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Iran Khorramshahr_2 IRBM Missile with new warhead test ایران موشک بالستیک دوربرد خرمشهر۲
Is not this the same missile? reduce the warhead size and increase the fuel for more range and visa versa.
 

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Iran Khorramshahr_2 IRBM Missile with new warhead test ایران موشک بالستیک دوربرد خرمشهر۲
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Iran IRGC_AS UCAVs exercise combat missions in carried out from more than 1,000 km away, dubbed Ela Beit ul-Muqaddas-1

Shahed_129, Iranain RQ_170, UCAV

IRGC Holds Massive Drone Exercise over Persian Gulf
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Iran hits back at U.S. for blacklist, threatens nuclear development
By Nicholas Sakelaris
APRIL 9, 2019

April 9 (UPI) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani fired back at the United States Tuesday, saying its decision to give Tehran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a "terrorist" designation was a "mistake."

The Trump administration on Monday declared the IRGC a terrorist organization, the first time any foreign military branch has received such a blacklist. Tehran responded Tuesday by naming United States Central Command, or CENTCOM, a terrorist organization and the U.S. government as a sponsor of terror.

Rouhani accused the U.S. administration of using terrorism as a tool in the Mideast region as the IRGC actively fights militants.

"This mistake will unite Iranians and the IRGC will grow more popular in Iran and the region," the Iranian leader said. "Who are you to label revolutionary institutions as terrorists? You want to use terrorist groups as tools against the nations of the region. You are the leader of world terrorism."

Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also renounced the U.S. move.

"[The IRGC] is on the front line of confronting enemies of our revolution and has always defended the country," he said in a speech to members of the guard. "America has failed to block our advancements."

The leaders made their remarks on Iran's Nuclear Day Tuesday, and Rouhani said the United States is taking a great risk with its decision to call the IRGC "terrorist."

"If you pressure us, we will mass produce [nuclear] advanced centrifuges," he said.

Rouhani touted Iranian achievements in nuclear technology and the installation of advanced centrifuges at a uranium enrichment facility in Natanz and Fordo. Iranian lawmakers chanted, "death to America" on Tuesday as they held an open session of parliament.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo contended the IRGC works to destabilize the Middle East by supporting militant organizations that are already on the U.S. blacklist, like Hamas and the Islamic State. He said the IRGC "masquerades" as a legitimate military branch as it carries out terror campaigns worldwide.

Not everyone in the Trump administration supports the move -- some national security officials said it could incite violence against U.S. troops in the Middle East. Tehran made similar threats Monday. State Department officials, however, downplayed the potential risks and Trump said the designation expands the scale of pressure on the Iranian regime.

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2019/04/09/Iran-hits-back-at-US-for-blacklist-threatens-nuclear-development/3281554807751/



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Iran hits back at U.S. for blacklist, threatens nuclear development
By Nicholas Sakelaris
APRIL 9, 2019

April 9 (UPI) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani fired back at the United States Tuesday, saying its decision to give Tehran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a "terrorist" designation was a "mistake."

The Trump administration on Monday declared the IRGC a terrorist organization, the first time any foreign military branch has received such a blacklist. Tehran responded Tuesday by naming United States Central Command, or CENTCOM, a terrorist organization and the U.S. government as a sponsor of terror.

Rouhani accused the U.S. administration of using terrorism as a tool in the Mideast region as the IRGC actively fights militants.

"This mistake will unite Iranians and the IRGC will grow more popular in Iran and the region," the Iranian leader said. "Who are you to label revolutionary institutions as terrorists? You want to use terrorist groups as tools against the nations of the region. You are the leader of world terrorism."

Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also renounced the U.S. move.

"[The IRGC] is on the front line of confronting enemies of our revolution and has always defended the country," he said in a speech to members of the guard. "America has failed to block our advancements."

The leaders made their remarks on Iran's Nuclear Day Tuesday, and Rouhani said the United States is taking a great risk with its decision to call the IRGC "terrorist."

"If you pressure us, we will mass produce [nuclear] advanced centrifuges," he said.

Rouhani touted Iranian achievements in nuclear technology and the installation of advanced centrifuges at a uranium enrichment facility in Natanz and Fordo. Iranian lawmakers chanted, "death to America" on Tuesday as they held an open session of parliament.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo contended the IRGC works to destabilize the Middle East by supporting militant organizations that are already on the U.S. blacklist, like Hamas and the Islamic State. He said the IRGC "masquerades" as a legitimate military branch as it carries out terror campaigns worldwide.

