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Iran’s FM Rejects US Offer for New Treaty

  • PressTV Published on Sep 20, 2018
    The Iranian foreign minister says the U-S cannot seek to negotiate a new treaty with Tehran after it withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal.

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

Iran Deal 2.0? US Seeks to Force Tehran into New ‘Treaty’ with Threats of ‘Stronger Measures’

  • Iran Deal 2.0? US Seeks to Force Tehran into New ‘Treaty’ with Threats of ‘Stronger Measures’
    by https://www.rt.com/
    Months after unilaterally tearing up the internationally recognized Iran deal, the US is looking to cut a “new treaty” with the Islamic Republic. But will Iran accept? And can Washington’s words be trusted?

    The US is looking to negotiate a treaty with Iran to regulate its ballistic missile and nuclear programs, US special envoy for Iran Brian Hook said on Wednesday.

    “The new deal that we hope to be able to sign with Iran, and it will not be a personal agreement between two governments like the last one: we seek a treaty,”
     he said, ahead of a UN Security Council meeting in New York next week, chaired by President Donald Trump.


    Hook admitted, however, that Iranian leaders, for some inexplicable reason, did not seem interested in talking with the US – even though President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo generously expressed their willingness to negotiate with Tehran. In order to convince Tehran to talk, Hook threatened it with “stronger measures” than the crippling sanctions already imposed by the US.

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

EU Seeks to Bypass US Sanctions on Iran with Trade Finance Tool

  • EU Seeks to Bypass US Sanctions on Iran with Trade Finance Tool
    by  in Brussels,  in Paris,  in Berlin and  in London, https://www.ft.com/
    Payments channel would enable European companies to trade with Iranian businesses

    EU powers are in talks over launching a payments channel that would enable European companies to trade with Iran as part of efforts to defy US sanctions and keep alive a landmark nuclear deal with Tehran. France, Germany and Britain are working with EU officials on the finance tool ahead of November’s restoration of a second wave of US sanctions that will target Iran’s oil exports and transactions with its central bank.

    An official EU effort to maintain financial access to Iran would deepen a transatlantic rift after Washington warned European companies to comply with its reimposed countermeasures or be shut out of the US financial system. The goal of European policymakers is to help both EU and Iranian businesses preserve the commercial benefits that persuaded Tehran to sign the 2015 agreement to curb its atomic energy programme, diplomats said. The so-called E3 European countries — which are all signatories to the nuclear deal, along with Russia and China — have been working with the European Commission and the EU’s diplomatic service on the planned funding channel, they added.

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September 15, 2018 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , | Leave a comment

Germany Looking at Payment System with Iran to Save Nuclear Deal

  • Germany Looking at Payment System with Iran to Save Nuclear Deal
    Reporting by Michelle Martin and Riham Alkoussa; writing by Joseph Nasr; editing by Thomas Seythal, https://www.reuters.com/
    BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany and its European partners are considering setting up a payment system with Iran that allows the continuation of business transactions with the Islamic Republic once U.S. sanctions kick in, an economy ministry spokeswoman said on Friday.

    “As you know, it is a central goal of the EU and the German government to ensure that the processing of transactions is secured,” the spokeswoman said during a regular government news conference. “All options are being considered.”

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September 15, 2018 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , | Leave a comment

The Debate: Looming Idlib, Syria Battle

  • PressTV Published on Sep 14, 2018
    It’s deemed to be the last stage of the fight against terrorists in Syria: Idlib, where thousands of terrorists are stationed. Syria and Russia have vowed to flush the terrorists out of this area, yet Russia just announced that Syria is not preparing a major offensive against Idlib. In this edition of the debate, we will look at the looming battle for Idlib and the US claim that it’s worried about civilians there while in 20-17 it killed hundreds of them in Raqqa operation, which Amnesty International has called it the US-led “the war of annihilation”.

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September 15, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Iran Calls for Timely Action by EU to Keep JCPOA Alive

  • PressTV Published on Sep 13, 2018
    Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency says if the nuclear deal is to survive, more should be done to ensure Tehran’s economic benefits from it. This, as the I-A-E-A has confirmed for a 12th time Iran’s full compliance with the 20-15 nuclear agreement. From Vienna, Homa Lezgee reports.

