Palestinians Outside the Temple Walls mourn Iran’s Soleimani, burn US and Israeli flags

Palestinians in Gaza Strip mourn Iran’s Soleimani, burn US and Israeli flags

By JNS January 6, 2020 , 9:47 am

“Hashem trieth the righteous; but the wicked and him that loveth violence His soul hateth.” Psalms 11:5 (The Israel Bible™)

Palestinians walk next to posters of Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq on Jan. 3, near a mourning tent in Gaza City on Jan. 4, 2020. Photo by Hassan Jedi/Flash90.

Hundreds of Palestinians gathered in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Saturday to mourn the death of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ commander Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq on Friday, Reuters reported.

“We are loyal to those who stood with the resistance and with Palestine and we hold the U.S. administration and the Zionist occupation fully responsible for the consequences of this deplorable crime,” said Hamas official Ismail Radwan.

The leaders of the terrorist groups Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which are both supported by Iran, took part in the mourning tent set up in the center of Gaza City.

Flags of Israel and the United States were stomped on and later burned at the event, the report noted.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday he had spoken with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Iran.

Pompeo tweeted: “@IsraeliPM @Netanyahu and I just spoke and underscored the importance of countering Iran’s malign influence and threats to the region. I am always grateful for Israel’s steadfast support in defeating terrorism. The bond between Israel and the United States is unbreakable.”

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Antichrist: Iraq will turn into new Vietnam for US if its forces stay

Muqtada Sadr: Iraq will turn into new Vietnam for US if its forces stay

Iraq’s influential cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, has released a statement saying that if US troops do not leave the country, Iraq will turn into a new Vietnam for Washington.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Iraq’s influential cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, has released a statement saying that if US troops do not leave the country, Iraq will turn into a new Vietnam for Washington.

Sadr, who leads the largest bloc in parliament, said in a letter to the assembly that a parliamentary resolution calling on the government to end foreign troop presence did not go far enough.

“I consider this a weak response insufficient against American violation of Iraqi sovereignty and regional escalation,” the letter read.

Sadr said a security agreement with the United States should be cancelled immediately, the US embassy should be closed down, US troops must be expelled in a humiliating manner, and communication with the US government should be criminalized.

“Finally, I call specifically on the Iraqi resistance groups and the groups outside Iraq more generally to meet immediately and announce the formation of the International Resistance Legions,” he said.

Iraq’s caretaker prime minister says his country and the United States should work together on implementing the withdrawal of all foreign troops from the country.

Adel Abdul-Mahdi made the remarks while talking to US ambassador Matthew Tueller, after Iraqi lawmakers unanimously approved a bill demanding the withdrawal of all foreign military forces led by the United States from the country.

On Monday, Abdul-Mahdi also spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel about the Iraqi parliament resolution calling on all foreign troops to leave the country.

Sunday’s parliamentary vote was held in response to Washington’s Friday airstrikes which assassinated Iran’s Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

The US, backed by Britain, invaded Iraq in 2003 claiming that the former regime of Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. No such weapons, however, were ever found.

The invaders withdrew from Iraq, after nearly nine years of a military campaign that cost tens of thousands of Iraqi lives.

A US-led military coalition, however, returned to the Arab country in 2014, when the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group unleashed a campaign of destruction there.

Widespread reports said the Washington-led operations largely spared the terrorists and led, instead, to civilian deaths and inflicted damage on the Iraqi infrastructure.

Iraq’s army troops, backed by volunteer PMU forces, managed to liberate all Daesh-held areas, thanks in part to effective military advisory assistance from neighboring Iran.

Baghdad declared the end of the anti-Daesh campaign back in 2017.

Lieutenant General Soleimani was an international figure who played a leading role in promoting security in regional countries, particularly in Iraq and Syria.

