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FARSNEWS2018/5/24
Persian Cuisine for Ramadan
TEHRAN (FNA)- Ramadan is the 9th month of the Muslim calendar and is a time of prayer, reflection, fasting and self-sacrifice.

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Muslim calendar and is a time of prayer, reflection, fasting and self-sacrifice.

Ramadan is deeply followed by the Muslims in Iran. It is considered as the month to strengthen family bonds and thanking the Almighty for His blessings. Many people spend generously during Ramadan to support the needy with food, clothes and other items.

The meal consumed before dawn is known as "Sahari", which varies from family to family. Some prefer hot meals while others eat bread, jam, cheese, and eggs. Many families also consume dates and hot tea.

Iftar traditions vary widely around the world. Muslims in many countries eat dishes that are typical for their region the year round. In other countries, special dishes are particularly associated with the iftar meal.

Iranians traditionally break their fast with dates and a cup of tea or hot water. Some families combine Iftar and dinner into one meal, while others prefer a gap between the two. Tea, bread, cheese, fresh vegetables, Zulbia and Bamia (two traditional Persian sweets coated in sugar syrup), Halva, Sholeh Zard (a sweet Iranian dessert made of rice, sugar, and saffron), Ash Reshteh, and Haleem as well as various kinds of soups are commonly served during Iftar time.

Ash Reshteh

Ash reshteh (Persian Noodle Soup with Herbs) is a type of āsh (thick winter soup) made commonly in Iran. The ingredients used are reshteh (thin noodles), kashk (a whey-like dairy product), herbs such as parsley, spinach, dill, spring onion ends and sometimes coriander, chick peas, black eye beans, lentils, onions, flour, dried mint, garlic, oil, salt and pepper.

Haleem

Haleem is stew popular in the Middle East, Central Asia, and the South Asia. Although the dish varies from region to region, it always includes wheat, barley, lentils and meat. Popular variations include keşkek in Anatolia, Iran, the Caucasus region and northern Iraq; harissa in the Arab world and Armenia; khichra in Pakistan and India; and Hyderabadi haleem in southern India. Haleem is made of wheat, barley, meat (usually beef or mutton, but sometimes chicken or minced meat), lentils and spices. This dish is slow cooked for seven to eight hours, which results in a paste-like consistency, blending the flavors of spices, meat, barley and wheat.

Haleem is sold as a snack food in bazaars throughout the year. It is also a special dish prepared throughout the world during the Ramadan and Moharram months of the Muslim Hijri calendar, particularly among Iranian, Pakistani and Indian Muslims. In India, Haleem prepared in Hyderabad during the Ramadan month, is transported all over the world through a special courier service. Haleem is traditionally cooked in large, wood-fired cauldrons. Haleem is also very popular in Bangladesh, especially during the holy month of Ramadan, when it is a staple dish.

Shami Lapeh

Persian Shami Lapeh is a delicious and traditional Persian main dish. Shami is a combination of beef, yellow split peas, egg and spices. To prepare it dissolve ground saffron in 1 tablespoon of boiling water (find the How to Use Saffron under the Tips on How to... section) and set aside. Pick over the peas and remove any stones. Wash and drain. Place the peas in a pot and pour 3-4 cups water over them. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until peas are tender (add more water during cooking, if necessary). Drain and set aside. Heat 2 tablespoons canola oil in a pot over medium heat; add the onion and sauté for 3 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high; add beef and sauté until brown on all sides. Add the turmeric, 1 1/2 cups water, salt and pepper. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until beef is tender, stirring occasionally.

Continue cooking until all liquid is absorbed. Set aside to cool to room temperature. Place the beef and peas in a large bowl; combine well. Using a food processor, grind the beef and peas mixture until smooth and soft. Add the eggs, dissolved saffron, baking powder, salt and black pepper; mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings. Take a small amount of the mixture (about 3 tablespoons) and make a small ball out of it. Flatten the ball shaping into patties, about 3/4 inch thick. Poke a hole in the center. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Reduce heat to medium. Place the Shami gently in the frying pan (making sure not to overcrowd). Fry until they are cooked through and golden brown on each side (once you see that the bottom has turned into golden color flip them over). Add more oil, if necessary. Be careful not to overcook and burn them. Place them on paper towel to absorb the extra oil. Then transfer to a serving dish and garnish with fresh parsley. Serve cold or hot with bread.

Sholeh Zard

Sholeh Zard is a sweet Iranian dessert made of saffron, sugar, and rice. To prepare it, wash rice a few times until the water is clear, then drain. Add six times water and bring to a boil, removing the foam. When rice softens completely, add sugar and stir well. Dissolve saffron in half a cup of hot water and add to the mix. Heat up oil and also add to the mix. Add in most of the almonds and the rosewater. Stir well and cover. Cook in oven at low temperature for half an hour. Serve with pistachio, almond and cinnamon sprinkled on top.

