Iran threatens to ramp up nuclear activity despite Trump’s sanctions
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DEAD JUST LAST MONTH. CONNELL: POTENTIALLY ACCELERATED TIMELINE, MEANTIME. IRAN WARNING IT PLANS TO TAKE UP NEW MEASURES TO SPEED UP ITS URANIUM ENRICHMENT, POSSIBLY SHORTENING THE TIME TO BUILD A NUCLEAR WEAPON. RICH EDSON AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT WITH THE LATEST ON ALL THIS. RICH? REPORTER: GOOD AFTERNOON, CONNELL. IRAN IS PROMISING TO UNVEIL THE SPECIFICS HOW IT WILL EXACTLY ACCELERATE ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM OVER THE NEXT COUPLE DAYS. A STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON SAID IRAN’S ANNOUNCEMENT IT WILL TAKE NEW STEPS REGARDING ADVANCED CENTRIFUGE R&D, IS APPARENTLY ATTEMPT TO NEGOTIATE LEVERAGE AND EXTORT THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. WE MADE IT CLEAR THAT THE REGIME’S POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC ISOLATION WILL ONLY DEEPEN IF IT TAKES FURTHER STEPS THAT INCREASE CONCERNS ABOUT ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM. IN OTHER WORDS, MORE SANCTIONS ON THE WAY. THERE IS ALSO A QUESTION OF WHETHER PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL MEET IRANIAN PRESIDENT HASSAN ROUHANI AT THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN NEW YORK. THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE WANTS TO MEET. ROUHANI SAYS ONLY IF THE U.S. DROPS SANCTIONS FIRST. PRESIDENT TRUMP REFUSES. ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU ACKNOWLEDGED THIS MORNING A MEETING WITH BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND ROUHANI IS POSSIBLE BUT HE STRESSES OUTRIGHT OPPOSITION TO A MEETING ESPECIALLY AFTER IRAN’S PROMISE TO BUILD A NUCLEAR PROGRAM.>>Translator: THIS IS IN ADDITION TO IRAN’S AGGRESSIVE ACTIONS AGAINST INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING AGAINST REGIONAL COUNTRIES, ALSO ITS ATTEMPTS TO CARRY OUT MURDEROUS ATTACKS AGAINST ISRAEL, ATTEMPTS HAVE NOT STOPPED. THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO HOLD TALKS WITH IRAN. THIS IS THE TIME TO STEP UP PRESSURE ON IRAN. REPORTER: IRAN HAS BEEN PUTTING PRESSURE ON EUROPEAN COUNTRIES TO TRY TO FIND A WAY TO HELP IRAN SELL ITS OIL AFTER THE U.S. LEFT THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL LAST YEAR AND RESTORED SANCTIONS ON THE TOP EXPORTS, ESPECIALLY OIL. CONNELL. CONNELL: RICH EDSON AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT. MELISSA: HERE IS GENERAL JACK KEANE, FOX NEWS SENIOR STRATEGIC ANALYST. THERE IS A LOT TO REACT THERE. LET ME ASK YOU, THERE IS POTENTIAL MEETING ON THE SIDELINES OF THE G7, THEY HAD THEIR FOREIGN AMBASSADOR WAS THERE, MACRON SEEMED TO BE TRYING TO BROKER A DEAL. DO YOU THINK ANY MEMBERS OF THE U.S. DELEGATION MET WITH ANY IRANIAN MEMBERS AT THAT MEETING?>>I’M NOT AWARE OF BUT YOU KNOW, THAT WOULDN’T BE SURPRISING. THE IRANIANS CLEARLY ARE IN A VERY DESPERATE SITUATION. THE MAXIMUM PRESSURE CAMPAIGN HAS TAKEN ITS TOLL. THEY’RE BACK ON THEIR HEELS THE WAY THEY HAVE NOT BEEN IN 39 YEARS TO BE FRANK ABOUT IT. YOU KNOW. YOU’RE CONVERSANT WITH THE STATE OF THEIR ECONOMY. INFLATION IS SPIRALING OUT OF CONTROL. UNEMPLOYMENT IS AT RECORD LEVELS. THEIR CURRENCY HAS DEVALUED SIGNIFICANTLY, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THEIR NUMBER ONE COMMODITY WHERE THEY USED TO PUNCH OUT 2,500,000 BARRELS PER DAY, NOW THEY’RE DOWN TO A LITTLE NORTH OVER 200,000. IT SHOWS YOU WHAT A DRAMATIC TURN-DOWN IN REVENUE THAT THEY HAVE FROM THAT ALONE. IT IS, IT’S DRAMATICALLY SIGNIFICANT. MELISSA: YEAH.>>REVENUE SOURCES HAVE DRIED UP SOME 40, 50%. SO HERE, HEAR WHAT THEY’RE TRYING TO DO, YOU’RE RIGHT, MELISSA, THEY HAVE GONE TO EUROPEAN NATIONS, THEY’RE BLACKMAILING THEM SAYING WE’RE GOING TO INCREASE URANIUM ENRICHMENT, INCREASE CENTRIFUGES, THOSE ARE PATHWAYS TO A NUCLEAR PROBLEM, IN VIOLATION OF A NUCLEAR DEAL STRUCK WITH THE COUNTRIES IN RETURNS FOR US FINDING A CUSTOMER FOR OUR OIL. I HOPE THE EUROPEANS DON’T TAKE THEM UP ON THAT. THEY’RE GIVING IN TO THAT BRIBERY. IF THEY DO, THE NIGHT HAS TO GET REAL TOUGH WITH THOSE NATIONS. MELISSA: WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE FACT, WE’RE WITHIN MONTHS BEING BACK TO WHERE WE WERE BEFORE THIS DEAL WAS STRUCK? IT MAKES YOU THINK, WHAT WAS THE DEAL REALLY WORTH IF IT WAS THAT EASY? THEN MACRON STEPS IN SAYS MAYBE EUROPE WILL GIVE YOU THIS 15 BILLION-DOLLAR LINE OF CREDIT TO HELP YOU OUT WHILE THE SANCTIONS ARE ON? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THOSE TWO THINGS?>>WELL THEY, THEY GOT WHAT THEY WANTED OUT OF THE DEAL. THEY WANTED THEIR MONEY BACK AND NORTH OF $130 BILLION WAS PROVIDED THEM BECAUSE OF THE IMMEDIATE SANCTION RELIEF ONCE THE DEAL WAS STRUCK. AND OF COURSE THE UNITED STATES WAS ARGUING WITH THE WORLD COMMUNITY, THIS WOULD BE A GOOD THING BECAUSE THE IRANIANS, TREATING THEM LEGITIMATELY AS A RESPONSIBLE NATION, MAYBE THEY WILL ACT AS A RESPONSIBLE NATION. WHAT DID THEY DO WITH THE MONEY? THEY POURED IT INTO THEIR PROXIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST, IN HEZBOLLAH, IN HAMAS, IN THE HOUTHIS, IRAQI SHIA MILITIA, CREATED MORE AGGRESSIVE MALIGNED BEHAVIOR. AND NOW THEY’RE TRYING TO SAY THAT THE NUCLEAR DEAL, THEY HAVE BEEN ABIDING BY IT. WELL THEY HAVE TO A POINT. THE NUCLEAR DEAL THEY ACCEPTED GETS THEM A NUCLEAR WEAPON WHEN THEY WANT IT IN 15 YEARS. THEY’RE WELL ON THEIR WAY TO THAT PATHWAY RIGHT NOW. MELISSA: YEAH.>>I DON’T THINK THE NUCLEAR DEAL BENEFITED THE PEOPLE IN THAT DEAL. THE PRINCIPLE NATIONS IN THAT DEAL, WE’VE ALREADY LOST AS A RESULT OF IT, BECAUSE THEY HAVE GOT THE MONEY TO FLUSH THEIR OPERATIONS WHICH HAVE BEEN MORE AGGRESSIVE AND MORE DETRIMENTAL TO INSTABILITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST. MELISSA: THE POINT OF THAT DEAL WAS, YOU KNOW, THE EUROPEANS WANTED ANOTHER MARKET INTO WHICH TO SELL THEIR PRODUCTS BECAUSE THEIR ECONOMIES WERE SLOWING. THEY THOUGHT THEY COULD SELL PRODUCTS INTO IRAN. YOU HAVE A FRESH MARKET THAT HASN’T BEEN EXPOSED TO ALL THE THINGS OUT THERE THAT THEY KNOW THEY WANT. THEY NOW IN EXCHANGE WHAT COULD HAPPEN, OBAMA’S ARGUMENT WAS THE PEOPLE, THEY WILL SEE COCA-COLA AND APPLE COMPUTER, ALL THESE THINGS, THEY WILL DECIDE THEY DON’T WANT TO LIVE UNDER THIS OPPRESSIVE REGIME. WELL, NOTHING EVER REACHED THOSE PEOPLE. THAT DIDN’T WORK OUT. NOW YOU HAVE ROUHANI COMING TO THE U.N. AT THE END OF THE MONTH. DO YOU THINK THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP MEETS WITH HIM WHILE HE IS HERE?>>I THINK THERE IS A POSSIBILITY. GIVEN THE CURRENT TERMS ROUHANI HAS, THAT HE WOULD ONLY MEET WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IF WE TOOK SANCTIONS — MELISSA: THAT COULD BE BLUSTER.>>IT COULD BE. CERTAINLY THE PRESIDENT WILL NOT DO THAT. THIS MAXIMUM PRESSURE CAMPAIGN IS COMPREHENSIVE AS IT IS, ALL OF THE THINGS THAT THE IRANIANS HAVE TRIED TO DO, MELISSA, TO GET US OFF THAT PATH, DISRUPTING OIL FLOW, SABOTAGING TANKERS AND STEALING TANKERS, AND HITTING SAUDI OIL FIELDS AND SHOOTING DOWN AN AMERICAN DRONE, NOW WITH THE ENRICHMENT WHAT HAPPENED AS A RESULT OF THAT? HAVE WE DECREASED ANY SANCTIONS? NO. THE UNITED STATES INCREASED SANCTIONS. THEY CALLED THE PRESIDENT. THEY TRIED TO GET THE UNITED STATES POLITICALLY ISOLATED. IT HAS NOT WORKED. THEY ARE FAILING IN A WAY THAT I HAVE NOT SEEN THEM IN MANY, MANY YEARS.

100 thoughts on “Iran threatens to ramp up nuclear activity despite Trump’s sanctions

  1. America has better plastic surgeons than the drug dealers… Obama bin laden and Rouhani Hussein.. You can't have a plot so consistent and not call it the plan.. I think Lebanon might be in trouble.. The Iranian Nuclear fad is actually a ploy against them. America is not a place that gets it's hands dirty.. it's policy I think.. Somewhere in North Korea.. and old man unsheathes an old bell.. who's purpose is finally understood.. It's the nuclear malfunction bell.

  2. Let Trump Be Trump he will do what's right for all the people the good the bad and those nut jobs that will not do their job JUST Think what Trump could do with a little help he is working with no help from those nut jobs.

  3. 2015 deal itself a disaster and NO Nation makes any kind of nuclear activity with Iran, known about it's regime terrorist activities. Iran bombs every Nation and Iran made up it's mind about it imagining Hillary Clinton will be 2016 USA President.

  4. Russia, a democracy , is the axis of evil. China , a communist with zero socialist welfare and more capitalist than USA, is a slavery factory for the world. Iran or middle East provide most oil to the rest of the world and they are a suppressed poor population so that the elites are rich. The west should stop buying from these economies.

  5. All countries with policies contrary to that of the USA , automatically become It's enemies.
    Unfortunately since the seventies ,the USA has adopted the policy of
    trading ( betraying) old allies for new ones.
    The USA’s hypocrisy and corruption is only outweighed by its incompetence.

  6. Iran threatens to dig up the young people who tried to rise up and appealed to Obama for help……Slap em around some more….re-bury them.

  7. Go ahead Iran, you still have no ability or the technology to place a nuclear war head on a missile yet so all your gonna do is create a surplus of nuclear material. Iran is being run by idiots that will happily watch their country fall before they give in to sanctions pressure, this wont get resolved anytime soon

  8. Iran is doing the right thing. Trump hate for Iran stems from his Zionist admiration for Israel. Very unhealthy and has nothing to do with making America great.

  9. United States is under economic war with Iran. Iran wants to waste money on what is the most money waste field known. The cost of nuclear activities will break them. They are wasting their time, money, resources on nuclear activities. With this strategy them will defeat themselves.