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https://www.presstv.com/DetailFr/2018/07/06/567205/Iran-FM-Zarif-JCPOA-Europe-US

24 Nov 2018 to 18 Oct 2025 equals 2520 days (7 biblical years). Click on image for article.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-france/france-says-economic-package-for-iran-deal-unlikely-before-november-idUSKBN1JW0VU

24 Nov 2018 to 18 Oct 2025 equals 2520 days (7 biblical years). Click on image for article.

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September 14, 2018 Posted by | Economics, EndTimes, GeoPolitics | , , | Leave a comment

Russia: White Helmets Using Orphans to Fake Chemical Attack Video

  • RT America Published on Sep 12, 2018As tensions increase in Idlib, Russia is now accusing the White Helmets of using orphans to film videos simulating a chemical attack to be blamed on the Syrian government. For analysis, RT America’s Scottie Nell Hughes is joined by former US diplomat Jim Jatras.

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201804261063922143-douma-doctor-white-helmets-lies/

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https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201804181063698154-syrian-boy-reveals-truth-helmets/

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Backing up his claim that the attack did not contain sarin, Michael Savage made reference to photos showing first responders attending to bodies without gloves or protective gear. Had sarin been used in the attack, all of those men in white helmets would be dead.

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September 13, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Iran: U.S. Presence in Syria is Act of Aggression

  • PressTV Published on Sep 12, 2018
    Iran’s representative to the United Nations slams the United States for its illegal military presence in Syria, describing it as an act of aggression. Gholam-Ali Khoshrou who was speaking at the Security Council’s special session on Syria said Iran is on the ground in that country on an invitation by Damascus. He added that Tehran is playing a constructive role in bringing peace and prosperity to Syria and supports all efforts toward a political solution. During the meeting held on Russia’s request, US ambassador Nikky Haley accused Russia and Iran of failing to protect civilians in Idlib province. She also threatened the use of force if the Syrian army uses chemical weapons. In reaction, the Russian ambassador accused the extremist groups of planning to launch a false flag chemical attack in Idlib.

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September 12, 2018 Posted by | Economics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Russia, Turkey & Iran Speeding Up Efforts to Drop US Dollar from Trade – Official

  • Russia, Turkey & Iran Speeding Up Efforts to Drop US Dollar from Trade – Official
    by https://www.rt.com/
    In response to US sanctions, Russia, Turkey and Iran are negotiating the reduction of the US dollar’s share in mutual trade, Tehran Times daily quotes the country’s central bank governor as saying.

    Eliminating the greenback in mutual trade was most recently discussed by the three countries last weekend in Tehran during the trilateral summit of the Syrian ceasefire, said Iranian Central Bank Governor Abdolnaser Hemmati as quoted by the media.

    We have decided to proceed with further work in light of the agreements reached at a meeting with the Russian Central Bank governor in Moscow,” Hemmati was quoted as saying. According to Hemmati, the topics discussed also included oil and gas prices, expansion of banking ties and strengthening of economic relations.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and their delegations visited Tehran last week for a trilateral summit on Syria and also to discuss expansion of ties.

    Earlier, Erdogan described the Turkish lira’s recent plunge to a record low as a “currency plot” and announced his readiness to get rid of the dollar in the country’s trade with its partners.

    Erdogan said the dollar was an obstacle for the Turkish economy. He urged the Turks “to gradually end the monopoly of the dollar once and for all by using local and national currency among us.”

    Russia, which has been under the US sanctions since 2014, has been a long proponent of switching to local currencies in trade with its key partners like Turkey and China.

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September 12, 2018 Posted by | Economics | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New US Navy Military Exercises in Persian Gulf as Regional Tensions Rise

  • New US Navy Military Exercises in Persian Gulf as Regional Tensions Rise
    by https://sputniknews.com/
    This month, the US Navy is conducting exercises it claims will guarantee freedom of movement through Persian Gulf and Red Sea waterways, as Iran threatens to obstruct shopping through key maritime positions.

    US 5th Fleet Theater Counter Mine and Maritime Security Exercise Commander Scott A. Stearney recently told reporters in Manama that the exercises, which involve both regional and global allies, “illustrate that the US and our partners stand ready to ensure the freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce wherever international law allows,” Bloomberg reported Sunday. 

    According to Stearney, US allies need to be ready to “address anything that threatens our interest or our [US] ships,” adding that Iran’s activities in the Persian Gulf and Red Sea areas are “promoting instability.” One of the US Navy exercises is occuring in Djibouti, a known choke point for global shipping at the southern end of the Red Sea.

    In early July, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) held large-scale military drills in the Persian Gulf. The IRGC said at the time that they were ready to disrupt other countries’ oil shipments through the strait if Iran’s own exports were impeded. Iran has full control of the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz, according to IRGC navy chief Alireza Tangsiri.

