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Iran inks deal with Russia for air defense system

 Lets hope SOMEBODY strikes this system in transit or during installation..

Russian air defense system missile system Antey 2500, or S-300 VM, is on display at the opening of the MAKS Air Show in Zhukovsky outside Moscow. (File photo: AP)

Russia and Iran have signed a contract for Moscow to supply Tehran with S-300 surface-to-air missile systems, Sergei Chemezov, the chief executive of Russian state-owned defence conglomerate Rostec, was quoted by the RIA
news agency as saying on Monday.

“S-300, the air defence system, the contract has already been signed,” Chemezov was quoted as saying at the Dubai Airshow.

A nuclear deal signed between Iran and world powers earlier this deal has put Sunni-ruled Gulf monarchies on edge: They fear Tehran’s rapprochement with the West will allow it to pursue an expansionist agenda in the region.

Chemezov said Gulf countries had no reason to feel threatened by the deal.

“This is defence equipment. And we are ready to offer this defence equipment to any country,” Chemezov later told Reuters in Dubai, speaking through interpreters.

“So if the Gulf countries are not going to attack Iran … why should they be threatened? Because this is defence equipment.”

He added: “Five years ago … even now, up to now … And we said that the S-300 is not capable to attack … to reach the neighboring countries.”


Russia and Iran have signed a contract on Moscow’s delivery of the advanced S-300 missile defense system to the Islamic Republic, Sergei Chemezov, chief executive of Russian state-owned defense conglomerate Rostec, said Monday.

“The contract on delivery of S-300 to Iran has not only been signed by the sides but has already entered into force,” Chemezov said at the Dubai Airshow-2015, according to Russian media.

One of the most sophisticated anti-aircraft weapons in the world, the S-300 is capable of tracking multiple planes at once, and some versions have an interception range of up to 200 kilometers.

Israel has long sought to block the sale to Iran of the S-300 system, which analysts say could impede a potential Israeli strike on Tehran’s nuclear facilities. Other officials have expressed concern that the systems could reach Syria and Hezbollah, diluting Israel’s regional air supremacy.

The agreement would allow the delivery of five systems to Iran following a nine-year delay in the $800 million deal. Russia initially agreed to sell the system to Iran in 2007 but then balked, saying at the time it was complying with a United Nations arms embargo on the Islamic Republic.

In April, shortly after the announcement of the Lausanne outline for the nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, Russia announced it was lifting the ban on selling the advanced missile defense system to Iran, over American and Israeli objections.

In August, Iran and Russia announced that the system would be delivered by the end of the year, with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov saying at the time that “just technical details” remained to be agreed upon.

Monday’s statements suggesting the final deal has been signed came as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was set to meet with US President Barack Obama in Washington to discuss US military assistance to Israel for the coming decade. Some of the weapons said to be under discussion reflect the prominence of Iran in US and Israeli military thinking.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to board a plane headed to the US, November 8, 2015 (PMO)

The two leaders are expected to discuss commitments that could see Israel get more than the 33 high-tech F-35 jets already ordered, along with precision munitions and a chance to buy V-22 Ospreys and other weapons systems designed to ensure a qualitative Israeli military edge.

The F-35 is the only aircraft able to counter the S-300 surface-to-air missile system. Officials said Israel may also seek to ensure that other US allies in the region do not get the F-35.

The White House has so far rebuffed Arab Gulf states’ requests to buy the planes.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

Iran shutters first KFC for being too American

By Arutz Sheva Staff

A fake Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant in Iran was shuttered within 24 hours of opening on Tuesday, after Iran mistakenly linked the branch to the American franchise.

The Hallal KFC branch in Tehran had apparently passed approval from the Iranian Ministry of Industry, Trade and Mines before opening, and social media showed dozens of eager Iranians lining up outside the door.

However, less than one day later, Tehran shuttered the store, claiming first that it was “too American.”

The store “can be seen as a part of American influence into Iranian culture,” Iranian police stated. “The U.S. is one of Iran’s major enemies and this will have grave dangers for the country.”

Abbas Pazuki, the Hallal KFC’s Tehran branch manager, told the Tasnim news agency Tuesday that the “misunderstanding” remained over branding; the KFC is part of the Hallel KFC franchise in Turkey, which “comes from Turkey. It belongs to Muslims and its target market is Muslim nations.”

Later, police backtracked and said that the KFC was operating without a license.

Meanwhile, representatives of the American KFC stated they were “in shock” at the news.

“No franchise rights have been granted to any party in Iran,” KFC spokesperson Laurie Schalow told Mashable. “We are in contact with local authorities and external advisers and will be filing a legal action against any company or individuals claiming to have rights to open KFC.”

Iran Launches Blockade On US Goods

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei (file photo).
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei (file photo).
Votes to continue ‘Death to America’ campaign


Iran announced over the weekend that it is beginning to implement a blockade of all U.S. goods into the country following an order by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who has directed the country’s government to form an “economy of resistance.”

The order comes following a letter sent late last month by Khamenei to President Hassan Rouhani. Khamenei called the United States “hostile and disruptive” and directed leaders to cut off all further negotiations with America.

Iran’s trade and industrial ministry announced the blockade on Sunday in a statement carried by the country’s state-controlled media.

“We will implement the blockade on imports of American goods in a directive,” Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh, the ministry’s leader, announced in a statement published by PressTV.

Iran is seeking to rely more on domestic production and will start “checking imports of U.S. made goods,” according to the report.

The blockade comes just weeks after the Obama administration began to lift longstanding economic sanctions on Iran as part of the recent nuclear agreement meant to curb the Islamic Republic’s nuclear weapons program.

Multiple reports have indicated that both American and European companies are poised to try and reenter the Iranian marketplace after years of restrictions barring such economic activity.

Both the Coco-Cola and Pepsi beverage companies operate local bottling plants and distribution centers in Iran, according to PressTV. However, the manufacturers “say they have nothing to do with the American brands.”

When asked to comment Monday about the blockade, a State Department official declined.

“We’re not going to comment on every remark attributed to the Supreme Leader,” the official said.

Iran’s parliament voted on Monday to continue supporting “Death to America” rallies often held across the country every Friday.

“The martyr-nurturing nation of Iran is not at all prepared to abandon the slogan of ‘Death to America’ under the pretext of a nuclear agreement,” a group of parliament members said in a statement carried by multiple news outlets.

At least 192 of Iran’s 290 voting Parliament members backed the measure.

“Death to America” has become “a symbol of the Islamic republic and all struggling nations,” the supporters said.

Meanwhile, Khamenei has insisted that the United States fully terminate, rather than suspend, economic sanctions on Iran, a demand that runs counter to what was agreed upon in the nuclear deal.

The supreme leader has also insisted that any threat of new sanctions by the United States—even ones concerning human rights and Iran’s weapons programs—would constitute a violation of the deal.

“Any comments suggesting the sanctions structure will remain in place or [new] sanctions will be imposed, at any level and under any pretext, would be a violation of the JCPOA,” or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, according to Khamenei’s recent letter to Rouhani.

Iranian officials maintain that they are complying with the nuclear accord and moving forward with requirement to scale back the production of enriched uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon.