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Jul 15 17:00

Netanyahu compares EU approach to Iran with ‘appeasement’ of Nazi Germany before WWII

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has compared Europe’s attitude to Iran with the 1930s appeasement of Nazi Germany, after the EU foreign policy chief said Tehran’s enrichment breach wouldn’t trigger the Iran deal’s dispute mechanism.

The EU’s high representative Federica Mogherini said on Monday that the bloc did not regard Tehran’s recent breaches of the 2015 nuclear deal as being “significant” enough to set an official dispute in motion.

Mogherini said that none of the remaining parties to the accord had signaled any intention to invoke the JCPOA’s dispute article, which means that, so far, “none of them” think that Iran’s non-compliance “is considered to be significant non-compliance.”

Netanyahu lashed out at Europe’s response, saying in a video statement that it was even comparable to appeasement and failed diplomacy with Nazi Germany before the outbreak of World War II.

Jul 15 12:23

After Alleged UK Tanker Incident in Persian Gulf, EU Powers Threaten Iran

US and UK military sources claim that Iranian boats intercepted a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz Wednesday, before a British warship, the HMS Montrose, chased them off.

None of the reports about this incident can be taken at face value. Iran has flatly denied that it took place, and US officials making allegations have not posted videos they claim to have of it. It comes amid a US-led war drive targeting Iran, after Washington unilaterally suspended the 2015 Iranian nuclear accord, launched a major military buildup in the region, and demanded that US allies support it. Yet before anything firm is known about this incident, a press campaign has started in Europe, demanding that the European powers back Washington against Iran.

Jul 15 10:44

Iran To UK: We'll Continue Oil Exports "Under Any Conditions" As Detained Tanker Crew Released

As the "tanker wars" continue Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned his British counterpart Jeremy Hunt in a telephone call on Saturday that Iran plans to continue its oil exports "under any conditions".

Zarif also repeated Iranian demands for the UK to release the Grace 1 oil tanker, seized over a week ago after it was boarded by Royal Marines off Gibraltar. It had been carrying 2 million barrels of Iranian oil and was alleged to have been bound for Syria, in violation of EU sanctions; however, Tehran has accused the UK of fundamentally doing the United States' bidding.

In a public statement posted to Twitter, Hunt informed Zarif that the UK would release the tanker if it received guarantees it would not go to Syria.

Jul 15 10:00

Idiots Driving World to War

Like a person going up in an escalator while asserting they are going down, the British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has a bizarre way of trying to assure Iran that war is not on the cards.

Hunt, who is vying to become Britain’s new prime minister, stated on camera that “he wants to de-escalate” the danger of a military confrontation with Iran over mounting tensions in the Persian Gulf.

That was only days after he vowed to dramatically increase Britain’s military spending and in particular, boost the country’s naval firepower – citing Iran as the main threat to British commercial shipping interests.

Jul 15 09:59

Scott Adams: Trump’s “Go Back” Tweet, Possible Iran Nuclear Deal

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1150767073477328898

CNN Fake News OMITS the “then come back” part of the tweet
Same fake news strategy they use to push Fine People HOAX
Same fake news strategy they use to push ICE raids HOAX
President Trump’s tweet was just New Yorker trash talk
President Trump has positioned Democrats to tear themselves apart
The LEAST popular among them are in the spotlight
Will Democrats support Pelosi or the squad?
Lindsey Graham and General Keene on Iran nuclear situation (WSJ)
Energy production for Iran WITHOUT nuclear weapon fears?

Jul 15 09:32

Strait of Hormuz: The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

For the next 60 days, the 90-mile length of waterway known as the Strait of Hormuz will be the most dangerous place on Earth, with the prospects for an incident occurring which will trigger a regional conflict possessing global ramifications high. Following this 60-day period, the risks will only grow higher.

On July 1, Iran announced that it was exceeding some of the uranium enrichment restrictions put in place by the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action, or JCPOA (better known as the Iran nuclear agreement), which the U.S. withdrew from a year ago.

The decision to blow through the restriction were a response to Washington’s “maximum pressure” campaign to to negotiate a new deal. This campaign has included the resumption of crippling economic sanctions, including the implementation of so-called “secondary sanctions” which target nations and companies that do business with Iran in violation of the embargoes.

Jul 15 07:03

UK Says They Will Release Iranian Oil Tanker After Guarantees of Destination

By Jason Ditz

(ANTIWAR.COM) — British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt spoke with his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif, over the phone on Saturday. The two discussed the Grace I, the Iranian oil tanker seized by British Royal Marines off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4th...

Jul 14 18:36

Iran's president said they would hold talks with the US if it returns to the 2015 nuclear deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is willing to hold talks with President Donald Trump and the US if the US agrees to return to the Obama-era nuclear deal the two countries agreed upon in 2015.

Rouhani said in a speech on Sunday that the country is "ready to hold talks with America today, right now and anywhere."

The country has placed economic sanctions at the top of the list in demands before talks can take place.

Jul 13 12:20

Cory Booker’s Foreign Policy Echoes His Biggest Donors

In last Wednesday’s Democratic debate, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) stood apart from the other candidates on the stage by declining to commit to return to the Iran nuclear deal. Videos viewed by LobeLog show that Booker’s unusual position is shared by NORPAC, a pro-Israel PAC aligned with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). As Booker’s biggest donor, NORPAC contributed $185,871 to Booker’s campaign committee in 2018, a cycle in which Booker wasn’t even up for election.

During the first Democratic debate, the candidates were asked whether they would commit to returning to the nuclear deal. Every candidate on the stage except Booker raised their hand.

Jul 13 12:18

‘How dare Iran break the nuclear deal we tore up a year ago?’ – Lee Camp

Washington is accusing Iran of breaching the 2015 deal on its nuclear program, which is more than ironic, considering that the US was the first to abandon the agreement altogether, Lee Camp said on his show, Redacted Tonight.

The White House has been blasting Iran for starting to partially suspend its obligations under the nuclear agreement, known as the JCPOA. Tehran had warned it would do that, unless the Europeans can negotiate relief from the US sanctions on Iran.

Jul 13 12:12

House Passes Amendments to End War Authorizations, Preemptively Defund Iran War

The flurry of amendments to the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) moving through the House of Representatives is finally wrapping up Friday, where a series of Thursday night debates gave way to key votes early Friday on some contentious issues.

Major subjects of those debates included amendments that aim to end both the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF). The 2001 repeal passed 237-183, while the 2002 repeal passed even easier at 242-180.

Jul 13 12:03

TRUMP CONSIGLIERES GIULIANI AND BOLTON PAID BIG BUCKS BY MEK TERRORIST GROUP

Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, his pockets stuffed with terrorist cash, tweeted on Saturday that MEK is a viable alternative to the rule of the mullahs in Iran.

Tom Ridge, Louis Freeh and Bob Torricelli agree that NCRI (National Council of Resistance in Iran) is a very capable alternative to the Regime of Terror oppressing Iran for 40 years. They stand for freedom. pic.twitter.com/xaqzMkdDUS

— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) July 13, 2019

Jul 12 12:14

Daily Wire's Andrew Klavan: War With Iran Would Last 'About 15 Minutes'

Neocon Andrew Klavan, who works for Ben Shapiro's Daily Wire, said Monday that a US war with Iran would last "about 15 minutes" with Iran being swiftly "blown off the face of the earth."

Jul 12 10:10

TRUMP, BRITS TIRELESS IN ATTEMPT TO GET WAR ON IRAN GOING

SOURCE: KURT NIMMO
On Thursday evening, social media posts claimed the UK flagged and Japanese owned crude oil tanker Atlantic Pioneer had crossed over into Iranian territorial waters. According to the Marine Traffic website, on Friday morning the tanker was in the Gulf of Oman.

