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Friday, January 01, 2016

Unexpected! Obama administration to delay sanctions against Iranian ballistic missile program

In yet another news dump at 6:00 pm on New Years Eve (see the tweet time above), the Obama administration announced that it is delaying the imposition of new sanctions on Iran because of the Mullahcracy's ballistic missile program.
On Wednesday, the [Wall Street] Journal, citing US officials, said the Obama administration was preparing to sanction nearly a dozen companies and individuals in Iran, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates for their role in developing Iran's ballistic-missile program.

The US sanctions were expected to be formally announced this week, the newspaper said.

Sources familiar with the situation confirmed to Reuters that the United States was preparing sanctions.

The Obama administration is committed to combating Iran's missile program and the sanctions being developed by the US Treasury Department remain on the table, the Journal reported on Thursday, citing US officials.

But US officials offered no definitive timeline for when the sanctions would be imposed, the newspaper said. At one point, they were scheduled to be announced on Wednesday morning in Washington, according to a notification the White House sent to Congress, the Journal reported.

Imposing such penalties would be legal under the landmark nuclear agreement forged between global powers and Iran in July, the officials said, according to the Journal.

Iranian officials have said the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, would view such penalties as violating the nuclear accord.

US officials have said the Treasury Department retains a right under the nuclear deal to blacklist Iranian entities suspected of involvement in missile development.
I don't know how anyone even knows what's in the nuclear deal, given that it was never signed.

What could go wrong?

Shabbat Shalom everyone. 

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At 4:51 PM, Blogger Ozyman said...

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At 4:51 PM, Blogger Ozyman said...

This comment is unrelated to the article, but I don't know another way to contact the site's author.

I've used this blog for many years to keep abreast of news impacting Israel. It's one of my key sites for general political and strategic information regarding the Middle East.

I spent the last week in a London Air B&B and was surprised to find the site blocked by Sky Broadband. They have marked the blog as a source of hate speech. They allow, however, many right wing American blogs whose posts and comments are far more extreme than any I have read on IsraelMatzav. Since I was not the subscriber, I could not submit a complaint to get the block removed.

If there are any UK readers out there with Sky Broadband, it would be interesting to see if Sky will remove the block. Given what they allow (including sites with seriously negative views of Islam), it's hard to see the block as anything but typical European bias against Israel. I found it mildly disturbing.

 

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