The History Of New York Earthquakes: Before The Sixth Seal (Rev 6:12)

Historic Earthquakes

Near New York City, New York

1884 08 10 19:07 UTC

Magnitude 5.5

Intensity VII

This severe earthquake affected an area roughly extending along the Atlantic Coast from southern Maine to central Virginia and westward to Cleveland, Ohio. Chimneys were knocked down and walls were cracked in several States, including Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Many towns from Hartford, Connecticut, to West Chester,Pennsylvania.

Property damage was severe at Amityville and Jamaica, New York, where several chimneys were “overturned” and large cracks formed in walls. Two chimneys were thrown down and bricks were shaken from other chimneys at Stratford (Fairfield County), Conn.; water in the Housatonic River was agitated violently. At Bloomfield, N.J., and Chester, Pa., several chimneys were downed and crockery was broken. Chimneys also were damaged at Mount Vernon, N.Y., and Allentown, Easton, and Philadelphia, Pa. Three shocks occurred, the second of which was most violent. This earthquake also was reported felt in Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Several slight aftershocks were reported on August 11.

Iran is Prepared to Nuke Up (Daniel 8)


Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi says the Islamic Republic can restore the level of its uranium enrichment to pre-JCPOA era in a very short period of time.

Iran can produce 20% enriched uranium in four days, but Tehran does not want to see the nuclear deal scrapped,” Salehi said on Sunday after a joint press conference with Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano in Tehran.


Section T of Iran Nuclear Deal

Elsewhere in his remarks, Salehi referred to the controversy over the Section T of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and said “when the Section T was being composed, our expectations were taken into consideration, but unfortunately the other side gives its own alternative interpretations.”

In Section T of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) a set of restrictions on research and other activities that could result in a nuclear explosive device are spelled out.

Salehi told the reporters in Tehran that “we have already talked about the T Section and our positions have been announced explicitly. Section T is not subject to specific inspections,” Tasnim News Agency wrote in a Farsi report.

Nuclear Propulsion Project

Salehi also pointed to the nuclear propulsion project, which the AEOI has been tasked by President Hassan Rouhani to pursue.

“The responsibility of the nuclear-propulsion systems is with the AEOI. It is a long-term research project. We have submitted two reports, and are working on it. If the budget is provided, with this pace it will take 10 to 15 years, because the project is very complicated.”

Inspection of Iranian Sites

In another part of his statements, the Iranian official noted that Amano did not request to visit Iran’s nuclear sites.

“Mr Amano came to Iran at his own request in light of the importance of the JCPOA and the events that have recently happened in the United States,” he went on to say.

Salehi said Amano is interested to take some actions in this regard.

“We expressed our satisfaction with the IAEA reports and its inspections. So far the agency has reported eight times that Iran has complied with its obligations. We hope the IAEA will continue with this approach,” said Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.

Salehi told reporters that “we know there is a lot of pressure from the United States on the IAEA, but according to the rules and the oath the Director General has taken, we hope he would express his technical views independently and in an unbiased way.”

Iran Complying with All Obligations: Amano

Amano, for his part, stressed that Tehran has complied with all its obligations.

“All the parties involved in the nuclear deal must comply with their obligations,” said Amano.

Amano also added that “the JCPOA is an agreement between Iran and the P5+1 which is endorsed by the UN Security Council. We have been monitoring so far and we say that Iran has fully complied with all its commitments in the framework of the accord.”

North Korea Prepares For Nuclear War


North Korea reportedly conducting nuclear war safety drills

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North Korea reportedly conducting nuclear war safety drills

As tensions between the U.S. and North Korea continue to grow, the regime has been conducting safety measures for its people amid threats of nuclear war.

The country has “conducted rare blackout exercises and mass evacuation drills in secondary, tertiary cities and towns last week,” NK News reported Saturday. The drills were not conducted in the nation’s capital of Pyongyang.

Blackout drills require citizens to minimize lighting to conceal themselves from enemies, particularly enemy aircraft.

