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When @JZarif says, "#Iran never raced towards a bomb, nor will it race towards a bomb," rest assured it is the exact opposite.
We will realize how Tehran sought nuclear arms for decades. For a country sitting on an ocean of oil & gas, a "peaceful" nuclear program is meaningless.
A very telling cartoon about #NorthKorea & #Iran, as Pyongyang signals indications to set aside its nuclear weapons/ballistic missile program. This is leaving Tehran as now sole target of the international community's soon-to-come pressures.
For those who describe #Iran's FM @JZarif as a "moderate" or "reformist"

"We will exit the NPT. / We will launch advanced enrichment," he says in response to Trump's May 12th #IranDeal deadline.
Only 18 days left to Trump’s #IranDeal deadline & #Iran’s @JZarif is begging:
“We have time & again secretly asked for talks (with Saudi Arabia)… We believe we need a new start… We can talk about many things!”
Iran is sensing the heat of int’l isolation
"American withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal must be the first step in a complete review of the nuclear & ballistic missile threats from both #Iran & #NorthKorea."
Excellent read by @ClareMLopez.
The same #Iran officials who warned Trump to not attack Syria (and then did nothing afterwards) are now threatening "severe consequence" if he scraps the #IranDeal.
Interesting how @AlJazeera acknowledges Tehran's "drive for a nuclear weapon."
In response to #Iran's threats of relaunching nuclear program if Trump axes the #IranDeal:
"And you can mark it down - they restart their nuclear program, they will have bigger problems than they've ever had before," said U.S. President Donald Trump.
The same @JZarif that threatens #Iran will relaunch its nuclear program if Trump axes the #IranDeal is seen here going through the back (garbage) door to attend a @CFR_org session.
@ThomasWictor @HNIJohnMiller @aalrashed @FranTownsend @DebbieAAldrich @RealMichaelGuy @RJBrodsky
Have Trump & Macron laid the groundwork for a new #IranDeal?
"I think we will have a great shot at doing a much bigger, maybe, deal," said Trump, stressing that any new deal would have to be built on "solid foundations."
"This is a deal with decayed foundations. It's a bad deal, it's a bad structure. It's falling down," the US leader said. "We're going to see what happens on the 12th."
#Iran #IranDeal
Macron: "new deal would have to include three additional elements: Tehran's ballistic missile program, its influence across the Middle East & what happens after 2025 -when under the current accord #Iran would be able to progressively restart part of its nuclear program."
"They're not going to be restarting anything. If they restart it, they're going to have big problems, bigger than they ever had before. And you can mark it down," the US president said about #Iran & the #IranDeal.
Here is the reason why @JZarif was led through the back (garbage) door into a @CFR_org conference on #Iran.
#IranProtests witnessed in New York.
.@vali_nasr is another Iranian regime apologist claiming the existence of "moderates and pragmatists" in #Iran.
He boasts #Obama's highly flawed nuclear deal with Tehran & openly defends Tehran by criticizing regime change advocates such as @AmbJohnBolton.
"Macron's effort to keep Trump in the JCPOA"

This interesting cartoon by @MarianKamensky1 says it all about how #Iran's regime is desperate for the #IranDeal to remain intact.
- French President Emmanuel Macron said he believes President Trump will drop out of the #Iran nuclear deal
- He also predicted that the U.S. will implement “tough sanctions” following its departure from the #IranDeal.
"A third option — withdrawal from the nuclear deal — would give the United States the greatest opportunity to impose costs on Iran and exploit its economic and political difficulties."
Important read by @realZalmayMK on #Iran & #IranDeal.
#Iran's first reaction to Sec. Pompeo's confirmation
Fars news agency (affiliated to the IRGC):
"Pompeo is one of main hardliners in the U.S. against Iran. Time & again he has called on Washington to axe the JCPOA."
#Iran's first reaction to Sec. Pompeo's confirmation
Fars news agency (affiliated to the IRGC):
"He had also said Iran's nuclear dossier should be resolved through regime change or military action.
"He is appointed to this post a few weeks prior to Trump's JCPOA deadline."
North Korea normalizing relations with South Korea adds insult to injury for #Iran's growing international isolation.
Today's developments were made possible in part after now U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's recent talks with the leader of North Korea.
This can pave the path to increasing isolation for #Iran & enormous consequences afterwards.
In a @Forbes piece some time ago I explained how #Iran should be of more concern.
And in this @AlArabiya_Eng take I explained how #Iran was actually taking advantage of the North Korea nuclear crisis.
Historic images on one side of the globe are leaving #Iran's regime, halfway around the world, utterly terrified about its own future...
Leaders of North and South Korea announce the signing of a joint statement rendering permanent peace in a Korean peninsula free of any nuclear weapons.

