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Liar Pompeo: US Will ‘Crush’ Iran If Necessary. ‘Strongest Sanctions in History’: Pompeo Issues 12 Demands to Iran

May 22, 2018 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

US Lays Out 12 Demands For A New Nuclear Deal With Iran

  • Should you trust Zionists Trump and Pompeo on any Iran nuclear deal? I don’t think Iran will. The US government is a lawless entity. It just violated the JCPOA international agreement which it signed after years of negotiation. The US government has been waging economic war against Iran for the past few decades.
  • US Lays Out 12 Demands For A New Nuclear Deal With Iran
    by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
    The Trump administration escalated its demands on Iran on Monday while giving Tehran a possible loophole if it wants the US to return to the nuclear deal which President Trump unilaterally cancelled last month, laying out a list of demands that Iran has to satisfy for the deal to be restored, including a stop to all uranium enrichment and halt to Iran’s support for militant groups in the region.

    The administration’s demands were outlined in a speech by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which for the first time spelled out all of the administration’s requirements for a new agreement. Pompeo laid out an onerous list of 12 “basic requirements” on Iran which toughened the nuclear demands and called for a wholesale change to Iran’s military posture in the region, that he says should be included.

    Among the demands listed by Pompeo was that Iran must “stop enrichment” of uranium and never pre-process plutonium. Iran must also allow nuclear “unqualified access to all sites throughout the country.”

    Pompeo also demanded that Iran must withdraw all of its forces from Syria, end its support for militant groups like Hezbollah in Lebanon, stop sending arms to the Houthi militia in Yemen, release all U.S. citizens, and cease its threats to destroy Israel. Some of the requests were a bit more… bizarre:

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http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/08/25/secret_cia_files_prove_america_helped_saddam_as_he_gassed_iran

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2002/dec/31/iraq.politics

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https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/theresa-may-syria-war-uk-chemical-weapons-attack-iran-iraq-thatcher-russia-a8300881.html

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https://socioecohistory.wordpress.com/2017/06/16/is-washington-dc-the-city-of-7-hills-the-endtimes-babylon-city-2/

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May 22, 2018 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Peace With a Price: Iran Promises EU to Adhere to Nuke Deal on One Condition. Covenant of 1 Week?

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201805211064637316-iran-eu-nuclear-deal/

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https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel+9%3A27&version=NKJV

  • Is this coming new Iranian Nuclear Deal: Peace Treaty, Daniel’s ‘Covenant of 1 Week’?  Why do I have my 10 pairs of eyeballs on this JCPOA, Iran nuclear deal? The EU driven by Macron is discussing a revised Iran nuclear deal but without USA participation. The current deal expires in 2025 ie. about 7 years (according to Trump see below). Will the revised deal, which is based on the existing deal, still keep the 2025 expiry? If so, it definitely can coincide with the Biblical Book of Daniel’s prophecy of ‘Covenant of 1 week’ ie. 7 Biblical years. A biblical year is 360 days not 365 days. (Note: JCPOA ‘Termination Day’ is in Oct 2025)
  • The revised deal is quite obviously a PEACE Treaty.

    Iran Sanctions – JCPOA in the Balance
    What are the “Terrible Flaws” That President Trump Sees?
    President Trumps opposes a number of aspects of the JCPOA. One is that the obligations it imposes on Iran relate only to its nuclear programme, but not on its “other malign activities”2 (IRGC funding, cyber aggression, maritime aggression, human rights violations, destabilising activity in the Middle East); a second is that the JCPOA does not consider long-range missile development as part of a nuclear weapons programme; a third is that the JCPOA has an expiry date (on Termination Day, in 2025).
  • JCPOA Treaty details:

    The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) at a Glance
    Timeline for Implementation
    …. October 18, 2015, Adoption Day: 90 days after the passage of the UN Security Council Resolution endorsing the deal (July 20, 2015). Adoption day triggers Iran and the P5+1 to take steps (outlined below) to meet the commitments to fully implement the JCPOA. 
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    October 2025, Termination Day: Ten years after adoption day. Termination day terminates Resolution 2231 and the Security Council closes Iran’s nuclear file. 

    Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and restrictive measures
    … Finalisation Day
    The UN Security Council endorsed the JCPOA through Resolution 2231(2015) on 20 July 2015. On 31 July the Council of the EU adopted the legal acts translating the first of these provisions into EU law.
    ….
    Adoption Day
    On 18 October, 90 days after UN Security Council resolution 2231 (2015), the JCPOA came into effect. JCPOA participants made the necessary arrangements and preparations for the implementation of their JCPOA commitments.
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    UN Security Council resolution Termination Day
    10 years after Adoption Day, if the provisions of previous UN Security Council resolutions have not been reinstated, all remaining UN and EU measures will be terminated.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2018/05/08/trumps-claim-that-iran-could-build-nuclear-weapons-in-seven-years/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.100cd3c8295f

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May 22, 2018 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

The World Prepares As The Dollar Is Pushed To The Side

  • X22Report Published on May 20, 2018
    Countries are now preparing themselves, they have recalled their gold in preparation of dumping the dollar. The petro-yuan is now gaining ground, within a short few weeks it has 12% of the market, the people drive what comes next, when countries add the petro-yuan and dump the dollar this will change everything and it will happen very quickly.

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May 22, 2018 Posted by | Economics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nuclear Peace Deal: EU, Russia, China to Discuss Offer of New Terms to Iran — Report

  • EU, Russia, China to Discuss Offer of New Terms to Iran — Report
    by TOI STAFF and AGENCIES, https://www.timesofisrael.com/
    Powers may try to entice Tehran with financial aid in return for curbing missile program and Mideast meddling, according to German newspaper.

    Representatives of European powers will meet with Russian and Chinese officials in Vienna this week to discuss a new accord with Iran, in an effort to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal, Reuters reported Sunday, quoting German newspaper Welt Am Sonntag.

    World powers reportedly plan to offer Tehran financial incentives in return for the Islamic Republic limiting its ballistic missiles program and expansionism in the Middle East — thus placating the US and avoiding the resumption of American sanctions.

    On May 8 US President Donald Trump announced he was withdrawing from the 2015 deal and would reinstate tough economic sanctions on Iran.

    Iran said Saturday it would wait to see whether Europe produces tangible results in overcoming US sanctions before it decides whether to stay in the nuclear deal, as a top EU official visited Tehran to present plans for maintaining trade ties.

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May 22, 2018 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Petro-Euro? Tensions Between EU & US Grow Over Sanctions Against Iran

  • RT Published on May 20, 2018
    The European Commission launched a process to prevent EU firms from being hit by US sanctions on Friday. European firms would also be able to get compensation and loans if they are affected. Shabbir Razvi, director of International Finance Solutions Associates shares his view on the possible outcome of tensions between EU & US.

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May 22, 2018 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

EU Companies’ Possible Withdrawal From Iran Contradicts Nuclear Deal – Tehran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif © AP Photo / Petr David Josek

  • EU Companies’ Possible Withdrawal From Iran Contradicts Nuclear Deal – Tehran
    by https://sputniknews.com/
    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the EU energy chief Miguel Arias Canete in Tehran, as quoted by Iran’s state news agency IRNA, that Europe’s political support of the JCPOA is not enough.

    “With the withdrawal of America, [Iran’s] public expectations from the European Union have increased in order to maintain the deal’s gains, and in the current context, the European political support for the accord is not sufficient,” Mohammad Javad Zarif told Miguel Arias Canete in Tehran, cited by IRNA.

    The minister outlined the lack of consistency between support for the deal voiced by the EU and possible the withdrawal of European companies.

    “The announcement of the possible withdrawal by major European companies from their cooperation with Iran is not consistent with the European Union’s commitment to implementing (the nuclear deal),” Zarif stated.

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May 22, 2018 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

Emerging Markets MELTDOWN as Stocks, Bonds, Currencies Fall! Markets In PANIC MODE?!

