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« Reply #850 on: February 01, 2017, 09:42:20 AM »

Trump’s Iran Notice
Tehran tests the new President with another ballistic missile launch.
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Opinion Journal Video: Foundation for Defense of Democracies Senior Iran Analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu on Tehran’s latest provocation. Photo credit: AFP/Getty Images.
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One early test for the Trump Administration will be how it enforces the nuclear deal with Iran, and that question has become more urgent with Iran’s test last weekend of another ballistic missile.

The test of a medium-range, home-grown Khorramshahr missile is Tehran’s twelfth since it signed the nuclear deal with the U.S. and its diplomatic partners in 2015. John Kerry, then Secretary of State, insisted that the deal barred Iran from developing or testing ballistic missiles. But that turned out to be a self-deception at best, as the U.N. Security Council resolution merely “called upon” Iran not to conduct such missile tests, rather than barring them.

Iran has little reason to stop such tests because the penalties for doing them have been so light. The Obama Administration responded with weak sanctions on a few Iranian entities and individuals, even as it insisted that Iran is complying with the overall deal and deserves more sanctions relief. In December Boeing signed a $16 billion deal to sell 80 passenger planes to Iran, never mind that the regime uses its airliners to ferry troops and materiel to proxies in Syria.

President Trump has offered contradictory opinions about that sale, but he has been unequivocal in his opposition to what he calls the “disastrous” Iran deal. In a call Sunday with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, the President pledged to enforce the Iran deal “rigorously,” and on Monday the Administration requested an emergency Security Council meeting to discuss the latest test.

That meeting probably won’t yield much, thanks to the usual Russian obstruction, but it will put a spotlight on the willingness of allies such as Britain to do more to uphold an agreement the enforcement mechanisms of which they were once eager to trumpet. Whatever happened to the “snapback economic sanctions” that were supposed to be the West’s insurance policy against Iran’s cheating?

The Administration could also warn Iran that the Treasury Department will bar global banks from conducting dollar transactions with their Iranian counterparts in the event of another test, and that it will rigorously enforce “know your customer” rules for foreign companies doing business with counterparts in the Islamic Republic, many of which are fronts for the Revolutionary Guards.

The U.S. needs to provide allies with military reassurance against the Iranian threat. Supplying Israel with additional funds to develop its sophisticated Arrow III anti-ballistic missile system would send the right message, as would an offer to Saudi Arabia to sell Lockheed Martin’s high-altitude Thaad ABM system. The State Department and Pentagon will have to explore diplomatic and military options in case the deal unravels.

What the Administration can’t afford is to allow the latest test to pass without a response. That would tell Iranians they can develop missiles and threaten neighbors with impunity. Mr. Trump is keen to show he will honor his campaign promises, and charting a tougher course against Iran is one of them.
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« Reply #851 on: March 26, 2017, 03:23:07 PM »

If true  shocked cheesy cheesy

http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a25779/iran-complains-russia-sold-out-its-air-defenses-to-israel/
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« Reply #852 on: April 01, 2017, 10:28:12 AM »

http://www.thetower.org/4707-iran-sentences-american-citizen-wife-to-death-for-holding-mixed-parties-with-alcohol/

and one more:

http://www.dailywire.com/news/14966/iran-sentences-21-year-old-death-after-insulting-michael-qazvini?utm_source=WilandNewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=040117-news-title
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« Reply #853 on: April 01, 2017, 11:39:59 AM »


It appears Iran does not have "Coexist" bumperstickers.
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« Reply #854 on: April 15, 2017, 08:22:20 PM »


By Michael Oren
April 14, 2017 6:53 p.m. ET
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The U.S. has signed agreements with three rogue regimes strictly limiting their unconventional military capacities. Two of those regimes—Syria and North Korea—brazenly violated the agreements, provoking game-changing responses from President Trump. But the third agreement—with Iran—is so inherently flawed that Tehran doesn’t even have to break it. Honoring it will be enough to endanger millions of lives.

The framework agreements with North Korea and Syria, concluded respectively in 1994 and 2013, were similar in many ways. Both recognized that the regimes already possessed weapons of mass destruction or at least the means to produce them. Both assumed that the regimes would surrender their arsenals under an international treaty and open their facilities to inspectors. And both believed that these repressive states, if properly engaged, could be brought into the community of nations.

All those assumptions were wrong. After withdrawing from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Pyongyang tested five atomic weapons and developed intercontinental missiles capable of carrying them. Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, less than a year after signing the framework, reverted to gassing his own people. Bolstered by the inaction of the U.S. and backed by other powers, North Korea and Syria broke their commitments with impunity.