Reports of the exercises come as U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis recently stated that threats of a nuclear missile attack by the regime are accelerating.

“North Korea has accelerated the threat that it poses to its neighbors and the world through its illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear weapons programs,” Mattis said Saturday.

According to NK News, evacuation drills of this nature are “extremely rare,” and often are unheard of in the communist nation that approximately 25 million people call home.

“I have never heard of this type of training exercises before in North Korea, but am not surprised,” a retired South Korean army lieutenant general said. “They must realize how serious the situation is.”

Although, one defector from North Korea, who lived in Pyongyang, told the news outlet he remembers these types of drills taking place “sometimes three times a year … especially at the time of military exercises of [South Korea] and U.S. army.”

According to NK News, “daily air raid drills” were common in 1994 when the North and the U.S. were “on the brink of war.”

Mattis on Saturday accused Kim Jong Un’s regime of illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear programs, and vowed to defeat an attack by North Korea, which he said engages in “outlaw behavior.”

The defense secretary also said the U.S. will not accept the North as a nuclear power.

Indian Point Nuclear Will Be Trouble At The Sixth Seal (Rev 6:12)

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A review of unplanned shutdowns from January 2012 to the present showed this year’s events happened within a short time frame, between May 7 and July 8, in contrast with events from other years that were more spread out, according to data released by Indian Point.

If a nuclear plant has more than three unplanned shutdowns in a nine-month period, its performance indicator could be changed by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which results in additional oversight. That’s what happened with Entergy’s Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Mass., after four unplanned shutdowns in 2013.

So far, Entergy said there doesn’t appear to be a pattern to the Indian Point shutdowns.

“You do want to look at these events holistically to see if there is something in common, but you also look individually to see what the causes were,” Nappi said. “A plant shutdown in and of itself is not a safety issue.”

One of the four recent Buchanan shutdowns triggered a special inspection by the NRC and calls to close the nuclear plant by environmental groups and elected officials. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said in the past Indian Point should close, but his office did not respond to a request for comment about whether the recent shutdowns have prompted any state scrutiny.

The NRC is expected to release a quarterly report on Indian Point this month that will address the transformer failure and, by year’s end, is planning an inspection of the transformer and an analysis of transformer issues since 2007.

Besides its transformer-related inquiries, the other three shutdowns have not raised “any immediate safety concerns or crossed any thresholds that would result in additional NRC oversight,” agency spokesman Neil Sheehan wrote in an email.

The unplanned shutdowns at Indian Point and Pilgrim in Massachusetts were mostly preventable, said Paul Blanch, a former Indian Point employee with 45 years of nuclear power experience.

“For this to happen this frequently indicates a deeper problem,” he said. “I believe it’s management oversight in the maintenance of these plants.”

Nappi said the transformer that failed May 9 and caused a fire and oil spill into the Hudson was regularly monitored. Investigators determined the failure was due to faulty insulation.

“The transformer inspection and reviews were in accordance with our standards and industry expectations, yet there was no indication the transformer was going to fail,” Nappi said.

The NRC conducted a separate, but related special inspection into the May 9 incident that focused on a half-inch of water that collected in an electrical switchgear room floor. Inspectors determined a fire suppression system’s valve failed to close properly.

Inspectors noted in their report that Entergy knew about that problem since April 2011 and replaced the valve but didn’t discover the actual cause — a dysfunctional switch — until after the fire.

Indian Point’s Unit 3 was down 19 days May through July, with the transformer failure accounting for 16 days. The shutdowns didn’t cause the public any supply problems because New York’s grid can import electricity from other states and New York has an energy plan to maintain reliability, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The nuclear energy industry judges a power plant on how continuously it produces energy, which is called a capacity factor.

There were 100 nuclear plants in the United States in 2014, a record year in terms of efficiency. In January, the Nuclear Energy Institute announced the U.S. average capacity factor was 91.9 percent.


Indian Point has an above-average efficiency rate. The plant’s Unit 2 and 3 reactors were each online more than 99 percent of the time during their most recent two-year operating cycles. They are currently in the middle of other cycles.