May 22, 2018 Posted by | Economics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Martin Armstrong: Rates are Going to Jump to 10% Instantaneously

  • Martin Armstrong: Rates are Going to Jump to 10% Instantaneously
    by Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com (Early Sunday Release)
    Near the end of last year, legendary financial and geopolitical analyst Martin Armstrong said the Trump tax cuts were going to be a very positive move for the U.S economy. He was right. What does he say now about the U.S. dollar? Armstrong predicts, “They keep talking about the U.S. debt is $20 trillion. Global sovereign debt is over $200 trillion. The U.S. basically is holding up the whole world, and U.S. debt is why it is the reserve currency. Europe couldn’t make it because they could never consolidate the debt. . . . What you have is a crisis that has been building in emerging markets to sell their debt they issued in dollars. The dollar going up is what breaks the back of the world monetary system. . . . The world monetary system is going to do great if the dollar goes down. Everybody is going to be borrowing more and say this is fantastic. It’s only when the dollar goes up that we get things that break. . . . The U.S. always wants the dollar down, but it’s not going to work that way. . . . The dollar is probably going to go up pretty strong until late 2021 at the latest. . . . The whole thing is going to break. The Federal Reserve has become the central bank of the world by default.”

    So, where does Armstrong see big trouble brewing? Look no further than the bond market. Armstrong explains, “The bond market is going down. . . . We’ve already started into it. . . .You have to understand both Japan and Europe have destroyed their bond markets. They have completely and utterly destroyed them. They are the buyers. That’s it. There is no pension fund that can buy 10-year paper at 1.3% when they need 8% to break even. They are locking in a 10 year loss. They can’t do it. We have been helping major funds shift into equities because it is the only place they can go. . . . Once you start seeing the cracks in Europe, you are going to see interest rates rise faster than you have ever contemplated in your life. There is nobody in their right mind that can buy an Italian bond at 1.3%. It’s just not going to happen. Once the ECB is forced to stop, those rates are going to jump to 10% instantaneously. Once it starts to crack, that’s it, it’s gone. What is going to make everyone know it is cracking is when you see rates going up dramatically, and the ECB is at a point it just can’t buy any more.”

    Armstrong does not see a big War in the near term, but one is brewing in the Middle East. What Armstrong does see right now is “increasing civil unrest.”

    On gold, Armstrong sees the yellow metal “fighting a stronger dollar” but predicts it will have its day sometime after 2020 to 2021.

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May 21, 2018 Posted by | Economics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Iran Announces Deadline for Europe to Salvage Nuclear Deal

Miguel Arias Canete (L), European Union Energy Commissioner, during a meeting with Iranian officials in the capital Tehran on May 19, 2018. Iran said it would wait to see whether Europe produces tangible results in overcoming US sanctions before deciding whether to stay in the nuclear deal, as a top EU official visited Tehran to present plans to maintain trade ties. AFP / STR

  • Iran Announces Deadline for Europe to Salvage Nuclear Deal
    by The National 
    Tehran says EU mechanisms must be in place before US sanctions take effect
    Iran has announced the new deadline it expects European nations to meet if they are to uphold the nuclear agreement and salvage it after US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the pact between Tehran and world powers earlier this month.

    “The EU’s adopted mechanisms…should be enforced by August 8, when U.S. sanctions begin to take effect,” Iranian TV quoted Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, as saying.

    The European Union has moved to reassure Iran that it remains committed to upholding the nuclear pact that traded limits on its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of crippling international sanctions on the Iranian economy.

    EU energy chief Miguel Arias Canete delivered the message on a visit to Tehran and also said the 28-nation EU, once the biggest importer of Iranian oil, hoped to strengthen trade with Iran.

    “We have sent a message to our Iranian friends that as long as they are sticking to the (nuclear) agreement the Europeans will…fulfill their commitment. And they said the same thing on the other side,” Mr Arias Canete, European Commissioner for energy and climate, told reporters after talks with Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi.

