U.S. Government Report: America Likely to Lose Next War

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U.S. Government Report: America Likely to Lose Next War

More evidence supports a 70-year-old prophecy.

“The security and well-being of the United States are at greater risk than at any time in decades.” This is the first line of a report from the National Defense Strategy Commission released November 14, arguing that the U.S. is in danger of losing a war against major powers like Russia and China.

“If the nation does not act promptly to remedy these circumstances, the consequences will be grave and lasting,” the commission warns, going on to identify several major causes for concern. One issue is the defense budget. It is growing costlier for the United States to train and equip its military for the complex missions it would face in the event of war with a major power. Costs are mounting as the military struggles to train and equip itself to keep up with emerging threats. If next year’s defense budget is cut by $16 billion, as expected, this will make matters even more difficult.

Another cause for concern identified in the report is a lack of experience among strategists, who are skilled at fighting terrorists but inexperienced at fighting powerful nation-states. The focus on counterterrorism operations in recent years has diverted American resources from developing the skills and technology required to effectively combat another major power. The report states:

Because of our recent focus on counterterrorism and counterinsurgency, and because our enemies have developed new ways of defeating U.S. forces, America is losing its advantage in key warfighting areas, such as power projection, air and missile defense, cyber and space operations, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare, long-range ground-based fires, and electronic warfare. Many of the skills necessary to plan for and conduct military operations against capable adversaries—especially China and Russia—have atrophied.

Air and missile defense, space and cyber operations, and anti-submarine warfare are all areas in which Russia and China are quickly advancing. The report also warns that in the event of war with a major power, cyberattacks will be directed against the American public in addition to the military, requiring constant, costly modernization and training to be dealt with effectively.

The report says that the Department of Defense is struggling to coordinate its resources in an organized and effective way. It lacks the organization, resources and manpower to fight a major war on two fronts. Even with just one powerful adversary on one front, the U.S. could suffer “unacceptably high casualties and loss of major capital assets.”

There is also a possibility that the U.S. would find itself short on resources in other theaters of operation and unable to commit enough forces to maintain deterrence. Smaller nations could take advantage of thinly stretched American forces to make gains in other parts of the world while America’s back is turned.

Under the Obama administration, America saw major cuts to its defense budget. However, increasing spending does not necessarily improve America’s military effectiveness. As the Trumpet has pointed out before, and as the National Defense Strategy Commission report proves, much of that money is being misspent.

Nearly 70 years ago, Herbert W. Armstrong and the Plain Truth warned that America had “won its last war.” Today, even U.S. defense analysts are recognizing America’s military decline.

Why did Mr. Armstrong make such a bold statement in the 1950s? Why does the Trumpet make the same bold statement today? And what does America’s future hold?

In his booklet Great Again, editor in chief Gerald Flurry discusses why America is declining and where the solutions can be found that will truly make America great again:

A lot of Americans are upset and anxious about America’s direction—but tend to view the biggest problems as more recent. These people believe that the nation’s economy, military, diplomacy and global influence have gotten dangerously weak. …

The Bible has a lot to say about the state of America today. It explains the inspiring reason why this nation was so great in the first place. And why it has been so richly blessed.

The Bible also prophesies that these blessings would be removed in our day. America’s problems are spiritual—and solving them requires spiritual solutions.

In the short term, Americans face what Bible prophecy calls a time of tribulation such as mankind has never before seen. But there is good news as well: There will never be such a time of suffering ever again. To read more about why America is declining, and how it will one day return to greatness, order your free copies of Mr. Flurry’s booklets America Under Attack and Great Again.

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Russia’s cyberassault gives insight into how a specific Bible prophecy could soon come to pass.

Russia was behind cyberattacks on a global positioning system signal in Finland and Norway during massive nato war games held from October 25 to November 7, according to a November 11 statement by Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä.

The large-scale disruptions to gps signals forced pilots, including those of civilian aircraft, to switch to alternative navigation systems. These attacks were “not a joke,” Sipilä said, adding that they “threatened the air security of ordinary people.”