Making South Korea A Nuclear Horn (Daniel 8)

North Korea Rouses Neighbors to Reconsider Nuclear Weapons

October 28, 2017

Two of South Korea’s 24 nuclear reactors. The country has a huge stockpile of spent fuel from which it can extract plutonium — enough for more than 4,300 bombs, according to a report.

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As North Korea races to build a weapon that for the first time could threaten American cities, its neighbors are debating whether they need their own nuclear arsenals.

The North’s rapidly advancing capabilities have scrambled military calculations across the region, and doubts are growing the United States will be able to keep the atomic genie in the bottle.

For the first time in recent memory, there is a daily argument raging in both South Korea and Japan — sometimes in public, more often in private — about the nuclear option, driven by worry that the United States might hesitate to defend the countries if doing so might provoke a missile launched from the North at Los Angeles or Washington.

In South Korea, polls show 60 percent of the population favors building nuclear weapons. And nearly 70 percent want the United States to reintroduce tactical nuclear weapons for battlefield use, which were withdrawn a quarter-century ago.

There is very little public support for nuclear arms in Japan, the only nation ever to suffer a nuclear attack, but many experts believe that could reverse quickly if North and South Korea both had arsenals.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has campaigned for a military buildup against the threat from the North, and Japan sits on a stockpile of nuclear material that could power an arsenal of 6,000 weapons. Last Sunday, he won a commanding majority in parliamentary elections, fueling his hopes of revising the nation’s pacifist Constitution.

This brutal calculus over how to respond to North Korea is taking place in a region where several nations have the material, the technology, the expertise and the money to produce nuclear weapons.

Beyond South Korea and Japan, there is already talk in Australia, Myanmar, Taiwan and Vietnam about whether it makes sense to remain nuclear-free if others arm themselves — heightening fears that North Korea could set off a chain reaction in which one nation after another feels threatened and builds the bomb.

In a recent interview, Henry A. Kissinger, one of the few nuclear strategists from the early days of the Cold War still living, said he had little doubt where things were headed.

“If they continue to have nuclear weapons,” he said of North Korea, “nuclear weapons must spread in the rest of Asia.”

“It cannot be that North Korea is the only Korean country in the world that has nuclear weapons, without the South Koreans trying to match it. Nor can it be that Japan will sit there,” he added. “So therefore we’re talking about nuclear proliferation.”


Such fears have been raised before, in Asia and elsewhere, without materializing, and the global consensus against the spread of nuclear weapons is arguably stronger than ever.

But North Korea is testing America’s nuclear umbrella — its commitment to defend its allies with nuclear weapons if necessary — in a way no nation has in decades. Similar fears of abandonment in the face of the Soviet Union’s growing arsenal helped lead Britain and France to go nuclear in the 1950s.

President Trump, who leaves Nov. 3 for a visit to Asia, has intensified these insecurities in the region. During his presidential campaign, he spoke openly of letting Japan and South Korea build nuclear arms even as he argued they should pay more to support the American military bases there.

“There is going to be a point at which we just can’t do this anymore,” he told The New York Times in March 2016. Events, he insisted, were pushing both nations toward their own nuclear arsenals anyway.

Mr. Trump has not raised that possibility in public since taking office. But he has rattled the region by engaging in bellicose rhetoric against North Korea and dismissing talks as a “waste of time.”

In Seoul and Tokyo, many have already concluded that North Korea will keep its nuclear arsenal, because the cost of stopping it will be too great — and they are weighing their options.

Capability to Build the Bomb

Long before North Korea detonated its first nuclear device, several of its neighbors secretly explored going nuclear themselves.

Japan briefly considered building a “defensive” nuclear arsenal in the 1960s despite its pacifist Constitution. South Korea twice pursued the bomb in the 1970s and 1980s, and twice backed down under American pressure. Even Taiwan ran a covert nuclear program before the United States shut it down.

