The Iranian Horn Continues to Grow (Daniel 8)

Iran says it will continue uranium enrichment

Associated PressTEHRAN, Iran –

Iran says it will continue uranium enrichment and heavy water production despite U.S. pressure on the country to end it.

State TV quotes Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani as saying Saturday that under the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, Tehran has the right to continue developing uranium enrichment and heavy-water production.

“Under the deal, we have not done anything wrong. We continue enriching,” he says.

On Friday, the U.S. said it did not renew two sanctions waivers — one that had allowed Iran to store excess heavy water produced in the uranium enrichment process in Oman, and one that allowed Iran to swap enriched uranium for raw yellowcake with Russia.

That decision was aimed at forcing Iran to stop enriching uranium, something it was allowed to do up to certain limits under the nuclear deal. Highly enriched uranium can be used to fuel a nuclear weapon.

Babylon the Great’s Terrorism

Iran FM Zarif: US sanctions are ‘economic terrorism’

Iran’s foreign minister discusses US sanctions, foreign intervention in the region, and his past resignation attempt.

04 May 2019 14:16 GMT

In July 2015, after more than a decade of on-and-off negotiations, world powers reached a nuclear deal with Iran.

Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Iran agreed to eliminate its stockpile of enriched uranium and reduce centrifuges. In return, all UN Security Council and multilateral sanctions were lifted.

But not everyone was happy with the deal, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said the deal was a “stunning historic mistake”, as well as US Republican presidential candidates at the time.

The campaign against the Iran nuclear deal succeeded when Donald Trump moved into the White House.

The US withdrew from the deal in 2018, and announced that it would reimpose sanctions on Iran.

Certainly, Iran does not want confrontation and escalation but we have not lived 7,000 years by escaping from those who want to bully us.

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s minister of foreign affairs

Iran insisted it would remain in the nuclear deal and so did other signatories such as France, Germany, and the UK.

But tensions between the US and Iran have escalated; the US recent classified Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as “terrorists”, and Iran responded in turn, labelling US troops in the Middle East as “terrorists”.

Unilateral sanctions have also affected Iran’s economy, and the US recently tightened them by ending sanction waivers for countries buying oil from Iran, threatening Iran’s already struggling economy, whose oil production has decreased from 2.5 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2017 to as little as 1.3 million bpd.

In response, Iranian leaders have threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, a major thoroughfare for oil shipments, but their economy remains vulnerable.

The country’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, says the US sanctions are “economic terrorism”.

“They want to put pressure on the Iranian people in order to change their policy. That is the way the United States has acted for 40 years and, particularly since President Trump came to office, it violated a commitment by another US president, President Obama,” he told Al Jazeera.

He said that the sanctions won’t have any “political effect” and that Iran has developed various schemes with partnering countries to help protect themselves.

“One of them will be in the long run to the detriment of the United States and I think that is becoming increasingly popular and that is not to use dollars for your transactions. Second is an instrument that we are developing with the Europeans, we have already developed with our neighbours and we have developed them with the Chinese and that is not to engage in transfer of money across the borders which is where the United States would step in and will try to twist the arms of people who are engaged in it, illegally and unlawfully.”

According to Zarif, the US has been swayed by foreign interests.

“I believe the United States is not serving US interests. More than the United States, it is serving Israeli interests. And unfortunately, there are a couple of people in our region who have aligned themselves with Israeli interests,” he said, listing the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Salman and Mohammed bin Zayed.

So this is a cabal … who are pushing the United States and President Trump into conflict and into disastrous situations and they will be the first to suffer the consequences, unfortunately.”

Iran has also been accused of destabilising the region, and criticised for its involvement in countries like Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq.

The US recently accused Iran-backed militias of killing more than 600 of its soldiers during the Iraq war, which Zarif says is a “baseless lie”, stating that Iran’s priority is stability in the region.

Five More Killed Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11:2)

A ball of fire is seen during Israeli air strikes in Gaza on Saturday
Image:A ball of fire is seen during Israeli air strikes in Gaza on Saturday

Five people have died amid an exchange of airstrikes and rockets between Israel and militants in Gaza following a breakdown in ceasefire talks.

Hostilities across the border have flared up in recent days, with Israel having retaliated strongly after two of its soldiers were wounded by gunfire on Friday

Two Hamas militants died due to an Israeli airstrike and two Palestinian protesters were also killed, which prompted a wave of around 150 rockets to be fired from Gaza on Saturday – wounding at least two civilians.

