As the White House secured their last needed vote to block a veto override in the Senate on the nuclear deal, Iran unleashed a double-pronged attack: vowing to block inspector access to some sites, and vowing to continue preparations to destroy Israel.
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said today that the International Atomic Energy Agency — which inked confidential deals with Tehran that Congress has not been able to see — would not be able to see all the facilities it wants to.
“Iran does not plan to issue permission for the IAEA to inspect every site,” Dehqan said in an interview with al-Mayadeen news network on Wednesday, reported the semi-official Fars News Agency.
Back in July, he stressed that “missile-related issues have never been on agenda of the nuclear talks and the Islamic system will resolutely implement its programs in this field.”
“The US officials make boastful remarks and imagine that they can impose anything on the Iranian nation because they lack a proper knowledge of the Iranian nation.”
Also today, a senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said they have work to do.
The IRGC’s top commander in Tehran province, Brigadier General Mohsen Kazzemeini, told operating units undergoing drills in the capital that “they (the US and the Zionists) should know that the Islamic Revolution will continue enhancing its preparedness until it overthrows Israel and liberates Palestine,” according to Fars.
“And we will continue defending not just our own country, but also all the oppressed people of the world, specially those countries that are standing on the forefront of confrontation with the Zionists,” Kazzemeini said.
Iran’s Press TV mused that “questions remain on how far Tel Aviv would really go, with its warmongering premier Benjamin Netanyahu, to disrupt the accord,” rhetoric that’s potentially setting the stage for an attack on Israel that they’d call defensive.
In a telephone interview with CNN Tuesday, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said that under the auspices of the Iran nuclear agreement, if Israel were to attack the Islamic Republic, the United States would have to come to the Tehran’s aid.
Trump has vocally opposed the deal since announcing his run for president, saying that the United States “should have doubled up the sanctions for another couple of months” and that the 24-day notice Iran receives before sites can be inspected is unacceptable.
But Trump added an unconventional twist to the opposition argument, suggesting that under the terms of the deal the United States was required to fight alongside Iran if Israel were to attack.
“You know, there is something in the Iran deal that people I don’t think really understand or know about,” the real estate mogul said. “And nobody is ever to explain it that if somebody attacks Iran, we have to come to their defense.”
Trump added, “And I’m saying this – that includes Israel? And most people say, yes. So, if Israel attacks Iran according to that deal, I believe… that we have to fight with Iran against Israel.”
In one of its annexes, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action calls for cooperation by Western powers with Iran on nuclear safety “as appropriate.” Such cooperation may include training and workshops for Iran to ward against sabotage of its declared, legal civilian nuclear facilities.
Nowhere in the agreement, however, is the United States or any other party required to come to the defense of Iran should the country be attacked.
On Wednesday, the Obama administration secured the support of 34 senators for its landmark nuclear agreement with Iran, ensuring its safe passage through a vote scheduled in Congress this month.
Senator Barbara Mikulski, Democrat from Maryland, announced her support for the deal on Wednesday morning. She followed announcements from two Democratic colleagues, senators Chris Coons of Delaware and Bob Casey, Jr. from Pennsylvania, the previous day.
Congress may still vote and pass a resolution disapproving of the deal when it reconvenes next week.
Michael Wilner contributed to this report.
According to the list, due to be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday and currently available on its website, such prominent Russian companies as Instrument Design Bureau (KBP), Rosoboronexport (ROE) and Russian Aircraft Corporation (RAC) MiG fall under the punitive measures, just to name a few.
The US has imposed a number of sanctions on Russia since August 2014 over the conflict in eastern Ukraine and Crimean reunification, accusing Moscow of being a protagonist and participant in the ongoing hostilities.
Russia has repeatedly denied Western allegations of any involvement in its southern neighbor’s internal affairs whatsoever. It responded with counter-measures, banning imports from the EU, US and others. In June, Moscow extended its embargo on food imports from Western countries until August 2016 due to the prolonged anti-Russia sanctions.
Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that retaliatory measures will follow, noting that they won’t necessarily be identical. According to the Ministry, US sanctions contradict Washington’s own signals concerning interest in cooperating with Russia on solving a number of acute international problems.
Chairman of the Federation Council on Defense and Security, Viktor Ozerov, has slammed the new sanctions against Russia’s defense industry complex.
“This is a hidden form of competition, because today our weapons and military equipment are in demand on the international arms market, and thus the US wants to weaken the economy of these businesses,” TASS quoted him as saying.
Among the Chinese and Iranian companies is China’s BST Technology and Trade Company, Tianjin Flourish Chemical Company, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Qods Force and Rock Chemie (Iran). Syrian Air Force, Turkey’s Multimat Ic ve Dis Ticaret Pazarlama Limited and Sudan’s Vega Aeronautics are also mentioned in the list.
“No department or agency of the United States Government may procure or enter into any contract for the procurement of any goods, technology, or services from these foreign persons, except to the extent that the Secretary of State otherwise may determine,” the notice on the behalf the US State Department states.