Today, there is no question that both South Korea and Japan have the material and expertise to build a weapon.

All that is stopping them is political sentiment and the risk of international sanctions. Both nations signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, but it is unclear how severely other countries would punish two of the world’s largest economies for violating the agreement.

South Korea has 24 nuclear reactors and a huge stockpile of spent fuel from which it can extract plutonium — enough for more than 4,300 bombs, according to a 2015 paper by Charles D. Ferguson, president of the Federation of American Scientists.

Japan once pledged never to stockpile more nuclear fuel than it can burn off. But it has never completed the necessary recycling and has 10 tons of plutonium stored domestically and another 37 tons overseas.

“We keep reminding the Japanese of their pledge,” said Ernest J. Moniz, chief executive of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and an energy secretary in the Obama administration, noting that it would take years if not decades for Japan to consume its fissile material because almost all its nuclear plants have remained offline since the 2011 Fukushima accident.

China, in particular, has objected to Japan’s stockpile, warning that its traditional rival is so advanced technologically that it could use the material to quickly build a large arsenal.

Analysts often describe Japan as a “de facto” nuclear state, capable of building a weapon within a year or two. “Building a physical device is not that difficult anymore,” said Tatsujiro Suzuki, former deputy chairman of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission.

Japan already possesses long-range missile technology, he added, but would need some time to develop more sophisticated communications and control systems.

South Korea may be even further along, with a fleet of advanced missiles that carry conventional warheads. In 2004, the government disclosed that its scientists had dabbled in reprocessing and enriching nuclear material without first informing the International Atomic Energy Agency as required by treaty.

“If we decide to stand on our own feet and put our resources together, we can build nuclear weapons in six months,” said Suh Kune-yull, a professor of nuclear engineering at Seoul National University. “The question is whether the president has the political will.”

President Moon Jae-in of South Korea has been firm in his opposition to nuclear weapons. But his is increasingly a minority view.

In Seoul, a Rising Call for Arms

President Moon Jae-in has been firm in his opposition to nuclear weapons. He insists that building them or reintroducing American ones to South Korea would make it even more difficult to persuade North Korea to scrap its own.

Though Mr. Moon has received high approval ratings since his election in May, his view is increasingly a minority one.

Calls for nuclear armament used to be dismissed as chatter from South Korea’s nationalist fringe. Not anymore. Now people often complain that South Korea cannot depend on the United States, its protector of seven decades.

The opposition Liberty Korea party called on the United States to reintroduce tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea in August after the North tested an intercontinental ballistic missile that appeared capable of reaching the mainland United States.

“If the U.N. Security Council can’t rein in North Korea with its sanctions, we will have no option but to withdraw from the Nonproliferation Treaty,” Won Yoo-chul, a party leader, said in September.

Given the failure of sanctions, threats and negotiations to stop North Korea, South Koreans are increasingly convinced the North will never give up its nuclear weapons. But they also oppose risking a war with a military solution.

Most believe the Trump administration, despite its tough talk, will ultimately acquiesce, perhaps settling for a freeze that allows the North to keep a small arsenal. And many fear that would mean giving the North the ultimate blackmail tool — and a way to keep the United States at bay.

“The reason North Korea is developing a hydrogen bomb and intercontinental ballistic missiles is not to go to war with the United States,” said Cheong Seong-chang, an analyst at the Sejong Institute near Seoul. “It’s to stop the Americans from intervening in armed skirmishes or full-scale war on the Korean Peninsula.”

The closer the North gets to showing it can strike the United States, the more nervous South Koreans become about being abandoned. Some have asked whether Washington will risk the destruction of an American city by intervening, for example, if the North attempts to occupy a border island, as its soldiers have practiced.

For many in South Korea, the solution is a homegrown nuclear deterrent.

“If we don’t respond with our own nuclear deterrence of some kind, our people will live like nuclear hostages of North Korea,” said Cheon Seong-whun, a former presidential secretary for security strategy.

