Bipartisan House resolution backs push for a democratic #Iran, condemns regime’s terror plots, "recognizes the rights of the Iranian people & their struggle to establish a democratic/secular/nonnuclear Republic of Iran."

The move came a week after an Iranian diplomat was jailed for a bomb plot in Paris.

Assadollah Assad was convicted of being behind a plot to blow up a meeting in Paris of Iranian dissidents and sentenced to 20 years in prison.…
The House "stands with the people of Iran" in their struggle against the regime & "recognizes the rights of the Iranian people & their struggle to establish a democratic, secular & nonnuclear Republic of Iran."

Regime's forces resorting to crackdown.
The resolution highlights the Iranian regime’s use of embassies to plan attacks on dissidents in Europe. It notes also the expulsion of the Iranian ambassador by the government of Albania -- calling it a "positive and important step."…
The resolution also notes the struggle of the Iranian people in the country itself, highlighting protests in Nov 2019.

The Nov 2019 massacre launched by the regime against peaceful protesters will never be forgotten.

Footage from Gorgan, northern Iran
Scenes of protesters shot by the regime's security forces opening fire. A man is heard saying four people were killed in this scene.

Footage from Saveh road, southwest of Tehran, Iran
The resolution refers to the execution of #NavidAfkari, a wrestling champion in September, as one example of the regime's horrific human rights violations.

Navid was tortured into confessing to a crime he did not commit.
The Iranian opposition NCRI has pushed for a democratic, secular Iran and the resolution notes the 10-point plan put forward by its president-elect @Maryam_Rajavi, the resolution highlights.…
@RepMcClintock & Rep @BradSherman said the U.S. "must remain firm in holding the Iranian government accountable for its nuclear & other destabilizing activities in the region; such as, its support for terrorism, development of ballistic missiles & human rights violations."
@RepMcClintock @BradSherman 10)
"A bipartisan coalition of members of Congress encourages all efforts to recognize the rights of the Iranian people & their struggle to establish a democratic, secular & non-nuclear republican of Iran while holding the ruling regime accountable for its destructive behavior."

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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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10 Feb
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.
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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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4 Feb
#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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