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Journalist; Senior research fellow at the Center for Middle East Strategic Studies (CMESS). DMs open
20 Feb
#Iran's Deputy FM Araghchi: The body of evidence shows that #Biden team has not been able to reach a conclusion & an alternative policy on the #JCPOA... They do not seem to have been able to overcome their internal challenges and reach a single united policy on the #nuclear deal.
#Iran's Deputy FM Araghchi: #Europe was unable to compensate the withdrawal of the US from the #JCPOA... The survival of the nuclear deal has been due to Iran's policies in the past 4 years. Just in one case Europeans stood against the US in the UNSC.
#Iran's Deputy FM Araghchi: Implementation of the Additional Protocol will be stopped... As a result, there will be a new situation... @IAEAOrg Director General @RafaelMGrossi asked us to visit Iran & his visit is aimed at establishing a new order in Iran & IAEA cooperation.
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20 Feb
#Iran government spox:Easing restrictions on Iranian diplomats' movements in NY & rescinding Trump admin claim that UN sanctions had been reimposed on Iran, are small steps & insufficient signs of maybe US goodwill.These steps are extremely insufficient to satisfy Iranian people.
#Iran's govmnt spox: Now, we can confidently predict that diplomatic initiatives will work well to achieve the desired outcome, despite diplomatic ups & downs that are a natural prelude to the return of all parties to their commitments, inclu lifting all sanctions in near future.
#Iran's government spokesman: It is too early to make a final judgment, but the hope that rationality will return to US government decisions has visibly increased comparing to past months.
#JCPOA
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18 Feb 20
#Iran's leader says that the US will sink like Titanic did: "The Americans decorate a facade to deceive others and to scare some. But, just as the magnificence of the Titanic didn’t prevent her from sinking, the glory of the US won’t prevent it from sinking. And, it will sink".
#Iran leader: Enemies & friends are watching. Enemies want to see result of these economic problems, the Westerners’ deceit in their promises to us, & US pressures on people. Our friends watch worriedly, but we always tell them not to worry. Iranian nation knows what it’s doing
#Iran's leader: Taking part in the elections nullifies many of the vicious plots of the U.S. and the Zionist regime against Iran. These elections repel the schemes and ploys of the enemies of Iran.
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17 Jan 20
#Iran's leader has started his speech in Tehran Friday prayers, leading the prayers for the first time after 8 years.
#Iran's leader says that two days of "funeral ceremony of #QasemSoleimani" & "firing missiles at US base" #AinAlAsad are "days of God" & "turning points" in history.
#Iran's leader: What happened that the Zionist media empire in all the world wanted to blame #QasemSoleimani for terrorism [after he was assassinated]? US president & his Secretary of State also did this.
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11 Jan 20
#IRGC Aerospace commander: I wish I had died and I wouldn't have seen such an incident (#Ukranian plane crash)... I was in western Iran and it was after the missile strike at US base has been carried out.
#Iran's IRGC Aerospace Force commander says that the air defense system had identified the #UkranianPlane as "cruise missile" in a 19 km distance, adding that the "request had been made to clear the sky from civil flights at that time, but it had not happened due to reservations"
#IRGC commander:Operator of air defense system was told that cruise missiles had been fired [toward sites in #Iran]...he identified the plane as cruise, but he had to contact to get permission.He couldn't contact as communication line had problem & made the decision in 10 seconds
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11 Jan 20
General Staff of #Iran's Armed Forces has issues a statement saying that the #Ukrainian plane was "unintentionally" hit by a military site & based on "human error". The statement has offered "apology" to the families of victims & foreign nationals.
#Iran's Armed Forces statement: While the plane was turning around, it went toward a sensitive military center of #IRGC and it was at an altitude & in the shape of a hostile aircraft, in which the aircraft was inadvertently hit base on human error.
#IranPlaneCrash
#UkrainianPlane
#Iran's Armed Forces says "human error" happened while the sensitivity in Iranian air defense system had increased due to the threats of US prez & officials & increased number of American aircraft around the country &receiving some reports on targets approaching strategic centers
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9 Jan 20
#IRGC's Aerospace commander: #Iran’s Missile strikes at one of the most important US bases was the start of a major operation that will continue throughout the region...We were not after killing. We sought to hit the enemy's military machine.
#AinAlAsad
#IRGC's Aerospace commander: We were expecting a response [from the #US to our strikes at #AinAlAsad], and we had prepared ourselves for a battle, and naturally our next strikes (in the case of the #American response) would be heavier and certainly in a vaster scope.
#Iran
#Iran's #IRGC commander: We fired 13 missiles at #AinAlAsad, but we were ready to fire some hundred missiles in first 1 or 2 hrs. We assumed that a limited battle & not an extensive one would last for 3 to 7 days & we were prepared to fire thousands of missiles in that case.
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