With nuclear weapons of its own, the South would gain leverage and could force North Korea back to the bargaining table, where the two sides could whittle down their arsenals through negotiations, some hawks argue.

But given the risks of going nuclear, others say Seoul should focus on persuading Washington to redeploy tactical nuclear weapons.

“The redeployment of American tactical nuclear weapons would be the surest way” to deter North Korea, Defense Minister Song Young-moo said last month, but he added that it would be difficult to get Washington to agree to that.


In Tokyo, Cautious Debate

The discussion in Japan has been more subdued than in South Korea, no surprise after 70 years of public education about the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

But Japan has periodically considered developing nuclear weapons every decade since the 1960s.

In 2002, a top aide to Junichiro Koizumi, the prime minister then, caused a furor by suggesting Japan might one day break with its policy of never building, possessing or allowing nuclear arms on its territory.

North Korea has reopened that question.

Shigeru Ishiba, a former defense minister seen as a potential challenger to Prime Minister Abe, has argued that Japan needs to debate its nuclear policy given the threat from North Korea.

Mr. Abe has stopped short of calling for a re-evaluation of the country’s position on nuclear weapons. But he has increased military spending and echoed Mr. Trump’s hawkish position against the North.

Mr. Abe’s administration has already determined that nuclear weapons would not be prohibited under the Constitution if maintained only for self-defense.

The Japanese public is largely opposed to nuclear weapons with polls indicating fewer than one in 10 support nuclear armament.

But Japan’s relations with South Korea have long been strained, and if Seoul armed itself, those numbers could shift.

Some analysts say the discussion is aimed at getting additional reassurance from Washington. “We always do that when we become a little upset about the credibility of the extended U.S. deterrence,” said Narushige Michishita, a professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo.

Tobias Harris, a Japan analyst at Teneo Intelligence, a political risk consultancy, said Japan would rethink its position on nuclear weapons if it suspects the United States would let it down.

“We’re kind of in uncharted waters as far as this goes,” he said. “It’s hard to know exactly what the threshold is that will lead the Japanese public’s switch to flip.”

Russian Horn Prepares for Nuclear War (Daniel 7)

“The exercise practiced interaction of the Strategic Missile Force, nuclear-powered submarines of the Northern and Pacific Fleets and long-range aviation of Russia’s Aerospace Force,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, according to Bloomberg.”The supreme commander-in-chief made launches of four ballistic missiles.”

The Russian Defense Ministry also confirmed the use of intercontinental ballistic missiles.

“To participate in the training, forces, and means of the ground, sea and aviation component of the Strategic Nuclear Forces of the Russian Federation were involved,” the ministry said in a statement. “From the State Plesetsk cosmodrome, the combat calculation of the Strategic Missile Forces launched the launch of the intercontinental ballistic missile Topol on the Kura test range.”

“The training assignments were accomplished in full and all the practice targets were successfully destroyed,” it added.

The drills come amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea after the North last month conducted its sixth successful test of a hydrogen bomb, and threatened to attack the U.S. with an “unimaginable strike at an unimaginable time.”

Putin has previously urged for calm over the crisis, and has claimed that sanctions against the regime will prove “useless and ineffective,” warning that both countries are “balanced on the verge of a large-scale conflict.”

“In Russia’s opinion, the calculation that it is possible to halt North Korea’s nuclear missile programs exclusively by putting pressure on Pyongyang is erroneous and futile,” Putin said. “It is essential to resolve the region’s problems through direct dialogue involving all sides without advancing any preconditions. Provocations, pressure and bellicose and offensive rhetoric is the road to nowhere.”

However, Peskov claimed that the drills “aren’t connected with any international events and take place regularly.”

Russia is known for its outward displays of military strength, and according to Bloomberg, have carried out over 2,500 military exercises so far this year.

In July, Russia and China held a series of joint naval exercises in the Baltic Sea, while last month Putin attended a series of exercises involving over 5,000 troops on the Russian border with Estonia. Russian officials have insisted the drills are purely defensive.

