Report: White House “worried” that Iran may attempt to assassinate former Trump officials

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- According to reports, U.S. officials have threatened “severe consequences” against Iran for any harm done after it imposed sanctions against former President Donald Trump administration officials, amounting to an assassination threat.

On Sunday, January 9th, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said in a statement:

“Make no mistake: the United States of America will protect and defend its citizens. This includes those serving the United States now and those who formerly served.”

Iranian officials have reportedly made explicit their interest in killing one of the people involved in the U.S. strike that killed Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

The regime observed the second anniversary of his death, which was accompanied by a flurry of truculent rhetoric and the unveiling of economic sanctions by Iran.

In remarks published by Iranian media, IRGC Quds Force Commander Sardar Esmail Qaani, said:

“Wherever it is needed, we will provide for the basis of revenge against the Americans from within their houses and by people by their side without us being present.

If wise people in America are found who deal with those who committed the atrocity of assassinating Commander Soleimani, this action will be much less burdensome for American than if the offspring of the Resistanfce Front, who know no bounds, to themselves go and take this revenge.”

Report: White House "worried" that Iran may attempt to assassinate former Trump officials

According to observers, that statement sharpens the point of the economic sanctions that Tehran unveiled. Foundation for Defense of Democracies senior fellow Behnam Ben Talebu, who translated the Iranian general’s remarks, said:

“In essence, a government official in the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism invited Americans to partake in domestic terrorism against one another.

The Islamic Republic has tried to use intimidation, harassment, the threat of violence, as well as actual violence, to include kidnapping, terror, and assassination, to silence critics abroad for four decades.

In this regard, its latest ‘sanctions’ can be seen as another vector in its terror campaign.”

Sullivan, in a statement on Sunday, January 9th, promised to retaliate against any such operation, adding:

“We will work with our allies and partners to deter and respond to any attacks carried out by Iran. Should Iran attack any of our nationals, including any of the 52 people named yesterday, it will face severe consequences.”

On Saturday, January 8th, Iran announced sanctions on U.S. chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Mark Milley for his alleged role in the assassination of General Soleimani.

The Iranian regime had also imposted sanctions against 50 Americans, including senior officials. 

Iran had also imposed sanctions against Trump’s former national security adviser Robert O’Brien and ex-envoy to the UN Nikki Haley. 

Tehran has shown a significant interest, but limited capacity, to act within U.S. territory in recent years, as evidenced by the failed attempt to bomb a restaurant in Washington, D.C. in 2011 and the FBI’s exposure of a kidnapping plot against an Iranian-American journalist living in Brooklyn. 

Former White House deputy national security adviser, Victoria Coates, who specialized in Middle East and North African affairs during her tenure at the NSC under Trump, said in a statement:

“So they are doing this kind of thing all the time. So car, they haven’t been successful, but they only have to be successful once.”

Coates is one of the individuals named on Iran’s new sanctions list. She said:

“It would be reassuring if either somebody from the White House or the FBI wanted to reach out and say, ‘There are no current threats against you of which we are aware; do you have any concerns?'”

Coates said that she isn’t away of any such contact between the Biden team and former Trump administration officials such as herself and credit Sullivan for issuing the “very welcome” statement. She added:

“They’ve been pretty busy. There’s been a lot going on … I’m very glad he’s focused on it.”

Sullivan urged Iranian officials not to mistake intra-American disagreements about the wisdom of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal as a sign that violence against the Trump team would be tolerated. He added:

“As Americans, we have our disagreements on politics. We have our disagreements on Iran policy, but we are united in our resolve against threats and provocations. We are united in the defense of our people.”

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Iran could have nuclear weapon capability, ability to strike America within 8 weeks, expert says

December 3rd, 2021

TEHRAN, IRAN- Remember the adage “Nero fiddled while Rome burned”?

Fast forward to today, where Joe Biden concerns himself with vaccine mandates for a virus with a 99.7% survival rate while China, Russia, and Iran saber rattle.

