Friday, October 15

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Netanyahu to speak on ‘significant development’ on Iran nuclear deal

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak Monday on a "significant development" on the Iran nuclear deal, his office said, as the White House considers whether to pull out of the landmark accord that Israel opposes. Netanyahu will give the statement at Israel's defense ministry in Tel Aviv at 8:00 pm (1700 GMT). It follows U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit on Sunday and a telephone conversation between Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday. Trump is due to decide on May 12 whether to reimpose sanctions on Tehran, putting in peril the 2015 nuclear accord. Pompeo has warned that the United States will withdraw from the agreement "if we can't fix it." The Israeli premier has repeatedly called for the accord between world powers and his country's main enemy to eith...

A stack of weapons seized west of Mosul

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BAGHDAD, A joint security force seized pile of weapons west of Mosul.Spokesman for the Center for Security Information Brigadier Yahya Rasool said in a statement that "the detachments of the Military Intelligence Directorate in the 15th Division and in cooperation with the National Security Service and with accurate intelligence information seized a pile containing /30/ 120 mm mortar rounds, 8 Katyusha rockets, 200 rocket propellants, 9 improvised explosive devices and 4 launchers 40 mm in the Waeliya area west of Mosul. "He added that the stack was dealt with in site by the engineering effort of the division.Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Al-Jaafari: Since the outbreak of the problem in Syria, Iraq’s view was clear to refrain from military intervention and the need for political efforts to resolve this issue

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BAGHDAD, Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said that since the outbreak of the problem in Syria, Iraq's view was clear and specific: to avoid military intervention, not to exert military pressure, and the need for political efforts to resolve this issue"."Seven years have passed since the military intervention, the Syrian people offered more murder and displacement, and the strength of terrorism has increased," Jaafari told a press conference at the end of his participation in a conference sponsored by the European Union in the Belgian capital Brussels. "Let us focus on the solution. Political and aid to Syria and attention to reconstruction and construction. "He added that the conference witnessed a wide participation and focused on the political solution and the need to stand by the Sy...

Speculation Swirls Turkey Might Seek Nonalignment

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ISTANBUL, The Syrian civil war has been a catalyst for Russian-Turkish rapprochement, much to the concern of Turkey's NATO partners. This, coupled with Ankara's current strained relations with its traditional Western allies, is raising the prospect of a nonaligned Turkey.Foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran and Russia are meeting Saturday in Moscow under the auspices of the so-called Astana process that's aimed at resolving the Syrian civil war.Ahead of the meeting, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met with new U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. A myriad of differences continue to strain ties between the two NATO allies.Speaking to reporters, Cavusoglu dismissed a threat from some U.S. lawmakers that additional measures might be taken against Turkey in light of its prosecution of U...

The two Koreas officially declare the end of the war and nuclear disarmament

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BAGHDAD, South Korean President Mon Jia En and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Friday pledged their commitment to denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, the official Xinhua News Agency reported." A statement issued by the two leaders stressed the end of the Korean War this year" and "the change of the ceasefire agreement to a peace agreement."There will be no further war on the Korean peninsula," the statement said, "we agreed to stop all hostilities completely by land, sea and air."It explained that the two Koreas will work to turn the demilitarized zone into a "peace zone."The two Koreas stressed the need to work on arms control gradually, while building confidence and reducing military tensions.Source: National Iraqi News Agency