Russia and North Korea are two of nine countries to have an advanced nuclear weapons program. Other countries include the U.S., France, China, Pakistan, India, Israel and the United Kingdom.

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Iraqi leaders’ visits a prelude toward internal reconciliation, regional calculations

Shehab Al-Makahleh 

The visits of Iraqi officials to some Arab capitals in the past few months until recently with Iraqi Shiite cleric leader, Moqtada al-Sadr who paid a visit to Jordan on October 22, 2017 represent that Iraq is heading toward internal reconciliation before moving to playing a bigger regional role.

On his visit to Amman, Al-Sadr touched upon several issues of concern to Iraq and to the Middle East region including Iraqi reconciliation and the future of Iraq after the demise of terrorism in the country with a united Iraq. His visit to Jordan which came upon official invitation of King Abdullah II, has coincided with the arrival of Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi who held talks with the Jordanian monarch on Sunday in Amman before Abadi’s departure to have talks with Saudi Arabian officials as well with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who urged Iraqi and Saudi leaders to unite to confront Iran’s growing threat in Iraq and the region.

The visit of Tillerson and his meeting with Iraqi officials show that there is an American green light to Jordan and Saudi Arabia to play a role not to end the Iranian role but for somehow freeze Iranian influence in Iraq which has been escalating since 2003.

Al-Sadr has a moderate stance towards establishing balanced relations with the Arab countries in particular, amid growing Iranian influence. He has already called for disbanding Iran-supported Shiite troops in Iraq. The Shiite leader had earlier made two visits to Jeddah and Abu Dhabi in August 2017 followed later in October by a visit to Lebanon where he discussed the role of a new Iraq in the Arab region.

Al-Sadr leads the “Sadrist Movement”, which holds 34 seats in the Iraqi parliament, and heads an armed faction called “Saraya al-Salam”, a branch of the “Popular Mobilization Units” or the so-called “Al-Hashd al-Sha’abi”, which is fighting alongside the Iraqi forces against Daesh.

Such visits of Iraqi officials to Arab countries would help bridge the gap between Iraq and Arab brethren who will help Iraqis regain their leading position in the region after being isolated due to the terrorist activities for many years that have badly affected the country’s stability and security and aggravated its social fabric

Shehab Al-Makahleh
Al-Sadr’s visit is regarded as a shift in relations between the new Iraq and its direct Arab neighbors, especially with some important news coming from Amman revealing that the talks with both Abadi and Al-Sadr focused on the reconciliation process as most of the Sunni Iraqi leaders reside in Amman.

Jordanian sources disclosed that the Jordanian capital is preparing to host meetings for Iraqis months before war on Daesh in Mosul which started October 2016 and that such meetings are expected to be announced soon where Iraqis of all political spectrums will be represented.

Jordanian observers believe that such important visits of Iraqi officials, especially after the opening of the crossing border between Jordan and Iraq, show an Iraqi attempt to find a balance in relations with neighboring countries, to reduce sectarian tensions in Iraq, and to strengthen Iraqi leading position as before 1991 era when Iraq was a military and political leader for the Arab region.

For Jordan, a stable Iraq is very important for many reasons. The first is to stop attrition of Jordanian forces which were involved to counter Daesh nearby the Jordanian-Iraqi borders for many years. The second is that Amman needs to expand its economic and trade cooperation in a way that serves the common interests of both countries and peoples. The third is to regain Iraq to Arab umbrella where Baghdad with unified Iraq would boost Arab strategic defense policies and state of deterrence against Iran or any other enemy.

This has been reiterated by King Abdullah II who stressed on the importance of giving priority to the language of dialogue to preserve the unity and territorial integrity of Iraq in line with the Iraqi constitution, pointing out that the region cannot tolerate any new conflict, where the only beneficiary would be terrorist factions who thrive on further bloodshed. However, the sole concern in Jordan is regaining full security and stability to Iraq in order to boost bilateral relations further. It has been noticed in Amman that Jordan has been calling on Iraqi leaders to sit and talk to achieve national unity and reconciliation to build a stable, unified and strong Iraq that meets the Iraqi people’s aspirations for a better future.

