(WASHINGTON) JUST IN: #Iran VP Pence tells congress of Trumps announcement to withdraw from ‘ Nuclear Deal ‘ and immediately apply sanctions he says ‘ A decaying and rotten deal” and he will withdraw the US from Obama-era nuclear agreement but will to do a deal that is long and lasting #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – May.08: Editor says this is what we know so far: Vice President Pence is notifying Hill leaders that President Trump will announce withdrawal, according to a senior congressional source: President Trump’s final decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal was made over the weekend, according to a person familiar with the discussions, though it was long considered a foregone conclusion inside the White House #AceNewsDesk reports

National security adviser John Bolton — an Iran hawk who nonetheless told people he was committed to providing all options to Trump — offered a variety of paths, including reimposing all sanctions, applying new sanctions or allowing for more time to negotiate with the Europeans.

Trump determined that more time would not bridge disagreements, most pointedly his demand that Iran’s nuclear program be curbed past the current deal’s sunset.

In his talks with Macron and Merkel, Trump left little doubt that he was planning to withdraw, according to Western diplomats. But he insisted he hadn’t made a final decision and kept his plans very close to the vest in the lead-up to today’s announcement.

We’re waiting for President Trump’s 2 p.m. ET announcement on the Iran deal. Vice President Pence is notifying Hill leaders that Trump will withdraw from it, a congressional source says.

— Meg Wagner (@megwagner) 6:40 PM – May 8, 2018

Vice President Pence is telling Congress that Trump will announce a withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, says a senior congressional source https://cnn.it/2IovApqpic.twitter.com/NKO2Qy8Ex6 here what he said: #Breaking144 – “A decaying and rotten deal” – Trump says he will withdraw the US from Obama-era nuclear agreement with #Iran: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-44045957 Donald Trump says Iran will want a “new and lasting deal” and he is “ready, willing and able” to negotiate when Ira… https://t.co/h0LrasOGgr

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TEHRAN: Iran says it has transferred 11 tons of heavy water, which can be used in the production of nuclear arms, to Oman as @Paul Ryan confirmed a letter had been sent to Obama to asking him to halt any plans for new concessions – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – Nov.22: This is from our breaking news earlier on
#Breaking144 – US House Speaker Paul Ryan says he, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Ed Royce sent letter to US President #Obama asking him to halt any plans for new concessions to #Iran – @SpeakerRyan – @AceBreakingNews
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#AceBreakingNews – Nov.22: US House Speaker Paul Ryan says he, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Ed Royce sent letter to US President #Obama asking him to halt any plans for new concessions to #Iran – @SpeakerRyan
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Iran says it has moved 11 tons of heavy water to Oman
// The Times of Israel
The head of Iran’s nuclear program, Ali Akbar Salehi, was quoted by official media Tuesday as saying that the heavy water, which is used to cool reactors that produce plutonium, was transferred to the Arab country. Oman often serves as a mediator between Iran and the West.

On Sunday, Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said that the heavy water was being transferred to Oman for sale, as several foreign firms and countries

A recent report from the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran exceeded its heavy water limit by 100 kilograms (220 pounds) over the 130 metric tons allowed under last year’s nuclear agreement, a small but significant violation, drawing criticicism from the head of the UN’s atomic watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, for Tehran’s second breach this year of the 2015 nuclear deal with major powers.

(Left to right) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif , IAEA director general Yukiya Amano and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini arrive for a news conference in Vienna on January 16, 2016 (AFP / APA / HANS PUNZ)

“It is important that such situations should be avoided in the future in order to maintain international confidence in the implementation” of the deal, Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said last week in Vienna.

Heavy water, a modified form of normal water, is used in certain types of nuclear reactors.

The 2015 nuclear deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, states that Iran’s “needs” are estimated to be around 130 metric tons of heavy water.

The 2015 nuclear accord went into effect in January to cap Tehran’s nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

US president-elect Donald Trump has said his “number-one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran,” and that “we will enforce it like you’ve never seen a contract enforced before, folks, believe me,” leading to much speculation on the future of the nuclear deal.

