US Says Egypt Risks Sanctions if It Buys Russian Fighter Jets

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November 18, 2019

A US state department official said on Monday that Egypt’s purchase of Russian fighter jets puts it at risk of sanctions.

“This is something they [Egypt] already know: it puts them at risk of sanctions and it puts them at risk of loss of future acquisition,” R Clarke Cooper, US Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs, said at the Dubai Air Show.

“To be fair to Cairo, there is opportunities that they’re pursuing with the United States,” Cooper said.

“We’ve had a strategic relationship with Egypt for years. Egypt has certainly been a provider and guarantor of regional security … there are other neighbors of Egypt that are appreciative of what they’ve provided in counter-terrorism. We encourage Egypt to consider how they have been successful,” the US official added.

Source: Agencies

Understanding The Subsidies and The New Price Echelon in Iran –

Understanding The Subsidies and The New Price Echelon in Iran

By Nour Rida

Tehran – Subsidies have been in place in Iran for nearly four decades. During the Iran-Iraq War of 1980 to 1988, when Iraq’s Saddam Hussein launched an assault against Iran backed by almost all international players, the government began subsidizing basic consumer goods such as food, medicine, and utilities (water, sewage, and power) to support its struggling population. Power in this case includes the oil sector. Throughout the years, Iran has been trying to carry out reforms in this regard, but of course subsidy reform has not been without complications.

For instance, in November 2010, cash handouts were introduced in Iran when a previous administrative government decided to decrease subsidies paid for energy to raise the money needed for social welfare and economic development plans.

The handouts had been originally meant to reach lower classes but the government decided to go for an all-inclusive system after it failed to come up with a decisive list that could reflect the social stratification in Iran.

Recently over the summer of 2019, the Rouhani government announced that it would start economizing the list of recipients, saying payment to a total of 24 million people would be halted by late March 2020, when the current Iranian calendar year comes to an end. These 24 million people have been identified as middle-upper class citizens who are not suffering dire living conditions.

The government has not indicated whether people on the lower income deciles would receive more cash handouts as a result of the changes in the current system.

An estimated $40-100 billion is paid every year to keep Iranians, poor and rich, supplied with cheap energy, water, fuel and basic food.

Reforms to face challenges

Now in light of the US sanctions and ongoing economic war against Iran, traffic clogging the streets and roads of the country, the continuous smuggling crimes where billions of dollars of cheap fuel are wasted when trafficked across the borders to Iraq and Pakistan, inefficient fuel usage, air pollution and human health problems, the government had to take precautionary measures to avoid any future crisis.

According to people who are in-the-know, large subsidies that the Iranian government allocates to fuel creates a huge price difference prompts smugglers to ship it out of the country and into countries where prices are much higher. More than 150,000 liters of smuggled diesel are seized in this region annually.

Also, estimates suggest Iran, now a gasoline-exporting country, is consuming more than 100 million liters of the fuel each day.

Price hike for cash handouts, the wealthy ineligible

An essential part of Iran’s strategy from the beginning was the redistribution, via cash grants, of proceeds generated by the reforms to different elements in the economy rather than pay near-universal cash transfers.

The amount of cash subsidies had not changed over the past few years, with a monthly deposit of 455 thousand Rials, with nearly 78 million people getting paid on monthly basis before the decision was made this summer to halt subsidies to the rich.

The new reform stipulates that households of one person get 55 thousand rials extra handouts, two people get 103 thousand rials, three people 137 thousand rials, four people 172 thousand rials and five people or more 205 thousand rials to compensate the rise in price. The sums are paid per adult to the head of each household.

The Iranian government has said it would spend all of more than $2.5 billion earned from the gasoline price hike on cash handouts and other form of subsidies targeting more than 70 percent of the Iranian population.

Well-informed sources told Iranian Mehr news, “this new plan will also include subsidized goods for the middle and lower classes in order to prevent further economic inflation from happening. Most probably, the cash subsidies will be deposited in the cards of the people only to be used for direct purchase of goods and basic needs from stores and markets.”

The source added these reforms are aimed at improving the living conditions of the middle and upper classes in Iran, noting “In fact the rich and wealthy are ineligible to receive cash handouts and are considered as members of the three highest income deciles of the Iranian population. Just in case someone was mistakenly identified as “well-off”, a government website has been designed especially for people to lodge their protest and once the government endorses the complaint, they get their handouts back.