  10. Of course Iran don’t want to lost $150 billions nuclear deal created by Obama. $150 billions is big free money from Stupid leader Obama gave for Iran= gave for Terrorists. Obama is more dangerous to America 100 times than all Terrorists compiled. If $150 billions gave into terrorists hands, they make nuclear weapons and bom all over the world. Obama is Terrorist’s leader, send him to jail for what he have done for America.

  11. AWWWWW , poor iran , they want some attention , Listen iran , try playing nice for once in the neighborhood , just be nice for a change with people who dont wear towels on their heads , and I would warn you iran not to try extortion againts the peaceful world . so once again try being nice to other nations instead of towel wearing SOB's , you might end up liking yourselves a liitle better instead of being such bastards all the time .

  12. Not one American should lose their life attacking Iran until they actually strike Israel, until then let them make threats and starve

  13. Iran will force conflict at heir own peril, They cannot beat America of Israel in a war , Sure they have weapons but how many they will be out of ammo within a week. The Iranian people will suffer the most. Better to wipe the Iranian army and navy out now than to let them go on, Irans refineries and crude storage would be wiped out, their infrastructure would be destroyed. Mines would be placed around their harbors and they would lose their airspace within a week. They are becoming desperate and watch they will start a war rather than lose faith. Israel will eventually attack Iran because of their terror attacks and all they want is our backing.

  14. North Korea can buy Nuclear weapons from Iran since they are testing their missiles almost every day.
    Trump is afraid to put more section on North Korea like he is doing to Iran.

  15. Notice how "desperate" they are. Wait them out, They are not worth it. I feel sorry for the people but their gov't is horrible.

  16. We need to throw the UN out of America because they have become a terrorist org. and are involved in the Immigration invasion and against everything we stand for and are our enemy not friend

  17. As a terrorist state sponsoring global terrorism across the world, Iran has always focussed its activities on developing nuclear missile systems that can obliterate Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. Any agreements to avoid sanctions have always been empty and devoid of any honesty or value from the beginning.

  18. Hopefully the Iranian people wake up, get rid of the evil Mullahs, and start talking to the US as friends. If they dont have a revolution it will get dark.

  19. Is this OK with Germany? Hey Merkle? Or France. Such a violation should get them to drop their support. They are saying they will violate the agreement unless they get their way. That isn't an agreement, that is breech.

  20. Iran will never curb their behavior. EVER. They are a collectivist STATE and a cult of gangsters and potentially, mass murderers.

  21. I believe nothing Iran says. Until Islamist's separate church and state there will never be peace in the middle east. Like a lying child they need a good spanking.

  22. The Military Industrial Congressional Complex 💲🔯 is pushing the Congress to start a war with Iran so that they can profit 💲🔯 from the mass development and deployment of weapons that can be used in war – how else are they going to use those weapons to profit from if there is peace for a prolonged period time? "We can't let Iran create a nuclear weapon"…. <—This is the Weapons of Mass Destruction 2.0 excuse that they are going to use to invade Iran…. HOW THE HECK CAN THE PEOPLE NOT UNDERSTAND THIS????😬😬😬😬

  23. Dispite all the talk on crippling Iran's military through sanctions Irans military has become more powerful and sophisticated😂

  24. So Iran thinks they are playing Super Mario Brother with a Nintendo 64 huh! You may have played your games with the Obama idministration, but Trump dose not play games buddy!

  25. It's only looking for 13 billion from Europe…If that's not nuclear blackmail…what on Earth is?
    …and of course, they are just weak enough to give it to them…

  26. Sanction is working….tremendrously…..Teheran will be like Appelo, Baghdad or Tripolli….soon….Boris Johnson is also coming up first……go U.K go….

  27. blow those sobs into oblivion…this is serious stuff… we have to stop them…no sanctions shoud be stopped… they're likely the most dangerous nation in the world

  28. If Iran failed to launch a mini satellite into space, I can't even imagine how they will maintain or handle a nuclear weapon when they have absolutely no experience with one, the last thing the world needs is a second Chernobyl.

  29. I believe the Iranian ramp up the activity program start from the American taxpayers money send from our muslim President Hussein Obama

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