“It’s no small matter, since civilian flights have been put in danger,” he said. He believes the incidents were serious “airspace violations.”

Sipilä was careful to say that Russia “could be” the party responsible for these attacks, rather than asserting it as a fact. But a look at the details of this cyberassault, and some of the recent events leading up to it, shows that it is almost beyond debate that Russia was the perpetrator.

First, back in 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Finland that if it joined nato, Russia would take action. nato is the military alliance of more than two dozen North American and European countries. Finland, which officially is militarily neutral, is not a member. But Finland’s interest in joining nato has risen ever since Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014, and the Finns have been increasing cooperation with nato on a number of fronts.

In May, Finland signed a major agreement with nato stipulating its full involvement in nato drills and granting it access to nato command and control and weapons systems. In return, nato was given full access to Finland’s airspace and territorial waters. Since Finland lies along Russia’s western border, this agreement was unsettling to Moscow. Russia’s leadership responded with a severe threat to Finland, saying that if it continued cozying up to nato, Russia would take countermeasures.

Despite the threat, Finland participated in the October-November nato military drill Trident Juncture, the organization’s largest war games since the Cold War. Since the disruptions to gps signals in Finland and Norway came during these war games, analysts believe this was part of the “countermeasures” Russia previously threatened. nato spokesperson Oana Lungescu told cnn on November 14 that Moscow is culpable: “Norway has determined that Russia was responsible for jamming gps signals in the Kola Peninsula during Exercise Trident Juncture,” she said. “Finland has expressed concern over possible jamming in Lapland.”

This attack is far from an isolated incident. In recent years, both Russia and China have targeted computer networks and other cybertechnologies of Western nations with increasing frequency and intensity. The reason for this type of offense and its increase is because computer-based technologies are often very vulnerable.

This vulnerability has been on Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry’s radar for more than 20 years. He first wrote about it in the mid-1990s, warning about the dangers of America’s—and specifically the American military’s—dependence on computer systems that are vulnerable to enemy sabotage. In our January 1995 issue, he quoted analyst Joseph de Courcy, who called this dependence “the Western world’s Achilles’ heel.”

Mr. Flurry wrote: “America is the greatest superpower this world has ever known. But we have a very vulnerable point in our military—our own Achilles’ heel. It is so dangerous that I am amazed it hasn’t received more publicity.”

Mr. Flurry said studying into the Western world’s cybervulnerability reminded him of a Bible prophecy recorded in Ezekiel 7. Verses 1 through 3 show that God is addressing “the land of Israel” in the time of “the end,” which refers mainly to the modern era and the United States and Britain. (You can prove this profound truth for yourself by studying our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Herbert W. Armstrong.)

Ezekiel 7 describes a future time when God will punish these nations for their “abominations” and their rejection of His law and authority (verse 8). Verse 14 describes one aspect of that punishment: “They have blown the trumpet, even to make all ready; but none goeth to the battle: for my wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.”

Mr. Flurry called this an “alarming” scripture. It is about a future time when U.S. military technology will be hijacked by enemies. “It seems everybody is expecting our people to go into battle, but the greatest tragedy imaginable occurs!” Mr. Flurry wrote. “Nobody goes to battle—even though the trumpet is blown! Will it be because of a computer terrorist?”

Isaiah 59 provides more details about this future time of calamity. In verses 9 and 10, the people of America and Britain are shown to be stripped of vision. This could include the “vision” provided by satellites such as those of the U.S.-based gps: “[W]e wait for light, but behold obscurity; [we wait] for brightness, but we walk in darkness. We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noon day as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.”

Russia’s cyberassault on Finland is another reminder of the vulnerability of many vital computer networks. It shows that for Finland or the United States, or any nation reliant on such technologies, that Achilles’ heel could be pierced.