Meaning for #Iran's regime:
Obama is gone.
Appeasement is over.
Give in to the new world order or face the consequences. Alone.
#NorthKorea: Our objective is full nuclear disarmament
As the Korean Peninsula takes a historic step towards denuclrearization, #Iran's regime is the party suffering the most.
As signs of Trump withdrawing from the #IranDeal increase, Boeing decides to sell #Iran-ordered 777s to the UAE.
This is the language #Iran's regime understands:

"Some oil traders are already steering clear of doing business with Iran as U.S. President Donald Trump signals he’ll ditch the nuclear deal with OPEC’s third-largest producer."
This is what I call a very interesting turn of events (and very alarming a wake-up call for #Iran's regime)

#NorthKorea's Kim Jong Un: Nuclear weapons aren't worth the trouble; economic development is more important


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is accusing #Iran of running a secret nuclear weapons program as we speak.

I reported on this very important subject long ago:
Macron & Merkel weren't successful in convincing Trump to change his position on #Iran & the #IranianDeal.
My latest @AlArabiya_Eng piece explains the road ahead.
Germany FM Heiko Maas calls on UN nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, to review accusations raised against Iran "as soon as possible," Bild reports.

#Iran is losing all its European partners just days prior to Trump's #IranDeal deadline.
#Iran'ian government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht:
"Trump will most likely withdraw from the #IranDeal. We must be ready for the post-JCPOA era."
With only 10 days left to Trump's #IranDeal deadline, Sen. Robert Corker reminds #Iran of its grave concerns.
After enjoying 8 years of full-throttle appeasement by Obama, #Iran is now accusing France & Germany of appeasing Trump on the #IranDeal.

"...Baeidinejad accused those countries of simply appeasing Trump and 'giving him more concessions.'"


For those who may not already know, Saeed Kamali Dehghani (@SaeedKD) is yet another #Iran regime apologist still in agony of the "golden" Obama years coming to an end.
He continues to claim Iran has "reformists"...

To Saeed & Company: #GameOver.
Reuters is citing two U.S. administration sources saying Trump has all but decided to exit the #IranDeal
Israel is inviting intelligence agencies from across the globe to evaluate its recently unveiled batch of #Iran's nuclear files.

Representatives of the UK, Germany, France, Italy, China & Russia are in Tel Aviv


With a mere 9 days left to U.S. President Donald Trump's #IranDeal deadline, some words of thought for #Iran's Khamenei:

"The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it."
George Orwell

Gorbachev: The world is preparing for war & it's certainly against Iran.

This is most likely #Iran's #FakeNews campaign at work aimed at terrifying the population of the U.S. pulling out of the highly flawed & controversial #IranNuclearDeal.
"Russia's state-controlled nuclear agency Rosatom announced that it has begun phase-two construction on #Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant in Southern Iran"

"concessions agreed to by the former Obama administration"

Must read by @Kredo0
A message to @JohnKerry on the #IranNuclearDeal:
Your deal has only brought more executions & crackdown inside #Iran, more deaths in Syria & more destruction in Yemen. These are all areas where Tehran became MORE aggressive following your "achievement"...
Good things happen under a correct policy.
People from the two Koreas meet at the village where their two leaders launched a peace initiative after Pyongyang agreed to end its nuclear/ballistic missile drive.

Message to #Iran's regime: You're all alone now.
Two videos making #Iran's regime very concerned about the fate of the #IranDeal
U.S. President Donald Trump's attorney Mayor Rudy Giuliani at a recent rally calling for regime change in Iran
(Farsi subtitles included)
#Iran's own media posting segments of U.S. President Donald Trump's recent speech on the #IranDeal & other issues.
(Farsi subtitles included)
For those interested in discussing #Iran & the #IranDeal, you might find this ongoing thread interesting:

Khamenei mouthpiece Kayhan:
"The US dollar wouldn't reach 72,000 rials if we had torched the #IranNuclearDeal."
This could be interesting.
With only hours left to Trump's announcement on the #IranNukeDeal, Iranian regime media report:
"Today, the JCPOA will be done... European diplomats say they were not able to convince Trump"
An excellent must by @KJTorrance on @JohnKerry hallmark "nuclear deal with sunset clauses that ensure it will never be a lasting legacy."
One day we'll learn more about his deep relations with #Iran's regime, while the mullahs were slaughtering millions...
Reuters is citing senior European officials saying Trump will exit the #IranDeal, yet there is no word of the possible #Iran sanctions' severity.
Reports also indicate Trump called French President Emmanuel Macron today to say the JCPOA is over.
Following #Trump's withdrawal of the #IranDeal, Israel is reporting “irregular activity of Iranian forces in Syria” and has deployed air defenses in the northern part of the country according to the Israel Defense Forces.
(File Photo)
#Iran's Rouhani says the regime will remain in the #IranDeal.
"From this moment forward the JCPOA is between Iran & five countries."
US will cut off IRGC’s access to capital to fund #Iran'ian malign activity, status as world’s largest state sponsor of terror, use of ballistic missiles against our allies, support for Assad regime in Syria, rights violations & abuses of in'tl financial system.
Wishful thinking:

