In the wake of increasingly debilitating sanctions, Iran takes advantage of the fact that its steel industry is not under sanctions and floods the African and Asian markets with cheap construction materials.
Earlier, Politico reported, citing an anonymous intelligence source, that Tehran is looking at options to avenge the killing of top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. According to the media outlet, the US ambassador to South Africa may be a potential target.
On Saturday, Sept. 12, Iranian authorities announced that 27-year-old wrestler Navid Afkari had been executed.
American officials this week announced that a full range of UN sanctions had returned on Iran, including a permanent extension of the arms embargo. Some observers debate the efficacy of these measures, particularly as the European powers have signaled that they will not enforce them
Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif said on Monday “the book is not closed” on the death of Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani, implying that the regime still intends to avenge his killing in a U.S. drone strike early this year.
Iran officials again denied Saturday any plot to assassinate the U.S. ambassador in South Africa as an act of retaliation to the killing of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ top general, Qassem Soleimani. However, the commander of the IRGC vowed that revenge for Soleimani’s death would be “decisive, serious and real.”
Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani has pushed back against US President Donald Trump’s recent threat that any response to an Iranian attack “will be 1,000 times greater in magnitude”.
The Shah of Iran left the country in January 1979 after the Islamic revolution. A month later, the leader of the revolution, Aytaollah Ruhollah Khomeini, returned to Iran from exile in France.
The Iranian government is weighing an assassination attempt against the American ambassador to South Africa, U.S. intelligence reports say, according to a U.S. government official familiar with the issue and another official who has seen the intelligence.
Iran said Tuesday it is building a sophisticated new building near its underground Natanz nuclear site, state TV reported.
What has Iran achieved now? It claims it now has a retractable landing gear for the rarely seen Fotros.