Or so it seemed. By ordering a Tomahawk missile attack on a Syrian air base, and a U.S. Navy strike force to patrol near North Korea’s coast, the Trump administration has upheld the frameworks and placed their violators on notice. This reassertion of power is welcomed by all of America’s allies, Israel among them. But for us, the most dangerous agreement of all is the one that may never need military enforcement. For us, the existential threat looms in a decade, when the agreement with Iran expires.

Like the frameworks with North Korea and Syria, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action of 2015 assumed that Iran would fulfill its obligations and open its facilities to inspectors. The JCPOA assumed that Iran would moderate its behavior and join the international community. Yet unlike its North Korean and Syrian allies, Iran was the largest state sponsor of terror and openly vowed to destroy another state—Israel. Unlike them, Iran systematically lied about its unconventional weapons program for 30 years. And unlike Damascus and Pyongyang, which are permanently barred from acquiring weapons of mass destruction, Tehran can look forward to building them swiftly and legitimately in the late 2020s, once the JCPOA expires.

This, for Israel and our neighboring Sunni states, is the appalling flaw of the JCPOA. The regime most committed to our destruction has been granted a free pass to develop military nuclear capabilities. Iran could follow the Syrian and North Korean examples and cheat. Or, while enjoying hundreds of billions of dollars in sanctions relief, it can adhere to the agreement and deactivate parts of its nuclear facilities rather than dismantle them. It can develop new technologies for producing atomic bombs while testing intercontinental ballistic missiles. It can continue massacring Syrians, Iraqis and Yemenis, and bankrolling Hamas and Hezbollah. The JCPOA enables Iran to do all that merely by complying.

A nuclear-armed Iran would be as dangerous as “50 North Koreas,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the U.N. in 2013, and Iran is certainly many times more dangerous than Syria. Yet Iran alone has been granted immunity for butchering civilians and threatening genocide. Iran alone has been guaranteed a future nuclear capability. And the Iranian regime—which brutally crushed a popular uprising in 2009—has amassed a million-man force to suppress any future opposition. Rather than moderating, the current regime promises to be more radical yet in another 10 years.

How can the U.S. and its allies pre-empt catastrophe? Many steps are possible, but they begin with penalizing Iran for the conventions it already violates, such as U.N. restrictions on missile development. The remaining American sanctions on Iran must stay staunchly in place and Congress must pass further punitive legislation. Above all, a strong link must be established between the JCPOA and Iran’s support for terror, its pledges to annihilate Israel and overthrow pro-American Arab governments, and its complicity in massacres. As long as the ayatollahs oppress their own population and export their tyranny abroad, no restrictions on their nuclear program can ever be allowed to expire.

In responding forcibly to North Korean and Syrian outrages, President Trump has made a major step toward restoring America’s deterrence power. His determination to redress the flaws in the JCPOA and to stand up to Iran will greatly accelerate that process. The U.S., Israel and the world will all be safer.

Mr. Oren is Israel’s deputy minister for diplomacy and a Knesset member for the Kulanu Party.
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« Reply #855 on: April 24, 2017, 06:26:01 AM »

The safest, most effective way to scuttle the plans of today's would be destroyers of the Jews -- the evil nuclear bomb builders and terror supporters in Iran -- is to support their domestic opposition.

I have received multiple reports over the past 24 hours that there are anti-regime demonstrations taking place in every major city in Iran.

Look at the young student in the clip below and you see what the face of courage looks like. The men standing next to him, pacing angrily back and forth as he speaks are a less than subtle indication that this student has already been carted off, jailed and tortured for his heroic remarks.

Millions of Iranians oppose the regime and have openly demonstrated against it in recent years. They have repeatedly, desperately turned to the West -- even to Israel -- for help in their bid to overturn the regime that will, if left in place, bring about a global cataclysm the likes of which humanity has never seen.

Under Obama, the US sided with the regime. Israel saw its anti-regime efforts leaked to the New York Times by Obama officials.

Now is the time for the US to work with Israel to right Obama's wrongs. Now is the time to stand with the Iranians who willingly risk -- and often sacrifice -- their lives to bring down their evil regime.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esvAwA75IJ0
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« Reply #856 on: April 24, 2017, 08:47:24 PM »

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/24/obama-iran-nuclear-deal-prisoner-release-236966
 
Obama’s hidden Iran deal giveaway
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By dropping charges against major arms targets, the administration infuriated Justice Department officials — and undermined its own counterproliferation task forces.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4440812/Obama-dropped-charges-against-arms-smugglers-Iran-deal.html
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« Reply #857 on: May 12, 2017, 02:25:53 PM »

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/intel-report-iran-refining-nuke-delivery-system-flagrant-violation-ban/

ps: that means surprise in Persian.


what say you BROCK/KERRY?
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« Reply #858 on: May 12, 2017, 09:38:22 PM »


Exactly as planned.
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« Reply #859 on: June 16, 2017, 12:09:50 PM »

http://www.businessinsider.com/iran-laser-spotlight-us-navy-bataan-2017-6?utm_content=bufferb0266&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer-bi
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« Reply #860 on: June 27, 2017, 11:14:17 AM »

Looks like we have another lurker on the forum grin

http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/238409/north-korea-and-iran-weapons-of-mass-destruction?utm_source=tabletmagazinelist&utm_campaign=02ea17d165-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_06_27&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c308bf8edb-02ea17d165-207194629
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« Reply #861 on: June 29, 2017, 06:43:04 PM »

http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/239003/parsi-niac-advance-irans-agenda?utm_source=tabletmagazinelist&utm_campaign=a629f36eb7-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_06_29&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c308bf8edb-a629f36eb7-207194629
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« Reply #862 on: July 01, 2017, 01:53:13 PM »



http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/239468/jay-solomon-farhad-azima-iran?utm_source=tabletmagazinelist&utm_campaign=47088d0fdf-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_06_30&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c308bf8edb-47088d0fdf-207194629
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« Reply #863 on: July 25, 2017, 12:35:11 PM »

A U.S. Navy patrol boat in the northern Persian Gulf fired warning shots at an armed Iranian ship July 24, according to two U.S. officials. The Iranian craft was likely operated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, which released a statement saying that a U.S. boat approached an Iranian patrol craft this morning.

According to the U.S. statement, the Iranian boat approached the USS Thunderbolt, coming within 137 meters (150 yards). The Iranians ignored several warnings from the American boat, including via radio. The Thunderbolt then fired several warning shots into the water, after which the Iranian boat backed away, though it remained in the area for several hours. The USS Thunderbolt is a 55-meter (179-foot) Cyclone-class patrol ship armed with two 25mm Mk-38 machine guns, two .50 caliber machine guns and two automatic grenade launchers.

Naval incidents with Iran are not entirely unusual, though ones involving shots fired are. There have been several incidents between the United States and Iran in recent months, including one in June that involved an Iranian boat training a laser on a U.S. helicopter above the Strait of Hormuz.

Tension is increasing not only between the United States and Iran, but also between Iran and U.S.-aligned countries in the Gulf, namely Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which have been involved in three incidents with Iran since April.
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« Reply #864 on: July 27, 2017, 11:34:05 PM »

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Jul 27, 2017 | 18:11 GMT
Iran: Looking for the Nuclear Deal's Half-Life
The United States is looking for a way to use the nuclear deal to increase access to Iran's military sites.
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For the United States, the art of the deal on Iran's nuclear program seems to be in putting more pressure on the Middle Eastern country. The White House is pushing for further inspections of suspicious Iranian military sites in an effort to find ways in which Tehran may not be complying with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on its nuclear program. Specifically, the United States will try to persuade Iran to permit inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) into military sites that U.S. intelligence suggests may be used for research and development that violates the stipulations of the agreement.

Under the JCPOA, the IAEA is allowed routine access to facilities related to Iran's nuclear program. But if the organization has reason to believe the country is conducting nuclear-related activities at another location — including military sites — it can request information and access to inspect those sites. If Iran denies those requests, it has 14 days to resolve the dispute with the IAEA. Afterward, the issue can be brought to the JCPOA's dispute resolution mechanism, the Joint Commission, which has seven days to issue a ruling. The Joint Commission comprises eight parties: China, the European Union, France, Germany, Iran, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Decisions by the Joint Commission must then be approved by a simple majority of its members. This means the United States could force Iran to open up sites to inspection with the support of its European allies alone. Should it do so, Iran would have three days to comply with the Joint Commission's ruling before sanctions against it are automatically put back into place.

The United States had already floated the idea of requesting access to Iranian military sites to its European partners during a regular meeting of the Joint Commission on July 21. But it encountered opposition from countries that said they needed ironclad proof of Iran's activities before giving their consent. The United States' probable goal is to ask for access to an array of facilities and try to convince Europe to support its request. And should Iran deny access to even one of the sites, the United States could then claim Tehran is not holding up its end of the bargain.

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Iran officially opened its new Imam Khomeini National Space Center with a bang, according to state media reports on July 27, by successfully launching its two-stage Simorgh rocket into space. Though Iranian state television showed footage of the rocket's liftoff, neither it nor other Iranian media offered details of the mission profile or of the Simorgh's payload. Iran previously has put several small satellites into orbit using a different rocket, but the Simorgh is designed to carry a satellite weighing up to 250 kilograms (550 pounds) into an orbit 500 kilometers (310 miles) high. Whether the launch was a suborbital test of one or both of the Simorgh's stages, and what payload, if any, the rocket might have been carrying, awaits confirmation.

