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THREAD | (1) Since 2015, a bipartisan consensus has prevailed: members of Congress across the political spectrum support non-nuclear sanctions—including terrorism sanctions—on #Iran.

Six years later, the #Biden admin appears to be on the verge of going against this consensus...
(2) @TzviKahn's memo compiles statements from the #Obama admin expressing support for terrorism sanctions on #Iran.

These quotes highlight the bipartisan support of terrorism and other non-nuclear sanctions—and the importance of maintaining them should the US reenter the #JCPOA:
(3) First up, President Barack Obama 👇
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Reports on #Iran-#SaudiArabia intelligence contact in #Iraq.

#Zarif leaves #Qatar. #Saudi FM lands in #Doha, invites Emir Sheikh Tamim to meet the King in #Riyadh.

#Tehran (& the #US?) appears to try to take the #Gulf on board.

This could isolate #Israel in a revived #JCPOA.
Some in #Vienna appear to want to isolate #Israel. But officials in #Gulf/#GCC face a difficult choice. They have to weigh if a compromise on #JCPOA and weakening Israel's position will resolve the problem of #Iran's malign activities? Or will it be a temporary solution?
The #US is directly engaging #GCC on #JCPOA, while FM #Zarif engages #SaudiArabia through #Qatar and #Iraq.

If the #Gulf comes aboard, #Israel and #Republicans will be effectively sidelined.

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#Pakistan FM seeks #Iran's support for PM #ImranKhan's agenda on #Islamophobia & #France, amid signs no #Muslim country so far supports this agenda.

In his public statement, Iran FM #Zarif has politely indulged Pak FM on this issue but without a clear commitment to this agenda.
#Pakistan Foreign Minister @SMQureshiPTI in #Tehran called on #Iran to support PM #ImranKhan's agenda on #Islamophobia & #France. He also invited #Turkey & #KSA to join in.

Seems difficult. Iran enjoys good ties w/ France. And so does Pres #Erdogan now.

FM @SMQureshiPTI in #Tehran said he will seek #Turkey Pres #Erdogan's support for PM @ImranKhanPTI's anti-#France agenda.

He might get little support beyond lip service. Presidents @RTErdogan+@EmmanuelMacron recently had recently had a good meeting:

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HAPPENING NOW: Senate Intelligence Committee's Hearing on Worldwide Threats

"We look to our intelligence agencies to provide their best & most objective analytic judgments" per Chairman @MarkWarner " of bias, & not “shaded” in any way to fit a particular policy or agenda"
"We're going to need to discuss the situation in #Afghanistan" per @MarkWarner, in introductory remarks...…
"It's the one time a year where the American public & the members of Congress here in the Senate get an unvarnished presentation by an apolitical intelligence community of the real national security threats" per Vice Chair @marcorubio
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BREAKING: @ODNIgov issues assessment on Worldwide Threats a day before intel chiefs testify before lawmakers

"#Beijing, #Moscow, #Tehran, & #Pyongyang have demonstrated the capability & intent to advance their interests at the expense of the UnitedStates...despite the pandemic"
"#China increasingly is a near-peer competitor, challenging the United States in multiple arenas...#Russia is pushing back against #Washington where it can globally, employing techniques up to and including the use of force" per Annual Threat Assessment…
"#Iran will remain a regional menace w/broader malign influence activities" per @ODNIgov report "#NorthKorea will be a disruptive player on the regional & world stages"
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1)#Iran’s Foreign Ministry reporting that Raab spoke with Zarif ahead of this week’s #JCPOA talks in Vienna

Iran’s MFA reports Raab told Zarif “London will do its best to help negotiations bear fruit”.But #UK’s changing posture toward Iran should noted

Reflections on UK-JCPOA👇 Image
2) Two weeks ago, the #UK published its Integrated Review (IR) – the biggest review of UK defence, security & foreign policy since cold war - where it outlined overarching international policy objectives until 2030.

