USGS Evidence Shows Power of the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

New Evidence Shows Power of East Coast Earthquakes
Virginia Earthquake Triggered Landslides at Great Distances

Released: 11/6/2012 8:30:00 AM

Earthquake shaking in the eastern United States can travel much farther and cause damage over larger areas than previously thought.

“We used landslides as an example and direct physical evidence to see how far-reaching shaking from east coast earthquakes could be,” said Randall Jibson, USGS scientist and lead author of this study. “Not every earthquake will trigger landslides, but we can use landslide distributions to estimate characteristics of earthquake energy and how far regional ground shaking could occur.”

“Scientists are confirming with empirical data what more than 50 million people in the eastern U.S. experienced firsthand: this was one powerful earthquake,” said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. “Calibrating the distance over which landslides occur may also help us reach back into the geologic record to look for evidence of past history of major earthquakes from the Virginia seismic zone.”

This study will help inform earthquake hazard and risk assessments as well as emergency preparedness, whether for landslides or other earthquake effects.

The research is being presented today at the Geological Society of America conference, and will be published in the December 2012 issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

The USGS found that the farthest landslide from the 2011 Virginia earthquake was 245 km (150 miles) from the epicenter. This is by far the greatest landslide distance recorded from any other earthquake of similar magnitude. Previous studies of worldwide earthquakes indicated that landslides occurred no farther than 60 km (36 miles) from the epicenter of a magnitude 5.8 earthquake.

“What makes this new study so unique is that it provides direct observational evidence from the largest earthquake to occur in more than 100 years in the eastern U.S,” said Jibson. “Now that we know more about the power of East Coast earthquakes, equations that predict ground shaking might need to be revised.”

It is estimated that approximately one-third of the U.S. population could have felt last year’s earthquake in Virginia, more than any earthquake in U.S. history. About 148,000 people reported their ground-shaking experiences caused by the earthquake on the USGS “Did You Feel It?” website. Shaking reports came from southeastern Canada to Florida and as far west as Texas.

In addition to the great landslide distances recorded, the landslides from the 2011 Virginia earthquake occurred in an area 20 times larger than expected from studies of worldwide earthquakes. Scientists plotted the landslide locations that were farthest out and then calculated the area enclosed by those landslides. The observed landslides from last year’s Virginia earthquake enclose an area of about 33,400 km2, while previous studies indicated an expected area of about 1,500 km2from an earthquake of similar magnitude.

“The landslide distances from last year’s Virginia earthquake are remarkable compared to historical landslides across the world and represent the largest distance limit ever recorded,” said Edwin Harp, USGS scientist and co-author of this study. “There are limitations to our research, but the bottom line is that we now have a better understanding of the power of East Coast earthquakes and potential damage scenarios.”

Learn more about the 2011 central Virginia earthquake.

Pandemic Hurts Ability of the US to Face the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

Pandemic Hurts Ability of Nations to Face Natural Disasters

By The Associated PressApril 3, 2020

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Before New Zealand began its four-week lockdown to fight the coronavirus, a reporter asked Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern what would happen if an earthquake struck while everybody was sequestered in their homes.

“Why on earth would your mind go there?” Ardern quipped back.

Every year, the world contends with devastating typhoons, wildfires, tsunamis and earthquakes. The dynamic doesn’t change just because the globe also happens to be fighting a pandemic.

What has changed for the worse, however, is the ability of nations to prepare for and respond to natural disasters. Not only that, but experts also fear the usual protocols for coping with the aftermath of such disasters could further spread the virus, compounding the death toll from both.

Carlos Valdés, who dealt with two major earthquakes during five years until 2018 as Mexico’s disaster response director, said that during his tenure, the Mexican government did not have any protocols for dealing with simultaneous disasters like an earthquake and a pandemic.

That is a scenario that we hadn’t even contemplated,” he said.

Valdés, a seismologist who now works in Costa Rica, said he has since sent Mexican authorities his thoughts on how to handle such a situation. Among other things, he said, is the need to reserve one hospital for earthquake victims to separate them from infectious coronavirus patients.

But whether Mexico has taken action on such ideas remains unclear. Xyoli Pérez, the head of the National Seismological Service, said experts who monitor quakes can work from home during the pandemic but she didn’t address whether they had specific procedures for a dual disaster.

Some natural disasters are predictable, like the wildfires that scorch California most summers. But already, the virus has hindered preparations there after a particularly dry winter.

The U.S. Forest Service has canceled its planned seasonal burns. The hundreds of firefighters who come to assist each year from other countries may not be able to travel. And the camps that usually house thousands of firefighters from across the U.S. pose a big risk of spreading the virus.

“Picture several hundred tents on a football pitch, rows of porta potties, shared kitchens, and crews of 15 people getting on a bus with all their equipment,” said Michael Wara, the director of the Climate and Energy Policy Program at Stanford University. “Well, with this virus, you can’t put 15 people on a bus. They’re really trying to do a rethink, and they have not yet gotten to the end of that process.”

