The Canadian gov & security agencies are reviewing an audio recording in which a man—identified by sources as #Iran's FM @JZarif—discusses the possibility that the destruction of Flight #PS752 was an intentional act, CBC News has learned.
"There are reasons that they will never be revealed," Zarif says in Farsi. "They won't tell us, nor anyone else, because if they do it will open some doors into the defence systems of the country that will not be in the interest of the nation to publicly say."
The individual says "these things are not going to be revealed easily" by the IRGC or those higher up in the government.

The IRGC is part of #Iran's military overseen by regime dictator @khamenei_ir. The IRGC is designated as a terrorist org by the U.S., Bahrain & Saudi Arabia.
Zarif understands the inner workings of the IRGC & is a "highly influential & well-informed member of the highest level of the Iranian government."

Recording suggests Iran did not conduct a proper investigation.
For those interested, this thread sheds light on #Iran's regime deliberately shooting down #PS752 with surface to air missiles.
Zarif is claiming the voice recording reported by the CBC is fake.

The voice & tone sounds very much like Zarif.

And the very fact that he is reacting in such manner is quite telling.

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10 Feb
#Iran-backed Houthis claim their attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport was a military target, AFP reported.

The Arab Coalition earlier said a terrorist attack targeting the airport caused a civilian plane to catch fire


cc: @SecBlinken
#Iran-backed Houthis confirm targeting Abha Airport using Samad-3 and Qassef-2K drones, via @AuroraIntel.
Photos circulating on social media of Flyadeal HZ-FAB with damage reportedly from today’s attack by #Iran-backed Houthis using suicide drones to target Abha International Airport in southern Saudi Arabia.

(Credit: @AuroraIntel)
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9 Feb

Iranian Intel Minister: #Iran has no intention to pursue nuclear weapons, but if you push a cat to the corner, its behavior might change.

Another episode in Iran's nuclear extortion.

More reason it is high #Time4FirmIranPolicy.
Periodic reminder:
Obama sold the world his flawed 2015 nuclear deal with #Iran's regime.

A deal he never took to Congress to be ratified as a treaty.

He wanted us to trust the regime's dictator.
After his walks with #Iran's chief apologist @JZarif during the nuclear talks, former U.S. secretary of state John Kerry also wanted us to rely on the fatwa (decree) of Iran's dictator.
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7 Feb
Biden said the U.S. will not lift sanctions against Iran unless the country stops enriching uranium, continuing a standoff with #Iran's dictator has demanded that sanctions be lifted before the country returns to its nuclear deal obligations.
"Will the U.S. lift sanctions first in order to get Iran back to the negotiating table?" O'Donnell asked.

"No," Mr. Biden responded.

"They have to stop enriching uranium first?" O'Donnell asked.

Mr. Biden nodded affirmatively.
Sen. Graham:
"If I were President Biden I would keep the sanctions on until #Iran changes its behavior. I would not want to go into an old deal with Iran because they've been up to no good for too long."
Read 5 tweets
7 Feb

#Iran’s supreme leader says the U.S. must lift all sanctions if it wants Iran to return to its commitments to the nuclear deal with Western powers, state TV reported Sunday.

Televised comments mark Khamenei’s first since Biden's inauguration. #Iran is threatening to expel UN inspectors, increased uranium enrichment closer to weapons-grade levels & ramped up military drills, including firing cruise missiles.
My takes:

-Khamenei needs to appear strong, especially domestically.

-This ends all talk of @JZarif hinting a solution, saying a top EU official could “synchronize” or “choreograph” moves. He has a @CNN interview today with @FareedZakaria.

-No fast solution. Impasse continues.
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#Iran official identified an undercover agent was convicted of masterminding a thwarted bomb attack against an exiled Iranian opposition group in 2018 & sentenced to 20 years in prison seeing his claim of diplomatic immunity rejected.
A court in Belgium convicted Iranian "diplomat" Assadollah Assadi of attempted terrorist murder and participation in the activities of a terrorist group.

The case has shone a light on #Iran's international operations just as it hopes the arrival of new US President Joe Biden will herald a loosening of sanctions.
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#Iran opposition briefing examining implications of today’s Belgian court conviction of the Iranian regime’s top diplomat of state-sanctioned terrorism & Foreign Ministry’s role in 2018 Paris bombing plot.
NCRI Foreign Affairs Committee member Farzin Hashemi
"It is important in the U.S. and Europe to take this matter very seriously and make sure the right policy is adopted."

"There were a series of acts that show this is a country that has acted with impunity and audacity and against the norms of civil society."

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