Iran’s Supreme Leader to Give Up Hope
“There is no problem with negotiations and keeping contact with the Europeans, but you should give up hope on them over economic issues or the nuclear deal,” Iran’s Supreme Leader, Khamenei was quoted as saying according to a Fox news report. Israel confirms its threat against Iranian tactical targets in Syria according to AFP, Prime Minister Netanyahu stated, “The IDF (Israel Defence Forces) will continue to take strong and determined action against Iran’s attempts to station forces and advanced weapons systems in Syria.” Further tension on Iran includes Russia’s naval forces now moving against Iran’s claims on Syria, Haaretz earlier reported with internal conditions in Iran still critical for the regime.
This means Iran’s Islamic Republic is facing a major turning point in its near future. Iran’s internal opposition including Kurdish resistance forces have never had a clearer path to regime change or separatists’ independence. The Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK) are seen by the Iranian government as a threat inside Iran as well as outside. Having fought ISIS in Iraq and Syria between 2014-2018, the PAK are a considerable multinational threat to Iran’s IRGC and may use foreign assistance and aggression to push back Iran’s position in the region to a point of no return for the Islamic Republic.
Iran Demands US Pay Damages in ICJ
While holding an estimated 5,000+ protesters in prison, Iran during proceedings at the Hague is asking for a temporary ban on sanctions with financial compensation for economic damages from the US to be paid according to Iran’s state-run media; the court may issue a ruling later this week. The report listed:
– The United States must stop the measures taken from May 8 without any delay
– The United States should immediately stop the threat of imposing new sanctions on Iran
– The United States must ensure that it does not take any steps to circumvent the court’s ruling in this case
– The United States should compensate for damage to Iranian companies on the basis of the Court’s judgment.
Russian Military Says No Match
The media circus continues. Fars is also reporting on the Strait of Hormuz: Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri claimed, “vessels are having a smooth trafficking in the Strait of Hormuz because the warships of the trans-regional states are obeying the orders issued by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy in accordance to international laws.” Russian media RT says, “Iranian Navy no match for US battle group” according to a Russian military official.
On Twitter, Iranian cleric attacks women as “animals… to be used by men… and nothing more.” Iran’s intimidation tactics to not appear to be working on the FreeIran2018 Movement. According to Al Jazeera, tens have just been arrested in Iran for being “spies.”