Iran news in brief, September 9, 2019

Pompeo Says Iran Regime’s Ability to Fund Terror Groups Shrinking U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Iranian regime’s ability to fund proxy terror groups is shrinking in part because of U.S. sanctions. Groups backed by the Iranian regime…

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Pompeo Says Iran Regime’s Ability to Fund Terror Groups Shrinking

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Iranian regime’s ability to fund proxy terror groups is shrinking in part because of U.S. sanctions.
Groups backed by the Iranian regime are already having to deal with less funding as the regime’s economy shrinks, Pompeo said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.”
“We can see it with Hezbollah, they have fewer resources. We can see it with the Shia militias in Iraq, they are scrambling for resources. We think the Iranian GDP will shrink by as much as 12 or 14% this year,” Pompeo said.
He added: “This will reduce their capacity to purchase the things they need, the equipment they need, the materials they need to inflict terror around the world. That’s President Trump’s approach. I think we’ve been very successful so far.”

54 Years in Prison for Three Female Labor Activists in Iran

The Iranian Regime’s Revolutionary Court in Tehran has sentenced three female labor activists to a total of 54 years in prison.
In a court hearing on Saturday, Asal Mohammadi, Sanaz Allahyari and Sepideh Qolian were sentenced each to 18 years in prison, a total of 54 years. Three other activists, including Amirhossein Mohammadifar, Ms. Allahyari’s husband, were also sentenced to 18 years each.
The Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran strongly condemned the unfair, long-term prison sentences issued for human rights activists in Iran. The clerical regime is attempting to prevent eruption of widespread social discontent against their corrupt rule.

US Will Sanction Whoever Purchases Iran Regime’s Oil

The United States will continue to impose sanctions on whoever purchases the Iranian regime’s oil or conducts business with the regime’s Revolutionary Guards and no oil waivers will be re-issued, a U.S. official said on Sunday.
“We will continue to put pressure on Iran and as President (Trump) said there will be no waivers of any kind for Iran’s oil,” said Sigal Mandelker, U.S. Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.
Mandelker added that the Iranian regime’s oil sales have taken a “serious nose dive” because of U.S. pressure.

Iranian Workers Hold New Protests

A group of employees of the HEPCO Company in the city of Arak held a protest on Saturday outside the company’s main office building.
They held a sign which read: “We HEPCO workers are shouting loud and clear that we are demanding the clarification of our share-holding status and ownership of the HEPCO Company after five years of being left in a limbo. We’re not just looking for a new company manager”.
In the city of Shush, official employees of the Haft Tappeh sugar cane company held a rally for a second consecutive day on Saturday. These workers are demanding paychecks for the previous two months.
Officials at the state- affiliated company are refusing to sign and confirm these workers’ employee contracts, deliberately leaving them in a state of limbo and allowing company officials to fire them at their will.

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