Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Mnuchin Discuss Iran Policy and Sanctions….

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin hold a joint press conference to discuss U.S. policy toward Iran and the reinstitution of economic sanctions.

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[Transcript] MODERATOR: Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the Foreign Press Center. We are pleased to have with us this morning Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Mnuchin. They’ll both have some opening remarks and then hopefully we’ll have time for one or two questions afterwards.

Secretary Pompeo, please.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Hey, Robert. Thank you. Good morning, everyone. It’s great to be here at the Foreign Press Center. It’s great to see you all. In May of this year, after President Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal, the Trump administration announced a new strategy to fundamentally alter the behavior of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s leadership. At the center of this effort – and there are multiple lines of effort – but at the center of it is an unprecedented campaign of economic pressure. Our objective is to starve the Iranian regime of the revenue it uses to fund violent and destabilizing activities throughout the Middle East, and indeed around the world.

Our ultimate goal is to convince the regime to abandon its current revolutionary course. Just look at what happened last week. Denmark announced it had uncovered an Iranian regime assassination plot on its own soil. The Iranian regime has a choice. It can either do a 180-degree turn from its outlaw course of action and act like a normal country, or it can see its economy crumble.

We hope a new agreement with Iran is possible, but until Iran makes changes in the 12 ways that I listed in May, we will be relentless in exerting pressure on the regime. As a reflection of that resolve, today we’re reimposing all sanctions that were previously lifted under the nuclear deal. This includes sanctions on energy, banking, shipping, and shipbuilding industries.

Since the Trump administration came into office, we’ve done 19 rounds of sanctions targeting 168 Iranian entities. Today’s sanctions will accelerate the rapid decline of international economic activity in Iran since the implementation of our strategy in May. Since that time, since back in May, over 100 companies have withdrawn from Iran or canceled plans to do business there. It should be noted that if a company evades our sanctions regime and secretly continues sanctionable commerce in the Islamic Republic, the United States will levy severe, swift penalties on it, including potential sanctions. I promise you that doing business with Iran in defiance of our sanctions will ultimately be a much more painful business decision than pulling out of Iran and it – being connected to Iran entirely.

More than 20 importing nations have zeroed out their imports of crude oil already, taking more than one million barrels of crude per day off the market. The regime today, since May, has lost over $2.5 billion in oil revenue. We have decided to issue temporary allotments to a handful of countries responsible to specific circumstances and to ensure a well-supplied oil market. The U.S. will be granting these exemptions to China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Turkey. Each of those countries has already demonstrated significant reductions of the purchase of Iranian crude over the past six months, and indeed two of those eight have already completely ended imports of Iranian crude and will not resume as long as the sanctions regime remains in place. We continue negotiations to get all of the nations to zero.

Additionally today, 100 percent of the revenue Iran receives from the sale of oil will be held in foreign accounts. Iran can only use this money for humanitarian trade or bilateral – in bilateral nonsanctioned goods.

Speaking of Iran’s nuclear program, we have decided to grant narrow and temporary waivers that permit the continuation of three nonproliferation projects currently underway. Allowing these activities to continue for the time being will improve ongoing oversight of Iran’s civil nuclear program and make these facilities less susceptible to illicit and illegal nuclear uses. Rest assured Iran will never come close to getting a nuclear weapon on President Trump’s watch.

I will now turn it over to Secretary Mnuchin.

SECRETARY MNUCHIN: Thank you. Today the United States is executing on the final actions to withdraw on the Obama administration’s fatally flawed Iran deal. This morning, we will fully impose sanctions on the Iranian regime. This is part of a maximum unprecedented economic pressure campaign the United States is waging against the world’s largest state sponsor of terror. Today we sanctioned more than 700 individuals, entities, aircraft, and vessels as part of Treasury’s largest ever single day action targeting Iran. Over 300 of those sanctions are new targets. In addition, we are relisting hundreds of individuals and entities that were previously sanctioned, granted sanctions relief under the JCPOA.

These powerful sanctions directly target Iran’s banking, energy, and shipping sectors. The Iranian regime has funneled billions of dollars for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps force through the banking sector. Today’s designation includes 50 Iranian banks and their foreign and domestic subsidiaries in conduction with Iran’s regime support for international terrorism, proliferation of mass destruction, or their means of delivery and human rights abuses.

