Trump’s Move to Trigger the First Nuclear War (Revelation 8)

Trump’s move to trigger new arms race

February 12, 2019

Mohammad Jamil

THE Trump Administration suspended Nuclear Arms Control Treaty with Russia last week following five years of heated debate over accusations by the United States that Moscow was violating the Reagan-era agreement, which were rejected and denied by President Putin. The decision is likely to trigger a new arms race — not only with Russia, but also with China, which was never a signatory to the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty). It also comes as the United States has begun building its first long-range nuclear weapons since 1991, which move appears to signal the end of more than a half-century of traditional nuclear arms control. The INF Treaty was signed by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in December 1987which had prohibited Washington and Moscow from fielding ground-launched cruise missiles that could fly between 310 and 3,420 miles.

In September 2009 the United Nations Security Council, at a summit chaired by the then US President Barack Obama, had unanimously approved a resolution that envisaged a world without nuclear weapons. The resolution had called for stepped up efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, promote disarmament and reduce the risk of nuclear terrorism. The US-drafted resolution also called for further efforts in the sphere of nuclear disarmament envisaging a “world without nuclear weapons”. It had urged all countries that have not signed the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to do so. The conference also aimed at promoting the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), first initiated in 1999. India was perhaps the first country to have given immediate reaction to the resolution before it was voted, and had refused to sign NPT and CTBT.

In direct answer to the resolution calling for signing the non-proliferation treaty, the then India’s permanent representative in the UN Hardeep Puri had said, “There is no question of India joining the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as a non-nuclear weapon state. Nuclear weapons are an integral part of India’s national security and remain so pending non-discriminatory and global nuclear disarmament”. The problem is that the US — the sole superpower — has double standards, one for its strategic partners and the other one for rest of the world. Israel is an undeclared atomic power, yet America would not like to see Iran or any Arab country develop nukes to meet the challenges from it. The US itself entered into a civil nuclear agreement whereby India enjoyed all the benefits accruing to a State that signed Non-Proliferation Treaty. This has disturbed the balance of power in South Asia.

On the other hand, members of US administration, government functionaries and think tanks continued propaganda against Pakistan that terrorists could get control of its nuclear assets in the event the state fails. In 2006, Pakistani press quotation Indian news agency had published news that National Intelligence Council, a think-tank organ of CIA in its 114-page report, among other observations, presaged that the world would need America’s help in resolving conflicts, and the US will have to intervene with a view to stopping Kashmir dispute from taking an ugly turn. It observed that in case India committed aggression against Pakistan, and got initial success due to its edge in conventional arms, Pakistan could use atomic weapons. The US had signed civil-nuclear agreement with India, whereby India, which is not member of the NSG, enjoys the benefits of membership under a 2008 exemption to NSG rules for its atomic cooperation deal with the US.

The US Administration perhaps does not realise that its policy of building up India as countervailing force to China would prove counter-productive, as India would never flex muscle with a powerful neighbour like China. American leadership did not realize that it was creating a monster for which the US might face the consequences of arming its potential rival in this region. India is said to have quantitative and qualitative edge over Pakistan in conventional weapons such as tanks, aircraft and naval ships; yet it is on buying spree and acquiring sophisticated weapons from the US, Russia, France, UK and Israel. Of course, the US policy of making India a strategic partner has emboldened India to continue to be stubborn and baulk at resolving Kashmir and other disputes. Anyhow, the two pillars of India’s strategy are a “minimum credible” deterrent and a doctrine of “no first use” of nuclear weapons.

Pakistan also believes in minimum deterrence but does not subscribe to the “no first use” because of India’s edge over conventional arms and size of the armed forces. On Friday, the Red Cross called for a total ban on nuclear weapons, warning of the growing risk that such arms could again be used with devastating effect. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a global campaign to generate awareness about the rising nuclear threat facing the world. They said some nuclear-armed states were straying from their “long-standing nuclear disarmament obligations” and were “upgrading their arsenals, developing new kinds of nuclear weapons and making them easier to use”. However, US President Donald Trump’s announcement that Washington is beginning a process to withdraw from the Cold War-era agreement in six months would trigger a new arms race.

—The writer is a senior journalist based in Lahore.

Iran Increases Uranium Enrichment (Daniel 8)

Iran to increase uranium enrichment capacity

Iran is ready to boost the capacity of its uranium enrichment, Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) said.

„Based on a decree by Iran’s Supreme Leader and the emphasis put on this issue by AEOI head, the country is ready to increase its uranium enrichment capacity to 190,000 separative work units (SWUs),“ Xinhua quoted Kamalvandi as saying to Press TV.

