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@NYTimesCohen first sentence on the #IranNuclearDeal as a “deal that has worked” is entirely false.
Look at the destruction in Syria & Yemen brought about by #Iran’s proxies; the meddling in Lebanon by Hezbollah & in Iraq by Tehran’s Shiite militias.
@NYTimesCohen claims Trump’s #IranDealWithdrawal decision will raise “risk of igniting the Middle East.”

Reminder: #Iran has already ignited the Middle East
Over 500,000 dead in Syria
Yemen in ruins due to Houthis’ adventurism
Iraq in mayhem due to Tehran’s Shiite militias
@NYTimesCohen talks of the JCPOA weakening #Iran’s “hardliners.”

Reminder: #IranDeal actually green-lighted Tehran to press the gas pedal on domestic crackdown, foreign meddling, supporting terrorism & advancing ballistic missiles (& very possibly its nuclear weapons drive).
@NYTimesCohen claims the #IranDeal placed a “ring around Iran’s nuclear program…”
Tehran openly violated the JCPOA on different counts. I provide evidence on tweets 4-6 in this thread:
@NYTimesCohen claims the #IranDeal “was not about delivering ‘peace’”

The JCPOA’s own preface reads:
“…full implementation of this JCPOA will positively contribute to regional and international peace and security.”
@NYTimesCohen accuses Trump of single handedly fast-forwarding a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

Q: Hasn’t #Iran’s regime constantly claimed of never seeking a nuclear weapon before or after the JCPOA? So, is Cohen aware of something we are not?
@NYTimesCohen questions Trump’s alternatives, lashing at @AmbJohnBolton and raising the issue of “regime change.”
Rest assured this is Cohen’s main concern or else he would never have even mentioned such a sensitive subject.
@NYTimesCohen talks of the Iranian people being a “proud nation used to working around the cost of confrontation with the U.S.”
- Stop trying to portray an image of the Iranian people rallying around the flag.
- Over 50 million Iranians are living in poverty, according to regime outlets.
- Iranian officials themselves have admitted only 4% of the populace actually support this regime.
@NYTimesCohen sinks to a new low of thumping his chest for a regime he agrees has a “hideous human rights record” & then brags by saying “the 39-year-old Islamic Republic is resilient.”
Even #Iran's own officials are too worried now to use such repulsive terms.
@NYTimesCohen asks:
“Do you change Iran by isolating it or by engaging it step by step?”

Well, the likes of you in the pro-#Iran appeasement camp have tried to engage Tehran “step by step” for 40 years, failing miserably.

Step aside & leave the job to the capable.
@NYTimesCohen again claims the JCPOA “kept Iran much further from the bomb...”

Again, with or without the #IranDeal, hadn’t Tehran vowed it has never, nor will, pursue a nuclear bomb? So why is Cohen claiming without the JCPOA #Iran will race towards the bomb?

As a final thought, in this piece @NYTimesCohen has resorted to very low-class language against U.S. President Donald Trump.

That’s nothing but yellow “journalism.”

(Well, if one could even use the term “journalism” here.)
Apologies for the typo ('s) on the first tweet in this thread.

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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.
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Qazvin, NW #Iran
Store-owners in this city are on strike again for this second consecutive day.
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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."
Read 13 tweets
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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