Our actions include the identification of more than 400 targets, including over 200 persons and vessels in Iran’s shipping and energy sector; Iran Air, the national airline of Iran, and more than 65 aircraft; the placement of nearly 250 persons in associated block properties on the Specially Designated Nationals list; the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.

Over the last five months, Treasury has implemented some of the most impactful sanctions ever seen. Combined with the previous actions, more than 900 Iran-related targets have been sanctioned under this administration in less than two years, marking the highest-ever level of U.S. economic pressure on Iran. We are making it abundantly clear to the Iranian regime that they will face mounting financial isolation until they fundamentally change their destabilizing behavior.

Iran’s leaders must cease support for terrorism and end destructive regional activities immediately. They must stop ballistic missiles and abandon their nuclear ambitions if they seek a path to sanctions relief. We are watching the Iranian regime with laser focus. If they try to evade our sanctions, we will take action to disrupt their activity time and time again.

The maximum pressure exerted by the United States is only going to mount from here. Companies around the world need to know we will be strictly enforcing our sanctions. Thank you.

MODERATOR: That – we’ll have time for a few questions. Let’s go to Sky News, Cordelia Lynch.

QUESTION: Hello, this is a question for Secretary Pompeo. The President invoked Game of Thrones when he was discussing sanctions. Do you think that was appropriate?

SECRETARY POMPEO: This administration has been consistent from, frankly, President Trump’s campaign to the first day he was inaugurated about our intention. We understand that the Islamic Republic of Iran presents a threat to the United States of America, and we are determined to stop it. And much has been made about this Game of Thrones. Qasem Soleimani responded, and I haven’t seen any of you comment on that. This is a man who has American blood on his hands. He’s killed American soldiers, and that’s not funny. And the actions that the Islamic Republic of Iran are taking are not about little silly things that people get wrapped up here in Washington, D.C., but about very serious matters that impact all of Europe, all the Middle East and the world, and our young men and women who are in harm’s way today.

MODERATOR: Thank you, sir. Next question is going to be Asahi Shimbun, Yuko Lanham. Yuko?

All right. We’re going to move on to EFE, Beatriz Pascual Macias.

QUESTION: Hi, thank you very much. Thank you very much. I was wondering, what could you say to the European countries that were expecting to be in this list of countries that are not going to suffer the sanctions? And what kind of relation have you have with them, what are the conversations regarding this topic? Thank you.

SECRETARY POMPEO: You want to talk about on the financial side, Steven?

SECRETARY MNUCHIN: Well, I don’t think we’ve ever said that it relates to the European countries, that they’ll be exempt. I think quite the contrary. We’ve said that we expect them to honor the sanctions. Having said that, there are certain transactions that they can continue to do, whether they’re humanitarian transactions or specific trade in the restricted accounts. And again, let me just emphasize, as I said last week, we will make sure that humanitarian transactions are really going for those purposes. So this is not about hurting the people of Iran, but we will not let money be diverted to humanitarian purposes and then put for terrorist activities.

SECRETARY POMPEO: And then just to follow up, with respect to the relationship, we’ve been very candid and clear with all of the European countries. There are more than three, we should note. Many of them are fully supportive of what it is that we are undertaking. They have taken a different approach with respect to the JCPOA, but it is also something that the whole world should know. European businesses have already made their decisions. They’ve decided not to do business with the Islamic Republic of Iran, and so we’re very confident that the sanctions regime that we’re putting in place will be effective.

MODERATOR: Al Jazeera English, James Bays.

QUESTION: James Bays from Al Jazeera English. You talk about the destabilizing behavior of Iran in the region. How does that differ from the behavior of Saudi Arabia?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So let me just go through the list: Underwriting Lebanese Hizballah, that presents a threat to the United States of America and Israel; underwriting the Houthis in Yemen, causing an enormous conflict to take place there in that country; the efforts in Iraq to undermine the Iraqi Government, funding Shia militias that are not in the best interests of the Iraqi people; their efforts in Syria; the list goes on. The difference in behavior between those two countries is remarkable. Since we’ve taken office, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been very supportive of our efforts on counterterrorism. They’ve assisted us. I know Secretary Mnuchin has worked with them on a couple of projects as well. It is completely clear the Islamic Republican of Iran is the destabilizing force in the Middle East today.

