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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby ricky_v » 07 Mar 2019 19:53

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/en/originals/2019/03/us-government-no-longer-excludes-mek-alternatives-iran.html
Removed from a State Department list of terrorist organizations in 2012 after an expensive lobbying campaign, the MEK is understood to be widely reviled inside Iran as a leftist Islamist cult that sided with Saddam Hussein during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war. The group advocates the overthrow of the Iranian government and the elevation of Maryam Rajavi, the wife of MEK founder Massoud Rajavi, as the new leader. She lives in exile outside Paris.

Top officials close to the Donald Trump administration — including national security adviser John Bolton and Rudolph Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer — have taken tens of thousands of dollars in fees from the MEK and its front organizations over the years to speak before rallies that promote Maryam Rajavi’s leadership ambitions. Just last month, Giuliani told a pro-MEK rally in Warsaw, Poland, on the sidelines of a US-organized Middle East conference that Iran’s leaders are “assassins” and “murderers” who should be overthrown and then replaced by Rajavi.

Newt Gingrich, a veteran Republican politician who is close to the Trump administration, sought guidance from the Justice Department last year about whether he needed to register as a lobbyist for a “foreign political party” that appears to be the France-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the name for the MEK’s political front. In January, the NCRI hired Robert Joseph, a former undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, to lobby for it for $15,000 a month. Joseph replaced Bolton at the State Department under the George W. Bush administration.

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby chetak » 07 Mar 2019 20:41

ramana wrote:Also hug to MBS keeps Iran close.


iran cannot complain, because we send a lot of business their way when a whole lot of other countries don't do so.

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby chetak » 07 Mar 2019 20:45



this is taqiya, plain and simple.

they will never support us but they are very glad to take SDRE money.

and when push comes to shove, it will always be the ummah.

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby syam » 08 Apr 2019 20:47

U.S. Designates Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps As a Terror Organization
Decision marks first time an element of a foreign state has been officially designated terrorist entity
WASHINGTON—The Trump administration on Monday designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization, escalating the U.S. pressure campaign against Tehran and marking the first time an element of a foreign state has been officially designated a terrorist entity.

“This action will significantly expand the scope and scale of our maximum pressure on the Iranian regime,” President Trump said in a statement Monday. “If you are doing business with the IRGC, you will be bankrolling terrorism.”

The designation aims to squeeze the IRGC’s financial resources and shrink its military presence in the Middle East, helping the U.S. crack down on businesses in Europe and elsewhere controlled by the organization. The designation also allows the U.S. to subject IRGC officials and those who provide support the organization to travel restrictions and lets U.S. prosecutors bring charges against those who provide “material support” to the IRGC.

U.S. officials had been divided over the move, with White House national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in favor of it and Pentagon officials—including Marine Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff—cautioning against it out of concern for a backlash against U.S. forces in the region, according to U.S. officials.

Plans to designate the IRGC a terrorist organization, reported by The Wall Street Journal on Friday, have already escalated tensions between the two countries, with top Iranian officials threatening retaliation against U.S. forces in the Middle East in response to the plan.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said the move would lead to disaster for U.S. forces in the Middle East and charged it was intended to benefit Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has a close relationship with the Trump administration.

The IRGC’s commander, Mohammad Ali Jafari, was quoted as saying by the IRGC’s official news outlet: “If the Americans do such stupidity and put our national security at risk, the U.S. Army and security forces in the West Asia region will not enjoy today’s peace.”

On Sunday, 255 out of 290 Iranian parliamentarians condemned the planned U.S. move and warned of repercussions.

“We will answer any action taken against this force with a reciprocal action,” they said, the state-run IRNA news agency reported. “So the leaders of America, who themselves are the creators and supporters of terrorists in the region, will regret this inappropriate and idiotic action.”

The IRGC has a ground force of 100,000 for national defense and runs Tehran’s ballistic missile programs, according to a study by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.

The Quds Force, a specialized division of the IRGC, has arranged weapons deliveries and advised pro-regime militias in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the region.

The Guard Corps has been involved in Iran’s nuclear program and has played a role in cracking down on dissent at home, while also playing an important role in the Iranian economy. As CIA director in 2017, Mr. Pompeo said companies overseen by the IRGC might control 20% of the nation’s economy, including important sectors like energy.

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby mmasand » 08 Apr 2019 22:03

chetak wrote:


this is taqiya, plain and simple.

they will never support us but they are very glad to take SDRE money.

and when push comes to shove, it will always be the ummah.


