know anything about the crash,? Iran?s Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency shortly after his arrival in Semirom. Iran asked European countries and China to help the search with satellite imagery, Iranian Space Agency deputy head Mojtaba Saradeghi was quoted as saying by ISNA news agency. A member of the Red Crescent rescue team was quoted as saying by ISNA news agency that ?a dark spot? had been seen near Dengezlu village that ?might be a trace to the crashed plane?. ISNA did not elaborate. Glacial temperatures Glacial temperatures and mountainous terrain hampered rescue teams. Helicopters and mountain rescue personnel from the armed forces and the Red Crescent, as well as local volunteers, were involved in the search, state television reported ?Five units started the search operation in the early hours of the morning, in -16 degrees,? a local Red Crescent official was quoted as saying by IRNA news agency, reporting minus 16 degrees Celsius or 3.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Military reconnaissance drones were also searching the area. The twin-engined turboprop ATR 72 was just over 24 years old. According to data cited by the Flight Safety Foundation?s aviation-safety.net website, it had been restored to service just three months ago after being in storage for six years.
  12. Relatives of passengers onboard a plane that crashed in Iran gather near Tehran's Mehrabad airport TEHRAN: The hunt for a plane that disappeared with 66 people onboard in Iran´s Zagros mountains was stopped until morning as blizzard conditions made progress impossible for rescue teams, state television said Sunday. "With the wind intensifying, and with snow, rain and darkness, it is not possible for rescue and relief teams to reach high altitudes and the search operation has been postponed until tomorrow," broadcaster IRIB announced. "Five helicopters are on alert to resume the search at dawn if the weather conditions are better." Aseman Airlines flight EP3704 disappeared from radar 45 minutes after taking off from Tehran. The ATR-72 twin-engine plane, in service for 25 years, left the capital´s Mehrabad airport at around 8:00 am (0430 GMT) and was heading towards the city of Yasuj, some 500 kilometres (300 miles) to the south. The Red Crescent said 45 teams had been deployed to the Dena mountain of Iran´s southwestern Zagros range, but there was still no sign of any wreckage. "The mountainous terrain is impassable. Thick fog and snow and rain have made it impossible to use helicopters," said Morteza Salimi, head of its rescue and relief section. The airline said 60 passengers, including one child, were on board flight EP3704, as well as six crew. It was the third disaster to strike Iran in recent months, after an earthquake that killed at least 620 people in Kermanshah in November and 30 Iranian sailors were lost in an oil tanker collision off China´s coast last month. Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sent a message of condolence, saying the news had "left our hearts overwhelmed with sadness and sorrow", according to state television. Ageing fleets Families of the passengers gathered at a mosque near Mehrabad airport. "I can´t bring myself to believe it," said a woman whose husband was on board. A man who missed the doomed flight told reporters of his conflicting emotions. "God has been really kind to me but I am so sad from the bottom of my heart for all those dear ones who lost their lives," the unnamed man told the Tabnak news website, which showed a picture of his unused ticket. A Greek seismologist was also scheduled to take the flight but missed it after getting stuck in traffic, Greece´s ANA news agency reported. "I had planned to go to Yasouj on this flight, or the next if I missed it, but because of huge traffic jams in Tehran, I didn´t get on board the plane in the end," Akis Tselentis was quoted as saying. Decades of diplomatic isolation have left Iran´s airlines with ageing fleets of passenger planes which they have struggled to maintain and modernise. Aseman´s fleet includes at least three ATR-72s that date back to the early 1990s, according to the IRNA news agency. France´s air safety agency BEA said it would take part in the investigation led by Britain´s Air Accidents Investigation Branch. "Three investigators and our technical advisers will go to the site," a BEA spokesman told AFP. President Hassan Rouhani ordered the transport ministry to set up a crisis group to investigate the crash and coordinate rescue efforts, ISNA reported. Aseman´s three Boeing 727-200s are almost as old as the country´s 1979 Islamic revolution, having made their first flights the following year. Iran has suffered multiple aviation disasters, most recently in 2014 when 39 people were killed when a Sepahan Airlines plane crashed just after take-off from Tehran, narrowly avoiding many more deaths when it plummeted near a busy market. All 66 passengers, crew feared dead in Iran plane crash Aseman Airline?s Tehran-Yasuj flight crashed in Isfahan province, according to reports Lifting sanctions on aviation purchases was a key clause in the nuclear deal Iran signed with world powers in 2015. Following the deal, Aseman Airlines finalised an agreement to buy 30 Boeing 737 MAX jets for $3 billion (2.4 billion euros) last June, with an option to buy 30 more. However, the sale could be scuppered if US President Donald Trump chooses to reimpose sanctions in the coming months, as he has threatened to do. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered his condolences over Sunday´s crash, just moments after he launched a blistering attack on Tehran´s government. "I take this opportunity to send condolences to the families of the 66 civilians that lost their lives," Netanyahu said at the Munich Security Conference. "We have no quarrel with the people of Iran, only with the regime that torments them," he added. The US Treasury Department, which must approve aviation sales to Iran, has done so for 80 Boeing jets and 100 Airbus planes for national carrier Iran Air. The first few Airbus jets have already arrived in Tehran.