Halva

Halva is a tasty dessert. To prepare it, heat oil in a frying pan until it is hot. Add flour, reduce heat and stir frequently until the mix changes colour to golden, thickens and becomes fragrant. Add sugar to one glass of water and bring to a boil. Add saffron and rosewater and stir. Let flour cool slightly, then add the mix and stir well. If the mix is not thick, heat for 1-2 minutes but not longer. Serve with crushed pistachio and almond sprinkled on top.

Zulbia and Bamia

Zulbia & Bamia is one of the favorite deserts in Iran. It is made of starch, yogurt, flour, saffron, oil, and rose water.

In order to prepare Zulbia mix starch, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and water, then add yogurt and mix well until the mixture is even and smooth. Heat oil in a pan until hot. Pour the mix through a funnel into the pan creating round lattice shapes about 5-6 cm in diameter. Turn heat down and fry fully on one side, then on the other. Mix well sugar, rose-water, and a glass of water. Heat until water comes to a boil, and the syrup thickens. Remove from heat. Soak Zulbia in the syrup for about 5 minutes, then serve.

For cooking Bamia Mix cooking oil with a glass of water and 1-2 spoons of sugar, and bring to a boil. Pour in flour and mix well. When water boils off and the mix thickens, remove from heat. Allow the mix to cool down, then add eggs and mix well until smooth. Heat oil in a pan until hot. Pour the mix through a funnel into the pan, creating flattened balls about 3 cm in diameter. Fry on both sides. Mix well sugar, rose-water, and a glass of water. Heat until water comes to a boil, and the syrup thickens. Remove from heat. Soak baamieh in the syrup for about 5 minutes, then serve.

Fereni

Fereni is a Persian pudding dessert that people make for various occasions. For some events Fereni is served cold as a dessert, while at other times it is served warm for someone who is feeling under the weather or sick. To prepare it dissolve rice flour in milk. Add sugar and rosewater. Stir regularly over medium heat until it comes to slow boil and thickens. Sprikle crushed pistachio on top and serve cold.

Shir Berenj

In Persian/Farsi language, "shir" means milk and "berenj" means rice. Placing rice, the staple of Iranian cooking, in a pot along with milk and simmering it till well-cooked with the right consistency is what this pudding is all about. To cook it, wash rice well, then drain the water. Add two glasses of water to rice and cook until rice slightly softens. Add milk and continue cooking over medium heat until the mix thickens. Add rosewater and cook for another minute or so. Add cream and serve with sugar or jam on top.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:23| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

US-Led Coalition Attacks Syrian Army Positions in Deir Ezzur to Support ISIL ・・incorrect?

FARSNEWS2018/5/24
US-Led Coalition Attacks Syrian Army Positions in Deir Ezzur to Support ISIL
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US-led coalition fighter jets attacked the Syrian army positions in Southeastern Deir Ezzur in blatant support for the ISIL terrorists operating in the same region.

The Arabic-language website of SANA news agency quoted the sources as saying that the US warplanes have bombed a number of the Syrian army positions between Albu Kamal and Hamimeh.

Other reports also said that the US-led coalition has pounded 2 positions of the army in Syria's Badiyeh (desert) region near the T2 station.

They added that the airstrikes were staged as the ISIL terrorists are recruiting their forces, noting that the attacks inflicted damage on a number of structures.

The airstrikes were launched in less than 24 hours after the army units repelled the ISIL terrorists' offensives on several military points in Badiyeh al-Mayadeen in Deir Ezzur, killing several militants, including foreign terrorists, and wounding a number of others.

In a relevant development on Wednesday, the Syrian army troops engaged in fierce clashes with the ISIL in a desert-like region between Western Deir Ezzur and Eastern Homs and fended off terrorists' heavy offensive, killing or wounding a large number of the gunmen.

The army men exchanged fire with ISIL after the terrorists tired to break through the government forces' positions in Badiyeh near the town of al-Mayadeen and another Badiyeh near the villages in the Northern countryside of the town of Albu Kamal in Southeastern Deir Ezzur near the border with Iraq, and managed to repel the terrorists' heavy offensives.

Terrorists suffered tens of casualties in the failed attacks.

In the meantime, other units of the army clashed with the ISIL near an army positions near Oweiraz Dam Southeast of T3 Station in Southeastern Badiyeh of Homs, repelling the terrorists' attack after killing and injuring a large number of them.

The ISIL further retreated from the battlefield to evade more losses.

