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US Sanctions Five Iranian Entities, Signals More Measures

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The U.S sanctioned five Iranian entities for their work on the nation’s ballistic missile program and signaled that more punitive measures lay ahead in response to the Islamic Republic’s suppression of anti-government protests.

The entities, none of which are publicly traded, are being designated for being owned or controlled by Iran’s Shahid Bakeri Industrial Group, the Treasury Department said in a statement released Thursday.

“The United States will continue to decisively counter the Iranian regime’s malign activity, including additional sanctions targeting human rights abuses,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in the statement.

The Trump administration plans to ask the UN Human Rights Council to convene an emergency session on protests in Iran in which the U.S. believes at least 21 people have been killed and more than 1,000 arrested, U.S. officials have said.

Thousands of Iranians have taken part in unrest across the country that began Dec. 28 as protests in the holy city of Mashhad against the economic policies of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate who favors closer ties with the West. As the protests spread, crowds began targeting the broader religious and political establishment, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

“We will not hesitate to call out the regime’s economic mismanagement, and diversion of significant resources to fund threatening missile systems at the expense of its citizenry,” Mnuchin said.

Trump faces a series of key decisions starting next week — foremost, whether to honor part the 2015 agreement that lifted restrictions on Iran’s banking, oil and shipping industries in return for curbs on its nuclear program. He could opt to re-impose the sanctions and risk collapse of the international accord, a move that could isolate the U.S.

The sanctions announced Thursday target Shahid Kharrazi Industries, Shahid Sanikhani Industries, Shahid Moghaddam Industries, Shahid Eslami Research Center, and Shahid Shustari Industries, according to a Treasury Department statement.

The protests and crackdown give Trump an unexpected opportunity to turn sustained negative attention on the Iranian government. He could use the violence to pressure a divided Congress to back new sanctions legislation. He could also urge European allies to take tougher action on Iran along with the U.S., such as new measures targeting individuals or entities that censor or harm demonstrators.

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14 Comments on "US Sanctions Five Iranian Entities, Signals More Measures"

  1. Theedrich on Sat, 6th Jan 2018 3:11 am 

    There is more in the world than Iran.  On Thursday, 2017 November 30, Rand Corporation’s David Ochmanek gave 2½ minutes of testimony on declining American military capabilities.  He noted that shortly after the Defense Department in early 2014 published its quadrennial review of things military, came the Russian takeover of Crimea, the second Russian invasion of Ukraine, ISIS overrunning large parts of Syria and Iraq and that, contrary to expectations, it was determined that large numbers of U.S. forces needed to stay in Afghanistan.  None of this had been budgeted for.  Before these events, U.S. forces had battlefield dominance from the outset.  But this will no longer be the case.  Our forward bases will be attacked by large numbers of ballistic and cruise missiles;  furthermore, both Russian and China are now developing many “anti-access area denial” capabilities.  The U.S. can develop countermeasures and weapons, but it takes money.  Currently, if America engages in a high-end war with Russia or China, America will LOSE.  (Imagine that!)

    The reality is that the Demonic Party, and many RINO Republicans, do not care about national defense.  They want more cheap-labor, leftist-voting serfs from the Third World to supply us with slavery, prostitution, drugs and the race-mixing desired by the elites.  So we can forget about such things as doing away with the “sequester” of funds for the DoD.  The Negroes and other low-lifes need the money.  And anyway, the future does not exist.

  2. Makati1 on Sat, 6th Jan 2018 3:26 am 

    ” The U.S. can develop countermeasures and weapons, but it takes money.”

    That is the only part of your comment that I take exception to, Theedrich. The US has been trying to produce an operational F35 for over 14 years and several hundred billion dollars and it still doesn’t work better than the old F22. It recently floated a new navy ship that didn’t even make it to its assigned port and had to be towed in.

    Most of the US weapons systems were designed and built in the middle of the last century by intelligent foreigners. Since then the quality of US engineers has been falling along with the rest of the US education system. The US is a paper tiger. I would bet that in a real war most would not even work.

