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US demanded N. Korea ship ‘some’ nukes & missiles abroad within 6 months

US demanded N. Korea ship ‘some’ nukes & missiles abroad within 6 months – Asahi
The US has demanded North Korea ship some of its nuclear warheads and intercontinental ballistic missiles out of the country within half a year, according to Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper, citing sources familiar with the talks.

Over the course of behind-the-scenes negotiations between the US and North Korea, the American side has told Pyongyang it expects it to get rid of some of its nuclear arsenal within six months, according to a report that emerged on Thursday.

The demand was apparently voiced by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on May 9. In exchange, Washington might remove Pyongyang from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, Asahi Shimbun reported. North Korea was put back on the list last year, allowing the US government to target it with additional sanctions.

The news comes just one day after North Korea abruptly called off a high-level intra-Korean meeting in protest over US military wargames with South Korea in the region. Pyongyang also warned that it may do the same with the highly-anticipated summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, scheduled for June 12 in Singapore.

Pyongyang made it clear that Washington’s negotiating tactics are unacceptable, and it is not interested in talks that only envisage unilateral denuclearization without guarantees North Korea won’t be left totally defenseless in case of aggression.

It became a major setback in the reconciliation process on the Korean Peninsula, the basis for which was laid during a landmark meeting between the leaders of the two Koreas, the North’s Kim Jong-un and the South’s Moon Jae-in.

The peace talks between Moon and Kim were praised by world leaders, including Trump, but did not deter Washington from carrying on with military exercises with its allies in the region. The two-week Max Thunder 18 air drills kicked off on Friday, with over 100 aircraft taking part. North Korea considers the drills a provocation and a show of aggression.
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Fist-size gunshot wounds, pulverized bones, inadmissible use of force by Israel in Gaza – HRW to RT

Fist-size gunshot wounds, pulverized bones, inadmissible use of force by Israel in Gaza – HRW to RT
After the protests in Gaza, we've seen injuries that you see in conflict situations, not what you would expect in policing and law enforcement situations, Omar Shakir, Israel & Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch, told RT.

The UN Security Council gathered Tuesday for an emergency meeting following the killing and injuring of Palestinians in Gaza by Israeli soldiers during protests on Monday. At least 60 people lost their lives in what's become the deadliest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 2014. More than 2,700 people were injured, many with live ammunition.

The violence came as the US controversially opened its new embassy in nearby Jerusalem. However, Washington's envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said that there is no link between US Embassy move and deaths of Palestinians.

RT: Have you been surprised by the extreme force used by the Israeli military against the largely peaceful protests in Gaza?

Omar Shakir: Unfortunately, no. Israeli officials said quite clear that their live fire regulations permit them to open fire on demonstrators irrespective of whether or not they pose an imminent threat, which is a threshold required under international law. The scale of the killings reflects the fact that more protesters took to the streets. But the reality is for weeks now Israeli officials have green-lighted opening fire on largely unarmed demonstrators.

RT: The IDF said that they were using all possible restraint to keep the casualty numbers down. What do you make of the comment?

OS: Clearly not. Israeli officials have used live ammunition from the first moments of the protests beginning on March 30, continuing for successive Fridays and for this week. They have effectively turned a no-go zone into a free fire zone. And they fired into protesters inside of Gaza, who have not by the evidence of Human Rights Watch (HRW), accumulated, not posed the kind of threat that would justify the use of force. Remember, Israel has kept Gaza under closure for a decade, caged into a 50 by 11 kilometer strip, under occupation for a half century. And quite simply their use of force does not meet international standards.

RT: Could you comment on the severity of the injuries that have been seen?

OS: We've seen injuries reflect the kind that you see in conflict situations, not that you would expect in policing and law enforcement situation. You see small entry wounds, fist size exit wounds, according to doctors that treat patients. You see bones pulverized to the edge. And the kind of injures that reflect a grotesque use of force that should not be used in a policing situation.

RT: Is there a medical capability on the Palestinian side of the border to deal with this number of casualties?

OS: Unfortunately, hospitals in Gaza have been under incredible strain as a result of Israel's decade-long closure, electricity cuts, limited supplies of medicine, inability of doctors to attend training, limited capacity. So, the reality is that hospitals have been overwhelmed having to take patients that have anything but life threatening situations outside of hospital care. Quite simply, they have been overwhelmed and the closure certainly doesn't help.

RT: There have been reports of the IDF using devastating 'butterfly bullets' and high-velocity munitions. Why would it have been doing that?

OS: We are still investigating. What we can say is we've seen a caliber of weapons typically used in conflict situations, bullets that inflict significant damage on human body and should in no circumstances be used on demonstrators in a law enforcement situation.

RT: Israel claims it is just defending its borders. What would be, in your view, an acceptable way of doing that?

OS: The Israeli authorities should respect the right to demonstrate. Every population has a right to demonstrate. It is a different scenario and of course Israel has the right to protect unauthorized crossing of borders. But the way you respond to that is to follow the UN guiding principles and use non-lethal means and arrests. But we are talking about firing into Gaza, not actual individuals crossing the Strip. They have created the argument that obscures the reality of forces safely tucked away inside of Israel, picking off, one by one, protesters who do not pose an imminent threat inside of Gaza.

In Gaza, dozens of people lost their lives, thousands have been injured. This is far beyond the capacity of the health system, which was weakened in the past by the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Doctors were struggling [on Monday] to cope with the influx of patients… Al-Shifa hospital only was dealing with 400 injured people; at the same time, the doctors were overworked over the past weeks. Monday deepened the crisis in hospitals. Hospitals have been working with limited resources, doctors have been working around the clock to cope with the influx of the wounded. - Suhair Zakkout, spokesperson of ICRC Gaza (International Committee of the Red Cross)

Marie-Elisabeth Ingres, MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières) representative in Palestine, described Israel shooting with live ammunition at Palestinian demonstrators as "shocking." She told RT that what happened on Monday was unmanageable by the medical staff of the minister of health because of the number of wounded people.

"We did what was possible to do but there was more than 1,300 gunshot injures for Gaza. And MSF was presenting free hospitals in Gaza in support for the Minister of Health. For example, in Al-Aqsa hospital in less than 4 hours there was more than 300 injured people," she said.

Ingres added that the situation, which reached its climax on Monday, has been going on for many weeks.

"Monday was the most impressive for the media and for the international community. Unfortunately, we are speaking about more than 3,000 injured people. And the health system for many years we are already on the verge of collapse. There is only four hours of electricity in Gaza, people are not paid, or partially paid. There is a shortage of drugs and disposables. The medical staff is struggling for many months to give a quality of care for the patients," she said.

"As humanitarian actors, we do what we can, we try to send medical doctors, surgeons, nurses, but of course it is not enough. It is not the humanitarian actors who will solve the situation. We need a political solution to what happens in Gaza," Ingres told RT.
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** EUは米国に抱いていた幻想を捨てた **

'With friends like that who needs enemies’: Tusk lashes out at Trump

European Council President Donald Tusk derided US President Donald Trump over his administration’s “capricious assertiveness” and called on the EU to unite on the Iran nuclear agreement and tariffs.

Speaking at a Western Balkans summit in Sofia, Bulgaria on Wednesday, Tusk didn’t hold back in his assessment of the US, saying EU members should unite to face “a new phenomenon - the capricious assertiveness of the American administration.”

Tusk pointed to some of Trump’s latest decisions before concluding, “someone could even think with friends like that, who needs enemies.” He also suggested the EU owes Trump a debt of gratitude for helping Europe to drop “all illusions”.

Tusk’s comments come amid increasingly souring relations between the EU and US, over trade disagreements, the Iran nuclear deal, and the US Embassy’s relocation to Jerusalem.

The US has found itself at odds with much of Europe following its decision to pull out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal signed between Iran and the EU, Russia, China, and the US. Despite Trump slamming it as a “terrible deal” before and after taking office, his European counterparts lobbied him not to leave the agreement.