New Pricing Echelon

The National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC) explained the new pricing echelon in a statement it issued. The subsidized fee of 10 thousand rials (almost 8.3 cents) per liter is increased to 15 thousand rials (almost 12.5 cents) per liter, a rise of 50%, which is offered at a limited rate of 60 liters per month, a rationing that did not exist for the last 6 years, for private cars with a rationing card. The monthly rationing for hybrid vehicles is 30 liters.

Gas-fueled pickups used for carrying cargos will enjoy 200 liters of the rationed subsidized gas, while hybrid ones will have a 60 liter-per-month share.

However, gas fueled pickups used for carrying cargos will enjoy 300 liters of the rationed subsidized gas, while hybrids will have a 120 liter-per-month share.

Gas fueled taxis will have a monthly rationing of 400 liters and hybrids will have 200 liters. Motorbikes are offered a monthly rationing of 25 liters of subsidized fuel while ambulances receive a monthly 500-liter ration of gas.

However, the price for not-rationed supply of the gas is still subsidized and below the level of price offered in majority of the neighboring countries. The non-rationed price is set at 30 thousand rials (almost 25 cents) per liter and there is no limitation for buying non-rationed fuel.

The price for the compressed natural gas (CNG) and diesel gas will remain unchanged.

Imam Khamenei Urges Govt to Minimize People Concerns, Warns against Sabotage

November 17, 2019

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei

Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei on Sunday stressed that a decision to revise fuel prices in the Islamic Republic was fully considered, warning that sabotage acts have been planned by the country’s enemies.

 

“The three branches of the government (legislative, judiciary, administrative) took a fully-considered decision based on expert opinion and must be implemented,” Imam Khamenei was quoted as saying by Iranian media.

“Some people are no doubt worried and displeased by this decision … but sabotage and arson is done by hooligans not our people. The counter-revolution and Iran’s enemies have always supported sabotage and breaches of security and continue to do so,” the Leader said, according to state TV.

Meanwhile, the Leader called on the government to take every step possible to alleviate people’s economic concerns

“Authorities should use all their capacities to minimize people’s concerns over this [gasoline rationing] plan.”

His eminence also underlined the necessity of meeting people’s demands in this regard, saying that officials should be careful that the plan would not led to the jump in the prices of the other goods and commodities.

The National Iranian Oil Products Distribution Company (NIOPDC) said in a statement late Thursday that the price of a liter of regular gasoline had gone up to 15,000 rials (12.7 US cents) from 10,000 rials and the monthly ration for each private automobile was set at 60 liters per month. Additional purchases would cost 30,000 rials per liter.

Source: Agencies

الغاز مقابل الغذاء.. كيف سيواجه حزب الله خطة الحصار الأميركي المقبل؟

نوفمبر 16, 2019

نضال حمادة – باريس

يروي خبير في صندوق النقد الدولي يزور لبنان حالياً على هامش ندوة حول الدول الهشّة عن الأزمة المالية الخانقة التي شهدتها سورية عام 1986 عندما فرغت صناديق البنك المركزي السوري من العملة الصعبة، قائلاً إن البنك الدولي عرض على الرئيس السوري الراحل حافظ الأسد إقراض سورية، غير أنه رفض. وكانت نقطة قوة سورية يومها والتي جعلته يرفض الاقتراض وجود استراتيجية الأمن الغذائي في سياستها، كانت سورية مكتفية غذائياً، تصدّر القمح والمواشي وتنتج كل ما تحتاجه من غذاء، مضيفاً في الفترة نفسها تم اكتشاف النفط في دير الزور وأتت الأموال دون حاجة للاقتراض.

على عكس سورية يبدو الغذاء هو الأزمة الكبرى في لبنان في حال استمرت الضغوط الأميركية تلاحق اللبنانيين في اقتصادهم. فالبلد لا يمتلك الأمن الغذائي ويستورد كل غذائه من الخارج، ويكفي ذكر بعض ما يستورده لبنان لنعرف حجم الكارثة والخطر الذي يتربّص بنا في حال استمرت الضغوط الأميركية ولم نعمل لمواجهتها.

