by Ruby Henley
Some readers say I am too emotional in my reports, so I want to submit to you a more factual approach to this report. I want to keep it to questions and answers to the two above questions.
- Why did the United States withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal?
- Why has war started between Israel and Syria/Iran?
First I would like to bring us up to the present time with Laura Loomer reporting from the Golan Heights in Israel –
“Reporting from #GolanHeights in #Israel near the Syrian border, the exact location where Iranian-Syrian forces fired 22 missiles into Israeli outposts last night.
IDF soldiers are monitoring the situation, very few International media are on location, & United Nations is here.”
IDF soldiers are monitoring the situation, very few International media are on location, & United Nations is here. pic.twitter.com/Xxm9TuYC12
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) May 10, 2018
You can continue to get up-to-date information on this major event occurring in Israel and Syria from Laura Loomer.
Next, there has been a ‘warning’ to Western Countries that Iran is likely to launch cyber attacks within months in retaliation for the US ripping up the nuclear deal.
As President Trump reinstated tough sanctions, the Islamic regime is angry and sees no reason not to use its capabilities in response. Most at risk are banks and financial services, government departments, critical infrastructure providers, and oil and energy firms., experts warn.
According to Fox News the current situation is as follows –
“The strikes came in response to Syria-based Iranian forces firing roughly 20 rockets at Israeli front-line military positions in the Golan Heights. Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an IDF spokesman, called the attack “the most severe attempt” by Iran’s Al Quds force to attack the country. It was the first time Iranian forces have attacked Israel from Syria, according to Reuters. or damage was reported.
The White House on Thursday condemned the Iranian assault, two days after President Trump announced he was pulling the U.S. out of the Iran nuke deal. “The United States condemns the Iranian regime’s provocative rocket attack from Syria against Israeli citizens, and we strongly support Israel’s right to act in self-defense,” Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. “The Iranian regime’s deployment into Syria of offensive rocket and missile systems aimed at Israel is an unacceptable and highly dangerous development for the entire Middle East.”
Israel’s rockets shook Damascus with the sounds of explosions just before dawn. Syria’s state media said Syrian air defenses intercepted “hostile Israeli missiles” early Thursday that were fired over southwestern Damascus. Hours later, state-run Al-Ikhbariya TV broadcast a live feed of Syrian air defenses firing into the sky above the capital, and loud explosions and air defense firing were heard through the night. The footage could not be independently verified.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Israeli strikes killed 23 fighters, including five Syrian soldiers. Syria’s military, however, said early Thursday the Israeli strikes killed three people, wounded two and destroyed a radar station and an ammunition warehouse and damaged a number of air defense units. Syrian Brig. Gen. Ali Mayhoub said Syrian air defense systems had intercepted “the large part” of the incoming Israeli strikes.
There was no immediate information about Iranian casualties, but Conricus said the main intent was to target hardware rather than personnel.
Tensions between Israel and Syria have been on the rise as Iran has sent thousands of troops to back Syrian President Bashar Assad from an insurgency in his country. Israel has warned it will not accept a permanent Iranian military presence in Syria.
Though Israel does not intend to further escalate the situation, Conricus said troops will remain on “very high alert.”
“Should there be another Iranian attack, we will be prepared for it,” he said.”
What were the findings in the Trump Administration’s 2018 Report on Adherence to and Compliance With Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments on Iran?
As noted in the previous report, in December 2015, the IAEA issued its Final Assessment on Past and Present Outstanding Issues regarding Iran’s Nuclear Program. The IAEA BOG subsequently closed consideration of the agenda item relating to PMD of Iran’s nuclear program and instead shifted to a new agenda item relating to JCPOA implementation and verification and monitoring in Iran. Under the JCPOA, Iran committed to provisionally apply the AP to its CSA in accordance with Article 17(b) of the AP and fully implement the modified Code 3.1 of the Subsidiary Arrangements to its Safeguards Agreement. Iran also committed in the JCPOA to allow the IAEA to monitor implementation of the voluntary measures set forth in the JCPOA, as well as to implement transparency measures as set out in the JCPOA. These include the site access provisions of Section Q of Annex I of the JCPOA, which apply to IAEA requests for access related to undeclared nuclear materials or activities, or activities inconsistent with the JCPOA, at locations that have not been declared under the CSA or AP, including but not limited to activities that would contribute to the design and development of a nuclear explosive device as set forth in Section T of that Annex. The IAEA continues to exercise its full authorities in pursuing any new safeguards-relevant or JCPOA-related information in Iran, including any new concerns regarding weaponization should they arise, through implementation of Iran’s Safeguards Agreement, Additional Protocol, and the enhanced transparency and verification measures contained in the JCPOA.