BREAKING: #UK flagged ship, #AtlanticPioneer, has officially entered recognized #Iran|ian waters. Time to see what Iran does, if anything. pic.twitter.com/gn05YCtUAe

— Evan McLean (@TheEvanMcLean) July 12, 2019

I don’t know if these social media reports are accurate, but considering the recent behavior of the US and Britain, I cannot discount it. The US, with the help of the UK, is attempting to goad the Iranians into taking action and thus providing a pretext to get the next neocon war going.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have this image in my head, of President Trump, meeting with his cabinet, and saying,"Damn! We can't lie the American people into another war; so what the hell do we do to get this party started, with some kind of false flag that the Americans might actually believe, as a justification for this war against Iran?!?"

Google reminds us with the following statement regarding Israel's next elections, as to just how critical they are in developing, and shaping, both national, and international Israeli policies:

"Snap legislative elections are due to be held in Israel on 17 September 2019 to elect the 120 members of the 22nd Knesset. Following the prior elections in April, incumbent and Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition, the first such failure in Israeli history."f

So am quite certain, looking at today's date (12 July), that Israel's Netanyahu, is burning up the phone lines from Tel Aviv to DC, impressing on Trump how damned short the time frame is, for getting such a war going, as to make Netanyahu look "butch" in anticipation of September's snap election in Israel.

I am equally as certain, that Russia's President Putin, and Iran's President Rouhani, are talking to each other about how to calm the situation down, and for Iran not to lash out, if there is an attempt at a false flag.

I'm looking at timing here. The last major summer holiday in the US, at the end of August, is Labor Day weekend, which this year, starts on Friday, 31 August, and lasts through Monday, 2 September. IF the US, the UK, and Israel cannot get a war on or before that point in time, so that the US media can fully indoctrinate the public with it; have it soak into the consciousness of both the American (and British) people before the first full week in September, it may well be too late for such an attack to begin to influence Netanyahu's re-election bid.

Jul 11 15:38

Ceasefire Over? Trump Demands New Sanctions On Beijing Over Iranian Oil Imports

Once again, it appears Robert Lighthizer and the Trump Administration's trade hawk faction have won over the more moderate advisors. Only a week ago, reports surfaced claiming the US might exempt China from Iran sanctions, for fear that the US would have no choice but to crack down otherwise (since Beijing has made clear exactly how it feels about Washington dictating which countries it can trade with).

Now, that idea, which was being pushed by senior State Department officials, has been abandoned, according to a Politico report. Instead, senior administration officials believe there's no avoiding the fact that Beijing has repeatedly violated the ban on importing Iranian crude.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, Beijing isn't "defying" the US; it needs Iranian oil to prop up its industrial sector.

So what is President Trump going to do about it now, start boarding Chinese vessels, and interdict Iranian oil?!? Let's see now... isn't that tantamount to declaring war against China?!?

What is frustrating here, is that with the situations concerning both China and Iran, President Trump has managed to give himself no "wiggle room" for something positive to happen, and that, friends, is a "fantastic failure of imagination".

Jul 11 13:42

Britain Raises Ship Security Level to ‘Critical’ as Tanker Row With Iran Escalates - Report

Over the past two days, British oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz and Persian Gulf have reportedly been spotted under escort by Royal Navy vessels. Although the reason for this has not been officially explained, the situation comes amid threats by Tehran to seize British ships in response to the arrest of its tanker in Gibraltar.

The UK Department for Transport has issued a recommendation to British commercial ships near the Strait of Hormuz to exercise caution and put their security in a heightened state in case they are approached by "aggressive" Iranian patrol boats, Sky News reported, citing anonymous sources.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's throw in a little logic, shall we; why would Iran be so desperately attempting to "create an incident", when they understood that such an act would be the US/Israeli/Saudi Arabia "justification" for a shooting war against Iran?!?

The short answer is, they wouldn't.

Iranian leadership is many things; but stupid, it is not.

Jul 11 12:05

Holy War? Pompeo Preaches to Pro-Israel Christian Confab

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave a pointedly religious speech Monday that sounded like he was rallying fellow Pro-Israel Christians around the inevitably of a U.S. confrontation with Iran.

Pompeo delivered his 2,000-plus word speech, titled “The U.S. and Israel: a Friendship for Freedom,” before a 5,000-plus gathering of Christians United for Israel (CUFI) in Washington, D.C. Led by founder and chairman John Hagee, the annual event also boasted speeches from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Vice President Pence, and National Security Advisor Ambassador John Bolton.

In other words, every member of Trump’s inner circle who has spent the last several weeks of escalating tensions banging the drums of war against Iran.

Jul 11 08:43

Iran Threatens to Strike U.S. Bases and Aircraft Carriers

Iranian Minister of Cultural and Social Affairs Hossein Nejat issued a warning on July 9 that Iran can strike American bases in the Middle East and destroy U.S. aircraft carriers if the United States attacks Iran.

“American bases are within the range of our missiles.... Our missiles will destroy their aircraft carriers if they make a mistake,” Nejat warned. “Americans are very well aware of the consequences of a military confrontation with Iran.”

Jul 11 08:24

UK Calls on Its Tankers in Strait of Hormuz to Boost Security - Report

Over the past two days, British oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz and Persian Gulf have reportedly been spotted under escort by Royal Navy vessels. Although the reason for this has not been officially explained, the situation comes amid threats by Tehran to seize British ships in response to the arrest of its tanker in Gibraltar.

The UK Department for Transport has issued a recommendation to British commercial ships near the Strait of Hormuz to exercise caution and put their security in a heightened state in case they are approached by "aggressive" Iranian patrol boats, Sky News reported, citing anonymous sources.

Jul 11 08:13

Defective Human Product John Bolton a pay for play agent of Israel and Saudi Arabia

September 2015 and April 2018, John Bolton received $165,000 from the Counter-Extremism Project (CEP), a group with overlapping staffers, board members, and finances with UANI (Untied Against Nuclear Iran). According to Bolton’s disclosures, the payments were “consulting fees”. No wonder the Neocon ally resurrected from the ‘dubya’ admin keeps parroting the cartoonish lies about Iran’s alleged nuclear capacities.

Jul 11 08:11

Lies About Iran Killing US Troops in Iraq Are a Ploy to Justify War

One of the many myths that have been used to justify the push for war with Iran led by National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is that Tehran is responsible for the killing of more than 600 U.S. troops during the Iraq War.

Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook, whose job is to round up international support for the Trump administration’s campaign of “maximum pressure” on Iran, presented the charge at a State Department press briefing on April 2. “I can announce today, based on declassified US military reports,” Hook said, “that Iran is responsible for the deaths of 608 American service members. This accounts for 17 percent of all deaths of US personnel in Iraq from 2003 to 2011.”

Jul 11 08:10

Iran Denies Trying To Seize UK Tanker In Persian Gulf After Military Close Encounter

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) denied reports that their patrol boats tried to stop a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf, with IRGC’s naval unit stating that "there were no encounters between the Iranian warships and foreign vessels at the time when the incident is alleged to have taken place," according to Fars News.

The IRGC also reiterated that they are prepared to “act swiftly and decisively” should they receive an order to capture any foreign ship.

London said three Iranian patrol boats attempted to stop its oil tanker, ‘British Heritage,’ as it was sailing through the Strait of Hormuz to the Persian Gulf. According to the British government statement, the Iranian vessels were forced to back away after receiving a warning from the Royal Navy frigate, HMS ‘Monrose,’ which was escorting another tanker in the area.

Jul 10 12:43

UK Tanker Given Military Escort Amid Iran's Promise to Respond to Ship Seizure - Report

Tehran has vowed to take reciprocal steps after British authorities last week seized a tanker while it was passing Gibraltar under the pretext that it was carrying Iranian oil to Syria. London claims that it had the right to do so, as the tanker was allegedly violating the sanctions regime imposed by the EU on Damascus.

The British oil tanker Pacific Voyager, which recently sailed through the Strait of Hormuz, was apparently accompanied by a UK military vessel during its passage, the Marine Traffic tracking service showed on 9 July. Later, the British warship stopped following the tanker, but was soon replaced by a NATO military vessel in the Gulf of Oman.

Jul 10 12:42

Top Commander Warns of Iran's Reciprocal Response to Britain's Seizure of Oil Tanker

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri described seizure of Iran's oil tanker in the Strait of Gibraltar by Britain as a move to retaliate against the downing of a US spy drone by the IRGC, warning London of Tehran's reciprocal move.