To understand more about this Bible prophecy and to know where the rising global tensions are leading, please read “America’s Achilles’ Heel” and order a free copy of Mr. Flurry’s book Ezekiel: The End-Time Prophet.

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France: We Want a European Empire

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France: We Want a European Empire

France is ready for a European empire. That is according to French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, who said in an interview published on November 12 in Germany’s Handelsblatt newspaper that the European Union must become a “form of empire, like China and the U.S.” Le Maire’s comments come just days after French President Emmanuel Macron said Europe needs a “real army” to defend itself.

“I use the term to sharpen awareness that we are going into a world where power matters,” Le Maire said. “Europe should no longer shrink from deploying its power.”

“It’s going to be all about power … technological power, economic, financial, monetary, cultural power—all will be decisive,” he said. “Europe cannot be shy any longer about using its power” (emphasis added throughout).

What bold statements from France! After decades of Europe talking about sophistication, diplomacy and “soft power,” and shunning phrases like colonialism, power projection and especially “empire,” here are France’s top leaders demanding a literal empire.

Europe is openly, boldly and unapologetically seeking power and unity in all these areas—economic power, cultural power, military power. Does this sound familiar? It should if you have been reading the Trumpet for any length of time. The picture Le Maire paints is exactly the future forecast by Herbert W. Armstrong.

Mr. Armstrong said in a sermon on Aug. 10, 1984: “Europe will reunite, and they will form a new empire: a new nation, political, with one currency, one military force, one government.” In 1982, he said: “Now what they [Europe] want is political union. What they want is one military force. What they want is one great world power ….” This is exactly what Le Maire very publicly emphasized last Monday.

Mr. Armstrong predicted the rise of this European power during and after World War ii. He prophesied political, economic and military integration that would lead to a massive European empire. Europe’s economic union is already established. The basis for a close political union is there. The beginnings of a military union are already in operation. The only thing this potential empire lacks is a strong, confidence-inspiring leader.

“We have talked about it for a long time,” said Le Maire. “Now it’s time for decisions.”

Macron might hope to be that leader. My father said in his Personal Appearance Campaign in Ohio on November 11, “I think President Macron is maybe dreaming of, well, ‘Maybe I might even become this … leader of this European power that’s rising up.’”

However, the leader of the coming European empire will not be French, but German. France is descended from the tribe of Reuben, one of the sons of Jacob, as I explained in my November 12 Trumpet Brief. Rather than fighting alongside its natural allies (America and Britain, also descendants of Jacob), Reuben will ally itself to a European empire dominated by Germany (the descendants of Assyria).

France is already looking to Germany to carry out these dreams of empire.

In his interview with Handelsblatt, Le Maire said that the ball is in Berlin’s court, effectively saying, Look, Germany—we want you to take the lead!

However, as Handelsblatt pointed out: “Without Germany’s support in all these issues, Le Maire will find it difficult to turn Europe into an ‘empire.’ Franco-German agreement has been the engine of European integration and without it the Continent is more impotent than powerful.”

Europe needs German leadership in order to form a real empire.

But what is the state of that German leadership?

On October 29, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that she would not seek reelection for the chancellorship and would step down as leader of her party, the Christian Democratic Union (cdu). On November 12, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer announced he also would step down from leadership of his party, the Christian Social Union (csu), the sister party to the cdu.

The Spectator noted this week that as France is suddenly stepping up to oppose the United States and calling for a European military, Germany is enduring a massive change in leadership. With both of these prominent conservative leaders stepping down at once, the German government will undergo a sea change within the next few months.

“The German politicians who were once larger-than-life figures, dominating their political parties as easily as they dominated Germany’s political discourse, are fast becoming dinosaurs,” the Spectator wrote. “If future party officials of the cdu, csu and spd [Social Democratic Party] don’t move quickly in a comprehensive effort to improve their reputations, regain the trust of the voters, and convince them that Germany’s major parties aren’t stewards of defective governance, each of them will be treading perilous waters.”

