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BREAKING: Iran Begs for Meeting with President Trump

August 1, 2018

By Kevin Jackson – July 31, 2018 The Black Sphere

Source Link: BREAKING: Iran Begs for Meeting with President Trump

{Keep squeezing them until they pop. – LS}

Iran is in turmoil, and it’s due to the policies of President Donald Trump.

As one of my contacts reported,

The cities of Tehran, Shahr-e Rey, Tabriz, Qeshm, Karaj and others are witnessing store-owners closing their shops from early Monday morning, reports from sources inside the country indicate.

This new strike follows a recent nosedive of Iran’s currency, the rial, reaching 115,000 rials to the U.S. dollar. On Sunday night, a number of bazaar merchants issued statements calling on their colleagues to stage a new round of strikes. People on social media are welcoming these measures, emphasizing the status quo is no longer acceptable.

I mentioned not long ago that Iran’s currency is taking a beating. I actually saw a report that the rial was not at 115,000 to one U.S. but actually was at 230,000 to the U.S. dollar.

Simply put: President Trump has the rogue nation right where he wants them. So why not meet with Iran to teach them the art of the deal, as President Trump suggests he will do.

President Trump declared Monday that he is willing to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani anytime and without preconditions, saying that he believes it is always better to meet with adversaries.

“No preconditions,” Trump said of a meeting with Iranian leaders. “If they want to meet, I’ll meet. Anytime they want.”

Trump was responding to a question at a joint news conference at the White House with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

Last week, tension between the United States and Iran escalated after Trump appeared to threaten military action against Iran in a tweet and Iranian officials vowed to resist any attempt to destabilize their country.

As we’ve learned with Trump, America has nothing to lose in these negotiations and everything to gain.

How pathetic is that, that America has been taken advantage of in every aspect of foreign policy. I put the blame on the previous administration, as Obama had ample opportunity to set a different course for American foreign policy and he punted the football.

Thankfully, Trump recognized the abject ignorance displayed by Obama and righted the ship. And Trump is straightening out Iran without firing a bullet.

If anybody believes the Iranian currency has devalued by 75 percent by accident, you don’t know how things work. While Donald Trump couldn’t take the blood money Obama gave Iran back, he could do something almost as good–make sure the money had no value.

So now the billions Iran received from Obama have been rendered down to millions. And given all the country’s internal woes, they will be forced to re-evaluate the amount of money the can continue to pour into Syria and elsewhere.

Meanwhile organizations like the NCRI and MEK continue to create chaos internally. Look at the trucker’s strike:

July 25, 2018 – The new round of the truck drivers’ strike entered its third consecutive day on Wednesday.

To this day a total of 85 cities in 25 provinces have joined this strike.

Truck drivers in various parts of Tehran and the cities of Isfahan, Najaf Abad, Karaj, Bandar Abbas, Saveh, Khaf, Zanjan, Semnan, Shahroud, Shiraz, Farrokhshah, Kermanshah, Kerman, Zahedan, Malayer, Khorramshahr, Khorramabad, Bojnurd, Yazd, Port Khomeini, Shahr-e Kord, Khur Mousa, Abdulkhan and dozens of other cities have truck drivers on strike.

Authorities in Kermanshah were pressuring truck drivers to end their strike, only to face stiff resistance by their part. Intelligence agents and police officers in this city began taking stripping license plates off parked trucks in order to force the drivers to end their strike. The family members of the truck drivers began protesting these illegal measures.

In Mashhad, the loading terminal station was completely empty and no truck was at the scene to deliver any goods.

Truck drivers in Isfahan were seen protesting those drivers breaking their ranks, demanding they continue their strike.

This new round of the truckers’ strike began on Monday in many cities and towns across the country. Many provinces, including Tehran, East Azarbaijan, Kurdistan, Isfahan, Fars, Semnan, Qazvin, Kerman, Kermanshah, Lorestan, Central (Tehran), Khorasan Razavi, Chahar-Mahal & Bakhtiari, Khuzestan, and Hormozgan were scenes of such strikes.