"This move will not remain unanswered and if necessary, a response to this abject act will come on agenda at an appropriate time and place," General Baqeri said in Tehran on Tuesday.

He said the Iranian oil tanker has been seized as a response to the recent downing of a US spy drone by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), as Iran's missile, marine and air defense power has challenged enemies' strong point in areas of air and defense power.

General Baqeri said that the Iranian Armed Forces are ready to give a timely response to any hostile moves by enemies.

Jul 10 08:16

‘Sad irony’: Rouhani mocks US for calling emergency meeting on Iran nuclear deal...which it left

“On one side, Americans described the JCPOA as the worst possible deal and withdraw from it without any excuse and on the other side, when Iran reduces its commitments to the deal, they all express concern; while all should concern about US that has violated the whole deal,” Rouhani said during a Wednesday cabinet session as cited by the Mehr News agency.

“They have called for an emergency meeting of [the] Board of Governors, asking why Iran has abandoned some of its JCPOA commitments. This is a funny story that US is following and such measures are rare in the world’s political history,” Rouhani added.

The president also called out what he alleged was US hypocrisy over uranium enrichment when the US is the only country in history to have ever deployed nuclear weapons in an offensive capacity.

Jul 10 05:22

NETANYAHU THREATENS IRAN WITH ISRAELI PLANES THAT CAN ‘REACH EVERYWHERE’ IN THE MIDDLE EAST

SOURCE: RT

As tension mounts over Iran’s nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Tehran that Israeli warplanes can strike anywhere in the Middle East, “including Iran and Syria.”

“Iran has threatened recently to destroy Israel,” Netanyahu said in a video clip posted on Tuesday. “It is worthwhile for them to remember that these planes can reach everywhere in the Middle East, including Iran and Syria.”

Netanyahu delivered his stern lecture while standing in front of an F-35 fighter jet at Nevatim Airbase in central Israel. The Israeli Air Force has used its warplanes to strike supposed Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria numerous times, most recently pounding the cities of Damascus and Homs at the beginning of July – attacks that left multiple civilians dead. Last year, Israel became the world’s first military power to use the next-generation F-35 in a combat operation, reportedly against Iranian targets in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These threats, and counter-threats, are absolutely the last thing this region needs.

Netanyahu is pushing, and hyping, the Iranian threat, as though war was something Iran wants, or needs, militarily, which is absolutely not the case here.

Netanyahu understands this, but has been using the "fear card" against his own people for so long, that his behaviour has simply become pathological, at this point.

But faced with a snap election mid-September, his hope is that he can persuade/trick the US and possibly Saudi Arabia, to attack Iran, without personally, or nationally, having to pay either a political, or financial "price", and that he will appear to have "done something" to get him re-elected, no matter the costs to American and Saudi troops in blood and money spent.

We ran a story yesterday, from zerohedge.com, titled UAE's Yemen Exit is a Preparation for Confronting Iran Closer To Home

The fact that this repositioning is happening at all, telegraphs that the the Ziohawkonoids are attempting to move heaven and earth to start this war with Iran just as soon as possible.

There is, however, one 6,000 lb gorilla, napping, draped across the Bosendorfer Grand in this scenario, and that is the presence of Russia.

On 26 June, Foreign Ministry Diplomat, Zamir Kabulov, made the following statement: Iran won't be alone, if the US attacks

Were I any member of President Trump's Cabinet, or Advisory staff, I would definitely take this man at his word.

Jul 09 13:40

Egypt Seizes Tanker Carrying Iranian Crude

Tehran's threats of retaliation against the UK for seizing a tanker carrying Iranian crude oil for export have prompted a British vessel to shelter in the Gulf, but the rest of the world doesn't seem to be taking them too seriously.

Citing local press reports, Middle East Monitor said Tuesday that a Ukrainian tanker carrying Iranian oil as it passed through the Suez Canal ten days ago was seized by the Egyptian government, just as Egypt's State Security Criminal Court was sentencing six people to lengthy jail terms allegedly for spying for Iran.

Egypt is a staunch ally of the US, and as a Sunni-majority country, would naturally align with the UAE and Saudi Arabia in their efforts to contain Iran. Egypt also supports the Saudi-backed coalition in Yemen that is fighting to retain control in that country's brutal civil war. Cairo has condemned the Houthis for the recent spate of attacks on Saudi infrastructure that have inflamed tensions in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With tensions escalating between Iran and Iran, and the US government reeling, regarding numerous problems on the horizon which have nothing to do with the current US government, (but involve some INCREDIBLY salacious actions by former members of this government, "Epstein-gate"), I have a sense that the Ziohawkonoids are going to push forward on a US attack against Iran, in terms of getting it going at the earliest possible opportunity.

Because if ever Washington's elite needed a war as a distraction from these nasty situations, it is right the heck now.

There is only one minor problem here; we may well be looking at Russia jumping into the fray on Iran's side, and, in fact, here's the following statement from a Russian official who essentially said just that:
Russia Says Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If US AttacksThe story goes on to state:

"“Iran will withstand this type of fight and Iran is not alone,” Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, said at a Russian-Iranian policy forum in Moscow, reported The Moscow Times.

Now, I don't know about you, but if I were any members of President Trump's cabinet, or advisors, I would absolutely take this guy at his word.

Jul 09 13:17

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Jul 09 10:58

A Major Conventional War Against Iran Is an Impossibility. Crisis within the US Command Structure

Under present conditions, an Iraq style all out Blitzkrieg involving the simultaneous deployment of ground, air and naval forces is an impossibility.

For several reasons. US hegemony in the Middle East has been weakened largely as a result of the evolving structure of military alliances.

The US does not have the ability to carry out such a project.

Jul 09 09:34

Bolton Demands Iran Abandon Non-Existent Nuclear Arms Program

US officials are continuing to express demands that Iran get rid of its nuclear weapons program. This is a long-standing demand, and Iran is well aware of it. The problem is Iran doesn’t have such a program, and has repeatedly disavowed ever having a program in the future.

They might as well not bother to have spent the last 16 years disavowing arms, with hawkish John Bolton clearly acting like it never happened, saying the US is determined to “increase the pressure on the Iranian regime until it abandons its nuclear weapons program.”

Iran’s Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami reiterated on Monday that Iran will never pursue a nuclear weapon, and that the whole world knows that. The general asked why the world keeps sanctions Iran over the nuclear issue when it clearly isn’t a real issue.

Jul 09 09:32

Frog-Marching Trump Toward War on Iran

Hypocrisy seems to have become a defining characteristic of US foreign policy, especially when it comes to Iran. After breaking the Iran deal last year and, de facto, forcing the Europeans to violate the deal in May, the US Administration is now complaining that Iran is no longer abiding by its obligations under the deal!

It’s remarkable to see Secretary of State Mike Pompeo take to Twitter to complain of Iran enriching uranium to pre-deal levels, as if somehow the US believes it can still dictate the terms of a deal to which it is no longer a party.

Jul 09 09:32

Media Falsely Portrays Iran’s Nuclear Deal Breach As Dash To Bomb

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)—the UN nuclear watchdog tasked with vigorously monitoring Iran’s nuclear program under the 2015 accord—confirmed this week that Iran exceeded the limit on its supply of low-enriched uranium (LEU). Unfortunately, with a few notable exceptions, reporting from many in the media on this development wasn’t great. Reporters and commentators portrayed Iran, not Donald Trump, as the primary provocateur, with many going so far as to claim, without any evidence whatsoever, that Iran is now racing to build a nuclear weapon.

Jul 08 10:58

UK envoy to US worries ‘dysfunctional’ Trump is one twitch away from Iran war, leaked memos show

US President Donald Trump’s erratic policies regarding Iran could lead to war at the slightest provocation, the UK’s American envoy has been warning his London superiors in internal memos leaked to media.

Troves of diplomatic cables sent to London by British Ambassador to the US Kim Darroch, which contain stinging remarks about US President Donald Trump’s temperament and policies, were leaked to the Daily Mail, which first reported the scoop on Sunday.

