Category Archives: Iran

DE Congressman Carney’s Statement in Support of Iran Nuclear Deal

By: Delaware Congressman, John Carney Congressman Carney Statement in Support of Iran Nuclear Deal In 2010, before I was elected as your congressman, I visited the state of Israel with several other Delawareans. The trip was a transformational experience. As a lifelong Catholic, visiting the Holy Land had a deep spiritual impact on me. And it also seared in my mind the vulnerability of the state of Israel. We met with several representatives of the Israeli government, one of whom was the country’s expert on Iran. The picture he painted of Iran’s nuclear program, and its potential impact on the region, convinced me of one thing I have never forgotten: a nuclear-armed Iran is an existential threat to the state of Israel. Coming home on the plane, I resolved that preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon would be one of my highest priorities if elected. That’s why I believe Read more

DCIA Expresses Concern Over Possible Iranian-North Korean Nuclear Cooperation

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer CIA Director, Robert Brennan, has warned of possible Iranian outsourcing of Plutonium production and other forms of nuclear cooperation with North Korea. Read the entire story here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/sep/15/brennan-us-watching-nukes-cooperation-iran-n-korea/. Given North Korea’s determination to produce Plutonium from its Yongbyong reactor site, despite an international agreement to the contrary and Iran’s ambitious nuclear program , coupled with its geopolitics and economic need to have UN sanctions lifted in order to free billions of dollars, currently frozen when the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is implemented and its nuclear expertise (relative to the DPRK); this is a very possible scenario. Various sources have speculated that that increased cooperation between Iran and the DPRK may be an attempt by Iran Read more

Iran Announces Discovery of Major Uranium Reserves

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer A Potential Gamechanger? Iran’s announcement of discovery of major Uranium reserves in the central province of Yazd has surprised western experts and could be a nuclear gamechanger. According to Reuters, Ali Akbar Salehi, Director of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) was quoted as saying, "I cannot announce ( the level of ) Iran's uranium mine reserves. The important thing is that before aerial prospecting for uranium ores we were not too optimistic, but the new discoveries have made us confident about our reserves." Salehi went on to say that uranium exploration had covered almost two-thirds of Iran and would be complete in the next four years, according to a September 12, 2015 posting by Iran’s state news agency, IRNA. Read more

Iran Again Demands Secrecy in IAEA Meeting

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Speaking before the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna on Thursday , September 10, 2015; Iranian Ambassador to the IAEA, Reza Najafi again delivered an official warning to the UN international inspection agency not to disclose Iran’s classified information related to its nuclear sites, regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), according to a 9/10/2015 IRNA report. “Iran will not accept any heedlessness that would lead to the revelation of classified information. The demand by certain Board of Governors members to receive such information runs counter to the Agency's standard procedures”, he declared. Najafi underlined Iran’s necessity for the IAEA to redouble efforts to keep the information of Iran's nuclear program “confidential and hidden to the foreign spy agencies that attempt Read more

Iranian AF Tests Smart Bombs

The IRIAF has successfully tested smart bombs, according to a 9/6/2015 IRNA report.

The tests, involving various types of munitions, dropped from Saeghe, F4, F5, Sukhoi24 and F14 jet fighters, as well as drones was part of a larger military exercise, codenamed Devotees of the Velayat at sanctuary 5 [milirary reserve] near the northern city of Isfahan.

[ NOTE: Velayat is a shortened form of the Persian term: velayat-e fahqui or “governance of the the jurist”—a Shiite concept of a mixed theocratic/democratic form of government, resurrected by Ayatolla Ruhollah Khomeni as propagated in his 1960-70’s writings and declarations. WvB ]

Iran Says NO to Unrestricted International Nuclear Inspection

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer As the US Senate debates acceptance of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) the Iranian Defense Minister, Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan, has stated flatly that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will not be allowed access to every site that it wishes. Citing that unlimited inspections would be a violation of the IAEA and the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) rules, he said that "Iran does not plan to issue permission for the IAEA to inspect every site.” , in an interview with al-Mayadeen News Network on Wednesday, September 2. Iranian Defense Minister, Hossein Deqan [FARS Photo] He reiterated that Iran would not allow any foreigner to discover Iran's defensive and missile capabilities by inspecting the country's military sites. "Missile-related issues have never been on agenda of the nuclear talks and the Islamic system Read more