    Mr Salehi said it would be disastrous if EU efforts fail to preserve the 2015 deal, in which Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear work in return for the lifting of most Western sanctions. “The ball is in their (EU leaders) court,” Mr Salehi said. “We hope their efforts materialise”.

    The European Union took formal steps Friday to shield its firms from US sanctions on Iran as part of efforts to save the international nuclear deal with Tehran. EU leaders meeting Thursday in Bulgaria gave the European Commmission, the bloc’s executive arm, the all-clear amid a deepening rift with Washington.

    The commission said Friday it “launched the formal process to activate the blocking statute by updating the list of US sanctions on Iran falling within its scope”.

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May 21, 2018 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

EU Continues Talks with Iran Despite US Sanctions

  • PressTV Published on May 20, 2018
    EU Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete continued talks in Tehran on Sunday in a bid to protect trade ties amid fresh US sanctions. He met with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Head of Department of Environment Isa Kalantari. Canete is reportedly expected to discuss further bilateral collaboration as well as preserving trade ties despite renewed US sanctions on Iran.

May 21, 2018 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

French Finance Minister: “U.S. Won’t be Allowed to be Economic Police”

  • PressTV Published on May 20, 2018
    The French finance minister has urged Europe not to allow the United States to be the economic policeman of the world. Bruno Le Maire said the European response must be clearly NO to Washington’s economic stance. He was reacting to U-S President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw his country from the Iran nuclear deal and impose sanctions against European companies doing businesses with Iran. The French minister said Paris is making proposals to strengthen the European economic sovereignty. He added that France is looking at possible ways that the E-U can use to compensate firms facing U-S sanctions over Iran. Le Maire was referring to the 19-96 statute which he said could allow the bloc to intervene to protect European companies against any U-S sanctions.

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May 21, 2018 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , | Leave a comment

‘US Not Economic Gendarme of Planet’: France Suggests EU May Compensate Firms Hit by US Sanctions

  • ‘US Not Economic Gendarme of Planet’: France Suggests EU May Compensate Firms Hit by US Sanctions
    by https://www.rt.com/
    France’s economy minister has suggested that the EU may compensate European companies affected by US sanctions on Iran, stressing that the bloc should not accept Washington as “the economic gendarme of the planet.”

    Bruno Le Maire referred to a series of countermeasures that the EU adopted in 1996 in response to US extraterritorial economic sanctions against Cuba. Back then, Brussels argued that those sanctions benefited Washington’s foreign policy interests at the expense of EU sovereignty. The regulation aimed “to protect the economic and/or financial interests of natural or legal persons against the effects of the extraterritorial application of legislation.”

    “The reinforcement of the 1996 regulation would allow us to bear the costs of sanctions paid by [EU] companies and which could be paid by the European Union. We have a European budget which can help to protect our businesses,” Le Maire said, speaking to Europe 1 radio station on Sunday. 

    The minister once again hit out at the US, which pulled out of a milestone 2015 deal earlier in May. The accord sought to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting decades-long sanctions and wider economic cooperation. The move was coupled with renewed restrictions targeting trade with Iran. “Are we going to allow the United States to be the economic policeman of the world? The answer is no,” Le Maire stated.

    This is not the first tirade that the French economy minister has leveled against Washington after it ditched the much-discussed deal. He once urged Europe to stop acting like “US vassals” and branded Trump’s decision “an error” from an economic point of view, unrelated to international security.

    Le Maire earlier revealed that he had called his US counterpart Steven Mnuchin and asked him “about either exemptions for a number of our companies, or longer deadlines [to comply with renewed sanctions].” Plane-maker Airbus, oil giant Total, as well as Renault and Peugeot car manufacturers could be among the French companies affected the most. 