The launch had been in the works since at least late January, when Iran scrubbed a launch of the Simorgh for an unspecified reason. The July 27 launch is the second time that the Simorgh has flown and will add to tensions between the United States and Iran. The United States has long been concerned about the Simorgh and Iran's space program, which has ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Though its official purpose is to launch satellites, the space program allows the Iranians to gain experience in dual technologies that could be used to develop long-range ballistic missiles, and the Simorgh potentially could lead toward the production of an Iranian intercontinental ballistic missile.

Iran tested a medium-range ballistic missile in late January, less than two weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump's inauguration. The Trump administration imposed new sanctions on Iran in response. The U.S. pressure and criticism may have prompted Iran to cancel the Simorgh's January launch amid suggestions that the Iranians were trying to reduce tensions around their missile program during Trump's first months in office and in the months leading up to Iran's presidential election in May. While Trump has been sharply critical of Iran's missile tests, his administration nonetheless certified to the U.S. Congress this month that Iran is complying with the 2015 nuclear deal, the provisions of which do not prohibit Iran's missile tests outright.

Clearly, the Trump administration would like to put additional pressure on Iran. With the latest launch of the Simorgh, Iran might be showing a greater willingness to test the Trump administration's resolve now that the Iranian presidential elections are over and the IRGC continues to clamor for Iran to display its strength to the West.
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« Reply #865 on: July 28, 2017, 05:34:16 AM »

y The Editorial Board
July 27, 2017 7:06 p.m. ET
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One almost has to admire Iran’s chutzpah. On Wednesday after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill, 419-3, which would impose sanctions on Iran’s ballistic-missile program, its foreign ministry called the legislation “illegal and insulting.” On Thursday Iran made a scheduled launch of a huge missile, which it says will put 550-pound satellites into orbit.

The only people who should feel surprised or insulted by this are Barack Obama and John Kerry, who midwifed the 2015 nuclear-weapons agreement with the untrustworthy Iranians. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert rightly called the missile launch a violation of the spirit of that agreement.

That is as far as she can take it because Iran’s ballistic-missile program wasn’t formally in the nuclear agreement, despite Mr. Kerry’s statements of concern during negotiations. In the end he wanted a deal more than limits on those missiles. We assume Iran’s missile engineers are at least as competent as those in North Korea, which is approaching the ability to deploy intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Advocates of the nuclear deal persist in arguing that Iran is in compliance with its provisions. It takes considerable credulousness to believe that over the course of this agreement the Iranian military won’t adapt technical knowledge gained about launch and guidance from projects like its “satellite missile” program. With or without compliance, Iran is making progress as a strategic threat.

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« Reply #866 on: August 27, 2017, 09:20:32 AM »

What will the world look like when NK has ICBMs and Iran nuts and ICBMs?

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/trumps-white-house-iran-deal-team-has-collapsed-what-now
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« Reply #867 on: August 27, 2017, 09:24:49 AM »

What will the world look like when NK has ICBMs and Iran nuts and ICBMs?

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/trumps-white-house-iran-deal-team-has-collapsed-what-now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX9hL93HPMI

No worries. I've been told Iran is a rational actor!
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« Reply #868 on: August 27, 2017, 10:25:07 AM »

I do not see it as Trump breaking his word but rather a matter of Tillerson being right-- withdrawing is not really an option.

Given the perhaps purposeful stupidity of Obama-Kerry in how they structured the deal, as best as I can tell we have zero leverage and zero benefit from exiting the deal.  THE IRANIANS ALREADY HAVE THE MONEY AND ALREADY HAVE VARIOUS ACTORS (German, French, Russians, Chinese, et al) DOING FULL SCALE BUSINESS ONCE AGAIN.

Were we to exit, the Iranians go nuke right now.
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« Reply #869 on: August 27, 2017, 10:37:41 AM »

My point is that short of military action we are not going to stop NK or Iran from their military goals.

Trump's promise is an afterthought.

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« Reply #870 on: August 29, 2017, 08:37:22 AM »

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450890/iran-nuclear-deal-exit-strategy-john-bolton-memo-trump
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« Reply #871 on: September 01, 2017, 09:29:34 AM »



Sad that John Bolton says he has lost access to President Trump.  He perhaps should have been the Sec of State or at least a well informed, contrary voice.

More detail on Iran nuclear deal here:

http://isis-online.org/isis-reports/detail/verifying-section-t-of-the-iran-nuclear-deal

Verifying Section T of the Iran Nuclear Deal: Iranian Military Site Access Essential to JCPOA Section T Verification
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