Iran’s Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei–No Negotiations With US Beyond Nuclear Issue

Iran Dumps America, Has Gotten Everything They Wanted In Recent Negotiations http://www.france24.com/en/20150909-iran-leader-says-no-negotiations-with-us-beyond-nuclear-issue America's negotiating team must be the "goose that has lain the golden egg" according to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. On Wednesday Khamenei said that he would not permit negotiations with the United States beyond those that culminated in a nuclear deal with world powers in July, according to France 24 International News 24/7. Khamenei said, "We allowed negotiations with the US only on the nuclear issue for certain reasons. In other areas we did not and will not allow negotiations with the US." He said that Washington only seeks talks on a broader range of issues in a effort to impose its own policies on Tehran." This is an example of what's being said in Trumps campaign, that world leaders Read more

Find Out Where US Senators Stand on Iran Nuclear Deal

By Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Secureamericanow.org has furnished a link enabling people to determine where their US Senators stand on the Iran Nuclear Deal. http://www.stopthebadirandeal.com/scorecard/?e=c4ed964552f9f0b560c2a2d326600f88&utm_source=san&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=fwd_america&n=4http://www.stopthebadirandeal.com/scorecard/?e=c4ed964552f9f0b560c2a2d326600f88&utm_source=san&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=fwd_america&n=4 People are encouraged to contact their Senators to express their opinions. Delaware US Senators, Tom Carper(D) and Chris Coons(D) have expressed their support for the proposed Joint Plan of Action (JPOA). Read more

Debate on Iran Nuclear Deal Intensifies

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Powers, in a recent editorial in Politico has stated that the United States could find itself isolated from the international community if it rejects the proposed Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) with Iran, according to a L’Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. "If the United States rejects this deal, we would instantly isolate ourselves from countries that spent nearly two years working with American negotiators to hammer out its toughest provisions," Powers wrote in an opinion posted late Wednesday. "We would go from a situation in which Iran is isolated to one in which the United States is isolated.”, she continued. According to an article by Deb Reichmann, carried in the Huffington Post, President Obama has adequate authority to lift most sanctions against Iran by executive order, despite a override Read more

Iran to Build a Nationwide Nuclear Science and Technology School System

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

The Director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, announced last Tuesday that the agency plans to build special nuclear science and technology training schools across Iran.

Speaking at a groundbreaking ceremony of the new Nuclear High School in Mashad, he said, “The country’s second nuclear energy school will be constructed in Mashhad and a memorandum of understanding has also been signed among the AEOI, Khorassan Governor General Razavi ‘s Office and the Khorassan Education Department in this regard.”

The AEOI also has plans to construct a hospital with advanced nuclear medicine diagnostic and treatment facilities in Tehran, according to Salehi.

Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Egypt May Discuss Syrian Crisis

Conference Expected to Convene in Moscow Next Week By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer FARS News has reported on Wed Aug 19, 2015 that there is likelihood that a multilateral conference on the Syrian situation will be convened in Moscow next week. Yury Barmin, a political analyst of Russia Direct Research Institute, stated that the concurrence of visits by senior officials from Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan and Egypt has given rise to speculation that they might take part in joint talks on regional crises. During a face-to-face discussion with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Moscow last week, Russian Foreign Minister,Sergey Lavrov, reiterated that Russia will not accept exclusion of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from the peace talks, however, he also stated that Russia and Saudi Arabia had “agreed on practical steps to facilitate the political process in Syria.” Read more

Iran to Submit Syrian Peace Plan To UN

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

FARS News has reported that Iran will submit a new peace plan to the United Nations in favor of a political settlement in Syria.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that the plan was drafted after “detailed consultations between Damascus and Tehran” and is an amended version of an Iranian initiative presented last year.

He also was quoted as saying that “The proposal amounts to one of the most effective and serious plans on the agenda of the UN and international players.”

