North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan for the first time in five years, forcing Japan to issue evacuation notices and suspend trains on Tuesday. The launch was the most provocative weapons demonstration by North Korea this year as it ramps up missile tests in its push to build a full-fledged nuclear arsenal that viably threatens the United States and other countries Pyongyang sees as enemies. Japanese authorities alerted residents in northeastern regions to evacuate to shelters in the first "J-alert" alert since 2017, when North Korea fired a Hwasong-12 missile twice over Japan in a span of weeks during its previous torrid run of weapons tests. Trains were suspended in the Hokkaido and Aomori regions until the government issued a subsequent notice that the North Korean missile appeared to have landed in the Pacific. In Sapporo city, the prefectural capital of Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido, subways were also temporarily suspended, with … [Read more...] about North Korea fires nuclear-capable missile over Japan in another spike in tensions
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As the United States and Iran deliberate on what appears to be the final stretch toward deciding the fate of their 2015 nuclear deal with major world powers, President Joe Biden 's administration has defended the landmark accord's sunset clauses as a routine aspect of non-proliferation diplomacy that can be renewed once the accord is back on track. Even more, a core tenet of the deal would remain in place indefinitely. But with the agreement still now in limbo, a White House National Security Council spokesperson told Newsweek that the present nuclear landscape is far more volatile. "Let me be clear: under the current situation, the sun has already set," the spokesperson said. The spokesperson then cited the words of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi, who stated last month that Iran's nuclear program was "galloping ahead" and that the IAEA has "very little visibility" into its development in the absence of an agreement. This … [Read more...] about Why Biden Sees Iran Nuclear Deal ‘Sunsets’ As No Obstacle to Arms Control
President Joe Biden 's administration has signaled progress in the 16-month effort to restore the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, as all parties involved await the U.S. response to Iran's comments on the final text circulated by the European Union earlier this month. The EU received Iran's comments last week. On Monday, Josep Borrell, the EU's high representative for foreign affairs and security and the organization's top diplomat, described them as "reasonable," and said he was awaiting the U.S. response. "I hope that this response allows us to end the negotiations," Borrell said. "That's my hope, but I cannot assure you that this will happen." Hours later, State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters that the administration was still "seriously reviewing" the comments from Iran, while at the same "engaging with our partners, with the EU, with our European allies on the way ahead." He also signaled that Tehran had appeared to have backed down from added demands, … [Read more...] about U.S. Says Nuclear Deal ‘Closer’ After Iran Reply Deemed ‘Reasonable’ by EU
Ukraine: Russian attack repelled by Special Operations Forces SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Senior MP Oleg Morozov has claimed outgoing UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been in cahoots with Ukraine to blow up the Crimean Bridge, which links the annexed part of Ukraine to mainland Russia. Speaking on Russian state-backed television, Mr Morozov said: “The Crimean bridge from a military strategic view is similar to Tower Bridge in London. “If the UK is discussing a Crimean bridge attack with Ukraine, why don’t we discuss using Kalibr missiles to attack Tower Bridge in return?” In response, host Yevgeny Popov said: “I should discuss a Tower bridge attack with the Minister of Defence in China.” There is no evidence the … [Read more...] about Ukraine: Chilling threat issued to London as Russian MP vows to BLOW UP Tower Bridge
A Russian military train is reportedly transporting equipment for the nation’s nuclear weapons program to the frontlines of its war with Ukraine, sparking fears that Russian President Vladimir Putin could be preparing to use nuclear weapons on the battlefield amid his nation’s mounting losses in the war. The Telegraph reported that the train is “operated by the secretive nuclear division and linked to the 12th main directorate of the Russian ministry of defence.” The train, which was pictured on a Russian propaganda Telegram account, was reportedly on its way to Ukraine from central Russia. Military defense analyst Konrad Muzyka said that the 12th directorate operates a dozen facilities for storing Russia’s nuclear weapons, according to The Telegraph. “This is actually a kit belonging to the 12th Main Directorate of the Russian MoD,” the analyst said. “The directorate is responsible for nuclear munitions, their storage, maintenance, transport, and issuance to units.” Muzyka … [Read more...] about Russian Military Train Operated By ‘Secretive Nuclear Division’ Is On Its Way To Ukraine: Report | The Daily Wire
