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Iran Says Sanctions Won’t Effect Support for Hezbollah

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15 Nov 2018 (All day)
Iran Says Sanctions Won’t Effect Support for Hezbollah
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gave a fiery speech Wednesday denouncing US policy towards the Islamic regime in Teheran, denouncing Washington’s recent reinstatement of sanctions which are designed to persuade Iran to discontinue its support for terrorism, ballistic missiles and renegade nuclear program. He added that it was common people in Iran who would be harmed most by US sanctions. Meanwhile, a US State Department report released this week indicates that Iran continues to spend massive amounts of money supporting Hezbollah and other terrorist entities around the world.

"Iran is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. It has held that dubious distinction for many years now, and it shows no signs of relinquishing the title," U.S. Ambassador Nathan Sales, a coordinator for counterterrorism at the State Department, told reporters in Washington on Tuesday. "Sadly, it is the Iranian people who are forced to pay this price. The resources that Iran uses to fund its global terrorist ambitions are resources that come directly out of the pockets of everyday, average Iranians."

"Inside Lebanon, Hizballah's destructive actions have endangered the Lebanese people," Sales said. "Thanks to Iran's backing, Hizballah has built a fearsome arsenal. The group has stockpiled more than 100,000 rockets and missiles inside Lebanon, and we see this as a massive and destabilizing buildup. As we all know, Hizballah hides its missile factories in population centers, effectively using innocent civilians as human shields.”

"We are also deeply concerned about Tehran’s growing ties to Hamas," he said. "After a brief split early in the Syria conflict, Hamas and Iran have rebuilt their relationship. Iran is once again providing Hamas with much-needed funding."

Here is a video in which another US official, speaking recently in Israel, lays out Washington’s case against Iran



Finally, self described “human rights group” Amnesty International took a break from its obsessive condemnation of Israel this week to call attention to reports that Iran had executed dozens of political prisoners in recent days at a detention facility in Ahvaz, the capital of the southwestern oil-producing province of Khuzestan.

If confirmed, the secret executions of these men would be "not only a crime under international law but also an abhorrent violation of their right to life and a complete mockery of justice," said Philip Luther, Amnesty International's research and advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa. "In the absence of any information about the whereabouts of the detainees feared killed, the governor's blanket denial will provide little comfort to families who have been unable to see or hear from their relatives since their arrests."

Here is a video which gives some analysis of why the Iranian Government is in so much financial trouble