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Peskiv? Btw, Peskiv is Ukrainian variant of surname Peskov - surname of Putin's press secretary.
Yep spell checker aka spear chucker. My bad
So you are paid by Reuters and you are Ukrainian?
:) yeah, like that works ....
No, you made mistake typical for native English speaker.
Not really. More a hit ‘send’ rather than review and send.
So @scalieback is a name of an international collective paid by Reuters.
We’ve had this discussion many times and you often say I’m paid by either the U.K. govt or Reuters. As you know, if I was a U.K. employee on here to act in such a capacity I wouldn’t be able to call people ‘site toilets’ which I do on occasion.

As for Reuters, they are my preferred news agency for a number of reasons, not least because you got upset by them after they quoted Bellingcat on MH17.
 
Iran's Rouhani warns Trump about 'mother of all wars'
Must be something about the rhetoric in the region. In Iraq it was ‘the mother of all battles’. In Iran it will be ‘the mother of all wars’ if it actually happens. Trump shouldn’t also ‘play with the lions tail’. Apparently peace will be ‘the mother of all peace’:
Addressing a gathering of Iranian diplomats, Rouhani said: “Mr Trump, don’t play with the lion’s tail, this would only lead to regret,” the state new agency IRNA reported.

“America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars,” Rouhani said, leaving open the possibility of peace between the two countries which have been at odds since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

“You are not in a position to incite the Iranian nation against Iran’s security and interests,” Rouhani said, in an apparent reference to reported efforts by Washington to destabilize Iran’s Islamic government.
A not so ‘veiled threat’ on the straights of Hormuz:
“Anyone who understands the rudiments of politics doesn’t say ‘we will stop Iran’s oil exports’...we have been the guarantor of the regional waterway’s security throughout history,” Rouhani said, cited by the semi-official ISNA news agency.
They also say the US govt is trying to persuade the military to invade Iran:
“The enemy’s behavior is unpredictable,” military chief of staff General Mohammad Baqeri said, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.

“Although the current American government does not seem to speak of a military threat, according to precise information it has been trying to persuade the U.S. military to launch a military invasion (of Iran),” Baqeri said.
 
U.S. launches campaign to erode support for Iran's leaders
Alleged info ops campaign being conducted by the Trump administration against Iran and the Iranian leadership:
A review of the State Department’s Farsi-language Twitter account and its ShareAmerica website - which describes itself as a platform to spark debate on democracy and other issues - shows a number of posts critical of Tehran over the last month.

Iran is the subject of four of the top five items on the website’s “Countering Violent Extremism” section. They include headlines such as “This Iranian airline helps spread violence and terror.”

In social media posts and speeches, Pompeo himself also appeals directly to Iranians, the Iranian diaspora and a global audience.
Pompeo’s direct appeal:
On June 21, Pompeo tweeted out graphics headlined: “Protests in Iran are growing,” “Iranian people deserve respect for their human rights,” and “Iran’s revolutionary guard gets rich while Iranian families struggle.” The tweets were translated into Farsi and posted on the ShareAmerica website.
He’s due to give a speech yesterday (Sunday) in the US to say that they’re pushing Iran to make hard choices. It’s not about regime change but to change their behaviours:
On Sunday, Pompeo will give a speech titled “Supporting Iranian Voices” in California and meet Iranian Americans, many of whom fled the Islamic Revolution that toppled Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

“Let me be clear, we are not seeking regime change. We are seeking changes in the Iranian government’s behavior,” a State Department official said in response to questions from Reuters.

“We know we are driving Iran to make some hard choices. Either they can change their ways or find it increasingly difficult to engage in their malign activities,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. “And we believe we are offering a very positive vision for what we could achieve and what the Iranian people could have.”
Incomplete and distorted information is also apparently part of the campaign:
Some of the information the administration has disseminated is incomplete or distorted, the current and former officials said.

In a May 21 speech in Washington, Pompeo said Iranian leaders refused to spend on their people funds freed by the nuclear weapons deal, using it instead for proxy wars and corruption.
Also pushing on the Iraqi militias sponsored by Iran and exaggerating a closeness between Iran, the Taliban and AQ by calling them ‘co-conspirators’:
“We understand, however, that some of the undisciplined PMF are especially close to Iran, responsive to Iran’s directives, and have a history of criminal activity and terrorism,” the official said. “Those groups are as problematic for the Iraqi state as they are for us.”

Experts said the administration also is exaggerating the closeness of the relationship between Iran and Afghanistan’s Taliban militants and al Qaeda by calling them co-conspirators.
Two possible aimed for outcomes, one leading to Iran curtailing their nuclear programme and regional ambitions. The other being an implosion of the Iranian administration:
Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think tank, said the strategy to economically strangle Iran and stoke public discontent with the leadership aimed to produce one of two outcomes.

“Outcome one is capitulation, forcing Iran to further curtail not only its nuclear program but also its regional ambitions,” Sadjadpour said. “Outcome two is the implosion of the Islamic Republic.”
 
Pompeo assails Iran's leaders, compares them to 'mafia'
Pompeo’s speech as mentioned above. Other than that already reported, he likens Iran’s govt to the mafia, says Rouhani etc. are just front men for the Ayatollh and that they embezzle their country’s money for themselves:
....dismissed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who negotiated a nuclear deal with the United States and five other countries, as “merely polished front men for the ayatollahs’ international con artistry.”
They resemble the mafia:
Iran “is run by something that resembles the mafia more than a government,” Pompeo said, citing what he called Iranian leaders’ vast wealth and corruption.
Countries importing Iranian oil close to zero by 04.11.2018:
The United States will work with countries that import Iranian oil “to get imports as close to zero as possible” by Nov. 4, Pompeo said.
Says Iranian leadership has benefitted by embezzlement and other ‘ill gotten gains’:
Pompeo said senior Iranian leaders had benefited from embezzlement, sweetheart deals and other ill-gotten gains.

