Building the Australian Nuclear Horn (Daniel 7)

Trump stance on Iran heralds new reality for Australia

13 August 2018 — 12:00am

The Trump administration is reimposing a series of sanctions on Iran, targeting Iranian trade in aircraft, automobiles, pistachios and gold.  In November, an additional round of sanctions will target exports.

These trade moves follow Donald Trump’s withdrawal in May of the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal. This new reality means that Australia should urgently clarify its stance towards Iran.

We know that Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed Iran at the July AUSMIN summit. While Bishop, commendably and appropriately, has been recently criticising Iran’s regional military aggression and ongoing missile development, Australian diplomats are actively reaching out to Tehran’s commercial class, with the embassy there recently announcing “Australian companies are keen on doing business with Iran” and signalling a “wait and see” approach to the discredited nuclear deal.

Australia needs a clear and consistent position which should be based on Australia’s national interest in robustly addressing the threat posed by a belligerent, expansionist and irresponsible Iran.

Smuggled intelligence documents revealed by Israel have shown both that Iran’s nuclear program was further advanced than anyone thought and that, since the signing of the 2015 agreement, Iran has continued to conceal its nuclear capabilities and ambitions.

This means that Iran has not, as often claimed, complied with the terms of the nuclear deal, reached between Iran, the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany. That deal required Iran to co-operate with the International Atomic Energy Agency to account for and document its past nuclear efforts, but the smuggled archive shows Iran has done the opposite, actively hiding them from inspectors.

Julie Bishop, Australia’s foreign minister, left, and Mike Pompeo, US secretary of state, stand for photographs during a bilateral meeting at the Australia-US Ministerial (AUSMIN) consultations at Stanford University.

Photo: Bloomberg

The agreement not only failed to do more than temporarily postpone a nuclear Iran but has effectively empowered Iran to step up its other menacing activities.

Much to the disgust of long-suffering Iranians, funds released under that deal were used primarily to save the despotic Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and to aid the rebels in the murderous war in Yemen, to fund and direct terrorists and to destablise most of Iran’s other neighbours – all developments definitely not in Australia’s national interest.

Furthermore, Iran’s ballistic missile program is continuing – in contravention of United Nations resolutions.

Meanwhile, even before US sanctions were restored, the economic pressure on the Iranian regime has been intensifying rapidly. Iran’s rial is in free fall, inflation is estimated at 220 per cent, multinational investors are fleeing in droves and street protests against the dire economic situation have become increasingly frequent and nationally widespread.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Photo: AP

Some oppose outside pressure on the regime, claiming it only weakens “moderate” actors in Iran, such as President Hassan Rouhani, and strengthens hardliners, such as the Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Such claims rest on a fundamental misreading of Iranian politics. Rouhani is no moderate. He has been intimately tied to Iran’s nuclear program for two decades and boasted in 2015 about using negotiations as cover to advance Iran’s nuclear efforts. He also lacks direct control over foreign or defence policy – which is determined by hardline Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Iran signed the nuclear deal because Khamenei decided it was in Iran’s interests, to ease external economic pressure, and because the Obama administration, desperate for a deal, made concessions which essentially allowed Iran to build nuclear weapons after 2025.

Renewed pressure on Iran is the key to both changing these unacceptable arrangements on the nuclear issue and to making new agreements to address the Iranian regime’s other rogue activities.

Thus the Australian government’s more critical stance of late must be backed up by our diplomats. Iran poses a serious threat for our allies and for international and regional order and Australia has a useful role to play in supporting Washington’s initiative to deter, counter and contain that threat.

Dr Colin Rubenstein is executive director of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council. Previously, he taught Middle East politics at Monash University.

Manual Recount Ratifies Antichrist’s Victory

Manual Recount Ratifies Sadr Movement Triumph in Iraq

Baghdad, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) A recount of the votes in the Iraqi parliamentary elections ratified the triumph of the coalition led by the Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, after the results were released today.

Sadr’s bloc, Sairoon, retained 54 of the 329 seats in dispute, according to the Independent Elections Commission of Iraq.