  3. Davy on Sat, 6th Jan 2018 5:48 am 

    “Most of the US weapons systems were designed and built in the middle of the last century by intelligent foreigners.”

    Folks, again, remember mad kat wanted to show you his military prowess when he insisted there are 10MIL men under arms on the Korean peninsula. I highlight that often because it shows how he feeds off hype and googled numbers. He has no background with military understanding. He is a stupid old man peddling anti-American hate.

    The F35 and F22 are overpriced but they are capable aircraft that have forced the Russians and the Chinese to innovate. They will be produced in numbers and provide the US with the next generation platform for attack and bombing aircraft. The anti-Americans here constantly hype the drawbacks of these aircrafts but most of it is hype. All new platforms have growing pains.

  4. Cloggie on Sat, 6th Jan 2018 7:04 am 

    Most of the US weapons systems were designed and built in the middle of the last century by intelligent foreigners. Since then the quality of US engineers has been falling along with the rest of the US education system.

    Affirmative action, that is bringing in people who would never have been hired on the basis of merit alone, is killing the innovative power of US industry and academia.

    The anti-Americans here constantly hype the drawbacks of these aircrafts but most of it is hype. All new platforms have growing pains.

    In reality you are the greatest anti-American on this board with your racism-
    and natzi-yelling. America was killed by cucks like you, embracing the values designed by your (((enemies))). But Davy is so keen on being a “1-percenter” and being a member of The Big Club (he isn’t).

    All new platforms have growing pains.

    Hahahaha… even your neocon masters demand that Trump cancels the F35:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/443612/f-35-donald-trump-should-cancel-failed-f-35-fighter-jet-program

    https://medium.com/war-is-boring/the-f-35-is-a-terrible-fighter-bomber-and-attacker-and-unfit-for-aircraft-carriers-c6e36763574b

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-went-wrong-with-the-f-35-lockheed-martins-joint-strike-fighter/

    All 2017 articles. No doubt pear-reviewed.rofl.

  5. Cloggie on Sat, 6th Jan 2018 9:19 am 

    http://russia-insider.com/en/neocons-are-salivating-there-wont-be-revolution-iran/ri22097

    Pepe Escobar – Neocons Are Salivating, But There Won’t Be a Revolution in Iran

  6. MASTERMIND on Sat, 6th Jan 2018 11:09 am 

    Clogg

    Here are five peer reviewed scientific studies authored by top experts that prove beyond any reasonable doubt that global civilization will collapse within the next decade.

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921800914000615
    https://www.permaculture.org.au/files/Peak%20Oil_Study%20EN.pdf
    http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/280/1754/20122845
    http://sustainable.unimelb.edu.au/sites/default/files/docs/MSSI-ResearchPaper-4_Turner_2014.pdf
    http://www.feasta.org/2012/06/17/trade-off-financial-system-supply-chain-cross-contagion-a-study-in-global-systemic-collapse/

    The End of the Human Race will be that it will Eventually Die of Civilization –Ralph W Emerson

  7. Davy on Sat, 6th Jan 2018 12:10 pm 

    “Hahahaha… even your neocon masters demand that Trump cancels the F35: ““All 2017 articles. No doubt pear-reviewed.rofl.”

    Nedernazi, not all the news is bad as you would like other s to believe:
    “5 Signs the F-35 Fighter Is a Smashing Success”
    https://tinyurl.com/yabvf8sw

    IMA, your tiny country is buying them:
    “F-35 Lightning II for the Netherlands”
    https://tinyurl.com/yc6aad4g
    “As one of the original nine partner nations for the F-35, and the second international partner to receive the F-35, the Netherlands is a key contributor to the development, production and sustainment of the F-35 program.”

  8. Davy on Sat, 6th Jan 2018 12:32 pm 

    “Pepe Escobar – Neocons Are Salivating, But There Won’t Be a Revolution in Iran”
    “Overthrow Iranian government: not going to happen.”