In July 2018, Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the AEOI, said that Iran had set up a factory to manufacture rotors used in advanced centrifuge machines, which was part of plans to elevate the country’s uranium enrichment capacity to 190,000 SWUs.

The factory had the capacity to manufacture around 60 IR-6 centrifuge machines each day, Salehi said.

SWU is the standard measure of the effort required to separate isotopes of uranium during an enrichment process. 1 SWU is equivalent to one kg of separative work.

Earlier, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had ordered the AEOI to prepare for the enrichment of uranium up to a level of 190,000 SWUs.

On Sunday, Kamalvandi said that Iran is also ready to increase the level of its uranium enrichment to 20 per cent of purity.

Under an international nuclear deal in 2015, which put an end to the Iranian controversial nuclear issue, Iran agreed to reduce the purity of its enriched uranium to three per cent.

Iran has drawn up plans to start re-designing the Arak heavy water reactor given the fact that the signatories to the nuclear deal have failed to fulfill their commitments, Kamalvandi also said.

Following the withdrawal of Washington from the Iranian nuclear deal in May last year and subsequent re-imposition of sanctions against Tehran, Iran has urged the remaining parties to step up measures to secure the country’s economic interests enshrined by the deal.

Meanwhile, Tehran has also threatened that it may reconsider its approach to the deal, if the signatories fail to guarantee Iran’s benefits from the accord.

–IANS

UNREST BREAKS OUTSIDE THE TEMPLE WALLS (REVELATION 11:2)

UNREST BREAKS OUT ALONG THE GAZA BORDER – REPORT

By TZVI JOFFRE

A Palestinian demonstrator is seen during a protest marking al-Quds Day, (Jerusalem Day), at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip June 8, 2018.. (photo credit:“ IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA / REUTERS)

Palestinian media reports that a Palestinian was hit by IDF fire east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip.

Incendiary balloons were launched from Jabalia in the Gaza Strip towards communities on the Gaza border, Palestinian media reported on Sunday.

Matters only escalated as a subsequent report said that Palestinians in the northern Gaza Strip threw shock grenades at IDF soldiers and burned tires.

A Palestinian was hit by IDF fire east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, according to Palestinian reports. In response, forces shot a flare over the northern area of the Strip.

Over the weekend, thousands of protesters confronted IDF forces throughout several locations across the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Ministry of Health reported that two teenagers were killed by IDF sniper fire and five Palestinians were injured during the clashes.

Palestinians have been staging weekly protests since last March at the border, an enclave controlled by the Islamist militant group Hamas. The enclave’s health ministry says that more than 220 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops at the protests. One Israeli soldier has died.

Israel says it has no choice but to use deadly force at the protests to defend the frontier from militants trying to destroy the barrier and infiltrate.

„In the past hour violent demonstrations have been taking place on the security fence, we have been monitoring the demonstrators and documenting some improvised explosive devices that were thrown by some of the demonstrators, injuring several of them in the process,“ The IDF’s Spokesperson’s Office commented in a released statement on Friday.

Israel and Egypt imposed a security blockade on the enclave after Hamas seized control of it in 2007, which the World Bank says has reduced the local economy to a state of collapse. Israel has fought three wars against Hamas in the past decade.

Palestinians say the weekly protests are led by civil society groups demanding an easing of the blockade and recognition of their right to return to homes in Israel. Israel says militants use the demonstrations to threaten the border and provoke violence.

Zachary Keyser, Hagay Hacohen, Jerusalem Post Staff and Reuters contributed to this report.

The Sixth Seal Is Past Due (Revelation 6:12)

 

New York City is Past Due for an Earthquake

by Jessica Dailey, 03/22/11

filed under: News

New York City may appear to be an unlikely place for a major earthquake, but according to history, we’re past due for a serious shake. Seismologists at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory say that about once every 100 years, an earthquake of at least a magnitude of 5.0 rocks the Big Apple. The last one was a 5.3 tremor that hit in 1884 — no one was killed, but buildings were damaged.

Any tremor above a 6.0 magnitude can be catastrophic, but it is extremely unlikely that New York would ever experience a quake like the recent 8.9 earthquake in Japan. A study by the Earth Observatory found that a 6.0 quake hits the area about every 670 years, and a 7.0 magnitude hits about every 3,400 years.

There are several fault lines in New York’s metro area, including one along 125th Street, which may have caused two small tremors in 1981 and a 5.2 magnitude quake in 1737. There is also a fault line on Dyckman Street in Inwood, and another in Dobbs Ferry in Westchester County. The New York City Area Consortium for Earthquake Loss Mitigation rates the chance of an earthquake hitting the city as moderate.

