Iran is Ready to go Nuclear (Daniel 8:4)

 

An Iranian nuclear energy official on Sunday repeated a warning from earlier this year that his country is able to create highly enriched uranium in “two to three days.”

Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, told Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting that officials should be prepared for a possible resumption of nuclear activities, which were suspended under the nuclear deal that Tehran signed with China, France, Russia, the UK, Germany, and US the European Union in 2015.

The Trump administration withdrew from the deal on May 8 and ordered that harsher sanctions be reinstated. It is demanding that Iran stop the enrichment of uranium and end its involvement in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Afghanistan in order to negotiate a new deal.

On Friday, China, Russia, France, Britain and Germany met — at Iran’s request — to discuss how to move forward.

Speaking after that meeting, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said: “We are negotiating… to see if they can provide us with a package which can give Iran the benefits of sanctions lifting.”

He added that “practical solutions” were required to address Iran’s concerns over its oil exports, banking flows and foreign investments in the country.

“The next step is to find guarantees for that package,” he said.

Iranian officials have said they expect such a package to be presented by the end of May.

Araghchi said that talks would continue over the next few weeks “particularly at an expert level,” after which Iran would decide whether to stay in the accord.

“We got the sense that Europeans, Russia and China… are serious and they recognize that JCPOA’s survival depends on the interests of Iran being respected,” Araghchi added, using the official name for the 2015 deal.

In March, Kamalvandi told the Iranian Arabic-language al-Alam TV network, “If we want to enrich uranium to the 20-percent level, we can do it in less than 48 hours.”

Uranium enriched above the level of 20 percent is considered highly enriched and could theoretically be used in an atomic weapon, though most nuclear bombs contain uranium enriched to higher than 80%.

In his March interview, Kamalvandi said that Iran has developed highly advanced centrifuges that are 24 times more powerful than the previous models used.

He said that those machines could be brought back into full service if the 2015 nuclear deal were to collapse.

Agencies contributed to this report.

Two Centuries Before The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

Image result for 1755 massachusetts earthquakeThe worst earthquake in Massachusetts history 260 years ago

It happened before, and it could happen again.

By Hilary Sargent @lilsarg

Boston.com Staff | 11.19.15 | 5:53 AM

On November 18, 1755, Massachusetts experienced its largest recorded earthquake.

The earthquake occurred in the waters off Cape Ann, and was felt within seconds in Boston, and as far away as Nova Scotia, the Chesapeake Bay, and upstate New York, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Seismologists have since estimated the quake to have been between 6.0 and 6.3 on the Richter scale, according to the Massachusetts Historical Society.

While there were no fatalities, the damage was extensive.

According to the USGS, approximately 100 chimneys and roofs collapsed, and over a thousand were damaged.

The worst damage occurred north of Boston, but the city was not unscathed.

A 1755 report in The Philadelphia Gazette described the quake’s impact on Boston:

“There was at first a rumbling noise like low thunder, which was immediately followed with such a violent shaking of the earth and buildings, as threw every into the greatest amazement, expecting every moment to be buried in the ruins of their houses. In a word, the instances of damage done to our houses and chimnies are so many, that it would be endless to recount them.”

The quake sent the grasshopper weathervane atop Faneuil Hall tumbling to the ground, according to the Massachusetts Historical Society.

An account of the earthquake, published in The Pennsylvania Gazette on December 4, 1755.

The earthquake struck at 4:30 in the morning, and the shaking lasted “near four minutes,” according to an entry John Adams, then 20, wrote in his diary that day.

The brief diary entry described the damage he witnessed.

“I was then at my Fathers in Braintree, and awoke out of my sleep in the midst of it,” he wrote. “The house seemed to rock and reel and crack as if it would fall in ruins about us. 7 Chimnies were shatter’d by it within one mile of my Fathers house.”

The shaking was so intense that the crew of one ship off the Boston coast became convinced the vessel had run aground, and did not learn about the earthquake until they reached land, according to the Massachusetts Historical Society.

In 1832, a writer for the Hampshire (Northampton) Gazette wrote about one woman’s memories from the quake upon her death.

“It was between 4 and 5 in the morning, and the moon shone brightly. She and the rest of the family were suddenly awaked from sleep by a noise like that of the trampling of many horses; the house trembled and the pewter rattled on the shelves. They all sprang out of bed, and the affrightted children clung to their parents. “I cannot help you dear children,” said the good mother, “we must look to God for help.