Antichrist calls for ‘global’ legion of Iran-backed militias

A young boy holds a poster showing top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani (left) and Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr as supporters of the latter take part in Friday prayers in Sadr City, Baghdad on January 3, 2020. Photo: Ahmad al-Rubaye / AFP

Iraq’s Sadr calls for ‘global’ legion of Iran-backed militias

Mohammed Rwanduzy

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region –Iraq’s notorious Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Sunday called for armed Iranian-backed proxies across the region to come together to form an international alliance, marking a radical shift from his appeals in recent years for Iraq to avoid being dragged into US-Iran tensions.

“I call on Iraqi resistance factions especially, and factions outside of Iraq, to instantly meet to announce the formation of ‘International Resistance Regiments’,” Sadr said in a statement on Sunday.

His statement came as Iraqi parliament voted on a resolution to ask the Iraqi government to end the presence of the US-led Global Coalition against Islamic State (ISIS) forces.

Sadr slammed the vote as a “pitiful response” in comparison to America’s violations of Iraq’s sovereignty, “and its public announcement of enmity to religion and sect”.

He called for a host of stronger measures, including the closure of the US embassy in Iraq, expulsion of US forces “in a humiliating manner”, and a boycott of US products.

Iraq is currently playing battlefield to skyrocketing US-Iran tensions, with the US conducting airstrikes on Iranian and Iran-backed targets in Iraq in response to a spate of rocket attacks against bases hosting US forces in the country.

The US and Iran are at loggerheads over a number of issues, including Iranian adventurism through its Shiite proxies across the Region. Iran has already threatened retaliation against US targets across Iraq and Syria.

In the early hours of Friday, US airstrikes targeted and killed powerful Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis, deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF, known in Arabic as Hashd al-Shaabi).

Friday’s strike was preceded by a US attack on the Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia on December 29, killing 25 militiamen.

Sadr became the founding leader of southern Iraq’s Mahdi Army in 2003, during US occupation of the country. His militia killed and injured scores of American servicemen.

He disbanded the militias in 2008. However, he announced the reactivation of the Mahdi Army on Friday, referring to himself as the “head of Iraqi National Resistance.”

Sadr has commanded his Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades) militia force since 2014. He ordered their dissolution in 2018 in all sites except Karbala and Samarra, home to holy Shiite shrines.

Friday’s assassinations have proven a tipping point for the country’s Iran-aligned Shiite political class, including Sadr.

As head of the Sayirun alliance, he has in recent years advocated for an Iraq insulated from US-Iranian rivalry, touting what he has called “an Iraqi decision” – namely the end of foreign interference in Iraq.

His stance has put him on hostile terms with the Fatih Coalition, an Iran-backed political alliance whose leaders also command PMF factions. However, his call to arms appears to broach the gap with Fatih.

Iran-backed proxies, including Hezbollah in Lebanon and older factions within Iraq’s PMF, have for nearly a decade presented themselves as the “Axis of Resistance” against American interventionism.

Many Iraqi factions, such as al-Nujaba paramilitary group – designated a terrorist organization by the US – have already fought alongside Afghan and Pakistani Shiite militias and Hezbollah in Syria, to prop up Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

Head of al-Nujaba Akram al-Kabee welcomed Sadr’s call.

“With determination, conviction, preparedness and readiness [we go] towards ‘International Resistance Regiments’,” Kabee said in a tweet on Sunday.

Abo Alaa al-Walae, head of the PMF’s Kataib Sayid al-Shuhada faction thanked Sadr for the proposal, using the hashtag “towards international resistance to defeat America.”

Other militia leaders such as Kataib Imam Ali’s Shibl al-Zaidy have also pledged allegiance to the proposal.

Hassan Nasrallah, head of Hezbollah, vowed to expel US troops from Iraq in a speech made on Sunday.

Sadr’s call to arms means the two major Shiite parties, who hold over 100 out of 329 parliamentary seats, are now threatening US forces with military action.

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World War 3: Which locations are most likely for World War 3 to break out? (Image: GETTY)

World War 3: General Soleimani was killed on a mission authorised by Trump (Image: GETTY)

World War 3 MAPPED: The SIX places where WW3 could break out in 2020

WORLD WAR 3 fears have been ignited across the globe just a few days into 2020. So which five places around the globe are the most likely to be the starting point for WW3?

