2020-09-22: News Headlines

Tom Engelhardt (2020-09-22). Fire and Fury Like the World Has Never Seen (2020 Version). counterpunch.org It was August 2017 and Donald Trump had not yet warmed up to Kim Jong-un, North Korea's portly dictator. In fact, in typical Trumpian fashion, he was pissed at the Korean leader and, no less typically, he lashed out verbally, threatening that country with a literal hell on Earth. As he put it, "They will

yenisafak (2020-09-22). Turkey calls on Korean firms to boost investment. yenisafak.com Speaking at the Turkey-Korea Business and Investment Meeting Forum organized by Turkey's Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) and Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ruhsar Pekcan said: "We expect concrete steps from Korea to ensure that the two countries can develop their bilateral trade ties with a win-win principle, in a balanced and sustainable manner."The bilateral trade volume between Turkey and Korea was around $6.7 billion in 2019, Pekcan said, also pointing out the trade gap to the disadvantage of Turkey."The foreign trade deficit with Korea against Turkey despite a free trade agreement (FTA) is n…

yenisafak (2020-09-22). Russia says US sanctions on Iran will not affect Moscow-Tehran cooperation. yenisafak.com Russia said on Tuesday new U.S. sanctions against Iran would have no political or practical consequences for Moscow's cooperation with Tehran, the Interfax news agency reported, citing Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.The United States on Monday slapped new sanctions on Iran's defence ministry and others involved in its nuclear and weapons programme to support the U.S. assertion that all U.N. sanctions against Tehran are now restored, a stance which key European allies as well as Russia and China reject.Ryabkov also said that Russia had not given the United States any new deadlines in negotiations over the…

RT (2020-09-21). Apocalyptic scene in nuclear Russian city as birds fall from sky & lie scattered around streets (VIDEO). rt.com Social media is awash with conspiracy theories after photos and videos posted online showed a Russian street littered with birds' corpses. The incident happened in Balakovo, a city best known for its large nuclear power plant. | According to a post from the page 'Typical Balakovo', on the Russian social networking site VK, residents of the city, in the Saratov Region, around 1,000km south of Moscow, witnessed a road strewn with dozens of dead birds. | In the comments below the video, locals were quick to suggest a number of reasons why such a large number of birds had fallen to the ground. While some pointe…

Stephen Lendman (2020-09-21). The Dangers of Nuclear War: Trump Regime Sabotaging New START Extension Talks with Russia? globalresearch.ca Throughout his tenure, Trump showed he's a deal-breaker, not maker — notably by unilaterally abandoning the landmark INF Treaty and JCPOA nuclear deal. | Extending New START is jeopardized. Expiring on February 5, 2021 if not renewed, the decade-ago agreement is …

news.un (2020-09-21). DPRK nuclear activities still 'cause for serious concern', says UN atomic energy chief. news.un.org Nuclear activities in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) "remain a cause for serious concern", the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in Vienna on Monday.

Thomas Newdick (2020-09-21). Did the US Draw up a Plan to Drop 80 Nuclear Weapons on North Korea? globalresearch.ca Current nuclear war plans are among any nuclear-armed military's most closely guarded secrets. Details of one such attack plan recently became available, however, revealing that the United States envisaged using 80 nuclear weapons in case of war with North Korea. …

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-21). US sanctions has no effect on AEOI's peaceful activities. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 21 (MNA) — The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said that US new sanctions cannot stop Iran's nuclear activities.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-21). US sanctions have no effect on AEOI's peaceful activities. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 21 (MNA) — The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said that US new sanctions cannot stop Iran's nuclear activities.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-21). Pompeo announces US sanctions on Iran's Ministry of Defense. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 21 (MNA) — After failing to extend Iran's Arms Embargo, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced new sanctions on the Iranian Defense Ministry and other Iranian officials involved in the country's nuclear and missile programs.

RT (2020-09-20). US envoy says Russia must agree to arms control deal with no NATO scaleback, or else it's 'happy to modernize nukes without START'. rt.com The US has made Russia an offer it hopes she won't refuse: accept a new arms control deal including no limits on NATO weapons in Europe, or deal with a modernized American nuclear arsenal on its doorstep. | Following the US' unilateral withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty last year, the 2011 New START treaty remains the only arms control deal in force between Moscow and Washington. However, it's due to expire in February, and negotiations to replace it remain deadlocked. | Now the US says it wants to extend New START by less than five years, and only by a memorandum of intent, rat…

sputniknews (2020-09-20). Iran Could Have Nuclear Weapons by End of Year Through Cooperation With North Korea, Reports Claim. sputniknews.com On Saturday, the US Department of State announced it was bringing back all previously scrapped UN sanctions against Tehran, including the arms embargo and restrictions concerning the nuclear energy sector.

sputniknews (2020-09-20). France, Germany, Romania Plan Observation Flight Over Russia. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A joint mission of France, Germany, and Romania will carry out an observation flight over Russia this week under the Treaty on Open Skies, the head of Russia's National Nuclear Risk Reduction Centre, Sergei Ryzhkov, said.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-19). 'The Eleventh Step' goes to South Korean festival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 19 (MNA) — Iranian animation 'The Eleventh Step', directed by Maryam Kashkulinia, has been accepted into the 16th edition of Indie-AniFest in South Korea.

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-19). IAEA asked for no more access into Iran nuclear activity. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 19 (MNA) — Iran's nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, says the International Atomic Energy Agency has asked for no further probes except for the two cases agreed between Theran and the Agency last month.

Staff (2020-09-19). 2020 Election Could Decide Whether US Pursues Nuclear Escalation or Arms Control. truthout.org In these final weeks of the 2020 presidential campaign, U.S. voters' attention is being consumed by a maelstrom of crises — a merciless pandemic, a battered economy, a society ruptured by racist police violence and deadly structural inequalities, climate chaos and a fragile democracy. | Who has time to worry about nuclear war? | But just as warnings of a climate crisis and pandemics have been borne out, experts have long sounded the alarm about nuclear weapons, whether their use is…

yenisafak (2020-09-19). Taiwan travellers take sightseeing 'flight to nowhere'. yenisafak.com A Taiwanese airline carried around 120 passengers on a "flight to nowhere" on Saturday to view the South Korean resort island of Jeju, before flying straight back home, the latest gimmick to give people a glimpse of normality during the COVID-19 pandemic.Tough border restrictions to keep the coronavirus under control have led to a 97.5% plunge in international travel in the region, according to the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines.Many frequent flyers miss getting on planes and airlines including Taiwan's EVA Airways Corp and Japan's ANA Holdings Inc, desperate for revenue and to keep their pilots' licences c…