World Affairs: US-Iran cash deal linked to prisoner release

After rumours of US government pays a ransom for Iran to release 5 American prisioners in January to be confirmed today by Washington D.C.

The State Department has said a $400m (£300.8m) cash payment to Iran was used as “leverage” in the release of five US prisoners.

Spokesman John Kirby maintained the payment was negotiated separately from the release, but said it was withheld until the Americans had left Iran.

It was revealed by US Wall Street Journal newspaper a few days ago.

Many Republicans are outcry for ir like Illinois Senator Mark Kirk, chairman of the Senate Banking national security subcommittee, is demanding congressional hearings on the isse.

This, he said, was “the only way for the American people to fully known whether their tax dollars went directly to Iran’s terrorist Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps”.

Republican party chairman Reince Priebus also released a statement to ABC News on the latest revelation.

“It’s time for the Obama White House to drop the charade and admit it paid a $400 million ransom to the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism,” Mr Priebus said.

Conclusion: It’s just for 400 million dollars.

 

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World Affairs: Iranians charged by US Department of Justice over cyber-attacks

US has announced to charge 7 Iranians hackers for cyber-attacks during at 2011 to 2013 behalf to Tehran.

The attacks “threatened our economic well-being and our ability to compete fairly in the global marketplace – both of which are directly linked to our national security,” said US Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

“And we believe that they were conducted with the sole purpose of undermining the targeted companies and damaging the online operation of America’s free market.”

Lynch said the attacks cost the victims tens of millions of dollars.

Ahmad Fathi, Hamid Firoozi, Amin Shokohi, Sadegh Ahmadzadegan, Omid Ghaffarinia, Sina Keissar and Nader Seidi are identified in the indictment as the alleged attackers.

Conclusion: The American way to be the police of the world.

World Affairs: Rouhani hails ‘new chapter’ in Iranian-French ties

During his trip in Europe, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has hailed a new chapter on ties with France and Italy. Speaking in Paris, Rouhani said”The time is ripe for both countries to enhance their relations.

“Diplomacy at the negotiating table can be quite effective – it can through logic and prudence… resolve problems,” he said.

He signs deals with that countries. But human rights activists has criticised him in Paris.

Conclusion: The world loves Rouhani, less human rights activists.

UK are undecided over EU while Iran has hailed lifting sanctions

Close to reach a deal with EU membership. The conservative MP Nick Herbert has launched Conservatives for Reform in Europe (CRE) to argue the case for the UK to stay under renegotiated terms.

He led the campaign to keep Britain out of the euro 15 years ago.

But UKIP’s Nigel Farage said Mr Herbert had never argued for EU exit and was “doing a job bolstering” David Cameron.

Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Herbert – who left the government in a reshuffle in 2013 – said: “Leaving without the first idea of what we might get instead would be to jump into a void.

“Whatever our views about the EU, the key long-term challenges facing this country – how to deliver health and social care with an ageing population, how to increase our competitiveness and productivity, how to deal with our debt and live within our means – would not suddenly be solved by leaving.”

Mr Herbert said he wanted to “give voice to the thousands of Tory members and supporters” who want Mr Cameron to succeed, arguing his proposed reforms would restore UK “sovereignty” and reduce the “draw” for European migrants coming to Britain by curbing benefits.

But he warned that if the PM was unable to secure sufficient changes to the UK’s terms of membership “many of us would be prepared to leave”.

His views were echoed by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan – the first minister to officially declare her allegiance to continued EU membership.

In an article for the Observer, she said: “I think all of us agree what we don’t want Britain to be: anti-competitive with more laws made overseas and with people travelling here for the benefits on offer rather than to pay their way.

“But we also don’t want our children to inherit a Britain cut off from the world, where their prospects are limited and their opportunities end at our shores.”

And Lib Dem MP and former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said there was “safety in numbers” in remaining a member of the EU and he hoped that most people who did not feel strongly about the issue would decide the “risks of leaving outweigh the imperfections of staying”.

He told Andrew Marr that mass migration would remain a problem whether the UK was in the EU or not although he suggested that support for Turkey to ultimately become a member of the EU was waning.

UKIP leader and MEP Nigel Farage rejected suggestions that the momentum was with those arguing to stay within the EU.

“I have never regarded Mr Herbert as a staunch eurosceptic,” he told the Sunday Politics. “When he was a minister and since, he never once advocated Britain leaving the EU. He is doing a job bolstering the prime minister.”

He added: “I suspect that most senior politicians inside the Conservative Party will put their careers before their conscience and will back the prime minister’s position. But does that matter? That’s the real question. And I’m beginning to see this referenda actually as being the people versus the politicians. It might not matter.”

And in response to Mr Clegg’s comments, Tory MEP Daniel Hannan tweeted: “No-one is against co-operation in Europe. It is only the coercion that we object to.”

Meanwhile, Iran has hailed the end of sanctions. Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said it is a “new chapter” in its relations with the world.

But US imposes new sanctions over Iranian ballistic missiles programme. They were triggered by Iran conducting a precision-guided ballistic missile test capable of delivering a nuclear warhead last October, violating a United Nations ban.

“Iran’s ballistic missile program poses a significant threat to regional and global security, and it will continue to be subject to international sanctions,” said Adam J Szubin, US acting under-secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.

Conclusion: The world is very stress on Sunday.

Middle East: Kuwait recalls ambassador from Tehran

The row between Saudi Arabia-Iran still goes on. On Tuesday, Kuwait recalls their ambassador in Tehran. The Kuwaiti government said it was recalling its ambassador from the Iranian capital, describing the attacks as a “flagrant breach of international norms”.

It did not expel Tehran’s ambassador or downgrade diplomatic ties.

Conclusion: This is an apple polisher policy adopted by Kuwait and other Saudi allies.

Middle East: Saudi Arabia’s allies Bahrain, Sudan and UAE act against Iran

The row among Iran and Saudi Arabia has another chapter today. Saudi allies like Sudan and Bahrein has cut its ties with Iran while UAE has downgraded their diplomatic team.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said trade links with Iran would be cut and air traffic links stopped.

But in an interview with Reuters news agency, Mr al-Jubeir also said Iranian pilgrims travelling to holy sites in Mecca and Medina would still be allowed to enter.

Meanwhile, Iran’s foreign ministry on Monday accused the Saudis of “continuing the policy of increasing tension and clashes in the region”.

Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari said: “Saudi Arabia sees not only its interests but also its existence in pursuing crises and confrontations and attempts to resolve its internal problems by exporting them to the outside.”

He defended Iran’s response to the embassy attack, saying it had “acted in accordance with its obligations to control the broad wave of popular emotion”. Fifty arrests were made.

Iran’s First Vice-President, Eshaq Jahangiri, said it would be Saudi Arabia that lost out by severing ties, accusing it of “hasty and illogical actions”.

But in announcing the cut in ties, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir accused Iran of having “distributed weapons and planted terrorist cells in the region”.

“Iran’s history is full of negative interference and hostility in Arab issues, and it is always accompanied by destruction,” he said.

Conclusion: Whom’s win the battle among Saudis and Iranians