Not everyone in the Trump administration supports the move -- some national security officials said it could incite violence against U.S. troops in the Middle East. Tehran made similar threats Monday. State Department officials, however, downplayed the potential risks and Trump said the designation expands the scale of pressure on the Iranian regime.

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2019/04/09/Iran-hits-back-at-US-for-blacklist-threatens-nuclear-development/3281554807751/



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"If you pressure us, we will mass produce [nuclear] advanced centrifuges," he said.

If you pressure us, we will explode. We will increase our suicide bombers in the region and beyond. Thats what he meant.
 

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Iran Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei Appoints Major General Salami as New IRGC Chief

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei appointed General Hossein Salami, a senior commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), as the new commander of the military elite force, promoting him to the rank of major general.
Leader Appoints General Salami as New IRGC Chief - Defense news - Tasnim News Agency

 

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Iran Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei Appoints Major General Salami as New IRGC Chief

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei appointed General Hossein Salami, a senior commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), as the new commander of the military elite force, promoting him to the rank of major general.
Leader Appoints General Salami as New IRGC Chief - Defense news - Tasnim News Agency

How is the average Iranian think of the IRGC now after the US classified it a terrorist organization?
 

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APRIL 22, 2019
White House moves to cut off Iranian oil exports
By Clyde Hughes


An Iranian man pumps gasoline into his car at a station in Tehran, Iran. File Photo by Maryam Rahmanian/UPI | License Photo


April 22 (UPI) -- The White House said Monday existing sanctions won't allow other nations to buy oil from Iran, in an effort to kill a critically important revenue stream for Tehran -- a move that could remove one million barrels of oil from the market, each day.

The U.S. administration last fall granted 180-day waivers to some countries -- including Greece, Italy and Taiwan -- allowing them to buy Iranian oil under sanctions as long as they took steps to stop. Monday, the White House said the waivers would not be extended.

"This decision is intended to bring Iran's oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue," the White House said. "The United States, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, three of the world's great energy producers, along with our friends and allies, are committed to ensuring that global oil markets remain adequately supplied."

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang criticized the move Monday and said China's imports from Iran have been conducted legally.

"China has always opposed the U.S. imposition of so-called 'unilateral sanctions' and 'long-arm jurisdiction,'" Geng said. He said its oil imports were "reasonable and legitimate, which thus deserves respect."

The U.S. decision is part of the administration's "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran. The decision follows another move against Tehran last week in which the United States designated Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, which came with economic sanctions.

The Trump administration has taken a tough stance against Iran, due to what it says have been destabilizing and terror-sponsoring moves by Tehran. President Donald Trump last year moved to withdraw the United States from the 2015 nuclear deal that traded lifting sanctions for promises by Tehran not to develop nuclear weapons.

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How is the average Iranian think of the IRGC now after the US classified it a terrorist organization?
they probably think that if centcom, the EXACT same people responsible for the war crimes, injustice and genocide against innocent civilians in the middle east, call someone else a ''terrorist'', that that someone must be doing something right !
 

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they probably think that if centcom, the EXACT same people responsible for the war crimes, injustice and genocide against innocent civilians in the middle east, call someone else a ''terrorist'', that that someone must be doing something right !
The issue is that the US has its own weight so its actually matters what the US says. No body is going to point a finger at the US at the same time they will take whatever the US says seriously. Classifying the IRGC a terror entity is a big thing and there is no track back here. Countries around the world will be careful not to deal with IRGC otherwise they will have to face consequences. IRGC supporters inside or outside Iran will be chased. That is the big difference.

I will have to delete the graphic images you posted as that is against the forum rules. I have seen them before and I am sure everybody else have.
 

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The issue is that the US has its own weight so its actually matters what the US says. No body is going to point a finger at the US at the same time they will take whatever the US says seriously. Classifying the IRGC a terror entity is a big thing and there is no track back here. Countries around the world will be careful not to deal with IRGC otherwise they will have to face consequences. IRGC supporters inside or outside Iran will be chased. That is the big difference.

I will have to delete the graphic images you posted as that is against the forum rules. I have seen them before and I am sure everybody else have.
The Iranians would have us believe that no one takes the US seriously, yet their very own IRGC Generals are defecting en-mass. In the last few days, at least 4 IRGC Generals have defected to the west.

