ISIS has over 10,000 fighters in Afghanistan, more arriving from Syria & Iraq – Moscow
The terrorist group Islamic State has over 10,000 loyal fighters in Afghanistan, and Moscow believes the US may be underestimating their threat, Russia’s special envoy says.

Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) was pushed out of their home base in Syria and Iraq this year by separate military operations of a US-led coalition, and the Syrian Army backed by Russia. Many of the IS fighters who fled those countries ended up in Afghanistan, where the terrorist group has as many as 10,000 troops at the moment, Zamir Kabulov, the head of the Middle East department in the Russian Foreign Ministry, said.

“Russia was among the first nations to ring alarm about the expansion of IS into Afghanistan,” he told RIA Novosti. “Lately IS has boosted its presence in the country. Our estimate is that their force there is stronger than 10,000 troops and is continuing to grow. That includes new fighters with combat experience received in Syria and Iraq.”

IS forces are strongest in the north of Afghanistan on the border with Tajikistan and Turkmenistan – a point of concern for Russia, which has close historic ties with both nations, Kabulov added.

“IS goals are definitely to expand its influence outside of Afghanistan, which they use as a staging ground. This poses a significant security threat for Central Asia and southern parts of Russia,” Kabulov stressed.

The diplomat said Russia and the US have a difference of opinion about how big a threat IS poses in Afghanistan and Central Asia. Washington, he said, is focused on fighting the Taliban and is in the process of alienating other nations in the region, which America criticizes for failing to put enough pressure on the militant movement, while overlooking its own failures.

“Considering the realities on the ground, which is that the Taliban controls half of the country, one can ask the question: does the US pull its weight? Russia stands for cooperation with international partners based on equality and which takes into account national interests of all nations of the region,” Kabulov said, apparently referring to Washington’s resent showdown with Pakistan.

The US accused Islamabad of failing to properly fight the Taliban and threatened it with repercussions unless Pakistan ramps up counterinsurgency operations in its tribal areas. The criticism sparked some anti-America sentiment among Pakistani military commanders.

Kabulov said Moscow was prepared to work together with Washington to foster stability in Afghanistan, and said it was America’s decision to stop such cooperation, not Russia’s. In April, Moscow invited the US to take part in Russia-hosted Afghanistan peace talks, but the US declined to participate.
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‘Accomplice in igniting war’: Moscow says US crosses a line with lethal arms supplies to Ukraine
The intention by Washington to provide lethal arms to Ukraine ‘crosses a line’ and pushes Kiev towards bloodshed, a senior Russian diplomat said, accusing the US of playing the role of warmonger in the Ukrainian conflict.

The move by the US government is an escalation compared to the previous practice of providing weapons to Kiev through contracts with American arms producers, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said in a statement. “In a sense, the US has crossed a line.”

The Russian diplomat added that Washington can no longer claim the role of mediator in the Ukrainian conflict, because in fact it’s an “accomplice in igniting a war.” He said Moscow believes there is no use in appealing to the common sense of American politicians, since many of them are currently “blinded by Russophobia and eagerly applaud the Ukrainian nationalist punitive battalions.”

Ryabkov’s remarks are in line with a string of condemnation of Washington’s move by other Russian officials. Fellow Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said the US arming of Ukraine undermines the 2015 Minsk agreement, which was negotiated with the help of Germany and France, and laid down a roadmap for resolution of the conflict. The agreement’s implementation was stalled by Kiev’s refusal to uphold its part of the bargain, which included amnesty for rebel fighters and special autonomous status for the regions they control.

Aleksey Pushkov, member of the Russian Senate security committee, warned that the US may find itself dragged into direct confrontation with the rebels in Ukraine. The delivery of US-made weapon systems will require training of Ukrainian troops on the ground, and US advisers involved in such a program may be targeted by a Ukrainian provocation, he said.

The US “has enough problems already to allow itself to be involved in adventures of the [Ukrainian] regime,” he said. “And we know too well how adventurous Kiev may be.”
Pushkov said the “war party” members in Ukraine may be interested in re-igniting hostilities in the east ahead of the 2019 presidential election. Such an escalation would draw public attention away from the many failures of the government and whip up public support for hardline politicians.

Considering that Ukraine has been sidelined by other issues such as the crisis on the Korean Peninsula and the row over Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, renewed violence would also help Kiev return to the list of priorities of world powers, Pushkov added.