  13. RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has expressed his condolences on the loss of lives in tragic Iranian plane crash, informed Pakistan Armed Forces spokesperson Major Gen Asif Ghafoor. All 66 passengers and crew aboard a plane that crashed in central Iran on Sunday are believed to have been killed. The plane operated by Iranian carrier Aseman Airlines crashed in a mountainous area near the town of Semirom after taking off from Tehran?s Mehrabad airport, news agency ISNA quoted emergency services spokesman Mojtaba Khaledi as saying. All 66 passengers, crew feared dead in Iran plane crash Aseman Airline?s Tehran-Yasuj flight crashed in Isfahan province, according to reports The ATR-made plane was on a flight to the southwestern city of Yasuj and a spokesman for the airline said there were 60 passengers and six crew aboard. The ISPR spokesperson said that the COAS shared grief of bereaved families and brotherly Iranian nation.
  14. Benjamin Netanyahu holding what he said was a piece of the Iranian drone shot down by Israel. Photo: MSC MUNICH: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel would act against Iran, not just its allies in the Middle East, if needed, reiterating that Tehran was the world?s greatest threat. Holding a piece of what he said was an Iranian drone after its incursion into Israeli airspace earlier this month, Netanyahu told the Munich Security Conference: ?Israel will not allow the regime to put a noose of terror around our neck. We will act if necessary not just against Iran?s proxies but against Iran itself?. Addressing the Munich event for the first time, Netanyahu urged gathered US and European officials and diplomats to counter Iran immediately, displaying a map showing what he said was Iran?s growing presence in the Middle East. He said Iran was increasing its power as the US-led coalition against Daesh in Iraq and Syria regains territory from militants. ?The unfortunate thing is that as ISIS compresses and Iran moves in, it is trying to establish this continuous empire surrounding the Middle East from the south in Yemen but also trying to create a land bridge from Iran to Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Gaza,? Netanyahu said. ?This is a very dangerous development for our region.? Tensions surged on February 10 when anti-aircraft fire downed an Israeli warplane returning from a bombing raid on Iran-backed positions in Syria. That was the most serious confrontation yet between Israel and Iranian-backed forces based across the border.
