US, Israel Form New Joint Task Force To Take On Iran

TEHRAN — The United States is teaming up with the Israeli re­gime to enforce economic sanc­tions against Iran in the wake of Washington’s withdrawal from the internationally backed nuclear deal with Tehran.

Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and US Trea­sury Secretary Steven Mnuchin agreed to set up a joint team for that purpose after meeting in Washington Tuesday.

This was the fourth time Mnuchin, also a Jew, was meeting with Kahlon in the past 12 months.

“The meeting with Trea­sury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is intended to deepen our strate­gic-economic ties with the US. The joint task force which we established will be crucial in tightening sanctions on Iran,” said the Israeli minister, further claiming that “The economic sanctions that the US imposed on Iran are proving themselves.”

‘Israel thankful to US’

The administration of US President Donald Trump ille­gally re-imposed sanctions on Iran earlier this month after pulling the US out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Ac­tion (JCPOA) in May despite Tehran’s compliance with the agreement, which is still sup­ported by the UK, Russia, Ger­many, China and France.

Kahlon cited “Israel’s se­curity,” asserting that “we should be thankful to the US” for reintroduction of the il­legal sanctions. With an esti­mated 200 to 400 nuclear war­heads in its arsenal, the TEl Aviv regime has refused to al­low inspections of its military nuclear facilities or sign the international nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

On February 22, 2012, Lead­er of the Islamic Revolution Aya­tollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said that Iran considers the pursuit and possession of nuclear weap­ons “a grave sin” from every logical, religious and theoreti­cal standpoint. Washington’s recent attempts to pile up economic pressure will face defeat, according to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Zarif blasts ‘warmonger’ Netanyahu for nuclear threat

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has fired back at “warmonger” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for threaten­ing Iran with “atomic an­nihilation” right from the regime’s secretive atomic weapons facility.

Speaking during a ceremony at the Dimona nuclear arms facility in the Negev desert on Wednesday, Netanyahu had claimed that the occu­pying entity faces threats from near and far.

“Those who threaten to wipe us out put them­selves in a similar danger, and in any event will not achieve their goal,” he said. “But our enemies know very well what Israel is capable of doing. They are familiar with our policy. Whoever tries to hurt us – we hurt them,” said Netanyahu.

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