Iran defiant against USA and announces dropping dollar

Iranian Emad missile (Mohammad Agah)


Iran tested a ballistic missile and US President Donald Trump is not pleased:

February 2, 2017

WHITE HOUSE —U.S. President Donald Trump says Iran has been “formally put on notice” for its ballistic missile launch.

His message came during a series of tweets in which he also continued his condemnation of the agreement that the U.S. and five other world powers reached to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Trump said Iran should be “thankful” for the agreement, and that the country was “ready to collapse” before the billions of dollars were unfrozen.

The nuclear deal came in response to allegation Iran was working to develop weapons, which Iran denied, and required Iran to limit its enrichment of uranium and convert several of its nuclear facilities to other uses.

On Wednesday, it was Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn who condemned the missile launch, declaring it “just the latest in a series of incidents” in which Iran has threatened the U.S. and its regional allies over the past six months.

He said leaders in Tehran were emboldened to take such action now because the nuclear agreement is “weak and ineffective,” and because the other nations involved in the agreement failed to take action to rein in Iran’s military ambitions.

During a briefing at the White House, Flynn accused former President Barack Obama and other members of his administration of not being tough enough on Tehran.

“The Obama administration failed to respond adequately to Tehran’s malign actions — including weapons transfers, support for terrorism and other violations of international norms,” Flynn said. “The Trump administration condemns such actions by Iran that undermine security, prosperity and stability throughout and beyond the Middle East and place American lives at risk.”

Flynn added, “As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice.” He did not explain his comment further, and threaten any specific action against Tehran.

Iran, Yemen

Late Wednesday, senior White House officials said Iran’s ballistic missile launch and its support for Houthi rebels in Yemen are provocative, are destabilizing the region and are threatening multiple countries, including U.S. allies. The officials said the United States will respond “appropriately.”

Asked what kind of action the U.S. might take, the officials would only say they have a large range of options available. However, senior White House officials said the Iranian missile launch and a possible U.S. response are separate from the Iran nuclear deal, and that the White House is not accusing Iran of violating the original agreement.

February 2, 2017

A top aide to Iran’s supreme leader blamed the “inexperienced” Trump administration for apparent U.S. threats and vowed his country would continue testing ballistic missiles.

Ali Akbar Velayati, who advises Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on foreign affairs, said …

“This is not the first time that an inexperienced person has threatened Iran … Iran is the strongest power in the region and has a lot of political, economic and military power … America should be careful about making empty threats to Iran.”

He added: “Iran will continue to test its capabilities in ballistic missiles and Iran will not ask any country for permission in defending itself.”

Velayati did not identify any U.S. official specifically.

February 2, 2017


The White House is expected to impose additional sanctions on Iranian entities under existing executive orders that predate President Donald Trump, according to sources familiar with the move.

The additional designations are in response to Iran’s ballistic missile test Sunday and were first reported by Reuters.

The additional sanctions are similar to actions taken by former President Barack Obama after Iran’s previous ballistic missile tests.

Following a meeting Thursday with Harley-Davidson executives in the White House, Trump declined to rule out the prospect of military action against the Islamic Republic.

“Nothing’s off the table,” he said.

Iran is upset with the Trump Administration for blocking Iranians from visiting the USA. Iran was one of seven nations that an executive order from Donald Trump temporarily forbade access to visas (see Trump rattles international community regarding migrants, Trudeau offers Canada).

Iran’s leaders must realize that Donald Trump may be willing to make Iran some type of example of his willingness to use US military might. Yet, publicly at least, Iran remains defiant.

Iran has also taken anti-USA steps. Notice the following:

February 2, 2017

Following President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, the Iranian government announced it would stop using the U.S. dollar “as its currency of choice in its financial and foreign exchange reports,”

Iran governor Valiollah Seif’s central bank announced the decision in a television interview on January 29. The change will take effect on March 21, and it will impact all official financial and foreign exchange reports.

Iran will stop using the US dollar as its currency of choice in its financial and foreign exchange reports from the new fiscal year that begins in March, announced the governor of the Central Bank of Iran late Saturday.

“Iran’s difficulties [in dealing] with the dollar were in place from the time of the primary sanctions and this trend is continuing, but we face no limitations regarding other currencies,” Valiollah Seif also said in a televised interview as reported by CBI’s official news website.

Seif gave strong hints that the country may opt for euro in releasing its key economic reports.

Stressing that the US dollar makes up a meager portion of the country’s foreign trade, the official said it would not be logical for the US currency to be the base currency for economic reports under the current circumstances.

“In other words, we have to set a currency as the basis of financial reporting that has better stability and greater application in our foreign trade,” he said. 01/30/17

The switch away from the US dollar by Iran is not unexpected. Since it has apparently received the bulk of its frozen assets related to the nuclear deal, it likely has little actual need for US dollar transactions. Plus the Chinese and Europeans do not want countries to use the US dollar, so Iran’s position would tend to please them.

At  some time, I expect that Iran will attack the tiny nation of Israel (Isaiah 22:1-14). It may even use some of Donald Trump’s policies towards the nation of Israel as an excuse.

Iran is a threat to peace. One day the Iranian threat will be ‘neutralized.’ Its latest moves are a part of its strategy to try to be the leader of the Islamic world by verbally and otherwise trying to defy the USA.

The USA is a much stronger military power than Iran, and its leadership should strongly consider that fact (cf. Luke 14:31-32).

Iran’s confidence in itself is a mistake:

18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18)

Without repentance, Iran will overplay its hand.

Iran is committed to its military agenda. One that may not end up well for Israel, nor itself (Jeremiah 49:34-38). And the USA could also be affected.

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