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Iranian Intel Minister: #Iran has no intention to pursue nuclear weapons, but if you push a cat to the corner, its behavior might change.

Another episode in Iran's nuclear extortion.

More reason it is high #Time4FirmIranPolicy.
2)
Periodic reminder:
Obama sold the world his flawed 2015 nuclear deal with #Iran's regime.

A deal he never took to Congress to be ratified as a treaty.

He wanted us to trust the regime's dictator.
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After his walks with #Iran's chief apologist @JZarif during the nuclear talks, former U.S. secretary of state John Kerry also wanted us to rely on the fatwa (decree) of Iran's dictator.
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June 16, 2014—Zarif cited Iranian regime scholars saying Khamenei's fatwa (decree) banning the use of weapons of mass destruction is valid for 1,000 years.

Obama & Kerry wanted us to take Zarif's word for it.
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Reminder: Iran’s regime was violating the 2015 agreement from day one & prior to Trump’s nixing.

Iran did not dismantle the core of the plutonium reactor at Arak, as required by the deal.
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"For one thing, we already know of many Iranian violations (or likely violations) of the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA)."

And this was prior to U.S. President Donald Trump exiting the deal.
newsmax.com/adamturner/gin…
7)
8 December 2015

Tehran violated the deal by refusing to fully cooperate with the IAEA investigating the Possible Military Dimensions of the nuclear program.

isis-online.org/uploads/isis-r…
8)
7 July 2016

Germany’s domestic intel agency annual report states Iran pursued a “clandestine” path toward obtaining illicit nuclear technology & equipment from German companies “at what is, even by international standards, a quantitatively high level.”
foxnews.com/world/german-i…
9)
6 June 2017

The Iranians have produced excess heavy water, illegally, at least twice, which they sold for profit.
reuters.com/article/us-ira…
10)
29 August 2017

IAEA inspectors — and the West itself — are severely limited in their ability to monitor Iranian compliance with the JCPOA.
reuters.com/article/us-ira…
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Iran's refusal to allow international inspections of its’ military sites is itself a violation of the Iran deal. The relevant language of the JCPOA states as such (see Annex I, Q Access, pg. 23).

europarl.europa.eu/cmsdata/122460…
12)
20 September 2017

The Iranians exceeded the limits on advanced centrifuge research and development, by assembling more than a half dozen IR-8 rotor assemblies and operating 13-15 IR-6 centrifuges in a single cascade.
fdd.org/analysis/2017/…
13)
1 Oct 2017

Iran is likely violating Section T, banning “activities which could contribute to the development of a nuclear explosive device,” e.g. using computer models simulating a nuclear bomb, or designing multi-point, explosive detonation systems.
foxnews.com/world/russia-g…
14)
Periodic reminder:

"Iran's appetite for acquiring and developing nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them has only grown larger."
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Finally, #Iran apologists/lobbyists constantly claimed for four years that Trump sought war with Iran.

Now they’re pushing the narrative that Biden should immediately jump into the nuclear deal with Tehran & provide concessions.

They were wrong then & they’re wrong now.

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#Iran-backed Houthis claim their attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport was a military target, AFP reported.

The Arab Coalition earlier said a terrorist attack targeting the airport caused a civilian plane to catch fire

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#BREAKING
The Canadian gov & security agencies are reviewing an audio recording in which a man—identified by sources as #Iran's FM @JZarif—discusses the possibility that the destruction of Flight #PS752 was an intentional act, CBC News has learned.
cbc.ca/news/politics/…
"There are reasons that they will never be revealed," Zarif says in Farsi. "They won't tell us, nor anyone else, because if they do it will open some doors into the defence systems of the country that will not be in the interest of the nation to publicly say."
The individual says "these things are not going to be revealed easily" by the IRGC or those higher up in the government.

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Biden said the U.S. will not lift sanctions against Iran unless the country stops enriching uranium, continuing a standoff with #Iran's dictator has demanded that sanctions be lifted before the country returns to its nuclear deal obligations.
#JCPOA
cbsnews.com/news/biden-int…
"Will the U.S. lift sanctions first in order to get Iran back to the negotiating table?" O'Donnell asked.

"No," Mr. Biden responded.

"They have to stop enriching uranium first?" O'Donnell asked.

Mr. Biden nodded affirmatively.
Sen. Graham:
"If I were President Biden I would keep the sanctions on until #Iran changes its behavior. I would not want to go into an old deal with Iran because they've been up to no good for too long."
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7 Feb
#BREAKING

#Iran’s supreme leader says the U.S. must lift all sanctions if it wants Iran to return to its commitments to the nuclear deal with Western powers, state TV reported Sunday.

reuters.com/article/uk-ira…
Televised comments mark Khamenei’s first since Biden's inauguration. #Iran is threatening to expel UN inspectors, increased uranium enrichment closer to weapons-grade levels & ramped up military drills, including firing cruise missiles.
apnews.com/article/joe-bi…
My takes:

-Khamenei needs to appear strong, especially domestically.

-This ends all talk of @JZarif hinting a solution, saying a top EU official could “synchronize” or “choreograph” moves. He has a @CNN interview today with @FareedZakaria.

-No fast solution. Impasse continues.
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#Iran official identified an undercover agent was convicted of masterminding a thwarted bomb attack against an exiled Iranian opposition group in 2018 & sentenced to 20 years in prison seeing his claim of diplomatic immunity rejected.
#Time4FirmIranPolicy
bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
A court in Belgium convicted Iranian "diplomat" Assadollah Assadi of attempted terrorist murder and participation in the activities of a terrorist group.

#Iran
#Time4FirmIranPolicy
#ShutDownIranTerrorEmbassies
thetimes.co.uk/article/irania…
The case has shone a light on #Iran's international operations just as it hopes the arrival of new US President Joe Biden will herald a loosening of sanctions.
#Time4FirmIranPolicy
#ShutDownIranTerrorEmbassies
france24.com/en/live-news/2…
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#Iran opposition briefing examining implications of today’s Belgian court conviction of the Iranian regime’s top diplomat of state-sanctioned terrorism & Foreign Ministry’s role in 2018 Paris bombing plot.
#Time4FirmIranPolicy
#ShutDownIranTerrorEmbassies
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NCRI Foreign Affairs Committee member Farzin Hashemi
"It is important in the U.S. and Europe to take this matter very seriously and make sure the right policy is adopted."

#Iran
#Time4FirmIranPolicy
#ShutDownIranTerrorEmbassies
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.@GovRidge
"There were a series of acts that show this is a country that has acted with impunity and audacity and against the norms of civil society."

#Iran
#Time4FirmIranPolicy
#ShutDownIranTerrorEmbassies
pscp.tv/NCRIUS/1OyKAEO…
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