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Iran Drops Alll Nuclear Deal Commitments, Puts Missiles On High Alert


Iran Drops Alll Nuclear Deal Commitments, Puts Missiles On High Alert

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On January 5th, Iran announced that it would enrich uranium without any restrictions, in a further reduction of its commitments to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, the Iran Nuclear Deal).

Iranian State television said Iran would not respect any limits set down in the pact on the country’s nuclear work: whether the limit on its number of uranium enrichment centrifuges to its enrichment capacity, the level to which uranium could be enriched, or Iran’s nuclear Research and Development activities.

“Iran will continue its nuclear enrichment with no limitations and based on its technical needs,” a statement said.

Furthermore, it said that if US sanctions on its economy are lifted, it would quickly fall back into compliance.

“If the sanctions are lifted … the Islamic Republic is ready to return to its obligations,” the statement said. It added that Iran will continue to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

An unnamed US official further reported that Iran’s missile forces were at a heightened state of alert, and it was unclear if it was a defensive or offensive move.

“They’re clearly at a heightened state of alert. Is that heightened state of alert to be better prepared defensively or to be better prepared offensively? That can’t be determined at this point,” the official said. “But we’re watching it closely.”

Major General Hossein Dehghan, the military adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said that Iran would retaliate directly against US “military sites.”

“It might be argued that there could be proxy operations. We can say America, Mr. Trump, has taken action directly against us — so we take direct action against America.”

He further said that Trump and the US were at fault, and they began “the war.”

“It was America that has started the war. Therefore, they should accept appropriate reactions to their actions,” he said.

“The only thing that can end this period of war is for the Americans to receive a blow that is equal to the blow they have inflicted. Afterward they should not seek a new cycle,” Dehghan said.

Dehgahn also responded to Trump’s threat to include Iranian cultural sites among 52 targets the US had selected to strike in the event of Iranian retaliation.

“If he says 52 we say 300 — and they are accessible to us,” Dehghan said.

“No American military staff, no American political center, no American military base, no American vessel will be safe. He doesn’t know international law. He doesn’t recognize UN resolutions either. Basically, he is a veritable gangster and a gambler.”

Meanwhile, both Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi, as well as Foreign Minister Javad Zarif replied to Trump’s threats to target Iranian cultural sites.

The ICT Minister likened Trump to a “terrorist.”

Foreign Minister Javad Zarif attempted to explain international law to Trump and Co., but it is becoming more evident that no such thing exists.

Finally, in response to all of it, US President Donald Trump tweeted that his social media posts would serve as notification to US Congress that if Iran strikes any US targets, Washington’s response would follow, and it would potentially be disproportionate.

“They’re allowed to kill our people. They’re allowed to torture and maim our people. They’re allowed to use roadside bombs and blow up our people and we’re not allowed to touch their cultural sites? It doesn’t work that way,” Trump told reporters on January 5th.

Meanwhile, the US House of Representatives is attempting to reduce Trump’s decision-making capacity.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a letter to her Democratic colleagues that the House will vote this week on a war powers resolution “to limit the President’s military actions regarding Iran.”

“It reasserts Congress’s long-established oversight responsibilities by mandating that if no further Congressional action is taken, the Administration’s military hostilities with regard to Iran cease within 30 days,” Pelosi wrote.

She called last week’s airstrike “provocative and disproportionate,” and said it endangered U.S. troops while escalating tensions with Iran.




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