  15. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani shakes hands with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) during a photo opportunity ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, February 17, 2018. Photo: Reuters NEW DELHI: Iran has offered to raise the freight discount on oil sales to India in return for New Delhi agreeing to boost imports, as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) member is keen to eat into the market share of other producers including top rivals Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Iran is pushing to retain customers for its oil in Asia, hoping concessions will boost the appeal of its crude compared with other Middle Eastern suppliers, even as the threat looms of potential further US sanctions on the country. Since the lifting of sanctions on Iran in 2016, it has been offering India a freight discount linked to a formula translating into 105 per cent of the Platts assessment. For 2017/18 Tehran had reduced the discount to 62 per cent of the formula from 80 per cent, but Iran has offered to change this if Indian refineries step up purchases, three sources familiar with the matter said on Saturday. ?Now they are offering 100 per cent discount, meaning a sum equivalent to 105 per cent of the Platts freight assessment,? said one of the sources. Iran said it expected Indian orders to grow. ?State-owned Indian companies are going to increase their level of Iranian oil purchase,? Iran?s oil minister Bijan Zanganeh told reporters after a meeting with Indian oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan in New Delhi. Indian refiners ? state-owned and private ? will buy about 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Iranian oil in 2018/19, said Zanganeh, in India as part of a delegation led by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Supplies down In April through January, the first 10 months of this fiscal year, India imported about 17 per cent less Iranian oil at about 442,800 bpd. Supplies from Iran were down as state refiners, which account for about two-thirds of India?s nearly five million bpd, demand, curbed imports in protest at Tehran?s move to grant development rights for the giant Farzad B gas field to others. ?We have got good incentives compared to other major producers. We will get benefit if we buy from Iran ... We will boost oil imports from Iran compared to this fiscal year,? Pradhan told reporters, without elaborating. Iran, which used to be the second-biggest oil supplier to India before sanctions, is gradually raising its market share in the world?s third-biggest oil consuming nation. In 2017, Iraq for the first time emerged as the top supplier to India on an annual basis, while Saudi Arabia slipped to second position. The freight discount offered by Iran will translate to a discount of up to $1 a barrel, one of the sources told Reuters. Pradhan said India had also sought a stake in Iran?s South Azadegan oil field. He said Tehran had not made any commitment on India?s request, but was willing to show data on some fields to an Indian delegation next week in Tehran. India recently offered a development plan worth about $6 billion for Farzad B and sought gas pricing of about $4 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) to earn double-digit returns. Since local gas prices in Iran are about $2.1 per mmBtu, India has asked for a stake in a producing oil field in Iran in addition to Farzad B to improve its average return on investment. ?I am very optimistic about the future of the relationship between the two countries and our companies, especially for developing oil and gas fields,? Zanganeh said.
  16. NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani agreed on Saturday to step up efforts to bring stability to war-ravaged Afghanistan. Modi reiterated India's commitment to help Afghanistan become "a peaceful, secure, permanent, prosperous and pluralistic country" after holding talks with Rouhani in New Delhi on the last day of his three-day visit. "Looking at our common interests, we are committed to stopping the expansion of such forces that promote international organised crime in terrorism, extremism, illegal drug trafficking, cybercrime and various forms," Modi said "We want to see our region and the world free from terrorism." There was no mention of financial assistance or providing weapons to help Afghanistan fight militants by either leader. India has been a key supporter of Kabul's government and has poured more than $2 billion into the country since the Taliban were toppled in 2001. In 2016, India offered $1 billion in economic aid to strengthen various sectors in the war-torn nation including education, health and agriculture. Modi said both countries wanted to increase economic cooperation, regional connectivity and improve energy security to reach landlocked Afghanistan and central Asia via the southern Iranian port of Chabahar. The port, which was inaugurated in December, has been touted as a way for India to establish trade routes. India has been a key purchaser of Iranian oil and gas, and maintained trade ties even as international sanctions were imposed on Tehran over its nuclear programme between 2012 and 2016. However, local Indian media have reported frustrations over delays in awarding a contract to develop a major gas field known as Farzad B in the Gulf. India's foreign ministry said Saturday that "discussions continue" on Farzad B. The two leaders also signed agreements for avoidance of double taxation and the implementation of an extradition treaty from 2008. As part of a lease contract, India will help Iran run a multi-purpose container terminal at Chabahar for 18 months. India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a three-way transit agreement in 2016 to develop Chabahar port aiming to boost economic growth in the region.