Fallout From Iran Nuclear Deal (2)

A Russian-Iranian Alliance? By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Recent developments in Russo-Iranian relations have some Western observers increasingly focused. • On Wednesday August 19, 2015 Russian Deputy Foreign Minister , Mikhail Bogdanov announced that Russia and Iran have finalized an arms agreement over purchase and delivery of four advanced long-range S-300 VM (Antey-2500) mobile surface-to-air anti-ballistic missile systems by the end of 2015. [ This is presumably an Iranian effort to counter anticipated Israeli missile strikes of its nuclear R&D facilities. ] • In the wake of lifting of UN sanctions as a result of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, this is actually a new revision of an earlier Russian/Iranian contract for deliveries of (now discontinued) S-300 PMU ABM systems, interrupted in 2007 by the UN Arms Embargo. • Russia and Iran Read more

Fallout From IRAN Nuclear Deal (1)

IAEA Withholds Information From US Senate and Obama Administration By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer An official spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) claims that International Atomic Energy (IAEA) Director, Yukiya Amano, in response to direct Iranian pressure, has withheld secrets of the “Roadmap of Cooperation Between Iran and the IAEA” [an apparent separate agreement with Iran] from the U.S. Congress and Obama Administration. Behrouz Kamalvandi, speaking in a meeting with Iranian lawmakers in Tehran on Monday August 17 declared that “If secrets of the agreement are revealed, we will lose our trust in the Agency.”, according to the FARS News Agency The announcement as it stands can have serious implications for US Senate ratification of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed in Vienna on 14 July 2015 (commonly known as the Iran Nuclear Read more

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Rejects Iran Nuclear Deal

By Wolf von Baumgart,Staff Writer

U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, has announced he will reject the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran, despite major White House efforts aimed at securing Senate ratification.

Read more here:

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2015/08/18/Sen-Bob-Corker-rejects-nuclear-deal-with-Iran/6731439894543/?nll=1 .

FAS Issues Report on Implementation of Iran Nuclear Agreement

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer The Nuclear Verification Capabilites Independent Task Force of the Federation of American Scientists has issued a report, “Six Achievable Steps for Implementing an Effective Verification Regime for a Nuclear Agreement with Iran. “ The intent of the FAS analysis is to outline challenges to and offer constructive suggestions for effective implementation of the proposed Iran Nuclear Agreement. The report emphasizes six feasible steps for executing an effective nuclear nonproliferation verification regime with Iran: 1. Ensure that the Joint Commission Works Effectively Among the P5+1 and Iran to Facilitate Compliance and Communication 2. Organize Executive Branch Mechanisms to Create Synergy and Sustain Focus on Implementation Over the Long-Term 3. Support and Augment the IAEA in the Pursuit of its Key Monitoring Role 4. Read more

Obama Claims Republican Caucus Makes Common Cause with Iranian Hardliners

President makes hyperbolist slur. He ignores that no one in the region likes this deal. He had to start a new arms race in the Middle East just to get some of the Gulf States from issuing public opposition. Israel is strongly opposed because the Iranian leader who calls them a cancer that needs to be removed is on a glide path for legitimate nuclear weapons. He ignores the fact that the hardliners are the ones that approve of this deal because he gives them 100 billion dollars to fund their terror empire. This deal makes President Obama and the UN one of the largest funders of the expansion of terrorism in the world. No American leader is making purposeful common cause with the "death to America" crowd in Iran. That has not stopped him from making that claim a second time this year. He tried it in March. Unfortunately, President Obama ignored the pro-American moderates when Read more

The Iranian Nuke Deal: Why work so hard to get so little?

New polling shows collapsing support for the Iranian Nuclear deal with the public opposed 2 to 1. Only 27% of the public supports the deal making 3 to 1 a distinct possibility when people focus on it in the fall. This deal is politically toxic, but many Democrats seem intent on not embarrassing the President. I am all for not embarrassing the President for the sake of handing him a defeat when it comes to international issues of importance. Embarrassment is not at play here. The issue is Congress fulfilling their role in protecting the national interest. I wish Democrats would be as intentional about fulfilling their Constitutional responsibility as upholding party image. In the long run, doing the job right builds the image. The Gulf states were very skeptical of this deal. The administration had ignored their needs. As pressure mounted at home, they realized that they may actually Read more

Senator Tom Carper Comments on the Iran Nuclear Deal

Posted by: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer In response to a Midlantic Dispatch inquiry, Delaware U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D) has issued the following statement: August 4, 2015 Dear Mr. von Baumgart, Thank you for contacting me about the recent announcement of an international agreement to address Iran's nuclear weapons program. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue. As you know, U.S. relations with Iran have been heavily strained in recent years due to Iran's growing nuclear program. As a signatory of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, Iran is permitted to maintain a peaceful nuclear energy program in exchange for its commitment not to develop a nuclear weapons program and allow periodic inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency – an independent nuclear watchdog organization that reports to the United Nations on the safety and security of Read more

