Iran has few options to avenge Syria strikes

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Photo Credit: Slide 8 in Netanyahu's presentation.

David Albright, a former weapons inspector and current head of the Institute for Science and International Security, and Olli Heinonen, a former deputy director-general of the IAEA, "agreed" that the information presented Monday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could be used for the IAEA to demand additional inspections of Iranian facilities.

Trump has pilloried the agreement created to curb Iran's nuclear programme as "insane" and "ridiculous" and called for fresh measures to counter Iran's ballistic missile programme and support for militant groups across the Middle East.

After the visits of France's Macron and Germany's Merkel apparently failed, despite their obsequiousness, to persuade the Trump administration not to blow up the Iranian nuclear accord, discussions between them and British Prime Minister May over the weekend apparently centered on whether or not there was any prospect of salvaging the agreement without the US.

Johnson defended "verification provisions" in the landmark deal with Iran and "intrusive inspections" by the IAEA as good reasons to keep the agreement in place.

On Monday night, The New York Times printed a list of 49 questions Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants to ask President Trump. "Last week was for the Europeans, and this week is our week".

The obvious choice for Obama was the latter: punishing Iran for its past errors was of little value if punishment came at the expense of a deal that would prevent Iran from building a bomb.

US and Israeli intelligence have been monitoring cargo flights from Iran to Syria, fearing they are stocked with weapons to be used against the Jewish state.

The senior Israeli official said Israel knew about the Iranian archive for a year, got hold of it in February and informed Trump about it at a meeting in Washington on March 5.

In the statement the IAEA pointed to its previous findings relating to Iran's activities before 2009.

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Mrs May retorted by pointing to different council tax rates in Labour-run Lambeth and neighbouring Tory-controlled Wandsworth . But a survey last week for Queen Mary University gave Corbyn's party an overwhelming 51%-29% lead over the Tories in London .


Mossad placed the Tehran warehouse under surveillance and started preparing for a possible operation to seize the documents.

In his role as a staunch ally of Tehran's rivals, Israel and Saudi Arabia, Trump claims, lastly, that lifting sanctions gives Iran the money to pursue "destablizing behaviour" across the Middle East. So too is the crime of Apartheid described in the Statute of Rome as a "crime against humanity", and Israel manifestly and robustly practices Apartheid against the Palestinians under its military heel.

Top aides are not seeking aggressively to talk Trump out of withdrawal because he seems intent on it, a second White House official said. Israel briefed the United States immediately after the successful operation had been completed.

Listening to the Prime Minister, it was hard to suppress a sigh. An Israeli official said that Mossad handed the Central Intelligence Agency copies of all the 100,000 documents it had obtained.

But that doesn't mean the materials revealed a trove of new information, though both Fitzpatrick and Lewis caution that such a large cache of documents will take time to properly analyze.

In January 2016, IAEA verified that Iran had complied with the terms of the nuclear deal, and the sanctions were lifted.

That's the significance of Benjamin Netanyahu's show and tell on Monday of what appears to be a very big cache of pilfered Iranian documents detailing Tehran's nuclear work.

Moreover, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami on Tuesday dismissed as "unfounded" the nuclear allegations against Iran, Tasnim news agency reported.

According to the official JCPOA document: "The [Iranian] government will not permit access to military sites or nuclear scientists for purposes of IAEA oversight under the pretext of the Agreement, except on a case-by-case basis approved by the Supreme National Security Council". In fact, the terms of the deal were so lopsided in Iran's favor that Obama knew he would never be able to gain the consent of 67 senators.

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