Now, a disturbing report in The U.S. Sun warns that Iran could possibly have the means to weaponize uranium within eight weeks.

As Biden and the Democrats do nothing to prevent Iran from violating the terms of a nuclear agreement signed years ago, and with the U.S. and Iran holding indirect talks earlier this week on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), experts are warning Tehran is moving quickly toward having nuclear capability, placing Israel and the United States at risk of attack.

In 2015, the Iranian regime had agreed to limit its nuclear development in exchange for the removal of what they called “crippling” sanctions put in place by the United States, however that agreement was scuttled by former President Trump who withdrew from the agreement in 2018.

The former president said Tehran was violating the terms of the agreement.

Tensions between Iran and the United States have continued to rise and grew even more volatile after the former president ordered the assassination of Gen. Qasem Soleimani in January 2020.

Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans over the years and his death was hailed by former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well as most Americans. Meanwhile, Democrats assailed Trump for taking out the Iranian madman.

The assassination of Soleimani followed what is now being revealed as a period of significant tensions between the two countries in 2019, with Trita Parsi, Executive Vice President of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft told The Sun.

“The US and Iran had several moments in mid-to-late 2019 when they were only minutes away from war. When Trump killed Soleimani, the Iranians responded and both sides backed off. It was pure luck that it didn’t escalate further,” Parsi said.

“US intelligence got notice of Iranian missiles coming in at about two hours time. They made sure people were evacuated and put in bunkers.”

Parsi said he was told by high-profile military officials involved in decision-making at the time that the United States would have taken further action, including military options against Iran had an American died.

That same expert said Iran would likely have retaliated, which would have sparked a full-scale military conflict.

According to Parsi, Tehran is further ahead in their nuclear program and the country’s stockpile of uranium has been enriched to 60 percent purity, standing at 17.7kg, according to the latest International Atomic Energy Agency report published in November. Meanwhile, Biden concerns himself with his debt-killing “Build Back Better” scheme which will break the United States for generations.

The level identified by the IAEA report shows Iran’s uranium program stands at only one level below weapons-grade and the quantity is up from 10kg at the time of the last report in August. Reports are that 20kg is sufficient for a bomb, which at the rate Iran is enriching uranium could happen in just a matter of months.

“The breakout capability—meaning the amount of time it would take for them to have the materials ready for a nuclear weapon—is now somewhere between eight and 12 weeks.”

Under the terms of the JCPOA, Iran’s breakout time would be around 12 months. Previously, Israel had warned that Tehran was only ten weeks away from having a nuclear bomb.

The talks regarding the state of the JCPOA resumed this past Monday after a delay of some five months. Spanish diplomate Enrique Mora, representing the European Union (EU) said he came away from the meeting feeling “extremely positive” after the talks concluded, The Hill reported.

“There is clearly a will on all the delegations to listen to the Iranian positions brought by the new team,” Mora said. “And there is clearly a will for the Iranian delegation to engage in serious work and bring JCPOA back to life. So I feel positive that we can be doing important things for the next weeks to come.”

However Israel believes it is vital that leaders not “give in” to Iran’s “blackmail.”

According to US envoy Robert Malley in a statement to BBC Sounds:

“If Iran thinks it can use this time to build more leverage and then come back and say they want something better it simply won’t work.

If that’s Iran’s approach, which is to try to use the negotiations as a cover for an accelerated nuclear program, and as I say, drag its feet at the nuclear table, we will have to respond in a way that is not our preference.”

Meanwhile, officials say the United States is looking to pursue “other options” if diplomacy fails. Parsi for one doesn’t believe the US has another option if talks fail. He said Iran wants to see a “mechanism” introduced which prevents the US from “betraying” the agreement.

“They may not be worried about Biden doing so, but they have quite legitimate concerns that a potential Republican president will do so,” Parsi said. “There’s not much value in having the negotiations if the United States will be in and out of the agreement.”

