#AceWorldNews says Noam Chomsky, a prominent American linguist and political scientist, says the United States’ constant threat of war against Iran is a violation of the United Nations Charter.
Both of its borders have been under occupation by a hostile superpower, the United States, which is constantly violating the UN charter by leaving open what they call the saying, ‘all options are open’ — meaning the threat of war.”
Chomsky said last month during an interview with HuffPost Live. “The UN Charter bars the threat of force.”
Chomsky also questioned the US reasons to impose sanctions on Iran, saying that even the US intelligence reports do not prove that Tehran is developing a nuclear weapon.
“My feeling is that the entire discussion is kind of surreal,” Chomsky said. “There are more fundamental questions to ask. What justification does the United States have to impose sanctions in the first place?”
“As far as US intelligence knows, Iran is developing nuclear capacities, but they don’t know if they are trying to develop nuclear weapons or not,” Chomsky told HuffPost Live.
“Chances are they’re developing what’s called ‘nuclear capability,’ which many states have. That is the ability to have nuclear weapons if they decide to do it. That’s not a crime,” he added.
#AceWorldNews says South Korea and the United States have kicked off a controversial annual military drill near the Korean Peninsula amid opposition from North Korea.
The maneuvers, dubbed Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, will involve nearly 13,000 American forces and some 200,000 South Korean troops, PressTV reports.
The Key Resolve maneuver will last for over a week and is a largely computer-simulated exercise, while the eight-week Foal Eagle drill involves air, ground and naval field training.
Pyongyang has long denounced these maneuvers as a provocative “rehearsal for invasion,” calling for them to be called off to avoid military tensions between South and North Korea and improve bilateral relations.
South Korea has rejected the calls by its northern neighbour, insisting that the joint drill will go ahead as planned, though reportedly on a smaller scale.
#AceWorldNews says Tehran may modify Arak heavy-water reactor it is official.
An Iranian official said for the first time that Iran may modify a heavy-water reactor near Arak. “We can do some design change… in order to produce less plutonium in this reactor, and in this way allay the worries and mitigate the concerns,” Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, told Press TV.
The statement signals a willingness to compromise as the uncompleted Arak heavy water reactor was a stumbling block that almost derailed nuclear talks last November, Bloomberg reported.
English: The United Nations Security Council Chamber in New York, also known as the Norwegian Room Français: La Salle de réunion du Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies à New York Nederlands: De Zaal van de Veiligheidsraad van de Verenigde Naties in New York (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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