Earthquakes are also an ever-present risk in California, Wara says, but officials haven’t yet thought through alternatives to their evacuation plans, which typically involve sheltering hundreds of people together in places like school gymnasiums, another situation primed to spread the virus.

Iranian Horn Has Nearly Tripled Its Uranium Stockpile

UN Nuclear Watchdog Finds Iran Has Nearly Tripled Its Uranium Stockpile

April 4, 2020

In the March three report back to member states, and obtained by CNN, the IAEA stated that Tehran’s stockpiles of low enriched uranium now far exceed 300 kilograms, the restrict set by the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

The report stated that as of February 19, “the Agency verified that … Iran’s total enriched uranium stockpile… was 1020.9 kilograms (+648.6 kilograms since the previous quarterly report).”

Low enriched uranium is often utilized in nuclear crops, whereas extremely enriched uranium is used for nuclear bombs, however in idea, the elevated stockpiles scale back the “breakout” time Iran would want to amass sufficient weapons-grade materials to create a bomb.

The IAEA report stated Iran has dramatically elevated the variety of centrifuges it makes use of to provide the nuclear gasoline, bringing about 1,000 of the machines again into use in latest months, together with on the Fordow underground enrichment facility. Iran had agreed to halt enrichment exercise at Fordow underneath the 2015 nuclear deal, which President Donald Trump left in 2018.

The IAEA additionally criticized Iran for denying inspectors entry to a few websites the place nuclear exercise has taken place up to now. “As a result of its ongoing evaluations, the Agency identified a number of questions related to possible undeclared nuclear material and nuclear-related activities at three locations in Iran that had not been declared by Iran,” the company stated in a separate report.

Since the US departure from the worldwide pact, the Trump administration has pursued a “maximum pressure” coverage towards Iran. After the US killing of Iran’s second strongest official, Gen. Qasem Soleimani, in January, Iran introduced it could not be certain by sure elements of the nuclear deal and particularly pointed to uranium enrichment and the variety of centrifuges.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will end its final limitations in the nuclear deal, meaning the limitation in the number of centrifuges,” the federal government stated in a press release issued after an emergency assembly to debate Soleimani’s killing. “Therefore Iran’s nuclear program will have no limitations in production including enrichment capacity and percentage and number of enriched uranium and research and expansion.”

Foreign Minister Javad Zarif stated on the time that the announcement didn’t imply Iran was leaving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, because the deal is formally recognized. Zarif additionally stated Iran would proceed to cooperate with the IAEA, permitting it to evaluation its nuclear analysis, and could be prepared to conform totally with the settlement once more if sanctions towards Iran have been eliminated.

CNN has reached out to the Iranian international ministry for its response to the report.

Antichrist suspends Reuters’ license over coronavirus reporting

Iraq suspends Reuters’ license over coronavirus reporting

Iraqi soldiers man a checkpoint at the entrance of Baghdad’s eastern Sadr City suburb as the country tries to stem the spread of the coronavirus, March 28, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan 24) – Iraq announced on Friday that it had suspended the license of the Reuters news agency for three months, following a Reuters report that the Iraqi government was significantly underreporting the number of coronavirus cases in the country.

Baghdad also imposed a $20,000 fine on the news agency.

On Thursday, citing three Iraqi doctors, a health ministry official, and a senior political official, Reuters stated, “Iraq has thousands of confirmed COVID-19 [the formal name for the virus] cases, many times more than the 772 it has publicly reported.”

Reuters said that the doctors’ estimates of the real number of cases ranged from 3,000 to 9,000, with a health ministry official saying that there were over 2,000 confirmed cases in eastern Baghdad alone.

Eastern Baghdad, which includes Sadr City, is overwhelmingly Shia. Although Sadr City encompasses a large area, it is overcrowded, and it is poor.

The area was known as Saddam City until 2003 and the US-led overthrow of Iraq’s Baathist regime. The area is now called after Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Sadiq al-Sadr, who, in 1999, was assassinated, along with two of his sons, by Saddam Hussein. Muqtada al-Sadr, the Iraqi politician and mercurial cleric, is another of Sadr’s sons.

One major cause of the spread of the coronavirus in Iraq has been religious pilgrimages that have continued, despite the emergence of the highly contagious disease.

On March 17, the Iraqi government ordered a lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus. Iraq’s leading Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, backed the decision, which included closing religious sites to prevent the formation of crowds that could spread the disease, and those mosques associated with Sistani were closed to public worship.

By contrast, Sadr criticized the decision, and mosques associated with his movement remained open.

Musa al-Kadhim is the seventh Shia Imam. He was jailed by the Abbasids and died in prison in 799. Shortly after the government of Iraq announced a lockdown for the country, Shia pilgrims began arriving at the Baghdad shrine where Kadhim is buried on a religious holiday that marks his martyrdom.

