Britain, France and Germany urge Washington to stick with the Iran nuclear accord after Iranian president Rouhani warned that Washington would regret ditching the pact "like never before.". (Photo: AFP) Trump has threatened to withdraw from the 2015 pact when it comes up for renewal on May 12, and to reimpose sanctions unless European signatory states fix its "terrible flaws". German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned that the accord's collapse could spark "an escalation" in the region and stressed that Washington's key European allies remain convinced saving it "makes the world a safer place". His French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, on a Berlin visit, said that the agreement is "the right way to stop Iran from getting access to nuclear weapons" and "will save us from nuclear proliferation". British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who was visiting Washington on Monday, cautioned that "at this delicate juncture, it would be a mistake to walk away from the nuclear agreement and … [Read more...] about European powers make last ditch appeal to save Iran nuclear deal
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A file picture of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during a meeting with his Russian counterpart in Moscow on Apr 28, 2018. (Photo: AFP/Alexander Nemenov) Trump has threatened to abandon the agreement when it comes up for renewal on May 12, demanding his country's European allies "fix the terrible flaws" or he will re-impose sanctions. The nuclear deal was struck in 2015 between Iran and Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, then led by Barack Obama. Under the pact, sanctions were lifted in return for a commitment not to pursue a nuclear bomb, but Iran says it is not reaping the rewards despite complying with the deal. "If the United States withdraws from the nuclear deal, then we will not stay in it," Ali Akbar Velayati, foreign policy adviser to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was quoted as saying by the state television website. As Iran's all-powerful leader, Khamenei has the final word on all policy matters, foreign and domestic, … [Read more...] about Iran threatens to quit nuclear deal if US walks away
LONDON — Iran’s ambassador to Britain said Tehran will consider walking away from the nuclear deal if the United States withdraws from the agreement, in an interview aired on Wednesday. Hamid Baeidinejad, the country’s top envoy in London, said Iran would "be ready to go back to the previous situation" if America pulls out of the 2015 pact, as threatened by US President Donald Trump. "When the United States is out of the deal, it means that there is no deal left," he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. "Because (an) important party of the treaty has abrogated and violated in clear terms the treaty." Trump is reportedly poised to scrap the agreement, negotiated in 2015 between Tehran and six world powers, ahead of a May 12 deadline for Washington to renew its support for the deal. The agreement imposes strict restrictions on Iran’s nuclear programme in return for the loosening of economic sanctions. Baeidinejad said Tehran was exploring various responses … [Read more...] about Iran envoy to UK warns it may scrap nuclear deal if US withdraws
Viet Nam News By Robert Bicknell As a golf pro, club manager and general observer of the human condition, I have often wondered why people cheat when there is no reason to. What drives them to do so? Why do people cheat to win tournaments, why do they cheat on their handicaps? Not all players try to inflate their handicaps, some players also only put in their best cards to have a lower handicap than actual, just to walk around the clubhouse with their chest stuck out. Why do they do it? In golf, we like to say that “you’re only cheating yourself” and “you have to look at yourself in the mirror every morning and know you’re a cheater”, but if you analyze those statements without emotion, you’d quickly realize that it’s complete and total bullshit because everyone cheats at something, or has the capacity to do so. In my opinion, cheating depends on the opportunity, the chances and penalties for getting caught and the rewards for … [Read more...] about People who cheat to win at anything
Industrial revolutions are momentous events. By most reckonings, there have been only three. The first was triggered in the 1700s by the commercial steam engine and the mechanical loom. The harnessing of electricity and mass production sparked the second, around the start of the 20th century. The computer set the third in motion after World War II. It may seem too soon to proclaim that the fourth industrial revolution, spurred by interconnected digital technology, is upon us, but Mr. Henning Kagermann, Head of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering, did exactly that in 2011, when he used the term Industry 4.0 to describe a proposed government-sponsored industrial initiative. After missing the first three, Vietnam is now hoping to tap into the fourth revolution, though this requires action and not just words. Boundless prospects It’s not by chance that Industry 4.0 is mentioned often in State documents and speeches by government officials. The topic even … [Read more...] about VN tries to harness the change brought about by Industry 4.0.