Kim Hjelmgaard USA TODAY Published 10:08 AM EST Nov 12, 2018 Houshang Shahbazi saved the lives of more than 100 passengers and crew in 2012 when he successfully landed a 747 commercial airplane with a disabled wheel carriage. As emergency workers at Tehran's international airport prepared for the worst, Shahbazi delicately brought an Iran Air flight to a halt using only landing gear under the wings. Remember Captain Chesley Sullenberger? The U.S. Airways hero pilot of flight 1549 who against the odds and while the whole world was watching safely landed in the Hudson River in 2009 after his plane collided with birds, causing both engines to fail? Well, Shahbazi is Iran's Sullenberger. But while Shahbazi's flying skills are rightly celebrated, even heroes know their limits. Iran’s isolation from the world has left it with one of the oldest civil-aviation fleets in the world and facilitated a fatal trend in its aviation-safety record that experts say is likely to … [Read more...] about Iran deal: More sanctions from Trump mean misery for Iran’s flyers
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Europe's top diplomats have vowed to work together to preserve a multinational nuclear deal with Iran, as US President Donald Trump signed an executive order paving the way for the return of biting sanctions against Tehran on Tuesday. In a joint statement issued on Monday, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Britain said the remaining parties to the 2015 agreement will maintain "effective financial channels" with Iran and ensure its continued export of oil and gas. "We deeply regret the re-imposition of sanctions by the US, due to the latter's withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)," the statement said, referring to Trump's decision in May. New US sanctions on Iran come into effect from Tuesday "Preserving the nuclear deal with Iran is a matter of respecting international agreements and a matter of international security," the statement added. In a statement on Monday, the White House said the … [Read more...] about Europe vows to preserve Iran deal as US sanctions return
By MATTHEW KARNITSCHNIGwith ZOYA SHEFTALOVICH Send tips here | Tweet @MKarnitschnig | Listen to today’s Playbook and view in your browser Heatwave! This week promises to be another scorcher. Seville is expected to hit 43 degrees today and by mid-week the heat is forecast to hit Northern Europe, with temperatures in Germany possibly going as high as 40 degrees. So good thing most of you are on vacation. For those unlucky few stuck in an office in Germany, remember you’re not allowed to leave by law until the interior temperature hits a cool 35 degrees. For god’s sake, don’t fear the draft. Speaking of Deutschland, I’m Matt Karnitschnig, POLITICO’s man in the German capital. I’ll be shepherding Playbook this week in Florian’s absence. He reports to have safely reserved a sun lounge on the Iberian peninsula early Saturday with his POLITICO towel for the next two weeks. HAPPY IRAN SANCTIONS DAY! The first round of America’s … [Read more...] about POLITICO Brussels Playbook: Why does Europe love the Iran deal? — Germans in glass houses — Dead sea
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?
Sputnik: The EU has expressed support for preserving the nuclear deal, what reaction can we expect on this matter from the US? Christopher Bovis: In the current climate, the United States administration has voiced a very vocal opposition to anything that goes against their decision to block the Iranian deal that was signed in 2015 and they will try their best to undermine the cooperation between Iran and Iranian government and also European and other allies towards achieving the cooperation spirit that was signed in 2015. We expect some degree of opposition and we expect some other diplomatic and also commercial pressures applied upon the Europeans and also Russia and also China. READ MORE: Iran: EU Package on Extending Nuclear Deal 'Disappointing' Sputnik: What kind of pressure do you think we are going to see put on the European states? Christopher Bovis: Economic diplomacy translates … [Read more...] about US to Use EU Stance on Iran Deal to Pressure NATO Over Defense Spending