RT2018/5/24
Reports on US-led bombing of Syrian Army are incorrect – Russian military source
Overnight reports on US-led coalition strikes on Syrian Army positions are not “consistent with the reality,” according to a military source. Earlier, the Pentagon said it has no information on the operation.

Early Thursday, Syrian state media reported that US-led coalition warplanes targeted Syrian Army positions in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor. The allegations, however, appear to not be completely accurate.

The information about the alleged attack on Syrian positions by the US-led coalition “is not consistent with the reality,” a military source said.

Shortly after reports on the attack emerged, a Pentagon spokesman said the US military has “no operational reporting” about any operation against the Syrian government.

Though the reports on the strike appear to be untrue this time, the US-led forces have repeatedly hit Syrian Army positions or allied forces. In one infamous case, a US-led strike killed 60 Syrian troops near the city of Deir ez-Zor in 2016. The US military later admitted it was a mistake.

However, that was not the only attack on pro-government forces gaining ground against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists in Syria. In February, US forces launched a drone strike that destroyed a tank of the pro-government forces in eastern Syria, and earlier that month, a separate attack killed around 100 pro-government fighters. The Pentagon claimed both bombings came in retaliation for alleged attacks on the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – US allies in the region.

The presence of the US contingent and its operations in Syria have not been sanctioned by either Damascus or the UN Security Council. The Syrian government has repeatedly called their presence an illegal aggression against a sovereign state.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:18| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Opposition Figure: West after Replacing Syrian Gov't with Kurds

Opposition Figure: West after Replacing Syrian Gov't with Kurds
TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary-General of the opposition Syrian Forces Union Fajr Zeidan warned that certain western states, including the US and France, are attempting to overthrow the Syrian government in the hands of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Zeidan said on Thursday that the West is supporting the SDF politically, logistically and militarily to help them drive out the ISIL from occupied areas and gain control of those regions first.

He referred to the deployment of the French forces to support the Kurds in Syria, and said that they entered the country at the direct order of US President Donald Trump who is trying to mobilize all countries to help the Kurds and force them to interact with the SDF instead of the Syrian government to overthrow the Bashar al-Assad government.

Zeidan underlined that the French forces' activities in Syria have not been coordinated with the army and they have been deployed in the country to aid the SDF in preparation for the next phase that will include control of the Kurds on more regions than the Syrian government.

He said more foreign forces affiliated to the US-led coalition would be stationed in Syria under the pretext of fighting against the ISIL so that the Kurds can take control of the terrorist-held regions before the Syrian army.

A militant-affiliated news website reported on Sunday that the French military deployed a number of heavy weapons in the Eastern province of Deir Ezzur as they have also widened presence in regions controlled by the US-led militants in Northeastern Syria.

Orient news website reported that the French forces have deployed six artillery batteries near the village of al-Baqouz in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.

It further said that the French forces have dispatched more military equipment to Manbij, Hasaka, Ein Issa and Raqqa regions.

The website went on to say that the French forces have mainly been deployed to Tal Mashti al-Nour region South of the town of Ein al-Arab (Kobani) and Sarin region in Northern Aleppo and the town of Ein Issa and the village of Khirbet al-Ushaq in Northern Raqqa.

The French forces have recently increased dispatch of forces and military equipment from Iraq to Syria, it said, adding that tens of armored vehicles carrying French soldiers have been seen in the town of Manbij in Aleppo province, in Deir Ezzur province, in Hasaka and in other regions that are under the US-led militias' control.


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:25| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

「核燃半島化」進む下北半島 *良記事*

北海道新聞 2018/05/20 05:30
「核燃半島化」進む下北 空冷で保管 初の専用施設稼働へ 最大5千トン、最長50年「中間貯蔵」
原発で使い終えた大量の核燃料を空冷で保管する施設が、今年中にも青森県むつ市で操業を始める。東京電力の子会社「リサイクル燃料貯蔵(RFS)」が建設した全国初の保管専用施設で、最大5千トン、最長50年間保管する。手狭になった原発の貯蔵プールから使用済み核燃料を運び出すために造った施設だ。近くの六ケ所村では日本原燃の再処理工場の貯蔵プールに既に3千トン近くを受け入れており、函館の対岸にある下北半島が使用済み燃料の「保管庫」になりつつある。

 打ちっ放しのコンクリートに囲まれた貯蔵施設内部は巨大な体育館のようだった。壁は厚さ1・5メートル。「100年たってもびくともしない」と東電出身のRFSの安藤達也副部長(59)は胸を張った。

 2000年の法改正で原発の敷地外で使用済み燃料の保管ができるようになった。13年に建物が完成した3千トン分の貯蔵施設は、幅約60メートル、奥行きは約130メートルある。1基当たり10トン強の使用済み燃料が入る高さ5・4メートル、直径2・6メートルの円筒形の鋼鉄製容器「乾式キャスク」が、最終的に288基まで並べられる。