    One thing is certain and that is Iran is not a rock solid nation many here want to present it as. Iran has many problems yet, its leaders want to make the country a regional powerhouse. This all takes resources and you can’t have it all. Just look what happened to Chavez’s Venezuela. Countries get ambitious and overextended. It is a mistake many nations have made throughout history. One can argue the US is making the same mistake these days by attempting to maintain hegemony it no longer has. It is likely Iran is nearing limits to its international ambitions. These demonstrations are likely an illustration of this.

  9. Cloggie on Sat, 6th Jan 2018 12:42 pm 

    “5 Signs the F-35 Fighter Is a Smashing Success”

    Sure.

    2 days ago:

    https://www.atr.org/f-35-big-government-disaster-its-worst-form

    “Not only does it prove inferior to older U.S. air crafts, but the F-35 is also under-performing in face-offs against foreign style jets, Russian or Chinese. It is noted in a report by military.com that “the 5th generation jet [F-35], will be outmaneuvered in dogfights with current Russian and Chinese jets as well as the U.S. aircraft it is slated to replace.” Such disappointing results point to a compromised national defense.”

    They better keep their old F16s.lol

    I mean you can still drive a T-Ford after 100 years. Maintenance is everything!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLMS_QtKamg

    Holland is better advised to buy a few Migs from uncle Vlad for a tenth of the price of a F35.

  10. Davy on Sat, 6th Jan 2018 1:04 pm 

    “In recent Red Flag exercises, the Air Force variant achieved a kill ratio of better than 20-to-1 against adversary aircraft while being available over 90% of the time.”
    https://tinyurl.com/yabvf8sw

    The news is mixed as is always the case with controversial subjects.

  11. Dooma on Sat, 6th Jan 2018 6:06 pm 

    Davy, there was a time when America made damn good combat aircraft. Sadly I say was. For some reason they just can’t seem to manufacture an aircraft that is reliable nowadays.

    On the subject of buses (commercial planes) Boeing delivered the B787 well over 4 years past it’s delivery date.

    Maybe they are trying to move forward too quickly in the technology department? Whatever the reason, everything they build is full of glitches.

    But the military has a bottomless pit of money while people who contract cancer file for bankruptcy. Priorities are so fucked up.

  12. Davy on Sat, 6th Jan 2018 6:16 pm 

    “Davy, there was a time when America made damn good combat aircraft. Sadly I say was. For some reason they just can’t seem to manufacture an aircraft that is reliable nowadays.”
    Got references or are you talking out your ass yet again? All aircraft dooma? Do you realize aircraft are multinational efforts so I think you are completely full of shit as usual.

  13. Theedrich on Sun, 7th Jan 2018 1:11 am 

    Satan is alive and well in the Pentagon.  Yes, Makati1, you are right about the dubious effectiveness of American weapons systems.  That, however, is the very reason why the Pentagonists are planning for the annihilation of all homo sapiens on the planet.  That will enable them to “win” such a war.  Otherwise, as the Rand Corp’s Ochmanek made clear, we would lose.

    Squandering a trillion or so on worthless military toys is one thing.  Mankind can survive that.  But “omnicidal” nuclear winter — the feared fimbulvetr of the ancient Northmen — will be the automatic result of even a “small” thermonuclear war.

    The Joint Chiefs’ idea that the massacre of civilian populations is wonderful began in World War II with Britain’s bombing of German cities, a tactic then copied and raised orders of magnitude by the U.S.  That is the true story of the “Good” War.  Various authors have pointed this out, but their unwelcome news is mostly submerged by Yid holocaustiana and propaganda about how valiant, brave, “Christian,” etc., etc., America and its vassals were.  This glorification of mass murder as a religious duty has now led us to the precipice.  On the first day of an atomic war, a trillion people would die, to be followed by the remainder of our species in the years following.  A very sobering account of the present situation is given in the second half of a new book by the author of the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg, The Doomsday Machine:  Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner.  If the revelations in this book do not get a man’s attention, nothing will.  Trump, like Obama and others before him, is the pawn of the political forces driving us to suicide.  Dr. Strangelove is now at the controls of our civilization.  And anyone who imagines that hilarious Hillary would have been any different in this all-important matter is smoking too much weed.

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