Who can Germany turn to for political stability? The nation is in massive political upheaval right now, even as France is saying, We need an empire. We need an army. We need a leader. We need Germany.

Bible prophecy describes a situation like this that will lead to a strong German leader arising in Europe. This man obtains “the kingdom by flatteries,” coming into power in a different way from the traditional process (Daniel 11:21). This is why the Trumpet watches individuals like former Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg. This former superstar of the German government isn’t involved in politics right now, but that could change in a hurry. With the current political turmoil in Germany, his lack of involvement likely serves as an advantage. Is this the man who could be the catalyst for political unity in Germany and Europe? Seehofer has tried to persuade Guttenberg to get back into politics. Now that his nation is facing a crisis in leadership, will it finally persuade the former defense minister to return to the political scene?

A strong leader is one of the last pieces that needs to fall into place for “the king of the north” (Europe) described in the Bible to become reality before our eyes. This is happening.

The Bible—and current headlines—also show that this European power will be anti-American. Le Maire said in his interview: “Everybody knows it takes guts to stand in the way of Donald Trump’s administration. The people of Europe have had enough of the babble from Brussels. They want to see action.”

Herbert Armstrong warned that Europe would turn against the U.S. and Britain. He said in a 1980 World Tomorrow television program, “Just look into past history. You see if we are going to gain anything by trying to build up a United States of Europe. You see if we are not building a Frankenstein that is going to turn on us and destroy us. Most of you will live to see it. You’ll remember that I told you, and that I spoke by the authority of Jesus Christ.”

Already this rising monster is turning against the United States. President Donald Trump tweeted this week: “Emmanuel Macron suggests building its own army to protect Europe against the U.S., China and Russia. But it was Germany in World Wars One & Two—How did that work out for France? They were starting to learn German in Paris before the U.S. came along. Pay for nato or not!”

Even recent history shows that a German-led European empire has never meant good things for Britain. Now French leaders are calling for a European army—and they are going to get one.

The Trumpet has followed in the footsteps of Mr. Armstrong’s flagship magazine, the Plain Truth. We have proclaimed the same Bible prophecies about Europe and other powers for decades. Handelsblatt, the Telegraph, the Spectator, Der Spiegel, the Times and many other respected news sources don’t realize it, but they are now discussing the same thing.

How did Mr. Armstrong know that Europe would form a political union? How did he know that Britain would not be part of that union? How did he know that France would be part of it, but that it would play second fiddle to Germany? The events of the 1930s and 1940s, when he began prophesying, didn’t indicate this. World War ii didn’t indicate it. The 1950s through 1980s, when he died, didn’t indicate it. European history could have gone a million different ways. And at various points, European events diverged from these forecasts. Yet for half a century, Mr. Armstrong maintained the same fundamental forecast about Europe. Why?

He based those forecasts on the sure word of Bible prophecy.

Now we are approaching 2019, and European current events are shaping into exactly what Mr. Armstrong described.

Are you awake to what is going on in the world today?

Too many aren’t. While Europeans openly talk about building an empire to oppose the U.S., we are focusing on domestic issues: voter recounts, drama over a White House press pass, and other events that are perhaps more sensational. Yet Ezekiel 33:28-29 warn that what the Europeans are building will desolate this nation! Most haven’t even heard of the truly significant stories like Europe talking about getting its own army. At the Trumpet, we are dedicated to telling you the truth! Destruction is prophesied to come.

Why? Because unless they face suffering, people will not listen. Our nations are full of sin. At this point, it’s hard for anyone to argue with that. God is going to get our attention, and because we refuse to listen to Him or even believe in Him, He must communicate to us using the only option we’ve left Him. It is going to take desolation for us to pay attention!

God laments this human tendency in verse 11: “As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?”

God is love. He is raising up Europe to punish our sinning nations in love. He is raising up other powers to punish Europe and other nations in love. Mankind as a whole is deathly sick with sin. And rather than destroying us or ignoring us, God prophesied He would plead with us using the only language we understand when we’re so addicted to sin.

