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A Farewell to Iran

August 31, 2018

THE US is “expected to invade Iran” with military force by the end of his year after the war of sanctions escalates, an expert has claimed.


The US and Iran are currently at loggerheads over sanctions (Image: GETTY)

By Matt Drake
PUBLISHED: 22:21, Thu, Aug 30, 2018 | UPDATED: Fri, Aug 31, 2018
The Express

Source Link: US will INVADE Iran with military FORCE by ‘end of the YEAR’ expert claims amid WW3 FEARS

{Sounds a bit far fetched, but hell folks, many think it’s entirely possible. No one knows for sure what will happen when more sanctions kick in, not even the fake news media, and for that matter, not even Iran. Regardless, Tehran continues to invest heavily in their proxy warriors even when the Iranian people are paying the biggest price while searching for more US currency to settle their debts. In defiance of everyone else, the mullahs continue to set the stage for yet another proxy fight, but on a larger scale, maybe larger than they can imagine. Meanwhile the bearded ones are hoping everyone will be too scared to take them on. But we’ve already seen Donald Trump is not your usual President. He could very well be the first to take the fight directly to Tehran. If that happens, then all bets are off for Tehran. I even doubt their proxies would engage the US military in their defense. We shall see. Hint…watch for the biggest exodus in the history of Mullah-dom. – LS}

The US and Iran are currently at loggerheads over sanctions following the breakdown of the Nuclear Deal, and the Islamic Republic has gone to the highest court of the United Nations to contest it.

But German political scientist Josef Braml believes the decision by the International Court of Justice will be ignored by the US.

He goes on to say that Donald Trump is probably already planning air strikes and he not only wants to hit the regime in Tehran, but also China.

When asked if he expected military strikes, Mr Braml said: “Yes, I assume that the Americans will take military action against Iran later this year.

“I can’t really imagine an attack with ground troops. Presumably there will be targeted air strikes to eliminate Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

“This is only logical: If the then German Foreign Minister Steinmeier was right, that a war was prevented with the 2015 deal, we must conclude that war is coming after the one-sided resignation by America.”

He goes on to say that there are only two options.

The expert added: “Either the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia agree that Iran may, in principle, continue to develop nuclear capacity, or not.

“If not, it will mean what the late Senator John McCain and Trump’s current security advisor John Bolton have openly demanded years ago: Bomb Iran!”

The expert’s comments come after Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, warned the country’s President and his cabinet they can’t rely on the support from European countries for the landmark agreement after the US withdrew itself from the accord.

Mr Khanmenei said Iran might take the extreme step to abandon the deal altogether because of a lack of faith in the ability of European countries.

He made the remarks during a meeting with the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani.

Mr Khanmenei said in a post on his website Iran “should give up hope on Europe over economic issues or the nuclear deal”.

He added: “The nuclear deal is a means, not the goal, and if we come to this conclusion that it does not serve our national interests, we can abandon it.”

European countries have been working hard to keep Iran in line with the nuclear deal by making sure Tehran receives economic benefits.

The swift action from European leaders follows Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the historic agreement.

Since the US withdrew from the accord, Iran has endured economic problems as a result of sanctions implemented by Trump.

(Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg.)

 

Pompeo Vows to ‘Crush’ Iran’s Terror & Nuke Programs

May 22, 2018

by John Rossomando May 21, 2018 The Investigative Project on Terrorism

Source Link: Pompeo Vows to ‘Crush’ Iran’s Terror & Nuke Programs

Bonus Link: U.S. Iran Strategy Announced By Sec State Pompeo

{If I lived in Iran, I’d be stocking up on food, water, and other necessities right about now. – LS}

New sanctions are around the corner that could help “crush” Iran’s ability to fund terrorism and its nuclear program, Secretary of State Mike Pompeoannounced Monday in a speech at The Heritage Foundation. Pompeo promised the “strongest sanctions in history.” He listed12 demands that Iran would need to fulfill to have the sanctions lifted. These demands include an end to Iran’s support for terror; carte blanche inspection of Iranian nuclear sites by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); and ending ballistic missile proliferation.

“We will track down Iranian operatives and their Hizballah proxies operating around the world and we will crush them,” Pompeo said. “Iran will never again have carte blanche to dominate the Middle East.”

On May 8, President Trump announced the end of U.S. participation in the Iran deal,formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). European governments, however, say they plan to remain in the agreement.

Pompeo slammed the Obama administration, which negotiated and pushed for the deal, for failing to listen to critics who argued that releasing approximately $100 billion in frozen assets to Iran would increase its ability to support terrorism.

“Remember, Iran advanced its march across the Middle East during the JCPOA,” Pompeo said. Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force chief “Qasem Soleimani has been playing with house money that has become blood money. Wealth created by the West has fueled his campaigns.”

Iran used the released money from the JCPOA to fund the IRGC, the Taliban, Hizballah, Hamas and the Houthis in Yemen, Pompeo said. Iranian backed militias under Soleimani’s leadership control a wide swath of territory between the Iran-Iraq borders all the way to the Mediterranean. Israel recently launched retaliatory strikes on Iranian targets in Syria after Iranian rockets landed in the Golan Heights.