Such visits of Iraqi officials to Arab countries would help bridge the gap between Iraq and Arab brethren who will help Iraqis regain their leading position in the region after being isolated due to the terrorist activities for many years that have badly affected the country’s stability and security and aggravated its social fabric. Such visits would indicate that Iraq is heading to direct Arab neighbors as a safe haven away from any sectarian influence in order to keep the country stable and unified for the Iraqi generations to come as more than 75 per cent of Iraqi population is under the age of 35.

Shehab Al-Makahleh is Director of Geostrategic Media Center, senior media and political analyst in the Middle East, adviser to many international consultancies. He can be reached at: @shehabmakahleh and @Geostrat_ME.

Last Update: Friday, 27 October 2017 KSA 07:20 – GMT 04:20

Iran Continues to Build Nuclear Missiles (Daniel 8:4)

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran will continue to produce missiles for its defense and does not consider that a violation of international accords, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday in a speech broadcast on state television.

Rouhani spoke days after the U.S. House of Representatives voted for new sanctions against Iran’s ballistic missile program, part of an effort to clamp down on Tehran without immediately moving to undermine an international nuclear agreement.

He also meet the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog in Tehran, who again vouched for Iran’s compliance with the 2015 accord that curbed its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief, which has drawn fire from U.S. President Donald Trump.

“We have built, are building and will continue to build missiles, and this violates no international agreements,” Rouhani said in a speech in parliament.

The United States has already imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran, saying its missile tests violate a U.N. resolution, that calls on Tehran not to undertake activities related to missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

Iran denies seeking nuclear weapons and says it has no plans to build nuclear-capable missiles.

“You are disregarding past negotiations and agreements approved by the U.N. Security council and expect others to negotiate with you?” Rouhani said.

“Because of the behavior it has adopted, America should forget any future talks and agreement with other countries,” Rouhani added, referring to unnamed countries in East Asia, an apparent reference to North Korea.


Yukiya Amano, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), met Rouhani, President of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi, and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran, an IAEA statement said.

“Director General Amano reiterated that the nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran are being implemented, and that the JCPOA represents a clear gain from a verification point of view,” it said, using an abbreviation for the 2015 accord.

“For the future, he stressed the importance of full implementation by Iran of its nuclear-related commitments in order to make the JCPOA sustainable.”

Trump’s decision not to certify Iranian compliance with the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers means Congress now has less than 60 days to decide whether to re-impose sanctions on Tehran that were lifted under the agreement that Amano’s agency is in charge of policing.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said Tehran will stick to the agreement as long as the other signatories do, but will “shred” the deal if Washington pulls out, as Trump has threatened to do.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has pressed the IAEA to seek access to Iranian military bases to ensure that they are not concealing activities banned by the nuclear deal.

Asked whether Amano had made any requests for new inspections, Salehi said after meeting Amano: “He has no request in this area,” Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported.

Salehi said Iran could resume production of 20 percent enriched uranium in four days, but did not want the Iran deal to fall apart.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday that he could not imagine the United States ever accepting a nuclear North Korea, and stressed during a week-long trip to Asia that diplomacy was America’s preferred course.

Reporting by Dubai newsroom, additional reporting by Michael Shields in Zurich,; Editing by Nick Macfie, Larry King

The Sixth Seal: More Than Just Manhattan (Revelation 6:12)

New York, NY – In a Quake, Brooklyn Would Shake More Than Manhattan

By Brooklyn Eagle


And Brooklyn, resting on sediment, would shake more than Manhattan, built on solid rock. “There would be more shaking and more damage,” Dr. Kim told the Brooklyn Eagle on Wednesday.


If an earthquake of a similar magnitude were to happen today near Brooklyn, “Many chimneys would topple. Poorly maintained buildings would fall down – some buildings are falling down now even without any shaking. People would not be hit by collapsing buildings, but they would be hit by falling debris. We need to get some of these buildings fixed,” he said.