With Trump’s cabinet being increasingly populated by the likes of National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who have long pushed for regime change in Iran, the US position is becoming more at odds with those of Europe, Russia, and China.

The US decision to move its embassy in Israel to the disputed city of Jerusalem and its response to the killing of 60 Palestinians at protests in Gaza on Monday has further alienated the US from its European allies, who have spoken out on Israel’s actions. Tusk highlighted the “dramatic events in Gaza” in a letter sent to the European Council before the summit on Tuesday.

The EU reiterated its “clear, consolidated” position on Israel-Palestine on Monday, which calls for a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders with “Jerusalem as capital of both [states].”

The EU is also unimpressed by Trump’s decision to place tariffs on European steel and aluminium as part of his ‘America first’ agenda. Tusk said he wanted Europe to “stick to our guns” and described Trump’s justification of tariffs on the basis of national security as “absurd.”

“The EU and US are friends and partners, therefore US tariffs cannot be justified on the basis of national security,” Tusk said. “We need to bring back reality in this discussion, which is not the case today.”

Tusk added that Europe must protect the “transatlantic bond,” but be prepared to act on its own, with “more political unity and determination.”

Evidence of the EU acting independently is already in play, as the EU and Iran agreed on a 9-point economic plan to protect the nuclear agreement on Wednesday. The aim is to counter Trump’s reimposition of sanctions on Iran.
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Syria's ‘gigantic conflict’ can't be resolved without Russia & others – Merkel

Syria's ‘gigantic conflict’ can't be resolved without Russia & others – Merkel
The lingering civil war in Syria has turned into a “gigantic conflict” that cannot be put to an end without backing from Russia and regional powers such as Iran and Turkey, German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted in a speech.

“While the fight against Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS] is going forward … but in the meantime, the civil war in Syria and the struggle against Islamist terrorism has turned into a regional conflict of gigantic proportions,” Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged on Wednesday as she spoke to German MPs.

The war that has gripped Syria for over seven years, cannot end “without Russia, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and, basically, without Europe,” Merkel underlined, reiterating that “we do need a political solution in Syria.”

Interestingly, she struck a slightly different tone when talking Syria at an armed forces conference (Bundeswehrtagung) on Monday. Addressing the service members, the Chancellor compared the Syrian conflict to the Thirty Years' War, one of the longest and most destructive conflicts fought in Central Europe between 1618 and 1648.

The parties to the war were not able to negotiate a peace agreement “even in two months,” Merkel said, urging everyone to be patient about making peace in Syria. During that war, she argued, there were parties that “never spoke to each other, even during peace talks in [the German city of] Muenster.”

Merkel’s Wednesday statement comes at the time when Russia, Iran and Turkey are making joint effort to bring lasting peace to Syria. In early April, the three countries’ leaders met in Turkish capital Ankara, reaffirming that they oppose “any separatist plans aimed at undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, as well as the national security of neighboring countries.”

In February, the trio sponsored the Syrian National Dialogue Congress that took place in the Russian resort city of Sochi. The milestone event, which involved over 1,500 delegates representing various groups of Syrian society, laid the foundation for working on a new constitution and discussing reconciliation in Syria.

Despite EU and US sanctions on Moscow over Ukraine crisis, some top German officials advocated re-engagement with Russia in order to tackle pressing international issues. “We need Russia as a partner to settle regional conflicts, for disarmament and as an important pillar of multilateralism,” newly appointed Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in April, adding, “we are therefore open for dialogue and are trying to rebuild trust bit by bit if Russia is ready.”
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Russian Airbase in Syria: US Supporting ISIL through SDF

Russian Airbase in Syria: US Supporting ISIL through SDF
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia's airbase in Lattakia province, known as Humeimim, complained that Washington supports the ISIL terrorists through the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, as the SDF continues pressures against civilians in Deir Ezzur.

Humeimim announced on Monday that it has gained field reports disclosing that Washington is indirectly supporting and equipping the ISIL terrorists.

It added that Washington supports the ISIL through its illegally created allies, the SDF forces, who pursue disintegration of Syria.

Meantime, local sources in Deir Ezzur reported that the SDF forces have detained tens of civilians in the province, including women, children and the elderly, en route from Damascus to the region and prevented their move to the province.

A well-informed source reported on Monday that the US forces were building a new military base in a desert-like region in Eastern Deir Ezzur two weeks after the Washington-backed SDF claimed to have started their anti-ISIL operation in Eastern Syria.

The source said that the US military is building a new base equipped with advanced military tools and systems in Badiyeh (desert) al-Sha'afa in Deir Ezzur province, adding that the construction of the base has been justified as a move in support of the SDF against ISIL in Eastern Deir Ezzur, while SDF has been engaged in several confrontations against the Syrian army.

The sources further said that the US forces and the Washington-backed militias claim to be preparing for a possible operation against ISIL in the region, while they are spreading to the territories held by the Syrian army.

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Europe to ditch US dollar in payments for Iranian oil – source
The European Union is planning to switch payments to the euro for its oil purchases from Iran, eliminating US dollar transactions, a diplomatic source told Sputnik.

Brussels has been at odds with Washington over the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, which was reached during the administration of Barack Obama. President Donald Trump has pledged to re-impose sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

“I’m privy to the information that the EU is going to shift from dollar to euro to pay for crude from Iran,” the source told the agency.

Earlier this week, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that the foreign ministers of the UK, France, Germany, and Iran had agreed to work out practical solutions in response to Washington’s move in the next few weeks. The bloc is reportedly planning to maintain and deepen economic ties with Iran, including in the area of oil and gas supplies.

Mogherini stressed that the sides should jointly work on the lifting of sanctions as an integral part of the historic nuclear deal. “We're not naive and know it will be difficult for all sides.”

The Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was sealed three years ago in Vienna between Tehran and the P5+1 powers (China, France, Russia, UK, US, plus Germany). The agreement saw decades-long international sanctions lifted in exchange for Iran curbing its controversial nuclear program. On January 16, 2016, the parties to the deal announced the beginning of its implementation.
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N. Korea may reconsider Trump-Kim summit if US seeks surrender instead of talks
Pyongyang is not interested in any negotiations that envisage only unilateral denuclearization without guarantees North Korea won’t be left totally defenseless like Libya in case of aggression, deputy foreign minister has said.

Criticizing Washington’s demands for unilateral concessions and unconditional “nuclear abandonment,” North Korea’s first vice minister of foreign affairs Kim Kye-gwan recalled the eventual fate of Libya and said such negotiations style is unacceptable for Pyongyang.

“This is not an attempt to solve the problem through dialogue but rather the manifestation ...to force the destiny of the collapsed Libya and Iraq to our dignified state,” Kim said, according to KCNA.

“I doubt whether the United States really wants sound dialogue and negotiation,” Kim added, again noting that “the world is so well aware that our country is not Libya or Iraq.”

Denouncing the ongoing “sanctions pressure offensive” against the North, he accused Washington of misrepresenting North Korea’s “generosity and bold measures as an expression of weakness.”

“We will not be interested in talks anymore if (they) only try to push us unilaterally into a corner and force us to give up nukes,” he said. “It would be inevitable to reconsider whether to respond to the upcoming summit with the US.”

Last week, as a sign of goodwill, North Korea went on to release three Americans detainees accused of espionage – Kim Hak-song, Kim Sang-duk and Kim Dong Chul – removing one of the main obstacles ahead of the June 12 summit in Singapore. In another peaceful gesture, the North pledged to place a moratorium on nuclear and missile testing and in the spirit of transparency invited foreign journalists to watch the nuclear test site shutdown, scheduled for May 23-25.

Deputy FM’s remarks came a day after Pyongyang’s decision to cancel negotiations triggered by Max Thunder 2018 military exercises between the South and the US, which are viewed by the North as a rehearsal for the invasion of the DPRK and a provocation amid warming inter-Korean ties.