Al-Qaida leaders also continue to be harbored in Iran.

Not surprisingly, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rejected Pompeo’s demands, saying Iran will “continue our path with the support of our nation.”

Last week, the Trump administration sanctioned the IRGC Quds Force and imposed sanctions on the head of Iran’s central bank, which Pompeo said funded Hizballah and other terrorist organizations.

“The Iranian economy is already in free fall. That has to put a crimp in the regime’s capacity to fund surrogates. If the administration follows through there certainly won’t be more money to spread around,” James Carafano, vice president and director of the Center for Foreign Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, told the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT).

U.K.-based exiled Iranian dissident and author Babak Taghvaee criticized Pompeo’s speech on Twitter for not including human rights as a condition for lifting sanctions.

“Iranians could have helped #US to not only achieve these twelve objectives rather more,” Taghvaee told the IPT.

Other Iranians responded by creating #ThankYouPompeo and #IranRegimeChange hashtags on Twitter.

Trump Asked What Would Happen If Iran Tried To Make A Nuke — His Answer Is Radioactive

May 11, 2018

Benny Johnson Reporter At Large 1:09 PM 05/09/2018 Daily Caller

Source: Trump Asked What Would Happen If Iran Tried To Make A Nuke — His Answer Is Radioactive

{I’m sure Trump means a conventional response. Going radioactive is a choice the Iranians must make. – LS}

President Trump recently made the historic decision to pull America out of the controversial Iran Deal enacted by his predecessor.

The agreement was a keystone accomplishment of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. Trump has been deeply critical of the deal, promising multiple times on the campaign trail to negotiate a better deal or get the U.S. out of the current one.

Trump called the deal  “a horrible deal that should never, ever have been made,” yesterday in a speech from the White House before signing a presidential memorandum to officially exit the U.S. from the agreement and reinstate blistering sanctions on the Iranian regime.

At a cabinet meeting Wednesday, a reporter asked Trump, “What will you do if Iran starts up their nuclear program again?”

President Trump paused for a moment and said ominously, “Iran will find out.”

When pressed again by the reporter, Trump said, “I would advise Iran not to start their nuclear program. I would advise them very strongly.”

“If they do,” he continued, “there will be very severe consequence. Okay? Thank you very much.”

As U.S., North Korea plan to meet, Iran warns against Trump deals

April 22, 2018

Michelle Nichols WORLD NEWS APRIL 21, 2018

Source Link: As U.S., North Korea plan to meet, Iran warns against Trump deals

{Must be time for another pallet of cash. Nope. Not on Trump’s watch. – LS}

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. push to change the Iran nuclear deal was sending a “very dangerous message” that countries should never negotiate with Washington, Iran’s foreign minister warned as U.S. and North Korean leaders prepare to meet for denuclearization talks.

Speaking to reporters in New York on Saturday, Mohammad Javad Zarif also said that for French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel “to try to appease the president (Donald Trump) would be an exercise in futility.”

Trump will decide by May 12 whether to restore U.S. economic sanctions on Tehran, which would be a severe blow to the 2015 pact between Iran and six major powers. He has pressured European allies to work with Washington to fix the deal.

Macron and Merkel are both due to meet with Trump in Washington this week.

“The United States has not only failed to implement its side (of the deal), but is even asking for more,” said Zarif, who is in New York to attend a U.N. General Assembly meeting.

“That’s a very dangerous message to send to people of Iran but also to the people of the world – that you should never come to an agreement with the United States because at the end of the day the operating principle of the United States is ‘what’s mine is mine, what’s yours is negotiable,’” he said.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said earlier this month that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has “looked at the Iran deal, he’s seen what he can get and he’s seen how he can push through loopholes and we’re not going to let that happen again.”

Under the Iran nuclear deal, Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program in return for relief from economic sanctions. Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, struck the pact to try to keep Iran from building a nuclear weapon but Trump believes it has “disastrous flaws.”

Zarif said if Washington leaves the deal, there were many options being considered by Tehran, including complaining through a dispute mechanism set up by the agreement or simply leaving the deal by restarting its nuclear activities.

“We will make a decision based on our national security interests when the times comes. But whatever that decision will be, it won’t be very pleasant to the United States,” he said.

When asked if Iran could stay in the deal with the remaining parties, Zarif said: “I believe that’s highly unlikely because it is important for Iran to received the benefits of the agreement and there was no way Iran would do a one-sided implementation of the agreement.”

Iran has always said its nuclear program was only for peaceful purposes and Zarif said if Tehran resumed its nuclear activities it would not be intended “to get a bomb.”

“America never should have feared Iran producing a nuclear bomb, but we will pursue vigorously our nuclear enrichment. If they want to fear anything its up to them,” Zarif said.

 

Debating Hillary: 6. Provocations

October 8, 2016

Debating Hillary: 6. Provocations, Bill Whittle Channel via YouTube