The Cape Ann earthquake came just 17 days after an earthquake estimated to have been 8.5-9.0 on the Richter scale struck in Lisbon, Portugal, killing at least 60,000 and causing untold damage.

There was no shortage of people sure they knew the impretus for the Cape Ann earthquake.

According to many ministers in and around Boston, “God’s wrath had brought this earthquake upon Boston,” according to the Massachusetts Historical Society.

In “Verses Occasioned by the Earthquakes in the Month of November, 1755,” Jeremiah Newland, a Taunton resident who was active in religious activities in the Colony, wrote that the earthquake was a reminder of the importance of obedience to God.

“It is becaufe we broke thy Laws,

that thou didst shake the Earth.

O what a Day the Scriptures say,

the EARTHQUAKE doth foretell;

O turn to God; lest by his Rod,

he cast thee down to Hell.”

Boston Pastor Jonathan Mayhew warned in a sermon that the 1755 earthquakes in Massachusetts and Portugal were “judgments of heaven, at least as intimations of God’s righteous displeasure, and warnings from him.”

There were some, though, who attempted to put forth a scientific explanation for the earthquake.

Well, sort of.

In a lecture delivered just a week after the earthquake, Harvard mathematics professor John Winthrop said the quake was the result of a reaction between “vapors” and “the heat within the bowels of the earth.” But even Winthrop made sure to state that his scientific theory “does not in the least detract from the majesty … of God.”

It has been 260 years since the Cape Ann earthquake. Some experts, including Boston College seismologist John Ebel, think New England could be due for another significant quake.

In a recent Boston Globe report, Ebel said the New England region “can expect a 4 to 5 magnitude quake every decade, a 5 to 6 every century, and a magnitude 6 or above every thousand years.”

If the Cape Ann earthquake occurred today, “the City of Boston could sustain billions of dollars of earthquake damage, with many thousands injured or killed,” according to a 1997 study by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

The Art of the Deal – Part 3

Trump raises hopes that North Korea nuclear talks will go forward

By Catherine Lucey, Matthew Lee, Hyung-Jin Kim and Foster Klug
Updated 7:47 pm, Sunday, May 27, 2018

President Trump said Sunday a U.S. team was in North Korea to plan a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, raising expectations that the on-off-on meeting would indeed take place.

The State Department said earlier that a team was in Panmunjom, which straddles the border inside the demilitarized zone, or DMZ, separating the North and South Korea. One can cross the border simply by stepping across a painted line, but moving beyond several footsteps into the North at Panmunjom would be rare for U.S. officials.

Trump withdrew from a planned June 12 Singapore summit with Kim last Thursday, but quickly announced that it could get back on track. His tweet Sunday, which offered praise for the longtime U.S. adversary, was the latest signal that his concerns about the North’s stance toward the summit had been allayed.

“Our United States team has arrived in North Korea to make arrangements for the Summit between Kim Jong Un and myself,” he tweeted. “I truly believe North Korea has brilliant potential and will be a great economic and financial Nation one day. Kim Jong Un agrees with me on this. It will happen!

South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, on Sunday described his surprise meeting the day before with Kim in the Panmunjom truce village, saying Kim had committed to sitting down with Trump and to a “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tapped veteran American diplomat Sung Kim to handle pre-summit negotiations. On a separate but complementary track was the CIA team Pompeo set up last year when he headed the spy agency. And on a third track was a White House logistical group sent to Singapore on Sunday to prepare in case the summit takes place. It was led by Joe Hagin, White House deputy chief of staff for operations.

Moon has insisted Kim can be persuaded to abandon his nuclear facilities, materials and bombs in a verifiable and irreversible way in exchange for credible security and economic guarantees. Moon said Sunday that the North’s disarmament could still be a difficult process even if Pyongyang, Washington and Seoul don’t differ over what “complete denuclearization” of the peninsula means.

Catherine Lucey, Matthew Lee, Hyung-Jin Kim and Foster Klug are Associated Press writers.

The Power of the Russian Nuclear Horn (Daniel 7:7)

A video released by Russia’s defense ministry shows the submarine firing a salvo of four of the missiles within seconds of each other.

That means that together, the missiles fired by Russia had a minimum combine explosive potential of 2,400 kilotons, or about 160 times the destructive force that hit Hiroshima near the close of World War II, Hans Kristensen, the director of the Nuclear Information Project, estimated.

