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Officials: Iran has laid groundwork for extensive cyberattacks on US

“Current and former U.S. officials noted that Iran has a history of using cyberattacks to retaliate against such actions” writes Aol Staff for aol.com. U.S. intelligence officials recently have observed Iranian hackers probing America’s electric grid, which cyber experts say they have done in the past.ASPEN, Colo. — Iranian hackers have laid the groundwork to carry out extensive cyberattacks on U.S. and European infrastructure and private companies, and the U.S. is warning allies, hardening its defenses and weighing a counterattack, say multiple senior U.S. officials.U.S. intelligence had previously warned about…

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Trump doubles down on meetings with despots — and it’s rocking the US government to its core

“North Korea, thereby, has succeeded in the same way Russia has, by pitting Trump against his own intelligence services” writes Alex Lockie for businessinsider.com. Similarly, Trump accepted a vague, non-binding agreement from Kim to denuclearize, which again pinned his confidence on his personal trust in the North Korean leader. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Hit by sanctions, North Korea’s economy contracted at sharpest rate in 20 years in 2017

“North Korea’s economy contracted at the sharpest rate in two decades in 2017, South Korea’s central bank estimated on Friday, in a clear sign international sanctions imposed to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs have hit growth hard” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. North Korea’s coal-intensive industries and manufacturing sectors have suffered as the UN Security Council ratcheted up the sanctions in response to years of nuclear tests by Pyongyang.North Korea does not publish economic data. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Britain seeking finest solutions to expand trade ties with Iran

“Following the U.S. withdrawal from the deal in May, Iran has said it would stop complying with the nuclear deal unless it continues to receive the economic benefits of the 2015 agreement” reports tehrantimes.com. That deal saw most international sanctions on Tehran lifted in exchange for strict but temporary restrictions on Iran’s nuclear work.The British official named banking issues as the main challenge on the way of boosting Iran-Europe trade which should be coped with as soon as possible.The move is the first concrete sign that Europe could deliver on…

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Iran completes centrifuge rotor factory

“On that day, Ayatollah Khamenei ordered the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) to make preparations for the enrichment of uranium up to a level of 190,000 SWUs without any delay in the framework provided by the Iran nuclear deal” reports tehrantimes.com. Back in June, Salehi said Iran had already developed the necessary infrastructure at the Natanz nuclear facility for enrichment of uranium up to a level of one million SWUs. Source: tehrantimes.com Share This:

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U.S. Opens Inquiry Into Uranium Imports in Sign That Trade War Is Spreading

“The companies argue that doing so would pose minimal burdens on nuclear power plants” reports nytimes.com. The companies that requested the trade case asked that the Commerce Department limit imports so that 25 percent of the uranium used in the United States would be produced domestically.President Trump, who often talks about the benefits of nuclear power, has ordered the energy secretary, Rick Perry, to “prepare immediate steps” to stem the closure of reactors.If it determines that unfair trade practices are hurting domestic mining companies, the Commerce Department can recommend a…

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Iran files suit against U.S. sanctions at World Court

“President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the 2015 nuclear pact with Iran reached by his predecessor Barack Obama and other world powers, and ordered tough U.S. sanctions on Tehran” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Under the 2015 deal, which Trump sees as flawed, Iran reined in its disputed nuclear program under U.N. monitoring and won a removal of international sanctions in return. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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Mike Pompeo rejects EU appeal for exemptions in sanctions against Iran

“Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, has rejected a high-level appeal from the EU for exemptions from sanctions against Iran, throwing into doubt billions of euros worth of trade” writes Tim Stanley for telegraph.co.uk. In a letter to the nations’ finance and foreign ministers, Mr Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin rejected the appeal, saying America wanted to exert “unprecedented financial pressure” on Tehran after President Donald Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal in May. Mr Pompeo added that the US will not ease the sanctions until it sees…

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Papers stolen in Israeli raid reveal the extent of Iran’s past weapons research

“In modern nuclear weapons design, a neutron generator releases radioactive particles to help sustain a powerful nuclear chain reaction” writes Jowarrick Joined The for washingtonpost.com. Heinonen noted that other countries, such as Iraq and Libya, were required by the IAEA to destroy equipment and technical databases related to their past nuclear research.Others were shown only briefly or not at all, on the grounds that they contained explicit technical details that could be used to make nuclear weapons.What is new is the detail, some of it startling, about the sophistication of…

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