يستورد لبنان القمح الشعير الحبوب على أنواعها اللحوم المواشي – الكثير من الفاكهة والخضار – الأدوية على أنواعها ويدفع ثمن كل هذه المواد بالعملة الصعبة التي أصبحت صعبة المنال فعلاً في لبنان. من هنا تستعد أميركا للتحرك ضدنا في عملية الضغط المالي وعدم توفر الدولار والعملات المعتمد في شراء المواد الأولية، ومن هنا يعرف حزب الله أن أميركا سوف تمسك لبنان وشعبه بيدهم التي تؤلمهم.

لم يكن كلام أمين عام حزب الله عن الصين وروسيا وإيران ومصلحة لبنان في تغيير تحالفات دولته العميقة إلا تعبيراً عن القلق من فقدان الأمن الغذائي للدولة، والحاجة السريعة إلى إيجاد بدائل لمواجهة المرحلة الثانية من الخطة المتمثلة بالغاز مقابل الغذاء كما حصل مع العراق في تسعينيات القرن الماضي في عملية النفط مقابل الغذاء. فكل البنية الاقتصادية والغذائية في لبنان مهيأة لهذا النموذج ولا تحتاج أميركا هنا لقرار من مجلس الأمن لكون لبنان بلداً مفلساً ولا يستطيع دفع ثمن الدواء والقمح وما يحتاج من غذائه بالعملة الصعبة.

لقد دمّرت سياسة رفيق الحريري الاقتصادية منذ تسعينيات القرن الماضي الزراعة اللبنانية بشكل ممنهج وأوصلت البلد الى استيراد غالبية غذائه اليوم حتى تلوّث الأنهار في هذا البلد يعود أصله إلى استراتيجية القضاء على الزراعة وإفراغ البلد من أمنه الغذائي. وتكاملت هذه الاستراتيجية مع استراتيجية آخرى لا تقل عنها كارثية تمثلت بالاستدانة. والاستدانة من البنك الدولي والمؤسسات النقدية الأجنبية بفوائد عالية في ما سمي هندسات اقتصادية لم تكن في الحقيقة سوى أضخم عملية سرقة واحتيال تشهدها دولة من دول العالم.

يعمل حزب الله بصمت منذ مدة على هذا الأمر، بدءاً بمسألة الدواء الذي يأتي من إيران بالعملة المحلية ويمكن للحزبيين شراؤه من مستودعات الحزب بالمواصفات والجودة العالمية وبسعر مخفض. وهذا النموذج سوف يطبق على الغذاء والوقود وكل ما يدخل في الأمن الغذائي والحياتي، عبر الدول الحليفة التي تحدث عنها السيد حسن نصرالله في خطابه الأخير. فالصين مستعدّة للاستثمار والتمويل وروسيا أيضاً وإيران مستعدة للمساعدة والدعم وبأقساط طويلة الأمد وبالعملة المحلية لإيصال لبنان إلى الاكتفاء النهائي بالطاقة الكهربائية ومستعدة لتزويدنا بالوقود مع تسهيلات في الدفع. وينطبق هذا على قطاع الأدوية والبناء. كما أن حزب الله المنتشر عسكرياً في معبر البوكمال مستعدّ أن يجعل هذا المعبر ممراً لتصدير ما ينتجه لبنان من محاصيل الخضار والفاكهة، لبيعها في السوق العراقية الكبيرة. وفي استراتيجية حزب الله أيضاً سياسة التكامل الأمني الغذائي مع سورية التي تنتج القمح والشعير والحبوب بكميات تفيض عن حاجتها ومن السهل على لبنان سدّ حاجته من القمح والحبوب والمواشي عبر شرائها من سورية بأسعار أقل من الأسعار العالمية وبالليرة اللبنانية.

استفاق لبنان بعد حراك 17 تشرين الأول الماضي على وضع جديد وجد فيه اللبنانيون بكل فرقهم وألوانهم بلداً من دون مؤسسات. وتأكد للجميع الخصم والصديق أن حزب الله يشكل المؤسسة الوحيد في لبنان وهذا ما شاهده الجميع إعلامياً وعلى أرض الواقع من خلال تجربة شهر كامل من فلتان الشارع.

