ISTANBUL — Iran on Saturday began massive military exercises in a defiant response to a week of warnings from the Trump administration, including new sanctions, with a senior Iranian military commander calling the actions “futile” and threatening to “rain” missiles down on the country’s enemies.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran’s most influential security institution, said it would test missile and radar systems as part of the drill, according to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency. And a statement on the IRGC website said that the aim of the exercise was “to showcase the power of Iran’s revolution and to dismiss the sanctions,” Reuters reported.
“Should the enemy make a mistake, our roaring missiles will rain down on them,” IRGC Air Force commander, Gen. Amir Ali Hazjizadeh, told the semi-official Tasnim news agency.
Iran also threatened its own sanctions on unnamed U.S. individuals and companies, saying it would “take action” against those it deemed “to have played a role in generating and supporting extremist terrorist groups.” The statement from Iran’s foreign ministry came a day after the Trump administration announced new sanctions on individuals working on Iran’s ballistic missile programs, as well as those who have helped the IRGC support U.S.-designated terrorist groups.
Those sanctions were in response to Iran’s successful testing of a medium-range ballistic missile last week, which the United States says is a violation of the 2015 nuclear deal aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear weapons development. President Trump this week said that Iran was “playing with fire” and that Iran had been put “on notice” for the missile test. Defense Secretary James Mattis also called Iran the “biggest state sponsor of terrorism” on Friday.
At least three types of missiles were scheduled to be tested during the drills in Iran on Saturday, the privately-owned Mehr News Agency reported, as well as radar systems and cyber warfare technology. The drills capped off a week of rising tensions between the United States and Iran, which the Trump administration has also faulted for an attack by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels on a Saudi Arabian frigate off the coast of western Yemen.
For nearly two years, the United States has supported a Saudi-led coalition in a devastating war in Yemen. The United Nations says 10,000 civilians have died in the fighting.
Experts say the escalation between the United States and Iran probably won’t unravel the nuclear deal, a multilateral agreement made to ease sanctions on Iran exchange for the country halting its nuclear weapons program. The deal was negotiated by the so-called P5+1, including China, France, Russia, Britain, the United States, and Germany.
“Trump is unlikely to tear up the deal and shoulder the full wrath of the international community,” Cliff Kupchan, chairman of political risk firm, Eurasia Group, wrote in a briefing note this week.
In addition to the multilateral deal, a follow-up resolution from the U.N. Security Council also calls on Iran to refrain from testing ballistic missiles capable of nuclear payloads. But there is disagreement over whether such tests violate the resolution — Iran insists the missile tests are part of its conventional weapons program and do not violate the nuclear agreement.
Throughout his campaign for the presidency, Trump blasted the nuclear deal and vowed to renegotiate the terms.
“US-Iran relations will be volatile under the Trump Administration,” Kupchan wrote. And Trump “will likely implement sanctions more frequently.”
Iranian officials this week reiterated the country’s right to maintain defense capabilities. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted Friday that Iran was “unmoved” by the threats.
“We will never use our weapons against anyone, except in self-defense,” he said.
Iran is set to test fire another round of missiles, despite US sanctions
A commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has said the country would use missiles to defend itself from its “enemies”.
It followed hostile rhetoric from US President Donald Trump, after he said on Twitter that Iran was “playing with fire” and announced fresh sanctions on the country.
Head of the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace unit, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, told Tasnim news agency: “We are working day and night to protect Iran’s security.
Iranian state news agencies reported that home-made missile systems, radars, command and control centres, and cyber warfare systems will be tested in the drill.
The country also announced sanctions of its own against the US.
Although tensions between Washington and Tehran have risen, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said he was not considering raising the number of US forces in the Middle East to address Iran’s “misbehaviour”, but warned that the world would not ignore the country’s activities.
As for Mr Trump’s comments that “nothing is off the table” in dealing with Tehran, the commander of Iran’s ground forces said that the country has been hearing such threats since its 1979 revolution.
“The defence capability and the offensive prowess of Iran’s armed forces would make America or any other enemy regretful of any incursion,” Ahmad Reza Pourdastan was quoted as saying by ISNA.
Iran has tested a cruise missile called “Sumar” that is capable of carrying nuclear weapons in addition to test-firing a medium-range ballistic missile on Sunday, German newspaper Die Welt reported Thursday, citing unspecified intelligence sources.