The review of the ballots covered 13 of the 18 provinces of this country due to allegations of fraud, which is why the Parliament ordered a recount of the votes.

Meanwhile, al-Fatih alliance, headed by Hadi al-Amiri, gained an additional seat and went from 47 to 48, and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s al-Nasr bloc remained in third place with 42.

The winning parties of the consultation remain involved in negotiations to form the next government, without any sign of an imminent conclusion.

That uncertainty creates more tensions in the population that aspires to an improvement of basic services, of job offers and to accelerate the reconstruction of the country destroyed by a three-year war with the terrorist group Islamic State.

The Sairoon movement threatened Friday to remain in the opposition, instead of supporting the formation of the government, in case the other parties do not support 40 demands demanded by the cleric Sadr.

Claims include the rejection of sectarian quotas, the handing over of ministries to previous holders, the installation of deputies of dual citizenship and the expulsion of corrupt officials.

Popular anger over the prevailing situation is reflected in frequent protests in the southern provinces, in which predominantly Shiite Muslim confession, which is supported by the main leader of that religious variant, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.

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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

USGS.gov

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.

The Threat of Pakistani Nuclear Terror (Daniel 8:4)

Pakistan’s constantly-moving missiles and hidden launches revealed

Col. Vinayak Bhat (retd)11 August, 2018

There is undeniable evidence on Google Earth satellite imagery exposing Pakistan’s unknown, secretive missile launches.

Pakistan keeps moving its missiles and launchers from place to place to conceal their whereabouts, according to evidence analysed by ThePrint.

For years now, Pakistan has sought to overcome its disproportionately smaller conventional military capability against India by amassing scores of nuclear weapons and delivery systems. In 1965, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the country’s foreign minister at the time, had said: “We will eat grass and leaves, even go hungry, but we will get one of our own (nuclear bomb).”

Later, as prime minister, Bhutto established the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) to fulfil his dream mission of possessing a missile programme.

Pakistan also created the Kahuta Research Laboratories (now known as Khan Research Laboratories) soon after its defeat in the 1971 war. The efforts to gain nuclear technology by illegal means increased after India’s Pokhran blast in 1974.

But Islamabad also resorts to bluff and bluster on its nuclear weapons programme. In January 2017, this author had exposed Pakistan when it used Photoshop and special effects to fake the launch of its Babur missile.

After almost 18 months, now there is undeniable evidence on Google Earth satellite imagery exposing Pakistan’s unknown, secretive missile launches.

China’s assistance

Pakistan’s closest ally has been China, with whom it shares an inseparable friendship. Since the 1980s, Pakistan has made strong efforts to acquire an indigenous capability in missile production, assisted by China and North Korea with their technological and other assistance.

China’s role in the sale of M-11 missiles to Pakistan, along with the blueprints of the U235 nuclear implosion device has been documented earlier. In the 1990s, many Chinese and North Korean vessels were raided to find and confiscate tons of ammonium perchlorate bound for SUPARCO.

China has also been providing transporter erector launchers or TELs for Pakistan’s missile programmes. The Wanshan Special Vehicles Factory has been providing its WS51200 vehicles for the Shaheen-III missiles to be made more mobile.

More recently, China has provided powerful and high performance tracking system for Pakistan’s missile development programme.

These are highly accurate spatial measurement systems known as cinetheodolites. They use high-speed cameras and laser tracking, enabling collection of trajectory and performance data obtained during testing to assist the missile development programmes.

As per the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a set of four systems has been provided with training and guidance of Chinese engineers and technicians.

Transport security

Pakistan is paranoid that Indian armed forces will know exactly where its missiles and weapons are located. So, it adopts a system of keeping the nuclear weapons and missiles moving so that no one ever knows their exact location.

This brings in the crucially important aspect of transport security, especially from an internal threat. The so-called “jihadists” or “good terrorists” may get to know how and when Pakistan moves its missiles and nuclear weapons from one location to another.