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Iran: War ‘isn’t in Donald Trump’s interest’ says Ellwood

World War 3 concerns have been triggered worldwide following the death of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani in a US airstrike. In response, Iran has sworn to exact “harsh revenge”, promising “Iran and the other free nations of the region will take revenge for this gruesome crime from criminal America”. Express.co.uk has compiled a guide for the flashpoints where World War 3 is most likely to erupt in 2020.

US-Iran

On Friday, January 3, the USA undertook a drone airstrike following a series of “orchestrated” attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the past few months and attacks on the US Embassy in Baghdad, all of which was done on the orders of General Soleimani.

US President Donald Trump approved of the assault on General Soleimani claiming the action was undertaken to make “the world a safer place”.

In a statement, the Pentagon said: “At the direction of the President, the US military has taken decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad by killing Qassem Soleimani.”

It added: “This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans.

“The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and our interests wherever they are around the world.”

Now Iran has sworn “harsh revenge” and promised to “turn day into night”.

This assassination has been dubbed by many high-ranking Iranians a “declaration of war”.

Donald Trump has warned the US could act “disproportionately” if Iran targets any American “person or target” in revenge for the killing of Major General Qassem Soleimani.

Iran-Israel

Tensions between Iran and Israel have been frustrated for a while with low-intensity warfare raging across the Middle East as a result.

The former nation supports anti-Israel groups in Gaza, Syria and Lebanon in particular, while Israel often strikes at Iranian forces across the region.

Overall, Israel has endeavoured to create an anti-Iran coalition at a diplomatic level, while Iran has invested in cultivating ties with militias and non-state actors.

While it may be difficult to claim these nations will launch into a wider war if Iran is determined to restart its nuclear program, Israel may choose to engage in wider strikes hitting the Iranian homeland directly.

This type of assault could have wider implications as it could prove to be a threat to global oil supplies which would inevitably cause more nations to intercede.

World War 3 mapped: Several locations are considered to be likely origins for war in 2020 (Image: GETTY)

World War 3 mapped: Relations have worsened between India and Pakistan in recent years (Image: GETTY)

US-Turkey

Tensions between the US and Turkey has heightened over the past year, initially as a result of the US providing authorisation to Turkey to clear the Syrian border of US-supported Kurds.

However, immediately afterwards, the US threatened Ankara with sanctions, causing tensions to rise.

Additionally, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested he has aspirations for Turkey which could involve nuclear weapons.

As a result, the state of the US-Turkey relationship has worsened, causing fear about the subsequent impact on the NATO alliance.

President Erdogan is known for being passionate about his plan which could force Washington and Ankara to the very edge and have a result on Russia who is a neighbouring nation.

In the past 10 years, the relationship between India and Pakistan has worsened, bringing the countries to the brink of war.

Since the partition of British India in 1947 and the subsequent creation of India and Pakistan, the two countries have been involved in a number of wars, conflicts and military stand-offs interspersed with periods of harmony and peace.

In 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attempted to reduce the autonomy of Kashmir and to change citizenship policies within the rest of India.

These steps have caused some unrest within India and highlighted the long-standing tensions between Delhi and Islamabad.

Further domestic disturbances in India and Pakistan could lead to World War 3.

While this is unlikely, it could lead to terrorist attacks internationally or in Kashmir.

President Modi might then feel forced to bring on a more serious conflict and given China’s vicinity, and the growing relationship between Delhi and Washington could lead to more disastrous international implications.

World War 3 mapped: The US and China are embroiled in a bitter trade war currently (Image: GETTY)

US-North Korea

Fundamental tensions at the heart of the US-North Korea relationship could result in combative action.

Tensions between the two countries now stand as high as at any time since 2017, and the impending US election could imperil relations further.

President Trump’s administration appears to hold out hope a deal with North Korea could improve its electoral prospects in November.