“This training is aimed at .. and is a deliberate challenge to the Panmunjom declaration and is a deliberate military provocation,” KCNA wrote on Wednesday. “This training... reflects the unchanging attitude of the US and South Korea to continue 'maximum pressure and sanctions' against us.”

READ MORE: Max Thunder 2018: US military drills threaten to derail Korea peace talks

Washington however still aims to hold the Trump-Kim meeting as planned and has defended the right to conduct drills with its Asian ally.

“We have not heard anything from that government or the Government of South Korea to indicate that we would not continue conducting these exercises or that we would not continue planning for our meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un next month,” State Department's spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters on Tuesday.

“I will say that Kim Jong-un had said previously that he understands the need and the utility of the United States and the Republic of Korea continuing in its joint exercises. They’re exercises that are legal; they’re planned well, well in advance,” she added.

Seoul ‘regrets’ its drills with US forced Pyongyang to cancel intra-Korean talks
South Korea has accused its northern neighbor of undermining the spirit of reconciliation after Pyongyang abruptly called off Wednesday’s high-level intra-Korean meeting in protest over joint US-S. Korean military drills.

“It is regrettable that the North’s unilateral move to postpone the high-level inter-Korean talks, citing the annual South Korea-US air drills does not conform with the spirit and purpose of the agreements reached between the leaders of the two countries,” the unification ministry said in a statement cited by news agency Yonhap.

South Korea urged Pyongyang to return to the negotiations table, stressing that Seoul remains “strongly committed” to the so-called Panmunjom Declaration, adopted during the historic summit of Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in on April 27.
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Turkey Plays Secret Role in Assassination Operations in Idlib


Turkey Plays Secret Role in Assassination Operations in Idlib
TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkey is excluding the commanders of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra front) who oppose Ankara's new policies in the region in targeted killings by proxy militants.

As a rising wave of assassinations of militant commanders has started in Northwestern Syria, sources close to the terrorist groups in Idlib reported on Tuesday that the Turkish army is settling accounts with Tahrir al-Sham commanders who oppose Ankara's policies in Idlib.

They added that bomb attacks in the past few days were conducted by the Turkish intelligence agency, noting that Ankara has started assassinating Tahrir al-Sham commanders who oppose the new coalition of militants, mainly by Faylaq al-Sham and Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants.

Meantime, the FSA terrorist group in Idlib, Jeish al-Izza, Jeish al-Nasr and the Coastal Brigade 1, have declared plans to form a new coalition in Idlib with Turkey's financial support and under the command of Faylaq al-Sham.

Also, reports said that the Turkish army wants to dissolve Tahrir al-Sham by forming the new coalition to prevent the Syrian army's military operations in Idlib.

The Turkish army dispatched a new military delegation, accompanied by terrorist groups, to Western Idlib in Northwestern Syria on Saturday.

The Turkish convoy, including a military delegation, that was accompanied by terrorists entered Jisr al-Shughour region in Western Idlib.

There were several vehicles and a large volume of military equipment in the Turkish convoy.

Also, field sources reported that the Turkish delegation embarked on visiting Bedama and al-Najiyeh settlements in Western Idlib, adding that the army plans to set up a new truce monitoring point in the region.

In the meantime, local sources reported that the Russian and Syrian fighter jets pounded the positions of al-Turkistani terrorist group in Jisr al-Shughour region, inflicting major losses on the militants.

Also, a military analyst said that the Turkish troops plan to occupy Idlib and arrival of Ankara forces in Western Idlib is aimed at preventing the Syrian Army troops from carrying out anti-terrorism operation against Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and other units of al-Turkistani group.
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Russia: US Putting Serious Pressure on Iran Deal Participants
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed that the United States is exerting significant pressure on remaining parties to Iranian nuclear deal.

"We see… that significant pressure will and has already been exerted on them [remaining parties to the nuclear deal with Iran], they [ the United States] have already put forward ultimatums about the need to stop trade with Iran, including deliveries to certain products, including the purchase of Iranian oil. They name terms − 60 days, 90 days. This is the plan for massive pressure," Lavrov said Tuesday, Sputnik reported.

He added that the EU partners said that they were taking steps not to depend on the United States in its trade and economic relations with Iran.

"One thing is clear: the United States, having withdrawn from the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan has lost all its rights with respect to this document, because there are a number of provisions that grant participants certain rights," Lavrov stated.

Russia stands for discussion by all remaining participants to the JCPOA on the Iranian nuclear program regarding joint compensation measures for unilateral US sanctions against Iran, the top diplomat underlined.

"There are reasons for concern over recent events, I mean a nuclear deal with Iran," he said, adding that "this can seriously damage transatlantic relations. And if this happens, the consequences will be much broader than only Iran and the deal with it".

After US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, the EU foreign affairs commissioner Federica Mogherini, as well as France, Britain, China and the other members of P5+1 have likewise voiced their concern about Washinton withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accord and expressed their commitment to the deal.
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ロシア イランの核合意からの脱退もありうる

Russia: Moscow Does Not Rule out Iran’s Pullout from Nuclear Deal
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said at a session of the Valdai international discussion club on Tuesday that Moscow does not rule out a scenario of Iran’s pullout from the nuclear deal.

"I believe that the scenario of Iran’s withdrawal from the agreement can’t be fully ruled out, if Iran does not agree with the other participants on a basis suitable for it," Ryabkov stated, TASS reported.

Moscow will fulfill its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for Iran’s nuclear program to the same extent as other participants, he added.

"We have already said and continue to say that we are ready to fully comply with the JCPOA as long as other participants do the same, and to the same extent," the diplomat stressed.

"I am not prepared to evaluate the position of our Iranian counterparts concerning these developments," Ryabkov said when asked about Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA, adding that "their high-ranking officials have made many statements recently, which are rather clear. We focus on these statements while assessing Iran’s approach to this issue".

Russia does not see itself as a mediator between the United States and Iran in the nuclear deal, he went on.

"We do not see ourselves as a mediator between Iran and the US," he said, adding that "we consider ourselves as one of the participants in the accord and we are going to fulfil it and are in close contact and dialogue with all the other participants".


Russian Diplomat: Military Tensions on Rise after US Exit from Iran Deal
TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said the danger that military tensions in the Middle East will mount after the US decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal is growing.

"We don’t want the US pullout from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to become a prelude for a further spike in military tensions in the Middle East, although the danger of this is evident," Ryabkov stated, TASS reported.

"This danger after the US decision and what happened then is growing, according to our assessments," he noted, adding that major reasons for the US withdrawal from the JCPOA on the Iranian nuclear program are not linked to the agreement itself, but to Washington’s approach to Tehran’s policy in the Middle East.

"We believe that this occurred mainly due to the reasons, which are not tied to the JCPOA, and frankly speaking, the US representatives are not hiding this," Ryabkov said, adding that "I would like to point out that there are a lot of opportunities for resolving regional issues involving Iran".

"If the United States is interested in changes in [Iran’s] behavior, it should step up the diplomatic process," the senior Russian diplomat stressed.

Moscow considers it possible to preserve the Iran nuclear deal with sufficient political will of its participants and despite the US’ withdrawal.

"We need to determine parameters for work within the JCPOA without the US," he noted, adding that "we believe that it is possible both in theory and in practice. Much depends on the politicians’ will, chiefly in the European countries".

Maintaining the Iran nuclear deal will depend on the European’s ability to protect companies cooperating with Iran from US sanctions, he said.

According to the senior diplomat, maintaining the deal will depend on whether "the Europeans are ready to provide European economic entities with such a level of protection that would allow them to continue cooperating with Iran following the resumption of extraterritorial US sanctions".

Ryabkov pointed out that it would be possible to ensure the protection of companies cooperating with Iran.

"I think it is quite possible," he said in response to a question on the matter, adding that "It is most important that certain elements of Iran’s policy in the region, and also its missile program arouse resentment of the United States and its allies".