يعي حزب الله تماماً أن أميركا دخلت على خط الحراك، وأنها سوف تستغله الى الحد الأقصى للوصول الى سلاح المقاومة، وهو يعمل حالياً على مبدأ ان مدة هذا الحراك مفتوحة أميركياً وأن سبل مواجهته تحتاج الى اتخاذ القرارات المناسبة والصعبة في الوقت المناسب والصعب. ويعي جيداً ان استخدام السلاح في هذه الأزمة لن يجدي نفعاً إلا على الحدود لذلك يعمل حزب الله على بناء خطوط البلد الدفاعية في هذه الأزمة مدعوماً بالأدلة والمعلومات التي نشرنا بعضها في هذه السلسلة، ولا شك أن ما بقي مخفيّ ولم يُكشف أدهى وأعظم.

Iran, Israel and Destiny

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By Gilad Atzmon

Although Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu struggles to form a new government and tries valiantly to stay out of jail but he has managed to find the time to pledge to spend many more shekels. Finally, it dawned on Netanyahu that Israel lags Iran in an arms race. Yesterday, Netanyahu announced that Israel must increase its defense spending by “many billions immediately and then many billions every year” to counter the threat from Iran that  “has intensified in recent weeks.”

 Israel has seriously mismanaged its conflict with Iran. For over a decade, Israel has relentlessly threatened and sought to intimidate Iran. Iran’s response has been effective: slowly but surely Iran encircled the Jewish state.  Israel doesn’t share a border with Iran but Iran is present on so many of Israel’s borders. Its Republican Guard forces are in Syria. The Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad in Gaza and the West Bank are pro Iranian. A conflict with Iran could have lethal consequences for Israel. Israeli military experts expect that such a conflict would subject Israel’s cities to attack by thousands of well-aimed missiles and result in total devastation. The recent attack on Saudi oil facilities achieved an astonishing precision of less than one meter despite the fact that it was launched from 650 miles away and delivered with it a clear message to Israel. Iran can attack any target in Israel from Western Iraq with precision and without being detected. It proved that Iranian technology is decades ahead of anything offered by Israel, America or the west.

 It now seems totally unrealistic to expect America to act militarily against Iran on behalf of Israel. Trump’s always unpredictable actions have convinced the Israeli defense establishment that the country has been left alone to deal with the Iranian threat. The American administration is only willing to act against Iran through sanctions and by now the  Israelis have grasped that sanctions can easily boomerang. They nourish technological and strategic independence. It was the sanctions that made Iran into a technological superpower, pushing Iran to develop its own military industry and tactics.

 As things stand, Israel used the billions of dollars it squeezed from American  taxpayers to build an obsolete anti missile system that at best, might be effective against 1940 era German V2 missiles. Once again Israel prepared for the wrong war.  Israel is totally unprepared for the havoc it has brought on itself. A rational mind would expect Israel to rethink its tactics and seek peace with its neighbours and with Iran. But, it seems, Netanyahu intends to follow the same belligerent hawkish path that has made Jewish history into a tragic continuum.

 If Zionism was a promise to introduce a new paradigm and emancipate Jews from their fate, the Jewish State is there to ensure that the Jewish destiny remains intact.


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Iranian Company Replaces China in South Pars Project: Minister

Iranian Company Replaces China in South Pars Project: Minister

October, 06, 2019 – 14:15

TEHRAN (Tasnim)

Iranian company PetroPars has taken over a project on development of phase 11 of the country’s South Pars gas field as a Chinese contractor dropped out of the project, oil minister announced.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said PetroPars has undertaken to carry out the unfinished project to develop phase 11 of South Pars gas field after the Chinese contractor left the project.

The Iranian company is going to install the first jacket (steel frame supporting the deck of a fixed offshore platform) in the phase 11 of South Pars to produce 500 million cubic feet of gas by March 2020, Zanganeh added.

In July 2017, French company Total signed a $1 billion deal to develop the South Pars gas field in cooperation with China National Petroleum Company (CNPC) and PetroPars.

But the French pulled out of the deal in May 2018 in light of a decision by US President Donald Trump to pull his country out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Later, the CNPC formally replaced Total in the project, but it suspended investment in Iran later in December 2018 in response to US pressures.