On Friday, the US State Department announced the US would supply “defensive weapons” to Ukraine, saying it would help “deter further aggression.” The weapons would reportedly include anti-tank missiles, which Kiev has been asking for from Washington for years. The US government earlier approved a purchase by Kiev of sniper rifles and other small arms from US manufacturers.
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とうとう始まったな どこでより早く強く顕在化しているのかな













(初出 2017/9/29 10/24、12/22追記)
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:46| Comment(9) | 福島原発事故

中東の実像 8 イラン

イランの北部、テヘランとカスピ海の間にある山間の村 Kandolus です。とても緑が多いです。イランの通信社は、西側の政治社会の問題点を鋭く指摘します。イラン自身の国内的な人権などはどうなのか、これから変わるのか。イランも豊かで文化的なレベルの高い国です。いろいろな面で米国が強く警戒するのはよく分かります。

イランの田植え風景です。FARSNEWS2016/7/3 Iran, My Beautiful Country: Summer Days in Golestan Province ほかの風景も日本によく似ています。




イランの北部地方の秋の風景 日本と緯度が同じくらい。イランは今年雨が少なく水不足が心配されています。この写真、管理人が徘徊の途中に撮ったと言っても信じてくれる方はおられるでしょう。この色合いと葉の残り具合のタイミングが難しいです。




スイカ、ウリ専門店? 長持ちするんですね。


ケーキ屋さん? ザクロの形のケーキがあります。ザクロは何かいわれがあるのでしょう。食べやすいものではありませんから。スイカは真っ赤。

※ Kameko ‏@kameatemygarden 氏によると、「強心作用のある食べもの。ザクロ。by Raymond Dextreit」とのこと。


カスピ海の沿岸、アゼルバイジャンとイランの国境の町Astaraで旅行者が食した昼食のようです。コメに羊肉の料理。ローストチキンのようなものもあります。ニンニク、ピクルス、香り草、コーラの手前はオリーブの実? その隣はサワークリームかヨーグルトか。スープも出ています。管理人にとっては、とってもご馳走だと思いますが、いかがでしょう?












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‘Pragmatist with no principles’: Boris Johnson

‘Bad patch’: Boris Johnson says he wants better relations with Russia
Boris Johnson has called for the UK and Russia to “work hard” to overcome existing difficulties. He is the first UK Foreign Secretary to visit Moscow in the last five years, amid strained relations between the two countries.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Friday after the head of the UK Foreign Office arrived on an official visit the previous evening. The top diplomats agreed that the two countries’ bilateral relations are far from satisfactory, with Johnson describing them as “going through a bad patch.”

The British foreign secretary said, however, that Russia and the UK have many mutually important areas for cooperation, and called for “more progress" on bilateral ties, as well as coordinated efforts on issues “that matter to the people of the world.”

"One of the reasons for coming here is that there is no point in simply sitting on the sidelines and complaining about each other. We have to engage and we have to talk to each other," he told journalists. Iran, the Korean crisis, the future of Syria, as well as the fight against terrorism are issues of mutual interest for Moscow and London.

During the joint news conference with his Russian counterpart, the top British diplomat said that he is “a committed Russophile,” despite the fact that Russia and the UK are going through a “very difficult patch” in their relations.

When asked about alleged Russian meddling in UK Brexit vote that took place in June 2016, he said: “As I say, there was abundant evidence of Russian interference in elections in Germany, Denmark, France, and America. As I say, there is no evidence of any successful Russian interference in the UK [elections],” Johnson said, adding that the two countries should "move on."

Lavrov said he trusts Johnson and admitted he had seen "no hostility" and called the "friendly" nature of the talks helpful.

“I hope to hold today an open, direct conversation, and I consider outlining specific steps on invigoration of our relations as the main task of this meeting,” Lavrov said as he opened talks with his British counterpart. He added that UK-Russian relations are at “a very low point,” but not on Moscow’s initiative. However, the two countries also have “mutual concerns” that should be addressed.

Iran is a mutual interest for the UK and Russia, and the Iranian nuclear deal should be an area of bilateral cooperation, Johnson said. The agreement on the country’s nuclear program, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was widely criticized by US President Donald Trump, who refused to recertify Iran’s compliance with the accord in October, citing “multiple violations” by Tehran.

‘Pragmatist with no principles’: Boris Johnson may face problems finding common language in Moscow
The British Foreign Secretary might face difficulties in establishing a dialogue with his Russian counterpart, UK experts have told RT, suggesting Boris Johnson is not experienced enough to improve "low ebb" relations.

