2020-06-24: News Headlines

Abdul Rahman (2020-06-24). Two years of US sanctions against Iran. peoplesdispatch.org The US withdrew the last set of exemptions provided to some foreign companies to work on Iranian nuclear sites in May, which also marked the second anniversary of Donald Trump administration's renewed aggression against Iran.

sputniknews (2020-06-24). First COVID-19 Case Registered at Chernobyl Nuclear Plant. sputniknews.com In mid-March, Ukraine introduced a nationwide quarantine for a month and subsequently extended it several times. The Ukrainian government decided to relax coronavirus-related restrictions starting 11 May.

Staff (2020-06-23). Headlines for June 23, 2020. democracynow.org COVID-19 on the Rise in 29 States; Immigrant and Communities of Color Carry Brunt of Devastation, Coronavirus Continues to Devastate Latin America; South Korea in Midst of Second Wave, Trump Issues Ban on H-1B Visas and Green Cards Through 2020, KY Slashes Primary Polling Sites as Key Races Pit Progressives and Establishment Dems in KY, NY, VA, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan Shutting Down CHOP, Says Police Will Return, Bridgeport Council Agrees to Shift Police Funding After Mass Protests, NYPD Says Officers Who Plowed SUVs into Protesters Were Not at Fault, Funeral for Rayshard Brooks Held in Atlanta, NAACP Lawsuit:…

Gareth Porter (2020-06-23). Israel Leverages Dubious 'Nuclear Archives' to Re-enlist IAEA in Campaign Against Iran. globalresearch.ca The International Atomic Energy Agency has once again lent itself to the political interests of the United States and Israel, provoking a needless conflict with Iran | *** | The approval by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of a June …

RT (2020-06-23). 'Unrealistic': Russia says it won't pressure China to join nuclear talks on Washington's behalf. rt.com US expectations that China will join nuclear arms control talks are unrealistic, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said, noting the only way forward is bilateral dialogue between Moscow and Washington. | Ryabkov pointed out that he made that clear to US special envoy for arms control Marshall Billingslea as the two met in Vienna on Monday for negotiations on prolonging the New START Treaty, which expires in February. | "We quite thoroughly explained to them why counting on China joining [the negotiations] is unrealistic," Ryabkov said, noting that Moscow will not pressure Beijing the way Washingt…

Stephen Lendman (2020-06-23). Is the JCPOA Nuclear Deal Doomed? globalresearch.ca Trump regime hardliners want the landmark JCPOA nuclear deal eliminated to facilitate escalation of sanctions war on Iran — risking things turning hot. | Decades of US hostility toward the country are all about wanting it transformed into a vassal state …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-06-23). Dangerous and Uncertain: Coronavirus and the Nuclear Industry. globalresearch.ca Accountability has always been a problem in the nuclear industry, despite praises to the contrary. Constantly keeping its muddled head above water with government handouts to remain competitive; ostensibly keeping a hand in the energy sector despite a sketchy record, …

yenisafak (2020-06-23). Turkish students commemorate anniversary of Korean war. yenisafak.com Yunus Emre Institute in Seoul has prepared a memorial video with Turkish students living in South Korea on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Korean War.In a written statement, the Yunus Emre Institute said the video also included Sude Kaya Surenoglu, the granddaughter of Korean War veteran Rafet Surenoglu and currently a student at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.Speaking in Korean, Turkish students in the video said: "Today is the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, which displayed South Korea's struggle to become a strong democratic country. As Turkey, exactly 70 years ago from today, we proudly…

en.mehrnews (2020-06-23). US shares draft resolution with UNSC to extend arms embargo on Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 23 (MNA) — With the ban on arms transactions with Iran set to expire in October under terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, the US has shared its prepared anti-Iranian draft resolution with members of the UN Security Council, sources say.

Gareth Porter (2020-06-22). Israel leverages dubious 'Nuclear Archives' to secure new IAEA demands on Iran. thegrayzone.com The International Atomic Energy Agency has once again lent itself to the political interests of the United States and Israel,…

RT (2020-06-22). Seoul says military option on the table over Pyongyang's plans to drop leaflets prompted by its people's 'unquenchable anger'. rt.com South Korea has warned it's ready for an armed response against the North's plans to drop leaflets if it violates the two states' military agreement. Equipment is reportedly being set up to spread the leaflets "deep inside South." | South Korean defense authorities said on Monday they are closely watching Pyongyang's leafleting methods and are leaving a military response option on the table. Kim Jun-rak, the spokesperson of the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff, stressed that Seoul was prepared to take military action if any aerial vehicle is flown over the Demilitarized Zone, which would violate the 2018 inter-Ko…