#Iran'ian regime President Hassan Rouhani:
"...the agreement could still survive if other negotiating partners defied Trump."
Statement of the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo:
"...our effort is broader than just the nuclear threat..."
Boeing statement following Trump's exit of #IranDeal:

We will consult with the U.S. administration on the next steps regarding plane sales to #Iran.
Following Trump's nixing of the JCPOA, National Security Advisor John Bolton says this U.S. decision sends a signal to North Korea that Washington will not accept inadequate deals.
Zibakalam, who is close to #Iran's so-called reformists, said he doesn't think it would take long for Europeans and other nations to follow in the US' footsteps.
#Iran's Rouhani said this regime will stick to the JCPOA after Trump's order for the US to exit the deal.

Reminder: Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei once said if "they" exit the deal, we'll burn it.
“By withdrawing from the JCPOA, Trump hastens the possibility of three disparate but similarly cataclysmic events: an Iranian war, an Iranian bomb, or the implosion of the Iranian regime,” says @ksadjadpour.

If you ask me, the third option is the most likely for #Iran.
US National Security Advisor John Bolton:
No new contracts with #Iran permitted.
European companies have 90 to 180 days to cancel their current contracts with #Iran.
In an attempt to save face after Trump's exiting of the #IranNuclearDeal, members of #Iran's so-called parliament set fire to JCPOA & American flag, begin chanting "Death to Amerca"
At times like this, witnessing such ridiculous measures, I am assured even more that the end of this regime is very near.
These very "MPs" participating in this fiasco will be the first fleeing the country when the going gets tough.
This is #Iran's so-called parliament...
"MPs" setting fire to an American flag & documents they say are the #IranNuclearDeal...
Ridiculous scenes of #Iran's IRGC paramilitary Basij members setting US flag on fire, chanting "Death to America" and...

For those unfamiliar with the Iranian regime's mentality, this is nothing but a desperate measure to save face after Trump exited the #IranNuclearDeal.
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin cancels authorizations for Airbus & Boeing to sell passenger planes to #Iran.
Trump had promised sanctions will return after withdrawing from the #IranNuclearDeal.
Know your #Iran apologists:
CNN's Christian Amanpour is signalling the Iranian regime's main fear following Trump's withdrawal from the highly flawed #IranNuclearDeal:

Regime change in Iran

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Pyongyang Wednesday morning (local time). It is expected for the three American citizens imprisoned in North Korea to be released.

(Thought #Iran's regime might be interested in this news report)
.@LBJunior in an interview with Sky News:
US has information on all companies and banks doing business with #Iran.

(My thoughts: Rest assured everyone got the message from Trump. Tehran will be left completely isolated.)
#Iran IRGC chief Mohammad Ali Jafari:

"The #IranNuclearDeal's future is clear. Europe can't decide independently from the US on this subject."


Are we to believe this or Rouhani's remarks saying Iran will remain devoted to the JCPOA?
While Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says with the Europeans they will remain devoted to the #IranNuclearDeal, statistics tell a different story:

Europe trade with the US: $632 billion (1st)
Europe trade with #Iran: $21 billion (33rd)
First reaction from #Iran's Khamenei after Trump withdrew from the #IranDeal:

"Mr. Trump, you can't do a damn thing!... Continuing the JCPOA is illogical without necessary guarantees from the European Troika."

(He's saving face & begging the Europeans)
The day after Trump announced the US withdrawal from the #IranNuclearDeal, reports from Tehran, capital of #Iran, show increasing helicopter activity.
Sources say security forces are stationed across the city.
May 8 - Tehran, #Iran
Before midnight
Activists reporting the regime placed security forces on high alert after Trump announced his decision to exit the #IranNuclearDeal.
In response to Trump's withdrawal from the #IranDeal, @khamenei_ir claimed to represent the Iranian people in saying: "Mr. Trump! You can't do a damn thing."

A long list of Iranian users are replying by saying:
"(Profanity), don't talk on my behalf."

.@foxandfriends cited my tweet while reporting reaction from #Iran's regime to Trump withdrawing from the highly flawed #IranDeal.
Even #NorthKorea has learned its lesson.
And to #Iran's regime and its supreme leader, you can continue with your "Death to America" chants and see where that gets you.
Here's another thing for #Iran's supreme leader to think about (while chanting "Death to America")
"Trump’s courageous decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal will clarify the stakes for Tehran."
Excellent read by @BretStephensNYT on #Iran & the #IranDealWithdrawl.
"It is said we intend to continue the #IranNuclearDeal with the three European countries. I don't trust these three countries," says #Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei.
#NorthKorea leader Kim Jong Un says three U.S. citizens were released based on Washington's request & described his upcoming meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump as a historic opportunity to establish a good future for his country.

(#Iran's regime should take a lesson)
Latest image of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meeting with #NorthKorea leader Kim Jong Un, paving the path for the latter's upcoming meeting with US President Donald Trump.

#Iran's regime watching in agony...
A simple cartoon illustrates how Trump withdrawing from the #IranDeal has #Iran's regime utterly terrified of its influence (aka meddling) in Yemen, Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria.
US State Dept.:
- #Iran sanctions to return in 2 phases of 3 & 6 months
- Crude oil, all-oil based products, petrochemicals & secondary sanctions to be reimposed
- Sanctions against Iran's Central Bank, shipping lines, ship manufacturing, ports & ... to return
US State Dept.:
- All exchanges with #Iran's currency, the rial, providing valuable metals & gold to be sanctioned
- US Treasury Dept. to cancel aviation contract authorizations with Iran
- Individuals delisted after JCPOA will be blacklisted again (around 600)
US State Dept.:
- Considering the IRGC's influence in #Iran's economy & this regime's behavior in the region & other belligerencies, foreign firms should not have any activities in Iran.
Russian FM Sergey Lavrov in a press conference with his German counterpart:

"It is not in our ability to take any action in the face of US sanctions against #Iran."

#Iran's own outlets reporting US Treasury Dept. imposing new sanctions, blacklisting six individuals linked to the IRGC Quds Force and three Iranian companies.
OPEC says Saudi Arabia will not be alone in offsetting any oil shortage after the #IranDealWithdrawl by the US and sanctions on #Iran's oil sector.
While #Iran's oil minister claims US #IranDealWithdrawal will have no effect on the regime's oil exports, Iran's own media is citing Reuters saying oil sanctions on Tehran will be harsher than the previous round of such measures.
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg says the company will not suffer from the cancellation of plane sales to #Iran, adding Boeing had yet to even start the manufacturing of planes ordered by Tehran.
For those who think Europe will stand alongside #Iran's regime after the #IranDealWithdrawl, hear it from their own words

Ahmad Khatami, close to Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei:
"Europe is very similar to the U.S. in breaking promises... They're talking about our missiles."
US Amb. to Germany @RichardGrenell:
"Trump has said US sanctions will include important sections of #Iran's economy. German firms should lower their activities in Iran as soon as possible."
Italy's Eni oil/gas company says it has no plans for new investments in #Iran and from 2019 onward the firm will begin purchasing oil from other countries.
Marivan, western #Iran
After today's weekly Friday prayers, loudspeaker shouts "Death to America" & "Death to Israel"

No one is responding or paying any attention
Considering US sanctions, Berlin cannot support German companies doing business with #Iran, according to Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister of Germany for Economic Affairs and Energy.
Norbert Röttgen, Chair of Germany's Bundestag Foreign Policy Commission says preserving the #IranNuclearDeal is impossible without the U.S., according to Focus daily.
Former Iranian diplomat Hamid Reza Asefi:
"Trump's [#IranDealWithdrawl] was so strange that it blew our minds. He chose the very harsh exit... No one had predicted he would withdraw from the deal like this."
For those thinking the EU will come to #Iran's rescue in the face of US sanctions, this 2007 chart provides a logical answer.

EU trade with the US: $1.045 trillion
EU trade with Iran: $15 billion

.@USAdarFarsi, the US State Dept.'s Farsi account, unveils how a number of Twitter accounts are falsely claiming #Iran's people will be deprived of medicine as a result of the #IranDealWithdrawl.
Food & medicine are not included in US sanctions.
Interesting how Tero Varjoranta, deputy IAEA director general & head of the department verifying countries’ compliance with the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, suddenly quits after #IranDealWithdrawl.
Did he have any special relations with #Iran?
Jefferies Group Investment banking company:

#Iran's oil exports will decrease 500,000 bpd in October & 1 mn bpd afterwards.

US' #IranDealWithdrawal will lead to Russia & China also complying with the sanctions & #Iran will lose this already dismal trade with the outside world, said Fereydoon Majlesi, former diplomat and international affairs analyst.
#NorthKorea inviting security experts & international outlets to take part in a 3-day event witnessing the destruction of its nuclear test site.

My thoughts: This sends a very telling message to #Iran.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's latest remarks on #Iran after the #IranDealWithdrawl.
.@khamenei_ir is now claiming he was against the #IranDeal from day one.