 キャスクは貯蔵施設の側面の給気口から自然に取り込まれる空気で冷やす。水を循環させるプールと違い、冷却用電源は要らない。将来は、さらに2千トンを貯蔵できる施設の建設が計画されている。

 「トランクルームのようなものです」と安藤副部長は言う。使用済み燃料の持ち主は電力会社。RFSは「ただ預かるだけ」だ。現在は操業開始に向けた国の審査中で実物は一つも入っていない。それでも「核物質防護のため」との理由から施設内の写真撮影は一切許可されなかった。

 RFSは東電が80%、日本原子力発電が20%を出資し、その割合通り東電4千トン、原電が千トンの使用済み燃料を保管する計画だ。まず東電が新潟県の柏崎刈羽原発から運び込む。原発のプールでは全国一大きい同原発のプールも既に8割が埋まっており、再稼働すればやがてあふれてしまうからだ。1月にRFSが発表した計画では、本年度から3年間で計169トンを受け入れる段取りだという。

 東電と原電の「トランクルーム」を関西電力が使う構想も浮上している。関電は新たな規制基準の下で16年以降、福井県で高浜原発3、4号機、大飯原発3号機を再稼働させたのに続き、今月9日に同4号機を再稼働させた。県は関電に対し、使用済み燃料を早く県外に搬出するよう求めており、関電は今年中に搬出先を決めるとしている。

 最有力候補がRFSの施設とみられるが、1月に報道されると地元は猛反発しRFSも関電分の受け入れ計画を否定した。関電が持ち込むには青森県、むつ市と新たに協定を結ぶ必要があり、先行きは不透明だ。

 関電や東電、原電だけでなく、今後、全国の原発のプールからあふれる分を乾式キャスクで空冷保管する流れが強まりそうだ。既に東電福島第1原発と原電東海第2原発の敷地内に小規模な乾式貯蔵施設があり、中部電力や四国電力も原発敷地内での施設建設を検討している。

 RFSの貯蔵施設で保管する期間は、最初にキャスクを搬入してから最長で50年。例えば操業開始から30年後に搬入した使用済み燃料の保管期間はその後20年間となる。

 あくまで「中間貯蔵」との位置付けで、50年以内に搬出する約束だ。搬出先などは操業開始後40年目までに地元と協議するとしている。では、どこへ持って行くのか―。RFSは「電力会社が決めること」と言い、東電は「今後検討する」とだけ回答した。

■最終処分地見通せず

 むつ市のリサイクル燃料貯蔵(RFS)の施設は「中間貯蔵施設」と呼ばれる。中間貯蔵とは「ここで最終処分するのではなく期限が来れば運び出す」という意味だ。RFSの施設の場合、使用済み核燃料の保管期限は「50年以内」だ。

 六ケ所村には「30〜50年間」の約束で、高レベル放射性廃棄物(核のごみ)を保管する日本原燃の施設もある。海外でガラスと混ぜて固め容器に入れた核のごみが1800本以上保管されているが、その最終処分地が決まる見通しは全く立っていない。

 同じように中間貯蔵という意味合いが強調される施設が福島県にもある。環境省が東京電力福島第1原発周辺に整備中の除染廃棄物の中間貯蔵施設だ。こちらは「30年以内」に埋め立てた土などを県外に搬出すると約束している。

 ただ福島県民への意識調査によると約束を信じているのは2%だった。2年前にこの調査結果をまとめた地方自治総合研究所の今井照(あきら)主任研究員(64)は「(搬出できるという)フィクション(作り話)のもとでないと福島の中間貯蔵施設は造れなかった。下北の核燃関連施設も同じ構図。原子力政策にはこうしたまやかしが多い」と指摘する。

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posted by ZUKUNASHI at 09:59| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故

all US involvement in northwestern Syria is at an end ?? 違うだろう

「米軍が北部シリアから撤退し、2億ドルの人道支援も他地域に振り分け」との情報が流れていますが、正確には北西部シリアに投じていた2億ドルの資金を北東部シリアに振り向けるということです。米国は、シリア北部でクルド系のSDFを支援し大量の車両や武器、弾薬を供与しています。2億ドルは人道援助ではありません。米国はシリア南部で政府の行う人道援助を妨害しています。米国はシリア北東部に新たな基地を建設し、テロリストを集結させています。CBSのニュースも疑問点だらけです。

この記事は2018/5/21に書いたものですが、2018/5/23、なんとエルドアンが米国のこの発表は事実に即していないと批判しています。管理人はエルドアンを評価しませんが、彼のイスラエル批判と言い、舌鋒の鋭さはなかなかのものです。

TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that statements claiming Washington would stop sending aid to Northwestern Syria did not reflect what was really going on, since there was no US presence in the region.