Johnson will hold “critical discussions” on Syria on his visit to Russia, Conservative UK MP Daniel Kawczynski said ahead of the UK politician's first official visit to Russia.

“Russia is obviously a key player in the Syrian context and clearly, I think it is very important for countries like ours to collaborate, cooperate with one another as best we can and when we can trying to take on this barbaric organization [ISIS], which has caused so much chaos and instability in the Middle East,” Kawczynski told RT.

At the same time, the MP expects the foreign secretary to try and “throw Britain’s weight” to help resolve the Ukrainian crisis and other “outstanding” issues with Russia. Overall Kawczynski hopes that Johnson will be able to “compartmentalize” relations with Moscow so that bilateral ties could move toward a positive trend.

“In reality what we have to do is we have to compartmentalize our relationship with Russia. We are starting to see cooperation in certain non-controversial spheres,” Kawczynski said. “Clearly, there are sanctions still in place and it is very, very important that we try to compartmentalize on where we can work with the Russians on the international arena and in Europe. We ought to be able to do that, but the focus should be on trying to work with Russia and Ukraine to try to resolve this extraordinary situation.”

Johnson appears to be London's only hope in at least trying to improve British-Russian relations which "are at a very low ebb," believes British historian and Russia analyst, Martin McCauley. Lavrov, he says, "will have an upper-hand here, because Boris in many ways is an amateur in foreign affairs... He's more concerned about politics in general and would like to become next British prime minister, so his audience is always the British audience."

Prime Minister Theresa May "is not really into foreign affairs, because she is so much embroiled in Brexit. In fact, the whole political establishment in Britain is concerned with Brexit and has very little time at present for foreign affairs," McCauley told RT.

To establish "a kind of common interest," the Syrian issue might be helpful, the analyst agreed. With Russia, Iran and Turkey being "the main players" in solving the crisis in that part of the world, Johnson should support Russia's efforts in securing peace not only for the sake of the Syrians, but also for international security.

Moscow and London "have the same interests in dealing with international terrorism and the threat which will emanate from Syria when the jihadists go back to their home countries.” Both capitals are essentially “singing from the same songbook,” yet Russia is “a dominant partner,” McCauley pointed out.

Political writer and journalist, Dan Glazebrook, agrees that "Syria will indeed [be] a major topic" during Johnson's visit to Russia. Glazebrook regards the British politician as "a pragmatist" with no principles, adding,"The UK holds very few cards on Syria given that its proxies have been largely defeated on the battlefield. All the UK really has to offer is the toning down of its hysterical anti-Russian propaganda campaign. But I suspect Russia couldn't really care less about that. Dogs bark, but life goes on, as they say."
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Up to 11,000 Civilians Killed in Battle to Free Mosul
TEHRAN (FNA)- Ten times more civilians may have been killed by the US-led coalition in the liberation of Mosul than previously reported. [VIDEO]


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ウクライナで汚職が横行 ポロシェンコは取り締まるつもりなし

German official urges Poroshenko to decide whether he is president or oligarch
German officials have voiced concern over the “rampant corruption” in Ukraine, warning Kiev that its reluctance to fight the scourge and attempts to curb the powers of an anti-graft unit could cost the country financial aid.

EU and German officials are expected to visit Ukraine next week to personally emphasize the “seriousness of the situation,” the BILD newspaper reported Monday. There, however, has been no official confirmation of the upcoming visit yet.

“Petro Poroshenko must decide whether he wants to be president or an oligarch – a country or money,” Angela Merkel’s CDU foreign policy chief Norbert Rottgen told BILD. He emphasized that Ukraine must take “decisive steps against rampant corruption,” starting “with the leadership of the state.”

Rottgen referred to Poroshenko’s campaign promise made in 2014 – to sell his chocolate giant Roshen if elected president. After three and a half years, the company is still in his possession, while the oligarch-president reportedly acquired new lucrative assets.

Ukraine’s lack of resolve in “radical implementation of anti-corruption measures” has become glaring in the country, chairman of the EU Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee Elmar Brok said. While the European Union is ready to support Kiev, its assistance is not “unconditional,” EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn warned, adding, that financial aid to Kiev was at stake.

