2020-07-03: News Headlines

Lau Kin Chi (2020-07-03). Tokyo olympics and Fukushima 'revival'. mronline.org At the 1964 Tokyo Olympics a young man born on the day of Hiroshima nuclear bombing was selected to be the last torch bearer on the relay, to signify that Japan had stood up from nuclear ruin. In an attempt to replicate the 1964 Olympic theme, the Abe government has constructed the idea of a …

_____ (2020-07-03). World Rebukes US Over Iran. popularresistance.org Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday sought to reassert America's waning influence on the world stage, challenging the U.N. Security Council to extend a U.N. arms embargo that is due to expire in October. Instead, America's top diplomat received a scolding from friends and foes alike in the 15-nation council, which roundly criticized Washington for withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal two years ago without a clear plan to limit Tehran's nuclear activities. | On a day when the European Union pointedly excluded the United States from a "safe list" of countries permitted to travel to the 27-member bloc, the c…

yenisafak (2020-07-03). Top Iran security body says cause of incident at Natanz nuclear site identified. yenisafak.com Iran's top security body said on Friday the cause of an incident and fire at the Natanz nuclear site had been determined and will be announced later, semi-official news agency Tasnim reported."Investigations by the relevant agencies have accurately determined the cause of the incident… at the Natanz nuclear complex," spokesman Keyvan Khosravi said, according to Tasnim. "Due to security considerations, the cause and manner of the incident will be announced at a convenient time."Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation initially reported an "incident" had occurred early on Thursday at Natanz. It later published a photo…

John Feffer (2020-07-02). Time to Rethink the US-ROK Alliance. counterpunch.org North Korea has blown up the inter-Korean liaison office in Kaesong. It is threatening an all-out pamphlet war in response to defectors sending anti-regime propaganda to the north. South Korea's unification minister has stepped down after failing to meet with his North Korean counterparts during his 14-month tenure. Pyongyang is not happy about the balloons

Leonid Savin (2020-07-02). US Begins Active Militarisation Of Space. thealtworld.com On 19 June, the unclassified section of the Pentagon's new space defence strategy was The publicly available document is short in length, but it clearly shows the position and intentions of the US military with regards to space — to achieve and retain US military superiority. | In the spirit of previous strategies and doctrines, Russia, China, Iran and North Korea, none of whic…

_____ (2020-07-02). Anti-Russia War Fever Spreads On Capitol Hill. popularresistance.org Groups of congressional Republicans and Democrats have visited the White House over the past two days for briefings on allegations that the Russian military intelligence agency GRU offered bounties to Taliban fighters who killed American soldiers in Afghanistan. | They have emerged bristling with demands for retaliation, with one Republican senator declaring, "I want to hear their plan for Taliban and GRU agents in body bags"—in other words, for military action by the United States against Russia, possessor of the world's second largest stockpile of nuclear weapons. | The "Russian bounties" campaign is a fa…

commondreams (2020-07-02). States Might Allow High Doses of Radiation to Public Before Evacuating From a Nuclear Accident During Viral Pandemic. commondreams.org ______________________________…

yenisafak (2020-07-02). Hungary not to open borders at EU's request, says PM. yenisafak.com "For now, we cannot support the EU's request because that would be against the health interests of the Hungarian people," Victor Orban said.Hungary, which joined the EU in 2004, opened its borders to Serbian citizens early June.This week the 27-member bloc added 14 states to the list of non-EU countries whose citizens can resume travel to the EU from July 1.The countries are Serbia, Montenegro, Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. China is also on the register, but only on the condition of reciprocal action by the Chinese authorities…

sputniknews (2020-07-02). Explosion in Iran's Natanz Nuclear Facility Caused by Bomb, Report Claims. sputniknews.com An explosion at one of Iran's most important nuclear facilities, Natanz, took place on Thursday, damaging the power plant, but leaving its reactor intact. The cause of the explosion has not been officially confirmed.

sputniknews (2020-07-01). Labour Party Demands China Be Removed From UK 5G and Nuclear Power Projects. sputniknews.com The Labour Party has taken a harsher line on China in recent weeks, offering support for Hong Kong opposition protesters and criticising the government in Beijing for its new national security law.

sputniknews (2020-07-01). S. Korea's President Reportedly Says Trump-Kim Summit Is Needed Before US November Election. sputniknews.com US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met three times in the period between 2018 and 2019 to discuss, among other topics, the Korean peninsula and the possibility of denuclearization. However, the three one-on-one summits fell far short of achieving their goals.

sputniknews (2020-07-01). US Doesn't Rule Out Military Action Against Iran Amid Push to Renew UN Arms Embargo. sputniknews.com The demand for an extension to the embargo has not garnered support in the UN Security Council, so the US wants to trigger the snapback mechanism outlined in the 2018 nuclear deal — despite no longer being a member of the agreement.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-01). AEOI chief to brief MPs on Iran's nuclear activities. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 01 (MNA) — Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi will go to the Parliament to discuss nuclear-related issues on Sunday (July 5).

news.un (2020-06-30). Iran nuclear deal still best way to ensure peace, DiCarlo tells Security Council. news.un.org The UN regrets that the future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is in doubt, but notwithstanding current challenges, that landmark deal is still the best way to ensure that Iran's nuclear programme proceeds along a peaceful path, the UN's top political official said on Tuesday.

Ian Zabarte (2020-06-30). Nuclear Weapons' Testing in Nevada and the Shoshone People. The Dark Legacy of Radiation Exposure. globalresearch.ca Regarding Gary Martin's June 15 Review-Journal article, "Nuke test rumors spur Nevada lawmakers": As a Shoshone, we always had horses. My grandfather always told me, "Stop kicking up dust." Now I understand that it was because of the radioactive fallout….

yenisafak (2020-06-30). France's oldest nuclear power plant shuts down. yenisafak.com France's oldest power plant Fessenheim went offline at midnight on Monday after 40 years of operation, the state-owned energy company EDF announced.France has 56 nuclear reactors currently in operation which provide 75% of the country's energy consumption, making the nation the world's biggest consumer of nuclear energy.The development of Fessenheim was welcome news for residents of the region, previously fairly devoid of industry or any commerce. The location was an attractive one for its proximity to Germany: Fessenheim is a commune located directly on the border, in the Haut-Rhin Department in the Grand Est re…