"This is an inconsistent statement. What assistance does the United States provide in Syria’s Northwest? Russia is operating there. The United States [aid] is mostly deployed on the Manbij side. And the help they are providing there consists of weapons and ammunition supplies to the YPG [Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units]," Erdogan told reporters, as cited by the TRT broadcaster.

The Turkish President explained that the United States was not carrying out a humanitarian action in Northwestern Syria, nor were there any US troops in Idlib and Douma. He clarified that only Turkish and Russian troops were operating in the region, including Afrin.

The statement refers to the Friday's report by CBS News, citing US administration officials, saying that Washington decided to cut financial aid to Northwestern Syria and redirect it to areas where it had a greater impact. According to the media, the United States had been engaged in counterterrorism activities and providing support to independent society and media in the region. The US would, however, continue providing humanitarian aid there, the media added.

US President Donald Trump in March suspended over $200 million in funds for recovery efforts in Syria after suggesting that the United States' withdrawal was only a matter of time.

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debka May 19, 2018 @ 18:43
US withdraws involvement, $200m in aid, from northwestern Syria
The Trump administration announced Saturday that all US involvement in northwestern Syria is at an end, barring humanitarian assistance, since the region has been cleared of ISIS. This area includes Idlib which is still under rebel control and is surrounded by Russian, Syrian and Turkish forces, as well as Afrin which is under Turkish occupation up to Aleppo. The administration said the money could be more usefully spent in other parts of the country

CBSNEWS May 18, 2018, 6:52 PM
Trump administration ends aid for northwestern Syria
The Trump administration has withdrawn all assistance from Northwest Syria, according to administration officials. This is the newest demonstration of the administration's intent to briskly exit the country once ISIS is fully defeated.

The decision, made through an inter-agency process over the last few weeks, will mean that tens of millions of dollars will be cut off from previous U.S.-backed efforts to strengthen and stabilize the local society. Projects included countering violent extremism, supporting independent society and independent media, strengthening education, and advocating for community policing. The region will become the first area of the country where, other than humanitarian aid, the U.S. is officially disengaging.

Trump freezes $200 million in funds earmarked for Syria recovery

After President Trump's request to review all U.S. assistance to Syria, administration officials were tasked with looking at where the U.S. could save money and, in short, get more bang for their buck in the country. The U.S. assistance in the northwestern region is viewed as not having a great impact on Syria in the long-term. Some of the money that has been cut from the northwest is being reprogrammed, those decisions are ongoing.

The administration intends to narrow its focus onto the fight against ISIS and has recently halted funding to groups like the White Helmets, a famed rescue and civilian assistance operation in Syria. ISIS has been cleared from 95 percent of the territory it once occupied, but is clinging on to its last strongholds. Last month, when Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis was asked about withdrawing from Syria, he said there would be a "re-energized" fight in the Middle Euphrates River Valley against ISIS. Mattis did not say what would happen after that fight had concluded.

A State Department official told CBS News, "$200 million of stabilization assistance for Syria is currently under review at the request of the President. Distinct from that amount, U.S. assistance for programs in northwest Syria are being freed up to provide potential increased support for priorities in northeast Syria, as will be determined by the outcome of the ongoing assistance review, including the D-ISIS campaign and stabilization efforts."
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 02:30| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

米国主導のシリア、イラクでの対ISIS作戦はベトナム戦争以来の致死的なもの

FARSNEWS2018/5/23
US-Led Operations against ISIL in Syria, Iraq Deadliest Since Vietnam War
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US-led coalition is responsible for at least 9,600 civilian deaths in its campaign against ISIL in Syria and Iraq, representing the highest death toll inflicted by western military forces since the Vietnam War, a fresh report by London-based NGO Airwars said.

"Since 2014, Airwars estimates that the Coalition is likely responsible for between 6,250 and 9,600 civilian deaths overall in the war against ISIL, out of more than 25,000 civilian fatalities alleged locally by Iraqis and Syrians," the Airwars said, Sputnik reported.

The NGO went on saying that non-combatant casualties from US-led strikes "appear to be at their highest levels since Vietnam," but little has been done to calculate the official death toll from urban fighting.

According to Airwars, the coalition failed to properly assess 'unobservable' civilian harm in urban fighting and relied on remote analysis, which did not allow non-combatant damage in residential areas to be realistically estimated. The inability to carry out field analysis and assess how many people may have been hiding near targeted areas was probably the key reason why the coalition undercounted the death toll, Airwars concluded.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 01:48| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

ポンペオの論評は反応するに値しない イラン外相

FARSNEWS20185/5/23
Iranian FM: Pompeo's Remarks Not Worth Response
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blasted US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for his threats to Tehran, but meantime, said his comments were so cheap that they were not worth even a response.