Brock said “recent developments” in Ukraine, with its anti-corruption organs being targeted by the central government were “unacceptable.” The botched attempt to curb the powers of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) earlier this month has further raised concerns of the EU and other sponsors of Ukraine. NABU is largely independent from the Ukrainian government, receiving funding under American and EU aid programs and also having an “evidence-sharing” agreement with FBI.

The Bureau engaged in an open conflict with other law enforcement agencies late in November, when an “undercover [NABU] detective” was arrested for attempting to bribe a high-ranking official.

While NABU explained the bribery attempt as an operation to fight corruption, the General Prosecutor's office and Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) accused the anti-corruption unit of illegal activities. To back the allegations, the prosecutor’s office and the SBU released a video, purportedly showing recorded phone calls between NABU agents, allegedly talking about the luxurious cars and mansions of the “detectives.” NABU operatives were questioned by the security services, while the Bureau’s chief travelled to the US to seek help.

On December 6, Ukraine’s parliament introduced a bill allowing the country’s president to fire the NABU director, even for petty crimes. The bill promptly caused an outcry in the west, with the FBI, International Monetary Fund (IMF), as well as other structures urging Ukraine to stop the measure. Ukraine’s government swiftly caved in to the pressure and the proposed legislation was dropped a day after its introduction.
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Putin Condemns Launch of Missile Targeting Riyadh in Call With Saudi King

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a conversation with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, condemned the launch of a missile targeting Riyadh from Yemen and noted the importance of investigating the incident, the Kremlin's press service reported Thursday.

It was noted that during the conversation, acute issues of the Middle East agenda were discussed in detail, including the development of the situation in Yemen.

"The King of Saudi Arabia expressed serious concern about the launching of a ballistic missile targeting Riyadh by the Yemeni Ansar Allah militants on December 19. Condemning such actions, Vladimir Putin noted the importance of a comprehensive investigation of the incident and spoke in favor of resolving the Yemeni crisis exclusively by peaceful means, through a national dialogue," the press service said.

The phone conversation between two leaders comes after Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile targeting its capital, Riyadh, fired by Yemeni Houthi rebels on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia accused Yemeni Houthi rebels of smuggling short-range ballistic missiles from Iran, the kingdom's key rival in the region.

Previously, Saudi Arabia's air defenses intercepted two ballistic missiles launched by the Houthis in November. The first missile was shot down on November 4 near the Riyadh international airport, while the second was intercepted on November 30 in the south of the country.

Top US officials, including US President Donald Trump, also blamed Iran for the Houthis' attack, with Envoy to the UN Nikky Haley calling for Tehran to be held accountable for a ballistic missile launched by Yemeni rebels targeting Saudi Arabia in July 2017, as it was allegedly an‎ Iranian Qiam.
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UN General Assembly holds emergency meeting on Jerusalem declaration
The UN General Assembly (UNGA) is holding a rare emergency meeting on the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The meeting is taking place at the request of Arab and Muslim nations.

Speaking at the meeting, US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley said that whatever decision is made by the UNGA, it will not influence Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Haley reminded UN members of the US’ generous contributions to the organization and said that the United States expects its will to be respected in return.

“When we make a generous contributions to the UN, we also have a legitimate expectation that our goodwill is recognized and respected,” Haley said, adding that the vote will be “remembered” by the US and “make a difference on how the Americans look at the UN.”

The US leadership earlier voiced threats towards UN member states which would back the UN resolution against its Jerusalem decision. Haley said Washington would be “taking names.”

Trump also suggested that countries which vote in favor of the resolution at the UN General Assembly will lose money. “Let them vote against us,” he said. “We’ll save a lot. We don’t care. But this isn’t like it used to be where they could vote against you and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars... we’re not going to be taken advantage of any longer.”

The US threats were condemned by Turkey, with the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stating that Trump “cannot buy Turkey's democratic will.”

“I hope and expect the United States won't get the result it expects from there (the UN General Assembly) and the world will give a very good lesson to the United States,” Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara on Thursday ahead of the meeting.

On Monday, the US vetoed a UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution on Jerusalem, which had demanded that the American decision to recognize the city as the Israeli capital be withdrawn. All other UNSC members voted in favor of the document.

The United Nations on Thursday delivered a stunning rebuke of President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, casting an overwhelming vote condemning the move and calling on the US to withdraw the decision.

The final vote count in favor of the resolution was 128. Nine countries opposed the resolution while 35 abstained.