Video has his remarks (in Farsi) on 24 June 2015 (11 days after JCPOA signing) saying nuclear talks w/ US began under Ahmadinejad (& enjoyed his blessing).

(He has the last word on all issues in #Iran)
"The EU’s entire trade with Iran amounts to $25 billion. With the U.S.: $755 billion. It’s why the idea that Europe will break with Washington in protest of Trump’s Iran decision is absurd."

Good read by @BretStephensNYT on #Iran & #IranDealWithdrawl.
Belgium's Import/Export Org.:
Trump's #IranDealWithdrawl decision will force Belgian companies to suspend business ties with #Iran.
"The plan (authored by @SecStudiesGrp) seeks to reshape longstanding American foreign policy toward Iran by emphasizing an explicit policy of regime change..."
A great read by @Kredo0, worth reviewing again, about #Iran & #IranNukeDeal.
I'm usually a very serious person, but this video of an idiot in #Iran is just too much... 🤣
He intends to torch the #IranDeal ... its just that he sets fire to the FATF, another damning agreement for Tehran.
Someone tell this guy its called the "JCPOA."
Here's something for #Iran's regime to think about

Russian Deputy FM Sergei Ryabkov on #IranDeal:
"Maintaining the JCPOA is impossible without Tehran providing incentives."
Reports indicate #NorthKorea has launched the process of annihilating its nuclear facilities, according to satellite imagery.
#TuesdayThoughts for #Iran's regime
US sanctions targeting what they should in #Iran

US designates Iran's central bank chief Valiollah Seif as a terrorist, accusing him of funneling millions to the Lebanese Hezbollah.

#TuesdayThoughts for Tehran's mullahs
List of individuals & an entity added to US sanctions list today:

#Iran Central Bank chief Valiollah Seif
Ali Tarzali, Central Bank asst. director of the int'l dept.
Aras Habib Kareem, Sec. Gen of Iraq National Congress
Mohamed Qoseir, a Lebanese national
#Iraq's Bank Albilad
Trump's #IranDealWithdrawal sinking deep for #Iran:

"Danish oil product tanker operator Torm on Tuesday said it has stopped taking new orders in Iran as a consequence of U.S. plans to reimpose sanctions on Tehran."

#TuesdayThoughts for #Iran's regime
"United States will re-establish sanctions against #Iran progressively, kicking off with the automobile and civil aviation sectors, a source close to the French government said on Tuesday..."
In their meeting with @JZarifeh, China's government & oil refineries expressed hope to continue importing crude oil from #Iran.
However, they all refused to provide any guarantees.
French oil & energy company Total says it is pulling out of #Iran's South Pars 11 energy project, in light of U.S. President Donald Trump's #IranDealWithdrawal.
Who is Aras Habib?
The middleman who #Iran’s Central Bank chief Valiollah Seif, on behalf of the IRGC Quds Force, was in contact with to transfer money stolen from Iranian credit firms to the Lebanese Hezbollah. @Khamenei_ir & @HassanRouhani were informed.
Aras Habib has now been blacklisted by the U.S. Treasury Department.
Habib went to #Iran with his family in 1981 & began working with the Intelligence Ministry. Prior to 2003, he commuted back & forth between Iran & #Iraq Kurdistan. He began working with Ahmad Chalabi in the National Congress.
Sources say Habib was involved in planning & assassinating a large number of #Iraq’s university professors, scientists, former military commanders, pilots & security ranks & files.
#Iran-backed death squads were accused of carrying out these murders.
Habib also transferred intelligence archives and Iraqi Defense Ministry documents to #Iran, sources say.
Habib fled to Tehran after the U.S. accused Ahmad Chalabi in 2004 of providing US intelligence to Iran, as he personally provided US intelligence to the IRGC, sources add.
Habib returned to #Iraq in 2011 & #Iran’s Intel Ministry asked then PM Nouri Maliki to appoint Habib as Iraq’s intel chief. Maliki was unable to come through due to US opposition in this regard.
Habib has very close relations with Maliki & both are pro-#Iran figures in #Iraq. Habib is still considered an Iranian intel figure & very close to IRGC Quds Force chief Qassem Suleimani.
As we hear about more & more European firms pulling out of #Iran following Trump's #IranDealWithdrawal, I am reminded of a piece I wrote around six months ago forecasting this very development.
Let me know what you think.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the bloc cannot provide #Iran guarantees on #IranDeal's future.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says #JCPOA is not a complete agreement & talks must begin on Iran's ballistic missile program.