Times of Israel Staff contributed to this report.

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UN: ‘ Report on efforts to clarify activity at Parchin Military site causes scepticism on Iran Deal ‘

#AceNewsServices – Featured Report:UNITED NATIONS:Aug.08: A prominent United States think tank on Friday questioned Iran’s explanation for activity at its Parchin military site visible in satellite imagery, saying the movement of vehicles did not appear related to road work.

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Satellite image of Parchin site 2012 AP/Institute for Science & International Security.

The US-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) said this week that Iran might be sanitising its Parchin military site, where some countries suspect experiments may have taken place in a possible atomic weapons program. Iran denied it, saying it was part of road works near the Mamloo Dam.

The think-tank issued a fresh analysis on Friday disputing Iran’s story.

“Commercial satellite imagery does not support the Iranian explanation,” the think tank said in a statement. “ISIS analysed commercially available satellite imagery taken on July 12, 19, and 26, 2015 but did not find any visible signatures related to road work on the road near the dam.”

It said it would make little sense for Iran to “park vehicles three kilometres south of the dam and at the one site that would create intense concern and suspicion about Iran’s intentions to comply with the recently negotiated (deal).” A spokesman for Iran’s United Nations mission in New York said Tehran stood by its statement from Thursday and had nothing to add.

Parchin is a site the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), requested access to as part of a landmark July 14 nuclear deal between Tehran and six major powers. ISIS suggested Iran could be engaged in cleanup work before IAEA inspectors arrive.

Attempts to sanitise the site could complicate the work of the IAEA, whose job it is to judge whether Iran’s past atomic activity was linked to developing weapons, including through access to Parchin.

“There is no support in the imagery for the Iranian explanation,” ISIS’s new analysis said. “Iran’s explanation appears to be that the vehicles at the suspect site were there inadvertently, but this explanation strains believability.”

US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said on Thursday he could not confirm the findings but that any cleanup effort would be of concern. The ISIS findings come as the Obama administration is struggling to convince skeptics in Congress to support the deal.

Under the July 14 nuclear deal, most sanctions on Iran will be lifted once the IAEA verifies Iranian compliance with the terms of the agreement, including strict limits on Iranian nuclear activities and answering questions about its past atomic work. Iran says it has never sought atomic weapons.

Courtesy of Dawn.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ Democrats clash with Kerry over Iran Deal ‘

#AceNewsReport – WASHINGTON:July.29: Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee joined with Republicans in pushing back on the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday as Secretary of State John Kerry faced the panel.

Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said he was “troubled by” and “very disappointed” with parts of the agreement, citing a litany of concerns.

“Truth is, after 15 years, Iran is a nuclear threshold state, which means they can produce weapons-grade, highly-enriched uranium without limitations,” he said. “Our friends in Israel are rightfully concerned.”

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LEBANON: ‘ Iran to continue on supporting the leader of Hezbollah ‘

#AceNewsReport – LEBANON:July.26: The leader of the militant Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, said on Saturday that the organization still counts on Iran’s supports after its nuclear deal, Reuters reported.

In his first official reaction to the Iran nuclear deal, Nasrallah said he was sure Iran would surprise critics who believe it would stop supporting Hezbollah.

“We deal with every trust and complete assurance over this”, said Nasrallah during a ceremony honoring the children of fallen Hezbollah fighters.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ Obama Tests Democrats Loyalty over Iran Deal ‘

#AceNewsReport – WASHINGTON:July.19: President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran is the latest test of the Democrats’ loyalty toward their ally in the White House.

Off a contentious trade debate that highlighted Democratic divisions and infuriated Obama’s liberal base, even the Democrats most critical of the Iran deal are walking a fine line.

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PENTAGON: ‘ Carter says US will – NOT offer Weapons to Israel as Compensation for Iran Deal ‘

#AceNewsReport – WASHINGTON (AP):July.19: In the face of Israeli outrage over the Iran nuclear accord, the Pentagon is moving quickly to reinforce arguably the strongest part of the U.S.-Israeli relationship: military cooperation.