But a 5.2 is “not comparable to Haiti,” he said. “That was huge.” Haiti’s devastating earthquake measured 7.0.


Brooklyn has a different environment than Haiti, and that makes all the difference, he said. Haiti is situated near tectonic plate.


“The Caribbean plate is moving to the east, while the North American plate is moving towards the west. They move about 20 mm – slightly less than an inch – every year.” The plates are sliding past each other, and the movement is not smooth, leading to jolts, he said.


While we don’t have the opportunity for a large jolt in Brooklyn, we do have small, frequent quakes of a magnitude of 2 or 3 on the Richter Scale. In 2001 alone the city experienced two quakes: one in January, measuring 2.4, and one in October, measuring 2.6. The October quake, occurring soon after Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, “caused a lot of panic,” Dr. Kim said.


“People ask me, ‘Should I get earthquake insurance?’ I tell them no, earthquake insurance is expensive. Instead, use that money to fix chimneys and other things. Rather than panicky preparations, use common sense to make things better.”


Secure bookcases to the wall and make sure hanging furniture does not fall down, Dr. Kim said. “If you have antique porcelains or dishes, make sure they’re safely stored. In California, everything is anchored to the ground.”


While a small earthquake in Brooklyn may cause panic, “In California, a quake of magnitude 2 is called a micro-quake,” he added.


Iranian Hegemony in Iraq (Daniel 8:4)

Khamenei asks Iraqi PM not to dissolve Iranian-backed Shia militia

Mewan Dolamari

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Tehran. (Photo: IRNA)
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – During Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s visit to Tehran, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei asked him not to dissolve the Iranian-backed Shia Hashd al-Shaabi militias, a source said on Saturday.

Two days ago, Abadi visited Tehran following his tour in neighboring countries as tensions between Erbil and Baghdad escalated.

“The Hashd al-Shaabi must not be dissolved,” al-Jarida, a Kuwaiti newspaper, quoted an informed source on what Khamenei told Abadi.

The report comes days after the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on the Iranian militia groups to leave Iraq. In response, Abadi had pledged to disarm any Iraqi groups and factions that refused to obey the Iraqi government’s orders.

“The presence of the Hashd al-Shaabi is necessary until the end of all security problems in Iraq,” Khamenei told Abadi, according to the source.

“The Hashd al-Shaabi must be like [Iran’s] Basij [Organization for Mobilization of the Oppressed] to the government, and the reward for all their efforts should not be [a] dissolution,” Khamenei added.

Sazman-e Basij-e Mostaz’afin was established in 1980 by order of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini with the purpose of recruiting 20 million fighters for the organization.

The source stated that Abadi frankly told Khamenei of Washington’s determination to dissolve the Hashd al-Shaabi, also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), and integrate them into the Iraqi armed forces so no troops would remain under the command of Tehran inside Iraq.

According to the source, Abadi told the Iranian Supreme Leader that Tillerson had assured him US President Donald Trump’s administration would continue to support the Federal Government of Iraq regarding issues with the Kurdistan Region.

The Iraqi PM also said the US would back the return of the Iraqi army’s control on all the territory in the country under the condition the PMF stopped their advance in the current areas which include disputed regions, the source added.

The Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) recently accused Iran and the Shia PMF militias of attacking Peshmerga forces from four axes in the Zummar areas, northwest Mosul.

“Unity is the most important tool against the terrorists and their agents. Do not trust America; it will hurt you in the future,” Khamenei warned after Abadi’s recent visit to Riyadh where he signed a joint Washington-sponsored agreement of Coordination Council with Saudi Arabia.

Sources confirmed to the Kuwaiti newspaper that Abadi met the Iranian Commander of the Quds Force, General Qassem Soleimani, before leaving Tehran.

The two allegedly decided to coordinate so the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) would hand over the control of border crossings to the Iraqi government.

Editing by Karzan Sulaivany