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May 21, 2018 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Brussels Rises in Revolt Against Washington: A Turning Point in the US-European Relationship

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+17%3A16&version=NKJV

  • Brussels Rises in Revolt Against Washington: A Turning Point in the US-European Relationship
    by ALEX GORKA, https://www.strategic-culture.org/
    The May 16-17 EU-Western Balkans summit did address the problems of integration, but it was eclipsed by another issue. The meeting turned out to be a landmark event that will go down in history as the day Europe united to openly defy the US. The EU will neither review the Iran nuclear deal (JPCOA) nor join the sanctions against Tehran that have been reintroduced and even intensified by America. Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the JPCOA was the last straw, forcing the collapse of Western unity. The Europeans found themselves up against a wall. There is no point in discussing further integration or any other matter if the EU cannot protect its own members. But now it can.

    President Trump has his own reasons to shred the Iran deal, but he needs Europe to strong-arm Tehran into signing a “better” agreement. Were it to do so, the US administration would make it look like a big victory. Washington does not shy away from threatening its allies with punitive measures but the EU is standing tall, deepening the rift. As European Council President Donald Tusk put it, “With friends like Trump, who needs enemies?” According to him, the US president has “rid Europe of all illusions.” Mr. Tusk wants Europe to “stick to our guns” against new US policies. Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the EU Commission, believes that “Europe must take America’s place as global leader” because Washington has turned its back on its allies. Washington “no longer wants to cooperate.” It is turning away from friendly relations “with ferocity.” Mr. Juncker thinks the time is ripe for Europe “to replace the United States, which as an international actor has lost vigor.” It would have been unthinkable not long ago for a top EU official to say such things and challenge the US global leadership. Now the unthinkable has become reality.

    The process of shifting away from America does not boil down to just words of indignation and open defiance. Plans are underway to take practical steps. For instance, the EU is to ditch the use of the US currency in its payments for Iranian oil. It can be done. Russia and Iran have already launched an oil-for-goods exchange program in order to leave the greenback behind. The bloc plans to activate a 1996 law (the blocking statute), which bans European businesses from compliance with US sanctions on Iran. The legislation protects “against the effects of the extra-territorial application of legislation adopted by a third country.”

    The EU-Iran discussions have already been held. And it is America’s closest ally who is to deal the first powerful blow against US global dominance. This is a demonstration of the “no retreat, no surrender” spirit before the not-yet-unleashed war is in full swing.

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Revelation 17:3~6, .. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication.(a) 5 And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.

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May 21, 2018 Posted by | Economics, EndTimes, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

British Push Mideast Wars to Derail Emerging Four-Power Cooperation

  • Schiller Institute Streamed live on May 17, 2018
    In October 2009, speaking at the Dialogue of Civilizations Forum on the Island of Rhodes, Lyndon LaRouche developed the concept that an agreement among four leading powers — the U.S., China, Russia and India — can form the basis for creating a new global credit system, to replace the hopelessly bankrupt Trans-Atlantic financial system which crashed spectacularly a year earlier. In the last years, under the direction of China’s President Xi Jinping, that potential began to take concrete shape. With the election in 2016 of Donald Trump as President, in large part due to his rejection of the policies of war and financial speculation of his predecessors, it appeared that he was prepared to take steps to move the U.S. to join this agreement.

    This alone explains the desperate moves against him, beginning with the fraudulent Russiagate accusations, cooked up by British intelligence networks and Obama’s intelligence officials. It also explains the push for sharper confrontation of the U.S. against Russia and China, including the Skripal affair, and the Douma false flag chemical weapons charges. The latest dangerous moves by Israel’s Netanyahu regime, against Syria, Iran, Lebanon, and the Palestinians, and the continuing genocidal war waged by the Saudis against Yemen, are part of this same deployment, to use war to stop the consolidation of LaRouche’s idea of a Four Power agreement.

    Helga Zepp LaRouche has said that the only thing which can stop this Four Power dynamic, which has been gaining momentum around China’s leadership, with the Belt and Road Initiative, is war. The war drive from Britain must be defeated! Join Mrs. LaRouche and your host Harley Schlanger this Thursday, for the latest update on this fight, and what you can do to ensure that the Empire and its geopolitical insanity is brought to an end.

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May 21, 2018 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment