Iran ‘needs just 5 days’ to return to uranium enrichment if US backs out of nuclear deal

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Tehran needs only five days to increase uranium enrichment to a level sufficient to make a nuclear weapon, Iran’s atomic chief has warned. The warning comes as US President Donald Trump seeks to renegotiate the 2015 nuclear deal.

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“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.

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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.

READ MORE: Iran has the right to develop its missile program

“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.

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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.

Col Tony Shaffer – Obama IRAN Deal Has US FINANCING Enemies, N KOREA NUKES

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By Rick Wells

Lt. Col Tony Shaffer joins David Asman of the Fox Business Network for a discussion of the Iran and N Korea nuclear development programs, their risks, the complicity of the Obama regime and the role that they played in crafting much of the serious threats we face today and in the future.

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.

Intel Agencies Obstruct Trump On Leaks – Reassign Analysts To Aleutians, Sudan, Yemen

By Rick Wells

It was one thing when the John Kerry State Department refused to provide Hillary Clinton emails while the enemy Democrats were in power or when DHS and DOJ were obstructionists in prosecutions, investigations or FOIA requests under Lynch, Comey and Jihadi Jeh Johnson. That was a little surprising at first but we soon learned as the Obama regime dragged on that it was not a government as much as it was a mechanism of social manipulation and perpetrator protection.

What is surprising is that the stonewalling and obstructionism is continuing under President Trump, with some of the denials directly impacting him in a negative manner. Most prominent and incredible are the revelations that the intelligence community is stonewalling the investigation into leaks of classified information to the “press” about Trump associates. In doing so the deep state operatives are not only telling the president to “stick it,” they’re telling members of Congress the same thing.

Fox News cites one unnamed source who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, likely a Republican, who said, “Our requests are simply not being answered. The agencies are not really helping at all and there is truly a massive web for us to try and wade through.”

The same story was told to them by a Senate Intelligence Committee member who said, “Any information that will help find the wide extent on the unmasking and surveillance is purposely not being provided.”

The NSA denied it was happening, saying, “Allegations that the National Security Agency is ‘withholding information’ from congressional intelligence committees investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election are categorically untrue.”

They added, NSA fully supports the committees’ work. We have already made available significant information in response to their requests, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the execution of their important responsibilities.” That sounds eerily like Clinton’s statements about the 33,000 email pages of spam that were held up as proof of their cooperation.

Surely President Trump can find a solution to this problem without too much effort. It would seem that within the web of think tanks and retired experts in DC there would be twenty people with top level security clearances, ten of which could be assigned as a special operations unit to the NSA and another ten to the CIA. They would need to be familiar with the capabilities and procedures so that they couldn’t be lied to about whether or not something could be done and the amount of time required.

Then President Trump could simply send them out as information posses, with instructions to not leave the facility they where they went for the documents until they were in their possession. If they needed a military escort in order to secure its release, that would be pre-arranged with the Pentagon or whatever was the most appropriate military facility.

He’s the Commander-in-Chief, for crying out loud. How difficult can this be? If the recalcitrant analyst persisted, he could be escorted off property, his access cards confiscated and a transfer to the Aleutian Islands or similar “prime” duty station set up for the following day. There would be plenty of empty time in a hellhole like that to think about their attitude and what could be done to improve their willingness to work with others andfollow instructions.

After one or two postcards home from the reassigned troublemakers, the rest of the malcontents would likely decide that it’s better to do their job than to freeze or get shot at on some misguided principle. As cold as DC is in the winter, it’s nothing like Alaska, the information would start flowing immediately. Maybe they need analysts in Libya, Yemen, or Somalia. The possibilities for motivational readjustment assignments are endless.

Obama And Johnson’s Invited MS-13 Guests Horrifically Murder, Mutilate American Teen

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By Rick Wells

It’s important for Americans to remember, when they hear of the depraved, gruesome offenses committed by MS-13 gang members and illegal aliens in general, that these are people who are here in our country largely through the efforts to subvert our laws of Hussein Obama and Jeh Johnson. They, along with John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, are most responsible for the opening up of our nation to the criminal filth of Central America and other countries. The very people who were supposed to be most responsible for enforcement of our immigration laws are the ones who opened us up to the ravages of non-enforcement.

They are the ones who encouraged the invasion that they oversaw, whichallowed this thug foreign trash to take root in our nation instead of being repelled at the border or never having made the effort at all. Had word not been spread that it was easy to cross into America as a result of the refusal of the Obama criminals to enforce the law and honor their oaths of office, they might never have tried.

Bedford County, Virginia, Sheriff Mike Brown announced last Friday that three Salvadoran MS-13 gang members have been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the horrific March 28th death of 17-year-old Raymond Wood. Their names, as if being described simply as foreign illegal trash isn’t sufficient, are Victor Arnoldo Rodas, 19; Jose Coreas-Ventura, 21; and Lisandro Posada-Vazquez, 24.

All three were arrested by ICE officers on Tuesday first being held by theBedford County Sheriff’s Office and all three are MS-13 gang members. They described the murder as being the result of “narcotic-related activity.”

