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The German intelligence agency

Iran Focus

London, 16 July - The German intelligence agency for the Hesse state has published a new report about countering the spread of weapons of mass destruction and has singled Iran out as one of two states that are currently seeking to obtain them.

The report reads: “Weapons of mass destruction are a continued instrument of power politics that also, in regional and international crises situations, can shatter the entire stability of state structures. States like Iran and North Korea attempt, in the context of proliferation, to acquire and spread such weapons by, for example, disguising the transportation ways through third countries.”

Pompeo Urges Europe to Get Tough Regarding Iran’s Malign Behavior

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London, 14 July - Following a summit of NATO leaders 0n Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pom-peo met with leaders of European nations, and pressed them to get tough on Iran by cutting off all funding the country may use to foment instability in the Middle East and beyond. He urged them to to join a U.S.-led economic pressure campaign against Tehran, and clamp down on Iranian "terrorism and proxy wars".

Prior to the talks, Pompeo posted on Twitter: “We ask our allies and partners to join our economic pressure campaign against Iran, we must cut off all funding Iran uses to fund terrorism and proxy wars. There's no telling when Iran may try to foment ter-rorism, violence & instability in one of our countries next." Along with the tweet was a map that outlined Iran’s sponsoring of at least 11 terrorist attacks in Europe since 1978.

Mike Pompeo

Iran Focus

London, 6 July - According to a statement from the State Department, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo will “travel to Abu Dhabi from July 9-10, where he will meet with UAE leaders to discuss ways to further strengthen the US-UAE partnership and advance our common security and economic priorities.”

Expected discussion will include the US pressure campaign on Iran, its role in Yemen, and Persian Gulf security. UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation met Pompeo in Washington last month, but this is the secretary’s first trip to Abu Dhabi as Secretary of State.

Iran’s Harassment of US Navy Halted Under existing administration

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London, 7 July - U.S. Navy vessels in the Persian Gulf were consistently harassed until the Trump administration took over, a Navy spokesman said.

Over a 20-month period starting in January 2016, the Iranians averaged 2.5 “unsafe and/or unprofessional interactions” monthly, according to 5th Fleet spokesman Lt. Chloe Morgan.

At around that same time, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRCG) detained a pair U.S. Navy riverine command boats belonging to Coastal Riverine Squadron 3 near Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf.

Newt Gingrich

Iran Focus

London, 6 July - Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives Newt Gingrich has demanded that European countries cut their shameful business ties with the Iranian mullahs and help the US to overthrow the Regime, during a speech at the Free Iran rally in Paris this weekend.

Donald Trump ended US business dealings with Iran back in May, when he pulled out of the fatally flawed 2015 nuclear deal and reimposed strict sanctions of the mullahs as part of an effort to bring political change to Iran.

Since then, he has warned China and India against continuing to buy Iranian oil lest they come under sanctions themselves.

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