Two months ago the truckers strike lasted around two weeks, engulfing all 31 provinces of Iran. The drivers were refusing any loads and protesting their poor living conditions, low wages, high logistical costs, and vehicle leases

And what of this message from Iran’s supreme leader, threatening dissidents:

Soleimani on Thursday expressed his fear of the PMOI’s role and the President elect of the Iranian Resistance, and described US policy toward Iran as being reliant only on the PMOI and Maryam Rajavi. With this, Soleimani expressed his fear of the rising credibility of the Resistance inside and outside Iran, as well as the regime’s fear of increasing international pressure and isolation.

Furthermore, he said “We are closer to you than what you think, remember that the Quds Force and I, and not the entirety of our armed forces are your opponent. You know how powerful Iran is in unconventional wars.”

“There is not a single night that we go to bed without thinking of your destruction,” he added.

Clearly the Iranian leadership worries about what might happen next.

From this vantage point, it’s evident that things have changed in Iran. The idea of President Trump even tangentially mentioning that he will meet with Iran, signals to me that he has received back-channel communications requesting as much.

Russia: Iranian troops in Syria to be kept 85 kilometers from Israel border

August 1, 2018

Source: Russia: Iranian troops in Syria to be kept 85 kilometers from Israel border | The Times of Israel

Russia’s chief Syria negotiator also asserts Israel is no longer so concerned about issue, despite repeated vows from Jerusalem that it will not tolerate any armed Iranian presence

In this July 20, 2018, photo, a poster of President Bashar Assad with Arabic that reads "Welcome in victorious Syria." is seen on the border between Lebanon and Syria. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

In this July 20, 2018, photo, a poster of President Bashar Assad with Arabic that reads “Welcome in victorious Syria.” is seen on the border between Lebanon and Syria. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Russia’s chief Syria negotiator said in an interview Wednesday that his country has convinced the Iranian forces in Syria to withdraw to at least 85 kilometers (53 miles) from the Israeli border, despite Israel’s insistence that no Iranian troops be permitted anywhere in the war-torn country.

Alexander Lavrentyev told Sputnik news site, “We took into account the Israeli concerns, we managed to attain the pullout of Iranian units 85 kilometers (53 miles) from the Israeli border.”

Asked if Israel was becoming less concerned over the pro-Iranian units’ presence near its border, Lavrentyev replied: “Yes, of course, we are certain of this.”

It was not clear what prompted him to say this as Israel has repeatedly and forcefully stated that it will not accept any Iranian presence at all in Syria. Last week it rejected a Russian proposal to keep Iranian forces in Syria 100 kilometers (62 miles) away from Israel’s northern border, a senior Israeli official said, moments after a meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu concluded in Jerusalem.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met this evening at the Prime Minister’s Office with a Russian delegation led by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov.

Israel is sticking to its demand that Iran not be allowed any military foothold in Syria, the official stressed. Israel is furthermore demanding that all long-range missiles be removed from the country and that any factories producing precision-guided missiles there be shut, the official said.

The Russian “aspiration” of creating a 100-kilometer zone in which neither Iranian forces nor Tehran’s proxy militias are present is insufficient for Israel, the senior official went on. “Iran wants to turn Syria into a second Lebanon. And we’re determined to prevent that.”

Earlier this month, during a call between Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the prime minister noted “that Israel would continue to act against the establishment of an Iranian military presence in Syria,” according to a statement from his office.

Netanyahu has spoken and met with Putin regularly in recent years about Syria and military coordination between the two countries there, most recently during his visit to Moscow last week. Along with Iran, Russian forces are backing the regime of President Bashar Assad in the country’s civil war.

On Monday Russia’s ambassador to Israel Anatoly Viktorov told Channel 10 news that the Iranians were “playing a very, very important role in our common and joint efforts to eliminate terrorists in Syria.

Like Iran, Russia is providing military backing Assad with backing in the Syrian civil war.

“The Iranian presence in Syria… is fully legitimate according to the UN principles and the UN charter,” he added.

