Iran on the rise: Militarily, Technologically and Strategically. Did 40 years of US sanctions hurt or help?

LEBANESE-CIA

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No way Israel will allow them to be a nuclear power. The second they lose faith in Biden they will handle things on their own
Didnt they lose faith in Obama, yet they didnt do anything.
Anyway i think it will be a surprise for the world when Iran becomes a nuclear power.
I think also even with Biden if they revived the deal, Iran will still manage to have a nuke discretly, it is a matter of time.
 

Ashrafieh LF

New Member
Didnt they lose faith in Obama, yet they didnt do anything.
Anyway i think it will be a surprise for the world when Iran becomes a nuclear power.
I think also even with Biden if they revived the deal, Iran will still manage to have a nuke discretly, it is a matter of time.
Just wait and see
انتو العونيي بعد بدكن فت خبز كتير لتبلشو تفهمو بالسياسة
 

LEBANESE-CIA

Legendary Member
Your understanding of "losers" is rather skewed.
In my book the loser is the one who lies to himself and to others while trying to present failure as success or at least as nothing serious.
Nice Poetry there :) but unfortunatly for you i have better one that rhyme

Your apprehension is skewed
Albeit your destiny is screwed

have a life insurance dude :p

@Viral this is after a kebbi nayi with tabouleh and galss of "arak" mtalat : )
 

LEBANESE-CIA

Legendary Member
Just wait and see
انتو العونيي بعد بدكن فت خبز كتير لتبلشو تفهمو بالسياسة
meen ento ? you don't know me , you wanna come have a coffe at my office to find out? : )




Cheers! for Lebanon !!!! 🇱🇧😍 awesome version

 
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Viral

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انقلاب الصورة | زمرة خلق، منظمة آرَهِآبّـيّة مدعومة غربياً​

 

Viral

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Didnt they lose faith in Obama, yet they didnt do anything.
Anyway i think it will be a surprise for the world when Iran becomes a nuclear power.
I think also even with Biden if they revived the deal, Iran will still manage to have a nuke discretly, it is a matter of time.
The only problem I see in your assessment is that Geagea doesn’t agree with it and as you know, Geagea is never wrong. Sure he’s the only criminal who let himself get caught and spent 11 years in jail but if you listen to him carefully he’d tell you he had planned it that way all along based on a secret master plan that will be revealed at a later time. 😜Akid Akid.
 

Gsheb

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Just wait and see
انتو العونيي بعد بدكن فت خبز كتير لتبلشو تفهمو بالسياسة

Actually no, he's right, and you're the incompetent one. I know you guys are depserate for someone to bomb Iran, and you're losing touch with reality.

It must have escaped you that there was a nuclear deal before Trump won and Netenyahu didn't bomb or do squat. He would never dare to cross the US in such a way.

Actually, Netenyahu's biggest bluster of his career was going to Congress and openly foster hostility against Obama. He knew his only alternative to a nuclear deal was to be a slave for the Republicans as he can't act on his own. Even then, he became a persona non grata for all Democrats who openly pushed for his ouster. The Israeli political establishment responded and got rid of him, at a great cost.

The whole point of the Bennett government is to restore ties with Democrats and Biden. You're completely out of your mind if you think Bennett will start a war with Iran and drag the US without Biden's approval. LOL. Not even Trump was willing to bomb, even though as it now emerged, Netenyahu pushed him to do exactly that. Actually, forget about Biden/US for a minute. Bennet's political survival rests completely on a small, Islamist party. LOL. If he crosses them, he's out.
 
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Viral

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Rouhani says Iran can enrich uranium to 90%, equivalent to weapons-grade


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Iran’s president has said his country has the capacity, if authorities there deem it necessary, to enrich uranium up to 90%, nearly 25 times greater than the level stipulated in the JCPOA ‘Iran Nuclear Deal.’
Speaking on Wednesday while addressing a cabinet meeting, President Hassan Rouhani said the authorities were exploring the possibilities of their nuclear technology as they were no longer bound by the constraints of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) deal, known as the Iran nuclear deal.
“The AEOI (Atomic Energy Organization of Iran) can enrich uranium by 20% and 60% and, if one day our reactor needs it, it can produce 90% uranium,” Rouhani was quoted as saying by the semi-official Mehr News Agency, adding that Western powers had tried to shut down its Fordow nuclear site but now its facilities were stronger than ever.
The 90% figure quoted by Rouhani will be particularly concerning, as the concentration is considered the minimum benchmark for the production of nuclear weapons. Uranium enrichment beyond even 20% is considered to have few civilian applications.
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The JCPOA, which put restraints on Iranian nuclear ambitions, was unilaterally abandoned in 2018 by then US president Donald Trump, who also enacted harsh sanctions on Tehran. Iran has further hollowed out the deal, increasing its enrichment program in excess of the agreed 3.67% level. In April, Tehran stated that it would enhance its uranium enrichment to 60%. This followed an alleged Israeli attack on its Natanz nuclear facility.
Negotiations have been taking place in Vienna to bring the US and Iran back in line with the deal, which was reached in 2015 between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – China, France, Russia, the UK, and the US – plus Germany. No outcome is expected until President-elect Ebrahim Raisi takes power in August, but Iran says it’s the US that should come lift sanctions first.

