Public Prosecutor: CIA, Mossad Spy Agencies, Saudi Petrodollars behind Iran's Unrests
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Public Prosecutor Mohammad Jafar Montazeri underlined that Saudi Arabia has financed the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Israel's Mossad to fish from troubled waters in Iran's street protests.

"The dignity and status of our beloved nation is much higher than being put in the same category with rioters and we have to distinguish between those who have legitimate demands and those who are seeking anarchy," Montazeri said while underlining that Iran's judiciary system will meticulously trial and punish those who are seeking unrests in the country.

He reiterated that behind these riots and anarchies are fierce enemies who have repeatedly received blows from the Islamic establishment since the time of the Islamic Revolution and have asserted on many occasions that they are after taking revenge from the great nation of Iran, the Islamic Revolution, and the country.

"Assuredly our nation has got the required shrewdness to reach the appropriate conclusion that this movement is totally rooted in foreign plots,” Montazeri added.

Economic protests were held in a number of Iranian towns in the past few days that each comprised of a few hundred protesters.

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Seyed Ali Khamenei warned that the enemies have mobilized all their power and tools to hit a blow at Iran, alluding to certain foreign states' role in the recent riots in the country.

"The enemy has always been waiting for an opportunity and a breach to enter and hit a blow to the Iranian nation," Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing the families of the Iranian martyrs in Tehran on Tuesday.

"During the events in the past few days, the enemies of Iran allied to create problem for the Islamic Republic by different tools in their hands, including money, weapons, policy and security organizations," he added.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the nation's spirit of bravery, sacrifice and faith blocks the enemy and its hostilities, adding that he will speak with people about the recent protests and unrests in Iran in due time.

Iran UN Mission Decries US Comments over Protest Rallies
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's UN mission in a statement strongly condemned the comments by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley concerning the unrests across the country.

The Tuesday statement described Haley's and other US officials' remarks as idle talks aimed at supporting violence and unrest in the country.

It added that the comments are all part of Washington’s attempts to mask its political failures and those of its allies in the region and to take revenge on the brave people of Iran.

It also called them "crocodile tears", adding that the people of Iran still remember Washington's support for the Pahlavi monarchy and the 1953 coup d'état in Iran.

The statement was released shortly after Haley announced that the US would call on the United Nations to hold an emergency meeting over the situation in Iran.

She also accused Iran of "attacking" freedoms which are enshrined in the United Nations' charter. She went on to call on the international community to back the riots.

Earlier in the day, Iran denounced US President Donald Trump's "insulting" tweets about the recent incidents.

Since Thursday, groups of Iranian protesters have staged demonstrations in several cities to voice their anger over rising prices and economic conditions. Sporadic violence has erupted during the protests, causing a number of casualties.


Security Forces Arrest Murderer of 2 Iranian Nationals during Recent Unrests
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian intelligence ministry announced in a statement late on Tuesday that its forces have detained the murderer of two innocent citizens during the recent economic protests in the Western province of Lorestan.

"The person who had murdered the innocent citizens by seizing the fire department's vehicle during the recent unrests in the town of Doroud and had hidden in Tehran was arrested after intelligence measures by the security forces," the statement said.

It added that the detained person has a record of theft and harassment against people and destroyed the public properties during the recent unrests.

During the recent economic protests in Doroud, some protesters seized a fire department truck and then ran over a passenger car, killing two passengers.

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Rouhani Strongly Criticizes Paris' Support for MKO Terrorist Organization
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on France to take immediate actions against the Paris-based terrorist group Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as the MEK, PMOI and NCRI) that is inciting violent protests in the Islamic Republic.

"We expect the French government to abide by its legal responsibility towards this terrorist group along the lines of battling terrorism and violence," Rouhani made the call in a telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday.

The MKO is the most hated terrorist group among the Iranians because of its dark history of assassinations and bombings, and for siding with former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in his eight-year war against Iran in the 1980s.