“No United States Government sales to these foreign persons of any item on the United States Munitions List are permitted, and all sales to these persons of any defense articles, defense services, or design and construction services under the Arms Export Control Act are terminated,” the document adds.
“No new individual licenses shall be granted for the transfer to these foreign persons of items the export of which is controlled under the Export Administration Act of 1979 or the Export Administration Regulations, and any existing such licenses are suspended.”
The measures are set to remain in place for two years, “except to the extent that the Secretary of State may subsequently determine otherwise.”
The Iran Nonproliferation Act of 2000, which was signed into law on March 14, 2000, authorized the US president to take punitive action against individuals or organizations “known to be providing material aid to weapons of mass destruction programs in Iran.”
In November 2005, it expanded the scope of the Iran Nonproliferation Act of 2000 to include Syria and a year later China. The law bans supply of goods, services and technology, subject to international control regimes and the corresponding lists, to these countries.
BY IAN HANCHETT
Texas Senator and Republican presidential candidate
stated of GOP leadership’s handling of the Iran deal, “it appears that they’re prepared to roll over, to have a show vote, to lose the show vote, and then move on to their real priorities, which is growing government, passing corporate welfare, and passing cronyist programs like the Export-Import Bank” on Friday’s “Mark Levin Show.”
Cruz, after denouncing the deal, said, “Sadly, Congress has given away its constitutional authority to ratify it as a treaty, or reject it as a treaty. And so it’s going to take 2/3ds of the Senate and 2/3ds of the House to defeat it. Which means Obama needs to hold on to 34 Democratic Senators to push through this terrible deal.”
Cruz later added that the deal should be treated as a treaty, and “Even at a bare minimum, leadership, [Sen.]
, could simply say, under the terms of the pathetically weak Corker/Cardin bill, ‘The sixty day clock doesn’t start ticking until the full agreement has been handed over.’ And there are side deals with the IAEA that haven’t been given yet to Congress. And so the sixty day clock hasn’t started ticking, and no sanctions can be lifted until the sixty day clock kicks. That’s what leadership should say. And yet, unfortunately, it appears that they’re prepared to roll over, to have a show vote, to lose the show vote, and then move on to their real priorities, which is growing government, passing corporate welfare, and passing cronyist programs like the Export-Import Bank.”
Cruz also pointed to amendments to treat the deal as a treaty and that sanctions couldn’t be lifted without affirmative approval from both houses of Congress that he supported, adding, “In both instances, Republican leadership was unwilling to stand up and fight for that. They were more interested in essentially having a show vote, than stopping it.” He also stated that in various lunches he was “shouted down by my colleagues” when he argued the Corker/Cardin bill was insufficient.
BY DEAN JAMES
Ah yes, the Iran Nuke Deal… What a disaster. We got duped. Lurch was a complete failure with his lack of negotiating skills. They got EVERYTHING AND WE GOT SLAMMED! Why we even talked with these American hating terrorists is beyond me. Here, you want a nuke deal? BOOOMMM! Here’s your fricking nuke deal.
It turns out that the ‘deal’ allows Iran to ‘inspect’ their own disputed nuke sites and that nobody else, for example THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA will be allowed in… This is absolutely insane! And so ridiculously weak. It’s seriously unbelievable.
So Iran will police themselves. Are you fricking kidding me? Obama has intentionally screwed America once again. I am livid frankly. Obama is the worst thing that has EVER happened to America. HE’S NOT EVEN FRICKING AMERICAN! Sure he has a smooth tongue. Oh and he is charming if you are attracted to Marxist bulls**ters. Commies. Racists. Garbage. A holes. Dude is a complete disaster.
Look at this.
Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press.
The revelation on Wednesday newly riled Republican lawmakers in the U.S. who have been severely critical of a broader agreement to limit Iran’s future nuclear programs, signed by the Obama administration, Iran and five world powers in July. Those critics have complained that the wider deal is unwisely built on trust of the Iranians, while the administration has insisted it depends on reliable inspections.
A skeptical House Speaker John Boehner said, “President Obama boasts his deal includes ‘unprecedented verification.’ He claims it’s not built on trust. But the administration’s briefings on these side deals have been totally insufficient – and it still isn’t clear whether anyone at the White House has seen the final documents.”
And this from Right Wing News:
Iran, in an unusual arrangement, will be allowed to use its own experts to inspect a site it allegedly used to develop nuclear arms under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press.
The revelation is sure to roil American and Israeli critics of the main Iran deal signed by the U.S., Iran and five world powers in July. Those critics have complained that the deal is built on trust of the Iranians, a claim the U.S. has denied.
The investigation of the Parchin nuclear site by the International Atomic Energy Agency is linked to a broader probe of allegations that Iran has worked on atomic weapons. That investigation is part of the overarching nuclear deal.
I like how the AP downplayed this outrage by calling it just “an unusual arrangement.”
Obama has utterly failed the world with this deal.