Report: During nuke talks, U.S. neglected to fully uphold Iran arms embargo

 

The United States failed to fully enforce the Iranian arms embargo while the nuclear talks were ongoing between the P5+1 and Iran, Reuters reported on Monday. The U.S. government pursued “far fewer violations of a long-standing arms embargo against Iran in the past year compared to recent years.” Reuters reported that two senior U.S. officials revealed that the decline in the number of prosecutions was not due to a decrease in attempts by Iran to violate the arms embargo but rather because “uncertainty among prosecutors and agents on how the terms of the deal would affect cases made them reluctant to commit already scarce resources with the same vigor as in previous years.”

As part of the final nuclear deal, the U.S. and its partners agreed to lift the UN arms and ballistic missile embargoes on Iran in five and eight years respectively, prompting concerns about Iran’s ability to further destabilize the Middle East. In July, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, who retired on September 25, 2015, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that “we should under no circumstances relieve pressure on Iran relative to ballistic missile capabilities and arms trafficking.” Michael Singh, former senior advisor for Middle East affairs at the National Security Council, wrote in The Wall Street Journal that with the nuclear deal, Iran “appears” to not be making promises to limit its arms trafficking and ballistic missile development. He also explained that for over a decade Iran has tried to get the restrictions, contained within United Nations Security Council Resolutions, lifted. Iran did not abide by these resolutions and today has the most advanced arsenal of ballistic missiles in the region. The Islamic Republic continues to traffic weapons to terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Taliban. Conflicts around the region are also fueled by Iranian armaments: the Syrian civil war, rocket attacks against Israel by Hamas and Hezbollah, the conflict in Yemen, and sectarian conflict in Iraq.

 

Five members of a Hamas cell responsible for the murder of an Israeli couple in the West Bank have been arrested, Israeli security officials announced.

Eitam and Naama Henkin were shot in front of their four children while driving in the West Bank by assailants in another car. The Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, announced that each member of the cell has admitted to having had assigned roles in the attack: a driver, two gunmen, someone to clear the way for the car, and a commander, who recruited the other members but was not physically present. All five members were reported to have been involved in other attacks in the past.

This video link shows the arrest of one of the cell members at a hospital in the West Bank city of Nablus. (via TheTower.org)

 

GPS tracking and voice monitoring device provides a real-time visual diary of the child’s day and sends alerts if location veers from the usual route. In July 2015, Texas mom Kathy Gilray fastened an AngelSense GPS tracking and voice monitoring device to the clothing of her 15-year-old daughter with Asperger syndrome. Three weeks later, the Israeli-made system saved the teenager’s life. “At 4:10pm on Aug. 17th, our daughter went out for one of her regular walks in our neighborhood. She was lured into a car only 150 yards from our house by a stranger who threatened to hurt her. AngelSense alerted us via email and SMS text that our daughter was not on her usual route. When I received the alert, I entered my AngelSense app in Runner mode, which shows her route.” Gilray pinpointed the teen’s location, headed there in her car, and activated the device’s Listen-In feature. She heard a struggle and then heard the attacker ask her daughter about the device. “She told him it was a GPS tracker. He told her to take it off, but she told him only her mom could take it off with a special key.” At that point, the predator drove the girl back to her home neighborhood and released her. The system’s tracking and timeline data helped the local police reconstruct the incident. This is an extreme, but real-life, example of why Israeli father Doron Somer quit his job and teamed up with a friend to create AngelSense, the only location and voice monitoring solution designed for children with special needs. (via Israel21c)


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