The Russian Foreign Ministry believes that the United States will not revise its decision to pull out of the Iranian nuclear deal, he said.

"The Foreign Ministry believes the US will not change its mind. President Donald Trump will translate into life what he said on May 8," Ryabkov added.

Moscow will comply with its liabilities within framework of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding the Iranian nuclear program to reconfigure the Fordow enrichment facility.

"Russia will comply with its obligations under the JCPOA to the full. The same concerns the reconfiguration of the Fordow enrichment facility - to the extent the other partakers will adhere to the agreement," he stressed.

Iran Warns to Restart Production of HEU (高濃縮ウラン) If EU Fails to Ensure N. Deal Merits
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Government Spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht warned the European states that if they fail to ensure Tehran's continued merits under the nuclear deal after the US pullout, his country will start enriching uranium to 20% or even higher purity levels in operations hidden to the international inspections that have increased under the nuclear deal.

"If our interests are not materialized, we will withdraw from the nuclear deal and will enrich (uranium) to 20% degree or any level that we want out of their sight," Nobakht told reporters in Tehran on Tuesday, although he didn't explain if by his last words he meant covert enrichment hidden to IAEA monitoring or the extra international inspections that have been imposed on Iran under the nuclear deal.

He referred to the US violation and withdrawal from the nuclear deal, and reminded, "The Leader (Ayatollah Khamenei) always reminded us that the US is not trustworthy."

US President Donald Trump announced last Tuesday 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.(続く)

Minister: Iran's Oil Industry Can Thwart Sanctions
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh underlined that Tehran is strong enough to withstand the sanctions which the US plans to re-impose on the country.

"I believe America’s withdrawal from the JCPOA would lead to no significant development with regards to Iran's exports of oil and condensate,” Zangeneh said on Thursday evening.

He reiterated that Iran’s foreign currency revenues would be maintained as envisaged in the national budget bill.

"Iran's oil industry is in a far better shape than before and can resist the sanctions that Washington plans to renew," Zangeneh said.

He reiterated that threatening Iran with sanctions against its oil industry was an issue of the past, and said, "The country had already been able to safeguard itself against such threats over the past few years."

Zangeneh's remarks came after an announcement by US President Donald Trump that he would take America out of a 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran and move towards re-imposing what he described a series of strong sanctions against the country. The sanctions would include a ban over purchasing oil from Iran as well as restrictions over investments in the country’s energy sector.
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イスラエルのガザ虐殺で世界が騒然 1

1 Hamas Warns of Its Impatience, Response over Israeli Crimes in Gaza
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Hamas Movement warned of its impatience and response over Israel’s ongoing crimes against the Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, especially after the massacre which the Tel Aviv regime committed during Monday’s protests.
“The patience of the resistance factions, spearheaded by Hamas and al-Qassam Brigades, will not be long over the occupation’s crimes against [the participants in] the March of Return,” member of Hamas’s political bureau Khalil al-Hayya told a news conference, Palinfo reported.
“The enemy and its followers should not test our patience,” Hayya added.

2 UNRWA Calls for Investigation into Israeli Crimes in Gaza
TEHRAN (FNA)- United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) on Tuesday called for an international investigation into the Israeli crimes committed against peaceful protesters in Gaza Monday.
The UNRWA said in a statement that it was dismayed by the killing and wounding of dozens of civilians and children in Gaza, adding that Monday's violence and loss of life will add yet another layer of trauma onto an already untenable situation, according to Palinfo.
The UN Agency unreservedly condemned the excessive use of force against demonstrators who have the right to peaceful protest and expression.

3 Several International Organizations Call for Action to Stop 'Mass Murder' of Palestinians in Gaza
TEHRAN (FNA)- A joint statement by 27 international organizations called on Tuesday for urgent international action to stop what they said was Israeli “mass murder” of Palestinians in Gaza.
The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor (Euro-Med) said at a press conference in Gaza that 27 different international organizations have signed a joint statement calling for a stop to the Israeli killing of Palestinian civilians.
The organizations noted that for the most part, “protests have been peaceful at the Gaza fence, while targeted protesters did not pose a threat to soldiers’ lives that could justify their killing or the use of excessive force against them”, accusing Israel of having “a deliberate intention to further complicate injuries of protesters, causing serious injuries that may lead to permanent disabilities”.


4 Iranian Gov't Strongly Condemns Israeli Crimes against Palestinians, Blasts US for Collaboration
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian government in a statement on Tuesday strongly deplored massacre of the Palestinian people during protest rallies against the US relocation of its embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds, stressing its support for the legitimate rights of the Palestinians.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran's government strongly condemns the recent crimes by the Zionists committed within the framework of a common and provocative scenario with the US administration as the biggest violator of humanitarian and international treaties and laws," the statement said.
"Similar to the past, the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran will not spare any efforts to support the legitimate and usurped rights of Palestine and its oppressed people in addition to regional and international consultations in this regard," it added.
The Iranian government described the Zionists' crimes as a a historical test for all Muslim officials who can play an influential role.
The Palestinian officials reported on Monday that the death toll of the Palestinians martyred by Israeli fire in Gaza border clashes has risen to nearly 60, while over 2,700 people, including children, women and journalists, have been injured by Tel Aviv regime's forces who are positioned along the fence.

5 Iranian Parliamentarians Condemn Israeli Crimes against Palestinians
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian lawmakers in a statement on Tuesday deplored the massacre of the Palestinians by the Israeli regime as well as the US relocation of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds.

6 Iran Calls for Int'l Bodies to Condemn Massacre of Palestinians by Israel
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi strongly condemned the Monday massacre of the Palestinians by Israel in the Gaza Strip, and called for immediate reaction to the Tel Aviv regime's latest crimes.
"The international organizations should immediately show reaction to the latest crime of the Zionist regime," Qassemi said.
The Iranian foreign ministry spokesman reiterated that the "barbaric and brutal massacre of scores of Palestinians and wounding of thousands of others" involved in a peaceful rally to mark the anniversary of the occupation of their homeland by the Zionist regime and to protest against the relocation of US embassy to Quds is strongly condemned.

Palestinian FM: US Acts as Partner of Israel in Slaughter of People in Gaza
TEHRAN (FNA)- Foreign Minister Riyad Malki condemned on Tuesday Washington blocking of a statement by the United Nations Security Council on the situation in Gaza, stressing that this move will not deter the Palestinians from pursuing further action at the Security Council.
The Security Council is scheduled to hold a meeting on Tuesday afternoon Palestine time to discuss Israel’s carnage in Gaza on Monday that left 59 Palestinians dead and more than 2,700 injured, as well as the legal implications of the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem, he told Voice of Palestine radio.
“By blocking a Security Council statement that was supposed to condemn Israel and calls for forming an independent investigation committee, the United States has declared itself as protector of Israel as it proceeds with its crimes, which therefore makes it complicit in the Israeli crimes against our people in Gaza,” Malki said.
He stated that Palestine is also going to ask the United Nations Human Rights Council to convene an emergency session to discuss the Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people and to establish an investigation committee.
Malki stressed that the file on Israeli settlements is ready to be officially submitted to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court as work on the remaining files on the prisoners and the war crimes in Gaza continue.
The Foreign Minister added that he was satisfied with the international reaction condemning the Israeli crimes in Gaza and the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem, saying these reactions are proof that Washinton is now isolated as a result of this move that violates international law and Security Council resolutions.

PA to Take Israel to ICC over Settlements in Occupied Palestine
TEHRAN (FNA)- Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), stated that the Palestinian leadership decided to file a legal case against Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC) over settlements construction and expansion in occupied Palestine.
He said in a press release on Monday that the leadership decided to join several international organizations and also call on the Security Council to convene an emergency session to demand protection for the Palestinian people, WAFA reported.
Erekat added the leadership also decided to relations with Israel and put into action the decisions of the National Council.

