2020-07-09: News Headlines

yenisafak (2020-07-09). Pompeo says US continuing to work to establish dialogue with North Korea. yenisafak.com U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday that Washington is continuing to work to establish dialogue with North Korea and is very hopeful the conversation can continue, though he declined to comment on timing or specifics."We continue to work to establish dialogue and have substantive conversations about how we might deliver this really good outcome, this outcome of delivering peace and stability to the entire peninsula," Pompeo told reporters following U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun's three days of talks in Seoul.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-09). Talks with North Korea figure prominently in US envoy's visit to Seoul. peoplesdispatch.org While the US has repeatedly attempted to downplay the significance of talks with North Korea, US envoy Stephen Biegun said on the day of his arrival to Seoul that the Trump administration is "open" to talks with the North…

_____ (2020-07-09). Israel's Attacks On Iran's Nuclear Sites Signal A New Phase Of Conflict. popularresistance.org Over the past week, mysterious explosions and fires have wracked key infrastructure connected to Iran's nuclear programme at Natanz and Parchin, key facilities engaged in uranium enrichment and the production of rocket fuel for ballistic missiles. | The US and Israel have accused Iran of violating UN resolutions and the nuclear deal in testing new ballistic-missile technology. Although Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has repeatedly denied any intent to create nuclear weapons, even going so far as to issue a fatwa against it, Iran's enemies are convinced it plans to "go nuclear". | The recent attacks…

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-07-08). Patriotism Is Bullshit, And Other Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com It is 2021. The Biden administration has launched a full-scale invasion of Syria and the US and Russia are at a nuclear standoff unseen since the Cuban missile crisis. All top Twitter trends relate to the widespread debate over whether or not Sesame Street is guilty of kink shaming. | ~ | A vote for Kanye is a vote for Trump. | A vote for the Green Party is a vote for Trump. | A vote for no one is a vote for Trump. | A vote for Joe Biden is a vote for Trump. | Everything is a vote for Trump. | Everything is Trump. | You are Trump. | I am Trump. | Trump is all there is. | There is no escape. | ~ | Leaving aside th…

John Feffer (2020-07-08). The US is Now the Global Public Health Emergency. counterpunch.org If the United States had quick-thinking and efficient leadership, the pandemic would have infected about 100,000 people and killed only a couple thousand. That's the experience of South Korea, times seven to account for the difference in population. If the United States had overwhelmed but reasonably sensible leadership, the coronavirus pandemic would have racked up

yenisafak (2020-07-08). India arrests CEO, 11 others for industrial gas leak. yenisafak.com Police in southern India have arrested the South Korean head and 11 other employees of a chemical plant for a recent gas leak that claimed at least 15 lives, said a police official.The employees late on Tuesday were accused of causing the deaths due to negligence in the incident that occurred on May 7 at the LG Polymers Plant in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh state. Local police chief Rajeev Kumar Meena confirmed in a statement that CEO Sunkey Jeong, technical director D. S. Kim and addition director P. P. Chandra Mohan Rao were under police custody, along with nine others."Investigation disclosed that the inciden…

Stephen Lendman (2020-07-07). Iran Vows Retaliation Against Cyber or Other Attacks on Its Legitimate Nuclear Facilities. globalresearch.ca Iran's legitimate nuclear facilities have no military component, according to the IAEA nuclear watchdog organization and annual US intelligence community assessments of global threats. | Days earlier, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif explained that legitimate Iranian nuclear sites are subject to unprecedented …

Andrew Korybko (2020-07-07). Britain Is Following Its Big Brother By Imposing So-Called Humanitarian Sanctions. thealtworld.com The UK's imposition of so-called "humanitarian sanctions" against 49 individuals from Myanmar, North Korea, Russia, and Saudi Arabia that it claims are supposedly involved in "human rights abuses" is nothing more than London following its "big brother's" lead from "across the pond" in…

Katrina vanden Heuvel (2020-07-07). Our Nation Needs a Wake-Up Call to the Nuclear Threat. thenation.com Our Nation Needs a Wake-Up Call to the Nuclear Threat…

en.mehrnews (2020-07-07). AEOI rejects rumors on blast in Shahid Rezaei nuclear site. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 07 (MNA) — In a statement on Tuesday, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) dismissed the rumors of an explosion in Shahid Rezaei nuclear site in the Iranian province of Yazd.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-07). Iran's nuclear activities unstoppable: Rabiei. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 07 (MNA) — Government Spokesman Ali Rabiei reacted to the recent incident in Natanz nuclear facility, highlighting that nothing can stop Iran's nuclear program.

The Canary (2020-07-07). South Korean drone display reminds citizens to wear a mask and wash hands. thecanary.co A South Korean drone display has reminded citizens to wear a face mask and keep socially distanced during the coronavirus pandemic. | The display, which took place above the capital of Seoul, saw more than 300 drones take flight for a 10-minute show. | The drones displayed messages reminding people to wash their hands as well as thanking residents for staying safe. | The display, organised by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport was intended to thank frontline healthcare workers, with a message saying "Thanks to you" flashing in the sky. | The drones also formed a silhouette of the Korean peninsula…

_____ (2020-07-06). Washington Threatens Military Action Against Iran After UN Meeting. popularresistance.org "The international community in general – and the UN Security Council in particular – are facing an important decision: do we maintain respect for the rule of law, or do we return to the law of the jungle by surrendering to the whims of an outlaw bully?" Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said of Washington's recent moves. Several delegates at the Security Council meeting criticized US President Donald Trump for pulling out of the Obama-era nuclear accord, challenging its ability to legally trigger the deal's sanctions "snapback". Russia's UN ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, called the US campaign "a maxim…