Israel tells US: Iran’s President Raisi is “deranged misfit”

Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency on Tuesday gave the CIA a dossier on Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi, warning that the newly elected Iranian leader is a “deranged misfit” who is incapable of abiding by any international treaty on nuclear arms, Ynet News reports.

Rouhani confirms Israeli heist of Iran’s nuclear archive

On one of his final days in office, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday acknowledged an Israeli operation carried out by Mossad agents who broke into a secret warehouse outside Tehran and retrieved a huge trove of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear files.

Iran uses criminal law to persecute Christians

Iran is persecuting Christians in the country by wielding against them a new law that severely punishes “any deviant education that contradicts sacred Islamic shari’a,” Christian Today reports.

Ultraconservative cleric expected to win Iran’s presidential election

Iran may be about to take an even harder stance against the West, as it is expected ultraconservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi will replace “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani in the country’s presidential election on June 18, the Times of Israel reports. After three of the seven candidates dropped out of the race on Wednesday, the election is widely viewed as a foregone conclusion in favor of Raisi, and a record low turnout is anticipated.

Ahmadinejad registers to run for Iran’s presidency again

Renowned for being a Holocaust denier who advanced Iran’s nuclear program, former Iranian former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad registered Wednesday as a candidate for his country’s presidency, the Associated Press reports. Ahmadinejad was previously in office for two four-year terms from 2005 to 2013.

Rouhani: 60%-70% of issues resolved in Vienna nuclear talks

High-level talks in Vienna aimed at bringing the United States back into the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran have already resolved 60-70 percent of the key issues, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was quoted by state media as saying Tuesday.

Iran and Turkey leaders discuss recent Israeli activity

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, spoke on Wednesday to discuss “recent Israeli activities in the region,” and Israel’s normalization of relations with a number of Arab states last year, the Times of Israel said. According to Iranian media, Rouhani and Erdogan talked about regional and economic cooperation between their countries.

Iran and Turkey forming “strong foundation” for “cooperation”

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are working toward forming a “strong foundation” for future, high level “cooperation,” the leaders’ respective national media have reported. The Turkish and Iranian media reports followed a video conference the two leaders held on Tuesday, the Jerusalem Post said.

Iran unveils two new missiles as UN fails to extend expiring arms embargo

Iran announced Thursday that is has unveiled two new missiles, each of which has been named after a senior military official killed in US drone strikes this year, Fox News reports. The announcement follows a United Nations Security Council vote in which only the Dominican Republican backed a US request to extend an arms embargo on Iran which expires in October; the embargo will therefore not be extended.

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