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Obama Admin, European Allies Make Secret Gift of Uranium to Iran

Monday, January 9th, 2017

The Obama administration and its five allies who signed the JCPOA nuclear deal with Iran in July 2015 have just secretly gifted 116 metric tons of natural uranium to Tehran as a “thank you” to the Islamic Republic for keeping its end of the deal by exporting the heavy water from its nuclear plants, according to a report by the Associated Press.

Two senior diplomatic sources were quoted as saying the six world powers (P5+1) who negotiated the nuclear deal approved the shipment of natural uranium to Iran, which says it will use the potential reactor fuel for “peaceful enrichment.”

Uranium can also be enriched to high levels that are appropriate for military use, up to and including use in a nuclear warhead, such as in a weapon of mass destruction.

The five world powers in the P5+1 who negotiated the deal with Iran together with the United States were led by Secretary of State John Kerry, under the direction of President Barack Obama. The deal was vehemently opposed by Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli Knesset.

Israel fears Iran will use the ten year duration of the agreement to ramp up its nuclear technology even further, and will transfer its nuclear weaponry to the terrorist entities it sponsors throughout the Middle East as a means carrying out its long-promised vow to annihilate the Jewish State.

Hana Levi Julian

EU Bans Iran’s Aseman Airlines From European Air Space

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Iran’s privately owned Aseman Airlines has been banned from flying over Europe by the European Union. The airline is the third largest carrier in Iran by active fleet size, according to CAPA.

The ban was imposed due to safety concerns, according to a statement issued by the European Commission in Brussels.

The EC said Thursday that the EU listed the airline with others who do not meet international safety standards.

Iran is purchasing new jets to renew the country’s aging aircraft now that the international sanctions have been lifted by the United Nations, with the signing of the JCPOA nuclear deal.

Hana Levi Julian

US Senate Considering 10-Year Extension of Iran Sanctions

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate is considering a 10-year extension of the Iran Sanctions Act (ISAA). The bill, passed earlier this month by the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, must pass both houses before going to President Barack Obama.

Moreover, the bill expires at the end of this year, unless Obama signs a renewal into law.

Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared at a meeting of Iranian Navy commanders and officials in Tehran on Sunday, (Nov. 27), however, that Iran considers that renewal a violation of the JCPOA — the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world leaders.

“During the [nuclear] negotiations there was a lot of debate about the sanctions, but now they raise the issue of extending the sanctions in the U.S. Congress and claim these are not [new] sanctions but renewal [of old ones],” the Ayatollah said, Iran’s Press TV reported.

Speaking on National Navy Day, Khamenei said, “Launching sanctions is no different from ‘renewing them after their expiration,’ and the latter is also [an instance of imposing] sanctions and violation of the previous commitments by the opposite site.” He added that the powerful presence of the Iranian Navy in the high seas will boost Iran’s might and defense capabilities, and said that presence must be increased.

He also told members of the volunteer ‘Basij’ forces in Tehran last Wednesday that Iran would respond if the legislation was renewed.

“If these sanctions are extended, it will surely constitute a violation of the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) and [U.S. officials] must know that the Islamic Republic will definitely react to it,” the Ayatollah said.

Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said the Navy has safeguarded national interests through its “powerful and continuous” presence in the high seas, far beyond regional waters.

In recent years, Iran’s Navy has increased its presence in international waters to protect naval routes and provide security for merchant vessels and tankers, Press TV reported.

Iran is continuing to ship arms to its Middle Eastern proxy in Lebanon — the Hezbollah terrorist organization — and Iranian weapons have also been used against Israel by the Hamas terrorist rulers of Gaza as well. In addition to Hezbollah guerrillas, Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps fighters are also bolstering the government troops defending Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Hana Levi Julian

IAEA Warns Iran Quietly Pushing Limit on Heavy Water

Friday, November 18th, 2016

As Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu predicted from the start, Iran has repeatedly violated the nuclear deal it signed with the P5+1 world powers in Vienna in July 2015.

Tehran has carefully overstepped the limit on how much heavy water it’s allowed to stockpile — 130 tonnes — for the second time since January, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency of the United Nations, which is tasked with enforcing the deal.

The IAEA said in a report released last week that Iran has “slightly” exceeded its 130-tonne soft limit on the stock of heavy water.

On Thursday, the agency warned that the violations have to stop. All six nations who signed the agreement have expressed frustration with the difficulty presented by Iran’s behavior, and the dilemma of what to do about it.

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said in a speech to the agency’s Board of Governors, “It is important that such situations should be avoided in future in order to maintain international confidence in the implementation of the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.)”

Amano added, “Iran has … made preparations to transfer a quantity of heavy water out of the country… Once it has been transferred, Iran’s stock of heavy water will be below 130 metric tonnes.”

Under the JCPOA, Iran’s domestic nuclear energy needs were estimated to require 130 metric tonnes of heavy water. The remainder was to “be made available for export to the international market.”

