Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – who famously waited three months before offering a tepid endorsement of the JCPOA – largely echoed the threats of other Iranian government officials when he said Wednesday that Iran would adhere to the terms of the deal if other world powers respected it, but would ‘shred it’ if the US were to pull out. Speaking publicly about the future of the deal for the first time since President Donald Trump refused to decertify it five days ago, Khamenei confirmed that Iran would likely terminate the deal – and restart its nuclear program – if the US Congress decides to unilaterally rule that Iran is not in compliance, opening the door to reimposing sanctions. The ayatollah’s proclamation puts Iran at odds with the deals other signatories, who’ve maintained that the US doesn’t have the power to terminate a multilateral accord certified by the United Nations. Khamenei welcomed the support of the other signers – Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union – but said it would not be enough to convince Iran to stay, Reuters reported.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 19, 2017.
North Korea warned several countries on Monday that a nuclear war could start at any moment. The dystopian nation also warned other countries to not participate in any military drills with the United States, or they would face retaliation from the rogue regime. The threat was issued at the United Nations where North Korean Deputy U. N. Ambassador Kim In Ryong prepared remarks for a speech on nuclear weapons at a U. N. committee. He ended up not reading the threat out loud. ‘As long as one does not take part in the U. S. military actions against the DPRK (North Korea), we have no intention to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against any other country,’ read the North Korean ambassador’s prepared remarks, according to Reuters. ‘The entire U. S. mainland is within our firing range and if the U. S. dares to invade our sacred territory even an inch it will not escape our severe punishment in any part of the globe,’ the statement said.
This post was published at shtfplan on October 17th, 2017.
Statement by Journalist Support Committee The Journalists Support Committee in Yemen, with deep regret, continues to pursue the media blackout imposed by the coalition governments upon Yemen. The coalition has prevented foreign journalists from entering Yemeni grounds, therefore, preventing media coverage of the dire and dangerous conditions in Yemen. The committee notes that the Yemeni authorities -who are led by the internationally recognized president- and the Saudis have consistently restricted journalists from entering Yemen, with excuses that do not match with human rights laws and other international treaties, charters, and conventions or with the preamble of article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Committee draws attention to the coalition preventing cargo planes carrying aid and belonging to the United Nations from reaching Yemen in September because the plane had journalists on board. Ahmad Ibn Al-Aswad, the spokesperson of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Yemen said: ‘The coalition reckons that it is not possible to assure the safety of the journalists in areas controlled by the rebels’ he then advised them to board commercial flights instead.
North Korea claims that president Donald Trump has ‘lit the wick of war,’ and has issued a threat. The tyrannical regime says that it will unleash a ‘hail of fire’ on the United States. Tensions are not even close to cooling especially when it comes to the rhetoric between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un. Ri Yong Ho, Pyongyang’s foreign minister, verbally lashed out at the US President and said that the red-hot tensions will not be settled with words. ‘With his bellicose and insane statement at the United Nations, Trump, you can say, has lit the wick of a war against us. We need to settle the final score, only with a hail of fire, not words,’ Ri said. President Trump has repeatedly hinted that conflict and war are in the near future with recent tweets suggesting that military action is still considered an option. With World War 3 perhaps just around the corner, Trump took to Twitter to raise tensions even higher. On Saturday he tweeted: ‘Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U. S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!’
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Authored by Matthew Jamison via The Strategic Culture Foundation, With the nuclear standoff between North Korea and the United States having heated up significantly over the summer, it has been the Governments of Russia and China who have sought to be the responsible, mature and wise international parties at the United Nations and throughout the international community. It has been the brilliant diplomacy of Moscow and Beijing who have been the voices urging restraint, calm and dialogue unlike the insane, ridiculous and totally counter-productive rhetoric of the American President Donald Trump and the US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Oct 10, 2017.
21st Century Wire says… The video in this report is the speech by Dr Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations, in the Sixth Committee, 1st meeting, General Assembly, 72nd session, 2 Oct 2017. ‘These snakeheads are arming, financing and supporting the terrorist groups. Syria condemn states which promotes terrorism for hegemonic political aims and thus undermines sovereign states.’ ~ Dr Bashar Al Jaafari. A few comments (from Facebook) on Al Jaafari’s powerful speech, presented, as always, with impeccable dignity and integrity: ‘The unfathomable horror that Syria has been subjected to by terrorist governments and their insane mercenary pawns is a disgrace to humanity and yet Ph. D Bashar Ja’afari conducts himself as a true man of substance and resolve, standing up to evil as a statesman of true merit and a fearless representative of the will and honor within the Syrian people.’
