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US Confronts Iran Over Chemical Weapons

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23 Nov 2018 (All day)
US Confronts Iran Over Chemical Weapons
US Ambassador Kenneth Ward told the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on Thursday that Iran has failed to declare all the capabilities it has to produce and deploy weaponized compounds and their delivery systems. "The United States has had longstanding concerns that Iran maintains a chemical-weapons program that it failed to declare to the OPCW," Ward said. "The United States is also concerned that Iran is pursuing central nervous system-acting chemicals for offensive purposes."

Also on Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told a conference of European and Middle East experts and diplomats “If we are to make an agreement with the United States, what is the guarantee that the agreement will last after the flight? How are we to be confident that the signature stays on the paper?”

Meanwhile, business publications reported this week that trade between Iran and the European Union had increased by $7.5 in the first three quarters of 2018, rising to a volume of €14.89 billion.

Elsewhere, IRGC Aerospace Commander Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh said in a televised interview on Wednesday night that US military bases in nearby Sunni Arab countries, as well as US naval ships in the region “are within our reach and are easy meat for us,” adding that far from being threats to the Islamic Republic Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, Al Dhafra Air Base in the UAE, and Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan presented his ballistic missile crews with "opportunities" for target practice.

Here is a video about Iran’s renegade nuclear program



Israeli Firm Files Class Action Suit Against Airbnb
Four Israeli attorney’s filed a class action suit against hospitality website Airbnb in Jerusalem District Court on Thursday over its decision earlier in the week to de-list rental properties in the West Bank. “The law in Israel forbids discrimination based on the place where you live, and what Airbnb has done is by all means discrimination based on the place where you live,” said attorney Aviel Flint, a partner in the law firm Yossi Levy & Co.

Thanksgiving Celebrated by Growing Number of Israelis
Thousands of Israelis with familial ties to the United States celebrated the secular holiday of Thanksgiving on Thursday, with several different organizations offering organized events and many families holding private meals. The holiday was also celebrated by a growing number of non-Americans in Israel who have found the unique foods and customs of the holiday appealing.

Danish Minister Has Warm Praise for Israel
The movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel suffered another defeat this week when Danish Higher Education and Science Minister Tommy Ahlers visited the Jewish State on a friendly tour of its academic institutions. He had warm praise for his hosts, saying “Israel is further ahead than Denmark in making sure that research carried out at universities actually serves as a foundation for start-ups being built. That is one dimension we’d love to learn from Israel.”

“Even though we are two very different countries, both Denmark and Israel are built on strong values and on democratic values,” Ahlers said. “We can do quite a few things together. You have a long tradition in humanities and in technology, and so do we, and we want to strengthen that even further.”

 

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