Tag Archives: Iran

Rouhani: Iran could quit nuclear deal "within hours" if US keeps violating it

Source: US News & World Report

"Iran could abandon its nuclear agreement with world powers 'within hours' if the United States imposes any more new sanctions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday. 'If America wants to go back to the experience (of imposing sanctions), Iran would certainly return in a short time — not a week or a month but within hours — to conditions more advanced than before the start of negotiations,' Rouhani told a session of parliament broadcast live on state television. Iran says new sanctions that the United States has imposed on it breach the agreement it reached in 2015 with the United States, Russia, China and three European powers in which it agreed to curb its nuclear work in return for the lifting of most sanctions." (08/15/17)


Iran: Parliament votes to increase spending on missile program

Source: United Press International

"Iran's parliament has voted to funnel more funds to the nation's ballistic missile program. During Sunday's voting session, 240 out of 244 legislators approved the missile spending bill. This legislation was described as an effort to 'counter America's terrorist and adventurist actions in the region' and heralded as a justified response to new sanctions adopted by the United States earlier this summer." (08/13/17)


Iran: Regime say new US sanctions violate nuclear deal, vows "proportional reaction"


Source: CNBC

"Iran said new sanctions imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday break the terms of its nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers, and vowed an 'appropriate and proportional' response. Trump, who during his election campaign called the nuclear agreement — negotiated under his predecessor Barack Obama — 'the worst deal ever,' signed the new sanctions into law along with measures against Russia and North Korea." (08/03/17)


North Korea or Iran … where will President Trump attack first?

Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

"President Trump seems to be impatiently racing toward at least one disastrous war. Maybe two. The big question is who will be first? North Korea or Iran? Over the past several days President Trump has sent two nuclear-capable B-1 bombers over the Korean peninsula to send a clear message that he is ready to attack North Korea. … Twice in the past week the US military has fired at Iranian ships in the Persian Gulf. On Tuesday an Iranian military ship in the Persian Gulf was warned off by machine gun blasts from a US Naval vessel. Then on Friday the US Navy fired warning flares toward another Iranian ship operating in the Persian Gulf. Imagine if the US Navy had encountered Iranian warships in the Gulf of Mexico firing machine guns at them when they approached the Iranians." (07/31/17)


Trump's Iran obsession and the nuclear deal

Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

"Trump is looking for a way to ignore reality on the nuclear deal: 'After a contentious meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this week, President Donald Trump instructed a group of trusted White House staffers to make the potential case for withholding certification of Iran at the next 90-day review of the nuclear deal. The goal was to give Trump what he felt the State Department had failed to do: the option to declare that Tehran was not in compliance with the contentious agreement.' The State Department couldn’t honestly give Trump the “option” he wanted because there is no proof that Iran isn’t complying with the terms of the agreement. When all other parties to the deal and the IAEA agree that the deal is working as intended, it isn’t credible to assert that Iran isn’t complying without simply making things up. Trump wants his advisers in the White House to do just that." (07/22/17)


Our inept Iran hawks

Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

"TAC and other antiwar conservatives and libertarians were warning about removing a bulwark to Iranian power in the region before the invasion, and we continued pointing out the gains Iran had made in the years that followed. The process of 'handing over' the country to Iran’s orbit was already happening while the U.S. was occupying Iraq with more than 150,000 troops, so it is hardly a new development and it would not have been prevented or undone by keeping 10,000 soldiers there. The prospect of Iranian power wasn’t our principal objection to the war, nor was it the most important, but opponents of the Iraq war could see very clearly before and after it happened that overthrowing Saddam Hussein would benefit Iran’s government. Supporters of the invasion deluded themselves (or lied) when they argued that toppling the Iraqi government would undermine other authoritarian regimes in the region, including Iran’s, and they failed to anticipate one of the most easily foreseeable results of the war they backed." (07/17/17)


Iran: Regime sentences US national to ten years for spying; president's brother arrested

Source: United Press International

"An unidentified Iranian-American was sentenced to 10 years in prison in a spying case, an Iranian official said Sunday. 'This person, who was gathering information and was directly guided by America, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but the sentence can be appealed,' Iranian deputy judiciary chief Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejheie said in a video statement carried by the semi-official agency Fars News. He gave no other details about the Iranian-American, including the gender, the arrest and the dates of the trial. Those convicted have 20 days to appeal a sentence. In the same announcement, the brother of President Hassan Rouhani was arrested on charges of 'financial irregularities.'" (07/16/17)


The foolishness of pursuing regime change in Iran

Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

"Hearing American policymakers talk about regime change is like watching Wile E. Coyote open a package of dynamite he ordered. No matter how clever his scheme, you know that sooner or later, he'll get blown up. He never seems to figure out that TNT is something to avoid. Some people in Washington are sick of trying to get the government of Iran to change its ways — which include financing terrorism, punishing dissent, and supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad. They have embraced another idea: Help topple the rulers in Tehran in hopes of getting someone more to our liking. This is a reminder of the maxim that for many people, the only use of history is to disregard it." (06/29/17)


Iran: Regime troops fire missiles at Islamic State positions in eastern Syria

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

"Iran's Revolutionary Guard says it has fired several missiles at ISIL positions in Syria's Deir Az Zor province in retaliation for two deadly attacks in Tehran earlier this month that were claimed by the armed group. 'Medium-range missiles were fired from the (western) provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdestan, and a large number of terrorists were killed and weapons destroyed,' the Guard said in a statement published on its Sepahnews website on Sunday. … The firing of the missiles, the first in 30 years outside Iran's own territory, came hours after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a statement on his website, vowed Iran would 'slap its enemies' in honour of the victims' families, including those killed in Syria and Iraq." (06/18/17)


The Qatar crisis

Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

"Qatar is negotiating with both Iran and Turkey for food and water supplies in response to the Saudi-Emirati-led attempt to blockade and isolate the country. Iran’s foreign minister is in Ankara to meet with President Erdogan today. Both governments have an incentive to help Qatar out of its present jam. Iran stands to gain influence and improve its ties with Qatar while frustrating the designs of the Saudis and Emiratis, and Turkey has an interest in keeping Qatar’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood in place, and both have their own reasons to be opposed to Saudi-led power plays in any case. The Saudi-led bloc may have assumed that it could present Qatar with a fait accompli and force it to make concessions without much difficulty, but if these moves are any indication Qatar’s government is not going to capitulate so easily. Once again, the Saudis and their allies have assumed they could rack up an easy victory and haven’t considered how things could go wrong. " (06/07/17)