Jul 08 10:58

Iran Unveils New Home-Made Tactical Communication System

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps unveiled on Sunday a new tactical communication system named Sepehr 110 in a ceremony in the presence of IRGC Commander Major General Hossein Salami.

Sepehr 110 is an advanced communication system which meets all the communication needs of commanders in different strategic, operational, tactical and combat levels in offensive, defensive and security conditions as well as unexpected incidents.

It is equipped with different communication layers for defense and security conditions, including HF, V/UHF, digital, safe, multi band, multi channel, DS and FH and enjoys the ability for network roaming and remote-controlled operation with needed bandwidth to transmit voice, data and image.

Sepehr 110 can be mounted on vehicles and vessels and can be transferred to highlands and work in any weather conditions.

Jul 08 10:23

‘Unilateral bullying is worsening tumor’: China blames US pressure for Iranian nuclear crisis

China has slammed the United States for its “unilateral bullying” of Iran, and for being a catalyst in the nuclear crisis after Tehran announced plans to breach a uranium enrichment limit set in 2015.

“The maximum pressure exerted by the US on Iran is the root cause of the Iranian nuclear crisis,” Geng Shuang, spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry, told a press briefing in Beijing on Monday.

He likened Washington’s reintroduced sanctions to “bullying” and said they’ve become a “worsening tumor” for the global community. While expressing regret at Iran’s decision, the spokesman reiterated that the current discord over the country’s nuclear program should be resolved diplomatically.

Jul 08 10:13

Trump: Iran 'better be careful' after backing away further from nuclear deal

President Trump lobbed a strong warning to Iran on Sunday after the rogue nation announced it had ratcheted up its uranium enrichment beyond the limit allowed by the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

“Iran better be careful. … Iran is doing a lot of bad things,” Trump said. “Iran will never have a nuclear weapon.”

Jul 08 10:11

Israel Warns Iran ‘Will Be Hit Hard in War’, Vows Not to Allow Tehran ‘to Obtain Nuclear Weapons’

On Monday, Tehran confirmed its stockpiling of over 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of enriched uranium, something that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described as a “significant step” toward obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz has claimed that in the wake of its uranium enrichment ramp-up, Iran is veering toward a war in which it may suffer heavy losses.

Speaking to Israel Army Radio, Katz pledged that the Jewish state would not “allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons, even if it has to act alone on that”.

Jul 08 09:58

A beginner's guide to enriching uranium

In May last year, President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled the US out of the multinational deal and reimposed severe sanctions, which further crippled Iran's economy and removed many of Tehran's incentives for compliance.

The European signatories to the deal have since struggled to keep the JCPOA alive. Last week, France, Germany and the United Kingdom confirmed that a new financial mechanism designed to enable European and Iranian companies to trade without any direct financial flows - thus bypassing the US financial system - was operational.

But the workaround vehicle called INSTEX (Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges) can only help European companies avoid US sanctions if they are sending humanitarian goods and aid products and services to Iran.

Jul 08 08:59

Netanyahu Compares Iranian Uranium Enrichment to Nazi Invasion of the Rhineland

The prime minister of Israel would have the people of Europe believe Iran’s recent decision to increase uranium enrichment—currently at a paltry 3.67 percent—is comparable to the German army marching into the Rhineland in March 1936.

Jul 08 08:57

France, Iran agree to explore conditions to restart nuclear talks by July 15

Jul 07 11:06

Iran’s 60-day nuclear deal deadline to Europe to expire Sunday

Iran’s 60-day deadline for the European signatories to a 2015 nuclear deal to meet their end of the bargain will expire on Sunday, when Tehran will begin to enrich uranium beyond limits set by the nuclear accord, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

In the second phase of scaling down its JCPOA commitments, Iran plans to increase the purity of its enriched uranium on Sunday, no longer sticking to the 3.67% limit it had agreed to in the deal.

Back in May, Iran notified the remaining partners in the nuclear deal that it would suspend the implementation of some of its commitments in reaction to the US’ unilateral withdrawal and Europe’s failure to live up to its commitments.

Jul 07 11:06

Gibraltar court extends detention of Iranian tanker for 14 days: Attorney general

A top court in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar has ruled that an Iranian supertanker illegally seized in the Strait of Gibraltar can be detained for up to 14 more days.

“The Supreme Court has issued today’s order on the basis that there are reasonable grounds to consider that the detention of the Grace 1 is required for the purposes of compliance with the European Union (EU) Regulation 36/2012 on sanctions on Syria,” Gibraltar’s government said in a statement on Friday.

Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said on Thursday that the territory’s police and customs agencies, aided by a detachment of British Royal Marines, had seized the Iranian “Grace 1” vessel on suspicion of carrying crude oil to Syria, which has been under EU sanctions since 2011.

Jul 07 10:49

IAEA Board to Meet Wednesday on Iran at Demand of US

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has announced that they will hold a special meeting on Iran’s civilian nuclear program on Wednesday, centered around US allegations that Iran is in violation of the P5+1 nuclear deal.

The US accused Iran of being in violation once their uranium stockpile exceeded 300 kg. Iran has denied that this is a violation, and says the stockpile cap was voluntary since the US withdrew from the deal.

Jul 07 10:48

The Trump administration is trying to make war with Iran inevitable

We should view Iran’s recent posturing for what it is: retaliation to the Trump administration’s unnecessary and deliberate provocation

Jul 07 09:51

Netanyahu Compares Iran's Uranium Enrichment 'Small Step' With Nazis' March Into Rhineland in 1936

Tehran announced Sunday that its uranium enrichment levels would soon surpass limits set in the 2015 nuclear deal, and said that Iran would continue to reduce its commitments to the nuclear deal every 60 days until the deal's other signatories meet their commitments.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blasted Iran's decision to raise uranium enrichment levels beyond the 3.67 per cent limit outlined in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), saying the only possible reason for such an action is the creation of a nuclear bomb, The Jerusalem Post has reported.

Commenting on a report in US media about Iran's uranium enrichment decision on Sunday, Netanyahu said the report seemed to suggest that the move was "not terrible, because it is just a 'small step'."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Prime Minister Netanyahu, a word, please; this idiotic analogy was absolutely DOA upon delivery.

I would like to politely remind you that when looking at the movement of the Nazis, this was to gain physical territory; not to create a bomb.

And I would like to also politely remind you, that so far, Iran has been within the levels acceptable covered by the P5 +1 agreement.

It appears, to some political analysts in Israel and abroad, you have become a geopolitically "wounded animal", with all the corruption charges placed against you, and you have had to call a snap election, to happen 17 September, because your party was unable to create a quorum.

And nothing is more dangerous than is a wounded animal, or human being.

There are a number of of political pundits professing that you desperately need something major, to plunge into the minds of the Israeli voting public like a knife, before that 60 days is finished, to "seal the deal" of your return to power.
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And what would be more major than a "false flag", perhaps to be perpetrated against some sort of US military asset, just like Israel tried to do with the USS Liberty, where good men died, because Israel wanted the US government, and the world to believe that it was Egypt which attacked this ship, in order to get the US to declare war against Egypt?!?

What I have just stated, is an historical fact, and not some fanciful work of fiction. 52nd ANNIVERSARY OF ISRAEL'S ATTACK ON THE USS LIBERTY

If it has happened before, there is a precedent; I would like to hope that your "Bromance" with President Trump, is not that of a "Frenemy" in this instance, getting ready to make his move at the expense of both President Trump, and the USA.

Only time.... will answer that question.

Jul 07 08:43

The Only Strategic Rationale For America's Involvement In Syria Finally Revealed

Authored by Elias Samo via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

“Washington lacks a clear strategy in Syria “; those were the recent words of Robert Ford, the last American ambassador to Syria who served prior to and during the first few years of the Syrian uprising from 2010 to 2014. A man of Ford’s intricate knowledge of the Syrian/American political dynamic is surly knowledgeable enough to assess America’s policy towards Syria. He goes on to say, “It is hard to explain the fundamental American mission in Syria… Is it to fight Daesh? Or is it to help promote a Kurdish autonomous district in Northeastern Syria… Or is it to resist Iranian encouragement?” It is partially all three; however, oddly enough, Mr. Ford avoids the obvious top priority and strategic rationale for America’s involvement in Syria: The Protection of Israel.

