Even China Realizes The Dangers Of A Nuclear Iran (Daniel 8:3)

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In a joint news conference with Iranian FM, Chinese FM hopes deadline will not be extended for a third time

China is against another extension of the deadline for Iran to reach a deal with world powers in talks on its nuclear programme, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in Tehran Sunday.

“They have been extended twice, we hope that they will not be for a third time,” Wang said at a joint news conference with Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Wang said the talks between Iran and the P5+1 powers (the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) were a “historic opportunity” to resolve the longstanding dispute over Tehran’s nuclear efforts.

“The negotiations have seen positive progress,” he said, but “they have become more difficult and complicated” as they near conclusion.

Two deadlines for a permanent agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme have been missed since an interim deal was reached in November 2013.

Negotiators are now working toward reaching the political outline of a deal by March 31, with the cut-off point for the technical details of a comprehensive accord by June 30.

Western powers accuse Iran of seeking to develop a nuclear weapon—a charge Tehran denies.

Disagreements in the talks centre on the extent of nuclear activities Iran will be allowed to continue and the timetable for the lifting of sanctions imposed on Tehran over its nuclear efforts.

Zarif also said “the opportunity must be seized” for a deal and Iran was ready “to show flexibility to reassure the P5+1 group”.

Antichrist’s Men Take The Mark Of The Beast (Rev 13:16)

Report: Shiite militias escalate abuse of Sunnis in Iraq
By Sameer N. Yacoub
Associated Press
Published: Sunday, Feb. 15 2015 10:24 a.m. MST

BAGHDAD — An international rights group said Shiite militias allied with Iraqi security forces have escalated a campaign of abuse against Sunni residents in recent months, as gunmen assassinated a prominent Sunni tribal leader during an ambush in a Shiite district in Baghdad.

New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement that the militiamen, who are part of the fight against the Islamic State group, have begun driving Sunni families from their homes, kidnapping or summarily executing them in some cases.

The report said the abuses are taking place mainly in areas that were seized from the Islamic State group — which holds about a third of Iraq and Syria.

The militias — mainly volunteers who answered the call-to-arms from Shiite clerics — are growing more brutal, stoked by a desire for revenge against the Sunni extremists who have frequently butchered and attacked Shiites.

“Iraqi civilians are being hammered by ISIS and then by pro-government militias in areas they seize from ISIS,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch, using an alternative acronym for the Islamic State group. “With the government responding to those they deem terrorists with arbitrary arrests and executions, residents have nowhere to turn for protection.”

Meanwhile, police said Sunday that Qassim Sweidan al-Janabi, as well as his son and six bodyguards, were killed when their motorcade was attacked by gunmen in Baghdad’s northern Shiite district of Shaab. The attack, which took place late Friday, could fuel the ongoing sectarian tensions in the country.

A group of prominent Sunni politicians met to discuss the attack and urged the government to issue a law that would incriminate the Shiite militias, said Sunni parliament speaker Salim al-Joubori in a statement issued on Sunday.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, a Shiite, said that the perpetrators are aiming to “distract the security forces in the confrontation against the real enemy…that is Daesh and to create a rift in the political process.” Daesh is the IS group’s Arabic acronym.

Meanwhile, Saad Maan, spokesman for Iraq’s Ministry of Interior, told the Associated Press in a telephone interview that Iraqi security forces have arrested two relatives of IS group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Maan said al-Baghdadi’s uncle Saleh Ibrahim and his niece’s husband, Diaa Nouri Saadoun, were taken into custody in the Iraqi city of Samarra late Friday. He said both were found to have connections to the Sunni militant group and had intended to fight in Samarra, a Shiite holy city.

Obama About Ready To Spread The Shia Horn (Daniel 8:3)

Following the capture and murder of the Jordanian pilot by the Islamic State (IS or ISIS or ISIL), the Arab nations that were announced to be part of the US administration’s anti-ISIS coalition have been dropping out. Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait have dropped out of the coalition completely. There is absolutely no chance that Egypt will join the coalition, as had originally been hoped. United Arab Emirates (UAE) has partially remained in the coalition.

The latest edition of Debka’s subscriber-only newsletter (sent to me by a subscriber), contains a detailed analysis of the US anti-ISIS strategy, based on its own intelligence sources. I like to reference Debka’s newsletter because it contains valuable insights into what is going on, but is written from Israel’s point of view, and sometimes gets things wrong.

According to the analysis, Obama is taking every step possible to avoid being drawn into another Iraq war. While he is criticized for having no strategy, he actually does have a strategy: to “dump that war in Iran’s lap” by using the nuclear weapons talks to draw Iran into fighting ISIS instead of us.
Here is an outline of the analysis:

Long-time readers are aware that ten years ago I wrote, based on a Generational Dynamics analysis, that Iran would become America’s ally as the generation of survivors of Iran’s 1979 Great Islamic Revolution died off, and that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia would be allied with China against us. Ten years ago, that prediction seemed insane. So it has been fascinating and astonishing, in the last two years, to see that prediction come closer to reality every week.

This is a good time to repeat something I have written about several times. There is no doubt in my mind that Iran will develop nuclear weapons. Iran was attacked with weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in 1988 by Iraq, and Iran would already have developed nuclear weapons if Saddam Hussein had not been expelled by the Iraq war in 2003. Iran sees itself surrounded by potential enemies, Pakistan and Israel, both having nuclear weapons. For Iran, developing nuclear weapons is an existential issue.

However, as I have described before, Iran takes an enormous amount of pride in not having invaded other countries, even though other countries have invaded Iran. If you look back at Iran’s major wars of the last century — the Constitutional Revolution of 1908-09, the Great Islamic Revolution of 1979, and the Iran/Iraq war of the 1980s– Iran never attacked anyone else. This is now part of Iran’s DNA, and even the top leadership would be repulsed by the idea of a preemptive attack on Israel.

So my conclusion is that Iran will develop nuclear weapons as a defensive measure, but has no plans at all to use them on Israel, which is what is widely believed. Guardian (London) and Debka