Do you want to add to that?

SECRETARY MNUCHIN: No, I think it’s well said.

MODERATOR: Last question. Let’s go to TASS, Dmitry Kirsanov.

QUESTION: Thank you. Gentlemen, thanks a lot for coming over to brief us. For Secretary Pompeo. Sir, you mentioned that three waivers have been issued for the civilian nuclear energy project. Could you clarify what those are? And Bushehr nuclear power plant, will it be the one under the waiver? Thank you.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. That’s a great question. It’s a pretty complicated area, that nonproliferation issue. There are three. Bushehr is one of the three. But if I may, we will get out a full fact sheet on that here in the next hour or so that you’ll all be able to see. What we’ve authorized is very narrow, very limited, very time limited as well, but important nonetheless that these nonproliferation projects are not things that are taking place without some ability to see what’s going on, and we’ll give you the full details of the scope of those waivers.

MODERATOR: We have time for – this is the last one. Let’s go right to the front, right here, please.

QUESTION: Thank you. Roj Zalla with RUDAW TV in Iraqi Kurdistan. Mr. Secretary, Iran has very powerful hands in Iraq. Are you not concerned that with these sanctions Iran might increase the pressure on some of your allies in Iraq? And in that case, what can you do to reassure those allies?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So it’s a very reasonable question. Here’s the facts. Since the United States entered the JCPOA in 2015, Iran has turned up the heat on those very entities to which you’re referring. So we have a history, we have data set, we have a historical basis upon which to say that we know that the JCPOA didn’t impede Iran one bit from putting pressure on Kurdistan, pressure in Baghdad, pressure throughout the region. We are very hopeful that the set of efforts we’re undertaking – we’ve focused here on the financial and economic, but the full range of efforts we’re taking to push back against the Islamic Republic of Iran will have the intended effect of reducing Iran’s capacity to be destabilizing and present risk to the Middle East, to Europe, and the world.

MODERATOR: With that, that concludes this morning’s briefing. Thank you very much to Secretaries Pompeo and Mnuchin.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you all

MODERATOR: Thank you, sir. Thank you all

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45 Responses to Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Mnuchin Discuss Iran Policy and Sanctions….

  1. Caius Lowell says:

    Do Barack “Hussein” Obama and Ben “Rat Face” Rhodes know about this?

    Liked by 3 people

  2. MfM says:

    I love how Pompeo answered th Tweet question. He has actually said before he was Secretary of State that they were valuable at getting things done.

    Liked by 7 people

  3. AngelOnejudicial says:

    The Turkish exemption is disappointing.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Ernest Marsalis says:

      Not sure why any exemptions were given, it gives me a feeling that it is a toothless gesture.

      Liked by 2 people

    • jrapdx says:

      Obviously I don’t have any “insider” info, but clearly enough Turkey maintains ties to Iran, thus may have some leverage on Iran. Allowing Turkey to continue buying Iranian oil enables continuation of that leverage. Furthermore, permitting Turkey to import Iranian oil gives the US leverage over Turkey. So that affords some indirect US leverage over Iran which the US wants to retain re: monitoring Iran’s nuclear status and assuring compliance with humanitarian provisions in the sanctions. Keeping Turkey on a short leash seems a good idea given the ambitions of Erdogan, the threats of economic sanctions if Turkey doesn’t comply with US “requests” is a handle to use to accomplish it.

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  4. MontanaMel says:

    Not one word, not one specific, as to “What Happens” with SWIFT….
    Not one question from the media about this most important item for true “pressure” upon Iran!

    Did they retain access or not?… Check-6

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    • jrapdx says:

      In the last couple of days I’ve read that SWIFT has agreed to comply with the US sanctions against the 700+ banks, businesses, individuals, etc., that Mnuchin described. IOW that access is cut off for the affected parties on the list. AIUI that list will be expanded as necessary to assure maximum pain for the Iranian regime including further reductions in SWIFT access as part of the sanctions.

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      • A duckduckgo search revealed a Fin’l Times headline that says SWIFT has agreed to comply with the sanctions, but it is behind a firewall. the SWIFT website does not have a similar announcement.
        That said, look at the language above about how any funds are deposited and confined to “permitted uses”.
        Of course it would be far better if SWIFT.com would have such a comment on their compliance page.