A North Korean mysterious bulk freighter named Jie Shun was flying Cambodian flags and carrying cargo that was heavily shrouded in tarps. Once seized, under those tarps, a cache of weapons was found and the surprising destination of those weapons was uncovered. In August, a secret message was passed from Washington to Cairo warning about a mysterious vessel steaming toward the Suez Canal. According to The Washington Post, that’s all it took for authorities in the United States to act and monitor the Jie Shun. The Jie Shun is listed as a cargo ship on vessel tracker and even though it was flying Cambodian colors, it did originate from North Korea. Customs agents were waiting for the mystery cargo when the ship entered Egyptian waters. They swarmed the vessel and discovered, concealed under bins of iron ore, a cache of more than 30,000 rocket-propelled grenades. It was, as a United Nations report later concluded, the ‘largest seizure of ammunition in the history of sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.’ This cache was worth about $23 million. But who were all of these weapons for? The Jie Shun’s final secret would take months to resolve and would yield perhaps the biggest surprise of all. The buyers were the Egyptians themselves; longtime US allies.
This post was published at shtfplan on October 3rd, 2017.
Via TheAntiMedia.org, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Education has been given the boot for allowing the image of a pop culture icon to be published in his country’s high school curriculum. From the Associated Press on Monday: ‘A senior Education Ministry official in Saudi Arabia has been fired after high school students opened their textbooks to find an image of Yoda from the ‘Star Wars’ films seated next to a Saudi king. ‘The image produced by Saudi artist Abdullah Al Shehri, known as Shaweesh, shows the late King Faisal, who was foreign minister at the time, signing the United Nations Charter in 1945 with the diminutive green Jedi master seated to his right.’ Shaweesh, who spoke to the New York Times after posts about the gaffe began popping up on social media last week, says he meant no disrespect to King Faisal and that, in fact, he selected the legendary Jedi to join the late king in the piece because of the positive attributes of both figures. ‘He was wise and was always strong in his speeches,’ Shaweesh said of Faisal.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 29, 2017.
The United States has declared war on North Korea, according to North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong. In a brief news conference in New York on Sept. 25, Ri said that US President Donald Trump’s recent statements to the UN General Assembly were tantamount to a declaration of war and that all of the members of the United Nations clearly heard that it was the United States that first declared war on North Korea. Therefore, Ri argued, Pyongyang has a right to self-defense under the UN charter and would be justified if it were to shoot down US strategic bombers, even outside North Korean territory. Over the past week, the rhetoric between the United States and North Korea has rapidly escalated. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un responded to Trump’s Sept. 19 UN speech by saying that Pyongyang was seriously considering the “highest level of hard-line countermeasures in history.” The statement, accompanied by a pic The United States has declared war on North Korea, according to North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong. In a brief news conference in New York on Sept. 25, Ri said that US President Donald Trump’s recent statements to the UN General Assembly were tantamount to a declaration of war and that all of the members of the United Nations clearly heard that it was the United States that first declared war on North Korea. Therefore, Ri argued, Pyongyang has a right to self-defense under the UN charter and would be justified if it were to shoot down US strategic bombers, even outside the North Korean territory.
Regarding the current North Korea missile crisis, President Trump’s teleprompter-led address to the United Nations General Assembly was provocative, and perhaps counter-productive in terms of achieving peace and stability in the Far East region. Some will even say that it ranks as one of the most embarrassing moments in the history of American international diplomacy.
As tensions between North Korea and the U. S. continue to escalate with every Trump tweet and subsequent response by Kim Jong-Un, National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster said that the U. S. has prepared “four or five different scenarios” for how the crisis with North Korea will be resolved, adding ominously that ‘some are uglier than others.” McMaster declined to comment on the extent to which North Korea’s deeply-buried nuclear program was vulnerable to U. S. military strikes — an assessment made of Iran before the 2015 framework agreement designed to stop its nuclear program. He acknowledged that every military option assumed a reaction from North Korea that endangered South Korean citizens, adding it’s ‘foremost in our minds.’ That danger ‘is certainly taken into consideration in all our planning and war gaming, table-top exercise efforts,’ McMaster said. Still, while McMaster said the threat from Pyongyang is ‘much further advanced’ than anticipated and the Pentagon said the president has a ‘deep arsenal’ to draw upon if needed, Bloomberg quoted U. S. officials who dismissed North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho’s comment that President Donald Trump’s warnings to Pyongyang at the United Nations amounted to a declaration of war. That said, both governments have said ‘all options’ are on the table in dealing with the tensions. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, speaking in India on Tuesday, said the U. S. wants to keep engagement with North Korea in the diplomatic realm as long as possible. But on Monday Ri escalated tensions with his remark that North Korea would be within its rights to shoot down U. S. warplanes flying in international airspace. That startled markets, coming just days after the Pentagon sent planes near North Korea’s border.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 26, 2017.
Following the startling, impromptu allegation on Monday morning by North Korea’s foreign minister Ri Yong Ho, who accused Trump of declaring war on North Korea, and warned Pyongyang would shoot down US jets, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday dismissed North Korea’s claims as “absurd.” ‘We have not declared war on North Korea and frankly the suggestion of that is absurd,’ Sanders said during today’s press briefing. As a reminder, North Korea’s foreign minister said that Trump’s speech to the United Nations last week and his subsequent tweets were a ‘declaration of war.’ ‘In light of the declaration of war by Trump, all options will be on the operating table of the Supreme leadership of DPRK,’ Ri Yong Ho said. North Korea has also threatened to shoot down U. S. aircraft over international waters.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 25, 2017.