128 countries vote in favor of UN call for US to withdraw Jerusalem decision

The UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly voted in favor of a resolution calling on the US to reverse its decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. One hundred and twenty eight countries backed the motion.
US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s сapital

Nine states voted against the UN resolution and 35 nations abstained. The voting took place during a rare UN General Assembly (UNGA) emergency session, convened Thursday at the request of Arab and Muslim nations.

The outcome of the UNGA vote was hailed as a "victory" by Palestine. “We will continue our efforts in the United Nations and at all international forums to put an end to this occupation and to establish our Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital,” Abbas' spokesman Nabil Abu Rudainah said.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister praised the decision after the vote, saying, it “once again showed that dignity and sovereignty are not for sale.”

The voting was preceded by a number of member states outlining their stance on the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Turkey, which has led Muslim opposition to Washington's Jerusalem declaration, was among the first to speak at the meeting. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu underlined that only a two-state solution and sticking to the 1967 borders can be a foundation for a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine. The minister said that since Jerusalem is the cradle for the “three monotheistic religions,” all of humanity should come together to preserve the status quo.

“The recent decision of a UN member state to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel violates the international law, including all relevant UN resolutions. This decision is an outrageous assault on all universal values,” Cavusoglu said.

US envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley, said whatever decision the UNGA takes will not influence Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. She reminded UN member states of the US’ generous contributions to the organization and said that the United States expects its will to be respected in return.

“When we make a generous contributions to the UN, we also have a legitimate expectation that our goodwill is recognized and respected,” Haley said, adding, the vote will be “remembered” by the US and “make a difference on how the Americans look at the UN.”

Israeli envoy to the UN Danny Danon stated that Israel considers Jerusalem its capital, dating back to Biblical times, and the US decision only outlines the obvious. Danon went further and accused the UN of “double standards” and an “unbreakable bond of hypocrisy” with Palestine and prejudice against Israel.

“Those who support today’s resolution are like puppets. You’re puppets pulled by the strings of your Palestinian puppet masters. You’re like marionettes forced to dance, while the Palestinian leadership looks on with glee,” Danon told the gathering.

The US leadership earlier issued threats to UN member states which would back the UN resolution against its Jerusalem decision. Haley said Washington would be “taking names.”

Trump also suggested that countries which vote in favor of the resolution at the UN General Assembly will lose money. “Let them vote against us,” he said. “We’ll save a lot. We don’t care. But this isn’t like it used to be where they could vote against you and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars... We’re not going to be taken advantage of any longer.”

The US threats were condemned by Turkey, with the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stating that Trump “cannot buy Turkey's democratic will.”

“I hope and expect the United States won't get the result it expects from there (the UN General Assembly) and the world will give a very good lesson to the United States,” Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara Thursday ahead of the meeting.

On Monday, the US vetoed a UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution on Jerusalem, which had demanded that the American decision to recognize the city as the Israeli capital be withdrawn. All other UNSC members voted in favor of the motion.
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※  NBC News‏認証済みアカウント @NBCNews
128 countries voted in favor of the resolution rejecting President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, 9 voted against, 35 abstained.

How each country voted:


ウクライナ、ケニア、モンゴル、ミャンマーは欠席です。東欧諸国に棄権が多いのは米国の援助を失いたくない? ユダヤ人が多い?

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South Korea Fires 20 Warning Shots at North Korean Border Guards Searching for Defector
TEHRAN (FNA)- South Korea's military unleashed around 20 warning shots in the direction of North Korean border guards in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) who were pursued a defector.

South Korean guards fired around 20 warning shots at North Korean troops searching for a defector who fled across the heavily militarized border between the two countries on Thursday, Yonhap news agency reported.

Earlier Thursday, a "low-ranking" North Korean soldier fled across the border, appearing in front of a guard post on the "mid-Western front", the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

Spokesman for South Korea's joint chiefs of staff, Roh Jae-cheon, added that the defector was taken into custody and was "safely secured", while authorities are now investigating what drove him to make the crossing.

He is the fourth North Korean soldier to defect this year, as the incident comes weeks after one of the most dramatic defections in recent times.
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※  yayoi‏ @yayoi12333氏の2017/12/19のツイート

※ とれいんふぉ 首都圏エリア 非公式運行情報 など @Trainfo_
16:43 - 2017年12月20日
【中央線(快速) 上り線 運転見合わせ】

※  amaちゃんだ‏ @tokaiama氏の2017/12/21のツイート


※  Lead【Official】‏認証済みアカウント @Lead_tvの2017/12/20のツイート


yayoi‏ @yayoi12333氏の被曝に関係するとみられる身体症状に関するツイートはとても的確に見える。看護師ではないと書いておられるのだが。比較的お若い女性らしいことは確かに思えるが。


かき鍋かアンコウ鍋を食べた? シイタケなどのキノコをどっさり入れて。すき焼きでも同じだろう。国産牛肉。

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 08:51| Comment(1) | 福島原発事故

🤣米大使 国連総会で誰が米国に反対したかトランプに報告するそうだ 😆

※  Al Jazeera News‏認証済みアカウント @AJENewsの2017/12/21のツイート
BREAKING: Trump threatens to cut aid over UN Jerusalem vote http://aje.io/nkhsn

Haley in Letter to UN Members: I Will Report to Trump Who Votes Against US Jerusalem Decision
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned member states that President Donald Trump will take a vote on his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “personally,” and she will report back to him on nay-sayers at the UN General Assembly.

The US continues to defend its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. The day before the emergency session, Haley sent a letter informing other countries’ representatives that all those objecting to the US position will be reported to Trump. Haley stressed that the US leader will be “carefully” following the vote, according to Haaretz newspaper.

“As you consider your vote, I encourage you to know the president and the US take this vote personally,” the letter stated, according to the newspaper.

“The president will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those who voted against us," she added.

Earlier, the ambassador said in a tweet that Washington “will be taking names” of those “criticizing our choice” during Thursday’s symbolic vote, as resolutions passed by the General Assembly are not legally binding.

On Monday, the US was the only state out of the 15 members of the United Nations Security Council to use its veto power to block a resolution that called on all states to refrain from establishing diplomatic missions in Jerusalem. The US mission then called the move “an insult,” saying that the organization is “doing more harm than good in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

UN General Assembly to Hold Rare Emergency Session After US Vetoes Jerusalem Resolution
TEHRAN (FNA)- The UN General Assembly will hold a special session on Thursday, following a request by Arab and Muslim states, while the countries cited the US decision to veto a draft resolution on the status of Jerusalem.

According to Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour, the General Assembly will vote on a draft resolution calling for Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel to be withdrawn. The same resolution, put to the UN Security Council, was vetoed by the United States on Monday, RT reported.

The US – along with Russia, China, the UK, and France – is a permanent member of the Security Council, meaning that resolutions cannot be passed if it exercises its “right to veto.” All other UNSC members voted in favor of the resolution on Monday.

The representatives are seeking to invoke UN Resolution 377, known as the “Uniting for Peace” resolution, which is the only way to circumvent a Security Council veto. The resolution states that the assembly can call an emergency special session to consider a matter “with a view to making appropriate recommendations to members for collective measures,” if the Security Council fails to act.

Only 10 such sessions have ever been convened, the most recent taking place in 2009 when the assembly called a meeting on East Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories. The Thursday meeting will be a continuation of that session.

Although UN General Assembly resolutions do not encounter vetoes they are not legally binding, unlike those passed by the Security Council. They are, however, seen to carry political weight.
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President Assad: US-Backed Kurdish Militants Traitors to Syria

President Assad: US-Backed Kurdish Militants Traitors to Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that all US-backed Kurdish militants are “traitors” to the Syrian nation, ramping up the rhetoric particularly against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which are mainly active in Northeastern Syria through receiving vital substantial air and armament support from Washington.

“When we talk about those referred to as 'the Kurds', they are in fact not just Kurds. All those who work for a foreign country, mainly those under American command... are traitors” regardless of their names, Assad said, press tv reported.

The YPG is the main part of a larger coalition of fighters − the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) − which was engaged in operations aimed at capturing Raqqa, the former de facto capital of the ISIL terrorist group in the war-torn country. Washington considers the SDF, which also includes Arab militants, as its main proxy force fighting on the ground in Syria.

FSA Claims Halt in US Military-Financial Support
TEHRAN (FNA)- Washington has completely halted supply of military-financial back up for the Free Syrian Army in Syria, a militant-affiliated website claimed on Tuesday.

The Arabic-language Enab Baladi quoted one of the FSA commanders as claiming that the US supports via the two Coordination Rooms of MOM and MOC for the entire FSA-affiliated groups have come to a halt.

The commander who requested to remain anonymous told the Enab Baladi that the MOC and MOM Coordination Rooms do not exist any more and the FSA-affiliated groups have been informed that the will not receive any support from the US.