Sheriff Brown said in describing the incident, “It appears at this point in time, the 17-year-old, Raymond Wood, did not leave voluntarily from the city of Lynchburg.” The Bedford County dispatch office received a 911 call from a motorist who reported a body in the road at approximately 9:30 pm. That motorist had observed an older model Honda Accord traveling at a high rate of speed toward US highway 221. Shortly thereafter, a BedfordCounty Sheriff’s deputy who was responding to the call of the body in the road met the oncoming Honda.

The Deputy engaged with the occupants and determined that the driver, MS-13 gang member Rodas, was an illegal alien. He was detained and transported to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. The other two were picked the following morning following suspicious activity reported by the public.

Dale Wood, the uncle of the victim, Raymond Wood, described what the deranged animals had done to his nephew on a local radio broadcast at WLNI.

Mr. Wood said, “His hands were cut off, his throat was cut, his tongue was pulled into his throat, he was stabbed 16 times, ran over 3 times.” The Daily Caller referred to what they called a “Colombian necktie,” in which a victim’s tongue is sliced and pulled through their neck.

He asked, “How do you do that to a child? How do you do that to anybody? It’s just, unbelievable. It’s definitely not human.” He added, “These are monsters”

Of course they are monsters, he is absolutely correct in his evaluation. They are monsters who are in the United States with an entry pass personally stamped by Hussein Obama and Jihadi Jeh Johnson. Were it not for those two regime criminals the other criminals, the foreign MS-13 gang members, would still be in El Salvador.

Like so many other American deaths, the death of Raymond Wood is the fault of those two despicable enemy Democrats. The blood is on their filthy America-hating hands.

Iranian vessels cause US Navy ship to change course in Strait of Hormuz – US official

A US Navy ship in the Strait of Hormuz was forced to change directions after it came within 600 yards of multiple Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps vessels, a US official says.

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Multiple Iranian vessels stopped once they came within about 600 yards of the USNS Invincible, a tracking ship, which was accompanied by three British Royal Navy ships, the official told Reuters. The Invincible and its entourage were forced to change course.

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The incident was “unsafe and unprofessional,” the official told Reuters. He added that the Invincible’s attempts to communicate over radio were not answered.

The Strait of Hormuz is off the Iranian coast, east of the Persian Gulf. The official did not say where in the strait the interaction occurred.

The incident comes amid increasing tension between Iranian and US forces in the Strait of Hormuz. On February 26, the Iranian navy conducted its annual drill near the area, through which nearly a third of all oil traded by sea is transported. The drill did not involve Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

In early January, the USS Mahan, a US Navy destroyer, fired three warning shots at Revolutionary Guard vessels in the Strait of Hormuz after the boats did not heed a US order to halt its course.

In November, a small Iranian vessel allegedly pointed a gun at a US Navy helicopter in the Strait of Hormuz, in international waters, according to the Pentagon.

DEMOCRATS SUGGEST INVOKING THE 25TH AMENDMENT UNLESS TRUMP “GETS A GRIP”

Democrats have found another narrative to cling to

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After questioning President Trump’s sanity earlier in the week, it appears Democrats have found another narrative to cling to – invoke the 25th Amendment unless Trump “gets a grip.”

With a growing number of Democrats openly questioning President Trump’s mental health.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) in a floor speech this week called for a review of the Constitution’s procedures for removing a president. He warned the 25th Amendment of the Constitution falls short when it comes to mental or emotional fitness for office.

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) during a weekend interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” said that “a few” Republican colleagues have expressed concern to him about Trump’s mental health.

And Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) plans to introduce legislation that would require the presence of a psychiatrist or psychologist in the White House.

Justifying their questions by pointing to Trump’s habit of making demonstrably false claims.

“It’s not normal behavior. I don’t know anybody in a position of responsibility that doesn’t know if they’re being rained on. And nobody I work with serially offers up verifiably false statements on an ongoing basis,”

And now that narrative has grown louder as CNN’s State of The Union just discussed invoking the 25th Amendment unless President Trump “gets a grip”

In fact, The Atlantic’s David Frum joked after the election, “Twenty-Fifth Amendment to the Constitution. Article 4. We’re all going to be talking a lot more about it in the months ahead.”

So, what’s Article 4 to the 25th Amendment? In the abstract, the amendment itself is about presidential succession, and includes language about the power of the office when a president is incapacitated. But Digby recently highlighted the specific text of growing relevance:

“Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”

What does that mean exactly?

Well, it means Congress isn’t the only institution that can remove a president from office between elections. Under the 25th Amendment, a sitting vice president and a majority of the executive branch’s cabinet could, on their own, agree to transfer power out of the hands of a sitting president. At that point, those officials would notify Congress, and the vice president would assume the office as the acting president.

And what if the challenged president wasn’t on board with the plan to remove him/her from the office? According to a recent explainer, “If the president wants to dispute this move, he can, but then it would be up to Congress to settle the matter with a vote. A two-thirds majority in both houses would be necessary to keep the vice president in charge. If that threshold isn’t reached, the president would regain his powers.” All of this comes up in fiction from time to time, and in all likelihood, Americans will probably never see this political crisis play out in real life. And that’s probably a good thing: by all appearances, the intended purpose of the constitutional provision was to address a president with a serious ailment – say, a stroke, for example – in which he or she is alive, but unable to fulfill the duties of the office.

In other words, for the first time, the concept of a soft palace coup” has been officially brought up on public media; we expect such speculation will only get louder.

The ball is now in Trump’s court.

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