The History Of New York Earthquakes: Before The Sixth Seal (Rev 6:12)

Historic Earthquakes

Near New York City, New York

1884 08 10 19:07 UTC

Magnitude 5.5

Intensity VII

This severe earthquake affected an area roughly extending along the Atlantic Coast from southern Maine to central Virginia and westward to Cleveland, Ohio. Chimneys were knocked down and walls were cracked in several States, including Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Many towns from Hartford, Connecticut, to West Chester,Pennsylvania.

Property damage was severe at Amityville and Jamaica, New York, where several chimneys were “overturned” and large cracks formed in walls. Two chimneys were thrown down and bricks were shaken from other chimneys at Stratford (Fairfield County), Conn.; water in the Housatonic River was agitated violently. At Bloomfield, N.J., and Chester, Pa., several chimneys were downed and crockery was broken. Chimneys also were damaged at Mount Vernon, N.Y., and Allentown, Easton, and Philadelphia, Pa. Three shocks occurred, the second of which was most violent. This earthquake also was reported felt in Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Several slight aftershocks were reported on August 11.

North Korea Prepares for Nuclear War

North Korea says it’s deploying nuclear missiles

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North Korea’s ruling party newspaper says the country’s military is pushing forward with its deployment of nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles.

The Rodong Sinmun made the comment in an editorial on Friday.

The article says the country possesses intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles, and hydrogen bombs. It insists that it has made all preparations for a possible nuclear attack on the United States.

The editorial also says that wishing for the denuclearization of North Korea is more foolish than waiting for the ocean to dry up.

North Korea has been fostering a reconciliatory mood with South Korea during the ongoing PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

But the North staged a military parade on February 8th, the eve of the Games’ opening ceremony, displaying the new ICBM-class missile known as the Hwasong-15.

Pakistan Joins the Four Horns (Daniel 8:8)

Pakistan to Be Placed Back on Terror-Financing List, Source Says

by Chris Kay
February 23, 2018, 4:04 AM MST

Photographer: Banaras Khan/Bloomberg

Pakistan will be placed back onto an international terrorism-financing watch list from June, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter, a move that may hinder the country’s access to financial markets.

The move follows a push from the U.S., U.K., France and Germany to get Pakistan placed on the Financial Action Task Force’s “grey” monitoring list during a review meeting in Paris this week. China, which is financing more than $50 billion of infrastructure projects across Pakistan, removed its earlier objections to the move, said the person, who asked not to be identified as the discussions are private. Pakistan’s benchmark stock index reversed earlier gains and fell 0.6 percent at the close in Karachi.

A statement from FATF after the Paris meeting on Friday made no mention of Pakistan. Technically the South Asian nation has three months to convince the body that it has acted against terror organizations, though it will be difficult for them in practice, the person said. Earlier this week, Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said no consensus had been reached to put Pakistan on the list and that the nation had been given a three-month “pause.” Officials at Pakistan’s finance ministry couldn’t immediately comment.

The move is the latest attempt to get Islamabad to take more action against terror groups that allegedly have support and sanctuary within Pakistan. Relations with the U.S. have deteriorated drastically in the past year and in his first tweet of 2018, President Donald Trump said Pakistan gave “lies and deceit” in return for American funding. FATF removed the nuclear-armed nation after three years in 2015 from a list of countries which are subjected to regular monitoring.

‘More Pressure’

Being placed on the list may impede Pakistan’s access to global markets at a time when its foreign reserves are dwindling and external deficits are widening ahead of national elections in July. Yet during the previous period under FATF monitoring Pakistan managed to negotiate an International Monetary Fund bailout and continued to tap the international bond market.

“Gradually the U.S. is coming up with more pressure,” Shamoon Tariq, the Stockholm-based vice chief investment officer at Tundra Fonder AB, said before the decision. If the U.S. “puts more pressure on the World Bank and IMF on future funding, that would be a real challenge.”

Last week Pakistan vigorously tried to avoid inclusion to the list and said the U.S. had voiced concerns about the freedom with which the suspected planner of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Hafiz Saeed, and his organizations operated in the country.

Last week, Pakistan announced that it changed a law and now allowed its security forces to take action against groups on the UN Security Council list — such as Saeed’s charities which are alleged fronts for militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba. It also seized dozens of offices, buildings, seminaries and ambulances belonging to Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation.

‘Economic Hardship’

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also said in an interview this month that in the last two to three months Pakistan has “more or less complied” with sanctions against Saeed’s organizations. However, Abbasi said more action against Saeed himself was unlikely as “we have no charges against him.” India says it has provided evidence against Saeed to Pakistan.

On Thursday, White House spokesman Raj Shah said Trump was not yet satisfied with Pakistan’s progress in fighting terrorism. However, Pakistan’s government has said any financial squeeze will ultimately aid extremism.

“If Pakistan faces any economic hardship because of this, it’s going to affect our budget and capacity to fight the anti-terrorism war,” Pakistan’s Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal told reporters in Islamabad on Monday. “The question is whether these nations want to help terrorists or the war against terrorism?”

— With assistance by Ismail Dilawar

Iran Broadens Her Nuclear Horn (Daniel 8)


By Callum Paton On 2/23/18 at 6:45 AM

Iran has declared its intention to build nuclear submarines despite a succession of warnings from U.S. officials and President Donald Trump that a 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran could be scrapped.