That is why there is great hope during and after that destruction. Hope that God knows how to teach human beings the lesson. Hope that we will finally recognize the ultimate results of our sins and rebellion against God. Hope that even those who suffer and die will eventually be resurrected and given the opportunity to reject sin and choose obedience. Hope in the return of Jesus Christ and His establishment of God’s Kingdom on Earth.

Ezekiel describes a time prior to all this destruction, when a certain group of people will hear God’s warning message. These few are happy to listen to God’s message—but they do not do anything about it! They love to listen to the Trumpet Daily Radio Show, to read the Trumpet, to hear about how the biblical prophecies of Mr. Armstrong were right. They know they are hearing the message of God. But what does Ezekiel prophesy about these people? Verses 30-31: “[T]hey hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.”

They are hearers, but not doers (James 1:22-25). Are you a hearer—or a doer? Open your eyes and see what is happening. Major end-time prophecies are being fulfilled before your eyes! Do something!

Don’t treat this message like a lovely song on the radio. Take action. Ask the same question that people asked the Apostle Peter after his sermon in Acts 2: “What shall we do?” What should you do with this information? If you honestly ask this question, God will lead you where you need to go.

Start now by watching this message. Deeply think about what it says, and pray about it. Pause the video if you have to and pray right then. Cry out to God! Beseech God to show you how not to be one who merely “hears a lovely song,” but who hears His Word and does it. You can have total faith that if you do so, God will show you!

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Is Russia Reopening a Soviet Military Base in Cuba?

A 21st-century version of the Cuban Missile Crisis might be just ahead.

Fears that Russian President Vladimir Putin may be preparing to reopen a Soviet-era military base in Cuba have flooded the news following a three-day visit to Moscow by Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel in early November. Reports also suggest that Russia may be preparing to build additional military bases.

Lourdes military base is located near Havana, roughly 170 miles from the Florida peninsula. The Soviet Union used it as a monitoring outpost against the United States during the Cold War, but the base closed in 2001. Although the facility is now outdated and would add little to Russia’s military capabilities in the region, reopening it would be a powerful symbolic threat toward the U.S.

On October 10, Newsweek reported one senior Russian official as saying that Russia is seriously considering building a military base in Cuba. Other sources have also reported the possibility; however, those reports are still unconfirmed.

The Cuban president said he hoped to add “a new impulse” to his country’s relations with Moscow and heavily emphasized increased military cooperation during his recent meeting with Putin. Cuban Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Boris, who was also in Moscow, signed more than $260 million in military contracts.

This important meeting closely followed U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement that America is considering quitting the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The announcement has received considerable criticism around the globe, including from Russia. Russian Col. Gen. Vladimir Shamanov delivered a serious warning of the implications of such a decision and said that this would shape Russia’s actions in Cuba.

Russian involvement in Cuba revives memories of the Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1962, the United States discovered that the Soviet Union, which poured billions of dollars of supplies into Cuba during the Cold War, was preparing to install launchers on the island that would be capable of launching nuclear-armed missiles at American cities from an extremely short distance. This led to a tense standoff between the U.S. and the Soviet Union and is said to be the closest the world has ever come to nuclear war. The confrontation was resolved after Moscow agreed to halt its weapons installation in Cuba, and the U.S agreed to withdraw its missiles from Turkey.

In its day, the Lourdes military base was one of the largest Soviet monitoring bases in the world. While primarily a symbolic step rather than a significant military threat, reopening the base sends a serious warning to the U.S. With America retreating, Russia is showing the world that it can project its power wherever it wants, including 90 miles off the U.S. coast—a major propaganda victory.

At the end of Díaz-Canel’s meeting with Putin, the two leaders called on the U.S. to reconsider its decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, saying that the move would be “detrimental for international security.”

Russian spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned that if the U.S. is withdrawing from the treaty because it is working on weapons that would be banned under its terms, “then actions are necessary from other countries, in this case, Russia, to restore balance in this sphere.”