The MOC Coordination Room that was providing support for the FSA in Southern Syria was located in Jordan under the management of intelligence agents from the US, France and the UK.

The MOM Coordination Room was, meantime, supporting the FSA in Northern Syria whose command center was in Turkey.

An Arab media outlet reported in late November that Washington started dissolving the militant groups affiliated to the US-backed FSA deployed at a base in Southeastern Homs near the border with Jordan.

The Arabic-language al-Hadath news reported that the FSA-affiliated group of Jeish Maqavir al-Thowrah fired 180 members from the US-established al-Tanf base in Southeastern Homs after paying them $2,000 each.

In the meantime, some sources disclosed that Washington intends to end supporting the FSA and provide back up only for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Analyst believe that heavy defeats the terrorist groups have suffered in battle against the Syrian Army troops and the militant group's inefficiency to meet the US' objective have been the main causes behind Washington's decision to cut cooperation with the anti-Damascus militant groups.

Spokesman for the Maqavir al-Thowrah Abu Athir Khabouri denied dissolution of the FSA-affiliated groups under pressure by Jordan and the US, and claimed that the move has been done to get rid of those fighters who violated the group's rules.
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North Korea Rejects Idea of Talks without Preconditions with US
TEHRAN (FNA)- North Korea snubbed US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s proposal for dialogue with Washington, stating that it will not give up its nuclear weapons programme and stressing that the final aim of any such initiative would be for North Korea to abandon its nuclear program, according to a report.

A commentary piece published on North Korea’s state newspaper Rodong Sinmun said Pyongyang was aware of Washington’s intention in proposing talks, and it was not an issue whether such initiative would come with or without preconditions.

Commenting on the fact, Rodong Sinmun underscored what the US seeks in proposing talks with or without preconditions is the nuclear dismantlement of the DPRK and there is nothing changed.

The DPRK has no interest in the dialogue intermittently put up by the US which is sneered by the international community for failing to mind its internal affairs, the commentary added, noting that as the DPRK has consistently insisted, the way to solve the issue between the DPRK and the US is for the US to drop at an early date its heinous hostile policy, which defines the DPRK as an enemy, and co-exist peacefully with the DPRK possessed of nukes.

Rodong Sinmun said the White House was pursuing a duplicitous policy in dealing with the country’s weapons program.

“Saying our nation is to be ‘utterly destroyed’ on the one hand, whilst saying ‘talk without precondition’ on the other hand is the Trump administration’s execution of the maximum pressure and interruption policy aimed at leading the North to the table for denuclearization,” the newspaper added.

The newspaper noted that as long as the US hostile policy and nuclear threat toward the DPRK are not fundamentally removed, the DPRK will never put its nukes and ballistic missiles on the table of negotiations nor flinch even an inch from the already chosen road of bolstering up the nuclear force. This is the fixed stand of the DPRK.

“The US is trying to shift responsibility for tensions on the Korean Peninsula to us with its dialogue offensive,” the Rodong Sinmun piece continued, as quoted by South Korea’s state news agency Yonhap.

“The move is seen as being intended to set the tone for manipulating new UN Security Council resolutions that may include a maritime blockade if we do not accept dialogue aimed at discussing the abandonment of our nuclear weapons,” it stressed.

Tillerson had signaled that the US President Donald Trump administration was ready to negotiate without demanding North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles programs.

He announced that Washington is ready to begin exploratory talks with North Korea “without preconditions”, but only after a “period of quiet” without new nuclear or missile tests.

“We are ready to talk anytime North Korea would like to talk. We are ready to have the first meeting without preconditions. Let’s just meet,” Tillerson said.

“And then we can begin to lay out a roadmap... It’s not realistic to say we are only going to talk if you come to the table ready to give up your program. They have too much invested in it," he added.

However, the top diplomat then laid down one condition and stressed that there should be a “period of quiet” in which such preliminary talks could take place, as he portrayed it as a practical consideration.

“It’s going to be tough to talk if in the middle of our talks you decide to test another device,” he said, adding that “We need a period of quiet.”

Tillerson’s comments came as leader Kim Jong-un vowed to make North Korea the “world’s strongest nuclear power”.

The secretary of state’s remarks appeared to mark a shift in state department policy, which had previously required Pyongyang to show it was “serious” about giving up its nuclear arsenal before contacts could start. And the language was a long way from repeated comments by US President Donald Trump that such contacts are a “waste of time”.