Palestinians mourn the death of a family member killed during a protest at the border between Israel and Gaza
Image:Palestinians mourn the death of a family member killed during a protest at the border between Israel and Gaza
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More retaliatory airstrikes have followed from the Israeli military, targeting more than 30 targets belonging to Hamas and the smaller Islamic Jihadi militant group, killing one Palestinian gunman.

The Protectors Of al Aqsa, a small armed pro-Hamas group in Gaza, said the fatality was one of their soldiers.

In addition to those killed, the Gaza health ministry said seven other Palestinians had been injured and the education ministry announced the evacuation of several schools in the area under bombardment.

The flare-up prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to convene his security council, with police reporting significant damage to a house in the coastal city of Ashkelon.

Officials said the two Israelis confirmed to have suffered injuries were a 50-year-old woman, who was wounded by rocket fire, and a teenage boy, who was hurt as he ran for cover.

The violence comes just days before a period of celebration for Muslims and Israelis, with the former due to begin the holy month of Ramadan and the latter celebrating independence day.

Gaza have launched a number of missiles into Israel in recent days
Image:Gaza have launched a number of missiles into Israel in recent days

It is also less than two weeks before the Israeli city of Tel Aviv hosts the Eurovision song contest, which has been the subject of calls for a boycott.

Tel Aviv was targeted by long-range rockets in mid-March, but it was hoped that the annual competition would be held amid a period of peace.

Leaders from Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, and Islamic Jihad have been in Egypt for ceasefire talks and the discussions were thought to be on track.

Israel has fired retaliatory airstrikes into southern Gaza
Image:Israel has fired retaliatory airstrikes into southern Gaza

Israel and Egypt have maintained a crippling blockade on Gaza since Hamas seized control of the territory in 2007, but after heavy fighting in late March, Israel agreed to ease the blockade in exchange for a halt to rocket fire.

But tensions have again escalated following allegations from Hamas that Israel has been delaying the implementation of the terms of the ceasefire, and both sides of the conflict remain on edge.

Air raid sirens have sounded in southern Israel throughout Saturday, as its Iron Dome rocket-defence system works to intercept any missiles fired from Gaza.

Palestinian militants take part in the funeral of a comrade killed by an Israeli airstrike
Image:Palestinian militants take part in the funeral of a comrade killed by an Israeli airstrike

Roads near the border have also been closed to civilian traffic, as have two land crossings with Gaza and a fishing zone off the coast.

Bomb disposal experts have also been deployed to deal with any projectiles that land in open areas.

The Israeli army has so far confirmed successful strikes on at least five Hamas military compounds and several others belonging to Islamic Jihad, which has threatened to fire long-range rockets into the centre of Israel.

War Escalates Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11:2)

Jerusalem (CNN)Approximately 200 rockets have been fired by Gaza militants towards Israel over the course of a few hours on Saturday, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

The Iron Dome aerial defense system intercepted dozens of the incoming rockets, the IDF added.
Two Israelis have been wounded, including an 80-year old woman in the city of Kiryat Gat, about twenty miles from Gaza, injured by shrapnel to her head and legs, according to Israel’s emergency response service, Magen David Adom.
In response, the IDF says it has carried out airstrikes on more than 30 militant targets in Gaza, including rocket launcher sites and other military compounds used by Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health says one person has died as a result of the Israeli strikes, and seven others have been wounded.

In response, the IDF says it has carried out airstrikes on more than 30 militant targets in Gaza.

Israel has also announced that it is closing the two border crossings between Israel and Gaza, as well as closing the Gaza fishing zone in light of the rocket fire.
The announcement came from the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). The fishing zone was restricted to 6 nautical miles earlier this week following a rocket fired from Gaza that landed off the coast of Israel.
There was no specific date for when the crossings and the fishing zone would reopen.
Saturday’s rocket barrage comes less than a day after two militants from Hamas’s armed wing, the Qassam Brigades, were killed in an Israeli strike on Hamas posts in Gaza.
Israel launched airstrikes Friday after two Israeli soldiers were wounded by sniper fire along the Gaza border.
Two further Palestinians died in Gaza Friday, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health — both men succumbing to their wounds after being shot by Israeli troops during protests along the Gaza fence, according to health officials.

