First tentative US-Iranian talks don’t promise easing of war tensions

Both the US and Iran appear for now to be holding back from a direct military confrontation, judging from the comments heard on all sides. On Tuesday, May 14, US President Donald Trump said: “We don’t want a war with Iran.” The next day, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said: “The Iranian nation has chosen the path of resistance.” The most revealing comment came on Friday, May 17, from Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani after a visit to Tehran: “A red desk should be set up in Iraq or Qatar with officials from the two sides… to manage tensions.”
All these remarks confirm the suspicion that American and Iranian officials are already in secret conversation in Baghdad or in Doha, although engaged in nothing more than  a start on “talks about talks” – a far cry from ordering a slowdown of their threatening military movements. Therefore, flareups are still on the cards, including such incidents as the presumed Israeli air or missile strike on Iranian and Hizballah sites south of Damascus on Friday night, May 17. It may be taken for granted that Israel would have cleared with Washington in advance any attack on Iranian targets in Syria.

Even if  US and Iranian officials achieve enough progress in their preliminary talks to lift the war clouds hanging over the Middle East, they would still face major hurdles on the path to negotiations on the substantive subjects at issue. The easing of crippling US sanctions will top Iran’s agenda, as it has for Kim Jong-un after his two summits with President Donald Trump, and also most likely for President Vladimir Putin when he met Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Sochi last Tuesday, although the trade war with China takes place on a different plane.

Up until now, Trump has stuck fast to sanctions as the most powerful weapon in his foreign policy toolbox with regard to Iran, North Korea, China and Russian, in the hope that one of those powers will blink first and the others will follow. That has still not happened.

Trump confronts Tehran with his tallest order: Halt malign meddling in the affairs of Middle East nations, especially, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen; give up your nuclear weapons and ballistic missile development programs; and return to the table for talks on a revised nuclear pact. However, although the sanctions against Iran are harsh, Khamenei is a tough survivor and confident enough to believe that he can outlast his adversary in the White House.

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57 thoughts on “First tentative US-Iranian talks don’t promise easing of war tensions

  • May 18, 2019 @ 11:42 at 11:42
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    Not being funny or anything… Okay. Israel and America are way more powerful than Iran. But…

    Iran is stronger than both together. Makes Israel and America look like a bully in a strange sort of sense…

    Although Iran has its unfriendly tentative reach and stance against Israel it seems.

    • May 18, 2019 @ 13:00 at 13:00
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      You seem like a nice person…are you taking anything?

    • May 18, 2019 @ 15:34 at 15:34
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      totally misguided policies by USA and acts of Israel ; Israel forgets that it is a ME country , not North American ;And this is its biggest problem ; Everything that was written against Iran , should be applied to Americans , that should just get out of ME , and any other country it occupies .Since time is coming that all those together will wipe USA from the map . And Israel should cool its actions and have USA in control mode , since it could snap , and there will be no Israel , no matter if its sunnies or shia ….Peace and talks and friendly neighbors that is only way for Israel.

    • May 18, 2019 @ 22:04 at 22:04
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      The Islamic Republic News Agency just announced that it will now Welcome Letters to the Editor to Criticize the Iranian Shiia Regime. “All the Iranian Servants are allowed writing anything just, so they include their Full Name, Families Address for ID and Next of Kin Purposes”!

    • May 19, 2019 @ 17:08 at 17:08
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      America is not after Conquests, nor Regime Change, but Peace Plan in the Middle East. This requires Iran’s Caliphate Regime Behavior and seeking the same from Hamas, Hisboallah, Houthis and Palestinian Authority that has been Recalcitrant against any kind of Steps towards Rebuilding, Renegotiation, and Renewal of Inviting Goodwill versus Conflict.

      If Iran’s Islamic Shiia is truly a Peaceful Religion to Advance Mankind as Jehovah-Allah Message to Abraham is Written in the Torah, Bible, and Koran then that is their Failure since 1979 and 632 CE. America is quite Capable of doing Tremendous Damage to Iran without any Invasion necessary, and Iran is quite Impotent to do likewise to America is the Reality the Iran Regime will come to Accept and Change to Promote Prosperity or be Removed by the Persian People Sooner or Later.