  17. TEHRAN: The former chief-of-staff of Iran's armed forces said Tuesday that Western spies had used lizards which could "attract atomic waves" to spy on the country's nuclear programme. Hassan Firuzabadi, senior military adviser to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was responding to questions from local media on the recent arrest of environmentalists. He said he did not know the details of the cases, but that the West had often used tourists, scientists and environmentalists to spy on Iran. "Several years ago, some individuals came to Iran to collect aid for Palestine... We were suspicious of the route they chose," he told the reformist ILNA news agency. "In their possessions were a variety of reptile desert species like lizards, chameleons... We found out that their skin attracts atomic waves and that they were nuclear spies who wanted to find out where inside the Islamic Republic of Iran we have uranium mines and where we are engaged in atomic activities," he said. His comments came after news that a leading Iranian-Canadian environmentalist, Kavous Seyed Emami, had died in prison after he was arrested along with other members of his wildlife NGO last month. The deputy head of the Environmental Protection Organisation, Kaveh Madani, was also reportedly detained temporarily over the weekend. Firuzabadi said Western spy agencies have "failed every time". He said another espionage case involved a couple from Germany. "They got them on a fishing boat from Dubai and Kuwait and sent them to the Persian Gulf to identify our defence systems," he said. "But when we arrested them, they said they had come for fishing and were tourists."
  18. ANKARA: Iran, Israel?s regional arch-enemy, rejected as ?ridiculous? reports that Israel had intercepted an Iranian drone launched from Syria on Saturday, state TV reported. Separately, a Revolutionary Guards? official said he could not confirm the report because Israelis were ?liars?. Israel said it launched air strikes against air defences and Iranian targets in Syria on Saturday and the Syrian army claimed to have hit an Israeli F-16 that crashed in northern Israel in a major escalation of tension. ?Reports of downing an Iranian drone flying over Israel and also Iran?s involvement in attacking an Israeli jet are so ridiculous,? state TV quoted Iran?s foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi as saying. Iran is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad?s main regional ally and denies having any conventional armed forces in Syria, though it has acknowledged having military advisers and volunteers from its elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in Syria. ?Iran only provides military advice to Syria based on the request of the country?s legitimate government,? Qasemi said. The Israeli military said the F-16 jet crashed during a mission to strike Iranian drone installations in Syria, where Iranian and Iran-backed forces have established a major foothold while fighting in support of Assad. Israel said it had sent its jets into Syria after shooting down an Iranian drone flying over Israeli territory on Saturday. Israel said its warplanes came under fire in Syria, though it was still unclear why the jet had come down. ?Syria?s legitimate government has every right to defend its soil and territory against any foreign aggressor,? Qasemi said, state TV reported. Earlier the deputy head of Iran?s IRGC declined to comment on the reports, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency. ?We cannot confirm this report on the drone because Israelis are liars ... if Syrians confirm it, Iran will confirm it as well,? Brigadier General Hossein Salami said.
  19. The White House on Wednesday warned Iran that it will be held responsible for the health of 81-year-old American citizen Baquer Namazi, who was recently sent back to prison after medical treatment. Photo: AFP WASHINGTON: The White House on Wednesday warned Iran that it will be held responsible for the health of 81-year-old American citizen Baquer Namazi, who was recently sent back to prison after medical treatment. Namazi and his son Siamak were sentenced to 10 years in prison for "espionage and collaboration with the American government" in October ? a charge denied by the family and dismissed by US authorities. The elder Namazi "has been hospitalized four times in the last year and continues to suffer from life-threatening heart problems," a statement from the White House read. "He remains in urgent need of sustained medical care, and the United States government holds Iran fully accountable for his well-being." "The Trump administration again calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all unjustly detained and missing United States citizens in Iran, including Baquer Namazi, his son Siamak Namazi, Xiyue Wang, and Robert Levinson." Namazi was rushed to a hospital on January 15 ? the fourth time in the last year ? after a "severe" drop in his blood pressure, and irregular heartbeat. On Sunday, Iranian authorities granted Namazi, a dual US-Iranian citizen, leave from prison on humanitarian grounds. In September, he underwent emergency heart surgery to install a pacemaker. His lawyer, Jared Genser, said then that under the terms of the leave, he could not leave Iran. His son, a business consultant and also a dual national, is also still in jail. Wang, a Chinese-American researcher from Princeton University, has also been given a 10-year sentence for espionage. Former FBI agent and CIA contractor Levinson went missing in March 2007 after apparently travelling to an Iranian coastal island. Washington and Tehran have had no diplomatic relations since April 1980, and tensions have sharpened under Trump after a brief warming under his predecessor, Barack Obama.