No comment was immediately available from Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency or from Iranian authorities.
The newspaper said the Sumar cruise missile was built in Iran and traveled around 600 km in its first known successful test. The missile is believed to be capable of carrying nuclear weapons and may have a range of 2,000 to 3,000 km, the paper said, citing intelligence sources.
Cruise missiles are harder to counter than ballistic missiles since they fly at lower altitudes and can evade enemy radar, confounding missile defense missiles and hitting targets deep inside an opponent’s territory.
But the biggest advantage from Iran’s point of view, a security expert told Die Welt, was that cruise missiles are not mentioned in any United Nations resolutions that ban work on ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons.
International sanctions on Tehran were lifted in January last year under a nuclear deal brokered in 2015 by Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia and the United States.
Under the nuclear deal Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for lifting of most sanctions. According to a 2015 U.N. resolution endorsing the deal, Iran is still called upon to refrain from work on ballistic missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons for up to eight years.
News of Iran’s reported cruise missile test came hours after Washington said it was putting Iran “on notice” for its ballistic missile test and signaled that it could impose new sanctions.
Iran confirmed on Wednesday that it had test-fired a new ballistic missile, but said the test did not breach the Islamic Republic’s nuclear agreement with world powers or a U.N. Security Council resolution endorsing the pact.
(Writing by Andrea Shalal, Addirional reporting by Parisa Hafezi in Ankara; editing by Ralph Boulton)
(RT) Tehran plans to ditch the use of the American currency in financial reporting after US President Donald Trump issued a travel ban on seven countries, including Iran.
According to the local news agency PressTV, the Central Bank of Iran is seeking to replace the dollar with a new common foreign currency or use a basket of currencies in all official financial and foreign exchange reports.
The governor Valiollah Seif said it would come into force in the new financial year starting March 21, 2017.
The agency quotes Seif recommending using currencies with a “high degree of stability.”
The decision comes after President Trump temporarily banned citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the US…
Source: Sam Di Gangi
Maybe it is because we teach our children to hide under desks or throw canned vegetables (really) at would-be active shooters instead of daring to teach them even the smallest bit of self-defense, but it is undeniable that our children are ill prepared for the future.
Maybe that is why the average American is not noticing the latest news to come out of Iran regarding the nuclear deal that Trump has railed against. America’s “dear friends” in Ira, who call the United States such endearing names as “the great satan,” are now saying that they will not renegotiate the deal even if incoming president Donald J. Trump puts new sanctions upon the nation.
Considering the billions of dollars in gold and outright cash that was sent to Iran, they may be able to hold out quite well, especially with China likely to buy Iranian sanctioned oil just to spite such sanctions. Thanks to the US taxpayer and Obama, Iran is living pretty high on the hog.
Iran will spin this at tornado speeds if and when Trump likely pulls back from the miserable agreement that was allowed under Obama and Kerry. They will say that we have punished them for an agreement that we signed, with no mention whatsoever of the fact that they have broken the terms of the agreement by enriching uranium, among many other outright lies.
This is very important to remember because most of the United Nations is made up of less than mild Islamists who tend to side with Iran. It seems that America is evil and may never question being lied to while Iran may lie like a Persian rug and it is all but holy.
Iran and China have already been friendly in regards to anti-American thought, which is interesting considering that China is dealing with extreme terrorism along its border with Pakistan. Supporting a nation like Iran is only going to worsen things for China in the long run. America learned this lesson on 9/11 and when ISIS formed with money and weapons the US sent to them!
We know that North Korea is like the illegitimate child that has been black sheeped’ by China, but ashamed or not, China stands behind Kim Jung Un. China has done very little more than mumble lip service to the nuclear tests and open threats that North Korea has hurled at the United States of America. If anything, such words are almost endorsed in the absent of condemnation, something that can not be overlooked for a (shakily) nuclear nation.
The average warrior in North Korea does not know that America is not full of Satanists waiting to bomb them for their “riches” any more than they don’t know that Kim Jung Un really wasn’t born under a double rainbow. To them, this is as much fact as birds flying and water being wet. This is a danger that must be understood.
Even Mexico has gotten in on the bandwagon and has decried America’s next leader by saying “Mexico is not going to be paying for the wall.” This is a ludicrous statement because if Trump get his plan for a tax on every vehicle from Mexico that enters the US at the border, there will be no way that they won’t pay for it fully.
