Three separate offices of the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) have made the accusation. The BFV’s North Rhine-Westphalia branch accused Tehran of making “32 procurement attempts… that definitely or with high likelihood were undertaken for the benefit of [nuclear] proliferation programs” over the year 2016. The report did not say if any of these procurement attempts were actually successful.
The report added that Iran used shell companies in China, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates to circumvent restrictions placed on their weapons development by the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a landmark agreement meant to freeze the Iranian nuclear weapons program in exchange for sanctions relief.
The BND report goes on to say that Tehran has spread “atomic, biological or chemical weapons of mass destruction,” and that they invited “guest academics” from North Korea, Pakistan and Sudan to participate in weapons and nuclear programs. “An example for this type of activity occurred in the sector of electronic technology in connection with the implementation of the enrichment of uranium,“ the report from the Hessen branch said.
In 2015, the BND reported that Iran made 141 procurement attempts — but the JCPOA did not enter into force until January 2016.
The JCPOA does allow Iran to produce a modest amount of low-enriched uranium that could be used for a nuclear energy program, but not a nuclear weapons program. They are also required to disclose information about their nuclear program to inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Despite the report seemingly claiming that Iran was in violation of the JCPOA, German officials told Fox News (which broke the report) said that no such violation occurred. “We have no indication of Iran violating its JCPOA commitments,” said an anonymous official. “Quite on the contrary, the recent 2016 Report of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution states that there is no evidence of Iran violating the JCPOA.”
“Having said that, we remain worried by Iran’s missile program. The aforementioned report, as well as reports from regional intelligence authorities, shows that Germany is highly vigilant in this regard and will continue to [be vigilant]. However, this issue is outside the scope of the JCPOA and needs to be dealt with separately,” the official went on to say.
Germany was a signatory of the JCPOA, and at the time of its signing German Chancellor Angela Merkel called it “an important success” of international diplomacy. Since the election of US President Donald Trump, who has threatened multiple times to declare Iran in violation of the JCPOA, the leaders of the other signatory nations have pushed hard for the US to remain in the deal — except for Merkel. She has left defending the JCPOA to German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who also happens to be one of her primary political opponents.
Trump is scheduled to speak on Thursday to announce whether he will recertify Iran as compliant with the JCPOA, as he must do every 90 days, or not. Both Trump and administration officials have hinted that he will declare Iran noncompliant, in which case the decision to remain in or withdraw from the JCPOA will be kicked to Congress.
The IAEA declared Iran compliant with the deal on Monday.
“If there is a plan for a reaction and a challenge, we will definitely surprise them,” the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, said Tuesday, as quoted by AP. “If we make the determination, we are able to resume 20 percent enrichment in at most five days,” he said on national television.
Salehi underlined that Iran is not keen on such a scenario, saying that “definitely, we are not interested in such a thing happening. We have not achieved the deal easily to let it go easily. We are committed to the deal and we are loyal to it.”
In 2015, Iran struck a landmark deal with the US, France, the UK, Russia, China and Germany, under which it agreed to cap its uranium enrichment at 5 percent, as well as to reduce its stockpile of the material in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.
“Our biggest priority is to maintain the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), but of course not at any price,”AFP cited Salehi as saying.
The top nuclear official’s warning follows comments from President Hassan Rouhani saying that Iran could backtrack on the 2015 nuclear agreement “within hours” and reach “conditions more advanced than before the start of negotiations” of the long-awaited deal.
“The world has clearly seen that under Trump, America has ignored international agreements and, in addition to undermining the [nuclear deal], has broken its word on the Paris agreement and the Cuba accord… and that the United States is not a good partner or a reliable negotiator,” Rouhani said, following the introduction of the latest round of US sanctions in early August.
Trump has been weighing up leaving the 2015 nuclear deal or renegotiating it, branding it “the worst deal ever.” Struck by the previous administration under Barack Obama, the deal has drawn strong criticism from Trump, who sees it as a capitulation to Iran.
“Those who want to tear up the nuclear deal should know that they will be ripping up their own political life,” President Rouhani warned, adding that Tehran wouldn’t “remain silent about the repeated US violations of the accord.”
Trump signed a legislation on a new raft of penalties, targeting Iran along with Russia and North Korea, after Iran successfully fired its Simorgh rocket, designed to deliver satellites into orbit, as part of the national space program. Washington, however, considered the action a violation of the UN Security Council Resolution, saying the technology could be used to carry nuclear weapons.
Moscow criticized the sanctions as “illegitimate,” with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expressing hope the sides wouldn’t abandon the 2015 agreement.
By Rick Wells
Asman recaps the goodies that Obama and John Kerry loaded Iran up with as part of this insane nuclear deal, including the release of hundreds of billions of dollars of oil revenue over time, which “gave them a standing in world power far beyond what they should have.” There’s the “airplanes full of cash” plus “We, the United States taxpayers, are subsidizing Iran’s nuclear operations by purchasing heavy water, which is a nuclear component.”
Shaffer says we should also add to those considerations, with all of this returned revenue, Iran is increasing their defense budget by $800 million or more, “and most important to the overall narrative is they’re helping fund North Korea’s continued research in both miniaturization of nuclear weapons as well as ballistic missile technology.
He believes that is the reason President Trump is saying they’re not living up to the spirit of the deal, “they’re outsourcing their research to the North Koreans.” That’s also had the effect of enabling North Korea to rapidly develop their nuclear program, due to all of the infusion of the money and the technology from the Iranians.
Asman points out and Shaffer agrees that we are empowering Iran in their nuclear development. He recalls a theory in the Obama regime that by allowing Iran to modernize and attain greater wealth and power, even to potentially include nuclear weapons, that they’d come around more to our way of thinking.
