November 19, 2019

Iran to fuel Centrifuges in new step away from Nuclear Deal

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From Newsmax Iran will start injecting uranium gas into centrifuges at its underground Fordow enrichment facility, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday, a highly symbolic breach that will complicate European efforts to salvage Tehran’s nuclear deal. Under the 2015 agreement between Iran and world powers, Iran agreed to turn Fordow into a “nuclear, physics […]

Saudi Arabia vows to respond to oil attacks with ‘necessary measures’

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From BBC Saudi Arabia says it will respond with “necessary measures” to attacks on two oil facilities as it reiterated the accusation that Iran was behind them. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said the weapons used were Iranian and vowed to release the full findings of the investigation. Iran denies involvement in […]

Threat level raised to ‘critical’ for UK ships in Iranian waters

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From BBC The UK has raised the threat to British shipping in Iranian waters in the Gulf to the highest level – where the risk of attack is “critical”. The step was taken on Tuesday, amid growing tensions in the region. On Wednesday, Iranian boats tried to impede a British oil tanker in the region […]

US cyberattack reportedly knocked out Iran missile control systems

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By Jon Fingas From engadget The President reportedly signed off on the digital strike. he US may have withheld a physical military response to Iran shooting down a drone, but it might not have shown similar restraint with a digital campaign. Washington Post sources say the President greenlit a long-in-the-making cyberattack that took down Iranian missile control computers […]

Iran to break Uranium stockpile limit in 10 days

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From Newsmax Iran will break the uranium stockpile limit set by Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers in the next 10 days, the spokesman for the country’s atomic agency said Monday while also warning that Iran could enrich uranium up to 20% — just a step away from weapons-grade levels. The announcement by Behrouz Kamalvandi, […]

US evacuates some government employees from Iraq over Iran threat

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From Newsmax Washington ordered the departure of non-emergency American employees from its diplomatic missions in Iraq on Wednesday in another show of concern about alleged threats from Iran. President Donald Trump’s administration is applying new sanctions pressure on Tehran and sending additional forces to the Middle East to counter what it says is a heightened […]

US charges intelligence officer in Iran espionage case

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From Newsmax A former U.S. Air Force counterintelligence specialist who defected to Iran has been charged with revealing classified information to the Tehran government, including the code name and secret mission of a Pentagon program. The Justice Department said Wednesday that Monica Elfriede Witt, 39, defected in 2013 after attending a conference in Iran aimed […]

What rise of Jeremy Corbyn means for the Middle East

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By Martin Newland From Asia Times It is impossible to predict with any accuracy the political, economic and social developments in Brexit Britain over the course of this year. But whatever happens, there will be repercussions for the Middle East. It would do the region well to understand what they might be. Britain will emerge […]

US and China must step off ‘path to disaster’, warns Jeffrey Sachs after storm of criticism over Huawei defence

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By Keegan Elmer From South China Morning Post Economist defends comments on tech giant saying the US is targeting it as part of a ‘reckless’ attempt to contain its rival Sachs faced firestorm of criticism on Twitter and says he quit social media network because it was ‘too time-consuming and distracting Renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs […]

Texas oil surge threatens OPEC

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The map lays out OPEC’s nightmare in graphic form. An infestation of dots, thousands of them, represent oil wells in the Permian basin of West Texas and a slice of New Mexico. In less than a decade, U.S. companies have drilled 114,000. Many of them would turn a profit even with crude prices as low […]