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Iran arrests European citizen ‘leading rioters’ – report
An unidentified European citizen has been arrested amid anti-government protests in western Iran’s Borujerd county, Tasnim news agency reports citing a local official. Head of the local Justice Department Hamidreza Abolhassani asserted that the person was “trained by European intelligence services and was leading the rioters.” The nationality of the arrested individual has not yet been disclosed.
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1st contact in nearly 2 years: North Korea calls South via cross-border hotline
North Korea was first to use a border hotline with the South which resumed operation after an exchange of messages between Pyongyang and Seoul. Officials reportedly spoke for 20 minutes to make sure that the line works.

South and North Korea made their first contact at the border village of Panmunjom via a communication channel which Pyongyang ordered brought back online earlier on Wednesday, Yonhap reported. South Korea’s unification ministry said that “A North Korean official first contacted the South side via the channel.”

Future discussions will focus on sending North Korean athletes to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics which will kick off in South Korea next month, according to the statement issued by an unnamed Northern official.

The North will open dialogue at 7:00am GMT (3:00 pm Pyongyang time) at the shared border village of Panmunjom, the statement said as cited by Yonhap.

Kim Jong-un had said he was open to talks with Seoul in his New Year address, saying the two Koreas should "lower the military tensions on the Korean Peninsula to create a peaceful environment." Kim added that efforts should be made by “both the North and the South."

The presidential office in Seoul welcomed the reconciliatory message. Cho Myoung-gyon, Minister for Unification, proposed that representatives of both Koreas meet next Tuesday in Panmunjom to discuss “the North’s participation in the [Olympic] games and ways to improve inter-Korean ties in a frank manner,” as cited by Yonhap.

The promising exchange of peace messages apparently went unnoticed in the US. Earlier, President Donald Trump fired off an angry tweet responding to Kim Jong-un’s New Year message in which the North Korean leader claimed, “The entire United States is within range of our nuclear weapons, and a nuclear button is always on my desk.”

The US President tweeted in return he wants “someone from his depleted and food starved regime” to inform Kim that not only is POTUS’ “Nuclear Button” bigger and better, but it actually works.

At lower levels of Washington’s administration, several officials said the US will continue to pressurize North Korea as previously. Asked to comment on the prospect of a peaceful solution to the Korean crisis, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Tuesday “our policy on North Korea hasn’t changed at all” and that the US “is committed and will still continue to put maximum pressure on North Korea to change and make sure that it denuclearizes the Peninsula.”

Echoing the White House’s statement, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters: “If the Republic of Korea and the DPRK [official abbreviation for North Korea] want to have a conversation, that’s fine, but we aren’t going to necessarily believe that Kim Jong-un is sincere and is credible in his talks.”
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US Preparing Kurds to Confront Syrian Army
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US continues military aid to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to prepare them for confrontation against the Syrian army in Eastern Damascus, media sources reported on Thursday.

The Arabic-language al-Hadath news website reported that the US forces delivered a new cargo of weapons, including mid-range missiles, to the SDF through the border passage between Syria and Iraq, Simalka, last Sunday.

It added that given the field information in regions controlled by the Kurds and the fact that the ISIL has lost a major part of its military power on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates river, delivering weapons to the Kurdish forces is possibly aimed at preparing them for battle against the Syrian army or the Turkish army and its affiliated militants who are involved in the Euphrates Shield military operation in Syria.

The news website, meantime, added that Washington might also be after trade objectives through the military aid to the Kurds so that it will receive a large amount of inexpensive oil for selling its weapons to the Kurds in line with attempts to create a federal system in Northern Syria.

Also, the developments in Eastern Syria indicate that Washington is seeking new strategies for battle in Syria to attain its goals after the terrorist groups were defeated by the Syrian army in different fronts and wants to display the Kurds as the number one enemy of Damascus by provoking the SDF commanders to utter harsh words which create more tension.

A number of SDF gunmen were killed or wounded in the fight against the Ankara-backed militants in Northeastern Aleppo on Monday.