Russian Ambassador Anatoly Viktorov and his wife host Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara at a reception marking Russia Day in Jerusalem, June 14, 2018 (Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO)

The Syrian army and its Russian and Iran-backed allies since June have been on an offensive in southern Syria, raising concerns Iranian proxies could take up positions in formerly rebel-held areas bordering the Golan Heights. Israel has called for the 1974 disengagement agreement between it and Syria to be upheld and warned Syrian forces against entering the demilitarized buffer zone along the border.

Trump heads for summit with Rouhani. Israel caught by surprise – DEBKAfile

August 1, 2018

Source: Trump heads for summit with Rouhani. Israel caught by surprise – DEBKAfile

Hezbollah likely to replace ISIS on Israel’s northern border, IDF says

August 1, 2018

Source: Hezbollah likely to replace ISIS on Israel’s northern border, IDF says – Israel Hayom

ART: Tommy Robinson is free!

August 1, 2018

The UK’s leading critic of Islam Tommy Robinson has had his appeal against a 13-month sentence because of “contempt of court” success and is now on the loose!

by– Lauren Southern (@Lauren_Southern) August 1, 2018

https://www.journalistenwatch.com/2018/08/01/eil-tommy-robinson/

Lord Justice Burnett and two other judges sat today in London, the prison on bail. “The appellant is granted bail and the prosecution Due contempt of court in Leeds will be renegotiated,” the judge ruled today . Robinson (Civic: Tommy Robinson) was not present in the courtroom. His supporters cheered.

 

His lawyer Jeremy Your had argued in court that at Robinsons flash condemnation in May “procedural errors” due to “prejudice” were committed. According to Your was the 13-month sentence for journalism on public property “clearly disproportionate”. The Court dismissed this argument.

Robinson is immediately released today and is expected with his family today. Robinson had written in June from prison a moving letter to his family ( jouwatch reported ).

His team wrote on Facebook : “Tommy just called his family from prison to ask what was the result. He said his fellow inmates called already that he was free, but did not want to believe it. He is now in seventh heaven! They had booked a family holiday this Friday, which means he can ride and finally spend time with his family now.

Tommy has asked us to thank all of you who have stood up for him. The Royal Court confirmed today that we have had all the right – that the conviction in Leeds was illegally “

There were a number of irregularities in Tommy Robinson’s arrest and conviction on flash 25.5, in fact. for coverage of a trial against a Pakistani gang rape ring :

– The law cited refers to interference in the court. However, Robinson was located on public property outside the courthouse.

– Robinson was aware of its obligations and has meticulously careful to use only information that was already known in the press.

– Robinson was arrested for “disorderly conduct”, but condemned for violating his parole. The alleged “disorderly conduct” never came back to the language.

– Robinson was told that he would not call his lawyer, it was not all that bad. Then him a public defender assigned, who advised him to plead guilty, then he would be free. Tommy has pleaded guilty and was jailed for 13 months.

AFD-Bundestagsabgeordenter Petr Bystron had Robinson offered asylum in Germany and described him as “political prisoners”. Nevertheless, the federal government, the European Human Rights Commissioner and groups like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch refused to work for the most prominent political prisoner in Europe, as Bystron inviting her .

Russian envoy: Deal reached to keep Iran 85 km from Israeli-Syria border

August 1, 2018
After Israel rejected offer to keep Iranian forces 100 km from border, Russian Presidential Special Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev claims ‘we managed to attain the pullout of Iranian units 85 kilometers from the Israeli border.’
https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5320601,00.html

Russia and Israel have reached an agreement to remove Iranian forces in Syria to within 85 kilometers of the Golan Heights border, Russia’s special envoy for Syria told the Sputnik news agency on Wednesday.

“As we took into account the Israeli concerns, we managed to attain the pullout of Iranian units 85 kilometers (some 53 miles) from the Israeli border,” Russian Presidential Special Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev said.Lavrentyev also noted Moscow believes Israeli concerns over the presence of Iran and its proxies near the Golan border are decreasing. “Yes, of course, we are certain of this,” he told Sputnik in response to a question about it.

