US president has sole power to launch nuclear strike
Washington (AFP) - Concerns on Friday over US President Donald Trump's mental state have drawn focus on his power to unleash a nuclear attack. Two days after Trump supporters, under his encouragement, stormed the US Capitol and shut down Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she had contacted the Pentagon's top general, Mark Milley, to understand how to prevent "an unhinged president" from using the secret nuclear launch codes to order a nuclear strike. As Milley presumably told her, the US constitution gives the president the sole power to launch a nuclear weapon. Congress cannot interfer...
Iran says US faces 'maximum isolation' as world powers dismiss sanctions
Tehran (AFP) - Iran said Sunday its arch-foe the United States is facing "maximum isolation" after major powers dismissed a unilateral US declaration that UN sanctions on Tehran were back in force.Washington said the sanctions had been re-activated under the "snapback" mechanism in a landmark 2015 nuclear treaty -- despite Washington having withdrawn from the deal.As other signatories cast doubt on the move having any legal effect, Washington threatened to "impose consequences" on states failing to comply.But Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said a concerted campaign by Washington to pressure T...