Secretary Pompeo @SecPompeo · 19 jan. 2021
A few final thoughts: The United States of America is the greatest country in the history of civilization.
Sedition 6th January will be remembered 4ever A$$hole
Army Veteran Who Was Proud Boys Organizer Gets 17 Years in Prison for Role in Jan. 6 Capitol Riot | 3 hrs ago |
The sentence for Joseph Biggs is the second longest among hundreds of Capitol riot cases so far, after the 18-year prison sentence for Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes.
Federal prosecutors had recommended a 33-year prison sentence for Biggs, who helped lead dozens of Proud Boys members and associates in marching to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Biggs and other Proud Boys joined the mob that broke through police lines and forced lawmakers to flee, disrupting the joint session of Congress for certifying the vote count presidential election.
Secretary Pompeo @SecPompeo
After decades of conflict, we have come to an understanding with the Taliban on a significant reduction in violence across #Afghanistan. This is an important step on a long road to peace, and I call on all Afghans to seize this opportunity. 11:54 a.m. · 21 feb. 2020
Afghan conflict: US and Taliban sign deal to end 18-year war | BBC News - Feb. 29, 2020 |
"We have been killing terrorists like the world has never seen before ... in Syria and Iraq ... they are all gone. ..."
[Taken at face value ... the BIGGEST LIE 🤥 🤥 🤥 the world has ever heard]
Speaking at the White House, Mr Trump said the Taliban had been trying to reach an agreement with the US for a long time.
He said US troops had been killing terrorists in Afghanistan "by the thousands" and now it was "time for someone else to do that work and it will be the Taliban and it could be surrounding countries".
"I really believe the Taliban wants to do something to show we're not all wasting time," Mr Trump added. "If bad things happen, we'll go back with a force like no-one's ever seen."
Trump officials back away from 2020 Taliban peace deal after withdrawal chaos | Axios - Aug. 20, 2021 |
A number of former senior Trump officials have sought to distance themselves from the Taliban peace deal that was signed in February 2020, with chaos erupting after the militants took control of Afghanistan this week.
Why it matters: The agreement has come under new scrutiny for laying the groundwork for the U.S. military's withdrawal from Afghanistan, which coincided with a sweeping Taliban offensive that ended in the fall of Kabul.
The big picture: The Trump administration agreed to withdraw from the country by May 1, 2021, if the Taliban negotiated a peace agreement with the Afghan government and promised to prevent terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State from gaining a foothold.
KUNDUZ Shia Mosque attack by Uyghurs separatist movement from Xinjiang province in China
Trump slams Germany at NATO summit: It's `totally controlled by Russia' | CNBC - July 11, 2018 |
President Donald Trump launched a scathing attack on German support for one of Europe's most contentious energy developments, saying Germany is "totally controlled" by Russia.
Speaking in Brussels, Belgium on the first leg of his European trip, the U.S. president said a flurry of oil and gas deals had given Moscow far too much influence over the continent's largest economy. In particular, he singled out the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project as being especially "inappropriate."
EU Leaders, Chancellor Merkel and President Medvedev Inaugurate Nord Stream Gas Pipeline | Aug. 30, 2016 |
LUBMIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 08: (From L to R, first row) French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and European Union Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger turn a wheel to symbolically start the flow of gas through the Nord Stream Baltic Sea gas pipeline at a cemerony on November 8, 2011 in Lubmin, Germany. The Nord Stream pipeline runs through the Baltic Sea and will supply Europe with natural gas from Russia.
Official Launch of Construction of Nord Stream Natural Gas Pipeline | April 9, 2010 |
The significance of the project for Europe was underlined by EU Commissioner Oettinger when he said: "Nord Stream is a EU priority energy project and important in complementing the European energy grid". In a special video message German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "Our share goal is an energy partnership based on equality geared to the long term. It is to offer businesses on both sides opportunities for cooperation and growth. In fact, Nord Stream demonstrates the vast economic potential rooted in such a partnership."
Nord Stream‟s Managing director Matthias Warnig said: "Our pipeline will provide a direct link from here to Germany‟s Baltic coast and from there on to gas consumers right across Europe. It will stand as a testimony to sustained and successful collaboration over many years between many countries: our 7.4 billion euros investment brings together outstanding companies from eleven European countries to work with us to plan and deliver this important project. But it is much more than an energy infrastructure project: the Nord Stream Pipeline Project is also an important symbol of the political, economic and cultural ties that will bind our nations and our peoples even closer."
The One Exceptional Nation Terminates the JCPOA Treaty which was Unanimously Approved by the UN Security Council
GENEVA MEETINGS JCPOA
Frederica Mogherini on Iran Deal not up to one nation to terminale the ageement to defy UN Security Council Resolution 2231
Opening statement by Federica Mogherini, Vice-President of the EC, on Iran nuclear agreement, extracts from the Plenary Session of the EP | June 12, 2018 |
[This video shows extracts from the speech by Federica Mogherini at the plenary session of the EP]
Thank you very much Mr President.