General Shamanov warned, “If we don’t stop now and don’t sit down to talk, then we could, in the long run, create conditions comparable to the [Cuban Missile] crisis.” Russian Sen. Alexei Pushkov told the tass Russian News Agency, “[T]he danger is that the United States is pushing the world to another Cuban Missile Crisis.”

Since Putin became president in 1999, he has sought to expand Russia’s power to the glory it once had. He stated in 2005 that the collapse of the ussr was “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.” Starting with his invasion of Georgia in 2008, followed by his annexation of Crimea in 2014 and now his increased involvement in Latin America, Putin’s intentions are obvious: A restoration of the “glorious” Soviet Empire.

This rising Russian power and the increasing anti-U.S. stance in Latin America represent a rapid fulfillment of Bible prophecy. As we wrote on theTrumpet.com in August 2009, these events are leading “directly to the mounting of a siege at America’s very back door!”

TheTrumpet.com managing editor Brad Macdonald wrote in 2008:

Russia is positioning itself to besiege the United States, just as God prophesied would happen to America: “And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trusted, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the Lord thy God hath given thee” (Deuteronomy 28:52).

Russia’s growing presence in Latin America is an indication that this biblical prophecy is on the way to being fulfilled!

But Russia’s involvement in Latin America is not the danger that America needs to be most concerned about. The primary enemy it needs to watch out for is Europe. The Plain Truth magazine, founded by Herbert W. Armstrong, warned of this over 50 years ago, saying that “the United States is going to be left out in the cold as two gigantic trade blocs, Europe and Latin America, mesh together and begin calling the shots in world commerce.”

In a 2014 article, the Trumpet wrote that Russia is going to find that another power has strong influence in Latin America:

Despite Putin’s recent steps, moving into Latin America is a calculated risk, at odds with another major power bloc that has already established itself in the area: European Catholicism.

As the Trumpet has explained repeatedly, Latin America’s roots lie in Europe and the Catholic Church. A strong allegiance to Europe already exists …. Much of Latin America is tied strongly to mainland Europe. Despite Russia’s attempts to gain a foothold in Latin America, Bible prophecy shows that Latin America will ultimately be dominated by Europe ….

Europe, especially Germany, is alarmed by Russian belligerence in Ukraine. Russia is moving very close to Europe’s doorstep. And now Russia is making a move into Europe’s territory in Latin America …. You can be sure this alarms Europe and the Vatican.

While Putin continues to revive the old Soviet Empire, Bible prophecy shows Europe will ultimately dominate Latin America. These electrifying events are taking place even as America fades from the scene—just as prophesied.

As these prophecies show, Latin America will not be dominated by Russia, but its actions in this region show the power it is building.

Russia is preparing to lead, together with China, a massive Asian power bloc that the Bible labels “the kings of the east” (Revelation 16:12). The Bible shows that this power will threaten “the king of the north”—a German-led European Union—just as it is beginning to do in Latin America. Daniel 11:44 says that “tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.” A gigantic clash between Europe and Asia is coming, and Latin America is just the beginning.

To learn more about where Russian and European efforts in Latin America are leading, order your free copy of He Was Right. This booklet is a powerful collection of Herbert W. Armstrong’s most pivotal prophecies, all of which have been or are currently being fulfilled, culminating in his central prophecy—the return of Jesus Christ.

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Iran Got Far Closer to a Nuclear Bomb Than Realized

‘A central, ongoing figure in the nuclear weapons program’ for decades is current Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

New documents suggest that if Iran abandons the nuclear deal, it has the ability to build a bomb in a matter of months.

If Iran restarts its centrifuges, it could enrich enough weapons-grade uranium to build its first nuclear weapon in about seven to 12 months. That’s according to comments David Albright made to Foreign Policy. Albright is a physicist who runs the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington, D.C. He has visited Israel several times to review files obtained by Israeli agents on January 31 during a raid of Iranian nuclear records in Tehran.

