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Adoption of Nuclear Iran Deal Which ‘Removes all Bans’ Against Iran is Announced

Monday, October 19th, 2015

On the same day that the Speaker of the Iranian Majlis threatened to cease cooperation under the Nuclear Iran Deal should the U.S. or anyone else violate certain conditions, the European Union’s High Representative Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif issued a joint statement calling for a speedy implementation of the Deal.

The statement says:

“Today is Adoption Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) related to the Iran nuclear programme. This is another important milestone that brings us a step closer to the beginning of implementation of the JCPOA, to which we are strongly committed. We have respected the timetable set out in the JCPOA, which demonstrates our collective will to stick to its provisions.

Iran will now start the implementation of its nuclear-related commitments with the objective of full and effective completion. The IAEA will make the necessary preparations for the monitoring and verification of these steps.

The EU today adopted the legislative framework for lifting all of its nuclear-related economic and financial sanctions. It will take effect on Implementation Day, simultaneously with the IAEA-verified implementation of agreed nuclear measures by Iran.

The United States is taking action today to cease application of nuclear-related statutory sanctions on Iran effective on Implementation Day when the IAEA has verified implementation of agreed nuclear measures by Iran, as specified in the JCPOA; and is directing all appropriate additional measures be taken to implement the cessation of application of sanctions, including the termination of Executive Orders and the licensing of activities, as specified in the JCPOA.

The Joint Commission foreseen under the JCPOA will now convene for its first meeting at the level of Political Directors on 19 October in Vienna, in order to further advance preparations for implementing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

All sides remain strongly committed to ensuring that implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action can start as soon as possible. To this end, we will make all the necessary preparations.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia – plus Germany finalized the text of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the JCPOA, over Iran’s nuclear program in the Austrian capital of Vienna on July 14.

Under the JCPOA, limits will be put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all economic and financial bans against the Islamic Republic.”

Note that last point? The “removal of all economic and financial bans against the Islamic Republic.” All. That isn’t what Obama and Kerry said, is it? One more “in your face” to the naive negotiators.

Iran Warning it Will Cease Implementing Deal if Threats Continue

Monday, October 19th, 2015

The speaker of the Iranian Majlis (parliament), Ali Larijani, said that Iran would cease implementing the Nuclear Iran Deal if the other parties to the deal “make military threats against Iran,” the Tehran Times reported on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Larijani claimed that some U.S. officials have threatened military attacks against Iran, even after the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was finalized in Vienna on July 14.

The Majlis Speaker did not mention the many threats publicly uttered by the very highest leadership in Iran against the U.S. and its allies. Larijani apparently does not consider those threats problematic.

The Iranian official also made statements regarding inspections of Iran’s military sites which seem to contradict at least the version of the Nuclear Iran Deal which the west has been peddling.

Inspections of Iran’s military bases, according to Larijani, will only be permitted if Ayatollah Khomeini gives his permission, Larijani announced. He also threatened that Iran would curtail any cooperation with the international inspectors if they are deemed to have disclosed any Iranian military secrets.

“We have said that the inspections should be based on law and they have not the right to inspect our military bases… unless upon the Leader’s permission, and if the International Atomic Energy Agency reveals Iran’s military secrets, our cooperation with it will be reduced,” Larijani noted in a conference in Tehran on Sunday.

Secure in Nuclear Deal, Iran Boasting New generation of Long-Range Missiles

Friday, October 16th, 2015

(JNi.media) Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force, announced this week Iran’s plans to replace its solid and liquid fuel long-range missiles with a new generation next year, FARS reported. Hajizadeh said on Wednesday that “a new and advanced generation of liquid and solid fuel long-range missiles will replace the current productions next year.”

Hajizadeh said that Iran is now designing and building different types of long-range, mid-range and short-range missiles, adding, “We are not concerned even an iota about the enemies’ new and most advanced generation of satellites and espionage and offensive devices and equipment.”

“The missiles in various ranges are mounted on the launchers in all bases and [are] ready to be launched,” Hajizadeh said, while the FARS video showed an underground facility which, according to Hajizadeh, was only one of “numerous missile bases” scattered across the country.

Noting that all US military bases in the Middle East are within the range of the IRGC’s missiles, Hajizadeh insisted that Iran will never initiate a war, but warned that “any mistake by the enemies will trigger eruption of missiles from bases deep under the ground like eruptions of volcano which will destroy the enemy.”

The release of the new footage came a few days after Iran reported test-firing a new generation of long-range ballistic missiles. The test was in violation of the UNSC sanctions, but not, as the US Administration insisted, in violation of the nuclear agreement.

Iran’s new generation missile

Iran’s new generation missile

Fearful of Neighbor Iran, Gulf States Looking to Buy Israel’s Iron Dome

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

(JNi.media) Bahrain and some of its partners in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are currently negotiating to purchase Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system to defend against “a growing arsenal of Iranian missiles,” Sky News reported.

Developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Israel Aircraft Industries, the Iron Dome system intercepts and destroys short-range rockets and artillery shells fired from distances of 2.5 to 43 miles, after analyzing whether their trajectory would take them to a populated area. First deployed in late March 2011, by late October 2014, the Iron Dome systems had intercepted more than 1,200 rockets shot from the Gaza Strip at Israeli towns and villages.

Sky News speculated that a deal that would include the entire GCC: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait, could be worth hundreds, of billions of dollars.

Sky News cited Bahrain’s foreign minister Khalid bin Mohammed al Khalifa, who said on the visit to London: “The Israelis have their small Iron Dome. We’ll have a much bigger one in the GCC.” He also said: “Iran has been trying to undermine and topple government in our region for years.”

A senior Gulf government source told Sky News: “If Netanyahu were not making less of a mess of things and was more like Anwar Sadat (who signed a peace deal for Egypt with Israel) then we would be happy to buy the missiles straight from Israel.” However, to save the GCC the embarrassment of purchasing a lifeline from the Zionist entity, the US has offered its services in brokering the deal, Sky News reported.

IranDeal Approved in Vote by Iranian Parliament

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Despite the media sword-rattling and threats by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s legislative body approved the Iranian nuclear deal in a vote on Tuesday.

“The bill to implement the JCPOA… was passed in a public session on Tuesday with 161 votes in favor,” reported Iran’s state news agency IRNA.

The parliamentary measure approving the deal, however, insisted that international inspectors will be limited in their access to Iranian military sites, according to the news agency.

With US Tacit Approval, Iran Tests Ballistic Missile to Reach Tel Aviv

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

(JNi.media) On Sunday, Iran tested a new precision-guided ballistic missile, named Emad, its first precision-guided weapon that can strike at Tel Aviv, Iranian state news outlets reported. Iran’s missile program has been the largest in the region, but it lacked the accuracy and range required to pose a real threat to the Jewish State. Now, it appears the Islamic Republic has overcome that hurdle. State television proudly displayed a reportedly successful launch of the new missile, followed by a press conference with Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan, who announced: “The Emad missile is able to strike targets with a high level of precision and completely destroy them … This greatly increases Iran’s strategic deterrence capability.”

The test constitutes a clear violation of UN Security Council resolution 2231, which states that “Iran is called upon not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology,” said ban holding for the next eight years. But despite Washington’s protests, an administration official was quick to assure CNN that the test does not violate the nuclear agreement reached in July between Iran and the 5+1 world powers, because that accord has nothing to say about ballistic missiles, focusing instead only on restricting Iran’s ability to produce a nuclear weapon.

The White House, the EU, and the Iranians insist that the nuclear deal does not include language banning Iran from building ballistic missiles capable of carrying the nuclear devices Iran is not allowed to produce over the coming decade, even if the same Western signatories say so in their capacity as permanent members of the UN Security Council.

The Tower pointed out that the Iranians use opposite theories, depending on their needs, regarding the connection between their missile and nuclear programs. Theory 1 says the two programs are separate, the UN ban and the nuclear deal have nothing to do with each other. As was evident this past weekend, this permits Tehran to boast of its newly realized threat against the Jewish State without fear of US retribution. Theory 2 says the two programs are linked, and by approving one, the US and its Western allies have, in effect, approved the other. On occasion, Iran takes both positions concurrently, suggesting the UN missile ban and the nuclear deal are linked, but only as far as Western obligations go, not Iranian commitments.

Minister Dehghan told Iranian press on Sunday: “To follow our defense programs, we don’t ask permission from anyone.” And it appears that this sentiment, despite all the official Western rebuke, is receiving nods of approval from Washington and the EU.

Iran Convicts US Journalist Jason Rezaiain

Monday, October 12th, 2015

An Iranian court has convicted Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaiain for espionage, the regime’s ISNA news agency reported, but details of the verdict were not released.

Rezaiain has 20 days to appeal the verdict, but that is irrelevant in the Islamic Republic’s system, where everything is controlled and manipulated by the regime leaders.

He was arrested in July 2014 along with his wife, who later was released. The journalist allegedly turned over confidential information to President Barack Obama.

Washington Post’s foreign editor Douglas Jehl hit the nail on the head, telling Reuters:

It’s increasingly clear that the final decision about how Jason’s case will be handled will be made by political authorities, not by judicial ones.

Iranian officials have dropped hints that the journalist could be released, possibly along with other American prisoners, in exchange for Iranian prisoners being held in the United States.

The two most prominent American prisoners being held in Iran are Christian pastor Saeed Abedini and Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine Corps sergeant. A third American is former FBI agent and contractor for the CIA Robert Levinson, who was arrested in 2007. It is not known if he is alive.

Iran will negotiate a prisoner swap the same way it dealt with the Obama administration and other Western powers on the nuclear agreement, which still has not been finalized by Tehran.

It will release information on the Razaiain’s verdict drop by drop, if at all, and might even try to exploit his incarceration for more concessions on the nuclear deal before concluding a prisoner swap.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/iran-convicts-us-journalist-jason-rezaiain/2015/10/12/

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