The investment halt followed four rounds of talks between Chinese officials and senior US authorities who urged CNPC to refrain from injecting fresh financing in Iran.

South Pars is the world’s largest gas field.

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The United States of Bribery and Sanctioning

 

 

The USBS.

Not very long ago, I was saying to an ardent, proudly feminist democrat that they should be careful what they wish for in their assuming that replacing Trump with Pence would be an improvement. The immediate response I received was (and which indicated the futility of my suggestion),

“Well, at least he’s normal.”

Normal indeed.

The democratrepublicans are now confidently toying with the idea that Trump could be impeached because there seems to be a possibility that Trump tried to use some of the US’ institutionalized, bipartisanly supported bribery of a foreign government to try to insure his own political advantage. The entrapment into privately profitable insurance ventures through the use of bribes and sanctions has long been widely and very highly regarded in Washington.

We little people will likely never be allowed to read anything beyond a hearsay summary of what was supposedly said in Trump’s conversation with the president of Ukraine, Zelensky (sp?). This sort of obfuscation of any real information is now increasingly THE standard procedure for government reports. We are instead supposed to to relish our allowance of each redacted “summary” because we are told that our lack of awareness of the facts is central to our feelings of security. They need us to believe that our minds would implode if we had even a hint of any real evidence. Never-mind that such an implosion might lead us out of their control. The message from the corporatized democratrepublican state is increasingly the same – ignorance is freedom and blind faith is the source of security. In this way, Ukraine-gate follows Russia-gate follows Enhanced Interrogation (torture)-gate follows…. and every other mental redaction which was supposedly an authorized investigation. This embrace of ignorance and the demand for conformity within/under the authorized message are pretty much the same methods used by slave-owner sadists and their so-called government as they forced their slaves to remain imprisoned and under-educated in the early years of the so-called USA.

Government secrets and “classify”ing are a characteristic of war. It is clear that in the faking USA and its allied capitalizing fraudulent governments, the greatest enemy is widespread factual knowledge, while ignorance and a strongly slanted reliance upon innuendos are portrayed as sources of devout pride. One of their greatest successes in corrupting is that they have brainwashed huge numbers of people to believe that the religion of unrestrained, predatory capitalism is the most honorable form of democracy.

The accusations which the faking USA makes against other nations are usually (or perhaps more frequently) applicable to the supposed USA and its allies. A prominent example of this fakery is that, in their eagerness to employ their own weapons of mass destruction, they falsely accused Iraq of what they themselves were intent on doing. What is unavoidably prominent to me is that all of these scandals stem from the exact same hypocrisy. It is the core hypocrisy of the faking USA. Even as the supposed USA has infiltrated and spread its controls over many other nations around the world through the most massive, religious-economic militarism the world has ever seen (while portraying itself as exceptionally righteous through its privately controlled and often misleading media), the bipartisan fakery of

government takes it as an intolerable affront that some echo of its own corruption might emanate (from either inside or outside of the corporate control center of Washington, DC) without their authorization. The bipartisan purveyors of Wall Street-ian bloated and bloody gluttony prefer to appear as if they take great indignation at their own handiwork. They often simultaneously insist that someone must be punished and that it must not be the bipartisan purveyors who have created the situation again and again and all across the planet. The great faker Obama’s “exceptional” people are merely typically corrupt, but on the most exceptional scale ever seen.

Beware of supposed “whistleblowers” who come from inside, who follow inside channels, and who are strongly endorsed by the democratrepublican insiders – especially when what they present is second or third hand interpretations of events.

Being a bipartisan foreign government which has a long, continuing history of manipulating and overthrowing other governments is one of the chief roles played by the government of the faking USA. In the name of protecting its “interests,” the devious scheming of the so-called government of the two-faced USA business venture has probably undermined and destroyed more attempted egalitarian states than any other nation ever. The repeated enabling of vicious tyrannical injustices in numerous nations by the faking USA is a clear indicator of the democratrepublican’s sadomasochistic interests. They and their allies have consistently tried to force their economic scheming upon weaker nations. They talk about “free market capitalism,” but their chronic behavior of forcing capitalist privatizations and privations upon others through militaristic horrors indicates that even they do NOT believe that their preferred system of predatory economics can match the appeal of the benefits of social responsibility and equal justice. They prefer to undermine or viciously crush anything approaching democratic socialism, again and again and again. Consistently, they employ accusations with words of malleable and misrepresentative meanings. It’s their hallmark.