Let’s not even get started on Russia…
All of this is not to say that all is lost and that it is time to start singing our death song, because there is some rich soil in which for Trump to plant some seeds for the future. For starters, France is seeing a populist who thinks like Trump really take over in the polls. Even if the run does not end in success, if the people of France are feeling like this is the time to really rise up after England, then Trump could have something to work with within the EU.
La Pen is well on her way to also busting open the global leaders alliance and winning her election just like Donald Trump.
Speaking of England, they are clearly of a worldview – at least the average man – that is leaning more and more towards Trump daily. If war is averted, then likely Russia will surely go back to being a state that is less cold, but not as open as before Obama, so trade with the bear will be icy for a bit. China will likely do the same in such a scenario, for the same reasons.
Therefore, strong ties to nations that have a lot more in common with progress as defined by fortitude, not violence will be vital. There is no reason that Trump can not make amazing deals with nations like them who will, once proving Trump right by prospering which they shall, will draw other nations in. Other nations will want some of the prosperity that Trump’s ideas will bring, it is that simple.
Lastly, it is about the deals. Trump needs to shine here like VY Canis Majoris because there are enemies on our block, but friends upon our doorstep. America only needs a few massive “wins” under Trump, a few Carrier-like deals for a handful of nations, before more leaders are ready to talk instead of threaten.
Reagan won the world over that way, and there is no reason that positive history can not repeat itself since negative history so often does.
Trump said that he is going to make great deals, and Lords knows, there are a lot of people at the table ready for first hand.
Everyone that has heard of the Iran nuclear deal has said that it was a horrible deal for the United States. Iran has had its economic sanctions lifted and that has allowed them to receive a tremendous amount of money.
So what is Iran going to spend it on? According to the Obama administration, they believed that Iran would invest heavily in different economic pursuits considering the massive amounts of domestic political pressure that was occurring. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the opposite effect was occurring.
This was something that critics of the deal were worried about. They had a reason to worry that the Obama administration wasn’t going to be concerned about how Iran was going to spend their money. Considering that a report shows that Iran is spending the money on their nuclear capabilities and military, the Obama administration definitely screwed up.
Reuters has reported that Iran is doing what they can to focus on more military spending, including funding for ballistic missiles. Not only is that dangerous to read and type, but it is also shocking. Ballistic missiles are supposed to be banned by the nuclear deal. So that marks the THIRD time they have violated this deal.
Iranian media announced that their lawmakers had voted for a five-year development plan that “requires government to increase Iran’s defense capabilities as a regional power and preserve the country’s national security and interests by allocating at least five percent of annual budget” to military spending.
They are planning for increased funding for “long-range missiles, armed drones, and cyber-war capabilities.” So there are definitely multiple questions that need to be asked, and one of them includes where did they get this money? The answer is obvious, as it came from Obama.
Don’t you remember that Obama gave Iran $1.7 billion earlier this summer? Originally it was a $400 million ransom payment for four American hostages, and somehow that $400 million turned into $1.7 billion that Congress still has no idea about how Obama got the funds for it.
That wasn’t the only thing that Obama did either. As part of the sanctions relief from the nuclear deal, the Obama administration sent more than $10 billion to Iran in the form of cash and gold. That is quite a bit of money to be given to a country that isn’t supposed to be using that funding for missiles.
Oh but cash and gold weren’t the only things that Obama has given this nation. In addition the massive amounts of money and gold, the Obama administration signed off on giving the nation nuclear materials as well. So now we have an administration that has given gold, cash and nuclear materials to a nation that is supposed to be banned from making ballistic missiles, but will do it anyways.
These ballistic missiles are something to be feared; as of right now they have a range of 1,250 miles, which is well within striking distance of Israel. Iran has spoken of how they want to end the country. Donald Trump has spoken about the missile program.
“Those ballistic missiles, with a range of 1,250 miles, were designed to intimidate not only Israel … but also intended to frighten Europe and someday maybe hit even the United States. We’re not going to let that happen.”
In other news if Iran already has the technology to make missiles that can target Israel, what is going to stop them from making technology to hit the United States? All that money that was given to this nation is going to be spent on how to improve their technology. That means these ballistic missiles are going to have the capability of hitting the United States soon.