      It will be a Slow Death Spiral towards a Sudden Oblivion when they least expect it. Iran Shiia Pathway has been a Failure since 632, 1979, Today and Prophetic Message of Misery for Tomorrow.

    • May 21, 2019 @ 5:44 at 5:44
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      itz the twenty firzt Crusades you dumb infidels. Jerusalem like before…the PRIZE! Since the Pope came from South America…amd eastern orthodox also do XCristian ritual…Czar V. Putin 111…iz o.k. so long as peace in Moscoe/Kremlin fourtress. Who is out of step…? K for KRAZY…mullah…democratically elected by his fractured REPUBLINK…G

  • May 18, 2019 @ 12:06 at 12:06
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    netanyahu siyonist yahudidir sonunuz yakındır israil er yada geç görceksiz dünyanın kaç bucak olduğunu allahın izniyle israil her saldırı yaptığın zaman ortadoğu ülkelerine hiçbirr zaman güvende olmayacaksınız yerle bir olası allaha isyankar israil evanjelistleri sizin yeryüzünde silinmeniz dünya barışına katkıdır ey terörrist yahudi devleti hiçbir zaman ortadoğuda rahat durmadınız 2. dünya savaşında almanların yahudilere yaptığı zulmü katliamı soykırımdan kaçıp geldiz flistinlilerin topraklarına yerleştiniz haksız yere ondan sonra ortadoğudaki her ülkeye 1947 den beri her ortadoğu ülkesine savaş darbe yapıyor ülkeleri bombalıyor siyonist savaş çığırtkanlığı yapan laftan sözden uslanmaz yahudi siyonistleri günün birinde yıkılınışızı göreceksiniz ve size hiçkimse yardım edemeyecek

    • May 18, 2019 @ 23:35 at 23:35
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      Enough of your barking, Turkish dog.

      • May 19, 2019 @ 17:32 at 17:32
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        er yada geç sana göstereceğiz yahudi köpeği sıkıysa gel bilek bileğe dövüşelim

        • May 20, 2019 @ 3:16 at 3:16
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          LOL! All Turkish dogs like you can do is bark.

          Bark, Bark, Bark Third World SHlThole Turk.

          LOL!

    • May 19, 2019 @ 7:55 at 7:55
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      How different is ‘islamism’ from ‘zionism’??? Could ”zionism’ forced its kids to beeing ‘martyrs’???

  • May 18, 2019 @ 12:21 at 12:21
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    Any peace talk means loss for Israel . You are itching for war, make it yourself , why bring Americans ? Fight your war yourself .

    • May 18, 2019 @ 13:17 at 13:17
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      The only crazies who want war are the Iranian mullahs and all the terror group proxies and their supporters surrounding Israel. Peace is a concept not contained in the Islamic holy books – war to an Islamic state is something positive and to be used liberally to advance the movement – only people who do not understand the belief system equate self-defense against Islamic expansion as being a provocation.

      • May 18, 2019 @ 15:26 at 15:26
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        Indeed. Anyone who doubts your words should do some research on the Twelvers.

      • May 18, 2019 @ 18:15 at 18:15
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        Nobody is more bloodthirsty than the antisemitic keyboard warriors who populate this site.

        That said, they’re not the ones who would get their A$$ES kicked by Hizbollah… again.

        That’s why they’re so brave!

        • May 19, 2019 @ 7:40 at 7:40
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          “That’s why they’re so brave”.

          Braver than a spider on a weak web……….right?

    • May 18, 2019 @ 22:06 at 22:06
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      The Iranian Minister starts Boasting, “According to Latest Statistics, our Incomes Rose 30%, our Quality of Life rose 50% and our Buying Economic Power rose 70%”!

      From the Tired Thirsty Standing Audience someone Yells Out, “That’s Great News For The Shiia Regime, and Your Families, But What About Ours Numbers??? As he was taken away never to be seen again???

