In a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo emphasized the two country’s cooperation on pushing back against the threat of the Islamic Republic regime of Iran.
After the meeting, Pompeo told the reporters: "We talked about all the efforts that we have made to push back against the threat not only to Israel but to the region and the world from the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
“We've had important discussions about strengthening our alliance, the region and various challenges that we face together, and I want to thank you and the president for your consistent support for Israel," Netanyahu said.
The two also talked about the events in Syria, and expressed hope for the ceasefire.
Netanyahu last week issued a statement condemning “Turkey's invasion of the Kurdish areas in Syria.”
The Iranian army calls the protests “a conspiracy”
The army of the Islamic Republic of Iran issued a statement regarding the recent events in Iran, calling them a “new conspiracy by the anti-revolutionaries”. The statement says the protesters are either mercenaries or people tricked by the satanic media who have risen against the Islamic Revolution.
The army has expressed content with the attempts by the security forces to silence the conspiracy and added that it will stand against any aggression by the enemies.
IRGC threatens the protesters with “revolutionary response”
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) threatened the Iranian protesters across the country that if the protests continue, they will receive a “decisive and revolutionary response”.
In its statement on Monday, IRGC claimed that the recent protests in Iran led to “glee and support from the evil officials of the United States.”
The statement refers to the protesters as “agitators and hoodlums” and advised the people not to be impacted by “the false and evil echo chambers of the enemy’s networks of satellite and online channels.
The Intelligence Ministry also issued a statement claiming that the main culprits of the events of last few days have been identified and necessary measures are being taken against them.
US sentences Iranian businessman to 46 months in prison
The Department of Justice announced that Behzad Pourghannad, an Iranian businessman has been sentenced to 46 months in prison for violating sanctions and illegally exporting carbon fibers to Iran from 2008 to 2013. carbon fibers can be used in military equipment.
Pourghannad pleaded guilty to his charges in court.
US sanctions 22 entities connected to Iran and Syria
The US Treasury Department added the names of 22 individuals and companies to the blacklist for providing material for the development of biological and chemical weapons in Syria and sending some goods to Iran without a permit.
This action by the Treasury Department prevents these individuals and companies from purchasing equipment from American companies without a permit.
The 22 individuals and companies are based in Bahrain, France, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Syria, Turkey, UAE, and Britain.
Al Ras Gate, Bestway Line FZCO, and six other institutions were added to the blacklist for deliberately changing course of the cargo from US to Iran without a permit.
28 Afghans killed in truck accident in Sistan and Baluchistan province
The spokesman for Iran’s Emergency Services reported that 28 Afghan nationals were killed and 21 were injured in a collision between two Toyota pickup trucks in Saravan-Khash road.
According to Mojtaba Khaledi, the accident occurred at 2:30 am on Thursday in Khash-Saravan road, in which two Toyota pickup trucks with Afghani passengers collided at high speed.
Based on the report, the accident was so severe that 28 of the passengers were killed instantly.
The cause of the accident was a burst tire.
Revolutionary Guard will not allow “infiltrators” to enter the parliament
“The infiltrators seek to enter the parliament, but the Guardian council and the IRGC Intelligence are vigilant and will not allow this to happen,” says Hossein Taeb, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Intelligence.
Taeb told the election supervision councils in Mashhad on Thursday: “The Infiltration Stream is a serious issue and we have a responsibility to block their infiltration because they want to enter their own elements in the Parliament. We must be vigilant in order to prevent the anti-revolutionaries and corrupt individuals from entering the parliament.”
According to Taeb, the “Infiltration Stream is part of the “intelligent threat” of the United States and Europe against the Islamic Republic: “The ultimate goal of the US and the West is to drag Iran back to the negotiation table to sign defensive and regional deals to protest the security of Israel.”