Miscalculation: Iran Gets Twice As Much In Sanctions Relief, State Department Blames Treasury Department

The White House has been claiming Iran, as part of the nuclear deal with the Obama administration, would only get access to $50 billion immediately but it turns out that number was off by a lot. Continue reading

Pentagon: Iran Continuing Work on Nuclear Systems

 Covert support for terrorism ‘unabated’

Iran is continuing to develop missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons despite an interim agreement on its nuclear programs, according to a Pentagon report.

“Although Iran has paused progress in some areas of its nuclear program and fulfilled its obligations under the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA), it continues to develop technological capabilities that also could be applicable to nuclear weapons, including ballistic missile development,” a one-page unclassified summary of the report says.

A copy of the report was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

The report was due to Congress in January but was not sent to the Armed Services Committee as required by law until this month. Analysts said the delay appeared designed to avoid upsetting Tehran and the nuclear talks. Continue reading

Russia masses more forces near Ukraine border

A new build-up is underway with Russia deploying air defence units inside Ukraine and massing more troops on the border, says US State Department

Russia is carrying out a new military build-up in eastern Ukraine, massing troops on the border and deploying advanced air defences inside its neighbour, according to the US State Department.

More units are being deployed near Ukraine’s eastern frontier, giving Russia a stronger military presence along the border than at any time since last October.

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Experts: Iran Housing Nuke Materials in North Korea, Syria

Marie Harf, a spokeswoman for the State Department, dismissed as “bizarre” the reports, which described the transfer of enriched uranium and ballistic missile technology back and forth between the two rogue regimes.

If Iran is not forced to disclose the full extent and nature of its outside nuclear work to the United States, there is virtually no avenue to guarantee that it is living up to its promises made in the negotiating room, according to multiple experts and sources in Europe apprised of the ongoing talks.

Gordon Chang, a North Korea expert who has written in recent days about Iran’s possible “secret program” there, described the State Department’s dismissal of these reports as naïve. Continue reading

Reports: Obama Mulling Sanctions on Israel

America’s adversaries are arming themselves for the teeth in preparations for war against it, and it’s busy thinking about punishing one of its few true allies in the world.

 

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf dodged several questions on Thursday when confronted with reports that the administration had held secret internal meetings to discuss taking action against Israel for its ongoing building in East Jerusalem.

The classified meetings were reportedly held several weeks ago and included officials from both the State Department and White House, according to the Israeli daily Ha’aretz, which first reported on the meetings. Continue reading

Ukraine hands foreigners government posts

It should also be important to note that Poroshenko was likely brought to power by yours truly, George Soros (see also HERE and HERE for plenty of info), a convicted felon banned from France (and five other countries) who likes to play king-maker in getting presidents elected by funneling millions of dollars through front organizations and also tries to break national currencies such as the British Pound.

 

Kiev: Ukraine has handed foreigners, including a US citizen, top posts in a new reformist government it says is aimed at rooting out endemic corruption.

President Petro Poroshenko told a marathon parliament hearing on Tuesday that Ukraine has to learn from “foreign experience” as it tries to climb out of bankruptcy that many blame on decades of political gridlock and graft.

He then signed decrees awarding Ukrainian citizenship to US national Natalie Jaresko – the head of a private equity fund whom parliament confirmed as finance minister – and Lithuanian investment banker and new economy chief Aivaras Abromavicius. Continue reading

Gaza conflict: Is US pressuring Israel with airport ban?

Washington: The US denies that a ban on US airliners flying to Tel Aviv and a stark US travel warning are ploys to push Israel to agree a Gaza truce.

“I would wholly disagree with that argument,” deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, when asked if the two directives were a political move to put pressure on Israelis.

“We issued travel warnings because one of our top priorities is protecting US citizens overseas,” she told reporters on Tuesday. Continue reading

The U.S. Has Been Speaking To Hamas Through Back Channels For More Than Six Months

U.S. officials and members of Hamas have been meeting in Jordan, Egypt, and Qatar, sources say.

The meetings were held between U.S. intermediaries and Hamas’ leadership, which lives outside the Gaza Strip in third-party countries ranging from Egypt to Qatar and Jordan. Topics included the ceasefire agreement with Israel and the recently formed unity government between Hamas and Fatah. Continue reading

Radio Silence

Pentagon, State Department silent on threatening reports outlining Chinese plans for nuclear attacks on U.S. cities

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf and Pentagon spokeswoman Cynthia Smith would not respond when asked about the highly unusual Chinese reports published Oct. 28 in numerous major Communist Party-controlled television and newspaper outlets.

The Chinese reports included maps showing nuclear strikes on Los Angeles and the Pacific Northwest, along with the resulting radiation plumes stretching thousands of miles across the western United States. Continue reading