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September 11, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , | Leave a comment

US Not Ruling Out Strikes on Russian, Iranian Targets in Syria – Reports

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  • US Not Ruling Out Strikes on Russian, Iranian Targets in Syria – Reports
    by https://sputniknews.com/
    Syria’s northwestern Idlib province is the last remaining stronghold of militant and terror groups in the country. President Bashar Assad sees the liberation of Idlib as a topmost priority.

    The US is mulling air and missile strikes on Syrian government forces if they use chlorine gas in their operation to liberate Idlib.

    The US strikes could also target Russia and Iranian positions in the area, the Wall Street Journal wrote on Sunday.

    Targeting Russian Forces?
    The article added that the Pentagon may be crafting military options, but President Trump hasn’t decided yet what exactly would trigger a military response or whether the US would target Russian or Iranian military forces aiding Assad in Syria.


    The WSJ added that Washington has not yet decided whether the use of chlorine gas could necessitate US airstrikes on Assad’s forces.

    According to the publication, if Washington decides to strike, it would possibly be on a larger scale compared to the air and missile attacks it had previously launched in Syria. If it does, then it would have to decide whether to hit Russian air defense installations in a bid to inflict maximum damage on Assad’s forces, the newspaper added.

    More Sanctions
    “I will not comment on US military plans, but on Assad’s use of chemical weapons, sarin and chlorine and disdain for civilian life is well documented and contrary to regional stability,” the WSJ quoted the Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White as saying.


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September 10, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Iran: US Illegal Presence in Syria Must End

  • PressTV Published on Sep 7, 2018
    The Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution says it is unacceptable that European parties to the 2015 nuclear agreement fail to fulfill their related commitments while Iran holds up its end of the deal. Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei made the comment in a meeting with visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of a trilateral summit of Iran, Russia and Turkey on Syria. The leader said Iran will make sure its stance on the nuclear deal protects its national interests. Ayatollah Khamenei also called for elimination of the U-S dollar from the trade between Iran and Russia. Putin, in turn, said the US is making a strategic mistake by limiting other countries’ access to its financial system. Putin said this weakens the dollar and undermines trust in the currency. The Russian leader also said Europeans are effectively following the US policy on the nuclear deal despite talking about protecting the agreement.

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September 10, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Trump Does 180 Shift On Syria: Regime Change Back On The Table

  • Trump Does 180 Shift On Syria: Regime Change Back On The Table
    by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
    Will the war in Syria never end? Will the international proxy war and stand-off between Russia, the United States, Iran, and Israel simply continue to drift on, fueling Syria’s fires for yet more years to come?  It appears so according to an exclusive Washington Post report which says that President Trump has expressed a desire for complete 180 policy shift on Syria.

    Only months ago the president expressed a desire “to get out” and pull the over 2,000 publicly acknowledged American military personnel from the country; but now, the new report finds, Trump has approved “an indefinite military and diplomatic effort in Syria”.

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September 8, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fate of Idlib: Russia, Turkey & Iran Meet at Crucial Syria Summit

  • RT Published on Sep 7, 2018
    The deteriorating situation around the last anti-government militant stronghold in Syria – Idlib province – has marked heated discussions at the UN Security Council.

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September 8, 2018 Posted by | Economics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Top US Envoy Says “Lots Of Evidence” Assad Prepping Chemical Weapons; Russia Threatens Attack On US Base

  • Top US Envoy Says “Lots Of Evidence” Assad Prepping Chemical Weapons; Russia Threatens Attack On US Base
    by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
    While Syria seemed to have dropped from the Western media’s radar over the past months as the Syrian Army and its Russian and Iranian allies made rapid gains, multiple huge developments this week have returned the war to center stage in Washington and the dangerous rhetoric of escalation. In just the last 24 hours alone, we’ve learned:

    * Trump has reportedly done a 180 shift, departing from his prior statements of “bring our troops home” made only months ago, and has approved “an indefinite military and diplomatic effort in Syria” according to a bombshell Washington Post report.
    * Russia has put the US military on notice, telling American commanders that Russian and Syrian forces are prepared to attack At Tanf — a key US garrison along the Syrian-Iraq border.
    * A top US Syria policy representative says there’s “lots of evidence” chemical weapons are being prepared by the Syrian Army for use in its impending Idlib ground assault

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September 7, 2018 Posted by | GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment