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2017年10月08日

イランは米国が厳しい新たな制裁を加えれば米軍をISISと等しいとみなす可能性

RT2017/10/8
Iran may equate US forces to ISIS if tough new sanctions confirmed – Revolutionary Guard chief

Tehran has warned it may begin to equate US forces to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) if a report is true that Washington will include the elite wing of the Iranian Army in the list of terrorist organizations.

The possible designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist group, among other measures against Tehran, was reported by the Financial Times, citing a source “briefed on the matter.”

US President Donald Trump also accused Iran of supporting terrorism and vowed to “put an end to Iran’s continued aggression and nuclear ambitions.”

Revolutionary Guard chief Mohammad Ali Jafari said that if these reports of the United States’ “stupidity” are true, it will equate US troops, especially in the Middle East, to IS terrorists.

“If the news is correct about the stupidity of the American government in considering the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group, then the Revolutionary Guards will consider the American army to be like Islamic State all around the world particularly in the Middle East,” Jafari said on Sunday, according to a Revolutionary Guard statement.

Jafari also said that Washington is on “the wrong route” in attempting to pressure Iran into negotiations on regional issues, and said that new sanctions would only “eliminate the chance” for talks.

“As we’ve announced in the past, if America’s new law for sanctions is passed, this country will have to move their regional bases outside the 2,000 km range of Iran’s missiles,” the Revolutionary Guard chief warned.

On Thursday, Trump accused Tehran of violating the “spirit” of the landmark nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), limiting Iran’s nuclear program for fifteen years in exchange for easing pre-existing sanctions. He also included the Islamic Republic in a list of “challenges we should’ve taken care of a long time ago,” which features North Korea, Afghanistan, and IS.

Trump has until October 15 to recertify the deal. If he chooses not to, it will go to Congress, which will have to decide whether to re-impose sanctions on Tehran, thus effectively putting an end to the agreement. Trump has called the agreement the “worst deal ever negotiated,” and pledged to “dismantle” it.

Iran has repeatedly warned against violating and pulling out of the deal, as it would be harmful primarily to Washington’s own interests and jeopardize the security of the whole region.

The EU has also voiced concerns over removing the nuclear agreement, which “serves the interests of all parties,” according to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini. She also stressed that the achievement in striking the long-negotiated agreement belongs to the international community, not just the US.

PRESSTV2017/10/8
Iran’s IRGC to treat US troops like Daesh if blacklisted

The chief commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says Iran will treat US troops like Daesh terrorists who will have to move their military bases farther from Iran's borders if Washington blacklists his force.

Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari's warning on Sunday came after reports that US President Donald Trump is expected to announce new measures against Iran, including the prospect of additional targeted sanctions and the designation of the IRGC as a terrorist organization.

"As we have announced in the past, if America's new law for sanctions is enforced, this country will have to move its regional bases outside the 2,000 km radius of the Iranian missiles' range," the ISNA news agency quoted him as saying.

By the new law, Gen. Jafari was referring to the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) that Trump signed into law on August 2 after it passed a Senate vote.

Jafari said Iran “deems the implementation of CAATSA equal to America’s unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA,” which will allow the country to exponentially enhance its missile capabilities.

The JCPOA stands for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - the nuclear accord which Tehran reached with the US and other countries in 2015 to limit its nuclear program in exchange for lifting of sanctions.

Trump is expected to announce soon that he will "decertify” the deal in a step that potentially could cause the accord to unravel.

"We will use the opportunity of the stupid behavior of the Trump government to achieve a leap in defense, missile and regional programs," Gen. Jafari said.

A senior US administration official, cited by the Financial Times, said on Friday that Trump would not seek the reimposition of broad sanctions that would risk collapsing the accord but was expected to announce new measures.

Those measures will include additional targeted sanctions, the blacklisting of the IRGC and the adoption of a tougher stance on what Washington calls Iranian proxies in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, the official was quoted as saying.

Jafari said, "If the scattered news about the stupidity of the US government regarding the IRGC as a terrorist group is correct, the Guards will also consider the American military all over the world, especially the Middle East, as equal to Daesh."

Senior US officials have been cited as saying that the Trump administration intended to employ a strategy that would “address the totality of Iran’s malign behavior” in the region, meaning Iran's support for the Syrian and Iraqi governments and resistance groups opposed to the US and its allies pushing for influence in the Middle East.

Jafari said, "If the ultimate goal of the Americans in raising such issues is to negotiate with Iran about the region, they have chosen a completely wrong path."

New US sanctions, he said, will eliminate the chance of any engagement forever.

"These sanctions will cap the JCPOA experience for us, and the experience is that dialog for America is a tool for pressure and hostility rather than interaction or problem-solving," Jafari added.

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Taliban Leader Calls on Supporters to Stop Fighting Against ISIL

Taliban Leader Calls on Supporters to Stop Fighting Against ISIL
TEHRAN (FNA)- The leader of the Taliban terrorist group in Afghanistan, Hibatullah Akhundzada, urged his supporters to stop fighting Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) militants

Akhundzada addressed his supporters about 10 days ago during a meeting of the Taliban leadership in one of the districts of Helmand province in Southern Afghanistan, the 1TV News broadcaster reported, citing an official in country's security forces.

Members of the Quetta Shura (the Taliban leadership council, based in the Pakistani city of Quetta), and representatives of the movement from various parts of Afghanistan, reportedly also took part in the meeting.

Akhundzada advocated an end to the confrontation with the Daesh citing "common goals."

In the past, there were clashes between the Taliban and Daesh. In the end of April, media reported the deaths of more than 90 militants from both sides during a clash between the two militant groups. Around that time, Daesh militants killed one of Taliban leaders in the city of Peshawar in Northwestern Pakistan.

Afghanistan has long been suffering from unstable political, social and security situation due to the simmering militant insurgency. The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces are currently conducting joint offensive operations to combat terrorism across the country.
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サウジ国王 シリア戦争の政治的解決を支持と表明

PRESSTV2017/10/6
Putin, Salman hold talks behind closed doors in Moscow
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi King Salman have held talks behind closed doors in the Russian capital of Moscow, reportedly discussing bilateral and regional issues.

The talks were held on Thursday(10/6) with the participation of other Russian and Saudi officials.

“We have held detailed talks behind closed doors to talk about bilateral relations and the situation in the region,” Putin said after the meeting. “That was a very meaningful, substantive and confidential conversation.”

The Russian president also said he was confident the visit by Salman would give a fresh impetus to the development of bilateral ties with Riyadh. Putin also accepted an invitation by the Saudi king to Saudi Arabia.

Salman and his delegation arrived in the Russian capital for a four-day visit on Wednesday.

The Saudis have reportedly signed more than 15 cooperation agreements − with multi-billion-dollar energy and military contracts − with the Russian side. Moscow has also agreed to sell its advanced S-400 missile defense system to Riyadh.

Putin and Salman also discussed the conflict in Syria, where they support opposing sides. The Saudis have been backing the wide range of militants fighting the elected Syrian government, while Russia backs the legitimate Damascus government.

Saudi Arabia has officially been calling for an ouster of Assad, while Russia says the future of Syria and the political future of Assad should only be determined by the Syrian people.

Nevertheless, Salman claimed that Riyadh favors a political solution to the conflict in Syria, according to a report by TASS.

“A political solution must be achieved that would guarantee security, stability, unity and territorial integrity of Syria,” he was quoted as saying.


The two leaders also discussed the oil market and how to stabilize prices.
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サウジ外相 対ロシア経済制裁は近く解除されるとの見方

サウジ外相のテレビインタビュー リップサービスにしても驚きです。

RT2017/10/7
Anti-Russia sanctions may be lifted soon – Saudi FM
An array of US and EU sanctions on the Russian economy could be poised to be lifted in the near future, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Adel Al-Jubeir, told Russian state TV, adding that his country’s close ties with Washington do not present an obstacle for cooperation with Moscow.

“We hope that an arrangement can be worked out where Russia and the international community can work out their differences so that the sanctions can be removed. And I expect that this will be soon,” Al-Jubeir said in an interview to Rossyia-24 television aired Friday, in response to a question about whether the anti-Russia sanctions would hamper investment projects.

The foreign minister went on to note that Saudi Arabia sees Russia as a “friendly country” and is seeking greater cooperation in energy and other areas. He also praised Russia’s role in the Middle East and said that it could contribute to the resolution of a number of regional conflicts.

“We believe that a strong Saudi-Russian relationship can help to solve many of the challenges in the region,” Al-Jubeir said, adding that Riyadh believes “that Russia’s role in the Middle East is a positive one.”

He went on to say that Russia can particularly play a significant role in the peaceful settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and help achieve the “two-state solution.”

“We both want to see a peaceful resolution of a conflict in Syria, based on Geneva declarations and the UN Security Council resolutions,” he added.

Al-Jubeir said also said that cooperation between Moscow and Riyadh in no way contradicts Riyadh’s partnership with Washington, as both Russia and US play a vital role in resolving conflicts that plague the Middle East.

“Our relationship with the US is a strategic partnership, as you correctly pointed out, [but] we do not believe that improving our relationship with Russia is going to affect negatively our relations with the US. We want to have good ties with everybody,” he said.

The first-ever visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to Russia, which is to wrap up Sunday, has seen billions of dollars’ worth of deals being sealed on its sidelines, including the establishment of a $1 billion joint energy investment fund.

Among the various deals was a preliminary agreement for Saudi Arabia to purchase Russia’s most advanced S-400 missile defense systems, which would see the transfer of cutting-edge technologies to the oil-rich kingdom. It was estimated that the contract may be worth $3 billion.

Moscow and Riyadh also clinched a deal enabling a Saudi Arabian arms manufacturer to start production of the AK-103 Kalashnikov rifle.
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海外ニュース 2017/10/5〜8

自衛隊のF-15戦闘機がスクランブル発進中にぶら下げたミサイルの羽が落ちる。45cm、4.5kg。
RT2017/10/5
Japanese F-15 jet loses part of missile during emergency take-off
A Japanese F-15 fighter jet lost part of its air-to-air missile while making an emergency take-off to intercept an aircraft, local media reported.

The F-15 was taking off at the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) base in Chitoseon on May 5 when one of the missile blades dropped off mid-flight, NHK News reported on Thursday.

The fighter jet was reportedly scrambled for an alert mission to intercept an unidentified aircraft.

The lost part is said to be 45cm in length, weighing 4.5kg.

中国の石油需要は前年を大きく上回るペース
RT2017/10/5
China's oil demand is far ahead of last year's pace

RT2017/10/5
Police to publish findings on child sex abuse claims against ex-PM Ted Heath
A police report examining allegations of child sex abuse against former Conservative Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath is due to be published on Thursday.

The summary report on Operation Conifer, launched two years ago by Wiltshire Police, is expected to state there were sufficient grounds to interview Heath were he still alive.

チャールズ皇太子がソマリアは海賊のせいで魚類資源が回復したと
RT2017/10/6
The Prince of Wales claims the activities of Somali pirates off the coast of East Africa have frightened off trawling vessels, allowing marine life to recover and an “explosion of fish.”

Speaking to Sky News, Prince Charles said: “As a result [of Somali pirates], there hasn’t been any fishing there for the last 10 or 15 years.

“And from that there has been a fantastic explosion of bigger and bigger fish.”

Prince Charles made the remarks after he attended the Our Ocean Conference in Malta on Thursday, on the same day he released a rehabilitated turtle into the sea.

But the royal’s comments were blasted by those who have dealt with piracy firsthand.

Former SAS trooper and anti-piracy expert Phil Campion said:
"These are nasty gangs doing extreme harm, not worrying about life.

“There’s a few extra fish.

“Compare that to people’s lives lost, it’s insensitive,” Champion remarked, according to the Daily Mail.

“If Charles thought about it he’d have a change of heart.”

Former soldier Stephen Beardsley, who faced pirates in the Indian Ocean, said: “They aren’t friendly, never mind environmentally friendly.”

Western ships are now forced to carry guards on board. Somali pirates have made millions of dollars in hostage ransoms in recent past years.

While speaking in Malta, Prince Charles warned about the disastrous effects of plastic in the oceans, which he says has now “ended up on our menu.”

Calling for urgent action to tackle waste and the depletion of marine life, Charles said: “All the plastic that we have produced since the 1950s that has ended up in the ocean is still with us in one form or another, so that wherever you swim there are particles of plastic near you and we are very close to reaching the point when whatever wild-caught fish you eat will contain plastic.

“Plastic is indeed now on the menu!”

ルイジアナ ハリケーンで137km/hの風
RT2017/10/8
Hurricane Nate makes Louisiana landfall with winds of 85mph

ガーナの首都アクラでガスステーションが爆発
RT2017/10/7
Infernal blast shakes ground, sends 1,000s fleeing in Ghana

PRESSTV2017/10/8
Israel, UAE engaged in secret arms deals: Report
A newly-released report says Israeli and Emirati businessmen have secretly brokered arms deals between the two sides.

The Hebrew-language Maariv daily reported that Israeli businessman Metai Kokhafi had hired a private plane to fly his colleagues and generals to the UAE capital to discuss the terms of the weapons agreements.

The Israeli delegation’s visit to Abu Dhabi was an essential part of the arms sales, according to the report. Among the generals who were reported to have visited Abu Dhabi was the former commander of the Israeli air force, Eitan Ben Eliyahu.

The report, citing former intelligence and strategic affairs correspondent for the Haaretz newspaper Yossi Melman, said Kokhavi had "embarrassed Israel" after he boasted during a meeting in Singapore that he and his team were mediating arms deals with the UAE.

The Maariv report said Melman had criticized Tel Aviv for remaining silent on arms dealings and cooperation with Arab states, saying it would be beneficial for Israel if the evolving relationship was more overt.

Last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the "breakthrough" in ties with Arab countries, claiming "many levels of cooperation" existed that could not yet be exposed to the public.

Citing unnamed Arab and American sources, the British daily The Sunday Times reported in June that Saudi Arabia and the Israeli regime were in clandestine talks to establish official economic relations for the first time.

Israeli media said last month Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah had called for an end to the Arab boycott of Israel, days after the Israeli premier said relations with the Arab world were better than any other time.

Unnamed officials later told the Middle East Eye news portal that Israel was on the path to normalizing diplomatic ties with Bahrain, with an announcement even possible in the relatively near future.

According to Maariv, Melman had said the reason behind censorship which was to "ensure no lives of officials are put in danger" was redundant, hinting that normalizing relations with Arab states should be made public.

Melman had drawn parallels between Tel Aviv's quiet relationship with Abu Dhabi and Israel's open diplomatic ties with Egypt, the paper added.

The journalist also believed that Israeli media should be more open about close ties with Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's regime in Egypt, where the Israeli Military Censor has refused to cover intelligence cooperation between Cairo and Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi have no diplomatic ties and the UAE does not recognize Israel but the two sides have increased backchannel cooperation in recent years.

In November 2015, Israeli Foreign Ministry announced that Tel Aviv would “soon” open a “permanent mission” in Abu Dhabi meant to operate as part of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) based in the Emirati city.

Most recently in June 2017, an Intercept report released a number of hacked emails belonging to the UAE ambassador to the US showing that Yousef Al-Otaiba had been collaborating with a pro-Israel think tank, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD).

The correspondence between Otaiba and the FDD covered a range of topics related to Iran.

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