Iran To Name US Individuals Involved In "Helping And Founding" Terrorist Groups

Tyler Durden's picture

Following the escalation on Friday morning, in which the US Treasury Department published a list of 13 Iranian individuals and 12 Iranian entities facing new restrictions following Iran's recent ballistic missile test, Tehran promptly denounced the latest round of sanctions imposed by the US and said it would retaliate - something it has previously said it would do - however added a new twist when Tehran announced it would impose legal restrictions on American individuals and entities helping "regional terrorist groups", a Foreign Ministry statement read as quoted by TV.

For obvious reasons, this naming and shaming of US-based terrorists promises to be far more interesting than if Iran were to actually ban, say, the US national chess team. Such an action will quickly coalesce the world's attention on a handful of US entities, putting under a microscope all of their offshore activities.

"The new sanctions ... are not compatible with America's commitments and resolution 2231 of the U.N. Security Council that endorsed the nuclear deal reached between Iran and six powers," the Iranian Foreign Ministry statement said late on Friday.

Tehran said it will react accordingly to any U.S. measure aimed at the Iranian nation's interests.

"In retaliation for the U.S. sanctions, Iran will impose legal restrictions on some American individuals and entities that were involved in helping and founding regional terrorist groups," the Foreign Ministry statement said. It said names of the entities and individuals would be announced later, although it was not clear when exactly that is.

As reported earlier, on Friday, the US Treasury Department blacklisted 13 individuals and a dozen businesses as part of the sanctions. The majority of the individuals in question are from Iran, as well as three Chinese nationals and two Arabs.

“Iran’s continued support for terrorism and development of its ballistic missile program poses a threat to the region, to our partners worldwide, and to the United States,” John E. Smith, acting director of the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, said. He added that in countering what he called “Iranian malign activity,” Washington will not hesitate to put more pressure and restrictions “to address this behavior.”

Countering rising US rhetoric, Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, said in a twitter post that “Iran unmoved by threats as we derive security from our people.”

“We'll never initiate war, but we can only rely on our own means of defense,” he stressed. Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan noted that Tehran “will not allow foreigners to interfere” in the country’s defense issues and insisted “the test did not violate the nuclear deal or (UN) Resolution 2231."

The international agreement referred to by the Iranian Foreign Ministry in its statement on counter sanctions against the US, is the so-called P5+1 agreement. The pact was signed by six major world powers (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France, and Germany) and Iran in July 2015. Under the treaty, Tehran agreed to reduce the number of its centrifuges by two-thirds.

Late on Friday Paul Ryan said that despite the new sanctions, Iran's Nuclear Deal, key to keeping the price of oil from spiking, the Iran nuclear deal is likely to stay in place. That however may change depending on what US-based names Iran drops as helping "regional terrorist groups." Once Iran unveils the list, we will update this post.

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Giant Meteor's picture

I like it. Being in a good mood, I'm upvoting everybody ..

Cheers!

peddling-fiction's picture

Subtle messages delivered with respect seem to have better results.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

FYI... https://www.iaea.org/sites/default/files/unsc_resolution2231-2015.pdf

p.99/104:

3. Iran is called upon not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology, until the date eight years after the JCPOA Adoption Day or until the date on which the IAEA submits a report confirming the Broader Conclusion, whichever is earlier.

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That's pretty fucking clear, Iran.  No matter what you Think, Feel or Believe, the fact is that you AGREED to these terms of a BINDING AGREEMENT.  You violate the Agreement, you suffer Consequences -- no matter how unfair or unjust they may seem to you. 

A deal is a deal.  Deal with it!

p.s. IMO, it is pretty clear, that Iran did NOT enter into the Agreement (UNSC Resolution 2231 of 2015) in good faith.  It appears that they did so, solely to (a) get their money in the US returned, with interest, (b) to get Sanctions lifted long enough to make deals with various countries, especially with China.  They knew beforehand (from their negotiations with China and Russia), that China and Russia would NOT back new US/Western sanctions.  Thus, this was a clever economic and financial PLOY by the Iranians.  IOW... Obama and Kerry got played.  As did the other Western countries of the Agreement (France, Germany, UK).

sinbad2's picture

"designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons,"

The Iranians say they are designed to use conventional warheads.

The Russians complain about American nuclear missiles close to their border, the US says they are conventional warheads.

 

"it is pretty clear, that Iran did NOT enter into the Agreement (UNSC Resolution 2231 of 2015) in good faith."

It is pretty clear, that the US did NOT enter into the Agreement with the Soviets regarding US taking over countries in Eastern Europe in good faith.

What's good for the goose, is good for the gander.

 

HowdyDoody's picture

The US missile defense system can be upgraded to fire different missiles which will be nuclear at some stage. A big difference.

System versus missile is chalk versus cheese.

HowdyDoody's picture

Clearly the Iranian missile is not designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons as they do not have nuclear weapons to base such a design on. Nor do they plan to develop them (as the IDF has said). The Iran nuke scam is pure NuttyYahu bs.

littlemilton's picture

Do I have time to pop some corn before they start naming names???

Canary Paint's picture

That would be kind of entertaining.

Giant Meteor's picture

Just don't say it three times in a row !

PumpherDumper's picture

"...two Arabs." !!!!!  Well, that's a first!

I am shocked, shocked!  I tell you.

SharkBit's picture

Actually brilliant.  Expecting to see Soros at the top of the list.  Calling out the "Free Iranian, Peace loving, Democracy Freedom Supporters" (ie. Alt-Left agenda).

djsmps's picture

I really hope I'm not on it.

Rebel yell's picture

It's fucking hilarious to listen to the Central ISIS Agency and war-mongering neocons try to talk as if anyone actually believes them.

jfb's picture

On this site, no, but on the street, yes. One of the key aspect that helped Trump is the hostilty to refugees/illegal immigrants. But most Americans _are_ anti-Iranians and most believe that if the US bomb Iran, Iran will apologize and the Iranian population will get ride of the mullahs and put a pro-US government in office. They are morons, simply. If the media tells them to love refugees, they don't buy it and it's fake news, but if the media tells them that bombing Iran will be funny, they buy it because it's good for their ego.

Rebel yell's picture

I believe that most Americans are no longer anti-Iranian as a result of Rouhani being elected and Ahmadinejad no longer being in power. Americans have learned,( at least the majority) that the Arab spring was a nuclear winter. Nothing good came out of it. If the Central ISIS Agency wasn't involved, it could have possibly worked out.

Nobodys Home's picture

Awesome! Maybe we'll get some real dirt about ...well you know....

Good response. Better than: "We Keeel You!"

Jethro's picture

I predict;

John McCain

George Soros

Clinton Foundation

Akhenaten II's picture

So the Mullah's are going to name some names eh?  Big fricking deal.  My question is, why the wait?

If they were genuine (and they aren't) they would have named those turd sandwich makers long ago.

Ms No's picture

Is this one of the reasons why Obama cut a deal with Iran?  Did the Russians pass off a bunch of paper trail including bank account numbers, video evidence, etc?  That would mean Soros, Clinton, McStain, Obama, Gullen, the entire state dept and CIA, the house of Saud, Bibi... the list would be endless.

Rebel yell's picture

That deal with Iran is one of the very few things that Obama did correctly.

Ms No's picture

Well it helped to flood the market with oil and punish Russia further, which is failing.  I never figured out why they did what they did other than that.

Rebel yell's picture

Iran has a right to sell oil. That is not our government's business to decide. Do you just enjoy having enemies and war? Are you a safidist or a masochist? It's one or the other. Rouhani has been very accommodating unlike Ahmadinejad.

Ms No's picture

No, perhaps I wasn't being clear enough.  I still wonder what the Obama administration's motive was for cutting that previous deal with Iran.  We know from General Clark, and general circumstance, that Iran has been targeted for destruction/regime change.  Iran would obviously like to survive.  All nations and people have the right to defend themselves.  All nations have the right to sell their products to people who want to buy them.

That still doesn't explain why they did it.  Did they have some type of leverage that we don't know about?  We know that Washington had the goal to drown the market in oil to try to take down Russia since they are dependent on oil revenue.  Was that the only reason they made that deal?  We know the Iran threat is hyped up.  We are the ones who have been killing everybody and taking down nation after nation with aggression.  It still seems like there was something else going on there.  And then Obama cut them some slack in another deal. 

IndyPat's picture

Oh, you were crystal clear, from where I'm sitting anyway.
You're also on to something.

Tug on that string...

Nothing about this, surface/face value adds up or makes sense in any way.
This is gonna be good.

Rebel yell's picture

Oh. I'm sorry. I see what you mean. I'm really not sure. Maybe because I asked him to in an email that he actually replied to . Lol. Sure that's not it! Right. World peace was obviously not on the agenda.

Posa's picture

For one thing US allies were set to cut a deal with Iran w/wo the US... so the Administration could have taken a belligerent step -- just as Trump is doing--- and wind up on the outside all alone except for their bosses in Tel Aviv...

 

Obama took the obviuous step... which turned out gto be the right one..

While Drump's campaign one-liners raised hopes of defusing global tensions, he's likely tio be even more crazed and fanaticals than the bipartisan Liberal neoCon Ruling elite.

 

Aussiekiwi's picture

"In retaliation for the U.S. sanctions, Iran will impose legal restrictions on some American individuals and entities that were involved in helping and founding regional terrorist groups," the Foreign Ministry statement said

So, if I have this straight Iran is being accused of terroristy activity by the US, which it denies and is going to publish a list of  US individuals involved in terroristy activity in Iran's vicinity.

I am going to need more popcorn.

CHoward's picture

I want NAMES - NAME THEM NOW!!!!!!!

johnnycanuck's picture

A whole lot of dual citizens on that list I would bet.  Might be a good time for an extended vacation in the home Country

HowdyDoody's picture

Let 'em go, they offer to build that wall they desperately want.

ciao's picture

It was only going to be a matter of time before anti-imperial states started naming state directed western terrorists.

Crowd sourced surveillance and interdiction of terrorists could bring chaos home to its roost.

BarkingCat's picture

hey Iran, that's easy:

Omaba, Clinton,  Soros, Kerry, McCain, Lady Graham...

That's the short list

alfbell's picture

Clinton, Obama, MeCain, Graham, Soros, and all their minions.... TIME FOR THE GUILLOTINE!!

asscannon101's picture

Here it comes. Obomba is about to get outed... Ol' Ayatollah Crazy-Eyes be 'gwoin lay a muthafuckin' fatwah on his azz! Fo-shizzel on da' nizzel-land an' shiiiiit! Aloha Snackbar and mullet be braized... An' shit....

A Dollar Short's picture

Names please, just the names Ma'am.

me or you's picture

I know Susan Rice is on the list...maybe Mr Trump?

sinbad2's picture

Fake news, a total fabrication, go to the Iranian Foreign Ministry yourself(http://en.mfa.ir) the Iranians have made no claims about exposing American terrorists.

ZeroCNN.

me or you's picture

If the maniac is going to send his sons, daughters and son-in-law to fight this Israel's war then I don't care....at least my sons are not going to be sacrificed for the well-being of Israel. I don't know yours.

Atomizer's picture

This has nothing to do with missile. It's about nuclear power plant contracts. FFS, don't you remember when we sold two to North Korea? That never went well. 

North Korea's Lesson: Nukes for Sale - The New York Times

Feb 12, 2013 ... In intelligence circles, North Korea is known as “ Missiles 'R' Us,” having sold and ... But the United Statesused precisely these words before Pyongyang's sale of anuclear reactor

The two faces of Rumsfeld | World news | The Guardian

May 9, 2003 ... Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, sat on the board of a company which three years ago soldtwo light water nuclear reactors to North Korea 

Some fuck knob at GE or Arvea have their undies in a knot. The contract hasn't been signed. Stop with the missle bullshit. They already developed there own centrifugal technology to build its own nuclear plant to create electricity to stupid cunt. 

Atomizer's picture

Correction: electricity you stupid cunt. Outside of editing capabilty on phone. 

Atomizer's picture

Instead of going after a country, drag the Niger in chief out of retirement. He is the one who authorized the money transfer to Iran. Hold that fucker responsible for his actions. Remember him, the Kenyan village idiot. 

Peter41's picture

JEEZUS! Hillary's problems are starting to mount, like Bubba's technique with bimbos.