Iran's army chief meets with his counterpart in Syria

Iran’s army chief meets with his counterpart in Syria

Last month, Israel rejected a Russian offer to keep Iranian forces in Syria 100 km (62 miles) from the border, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly telling Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that it was not enough.

“We will not allow the Iranians to establish themselves even 100 kilometers from the border,” Netanyahu told Lavrov, according to an Israeli official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“The Russians are speaking about (the 100-km buffer zone) and are committed to it, but we said there are also long-range weapons beyond this zone, and all those forces must leave Syria,” the official said.

Even before that, Israel had turned down a proposal by Russia, the big-power backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad, that Iranian forces be kept 80 km from the frontier.

Netanyahu met with a visiting Russian delegation led by Lavrov on July 23 to discuss Assad’s advance in southwest Syria and “issues related to Israel border security.”

Pro-Iranian militias in Syria

Pro-Iranian militias in Syria

Another Israeli official described the meeting, which lasted for over two hours, as “an important meeting at a significant time in which we discussed the details of Iranian presence and activity in Syria, while presenting maps and intelligence materials, as we explained our policy to push Iran out of Syria.”

The official said Israel will maintain full freedom of operations for the IDF, and detailed what the removal of Iran from Syria should entail: “First of all, all the long-range weapons must be removed from Syria; precise weapons production must be stopped; other strategic weapons, such as air defense, must be removed as well; the border crossings that allow the smuggling of these weapons must be closed, including on the Syrian-Lebanese border where weapons are smuggled into Lebanon, and the Iraqi-Syrian border through which weapons are smuggled from Iran into Syria itself.”

Russia has warned it would be unrealistic to expect Iran to fully withdraw from the country. However, Moscow has said it wants to see the separation of forces on the frontier preserved.

First published: 08.01.18, 08:39

Mossad welded its way into Iranian nuclear trove warehouse

August 1, 2018

Source: Mossad welded its way into Iranian nuclear trove warehouse

One of the New York Times reporters was invited by Israel to review the documents stolen from the Iranian nuclear archive by the Mossad. The article describes in detail, not only the nature of the documents—which prove Iran’s intention on building a nuclear bomb, but also the intricate mission Mossad agents had to embark upon in order to obtain them.
The Mossad agents who broke into Iran’s secret nuclear archives in the heart of Tehran came equipped with high powered welding torches to burn through 32 safes and extract classified documents proving Tehran had lied and was intent on building a bomb, according to a report in the New York Times Sunday.

Shortly before US President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear accord, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a press conference in late April to announce the stealth Mossad mission.

In early July, the Israeli government invited three reporters to review some of the documents confirming that the Iranian nuclear program was not solely for peaceful purposes as the Iranians had always insisted. David E. Sanger and Ronen Bergman of the New York Times now release new details from the daring operation.  Iranian nuclear archive

Iranian nuclear archive

Iran insists that the documents are a part of a fraudulent scheme by Israel to pressure the Trump administration to re-impose the crippling economic sanctions that brought it to the table in the first place.

But Israel has since shown the documents to British and American intelligence officials, and they agree that they are genuine.

 The documents deal with Iran’s nuclear missile program, which would allow Iran to launch a nuclear-armed Shahab-3 missile, with a range of 2,000 km., far enough to hit Israel. Other documents deal with potential sites for underground nuclear weapon tests.

6 Hours, 29 Minutes

According to The New York Times, the Mossad mission took place on the night of January 31, with the agents arriving at the archive’s site about 10:30pm. Iranian guards were scheduled to arrive at their posts at 7am and the agents were warned to complete their mission before 5am.

When they made their exit, they were carrying some 50,000 pages and 163 CDs detailing the Iranian nuclear plans.

They no doubt had inside help. They knew the workings of the alarm system and exactly which safes to target.

After a year of surveillance, the Israeli agents determined that they had six hours and 29 minutes to disable the alarms of the nondescript Tehran warehouse, break through the doors and pry open the large safes that filled the room before fleeing the city with their treasure trove of smuggled documents.They did not take all the room’s contents, aiming instead for the black binders containing the most critical documents.