But officials say Washington has no plans to offer new weaponry as compensation for the Iran deal.

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SAUDI ARABIA: ‘ Car Explosion Near High Security Prison Killed Driver & Wounded Two Security Officials ‘

#AceNewsReport – SAUDI ARABIA:Post Update:July.17: A car explosion at a checkpoint near Saudi Arabia’s highest security prison killed the driver and wounded two security officials, the interior ministry said on Thursday, as reported by AFP.

“The driver blew up the car and killed himself,” said the spokesman, adding that the explosion is now under investigation.

The policemen, who were in a “stable condition,” were taken to the hospital, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.

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IRAN: ‘ Lawmakers Chanting “Death to America” Vote to Ban Access to Military sites, documents & scientists as part of Nuclear Deal ‘

#AceBreakingNews – IRAN:June.22: With some lawmakers chanting “Death to the America,” Iran’s parliament voted Sunday to ban access to military sites, documents and scientists as part of a future deal with world powers over its contested nuclear program.

The bill, if approved into law, could complicate the ongoing talks in Vienna between Iran and the six-nation group (#P6+Iran) the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany — as they face a self-imposed June 30 deadline. The talks are focused on reaching a final accord that curbs Iran’s nuclear program in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.

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@the_intercept GCHQ Top Secret Document Discloses Spy Unit in Cyberspace Researching Manipulation of Human Behaviour @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – LONDON:June.22:A top-secret document, disclosing how a spy unit in the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) operates within cyberspace, has for the first time been revealed by The Intercept.

A report, titled ‘Behavioural Science Support for JTRIGs Efforts and Online HUMINT [human intelligence] Operations’, written in 2011 by a psychologist, Mandeep K. Dhami, details the activities of the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group [JTRIG].

British and US spy agencies use reverse engineered software products under questionable legal authority to infiltrate networks and track users, media reported on Monday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US National Security Agency and the UK Government Communications Headquarters have worked to undermine computer security software, including Kaspersky Lab’s anti-virus programs, to infiltrate networks and track users.

“The spy agencies have reverse engineered software products, sometimes under questionable legal authority, and monitored web and email traffic in order to discreetly thwart anti-virus software and obtain intelligence from companies about security software and users of such software,” a report from The Intercept read.

The NSA and GCHQ in particular looked into breaching software produced by the Moscow-based cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab that protects more than 400 million people, according to the report.

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FRANCE: ‘ Paris regrets loss of Russian Arms Market ‘

#AceNewsReport – FRANCE:Exclusive Interview:June.14: While France is taking a hard anti-Russian stance due to the Ukrainian crisis, other European nations are busy signing new billion-dollar contracts with Russia, said Philippe Migault, a military expert from the French Institute of International and Strategic Affairs.

' Paris Regrets loss of French Arms Market '
‘ Paris Regrets loss of Russian Arms Market ‘

Since French companies don’t have access to the two main global arms markets – the United States and China – they face fierce competition for markets in the Middle East and Asia.

That is why voluntarily losing the Russian market, one of the most promising and emerging arms markets in the world, is a silly move on behalf of the French government, Migault told Sputnik France in an exclusive interview.

“We risk regretting this very soon,” the military expert said.

France had the opportunity to deliver two Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia; however, Paris complied with Washington’s pressure and decided to cancel the $1.3 billion contract.

France went against its own idea of economic patriotism, highly regarded during the current economic crisis, by abandoning the Mistral deal. Economic patriotism requires the support of exports and the protection of jobs, but France did the exact opposite by cancelling the arms deal

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RUSSIA: ‘ 195 Soviet-Era Decommissioned Submarines are Disposed ‘

#AceNewsReport – Featured Post:June.12: Currently, 195 of the 201 decommissioned submarines have been disposed. The demolition of the rest submarines and 14 technical support vessels is due to be completed by 2020.

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‘ 195 of 201 Decommissioned Soviet-Era Submarines are Disposed ‘

Russia’s Rosatom Corporation is nearing to complete the disposal of Soviet-made decommissioned nuclear-powered submarines and support vessels.

