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Germany’s Merkel defends Iran deal as Pence accuses Europe of undermining the U.S.

“But the U.S. argues that the deal just puts off when Iran might be able to build a nuclear bomb” writes Associated Press for marketwatch.com. Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who was in office when the Iran nuclear deal was negotiated, went out of his way to thank Merkel and defended the Iran deal as a “significant agreement.” “The America I see does not want to turn its back on the world,” Biden said.MUNICH (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel robustly defended European nations’ decision to stand by the…

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Pence describes Trump’s tenure in attack on US allies

“Speaking before Pence, Merkel questioned whether the US decision to leave the Iran nuclear deal and withdraw from Syria was the best way to tackle Tehran in the region” writes Reuters In Munich for theguardian.com. Mike Pence rebuked European powers over Iran and Venezuela on Saturday, in a renewed attack on traditional US allies, rejecting a call by Germany’s chancellor to include Russia in global cooperation efforts. Source: theguardian.com

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U.S. held global summit to isolate Iran, America isolated itself instead

“The discord on the issue of Iran dates back most recently to last May when the U.S. withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, and European allies like France and Britain agreed to remain in the accord” reports tehrantimes.com. Their reason was simple: Although Trump said Iran tried to obtain a nuclear bomb, European nations saw no indication that Tehran sought one.That allowed Europe to keep the nuclear deal on life support while curbing the damage America’s sanctions could wreak on Iran’s economy.Asking Europe to do something it clearly doesn’t…

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Mike Pence Urges Europe to Quit Iran Deal

“Britain, France and Germany, along with the rest of the E.U., continue to support the nuclear deal as the best way to prevent Iran from developing atomic weapons” writes Associated Press for pbs.org. Pence was especially critical of Britain, France and Germany for unveiling a new financial mechanism last month that U.S. officials believe is intended to keep the nuclear deal alive by evading American sanctions.Iran was not invited to the Warsaw conference and called the event a “circus” aimed at “demonizing” the country. Source: pbs.org

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Biggest offshore windfarm to start UK supply this week

“The size of the project takes the burgeoning offshore wind power sector to a new scale, on a par with conventional fossil fuel-fired power stations” writes Adam Vaughan for theguardian.com. An offshore windfarm on the Yorkshire coast that will dwarf the world’s largest when completed is to supply its first power to the UK electricity grid this week.The UK and Germany installed 85% of new offshore wind power capacity in the EU last year, according to industry data.New nuclear projects in Europe had been “dramatically delayed and over budget”, he…

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“Green New Deal” advocates created confusion Thursday with their rollout of a nonbinding resolution that was intended as a first stab at defining the progressive climate change agenda heading into the 2020 presidential election.

“These alternatives include nuclear power and carbon, capture, and storage technologies that can collect carbon emissions and store it underground” reports washingtonexaminer.com. It says the Green New Deal makes “new fossil fuel infrastructure or nuclear plants unnecessary.” However the resolution itself is “silent on individual technologies,” Sen. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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US-North Korea summit: What Trump can — and can’t — offer will define success

“U.S. President Donald Trump is going to have to offer North Korea’s Kim Jong Un more concessions at their upcoming summit if he wants the reclusive state to make any real progress on denuclearization, political strategists say” writes Kcna Reuters for cnbc.com. In fact, numerous reports indicate that Kim’s administration continues to advance its nuclear and ballistic missile program through ongoing production of rockets, warheads and fissile material. Source: cnbc.com

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Iran has ‘many options on table’ if EU delays its commitments, Salehi says

“Under the JCPOA, Iran agreed to slow down its nuclear activities in exchange for termination of economic and financial sanctions” reports tehrantimes.com. TEHRAN – Iran’s nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, has said Iran has “many options on the table” if Europeans delay their commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the official name for the 2015 nuclear deal. Salehi also dismissed claims by certain Arab countries that Iran’s nuclear facilities are not safe, saying all Iran’s nuclear plants are working in tandem with safety standards of the International…

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Trump Says He Plans to Meet With North Korea’s Kim Feb. 27-28

“North Korea has not conducted any nuclear-capable missile tests in more than a year and it has dismantled some of its nuclear infrastructure” reports thehill.com. As well, Kim Jong Un continues to demonstrate openness to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” Coats said.Our hostages have come home, nuclear testing has stopped and there has not been a missile launch in more than 15 months,” Trump said. Source: thehill.com

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Military chief: Enemies spend $100bn annually to counter Islamic Revolution

“President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. unilaterally from the 2015 nuclear deal in May and ordered sanctions against Iran” reports tehrantimes.com. TEHRAN – Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri, the Armed Forces Chief of Staff, said on Tuesday that enemies spend $100 billion annually to counter Islam and the Islamic Revolution. “Our enemies from the Zionist regime and the U.S. to Saudi Arabia and the (United Arab) Emirates spend at least 100 billion dollars annually in military area for animosity towards Islam and the Islamic Revolution,” he said during a conference…

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