UN Slams Shocking Massacring of Palestinians in Gaza, Calls for Justice
TEHRAN (FNA)- The UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein on Monday condemned reckless killing of peaceful Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces, as at least 59 demonstrators were shot dead and over 2,700 wounded by snipers who were positioned along the fence.
“Shocking killing of dozens, injury of hundreds by Israeli live fire in Gaza must stop now. The right to life must be respected,” he wrote in a message carried on the UN human rights Twitter account.
Al Hussein also called for punishment of those behind killing of Palestinians saying that “those responsible for outrageous human rights violations must be held to account”.
Later on Monday, the Palestinian ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour said there were children under the age of 16 among Palestinians killed during violent clashes that took place on the border fence separating Israel from the Gaza Strip.
"We condemn in the strongest terms these atrocities by the Israeli occupying forces, using this massive fire power against civilians who have the right to demonstrate peacefully -- and they have been demonstrating peacefully," Mansour added.
Meantime, the Palestinian government accused Israel of committing a "terrible massacre" of Palestinians in protests in Gaza Strip.
Palestinian Government Spokesman Yusuf al-Mahmoud demanded in a statement "an immediate international intervention to stop the terrible massacre in Gaza committed by the forces of the Israeli occupation against our heroic people".
Meanwhile, Amnesty International wrote on Twitter that the bloodshed along Gaza's border fence with Israel was an "abhorrent violation" of human rights.
"We are witnessing an abhorrent violation of international law and human rights in Gaza.... This must end immediately," the human rights group stated.
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‘すさまじい虐殺’: イスラエル43人殺害, 負傷者 2,200人

‘Terrible massacre’: Israel kills 43, injures 2,200 Gaza protesters as US embassy opens in Jerusalem
Forty-three Palestinian protesters have been killed by Israeli fire during demonstrations ahead of the US embassy inauguration in Jerusalem, the Palestinian health ministry said Monday.

More than 2,200 protesters have been injured in Gaza so far on what has been the most violent day of the six week long Great March of Return. Those wounded on Monday include 74 children and 23 women, according to the ministry.

The Palestinian government denounced Monday’s violence as a “terrible massacre” perpetrated “by the forces of the Israeli occupation”, and called for an immediate international intervention to prevent further deaths.

There are around 35,000 protesters gathered at the border fence and thousands more within half a mile of the vicinity, according to Israeli Defence Forces.

Clashes have also reportedly broken out between protesters and the Israeli Defense Forces in Bethlehem.

The first of Monday's deaths was 21-year-old Anas Hamdan Qudeih, killed east of Khan Yunis, a spokesperson for the ministry said. A 29-year-old man, Mosaab Yousef Ibrahim Abu Laila, was later killed east of Jabalya. Some of the dead have yet to be identified. At least one child is among the fatalities.

Amnesty International has called the Israeli violence in Gaza “an abhorrent violation of international law & human rights.” Six children are among Monday’s fatalities, according to the human rights organization.

Around half of all injuries were caused by live bullets while hundreds more were targeted with teargas, according to the ministry. The Palestinian Health Ministry claims that Israeli forces are directly targeting emergency services and journalists and are calling on citizens to urgently donate blood to help save the lives of those wounded.

Six journalists have reportedly been injured while covering Monday’s demonstrations, according to the Journalist Support Committee.

Meanwhile, the IDF said Israeli Air Force planes targeted Hamas posts near Jabalya after its soldiers came under fire in the area.

The latest deaths bring the number killed since the Great March of Return protests began six weeks ago to 88.

Dr. Mkhaimer Abuseda, professor of political sciences at Alazhar University in Gaza, told RT that the relocation of the US embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem is “a very sad day for the Palestinians, reminding them of their first Nakba some 70 years ago.”

“It seems to me that the Palestinians have decided that the US is no longer an honest broker in the MidEast peace process between the Palestinians and Israelis,” he said, adding that it will likely lead to further Palestinian rage and resistance.

Scuffles have reportedly broken out outside the new US embassy in Jerusalem as the inauguration ceremony took place inside.

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag has condemned Monday’s violence, claiming the US, as well as Israel, is responsible for the “massacre” because of their “unjust decision” to move the embassy.

Tuesday marks the commemoration of Nakba Day, a term which Palestinians use to describe their forced mass exodus from their homes during the establishment of the State of Israel. It is celebrated among Israelis as Independence Day. Thousands of people have gathered near the border to take part in Monday's protests.

Huge demonstrations are expected to mark the May 15 event, which brings to a close the six-week Great March of Returndemonstrations.

The IDF dropped leaflets warning people in Gaza to stay away from the security fence ahead of Monday’s protests. Demonstrators in North Gaza brought down an IDF drone that was allegedly dropping fire bombs on tents, according to the Great Return March movement.
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これはすごい 2

Sichuan Airlines Airbus A319 was forced to perform an extreme emergency landing in China after one of the cockpit’s windshields shattered, nearly sucking the co-pilot out of the plane at 32,000 feet.



RT2018/2/28 Angolan army dance in Siberian city on Russian national holiday


シリアのテロリストの行進風景です。出てくる幹部の顔から何年も前のもののように見えます。これだけの人員・物量を養うにはいくらかかるでしょう。その費用を何年も誰かがポケットマネーで負担しうると思いますか? 国家レベルの支援がなければこんなことはできません。

Bassem @BBassem7氏の2018/2/26のツイート
You ask what is the Syrian Army facing in Eastern Ghouta? the answer is 15,000+ heavily armed Islamist fighters supported by Saudi and Qatar, including AlQaeda.
Just watch what we are up against.
Would your government accept the presence of such militants near your capital?

Sputnik US @SputnikNewsUSの2018/2/15のツイート
WATCH: Tunisian MP tearing up Israeli flag to promote bill outlawing ties https://sptnkne.ws/gHKF #Tunisia #Israel

TEHRAN (FNA)- Incredible footage shows a Yemeni Ansarollah fighter bravely moving towards a flat battleground in the Al-Jawf region while carrying his wounded comrade under direct sniper fire from Saudi-backed forces. [VIDEO]

どこの国かな? レディーの足蹴り合戦

※ Rudaw English認証済みアカウント @RudawEnglish
Foreign and local athletes take part in international snow games, Choman Muntain, northeast of Erbil

※  Rudaw English認証済みアカウント@RudawEnglish
Live: People hit the slopes at Kurdistan's Mt Choman


※ yu @djujean氏の2018/1/22のツイート
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‘Terrorist’ Soros Petition Reaches 100K Signatures, Compels White House Reply

TEHRAN (FNA)- A petition calling on US President Donald Trump to declare Jewish billionaire George Soros a terrorist has garnered more than 100,000 signatures, enough to require a response from the White House.

More than 129,000 people had signed the online petition as of Monday, more than two weeks after a user posted it on the White House website’s We the People section, presstv reported.

The petition's accuses the billionaire of financing multiple organizations with the sole purpose of weakening the Trump administration, an allegation that has been making the rounds over the past years.

“Soros has created and funded dozens and probably hundreds of discrete organizations whose sole purpose is to apply Alinsky model terrorist tactics to facilitate the collapse of the systems and Constitutional government of the United State, and has developed unhealthy and undue influence over the entire Democrat Party and a large portion of the US Federal government,” the petition says.

Soros has been accused of facilitating "color revolutions" through organizations such as MoveOn, which encourages people to hold anti-establishment protests.

Republican leaning media outlets like Fox News allege that MoveOn is much larger than what it looks and that it “owns” the Democratic Party. The network has openly suggested that Soros owns the organization.

During the 2004 presidential election, Soros gave nearly $1.5 million to the MoveOn.org Voter Fund. Following Trump’s election victory, the organization invited Americans to hold “peaceful” protests across the US.

Back then, MoveOn boasted on its website that it had created “over 200” gatherings within two hours of issuing the call.

Soros was a supporter of Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, during the 2016 US presidential election, pouring millions of dollars into her campaign.

According to leaked emails released by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, Clinton’s top aide John Podesta had instructed Soros in 2008 on how to stir American voters through organizations similar to MoveOn.

