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Two satellite launches imminent (within 7 days)...

Expected to be from two different SLVs (Safir and Simorgh)
 

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What are the range of both missiles?
 

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What are the range of both missiles?
They are SLVs not missiles. Safir can take a 50kg payload to LEO whilst Simorgh can take a 250kg payload to LEO. Safir has launched 4 satellites into orbit successfully since 2009 (in 5 satellite launch attempts). Simorgh had its first launch in 2016, another in 2017 and the last one early in 2019. The last two failed; the second test failed because of a failure during the second stage and the third test because of a failure during the third stage.
 
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China's crude imports from Iran rise 5%

Tehran (ISNA) - China's crude oil imports from Iran rose 4.7% month on month to 926,119 bpd in July, data made available by China's General Administration of Customs showed.

 

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They are SLVs not missiles. Safir can take a 50kg payload to LEO whilst Simorgh can take a 250kg payload to LEO. Safir has launched 4 satellites into orbit successfully since 2009 (in 5 satellite launch attempts). Simorgh had its first launch in 2016, another in 2017 and the last one early in 2019. The last two failed; the second test failed because of a failure during the second stage and the third test because of a failure during the third stage.
Will these launches be shown live on the web?
 

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Iran Joint Army & IRGC Air Defense Exercise and Third Khordad air defense system. S-300 PMU-2, Casta radar, new Mersad-2 Air digital Defense System, Man Pad AD, tropospheric scatter systems

 

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U.S. blacklists Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya, sanctions captain
August 31, 2019

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FILE PHOTO: A crew member takes pictures with a mobile phone on Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1, previously named Grace 1, as it sits anchored after the Supreme Court of the British territory lifted its detention order, in the Strait of Gibraltar, Spain, August 18, 2019. REUTERS/Jon Nazca/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday blacklisted the Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya, which is at the center of a confrontation between Washington and Tehran, and sanctioned its captain.

The ship, formerly called Grace 1, was detained by Britain off Gibraltar in July due to British suspicion it was carrying Iranian oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions. It was released in mid-August after Iran gave assurances its cargo was not headed to Syria.

“Vessels like the Adrian Darya 1 enable the (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force) to ship and transfer large volumes of oil, which they attempt to mask and sell illicitly to fund the regime’s malign activities and propagate terrorism,” Treasury Under Secretary Sigal Mandelker said in a statement.
“Anyone providing support to the Adrian Darya 1 risks being sanctioned,” she said.

The United States considers Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist group.

Turkey said on Friday the ship was headed to Lebanon’s waters after changing course several times, although Beirut said it was not informed of the plan. It raises the possibility that a ship-to-ship transfer of cargo may be attempted once it nears Lebanon’s coast.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Chris Reese

 

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U.S. engages in threats to stop Iran oil sales to traditional clients: Zarif
August 31, 2019 / Updated an hour ago

(Reuters) - Iran’s foreign minister accused the United States on Twitter on Saturday of engaging in “piracy and threats” to stop Tehran from selling oil to traditional clients, after Washington blacklisted an Iranian oil tanker that it said was headed to Syria.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday the United States had reliable information the Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya, which the U.S. Treasury Department has blacklisted, was headed to Syria.

“US engages in piracy & threats to prevent Iran from selling oil to traditional customers,” Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted. “Stop nagging @SecPompeo: We will sell oil to any & all buyers.”

 

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US treasury is nothing more than a ‘jail warden’: Iran’s chief envoy Zarif
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Thursday that the US Treasury is nothing more than a ‘jail warden.’ (AFP)

  • Washington imposed fresh sanctions designed to choke off the smuggling of Iranian oil
  • ‘Ask for reprieve (waiver), get thrown in solitary for the audacity. Ask again and you might end up in the gallows’

DUBAI: The US Treasury is nothing more than a “jail warden,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Thursday, a day after Washington imposed fresh sanctions designed to choke off the smuggling of Iranian oil.

The United States on Wednesday blacklisted an “oil for terror” network of firms, ships and individuals allegedly directed by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for supplying Syria with oil worth hundreds of millions of dollars in breach of US sanctions.

“OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control of US Treasury) is nothing more than a JAIL WARDEN: Ask for reprieve (waiver), get thrown in solitary for the audacity. Ask again and you might end up in the gallows,” Zarif wrote on his Twitter account.

Since last year, when President Donald Trump pulled out the United States from a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and Six powers and reimposed sanctions on Tehran, Washington has intensified a US “maximum pressure” campaign aimed at eliminating Iran’s oil exports, its main source of income.
#OFAC is nothing more than a JAIL WARDEN:
Ask for reprieve (waiver), get thrown in solitary for the audacity. Ask again and you might end up in the gallows
The only way to mitigate US #EconomicTerrorism (sanctions) is to decide to finally free yourself from the hangman’s noose.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) September 5, 2019
“The only way to mitigate US #EconomicTerrorism (sanctions) is to decide to finally free yourself from the hangman’s noose,” Zarif said in his tweet.
Since May, Iran has started reducing its compliance with the agreement aimed at pressuring European parties to the pact to shield its ailing economy from the US sanctions. Tehran said on Wednesday it would further breach the deal on Friday.

 

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France calls on Iran to comply with nuclear deal commitments
September 5, 2019 / Updated 3 hours ago


PARIS (Reuters) - France’s foreign ministry on Thursday called on Iran to refrain from any concrete action that does not comply with its 2015 nuclear deal obligations after Tehran said it would develop centrifuges for faster uranium enrichment.

“Iran must refrain from any concrete action that is not in line with its commitments and that may hinder de-escalation efforts,” Foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll told reporters in a daily online briefing.

She added that Paris would study the Iranian announcement with its partners and the U.N. atomic agency.

Reporting by John Irish; editing by Christian Lowe


 

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