The U.S. Intelligence Community assessed with high confidence in November 2007 (and made public in the December 2007 National Intelligence Estimate) that Iran in 2003 halted its nuclear weapons program. For the purposes of the NIE, Iran’s nuclear weapons program was defined as comprising Iran’s nuclear weapon design and weaponization work and the Iranian military’s covert uranium conversion-related and uranium enrichment-related work, but excluding Iran’s previously clandestine civilian-led efforts related to uranium conversion and enrichment that operated in conjunction with Iran’s weaponization work but had been subsequently declared to the IAEA in response to international scrutiny resulting from exposure of these undeclared activities. It was also assessed with high confidence that as of the time of that assessment, Iran had conducted research and development projects with commercial and conventional military applications – some of which would also be of limited use to nuclear weapons. According to the IAEA, moreover, some Iranian activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device, such as computer modeling, still continued after 2003, but these were not part of a coordinated effort. The IAEA has no credible indication of activities in Iran relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device after 2009.
During this reporting period, the IAEA confirmed that it continues to verify and monitor the wide range of steps Iran is undertaking to implement its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA. These include verifying the limits on Iran’s enrichment capacity, uranium stockpile, and heavy water accumulation; verifying Iran’s enrichment research and development is in line with the JCPOA; and implementing an array of additional monitoring and transparency measures designed to ensure Iran’s nuclear program is and remains exclusively peaceful. The IAEA has established regular inspections at declared Iranian nuclear facilities, and Iran has provided the IAEA with timely access as required by the JCPOA. In addition, Iran is provisionally applying the AP to its CSA with the IAEA in accordance with Article 17(b) of the Additional Protocol, and is implementing modified Code 3.1 of the subsidiary arrangements to its Safeguards Agreement, which requires that Iran provide early and updated reporting on planned and modified nuclear facilities. These measures provide the IAEA with additional transparency and access authorities for the monitoring and verification of the JCPOA and Iran’s CSA. During the reporting period, the IAEA reported that it has conducted complementary access inspections under the AP to sites and other locations in Iran to ensure the absence of undeclared activity at those locations.
Under the JCPOA, Iran has taken significant steps to stop and roll back key elements of its ongoing civil nuclear program. Iran exported nearly its entire stockpile of enriched uranium in furtherance of meeting the JCPOA limit on its enriched uranium stockpile of no more than 300 kg of up to 3.67 percent enriched UF6 or equivalent, eliminated nearly all of its previous stock of uranium enriched up to 20 percent U-235, removed and disabled the core of the IR-40 reactor at Arak by filling the calandria with concrete, and removed and placed under IAEA monitoring thousands of centrifuges in order to meet its JCPOA limit of no more than 5,060 centrifuges for uranium enrichment. Iran has allowed IAEA inspectors daily access to enrichment facilities when requested and permitted continuous monitoring of other declared key nuclear-related facilities, including uranium mines, mills, and centrifuge production and storage facilities.
EFFORTS TO RESOLVE COMPLIANCE CONCERNS –
The United States will continue its work with our partners in JCPOA implementation – the P5+1, the European Union, and the IAEA – and with Iran to ensure that the nuclear-related steps Iran has taken in accordance with the JCPOA remain fully implemented, and to ensure Iran’s compliance with its obligations under the NPT, its Safeguards Agreement, and the AP (as applied by Iran pursuant to the JCPOA). The United States has the ability to reapply unilateral sanctions and to cause the reimposition of UN multilateral sanctions if Iran does not abide by its commitments under the JCPOA.
As you can see from the above report from President Trump’s own Administration, Iran had taken steps in accordance with the Nuclear Deal to cooperate with said agreement. The question must be asked –
Why did we withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal?
I want to refer to a report I did for IWB at an earlier date, as I believe it explains why we withdrew from the Iran Deal.
‘Here I present to you the latest updates concerning breaking news coming from Israel. I believe we are witnessing the events leading up to World War III. If you believe what Israel is saying, concerning files Mossad smuggled from Iran’s secret nuclear program, you are not alone. However, some are saying the intelligence files are nothing new, as this was known for quite some time.
The US believes what Israel is presenting as evidence obtained by the Mossad concerning Iran’s ongoing nuclear program. President Donald Trump says this vindicates his desire to withdraw from the Iran Deal. Others say, in fact, this proves the Iran Nuclear Deal must be maintained.
Sarah Sanders reports in the following video exactly how the White House feels about the information and the Iran Deal at this time. President Trump has until May 12 to make a decision to withdraw or to stay in the Deal. World allies are asking him to stay in, but in light of the Mossad Intelligence, he does seem inclined to pull out.’
After we pulled out of the Iran Deal, we did the following:
Sanctions On Iran –
This will have negative economic impacts on Iran, given the benefits of doing business in the United States versus business in Iran. However, without cooperation from the rest of the world, the United States will face an enforcement and implementation burden with no support.
You will have smuggling and evasion, and even when the United States sanctions those who violate the sanctions, the burdens of doing so will present complications in the absence of partners willing to shut down such networks on their own. The lack of international cooperation will prove to be a major flaw in the sanctions.
What Will Iran Do?
Iran will pull out of the nuclear agreement, even though Russia has vowed to prevent this – it will not work. Companies will leave Iran, and trade will suffer. They will engage in nuclear development once again, but it will be behind closed doors. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will make the most of this situation. President Trump will be condemned as the bad guy, but in reality he is only a pawn of the Deep State. Iran will become the victim.
The Middle East will be more unstable than ever before. The current activity between Israel and Iran/Syria proves this.