Iraqi authorities did not block the pilgrims—and the virus has now spread among them, accounting for the large number of cases in eastern Baghdad.

If the figures given by Reuters are even roughly correct, they suggest that something like a quarter of the country’s coronavirus cases are to be found among the Shia of eastern Baghdad, and, particularly among Sadr’s followers.

Sadr’s Blame Game

In mid-March, Sadr blamed the US for the outbreak of the deadly virus. He was following the lead of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, who had suggested that the coronavirus could be a US biological attack—a view strongly denounced by Washington.

However, earlier this week, Sadr offered a different explanation. In a tweet, he suggested that laws legalizing same-sex marriage were responsible for the coronavirus outbreak, and he called “on all governments to repeal this law immediately and without any hesitation.”

Sadr’s tweet received more than 10,000 likes, according to Middle East Eye, but it also prompted sarcastic rebuke from more secular-minded Iraqis.

“Someone take the phone from his hands,” one tweeted in response, while another replied that the coronavirus was “not as dangerous as your statements.”

On Friday, Iraqi announced that it had 48 new cases of coronavirus, bringing its total officially declared cases to 820.

However, even with the latest announcement, Baghdad’s tally of coronavirus cases falls far short of the numbers reported by Reuters. Nor does it deal with the implication that the virus is most concentrated among Baghdad’s impoverished Shia, living on the eastern bank of the Tigris River.

Editing by John J. Catherine

Iranians Continue to Die From Pestilence (Revelation 6)

Iran Building Burial Pits For Coronavirus Victims, Satellite Images Show

April 4, 2020

The nation has actually reported at the very least 10,075 verified coronavirus situations as well as 429 fatalities, the third-highest variety of situations after landmass China as well as Italy.

The satellite images from March 1 as well as March 8, produced by Maxar Technologies, show up to show a rise in task inside the Behesht- e Masoumeh burial ground inQom The images show what appear like 2 fresh trenches of tombs on March 1, with even more excavation afterwards.

According to Islamic practice, bodies are expected to be hidden swiftly after fatality. But Behesht- e Masoumeh morgue supervisor Ali Ramezani informed Iranian state TELEVISION previously this month that interments were being postponed as screening for the infection takes some time. And while remains are typically cleaned with soap as well as water prior to burial in Iran, 2 clinical employees in Qom informed CNN that sometimes safety measures associated with the episode are stopping personnel from observing typical Islamic standards for burial.

A video clip from the morgue showed dozens of bodies encased in black bags on the flooring of an Iranian morgue, while employees in safety fits as well as masks persistently stroll amongst them.

The Persian New Year, or Nowruz, drops following Friday, March20 Many Iranian family members go to burial grounds prior to completion of the Persian year as component of the yearly practice. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has actually cancelled his yearly speech for Nowruz, state information company IRNA reportedMonday Khamenei will certainly not take a trip to the city of Mashhad, the website of the Imam Reza temple, where the speech is typically supplied.

“Due to the spread of coronavirus and strict recommendations given by health officials and specialists to avoid any form of gathering and refrain from traveling and getting out of cities to prevent spread of the disease, the Leader’s speech ceremony … will not be held this year,” the declaration pointed out by IRNA stated.

Iran took extreme steps recently to quit the spread of the infection. The federal government outlawed Friday petitions in the facilities of all districts throughout the nation. Schools as well as colleges have actually been closed. Concerts as well as sporting activities occasions have actually been terminated.

All of Iran’s 31 districts have actually been struck by the infection, with a variety of top-level authorities ending up being ill.

Iran’s previous international preacher as well as present advisor to Khamenei, Ali Akbar Velayati, evaluated favorable for the infection as well as was quarantined at his residence in Tehran, Iran’s semi-official information company ISNA reportedTuesday

Another Khamenei advisor, Mohammad Mirmohammadi, 71, passed away recently, as well as among the nation’s leading clerics, Hadi Khosroshahi, caught the illness last month.

Earlier, Iranian authorities verified that 23 participants of the nation’s 290- participant parliament had actually evaluated favorable. Two participants are understood to have actually passed away. Several vice head of states, of whom Iran has several, likewise evaluated favorable.

Meanwhile, Iran on Friday declined an evident deal from United States President Donald Trump to aid Iran battle the infection. Trump stated: “We have the greatest doctors in the world. We offer Iran assistance.”

Foreign Ministry representative Abbas Mousavi disregarded the deal as “hypocritical” as well as “repulsive,” as well as charged the United States of “economic and medical terrorism,” according to state-run Press TELEVISION.

“Instead of hypocritical displays of compassion and repulsive bragging, you should end your economic and medical terrorism so that medicine and medical supplies can reach medical staff and the Iranian people,” Mousavi stated.

“We do not need American doctors,” Mousavi stated, including that Iran has “the best, bravest and most component medical staff in the world.”