But North Korea has little to no interest in Mr Trump’s offering.

Recently, North Korea promised a “Christmas present” that many in the United States worried would be a nuclear or ballistic missile test.

However, this was not the case, but if the country did undertake a nuclear test, the US might be forced to intervene.

US-China

The US-China relationship has been particularly tense in recent years.

A trade deal between the two countries would seem to alleviate some tensions but implementation remains in question.

Currently, the world’s two largest economies are locked in a bitter trade battle.

The dispute, which has simmered for nearly 18 months, has seen the US and China impose tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of one another’s goods.

President Trump has long accused China of unfair trading practices and intellectual property theft, while in China, there is a perception that the US is endeavouring to curb its rise as a global economic power.

At the same time, China has worked defiantly to assure its relations with Russia, while the US has sparked controversies with both South Korea and Japan, its two closest allies in the region.

Donald Trump and President Xi have staked much of their political reputations on the trade situations in each country and therefore both have incentives for diplomatic and economic escalation.

If the situation were to escalate, it could lead to military confrontation in areas such as the South or East China Seas.

2020 is the Year of the Nukes

Crowds gather around a vehicle carrying the coffins of Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani and others on Sunday in Mashhad, Iran. (Mehdi Jahanghiri/Fars News Agency/AFP/Getty Images)

2020 is the year to worry about nuclear weapons

The confrontation between the United States and Iran is just the beginning

Målfrid Braut-Hegghammer

2020 brings us more to worry about than the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad early Friday. With North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promising a new strategic weapon and abandoning the moratorium on nuclear and missile tests; Iran dropping its commitment to the 2015 nuclear deal and preparing to ramp up its nuclear program within days; and continuing tensions between nuclear weapons holders India and Pakistan, 2020 could be an unusually dangerous year.

What’s more, governments face decisions that could undermine multilateral agreements that have curbed the risks of nuclear proliferation and arms races and prevented conflict. Below, I will examine three areas where the world could face greater challenges in 2020.

1. Escalating conflicts with Iran and North Korea

Most immediate, Iran promises retaliation for last week’s killing of Soleimani — and the United States is sending 3,500 more troops to the region. This confrontation could escalate into war, and that could happen through either side’s miscalculation. Or the U.S. government could encourage Iran to escalate — which would justify a stronger response, enabling the Americans to try to overthrow the regime, which former national security adviser John Bolton has long argued for.

But Iran’s longer-term efforts in the nuclear realm could prove even more difficult to handle. Iran has responded to the U.S. exit from the nuclear deal by scaling up its nuclear program bit by bit, in a “less-for-less” strategy, something that the latest announcement takes even further. Expect Iran’s willingness to comply with what is now effectively a dead agreement to decline rapidly.

Although Iran has apparently not yet restarted a nuclear weapons program, its incentives to do so are obvious now. Trump argued that he could negotiate a new and better deal than the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which the United States and Iran negotiated alongside the European Union and the U.N. Security Council’s other permanent members. That will be much more difficult now. By killing a key regime figure, the Americans have closed off avenues for rapprochement — and have shown the Iranian regime that it is a target.

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In Pyongyang, the situation is dangerous for different reasons. For all practical purposes, North Korea is an established nuclear-weapons state — and has an incentive to escalate first if the regime believes it’s in a conflict that threatens its survival. Kim never did agree to roll back North Korea’s nuclear program and so is now unconstrained in his effort to expand its arsenal. The Trump administration’s apparent reluctance to admit its failure to curb the North Korean program makes responding difficult. Should the administration change its “maximum pressure” approach, which is essentially rhetorical and has little potential to change North Korean behavior, things could get ugly quickly.

2. Nuclear proliferation pressures will increase

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which has been remarkably successful in stopping nuclear weapons from spreading. Don’t expect much celebration. The United States and other traditional supporters express little enthusiasm for the treaty, while some critics argue it can be replaced by the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) once it enters into force. Governments supporting the TPNW say they are frustrated that the NPT members with nuclear weapons have not yet completely disarmed those weapons.