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        • jrapdx says:

          IIRC Mnuchin said as much a couple of days ago. ATM couldn’t tell you where I saw that, I might be able to find the reference to it.

          Likely though it’s not simple to restrict access for 700+ distinct people and organizations on the list. I’m guessing here, that SWIFT doesn’t want to make a blanket statement about US sanctions on Iran since cutting the access of 700 different players involves armloads of rules governing the various cases. I haven’t looked but possibly there’s something on the Treasury Dept site about the actions against Iran.

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  5. bertdilbert says:

    Personally, I do not expect a conclusion on Iran until an Israel/Palestine agreement is completed.

    Reason being is that the Saudi’s, Egypt and the rest of the GCC are better leveraged by Trump to pressure Palestine into an agreement with Israel. Once Iran is resolved, Trump could lose this unification factor of common enemy Iran.

    Once Iran is resolved, everybody can go back to fighting each other. it is good for US military sales.

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    • jrapdx says:

      Except the Palestinians/Hamas have been Iranian clients, receiving financial support, arms, training, etc., from Iran. So if Iran is unable to provide such support logically the Palestinian factions will become more amenable to reaching an agreement with Israel than is now apparent.

      There’s been a rapprochement among ME countries and Israel going on “under the table” for some years. Settlement of the Iranian situation and end to their terrorism threats is likely to unleash more open relationships between these countries and Israel. The economic benefits to all involved will be a tremendous boost to the region that leaders are no doubt eager to pursue.

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    • mugzey302 says:

      Not much hope for that peace deal.

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  6. Cheri Lawrence says:

    Omg excellent dynamic duo! I love them both! Really love the way Pompeo shut down that idiotic reporter. These people have no clue nor care for the seriousness of these issues to real people all over the world. I love the way they handle the questions in an orderly fashion (wish we could do this with the POTUS hounds from hell). We have a dream team executing foreign policy not by force but by economics, much more effective!!

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    • Cheri, most excellent comment. I 100% share your view that President Trump has a dream team with SoS Pompeo and his trade negotiators, in this case, USTR Mnuchin.

      SoS Pompeo was on earlier, maybe yesterday, and did an outstanding job with clear, factual and cut to the chase answers. I’m so impressed with Mr. Pompeo. God Bless him for taking the CIA director job first and then transitioning to the SoS. Can you imagine what this man knows. Mind blowing!

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      • Cheri Lawrence says:

        So True Molly!! Just one correction Mnuchin is our Secretary of Treasury equal to Pompeo in the cabinet. I am thrilled with him because the globalists have decimated our wealth (can you imagine Obama giving a foreign country billions of dollars in planeloads of cash???) Omg, not happening anymore with Mnuchin in charge! With all these big trade deals like with the Saudi’s Mnuchin is over there directly making sure the globalists keep their mitts off our money and it goes directly into our treasury!! I feel really good about our dream team under POTUS paying off the national debt in record time so we can be sovereign forevermore!!

        I love Pompeo too! He is just awesome!! Yes, bet he knows all their dirty little secrets!! Warm Regards to you!!

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        • jeans2nd says:

          Actually, Cheri, Sec of State is higher. Sec of State is fourth in line of succession to the Presidency, Sec of Treasury is fifth. So technically, Pompeo is top dog in the Cabinet.

          Would wager Mnuchin would finish off the debt faster than Pompeo, though 🙂

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          • Cheri Lawrence says:

            TY for the correction!! God, to think crooked Hillary was at that level, totally scary!!

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          • Cheri Lawrence says:

            I was just looking it up since you mentioned it and it is interesting!!

            Below are the Cabinet positions and their responsibilities, listed in order of succession to the Presidency:
            Vice President of the United States. …
            Secretary of State. …
            Secretary of the Treasury. …
            Secretary of Defense. …
            United States Attorney General. …
            Secretary of the Interior. …
            Secretary of Agriculture. …
            Secretary of Commerce.

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        • piper567 says:

          I am just grateful adults are in charge.
          Competent ones at that.

