Iran’s attempt to launch satellite into orbit fails

The Islamic Republic of Iran attempted to launch a satellite into orbit last night, yet failed to do so, after the domestic-made space vehicle, named Payam, encountered “technical problems” before leaving earth’s atmosphere. Iran’s Telecoms Minister, Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi claimed in a statement that the Iranian-made satellite failed in the third stage of the launch … Read more

U.S. military will remain in Middle East until war on terror is over

A draft document that outlines Washington’s plans for a military pull-out from the war-torn country unveiled a decision to maintain U.S. military forces near the Iraqi and Jordanian borders, which are viewed by top American Defense officials as “key strategic locations that will thwart Iran’s attempts to widen its grip in Syria.” The draft document … Read more

Khamenei: U.S. sanctions on Iran bolstered regional standing

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khemenei hinted to the growing strain that U.S. sanctions are having on his country’s economy yet attempted to reassure his followers by claiming that ultimately the Islamic Republic will prevail. In a televised speech that focused on the growing hardships that emerged following the American withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear … Read more

Iran to launch two new satellites into orbit

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani revealed that his country will soon launch two new satellites into orbit, using domestically-produced rockets. During a commemoration ceremony for the late Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the Iranian leader underscored the importance of the Islamic Republic’s missile program, which became a major component in Iran’s defensive capabilities. Rouhani stressed that … Read more

U.S. to redouble its diplomatic and commercial pressure on Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that the United States will ‘redouble its diplomatic and commercial efforts to put real pressure on Iran.’ The American top diplomat, who embarked on a week-long Middle East tour, said during a joint press conference with his Jordanian counterpart in Amman, that the US-coalition in the region that … Read more

Netanyahu: All options viable to secure Israel’s existence

During special media briefing that was held last night for the Foreign Media Core that is stationed in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that Jerusalem’s red-line is Israel’s survival. In response to a question on whether Israel would consider launching an attack on Iranian soil, Netanyahu stressed that if the Islamic Republic would pose … Read more

IDF launches operation “North Shield” on Lebanese-border

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held what was described as “an urgent meeting” last night with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in the Belgian capital, Brussels. Prior to his departure from Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport, the Israeli leader underscored that the meeting would focus on the latest regional-developments, and the challenges the Islamic … Read more

U.S. will not abandon Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi affair

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a policy briefing at the State Department, during which he announced a series of newly imposed sanctions against Iran, saying “The United States today sanctioned an international network that the Iranian regime and Russia are using to provide millions of barrels of oil to the Assad regime (in … Read more

Israel, a ‘committed partner’ in Washington’s efforts to curb Iran’s malign activities

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a meeting in Jerusalem yesterday with the U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook, who also serves as a senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. During a short-televised encounter, ahead of the scheduled meeting that was held behind closed doors, Prime Minister Netanyahu once again … Read more

U.S. to merge its Jerusalem Embassy and Consulate General into one mission

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo instructed Washington’s Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, to merge the U.S. Consulate General and the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem into a single diplomatic mission. The move, according to the top American diplomat, aims to achieve significant efficiencies and increase Washington’s diplomatic effectiveness. While the merge of the two diplomatic … Read more