Currently, 195 of the 201 decommissioned submarines have been disposed. The demolition of all the decommissioned nuclear submarines and 14 technical support vessels is due to be completed by 2020.

“We have started the disposal of technical support vessels and depot ships. By 2020, we are expected to complete the disposal of all 14 support ships decommissioned from the Northern and the Pacific Fleets as well as two Atomflot support ships,” Rosatom CEO Sergei Kirienko said during the “70th anniversary of the Russian Atom” forum in Chelyabinsk.

K-3 Leninsky Komsomol

“195 of the 201 submarines have been dismantled and recycled. Six submarines are left. Now we have no vessels standing in queue for dismantling. In 1999, when Rosatom was charged with the disposal there were 120 submarines waiting,” Kirienko said.

In 2014, the disposal of the “Volodarsky” depot ship was completed. Now, the disposal of the “Lepse” depot ship has begun. Within six months, it will be discharged of nuclear fuel. Then it will be prepared for wet storage before the disposal.

Kirienko also pointed out that under the “Nuclear radioactive safety 2” program new equipment and technology were developed, including the recycling technology for the uranium-beryllium fuel from project 705 submarines which were equipped with liquid-metal reactors.

The need for the disposal of nuclear submarines and depot ships emerged after the fall of the Soviet Union. At that time, military spending was significantly reduced.

More than 200 submarines built-in the 1950-1980s, and a large number of support vessels, were decommissioned from the Russian navy.

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MOSCOW: ‘ Russia plans new ISIL Single Strategy under UN Auspices ‘

#AceNewsServices – Featured Report:MOSCOW:June.11: Double standards in fighting extremism are not acceptable, the top Russian diplomat stressed, adding that actions of extremists are often ignored for political gain.  Fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Russia will promote the creation of a single strategy to counter Islamic State militants in the Middle East and North Africa under the auspices of the UN Security Council, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday.

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SWITZERLAND: ‘ Prosecutors open case on alleged spying on Iran’s Nuclear Program ‘

#AceNewsReport – #BreakingUpdate: SWIZERLAND:June.11: The Swiss Attorney General’s office has opened a criminal case into alleged spying on talks over Iran’s nuclear program, TASS reported.

The probe concerns unidentified actors involved in prohibited spying activities in Switzerland, said the office’s spokesman, Andre Marty. Kaspersky Lab earlier said it had uncovered a spy campaign targeting hotels that hosted the negotiations between Tehran and six world powers.

Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan on Wednesday denied a report that Israel carried out a cyber-espionage campaign targeting the hotels.

US officials have accused Israel of spying on the talks in the past, the Jerusalem Post said.

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WASHINGTON WRAP: ‘ NEWS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED FROM CAPITOL HILL ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON:Dec.22 – Well last round-up of Washington news you may have missed before Christmas descends on all of us. This weeks wrap is off course dominated by: SONY HACK and was it or was it not North Korea, China or just some great big publicity stunt as many are starting to say: Well all news is good news even when its bad so here goes for another week:

SONY HACK:

Obama: Sony hacking attack not an act of war by North Korea  President Obama says in an interview broadcast Sunday morning that he did not think the Sony Pictures hack was not an act of war by North Korea.  http://ow.ly/GePS9

McCain: Sony hack ‘a new form of warfare’  “We need to react and react vigorously,” the Republican senator said.  http://ow.ly/Gf13H

Intel chairman slams Obama for slow Sony response  “Saying ‘aloha’ and getting on the plane to Hawaii is not the answer,” Rogers said.  http://ow.ly/Gf0xN

Sony hack a ‘wake-up call’ for US, cybersecurity expert says  “You’ve got to invest in a defensible architecture,” Major General Brett Williams said. http://ow.ly/GfgCP

Will US add North Korea to list of state sponsors of terrorism?  The United States is weighing whether to put North Korea back on its list, Obama said.  http://ow.ly/GeZ8A

Sony lawyer: ‘The Interview’ will be distributed  A top Sony lawyer stressed the movie studio will release the film through some platform. http://ow.ly/Gfakt