"Mr. Pompeo's remarks were uttered carelessly, indecently and illogically and they are not worth a response," Zarif told reporters after a cabinet meeting in Tehran on Wednesday.

He said that Pompeo and other officials of the current US administration are "prisoners of their wrong illusions and the corrupt pressure groups which are being disgraced one after another before the world's public opinion".

"This indicates the bankruptcy of the US foreign policy which has turned into a leased policy," Zarif said.

He described Pompeo's comments as "unreal" and "based on the old failed policies".


Zarif downplayed Pompeo's claims of the US plans to impose harsh sanctions against Iran, saying that Washington failed in the past to implement what it called "crippling sanctions" against Tehran even when it was backed by an international consensus.

On Monday morning, Pompeo gave a speech at the Heritage Foundation in Washington: "After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy." Over 26 minutes, Pompeo articulated a strategy that can best be summarized as, "Do everything we say, or we will crush you", days after the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.

US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that the US would no longer remain part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and promised to re-impose the highest level of economic sanctions against Iran in response to Tehran's development of its nuclear program.

After Trump's declaration, the Iranian government issued a statement, calling the US withdrawal as "unlawful". The statement underlined Iran's prerequisites for continuing the deal with the five world powers after the US pullout of the agreement.

"Iran, as a country that has remained committed to its legal obligations, will pursue the US Government’s decision to withdraw from the JCPOA as provided by the mechanisms and provisions of the accord, and if the US withdrawal is not fully compensated and the full interests of the Iranian people are not met and guaranteed – as stated in the accord and as outlined by Iran’s Leader on 9 May – it will exercise its legal right to take whatever reciprocal measures it deems expedient. Other parties to the JCPOA, and especially its three European signatories, must take necessary action to safeguard the accord and to implement their commitments – which they proved incapable of fully performing even while the US was nominally a party to the deal, due to the obstructions by the Trump Administration – and to proceed from giving pledges to taking practical action without any preconditions," it said.

"None of the provisions or timeframes within the JCPOA, which were the subject of twelve years of negotiations, are negotiable in any manner. The US, which has through its meddling and erroneous policies ignited extremism, terrorism, destruction, war and child killing in our region, is in no position to issue any diktat about the Islamic Republic of Iran’s lawful presence within its own region nor its effective support for the peoples of Syria and Iraq in their endeavor to fight extremists. The US and its allies, which through their support for the regime of Saddam Hussein, including equipping it with chemical weapons and the most advanced military equipment while blocking Iran’s access to any means of defense victimized the Iranian people for eight years, and currently turning our region into a powder keg through their sale of hundreds of billions of dollars of useless advanced weaponry devouring the financial resources of the region, are in no position to impose restrictions on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s lawful means of defense, including defensive ballistic missiles which have been designed to carry conventional weapons based on the bitter experiences of the war with the regime of Saddam Hussein. Indeed, such efforts explicitly violate the principles of international law, and the Islamic Republic of Iran’s legitimate right to self-defense under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter," it added.

"As announced by the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran on 8 May, the Foreign Minister has been tasked with the duty of taking the necessary measures to obtain required guarantees from the remaining parties to the JCPOA as well as Iran’s other economic partners, and to immediately report the results of this mission. Meanwhile, the President of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has been tasked with taking all necessary steps in preparation for Iran to pursue industrial-scale enrichment without any restrictions, using the results of the latest research and development of Iran’s brave nuclear scientists."

"The people of Iran will with calm and confidence continue their path towards progress and development and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has foreseen all necessary measures to facilitate this under any circumstances," the statement continued.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran, as a secure and powerful state, which derives its security and economic development from within, relying on the prudent participation and resilience of its brave and civilized people, seeks constructive and dignified engagement with the world, and as shown by its implementation of the JCPOA despite the United States’ continuous violations, is a trustworthy and committed partner for all who are prepared to cooperate on the basis of shared interests and mutual respect," it reiterated.
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Israeli govt minister tells EU: ‘Go to a thousand, thousand hells’

RT2018/5/23
Israeli govt minister tells EU: ‘Go to a thousand, thousand hells’

Unhappy about EU calls to probe alleged Israeli police brutality against activists protesting the bloodshed on the Gaza border, Israel's Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said the EU could go "to a thousand thousand hells."

Steinitz was giving an interview to a local radio station when he said of the EU, "Let them go to a thousand thousand hells," as cited by Haaretz. His response followed the EU’s call for a “swift investigation” into the Israeli police’s violent crackdown on protesters in Haifa last Friday. They had been criticising the State of Israel for the high death toll at the border with Gaza.