When did Shias become part of the Ummah? :eek:

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby ricky_v » 08 Apr 2019 22:07

us is bringing the dance of democracy to many places simultaneously, first venezuela and now iran. Iran has already threatened us forces stationed in me of repercussions, which will snowball into a "legitimate" fight for the us with the braying of the chattel behind them ala operation fuk iraq.
The tempo of the dance seems frenzied though, too many seeds being sown openly and with varying accuracy, may all turn out to be a red herring.

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby chetak » 08 Apr 2019 23:05

mmasand wrote:
chetak wrote:
this is taqiya, plain and simple.

they will never support us but they are very glad to take SDRE money.

and when push comes to shove, it will always be the ummah.


When did Shias become part of the Ummah? :eek:


do they support us on the issue of cashmere?? or do they support the sunni pakis??

we are kaffir for all of them and against the Hindustani, they are all ummah.

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby ricky_v » 23 Apr 2019 09:50

oy vey, the zog seems mad and has decided that any country purchasing Iranian crude would be sanctioned;iran has meanwhile threatened to close the strait of hormuz;price increase in the near future.

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby siqir » 24 Apr 2019 09:15

re end of waivers mea says
we are adequately prepared to deal with the impact of this decision

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/ind ... 015013.cms

hard to see this not escalating though since trump has made his modus operandi clear from his approach to north korean issue

if it does escalate to war like or actual war and we lose access to afghanistan delhi may just have decided we are ok with that if it is going to be overrun by the taliban anyway

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby Vikas » 24 Apr 2019 12:15

Iran war will happen when KSA and Israel are ready. Bibi got busy with the elections and corruption scandal while MBS got embroiled in Khashoggi killing. DT will not leave Oval office without a small war of his own.
Of course If Iran meanwhile is able to test a Nuke, then its chai-biskoot meets once again.

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby Mukesh.Kumar » 24 Apr 2019 20:33

Even with the exemptions ending Chavaharwill be exempted as it constitutes aid to Afghanistan.

The Unites States has excluded the development of the Chabahar Port in Iran from the “maximum-pressure” sanctions against Tehran reimposed on November 5.

The U.S. Secretary Mike Pompeo granted the exception to the port development and the construction of an associated railway for the shipment of non-sanctionable goods through the port for Afghanistan’s use, as well as Afghanistan’s continued imports of Iranian petroleum products, a spokesperson for the State Department said in a statement.

The move is aimed at supporting “Afghanistan’s economic growth and development as well as our close partnership with India,” the statement reads.


hope it will still stand.

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby shyamd » 02 May 2019 13:58

Today the first bullet has been fired by Trump against Tehran. This will result in a dangerous escalation in the region including direct military confrontation. Later today, Trump is expected to announce a halt to the export of Iranian oil COMPLETELY (i.e. no exemptions and no oil will be exported at all!).

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby chanakyaa » 30 May 2019 05:30

INSTEX: Europe sets up transactions channel with Iran
Germany, France and the UK have set up a payment channel with Iran called INSTEX, to help continue trade and circumvent US sanctions. Washington has cautioned EU nations against such actions.
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What is INSTEX?
- A "special purpose vehicle" that will allow European businesses to trade with Iran, despite strict US sanctions.
- According to media reports, INSTEX will be based in Paris and will be managed by German banking expert Per Fischer, a former manager at Commerzbank. The UK will head the supervisory board.
- The European side intends to use the channel initially only to sell food, medicine and medical devices in Iran. However, it will be possible to expand it in the future.


U.S. Warns Europe That Its Iran Workaround Could Face Sanctions

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby Philip » 06 Jun 2019 13:46

If the US's NATO allies can find a way of trading with Iran, why must India bow sown to Trump's diktat? He is a temporary US pres. already under intense attack at homd by his political enemies and mah still face impeachment.Iran is crucial to India to outflank Pak, a route to Afgh. and Central Asia and Russia through Chahbahar.Our ties with Shiite Iran are also vital when the Q of Baluchi independence comes into play.India must show spine and resist US armtwisting.With a massive mandate, PM Modi is in a far stronger position than Trump. Should tge US try and sanction us on arms grom Russia too, there is nothing stopping India for forming a triumvirate with Russia and China too.

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby Singha » 13 Jun 2019 14:59

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... -Oman.html

two oil tankers hit in gulf of oman by mysterious explosives

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Re: Iran News and Discussions

Postby Karthik S » 13 Jun 2019 16:32

Last thing we need now is increase in oil prices due to such incidents.


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