Attention @HassanRouhani & @JZarif
#Iraq's Central Bank has immediately blocked all accounts related to Albilad Bank, ran by Aras Habib (TR), now known to have been in cooperation with #Iran's Central Bank chief Valiollah Seif (CR) & IRGC Quds Force chief Qassem Suleimani (BR).
(Document attached)
US sanctions on two individuals & five entities linked to #Iran-offspring Lebanon's Hezbollah, the Treasury Department said on its website.
The individuals are Mohammad Bazzi and Abdallah Safi-al-din (pictured)
Something for #Iran's regime to think about:

French President Emmanuel Macron ruled out any trade war with U.S. over its #IranDealWithdrawal as a wave of European companies quit business with Tehran, fearing the global reach of Washington's sanctions.
Mehdi Miremadi, head of #Iran & France Chamber of Commerce:
"If Total, Peugeot & Airbus see their interests threatened, they will not remain in Iran."

#IranDealWithdrawal is sinking in for Tehran & those who claimed Europe will stand by this regime.
Here's a read I wrote some time ago forecasting these developments.
Yet another European firm calling it quits on the mullahs:

Poland's PGNiG halts gas project with #Iran following #IranDealWithdrawal

Very telling tweet by @AJABreaking:
"#BREAKING | Lavrov: We hope the #IranDealWithdrawal decision is not related to plans to attack Tehran."
And China abandon's #Iran's ship...
"Chinese Vice Premier Liu He on Sunday said the US & China have vowed not to engage in a trade war & have pledged to stop increasing tariffs on each other's items."
#IranDealWithdrawal sinking in deep for Tehran
#NorthKorea has emphasized on the importance of annihilating its nuclear testing site in the coming days, describing it as a major step.

Another serious reminder for #Iran after US' #IranDealWithdrawal
Iranian Foreign Minister @JZarif has told the Europeans their political support of the #IranDeal isn't enough, according to Sky News Arabic.

#IranDealWithdrawal is sinking in deep for #Iran.
Remember the #Iran MP who set the US flag on fire in the parliament?
His name is Mohsen Kouhkan, representing Lenjan in Isfahan Province.
FYI, his son lives in the US & has monopolized the export of US computer parts to Iran.
Just a thought...
.@SecPompeo demands the following from #Iran:
Full account of the PMD aspect of nulcear program to IAEA
Stop enrichment & never process plutonium
Close Arak
Access to all sites across the country
End proliferation of ballistic missiles
Release US citizens
.@SecPompeo demands the following from #Iran:
End support of Middle East terrorists
End supporting & arming Shiite militias in Iraq
End military support for Houthi militias in Yemen
Iran must withdraw all forces under Iranian command throughout all of Syria
.@SecPompeo demands the following from #Iran:
End support for Taliban in Afghanistan & cease harboring senior al-Qaida leaders
End IRGC Quds Force support for terrorists
End threatening neighbors, threats to int'l shipping lines & destructive cyber attacks
At the end of the day the Iranian people will decide the regime's timeline, said @SecPompeo.
#Iran's first reaction to @SecPompeo's speech:

"US Secretary of State's unfounded claims against #Iran"

This says it all...

#Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency (affiliated to the IRGC Quds Force):

"The U.S. Secretary of State and a #RegimeChange speech"

Take a look at the #IranRegimeChange hashtag for a view at Iranians responding to @SecPompeo's recent #Iran speech.
Following the #PompeoAtHeritage speech, the Pentagon says the U.S. will be taking all necessary measures to confront #Iran's notorious influence across the region.
CNN analyst: Today, the Pentagon has opened the door to military action against Iran.
In response to @SecPompeo's speech, #Iran's Foreign Ministry is using words such as "obscene," "intrusive" & "illegal threat"...

Tehran's reaction proves how spot on these remarks are & how damning the consequences will be for the regime.
"Crippling sanctions" against #Iran
By Lebanese cartoonist @blaibel
BP halts cooperation with #Iran's national oil company following US sanctions & #IranDealWithdrawal
"No regime that sponsors terrorist proxies in foreign states and murders its domestic critics can be trusted to keep its word."
Excellent read on @SecPompeo's #Iran speech.
"It should be clear by now that Iranian regime’s pursuit of nuclear weapons will only be definitively resolved once that regime is no longer in power."