The protests resulted in the serious injury of Jafar Farah, director of the Haifa-based NGO Mossawa, which champions the rights of Israeli-Arabs.

The Israeli minister said he wished to send “to hell the European Union which doesn't really represent the European nations.”

He slammed the EU as “an organization that no-one is leading and is less friendly to Israel than the European states themselves.” Steinitz’s stance was backed by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan who, in a response to the EU’s demand for a swift investigation, said that “Israel, as the only democracy in the Middle East, does not need moralistic warning calls from a biased and obsessive body like the EU."

In the same interview Israel’s energy minister also slammed the EU for cementing its relationship with Iran and maintaining the Iran nuclear deal.

Farah, whose knee had been broken at a Friday protest night, was taken into custody together with other 20 activists. “When I was brought to the police station with my son, I found him on the floor covered in blood. When I asked the police officer, ‘Who gave you the right to treat my son this way?’ his response was to break my knee,” Farah said in an interview with Army Radio.

“In a democratic country, the leg of a detained demonstrator will not be broken,” Farah’s son, Basel, told the Army Radio.

The Israeli Justice Ministry had denied any police wrongdoing following the Friday demonstrations in Haifa. On Monday the Justice Ministry’s Police Investigation Department opened a probe into allegations of police brutality. As many as 21 activists of the more than 200 in attendance were arrested during the Friday night march.

Clashes between Israel and the EU have precedents. European Council President Donald Tusk, denounced the recent Gaza bloodshed where hundreds of Palestinian protesters were killed and injured in a letter sent to the European Council.

The US decision to move its embassy in Israel to the disputed city of Jerusalem raised many eyebrows in the EU, which warning against it well ahead of the opening. The bloc claimed this move could jeopardize the peace process in the region.

The EU has also confirmed its “clear, consolidated” position on Israel-Palestine, urging a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders, insisting that Jerusalem has to be the “capital of both [states].”
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Skripal Case 12

FARSNEWS2018/5/18
Sergei Skripal Released from Hospital
TEHRAN (FNA)- Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, poisoned in the United Kingdom, was discharged from a hospital in Salisbury, the National Health Service (NHS) England said Friday.

"Sergei Skripal has been discharged from Salisbury District Hospital. Mr. Skripal and his daughter, Yulia Skripal, were admitted to the hospital along with DS Nick Bailey after having been exposed to a nerve agent on 4 March 2018. All three have now been discharged," the statement read, Sputnik reported.

Yulia Skripal, for her part, was released from the hospital on April 11 after recovering and regaining the ability to speak in late March.

"It is fantastic news that Sergei Skripal is well enough to leave Salisbury District Hospital," hospital's Chief Executive Cara Charles-Barks said.

According to the Chief Executive statement, despite the fact that all the patients have been discharged, the NHS respects their confidentiality and could not disclose the details of their treatment.

The NHS noted, citing Cara Charles-Barks, that all the staff had shown high skills and professionalism while treating the Skripals.

Sergei and Yulia Skripal have reportedly been taken to an undisclosed location for their safety.

RT2018/5/17
UK detectives 'question Sergei Skripal' over trips to London and MI6 meetings
Ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal is still being questioned in hospital by detectives about meetings with his alleged former MI6 handler and his trips to London, ten weeks after being poisoned by a nerve agent, reports Sky News.

It is thought that they want to ascertain details of Skripal’s life in Britain, reportedly attempting to pinpoint his monthly meetings in a Salisbury restaurant with his supposed former MI6 handler and his regular trips to London.

According to reports Skripal had been in contact with Estonian and Czech Republic intelligence agencies, briefing them on various methods used by Russian spies. The double-agent reportedly gave a lecture as recently as 2016 in the Czech Republic. The meetings have been posited by some publications in the British and US press as a motive for the Kremlin to poison Skripal.

Speaking to Sky News, espionage historian Alexander Vassiliev suggested another culprit, the Russian mafia. Vassiliev told Sky News that criminals are most likely behind the nerve agent attack on Sergei and his daughter Yulia Skripal. Their motivation? Embarrassment for Vladimir Putin and his government as "the Russian government had no reason to kill Skripal", Vassiliev claims.

Vassiliev says there wasn’t a reason to kill him [by the Russian government]. I'm sure when Putin released him, and pardoned him, he knew Skripal would be co-operating with British secret services and other European espionage agencies.

"All defectors are doing it, they work as consultants, they give lectures, they write books - it's a normal thing. He had to earn his living somehow - he wouldn't have been a taxi driver.

"Skripal was arrested in 2004 - that was a long time ago and he didn't know specific details about current objectives or operatives. The Russian government had no reason to kill Skripal - he was nobody and he wasn't a danger.