Rising concerns about #Iran’s regime featured throughout 👇
3)The most noteworthy change in relation to #Iran policy was the absence of any reference to JCPOA.

Since 2015, the #UK has explicitly defined its Iran policy through the #JCPOA & its commitment to upholding it. So the absence of any mention of the JCPOA in the IR is important
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A disaster thanks to the #IranDeal architects: Delaying changes in Iran, allowed the regime to sign a Soviet-style "25 year cooperation agreement" with China: strategic, military, trade etc. Tehran is now much better protected. This disaster is on the shoulders of Obama-Biden..
They knew about the #Iran-#China 25 years "Soviet-Style" Cooperation Agreement. Our intelligence, foreign policy teams, military, businesses, knew, yet the #Biden Adm was still racing towards the #IranDeal while #Beijing & #Tehran were producing their deal!

How can that be? 🤨
The @nytimes is "warning" that the #ChinaIranDeal will weaken US influence in the Middle East."

No kidding! The #NewYorkTimes was a major promoter of #IranDeal which allowed the #IranRegime to sign a deal with China. US "mainstream" media is morally responsible for the new axis.
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🇺🇸New Mexico Republican Rep.@RepHerrell , and eight of her colleagues, sent a letter to the @TheJusticeDept asking that it ferret out and prosecute any Americans who are secretly paid to parrot #Tehran's line.
#DontDealWithIran 1/11…
The U.S. government should investigate what is alleged to be a covert 🇮🇷Iranian #propaganda operation being run on American soil, according to a congressional request. 2/11
Rep.Herrell, & eight of her colleagues, sent a letter to the @TheJusticeDept asking that it ferret out and prosecute any Americans who are secretly paid to parrot Tehran's line to influence @POTUS policy & US public opinion about the theocratic regime. 3/11 #DontDealWithIran
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#Chabahar port in #Iran, with #India's investment, is a strange story. President #Trump reluctantly excluded it from #US sanctions, and it is the only #Indian-run port #Pakistan signed a sister-city agreement with. Some interesting updates. /1
#Trump was not sympathetic to #India's case on sanctions waivers for #Chabahar & the crude oil imports from #Iran, but he relented on the port only after pressure from #US diplomats, who said even #Pakistan did not object to the #Indian-#Iranian port. /2…
Iran spent years convincing #China & #Pakistan not to develop #Gwadar, instead reroute the economic corridor #CPEC to #Chabahar citing better security in #Iran compared to #Pakistan & its #Balochistan province. A top Iranian diplomat explains this: /3

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US lawmaker investigates Biden @POTUS administration over $1 billion Iran ransom payment.
U.S. reportedly waived sanctions to facilitate payment to Tehran.…
A Rep lawmaker on the House Financial Services Committee is pressing @JoeBiden adm to come clean about its suspected role in facilitating a $1 billion ransom payment to Iran as part of an effort to secure the release of a South Korean oil tanker that Tehran has held hostage.
Rep @RepBryanSteil petitioned Treasury Secretary @JanetYellen to immediately provide him and other lawmakers with information about the reported #US role in waiving #terrorism sanctions on #Iran so that South Korea could complete the billion-dollar payment.
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How the 🇮🇱Israeli defense deals with the threat of #Hezbollah's precision missiles.
In its annual report, the Institute for National Security Studies placed the probability of war in #Lebanon in the first place, higher than the Iranian threat. 1
The latest name given by experts to this war, in publications and exercises, is "First Northern War" - assuming the war does not remain #Lebanese. #Syria (and possibly #Iraq) as well: 2
Syria itself may act against Israel to retaliate against Iran and Hezbollah for the generous assistance it provided during the civil war, and missile rockets may be fired from #Shiite militias from Iraq, and perhaps even by the #Houthis in Iran. 3
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After a #COVID19 induced hiatus,we are back on the trail!
Destination: #Yazd, a historic desert city in central Iran ~600 kms SE of #Tehran & a @UNESCO world heritage site. This is the best time to visit Yazd & we made the most of our weekend. A thread ⬇️ 4 those interested
Yazd’s unique Persian architecture is based on adaptations to its arid climate. So, there are cisterns, wind towers, underground canals (qanat) & adobe mud houses (yes, in the old town and villages!). Pics show all these & Sassanid ruins in Kharanaq ImageImageImageImage
One can also see a Yakhchal in Meybod (icehouse of mud brick, adobe construction to let natural light in, but otherwise insulated from the sun though high walls). A caravanserai (on the old Silkroute) can be seen too, which has now become a place for visitors. ImageImageImage
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‘The Axis of Resistance Media Network’
Designating #Iranian-linked media outlets can limit their activities, but a more holistic strategy is needed if Washington hopes to effectively counter the regime’s regional propaganda machine. 1
Reminder—#Iranian operatives sent threatening emails to Democratic voters while posing as members of the pro-Trump white nationalist group the Proud Boys. 2
One of the entities behind this disinformation campaign was the Islamic Radio and Television Union #IRTVU, which supports and in many cases created the bulk of the television channels and other media outlets run by #Iran’s proxies abroad—
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Destabilization by #Israel+#SaudiArabia+#UAE in the Middle East is equal to the destabilization by #Iran. Is it?

