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Mike Pompeo: Iran uses satellite launch to advance its ballistic missile capabilities

U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized the launch of Zafar satellite by Iran. He tweeted on Tuesday: The Iranian regime uses satellite launches to further advance its ballistic missile capabilities that allow it to threaten its adversaries and threaten regional stability.

He added: The world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism should not be allowed to develop and test ballistic missiles.

On Sunday, the Islamic Republic of Iran unsuccessfully launched Zafar satellite which landed in the Indian ocean. France has also criticized Iran for testing ballistic missile technology in its satellite rockets.

Governor of Qom reported shortage of masks in Qom pharmacies

Morteza Heidati, the Governor of Qom city said although 13 units are manufacturing masks in the province, currently the pharmacies in Qom province are facing a shortage of masks.

Heidari said: “People are going to the pharmacies but the pharmacies have a shortage of masks and this problem must be solved with the help of the officials

Workers protests continue across Iran

On Monday, workers of Haft-Tappeh Sugarcane company, Kut Abdollah municipality, Bushehr municipality, high-voltage posts operators in Hormozgan, Oil and Gas ministry workers, retirees of the National Communications Company protested across the country. 

The workers' strike in Haft-Tappeh Sugarcane company entered its 15th day. #Workers have demanded their unpaid wages of three months, extending workers' insurance, the return of all the fired colleagues, the arrest of the CEO, and returning all the embezzled money to workers.

 Arrested student killed in Intelligence Ministry holding in Kermanshah

Hengaw Human Rights Organization reported that a pharmacology student at Kermanshah University, Khalil Moradi, was killed under torture in the Intelligence Ministry holding. According to sources close to the family.

Khalil Moradi was arrested in November of 2018 for cooperation with an Iranian Kurdish dissident group.

His family had no information on his condition and whereabouts until last month when “they paid money to a government official and found out their son is in Intelligence Ministry holding with unclear charges.”

The Intelligence Ministry of Kermanshah told the family that their son was killed in a car accident.

 

 

WSJ: Europe Seeks Way Around a Diplomatic Clash With U.S. Over Iran

Wall Street Journal reported that as the U.S. and other world powers hurtle toward a confrontation over the Iran nuclear accord, European diplomats are trying to forge a compromise to save the deal from collapse by proposing a limited extension of the arms embargo on Tehran.

A five-year ban on conventional-arms trade with Iran was included in the 2015 nuclear deal and is set to expire on October 18.

Exams in Mazandaran University cancelled after 9 coronavirus cases in dorm

 

The Dean of the Mazandaran University of Medical Science confirmed 9 cases of coronavirus in the dormitory of the university and said the students have been quarantined and the exams are canceled.

According to the dean, none of the nine students show any symptoms and are in good health.

Commander of CENTCOM: Iran is the biggest threat to the stability of the region

General Frank McKenzie was quoted on the Twitter account of U.S Central Command as saying: From where I sit today, the greatest threat to stability and security in the region is Iran – their funding of terrorism and terrorist organizations.

McKenzie also mentioned Iran’s “direct attacks” on international targets including in Iraq, Persian Gulf, and Saudi Arabia.

He continued: “Their (Iran’s) propping up the murderous Assad regime; providing advanced weapons to the Houthis is in Yemen; their direct attacks on international oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, refineries in Saudi Arabia and U. S. troops in Iraq.”

McKenzie added: “Over time, the regime in Iran has taken a great portion of the country's wealth and prosperity and repeatedly invested it in instruments of instability and proxies.”