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US Denies Visa to Iranian FM Zarif & Other Fallouts of the Soleimani Hit

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Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif listens as Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly September 25, 2019, in New York. (Photo: DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images)
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif listens as Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani speaks at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly September 25, 2019, in New York. (Photo: DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images)

The U.S. denied a visa to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who was attempting to gain entry the U.S. to  address the Security Council at a meeting scheduled for January 9.

A report in The Hill opined, “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has limited access to the U.S. by Iranian officials, including Zarif, to prevent their ability to bring their message to the U.S. public.”|

The move was just one of the developments in the wake of the recent U.S. hit that killed arch terrorist General Qasem Soleimani, head of the Quds force of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). Other developments include:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced, “The House will introduce and vote on a War Powers Resolution to limit the president’s military actions regarding Iran.” Despite intelligence that Soleimani was planning imminent attacks on Americas abroad (and had been involved in thousands of U.S. deaths previously), Democrats appeared appalled by the hit on Soleimani, denouncing the assassination as illegal, reckless and unnecessarily risking war with Iran. 

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and IRGC Quds force general Qasem Soleimani (Photo: Iranian media)
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and IRGC Quds force general Qasem Soleimani (Photo: Iranian media)

Iranian state media released pictures of Soleimani cozying up to Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy. Here’s one of the media’s favorites:

 

The Pentagon is sending six B-52 bombers to Diego Garcia, a British-controlled island in the Indian Ocean, for possible operations against Iran. According to an unnamed source in the Pentagon, CNN reported that the islands are out of Iranian missile range.

The Iranian-backed Iraqi Shiite militia Kataib Hezbollah threatened to cut the flow of oil to the U.S. if Trump imposed sanctions on Iraq. After the Iraqi parliament voted to kick the U.S. out of Iraq, Trump said if Iraqi asks the U.S. to leave, “We will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever. It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame.” Trump noted that one air base the U.S. built in Iraq cost the U.S. “billions” to build.

Abu Ali al-Askari, the security leader of Kataib Hezbollah, tweeted (see below) “If Trump the fool imposes economic sanctions on Iraq then we will work with our friends (Iran) to stop the flow of Gulf oil to America.”

“Regarding the air base it will be brought to the ground if they (US troops) insist to stay in Iraq,” al-Askari said.

The Iranian parliament voted to approve $224 million in extra funding for the Quds Force of the IRGC, formerly under the command of Soleimani. The parliament also designated the Pentagon military commanders and those acting on its behalf in Soleimani’s killing as “terrorists” subject to Iranian sanctions.

 

In light of the assassination of Soleimani, Russia sent a missile ship to Syria. The ship was forced to cast anchor in Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait due to bad weather.

 

Forty people were killed and 213 injured in a stampede during the funeral procession of Soleimani in Kerman, Soleiman’s home town. Iranian opposition sites reported that people — including students, shopkeepers and public servants — were forced to attend the funeral procession.

School children were also forced to mourn Soleimani.

 

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