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Iran greeted the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions on Monday with air defense drills and a statement from President Hassan Rouhani that the nation faces a “war situation,” raising Mideast tensions as America’s maximalist approach to the Islamic Republic takes hold.

The sanctions end all economic benefits America had granted Tehran for its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, though Iran for now continues to abide by the accord that saw it limit its enrichment of uranium. While at the moment not threatening to resume higher enrichment, Iranian officials in recent months have made a point to warn the controversial process could resume at any time, faster than before.

The new American sanctions particularly hurt Iran’s vital oil industry, a crucial source of hard currency for its anemic economy. Its national currency has plummeted over the last year, sending prices for everything from mobile phones to medicine skyrocketing.

“Today, Iran is able to sell its oil and it will sell,” Rouhani vowed Monday as the sanctions kicked in.

However, the noose of American sanctions appeared to be tightening. Iranian officials, meanwhile, reported a cyberattack targeting the country’s communication infrastructure, blaming the purported attack on Israel.

Iranian state television aired footage of air defense systems and anti-aircraft batteries in two-day military maneuvers underway across a vast stretch of the country’s north. It included surface-to-air missiles shooting down a drone.

The drill was to continue through Tuesday. Iranian army Gen. Habibillah Sayyari said both the national army and the country’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard were taking part in the exercise.

Rouhani, meanwhile, pledged to government officials in comments aired on state TV that Iran would overcome the sanctions.

“We are in the war situation, ” Rouhani said. “We are in the economic war situation. We are confronting a bullying enemy. We have to stand to win.”

He further stepped up the rhetoric, comparing Iran’s situation in the 1980s war against Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein with the current one and President Donald Trump’s move to reinstate U.S. sanctions.

“Yesterday, Saddam was in front us, today Trump is front of us. There is no difference. We must resist and win,” he said.

Nationwide Iranian military drills launched

 

The Iranian military took part in defense drills across the country, as shown in footage aired on Monday.

The exercises are part of joint drills involving the Iranian army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, according to Habibollah Sayyari, the Deputy Coordinator of Iranian Army.

The move coincides with the US government’s reinstatement of its pre-Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action sanctions which target Iranian oil exports in particular.

It comes after Washington withdrew from the JCPOA in May.

The drills are reportedly taking place in a 500,000 square kilometre (193,000 square mile) area and expected to last until Tuesday.

 

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    Sherlock · 15:52 11/05/2018
    Where are the sanctions on Israel ???
    In 2012 the Obama administration promulgated a gag order in the form of a secrecy classification guideline – WNP-136 (PDF) – banning all federal agency employees and contractors from discussing, writing about, or releasing government information about Israel’s nuclear weapons program. https://original.antiwar.com/smith-grant/2018/08/09/can-the-us-keep-lying-about-israels-nukes/
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSIpAPWEJFI National Press Club 2/27/2017 Senator Chuck Schumer admits to journalist Sam Husseini that Israel has nuclear weapons. Under the Arms Export Control Act, the U.S. may not provide foreign aid to countries outside the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) absent waivers and sanctions. Despite Israel's status outside the NPT congress passes multi-billion dollar aid packages every year, which the president signs into law. Transcript follows: CH = Chuck Schumer, SH = Sam Husseini
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    under the Symington Amendment to the Foreign Appropriations Act and the Glenn Act, it is illegal for the US Government to send our tax money to any nation in possession of nuclear weapons technology that refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty or allow IAEA inspections.
    Symington Amendment: Since 1976, every single penny of "aid" to Israel money has been illegal; a crime committed by the US Government against the American people. all that money the US sends to Israel is a CRIME AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
    --------------------------------------------------
    The World should insist Israel live by the standards Israel demands of others. Be judged as Ye judge others. If Israel wants to be recognized, Israel must recognize the EQUALITY and HUMANITY of ALL People. Quit calling NON-Jews SHISKA, GOYIM, GENTILE. If Israel wants Hamas to 'repudiate' their charter, Israel must REPUDIATE their manual of hate, the TORAH, which openly proclaims that all 'gentiles' should be 'Hewers of wood, and bearers of water' ........ for Israel.
    Israel must recognize the Native People's RIGHT to a Palestinian state.
    Israel REFUSES to sign the Non Proliferation Treaty or open It's NUKES to inspection, Israel should have the exact same sanctions that were put on Iran
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    Guest · 15:09 11/05/2018
    Usa has been trying to get a big hot war with the set up of missiles round Russia and p4ivocations constantly, like stirring up Taiwan and wanting to sell weapons to it, so upsetting China, the interference in Ukraine, Yemen...always a new war. Making a villain out of international law abiding and agreement abiding Iran.

    War every year except 25 since 1776. Only difference to WW111 is that no one is attacking the USA mainland.
    countries just want USA out of theirs. USA needs the money spent on war to fix up their owm
    n country and those they have devastated.
    with Pompeo and bolton what do you expect but ww111.
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    MR. TRUTH! · 13:41 11/05/2018
    I wipe my nasty Azz (my 'Obama') with the Iranian Flag!!! .. And I Spit on the Child Molesting False Prophet, Mohammad, and on the Satanic Koran!
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    MR. TRUTH! · 13:33 11/05/2018
    PLEASE, PLEASE, WE'RE BEGGING YOU, PLEASE BOMB IRAN NOW, TODAY!!!
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    Frank Brady · 11:39 11/05/2018
    the responsibility of Washington and Israel.
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    Frank Brady · 11:38 11/05/2018
    Trump's stupid surrender to neocon war mongers (Bolton, Pompeo, etc.) is an unnecessary and dangerous threat to undue all the many good thingshe has done. Iran is NOT a threat to the U.S. and the enmity that exists between the U.S. and Iran is
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    Grim · 11:27 11/05/2018
    If, Iran's Mullah leaders would take the diapers off of their heads before issuing dire threats, I might feel just a little more scared and/or intimidated.
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    Anders Chydenius · 11:21 11/05/2018
    Sanctions have not been reinstated.
    Eight of Americas wealthiest puppet states have been granted waivers allowing them to continue receiving crude oil shipments.
    This is nothing but the most egregiously
    hypocritical bullshit, of having your propagandizing jingoistic cake and
    eating it.
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    Rob · 10:39 11/05/2018
    Here we go...

    Combining so many events recently it looks like we are heading into WWIII like a pre-planned route.
    History has never stopped being written.
    I hope leaders of the world will understand that they are being manipulated (ALL OF THEM) by the world globalists and stop the escalations into a real military conflicts.


    Rob
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