The Turkey-backed Thowar al-Shoyoukh Battalion affiliated to the Free Syrian Army stormed the positions of the SDF in al-Tokhar near the al-Sajor River near the town of Manbij in Northeastern Aleppo and managed to prevail over their strongholds.

A number of the SDF fighters were killed and tens of others were wounded in the clashes.

Also, two SDF fighters, along with their weapons and equipment, were captured by the Ankara-backed militants.

ISIL's Senior French Recruiter Found in Kurdish Refugee Camp in Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- French citizen Emilie Koenig - that stands in the US and UN lists of most wanted ISIL terrorists and is a senior recruiter of the terror group - is being held at a Kurdish refugee camp in Northern Syria, the recruiter’s mother said.

"I talked to my daughter in the weekend. She is being held at the Kurdish camp for refugees, she is being interrogated and tortured," the woman told media, Sputnik reported.

She wants to ask French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to assist in the repatriation of Koenig, who "is asking her family, friends and country" for a pardon.

Koenig, 33, reportedly adopted radical Islamist ideology after being influenced by her first husband, who was of Algerian descent. In 2012, she left France for Syria leaving behind two children and recruited at least 200 French citizens to fight for ISIL. Koenig, who changed her name to Ummu Tawwab, has also called for attacks on French government facilities and servicemen.

SDF Releases Scores of ISIL Members in Northeastern Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have released over 25 ISIL members, and started a fresh wave of arrests against civilians in camps under their control in Raqqa province, local sources reported on Wednesday.

The sources said that the SDF has freed 26 ISIL members that had been previously captured in the town of Ein Issa in Northern Raqqa.

The sources further said that SDF has, instead, started arresting civilians in a camp near Ein Issa.

The arrests were launched after an SDF members was attacked by unknown raiders at the entrance of Ein Issa.

The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Monday that the SDF transferred over 40 ISIL terrorists in Deir Ezzur to Hasaka province in Northeastern Syria.

The SOHR said that over 40 ISIL terrorists - that had surrendered to the SDF in Southeastern Deir Ezzur - have been transferred to Hasaka via Northern Deir Ezzur.

A Turkish daily reported on Sunday that the US forces deployed in Syria transfer a large number of ISIL commanders and senior members to the safe areas and military bases controlled by the SDF in the country.

The Turkish-language Sabah newspaper reported that the ISIL commanders and terrorists are transferred to the SDF bases to undergo advanced trainings to carry out terrorist acts.

It quoted the local sources as saying that the US helicopters, carrying the ISIL commanders, land in the SDF bases in Deir Ezzur and Hasaka mostly mid night.
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Iran’s enemies ‘using money & weapons to undermine government’ – supreme leader Khamenei
Enemies of Iran are using money, weapons and political warfare to create problems for the country’s leaders, the influential Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said amid a wave of anti-government protests gripping the Islamic Republic.

Speaking on Tuesday, the Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei offered his impression of the protests that have taken place across Iran over the past week, with people protesting against rising food prices and unemployment.

“As for the recent days’ developments [in the country], enemies have been united to create problems for the Islamic system by using various means… including money, weapons, politics and security apparatus,” Ayatollah Khamenei, as cited by state news agency IRNA.

Without singling out any nation, the Supreme Leader said “the enemies have always been looking forward to finding a chance to deliver a blow to the Iranian nation.”

He did not go into specifics and refrained from offering a detailed assessment of the protests, only adding: “I have a lot more to say about these developments but will share them with our dear people at an appropriate time.”

Other Iranian officials also suggested that anti-government rallies, some of which took aim at Ayatollah Khamenei or turned violent, may have been provoked from outside. Speaking to parliament on Monday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Saudi involvement had played a role in sparking the protests: “They [the Saudis] have blatantly said that we will create problems in Tehran.”

He also vowed that his government will redouble efforts to improve the country’s economic situation, while decreasing unemployment, air pollution and inflation, FARS news agency reported.

