Daily Archives: January 5, 2021

2021-01-05: News Headlines

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…

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," …

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). 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). 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). 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.

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). 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). 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.

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 …

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.

_____ (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'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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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.

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Online News Editor (2021-01-02). South Korea extends Covid-19 restrictions until Jan 17. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- South Korea on Saturday extended the current level of coronavirus restrictions, which includes a ban on gatherings of more than four people, until at least Jan.17 to contain the spread of the virus in the country. The government has enforced Level 2.5 distancing measures — the second-highest in the country's five-tier …

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). Iran says it will enrich uranium up to 20 percent. laprensalatina.com Vienna, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- Iran has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it plans to enrich uranium to up to 20 percent purity, a level it reached before the historic 2015 nuclear agreement it signed with six world powers. "Iran has informed the agency that in order to comply with a legal act …