Iran watching Obama’s moves, Graham says  Graham said Obama must respond “forcefully” to Sony cyberattack.  http://ow.ly/GfcDl

NYPD SHOOTINGS:

Graham: Dems’ tone ‘incites crazy people’  The senator said the shooter alone is to blame for the deaths of two New York officers. http://ow.ly/GfaZ1

NY Democrat: Unfair to blame mayor, Holder for NYPD shootings  Rep. Gregory Meeks said de Blasio and Holder have been trying “to bring the city together.” http://ow.ly/Gf9X8

NAACP chief: Don’t blame Dems for NYPD shootings  Cornell William Brooks said criticism of New York’s mayor and Eric Holder are unfair. http://ow.ly/Gf8ox

CUBA:

Rubio blasts Obama’s Cuba decision  The Florida Republican denounced the president’s actions on three Sunday shows.  http://ow.ly/GfdOF

Senators split on Obama’s Cuba strategy  Sens. Ron Johnson and Ben Cardin debated Obama’s move to normalize relations.  http://ow.ly/Gf3ZS

GUANTANAMO BAY:

Obama on Gitmo: ‘I’m going to be doing everything I can to close it’  Obama stopped short of declaring that he’d succeed in closing the controversial facility.  http://ow.ly/GeXQt

McCain: Obama acting in a ‘most imperial fashion’  “This is a president who ran on an open and transparent presidency,” the Arizona Republican said.  http://ow.ly/Gf2rM

Racial Tensions:  

Obama ‘impatient’ on racial progress in US  Obama said he recognizes that “most Americans have good intentions.” http://ow.ly/Gf65v

US Election 2016:

Former DNC chief: Rubio is ‘done’ for 2016  “I think Jeb does some very interesting things,” Howard Dean said. http://ow.ly/GffGQ

So that just about wraps it up in Washington for another year. I will produce my thoughts in Washington before New Year ……. So stay tune… ED.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ GOP THREATEN TO BLOCK OBAMA’S OWN TERMS IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL ‘

#AceWorldNews – Republicans are flexing their muscles and threatening to block President Obama from cutting a nuclear deal with Iran on his own terms.

International negotiators have until Nov. 24 under an interim agreement to reach a deal with Tehran that would curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, or seek another extension of talks.

By Kristina Wong @ The Hill

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TEHRAN: ‘ RISE AND FALL OF THE AGREEMENT ON BILATERAL COOPERATION ON NUCLEAR ENERGY ‘

#AceNewsServices – IRAN (Tehran) – October 18 – Iran and Russia have held a new round of consultations on bilateral cooperation in the area of nuclear energy in the Iranian capital, Tehran, the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom says.

Rosatom’s Communications Department announced on Thursday that Nikolaï Spasski, the deputy director general for international affairs at Rosatom, met with Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi in Tehran on October 15, Ria Novosti reported.

“The parties discussed the current state as well as the prospects of nuclear cooperation between the two countries,” Rosatom added.

Last month, Kamalvandi said Tehran and Moscow were “close to reaching final agreements on the construction of two power plants” in Iran’s southern province of Bushehr before the end of the current Persian calendar year (20 March 2015).

In September 2013, Iran officially took over from Russia the first unit of its first 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant in Bushehr for two years.

The Obama administration re-submitted the U.S.-Russian agreement for peaceful nuclear cooperation to Congress on May 10, 2010. The agreement, which would allow the two countries to trade nuclear materials, technology and services, was originally signed and submitted to Congress for review in May 2008.

However, following the August 2008 conflict between Russia and Georgia, the U.S.-Russian relationship deteriorated significantly; the Bush administration withdrew the agreement from Congress on September 8 of that year. The agreement will automatically enter into force unless both houses of Congress pass a resolution of disapproval within 90 legislative days.

The initial construction of the Bushehr facility began in 1975 by German companies, but the work was halted following the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

After signing a deal on the construction of nuclear plants in 1992, Iran and Russia reached an agreement in 1995 to complete the Bushehr plant.

Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian said on September 14 that Russia plans to build eight power plants in three Iranian cities.

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TEHRAN: ‘ SENIOR IRANIAN CLERIC SAYS PERSIAN GULF MONARCHY ARE SPONSOR’S OF TERRORISTS ‘

#AceNewsServices – IRAN (Tehran) – October 18 – A senior Iranian cleric has dismissed as “false” recent allegations by the Saudi foreign minister that Iran meddles in the internal affairs of regional countries, saying the Persian Gulf monarchy is the source of all problems as it sponsors terrorists in the region.

Saudi regime source of all Mideast problems: Top Iran cleric

Saudi regime source of all Mideast problems: Top Iran cleric

Addressing worshippers at the weekly Friday Prayers in the Iranian capital, Tehran, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami expressed surprise over the allegation by Saud al-Faisal, saying the Saudi regime is attempting to shift the blame for fueling tension in the Middle East to Iran. 

He went on to ask, “Doesn’t everybody know that your petrodollars created the ISIL? To whom is it unknown that every act of terror in the Islamic world is carried out with your petrodollars?” 

Addressing the Saudi officials, the cleric added, “If you want to know the truth, it is that you are not part of the problem but the whole problem [in the Middle East].”

“Of course, we totally understand why you are upset,” Khatami said, noting that Saudi Arabia has spent billions of dollars to topple the Syrian government and to achieve its objectives in Iraq but all its plots have failed.

Speaking in a joint press conference with his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in the Saudi city of Jeddah on Monday, Faisal claimed Iran was “part of the problem, not the solution” in the Middle East, alleging that Tehran “cannot play any role in the region” if its policies remain unchanged.

The Saudi foreign minister also accused Iran of having “occupying forces” in Syria despite the fact that Iran has firmly dismissed reports about its military involvement in Syria and Iraq, stressing that Tehran’s support for the two Arab nations is in the form of humanitarian aid and military consultation.

The allegations against Iran come as the Iraqi and Syrian authorities have repeatedly criticized Riyadh and its Persian Gulf Arab allies for fomenting terrorism in their countries.

Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf kingdoms are widely known as being the major sponsors of Takfiri terrorist groups, including ISIL and al-Nusra Front, which are operating in Iraq and Syria.

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TEHRAN: ‘ MULLING OVER UNITED STATES PROPOSAL ON ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM – REPORTS ‘

#AceWorldNrews IRAN (Tehran) – October 17  – Iran is reportedly mulling a compromise over its nuclear program, suggested by the United States, AP reports.

The proposal, detailed by two unnamed diplomats, would allow Tehran to keep more uranium enrichment centrifuges than previously demanded by the US if the country agrees to shrink its stockpile of low-enriched uranium.

Iran is reportedly in talks with Russia about possibly moving its stockpile.

The number of centrifuges left intact has become a major sticking point for negotiators, with Iran insisting on maintaining some 10,000 while the US looks to limit the number to a few thousand and increase the amount of time it would take to develop a bomb.

Source: AP – USA Today – RT 

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BAGHDAD: ‘ IRAN AND TURKEY SECRETLY SENT WEAPONS TO KURDISTAN ‘

#AceWorldNews – BAGHDAD – October 16 – Iran and Turkey quietly came to the aid of Kurdistan in the war against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant.

Kurdistan Regional Government President Masoud Barzani said neighboring states have sent weapons to help block the ISIL advance in September 2014. Barzani identified two of the suppliers as Iran and Turkey.

Kurdistan Regional Government President Masoud Barzani

“This was a great help for that moment,” Barzani said.

In an interview with Sky News Arabic, Barzani said Iran sent two air transports laden with weapons on the first night of the ISIL offensive against Kurdistan. He did not identify the Iranian equipment.

Later, Barzani said, Turkey began to send weapons to KRG forces. The president said he was asked by the Turkish leadership not to announce Ankara’s assistance.

“Turkey sent [arms] later but asked us not to announce it due to domestic conjuncture,” Barzani said.

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