  20. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani. -AFP/File TEHRAN: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday that negotiations on the country´s missile programme were out of the question. Speaking to reporters at a press conference in Tehran, Rouhani also criticised the ongoing Turkish offensive in northern Syria, saying it was showing "no results". But many of the questions focused on the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, which is increasingly under threat from US President Donald Trump who has threatened to reimpose sanctions in May unless fresh curbs are put on Iran´s missile programme and regional behaviour. "We will negotiate with no one on our weapons," Rouhani said. "Iranian-made missiles have never been offensive and never will be. They are defensive and are not designed to carry weapons of mass destruction, since we don't have any," he said. Rouhani reiterated that the nuclear deal, signed with six world powers, could not be renegotiated. "The key to the problems between Tehran and Washington is in Washington's hands. They need to stop their threats and sanctions and pressure, and automatically the situation will improve and we can think about our future," Rouhani said. "The JCPOA (nuclear deal) is not negotiable, nor can it be rewritten," he added. "It was negotiated over 30 months before it was signed. It was approved by the UN Security Council. It is meaningless to say it can be renegotiated with the United States, the Europeans or anyone else." UN Security Council resolution 2231, which put the nuclear deal into force internationally, "urges" Iran to curb its ballistic missile tests, but this has been interpreted differently by various parties to the pact. The Europeans have tended to see subsequent missile tests as breaching the spirit of the deal, rather than as outright "violations" as the US has claimed. "If the Americans had used the occasion created by the nuclear deal correctly, there could have been an opportunity for negotiations on other questions, but the Americans destroyed this opportunity," Rouhani said. Criticism of Turkey Rouhani also criticised the Turkish offensive launched against Kurdish forces in northern Syria on January 20. "The entry of a foreign army on to the soil of another country should be done with the authorisation of that country," he said. "On principle, this action is not justified and we would like that it ends as quickly as possible. Our Turkish friends are being killed, others are being killed, Kurds are being killed - it is bringing no results." Rouhani nonetheless insisted that Iran, a key supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, maintained good relations with Turkey and Russia over Syria´s future. The three countries have together organised peace talks aimed at ending Syria´s long civil war. Rouhani also touched on the protests that hit Iran for a week over the new year, and pushed back against the line, normally heard from conservatives, that they were primarily directed against the dire state of the economy. "Yes people have criticisms about the economic situation and yes they´re right, but they are also criticising the social situation, foreign relations and the political situation. The people have a lot to say and we should listen to them," he said.
  21. File photo. -Reuters TEHRAN: Iranian security forces shot and wounded a man who tried to enter the president's office in central Tehran by force on Monday, local media reported. "An individual wearing a shroud tried to push through the doors of the president's office and was warned by security guards," Tehran's deputy governor for security Mohsen Nasj-Hamedani told the Fars and Tasnim news agencies. "The person was prevented from going further and was wounded by police gunshots," Nasj-Hamedani said, adding that authorities were trying to determine the individual´s identity and motive. Tasnim reported it had received phone calls from witnesses saying the man was carrying a machete. Some ultra-conservative activists in Iran wear shrouds during protests against the West, as a symbol of their determination to defend a cause to the death.
  22. DUBAI: Iran has sentenced an unnamed person to six years in jail for selling information about its nuclear program to the United States and a European country, the Iranian judiciary?s news website reported on Sunday. Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi told judiciary news website Mizan that the convicted person had met nine times with US and European agents to hand over information ?about sanctions and nuclear matters? and had received unspecified sums of money in return. ?This person has been sentenced to six years imprisonment and the return and seizure of funds,? Dolatabadi said. In December, Dolatabadi said Iran?s Supreme Court had upheld a death sentence against Ahmadreza Djalali, a Sweden-based Iranian academic convicted of providing information to Israel to help it assassinate several senior nuclear scientists. At least four scientists were killed between 2010 and 2012 in what Tehran said were assassinations meant to sabotage its efforts to develop nuclear energy. Western powers and Israel said Iran aimed to build a nuclear bomb, which Tehran denied.
