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Iran-state-tv-showsIran state TV shows dissidents’ images after apparent hack
Channels of Iran’s state television have broadcast images showing the leaders of an exiled dissident group and a graphic demanding the country’s supreme leader be killed
ABC News, January 27, 2022

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Multiple channels of Iran’s state television broadcast images on Thursday showing the leaders of an exiled dissident group and a graphic calling for the death of the country’s supreme leader, an incident that authorities later described as a hack.
For several seconds, graphics flashed on screen, interrupting the broadcast to depict the leaders of the opposition group Mujahedeen-e-Khalq. The name of a social media account, which claimed to be a group of hackers who broadcast the message honoring the dissidents, also appeared. Two state radio stations were also interrupted. read more

MendezChairman Menedez: We Cannot allow Iran to threaten us into a bad deal or an interim agreement that allows it to continue building its nuclear capacity
This is exactly why I was so concerned over the JCPOA framework of leaving the vast majority of Iran’s nuclear program intact., February 1, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today took to the Senate Floor to deliver remarks to lay out his growing concerns with the Biden administration’s latest round of negotiations over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) while Iran continues to rapidly escalate its nuclear program, which has brought it to the brink of having enough material for a nuclear weapon. read more

iranian-dissidentsIranian dissidents warn regime is creating proxy terrorist naval units to back Houthis in Yemen
Destabilizing behavior has increased since Ebrahim Raisi became president, dissidents say
Fox News, February 2, 2022

Iranian dissidents are warning that the brutal regime in Tehran is creating a proxy naval force in the region with which it intends to attack ships and help the embattled Houthi forces in Yemen.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran, the umbrella group for those opposed to the regime, issued a report on Wednesday that claims that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) Quds Force has been recruiting mercenaries for “newly created, armed and trained terrorist units to attack ships and maritime targets in the region.” read more

Iran-teachersIran teachers in new day of protests over pay: media
Arab News, February 2, 2022

TEHRAN: Thousands of Iranian school teachers have protested and staged a one-day strike over the slow implementation of salary and pension reforms, local media reported on Tuesday.

Reformist newspaper Arman Melli said the teachers demonstrated outside parliament in Tehran and Education Ministry offices in provincial cities including Isfahan and Shiraz.
The paper said it was the third day of protests by teachers in recent weeks. read more

Iran movesIran moves centrifuge-parts production out of disputed workshop, IAEA says
Reuters, January 31, 2022

VIENNA, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Iran has moved production of parts for advanced centrifuges, used to enrich uranium, out of a workshop only a month after agreeing to allow the U.N. nuclear watchdog to reinstall surveillance cameras there, the watchdog said on Monday.
The move adds to uncertainty over Iran’s nuclear activities while indirect talks between Tehran and Washington on saving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal are at a delicate stage. Western powers say there are only weeks left before Iran’s atomic advances have hollowed out the deal completely. read more

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