This is one such incident:
 

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The Iranians would have us believe that no one takes the US seriously, yet their very own IRGC Generals are defecting en-mass. In the last few days, at least 4 IRGC Generals have defected to the west.

This is one such incident:
I have heard one IRGC general fled Iran couple days ago and currently hiding in a foreign embassy somewhere waiting to be transported out of the region.
 

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I have heard one IRGC general fled Iran couple days ago and currently hiding in a foreign embassy somewhere waiting to be transported out of the region.
I can personally confirm 4
 

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IMF: Iran Inflation Could Reach 40 Percent Amid Sanctions
April 29, 2019

Iran's economy is expected to shrink by six percent this year and inflation could reach 40 percent, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts, as the country copes with the impact of tighter U.S. sanctions.

Washington reimposed sanctions on Iran's oil exports in November following the U.S. withdrawal from a 2015 nuclear accord.

On April 21, the White House said it had decided not to renew exemptions from U.S. sanctions to buyers of Iranian oil in an effort to cut Iran's vital oil exports to zero.

Jihad Azour, IMF Middle East and Central Asia director, said on April 29 that the projection preceded the latest elimination of waivers -- meaning the situation could get even worse.

"Clearly the re-imposition of sanctions and the removal of the waivers will have additional negative impact on the Iranian economy both in terms of growth and in terms of inflation, where inflation could reach 40 percent or even more this year," Azour said.

Azour was quoted by the AFP news agency as saying that sanctions have already pushed inflation in Iran to around 50 percent.

Earlier this month, a U.S. official said that U.S. sanctions have denied Tehran more than $10 billion in oil revenue.

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Iranian expert: four major factors can help Iran export oil
May 1, 2019



There are four major factors which will make the US sanctions imposed on Iranian oil products more difficult to execute than the sanctions imposed on crude oil, Iranian oil industry expert Hossein Asadi told Mehr News Agency, Trend reports.

According to Asadi, these are the diversity of oil markets, small volumes of cargo, low likelihood of the cargoes being tracked, and a variety of customers. These factors can help make Iran’s exports of oil products much easier than its exports of crude oil.

The main problem with the crude oil export lies in the cargo volumes, as Iran can export up to 2 million barrels a day, the expert comments. “The large volumes of oil shipments allow the US to find and track them thus blocking Iran’s ways of transporting crude oil,” he noted.

The expert said that there are a total of 42 refineries around the world located in India, China, South Korea and other countries that accept Iranian crude oil for processing. The main bulk of the oil produced by Iran is exported from a specific location, namely the Kharg Island located in the Persian Gulf, and the only party putting oil up for sale at the global market is the International Affairs Office of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC).

“The fact that there is only one party putting oil up for sale, only one specific geographical location where the oil is sold, and – more importantly – that the number of customers is known makes it much easier to enforce the sanctions on the sale of Iranian oil. The US keeps a close watch on the oil refineries and imposes sanctions on them when they purchase Iranian crude oil,” he continued.

However, it is possible to increase the number of customers by developing the oil refining industry and processing crude oil into various chemicals including fuel, oils, bitumen and polymers, says the expert. In his words, by processing crude oil and converting it into diverse oil products, Iran can export them to various destinations in small volumes.

The expert went on to say that, provided that the oil industry develops, oil products could be exported by local companies and the export of oil products would no longer be the monopoly of NIOC. As a result, imposing sanctions on the companies will become more difficult.

“At present, Iranian crude oil is transported to specific destinations in large tankers. Therefore, it is not so difficult to track them via GPS and satellite technology,” he said. “It may be possible to arrange the transportation of oil products via heavy duty trucks and pipelines, and then to export them in various small vessels.” This, he believes, can make it harder for the US to track Iran’s oil exports.

“The East Asian countries purchasing Iranian crude oil include India, China and South Korea. The rest are located in Southern Europe and Africa, geographically far from Iran,” he said. In the meantime, by processing crude oil into various oil products, it can become easier to arrange the export to neighboring and closely located countries.

The US imposed sanctions on Iran in November 2018. The US exempted eight countries from oil sanctions imposed on Iran for six months. These countries continue to buy oil from Iran. The US announced that it will not extend the exemption period, which ends May 2, 2019.

 

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