Iranian Commander: We Won’t Rest Until US is an Islamic Republic

Opposition releases clip in which Revolutionary Guards commander vows: regardless of nuclear deal, hostility with US will continue.

A leading commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has claimed his country’s ultimate aim is to turn the United States into “an Islamic Republic,” and rejected any possibility of a thawing in relations between Tehran and “The Great Satan.”

An undated video released by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, an Iranian opposition group, shows Commander Hassan Abbasi – who is also a member of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s inner circle – making the comments during an address, in which he lashed out at unnamed Iranian officials for expressing hope that a nuclear deal with the US could open the door for wider ties. Continue reading

Varoufakis sidelined as Tsipras steps in to negotiate with EU directly

As Greece takes another step towards total capitulation to the German-dominated EU, or Fourth Reich, we begin to see who has the leverage. Although Greece always has the Russian trump card, this is a nuclear option that will likely irreparably damage relations for the country for generations to come. Greece likely realizes by turning towards the Kremlin, undermining and bringing down the entire EU, then possibly the global economy with it, will hold higher consequences. As said often before, Greece is going nowhere. The best case scenario for it is to be part of a newly structured second-tier currency bloc within the periphery of the EU — if it’s still called the EU by then.

 

He has been the subject of a spoof video from Germany showing him giving the middle finger. But now Greek finance [sic] Yanis Varoufakis is facing enemies closer to home after being overlooked by his own party.

Alexis Tsipras, the Greek prime minister, has stepped in to reshuffle Varoufakis’s team, which was supposed to be brokering the agreement, after negotiations took a nasty turn in Riga last week, according to the FT. Continue reading

Netanyahu Is Said to View Iran Deal as a Possible Trap

WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, stepping up his effort to blunt a diplomatic offensive by Iran, plans to warn the United Nations next week that a nuclear deal with the Iranian government could be a trap similar to one set by North Korea eight years ago, according to an Israeli official involved in drafting the speech.

But the Israeli government, clearly rattled by the sudden talk of a diplomatic opening, offered a preview Sunday of Mr. Netanyahu’s hard-edged message, in which he will set the terms for what would be acceptable to Israel in any agreement concerning Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Continue reading