Israeli Alternative Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has issued a strongly worded appeal to President Joe Biden in hopes of convincing the U.S. leader and his administration not to re-enter a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and major world powers as the White House deliberates on the move. "I call on @POTUS Biden & the US administration to refrain, even now at this last minute, from signing the agreement with Iran," Bennett wrote on Twitter . "This agreement will send approximately a quarter of a trillion dollars to the Iranian terror administration's pocket and to its regional proxies and will enable Iran to develop, install and operate centrifuges, with almost no restrictions, in a mere two years." Bennett, a veteran right-wing politician who served as prime minister for about a year's time between mid-June 2021 and late June of this year, also suggested that his administration had been influential in blocking Biden from joining the accord officially known as the Joint … [Read more...] about Israel Alt-PM Tries ‘Last Minute’ Push to Stop Biden from Iran Deal Return
The United States announced its failure to pass through a United Nations Security Council that would extend an arms embargo against Iran, but Russia appealed directly to President Donald Trump with its own Persian Gulf security plan. In a statement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that the 15-member council "failed to uphold its fundamental mission set" by not adopting a unilateral U.S. measure that would prevent restrictions disallowing Iran from buying or selling military equipment from expiring in October. He accused the body of having "rejected a reasonable appeal" allowing what he called "the world's leading state sponsor of terror" to deal in conventional weapons for the first time over a decade. "The Security Council's failure to act decisively in defense of international peace and security is inexcusable," he said, noting support for the extension by Israel and six members of the Arabian Peninsula's Gulf Cooperation Council. "The United States will never … [Read more...] about U.S. Loses Vote to Extend Iran Arms Ban, Russia Tells Trump It Has A Plan
Iran has signed a new military agreement with Syria, vowing to boost the war-torn country's air defense power and challenge the U.S. presence there. Iranian Major General Mohammad Bagheri, Revolutionary Guard commander and chief of staff of the Islamic Republic's armed forces, met Wednesday with Syrian Defense Minister Ali Ayoub to sign a new deal to strengthen defense ties between the two allies. Tehran and Damascus are partnered in the war against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) but are also part of the Axis of Resistance opposed to Israel and the United States. Bagheri said that "the signed agreement strengthens our will and our determination to cooperate in the face of American pressure," adding that "Iran will strengthen the Syrian air defense systems in the framework of strengthening military relations between the two countries," according to Lebanon's Al Mayadeen network and Syria's state-run Al Watan newspaper. "The peoples and countries of the region do not … [Read more...] about Iran Signs Military Deal with Syria to Boost Air Defenses, Challenge U.S.
Updated | Three Iranian-Americans arrived in Germany after leaving Tehran on Sunday in a prisoner swap that followed the lifting of most international sanctions on Iran under a deal U.S. President Barack Obama said cut off Tehran's path to a nuclear bomb. In a sign of sustained readiness to track Iranian compliance with remaining United Nations curbs, the United States imposed fresh sanctions on 11 companies and individuals for supplying Iran's ballistic missile program. The Obama administration had delayed the step for more than two weeks during tense negotiations to free five American prisoners, according to people familiar with the matter. Iran conducted a precision-guided ballistic missile test last October, violating a U.N. ban. Speaking after the released Americans had left Iran, Obama said Iran now would not "get its hands on a nuclear bomb" and the planet would be more secure. "This is a good day because once again we are seeing what's possible through strong American … [Read more...] about Obama Hails Diplomacy as Ex-Prisoners Leave Iran
By Paul Adams Published 6 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Russia-Ukraine war For all the coverage of the war in Ukraine, little has been heard about the daily lives of people in Russian-controlled areas. As Russia formally annexed four regions last week, the BBC has spoken to some of the millions about what life is like under occupation. All names have been changed Boris has lived in Kherson most of his life. He has asked us to disguise his identity - with Russian troops digging in and the Ukrainian army inching closer, civilians have learned to be extremely wary. We communicate using a messaging service. For months, he has tried to maintain his professional and personal life, in a city crawling with Russian soldiers and police officers. It's a life full of striking contrasts. One day, Boris breaks off a … [Read more...] about Fear and loathing – what is daily life like in occupied Ukraine?