  • May 18, 2019 @ 12:32 at 12:32
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    Both sides are buying time for now. In the long run / This year or 2020 there will be a big clash coming.Talks won’t change anything and the sanctions either( only the people pay the price not the regime).

  • May 18, 2019 @ 12:43 at 12:43
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    Iranian leaders are willing to lose most of their population for the “revolution”. How would you like to have Islamic supremacists like that leading your country?

    • May 18, 2019 @ 14:20 at 14:20
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      ”Most of their population” well the rulers are not persians/iranians, they dont look like persians either…….the people would welcome war that sets them free as cyrus the great saved babylonians and news from its oppressors, if it was bot for the fact that u.s and Israel support MKO sick cult terrorists which scares iranians that this regime would be replaced with even sicker cult…..

      • May 18, 2019 @ 14:34 at 14:34
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        There are no good choices in the Middle East if you want any alliances in a horrible neighborhood – pick your poison – Sunni terrorists or Shia terrorists.

      • May 19, 2019 @ 16:19 at 16:19
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        it is very funny
        the iranian leader do not looks like iranian
        please enlighten us how an persian is looking like ?
        or better
        the jewish troll Enlightment will decide, who is looking like persian , who is iranian

  • May 18, 2019 @ 12:48 at 12:48
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    Looks like President Bolton has been slapped by Trump and is sulking for a bit until the diplomats try and calm this down a bit

    • May 18, 2019 @ 12:51 at 12:51
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      Bolton is #1.

      • May 18, 2019 @ 14:21 at 14:21
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        ”Most of their population” well the rulers are not persians/iranians, they dont look like persians either…….the people would welcome war that sets them free as cyrus the great saved babylonians and jews from its oppressors, if it was bot for the fact that u.s and Israel support MKO sick cult terrorists which scares iranians that this regime would be replaced with even sicker cult…..

      • May 18, 2019 @ 18:16 at 18:16
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        Has anyone done more than the WalrusPhucker to bankrupt Uncle Sam’s decaying empire?

    • May 18, 2019 @ 21:28 at 21:28
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      Bolton has been advocating permanent state of war everywhere for over 10 years, yet he or his family would never fight it. He’s a coward who will use other people’s blood to fulfill his fantasies.

  • May 18, 2019 @ 12:48 at 12:48
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    Maybe John Kerry the traitor told the Iranians during his recent meeting to wait it out for a Dem administration which will give them planeloads of cash and a clear path to nuclear weapons. Kerry belongs in jail.

  • May 18, 2019 @ 14:40 at 14:40
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    The US is itching to be sacrificed at the Iranian altar while ignorantly comforting itself with its equipments. Go ahead wussies! You’ll be deparate at the unforgiving hands of fate.

    • May 18, 2019 @ 19:27 at 19:27
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      HAHAAA yeah Mother of all Battles right Sparky? It will end for you worse than it did for Saddam.

  • May 18, 2019 @ 15:57 at 15:57
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    zionists must understand
    the USA is a falling power, it is like roam empire in 2th or 3th century , the zenith of power is exceeded
    They can not protect israel for a long time
    it means, the israel will not survive for a long time
    if they want to survive, they must give golan back to syria and west jordan / Al kuds to palestine
    unless war with iran, a war which zionists can not win

    • May 18, 2019 @ 17:40 at 17:40
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      You are definitely off your meds, . . . or just plain stupid. When the US decides they have had enough of Iran and the diaper heads, . . . it will be over in less time than it takes for me to make this post.

    • May 18, 2019 @ 21:25 at 21:25
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      Israel wouldn’t survive for 2 weeks without uncle SAm and they know it.

