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  • Iran celebrates 'momentous day' as UN arms embargo lifts.

    10/19/2020 2:42:44 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 10 replies
    CNBC ^ | 19 Oct 2020 | Natasha Turak
    Iran is now free to buy a range of previously restricted weapons, its government announced Sunday, hailing a "momentous day" as a 13-year-old U.N. arms embargo on the country was lifted as part of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal — and against vociferous opposition from Washington. The government in Tehran insists that any weapons purchases would be "based on its defensive needs," as allowed under the multilateral deal, from which the Trump administration withdrew in 2018. .. That could mean selling weapons to its proxies, analysts say, including militant and political group Hezbollah, designated by the U.S. as a terrorist...
  • Biden would push for less US reliance on nukes for defense

    09/19/2020 10:47:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Dissociated Press ^ | September 19, 2020 | Robert Burns
    Democrat Joe Biden leaves little doubt that if elected he would try to scale back President Donald Trump’s buildup in nuclear weapons spending. And although the former vice president has not fully detailed his nuclear priorities, he says he would make the U.S. less reliant on the world’s deadliest weapons. The two candidates’ views on nuclear weapons policy and strategy carry unusual significance in this election because the United States is at a turning point in deciding the future of its weapons arsenal and because of growing debate about the threat posed by Chinese and Russian nuclear advances. […] Biden...
  • BEASTMODE: O’Brien Says Only Opponents of Israel-UAE Deal Are Ayatollah and Ben Rhodes

    08/16/2020 3:32:41 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 17 replies
    freebeacon ^ | AUGUST 16, 2020
    National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien said Sunday that the only two people who opposed the historic agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates were the ayatollah of Iran and former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes. "I think getting out of the JCPOA was the predicate for this fantastic deal between UAE and Israel," he said on Meet the Press. "I never thought I would see President Trump being endorsed by Thomas Friedman on this deal and David Ignatius and others. I think the only people who were against the deal were the ayatollah and maybe Ben Rhodes." While the deal...
  • Iran’s nuclear facilities are mysteriously under attack

    07/13/2020 12:58:29 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 39 replies
    Fox Nws ^ | 7-13-20
    Iran's nuclear facilities have been under attack for weeks, but it's still unclear by whom Black smoke rose as flames engulfed the Shahid Tondgooyan petrochemical plant in the Khuzestan province of Iran late Sunday afternoon. Hours earlier, more than 500 miles away, detonations rocked the basement of an old, nondescript home in a northern pocket of Tehran. The two-story dwelling was said to have housed at least 30 gas cylinders that were used for unclear purposes. Both incidents came fewer than two days after a string of explosions – and power outages – were reported west of Tehran in the...
  • Iran challenges US, over nuclear restrictions

    06/30/2020 11:10:27 AM PDT · by hassan.mahmoud · 3 replies
    June 30,2020 | Hassan.Mahmoudi
    By Hassan Mahmoudi A resolution presented at the International Atomic Agency (IAA) by Germany, France, and England was eventually passed on June 19, 2020, enjoying a good majority of the votes. (25 countries, aye; 7 abstentions; Russia and China, nay; and Paraguay was absent). The resolution calls on the Iranian regime to give access to two of its atomic sites to IAA’s inspectors. Iran is suspected of having been carrying out nuclear activities at these two sites in the 2000s in order to obtain nuclear weapons. Tehran horrified by the thought of the outcome of such a resolution tried to...
  • Records show Iran lied about making nuclear weapons, scientists say

    04/09/2020 8:36:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 74 replies
    UPI ^ | April 9, 2020 | By Clyde Hughes
    A non-profit global science and security group says in a new report that Iran has built a plant to produce nuclear weapons despite its insistence that all its atomic endeavors are wholly peaceful. The Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Science and International Security said the 30-page report is based on documents from the Iran Nuclear Archive that were seized by Israel two years ago. The analysis, posted Wednesday, said Tehran has "clearly" been dishonest with the International Atomic Energy Agency, which relies on government cooperation and onsite inspections. "Iran should declare this site to the International Atomic Energy Agency and allow...
  • Congress passes resolution to restrain Trump on Iran