Jul 07 08:08

The Trump administration is trying to make war with Iran inevitable - Ben Armbruster

Last night, in response to Iran shooting down an American drone earlier this week, the United States came within one whim of an erratic and unstable president from launching a military strike on Iran.

Like the recent oil tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman, the Trump administration has framed the drone incident as if it occurred in a vacuum – implying that the Iranians are launching these (alleged) attacks without provocation, and providing an aura of legitimacy to a possible American military response.

And that’s exactly what the Trump administration’s Iran hawks – led by the national security adviser, John Bolton, and the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo — have seemingly planned all along: to cultivate conditions that make military conflict with Iran the only option.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, should such a war happen, it will absolutely NOT be for the benefit of We the People, but only for the benefit of our corporate oligarchs, who will profit from such a war immeasurably.

When Karl Marx made the observation that "All Wars are Economic in Origin, the guy wasn't mistaken at all; it takes large governments borrowing money from the banks, at insanely high interest rates, to keep these wars going.

Mr. President, I am sure that you are getting daily, if not hourly, calls from the politically wounded Israeli Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, urging you, explicitly, to "get the party started" by issuing an "Executive Order" for a"kinetic Motion" attack against Iran, bypassing Congress completely.

But the major bone of contention, and your cabinet understands this, is that you will not have the support of ordinary US citizens, should you order a strike before the 2020 elections.

And Mr. President, considering what a mess into which the US government and military were led, by both American and foreign oligarchs the last several times the US government invaded and occupied a number of countries, including Iraq; Afghanistan; Libya; and DRC, you need to look at a couple potential aspects of changing the way the US does business with the Middle East.

What China does, to get what it wants, is its own version of "Let's make a deal"; certain things are promised and delivered; certain things come from the other side, which creates a "win-win" progression of that project, so all people involved, feel lifted up, and that cooperation moves to even greater depths with future projects.

I think you have to call China's "Silk and Belt Road" a major expression of this philosophy, which is going to propel China to absolute leadership and respect, if handled carefully.

Unfortunately, the US government's approach to creating "win/win" since the end of World War II, has generally been "My Way...or the Highway"

And that surprised, collective gasp in Foggy Bottom you hear, when people don't want to be killed or maimed for life by US bullets, to "neutralize" the native population; when the US installs a western-centric puppet government, to insure that their resources are only sold in US dollars, is "Why don't they love our invading their countries; murdering their kids and families, and expropriating their resources"?!?

Mr. President, I am politely requesting that you rethink your Iran strategy; I understand that you are getting what I would call "the ultimate pressure" from Netanyahu, to get this war started, but in light of the fact that the US, economically, isn't doing so well, except for the 1%, I would strongly caution you against it. I frankly think, that the situation needs more time to be resolved, and that starting to "do something" as of the end of today against Iran, could lead to unmitigated disaster for this country.

Patience, honorably conceived notions of win/win in setting up any deal, are desperately needed here; the yelling, foot-stomping, and foul-mouthed insults from both you, and the Iranian leadership, need to stop immediately.

I would also remind you that Russia has been a great partner for Syria, in terms of getting rid of US-backed, trained, and funded jihadi fighters; they are light years ahead in their weapons development.

Jul 07 07:30

IAEA Board to Meet Wednesday on Iran at Demand of US

US Envoy demands IAEA 'hold Iran responsible'

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has announced that they will hold a special meeting on Iran’s civilian nuclear program on Wednesday, centered around US allegations that Iran is in violation of the P5+1 nuclear deal.

The US accused Iran of being in violation once their uranium stockpile exceeded 300 kg. Iran has denied that this is a violation, and says the stockpile cap was voluntary since the US withdrew from the deal.

The IAEA agreed to the meeting at the demands of the US, even though the US is no longer party to the P5+1 deal. US officials have been trying to undermine the nuclear deal for months now, and this seems to be a continuation of that.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am working like crazy to get my hands around this, logically, but I am sorry: I cannot.

President Trump, a word, please: since the US withdrew from the P5+1 deal in May of this year, how in the world does the US have any right to criticize the planned enrichment coming up?!?

And BTW, sir, the level to which Iranian scientists are enriching their uranium stockpile is only to serve as a clear fuel power base; it is NOT going to be enriched at the level necessary to create an atomic weapon.

Please ask your "science people" and you will get a confirmation.

You are welcome, President Trump!! :-)

Jul 07 06:52

SAUDI-UAE COALITION SAYS IT INTERCEPTED HOUTHI DRONES

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM

A Saudi-led military coalition said it has intercepted and destroyed drones launched by Yemen's Houthi group at targets in the kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

"The drones were destroyed in air space," a coalition statement said on Saturday.

The Houthis' al-Masirah satellite news channel said the rebels targeted Saudi airports in Abha and Jizan with Qasef-2K drones.

Yahia Sarie, spokesperson for the Houthi forces, said the attacks resulted in the suspension of air traffic in both airports.

The Houthis have increasingly used drones to target southern Saudi Arabia, including two recent strikes on the Abha airport, which killed one person and wounded more than 30.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The questions I would have here, are:

1. From whom are the Houthi rebels getting these drones?!?

2. Where are the rebels getting whatever training is needed, to make sure that their targeting is as true as possible, without damaging civilian centers?!?

3. What is this going to do to oil prices in the near term, and what will that do to an already teetering US economy (except for the already monied)?

4. When will the Saudi leadership get it through their heads, that the only way to begin to get a negotiated settlement done, is by diplomacy, rather than using brute force?!?

5. When will the US citizenry begin to have an open, intelligent, and civilized national dialogue regarding the US's role in being complicit to war crimes, and genocide in Yemen?

These are very difficult questions, which urgently deserve some intelligent answers, and actions that can prevent this horrible burden on Yemeni kids and their families from continuing.

But let's consider a more global discussion of US foreign policy.

I am watching Faux & Friends, and their big, banner headline is, at 7 AM, Eastern time, is "Which television shows, should be encouraged to come back"?.

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!!

These are very dangerous times; major cities like LA, San Francisco, and Seattle have horrible homeless, and garbage problems, which need to be met with both compassion and intelligence, coupled with with exploding crime.

I don't know whether to laugh, or weep this morning.

And our current incarnation of Emperor Nero, President Trump, Our First American Merchant of Death in Chief, simply plays his violin to the only two tunes he knows; first, that American economy is doing magnificently well (and, for the monied like President Trump, that is true; but not for most of the rest of us); and secondly, that American wars are wrapping up, and doing magnificently well.

(This is not at all correct. What we do not see here, is any revocation, or stand down, of US Military troops in the Middle East.)

Pentagon Sending 1,000 more US troops to Middle East

No wonder that most Americans have not a clue as to what is happening in the world at large, as personnel freedoms get chipped away by ever-more-invasive, 24 hour surveillance, while the US is government pouring more troops into the Middle East, and there is a concerted, willful ignorance about this genocide in Yemen that the Corporate Powers that Be, refuse to ALLOW to be seen seen, unless you know where to look for it.

Hint: you will not find it most of the Corporate Presstitute sites; You can only find it at indy media sites, like WRH.

And here, with a warning for graphic content that may cause you to upchuck, if you've already eaten today, are the real images of what is played out in Yemen, day after day, after day, in terms of US/
Saudi war crimes in Yemen:

Images: Yemeni Children getting blown apart, killed, and/or maimed for life, courtesy of US-enabled Saudi bombing runs.

Images: Yemeni children starving to death, courtesy of US/Saudi port blockade

Yemeni children, sick with, and dying, from cholera

In times when Congress actually listened to the American people (like the huge march on the Capital by peaceful, anti-Vietnam war protestors, which demonstrated to then-President Johnson, that he could not pursue the war, because the American people would not go along anymore), and that those politicians who continued to support the war, wouldn't win the next election.

But now is a madly different time and place, originally ushered into being by President Bush's lusting after a war so badly in the Middle East, so as to be able to control both the oil, and insuring that the oil would only be sold in US dollars.