On Tuesday, Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, accused Saudi Arabia of fanning popular unrest through social media. According to the security chief, “around 27 percent of the hashtags which have been made belong to the Saudis … the hashtags about the situation in Iran have been launched from the US, Britain and Saudi Arabia.”

“Certainly, the Saudis will receive a proper response from Iran and they will not understand the origin of this response. The ruling Saudi family is well aware of the danger of our response,” Shamkhani said, as cited by FARS.

Amid the growing protests across the country, some world leaders have voiced their support for the anti-government movement. In his first series of tweets in 2018, US President Donald Trump maintained the Iranians, having “little food, big inflation and no human rights,” are acting “against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime.”

In a previous tweet, Trump claimed Iran “is failing at every level despite the terrible [2015 nuclear] deal made with them by the Obama Administration.” He added: “The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years. They are hungry for food and for freedom.”

Earlier, Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz told Israeli Army Radio he hopes the protesters in Iran will prevail “I can only wish success to the Iranian people in the struggle for freedom and democracy,” he said on Monday, as cited by Reuters. “If the people succeed in achieving freedom and democracy, many of the threats on Israel and the entire region today will disappear,” the intelligence official added.

The overall death toll in Iran has reached 20 after six days of unrest, according to state TV. Some 450 people have been arrested in the last three days, security deputy governor of Tehran Ali Asghar Nasserbakht told ILNA news agency, adding that about 100 of those had been arrested on Monday.

Russia, Turkey, Syria reject foreign interference in Iran developments
Russia, Turkey and Syria have rejected foreign interference in the events unfolding in Iran, expressing hope that there will be no more violence and deaths in the country.

In a statement on Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, “This is Iran’s internal affair,” adding that “external interference destabilizing the situation is inadmissible.”

“We express the hope that the situation won’t develop under the scenario of bloodshed and violence,” the ministry said.

Sporadic violence has erupted in some Iranian cities since Thursday, when people held a number of initially peaceful protests against price hikes and economic problems.

The violence turned deadly in different cities, where groups of participants, some of them armed, began to launch attacks on public property, police stations and religious centers.

Over a dozen people have so far been killed amid the violence, according to state media reports.

Meanwhile, neighboring Turkey on Tuesday said it was concerned by reports of people dying and public buildings being damaged in Iran.

“We believe it is necessary to avoid violence and not succumb to provocations,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding it hoped foreign interventions would be avoided.

The comments come as the US and Israel have reacted gleefully to the developments in Iran and voiced support for the violence.

Syria on Tuesday condemned Washington and Tel Aviv for meddling in Iran’s domestic affairs, voicing solidarity with the Iranian nation.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry expressed confidence that the Iranian Leadership, government and people will be able to thwart this conspiracy and continue on the path of progress as well as “its role in backing the just causes of peoples.”

Also reacting to the events was a spokeswoman for the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who said in a statement on Monday, “We have been in touch with the Iranian authorities and we expect that the right to peaceful demonstration and freedom of expression will be guaranteed.”

“We will continue to monitor developments,” the spokeswoman added.

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said earlier that “freedom of expression” and the right to “demonstrate peacefully within the law” should be respected.

He further called for dialog over issues raised by the protesters which he described as “legitimate and important.”

Johnson further expressed regret about the deaths that occurred amid the violence and called “on all concerned to refrain from violence and for international obligations on human rights to be observed.”

Additionally, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel voiced concern on Monday about the deaths and urged the Iranian government to respect people’s rights.

“We appeal to the Iranian government to respect the rights of the demonstrators to assemble and to peacefully raise their voices,” Gabriel said. He further called on all sides to “refrain from violent actions.”

President Hassan Rouhani has said the Iranian people are completely free to express their criticism of the government or stage protests according to the Constitution and citizenship rights, adding, however, the manner of doing so must result in the improvement of people’s lives and social conditions.

9 more people killed, 100 arrested overnight as nationwide protests in Iran continue – local media
At least 9 people were killed and some 100 were arrested overnight as unrest across Iran entered a sixth day, Iranian media said. The country’s supreme leader accused “enemies of Iran” of orchestrating the demonstrations.