While the possibility of Trump’s impeachment does have a great deal of attractiveness, it is also a distraction from a greater reality. That reality being that Trump is possibly the most blatant, fetish-like representative of the arrogance and use of obfuscating scheming which has been celebrated and even demanded by the vast majority of democratrepublican agents who have inhabited Washington’s power positions over many decades. Trump’s biggest possible mistake is that, in his delusional ardor for money and power, he makes it too obvious that the so-called USA is one of the (if not THE) most hypocritical imperialistic schemes to come down the pike. It is Trump’s crass obvious-ness which is likely becoming intolerable for the bipartisan pseudo-government corporetum. This faking corporetum loves misrepresentation almost as much as it loves worshipping money and hoarding money, while destroying the lives of millions of people and poisoning the environment.

When Joe Biden threatened to withhold a billion (taxpayer) dollars of “loans” as a means to coerce Ukraine’s government to do his bidding because he and his colleagues did not trust one of that nation’s officials and when he boasted to have caused that government to remove that official, he obviously had no qualms about his foreign manipulations of another government. A key point to the Biden strong-arming of the government of Ukraine is that, after Mr. Shokin was removed and Biden’s desired investigation was done, no charges against Burisma Holdings came out of the investigation. Perhaps the accusations of money-laundering by Burisma were necessary to give the illusion that the faking USA and its allies were opposed to such things – even as they rely on such behavior in every yearly budget. Biden seems to love his own misrepresentations as much as Trump seems to love his own misrepresentations and they both may have used Ukrainians for their own personal sense of increased power over others.

We little people will likely never know what was really said (or who said what) in Trump’s phone conversation with Zelensky or what Biden was really after in his bullying of the Ukrainians, as long as people allow themselves to settle for hearsay and the words of known and/or unknown insider bullshitters as if interpretations are real evidence.

Without the exact words from the exact individuals and firsthand evidence – the original recording of words – being presented openly to the public, it is unlikely that what is said by anyone involved in this emotional hoopla is anything more than another employment of typical US BS. It is pathetically corrupt how many people confidently pronounce guilt based upon hearsay and before there is a trial.

If the Trump blatantly vain fraudulence is impeached, it is very likely that it is because his mouth is the clearest echo of the bipartisan vacuum which is at the center of the faking USA. The faking USA has usually relied upon having a more decorously pretentious fraud (someone like Biden) to cover over its greed-driven, thuggish privations and the hollowness of the vaults which control(s) its machinations. If Trump is not impeached, then this obsession with his impeachability is possibly another exercise by the bipartisanly faking machinery to confidently push the boundaries of politesse and test how close they can get to making a would-be fascist dictatorial faker seem reasonable, or even sympathetic, as they have been trying to do again and again and with increasing frequency. Either way, there is little chance that necessary changes will come about as long as the democratrepublicans are seen as viable.

 

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Couldn’t Care Less! Venezuela’s Representative at the UNGA Reads a Book during Trump’s Speech

Couldn’t Care Less! Venezuela’s Representative at the UNGA Reads a Book during Trump’s Speech

By Staff

As US President Donald Trump was delivering his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, somebody was busy enough to read a book instead of listening.

In a photo published by @FarsNewsInt, the lady representing Venezuela appeared attentive enough to the book in her hands, with a caption that describes the action happening while Trump was giving his speech there.

Trump has been notoriously known for intervening in Venezuela’s affairs, especially after the failed coup attempt against legitimate president Nicolas Maduro by US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido.

During his third address to the United Nations, Trump was threatening to tighten US sanctions against Iran, accusing the Islamic Republic of “menacing behavior” in the Middle East.

“As long as Iran’s menacing behavior continues, sanctions will not be lifted. They will be tightened,” Trump claimed on Tuesday at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Trump repeated his baseless accusations against Iran’s civilian nuclear and ballistic missile programs, as well as Tehran’s support for the people in the war-ravaged countries of Syria and Yemen.

The US president also continued to criticize the 2015 nuclear agreement that he withdrew from last year.

Trump’s speech follows escalating tensions in the Middle East following attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities.

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