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Iran Foreign Minister: Killing of Fakhrizadeh had ‘serious indications of Israeli role’



Javad Zarif Iran Minister Foreign Affairs

Iran’s top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahavadi, was killed on Friday near Tehran, Iran’s Defense Ministry announced on state television.

State media said the killing appeared to be an assassination.

Iran foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on on Twitter that this attack had “serious indications of Israeli role” and urged the international community to “condemn this act of state terror.” 

Fakhrizadeh was the leader of Iran’s military nuclear program.

James Carafano, leading expert in national security and foreign policy challenges, told that he is unsure of the future with Iran under a Biden administration.

“The Israelis don’t know really what to expect from a Biden team. Regional developments are on their best trajectory ever with Iran hamstrung by sanctions, Arab nations normalizing with Israel and radical Islamists under pressure across the region,” said Carafano. “The smart play for the U.S. would be to continue to advance policies in that direction. There is a real question over whether Biden team would do that.”

In 2018, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, announced that the Mossad, the national intelligence agency of Israel, had obtained 100,000 files from Iran’s secret nuclear archives and showed a photograph of Fakhrizadeh.

“This is how Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, head of Project Amad … Remember that name, Fakhrizadeh,” Netanyahu said.

The files retrieved by Mossad focused on the secret Iranian nuclear program that was developed from 1999 to 2003 called Project Amad, which was led by Fakhrizadeh. When Iran entered the 2015 nuclear deal, it denied the program existed.

After taking office, Trump pulled out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, winning praise from Netanyahu but impairing relations between the U.S. and Iran.

President-elect Joe Biden has said he would attempt to restore the 2015 Iran nuclear deal–provided Iran were to return to its commitments as well.

During the campaign, Biden talked about rejoining the Iran nuclear deal.

Carafano said that Biden’s plans are “a lot more complicated that it sounds.”

“The right answer is to continue maximum pressure until Iran agrees to a better deal. Israel, can’t count on the U.S. doing that,” he said. “So they would to make sure Iranian interest and capabilities were weakened as much as possible.”

He added, “There is no question that with the prospects of a Biden presidency, the Israelis would want to do everything possible to be in the strongest position.”

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Biden’s Poor Polling and Harris’ Low Electability Rating Could Have Democrats Considering ‘Nuclear Option’

Behind-the-scenes discussion of how Democrats could arrive at a third option for the next election is underway



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With polls consistently showing a poor approval rating for President Joe Biden at below 40 percent, and a recent poll put Kamala Harris’ electability at only 28 percent, Democrats are in full panic mode.

Behind-the-scenes discussion of how Democrats could arrive at a third option for the next election is underway. Operatives are preparing for the possibility of a contested presidential primary in which other would-be nominees take on Ms. Harris, but that could be damaging for the party” reports the Telegraph.

Therefore, Democrats are allegedly whispering about a potential “nuclear option” that would call for current Vice President Harris to be nominated to the Supreme Court. The Telegraph writes that “while the scenario is highly improbable, and perhaps a reflection of a Washington rumor mill in overdrive, the fact it has come up at all shows the depths of the predicament the Biden administration currently finds itself in, amid rising inflation, a stalled domestic agenda, and foreign policy disasters.”

The theory in question would call for President Biden to nominate Harris to the Supreme Court in the event a seat opens in the next three years during his administration. Biden could then use “Section 2 of the 25thAmendment to nominate a more popular vice president”, adds the Telegraph.

Under Section 1 of the 25th Amendment, that new vice president could assume the presidency if Biden were to step down while president. They would then become the Democratic nominee in the 2024 presidential election. That same individual could also be the presumptive Democratic nominee in 2024 if Biden chooses not to run for re-election.

One piece of information that is wetting Democrats’ whistle is that current Supreme Court Justice Breyer has said he does not “want to stay on the Supreme Court until I die.”

The Telegraph notes that “the discussion over potential successors to Mr. Biden is highly unusual less than a year into an administration.”

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