Why the Iranian Deal Makes Us Less Safe

The World in 2022; Consider this scenario. The nuclear deal with Iran 7 years ago made us less safe because it lifted the Arms Embargo on Iran two years ago. This allowed Iran to undermine the Arab countries in the Middle East will turn the Middle East into a war zone between radical Sunni extremists and radical Shiite extremists. It enslaved 300 million people across Southern and Eastern Asia and Northern Africa in a radical reign of terror. It will not stay there. They will enflame Africa and Europe. The Americas will see more terrorism the more isolated they become. The West could see the end of its 500 year cycle and our experiment of liberty is under its greatest challenge since Hitler and Stalin aligned in 1939-40. Now Iran has had 7 years to enrich and consolidate its power over a quarter of the world's oil, it withdrew from the framework. It used the 150 billion dollars Read more

Khamenei Says Iranian Foreign Policy Towards the US Won’t Change

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

Speaking officially earlier on Saturday, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that “A landmark nuclear deal with world powers won’t change Iran’s stance toward the arrogant United States government.

While proponents of the recent nuclear accord may speculate that the statement was intended for domestic consumption, opponents will use the comment to strengthen their case.

No word as yet on White House or State Department reaction.

Delaware Congressman John Carney Comments on Iran Nuclear Agreement

Delaware's sole U.S. Representative, John Carney, has issued the following statement on the nuclear agreement with Iran: Congressman Carney Statement on Nuclear Agreement with Iran WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman John Carney (D-DE) today released the following statement on the nuclear agreement with Iran: “I'm pleased to hear that an agreement has been reached -- I look forward to studying the details of it with skeptical and clear eyes. The central question is whether we are indeed better off with the deal than without it. “As I've said all along, a good deal must curtail Iran's pursuit of a nuclear weapons program and put in place a tough regime of inspections that will ensure that Iran is playing by the rules. International inspectors need complete access to Iran's known nuclear facilities and to other secret facilities that might be used to get around the terms of the Read more

Senator Chris Coons Comments on Iran Nuclear Deal

Posted by: Wolf von Baumgart Delaware U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has released the following statement regarding the multinational nuclear deal with Iran: “The United States must not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapons capability.  A nuclear-armed Iran would threaten our national security, the security of Israel, and the stability of the entire Middle East. “I will review the details of this agreement promptly, and I will only support it if this deal prevents every Iranian pathway to develop a nuclear weapons capability.  In conversations with senior Administration officials, I have been clear about the specifics of what I want to see from this nuclear agreement.  The inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) must have timely and effective access to military and sensitive facilities in Iran, and Read more

President Will Veto Any Congressional Opposition to Iran Nuclear Proliferation Agreement

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer President Obama has vowed that he will veto any congressional legislation that would run contrary to the nuclear accord reached with Iran. He flatly stated that he was confident that the deal will meet the national security interests of the United States and its allies. He also advised members of Congress to tone down their rhetoric regarding Iran. Under the terms of the agreement reached earlier Tuesday morning in Vienna between the US, Russia, Germany, China, France, UK and the Islamic Republic of Iran, most UN-imposed economic sanctions against Iran will be lifted under the following terms: ⁰ A 15-year delay on advanced nuclear research and production. ⁰ Lengthening of nuclear device breakout time from 2-3 month to 1 year. ⁰ Elimination of 2/3 of Iranian centrifuges. ⁰ IAEA inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities. ⁰ Prevention Read more

Iranian Patrol Boats Fire on Singaporean Tanker in International Waters

by: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer In the third recent incident involving Iranian actions against international shipping this year in the Persian Gulf, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) patrol boats have fired shots across the bow of the Alpine Eternity (a Singapore registered petrochemical tanker) in international waters. The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority issued the following statement on 5/14/15: "With regard to the reported shooting incident on 14 May 2015 (Singapore time), involving a Singapore-registered tanker 'Alpine Eternity' that took place in international waters, Singapore is deeply concerned with such actions.” The (MPA) has requested the Iranian maritime authorities to investigate the incident and prevent future recurrences. The freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce are of critical importance to Singapore and other maritime and Read more