Iran’s nuclear development activities are allegedly monitored under the JCPOA — at least, to a point — in exchange for the removal of international sanctions against the Islamic Republic. However, the IAEA has no access to Iran’s military sites, including those where nuclear activities take place.

Hana Levi Julian

Tehran Arrests Local IranDeal Negotiator as Spy

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Tehran has arrested a member of the IranDeal negotiating team barely a year after signing the agreement that lifted international sanctions and restored billions of dollars to the Islamic Republic coffers.

Iranian state media reported Sunday the unidentified negotiator is under investigation for being a “spy who infiltrated the nuclear team.” The suspect was allegedly held for several days but has since been released, according to the report.

Earlier this month, U.S. President Barack Obama announced with pride that Israel’s “military and security community” has realized he was right all along and now supports the deal with Iran. “The country that was most opposed to the deal,” he said in news conference on August 6, “acknowledges that this has been a game-changer.”

Not exactly. Nevertheless, by some standards it appeared that for diplomacy’s sake the Israeli response was still somewhat restrained.

The Iranian prosecutor general announced August 16 that a dual national linked to British intelligence had been arrested, but at the time did not link the arrest to the nuclear talks. At the same time, the UK said it was trying to find out more about the arrest of a dual national, Reuters reported.

On Sunday, Iranian judiciary spokesperson Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei responded during a weekly briefing to a question by a reporter about a reference by an Iranian lawmaker to a member of the negotiating team with dual nationality, who was arrested on charges of espionage. He did not, however, confirm the suspect had British citizenship.

Earlier this month, nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri was executed by Iran “for revealing the country’s top secrets to the (U.S.) enemy,” Ejei was quoted as saying by the Mizan Online news site. The scientist’s body was returned to his home town with what appeared to be rope marks on his neck, according to his family, suggesting execution by hanging, media reported.

Hana Levi Julian

European Union to Open Iran Office

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

The European Union intends to open a new office in Iran.

The announcement was made in a statement marking the one-year anniversary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — the nuclear deal signed with Iran by the five world powers led by the United States — whose numerous violations by Iran have been actively ignored by all the signatories.

“One year after the conclusion of the landmark deal… the European Union is pleased to note that the JCPOA is being implemented,” the EU said in its statement, released Thursday. “This demonstrates that with political will, perseverance and multilateral diplomacy, workable solutions can be found to the most difficult problems.”

Although, as the EU noted, economic and financial nuclear-related sanctions were indeed lifted in accordance with the agreement, Iran has repeatedly violated its end of the deal with tests of long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads and other activities.

Ironically, in its statement the EU said it “acknowledges that clarity regarding the lifting of sanctions is key to allow a full reengagement of European banks and businesses in Iran…For Iran to fully benefit from the lifting of sanctions, it is also important that it overcomes obstacles related to economic and fiscal policy, business environment and rule of law.

“The European Union and its member states stand ready to cooperate with Iran in these areas and to provide technical assistance, including on compliance with FATF requirements, and to consider the use of export credits to facilitate trade, project financing and investment.”

Money certainly does “make the world go round,” particularly in Europe, and the European Union is more than happy to help Iran spend as much of it as possible, as soon as is feasible, after the United States released some $150 billion in formerly frozen Iranian assets.

It is clear that everyone’s hands were washing each others’ in the JCPOA agreement signed in July 2015 in Vienna, and which is being reaffirmed this week in Tehran.

“The European Union reaffirms its commitment to further developing relations with Iran, in particular in areas such as trade, energy, human rights, civil nuclear cooperation, migration, environment, fight against transnational threats such as drugs, humanitarian cooperation, transport, research, education, culture and regional issues.

“In this regard it takes note of the final joint statement from the visit to Tehran of the High Representative with a group of Commissioners,” the statement continued.

“The European Union supports a strategy of gradual engagement that is comprehensive in scope, cooperative where there is mutual interest, critical when there are differences and constructive in practice.

“As part of that, the European Union intends to open an EU Delegation in Iran.

“The JCPOA is for the benefit of the entire region and creates the opportunity for improved regional cooperation that should be seized by all parties.

“The European Union calls on all parties to work towards a cooperative regional environment and to help reduce tensions. The EU reaffirms its commitment to help make an improved regional situation a reality.”

Hana Levi Julian

U.S. to Buy Heavy Water from Iran

Monday, April 25th, 2016

The United States has cut a deal with Iran to purchase heavy water from the Islamic Republic, according to a report posted on the Hezbollah-linked Al Manar website.

The report quoted PressTV as saying Iran will sell 32 metric tons of heavy water to the U.S.

Heavy water is used in certain types of nuclear reactors, where it acts as a neutron moderator to slow down neutrons so they are more likely to react with the fissile uranium-235 than with uranium-238, which captures neutrons without fissioning.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs, Abbas Araqchi told PressTV in Vienna on Friday the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran reached an agreement on the sale with a U.S. company before a joint commission meeting between Iran and the P5+1 group.

The agreement was reportedly signed following three months of negotiations.

Hana Levi Julian

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