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    • I’m almost embarrassed for that maroon from Sky News. Important, consequential information and all she can squawk about is Game of Thrones. If I believed in identity politics (I don’t) I would say she is an embarrassment for all women.

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  7. NoFixedAddress says:

    Come on people.

    As PDJT always said, he is not going to tell potential adversaries what he/USA will do before doing it.

    As for SWIFT, I read it that every single transaction will be inspected. Why else would SECRETARY MNUCHIN be there!

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    • Great comment No fixed address! This team has ears & eyes everywhere. Nothing is left to chance and every possible roadblock or countermeasures has been carefully prepared for.

      When President Trump is dealing with a man killing shark like Iran, he will never just injure them. The only outcome will be a complete regime change, end of nuclear ambitions and prosecution of the criminals. Iran will never be the same or can ever go back, when P. Trump is finished.

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      • jrapdx says:

        I believe you are correct! No halfway measures for Iran, they’re in a do or die situation now. Can’t see how the filthy regime can last too long. I won’t be surprised to see the wicked mullahs gone in a few months, and if anything bad happens to ’em, they deserve everything they get.

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  8. 4sure says:

    “Trump faces complaints that new Iran sanctions are too weak”

    “A battle is brewing between the Trump administration and some of the president’s biggest supporters in Congress who are concerned that sanctions to be re-imposed on Iran early next month won’t be tough enough.

    As President Donald Trump prepares to re-impose a second batch of Iran sanctions that had been eased under the 2015 nuclear deal, conservative lawmakers and outside advisers have become worried that the administration may break a promise to exert “maximum pressure” on Iran. They are angered by suggestions that measures to be announced Nov. 5 won’t include a provision cutting Iran off from a key component of the global financial system.” Full article at:

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/trump-faces-complaints-that-new-iran-sanctions-are-too-weak/

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    • jrapdx says:

      In the last 2 days it’s been clarified that Iran is being cut off from the transaction network, SWIFT has announced they will comply with US sanctions against Iran.

      BTW note the date on that article, “27 October 2018”. Things have changed since then! Moving at “Trump speed” makes old news REALLY old and fast…

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    • piper567 says:

      4sure, yeah, I am Really Concerned ab Congress thinking Trump is not serious ab this whole Iran Sanctions Deal.
      I think their feelings are hurt.
      Our Great President just sorta bypasses Congress when appropriate bc he wants things done.
      Wolverines ACT! So fast, it sometimes takes Congress weeks to catch up on his actions, both foreign and domestic.
      Congress fiddles.

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  9. jjs says:

    Sure feel prouder and safer than when Hillary would get up and give her talks. Nice job Sec Pompeo.

    Liked by 3 people

  10. Sloth1963 says:

    MSM take away – Trump is trying to starve Iranians. 🙁. You know they’ll go there.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Cowwow says:

      Can’t help myself…my reply is ‘SO WHAT?’

      Liked by 3 people

    • GB Bari says:

      The good people of Iran who want this regime change so bad, they know that PDJT’s actions will help accelerate that change. There are thousands of ex-patriots from Iran living around the world who can communicate accurate information back to their loved ones in-country. I think PDJT, SoS Pompeo and Team have a planned strategy to slowly squeeze out the bad guys and enable the Iranian people to elect a more constructive government.

      Liked by 7 people

      • piper567 says:

        GB, I have an Assyrian friend who regularly talks via Satellite phone to folks in Iran. He was working there when The Shah was deposed, barely made it out.
        His take is that particularly the younger Iranians are behind Trump’s actions, no matter what…they LOVE that Trump dropped ozero’s treasonous Plan.
        @HeshmatAlavi
        Many Americans have no clue…particularly right now, w/our elections happening.

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  11. cripto says:

    What is it that people here don’t understand about how the exemptions work?
    “Additionally today, 100 percent of the revenue Iran receives from the sale of oil will be held in foreign accounts. Iran can only use this money for humanitarian trade or bilateral – in bilateral nonsanctioned goods.”

    Please listen or reread.