The missiles launched from a submerged submarine that is designed to operate in near silence, meaning the vessels could be virtually anywhere in the ocean at any time.

Due to the scale of Russia’s nuclear arsenal, the US has no practical means to defend against these or any other ICBMs.

The US also carries out routine testing of its nuclear systems, but rarely in salvos like Russia has.

Only God Can Destroy the Antichrist (Revelation 17)

Who will assassinate Moqtada al-Sadr?

Muqtada al-Sadr has risen on the Iraqi political scene again but in a different way following the victory of his bloc Sairoon in the elections, topping other Iraqi blocs led by Nuri al-Maliki and Hadi al-Amiri.

Today, Muqtada al-Sadr is a national leader. The Iraqi people have expressed their desire in choosing him and his nationalist approach. He is the winning horse for the Iraqi national sectarian reference, distinct from other blocs that merely became tools that exploit Iraq’s wealth for two purposes only.

The first is appropriating the country’s wealth through corruption and the second is serving the Iranian revolutionary project, the supreme guide and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Sadr has thus become the symbol of a new era for post-2003 Iraq.

On the regional level, the new Iraq that had distanced itself from sectarianism and the Iranian regime can bring the country back to its Arab depth in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states and the Arab states

Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi

Al-Sadr, the new hope for Iraq

Muqtada al-Sadr has went through a major transformation in a short amount of time. If one hears the rhetoric of al-Sadr, the national leader who is defending Iraq, its sovereignty and its unity and who has brought the constituents of Iraq’s society under his umbrella and who is seeking to build the country’s present and future, he’d realize it cannot be compared to his post-2003 period and to the Mahdi Army and controlling Najaf.

This demonstrates the dynamism of his personality and development in political consciousness and the political vision that governs his movement and supporters.

This political victory, which has turned the internal Iraqi equation upside down, will represent an important phase in the history of modern Iraq if Sadr can build strong and solid alliances.

These alliances will permit him to exhibit the Iraqi national movements that have been contaminated for many years by Iraqis working for an Iranian foreign agenda. If he can appoint Iraqi technocrats to lead governmental institutions to eventually achieve developmental and security goals that can restore Iraq’s glory and dynamism.

On the regional level, the new Iraq that had distanced itself from sectarianism and the Iranian regime can bring the country back to its Arab depth in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states and the Arab states. It can go back to being the guardian of the eastern gate of the Arab world, especially with the establishment of the new Arab axis led by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt. Iraq could be a bonus for restoring balance in the region.

On the international level, this Iraqi national approach represented by Sadr and his allies, can make Iraq enjoy refined relations, namely with the United States and the administration of President Trump, who is still trying to wipe out all the problems left out by the flawed vision of the Obama administration.

How will Iran react?

A strong and cohesive Iraq both internally, regionally and internationally is a blessing for the Iraqi state and Iraqis and for Arab countries and their peoples. This could be the beginning of Iraq’s return to its pristine eminence in the region and the world.

Certainly, the Iranian regime will not be happy about this optimistic approach. How will Iran work on reclaiming its role in Iraq? The answer to this question according to Iran will come with assassinations, bombings and threatening people with violence.

So now the question is who will assassinate Moqtada al-Sadr? Or who will assassinate his deputies to reengineer the composition of the Iraqi parliament? This has already happened earlier when the formation of government was taken away from Ayad Allawi and was passed on to Nouri al-Maliki.

It will be at the hand of Iran and no one else, but how will that be done? Will it be done through the hands of Sunni extremists, like when al-Qaeda assassinated Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim? Or will it be carried out by Shiite extremists like the bombing of Al-Askari Shrine in Samarra? The Iranian apparatuses, their militias and their agents in Iraq can answer these questions.

Iran is the biggest terrorist country in the world and can operate all of its hands in the region and the world and spread terrorism in various countries, whether close or far. Recent terrorist attacks in the United States, Europe and Indonesia and the atrocities against the people of Gaza by Hamas did not happen spontaneously nor were they a coincidence because they were premediated and orchestrated in coordination from the start.

This article is also available in Arabic.

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Abdullah bin Bijad al-Otaibi is a Saudi writer and researcher. He is a member of the board of advisors at Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center. He tweets under @abdullahbjad.