Tehran starts implementing nuclear deal – IAEA
Iran has halted its most sensitive nuclear activity under a deal with six world powers, a confidential UN atomic agency report said. The International Atomic Energy Agency’s report, obtained by Reuters, also said Iran had begun diluting its stockpile of uranium enriched to the fissile concentration of 20 percent. This level took the country closer to the capability of producing fuel for an atomic bomb – a goal Tehran has always denied. Iran’s move paves the way for the easing of some Western sanctions imposed on the country.09:01
Vietnam court sentences 30 drug smugglers to death
Vietnam on Monday sentenced 30 drug smugglers to death in the communist country’s largest-ever narcotics case, involving nearly two tons of heroin, AFP reported. The 30 men and women, all Vietnamese, in the northern province of Quang Ninh, were found guilty of drug trafficking and given the death penalty. A further 59 defendants were handed sentences ranging up to life in prison, presiding Judge Ngo Duc said. This was Vietnam’s “largest ever trial in terms of defendants, the number of death penalties given out and the amount of heroin involved,” according to Duc.
UN inspectors disconnecting enrichment equipment in Iran – report
UN nuclear inspectors have begun disconnecting some centrifuges used for enriching uranium at Iran’s Natanz plant, Iranian state television said. The move is part of a nuclear deal with six world powers due to take effect on Monday. “The International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors in the Natanz plant are disconnecting cascades,”Reuters quoted the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, as saying on television. The official, who was referring to interlinked networks of centrifuges, added that “the sanctions iceberg against Iran is melting.” Tehran is expected to suspend its higher-grade uranium enrichment in return for some easing of Western sanctions.
2 dead, hundreds evacuated over ‘historic’ French Riviera floods
River levels were receding early on Monday in southeastern France after “historic” floods left two people dead, AFP reported. A third man disappeared while out on his boat and 4,000 homes have been left without power after the deluge in the department of Var, officials said. More than 150 people were airlifted to safety. In the town of Hyeres, Mayor Jacques Politi spoke of “a historic flood.” Var prefecture official Emmanuel Dupuis said the area was “at the end of the crisis,” warning that the slightest rain could cause further damage as the ground remained saturated.
Suicide bomber kills 10 near Pakistani army HQ in Rawalpindi
A suicide bomber killed 10 people in a crowded market on Monday near the Pakistani army headquarters in the city of Rawalpindi, Reuters reported. The market is 10 minutes’ walk from the army headquarters and is considered one of the most secure areas of the city. The attack, not far from the capital, Islamabad, comes a day after a Taliban bombing killed 20 Pakistani soldiers near the tribal region of North Waziristan.
6.3 quake strikes New Zealand
A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the North Island of New Zealand on Monday afternoon, with tremors felt in Wellington and other parts of the country. The epicenter of Monday’s earthquake was approximately 129 kilometers northeast of Wellington. The depth of the shake was recorded at 65 kilometers according to the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, the country’s seismological agency. There is no immediate word on damage or casualties.
S. Korean trade official kidnapped in Libya
A South Korean trade agency employee has been kidnapped by four unknown assailants in Libya, the country’s Foreign Ministry announced. Han Seok-woo, the head of the Libya unit of the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) was kidnapped in the early hours of Monday morning as he was returning home after his work at the trade office in Tripoli.
- Iran: “IAEA Inspectors Arrive in Tehran to Facilitate Implementation Towards Landmark Deal with Six other Powers”(acenewsservices.com)
- “Nuclear talks with Iran postponed to Feb. 8 – IAEA”(aceworldwideservices.com)
- Iran starts implementing nuclear deal, IAEA report shows – Times of India(timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
- UN Experts to Visit Iranian Uranium Mine(israelnationalnews.com)
- Iran to halt 20pc uranium enrichment Monday noon(debka.com)