I listened to @PeterBeinart on @FareedZakaria's show. He used this contrast to justify rejecting the idea of a #JCPOA rethink to include Iran's malign activities. /1
Are #Israel #KSA #UAE destabilizing the Middle East equally to or more than #Iran? This juxtaposition is used by Iran govt and sympathizers who suggest Tehran's wide network of proxies & operations in the region is not unique. Rather, it's normal. /2
Keeping #JCPOA intact is a legitimate goal but not on the basis of a fallacy. Moral and political equivalency that @PeterBeinart suggested [b/w #KSA/#Israel/#UAE and #Iran] is worth discussing. In short bursts, just key points, for the sake of informing. /3
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As part of ongoing missions to @WHOEMRO countries, in a visit to I R #Iran, Dr Al-Mandhari @WHO Regional Director met w/ 1st Vice President HE @Eshaq_jahangiri & Minister of Health & Medical Education HE @saeednamaki to discuss/enhance mutual relations & review #COVID19 response. ImageImageImage
"I was impressed to see how Iran has adapted a whole-of-government/society approach in #COVID19 response, using its strong Primary Health Care system. I was also pleased to learn more about national efforts in developing COVID-19 vaccine."-Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari
#HealthForAll_ByAll ImageImageImage
.@WHO Regional Director, WHO Rep. to 🇮🇷 & Govt. officials unveiled achievements of Iran #COVID19 Emergency Response Project. Financed by @WorldBank, ICERP was launched thru collaboration between @WHO & Ministry of Health to procure/deliver medical eqpt. for the pandemic response. Image
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Not my style to remind but, for the last 5 months, I have been saying - quoting decision-makers in #Iran - that #Tehran could go full nuclear and reach weapons-grade if the #US abuses of its sanctions & refrain from honouring its commitments & allows EU countries to follow suit.
No leader in the world accepts for his country to remain under harsh sanctions without reacting. It is time for the #US to stop abusing of its power and lift ALL not partial sanctions on #Iran. Removing folkloric sanctions won't work.
#Iran is now convinced that by reaching nuclear weapons-grade, no country in the world would dare to threaten it, without the need to use nuclear weapons, like the +100 that #Israel possess and was about to use in 1973.
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Read this, it is my an ongoing investigation:

