Trump addresses Iran nuclear deal, funding to UNRWA in State of the Union


In first State of the Union address, Trump calls on Congress to take action on Iran nuclear deal, calls for “legislation to help ensure American foreign-assistance dollars always serve American interests”.

United States President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, speaking about his Jerusalem recognition, US aid to the UNRWA and the nuclear deal with Iran.

Towards the end of his speech, President Trump addressed the United Nations vote against the United States’ sovereignty following his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December. He stated “Last month I took an action endorsed unanimously by the Senate just months before: I recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Shortly afterwards, dozens of countries voted in the United Nations General Assembly against America’s sovereign right to make this recognition.”…. more

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United States provides evidence Iran violated missile agreement


In press conference Thursday, Nikki Haley displayed Iranian missile from attack by Houthi rebels of S. Arabia; Iran denies evidence; UN Sec. Gen. gives reports that Iran “may have” violated missile agreement; Houthi claim US attempted to distract attention on Jerusalem; Haley: We did this for a single urgent purpose: Because the Iranian regime cannot be allowed to engage in its lawless behavior any longer, Dec. 15, 2017.
The United States provided proof of Iran’s UN violations in its ballistic missile program, displaying a rocket that Iran provided to Houthi rebels that was fired on Saudi Arabia last month.

United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, addressed Iran’s violations and terrorist activity, displaying recovered pieces of an Iranian produced missile provided by Iran to the Houthi rebels during a press conference on Thursday… more

Kerry: Israel, Saudi Arabia & Egypt pushed USA to bomb Iran


Screen Shot 2017-11-29 at 11.33.29.pngKerry reports that Israel, S. Arabia and Egypt all pushed USA to bomb Iran ahead of nuclear deal; Countries called on Obama to bomb Iran as “that is the only thing they understand and that is the only way you will stop them having a nuclear weapon,” Nov. 29, 2017.

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry claimed that Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt pushed the Obama Administration to bomb Iran ahead of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Speaking at a the Ignatius Forum in Washington Tuesday, Kerry spoke at length on the nuclear deal, defending it and additionally claiming that both Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt pushed the United States to bomb Iran. Kerry, who met with Prime Minister Netanyahu, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, all leaders calling for military action on Iran’s nuclear program…. read more

Sign of the Times? Iranian Threat Moves Closer to Israel


The Islamic Republic of Iran seems to be working overtime to increase its influence in the Gaza Strip on Israel’s southern border and in Syria and Lebanon in the north.

It’s not as if much has changed; rather, the rabid hatred of the Jewish state by Islamists appears to be reshaping what has been brewing below the surface for decades.

The passage of the Iranian nuclear deal in July 2015, supported and promoted by former U.S. President Barack Obama and his administration, provided Iran with a financial windfall that has benefitted the terror group Hezbollah in Lebanon, President Bashar al-Assad’s brutal regime in Syria and Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip…. read more

Netanyahu: Britain and Israel see “eye to eye” on nuclear Iran


Leaders meet in London, agree to move forward with bilateral free trade agreements in areas of technology, economy and cyber security; Netanyahu on settlements: We clear the territory, and it becomes a stronghold of Iran or Islamic State, or both, so we cannot enter an imagined reality.

During his visit to Britain to meet with Prime Minister May on Monday, Prime Minister Netanyahu confirmed that both states see “eye to eye” on nuclear Iran.

Netanyahu met with May on Monday ahead of a diplomatic visit to Belgium before returning to Israel on Tuesday. Speaking to the press following their meeting, Netanyahu confirmed that Israel and Britain see “eye to eye on the grave danger that stems from Iran’s buildup and aggression, and its expansion into vast areas, as well as consequences for Iran should its aggression continue.”… [read more]

US announces new sanctions on Iran


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DEBKAfile February 3, 2017, 5:42 PM (IDT)

The Trump administration Friday announced new sanctions against Iran, affecting 13 individuals and 12 entities after the White House put Iran on notice over its ballistic missile test last week.

In a statement on its website, the US Treasury listed the sanctioned individuals and entities, some of which are based in the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and China.

The announcement came after Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted Tehran would never use its military might against any country, except in self-defense, in reaction to US President Donald Trump’s warning that Iran was “playing with fire,” at the end of his second week in office… [Full Article]

Trump Admin: Iran in Breach of Nuke Deal


In a vast departure from the Obama White House, the Trump administration went on record Wednesday to accuse Iran of being in violation of the landmark nuclear agreement as a result of its recent test of ballistic missile technology, according to a senior White House official, who said that Iran has officially been put “on notice.”

Retired Gen. Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, accused Iran of breaching international accords governing the nuclear agreement. He lashed out at the Islamic Republic for threatening American military assets in the Persian Gulf region.

Flynn’s remarks represent a break with the previous administration, which worked to hide Iranian transgressions and declined to publicly state that Iran’s behavior violated the nuclear deal…. [read more]

lhwm notes: Good articles to read about this Nuclear Deal.

  1. Iran and The Iran Nuclear Deal, What Is Going On?
  2. Iran Deal a Dream Come True or One Step Closer To A Disaster Waiting To Happen

Iran: The missile issue is not part of the nuclear deal


Iran refuses to confirm or deny missile test; US Ambassador to UN calls for UNSC meeting

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at WEF (AP)

Iran refuses to confirm or deny testing a ballistic missile earlier this week, the Islamic Republic’s Foreign Ministry claiming that missile tests does not fall under the UN ban.

In a press conference between Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif and French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Tuesday, Zarif stated that “The missile issue is not part of the nuclear deal. As all signatories to the nuclear deal have announced, the missile issue is not a part of the deal… Our ballistic missile was designed to carry a normal warhead in the field of legitimate defense,” Zarif stating that Iranian missiles are not capable of carrying nuclear warheads…. [read more]