Entry to the nuclear archive

Entry to the nuclear archive

Most of the documents obtained are at least 15 years old, before Iran moved its nuclear program deeper undercover. It is also impossible to independently verify what the whole trove proves, as Israel has only shown reporters some of the documents claiming that others must be withheld to avoid aiding rogue elements seeking intelligence on how to make a bomb.

The papers do seem to indicate that Iran’s nuclear program in 2003 was much bigger and advanced than previously thought. That is when Iran ended its initial program, Project Amad, and proceeded more secretively.

Experts agree that Iran received help from Pakistan, but other independent foreign nuclear scientists are believed to have been involved as well.

One of the documents records a debate between two Iranian scientists on how best to separate the overt and more secretive aspects of the program. Neutrons research would have to be concealed as “we cannot excuse such activities as defensive,” a note by physicist Masoud Ali Mohammadi read. He was mysteriously assassinated in January 2010.

Experts disagree on significance

The New York Times writes that experts disagree on whether the Israeli revelations serve to support or weaken the case for maintaining the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers.

Netanyahu argued that the nature of the agreement was naïve and would allow Iran to continue producing nuclear fuel in 2030. In addition, the extent to which Iran went to conceal its past activities from nuclear inspectors does not bode well regarding its future activities.

 (Photo: AP)

(Photo: AP)

Others, including former Obama administration officials who negotiated the deal, argue that the documents only further stresses the need to uphold the agreement and extend it for as long as possible.

They say that the trove confirms what they had known all along but the accord forced Iran to ship 97 percent of its nuclear fuel out of the country; Iran would never have agreed to a permanent ban they say.

The warehouse penetrated by the Mossad was only put into use after the 2015 agreement was signed. International inspectors would now be allowed to visit all known nuclear-related sites in Iran. So the Iranians gathered together their secret documents with the weapons and missile building plans and stored them at the nondescript warehouse, unrelated to their past nuclear program. No round-the-clock guards were posted so as not to arouse the suspicion of spies.

But the Mossad was watching and they began putting together a plan to steal, as opposed to merely photograph, the material. Israel also wanted to be able to counter Iranian claims that the documents were forged by allowing international experts to examine the originals.

No dramatic chase

In the article Sanger and Bergman say that Israel has kept mum regarding how the agents, some of whom were Iranian, made their escape, via land, air or sea. There was no chase, they claim.

Considering the possibility that some of the agents, perhaps about two dozen, would be caught, the material was removed from the country via several different routes.

As expected, when the guards discovered the break-in in the morning and sounded the alarm, “tens of thousands of Iranian security and police personnel” embarked on a nationwide hunt according to an Israeli official.

 (Photo: Roee Idan)

(Photo: Roee Idan)

They did not catch anyone and Iran remained silent on the matter until Netanyahu’s press conference.

Among the material are photographs from inside secretive nuclear facilities. One album taken at Parchin military base near Tehran appears to show a large metal chamber meant to conduct high-explosive experiments, probably related to neutron-initiated chain reactions.

Parchin military base near Tehran

Parchin military base near Tehran

Although international intelligence agencies suspected nuclear activity at Parchin, Iran always maintained that as a military base it was off limits to IAEA inspectors.

Eventually, inspectors did visit the base, but by then it was empty, although they suspected the site had recently been emptied of equipment. The photos confirm this.

Iran's nuclear plant

Iran’s nuclear plant

Satellite images show that before the inspectors’ arrival, Iranians even went so far as to remove soil from the Parchin base, fearing that it might contain traces of nuclear contamination.

The documents contain multiple mentions of uranium deuteride, a substance experts say has no use other than for making nuclear weapons. It has been used by China and Pakistan in their nuclear programs and it seems the technology for the substance, as a neutron initiator, was sold to Iran, and North Korea, by A.Q. Khan, a Pakistani nuclear physicist who ran a black market in atomic-related materials and technology, concludes the New York Times article.