Soros is the founder and head of the Soros Fund Management hedge fund and one of the world’s wealthiest people. Forbes has put his fortune at around $25 billion.

George Soros’ Open Society foundation ends operations in Hungary
George Soros’ Open Society Foundations is ending its operations in Hungary, accusing Budapest of repressing civil society. PM Viktor Orban has repeatedly slammed the tycoon for meddling in the nation’s internal affairs.

“Faced with an increasingly repressive political and legal environment in Hungary, the Open Society Foundations are moving their Budapest-based international operations and staff to the German capital, Berlin,” the group confirmed on Tuesday.

Patrick Gaspard, the president of the Open Society Foundations, lashed out at Budapest, saying it has “denigrated and misrepresented our work,” while repressing civil society “for the sake of political gain.”

The group based its decision on the fact that Budapest "prepares to impose further restrictions on nongovernmental organizations through what it has branded its "Stop Soros” package of legislation.”

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has repeatedly spoken out against the detrimental agendas of Soros’ foundation and other NGOs, accusing the billionaire of meddling in Hungary’s internal political affairs by funding opposition groups.

Speaking on the recent election and the victory of his Fidesz party, Orban said, “I know they won’t accept the result of the election, they will organize all sorts of things, they have unlimited financial resources.”

When news of the Open Society Foundations’ possible departure from Hungary broke in April, Orban said: “You might understand if I don’t cry my eyes out.”

In February, Fidesz submitted a bill to parliament called the ‘Stop Soros Act’ – in reference to the Hungarian-American tycoon – which would curb immigration and would also affect foreign-funded NGOs. The bill says that all NGOs which “support illegal immigration” need to be registered, while any NGO which gets money from abroad must pay a 25-percent tax.

Also, foreign citizens and Hungarian nationals who support illegal immigration could be subject to a restraining order which would keep them away from the border. “If Soros is found to have engaged in such activity, meaning he organizes illegal immigration, then the rules will apply to him,” government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said in February.

The 87-year-old worked as a trader and analyst before establishing Soros Fund Management in 1969. He became one of the world’s foremost investors, generating enormous wealth for himself. The Hungarian-American made a fortune, but also earned notoriety for shorting Britain’s pound sterling, which forced the currency’s collapse in the 1990s.
The Open Society Foundations project was started in 1979, with the first non-US foundation opening in Hungary in 1984. The group currently has annual expenditures of over $940 million, operates in over 100 countries across the globe, with 26 national and regional foundations and offices.

The billionaire was once likened to Satan for his calls to bring migrants into Europe, which was perceived by some Hungarian MPs as an attempt to destroy the independence and values of nation-states. Hungarian lawmaker Andras Aradszki of the Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP) said it is a Christian duty to fight what he called “Satan’s Soros plan.”

The billionaire also faced accusations of meddling in British politics after news emerged that he donated almost half a million pounds to a campaign seeking to reverse Brexit.

Orban, a harsh critic of illegal immigration and Brussels’ mandatory migrant quotas, once stated that the recent wave of refugees entering Europe is an invasion. In December 2017, Hungary, along with Poland and the Czech Republic, said they reserve the “right” to reject EU-imposed refugee quotas in spite of pressure from the European Commission. The three countries argued at the time that the refugees could pose a direct threat to public security.
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イラクでの米国の動き イラク選挙

#PutinAtWar: Iraq Reconsiders Its Military Equipment Suppliers
A video released by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense confirms their purchase of Russian T-90S tanks
For more than 10 years, the United States provided Iraq with top-notch equipment, logistical support and military instructors to train Iraqi military. The Iraqi Security Forces took a hard beating in the battle against ISIS since 2014. A significant amount of the military equipment provided by the United States was heavily damaged, destroyed, or captured during these fights. Some of the lost U.S. equipment ended up in the hands of ISIS, the Iran-supported militias, putting at risk the security of U.S. military technology.

As Iraqi military failed to retrieve the lost equipment, U.S. government stopped logistical support until the equipment is retrieved. In order to solve the shortage of parts, Iraqi military decided to look for new suppliers without as many strings as the United States.

@DFRLab recently reported evidence that the Iraqi military is buying equipment like tanks from Russia. This time the evidence was provided by the Iraqi military itself.

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TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran Vows to Help Afghanistan in War on Terrorism

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami promised the Afghan people that Tehran will remain beside them in the fight against the terrorist groups.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami promised the Afghan people that Tehran will remain beside them in the fight against the terrorist groups.

"We are committed to the campaign against terrorism, consider Afghanistan's security as our own security and will do whatever we can with all our power in the fight against terrorism," General Hatami said in a joint press conference with his Afghan counterpart General Tariq Shah Bahrami in Tehran on Monday.

He added that Iran is fully aware of the situation and security threats against Afghanistan, regretting the terrorist acts in the country.

General Bahrami, for his part, appreciated Iran for its assistance to Afghanistan in the past four decades, and said, "At present, terrorism and drug trafficking are threatening Afghanistan and the region, and given the close views we share with Iran, we hope that the country will help and support us in fighting terrorism and stopping drug trafficking."

He also called for Iran's all-out support for the peace process in Afghanistan.

In relevant remarks on Sunday, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri underlined that Tehran and Kabul were resolved to boost their cooperation in the ongoing campaign against the terrorist groups.

"The shared backgrounds between the two countries of Iran and Afghanistan, including religion and language, have brought them together in such way that no obstacle can undermine their close relations, specially in combatting the terrorist groups," General Baqeri said during his meeting with General Bahrami in Tehran.

The top Iranian commander, meantime, said that his country has spared no effort to help restore security and stability in Afghanistan.

"Since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and after Afghanistan was occupied, the Islamic Republic of Iran has always stood by the nation of Afghanistan and the Mujahideen to help them fight against the occupiers,” General Baqeri said.

He also expressed the hope that the Afghan military delegation’s visit would result in more cooperation between the two countries’ armed forces.
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US Regime Change Targets Thailand

journal-neo 11.05.2018
US Regime Change Targets Thailand
While US-led regime change in Syria continues to make headlines, it is important for the public to be aware and stay ahead of other US-led campaigns to target, destabilise and overthrow the political orders of other nations around the globe.

Observers of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine have warned about potential violence as the US continues arming its proxies and their dangerous ultra-right militant groups in Kiev. Analysts have also been covering US-sponsored political destabilisation being fomented in Armenia.

US funding and support alongside its Canadian and European allies in Southeast Asia is also on the rise. Protests planned throughout May in Thailand’s capital Bangkok are openly aimed at regime change.

US regime change operations can be broken down into several categories; Western media operations, US-funded local media operations, US-backed political parties, US-backed street fronts, US-funded academia and US-funded “human rights” advocates. Identifying them before Thailand’s political crisis grabs international headlines provides analysts and commentators with a guide to facts that will almost certainly be omitted from mainstream reporting.

Western Media Operations in Thailand

The centre of Western media operations in Thailand is best represented by the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT). It serves as the physical headquarters of many of the West’s most prominent media organisations including:

British state media front, the BBC;
Qatar state media outlet Al Jazeera;
the Financial Times;
ABC and;
many others.

Reuters and the BBC in particular pursue a transparently bias agenda in support of political destabilisation and regime change in Thailand. Their narratives are unquestioningly repeated throughout many other US and European media platforms, big and small.

Their role in covering up the abuses of the previous and now ousted Thai regime of Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister Yingluck Shinawatra while attacking and undermining the institutions that finally began dismantling their political machinery has played a central role in perpetuating Thailand’s ongoing political crisis.

In particular, the BBC’s Jonathan Head and Reuters’ Panu Wongcha-um openly and regularly consort with and promote opposition figures while denying critics and opposing views from being featured within articles and reports appearing on their respective networks. Many other members of supposedly reputable Western media organisations, while less obvious and less prolific, follow a similar and predictable pattern.
In addition to serving as a central hub for these organisations’ offices, the FCCT includes a swank downtown club and bar where events are hosted primarily to promote US and European interests and impose supposed Western values upon the Southeast Asian region, often done under the guise of promoting “human rights” and “democracy.”

