October 10, 2017

Nobel Peace Prize Winners Aiming for a Nuclear-Free World

BBC

A Geneva-based group campaigning for the abolition of nuclear weapons has been named as the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winners.The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Ican) was formed in 2007 and inspired by a similar campaign to ban the use of landmines. As a coalition of hundreds of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from across the world, they have highlighted the humanitarian risk of nuclear weapons.  

Europe Looks to Congress in Fight to Save Iran Nuclear Pact

Steven Erlanger | New York Times

Having apparently lost the fight to dissuade President Trump from decertifying the Iran nuclear deal, the European countries that signed the pact are now looking to the United States Congress as a last chance to preserve the treaty and some shred of Western unity. Mr. Trump, who has described the deal as “disastrous” and “the worst deal ever,” must decide by mid-October whether to certify that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear agreement — something he has done only reluctantly twice before.

IAEA Chief Confirms Iran Complying With Nuclear Deal

Yahoo News

The UN atomic agency chief on Monday affirmed Iran's commitment to a 2015 nuclear deal, in a statement that came as US President Donald Trump said Tehran was not living up to the "spirit" of the agreement. "I can state that the nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under the (nuclear agreement) are being implemented," International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said in prepared remarks during a conference in Rome. 

What Will Happen if Trump Decertifies the Iran Nuclear Deal?

Katrina Manson |  Financial Times

US President Donald Trump has called the landmark nuclear agreement in which Iran agreed to limit its nuclear programme in exchange for limited sanctions relief the “worst deal ever” and threatened to scrap it. Mr Trump is expected to refuse to certify the deal to Congress by an October 15 deadline and initiate stronger moves against Iran. That will not put the US in automatic violation of the deal, but what happens next is likely to be complicated, messy and potentially explosive. 

Iran's Javad Zarif: 'The US is Addicted to Sanctions'

Al Jazeera

In an heated speech at the United Nations General Assembly last month, US President Donald Trump described the landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and Western powers as "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions" in the history of the US. "Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States and I don't think you have heard the last of it," he said.

Kim Jong Un Praises Nuclear Program, Promotes Sister

James Pearson | Reuters

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un said his nuclear weapons were a “powerful deterrent” that guaranteed its sovereignty, state media reported on Sunday, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump said “only one thing will work” in dealing with the isolated country. Trump did not make clear to what he was referring, but his comments seemed to be a further suggestion that military action was on his mind.