Among those killed were six protesters who had attempted to steal guns from a police station in the town of Qahdarijan, Iranian state TV said, as cited by AP. Another two people were killed in the town of Khomeinishahr, and the ninth fatality was a member of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard in the town of Najafabad.
The overall death toll after six days of unrest has reached 20 people, according to state TV.

About 450 people have been arrested in the last three days, security deputy governor of Tehran Ali Asghar Nasserbakht told ILNA news agency. About 100 of them were arrested on Monday, he added.

Pro- and anti-government demonstrations have been taking place in Iran since Thursday. Economic hardship and alleged corruption mostly prompted the anti-government rallies.

On Monday Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed to double efforts to resolve Iran’s economic problems, unemployment and inflation, Fars agency reported.

Later on Monday Rouhani said that the protests may have been partially stirred up by external forces interested in destabilizing the country. “The enemies of the Islamic Republic of Iran are angry with the glory, success, and the progress of the Iranian nation; and they have vowed to bring the regional troubles to Iran,” he said, according to the Iranian Mehr news agency.

The Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council described the protests as a “proxy war against the Iranian people”. Ali Shamkhani stated that “Hashtags and messages about the situation in Iran come from the United States, Britain and Saudi Arabia,” according to Tasnim news agency.

Earlier Rouhani stated that citizens are “absolutely free” to protest and criticize the government, but that vandalism was another matter. “Criticism is different from violence and damaging public property,” Rouhani warned.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also accused the Islamic Republic’s foes of instigating the protests. “In recent days, enemies of Iran used different tools including cash, weapons, politics and intelligence apparatus to create troubles for the Islamic Republic,” Khamenei said in a statement.

IRGC Blames US, S. Arabia, MKO for Recent Riots in Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Deputy Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) for Political Affairs Brigadier General Rasoul Sanayee took responsible the US, Saudi Arabia, the monarchists and Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as the MEK, PMOI and NCRI) terrorist group for the recent violent riots in a number of Iranian cities and towns.

"Today, we are witnessing that the anti-revolutionaries, the monarchists, Monafeqin (hypocrites as MKO members are called in Iran), the US and al-Saud as well as a grouplet led by a fugitive clown are misusing the social and economic protests of our country's people and have turned them into riots and sabotage acts," General Sanayee Raad said on Tuesday.

"The slogans chanted in the past two or three days by the rioters clearly showed that Manafeqin and the monarchists are behind this story," he added.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday lashed out at certain countries, specially Saudi Arabia, for their attempts to foment unrests in Iran, and promised the nation to accelerate efforts to resolve the economic problems.

Addressing chairpersons of the Iranian parliament's different commissions in Tehran, President Rouhani said that the enemies are angry with Iran's different successes and achievements, including the 2015 nuclear deal, effective fight against terrorist groups and expansion of ties with different world states.

"These have angered our enemy. Our unity was a bullet (arrow) in their eyes and our progress and success in the world of politics and against the US and the Zionist regime was not bearable to them. Our success in the region was not bearable to them," he said.

"They (the Saudis) have blatantly said that we will create problems in Tehran," Rouhani said.

He also vowed that his government will double efforts to resolve the country's economic problems, unemployment, air pollution and inflation.

His remarks alluded to Saudi Arabia’s then deputy crown prince who said in an interview last year that dialogue between his nation and Iran is impossible because of what he called as the latter’s “extremist ideology".

Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi Crown prince, who served as Riyadh’s defense minister and second in line to the throne at the time, claimed that his country is a primary target for Iran and charged that Iran sought to control of the Islamic world. “We won’t wait for the battle to be in Saudi Arabia,” Prince Mohammed said, “instead, we’ll work so that the battle is for them in Iran.”

The mainstream media in the West has given a wide coverage to the economic protests in a number of Iranian towns in the past few days that each comprised of a few hundred protesters, but none has covered the massive pro-government rallies held in more than 1,200 cities and towns on Saturday.
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