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Viral

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‘Failure of US sanctions’: Iran launches first oil terminal in Gulf of Oman to bypass Strait of Hormuz


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Iran has opened its first oil terminal in the Gulf of Oman and referenced the “failure” of US sanctions to deter its progress. It will allow oil exports to bypass the Strait of Hormuz, which has recently seen multiple incidents.
The new oil terminal is located at the port of Bandar-e Jask, which lies just south of the strait. The faculty was inaugurated by the country’s President Hassan Rouhani, who announced the achievement in a televised speech on Thursday.
“This is a strategic move and an important step for Iran. It will secure the continuation of our oil exports,” Rouhani stated.
The narrow and busy Strait of Hormuz has been a source of international tensions for decades, with a series of maritime incidents involving oil tankers occurring in it and the wider Persian Gulf region in recent times. The area has also seen a number of close calls between the US and Iranian military, with the two sides blaming one another for “unsafe” conduct in the troubled waters.
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The inauguration of the oil terminal constituted a “failure” of US sanctions against the country, Rouhani argued, as the new facility will allow swifter and safer exports.
This new crude export terminal shows the failure of Washington’s sanctions on Iran.
According to Rouhani, Iran is seeking to export around a million barrels per day from the new facility. The project – which includes the oil facility itself and a pipeline reaching it – was worth some $2 billion, Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh revealed.
“The implementation of the Goreh-Jask port crude oil transfer project took place with about $2 billion investment,” Zanganeh said, as quoted by the oil ministry’s Shana website.
READ MORE: Iran fuel pipeline explosion caused by gas leak kills 3, injures 4 – state news agency (PHOTO, VIDEO)
Iranian oil industry has been targeted with numerous sanctions over the past few years, after then-US president Donald Trump walked away from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Under the terms of the deal, Iran had agreed to strictly limit its nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions and the receipt of other economic benefits. In response to the US actions, Tehran has gradually suspended its obligations under the JCPOA, expanding its nuclear activities and installing new uranium-enriching equipment.
ALSO ON RT.COMRouhani says Iran can enrich uranium to 90%, equivalent to weapons-grade
Later, Trump vowed to bring Iranian oil exports – which account for a sizeable chunk of the country’s income – to zero. While it has heavily hit the Iranian oil sector, Washington has so far failed to achieve that goal.
After the change of the US administration, Washington and Tehran set up indirect talks on the fate of the comatose JCPOA. The negotiations have not yielded any tangible results, however, with Iran maintaining that only the full and unconditional lifting of sanctions would persuade it to observe the JCPOA-envisioned bounds once again.
 

Viral

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Danish military spots Iranian vessels in the Baltic Sea​


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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Danish military said Thursday it spotted an Iranian destroyer and a large support vessel sailing through the Baltic Sea, likely heading to Russia for a military parade in the coming days.
The Danish Defense Ministry posted photographs online from the Royal Danish Air Force of the new domestically built Iranian destroyer Sahand and the intelligence-gathering vessel Makran passing by the Danish island of Bornholm.
“It is expected that they are on their way to the annual naval parade in St. Petersburg,” the Danish military wrote on Twitter.

Earlier Thursday, Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency reported that the country’s navy commander, Adm. Hossein Khanzadi, will join the Russian naval parade at St. Petersburg after receiving an invitation from the Russian defense minister.
IRNA also said the Sahand will join the parade “if the Russian-planned programs are in line with the plans of the Iranian fleet.”
The naval parade is expected to take place Sunday, according to Russian state media.
The two vessels left Iran's Bandar Abbas port in May. Images from Maxar Technologies dated April 28 appear to show seven Iranian fast-attack craft typically associated with its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard on the deck of the Makran.
The Danish military photos showed those seven vessels covered and still aboard the Makran on Thursday. The fast-attack craft aboard the Makran are the type that the Guard uses in its tense encounters with U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf and its narrow mouth, the Strait of Hormuz.
The website Politico first reported in late May, citing anonymous officials, that the ships’ final destination may be Venezuela. However, it appears the vessels instead went around Africa's Cape of Good Hope and continued north on an unusually long voyage by Iran's navy.

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Viral

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Iran's Security Council rejects draft nuclear deal with U.S., spokesman says​


Iran’s Supreme National Security Council has rejected a draft agreement negotiated indirectly with the U.S. over the past three months in Vienna, a government spokesman said Thursday. However, another spokesman later denied that there was any "agreement" to reject in the first place.

Why it matters: Either way, the statements seem to indicate that incoming president Ebrahim Raisi will seek to renegotiate the understandings reached in Vienna to seek a better deal for Iran. They also confirm that no deal on Iran's nuclear program will be reached before Raisi, a hardliner, takes office next month.

Between the lines: The Supreme National Security Council makes Iran's most sensitive foreign policy decisions, and the special committee overseeing the Vienna talks consists of hardliners and members of Raisi's incoming government.

  • In order to both return to the 2015 deal, the U.S. must lift sanctions on Iran, which must in turn unwind its recent nuclear activities that violate the accord.
What they're saying: Ali Rabiee, a spokesman for the outgoing government of President Hassan Rouhani said that the outgoing government finished negotiating a draft agreement for a mutual return to compliance, which he claimed included the lifting of most of the sanctions.

  • "However, the committee formed in the Supreme National Security Council decided the draft agreement is incompatible with the law passed by parliament in December about resuming Iran’s nuclear program," he said.
  • Rabiee added the final decision, made at the highest levels in Iran, was that the negotiations will be postponed until after Raisi's government is formed and a new negotiating team is assembled.
  • But a spokesman for the Security Council, Keyvan Khosravi, said the council's members had discussed "a number of important issues on which the Vienna talks have failed to reach an agreement due to the bullying of the U.S. and some European parties."
  • "Saying that there was an agreement or disagreement about something which is not real isn’t relevant," Khosravi added.
The other side: The Biden administration has been pushing for a deal before Raisi takes office. A U.S. official told Axios last month that if an agreement wasn't reached before then, it would raise "serious questions" about whether one would be achievable at all.

  • The State Department has also denied that any final agreement was reached in Vienna and stressed that "nothing is agreed until everything is agreed."
What’s next: If talks are indeed postponed until a new negotiating team is in place, it could take months before diplomacy is resumed.
 
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