The Jerusalem Post reported, “Iran has already overcome some of the obstacles to building a bomb which experts thought it had not yet overcome.” This is despite the fact that Iran signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (jcpoa) with seven other nations and the European Union in July 2015, the main purpose of which was to stop Iran from producing weapons-grade fuel.

Alexandra Bell, a former Obama administration official, said she believes “the jcpoa is working.” But if Iran was adhering to the agreement, then why did this secret archive even exist?

Although Iran’s possession of the nuclear archive does not directly break the terms of the jcpoa, by retaining these documents and videos, historical precedent—for example, South Africa dismantling its nuclear weapons in 1989—supports the argument that Iran is breaking its obligation under the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, “The reason Iran didn’t destroy its atomic archive and its atomic warehouse is because it hasn’t abandoned its goal to develop nuclear weapons.”

According to Albright’s analysis, by the end of 2003, Iran had managed to build the infrastructure for a “comprehensive nuclear weapons program” intended to produce five nuclear warheads, each with a 10-kiloton explosive yield.

The Institute for Science and International Security report also indicates that there are still plenty of unknowns about what still remains of Iran’s nuclear program. The report—written by Albright, Olli Heinonen, the former deputy director-general for safeguards at the International Atomic Energy Agency, and Andrea Stricker, a senior policy analyst at the agency—states, “The program’s remains, and likely some activities, have continued up to today. The question of where all this equipment and material is now located is more urgent to answer.”

The Central Figure of Iran’s Nuclear Development

The nuclear archive only covers the period between 1999 and 2003—over a decade before the nuclear deal was signed. At that time, current Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was the national security adviser. According to a draft of the first report by the Institute for Science and International Security acquired by Foreign Policy, “Rouhani was a central, ongoing figure in the nuclear weapons program in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It is difficult to find evidence that his support for nuclear weapons ever ended.”

Rouhani was also central to the narrative that former U.S. President Barack Obama and his administration used to sell the nuclear deal. The Washington Post reported that Obama adviser Ben Rhodes “helped promote a ‘narrative’ that the administration started negotiations with Iran after the supposedly moderate Hassan Rouhani was elected president in 2013.” In fact, the Obama administration began negotiating with Iran’s leaders and worked on the framework of the agreement before Rouhani’s election.

Due to the efforts of the Obama administration and a largely supportive media establishment, Rouhani was made out to be more trustworthy than most Iranian leaders. That simply is not true. President Rouhani is a central figure in Iran’s nuclear development plan and has been diligently working to keep it alive in Iran.

Iran is an extremely radical nation controlled by a radical branch of Islam. Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry writes about this extremism in his booklet The King of the South. The booklet identifies radical Islam, led by Iran, as “the king of the south” described in the Bible (Daniel 11:40). The booklet also describes Iran’s nuclear ambitions and where they are leading. This booklet states:

One of the most worrying aspects of Iran’s growing power is its flirtation with nuclear weaponry. Iran has had a nuclear program of its own for many years. Information leaks have shown that Iran, while publicly stating that its program is purely for energy use, actually wants other nations to know it could be a nuclear threat.

As time goes on, it is looking more and more like a reality. Iran may soon become a nuclear power. Mr. Flurry continues:

The king of the south, or Iran, is going to “push at him”—that is, the king of the north (the European Union). Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon says the word push means “to strike—used of horned animals,” or “to push with the horn.” Iran is extremely radical—the king over radical Islam. Where is this nation’s pushiness leading? To war! Just as it has in the past. It’s leading to terrifying war with weapons of mass destruction.

The Bible prophesied of this nuclear disaster in Isaiah 6:11. Cities will be “wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate.” Rouhani’s support for the nuclear program probably never ended, and it is likely he has been diligent in improving Iran’s nuclear capabilities. Now that Iran has the know-how and the capabilities to build a bomb and produce the required amount of weapons-grade fuel, nuclear warfare is becoming more and more probable.

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