John Fritze and Deirdre Shesgreen USA TODAY Published 10:07 AM EDT Sep 21, 2018 WASHINGTON – As President Donald Trump prepares to attend his second United Nations meeting next week, world leaders are bracing for another round of confrontation with the U.S. over Iran, global trade and Trump's "America first" view of foreign policy. A year after he shocked his counterparts by threatening to "totally destroy" North Korea in his inaugural U.N. address, Trump is expected to use a series of speeches to push a hard line against Iran. Part of his mission will be to persuade skeptical allies to back his decision four months ago to yank the U.S. out of a controversial deal to limit Iran's nuclear program. Senior aides say the president will also reaffirm the idea of sovereignty as a guiding principle of U.S. foreign policy – a message sure to play better with voters in battleground states ahead of the November midterm … [Read more...] about Donald Trump: United Nations will focus on Iran, nuclear weapons
Iran nuclear weapons
DONALD Trump is preparing to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities as early as next month with America’s allies expected to play a key role, it was reported. The US president tore an agreement earlier this year designed to prevent Iran developing nuclear weapons, claiming the Islamic republic had broken the deal. Earlier this week, Trump warned Iran it would suffer 'consequences' if it threatened the United States. Sources in the Australian government have told the ABC, the country’s military facilities would play a role identifying targets as would those of Britain. The UK and Australia are part of the so-called ‘five eyes’ intelligence partnership that also includes Canada and New Zealand, though the latter two would not play a role. Analysts from the little-known spy agency Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation would also be expected to play a part. A senior security source told the ABC there was a difference between providing accurate … [Read more...] about Donald Trump is ‘secretly preparing missile strikes on Iran’s nuclear weapons facilities before the end of summer’
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has announced he has pulled America out of the "horrible, one-sided" Iran nuclear deal as well as lay into the Iranian regime in a series of tweets. Speaking in the White House, the US President claimed Iran has continued to develop its nuke programme branding the agreement "disastrous" - here's what you need to know. Why has Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal? Prior to his definitive announcement, Trump repeatedly threatened to withdraw from the deal, calling it “ridiculous” as well as “insane”. Reports had emerged citing people who are familiar with the decision say he told French President Emmanuel Macron his plans to withdraw from the historic deal. While he has made no secret of his dislike of the deal he has also said he was willing to work to improve the arrangement. He has particularly objected the accord’s sunset clause, which allows Iran to resume part of its nuclear programme after 2025. Speaking at … [Read more...] about Why did Donald Trump pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and what’s going to happen now?
BROKERED by the Obama White House and signed by seven world powers, the Iran nuclear deal aimed to reduce the country's ability to produce nuclear weapons. However, Donald Trump's latest Twitter attack could see the hard work undone after the US President issued a dramatic warning to the leader of the Islamic Republic. What does the Iran nuclear deal entail? The Iran nuclear deal was an agreement between the Islamic Republic and a group of world powers aimed at scrapping the Middle Eastern country's nuclear weapons programme. The deal saw Iran agree to eliminate its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium by 98 per cent. Enriched uranium is a critical component for making nuclear weapons and in nuclear power stations and by curbing the amount Iran produce is a way to curb the number of weapons produced. As part of the agreement, Iran also agreed to only enrich their uranium up to 3.67 per cent over the next 15 years and they agreed to reduce their gas centrifuges for 13 years. Gas … [Read more...] about What is the Iran nuclear deal, when was it agreed and which countries signed it?
Russia is highly concerned by the future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA] for settling the disputes around Iran’s nuclear problem, the Russian Ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov said on Thursday, TASS reported. He took the floor at a conference the US Department of State timed for the 50th anniversary since the opening of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons [Non-Proliferation Treaty, or NTP] for signing. "A knotty situation has taken shape around the treaty today," Antonov said. "We’re alarmed by the future of JCPOA. We call on all the [signatory] countries to act on their obligations clearly and unambiguously." "We think it’s a matter of paramount importance to see to it that the JCPOA continues functioning in spite of the current turbulences," he said. "We think the measures envisioned by the plan, including verification and control, and the information exchange mechanisms are unprecedented in character and give us reliable … [Read more...] about Russia concerned by future of Iran nuclear deal, says ambassador to US `