A good read about the road ahead on #Iran after the #IranDealWithdrawal.
Despite rumours of #NorthKorea backing from plans to dismantle its nuclear weapons program, and some people even crediting #Iran's regime for such a motion, reports indicate South Korean reporters will be monitoring the process after all.
Trump had the final word & Tehran lost.
Turkey's Hulkbank (with a former senior official condemned for collaborating with #Iran) says it will be cooperating with the U.S.
#IranDealWithdrawal sinking in deep for #Iran's regime
Wendy Sherman: Preserving the #IranDeal with Europe would be difficult / I met with @JZarif.
More proof of Team #Obama going the limits, against the interests of the American & Iranian people.
One day after the ridiculous conditions raised by #Iran's @khamenei_ir for Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met the Chinese Premier and said European companies will exit Iran after U.S. sanctions are imposed.
Very interesting and telling on #Iran & #IranDealWithdrawal
By Syrian cartoonist Yaser Ahmad
More bad news for #Iran's regime as a growing number of foreign companies call it quits after Trump's #IranDealWithdrawal.
Measures against the ruling regime supports the Iranian people's call for #IranRegimeChange.
Next stop: Blacklisting #IRGCTerrorists
#Iran negotiating UNSC Resolution 598 on Iran-Iraq War
L to R:
- @Hassan_Rouhani, Iran's president
- Sirous Nosseri
- @drvelayati, @khamenei_ir's foreign affairs advisor
- @JZarif, Iran's FM
Deceiving the world for 30 years
Don't expect anything new now
EU foreign policy chief @FedericaMog continues her #Iran appeasement policy in safeguarding the #IranNuclearDeal, claiming "security interests" are at stake.
While @FedericaMog claims preserving the #IranDeal "is not about an economic interest. It is about a security interest," she also only shares "some" of Trump's concerns over #Iran's Middle East meddling & ballistic missile program.
US Treasury blacklists six individuals and three entities linked to #Iran's regime, including Tehran's notorious Evin Prison and the Ansar-e Hezbollah.
Today's US Treasury blacklisting includes:
Abdulali Ali-Asgari, an Iranian media executive who is the current director-general of #Iran's IRIB.
Hossein Allahkaram is an ultraconservative figure and former military officer. He is head of the coordination council of #Iran's Ansar-e Hezbollah, an entity dispatched to crackdown anti-regime protests.
Abolhassan Firouzabadi, Secretary of #Iran's Supreme Council of Cyberspace
Abdolsamad Khoramabadi, Chair of #Iran's Commission to Determine the Instances of Criminal Content
Abdolhamid Mohtasham, head of #Iran's Ansar-e Hezbollah
Hamid Ostad, senior member of #Iran's Ansar-e Hezbollah
#Iran's Ansar-e Hezbollah, a repressive plainclothes entity dispatched to quell anti-regime protests.
Evin Prison - A notorious jail used by #Iran's regime to mainly detain political prisoners and a site where thousands of dissidents have been executed.
Hanista Programming Group, developer of the Mobogram spyware (associated to #Iran’s IRGC) & used to arrest many human rights activists & dissidents.

@NCRIUS unveiled secrets about this group just months ago.

Mobogram's server, with this IP (, receives service from the German company @Hetzner_Online.
Now that Hanista is blacklisted, Hetzner should make the right decision & end its services to this #IRGCTerrorists-linked firm.
Two Indian banks are ceasing operations in #Iran, citing concerns of new US sanctions.
Banks from Austria, Cyprus, Italy and the Netherlands have also closed their Iran branches over the same concerns..
India's Reliance is also set to halt all oil imports from Iran.
France prepares to exit the #IranDeal & launch talks over a new deal covering all concerns, including #Iran's ballistic missile program & regional influence.

Long ago I wrote this:
If you ask me, PSA, the owner of Peugeot & Citroen, deciding to suspend business in #Iran (read exit the country altogether) is the precursor to France ditching the #IranNuclearDeal.
Will Germany & the UK follow in line?
For those discussing how worried #Iran's regime is of the #IranNuclearDeal falling apart, here is the regime's Atomic Energy Organization chief Ali Akbar Salehi saying "God forbid" three times about such a scenario.
"The Atomic Energy Org's finger is on the trigger. We'll reach 190,000 SWO capactiy in 18 to 24 months," says #Iran's Atomic Energy Org. chief Ali Akbar Salehi in response to orders from #Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, :


Reminder: @JZarif in 2015
"They say the next president will return all the sanctions with a stroke of a pen. So what? Who's going to enforce it?... The reality is there are rules. The [next president] cannot do that."
@realDonaldTrump did & everyone is enforcing.
For years there have been arguments against the #IranNuclearDeal & Obama's team going "above & beyond" to appease Tehran.
Here's even more proof.
(Imagine if Obama had sided with the Iranian people back in 2009... Unfortunately, he chose the mullahs...)
These demands raised by Europe translate into the Trump administration backtracking all their correct measures against #Iran.
To Europe:
You had your honeymoon with Obama.
Tehran used you.
Those days are over.
Either jump on board or prepare for the worst.
To those opposing Trump's sanctions against #Iran, never forget how Obama's sanctions relief allowed Tehran continue its domestic crackdown & foreign belligerence in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan and ...
Boeing saying not a single plane to be delivered to #Iran.

And this is far before the 90-day and 180-day sanctions return timetables.

