NCRI – The nuclear deal reached between the world powers and the regime in Iran last week will not close all the regime’s pathways to a nuclear bomb, former White House communications strategist Lawrence Haas told a conference at the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.
Other panelists at the Senate briefing included: former US Senator Joseph Lieberman, former deputy chief of the IAEA Dr. Olli Heinonen, former CIA director James Woolsey, former US Under-Secretary of State for Arms Control Amb. Robert Joseph, and former Director of Policy Planning at the US State Department Amb. Mitchell Reiss.
Below is the text of Mr. Haas’ remarks at the Senate briefing entitled “Blocking Iran’s Pathways to the Bomb: the Role of Congress.”
Some U.S. senators are insisting on renewing expiring sanctions against the regime in Iran, even as lawmakers decide whether to endorse the Obama administration’s landmark nuclear deal which was agree to last week.
Though the Obama administration is calling the move “premature,” Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) on Thursday said renewing existing sanctions set to expire next year will act as a bulwark against Tehran’s ability to cheat on the deal.
“It seems to me that if you want a deterrent, Iran has to know consequences,” he told three members of Obama’s Cabinet during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Thursday.
The U.S. Army’s top officer told Fox News he supports the recently announced nuclear deal with Iran but he warned that Iran will not change its behavior in the region.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno who spent more time in Iraq than any other U.S. Army general said “Iran has continued to do malign activities throughout the Middle East [and] they will continue.”
Gen. Ray Odierno blamed the Iranian regime for contributing to the unraveling of Iraq and the rise of ISIS.
Bahrain's Interior Minister Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, condemned the Iranian regime’s interference in his country.
In a statement published by the official Bahraini news agency, he said these interventions include "making hostile political statements, smuggling of explosives and weapons and ammunition to Bahrain, and harboring fugitives from justice, and establishing Iranian camps for training terrorist groups that seek to attack innocent lives, as well as waging continues and misleading media attacks against the Kingdom of Bahrain."
NCRI – The Iranian regime has a record of “deceiving” and “cheating” on the international community over its nuclear projects, former US Senator Joseph Lieberman told a conference at the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.
Other panelists at the Senate briefing included: former deputy chief of the IAEA Dr. Olli Heinonen, former CIA director James Woolsey, former US Under-Secretary of State for Arms Control Amb. Robert Josesph, former White House communications strategist Dr. Lawrence Haas, and former Director of Policy Planning at the US State Department Amb. Mitchell Reiss.
NCRI - Terrorist militia groups with ties to the regime in Iran are carrying out atrocities in the Iraqi province of Diyala, north of Baghdad, and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi must take urgent action to curb their influence, the European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA) said on Thursday.
"On the day of Eid al-Fitr, a major explosion at a market in the city of Khan Bani Sa'ad in Iraq’s Diyala province of Iraq, once again left hundreds of innocent people, mostly women and children dead. We condemn this barbaric act of blind terrorism in the strongest possible terms," Struan Stevenson, President of EIFA, said in a statement.
NCRI - A Congressional briefing on the Iran nuclear deal as well the regime's human rights abuses and meddling in the region will be held at the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, the Organization of Iranian-American Communities (OIAC) says.
The event is being organized by Iranian-American Communities from 40 states.
"In June 2015, the United States Congress passed the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, aiming to push back against a bad deal that risks compromising U.S. national security & interests. Many believe that unannounced inspection and verification of Iranian government’s activities, whatever they maybe, should be pivotal components of any deal with Iran – these features are missing in the current agreement, as announced," the group said.
Teachers’ Protest Gathering – No. 4
NCRI – Iranian teachers who held a protest gathering outside the regime’s parliament on Wednesday carried signs reading: “Hungry for how much longer?”, “Imprisoned teachers must be freed”, “Teachers rise up to end prejudice”, “Bread, Housing, Respect”, “More Education: & knowledge = less pay & less respect” and “More experience – less pay!”.
The teachers succeeded in holding the protest in Tehran and a number of cities across Iran despite the fact that the regime employed extensive repressive suppressive measures and had threatened the teachers.
NCRI - The Iranian authorities are believed to have executed an astonishing 694 people between 1 January and 15 July 2015, said Amnesty International today, in an unprecedented spike in executions in the country.
"This is equivalent to executing more than three people per day. At this shocking pace, Iran is set to surpass the total number of executions in the country recorded by Amnesty International for the whole of last year," the international human rights group said.
“Saudi and U.S. leaders agreed Wednesday to curb Iran’s military reach across the Middle East, amid fears that last week’s nuclear deal with Tehran would encourage it to pursue more aggressive regional ambitions,” The Washington Post reported on Thursday.
“Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter held talks with Saudi Arabia’s king and its defense minister in the seaside city of Jiddah, where Saudi officials have decamped for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, as he tours Middle Eastern nations that are anxious about the Iran accord.”