CNN’s Radina Gigova as well as Sara Mazloumsaki added to this post.

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The History of the Iran Nuclear Horn (Daniel 8 )

Iran’s Nuclear Capabilities Fast Facts

April 4, 2020

1957 – The United States indicators a civil nuclear cooperation settlement with Iran.

1958 – Iran joins the IAEA.

1967 – The Tehran Nuclear Research Center, which features a small reactor provided by the United States, opens.

1968 – Iran indicators the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Mid-1970s – With US backing, Iran begins creating a nuclear energy program.

1979 – Iran’s Islamic revolution ends Western involvement within the nation’s nuclear program.

December 1984 – With assistance from China, Iran opens a nuclear analysis heart in Isfahan.

February 23, 1998 – The United States broadcasts considerations that Iran’s nuclear power program may result in the event of nuclear weapons.

March 14, 2000 – US President Bill Clinton indicators a legislation that permits sanctions in opposition to folks and organizations that present support to Iran’s nuclear program.

February 21, 2003 – IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei visits Iran to survey its nuclear amenities and to encourage Iran to signal a protocol permitting IAEA inspectors larger and quicker entry to nuclear websites. Iran declines to signal the protocol. ElBaradei says he should settle for Iran’s assertion that its nuclear program is for producing energy and never weapons, regardless of claims of the United States on the contrary.

June 19, 2003 – The IAEA points a report saying that Iran seemed to be in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty, however that it wanted to be extra open about its actions.

August 2003 – The IAEA broadcasts that its inspectors in Iran have discovered traces of extremely enriched uranium on the Natanz uranium enrichment plant. Iran claims the quantities are contamination from gear purchased from different nations. Iran agrees to signal a protocol of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty that permits for unannounced visits to their nuclear amenities and indicators it on December 18, 2003.

October 2003 – The Foreign Ministers of Britain, France and Germany go to Tehran, and all events agree upon measures Iran will take to settle all excellent points with the IAEA. Under obligation to the IAEA, Iran releases a file on its nuclear actions. However, the report doesn’t include data on the place Iran acquired parts for centrifuges used to counterpoint uranium, a truth the IAEA considers essential in figuring out whether or not the uranium is to be enriched for weapons.

November 2003 – Iran agrees to halt uranium enrichment as a confidence constructing measure and accepts IAEA verification of suspension.

December 2003 – Iran signs the Additional Protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty with the IAEA voluntarily agreeing to broader inspections of its nuclear amenities.

February 2004 – A.Q. Khan, “father” of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program, admits to having offered Iran and different nations with uranium-enrichment gear.

June 1, 2004 – The IAEA states they’ve discovered traces of uranium that exceed the quantity used for basic power manufacturing. Iran admits that it’s importing components for superior centrifuges that can be utilized to counterpoint uranium, however is utilizing the components to generate electrical energy.

July 31, 2004 – Iran states that it has resumed manufacturing on centrifuge components used for enriching uranium, however not enrichment actions.

August 8, 2005 – Iran restarts uranium conversion, a step on the best way to enrichment, at a nuclear facility, saying it’s for peaceable functions solely, and flatly rejects a European provide geared toward making certain the nation doesn’t search nuclear weapons.

August 9, 2005 – Iran removes the IAEA seals from its Isfahan nuclear processing facility, opening the uranium conversion plant for full operation. IAEA spokesman Mark Gwozdecky states that the plant “is fully monitored by the IAEA” and “is not a uranium enrichment plant.”

September 11, 2005 – Iran’s new overseas minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, says the nation will not droop actions at its Isfahan uranium conversion facility and it plans to hunt bids for the development of two extra nuclear vegetation.

January 10, 2006 – Iran resumes analysis at its Natanz uranium enrichment plant, arguing that doing so is inside the phrases of an settlement with the IAEA.

January 12, 2006 – Foreign ministers of the EU3 (Great Britain, France, Germany) advocate Iran’s referral to the United Nations Security Council over its nuclear program.

January 13, 2006 – Mottaki states that if Iran is referred, its authorities below legislation shall be compelled to cease a few of its cooperation with the IAEA, together with random inspections.

February 4, 2006 – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad orders Iran to finish its cooperation with the IAEA.

April 11, 2006 – Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran’s former president, states that Iran has elevated the variety of functioning centrifuges in its nuclear amenities in Natanz and has produced enriched uranium from them.

August 31, 2006 – The IAEA points a report on Iran saying the Islamic republic “has not suspended its enrichment activities” regardless of at the present time’s deadline to take action. Iran can presumably face financial sanctions.

December 23, 2006 – The UN Security Council votes unanimously to impose sanctions in opposition to Iran for failing to droop its nuclear program.

February 22, 2007 – The IAEA points a press release saying that Iran has not complied with the UN Security Council’s name for a freeze of all nuclear exercise. Instead, Iran has expanded its uranium enrichment program.