The club regularly conducts training and indoctrination activities, many of which are funded by Western governments and Western corporate foundations like convicted financial criminal George Soros’ Open Society.

Despite the FCCT categorically denying accusations that it has received extensive funding from Open Society, evidence has emerged that years of training programmes helped stand up cadres of pro-Western propagandists to help dominate public perception and narratives both in the region and around the world.

At least one alumni of this Soros-FCCT training programme now holds a senior position in Myanmar’s new government.

The FCCT also regularly uses its prominence and well-funded domination of public discourse to promote US and European-funded opposition groups ranging from foreign-funded fronts posing as “nongovernmental organisations” (NGOs) to political parties and opposition groups working with foreign money and support to overthrow the current Thai political order.

US-funded Local Media Operations and “NGOs”

The US State Department through organisations like the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and its many subsidiaries and partners (including Open Society) fund myriad fronts posing as “local” and “independent” media organisations and “rights” advocates in Thailand.

These includes:

Isaan Record;
Thai Netizens Network;
Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR);
Human Rights Lawyers Association;
Cafe Democracy;
Book (re)Public;
Media Inside Out;
Makhampom Foundation;
Fortify Rights;
Human Rights Thailand;
Amnesty International Thailand;
Thai Poor Act and;
Cross Cultural Foundation

These organisations have in recent months coordinated together to organise and promote anti-government protests. And as their activities continue to increasingly shift into open sedition, NED’s website has been redesigned to further conceal US government funding to these fronts.

Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, funded by the US NED and whose co-founder Sirikan “June” Charoensiri was recently awarded the US State Department’s “Women of Courage Award” presented by US First Lady Melania Trump, not only promotes and defends members of anti-government protests, its own members help organise and lead them.

TLHR’s Anon Nampa is one of the core members of recent anti-government protests demanding regime change in Thailand, begging the question of whether or not US funding is also being channelled directly into the protests themselves.

US-backed Political Parties and Street Fronts

US-backed political parties in Thailand include ousted ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s Pheu Thai Party (PTP). Despite being convicted of criminal charges and having fled Thailand to avoid a 2-year jail sentence rendering him a fugitive, Shinawatra still openly serves as PTP’s uncontested leader. In 2011, he openly campaigned in elections with his image and name liberally used on posters including the now infamous, “Thaksin Thinks, Pheu Thai Does” slogan.

Shinawatra’s faltering popularity and mounting legal troubles has forced him to establish new parties to serve as proxies while maintaining plausible deniability. This includes the “Future Forward” party founded by Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the heir of a multi-million dollar Thai auto-parts business.While it would be unthinkable for a fugitive to remote-control a political party from abroad as a fugitive in the US or Europe, let alone remote-controlling a government led by his political party, the Western media and US-funded fronts posing as NGOs have repeatedly insisted that attempts by Thailand to bar Shinawatra and his PTP from upcoming elections in Thailand are “undemocratic.”

He is the relative of one of Shinawatra’s primary political supporters and chose one of Shinawatra’s own lobbyists, Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, to co-found the party with him.

Also included among the list of Future Forward’s “co-founders” are so-called “activists” drawn from US government-funded fronts like above mentioned Prachatai.

These political parties maintain a single joint-street front. Shinawatra’s PTP founded the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) or “red shirts,” a militant faction that has previously participated in armed insurrection, terrorism, mass murder, nationwide arson and protracted and bloody street protests as well as counter-protests amid Shinawatra’s now 12 year struggle to return himself to power.

Recent protests depicted by FCCT member organisations and local US-funded media fronts as “student activists” are led by US-funded and supported protest leaders including:The UDD has been recently re-branded in an effort to disassociate the front from its violent past. The Western media has played a vital role in rehabilitating the group’s image by omitting details of its membership and leadership.

Anon Nampa,
Rangsima Rome,
Sirawich “Ja New” Seritiwat,
Ekkachai Hongkangwan;
Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal and;
Nuttha Mahattana.

The Western media intentionally omits mentioning the obvious fact that the actual attendees are still clearly UDD members, many literally wearing their signature red shirts and carrying Shinawatra paraphernalia to protest venues.

The fact that recent protests also include Shinawatra’s UDD organiser Sombat Boonngam-anong among its core leadership exposes the fact that this supposedly “student-led” and “progressive, pro-democracy” protest is in reality merely a poorly disguised UDD rally in support of regime change and Shinawatra’s return to power.The Western media also fails to explain how “student activists” can regularly afford thousands of dollars of bail on an almost weekly basis, or pay for the stages, audio systems, matching t-shirts, balloons, masks and other props used in an otherwise obviously well-funded and professionally organised campaign.

Answering obvious questions about who is funding recent protests brings up obvious answers the Western media is clearly intent on burying.

Bringing all Three Together, Plus Violence

As was done in early colour revolutions in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union or more recently during the Arab Spring in 2011, the Western media intentionally misinforms or omits information regarding the background and history of protest leaders and their funding and affiliations to distract away from the fundamental illegitimacy of their actions and the violence they all ultimately rely on.

Violence is an essential ingredient to transform unpopular, foreign-funded destabilisation into a catalyst for increased US and European pressure toward US and European-sponsored regime change.

In 2010, Shinawatra’s UDD bussed in several thousand protesters from upcountry to serve as cover for nearly 300 armed militants used to trigger weeks of violence claiming nearly 100 lives and leaving sections of the city in ruins after widespread arson.

The Western media who at the time across their social media accounts admitted to witnessing the violence, being targeted by Shinawatra’s heavily armed militants and watching Thai troops confront and attempt to contain them, would later expunged all mention of the violent nature of Thailand’s opposition from their actual reports, presenting the 2010 violence instead (and to this day) as a “military crackdown.”

Even at the time, the Western media and Western-funded “human rights” advocates cited violence they themselves knew was carried out by the opposition as a pretext for the Thai government to step down.

Similar reports helped perpetuate and expand violence in nations like Libya and Syria where government troops faced heavily armed extremists depicted by the Western media as “unarmed” or “mostly unarmed” civilian protesters.

May 2018 and Onward

In the first week of May 2018, US-backed opposition in Thailand declared their intentions to step up protests, demanding regime change and insisting that their activities will continue until their demands are met. Considering a lack of genuine public support it can be assumed, just as in 2010, that violence will ultimately erupt and the Western media will attempt once again to cover it up, spin it or even justify it.

While Thailand exists well below the geopolitical radar in relation to stories from Syria, Iraq, Iran and Yemen currently dominating headlines, being aware of the players, their backgrounds, affiliations and history, is an essential inoculation from the lies the Western media has been and will continue spreading as Thailand’s political crisis once again spikes.

If and when protests make it into international headlines, let the above information serve as a guide to navigating around predictable and transparent Western disinformation.

As to why the US seeks to destabilise Thailand and install a client regime, it relates directly to US efforts to encircle China either with US-friendly regimes or instability hindering China’s economic rise.

Thailand’s current government has brought Sino-Thai relations to an unprecedented high, including massive joint infrastructure projects, weapon deals and closer economic and military cooperation decisively at Washington’s expense.

Joseph Thomas is chief editor of Thailand-based geopolitical journal, The New Atlas and contributor to the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.
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Syria foiled Israeli aggression and retaliates

Syria foiled Israeli aggression and retaliates; Lies against Iran keep mounting
These days we are witnessing probably the worst example of lies and propaganda against Syria and Iran. The corporate media in their own pro-Israeli bias tries to falsify the facts, deliberately misinforming the general public, describing the recent Israeli aggression against Syria as an “Israeli – Iranian confrontation” in which Israel “defended” themselves against “Iranian missile attack”. This cannot be further from the truth. In fact, years of lies against Syria and Iran have accumulated to the level of utter madness in which the distortion of truth remains the pattern.