    03/11/2020 9:56:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 03.11.2020 | lc/rc (AP, AFP)
    Both chambers of the US Congress on Wednesday gave final approval to a resolution to restrain President Donald Trump from attacking Iran. The vote comes after months of soaring tensions between the US and Iran. The House of Representatives voted 227-186 to join the Senate in support of the resolution. The measure would prevent any military action against Iran without Congress voting for it explicitly. However, the resolution is likely to be vetoed by Trump, due to the lack of a majority within the Democratic Party and divergent Republicans. […] The resolution “sends a clear message that American people don’t...
  • Iran seeks compromise from Europe on nuclear deal

    02/15/2020 12:05:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 02.15.2020 | jsi/sms (AFP, AP)
    Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said there was room for maneuver in reimposing the 2015 agreement that kept Tehran from developing nuclear weapons. But he added it would only happen if Germany, France and the UK showed the same willingness to reinstate the deal’s economic benefits for Iran. The landmark agreement has been on life support ever since US President Donald Trump withdrew from it in 2018 and reimposed economic sanctions on Tehran, leaving Germany, France and the UK struggling to breathe life into the ailing deal. […] “We have said that we are prepared to slow down or reverse...
  • John Kerry overheard discussing possible 2020 bid

    02/02/2020 1:17:11 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 109 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 2, 2020 | By Jonathan Allen and Allan Smith
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Secretary of State John Kerry — one of Joe Biden's highest-profile endorsers — was overheard Sunday on the phone at a Des Moines hotel explaining what he would have to do to enter the presidential race amid "the possibility of Bernie Sanders taking down the Democratic Party — down whole." Sitting in the lobby restaurant of the Renaissance Savery hotel, Kerry was overheard by an NBC News analyst saying "maybe I'm f---ing deluding myself here" and explaining that in order to run, he'd have to step down from the board of Bank of America and...
  • EU foreign policy chief to visit Iran amid regional tensions

    02/02/2020 9:53:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 02.02.2020 | wmr/aw (AP, Reuters, dpa, AFP)
    The EU’s new foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell, will meet with Iranian leaders on Monday, as the EU seeks to salvage the tattered 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. The meeting comes amid a policy split between European signatories to the nuclear deal and the US. The US dropped out of the accord, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and reimposed sanctions on Iran in August 2019. Tehran has responded by rolling back its commitments to the deal’s core elements, which include capping uranium enrichment. On January 6, Iran said that it would no longer adhere to its...
  • Obama Passed the Buck. Trump Refused to Play.

    01/20/2020 4:32:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Lee Smith ^ | January 13, 2020 | January 13, 2020
    The Iran deal was never meant to stop Iran from building a bomb—it was supposed to delay it until disaster happened on someone else’s watchIn the wake of the targeted killing of Iranian terror master Qassem Soleimani, an interesting fight has broken out—after Donald Trump failed to brief them in advance of the strike, Democrats began fulsomely criticizing the president. This led Republican lawmakers to accuse their counterparts across the aisle of pro-terrorist sympathies. Maybe Republicans are still sore that Barack Obama compared them to Iranian hardliners like Soleimani for denouncing his signature foreign policy initiative, the Iran nuclear deal,...
  • EU rebukes Iran over nuclear violations, sanctions possible

    01/14/2020 10:12:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 14, 2020 | Lorne Cook and David Rising
    Britain, France and Germany ratcheted up pressure on Iran Tuesday to cease its violations of a landmark nuclear deal, stressing that they want to resolve differences through talks while starting the clock on a process that could result in a so-called “snapback” of United Nations sanctions. The three countries, which signed the international agreement in 2015 along with the United States, Russia and China, said in a letter to the European Union’s foreign policy chief that they had no choice but to trigger the deal’s “dispute mechanism,” given Iran’s ongoing transgressions. The three said they rejected Tehran’s argument that Iran...
  • Obama Passed the Buck. Trump Refused to Play

    01/14/2020 5:36:54 AM PST · by billorites · 20 replies
    Tablet ^ | January 14, 2020 | Lee Smith
    In the wake of the targeted killing of Iranian terror master Qassem Soleimani, an interesting fight has broken out—after Donald Trump failed to brief them in advance of the strike, Democrats began fulsomely criticizing the president. This led Republican lawmakers to accuse their counterparts across the aisle of pro-terrorist sympathies. Maybe Republicans are still sore that Barack Obama compared them to Iranian hardliners like Soleimani for denouncing his signature foreign policy initiative, the Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Or maybe it’s something else. Because the fact is that the Democrats are not...
  • Russia and France Want to Safeguard Iran Nuclear Deal, Macron Says