March 24, 2007 – The United Nations adopts Resolution 1747 which toughens sanctions in opposition to Iran. The sanctions embrace the freezing of belongings of 28 people and organizations concerned in Iran’s nuclear and missile applications. About a 3rd of these are linked to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, an elite army corps.

May 23, 2007 – The IAEA delivers its report back to the United Nations on Iran’s nuclear actions. The report states that not solely has Iran failed to finish its uranium enrichment program however has in truth expanded its exercise.

June 21, 2007 – Iran’s Interior Minister Mostapha PourMohamedi claims, “Now we have 3,000 centrifuges and have in our warehouses 100 kilograms of enriched uranium.” …”We also have more than 150 tons of raw materials for producing uranium gas.”

December 2007 – A US intelligence report finds that Iran deserted a nuclear weapons program in 2003.

February 20, 2009 – The Institute for Science and International Security experiences that Iranian scientists have reached “nuclear weapons breakout capability.” The report concludes Iran doesn’t but have a nuclear weapon however does have sufficient low-enriched uranium for a single nuclear weapon. An official on the IAEA cautions about drawing such conclusions. The IAEA says Iran’s inventory of low-enriched uranium must be became extremely enriched uranium to change into weapons-grade materials.

February 25, 2009 – Iran runs assessments at its Bushehr nuclear energy plant utilizing “dummy” gasoline rods loaded with lead rather than enriched uranium to simulate nuclear gasoline. A information launch distributed to reporters on the scene states the take a look at measured the “pressure, temperature and flow rate” of the power to ensure they have been at acceptable ranges. Officials say the following take a look at will use enriched uranium, however it’s not clear when the take a look at shall be held or when the power shall be totally operational.

September 21, 2009 – In a letter to the IAEA, Iran reveals the existence of a second nuclear facility. It is situated underground at a army base, close to town of Qom.

October 25, 2009 – IAEA inspectors make their first go to to Iran’s newly disclosed nuclear facility close to Qom.

February 18, 2010 – In a press release, the IAEA experiences that it believes Iran could also be working in secret to develop a nuclear warhead for a missile.

August 21, 2010 – Iran begins fueling its first nuclear power plant, within the metropolis of Bushehr.

December 5, 2010 – Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran’s atomic chief and performing overseas minister, broadcasts that Iran’s nuclear program is self-sufficient and that Iran has begun producing yellowcake, an intermediate stage in processing uranium.

January 8, 2011 – Salehi experiences that Iran can now create its personal nuclear gasoline plates and rods.

September 4, 2011 – Iran broadcasts that its Bushehr nuclear energy plant joined the electrical grid September 3, making it the primary Middle Eastern nation to provide business electrical energy from atomic reactors.

September 5, 2011 – In response to Iran’s nuclear chief stating that Iran will give the IAEA “full supervision” of its nuclear program for 5 years if UN sanctions are lifted, the European Union says that Iran should first adjust to worldwide obligations.

November 8, 2011 – The IAEA releases a report saying that it has “serious concerns” and “credible” data that Iran could also be creating nuclear weapons.

January 9, 2012 – The IAEA confirms that uranium enrichment has begun on the Fordo nuclear facility within the Qom province in northern Iran.

January 23, 2012 – The European Union broadcasts it can ban the import of Iranian crude oil and petroleum merchandise.

January 29, 2012 – A six-member delegation from the IAEA arrives in Tehran for a three-day go to, shortly after the EU imposes new sanctions geared toward slicing off funding to the nuclear program.

January 31, 2012 – In Senate testimony James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, says there is not any proof Iran is constructing a nuclear bomb. CIA Director David Petraeus agrees.

February 15, 2012 – Iran hundreds the primary domestically produced nuclear gasoline rods into the Tehran analysis reactor.

February 21, 2012 – After two days of talks in Iran in regards to the nation’s nuclear program, the IAEA expresses disappointment that no progress was made and that their request to go to the Parchin army base was denied.

March 28, 2012 – Discussions relating to Iran’s nuclear future stall.

April 14, 2012 – Talks resume between Iran and 6 world powers over Iranian nuclear ambitions in Istanbul, Turkey.

May 25, 2012 – An IAEA report finds that environmental samples taken on the Fordo gasoline enrichment plant close to town of Qom have enrichment ranges of as much as 27%, increased than the earlier stage of 20%.

June 18-19, 2012 – A gathering is held between Iran and the P5+1 (United States, France, Russia, China, Great Britain and Germany) in Moscow. No settlement is reached.

June 28, 2012 – Iranian negotiator, Saeed Jalili writes to European Union overseas coverage chief Catherine Ashton warning world powers to keep away from “unconstructive measures” such because the oil embargo that is about to enter impact and that was agreed upon by the EU in January.

July 1, 2012 – A full embargo of Iranian oil from the EU takes impact.

