Iran news in brief 13 Jan 2018

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Iran news in brief 13 Jan 2018

1- US sanctions head of Iran’s judiciary, others, over human rights abuses

The United States imposed sanctions on 14 individuals and entities on Friday for human rights abuses in Iran and supporting Iranian weapons programs, including the head of Iran’s judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani.

The US Treasury Department said in a statement that Larijani, a close ally of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is “responsible for ordering, controlling, or otherwise directing, the commission of serious human rights abuses against persons in Iran or Iranian citizens or residents.”

A Chinese national was sanctioned for acting on behalf of Wuhan Sanjiang Import and Export Co LTD, which is already under sanctions for doing business with an Iranian firm “owned or
controlled” by the military.

Other sanctioned entities included another China-based company, Bochuang Ceramic Corp, and the Iranian firm it sought to supply with a chemical compound used in the transmission of electrical signals.

2- Trump: US will pull out of Iran nuclear deal if Europe fails to act

President Donald Trump on Friday called on America’s European allies to help fix the “disastrous flaws” in the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, warning he will walk away from the agreement if his demand is not met.

“Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal,” Trump said in a statement, after he grudgingly agreed not to reimpose nuclear sanctions on Tehran.

“Instead, I have outlined two possible paths forward: either fix the deal’s disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw.”

Senior US administration officials said on Friday that President Trump will waive nuclear sanctions against Iran for the last time and demand a follow-on agreement with European partners as well as an amendment to US law linked to the Iran nuclear deal.

This would be the last time Trump will waive the sanctions as he pursues measures to strengthen the 2015 agreement, the officials said.

3- US Mission to the UN; Iran spends $200 million on Hezbollah each year
Jan. 12, 2018 - US Ambassador to the United Nations , Nikki Haley said in a tweet published on the USUN twitter account that the Iranian regime spends at least $200 million on Hezbollah each year, while their citizens chant, “Neither Gaza, nor Lebanon, my life only for Iran.”

4- Iran: 9 women arrested for singing underground

Twenty-one underground singers, including nine women, were arrested in Bandar Abbas port, capital of the southern province of Hormozgan. Six studios were also sealed up.

Chief of Public Security Police, Ali Asghar Ebadi, was cited by the state media on January 11, 2018. He said, “Police forces identified a number of people who were engaged in professional singing underground and had produced and disseminated their video clips in dissident satellite networks and the cyberspace. Police carried out two separate operations and arrested 21 underground singers including nine women.”

Ebadi added, “Six studios belonging to the accused were also identified and sealed.”

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