2021-01-06: News Headlines

Online News Editor (2021-01-06). Kim admits North Korea struggling with economic hardships. laprensalatina.com (Update 1: Includes Kim's speech, edits throughout) By Andrés Sánchez Braun Seoul, Jan 6 (efe-epa).- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has warned that the country was facing economic hardships as he admitted during a congress of the ruling Workers' Party that the five-year plan had fallen "way short of the set objectives." In his address …

Online News Editor (2021-01-06). Kim Jong-un calls for better self-reliance at start of N Korean congress. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Jan 6 (efe-epa).- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said Tuesday at the beginning of the country's congress that strengthening its own capacities is the way to overcome economic "difficulties" facing the impoverished nation, state media reported. In an unusual gesture for the regime, Kim said in a speech published by KCNA agency and the …

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-06). Syria deplores US support to Israeli mass destruct. weapons. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 06 (MNA) — Syria has condemned the attempt by the US administration to protect the Israeli regime's arsenal of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-06). Iran warns IAEA over Israelis' covert nuclear program. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 06 (MNA) — Iran has called on the International Atomic Energy Agency over the Israeli regime's unlawful and clandestine nuclear activities.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-06). South Korean diplomatic delegation heads to Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 06 (MNA) — A South Korean delegation is dispatched to Iran on Wednesday to discuss the issue of the chemicals tanker seized in Persin Gulf waters by IRGC due to environmental pollution.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-06). Iran not to tolerate interference in its nuclear program. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 06 (MNA) — The spokesperson of the Iranian Foreign Ministry said that the Islamic Republic will not tolerate any interference in its nuclear, missiles, and defense programs.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-06). Rouhani urges Biden to compensate for US' past mistakes. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 06 (MNA) — President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic welcomes any move by US President-elect Joe Biden to "compensate for past mistakes" and return the US to the 2015 nuclear deal with full compliance.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-05). Iran's decision to raise uranium enrichment level is expected, say Russia, China. peoplesdispatch.org Iran announced on Monday that it has started enriching uranium to up to 20% as per the law passed by its parliament in November and according to the provisions of the 2015 nuclear deal…

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Iran's nuclear steps reversible if all implement commitments. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Iran's Permanent Ambassador to the United Nations said that nuclear steps will be reversed upon full implementation of JCPOA commitments by all.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Iran envoy, Korean FM official meet to discuss tanker seizure. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Iran's ambassador in Seoul met with a South Korean foreign ministry official on Tuesday to address the seizure of an oil tanker in the Persian Gulf waters.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). EU says Nuclear Deal still in place. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — EU announced on Tuesday that despite Iran's decision to enrich uranium by 20 percent, other commitments under the JCPOA are still in place.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). S.Korea seeking release of tanker through diplomatic efforts. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — In reaction to the seizure of a South Korean flagged tanker in the Persian Gulf, the country's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said that she seeks the release of the tanker and its crew through diplomatic efforts.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). S. Korea puts Iranain frozen assets at $9.2bn. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Iranian funds frozen at South Korean banks under US sanctions hovers around 10 trillion won (US$9.2 billion), South Korea says.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). European Commission reacts to increase of Iran enrichment. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — The European Commission has reacted to Iran uranium enrichment, saying that it believes that the nuclear deal was worth saving.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). S. Korean delegation to negotiate release of ship in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — A South Korean delegation is to pay a visit to Iran to negotiate the release of a Korean oil tanker seized by the IRGC.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Seoul reviewing diplomat visit to Tehran after tanker seizure. en.mehrnews.com Tehran, Jan. 05 (MNA) — A South Korean official said the Foreign Ministry of the country is reviewing its diplomat's visit to Tehran following the seizure of its tanker by Iran due to repeated violations of environmental laws.

sputniknews (2021-01-05). Iran to Increase Uranium Enrichment Eightfold, But Keep Purity Below Bomb-Making Levels. sputniknews.com The Israeli government has claimed Iran will soon be capable of building a nuclear bomb, but according to US nuclear scientists, it would be infeasible to do so using the purity to which Iran is now refining its uranium.

Online News Editor (2021-01-05). South Korea calls for immediate release of oil tanker seized by Iran. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Jan 5 (efe-epa).- The South Korean government has urged Iranian authorities to immediately release a South Korea-flagged oil tanker and its crew after the vessel was seized by Revolutionary Guards Corps in the waters of the Persian Gulf. The MT Hankuk Chemi vessel was seized and its crew detained on Monday by the Iranian …

Online News Editor (2021-01-05). Iran denies seizing South Korean tanker as hostage but decries blocked funds. laprensalatina.com (Update 1: adds Iranian reaction) Tehran/Seoul, Jan 5 (efe-epa).- The government of Iran said on Tuesday that a South Korean oil tanker under its custody was not taken hostage but seized for allegedly causing environmental pollution, although simultaneously accusing Seoul of freezing Iranian funds. Government spokesperson Ali Rabiei said Tehran was "used to such allegations," …

_____ (2021-01-04). This Book Turns Everything You Thought You Knew About North Korea Upside Down. popularresistance.org In the United States today, North Korea is the standard reference point for modern-day totalitarianism: a land of darkness that is considered a dangerous security threat because of the development of nuclear missiles capable of striking the U.S. | A.B. Abrams' new book, Immovable Object: North Korea's 70 Years at War with American Power (Clarity Press, 2020), shows that the common perceptions in the U.S. of North Korea are mostly wrong. | Though the Kim dynasty has ruled through autocratic methods, it has also adopted rational and at times intelligent policies, which have enabled North Korea to weather unpreceden…

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran missile program must be 'on the table' for JCPOA talks. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Jake Sullivan, Biden's incoming national security adviser, says Iran's missile program should be on the table when talking about probable US's return to the nuclear deal.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran's nuclear program fully transparent, verifiable. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna noted that Iran's nuclear program is fully transparent and verifiable.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). S. Korea demands immediate release of tanker seized by Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — South Korea's Foreign Ministry said on Monday that a South Korean chemical tanker had been seized by Iranian authorities in the waters off Oman, and demanded its immediate release.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Netanyahu reacts to resumption of 20% enrichment by Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — In his latest baseless claim, Zionists' Netanyahu said Iran's resumption of 20 percent uranium enrichment is aimed at developing nuclear weapons.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). US reacts to seizure of S. Korean tanker by Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — A spokesman for the US Department of Defense reacted to the seizure of a South Korean tanker by Iranian forces and noted that Pentagon is aware of this issue.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Seizure of S. Korean tanker technical issue. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — The spokesperson of the Iranian foreign ministry announced that the seizure of the South Korean tanker by Iran has only been based on technical issues.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran seizes S. Korean-flagged tanker in Persian Gulf. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Iran has seized a South Korean flagged tanker in the Persian Gulf on Monday.

Online News Editor (2021-01-04). Iran seizes South Korean-flagged oil tanker in Gulf. laprensalatina.com Tehran, Jan 4 (efe-epa).- The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Maritime Force seized a South Korean-flagged oil tanker in the Persian Gulf on Monday. The seizure comes amid tensions between Iran and South Korea surrounding $7 billion worth of Iranian funds that are blocked in a South Korean account because of United States sanctions relating to Tehran's …