John Armbruster, a seismologist at the Earth Observatory, said that if a 5.0 magnitude quake struck New York today, it would result in hundreds of millions, possibly billions of dollars in damages. The city’s skyscrapers would not collapse, but older brick buildings and chimneys would topple, likely resulting in casualities.

The Earth Observatory is expanding its studies of potential earthquake damage to the city. They currently have six seismometers at different landmarks throughout the five boroughs, and this summer, they plan to place one at the arch in Washington Square Park and another in Bryant Park.

Won-Young Kim, who works alongside Armbuster, says his biggest concern is that we can’t predict when an earthquake might hit. “It can happen anytime soon,” Kim told the Metro. If it happened tomorrow, he added, “I would not be surprised. We can expect it any minute, we just don’t know when and where.”

Armbuster voiced similar concerns to the Daily News. “Will there be one in my lifetime or your lifetime? I don’t know,” he said. “But this is the longest period we’ve gone without one.”

Via Metro and NY Daily News

Iran Threatens the Donald (Daniel 8:4)

Twitter removes Imam Khamenei’s tweet on Trump

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Twitter has, in a questionable move, removed one of the yesterday’s tweets of the Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s Arabic account which was aimed at US top officials, including its president Donald Trump.

In a highly questionable move, Twitter has removed a tweet by Iranian Leader Ayatollah Khamenei which was published in his Arabic account on Friday. The tweet was addressed to US President Donald Trump and two other American top officials, reading “Down with USA means down with Donald Trump, John Bolton and Mike Pompeo,” and not the American nation.

The tweet had tagged Donald Trump’s Twitter account, as well as the other two American officials‘ mentioned in the tweet.

The Leader had made the remarks yesterday in a meeting with Army Air Force commanders and staff in Tehran.

The tweet, meanwhile, is still available in the English version of Leader’s Twitter account.

Outraged Palestinian Mourners Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Outraged Palestinian mourners bury 2 teens killed by Israeli gunfire near Gaza’s border

Mourners carry the body of the Palestinian teenager Hassan Shalabi who was killed by Israeli soldiers‘ gunfire during his funeral in the central Gaza Strip, on Feb. 9, 2019. (Xinhua/Yasser Qudih)

GAZA, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) — Hundreds of grieved and outraged Palestinian mourners buried on Saturday two teenagers, who were shot and killed on Friday by Israeli soldiers‘ gunfire near the border between the eastern Gaza Strip and Israel.

Wrapped by Palestinian flags, Hassan Shalabi, 14, from Gaza’s southern city of Khan Younis, and Hamza Ishteiwi, 18, from Gaza City, were buried in the afternoon in two separate funerals.

Each funeral was joined by hundreds of mourners, who carried the bodies of the two on their shoulders and chanted slogans calling for revenge.

According to Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman of the Gaza health ministry, Ishteiwi was shot in his neck and Shalabi in his chest, while 17 others were injured in the same clashes.

At one of the two funerals, Ismail Radwan, a senior Hamas leader, accused Israel of committing another „humanitarian crime against innocent civilians.“

The two teenagers were killed „by cold blood“ when they were standing very far away from the rallies, Radwan said.

„The crime of the occupation against children will not pass without punishment,“ he added, calling on the world’s rights groups to stand in the face of Israel and stop its crimes.

Relatives of the 14-year-old Palestinian Hassan Shalabi who was killed by Israeli soldiers‘ gunfire mourn during his funeral in the central Gaza Strip, on Feb. 9, 2019. (Xinhua/Yasser Qudih)

Meanwhile, Khader Habib, a senior Islamic Jihad leader from Gaza who attended the funeral, stressed that the peaceful rallies „will go on until the goals are achieved.“

Since late March last year, the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been carrying out weekly protests, known as the Great March of Return, against Israel’s 12-year crippling blockade on the coastal enclave.

According to the Gaza health ministry, more than 250 Palestinians, including 47 children, have since been killed and around 26,000 others injured, with 40 percent shot by live gunfire.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), a Gaza-based rights group, condemned in a press statement the killing of the two teenagers.

„The Israeli occupation forces carry out crimes and rely on the American immunity, and this encourages Israel to keep committing more crimes,“ PCHR said.

„The Palestinians have the right to peacefully demonstrate and opening live ammunition at them is a severe violation of the human rights laws and the Fourth Geneva Convention,“ it added.

There has been no immediate comment from the Israeli army on the killing of the two Gazans, but an Israeli army spokesman said on Friday that the Palestinian factions „are using terrorist means, such as bombs, in the protests, which risks the lives of other demonstrators.“