RT (2020-06-22). Fool me twice? Bolton says Iran had yellowcake uranium, echoing bogus claims that led to Iraq war. rt.com Former US National Security Advisor John Bolton has claimed Israeli agents found "yellowcake uranium" in Iran in 2018, channeling the discredited intelligence used by the George W. Bush administration to justify invading Iraq. | Israel's Mossad retrieved "human-processed uranium" that was "perhaps yellowcake (uranium oxide in solid form)" during a "daring raid on Iran's nuclear archives" in 2018, the mustachioed warmonger declared in his controversial Trump administration memoir, 'The Room Where It Happened'. The discovery, Bolton alleged, was substantiated when the International Atomic Energy Agency subsequen…

yenisafak (2020-06-22). South Korea battling 2nd wave of coronavirus: Official. yenisafak.com Health authorities in South Korea on Monday urged for an amplified guard against coronavirus, saying that it was battling a "second wave" of the novel infection.The country has seen a rise in new virus cases for some time now. However, the latest number of cases i.e. 17, is the lowest since May 26.It has reported a total of 12,438 cases thus far, including 280 deaths, and 10,881 recoveries after successfully suppressing the first wave, which began this February."We originally predicted that the second wave to emerge in fall or winter," Yonhap News Agency quoted Jeong Eun-kyeong, chief of Korea Centers for Disease…

sputniknews (2020-06-22). Netizens Enraged as Full Page Tennessee Newspaper Ad Declares 'Islam' Will 'Detonate Nuclear Device'. sputniknews.com The published ad was paid for by a religious group referring to itself as "Ministry of Future for America", who defined their mission "to proclaim the final warning message" of the Christian Bible.

RT (2020-06-21). Tennessee newspaper apologizes after ad promising nuclear bomb from Islam in July based on 'Bible prophecies'. rt.com The Tennessean has found themselves in hot water on social media and apologizing following a paid advertisement in their newspaper promising Islam will drop a nuclear bomb on the city of Nashville on July 18. | "Dear citizens of Nashville," the full-page ad read. "We are under conviction to not tell you but provide evidence that on July 18, 2020, Islam is going to detonate a nuclear device in Nashville, Tennessee." | Included above the text is an image of President Donald Trump and Pope Francis with burning US flags behind them. In small print above the image is the label "paid advertisement." | The text is s…

RT (2020-06-21). China blame game: White House adviser says Beijing 'created' coronavirus, 'open question' whether it was deliberate. rt.com Unfazed by the lack of evidence, White House trade advisor Peter Navarro went on accusing China of creating Covid-19, possibly even purposefully, as he was grilled about the US readiness for the pandemic. | Asked by CNN's Jake Tapper what the president and his team are doing to prepare for a potential second wave of the coronavirus, Navarro quickly launched into a diatribe about China. | "China created this pandemic," he said. "They hid the virus. They created that virus. And they sent over hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens here to spread that around and around the world," he said. "Whether they did th…

yenisafak (2020-06-21). 13-year-old girl killed amid gunfire at Kashmir border. yenisafak.com A 13-year-old girl was allegedly killed in Pakistani-administered Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday in an exchange of gunfire along the border with the Indian-administered side of the region, according to the Pakistani military.Amid heightened tensions between the South Asian nuclear rivals, the Pakistani Army accused Indian border forces of targeting civilians on the Pakistani side of the disputed Kashmir valley, claiming that the girl's mother and a 12-year-old boy were also injured due to "indiscriminate" fire."Indian Army Troops initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation in Hajipir and Bedori Sectors along LOC [Line…

_____ (2020-06-21). Nuclear Rivals Clash in the Himalayas. strategic-culture.org Eric MARGOLIS | Last week, the world's most populous nations, India and China, both nuclear armed, clashed in the high Himalayan region of Ladakh. | At least 20 Indian troops died and 12 were reportedly taken prisoner before a cease-fire went into effect. So far, there were no reports of Chinese casualties. | Ladakh is one of the world's most remote, obscure and inhospitable places, a plateau averaging 4,200 meters altitude (about 14,000 feet) with frigid temperatures, scant oxygen, little rainfall, and howling winds. This bleak moonscape has long been called 'Little Tibet' because of its semi-nomadic ethnic Tibe…