Tensions have been building on the peninsula following a series of nuclear and missile tests by Pyongyang as well as threats of war and personal insults traded between US President and the North Korean leader.

In 2017, North Korea carried out 20 ballistic missile launches, while the United States and its allies, for their part, are constantly conducting far-reaching sea drills in the region. The parties are exchanging tough rhetoric and admit that any scenario - including military action - is possible.

North Korea has been under a raft of crippling United Nations sanctions since 2006 over its nuclear tests as well as multiple rocket and missile launches.

Pyongyang has firmly defended its military program as a deterrent against the hostile policies of the US and its regional allies, including South Korea and Japan.

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Moscow urges Tokyo to prevent discharge of Fukushima radioactive water
MOSCOW, December 20. /TASS/. The Japanese government should prohibit the discharge of liquid radioactive waste from the disaster-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant (NPP) into the Pacific Ocean, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

"We are concerned by regular media reports about plans by Japan’s TEPCO company - the operator of the disaster-hit Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant - to massively discharge into the ocean liquid radioactive waste which emerged as a result of an accident at this NPP. Those reports include the 2017 public statements by TEPCO head Takashi Kawamura and latest reports by a number of foreign media outlets, including The Independent and Japan News," spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

"We believe that the Japanese government must prohibit the release of radioactive water into the ocean and find ways to safely dispose of waste produced during the Fukushima disaster. If Japan has no such technologies, it can turn to the international community for help," she added.

According to the Russian diplomat, "hundreds of thousands of tonnes of radioactive water" may be discharged into the environment if those reports prove to be true.

"We believe that such a large-scale discharge may do serious harm to the environment and fishing resources of the Pacific Ocean. It will affect Japanese fishermen, and, possibly, residents of coastal areas in general," Zakharova said.

Moscow does not rule out that the move may affect Russian waters as well.

"The discharge of radioactive water may have a negative impact on the fishing industry in our country and other states in the region," the Russian diplomat said.

The nuclear disaster at the Fukushima-1 power plant in March 2011 was triggered by an earthquake-induced tsunami that knocked out vital reactor cooling systems. This resulted in three nuclear meltdowns, hydrogen explosions and a massive release of radioactive waste, which contaminated the surrounding area. Clean-up operations continue at the power plant and adjacent territories. According to the current action plan, full decommissioning of the station may take place only around 2040.
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原発の上にUFOがしばしば報告されている エネニュース

Top official discloses UFOs “often being reported” over nuclear power plants… “We’d never seen anything like it” − Military: “Ominous correlation” between sightings and atomic sites − TV: “Mystery intruders over nuclear facilities” (VIDEOS)

CNN, Dec 18, 2017 (emphasis added): A former Pentagon official who led a recently revealed government program to research potential UFOs said Monday evening that he believes there is evidence of alien life reaching Earth. “My personal belief is that there is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone,” Luis Elizondo said… “We found a lot,” Elizondo said. The former Pentagon official said they… were “seemingly defying the laws of aerodynamics… maneuvering in ways that include extreme maneuverability beyond, I would submit, the healthy G-forces of a human or anything biological”…

New York Times, Dec 16, 2017: By 2009, [Sen. Harry] Reid decided that the program had made such extraordinary discoveries that he argued for heightened security… A 2009 Pentagon briefing summary of the program prepared by its director at the time asserted that “what was considered science fiction is now science fact,” and that the United States was incapable of defending itself against some of the technologies discovered…

The Independent, Dec 19, 2017: US government recovered materials from unidentified flying object it ‘does not recognise’ … Materials, which are alleged to have “amazing properties”, are being stored in modified buildings in Las Vegas, the New York Times reports… “They have some material from these objects that is being studied, so that scientists can try to figure out what accounts for their amazing properties,” Ralf Blumenthal, one of the authors of the New York Times report, told MSNBC. Mr Blumenthal said the DoD “do not know” what the materials are made of. “It’s some sort of compound they do not recognise,” he added…

Politico, Dec 16, 2017: The sightings, [Luis Elizondo (official in charge of the Pentagon’s program)] told POLITICO, were often reported in the vicinity of nuclear facilities, either ships at sea or power plants. “We had never seen anything like it.”.
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2017/11分人口動態速報 東葛地方の悪化が急 インフルエンザに注意 この冬は死亡数の増加が早い

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