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Reading Jake Sullivan’s latest @TheAtlantic piece, I wonder why such individuals & outlets are so alarmed about regime change in #Iran.
Do they benefit in Tehran's mullahs remaining in power?
They may claim not, yet actions speak louder than words.
Sullivan’s entire argument is based on the fact that sanctions, and more generally a firm policy against #Iran, will bear no fruit. Taking a look at the past 15 months, in contrast to the #Obama years, much of Iran’s malign behavior has taken a nosedive.
Sullivan praises himself (& thus the #Obama team) of negotiating the #IranDeal. What he & others like him refuse to explain is the fact that the people of #Iran, #Syria & other countries across the region are paying the price of their “achievement” with their very lives…
Knowing they are empty-handed in their arguments & seeing how a firm policy vis-à-vis Iran, Syria, North Korea & etc. is bearing results, Sullivan claims the only other alternative to the #IranDeal (& appeasing #Iran) is war.
For the past 15 months, he has been proven wrong.
Crippling sanctions against #Iran’s regime have just begun. And considering the ongoing #IranProtests, seen in the Dec/Jan uprising, currently in #Kazerun, Shahroud & ..., these measures will have damning impacts on a very weak regime.
Sullivan claiming the #IranDeal was working is utterly wrong. Scholars & experts far more worthy than I have through the past three years written about #Iran’s nuclear deal violations.
Here’s just one case:
Sullivan claims: “If you care about Iran’s behavior in the Middle East, killing the deal is a distraction at best.”
He & others like him refuse to mention #Iran was actually taking advantage of the #IranDeal to continue wreaking havoc in the Middle East.
Sullivan claims U.S. policy “lacks a defined objective or clear endgame”

The #IranDeal was so flawed from day one, let alone its “endgame,” especially considering the “sunset clauses.”
And BTW, whatever happened to @JohnKerry’s promises of “anytime, anywhere” inspections?
A firm policy on #Iran is already placing this regime on the defense in #Syria & #Iraq. And rest assured @SecPompeo's Monday speech regarding an anti-Iranian regime alliance will certainly place Tehran’s regime on the ropes.
Sullivan argues #Iran had a malign behavior before the #IranDeal.
True. And you blew an opportunity to curb its behavior with your talks, led by @JohnKerry & Co., with @JZarif.

Many Americans were furious, saying the Iranian team made a fool out of the American negotiators.
On the global impact of sanctioning #Iran’s regime, take a look at the number of European firms calling it quits with Tehran.
Even China is saying they don’t want a trade war with the US & now Russia is demanding Iran’s & Hezbollah forces out of #Syria.
And when the likes of @barbaraslavin1, a known #Iran apologist, praise your work, that’s case closed if you ask me.

Here’s Slavin’s very professional response to Iranian opposition supporters rallying in Washington.
And one last word for Jake Sullivan.
Your piece reminds me of claims made by #Iran’s lobbyists, especially the likes of @TParsi & @NIACouncil.
Any affiliation?
BTW, even Parsi is understanding the times are changing & calling it quits.

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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.
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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
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Store-owners in 50 cities launched this protest movement on Monday in solidarity with the truckers' nationwide strike.
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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
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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.
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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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