Iran

Since our inception, CUFI has been opposed to the radical regime in Iran and its vehement hatred of Israel. Iran’s obsession with destroying Israel began in 1979 after the violent Islamic Revolution empowered radical fundamentalists committed to dominating the Middle East. Ever since, Iran’s hatred of Israel and the United States has been the foundation of its foreign policy.

Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Iran’s proxies, including the terrorist-army Hezbollah, are all over the world. CUFI is committed to countering Iran’s malevolence through sanctions on the Islamic Republic and efforts to disrupt military and financial support of Hezbollah. Furthermore, CUFI supports the Iranian people and those who protest Tehran’s tyranny as they seek regime change from the Islamic Republic’s oppressive government.

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Iran Tells IAEA It Plans To Enrich Uranium To Up To 20% At Fordow Site

01/02/2021

Iran has told the United Nations nuclear watchdog it plans to enrich uranium to up to 20% purity, a level it achieved before its 2015 accord, at its Fordow site buried inside a mountain, the agency said on Friday.

The move is the latest of several recent announcements by Iran to the International Atomic Energy Agency that it plans…

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Chief Vows Strong Blow To ‘Any Action’ From ‘Enemy’ United States

01/02/2021

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards chief Hossein Salami vowed Saturday to respond to any “action the enemy takes,” in a visit to a strategic Gulf island, amid rising tensions with the US.
“We are here today to evaluate and be assured of our powerful capabilities at sea and against enemies who sometimes boast… and threaten,” he asserted….

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Israel Opposes Any And All Versions Of Iran Deal, Says Prime Minister’s Office

12/30/2020

Israel opposes any return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, contrary to the impression recent statements may have given, a senior Prime Minister’s Office official told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.

“Israel is unequivocal that under no circumstances should there be a return to that bad deal,” the official said.

The remarks came…

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Iran’s Regime Destroyed Grave Of Executed Champion Wrestler

12/19/2020

The Islamic Republic of Iran continued its violent repression of the executed champion wrestler Navid Afkari, desecrating his grave on Thursday after his brother and father were arrested during a visit to the cemetery.

Afkari’s sister Elham posted a photograph of Navid’s ravaged grave, writing on Instagram: “You can threaten,…

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Why Is Iran Executing, Kidnapping So Many People?

12/17/2020

Iran’s regime appears to be on an execution spree. It murdered wrestler Navid Afkari in September and hung journalist Ruhollah Zam this month after kidnapping him from Iraq. Iran’s regime is not afraid to kill people: It gunned down some 1,400 protesters last year.

What the regime is showing through the high-profile executions is…

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US Refuses To Share Intel With Qatar Due To Its Support For Iran

12/17/2020

British MP Ian Paisley Jr. delivered a shocking presentation last week during a House of Commons debate, saying the American government does not share military intelligence with Qatar, where the US has a huge military base, because the Gulf monarchy is aligned with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

“Some of the reading in that report…

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Iran Arrests Father And Brother Of Executed Wrestler While Cleaning Grave

12/17/2020

Iranian regime intelligence agents arrested the brother and father of Navid Afkari, the champion Greco-Roman wrestler who was illegally executed by the regime in September for his participation in a protest against the clerical system of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

According to a Thursday report on the website of IranWire, “A…

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US Accuses Iran For ‘Probable Death’ Of Former FBI Agent

12/14/2020
Iranian intelligence officers were involved in Bob Levinson’s abduction and detention,’ FBI director says

The United States for the first time accused Iran of direct involvement in the “probable death” of former FBI agent Bob Levinson, who vanished 13 years ago, and imposed sanctions on two intelligence agents.
Releasing the…

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Netanyahu Meets With US NSA O’Brien, Warns Of Iran’s ‘Threat To World Peace’

12/13/2020
The visit comes just weeks ahead of US VP Mike Pence’s trip to the Jewish state on January 13

“We shouldn’t go back to business as usual with Iran,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asserted in a press briefing with US National Security Adviser Robert C. O’Brien that was held in Jerusalem on Sunday.
As US President-elect…

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Iran’s Khamenei Awards Military Medal To Slain Nuclear Scientist

12/13/2020
Fakhrizadeh was killed on a major road outside Tehran in late November in a bomb and gun attack

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday posthumously awarded a prestigious military decoration to top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was assassinated last month, state television reported.
Fakhrizadeh was…

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Iran Executes Dissident Journalist Accused Of Inciting Unrest

12/13/2020

Iran has executed a dissident journalist, a year after he was seized by the country’s elite Revolutionary Guards in Iraq and forcibly repatriated to face trial.

Ruhollah Zam, 47, was hanged early on Saturday morning, Iranian state media reported. His family visited him the previous day, but prison and judicial authorities had not…

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If Iran’s Nuclear Program Is Peaceful, Why Hide It?

12/10/2020

Iran’s nuclear facility at Natanz appears to be paving the way for sensitive facilities to increasingly go underground according to satellite photos analyzed by The New York Times.

Publication of the suspected findings is timed to coincide with Iran-Israel tensions and comes before US president-elect Joe Biden is sworn in. This is…

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The Danger of Biden Wanting an Iran Deal Too Much

12/09/2020

Upon taking office, President-elect Joe Biden will be greeted with a Middle East very different from the one he may recall from his days in the White House. Nowhere are these changes more apparent and more important than in the effort to curb Iran’s regional ambitions.

But to be successful in this context, Biden must acknowledge…

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Congress Considers First-Ever Sanctions on Top Iranian Terror Group

12/03/2020

New legislation in Congress would sanction one of Iran’s top terror proxy groups operating in Iraq and responsible for deadly attacks that targeted American personnel stationed in Baghdad, according to a copy of the bill exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Rep. Joe Wilson (R., S.C.), a member of the House Foreign…

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Iran Upholds Death Penalty Of Journalist Whose Work Helped Inspire 2017 Economic Protests

12/08/2020
Unclear when Ruhollah Zam’s sentence will be carried out; although he can still appeal sentence

Iran’s Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty sentence handed down to a once-exiled journalist over his online work that helped inspire nationwide economic protests in 2017, according to Iranian media and cited in The Times of…

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Iran Tells IAEA It Will Accelerate Underground Uranium Enrichment

12/04/2020

Iran plans to install hundreds more advanced uranium-enriching centrifuges at an underground plant in breach of its deal with major powers, a U.N. nuclear watchdog report showed on Friday, a move that will raise pressure on U.S. President-elect Joe Biden.

The confidential International Atomic Energy Agency report obtained by…

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U.N. Security Council Unlikely To Act On Iran Scientist Killing, diplomats say

12/01/2020
At a minimum, the 15-member body could discuss Friday’s killing of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh behind closed doors if a member requests such a meeting or it could agree on – by consensus – a statement on the issue.
But South Africa’s U.N. ambassador, Jerry Matjila, council president for December, said on Tuesday that no…

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Iran Trying To Attack Israelis In Neighboring Countries, NSC Warns

12/03/2020

Israelis visiting countries neighboring Iran could be targets for terrorist attacks, the National Security Council warned in a rare public statement on Thursday.

“In light of the threats heard recently from Iranian factors, and in light of past involvement in Iranians in terrorist attacks on various countries, there is a concern…