      • May 19, 2019 @ 5:28 at 5:28
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        There is nothing like peace talk with Iran. The regime’s stance against Israel cannot be tolerated by America and Israel. Deterrence through strategic diplomacy without ruling out war is actually a diplomatic offensive with conditions attached. Otherwise, overthrown regimes of Iraq and Libya are good lessons learnt in the event of war with America. Can Iran try a mistake who outcome is obvious ? America usually run to intervene in the Middle East when there high tension between Israel and any Arab Nation because America is aware that Israel may fight an obliterating war (fighting for survival)against the enemy and everyone may regret. And remember, Russian weapons to these nations cannot fetch resistance against Israeli military prowess. So, that is “diplomacy”

    • May 19, 2019 @ 17:38 at 17:38
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      siyonistler kendi ülkelerinin veisrail halkı kendi güvenliğini istiyorsa ortadoğuda hiçbir ülkeye saldırmaması hiçbir ülkeye huzursuzluk çırakrmaması lazım özellikle abdyi savaşa zorlamaması lazım eğer israil sakin bir devlet olarak ortadoğuda varlığını sürdürmek istiyorsa kimseye ve hiçbir ülkeye karışmaması lazım eğer uzun süreli israil yaşamak varlığını işgal ettiği toprakları ortadoğuda sürdürmek istiyorsa kimseye karışmamalı ve abd dahil natoyu savaşa zorlamamalıdır

  • May 18, 2019 @ 17:44 at 17:44
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    to all the mus lames reading debka ALLAH IS DONKEY

    • May 18, 2019 @ 19:30 at 19:30
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      Don’t disrespect donkeys like that!

    • May 19, 2019 @ 15:22 at 15:22
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      We prefer goats and sheep, thank you.

    • May 19, 2019 @ 19:57 at 19:57
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      My shamoortra mom and kkkamel dad never said anything about goats.

      But I’ll tell you what they did tell me about: piggies. Whenever I get scared about rocks or kites or balloons or stethoscopes or words or ideas or images or mossad propaganda, I take a deep breath, bend over, and let a (preferably elderly) pig enter my back side.

      Holy wow. You’ll forget about all about Nasrallah and Solemani.

  • May 18, 2019 @ 18:13 at 18:13
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    Last week this propaganda portal invented reality about the weakening resistance of Palestinians in Gaza, shown as fake news when the antisemitic squatters ran for cover, peeing themselves.

    This week, the same propaganda portal used fake sources to pimp nuclear armageddon (aided by images retrieved from the basement of MoMA).

    Now they’re inventing negotiations that aren’t occurring. As a news site, this is one step below the Onion.

    As a comedy site, they’re on par (when you factor the comments from petrified antisemites).

  • May 18, 2019 @ 18:30 at 18:30
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    Hugo Chavez. July 16, 2006.

    “There it is again, the flame of Middle Eastern War and Who is Responsible? It isn’t the People of Palestine or Israel, it is the U.S. Empire who pushes the Israeli Elite to use their aggression against innocent people … they (Israel) do have nuclear arms, but nobody said anything because ‘the empire’ is behind Threatening Syria and Iran. When will the madness go away? God Forbid!

    Inauguration Ceremony of Venezuelan Minister of Defense in Caracas
    Bolivarian Republic of Vnezuela

  • May 18, 2019 @ 21:04 at 21:04
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    Trump doesn’t need a war to get reelected. He needs to look tougher than traitor Obama which is easy to accomplish.

  • May 18, 2019 @ 22:08 at 22:08
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    An American Diplomat is visiting Tehran as he’s taking a Train and Listening to his Cell Phone Music when a Mutaba Iranian Shiia Religious Police Leans over to Talk to the Diplomat and said, “You know, we make those better and more efficiently here in the Iran”, he says. “Oh”? Says the American Diplomat with Curiosity. “Yes,” the Iranian Mutaba Police Responds. “What Is It”?

    • May 19, 2019 @ 21:11 at 21:11
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      You had me at “An American Diplomat,” GingerStool.

      Hilarious.

  • May 18, 2019 @ 23:45 at 23:45
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    Iran can blow off and smoke the ISA-LSA Petrodollar overnight. It can destroy all of the Oil Infrastructure, Refineries, pipelines, storage tank farms, ports, pumping and loading stations, desalination plants, in Sunnistan (Saudi Arabia and Gulf Emirates) rendering the USA & KSA Petrodollar agreement null and void. Iran has taken a leaf of Putin’s statement and declared that if they cannot sell their Oil no one else will.