And in this devolution from its initial, Constitutional charge that only Congress has the capability to created a Declaration of War, Congress no longer makes these decisions about war, peace, and national US policies; they are now simply brokered with private,large, multi-national corporations always having a first right of refusal for if and when these wars will be fought, and that these decrees emanate from both DC and Israel.

I mean, those corporations, including our military/industrial complex, are owned by people who contribute, both overtly, and covertly, to Presidential campaigns, to insure that their will, and for heaven's sake, not the will of We the People, is always supported by the US government.

We have a very Kabuki-like ritual in the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika every 4 years, and that this "ritual" is giving Americans the illusion that they actually control who gets "hired" for the Presidency, rather than have them understand, in this first part of the 21st century, that they really have no choice, whatsoever, because they always get stuck with voting for that proverbial "lesser of two evils".

Folks, I am very deeply concerned that Israel is pushing US leadership to a war against Iran, which may well have Russia step in on the Iranian side.

This is not a war which thinking Americans can possibly support, and may well sound the death-knell for this country in its current configuration.

Tackling Iran would provoke a war, and create a "Coalition of the Willing, Against Us

We have seen how well Russian military hardware and leadership have nearly gotten Syria rejoined, under the leadership of President Bashar Al Assad.

Why a War Against Iran Will be the “Nail in a Coffin” for U.S. Hegemony in the Middle East
The Un-submersible US/Iran Stalemate

Why a War Against Iran is bad for President Trump and America

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Iran to Reach the Mediterranean through the Proposed Iran/Iraq/Syria railway corridor

And one of the most crazy-making facets of President Trump's policies in the Middle East, is that neither he, nor the people around him, want to understand that the more the US hits countries like Iran, China and Russia with sanctions, the more these countries are quickly growing closer to each other both military, and economically.

Was this...ultimately the outcome that President Trump wanted?!?

I am having a hard time believing this; but it is a catastrophic, pathological outcome, and state of being for this country, when its leaders listen to those attached to the US government cannot see a scenario through to its logical conclusion.

Jul 06 10:47

SENIOR IRAN COMMANDER THREATENS US WITH ‘SECRET WEAPON’

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

Commander of the Iranian Army’s Khatam Al-Anbiya Air Defence Base, Brigadier General Alireza Sabahi Fard, has warned the United States that Iran owns a “unique secret weapon” which it would use against US forces if they make any “wrong moves”.

Addressing a forum in Iranian capital Tehran yesterday, Fard claimed that Iran’s “deterrence and unique secret weapons have stopped the filthy enemy 200 miles away [from the Iranian border] in the Strait of Hormuz,” Iran’s Tasnim news agency reported.

“The enemy knows very well that it should not test Iran’s combat readiness, as its first mistake will be its last,” Fard added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Brigadier General Fard, please, a word, sir; this kind of hyper-jingoistic palaver only encourages Israel to push the US government harder toward some kind of military confrontation with your country, and soon.

Please remember; Israel's Prime Minister is both dealing with corruption charges, and with an inability to form a coalition, which has meant another snap election coming up in the next couple of months, give or take.

Netanyahu is a geopolitically wounded animal, both at home, and abroad; and any living being, is at its most dangerous, when wounded.

He may feel that he must create some kind of diversion against any country which will not bend to his will, before this snap election happens, which will be 17 September of this year. I'm looking at my calendar, sir, and I am seeing that Premier Netanyahu has precisely 73 days, to make something like this happen.

And as you are well aware, sir, the competition/threat between Israel and Iran, is primarily economic, rather than existential.

I can assure you, Brigadier General, that no thinking American wants a war with your country; and I say that, because Russia has made it crystal-clear, through the following announcement made toward the end of last month in the blog moscowtimes.com: Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

We have seen just how well Russian weaponry, and military, have performed in terms of getting rid of Syria's US trained/funded jihadis, and it appears that President Bashar Al-Assad is just on the keening edge of getting his country back.

Zamir Kabulov, went on to state: “Iran will withstand this type of fight and Iran is not alone,” Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, said at a Russian-Iranian policy forum in Moscow.

When asked if Russia was ready to provide material support to Iran if the U.S. attacks it, Kabulov said that “specific actions are a question for the Russian president.”

“But it’s not just Russia, many other countries sympathize and empathize with Iran,” the Kommersant business daily quoted him as saying. “Tehran won’t be alone if the U.S., God forbid, takes wild and irresponsible actions against it.”

So Brigadier General Fard, please: don't give Israel more "ammo" ( I am speaking metaphorically, not literally, here) with which Netanyahu will attempt to push the US government toward something that would be so ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid, that I cannot even begin to go there.

Jul 06 10:35

US calls emergency nuclear watchdog meeting over Iran, after spurning it for 3 years

The US has called an emergency meeting of the UN nuclear watchdog after Iran’s uranium stockpile exceeded the 2015 nuclear deal’s limits. That’s the same body whose reports of Iran’s compliance Washington has ignored for years.

“The international community must hold Iran’s regime accountable,” US Ambassador to International Organizations Jackie Wolcott said in a statement calling for a special meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Board of Governors to discuss what it calls the group’s “latest, concerning report” on the Iranian nuclear program.

Jul 06 10:23

Syria will support Iran against all threats, acts of aggression: President Assad

President Bashar al-Assad says Syria fully supports the Iranian nation and the Islamic establishment against all threats and acts, which contravene international law and regulations.

Speaking during a meeting with Ali Asghar Khaji, a senior assistant on special political affairs to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Damascus on Tuesday, Assad underscored his country’s backing for Iran and its leadership, stating that Syria defends Iranians’ strive for their rights and stands by them against all threats and acts that violate the basis of the international law.

Assad was then briefed on the developments concerning the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), following the US departure from the 2015 agreement, and Washington’s latest escalatory moves in the Middle East region.

Jul 06 10:22

Mysterious blasts off Syria's coast disrupt Iran oil delivery

A mysterious attack on pipelines off Syria’s coast, which a Syrian official said was conducted with the help of a foreign state, disrupted an Iranian crude oil delivery.

On June 22, explosive devices damaged underwater pipelines used to deliver crude oil from tankers to the Baniyas refinery, in the western Syrian governorate of Tartus, causing an oil spill, the official Syrian news agency Sana reported.

The sabotage was “qualitative and professional”, the deputy head of the Syrian Company for Oil Transport told a local radio station, adding that a foreign state co-ordinated with the perpetrators to send a message to Damascus.

TankerTrackers.com, a US company that closely follows Iranian oil shipments to Syria, saw the Iranian-flagged Stark I oil tanker arriving off the Baniyas coast a day after blasts disabled the pipelines.

Jul 06 10:21

Iran's Zahedan city targeted by terrorist bombing, second attack foiled

A homemade bomb has gone off in the Iranian city of Zahedan, in the southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan province, but a second explosive device apparently intended to cause massive casualties has been diffused by security forces.

The explosive device, revealed to be a homemade sound bomb, went off at around 2:30 am local time and prompted authorities to evacuate the area, according to a statement issued by Iranian police on Saturday.

Bomb disposal units present at the site identified a second bomb shortly after the initial explosion, diffusing the device after cutting a remote control link meant to activate the explosion.

The terrorist attack, yet to be claimed by any terror group, left no casualties but shattered windows of several shops in the vicinity.

Jul 06 10:20

U.S.'s Bolton welcomes Britain's seizure of tanker with Iranian oil

White House national security adviser John Bolton on Thursday welcomed Britain’s seizure of an oil tanker loaded with Iranian oil bound for Syria, saying the United States and its allies will continue to prevent Syrian and Iranian governments “from profiting off this illicit trade.”

British Royal Marines seized a giant Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar on Thursday for trying to take oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions, a dramatic step that drew Tehran’s fury and could escalate its confrontation with the West.

Jul 06 10:19

Saudi Arabia taking Iranian oil tanker 'hostage'

Iranian officials have warned Saudi Arabia against holding an oil tanker "hostage," describing it as an "illegal seizure" and a case of "ransom-seeking" aimed at gaining concessions from Iran.