    01/13/2020 3:48:09 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 20 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Jan 2020 | Reuters
    France and Russia have a shared desire to safeguard Iran's nuclear deal, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday. Macron said in a statement he had a phone call on Sunday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Leaders of Britain, France and Germany on Sunday called on Iran to return to full compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and refrain from further violence.
  • Rand Paul: Trump Administration Is Giving ‘Contradictory Information’ on Soleimani Killing

    01/13/2020 6:43:55 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/12/2020 | Pam Key
    On Sunday’s broadcast of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) accused the Trump administration of giving “contradictory information” on why the president ordered the killing of former Iranian Quds force commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Paul said, “I think we’ve heard contradictory information. We’ve heard from the secretary of state that they don’t know where or when but it was imminent. That to me does seem inconsistent. He thinks he can square the circle but to me it seems pretty inconsistent.”
  • Mike Lee: ‘I’m Worried’ About the Integrity of Information from the Trump Administration About Iran

    01/13/2020 6:56:50 AM PST · by ManHunter · 93 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 JAN 2020 | Pam Key
    On Sunday’s broadcast of CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) said he is worried about the “integrity of the information” given by the Trump administration to justify the killing of former Quds force commander Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. Host Jake Tapper said, “We have heard mixed messages and conflicting stories about the reason for the attack, whether it’s the existential threat that Soleimani posed, vs. imminent attacks, vs. an attack on one embassy, vs. an attack on four embassies. You and I have sat through this movie before, conflicting, changing information, intelligence juiced in order to justify...
  • Kerry deflects question about why he released money to Iran, accused Trump of 'lies'

    01/12/2020 2:04:22 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 70 replies
    “I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists,” Kerry told CNBC in 2016. When asked by Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation” why he believed this was a worthwhile risk when releasing the money, Kerry attacked the president rather than answer the question. “You know that the president's tweet is a lie,” Kerry told host Margaret Brennan. “And the president tweeted this morning, because I am coming on the show and he knew you'd ask me the question or he'd push you in a...
  • Donald Trump blames Barack Obama for giving Iran the cash to buy missiles flung at U.S. bases—as he offers to 'embrace peace' and claims Tehran is 'standing down' but warns of 'hypersonic weapons' and 'lethal and fast' attacks

    01/08/2020 6:20:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 15:40 EST, 8 January 2020 | David Martosko, Emily Crane, Leah Simpson and Chris Pleasance
    Donald Trump blamed Barack Obama on Wednesday for supplying Iran with the money to purchase a torrent of missiles fired at American military positions Tuesday night. “The missiles fired last night at us and our allies were paid for with the funds made available by the last administration,” he said, citing $150 billion in frozen assets that the previous president released and $1.5 billion flown by the U.S. to Tehran. […] “Our missiles are big, powerful, accurate, lethal and fast,” he said, sending a warning in nearly the same breath as an olive branch. “Under construction are many hypersonic missiles,”...
  • Pompeo limits US diplomats' contact with Iranian opposition groups

    01/08/2020 5:46:23 AM PST · by nuconvert · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | Jan. 7, 2020
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is limiting U.S. diplomats' contact with Iranian opposition groups, according to a cable sent to all U.S. diplomatic outposts Tuesday. Pompeo’s order says diplomats should not meet with Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) or five other groups because it could damage the United States' chances to negotiate with Iran,... “Direct U.S. government engagement with these groups could prove counterproductive to our policy goal of seeking a comprehensive deal with the Iranian regime that addresses its destabilizing behavior,” the cable said, according to Bloomberg. It also added that these groups “try to engage U.S. officials regularly to gain at...
  • Merkel to meet Putin in Moscow for talks on Mideast crises

    01/06/2020 8:14:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 6, 2020
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Moscow on Saturday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid growing tensions in the Middle East and elsewhere, officials said Monday. Merkel and Putin will discuss “current international questions,” said Steffen Seibert, the chancellor’s spokesman. Those will include Syria, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Ukraine and bilateral ties. “Russia is an important player on the world stage and as a permanent member of the (U.N.) Security Council it’s also indispensable when it comes to solving political conflicts,” Seibert said. Germany is currently a non-permanent member of the Security Council. Germany and Russia are among...