August 30, 2012 – A UN report finds that Iran has stepped up its manufacturing of high-grade enriched uranium and has re-landscaped Parchin, one among its army bases, in an obvious effort to hamper a UN inquiry into the nation’s nuclear program.

September 24, 2013 – During a speech on the UN General Assembly, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says “Nuclear weapons and different weapons of mass destruction haven’t any place in Iran’s safety and protection doctrine, and contradict our fundamental religious and ethical convictions.”

October 16, 2013 – The newest discussions between Iran and the six world powers heart on a proposal put forth by Iran to acknowledge the peaceable nature of its nuclear power pursuits. The meeting is described as “substantive and forward-looking.”

November 24, 2013 – Six world powers and Iran reach an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program. The deal calls on Iran to restrict its nuclear actions in return for lighter sanctions.

January 12, 2014 – It is introduced that Iran will start eliminating a few of its uranium stockpile on January 20.

January 20, 2014 – Iran’s nuclear spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi tells state-run information company IRNA that Iran has started suspending high levels of uranium enrichment.

January 20, 2014 – The European Union broadcasts that it has suspended sure sanctions in opposition to Iran for six months.

February 20, 2014 – Following talks in Vienna, EU overseas coverage chief Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announce {that a} deal on the framework for comprehensive negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program has been reached.

November 24, 2014 – The deadline for a final nuclear agreement between Iran and the UN Security Council’s P5+1 countries has been set for July 1, 2015.

April 2, 2015 – Negotiators from Iran, the United States, China, Germany, France, Britain and Russia attain a framework for an agreement on Iran’s nuclear capabilities, which incorporates reducing its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by 98%. The deadline for the entire settlement is July 1.

April 9, 2015 – Rouhani broadcasts that Iran will solely signal a last nuclear settlement if financial sanctions are lifted on the first day of implementation.

July 14, 2015 – A deal is reached on Iran’s nuclear program. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reduces the variety of Iranian centrifuges by two-thirds. It locations bans on enrichment at key amenities, and limits uranium analysis and improvement to the Natanz facility.

July 20, 2015 – The UN Security Council endorses the nuclear deal.

January 16, 2016 – IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano says Iran has accomplished all the mandatory steps agreed below the nuclear deal, and that every one members can begin implementing the JCPOA.

March 8-9, 2016 – Iran test-fires two Qadr ballistic missiles throughout a large-scale army drill, based on Iran’s state-run Press TV. US officials say that the tests do not violate the JCPOA but are very likely in breach of a UN resolution calling on Iran not to undertake ballistic missile activity.

January 29, 2017 – Iran launches a medium-range ballistic missile, its first missile take a look at since Donald Trump grew to become US president, however the take a look at fails, based on data given to CNN by a US protection official. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn says the United States has put “Iran on notice.”

February 3, 2017 – In response to the January 29 missile take a look at, the US Treasury Department says it is applying sanctions on 25 people and corporations related to Iran’s ballistic missile program and people offering help to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Qods Force. Flynn says the assessments have been in defiance of a UN Security Council decision that bars Iran from taking steps on a ballistic missile program able to launching nuclear weapons.

September 20, 2017 – Rouhani says, “It will be a great pity if this agreement were destroyed by rogue newcomers to the world of politics,” in a transparent reference to Trump’s tackle to the UN General Assembly on September 19th, the place he supplied scathing criticism of each Iran and the 2015 worldwide settlement.

October 13, 2017 – Trump decertifies Iran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement, declaring that the Obama-era pact was not in US pursuits and unveiling a tricky new coverage towards the Islamic Republic. The transfer stops wanting utterly scrapping the settlement, as an alternative kicking it to Congress, who then has 60 days to find out a path ahead. Congress permits the 60-day deadline to move with out motion.

January 12, 2018 – Trump agrees to waive key nuclear-related sanctions against Iran as part of the 2015 deal, but delivers a stark ultimatum to European allies: “Fix the deal’s disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw.” Trump {couples} his waiver announcement with new sanctions on 14 Iranian people and entities which have dedicated human rights abuses or supported Iran’s ballistic missile applications, that are outdoors the scope of the nuclear deal. The most outstanding of the targets within the newest sanctions is Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani, the pinnacle of Iran’s judicial system.

May 8, 2018 – Trump announces that the United States will withdraw from the JCPOA and shall be imposing “the highest level of economic sanction” in opposition to Iran. In Tehran, Rouhani says Iran will take a couple of weeks to resolve how to answer the US withdrawal, however Rouhani says he had ordered the country’s “atomic industry organization” to be prepared to “start our industrial enrichment without limitations.”

May 21, 2018 – Speaking on the Heritage Foundation, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Trump administration is “open to new steps” with Iran, together with a diplomatic relationship. Part of 12 preconditions: Iran should acknowledge previous army dimensions of its nuclear program and increase entry given to nuclear inspectors. The United States will then be keen to finish sanctions, re-establish business relationships and permit Iran to have superior know-how.