Iran’s ayatollahs, he said, were “hypocritical holy men” who “seem more concerned with riches than religion.”
E2A: Iran says Pompeo's remarks interference in state matters: Tasnim
Iran’s response:
“Pompeo’s speech on Sunday was a clear interference in Iran’s state matters...such policies will unite Iranians who will overcome plots against their country,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said.
 
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There is continuing fall-out from the US reneging on the treaty with Iran. 'The United States is not trustworthy': Iran rejects meeting with Trump | CBC News

On Monday Trump said he was willing to meet with Rouhani.
On Monday, he declared during a news conference at the White House that he would be willing to meet Rouhani "any time" without preconditions to discuss how to improve relations.

"I ended the Iran deal. It was a ridiculous deal," said Trump. "I do believe that they will probably end up wanting to meet and I'm ready to meet any time that they want to."
On Tuesday Iran replied that they saw no point in meeting with Trump as the US does not keep to their word.
"Based on our bad experiences in negotiations with America and based on U.S. officials' violation of their commitments, it is natural that we see no value in his proposal," Kamal Kharrazi was quoted as saying by the semi-official Fars news agency.
They also said they would have had no problems negotiating with the US if the US had not pulled out of the treaty.
"If Trump had not withdrawn from the nuclear deal and not imposed [new] sanctions on Iran, there would be no problem with negotiations with America," he told state news agency IRNA.
Iran also said the US is not trustworthy.
"The United States is not trustworthy. How can we trust this country when it withdraws unilaterally from the nuclear deal?" Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli was quoted as saying by the semi-official Fars news agency.
They will not negotiate with the US unless the US returns to the treaty.
"Respecting the Iranian nation's rights, reducing hostilities and returning to the nuclear deal are steps that can be taken to pave the bumpy road of talks between Iran and America," Hamid Aboutalebi tweeted on Tuesday.
Iran made vague statements regarding not wanting to create trouble in global waterways, but will not give up the right to export oil.
Rouhani said during a meeting with Britain's ambassador on Tuesday that after what he called the "illegal" U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal, "the ball is in Europe's court now."

He added, "The Islamic Republic has never sought tension in the region and does not want any trouble in global waterways, but it will not easily give up on its rights to export oil."

Rouhani on Tuesday again suggested Iran could cause major disruptions in the Gulf region by attempting to block key shipping lanes, saying "Iran has never sought tensions in the region and does not want there to be any problem for the world's waterways, but it will never let go of its right to export oil," the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.
From the context the might possibly refer to taking retaliatory measures against other oil exporters in the Persian Gulf if the US uses force to try to prevent the export of oil from Iran to markets such as India or China.

Alternatively it might be intended to create some jitters in oil markets to boost prices and thus focus global attention on the threat that the loss of Iranian oil exports would pose to oil prices and thus the global economy, already under threat from US protectionist policies.

So far though the major effect of US policy has been to push the moderates in Iran together with the hardliners who were opposed to the deal in the first place.
Trump's move to force Iran into fresh negotiations has for now reunited Iranian hardliners who opposed the nuclear deal and moderates like Rouhani who championed it to end the Islamic Republic's economically crippling standoff with Western powers.

Ali Motahari, the deputy speaker of Iran's parliament who is seen as part of Iran's moderate camp, said that to negotiate with Trump now "would be a humiliation."
 
The head of Iran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Monday that there will neither be a war with the US nor will Iran negotiate with the US.
Iran's supreme leader says no war or talks with U.S. | CBC News
In remarks carried by state television, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said "along with sanctions, Americans have recently raised two more options, war and talks… War will not happen and we will not enter talks."
He further said that the US is seeking to harm Iran and that Iran will not negotiate with a bully.
"Negotiations with the U.S. would definitely harm us and they are forbidden," Khamenei said, adding that the Americans had proven they could not be trusted. "Negotiation with the bullying and very eager government of the U.S. means giving it an instrument through which it can add to its hostility," he said.
He also said that Iran will resist the economic sanctions, but blamed many of Iran's economic problems on government mismanagement.
"More than the sanctions, economic mismanagement [by the government] is putting pressure on ordinary Iranians… I do not call it betrayal but a huge mistake in management," state TV quoted Khamenei as saying.

"With better management and more efficient planning we can resist the sanctions and overcome them," Khamenei said, in an apparent effort to deflect public anger over the deteriorating economy toward Rouhani's government.
A number of people have been arrested on serious charges, including a number of officials. From the story context it is possible this is related to currency or gold smuggling.
Iranian officials have blamed "enemies" for the fall of the currency and a rapid rise in the price of gold coins, and more than 60 people, including several officials, have been arrested on charges that carry the death penalty.

"The corrupt people [officials] should be punished firmly," Khamenei said on Monday.
In unrelated news, Iran apparently has started building a production line for a new short range missile with evades radar. It is known as the Fateh-e Mobin (Bright Conqueror). There were no other confirmed details about the missile.
Also on Monday, Iran said it launched a production line for a radar-evading, short-range missile. Defence Minister Gen. Amir Hatami told state TV the surface-to-surface missile, dubbed Fateh-e Mobin, or Bright Conqueror, was effective in all weather conditions.
 

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