"It was obvious that killing him would create a huge international scandal that would damage Russian reputation all over the world."

The British government insists that the Kremlin was behind the attack on the Skripals, who were reportedly poisoned by a nerve agent administered on the door handle of Sergei’s home in Salisbury. Yulia was discharged from hospital five weeks ago, but has not given any interviews since being released. Russia denies any involvement.

FARSNEWS2018/5/21
Spokeswoman: Russia Proves UK Tends to Carry Out Secret Operations Abroad
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Foreign Ministry’s Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the Russian Foreign Ministry has provided sufficient information to prove that it is the United Kingdom, not Russia, which tends to conduct secret operations abroad.

"From the very beginning, we said that all three of the arguments put forward by the United Kingdom [on the Salisbury case] … are groundless. The first one is that Russia has always done that, historically, and that it is in our culture to murder people abroad, carry out such operations. It seems that we have given enough historical material on this subject, moreover, the material proves that the UK intelligence services have always been the most involved in such operations, and, moreover, they have always been perfect in attempts − often successful ones − to portray their crimes as someone’s else,” Zakharova told the Rossiya 1 broadcaster on Sunday.

Russian-UK relations significantly deteriorated in March due to an attempted poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK city of Salisbury. London accused Moscow of being behind the crime, which, according to the UK, was committed with the use of the A234 chemical agent.

Another UK argument, according to the Spokeswoman, was that the Novichok chemical, which from London’s point of view is the same agent as A234, was produced and tested only in Russia.

“We … provided information that at least 20 countries of the North Atlantic region were nowadays developing ["Novichok"-class agents] including Sweden and the Czech Republic. Three-four weeks later our information was confirmed − what a scandal erupted in Prague [when it turned out that] the official agencies of the Czech Republic possessed this substance,” Zakharova added.

She pointed out that the scandal around development of the 'Novichok'-class chemical in the Czech Republic proved that the United Kingdom and the United States − which immediately supported London − were providing false information on the issue.

“The third argument, on which the UK position is based, that these substances were delivered from Russia, was in fact refuted by UK labs,” Zakharova said, adding the Russian Foreign Ministry’s goal was to respond to all the false accusations with a point of view based on facts.

RT2018/5/23
Skripals may be kept in UK against their will – Russian Foreign Ministry
Moscow isn’t ruling out the possibility that the British authorities are keeping Sergei Skripal and his daughter against their will, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Sergei Skripal, 66, was discharged from a British hospital last week after being poisoned in Salisbury on March 4. The recovery of his daughter Yulia, 33, was much quicker. She has been out of the hospital since April.

Doctors gave no details on Skripal’s condition or his current location. Yulia has not been seen in public since being discharged from the hospital, and the only statement from her was issued by British police.

Earlier in May, Russia said the UK denied consular access to Skripals, both Russian citizens, adding that it is not satisfied with London’s handling of the case. It also said it had little trust that Sergey and Yulia “are allegedly reluctant to communicate with us [Russian authorities] and that they reject medical examination with the participation of Russian specialists.”

Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko says that the Skripals are free to turn down the embassy's aid, but they should do so in person.

"For today, nobody saw their pictures, nobody heard their voice, nobody saw whether they're alive or not… we should be sure that the person is alive, he is alright or she is alright, and [if they] say, for example, 'I don't need your services,' it's fine with us," he told reporters on Friday.

He also alleged earlier that the UK may be hushing up or even destroying some evidence in the case. London has blamed Moscow from almost the beginning. Saying that both Skripals were poisoned with a military grade nerve agent of the ‘Novichok’ family, it claimed that the toxin came from Russia. London has failed to provide any substantial evidence on the “Russian trace,” with Moscow repeatedly denying the accusations.

The dramatic case took a new twist in early May after Czech President Milos Zeman admitted that his country had previously produced a nerve agent similar to the one Britain claims was deployed against the Skripals. Following Zeman’s remarks Russia said it expected a response from NATO providing a full list of bloc members engaged in similar research.

READ MORE: If Novichok was used, Skripal would have died on the spot – Putin as ex-double agent leaves hospital

That same month an explosive report in the German media claimed that a sample of Novichok was obtained by German intelligence back in the 1990s and that Western countries, including the US and the UK, have long been aware of the chemical make-up of the nerve agent.

The report sounded plausible, ex-German intelligence officer, Rainer Rupp told RT. “And – as the ingredients for this horrific stuff can be bought readily almost anywhere, if you have the formula – all you need is a highly secure laboratory, so basically it could be done anywhere,” he said.

According to chemical weapons analyst and Rice University Professor James Tour, it is not a secret that a number of states have been developing and testing the nerve agents. “Many countries have made it in the past as part of a study of making the nerve agents,” he told RT.
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