A report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog, revealed that in January, Tehran informed the body of its intention to “construct naval nuclear propulsion in the future.”

According to Agence France-Presse, further details about how and why Iran may want to develop the vessels were unclear, and the ambiguity has raised concerns that Iran might use highly enriched uranium to power the submarines. Production of the nuclear material is prohibited under the terms of the nuclear deal with the U.S. and world powers.

Iran’s program for building nuclear submarines came to the fore in recent months as Tehran and Washington escalated their war of words over the 2015 nuclear accord.

Both on the campaign trail and since taking office, Trump has been deeply critical of the deal, hailed as one of the most important foreign policy achievements of the preceding administration.

Under the agreement, Iran said it would give up its nuclear weapons program in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

In September 2017, amid the ratcheting of tensions, Iran’s naval commander said the country’s nuclear agency was under orders to start producing nuclear reactors for fueling and propulsion systems that could be used on ships and submarines. Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said a nuclear-powered destroyer could be ready in a year.

The IAEA said Iran is still sticking to the 2015 nuclear accord, according to the report, released Thursday. The U.N.’s nuclear agency also said that Iran’s tough stance on nuclear submarines was likely a reaction to Trump’s rhetoric.

Despite Tehran vowing to stick to the deal, the president last month set a 120-day ultimatum for lawmakers to fix the deal. Foremost among Trump’s concerns are Iran’s ballistic missile program. Tehran, meanwhile, has said it is unwilling to renegotiate the deal.

Iran Foretells of the Nuclear Crisis to Come (Daniel 8:4)

The world will have to confront “another nuclear crisis” if the landmark 2015 agreement between Iran and world powers is scrapped, Iran’s deputy foreign minister warned.

In a speech at London’s Chatham House on Thursday, Abbas Araghchi said the “atmosphere of uncertainty” under US President Donald Trump has made it more difficult for Iran to stay with the deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“If we lose JCPOA, we would face another nuclear crisis, which would be very difficult to be resolved this time,” he said.

“This is a choice between security and insecurity at the world level.”

Araghchi, who served as Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, also hinted that Iran could withdraw from the deal if the country fails to reap the expected benefits of the agreement.

“For Iran, we are supposed to benefit from the sanctions’ lifting,” he said. “If companies and banks are not working with Iran, we cannot remain in a deal that has no benefit for us.”

Under the deal signed in Vienna between Iran and six world powers – the US, Russia, Germany, France, Britain and China, as well as the European Union – the leadership in Tehran scaled back the country’s uranium enrichment programme.

According to UN inspectors, Iran continues to be in compliance with that condition.

In exchange of Iran scaling back its nuclear programme, sanctions on its economy were lifted, and Tehran was allowed to resume trading oil and gas on the international market. A total of $100bn in frozen Iranian assets was also released.

In his speech on Thursday, Araghchi noted that negotiators were able to resolve “a very complicated nuclear crisis” that could have turned into a “big and dangerous problem for the whole world”.

Since Trump came to power, analysts said Iranians’ attitudes towards the US have soured [AFP]

US blacklist

Following the deal, Iran has gradually opened its country to foreign investment and welcomed more foreign visitors, injecting billions of dollars into its ailing economy.

However, there are several US sanctions that remain in place.

Analysts said that makes even non-American companies and investors who want to do business with Tehran wary of being penalised and blacklisted by Washington.

As a result, the economic gains Iran expected after it signed the deal have been stymied.

“Obviously such uncertainty has had a huge impact on foreign trade as investors remain wary and big banks have continued to stay away for fear of US sanctions,” Mohammad Hashemi, a Tehran-based analyst, told Al Jazeera.

A wave of protests in recent months, widely blamed on the country’s economic woes and years of political tension and alleged corruption, have added more pressure on the administration of reformist President Hassan Rouhani to do something about the economy.

Rouhani’s administration had pinned its hope of economic revival on the nuclear deal. Conservatives, however, opposed the agreement saying the US is not a trustworthy partner.

“Now two years since the implementation of the deal it has become clear that those warnings have been true,” said Hashemi.

‘Anything but optimistic’

Hashemi said the current mood in Iran “is anything but optimistic”, adding people are angry that despite Iran’s “good faith” in complying with the deal, Trump’s policies dashed those hopes “and highlighted US antagonism towards Iranians”.

Since the 2016 US presidential campaign, Trump has repeatedly vowed to rip up the nuclear agreement with Iran, calling it the “worst deal ever” signed by the United States.

In January, President Donald Trump announced unless an agreement can be reached between the US, Europe and Iran to “fix” what he called the deal’s “disastrous flaws”, he will no longer issue waivers on US sanctions, and will withdraw from the agreement as early as mid-April.

Trump said Iran should curb its ballistic missile programme and allow inspections of its military facilities, demands that are not listed in the nuclear deal.

Iran rejected those conditions saying it would not “move beyond its commitments” to the existing agreement.

The other parties to the deal, particularly the Europeans, have insisted the deal is working, and Iran has kept its part of the bargain.

Boris Johnson, the UK’s foreign secretary, also said no country has come up with a “better idea” to replace the agreement.