Archive for July 30, 2018

Report: Iran Illicitly Financing War in Yemen Using German Companies

July 30, 2018

by Staff | 07.30.18 1:33 pm

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Report: Iran Illicitly Financing War in Yemen Using German Companies

{Germany’s dealings with Iran is having a direct impact on stability in the Middle East. – LS}

The Islamic Republic of Iran is using German companies to disguise their illicit support for Shiite militia forces in the fight against the internationally recognized government of Yemen, Benjamin Weinthal reported in The Jerusalem Post on Friday.

Based on interviews with U.S. Treasury Department officials, Time Magazine revealed last week that, “The IRGC had then printed counterfeit Yemeni banknotes potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars and used the bogus rials to fund its proxy war against the beleaguered pro-US government in the capital of Sanaa. German companies were being used as a cover by the Iranians to finance the world’s worst humanitarian conflict.”

Time added: “For several years, Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) had been using German front companies to buy advanced printing machinery, watermarked paper and specialty inks in violation of European export controls.”

The Jerusalem Post previously reported on German intelligence reports, which revealed extensive links between the Islamic Republic and German-based companies, including using front companies to engage in illicit procurement of nuclear and missile technology in Germany during 2017. A German intelligence report from the city-state of Hamburg charged in July that Iran’s regime is continuing to seek weapons of mass destruction.

According to Time: “The evidence, uncovered by U.S. illicit-finance investigators, was meant to sway the Germans, but not just in hopes of countering Iran’s moves on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula” but also “to convince Berlin that Tehran cannot be trusted and that the Germans should join the Trump Administration in imposing economy-crippling sanctions on Iran.”

Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported on Monday that Germany’s Ambassador to Iran Michael Klor-Berchtold told an Iranian official that Germany opposes the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

The report charged that U.S. officials involved in the operation met with their German counterparts at the Federal Ministry of Finance in Berlin last April. Weeks after the meeting took place, “American officials presented their hosts with one last set of documents: detailed blueprints on how the Trump Administration was preparing to unleash financial warfare on the Iranian economy.”

The Trump administration designated the IRGC a terrorist organization in October. A U.S. State Department spokesman said in March that the U.S. expects the Europeans to “cut off funding to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps [IRGC], its militant proxies, and anyone else who contributes to Iran’s support for terrorism.”

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In Iran: The Past is a Foreign Country

July 30, 2018

Trump on Possible Iran Meeting: ‘No Preconditions; If They Want to Meet, I’ll Meet’

July 30, 2018


President Donald Trump said during a Monday joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte that he would meet with the leaders of Iran with “no preconditions.”

A Reuters reporter asked Trump if he would meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a similar way he met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladamir Putin.

“You have met with the leaders of North Korea and Russia. Are you prepared also — will you willing to meet with the President of Iran? And under what conditions?” the reporter asked.

“I will meet with anybody,” Trump said. “Speaking to other people, especially when you are talking about potentials of war and death, and famine and lots of other things, you meet. There is nothing wrong with meeting.”

“I would certainly meet with Iran if they wanted to meet. I don’t know that they are ready yet. They are having a hard time right now,” Trump added.

In May, Trump announced the United States would withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and left open the possibility of negotiating a new deal with the Iranian regime. Iranian protesters have taken to the streets in a series of recent protests that began in December of 2017 to express discontent with the current regime’s management of the economy and support of proxy terror organizations in the Middle East.

The reporter followed up and asked if the president had any preconditions for meeting with Iranian leaders.

“No preconditions; If they want to meet, I’ll meet,” Trump responded.

Last week, Trump tweeted an all-caps message at the Iranian president with a warning about what would happen should he threaten the United States again.


Israeli Firefighters No Longer Battling Terror Fires Alone: US Firefighters to the Rescue

July 30, 2018

Photo Credit: Gili Yaari / Flash 90

Firefighters and security teams fight a fire in Nahal Oz that broke up in a cowshed, caused by a kite loaded with an incendiary device launched from Gaza

The Jewish National Fund (JNF-KKL) reports that 14 fires were started on Monday in the southern Israeli area around the Gaza border.

The fires were started by arson kites and incendiary balloons launched towards Israel by Hamas terrorists in Gaza as part of the ongoing campaign to destroy as much Israeli territory as possible.

But Israeli firefighters are not alone.

One of the teams of firefighters battling the flames is a squad of 10 American firefighters who came to Israel specifically to volunteer in helping to combat the arson terror that has strafed the south since March 30.

The volunteers are participants in the Emergency Volunteers Project, which since 2009 has brought medical and rescue personnel to Israel from around the world to help in times of need.

After a brief inservice training period, the volunteers were embedded in Israel’s Fire and Rescue Service.

Another 40 volunteers are waiting in the wings to join the others if the arson terror continues to blacken Israel’s countryside.


Copenhagen Imam Mundhir Abdallah Calls for Jihad to Invade and Conquer Europe

July 30, 2018

Israeli advocacy group goes after $1B in Iranian ‎assets in Europe

July 30, 2018

Source: Israeli advocacy group goes after $1B in Iranian ‎assets in Europe – Israel Hayom

Iran secretly explores Trump’s terms for negotiating new nuclear deal

July 30, 2018

Source: Iran secretly explores Trump’s terms for negotiating new nuclear deal – DEBKAfile

DEBKAfile Exclusive: On July 2, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei initiated secret inquiries into the Trump administration’s conditions for negotiating a new nuclear deal.

Our exclusive sources report he was driven to look for an escape from the tough US sanctions clamped down on Iran, after his advisers warned him that the full weight of those penalties scheduled to fall in August,  plus a US ban on Iran’s oil exports in November, would bring the Tehran regime to breaking-point.

On Sunday, July 29, Foreign Minister Muhammed Javad Zarif boasted: “We have enough power to show the United States that it should abandon this addiction. We believe that the world has come to the conclusion that the US should overcome its dependence on sanctions.” The timing of Zarif’s words was telling. They were meant for the ears of US Defense Secretary James Mattis, who that day was receiving at the Pentagon the Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah. According to Oman sources what they discussed was how to de-escalate tensions between the US and Iran.

The Omani minister had previously met with Zarif on July 2 and was able to report to Mattis that the Iranian minister had asked Oman, at Khamenei’s behest, to undertake the role of go-between with Washington. It may be recalled that, during 2012-2015, the Omanis performed on behalf of the Obama administration this same secret diplomatic mission. It led to the signing of Iran’s 2015 nuclear accord with six world powers.

Last May, President Donald Trump ditched that accord as “the worst deal every made.” But according to DEBKAfile’s sources, Trump last week gave Mattis the green light to ask the Omani foreign minister to reopen an indirect channel to Tehran, thus repeating the secret diplomacy pattern used by his predecessor for dealing with the Islamic Republic.

The exploratory steps in motion for a fresh round of nuclear negotiations between the US and Iran will be uncovered in the coming issue of DEBKA Weekly out next Friday, Aug. 3, along with its wide-ranging significance for the Middle East and Gulf regions. If your are not yet on the list of subscribers to his unique publication, click here.