Pompeo says US seized Iranian weapons on way to Houthi rebels in Yemen
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday that US and partner forces seized a boat in June carrying Iranian weapons to Houthi rebels in Yemen as he renewed his call for the UN Security Council to extend an arms embargo on Iran, Reuters reports.“The Security Council must extend the arms embargo on Iran to prevent further conflict in the region,” Pompeo told a State Department news conference. “No serious person can possibly believe Iran will use any weapon it receives for peaceful ends.”Pompeo is leading a US drive to persuade the Security Council to extend the embargo due to exp...
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Advanced weapons deployed on China’s plateau for peace
A main battle tank (MBT) attached to a combined arms brigade under the PLA 78th Group Army rumbles through a mound of dust in speed during the individual race of a driving skills training exercise in northwest China's Gobi desert on June 28, 2020. (eng.chinamil.com.cn/Photo by Zhang Jujun and Zhang Zhihao)China had deployed a variety of advanced weapons fit for high-altitude combat to the country's western plateau regions as India continued to move forces and hold drills amid border tensions between the two countries, media reported.The Chinese deployment came before the latest consensus reach...
Western powers seek condemnation of Syria over sarin attacks
The Hague (AFP) - Western countries pushed members of the global chemical weapons watchdog Tuesday to formally condemn Syria after a probe explicitly blamed Damascus for nerve gas attacks for the first time.A report in April by a new investigations team at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) found the Syrian air force used sarin gas and chlorine on the village of Lataminah in March 2017.The team was set up in 2018 under Western pressure to identify the perpetrators of attacks. Previously the watchdog could only say whether attacks had been carried out, and not who w...
Why Israeli weapons should scare everyone
Israeli officials are brimming over with pride. The country’s military exports are recovering very well as, despite “intense international challenges and competition,” Tel Aviv has managed to rake in $7.2 billion (Dh26.4 billion) in so-called defence contracts last year alone.The Export & Defense Cooperation Division of Israel’s Defence Ministry, known as SIBAT, celebrated the news with a big media fanfare. For Israel, 2019 has been a weapons’ sale bonanza.“Israeli companies exported radars and electronic warfare systems (17 per cent), missiles, rockets and air defence systems (15 per cent), m...
Israel's Netanyahu accuses Iran of secret nuclear weapons programme during Hook meeting
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday accused Iran of attempting tobuild a nuclear bomband applauded the US' policy of "maximum pressure" on Tehran.Netanyahu, who met with US Special Representative for IranBrian Hookon Tuesday, said that the world was being deceived by Tehran's assurances itsnuclear programmeis peaceful and that its real intention is to build an a-bomb."I believe it's time to implement snapback sanctions," Netanyahu said in a press conference."I don't think we can afford to wait. We should not wait for Iran to start its breakout to a nuclear weapon, because then ...
Iraq president: We want to build a country that controls ‘unregulated' weapons
Iraqi President Barham Salih today stressed the need to license and regulate “uncontrolled” weapons in the country and impose the law on everyone.This came in a statement on the commemoration of the 1920 Iraqi Revolt against the British occupation.“We all bear the responsibility of resuming what has been suspended in the process of building a fully sovereign state capable of imposing laws, fighting corruption and protecting the citizens’ right to a free and dignified life,” said Salih.He further stressed the necessity of “building a constitution-based state that prevents the emergence of tyran...
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US N.Korea envoy doubts new Trump-Kim summit
Washington (AFP) - The US pointman on North Korea voiced doubt Monday that President Donald Trump and leader Kim Jong Un would meet again before US elections, although he held out hope for progress in nuclear negotiations.Deputy Secretary of State Steve Biegun pointed to the global COVID-19 pandemic as a "wet blanket" that would make any in-person summit difficult."I think it's probably unlikely between now and the US election," Biegun told a forum of the German Marshall Fund of the United States when asked about prospects for a Trump-Kim summit.But he said the United States will "continue to ...
1967 Jordanian weapons found in archaeological dig by Western Wall
A Jordanian ammunition stash dating back to the Six Day War was discovered in an archaeological dig near the Western Wall on Wednesday, the Western Wall Heritage Foundation and Israel Antiquities Authority announced.The archaeologists were excavating a British Mandate period water cistern under the lobby of the Western Wall Tunnels site, when they came across the material. The ammunition stash (known as a “slick”) included 10 full magazines of Bern light machine-guns, full clip chargers and two bayonets of a British Lee Enfield rifle.“This is ammunition that was produced in Britain in the Gree...
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Mitsubishi UFJ to ban financing for production of nuclear weapons
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. will ban the provision of financing for the production of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, according to the major Japanese financial group's recently revised guidelines.The revisions to Mitsubishi UFJ's Environmental and Social Policy Framework will take effect July 1, making it the first of Japan's three megabanks to explicitly ban financing for the production of atomic weapons.A Mitsubishi UFJ official attributed the revisions to "broad perceptions in the international community about the inhumane nature of nuclear weapons."Mitsubishi UFJ and...
US shares UN embargo bid on Iran with Russia
United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The United States said Friday it had shared a draft UN resolution with rival Russia that aims to extend an arms embargo on Iran that expires in October.Moscow has already voiced opposition to prolonging the ban on conventional arms sales to Tehran, with Russian firms expecting to conclude major deals if restrictions end.Kelly Craft, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said Washington had shared a draft resolution on the extension with Russia as well as Western allies Britain, France, Germany and Estonia which are all on the 15-nation Security Council...