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Iran threatens to reduce cooperation with UN nuclear watchdog

Iran could reduce its co-operation with the U.N. nuclear watchdog, President Hassan Rouhani told the body’s head on Wednesday, as he blamed U.S. President Donald Trump for the “new situation.” Source link link: Iran threatens to reduce cooperation with UN nuclear watchdog.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilainformer manilainformerJul 4th, 2018

Israeli PM’s wife charged with fraud, breach of trust

JERUSALEM --- Israeli prosecutors on Thursday charged the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with misusing over $100,000 in public funds to order lavish meals from some of the country's most famous chefs. While the prime minister was not directly implicated in the case, the indictment against Sara Netanyahu threatens to embarrass the long-serving leader and brings back attention to his own legal problems. Netanyahu has basked in months of political success, including the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and its move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, taking away attention from a series of corruption investigations facing the prime minister. Sa...Keep on reading: Israeli PM’s wife charged with fraud, breach of trust.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 21st, 2018

NATO’s chief appeals for unity amid trans-Atlantic row

LONDON --- NATO's chief is urging the alliance's 29 countries to set aside a festering trans-Atlantic row over trade, climate and the Iran nuclear deal, amid concern that the tensions will undermine the military alliance. In an editorial in Tuesday's Guardian newspaper, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said "the ties that bind us are under strain." He said "we must continue to work hard to settle our differences - and where differences persist, we must limit any negative impact on our security cooperation." Stoltenberg's message comes less than a month before US President Donald Trump meets with his NATO counterparts in Brussels. Stoltenberg says NATO has overcome div...Keep on reading: NATO’s chief appeals for unity amid trans-Atlantic row.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018

China hosts summit with Russia, Iran as nuclear deal wobbles

BEIJING: Iran, China and Russia may seek ways to salvage the nuclear deal ditched by Donald Trump when their leaders meet this weekend at a summit on the Chinese coast. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a regional security bloc led by China and Russia, is set to hold its 18th annual gathering in the city… link: China hosts summit with Russia, Iran as nuclear deal wobbles.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Iran foreign minister in Moscow as Russia moves to save nuclear deal

MOSCOW, Russia – Iran's foreign minister was in Moscow on Monday, May 14, as Russia tries to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive in the wake of Washington's pull-out, pushing it into rare cooperation with Europe.  Iranian state television Irib broadcasted images of Mohammad Javad Zarif in Moscow , saying he had arrived ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 14th, 2018

U.S. Withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Deal Reckless: Libyan Expert

Washington’s withdrawal from Iran’s nuclear deal is a “reckless step” that threatens the Middle East, said Khaled al-Muntaser, a Libya international relations researcher and professor. “It is a reckless step that has negative implications on the Middle East, as it came after the easing of tension between Tehran and the countries of the region since […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 9th, 2018

S. Korea offers to talk with North on Olympic cooperation

HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Tuesday offered high-level talks with rival North Korea to find ways to cooperate on next month's Winter Olympics in the South. Seoul's quick proposal following a rare rapprochement overture from the North a day earlier offers the possibility of better ties after a year that saw a nuclear standoff increase fear of war on the Korean Peninsula. In a closely watched New Year's address, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Monday that he was willing to send a delegation to the Olympics, though he also repeated fiery nuclear threats against the United States. Analysts say Kim may be trying to drive a wedge between Seoul and its ally Washington in a bid to reduce international isolation and sanctions against North Korea. Kim's overture was welcome news for a South Korean government led by liberal President Moon Jae-in, who favors dialogue to ease the North's nuclear threats and wants to use the Olympics as a chance to improve inter-Korean ties. Moon's unification minister, Cho Myoung-gyon, proposed in a nationally televised news conference that the two Koreas meet Jan. 9 at the shared border village of Panmunjom to discuss Olympic cooperation and how to improve overall ties. Earlier Tuesday, Moon spoke of what he described as Kim's positive response to his earlier dialogue overtures and ordered officials to study how to restore talks with North Korea and get the North to participate in the Olympics. North Korea did not immediately react. But if there are talks, they would be the first formal dialogue between the Koreas since December 2015. Relations between the Koreas have plunged as North Korea has expanded its weapons programs amid a hard-line stance by Moon's conservative predecessors. Last year, North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test and test-launched three intercontinental ballistic missiles as part of its push to possess a nuclear missile capable of reaching anywhere in the United States. The North was subsequently hit with toughened U.N. sanctions, and Kim and President Donald Trump exchanged warlike rhetoric and crude personal insults against each other. Kim said in his speech Monday that North Korea last year achieved the historic feat of "completing" its nuclear forces. Outside experts say that it's only a matter of time before the North acquires the ability to hurl nuclear weapons at the mainland U.S., but that the country still has a few technologies to master, such as a warhead's ability to survive atmospheric re-entry. Talks could provide a temporary thaw in strained inter-Korean ties, but conservative critics worry that they may only earn the North time to perfect its nuclear weapons. After the Olympics, inter-Korean ties could become frosty again because the North has made it clear it has no intention of accepting international calls for nuclear disarmament and instead wants to bolster its weapons arsenal in the face of what it considers increasing U.S. threats. "Kim Jong Un's strategy remains the same. He's developing nukes while trying to weaken international pressure and the South Korea-U.S. military alliance and get international sanctions lifted," said Shin Beomchul of the Seoul-based Korea National Diplomatic Academy. He said the North might also be using its potential Olympic participation as a chance to show its nuclear program is not intended to pose a threat to regional peace. In his address Monday, Kim said the United States should be aware that his country's nuclear forces are now a reality, not a threat. He said he has a "nuclear button" on his office desk, warning that "the whole territory of the U.S. is within the range of our nuclear strike." He called for improved ties and a relaxation of military tensions with South Korea, saying the Winter Olympics could showcase the status of the Korean nation. But Kim also repeated that South Korea must stop annual military exercises with the United States, which he calls an invasion rehearsal against the North. About 28,500 American troops are stationed in South Korea to help deter potential aggression from the North, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2018

Iran threatens to retaliate after Dutch expel 2 diplomats

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran protested on Sunday, July 8 against the Netherlands' expulsion of two of its diplomats and threatened to retaliate for the "unfriendly and destructive move". A spokesman for the Dutch intelligence service AIVD told Agence France-Presse on Friday, July 7 that two employees of Iran's embassy had been ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018

With US out, others reaffirm commitment to Iran nuclear deal

Five world powers agreed with Iran on Friday to forge ahead with negotiations with the country and maintain its ability to export gas and oil as they seek to preserve a nuclear deal with Tehran despite the withdrawal of the United States......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

With US out, others reaffirm commitment to Iran nuclear deal

Five world powers agreed with Iran on Friday to forge ahead with negotiations with the country and maintain its ability to export gas and oil as they seek to preserve a nuclear deal with Tehran despite the withdrawal of the United States. Source link link: With US out, others reaffirm commitment to Iran nuclear deal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 6th, 2018

Iran talks aim to save nuclear deal after U.S. pullout

  VIENNA, Austria – The top diplomats of Iran and 5 world powers meet Friday, July 6, as Tehran seeks assurances it will benefit economically from the nuclear deal despite the US withdrawal from the pact. But in a setback on the eve of the talks, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani  told French President ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 6th, 2018

Iran president in Europe to rally support for nuclear deal

Iran president in Europe to rally support for nuclear deal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

Iran’s dangerous ride

Not so long ago, things were looking up for Iran. The 2015 nuclear deal its government agreed with the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany lifted tough sanctions, allowing for a sharp increase in Iran’s oil production......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

China s Xi hails unity of security bloc led with Russia

QINGDAO, China – Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday, June 9, opened a regional security summit attended by Russia and Iran with boasts of the bloc's "unity", just as a fractious G7 gathering was mired in divisions between Europe and the US. On the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

With nuclear deal under threat, Iran shows off centrifuges

The star of a live television interview in Iran's new nuclear workshop wasn't the head of the country's atomic agency, but three centrifuges labeled in English in the background, advanced devices Tehran is prohibited from using by the nuclear deal with world powers......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Obama-era license aimed to let Iran convert money in dollars

WASHINGTON --- The Obama administration secretly sought to give Iran access --- albeit briefly --- to the US financial system by sidestepping sanctions kept in place after the 2015 nuclear deal, despite repeatedly telling Congress and the public it had no plans to do so. An investigation by Senate Republicans released Wednesday sheds light on the delicate balance the Obama administration sought to strike after the deal, as it worked to ensure Iran received its promised benefits without playing into the hands of the deal's opponents. Amid a tense political climate, Iran hawks in the US, Israel and elsewhere argued that the United States was giving far too much to Tehran and that...Keep on reading: Obama-era license aimed to let Iran convert money in dollars.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Asean talks boost trade cooperation, facilitation

VIENTIANE -- Asean will further reduce barriers and deepen economic linkages among member states, while lowering business costs and creating a larger market and economies of scale for regional busi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Netanyahu warns Merkel of new refugee crisis sparked by Iran

BERLIN: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel Monday that Iranian meddling in the Middle East could touch off massive new refugee flows to Europe, as they clashed about the future of the nuclear deal with Tehran. At the start of a three-day European tour dominated by strategic differences on Iran, Netanyahu [...] The post Netanyahu warns Merkel of new refugee crisis sparked by Iran appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJun 5th, 2018

Netanyahu warns Merkel of new refugee crisis sparked by Iran

BERLIN, Germany – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel Monday, June 4, that Iranian meddling in the Middle East could touch off massive new refugee flows to Europe, as they clashed about the future of the nuclear deal with Tehran . At the start of a 3-day European tour dominated by ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 5th, 2018

Iran calls on world to stand up to Trump, save nuclear deal

The world should stand up to Washington’s bullying behavior, Iran’s foreign minister was quoted saying by state media in a letter to counterparts, as the top diplomat intensifies efforts to save a nuclear deal after a US exit. Iran calls on world to stand up to Trump, save nuclear deal LONDON – The world should… link: Iran calls on world to stand up to Trump, save nuclear deal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Putin, Macron Meet to Discuss U.S. Withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Deal

(Xinhua) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday exchanged views on international issues including the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, according to the Kremlin. Putin and Macron discussed the situation of Iran, Syria and Ukraine and agreed to further develop bilateral relations, according to the statement from […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 26th, 2018