    Furthermore this comment was posted on the Dickerson/ Pompeo thread:
    “edsmith981 says:
    November 4, 2018 at 10:45 pm
    I posted elsewhere about how the Achilles’ heel of well-meaning commenters at blogs like this one is that people assume that in a given conflict, there is a “good” and a “bad” actor. I call it “binary thinking.”
    Exhibit A: Practically every comment on this article.
    You folks are upset at things the Iranians did, mostly in the 70’s and 80’s.
    Point taken. I was a kid back then and even then I remember the anger I felt.
    But…
    How many 9/11 hijackers were Iranian?
    How many financial links were established between the hijackers and Iranian intelligence?
    How much did Iranian officials donate to the Clintons in exchange for getting arms sales approved by HRC when she was Secretary of State?
    Remember last Summer when the Iranian government blatantly and publicly threatened Canada with 9/11-style terrorism on Twitter?
    Replace “Iranian” with “Saudi” and hopefully my point will hit home.”

    This was exactly the question raised by Al Jeezera reporter today:

    QUESTION: James Bays from Al Jazeera English. You talk about the destabilizing behavior of Iran in the region. How does that differ from the behavior of Saudi Arabia?”

    Now isn’t that interesting.

    Already, the two largest banks in South Korea have complied with the sanctions.

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    • jrapdx says:

      That’s not right: “You folks are upset at things the Iranians did, mostly in the 70’s and 80’s.”

      No, what’s upsetting is Iran’s CURRENT support of terrorism in the ME and elsewhere, and the incredibly offensive human rights abuses happening in Iran TODAY.

      Sanctions are aimed at changing these ONGOING policies and conduct by the Iranian dictators. Saudi Arabia is not supporting terrorists NOW, and in fact are assisting in fighting terrorism.

      The reporter should know what “differs” between Saudi Arabia and Iran is what’s happening as we speak. Doesn’t seem such a hard concept to grasp.

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      • cripto says:

        I assume this tagged response was directed at the poster I was quoting from the other thread. My point was that this poster shows up with his Iran/ KSA false equivalence, and then today we see the Al Jazeera reporter pop up with the same question.

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        • jrapdx says:

          Thanks for clarifying! You’re right it is a false equivalence and my critique is aimed squarely at the commenter. Though I don’t assume the commenter and the reporter were making similar statements for the same reasons, they could have different political agendas. In any case, biases for Iran arouse my suspicions given what we know about the nature of the Iranian regime.

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    • jeans2nd says:

      Spoken like a true Democrat.
      Saudi Arabia has had a major change of government and reforms initiated.
      Iran armed the Yemeni terrorists to begin and continue the Yemen war, in an Iranian attempt to invade and take over Saudi Arabia through Yemen. Saudi Arabia decided to defend themselves. The 911 hijackers were not financed by the official government of Saud. There is a difference

      Iran – none of the above. Iran continues in terrorism unabated. We are blessed to have people like Pompeo, Mnuchin, and Pres Trump to handle these affairs.
      We are attempting to change behavior, not regimes. Pres Trump is no neo-con. Pres Trump believes in redemption.

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      • cripto says:

        Yes indeed, but i suspect a targeted attack by MBros, considering this poster shows up yesterday with that comment and Al Jeezera reporter asks that question (to which was posted the answer before the question ). False equivalencies.
        That was my point.

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        • ann says:

          cripto,

          Good point.
          I think of mass media entities, from PBS to Anglophonic Al Jezeera, as front groups. They can be clients doing PR, or network members who advocate, filter content and craft interpretive narratives that are congruent with their patrons.

          Pompeo and Mnuchin speak straight through the verbal minefields.
          Up thread a post on the contrast with the BS of Clinton and Kerry.

          MAGA on, we are building an informed electrorate.

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  12. cripto says:

    For your information (from the State Dept, as Sec Pompeo said at the presser we will get this info to you in about an hour):
    “Constraining Iran’s Nuclear Program”
    https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2018/11/287133.htm

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  13. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    “Rest assured Iran will never come close to getting a nuclear weapon on President Trump’s watch.”

    Darn it! I was looking forward to Iran getting those nukes, just to hasten along the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Daniel 8:19 And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be.
    20 The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.
    21 And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.

    22 Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.
    23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.

    24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
    25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

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  14. Fools Gold says:

    Trump has turned loose one of my favorite wolverines to chew the legs off of the Iranian regime until they fall to the ground. Is anybody interested in going back to the zero sum gain policy of paying them to be nice?

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