March 22, 2019 – The US State and Treasury departments sanction 14 individuals and 17 entities linked to SPND, Iran’s group for protection, innovation and analysis. In saying the sanctions, senior administration officers recommend repeatedly that the existence of SPND and its subordinate organizations may present cowl for them to proceed missile-related exercise.

May 8, 2019 – Rouhani announces a partial withdrawal from the JCPOA.

May 16, 2019 – A US official with knowledge of the situation tells CNN that there are a number of pictures of economic Iranian ships carrying missiles and different munitions.

June 17, 2019 – Iran has increased its low-enriched uranium production and in 10 days will pass the 300 kilogram limit it’s allowed to stockpile below the nuclear deal, based on Kamalvandi.

July 7, 2019 – At the tip of a 60-day ultimatum which Iran gave to the JCPOA’s European signatories to ease sanctions, spokesman Ali Rabiei says Iran will enrich uranium past the agreed upon limit of 3.67% purity.

September 23, 2019 – In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Zarif outlines a proposal for an agreement that would augment the defunct nuclear deal. In return for lifting sanctions, Iran could be ready to signal an extra protocol, permitting for extra intrusive inspections of the nation’s nuclear amenities at an earlier date than that set out beforehand. Khamenei would additionally enshrine a ban on nuclear weapons in legislation, Zarif says.

September 26, 2019 – Rouhani confirms a report by Reuters that Iran is using advanced models of centrifuges to enrich uranium. He says Iran has no plans to extend the enrichment stage and can resume talks with the United States if sanctions are lifted.

November 5, 2019 – Rouhani announces Iran will begin injecting uranium gas into 1,044 centrifuges that had been spinning empty at its Fordow plant. The transfer marks a break from the phrases of the accord, which restricted Iran to working round 5,000 older-model centrifuges.

November 8, 2019 – In a press release following a November 7 particular assembly of the IAEA Board of Governors, Pompeo expresses concern about the temporary detention of an IAEA inspector and “potential undeclared nuclear materials” in Iran.

December 4, 2019 – The United Nations releases a letter authored by ambassadors from France, Germany and the United Kingdom who allege that Iran has developed nuclear-capable ballistic missiles. The letter lists 4 examples and cites footage of a take a look at flight of a brand new Shahab-Three ballistic missile, which has a booster “technically capable of delivering a nuclear weapon.”

January 5, 2020 – After a cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran announces that it will no longer limit itself to restrictions contained in the JCPOA. In a press release, Iran signifies it “will return to JCPOA limits once all sanctions are removed from the country.”

March 3, 2020 – In a report back to member states, and obtained by CNN, the IAEA says that Tehran’s stockpiles of low enriched uranium now far exceed 300 kilograms, the limit set by the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The report notes that Iran has practically tripled its stockpile of low enriched uranium since November 2019, indicating a major bounce in manufacturing.

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Rocket fired toward Israel from outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11)

Rocket fired toward Israel amid coronavirus outbreak in Gaza

The Israeli army announced March 27 that it had struck Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket launched toward a settlement in the Gaza envelope on the same day. No injuries were reported. Thousands of Israelis rushed to shelters; this was the first escalation since the coronavirus outbreak in February. Palestinians and Israelis have been staying home as part of efforts to contain the spread of the virus.

No Palestinian faction declared responsibility for the rockets, but Israel shelled Hamas positions because Gaza is under Hamas’ control. Islamic Jihad spokesman Musab al-Breem said in a statement March 28 that Israel is exploiting the world’s preoccupation with fighting the coronavirus to tighten the blockade on Gaza.

Meanwhile, the general atmosphere in Gaza points to a health and livelihood crisis, especially with 12 coronavirus cases reported as of April 2. Could this push Hamas to consider sparking a conflict as a means to deflect attention from the crisis? Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper warned March 29 of a dark, apocalyptic scenario if the Gaza factions clash with Israel amid the coronavirus outbreak. (As of April 2, Israel had 6,857 coronavirus cases, an increase of 765 over the previous day, and the Palestinians 160, an increase of 26.)

Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem told Al-Monitor, “The Gaza Strip is experiencing disastrous conditions due to the Israeli blockade, and Israel alone bears the responsibility for this ongoing situation. Hamas is communicating with mediators to force Israel to break the Gaza blockade, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, which has added fuel to the fire. The ongoing Gaza blockade does not contribute to a calm security situation.”

Mohammed Awad, head of the Hamas-run Governmental Follow-up Committee in the Gaza Strip, announced at a March 31 press conference that government institutions in Gaza need local and foreign support to deal with the pandemic. He declared the allocation of urgent relief worth $1 million to 10,000 low-income families affected by the measures to confront the coronavirus, and the employment of 300 new staff at the Gaza Ministry of Health.