The psychological impact of the #IranDeal nixing is already taking its toll.
In a response most likely intended for European states, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross emphasizes no #Iran sanctions waivers for anyone.
While U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross makes very strong comments against #Iran sanctions waivers,
(see here: cnbc.com/2018/06/07/cnb… & in the left image)
#MSM is only covering the China ZTE aspect (see in right image)
#Iran's regime further feeling the increasing heat of U.S. sanctions with each passing day and ever more isolated.
Interesting remarks heard recently from #Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei:
"On enrichment, it goes from 3% to 4%, and then to 20%; from 20% to 99% is far easier."
He is raising the stakes, knowing time is not on his side, especially with increasing #IranProtests.
Seeing these images and in another scene hearing U.S. President Donald Trump say we’re signing a “very important document, a pretty comprehensive document," I know one thing for sure:
#Iran's regime is the main loser of this historic development.
My two cents after the #TrumpKimSummit:
All signs indicate the North Korea dossier is resolved.
Now, efforts will be focused on #Iran's regime.
The mullahs must prepare themselves for sweeping & comprehensive changes, or face a painful fall through sanctions & other pressures.
A "historic" document has been signed at the #TrumpKimSummit.
The Iran nuclear deal could have also been a historic signing.
Yet firm resolve was needed & Team Obama were simply not fit for the task.
Recent revelations about Obama signing secret deals with #Iran are very telling.
Now this is what I call very, VERY interesting.
Question for #Iran's regime: Any thoughts?


More bad news for #Iran's regime:

"President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."
#Iran's first reaction to #TrumpKimSummit

Mohammad Bagher Nobakht, government spokesman:
"I don't know who the North Korean leader is negotiating with! This individual is not the American people's representative! We hope the American people will do something about him!"
After reading this NYT piece (nytimes.com/2018/06/11/opi…)
discussing the #TrumpKimSummit, a little reminder to Antony Blinken & Team #Obama is necessary.
Your highly flawed #IranDeal
promised this: 👇
The death & devastation by #Iran & its #IRGCTerrorists did everything but what your highly flawed #IranDeal promised.
So, you and ANY individual linked to Team Obama have ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHT giving ANY suggestions regarding the #TrumpKimSummit.

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Oct 9, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump has accepted the resignation of Nikki Haley as UN Ambassador.

My gut tells me an even bigger story will develop.

Rest assured #Iran's regime is terrified about who Trump/Pompeo will appoint as their new envoy.
Amb. Nikki Haley spoke six months ago with President Donald Trump about the subject of resigning.
Will be staying at this post until the end of the year.
Amb. Nikki Haley saying she will be campaigning for President Trump in 2020.
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Oct 9, 2018

Add this to the long list linking #Iran's regime with international terrorism.

This time, the al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab militant group of Somalia.

More reason why a firm policy is needed against Tehran.
"Criminal networks are using Iran as a transit point for illicit Somali charcoal exports that earn Islamist militants al Shabaab millions of dollars annually in tax, U.N. sanctions monitors said in a report seen by Reuters."
"... domestic revenue generation by al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab 'is more geographically diversified and systematic' than that of Somalia’s federal government."
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October 9
Shiraz, south-central #Iran
Stores are closed as the merchants' strike continues on this second day.

Store-owners in 50 cities launched this protest movement on Monday in solidarity with the truckers' nationwide strike.
October 9
Karaj, #Iran
(West of Tehran)
Fardis sector
Stores are closed as merchants continue their strike for a second day.
October 9
Qazvin, NW #Iran
Store-owners in this city are on strike again for this second consecutive day.
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Oct 8, 2018
Cities across #Iran are witnessing a general strike as stores are closing across the country.
This goes alongside the truckers' nationwide strike that has spread to over 310 cities now.
October 8
Tehran, #Iran
Sources say all gold market stores are closed.
October 8
Images of stores closed in the cities of Saqqez, Baneh, Marivan & Sanandaj.
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Oct 7, 2018
Reports indicate atmosphere in #Iran's parliament (the Majlis) is very tense as members review the anti-money laundering Financial Action Task Force (FATF) signing bill.
Sources say "hardliners" are voicing threats about the signing of this bill.

(File Photo)
"Regarding the FATF, should we commit suicide today by signing this bill because we're going to die in the future?" says Behrouz Nemati, a member of #Iran's Majlis (parliament).

Read more about Iran & the FATF here:
"Hardliners in Iran’s parliament have opposed passing legislation toward compliance with FATF standards, arguing it could hamper Iranian financial support for allies such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which the US has classified as a terrorist organization."
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Oct 6, 2018
Short Thread:

#Iran's #FakeNews machine at work:

"It did not say where Zahedifar was arrested. In a video carried by state broadcaster IRIB, a blindfolded man who identified himself as Zahedifar denied he had fled Iran."
Here's the video.

What a coincidence (!), all of this developing just "a week after Tehran sentenced three people to death in a drive against economic crimes."

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