U.S. President Barack Obama said on Sunday that the United States will work with Israel to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power, signalling that a diplomatic resolution to the current crisis is still possible. In an interview with the NBC television from the White House, Obama said both the United States and Israel, which is "rightly" concerned about Iran's nuclear program, believe that "Iran has to stand down" on the current standoff. When asked if Israel is determined to attack Iran, Obama said he didn't think that Israel has made such a decision, adding that the United States and Israel will work "in lockstep" on dealing with the Iranian nuclear issue. "I will say that we have closer military and intelligence consultation between our two countries than we've ever had," he said. The president emphasized his goal in resolving the nuclear standoff diplomatically, though repeating that he was not taking any options off the table. "We're going to do everything we can to prevent … [Read more...] about Obama vows to work with Israel to prevent Iran from becoming nuclear power
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The White House said on Monday that President Barack Obama has ordered the freezing of Iran's property under U.S. jurisdiction, including that of the country's central bank, as the U.S. and its allies are pressing hard over the Islamic republic's controversial nuclear program. Calling them "additional steps" against Iran, the president ordered "all property and interests in property of" the government of Iran as well as the republic's financial institutions under U.S. jurisdiction including the Central Bank of Iran, to be "blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in." The property of persons determined to have links to those already under U.S. sanctions is ordered to be frozen as well. In his executive order signed on Sunday, Obama said the move aims in particular to counter the "deceptive practices" of Iran's central bank and other banks to conceal transactions of sanctioned parties, the deficiencies in Iran's anti-money laundering regime and … [Read more...] about Obama orders freezing of Iran’s property under U.S. jurisdiction
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - Việt Nam's Thông Tin Liên Việt Post Bank topped the Pool A of the Asian Volleyball Confederation Women's Club Championships after their second win yesterday in Binan City, the Philippines. The Vietnamese club won 25-14, 23-25, 25-17, 25-18 over Kwai Tsing of Hong Kong. Earlier, they came from behind to defeat Foton Pilipinas of the hosts on Sunday. With two wins, Liên Việt Post Bank advanced to the second qualification round as the leader of the pool. Foton Pilipinas, with one win, also went through as the second-placed club. In other activities yesterday, Altay VC of Kazakhstan lost 16-25, 17-25, 19-25 to Japanese NEC Red Rockets in Pool C. Thai Bangkok Glass, with Vietnamese spiker Nguyễn Thị Ngọc Hoa, pocketed their second win beating Bank Sarmayeh of Iran 17-25, 12-25, 15-25 in Pool B. Twelve clubs participated in the tournament's four pools with two top teams of each pool advancing into the second qualification. The final is scheduled for September … [Read more...] about Liên Việt Post Bank in second round
Iran plans to buy as many as 90 planes per year from Boeing (BA.N) and Airbus (AIR.PA) to revamp its antiquated fleet once Western sanctions are lifted, its state news agency IRNA quoted a senior aviation official as saying on Sunday. "Iran will buy a total of 80-90 planes per year from the two aviation giants in the first phase of renovating its air fleet," said Mohammad Khodakarami, the caretaker director of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization, according to IRNA. Last month's nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers has raised the prospect of banking and trade sanctions on Iran being lifted, perhaps around the end of this year, which would mean a chance to renew a fleet of commercial aircraft whose average age of 23 years is almost twice the international average. "We will purchase planes from Boeing and Airbus in equal numbers," Khodakarami was quoted as saying, adding that Iran would initially need to add at least 80 planes to its fleet each year. That would mean a total … [Read more...] about Iran plans to buy 80-90 Boeing, Airbus planes a year, post sanctions
Last week, Israel announced that it was appropriating nearly 1,000 acres of private Palestinian land near Bethlehem. The seizure, which one anti-settlement group called the largest in 30 years, was condemned by Palestinians, the United Nations, and criticized by the United States. Israel has said that the move is retaliation for the June kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers. Settlement has long been considered a fair response to Palestinian attacks by some parts of Israeli society, and appropriation of Palestinian land has been a consistent policy of every Israeli government since Israel became a state in 1948. In the West Bank alone, close to 250,000 acres were appropriated since 1979, using a legal mechanism based on an interpretation of Ottoman law. The timing of this most recent appropriation, though, has little to do with any particular act of Palestinian violence. It did have something to do with pacifying domestic opposition – the appropriation soothed some … [Read more...] about Israel appropriated 1,000 acres of the West Bank. Why now?