Oh, and one final thing with the money that was given. It’s also being given to terrorists. Senior Hezbollah officials have loudly boasted that all of their expenses, which include weapons, are being paid by Iran. So Iran is getting more money, which they are going to use to expand their military spending and even use some of it to fund terrorists.
Please tell me again why we are having this Iran deal in place? All it is doing is giving the United States problems, both physically and financially.
This has been far from the first time that Obama has tried to protect Iran. There was a time when General Mattis wanted to attack Iran to let them know that their attacks wouldn’t be tolerated anymore. That was when Obama refused, in order to protect some secret talks that would eventually lead to the nuclear deal.
Iran has also used that $1.7 billion transfer from the United States government to start their production phase of advanced missiles. That means they are going to use more and more of that money to build an advanced missile system to hurt the United States. What a great way to use that money.
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There are more ironies found in today’s Iran deal news than there is in any story that has trended in quite some time. The nuances are so vague that it could easily be assumed that upwards of 90% of the people who read the story did not even notice a glimmer of half of corruption. Much like Alexander the Great faced with Gordian Knot, so it is that we attempt to unravel the many elements of double speak that is the Iran deal.
To begin, we know Obama is trying to downplay (lie) the true expense of the deal. The amount being truly paid out may never be known, but that is but the tip of the Pinocchio. Iran is receiving a large shipment of deadly uranium as part of the deal from Russia. This is rich with irony for a number of reasons.
To start with, Trump called the deal bad and one of the worst deals in our history. The media loves to attack Donald Trump for saying that he respects Putin, but they always forget that he also said that in no way did that mean that he agreed with Putin on any given issue. Not wanting to go to war with Putin or discovering the facts that seem to prove that Russia had NO part in US elections does not mean that Trump likes this deal seeing Russia send uranium to Iran. To the contrary, Trump’s feelings on Iran are well known.
Moving onto to point number two, Iran says that it has no interest in developing nuclear weapons with the deadly uranium. That is interesting to note because it makes one wonder why Russia would have agreed to the deal. It turns out that Russia is giving Iran NON ENRICHED (aka “nuclear bomb ready” in layman’s terms) uranium in exchange for the ENRICHED uranium.
As for the fuel now being used for a power plant, Iran does not yet have a power plant. They can store the uranium, but most likely they will sell it. This is legal, but there is no law that says that Iran has to do either. Perhaps they will simply enrich it again now that they have all of the gold and cash in place to more easily mask their dishonesty, all to a chorus of “Death to America,” no less.
Obama really screwed us over with this deal…
Putin was involved in government, likely the KGB, at the time of the dreadful Chernobyl nuclear disaster that causes birth defects in those areas to this very day. They know that Iran is building an earthquake zone, which will quite likely cause a radioactive nightmare not seen since Fukushima, so it is far better that Iran has less enriched uranium on hand when it happens.
Terrorists can not yet construct nuclear bombs, but they can attach them to explosives and send the health destroying, cancer causing radioactive toxins all over any area that they curse with it. Those toxins, in the case of even non-enriched uranium, would remain deadly for 4.5 BILLION YEARS! Many have feared that this kind of liken chicanery is what Iran has had planned all along.
We know Iran is not above funding terrorists, especially given that they are the worlds largest state sponsor of terrorism.
This deal has set the stage for the world to see a nuclear disaster or attack that will make the Middle East and the Northern Hemisphere glow like Hilary Clinton’s victory fireworks display almost did.
Every day we hear about billions in gold, billions in cash, uranium being delivered to a war zone, and terrorists wanting to make dirty bombs to poison their own land. They don’t seem to grasp that even if they do nuke a land to take over, the cancers from such an attack will kill the sharia practitioner as quickly as the infidel. What are they going to do with poisoned land?
The same holds true for Israel. If a full nuclear warhead WAS to hit Israel, are they blind to the fact that there would be no Mecca? No land, nothing but sand that has blasted to a state of glass that will be poisoned during the entire life of the rest of the Earth?
Perhaps ISIS should spend a little less on quality video gear and black hoods, spending a bit more on a physics book before they engage in such practices. Iran is a decently cultured nation, so they should even more honestly know these basic facts, and most likely do.
That is what makes Trump so very correct in his analysis of the Iran deal. If the rest of the world does not properly awaken to just what is happening, not only shall the irony be lost, but so shall all of us with it.