On May 2, Saudi Arabia announced its coast guard had rescued a distressed Iranian oil tanker, named Happiness I, with 26 on board off the Red Sea port of Jeddah, after it faced "engine failure and the loss of control."

Two months on, despite being fixed, Saudis are refusing to let the vessel leave, and at the same time charge Iran $200,000 a day for maintaining the vessel in Jeddah.

Jul 06 10:06

AFTER 37 YEARS, IRAN URGES ICRC PROBE INTO DISAPPEARANCE OF ITS DIPLOMATS

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

Iran’s Foreign Ministry yesterday urged the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to form a fact-finding committee to probe the issue of four diplomats kidnapped in Lebanon in 1982, Iranian news agencies reported.

“As has been announced several times over the past years, evidence shows that the kidnapped diplomats in Lebanon were delivered to the Israeli Zionist forces and then they were transferred to the occupied lands and they are now held in prison by this illegitimate regime,” a statement said.

It added: “Given the fact that Lebanon was under the US-backed Israeli occupation at that time, the Islamic Republic of Iran holds the Zionist regime and its supporters legally and politically responsible for the abduction and the terrorist action.”

Friday marked the 37th anniversary of the disappearance of diplomats identified as Seyyed Mohsen Mousavi, Ahmad Motevasselian, Kazem Akhavan and Taqi Rastegar Moqaddam.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You are seeing a marvelous PR campaign, timed brilliantly to ultimately be levelled at Israel, and what will ultimately be the most apt to happen here, will be for Israel to publicly deny the presence of these people in its prisons, and to deny the team any access to either critical records, or people who would actually know what really happened here.

Jul 06 08:16

Spain Says Iranian Oil Tanker Was Seized by Britain at US Request

By Jason Ditz

(ANTIWAR.COM) — In a move that threatens to hugely escalate tensions between Iran and the US, British Royal Marines raided and seized an Iranian oil tanker at Gibraltar on Thursday. The tanker was accused by British officials of heading to Syria in violation of EU sanctions...

Jul 05 10:12

Insider-Account: How Iran Decided To Down A US Drone & Avert War By Sparing A Spy Plane

Iran averted all-out war in the Middle East at the last moment when the Central command and control operational room of its Army and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) ordered not to shoot down a US Navy anti-submarine warfare, Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance Poseidon P-8 .

Jul 04 10:07

British Marines Seize Oil Tanker Suspected of Bringing Iranian Oil to Syria

By Jason Ditz

(ANTIWAR.COM) — British Royal Marines seized an oil tanker in Gibraltar on Thursday. They suspected the tanker was headed to Syria, which would be a violation of US and EU sanctions. The Grace 1 oil tanker was believed to have started its journey in Iran...

Jul 01 11:57

NORTHROP GRUMMAN USED A FICTITIOUS WAR WITH IRAN TO SELL ITS GLOBAL HAWK DRONE TO THE PENTAGON

More than a decade before Iran shot down a US military RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drone on June 20, its manufacturer pitched the Department of Defense on expanding the fleet by presenting a hypothetical conflict with the Islamic Republic.

Jul 01 11:40

US officials join bizarre Iranian cult MEK in rallying for regime change

The exiled Iranian MEK regime change cult rallied in front of the US State Department on June 22, just a day after Trump rejected pressure to start a war on Iran. Current and former American officials joined the bizarre organization, hailing it as the legitimate resistance to Tehran. Shadowed by a team of Mojahedin-e Khalq minders, Max Blumenthal and Thomas Hedges reported from the scene.

Jul 01 11:34

Iran's FM Zarif Confirms Enriched Uranium Limit Now Breached 

It what appears to be the first known violation of the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal (JCPOA), Iran’s stockpiles of enriched low-grade uranium have surpassed the limit of 300 kg, Iran’s semi-official Fars News is reporting.

Fars noted further that the International Atomic Energy Agency had confirmed the stockpile measurement on Monday, after in May it had already quadrupled its production of the material, the key component to make nuclear reactor fuel – and potentially nuclear weapons. Following the Fars report which had been based on an unnamed "informed source," Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was the first government official to confirm the country has exceeded the ceiling of 300kg, according to Iran's ISNA.

Jul 01 09:23

Iran says it has exceeded uranium limits set in nuclear deal

Iran has exceeded the limits for its enriched uranium stockpile set in a 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers, the country’s state media reported on Monday.

?A spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization announced earlier this month that Tehran would surpass the nuclear deal’s 300-kilogram limit ?if the countries still participating in the nuclear accord did not negotiate new terms.

Jun 27 14:59

US Media Outlet Reveals Who Stopped Trump From Striking Iran After Spy Drone Downing

According to the newspaper, while advisers to Trump were calling for a military strike against Iran in response to the downing of an American drone that Tehran claimed violated its airspace, Carlson told the POTUS that the use of force would be "crazy".

The anchor of Trump's beloved TV channel reportedly convinced him that the “hawks” in the US administration did not have the president's best interests at heart, and that if Trump unleashed a war on Tehran, he could kiss his chances of 2020 re-election goodbye.

Jun 27 14:17

China imports first Iranian oil since US ended sanction waivers

Iran has delivered the first crude oil to a Chinese refinery complex since the United States removed as of May all sanction waivers for Iranian oil customers, including its biggest buyer China.

According to TankerTrackers, a medium-sized Suezmax vessel, named SALINA and owned by the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC), loaded around 1 million barrels of crude oil from Iran and departed on May 28. The tanker arrived on June 20 at Jinxi Refining and Chemical Complex in China in a first independent tanker-tracking confirmation that China is defying the U.S. sanctions on Iran’s oil exports.

Jun 27 12:12

Potential Cost Of US War With Iran: $250 Oil & Another Afghanistan

Iran’s downing of a US military surveillance drone last week predictably led to another flare-up in tense relations between Tehran and Washington. What could be the implications of a potential conflict between the two nations?

Right after the Global Hawk UAV was shot down, the New York Times reported that US President Donald Trump approved military strikes against Iran, but then changed his mind.

Let’s start by saying that the decision to launch a military operation against Iran (which is what this is really about), including the specific time and place, would have to be taken by a very small group of top US political and military officials. At such meetings, no leaks could possibly occur by definition.

Jun 27 12:04

Childish Diplomacy: Donald Trump’s New Play Against Iran

The Trump administration is supplying another version: diplomacy, not as subtle art but as childish outrage and pressings, brinkmanship teasingly encouraging of war. The result of the latest round of bile-filled spats between Iran and the United States is that diplomacy has ceased to exist, becoming a theatrical show demanding the lowest admission fees.

On Monday, Washington announced that another round (how many will they be?) of sanctions would be imposed. They are of a very specific, personal nature, though their effect is one of insult rather than tangible effect. Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, deemed by Trump “ultimately responsible for the hostile conduct of the regime”, is the crowning glory of the list, as are his appointments and those in his office. An important aspect of the sanctioning lies in the allegation that the Ayatollah has access to a vast fund that showers largesse upon the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps.

Jun 27 12:03

Falling Oil Profits Drive U.S. War Threats Against Iran?

“I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we stole. … We had entire training courses.” That’s what Trump regime Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told students at Texas A&M University on April 15.

On June 14, Pompeo told reporters that “Iran is responsible for the attacks that occurred in the Gulf of Oman today.” On June 16 he told Fox News,“There’s no doubt. The intelligence community has lots of data, lots of evidence.” He didn’t give any.

The Trump regime is desperately escalating confrontation with Iran in coordination with Israel and Saudi Arabia. Why? The answer can be found in the headlines.

Not the headlines parroting Washington’s claim that Iran attacked tankers in the Gulf of Oman. The answer is in the headlines that bankers and CEOs worry about.

Jun 27 10:10

No such thing as ‘short war’ with Iran – foreign minister

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif issued a damning post on Twitter, slamming Donald Trump’s policy and ridiculing his claim that war with the Middle Eastern nation would be a quick affair.