But the NPT has succeeded in limiting the spread of nuclear weapons. Leaders in Saudi Arabia and Turkey speak openly about the appeal of nuclear weapons. If Iran leaves the NPT and acquires nuclear weapons, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has announced that his government will develop nuclear weapons, too. Last year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said “I cannot accept” that Turkey is banned from possessing nuclear weapons.

Meanwhile, the United States’ European and Asian allies question whether they can rely on the U.S. nuclear umbrella. Some of these states abandoned early interest in nuclear weapons decades ago in exchange for U.S. extended deterrence. In Washington, there is growing concern that the United States should not have nuclear weapons deployed on NATO’s base in Incirlik, Turkey. This heightens NATO allies’ worries that, with Trump in office, the United States is abandoning its commitment to their defense. France has pledged to cover Germany with its own nuclear deterrence. German politicians are arguing over whether to explore nuclear weapons. Australian politicians are having a similar debate.

These discussions don’t necessarily mean the governments will indeed seek to acquire nuclear weapons. However, the discussions themselves weaken the nuclear taboo that has helped keep the weapons out of international conflicts. And nuclear weapons now have a place in domestic political debates that they have not had since the Cold War.

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3. The demise of arms control as we know it

Meanwhile, nations are backing away from, and even abandoning, treaties that prevent nuclear arms races. New START, the sole remaining nuclear arms control treaty between the United States and Russia, is likely to expire in February 2021. This follows the collapse of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) after reports that Russia had violated it for several years. The Trump administration argues that China should join nuclear arms control treaties, including New START. China is not interested. If that prompts the United States to abandon New START, the Americans and Russians could begin a nuclear arms race.

If New START is not extended, that will be the collapse of arms control in its current form. Combine more dangerous weapons deployments with the Trump administration’s possible misperceptions of Russian and Chinese nuclear strategy, and NATO and Russia could more easily stumble into dangerous misunderstandings.

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Technological advances will require adaptations in arms control frameworks. This year could show us the importance of multilateral approaches to curbing proliferation risks and nuclear arms races and illuminate why more should be done to preserve them. The world will be more dangerous without the imperfect treaties we have to curb nuclear proliferation and arms races, increasing the risks that miscalculations lead to war and conflict.

Hegghammer is an associate professor of political science at the University of Oslo and the author of “Unclear Physics: Why Iraq and Libya failed to build nuclear weapons” (Cornell University Press, 2016).

Iran Already Has a Nuclear Weapon

Trump: Iran will ‘NEVER’ have a nuclear weapon

BY REBECCA KHEEL

President Trump vowed Monday that Iran will “NEVER” have a nuclear weapon, a day after Tehran announced it would no longer adhere to any limits of the 2015 nuclear deal.

“IRAN WILL NEVER HAVE A NUCLEAR WEAPON!” Trump tweeted.

On Sunday, Iran announced it would cease complying with limits set by the Obama-era agreement reached between Tehran and other world powers that curbed the country’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

The decision brings Iran, which has already been breaching certain limits spelled out in the deal, significantly closer to being able to develop a nuclear weapon. The country, however, insists its nuclear program is not weapons-based.

Tehran has left open the possibility that it would return to compliance with the deal should it get the sanctions relief it has been seeking since Trump withdrew from the agreement in 2018, when the Trump administration also reimposed harsh sanctions on Iran.

Iran’s decision to abandon the nuclear constraints came just days after a U.S. military strike ordered by Trump killed Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, one of the most powerful officials in Iran and leader of its elite Quds Force.

Soleimani’s killing, at an airport in Baghdad, has ratcheted up tensions in the region, stoking fears of a military clash between the United States and Iran.

Iranian officials have vowed to take revenge for Soleimani’s death.Trump, in turn, has threatened to target 52 Iranian sites, including cultural sites, if Iran attacks Americans or U.S. assets.