Shaffer notes that that line of thinking went back to the Carter administration and Zbigniew Brzezinski. Now they’ve become more emboldened to become troublesome to our Arab allies we have in the region, they’ve destabilized Yemen, using Hezbollah and the IRGC to advance their “Shia view of the world” and helping North Korea become a destabilizing factor as well. Shaffer makes the point, “We help fund this, we fund it. We are funding our own enemies.” Nice job Obama, Kerry.
They also discuss the threat posed by nuclear miniaturization through terrorism, another gift to the Iranians from Valerie Jarrett, Hussein Obama and company.
The F/A-18E Super Hornet jet was on the landing approach when an Iranian drone approached, said unnamed US defense officials. The drone, identified as a QOM-1, came within 100 feet vertically and 200 feet (62 meters) laterally, the US Naval Institute reported.
The drone ignored repeated radio calls, the US officials said, describing the interaction as “unsafe and unprofessional,”according to Reuters.
While the officials did not specify which unit the US jet belonged to, the only carrier currently in the Gulf is the USS Nimitz (CVN-68), according to information made publicly available by the US Navy.
The Super Hornet was part of the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, assigned to the Nimitz, the US Naval Institute confirmed. It was operating in international airspace at the time of the incident, which occurred around 1pm local time on Tuesday.
In June, US fighters shot down an Iranian-made drone over southern Syria, saying it had come too close to the encampment of US-backed Syrian militants. The drone was reportedly used by the Iranian-backed militia loyal to the government in Damascus.
US ships and airplanes that come close to the borders of China, Russia and Iran are often intercepted by those countries’ aircraft, which sometimes fly very close in an attempt to drive the intruders off. “Unsafe and unprofessional” is a common phrase used by the Pentagon to describe such encounters.
JUNE 6, 2017
Executive Order 13780, signed by Trump in March, suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days, restricts admissions and halts visa applications of citizens from Muslim-majority Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days. It includes other provisions designed to hinder the movement of terrorists to the United States.
Parts of the order were subsequently blocked by judges on the notoriously left-leaning 4th and 9th Circuit Courts. Last week, the Trump administration appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the order to go into effect.
Trump tweeted early Monday morning, “People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!”
He continued: “The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original travel ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to [Supreme Court]. The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court – & seek much tougher version! In any event we are EXTREME VETTING people coming into the U.S. in order to help keep our country safe. The courts are slow and political!”
While Trump has increased the vetting of visa applicants through social media checks and increased collection of biographical information, refugees continue to flood the United States.
According to data from the State Department Refugee Processing Center, a total of 3,957 refugees were admitted into the United States in May. It represents a 19.3 percent increase over April’s figure of 3,316 and is the second consecutive monthly increase in refugee admissions.
Many of these refugees come from countries included in Trump’s travel ban as hotbeds of terrorism. Since Trump took office, the State Department has resettled 1,655 refugees from Somalia, 1,603 from Syria, 779 from Iran, 425 from Sudan and 16 from Yemen.
America is headed down a suicidal path – but it’s a subtle invasion, and not many Americans understand the full extent of the problem. Get all the details in Leo Hohmann’s new book “Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest Through Immigration and Resettlement Jihad,” available now in hard copy or e-book at the WND Superstore.
While the recent climb is alarming, new arrival numbers for refugees have ultimately decreased since Trump began his administration. In May 2016, the State Department admitted 6,511 refugees to the United States – 64.5 percent more than in May 2017.
So far in fiscal year (FY) 2017, the U.S. has admitted a cumulative total of 46,371 refugees: 16,249 since Trump’s inauguration and 30,122 under the Obama administration.
According to an analysis by CNS News, 4,948 more refugees were admitted during the same period in FY 2016, and 3,504 more were admitted than during the same period in FY 2015.
Trump stated early in his presidency that he would like to keep refugee resettlements for FY 2017 under 50,000.
Though the hike in admissions may signal Trump is wavering on the issue, his recent tweets suggest that the White House is committed to further travel restrictions.
Trump’s proposed budget for FY 2018 includes $410 million for the refugee admissions program, a decrease of about 11.3 percent from FY 2016.
In an interview with WND, Leo Hohmann, author of “Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest Through Immigration and the Resettlement Jihad,” said he believes it’s not only the refugees that are dangerous but their children as well.
“Refugees themselves are capable of some horrendous attacks, such as the knife attack last November 28 at Ohio State University, or the knife attack on the Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, on September 17 of last year. Both of those attacks, which wounded 21 people, were carried out by Somali refugees,” he said.
Hohmann continued: “But then you have the Orlando mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub last June and the mass shooting at San Bernardino in December 2015, both of which were carried out by second-generation Muslim immigrants – meaning they were born here but their parents came here as refugees, asylum seekers or through some other legal immigration program. So when we allow a family to migrate to America from a jihadist hotbed in Afghanistan, Iraq or Somalia, we are also taking a risk on their children becoming easy fodder for jihadist recruiters, whether they be with ISIS or some other terrorist organization.”
Hohmann noted that vetting the children of refugees or their descendants is essentially impossible, no matter how “extreme” the process.
To secure America, Hohmann believes Trump should set the annual ceiling on refugees to his original level of 50,000 for the current fiscal year, which would end refugee resettlement in the United States until October.
“This does not require an executive order,” Hohmann said. “Why [Trump] refuses to do take this one simple action, and in fact has allowed the State Department to nearly double the number of refugees coming into the U.S. from 900 to 1,500 per week, is a complete mystery.”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2017/06/4000-muslim-refugees-hit-u-s-in-may-alone/#8ZmkXx2KY6rz3drw.99