  23. The United States´ new nuclear policy brings humanity "closer to annihilation", Iran´s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said. Photo: file TEHRAN: The United States´ new nuclear policy brings humanity "closer to annihilation", Iran´s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said. His comments late Saturday came a day after the Pentagon revealed plans to revamp its nuclear arsenal, largely in response to a perceived renewed threat from Russia. Zarif said the new policy was "in violation" of the international Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). "The US Nuclear Posture Review reflects greater reliance on nukes in violation of the #NPT, bringing humankind closer to annihilation," Zarif said on Twitter. Zarif said the same impulse was driving the United States to undermine the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, which President Donald Trump has demanded be renegotiated. "Trump´s obduracy in killing the #JCPOA stems from the same dangerous imprudence," Zarif wrote, using the technical name for the nuclear deal. The latest Nuclear Posture Review published by the Pentagon called for a larger arsenal of smaller, low-yield nuclear weapons to act as a more "credible" deterrent to threats, particularly from Russia. The NPT, which came into force in 1970 and has been signed by almost all countries including the United States, calls on nations "to achieve at the earliest possible date the cessation of the nuclear arms race and to undertake measures in the direction of nuclear disarmament". Iran´s nuclear deal, reached with six world powers, lifted some international sanctions in exchange for curbs to its nuclear programme. Trump has consistently attacked the accord and said in January he would not continue to waive sanctions unless new restrictions were placed on Iran´s missile programme and wider actions in the Middle East. The other parties -- Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China -- as well as the European Union have strongly defended the deal, saying it has achieved its aim of limiting Iran´s ability to build a nuclear weapon.
  24. The US Navy patrol craft USS Squall (PC 7) steams in the Arabian Gulf in this US Navy picture taken January 14, 2015. ? Reuters FILE LONDON: An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Monday that US vessels patrolling the Gulf had changed behaviour and now abided by international regulations. Rear Admiral Ali Ozmaei?s remarks cited by Tasnim news agency followed last week?s comments by US military officials that the Iranian military had halted routine ?harassment? of US naval vessels in the Gulf. Each state accuses the other of having flouted international regulations in the sea area, which is a major trade route for oil. In recent years, there have been periodic confrontations between the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and US military in the Gulf. ?We see that Americans behaviour has changed. They pay more attention to international regulations and avoid approaching Iran?s territorial waters,? Ozmaei, the Guards? fifth naval district commander, said. In the first such confrontation since President Donald Trump took office, a US Navy ship fired warning shots when an Iranian vessel approached to within 450 feet (140 meters) last July. The following month an unarmed Iranian drone came within 100 feet (30 meters) of a US Navy warplane as it prepared to land on an aircraft carrier in the Gulf. During the presidential campaign last September, Trump said any Iranian vessel that harassed the US Navy in the Gulf would be ?shot out of the water.?
  25. Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards march during a military parade to commemorate the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war in Tehran, Iran, September 22, 2007. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl/Files TEHRAN: Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards force said three of its soldiers were killed and 16 Daesh militants arrested in clashes Saturday in the south of the country. Its Sepahnews website, citing General Mohammad Pakpour ? the head of the Guards' land forces ? said, "16 members of the terrorist group were arrested and several of them killed", as well as three Guards in the clashes in Fars province. "The terrorists wanted to carry out attacks on border towns and in the centre of the country," he said. Sepahnews reported earlier that the Daesh militants had infiltrated from western Iran's border with Iraq. Iran is one of the main international backers of the Syrian regime and has sent military advisers and thousands of "volunteers" to battle Daesh in both Syria and Iraq. Last June, Daesh claimed responsibility for two attacks on Iran's parliament and the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini that killed 17 people and wounded dozens. Iran has since tracked down and killed several suspected extremists, and, over the past few months, authorities have announced the arrest of dozens of Daesh suspects in several regions.