Iran vows 'extraordinarily significant' nuclear move coming

Iran vows 'extraordinarily significant' nuclear move coming

Iranian officials ratcheted up pressure before a weekend deadline for European nations to come up with a solution for Iran to sell its oil abroad after the United States withdrew from a 2015 nuclear deal and reimposed devastating sanctions.

President Hassan Rouhani threatened on Wednesday to take additional steps and accelerate its nuclear activities if Europe fails to provide a solution by Friday.

"Iran's third step is of an extraordinarily significant nature," Rouhani said, without detailing what that would entail, adding a "decree will be announced today or tomorrow".

"I see that it's unlikely a conclusion will be reached with Europe today or tomorrow," he said, suggesting European powers have another two months to resume talks to save the landmark nuclear accord.

"They know what we want, and we know what they want."

A short time after Rouhani's statement, US officials announced new sanctions on Iran, this time targeting a shipping network it said was run by Iran's Revolutionary Guard to allegedly smuggle oil.

In two separate moves already, Iran reduced its commitments outlined in the deal and vowed further measures unless the European signatories of the pact did more to protect Tehran from the effects of the US "maximum pressure" sanctions campaign.

The nuclear deal - agreed on by Iran, Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the US - offered Tehran relief from many international sanctions in exchange for accepting curbs on its nuclear program.

Since Washington pulled out of the deal last year and reimposed sanctions, Iran has insisted it wants to save the pact but has demanded the remaining signatories - especially the Europeans - provide additional economic support.


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    BriteRed · 14 days ago
    Wonder if we could hold this off for another year ......I need a little extra time to deepen my hole ......... got supplies lined up just need more space down there to finish of the robot counterdefense ...... I ran across some really cool titanium bars for the structural supports .....not sure I will need that extra since the proximity sensors go out to 400 yards with accuracy of the particle beams to with .25 inch at that range .........uh...oops .....did I say too much .......damn they're gonna come early ............oh well, chance to test the beams ..... got some new ones developed....heh heh heh
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    Doug Brown · 16 days ago
    Is there an inevitability to all this?
    It's like things are following a pre-written script, falling into place right according to plan, and as always, as depressing as it all seems, war seems the only solution.
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      His self · 15 days ago
      Yes it is inevitable. Remember that Albert Pike wrote about the three WWs in the late 1800s. Both I and II happened in the manner described by Pike. The third WW is unfolding in the same manner as described by Pike.
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        Doug Brown · 15 days ago
        Looks like the line is being draw, the proverbial line of demarcation, that point beyond which one will not go. Iran is getting pushed, and pushed hard. They don't like it. Nasrallah is nervous, and looks antsy. Abbas seems unusually edgy. Then Bibi is globe-trotting...never a good sign. Feelings like something major is going to pop.
        Things don't look good.
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    Matthew Worner · 16 days ago
    If those rag heads are so hot to get nukes, why not just send them a couple? Like about 10kt/square kilometer? Then they wouldn't have to complain about being unable to sell their oil when all the wells are sealed shut by melted glass from the dessert sands.
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    His self · 16 days ago
    Iran is going to announce that its level of enrichment is going to be lifted to 20%.

    This will give nuttyahoo a lot of comet marks in his diapers.