21st Century Wire says… Above the bluster and posturing of western world leaders at the UNGA, rose the voices from nations that are most under attack from these neo-colonialist entities… Syrian Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem delivered a speech at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, in which he affirmed that Syria is marching steadily towards the goal of rooting out terrorism, and that any solution in Syria must respect Syria’s non-negotiable principles, which include the territorial unity of Syria and its people, and the rejection of any external interference. Minister al-Moallem affirmed that Syria is determined to scale up reconciliation efforts, and that it is committed to the memorandum on de-escalation zones, the establishment of which is a temporary arrangement, adding that the Syrian government reaffirms its commitment to the Geneva process. Following is the full text of the speech from SANA: President of the seventy-second session of the United Nations General Assembly, I would like to congratulate you on your election as President of the current session of the General Assembly and wish you all the success. I would also like to thank your predecessor for his important role at the helm of the General Assembly during the previous session. I congratulate Mr. Antonio Guterres on his appointment as Secretary-General of the United Nations and wish him the best in carrying out his responsibilities in service of the principles and purposes of the UN Charter.
Having raged at President Trump’s “suicide mission” on Friday, North Korea’s foreign minister Ri Yong Ho called for an impromptu press conference this morning following President Trump’s extended travel ban, in which the diplomat said that Trump’s comments that the DPRK’s leadership would not be around much longer “amount to a declaration of war” and added that North Korea has “every right to take countermeasures against the United States, including to shoot down American jets outside the DPRK’s airspace” as part of its right to self-defense under the United Nations charter.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 25, 2017.
#USAF bombers, fighters fly in international airspace east of #NorthKorea, farthest north of the DMZ in 21st century pic.twitter.com/fsFx4Q1oKE — U. S. Pacific Command (@PacificCommand) September 23, 2017
Just before North Korea’s foreign minister was due to address the United Nations, the Pentagon announced that U. S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighter jets flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea on Saturday, in a show of force which “demonstrated the range of military options available to President Donald Trump.” The flight was the farthest north of the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea that any U. S. fighter jet or bomber has flown in the 21st century, the Pentagon added. According to Reuters, the B-1B Lancer bombers came from Guam and the U. S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter escorts came from Okinawa, Japan. The Pentagon saod the operation showed the seriousness with which it took North Korea’s ‘reckless behavior.’ ‘This mission is a demonstration of U. S. resolve and a clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat,’ said Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White, calling North Korea’s weapons program ‘a grave threat” adding that ‘we are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the U. S. homeland and our allies.’
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 23, 2017.
Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U. N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
The war of words between Trump and Kim escalated once again in the late hours on Saturday night, when President Trump sent another belligerent tweet directed at North Korea saying that if the country’s foreign minister was speaking for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in his threatening speech at the United Nations, “they won’t be around much longer.” “Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U. N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!”
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 24, 2017.
Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly, in response to President Trump’s address earlier in the week, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri took direct aim at Trump: “None other than Trump himself is on a suicide mission.”
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 23, 2017.
In a considerably more aggressive, and less diplomatic, ‘story’ in China’s government mouthpiece Xinhua, writers warn: “It is not hard to tell that the situation has become a vicious circle where more missile tests trigger more sanctions, while more sanctions trigger more tests…” urging the double-freeze solution once again, saying that “the parties concerned need to respect each other’s security concerns.” At this moment, the United States and the DPRK, two key actors in the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, should stay calm and exercise restraint, and avoid any provocative action or rhetoric that might further escalate tensions. Political courage, wisdom and a responsible attitude are required to address the current crisis, instead of provocations or threats. However, following last night’s less than veiled threat from North Korea that the next escalation will be to test a hydrogen-bomb over the Pacific: North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho suggested leader Kim Jong Un was considering testing ‘an unprecedented scale hydrogen bomb’ over the Pacific in response to U. S. President Donald Trump’s threat at the United Nations to ‘totally destroy’ the country.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 22, 2017.
Following President Trump’s words yesterday and reports that he has “made his decision” on what to do about the Iran nuclear deal, Iranian President Rouhani just responded to “rogue newcomer” Trump, speaking at The United Nations, and also did not pull any punches…
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Sep 20, 2017.
21st Century Wire says… This week, US President Donald Trump did what every US President before has done – he read from his teleprompter script provided to him by his handlers. As far as this year’s United Nations General Assembly was concerned, Trump’s address is now widely recognized as perhaps the worst such address made by a US leader to a world body. If one breath, he all but declared war on at least four countries; Iran, North Korea, Venezuela and Syria. While Trump vowed to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea, he branded Iran as a ‘rogue nation,’ while threatening Venezuela saying that the United States was ‘prepared to take further action’ against the embattled South American nation. When Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani took the podium at the UN headquarters in New York City, his delivery was measured and sober – a stark difference to the reckless US leader’s suicidal neoconservative rant on Tuesday… Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has addressed the General Assembly in a short speech that primarily covered Iran’s foreign policy outlook, its specifically goals for peace and an unambiguous warning against anyone who seeks to undermine the 2013 JCPOA (aka the Iran nuclear deal).