“They’re allowed to kill our people. They’re allowed to torture and maim our people. They’re allowed to use roadside bombs and blow up our people. And we’re not allowed to touch their cultural sites? It doesn’t work that way,” Trump said Sunday, referring to Iran.

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Iran abandons nuclear limits, Iraq’s parliament votes to expel US troops after strike on general

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – The blowback over the U.S. killing of a top Iranian general mounted Sunday asIran announced it will no longer abide by the limits contained in the 2015 nuclear deal and Iraq’s Parliament called for the expulsion of all American troops from Iraqi soil.

The twin developments could bring Iran closer to building an atomic bomb and enable the Islamic State group to stage a comeback in Iraq, making the Middle East a far more dangerous and unstable place.

Iranian state television cited a statement by President Hassan Rouhani’s administration saying the country would not observe the deal’s restrictions on fuel enrichment, on the size of its enriched uranium stockpile and on its research and development activities.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran no longer faces any limitations in operations,” a state TV broadcaster said.

In Iraq, meanwhile, lawmakers voted in favor of a resolution calling for an end to the foreign military presence in the country, including the estimated 5,200 U.S. troops stationed to help fight Islamic State extremists. The bill is subject to approval by the Iraqi government but has the backing of the outgoing prime minister.

In yet another sign of rising tensions and threats of retaliation over the deadly airstrike, the U.S.-led military coalition in Iraq said it is putting the battle against IS on hold to focus on protecting its own troops and bases.

The string of developments capped a day of mass mourning over Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, killed in a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad on Friday. Hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets in the cities of Ahvaz and Mashhad to walk alongside the casket of Soleimani, who was the architect of Iran’s proxy wars across the Mideast and was blamed for the deaths of hundreds of Americans in suicide bombings and other attacks.

The U.S. State Department had no immediate comment on Iran’s announcement.

As for the troop-withdrawal vote in Iraq, State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said the U.S. is awaiting clarification on its legal meaning but was “disappointed” by the move and strongly urged Iraq to reconsider.

“We believe it is in the shared interests of the United States and Iraq to continue fighting ISIS together,” Ortagus said.

The leaders of Germany, France and Britain issued a joint statement on Sunday calling on Iran to abide by the terms of the nuclear deal and refrain from conducting or supporting further “violent acts.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson specifically urged Iran to “withdraw all measures” not in line with the 2015 agreement that was intended to stop Tehran from pursuing its atomic weapons program.

Iran insisted that it remains open to negotiations with European partners over its nuclear program. And it did not back off from earlier promises that it wouldn’t seek a nuclear weapon.

However, the announcement represents the clearest nuclear proliferation threat yet made by Iran since President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the accord in 2018 and reimposed sanctions. It further raises regional tensions, as Iran’s longtime foe Israel has promised never to allow Iran to produce an atomic bomb.

Iran did not elaborate on what levels it would immediately reach in its program. Tehran has already broken some of the deal’s limits as part of a step-by-step pressure campaign to get sanctions relief. It has increased its production, begun enriching uranium to 5% and restarted enrichment at an underground facility.

While it does not possess uranium enriched to weapons-grade levels of 90%, any push forward narrows the estimated one-year “breakout time” needed for it to have enough material to build a nuclear weapon if it chose to do so.

The International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations watchdog observing Iran’s program, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. However, Iran said that its cooperation with the IAEA “will continue as before.”

Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi earlier told journalists that Soleimani’s killing would prompt Iranian officials to take a bigger step away from the nuclear deal.

“In the world of politics, all developments are interconnected,” Mousavi said.

In Iraq, where the airstrike has been denounced as a violation of the country’s sovereignty, Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said that the government has two choices: End the presence of foreign troops or restrict their mission to training Iraqi forces. He called for the first option.

The majority of about 180 legislators present in Parliament voted in favor of the troop-removal resolution. It was backed by most Shiite members of Parliament, who hold a majority of seats. Many Sunni and Kurdish legislators did not show up for the session, apparently because they oppose abolishing the deal.