What really happened? According to local civilian and military sources, after hours of aerial activities above the skies of the occupied Syrian Golan, the Israeli regime's air forces attacked the Syrian Arab Army's positions near Madinat al-Ba'ath and Hader in Qunaitra province. The 7th Division of Syrian Arab Army responded, launching approximately 20 missiles targeting several military positions in occupied Golan. A second wave of Israeli aggression targeted many Syrian and Iranian allies' positions across the Damascus province, which resulted in downing at least half of the missiles by the Syrian air defences. Syrian forces yet again launched a retaliatory attack on occupied Golan. Since the occupied Golan is Syrian territory, Syria by all means has a right to defend itself from the illegal occupation forces of Israeli regime.

As Russia Today reported, the Russian military said in a statement

“28 Israeli F-15 and F-16 planes were involved in the attack,” and, a “total of 70 missiles were launched” in the Israeli aggression. Not even one Israeli plane entered the Syrian space, which brings us to the conclusion that the Israeli air forces didn't want to risk losing another of their military planes. The most significant “victory” of this Israeli aggression was hitting the Pantzir-S1 air defence system which was at the moment of airstrike inactive, probably because it had fired all of its missiles. The damage was not heavy enough to completely destroy the system, so it is expected the unit will be repaired and put back in active service. In the end we can positively conclude that the Israeli regime's aggression on Syria ended up in as an embarrassing debacle which didn't achieve significant damage to Syrian forces, as well as to Iranian allies.

Sources on the ground in Quneitra province witnessed Israeli military bases on fire and heard sirens from ambulance vehicles. Not only that, but sources explicitly denied not just Iranian involvement in retaliatory attacks on Israeli aggression, but even their presence in the region. Even though the Israeli regime used their Iron Dome anti-missile systems, many Syrian missiles broke through and hit their targets inflicting damage to military infrastructures and personnel. However, there is no confirmation from Israeli side that anything was hit, and it will never be one since this is the first time in more than 40 years, and after more than one hundred attacks since 2011, Syria hit back. They will hide their loses from the public knowing that any recognition will lead to destroying their image as the “invincible force”, as it did in they humiliating defeat from Hezbollah when they attacked south Lebanon in 2006.

Blaming the attack on Iran is just a convenient propaganda stunt which has been prepared in advance in order to justify the imaginary threat from Iran after miserable and lying performance by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu which didn't convince anyone that Iran has secretly continued with its nuclear program. The only one who took Netanyahu seriously was the United States President Donald Trump who unilaterally pulled out from the nuclear deal with Iran.

The Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano issued the following statement:

“The IAEA is closely following developments related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). As requested by the United Nations Security Council and authorized by the IAEA Board of Governors in 2015, the IAEA is verifying and monitoring Iran’s implementation of its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA. Iran is subject to the world’s most robust nuclear verification regime under the JCPOA, which is a significant verification gain. As of today, the IAEA can confirm that the nuclear-related commitments are being implemented by Iran.”

As we can see, Trump's claim that “the deal allowed Iran to continue enriching uranium and, over time, reach the brink of a nuclear breakout” is nothing but a despicable lie which follows the same narrative of the Israeli regime. And after this “episode”, we really need to ask the question: ‘Who is really ruling the United States?’ Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in a recent interview to the Greek Kathimerini newspaper gave probably the best answer:

“I don’t think in the meantime we can achieve anything with such an administration. A further reason is that we don’t think the president of that regime is in control. We all believe that the deep state, the real state, is in control, or is in control of every president, and this is nothing new. It has always been in the United States, at least during the last 40 years, at least since Nixon, maybe before, but it’s becoming starker and starker, and the starkest case is Trump.”

The United Kingdom, France and Germany, and the European Union (committed to the implementation of the nuclear deal with Iran), as well as Russia and China give full support to IAEA.

While the US and Israel are determined to destroy the deal, the White House National Security adviser John Bolton went even further threatening the European companies with sanctions for those who would maintain business dealings with Iran. This is the perfect example of the rotten imperialistic US policy aiming to dominate the Western world by blackmail and extortion, and who knows, maybe also by force since the United States cannot be trusted in any way. Now it is up to European countries to show the world if their integrity is for sale: Will they bow to the US pressure and admit they are nothing else but weak puppets of Washington and Tel Aviv, or will they defy the US and take the strong position against these hostile actions.

Recently, the New York federal court ordered Iran to pay billions of dollars to the relatives of September 11 terrorist attacks victims. This absurd verdict was ruled by judge George B. Daniels. Since 15 hijackers were Saudi nationals, two from United Arab Emirates, and one from Egypt and Lebanon, it is an attack to common sense to rule such a verdict. Or is it the deliberate verdict just to whitewash the real perpetrators and distract the general public from the fact that Saudi Arabia is to blame, as it is in fact the world's biggest sponsor of terrorism and al-Qaeda itself. To connect Iran with al-Qaeda in any way is disgusting manipulation and distortion of reality since Iran follows the different course of Islam, the Shiia Islam. That course of Islam is considered as apostates by the ideology which is governed by al-Qaeda, and that is Saudi state's Salafist ideology. Since the very beginning everything pointed to Saudi Arabia, but blaming Iran just suits the purpose to additionally demonize that country.

John Bolton is a strong advocate not just for regime change, but for open war against Iran. Using the infamous terror organization Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK) as a proxy would fit the purpose perfectly. If anything starts to happen in Iran which would follow the agenda of the regime change, expect from the corporate media to place such claims in the domain of “conspiracy theories”, just like they do in Syria.

Since Western corporate media takes the Israeli regime's lies as face value, very troubling days are ahead of us. And don't count on professional ethics and moral standards. They lost it in Syria, blindly supporting al-Qaeda and its affiliates, and even ISIS itself, just to see the Syrian President and the government toppled. The price they were willing to pay was the blood of Syrians who in their vast majority didn't betray their country. They failed.

And in the case of Iran, they will also fail.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:29| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Ankara Attempting to Annex Occupied Lands in Northern Syria to Turkey


Ankara Attempting to Annex Occupied Lands in Northern Syria to Turkey
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Turkish army has extended its military intervention in Northern Syria to Idlib and Hama provinces, media sources reported, warning of Ankara's attempts to annex the occupied lands to the country's territories.

The Kurdish-language Hawar news reported on Sunday that the Turkish army has forced the terrorist groups affiliated to Ankara to put on military uniforms with Turkish flag patches to represent Turkey in their regions.

It added that the Turkish army has also replaced all flags in the occupied territories with the Turkish flag, noting that the Ankara-backed terrorist groups take order from the Turkish army.

According to the report, the Turkish army has hoisted the country's flags over all military and administrative centers since the very first days of occupation of Afrin.

The report also said that identity cards have been issued for people who arrive in Afrin, adding that the Turkish army intends to allow the people living in these regions to participate in the future elections in Turkey.

The Turkish army on Saturday dispatched a new military delegation, accompanied by terrorist groups, to Western Idlib in Northwestern Syria on Saturday.

The Turkish convoy, including a military delegation, that was accompanied by terrorists entered Jisr al-Shughour region in Western Idlib.

There were several vehicles and a large volume of military equipment in the Turkish convoy.

Also, field sources reported that the Turkish delegation embarked on visiting Bedama and al-Najiyeh settlements in Western Idlib, adding that the army plans to set up a new truce monitoring point in the region.

In the meantime, local sources reported that the Russian and Syrian fighter jets pounded the positions of al-Turkistani terrorist group in Jisr al-Shughour region, inflicting major losses on the militants.

Also, a military analyst said that the Turkish troops plan to occupy Idlib and arrival of Ankara forces in Western Idlib is aimed at preventing the Syrian Army troops from carrying out anti-terrorism operation against Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and other units of al-Turkistani group.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 16:03| Comment(0) | 国際・政治