On March 28, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh discussed the ripple effects of the coronavirus outbreak on the Palestinian territories during a video conference with Nickolay Mladenov, the UN special coordinator for the Middle East.

Muhammed Abu Jayab, editor-in-chief of Al-Eqtesadia newspaper in Gaza, told Al-Monitor, “Hamas and Israel have no interest in a military escalation amid the coronavirus crisis. However, the rocket launched may come from security loopholes involving gunmen Hamas is trying to control. Israel fears the spread of the virus in Gaza because of its concerns that the international community might hold Israel responsible. Therefore, Israel might allow Gaza some assistance, such as the entry of treatment equipment and medical supplies. It might also mobilize financial support in light of the economic paralysis in the Gaza Strip after the outbreak of the pandemic.”

Gaza mostly needs medical supplies, respirators, laboratory test kits for coronavirus detection and food and aid supplies for Gazans suffering under the measures to fight the virus.

Abdel Nasser Sobh, the director of the World Health Organization office in the Gaza Strip, told Al-Ain website March 31 that the health sector in Gaza has the capacity to deal with only 100 to 150 cases of coronavirus infection, and to examine 1,000 cases, because its health system is weak and cannot respond to large numbers. It has a modest availability of respirators and intensive care beds, in addition to a 39% deficit in medication, Sobh added.

Hussam al-Dajni, a professor of political science at Al-Ummah University in Gaza, told Al-Monitor, “The recent escalation in Gaza may not be linked to a specific Palestinian organization, but at the same time it may send a message that Israel bears the responsibility for exhausting the health situation in Gaza, which will be exposed to a major catastrophe if the virus spreads. Whoever fired the rocket seems to be asking Israel to lift the siege on Gaza. Israel has to respond to Gaza’s health and living needs. If the pandemic spreads among Palestinians, they will break and fire hundreds of rockets. They might even flock to the borders with Israel to save themselves from the virus.”

Meanwhile, Hamas authorities in Gaza imposed a series of measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus, such as closing all mosques, schools, universities, popular markets, restaurants and event halls across the Strip until further notice. Travelers returning to Gaza through the crossings with Israel and Egypt are to self-quarantine for 14 days. Meanwhile, authorities are also considering a partial curfew, and if necessary could go as far as to impose a total curfew.

These measures, including isolation at home, have devastated groups such as cab drivers, owners of wedding halls, restaurants and cafes. The Qatari grant of $100 per month distributed to 100,000 poor families — which is part of the humanitarian understandings reached between Hamas and Israel in October 2018 — may somewhat alleviate the burden of the Israeli blockade on Gaza and make its deteriorating economic situation less bleak.

On March 23, Qatar announced $150 million in aid to the Gaza Strip over a period of six months as part of efforts to alleviate the Palestinians’ suffering and to help them deal with the coronavirus ciris. But it remains unclear how and which parties will benefit from this package.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Social Development in Gaza has distributed some 6,000 meals to quarantined people in medical centers. The ministry also conducted a census on the families most affected by the situation in order to offer them aid.

Iyad al-Qara, a former editor-in-chief of Gaza’s Felesteen newspaper, which is close to Hamas, told Al-Monitor, “The health and economic conditions in Gaza are very difficult, and the needs of the Palestinians are hardly met. The international agencies and the Palestinian Authority [PA] are only providing a small part. Government institutions in Gaza provide food and beverages to 1,600 Palestinians in quarantine centers, although they are facing a large financial shortage, and they need cash to cover their expenses to cope with the pandemic.”

He added, “The rocket launch may be a Palestinian message to Israel that the conditions in Gaza are far from perfect, and Israeli non-response to Gaza’s humanitarian and health demands could bring about an increase in rockets in the coming period. However, a wide-scale confrontation between Hamas and Israel is unlikely — just an escalation round for several days — if the pandemic spreads frighteningly in Gaza.”

Al-Monitor learned from Palestinian circles that Hamas sent through regional and international mediators messages to Israel that “Hamas blames Israel directly for the deteriorating living and health situation in Gaza, and it will not stand idle facing a coronavirus outbreak. Hamas believes Israel is obligated to save the dilapidated health system in Gaza, through direct aid, or through the PA or international agencies.”

Hamas has not claimed responsibility for launching the rocket at Israel, and engaging in a wide military confrontation might not be in Hamas’ interest. However, the situation might spiral out of control, with the ongoing deterioration in the Gaza Strip and an increase in coronavirus cases. Meanwhile, there is insufficient medical equipment to test patients, and financial support for people whose jobs and livelihoods were hit hard by the massive closures across the Gaza Strip is missing. Amid this situation, Hamas might engage in a round of escalation with Israel to pressure it into providing missing supplies in Gaza. Still, Hamas realizes that its options are limited and it faces a massive public health crisis in fighting the coronavirus that is spreading like wildfire among Israelis and Palestinians alike.