I believe it is very timely that we discuss the nuclear deal with Iran just today.
You know that just a few hours ago the United States and the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] ended their Summit in Singapore. Today's summit between the two proves that diplomacy and dialogue are the only way forward, in this case towards lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, and beyond.
Let me say that in more general terms, this is a clear sign of the fact that the diplomatic track is often challenging, is often the most difficult one to be followed, but it is always the rewarding one and needs to be sustained over time.
It was the same track that the international community and the European Union followed for over a decade with Iran, resulting in the nuclear deal - almost exactly three years ago. We did it because it was our European security interest and the global security interest. Through this deal, we prevented nuclear proliferation, we avoided a regional escalation, and we made sure that Iran would never acquire a nuclear weapon. Never.
Three years on, the deal is delivering. Iran abides by its nuclear-related commitments, as it has been confirmed eleven times by the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA], last time just a few weeks ago.
Our position as Europeans has not changed. On the contrary, we have seen the reasons why this agreement was a good agreement. We remain committed to the full and effective implementation of the nuclear deal with Iran.
What is different today is that on 8 May the United States have taken the unilateral decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA] - the nuclear deal with Iran, which is a multilateral agreement unanimously endorsed by the UN Security Council with the Resolution 2231.
The European Union reacted in an immediate and united manner, also at the top level by the Heads of State or Government of all European Union Member States in Sofia on 16 May and reconfirmed just a couple of weeks ago, by the Foreign Ministers of the 28 at our last Foreign Affairs Council.
Since a month ago, the bulk of the international community has confirmed and reiterated the strong support for the nuclear agreement with Iran, simply for a very pragmatic reason: there is no better alternative and the world cannot afford a nuclear arms race, in particular in the Middle East.
This support from the rest of the international community is something I experience every single day in my meetings, be them with the Chinese Foreign Minister [Zhang Jun], the Japanese Foreign Minister [Taro Kono], or the African Union Chairman [Paul Kagamé] or our colleagues from Latin America, or the rest of Europe that is not part of the European Union. This figures always very high on the agenda: how can we partner together, how can we make sure the agreement stays in place. And let me say, here the European Union has a responsibility also to share with partners around the world how to maintain one of the few functioning pillars of the nuclear non-proliferation architecture.
This support was also reiterated by the other co-signatories of the nuclear agreement - France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia and China. We convened and we chaired as European Union a first Joint Commission meeting without the United States, on 25 May in Vienna.
Now it is clear that our strategic and security interest is to save, to preserve this nuclear deal. We have reacted in a firm, decisive and united manner to protect at the same time our security interest and - let me say it this way - our economic sovereignty. This is also an incentive, I would say the incentive, for Iran to continue complying with its nuclear restrictions. Any other alternative could have tragic consequences - and it would make us all less secure, with no exceptions.
As a first major step, last Wednesday [6 June], the European Commission has adopted two Delegated Acts. The first is an update of the Blocking Statute, which forbids EU companies to comply with US secondary sanctions. And the second one is an extension of the external lending mandate of the European Investment Bank to support economic activities in Iran. After a period of non-objection, both Acts should enter into force on 5 August, just before the first batch of re-imposed US sanctions takes effect on 6 August. The support of this Parliament to conclude both processes swiftly will be of essence, and extremely important, also as a political sign.
We are also working on concrete measures aimed at sustaining our cooperation in key economic sectors, particularly on banking and finance, trade and investment, oil, and transport. In this work, we keep a strong focus on small and medium enterprises, which are less engaged in the US market. The most important challenge now is to find solutions on banking and finance, because legitimate trade and investment need banking partners and financing models that work. These issues are being addressed through intensive expert consultations happening basically on a daily basis, including in Brussels and in Tehran last week, but also at the political level.
Under presidency of Joe Biden with Antony Blinken, overt support for the Jewish State of Israel led to another failure to undo the damage done by Trump and his cabal of advisors with Jared Kushner heading the pro-Israel faction.
U.S. Congress, Pentagon and the White House trump all efforts by the European Union to exert its sovereign national interest. America and Russia have managed to drive the 23 countries apart ... initiated under the Bush-Cheney years of divisive foreign policy 😡
Javad Zarif @JZarif · 20 June 2019
"It's sadly ironic that the State Dept is now calling on Iran to abide by the very deal the Trump administration abandoned." @POTUS , 2019
Your admin follows Trump's footsteps while trying to use his unlawful sanctions as "leverage".
Nasty habits die hard. Time to kick this one
Step by step, the European Union squandering its sovereignty and economic clout ... the U.S. is not simply a competitor, but a tough adversary ...
Ursula von der Leyen @vonderleyen · 24 March 2021
Good to exchange with @SecBlinken on the common challenges we face. The 🇪🇺 and 🇺🇸 are stronger when joining forces on pressing issues like COVID, vaccine supply chains or climate change. We will continue to coordinate closely on geopolitical issues, from China to Russia.