This is why any such agreement or treaty—which is what it is—should be a formalized process approved by the United States Senate, which according to the US Constitution is the only entity which can legally enter into such an agreement.

That however didn’t stop former President Barack Obama from entering into the deal with Iran.

Parsi also warned that he wasn’t sure if there was the political will on both sides to stick to negotiate the agreement, calling them “legitimate concerns.”

Parsi said any breakdown in talks and a “no deal” scenario would hurt Biden’s legacy, like he will have one anyway.

“If talks fail and there is no deal, and this goes back towards conflict and potential military confrontation, this will be extremely politically costly for Biden,” Parsi said, apparently unaware that Biden’s approval ratings in the US area already wallowing at around 36%.

“This is the president that pulled out of Afghanistan and has kept saying he wants to end the ‘Forever Wars.’ So, having done all that, only then to go back into war does not play out well.”

Parsi identified what he believed were two possible scenarios that could play out if (when) the US elects another Republican president, whereby the US either formally exits the treaty (again) or leaves “in all but name.”

He claims any such move would have a detrimental affect on the Iranian economy, while adding that European companies could also start to leave the country’s market.

“I do not see a scenario in which a Republican president would keep and adhere to the terms of the JCPOA,” Parsi said.

Tensions between the United States and Tehran of course is nothing new, with John Ghazvinian, Executive Director of the Middle East Center believing they have deteriorated since the 1979 revolution when a number of Americans were taken hostage.

He noted that relations further deteriorated when former President George W. Bush [rightfully) included Iran in his “Axis of Evil” speech.

“The level of trust and willingness to engage seriously with the United States is probably lower in Iran today than it has been since the Revolution.

“I think there is a feeling across the board among elites that you simply cannot trust America and it doesn’t matter what you do,” he said.

“I think there is a feeling across the board among elites that you simply cannot trust America and it doesn’t matter what you do. There is something in the DNA of the American political establishment that doesn’t want to engage in a serious way with Iran or respect the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic.”

For more on Biden’s bending over to the Iranians, we invite you to read a previous report we filed:

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WASHINGTON, DC- Joe Biden continued his obsessive “overturn everything Trump did” tour by lifting sanctions against one of our sworn enemies, Iran this past Friday, Breitbart News reported.

The sanctions, against three former Iranian officials and two companies that did business in the Middle Eastern country with its oil companies had been put in place by both former president Donald Trump as well as Barack Obama. The removal of the sanctions was called “routine.”

The administration said the turn in course came about due to a “verified change in behavior or status on the part of the sanctioned parties.”

However, anyone with two eyes can see it’s just another move that shows Biden’s weakness when it comes to foreign policy and a signal to one of the world’s leading state sponsors of terror that the feckless Biden is ready to make more concessions that would reverse the U.S. exit from Obama’s insane nuclear deal with Tehran.

On Thursday, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at the U.S. Treasury Department announced that it had lifted sanctions from National Iranian Oil Company managing director Ahmad Ghalebani, Hong Kong Intertrade Company managing director Farzad Bazargan, and Naftiran Intertrade Company Sarl commercial director Mohammed Moinie.

In fact, it wasn’t Trump who levied sanctions on Ghalebani and Bazargan but rather former president Barack Obama, who levied the sanctions in 2013. That was a case where 20 individuals and entities had action taken against them for “their involvement in Iran’s nuclear and missile proliferation networks and Iran’s continued attempts to circumvent sanctions.” The Hong Kong Intertrade Company was also part of that action.

In January 2020, the Naftiran Intertrade Company was hammered with secondary sanctions for “engaging in transactions involving Iran’s petroleum sector.” According to the  Treasury Department, those particular transactions helped to “finance Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps—Qods Force (IRGC-QF) and its terrorist proxies.”

If Qods Force sounds familiar it should. It was previously headed by Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was taken out by a U.S. airstrike ordered by President Trump in January 2020. In fact, the IRGC is a designated terrorist organization. So in essence, Biden lifted sanctions from an entity that financed a known terrorist organization.

