Threats

Iran

Iran’s obsession with destroying Israel began in 1979 after the violent Islamic Revolution empowered radical fundamentalists committed to dominating the Middle East. Iran’s hatred of Israel and America has been the foundation of its foreign policy ever since. The State Department recognizes Iran as the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. For decades the world sought to isolate Iran and curb its terrorist activities and nuclear weapons ambitions through economic sanctions. But while President Obama was in office, world leaders decided to lift those sanctions in exchange for promises that Iran would halt its nuclear development. Since the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) commonly known as the Iran Deal was signed and implemented, Iran’s aggression against Israel and America has increased. Enriched and emboldened by a fresh influx of over $100 billion to its government, Iran poses a greater danger to both Israel and America.

US sanctions Central Bank of Iran, going after suspected funding linked to terror groups

Monday, September 23, 2019

(September 20, 2019 / JNS) The United States has sanctioned the Central Bank of Iran, U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday, almost a week after the Islamic Republic attacked two Saudi Aramco facilities in which the president this instructed the U.S. Treasury Department to “substantially” increase sanctions on the … Read More

Report: Pentagon to present military options to retaliate for Iran strike on Saudi oil

Friday, September 20, 2019

(September 20, 2019 / JNS) The Pentagon will reportedly present U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday military options to retaliate in the aftermath of Iran attacking two Saudi Aramco facilities on Sept. 14. The options include airstrike targets in Iran, though the president will be warned that a military response could provoke war, U.S. officials … Read More

Treasury Sanctions Iran’s Central Bank and National Development Fund

Friday, September 20, 2019

WASHINGTON- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action against the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), the National Development Fund of Iran (NDF), and Etemad Tejarate Pars Co. under its counterterrorism authority, Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. Iran’s Central Bank has provided billions of dollars to the Islamic Revolutionary … Read More

Pompeo: Iranian attack on Saudi oil field an ‘act of war’

Thursday, September 19, 2019

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said the Iranian attack on a Saudi oil field, which halved the kingdom’s output and sent energy prices skyrocketing, could be considered an “act of war.” Speaking with reporters just before his plane touched down in Saudi Arabia, where he is set to meet with Crown Prince … Read More

Trump announces he will ‘substantially’ increase sanctions on Iran

Thursday, September 19, 2019

(September 18, 2019 / JNS) U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he has ordered U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to “substantially increase” sanctions on Iran. “I have just instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to substantially increase Sanctions on the country of Iran!” tweeted the president, without specifying what or whom the financial … Read More

Iran’s Rouhani says Yemenis attacked Saudi oil sites as ‘warning’

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Yemenis targeted Saudi oil installations as a “warning” about a possible wider war in response to the kingdom’s US-backed intervention in their conflict-ravaged country. “The Yemenis… haven’t hit a hospital, they haven’t hit a school, they haven’t hit Sanaa bazaar. They just hit an industrial center… to warn … Read More

Iran’s supreme leader: There will be no talks with US at any level

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Iran’s supreme leader announced on Tuesday that “there will be no talks with the US at any level” – remarks apparently meant to end all speculation about a possible US-Iran meeting between the two countries’ presidents at the UN later this month. Iranian state TV quoted Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying this is the position … Read More

The US should up the pressure to contain and confront Iran

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Foreign policy circles in recent weeks have been abuzz with talk of a potential life line being extended to Iran in advance of, or during, the upcoming meeting of world leaders at the United Nations. The genesis of this discussion was French President Emanuel Macron’s unilateral decision to invite Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif to … Read More

Iran fired cruise missiles in attack on Saudi oil facility: Senior US official

Monday, September 16, 2019

The attack on the Saudi state-owned oil company Aramco also included more than 20 drones, the official said. Iran has denied responsibility for the attack, accusing Pompeo of “max deceit,” as the country’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted Saturday. In a Sunday evening tweet, Trump did not share the definitive accusation against Iran, instead … Read More

Trump administration assures ‘maximum pressure’ campaign on Iran in force

Friday, September 13, 2019

(September 12, 2019 / JNS) The Trump administration assured on Thursday that its “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran will continue, said U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin amid mixed signals that U.S. President Donald Trump could meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani without preconditions and could even relax some sanctions in exchange for negotiations—both possibilities the … Read More