Iran / by Alistair Galloway

The United Nations (UN) released its annual report on Iran, condemning its human rights abuses, which Iran responded to with accusations of bias. Iran sentenced multiple Iranian-American citizens to jail, charging them with collaboration with a foreign government. German-Iranian talks were called off following the German economic minister’s requirement of Iran to formally recognise Israel. From 28 October to 30 October, the European Union (EU)’s foreign policy chief visited Tehran for talks on the conflict in Syria. On 28 October, Iranian diplomats met with Syria and Russia in Moscow to discuss the Syrian conflict. In the Red Sea American and Iranian military forces met with increasing tension. United States (US) forces were fired upon by Iranian-backed Houthis, and the US destroyed Iranian radar stations in Houthi territory. Houthi forces directly supported by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) fired missiles into Saudi Arabia, only 50 miles from Mecca. Iran unveiled two new drones, one of which was copied from a captured American drone, and the other of which can be deliberately crashed into targets while loaded with explosives. On 3 October the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released a statement after their visit to Iran, predicting positive economic growth. From 3 October to 5 October a German trade delegation visited Iran, resulting in the signage of multiple economic agreements, including one with German company Siemens. On 3 October Iran reported that it had sold fuel condensate to British Petroleum (BP) and on 8 October AT&T verified that it was providing service to American cell phones in Iran. 

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