According to an investigation by Senate Republicans, Obama administration officials sidestepped sanctions despite repeatedly testifying to the contrary before Congress, giving Iran access to the US banking system that would have allowed Iran to convert $5.7 billion in Omani rials to US dollars. – The treacherous plan failed when 2 US banks refused to cooperate.
By Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff
The Obama administration secretly sought to give Iran brief access to the U.S. financial system by sidestepping sanctions kept in place after the 2015 nuclear deal, despite repeatedly telling the opposite to Congress and the public, according to an investigation by Senate Republicans released Wednesday. Continue Reading »
After President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal and the U.S. reimposing sanctions, European leaders are scrambling to protect their economic deals and lucrative profits with the notorious Islamic Republic.
Europe’s largest economies lobbied to protect their companies’ investments in Iran on Friday, seeking to keep the nuclear deal with Tehran alive after Washington pulled out and threatened to impose sanctions on European companies.
Germany and France have significant trade links with Iran and remain committed to the nuclear agreement, as does Britain, and the three countries’ foreign ministers plan to meet on Tuesday to discuss it. Continue Reading »
The Iranian rial is driven down by massive public demand for dollars among locals anticipating the resumption of US sanctions targeted to cripple Tehran’s economy. – Iran’s central bank governor erroneously insists economy would not be hurt by Trump’s withdrawal from nuclear agreement.
DUBAI – Iran’s rial traded near record lows against the dollar in the free market on Tuesday as Iranians tried to buy hard currency, fearing economic turmoil if US President Donald Trump withdraws from a deal on Iran’s nuclear program.
The dollar was selling for 65,000 rials, according to foreign exchange website Bonbast.com, which tracks the free market. Continue Reading »
Airbus, the European airline consortium has a $19B deal threatened, with over a billion dollars in French automobile sales; Germany’s Volkswagen to suffer big-time, so it’s understandable why Germany, Britain and France will likely seek exemptions for their firms should President Trump pull out of nuclear deal.
By Israel Hayom
From airplanes to oilfields, billions of dollars are on the line for international corporations as U.S. President Donald Trump weighs whether to pull the United States out of Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers.
The 2015 deal lifted crippling economic sanctions from Iran in exchange for a pledge from Iran to curb its military nuclear efforts. Continue Reading »
Satellite images shows parking lots full, an opened gate to the plant’s uranium enrichment tunnels, new building construction and recently, numerous buses parked at the facility.
Israeli satellite company iSi released several photos on Thursday indicating ‘unusual activity’ at a nuclear research facility in Iran from April 29, following weeks of speculation that US President Donald Trump might decide to leave the nuclear deal.
Satellite images reveal ‘unusual activity’ at Iran nuclear research facility. – Photo: iSi
The satellite images show a number of activities at the Fordow nuclear research plant that haven’t been detected in recent months, such as a large presence of buses and vehicles, as well as new large buildings which iSi believe are for R&D (research and development) and assembly. Continue Reading »
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov tells the press following talks with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing, “We [China and Russia] will obstruct attempts [by U.S. President Trump] to sabotage these agreements which were enshrined in a UN Security Council resolution.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday he had agreed with his Chinese counterpart that Moscow and Beijing would try to block any US attempt to sabotage the Iran nuclear deal, Russian state news agency TASS reported.
“We are against revising these agreements, we consider it very counterproductive to try to reduce to zero years of international work carried out via talks between the six major powers and Iran,” TASS quoted Lavrov as saying after talks with Wang Yi, China’s top diplomat, in Beijing. Continue Reading »
Tillerson has publicly contradicted Trump on the Iran deal in the past, including during the current negotiations, and has advised Trump not to rip up the nuclear accord outright, whereas CIA director Mike Pompeo, has disagreed, advocating for a full U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 pact led by former President Obama.
WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump unceremoniously fired his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, on Tuesday morning, in part over “disagreements” on the Iran nuclear deal and amid a critical negotiation with Europe over its fate.
Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State.
European leaders quietly say they prefer keeping accord, not because it offered Iran an economic lifeline, but because it opened a vast range of mega-investment opportunities for European countries.
PARIS – Europe must make clear how it will react if the United States pulls out of the multinational nuclear deal with Iran and do more to encourage international banks to return to the country, a senior Iranian official said on Tuesday.
Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, founder of the Tel Aviv-based Israel Law Center, found a ‘back door’ to force Tehran to pay settlement in a past terrorism case, but in the process, may kill Boeing’s multi-billion dollar deal with Iran, and also nullify Iran’s nuclear agreement with the P5+1.
BY YAAKOV KATZ
When the landmark nuclear deal was signed in 2015 between the world superpowers and Iran, one of the big winners was, of course, Tehran. Billions of dollars, frozen throughout years of economic sanctions, were finally released, providing a much-needed boost to Iran’s failing economy.
Another winner was Boeing. In one of the appendices of the deal, aerospace companies, primarily Boeing and Airbus, were given special permission to start doing business with Iran. Continue Reading »
WATCH: The 2000 Democratic Vice Presidential candidate and staunch JCPOA opponent, Joe Lieberman, praised President Trump’s refusal to certify the Iranian compliance as the “the right decision and made it in the right way.”
By David Rosenberg
Former Connecticut Senator and 2000 Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Joseph Lieberman praised President Donald Trump’s announcement Friday that he would not recertify Iranian compliance with the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal.
The president is required by law to report to Congress every 90 days on Iran’s compliance – or lack thereof – with the terms of the JCPOA. Continue Reading »
Precisely as Israel’s PM Netanyahu warned the world, Iran has not honored the Obama-brokered nuclear agreement, can begin enriching uranium to 20% within just 5 days, then begin making nukes at any time, and Iranian generals and officials openly say so to their media.
By Israel Today Staff
Israel warned former US President Barack Obama that Iran wouldn’t honor the nuclear arms deal he brokered with the Islamic Republic.
PM Netanyahu warns the US Congress that Obama’s deal is “A Bad deal” …Iranians untrustworthy.
The ayatollahs and their elected puppets went through the motions, but never truly fulfilled the stipulations of the agreement. Continue Reading »
Some Democrat lawmakers are relieved to bid the POTUS farewell, especially after Obama’s decision to abstain from a UN Security Council veto, that passed Resolution 2334, disavowing Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem, Judea & Samaria and condemning a Jewish presence there.
By MICHAEL WILNER
WASHINGTON – For years, Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill managed to keep relatively quiet their frustration with Barack Obama’s approach to the Middle East, careful to navigate his brokerage of a nuclear deal with Iran, his absence in Syria and his antagonistic relationship with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by offering respectful criticism couched in commitments to party loyalty. Continue Reading »
In yet another inaccurate ‘official statement’ concerning Israel that originated from the White House, Israel’s defense ministry on Friday fired back with an analogy putting things in a more honest light.
The defense ministry fired back at Obama’s remarks that ‘Israel is now behind the Iran deal’
Israel’s defense ministry on Friday fired back at comments made by US President Barack Obama over the Iran nuclear deal, saying that the agreement is “harmful, just like the Munich agreement with Hitler.” Obama on Thursday said that even Israel now acknowledges Iran’s adherence to the international nuclear accord as he staunchly denied that a $400 million payment to Iran earlier this year was ransom for the release of American prisoners. Continue Reading »
A year after Iran signed a deal with Obama’s administration promising to curtail its nuclear program, Germany’s domestic intel agency warns of Iran’s continued efforts to violate agreement and acquire forbidden materials.
By Polina Garaev
Iran is still making extensive attempts to acquire materials to further its nuclear program, a year after signing a deal promising its curtailment, Germany’s domestic intelligence agency warned last week.
A building housing the reactor at the Bushehr nuclear power plant in the Iranian port town of Bushehr – Photo: AFP
The German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) says it has detected extensive Iranian attempts to acquire illicit materials in Germany, “especially goods that can be used in the field of nuclear technology,” noted the agency in its recently released annual report. Continue Reading »
Congress expressed its concerns about reports indicating how the Obama administration is going out of its way to accommodate Iran in the sanctions relief.
By RON KAMPEAS/JTA
Non-nuclear sanctions against Iran and its allies have led to Hezbollah being in “its worst financial shape in decades,” the top sanctions enforcement official told Congress.
A Hezbollah terrorist on top of a building in Bekaa Valley. – Photo: REUTERS
“After many years of sanctions targeting Hezbollah, today the group is in its worst financial shape in decades,” Adam Szubin, the acting Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence told the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday. Continue Reading »
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