Zarif, who has served under President Hassan Rouhani since 2013, said that a “short war with Iran is an illusion.” In four other bullet points, he takes down Trump’s policies one-by-one. In the first, he pointed out that sanctions are not an alternative to war but, in fact, itself constitutes an act of war. In another, he states that Trump’s reference to the “obliteration” of Iran amounts to a threat of genocide, which is a war crime.

Jun 27 09:06

The Iranian People Are Not Our Enemy

Bullying and crude threats will achieve little beyond entangling the United States and the region in another senseless war while deepening the two countries’ 40-year estrangement. The United States should strive for an Iran that is stable with a strong middle class and highly educated youths connected to the moderating influence of the outside world [bold mine-DL]. The Iranian people want to restore the friendship between Iran and the United States, two countries that enjoyed 123 years of cordial ties before 1979. But the path to their hearts and minds is not through sanctions and military intervention.

It is not too late for this administration to cease demonizing and threatening Iran, and step aside from its maximalist demands. One of Iran’s most renowned poets, Rumi, offers a better way forward: “Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”

Jun 27 09:05

Top Israeli Expert: US Can’t Defeat Iran in a Conventional War; Absolutely Ridiculous!

Jun 26 09:42

Russia Has Bolstered Iran's Air Defenses With Technical Advisers

The Russian General Staff has reinforced the air defences for Russians at the Iranian nuclear reactor complex at Bushehr, on the Persian Gulf, according to sources in Moscow.

At the same time, Iran has allowed filming of the movement of several of its mobile S-300 air-defence missile batteries to the south, covering the Iranian coastline of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

More secretly, elements of Russian military intelligence, electronic warfare, and command and control advisers for Iran’s air defence systems have been mobilized to support Iran against US and allied attacks.

Jun 25 12:41

Trump: I Don’t Need Congressional Approval to Attack Iran

In an interview Monday, President Trump told Hill.TV that if he was going to start a war against Iran, he doesn’t need Congressional approval, nor does he even have to inform Congress about the attack.

“I do like keeping them abreast, but I don’t have to do it legally,” Trump insisted. Trump says Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told him he needed Congressional approval, and “I disagree.”

The US Constitution empowers only Congress to declare war, and the War Powers Act also mandates that Congress offer an authorization for the use of military force. No such authorization exists for Iran, something Congressional officials have repeatedly pointed out.

Jun 25 12:41

Iran Vows That Path To Diplomacy Closed "Forever" After Latest US Sanctions

Despite the fact that Washington had already sanctioned more than 80% of Iran's economy, so the notion that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other senior Iranian officials still have any exposure to the Western financial system is a little ridiculous, President Trump delivered on his promise to impose new sanctions on the Supreme leader and other senior Iranian officials on Monday, with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin adding that more sanctions against Foreign Minister Javad Zarif would be handed down later this week.

Jun 25 12:07

Pompeo sets out to build global coalition against Iran

Upon departure from Washington Pompeo said: 'The goal of his talks with the Saudi kingdom and the UAE is to deny Iran the resources to foment terror, to build out their nuclear weapon system, to build out their missile program'

Jun 25 12:05

Trump announces sanctions on Ayatollah Khomeini, who died in 1989

US President Donald Trump has been roundly mocked for announcing sanctions on Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini… who died 30 years ago.

Jun 25 12:03

Iranian fisherman finds part of downed US spy drone wreckage

An Iranian fisherman from the country's southern Island of Qeshm has found more parts of an American spy drone, which was shot down over the Sea of Oman after intruding into Iranian airspace.

A report by Mehr News Agency on Monday showed photos from Qeshm in the Strait of Hormuz on the neck of the Persian Gulf, showing the local fisherman, Youssef Saffari, with parts of the US spy drone's debris.

No official source has so far confirmed the report and Press TV cannot independently confirm it either.

Jun 25 12:01

Trump On Rising Iran Tensions: ‘No More John Kerry And Obama!’

President Donald Trump said that Iran’s leaders only understand “Strength and Power” and warned “No more John Kerry [and] Obama!” Tuesday on Twitter.

“Iran leadership doesn’t understand the words ‘nice’ or ‘compassion,’ they never have. Sadly, the thing they do understand is Strength and Power, and the USA is by far the most powerful Military Force in the world, with 1.5 Trillion Dollars invested over the last two years alone,” Trump wrote on Twitter Tuesday.

Jun 25 09:28

State Dept Looks to Create Anti-Iran Coalition

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he intends to build a global coalition against Iran, starting Sunday with his visit to Saudi Arabia. This appears to be the latest push since the collapse of an attempt to build an “Arab NATO,” though Pompeo intends to recruit nations from Europe and Asia as well.

While Pompeo emphasized the new coalition being anti-Iran, other State Department officials described it as primarily about maritime security. They said it would be intended to patrol and protect shipping lanes.

This reflects the conflicting interests of Pompeo and President Trump. Pompeo is very keen to get something started against Iran, and remains among the main advocates for that. Trump, on the other hand, says he wants other nations to protect their own ships instead of expecting the US to do it, this isn’t necessarily an Iran-centric issue.

Jun 25 09:26

No War With Iran, for Now – but Mike Pompeo and John Bolton Still Really, Really Want One

After a week of high drama in which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo indicated the Trump administration was preparing for war with Iran, President Trump sought to end the war crisis, at least for now, by declining to retaliate against Iran over what he called “very minor” attacks.

Trump canceled a retaliatory strike on Iran in the early hours on Friday, at least in part because he was not certain that the drone or a Navy spy plane following it had not strayed into Iran’s airspace in Strait of Hormuz, according to the New York Times.

But the evident determination of Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton to get Trump to carry out a military strike against Iran – combined with Trump’s “maximum pressure” strategy, which has already prompted Iranian pushback – mean that such crises are bound to continue until either war comes or U.S. policy fundamentally changes.

Jun 25 09:24

Israel will do 'everything' to stop Iran going nuclear: Netanyahu

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday his country will do "everything" to prevent arch-rival Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, during a visit by a senior Russian security official.

"Israel will not allow Iran, which calls for our destruction, to entrench on our border; we will do everything to prevent it from attaining nuclear weapons," Netanyahu said.

He was speaking alongside Nikolai Patrushev, the head of Moscow's powerful security council, whose visit followed weeks of simmering tensions between Tehran and Washington in the Gulf.

Jun 25 09:21

Trump Slams Iran's "Ignorant, Insulting" Statement, Warns Any Further Attacks Will Mean "Obliteration"

After Iran unceremoniously slammed the door on diplomacy, President Trump has decided to tweet his perspective on what happens next.

Trump began by going after the statement from Iranian leadership, blasting that they don't "understand the words “nice” or “compassion,” they never have," adding some threats: "Sadly, the thing they do understand is Strength and Power, and the USA is by far the most powerful Military Force in the world, with 1.5 Trillion Dollars invested over the last two years alone..."

Jun 25 09:06

Weekly Update --- Boxed in by Neocons and the Media, Will Trump Launch Iran War?

Jun 25 07:28

Poll Shows Strong Majority of Americans Oppose Attacking Iran

By Jason Ditz

(ANTIWAR.COM) — While officials have denied that there was any political component to the US not attacking Iran on Thursday, a newly released poll from Hill-HarrisX, taken over the weekend, shows that a strong majority of American voters oppose such an attack...

Jun 24 15:20

Iraq Seeks Air Defense Cooperation With Iran After Downing of US Drone

Iraq’s government have asked for enhanced cooperation with neighboring Iran regarding air defense after the Persian nation showed its “defensive capabilities” when downing a United States (U.S.) military drone, Iran’s state news agency reported Sunday.

Jun 24 14:59

Oman denies conveying U.S. message to Iran over downed drone

Oman on Monday denied reports that it had conveyed a message from the United States to the Iranian government over the downing last week of an American unmanned drone.

“The Sultanate is watching current regional developments with concern and hopes that the Iranian and American sides show restraint and address unresolved issues through dialogue,” the foreign ministry also said in a post on Twitter.

Two Iranian sources told Reuters on Friday that U.S. President Donald Trump had warned Tehran via Oman of an imminent U.S. attack, which he later called off, after Iran downed the drone. Trump has denied sending such a message.

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