The officials of the Iranian regime and the United States issued contrasting assessments Tuesday on their progress toward an agreement to limit Tehran’s nuclear program.
Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of the Iranian regime, said that 90 percent of the technical issues had been worked out.
Fire Festival – Statement No. 4
Political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison chant “Death to dictator”
NCRI - The political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, face-to-face with the clerical regime, held the Fire Festival in their cells and jumped over a small fire they had resourcefully set inside the cell chanting “Death to dictator”. In a measure to ratchet up pressure on the prisoners and bar them from holding the ceremony, prison’s henchmen had prevented prisoners from going out of their cells since Tuesday morning, March 17.
The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee could vote as soon as next week on a bill requiring U.S. President to submit any possible nuclear agreement with the Iranian regime for Congress’ approval, Senator Bob Corker, said on Monday.
President Obama has threatened to veto the bill, saying it could disrupt the nuclear talks.
Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal warned on Monday that a possible deal on Iran’s nuclear program will prompt Saudi Arabia and other states to seek the development of atomic technology.
“I’ve always said whatever comes out of these talks, we will want the same,” he told the BBC in an interview.
NCRI – At least five men, including three citizens of Afghanistan, were hanged in two prisons in Iran over the past weekend.
Farshid Jaafari was hanged on Sunday in Adelabad Prison in the city of Shiraz. He had been sentenced to death for drug-related offences.
NCRI - Paranoid mullahs ruling in Iran who fear that the Iranian people use the Chaharshanbe-Suri (fire festival on eve of the last Wednesday of the year in the Persian calendar) to stage popular protests against the religious dictatorship, have resorted to extensive repressive military and security measures across the country, particularly in the country’s capital city, Tehran.
Referring to the fire festival which marks the beginning of New Year or Nowruz (March 21) celebrations in Iran, a senior cleric described participation in the event as ‘religiously forbidden and warned people about ‘crossing God’s redlines’.
NCRI - On Monday 16 March, coinciding with the meeting of the EU3 foreign ministers with the Iranian regime in Brussels, the Iranian community in Belgium, supporters of the Iranian Resistance, held a protest outside a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday.
They protested the record high number of executions in Iran and the increase in human rights violations under Hassan Rouhani and warn against the dire consequences of any concessions to Tehran in nuclear talks.
NCRI – Police in Tehran has arrested at least 60 men and women during a raid at a mixed gender party in west of the capital on Friday.
A group of 40 men and 20 women were arrested at a party in Tehransar, a neighborhood in western Tehran, following a raid on the party that was being held in a sports club, state-run DefaPress reported.
The U.N.'s special investigator on Iran says the human rights situation and repression of Iranian women and activists has worsened since Hassan Rouhani became president in 2013.
Dr. Ahmed Shaheed says "in my view the overall situation has worsened, as indicated by the surge in executions."
The Iranian regime and U.S. negotiators held talks on Monday in Switzerland amid mixed signals on chances of reaching a breakthrough pact that would rein in Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for easing international sanctions, the Washington Post reported.
U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry has warned that the United States and world powers negotiating with Iran were ready to walk away if Tehran cannot accept an accord that would satisfy the West and its allies.