Pakistan has assembled at least 10 special trucks for transporting possibly weapons and missiles from KRL in Kahuta and the National Defence Complex, Fatehjang, to various locations, especially to Winder, near Karachi.

The civilian truck, which US commentators call a “1-800-FLOWERS” truck, has been observed at Fatehjang, Hyderabad (Sindh) and Winder.

These trucks have been seen on highways near Hyderabad and Karachi with seemingly no security cover.

Shaheen-III

The Shaheen-III missile was developed by Pakistan in response to the so-called threat posed by India’s Agni-III. The first service test was carried out in December 2017.

Since then, Pakistan’s former Strategic Plans Division chief Lt Gen. Khalid Kidwai has been boasting about capability to hit India as far away as the Andaman and Nicobar Islands with nuclear weapons.

The satellite images of 1 December, 2017, cover the launch site of Pakistan’s premier facilities at Winder.

The images clearly display a missile horizontally placed on some kind of stand. The size and shape of the missile suggest that it is a Shaheen-III missile.

The launch pad has a tractor erector system for the missile to be raised to vertical firing position.

The movable shed has been shifted, possibly to place the missile on the erector system.

A large number of vehicles is observed near the command and control centre. They are possibly special instrumentation vehicles.

Ababeel

Indian scientists successfully tested the Agni-V missile in January 2018. The Indian missile has range of 5,000 km, which covers nearly all of Pakistan from any part of India. But the Agni-V is not a Pakistan-specific missile.

Pakistan is equally involved in the missile race. Its India-centric missile programme was readied for a repeat test of its of Ababeel missile.

Satellite images of Winder launch site show a white missile in erected position with a number of support vehicles around it. The movable shed has been moved to its end.

The size and shape of this missile suggests it is an Ababeel. Its position suggests it is ready to be fired and countdown has begun.

The presence of army tents in huge numbers along with the VIP tent suggests that this Ababeel launch was probably user trials for the Pakistan Army.

The MIRV (multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle) technology of the Ababeel missile reportedly uses the Chinese cinetheodolite tracking system to track multiple targets to develop a perfect multiple re-entry for its weapons.

The introduction of MIRV technology in South Asia is likely to have a cascading effect on the regional security environment.

NOTAMs

NOTAMs — international warning notifications that are issued before testing flying objects — for Pakistan’s December launch could not be traced. They were possible issued a long time ago, and expired on the day of launch.

The NOTAMs issued by Pakistan for the 28 January 2018 launch cover a distance of 2,900 km into the Arabian Sea.

The distance is almost 700 km greater than the earlier-claimed 2,200 km by the director-general of Inter-Services Public Relations, the media wing of the military, after the first test on 24 January 2017.

The range indicated in the NOTAMs suggests very strongly that this particular Ababeel could be a variant with longer range.

In its zest to keep up with India, the new government, with Imran Khan as its leader, is unlikely to bring in any positive change to Pakistan’s military and nuclear establishments.

Antichrist Swears Allegiance to Iran

Sadr deputy: Defending Iran is a ‘religious and ethical duty’

TEHRAN – The first deputy of Moqtada al-Sadr has said that defending the Islamic Republic in the case of a possible U.S. attack would be a “religious and ethical duty”.

“In 2005 we told the top authorities of the Islamic Republic that should the hegemonic powers, including America, Britain and the Zionist regime, attack Iran, we won’t remain passive,” Seyed Jalil al-Nouri was quoted as saying by ISNA on Friday.

It came after Iraqi Vice President Nouri Al-Maliki said his country is opposed to any pressure and economic sanctions by the U.S. against Tehran.

In a meeting with Iran’s Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi, al-Maliki added that the policy of exerting economic pressure on Iran and sanctions is rejected and the international community should block the policy of pushing peoples towards famine.

Also on Thursday, a group of students from the Najaf Seminary expressed solidarity with Iran, calling on the international community to oppose “those who are pursuing unilateral sanctions against Iran.”

They further condemned the “unjust sanctions” against the Iranian nation imposed by the “ruthless U.S. government, which does not want stability and progress for Muslim nations.”

MH/PA