When the #US unlawfully assassinated #Iran Sardar Qassem Soleimani, the #IRGC cdr was carrying a message to #Iraq PM Adel Abdul Mahdi who also asked him to visit #Baghdad following a direct request of mediation by Donald Trump.+
No doubt that Trump and his team cowardly planned the assassination and created circumstances for a setup to bring Sardar Soleimani to #Iraq, a trip that was not on his schedule.
But above all, Soleimani carried a message from Sayyed Ali Khamenei to #SaudiArabia. +
Is it the rapprochement between #SaudiArabia and #Iran the reason behind assassinating Sardar Soleimani? A normalisation of relationship between #Tehran and #Riyadh certainly damages the #US national interest.+
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Air Raid Sirens are currently sounding in Shahr Ara and Marzdaran areas, western #Tehran. Cause currently unknown.
If you are seeing an news circulating of two fires being located on satellite imagery, ye….. no, ignore it.
The air raid sirens reportedly rang for at least 15 minutes… @flightradar24 shows the current air traffic around #Tehran, #Iran at the moment. Intersting flight path for the Turkish Airlines flight.
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On January 21, Iranian citizens held at least five rallies in different provinces to voice #IranProtests against officials’ mismanagement.…
#IranProtests on January 21:
1–Rally of Municipal Workers
2–Rally of House Customers
3–Rally of Taxi and Bus Drivers
4–Rally of Textile Workers
5–Rally of Preschool Educators
#IranProtests on January 21:
1—Rally of Municipal Workers
#KohgiluyehAndBoyerAhmad province—a group of municipal workers held a rally in front of the Provincial Governorate. They protested officials’ failure to change their recruitment conditions and lack of job security.
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On January 20, Iranian citizens from different walks of life held at least four rallies and sit-ins in different cities, showing their wrath against the regime’s economic failures and…
#IranProtests on January 20:
1–Rally of Workers
2–Rally and Sit-in of Teachers
3–Rally of Stockholders
4–Rally of DAs
#IranProtests on January 20:
1—Rally of Workers
#Ilam province—workers of Dehloran Cement Company held a rally in front of the company’s entrance gate. They protested government-linked managers’ failure to pay their overdue paychecks.
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On January 19, Iranian citizens held at least six rallies in different cities, venting their anger at the regime’s plundering and profiteering policies. House customers, students, stockholders, car customers, and merchants organized…
#IranProtests on January 19:
1–Rally of House Customers
2–Rally of Housing Cooperative Members
3–Rally of Ph.D. Students
4–Rally of Tehran Bourse Stockholders
5–Rally of MG360 Automobile’s Customers
6–Rally of Merchants
#IranProtests on January 19:
1—Rally of House Customers
#Khuzestan province—for the second consecutive day, people who had registered for houses, held a rally in front of the Provincial Governorate. Image
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Iranian authorities terrify the people of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL/ISIS) while they are the ISIS godfather.
"Basiji, IRGC, you are our ISIS," youths chanted during #IranProtests in January 2020.…
Iranian authorities hosted high-ranking members of al-Qaeda for many years. In August 2020, Abu Muhammad al-Masri, the group's #2 figure, was killed in Tehran.
by @nytimes…
#Tehran was cooperating with al-Qaeda to conduct terror attacks across the globe.
by @Iran_Focus…
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NEW: @StateDept's top counterterrorism official says the Jan 6 siege of the #USCapitol "wasn't just an assault on the Capitol. It was an assault on democracy, w/a violent mob trying to interfere with the results of the election"
"Nothing is more sacred to our constitutional democracy than the peaceful transfer of power" per Amb. Nathan Sales speaking to @AEI

Adds that those who rioted "desecrated the Capitol & the principals for which its stands"
"There's no room for complacency" @StateDept's Sales warns on the fight vs terrorism, repeating warnings that there needs to be a focus on #ISIS, #alQaida in #Africa
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In response to a sniper attack (4 shots) against an #IDF bulldozer the #IDF have struck a #Hamas observation post with tank fire near Khan Younis, #Gaza. The activates of the D9 are in the tweet included.
Saha Airlines EP-SHB appears to enroute from #Tehran, #Iran to #Damascus, #Syria. Image
Imagery courtesy of @DeirEzzor24 of the warehouses struck in last nights reported airstrike near Ayyash. The warehouses reportedly belonged to #IRGC affiliated Fatemiyoun Brigades. ImageImage
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