  • May 18, 2019 @ 23:48 at 23:48
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    Iran can blow off and smoke the USA-KSA Petrodollar overnight. It can destroy all of the Oil Infrastructure, Refineries, pipelines, storage tank farms, ports, pumping and loading stations, desalination plants, in Sunnistan (Saudi Arabia and Gulf Emirates) rendering the USA & KSA Petrodollar agreement null and void. Iran has taken a leaf of Putin’s statement and declared that if they cannot sell their Oil no one else will.

    • May 19, 2019 @ 1:49 at 1:49
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      Hmmm, . . . if they could, . . . why have they not done it??? Simple, . . . they cannot, . . . because once the liftoff’s are detected by the overhead satellites, . . . orders will be sent for the total and permanent stamping out of Persia. Kinda like a 12 pound hammer hitting an acorn on an anvil, . . . just “squash”.

    • May 19, 2019 @ 17:44 at 17:44
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      değerli siyonist yahudi debka yazıcıları saçmalama düşünce konusunda dünyada birincisiz o yüzden siyonist ve evanjelist saçma el yazması insanın allaha büyüklük taslayarak el yazması incille göre haraket ederseniz allahın izniyle yerle yeksan olacak tarihe gömüleceksiniz ve saçma sapan düşünceler yazmayın mantıklı olun

    • May 19, 2019 @ 17:53 at 17:53
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      abd rusya israil avrupa ülkeleri yahudilere katliam ve soykırım yapan siyonist kalimacı insanlığın yüz karalarıdır bu olmayasıca devletler afrikada latin amerikada katliam ve soykırım ortak beraber askeri ve istihbarat olarak ortaklaşa yapıyorlar

  • May 19, 2019 @ 7:28 at 7:28
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    I should pull your ears you disgusting bully ayatollah!
    This is what your mother told you, to make war and threat millions?
    You have no decency!

    • May 19, 2019 @ 17:45 at 17:45
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      debka medyası sözlerimi çarpıtmayın ne yazmışsam onu dosdoğru bir şekilde değiştirmeden verin lütfen rica ediyorum

  • May 19, 2019 @ 8:57 at 8:57
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    War with USA is better than war with Israel because Food supply will be guaranteed. Iraq and Libya regime overthrow are lessons to learn. Sanctions are to the brim. Dialogue is the only option for Iran.

  • May 19, 2019 @ 9:29 at 9:29
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    Americans will not attack the soviet protected.Mike Pompeo visited comrade Putin.This his humiliation.Great humiliation for ,,super c.i.a,,

    • May 19, 2019 @ 21:15 at 21:15
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      This weeks propaganda gave him cover to try and flee from President Putin. But like a beached whale, he proved too hefty and slow.

  • May 19, 2019 @ 17:51 at 17:51
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    mike pompeo rusya nükleer güçten korktuğu için ziyaret ediyor putinle gizli anlaşmalar imzalıyor veya razı etmeye çalışıtıryor pompeo gidip putinin elini öpüp tıpkı netanyahu gibi rica ederek rusyaya karılık putine kölelik yapıyorlar rusyayı düşman görenler kendi menfatleri için rusyaya yağcılık ve yalvarma yapıyorlar rusyaya yalvarıyorlar bizim planlarımıza dahil ol diye trump kushner netanyahu bolton pence pompeo putin gibi şahin savaş yanlıları bu gezegeni karanlığa bilinmeze sürüklüyor bütün dünya halkına soykırım veişgal katliam yapıyor bu isimler

  • May 20, 2019 @ 4:26 at 4:26
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    …. None of this matters. All of your hatred. you were not redeemed with corruptible things … but with the precious blood of Christ … He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world’. (1 Peter 1:18–20)

    All of you poor blinded fools will soon see. All of these things are foretold. Jesus knew before anything.. I pray some of you will eventually know him before it is too late.

  • May 20, 2019 @ 16:26 at 16:26
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