|STATEMENT: Iran deploys Russian-supplied S-300 missiles at its Fordow nuclear site
DENVER—Today Reuters reported Iran has deployed the Russian-supplied S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system around its Fordow underground uranium enrichment facility. Iranian state TV on Sunday aired footage of deployment of the recently delivered missile system to the nuclear site in the central Iran.
“Our main priority is to protect Iran’s nuclear facilities under any circumstances,” Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) air defense force told Iranian state TV.
Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood slammed Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet with the release of the following statement:
“Every day, every week, and every month, we hear more bad news coming out of Iran and we are witnessing the total degradation of a unified world order that keeps Americans and our allies safe and secure. Sen. Michael Bennet will figuratively have crimson blood dripping from his hands when Iran detonates a nuclear weapon and wipes innocent people off the map. Far too many people have failed to draw attention to the Iran deal and the comatose-like under-reaction to Iran’s bad behavior should cause every American to be outraged.”
Last week, Advancing Colorado hit Bennet for his sit-down “interview” with Colorado’s growingly seeming version of state TV the Denver Post in which he said that the Iran deal is going well. In the interview he defended his vote for the deal and to gave non-answers about the pressing concerns in wake of ransoms, hostages, and increased Iranian aggression.
Advancing Colorado last year launched an explosive ad campaign on NBC, CBS and ABC and on digital, criticizing the Iran deal last year making headlines from Israel to New Zealand in over 150 publications. The Denver Post wrote a derogatory editorial piece calling Advancing Colorado’s executive director “deranged” for the ad and adamantly defended Bennet’s support for the deal promising it would make the world more peaceful. Advancing Colorado’s response to their piece can be read here.
It has been revealed that the $400 million in cash ransom payment the Obama Administration for Iranian-held American hostages was just the down payment. The Obama Administration gave the Iranians an additional $1.3 billion. On Jan. 17, the administration paid Iran the account’s $400 million principal in pallets of euros, Swiss francs and other foreign currency raising concerns among the American people. The $1.3 billion covers what Iran and the U.S. agreed would be the interest on the $400 million over the decades.
State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau declined to explain more about the Jan. 19 payments because of “diplomatic sensitivities.” The payments involved 13 separate payments of $99,999,999.99 and one final payment of about $10 million. According to CBS, there was no explanation for the Treasury Department keeping the individual transactions under $100 million, but it has been suggested they did this to avoid detection.
Despite Bennet’s claims that the Iran deal has made the United States and our allies safer, Iranian naval vessels have continued their pattern of aggression with their latest attempts to harass a U.S. warship on Tuesday near the Strait of Hormuz.
Four of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vessels threatened the U.S. warship, a U.S. defense official said, amid Washington’s concerns about Iran’s posture in the Gulf and in the Syrian civil war.
The defense official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to Reuters, said that two of the Iranian vessels came within 300 yards of the USS Nitze in an incident that was “unsafe and unprofessional.”
The Iranian vessels harassed the U.S. ship by “conducting a high speed intercept and closing within a short distance of Nitze, despite repeated warnings,” the official told Reuters.
And piling up on the more bad news, last week the State Department issued an updated warning for Americans traveling to Iran:
“The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Iran. This replaces the Travel Warning for Iran dated March 14, 2016, to reiterate and highlight the risk of arrest and detention of U.S. citizens…”
The warning was distributed in reaction to the continued capturing of many Western citizens in Iran in the recent few months.
‘Iranian authorities have detained and harassed U.S. citizens, particularly those of Iranian origin,’ the travel alert said. ‘Former Muslims who have converted to other religions, religious activists, and persons who encourage Muslims to convert are subject to arrest and prosecution.’
The warning especially warned ‘students, journalists, business travelers and academics’ that they are prime targets for Iran’s bogus spying charges.
Iran is expanding their terror network in Latin America in an effort to recruit terrorists closer to U.S. soil too. One senior congressional source who works on the issue said to the Washington Free Beacon that Iran is seeking to recruit “potential terrorists who want to cause the U.S. harm.” Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has been on a tour through key Latin American countries known for hostility toward the United States, including Cuba, Venezuela, and a litany of other countries believed to be providing a home to Iranian terrorist proxies such as Hezbollah.
Increased ties between Iran and these Latin American nations are setting the stage for terrorists to penetrate close to U.S. soil with little detection.
Despite all of this horrific news, last week, Bennet told the Denver Post:
“I think the deal is going well, so far. Obviously, we have to be vigilant. … Some people say, ‘Well, how can you trust Iran and do a deal with Iran?’ The whole point is that I don’t trust Iran. I don’t trust Iran. That’s the point.”
The post asked Bennet:
“What do you think of the administration’s move to delay the $400 million payment until the hostages were released?
Bennet: I want to hear direction from the administration about that.
Post: You haven’t yet?
Bennet: No. As soon as I get back in September, I want to get briefed on that. And then I’d be happy to answer the question.”