Crushing the Iranian Nuclear Horn

Iran Economy on Brink of Collapse

03 May 2019

Economy

By Mehdi

The Iranian economy is on the brink of collapse because of the Donald Trump administration’s tough sanctions, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Iran is currently in a deep recession, the IMF said, with Iran recording inflation at roughly 40 per cent, the highest it’s been since 1980. However, outside experts put the Iranian inflation rate at a much higher percentage.

This economic crisis is exacerbating the factional infighting inside Iran, between those who back President Hassan Rouhani and those who back Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

But Iran’s financial problems are only set to worsen now that Trump has removed the sanctions waivers on the eight largest purchasers of Iranian oil – Japan, Taiwan, Italy, Greece, South Korea, Turkey, India and China.

These waivers were granted in November to steady the oil market after Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions on Iran. Now, he considers that the countries had enough time to find alternative suppliers, which Taiwan, Italy, and Greece have done already.

This is part of the Trump administration’s plan to put “maximum pressure” on Iran by cutting off its revenue from oil exports.

Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear agreement, which he has described as “horrible” and “the worst deal ever” because he said that it did not address Iran’s other malign behaviour, like its ballistic missile programme or regional warmongering. He said the deal had provided Iran with the money to fuel conflict in the Middle East.

In response, Iran accused the US of reneging on the nuclear agreement and has made several threats, like threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz or threatening to leave the nuclear deal, which five other world powers are still signed up to.

General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the overseas arm of the terrorist Revolutionary Guards, said on Monday: “The enemy wants to drag us to the negotiating table through economic pressure. Any negotiations under the current circumstances will be mere surrender and we definitely will not undergo this humiliation.”

The higher cost of living in Iran has caused many Iranians to protest against the Regime and the mullahs are now terrified of being overthrown by their people.

A woman, identified only as Maryam, told the Financial Times: “Every day when I go shopping, I think yesterday I was better off than today. I wake up every morning and realize there has been a jump in the price of chicken or a doubling in the price of onions and tomatoes.”

The First Nuclear War (Revelation 8)

India-Pakistan NUCLEAR exchange would ‘immediately’ KILL 20 million – official claims

Athena Chrysanthou

| UPDATED: 22:52, Fri, May 3, 2019

A NUCLEAR exchange between India and Pakistan would result in 20 million deaths “immediately” – a top Pakistani official has chillingly claimed.

President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir region Sadar Masood Khan warned this exchange would affect the whole world. Mr Khan said: “If there was a nuclear conflict between the two countries, 20 million people would die immediately.” Mr Kahn believes the long standing Pakistani-Indian conflict over Kashmir “should be resolved and peace should be established”.

He added: “We have no other options.”

Speaking at a conference organised by the Centre for Islam and Global Affairs he stressed Kashmir is the main source of political and military conflict between Pakistan and India since 1947.

He also suggested the United Nations and neighbouring countries could contribute to the solution.

Jammu and Kashmir, a Muslim-majority Himalayan region is held by Pakistan and India and claimed by both in full.

Since they were partitioned in 1947 the countries have fought three wars.

A Pakistani official has claimed a nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan would be deadly (Image: GETTY)

The official claimed 20 million people would immediately die if a nuclear war happened (Image: GETTY)

One in 1948, 1965 and 1971- two of them were over Kashmir.

In northern Kashmir Indian and Pakistani troops have intermittently fought since 1984 until a cease-fire came into effect in 2003.

Mr Khan said: “The conflict in Kashmir is not related to politics, economy and geopolitics, but it is also human tragedy.”

A Pakistani armed forces spokesperson urged New Delhi earlier this week not to “test” Pakistan’s resolve.

The spokesperson also said nuclear weapons “were a weapon of deterrence that should not be mentioned lightly.”

Since India and Pakistan were partitioned – they have fought three wars (Image: GETTY)

The comments came after Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi told supporters at an election rally last month India had the “mother of nuclear bombs.”

Mr Modi also said India would never yield to what he was describing at Pakistan’s attempt at nuclear blackmail.

A recent estimate by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute showed Pakistan and India have a total of 140-150 and 1130-140 nuclear weapons.

Both sides also hold access to air-launched, sea-based and land-based nuclear delivery systems.