Moreover, the Qods force is known as the IRGC’s so-called “dirty tricks” squad, according to Breitbart, where they spread Iran’s influence far outside its borders through activities such as arming and training terrorist groups such as the Shiite militias in Iraq. Again, terrorists who have been responsible for the deaths and injuries of American troops.

In September 2013, Mohammed Moinie was placed under sanctions for helping the Iranian government evade oil sanctions. Moinie is the Switzerland-based commercial director for Naftiran Intertrade Company Sarl.

At a press conference, State Department Ned Price was asked about the removal of sanctions, with reporters expressing surprise about the removal of the Obama-era sanctions.

Price tried to spin his answer by speaking to other sanctions Biden has recently imposed, noting action taken against Iranians who were funding Houthi insurgents in Yemen.

He would not however answer questions about lifting of the older sanctions, only finally admitting that the three individuals and two companies had sanctions lifted in response to a routine “petition,” which he called a “routine practice consistent with sanctions hygiene.” He did not say from whence that petition originated.

Price, who apparently got the gift of giving non-answers to questions from White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was evasive about more detailed questions about the sanctions relief, calling the “hygiene process” a “very technical process that takes place at the Department of the Treasury.

He downplayed suggestions that lifting the sanctions was a precursor to negotiations with Iran over their nuclear program as “wrong.”

The Treasury Department also was evasive when asked about the sanctions being lifted, only saying that it was in response to a “change in behavior” among the Iranian entities.

According to a Treasury spokesperson in comments to Al-Arabiya News on Thursday, Ghalebani, Bazargan, and Moinie are “no longer in their position within entities affiliated with the Government of Iran,” so there was no reason to maintain the sanctions against them.

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Earlier this year, Law Enforcement Today reported about former Secretary of State John Kerry allegedly providing Iran with information on covert Israeli military operations. For more on that, we invite you to:

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- If this were an adviser to the Trump administration, it would be on every cable news channel 24/7 and leading the national news on the major networks for weeks.

However since it is a Biden lackey, all you hear are crickets. This is referring of course to the bombshell report that John Kerry revealed covert Israeli operations to Iranian foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif. The news was part of a recently leaked audio.

The audio shows that Kerry, when serving as Secretary of State in the Obama administration, informed Zarif of over 200 covert Israeli operations in Syria, Fox News and numerous news outlets reported.

This seems to confirm previous accusations that Kerry, then serving as a private citizen, had colluded with Iranian leaders to undermine the Trump administration.

Kerry is currently serving the Biden administration as a so-called “climate czar,” while also having a seat on the National Security Council.

Zarif claimed he was “shocked” by Kerry’s revelation, in which he was told that Israel had attacked Iranian targets in Syria over 200 times the leaked audio, obtained by the New York Times, said. Other outlets also obtained copies of the audio, including Iran International.

“It was former US Foreign Secretary [Secretary of State] John Kerry who told me Israel had launched more than 200 attacks on Iranian forces in Syria,” Zarif said.

The New York Post reported that Zarif made the comments during a March interview with an Iranian journalist. That interview was not supposed to be released until August, when current Iranian President Hassan Rouhani leaves office.

Zarif met with Kerry, as well as Obama’s Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz white Trump was president, which Kerry admitted to in 2018. Kerry and Moniz were key players in negotiating the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and other global powers, including the United States.

Kerry claimed the basis for the meeting was an attempt to salvage the nuclear agreement, which was scuttled by the Trump administration.

That meeting seemed to violate the Logan Act, which prevents private citizens from negotiating with foreign powers.

In fact, the current occupant of the White House, Joe Biden suggested when he was president that Lt. Col. Michael Flynn be investigated pursuant to that act for the Russia collusion hoax. The act, which has been in place for over 100 years has reportedly only been used once.

When it was disclosed that Kerry had met with Iran, he was slammed by President Trump, claiming  he was conducting “shadow diplomacy” and noted that it was Obama administration officials who had gotten the U.S. into “this mess” in the first place.

“The United States does not need John Kerry’s possibly illegal shadow diplomacy on the very badly negotiated Iran Deal. He was the one that created this MESS in the first place!” Trump posted on Twitter.

Days later, Trump removed the United States from the deal.

Kerry of course defended the deal at the time.

“I think every American would want every voice possible urging Iran to remain in compliance with the nuclear agreement that prevented a war,” he said in a statement.

“Secretary Kerry stays in touch with his former counterparts around the world just like every previous Secretary of State. Like America’s closes allies, he believes it is important that the nuclear agreement, which took the world years to negotiate, remain effective as countries focus on stability in the region.”

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At that time, President Trump accused Kerry, who once famously lied about his service in Vietnam, of violating federal law—the Logan Act—and said he should be prosecuted for it.

“You know, John Kerry speaks to them a lot. John Kerry tells them not to call. That’s a violation of the Logan Act and frankly he should be prosecuted on that,” Trump said at the time.

Kerry’s apparent divulging of sensitive information to Iran didn’t sit well with some people.

“John Kerry was ratting out Israeli covert operations in Syria directly to the Iranian foreign minister. Let that sink in. Wow,” wrote Noah Pollak of the foreign policy-focused Democratic Alliance Group on Twitter..

Meanwhile, Gabriel Noronha, former special advisor for Iran at the State Department had this to say about Zarif and the leak:

“The main reason Zarif has survived as Foreign Minister for 8 years in Iran’s cutthroat political environment is that he serves as the ‘reasonable’ storefront to the world, protecting the more empowered radical elements of the regime from Western and press scrutiny,” he said in a statement.

“I think the leak was likely instigated by regime insiders who have long hated Zarif and tried to oust him—they oppose the current efforts to rejoin the JCPOA and also want to bolster domestic opposition to President Rouhani and his allies running for office in June.”

The release of Zarif’s comments set off a sea of criticism in Iran, where such statements are typically closely held since the political environment is considered to be “cutthroat” and where that environment also includes the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, which is ultimately overseen by the country’s supreme leader.

Zarif’s comments could also complicate upcoming talks in Vienna, aimed at finding a way for both the U.S. and Tehran to come into compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal.

There have been incidents of sabotage which targeted Iran’s nuclear facility at Natanz, as Iran has begun enriching small amounts of uranium up to 60% purity, closer to weapons grade levels.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh didn’t dispute the authenticity of the tape, and told journalists Monday that the recording was “selectively edited” and included only a portion of a seven-hour interview Zarif gave. He did not however dispute the tape’s authenticity.

The Daily Wire noted the timing of the leak was bad for the Biden administration, which has been aggressively trying to get Iran to re-engage with the nuke deal, despite overwhelming opposition from Israel.

The leak could impact Iran’s negotiating leverage with news that the Revolutionary Guard, designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization, calls the shots in Iran, news which will not be well received.

Tim Morrison, a national security expert who served on President Trump’s National Security Council and currently a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute told the Daily Wire earlier this year that the Biden administration was “giving up all leverage as it tried to restart the ‘dangerously flawed’ nuclear deal.”

Morrison noted:

“The Biden Administration is repeating the mistakes of the Obama Administration. It’s making concessions to get nothing more than a meeting. The Iran deal was dangerously flawed in 2015.

In2021, with key provisions expired, it’s simply national security malpractice to return to that deal. The Trump Administration bequeathed Biden tremendous leverage over Iran—it must not squander it.”

As expected, Biden’s State Department downplayed the revelations.

“This is purportedly leaked material. Can’t speak to the authenticity. Can’t speak to the accuracy of it. Can’t speak to any motives that may behind its dissemination,” wordsmith State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters Monday.

“If you go back and look at press reporting from the time, this certainly was not secret, and governments that were involved were speaking to this publicly on the record,” the Washington Examiner reported.

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