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Mariupol: Captured Ukrainian Commander says US-supplied Javelins ‘useless’

Mariupol: Captured Ukrainian Commander says US-supplied Javelins ‘useless’

RT: The Kiev troops defending Mariupol couldn’t fire a single US-made missile, the captured officer claims


The US-made Javelin anti-tank systems have been praised for their effectiveness by Washington officials and have been turned by Western Media into a symbol of Ukraine’s resistance in the conflict with Russia. But a commander of the Ukrainian marines, who ended up being captured during the fighting for Mariupol, has revealed to RT that the hardware doesn't really live up to the claims.

“The Javelins didn’t prove useful, especially in urban warfare,” Colonel Vladimir Baranyuk, the commander of Ukraine’s 36th Naval Infantry Brigade, said.

“We couldn't even launch one. I think it's completely useless in an urban environment, as something always gets in the way,” he explained.

Baranyuk's unit was also armed with Next-generation Light Anti-tank Weapons (NLAWs), supplied by Britain, but these also had their flaws, according to the officer.

“As for the NLAW missile launchers, well, we used them more often than the Javelins, but it has its own issue with the battery draining in cold conditions, making it impossible to launch,” he said.

Shoulder-fired Javelin missiles are equipped with infrared guidance and are said to be adopt a “top attack” trajectory to strike the roof of a tank, which is its most vulnerable part. Just like NLAWs, they're a “fire-and-forget” weapon, meaning that the missile guides itself to its target.

More than 5,000 Javelins have been supplied to Kiev by Washington. Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri said last week that it accounted for a third of the US stockpile of those systems. London, for its part, has already armed the Ukrainian military with over 4,000 NLAWs and other anti-tank missiles.

“The Javelin… have proven to be very, very effective in this fight,” US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in April, referring to the conflict in Ukraine.

An image of Christianity’s Virgin Mother Mary with a Javelin has become an internet meme during the conflict, with US President Joe Biden boasting earlier this week of Ukrainian parents calling their newborn kids “Javelin or Javelina” in honor of the American system.

Baranyuk and his marines had been tasked with guarding the northern outskirts of Mariupol, a strategic port city in the southeast of Ukraine, from the advancing Russian forces.

The commander was captured during a failed attempt to flee the city, which he claims he attempted together with several loyal men after realizing that Kiev's promises to send help to his encircled troops were lies.

Mariupol has seen the heaviest fighting during the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and suffered immense destruction. The city is now almost entirely controlled by Russian forces, with the Azovstal steel plant - where Kiev servicemen and nationalist fighters of the notorious Azov Battalion are holed up, now being the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance.

Russia attacked its neighboring state following Ukraine's failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, signed in 2014, and Moscow's eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German- and French-brokered Minsk Protocol was designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join NATO. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it was planning to retake the two republics by force.

Source: RT
RT: The Kiev troops defending Mariupol couldn’t fire a single US-made missile, the captured officer claims


The US-made Javelin anti-tank systems have been praised for their effectiveness by Washington officials and have been turned by Western Media into a symbol of Ukraine’s resistance in the conflict with Russia. But a commander of the Ukrainian marines, who ended up being captured during the fighting for Mariupol, has revealed to RT that the hardware doesn't really live up to the claims.

“The Javelins didn’t prove useful, especially in urban warfare,” Colonel Vladimir Baranyuk, the commander of Ukraine’s 36th Naval Infantry Brigade, said.

“We couldn't even launch one. I think it's completely useless in an urban environment, as something always gets in the way,” he explained.

Baranyuk's unit was also armed with Next-generation Light Anti-tank Weapons (NLAWs), supplied by Britain, but these also had their flaws, according to the officer.

“As for the NLAW missile launchers, well, we used them more often than the Javelins, but it has its own issue with the battery draining in cold conditions, making it impossible to launch,” he said.

Shoulder-fired Javelin missiles are equipped with infrared guidance and are said to be adopt a “top attack” trajectory to strike the roof of a tank, which is its most vulnerable part. Just like NLAWs, they're a “fire-and-forget” weapon, meaning that the missile guides itself to its target.

More than 5,000 Javelins have been supplied to Kiev by Washington. Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri said last week that it accounted for a third of the US stockpile of those systems. London, for its part, has already armed the Ukrainian military with over 4,000 NLAWs and other anti-tank missiles.

“The Javelin… have proven to be very, very effective in this fight,” US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in April, referring to the conflict in Ukraine.

An image of Christianity’s Virgin Mother Mary with a Javelin has become an internet meme during the conflict, with US President Joe Biden boasting earlier this week of Ukrainian parents calling their newborn kids “Javelin or Javelina” in honor of the American system.

Baranyuk and his marines had been tasked with guarding the northern outskirts of Mariupol, a strategic port city in the southeast of Ukraine, from the advancing Russian forces.

The commander was captured during a failed attempt to flee the city, which he claims he attempted together with several loyal men after realizing that Kiev's promises to send help to his encircled troops were lies.

Mariupol has seen the heaviest fighting during the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and suffered immense destruction. The city is now almost entirely controlled by Russian forces, with the Azovstal steel plant - where Kiev servicemen and nationalist fighters of the notorious Azov Battalion are holed up, now being the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance.

Russia attacked its neighboring state following Ukraine's failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, signed in 2014, and Moscow's eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German- and French-brokered Minsk Protocol was designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join NATO. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it was planning to retake the two republics by force.

Source: RT

Erdogan says US-Turkey relations ‘not healthy’ and failed to ‘start well with Biden'

Erdogan says US-Turkey relations ‘not healthy’ and failed to ‘start well with Biden'






Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Ankara’s ties with Washington remain “not healthy.”

US continues to act towards Turkey in a manner that’s not “honest,” Erdogan has said, urging the US to “sort out” the non-delivery of F-35 jets.

He said America did not act honestly, and it [still] isn’t acting so. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday, Turkey’s president touched on the frosty relations between his government and the US, signaling it was up to the latter to fix the situation.

The ongoing F-35 debacle remains the main problem in bilateral ties, according to Erdogan, with Turkey kicked out of the 5th-gen fighter program by Washington after Ankara opted to purchase Russian-made S-400 anti-aircraft systems. For Turkey, “the S-400 business is over,” and it’s not possible to somehow revert the purchase.

“We bought F-35s, we paid $1.4 billion, and these F-35s were not given to us. The United States needs to first sort this out,” the president said.

I cannot say that a healthy process is running in Turkish-American ties.

The change of US administration, with President Joe Biden taking over early this year, has apparently done little to warm up Turkish-US relations.

“I can’t say we started well with Mr. Biden,” Erdogan said. “We, Turkey, act honestly. Our stance is honest, but unfortunately America did not act honestly, and it [still] isn’t acting so.”

I worked well with George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump, but I cannot say we started well with Joe Biden,"  Erdo─čan said, expressing discontent with the incumbent United States President.

"After 19 years in office, I can’t say that we have reached a good position with the U.S.," he added.

"The U.S. must understand that Turkey won’t step back from the S-400 deal," Erdo─čan further said, referring to the Russian missile defense system that led to a row between Turkey and the U.S.

Answering a question about Turkey’s stance on the latest developments in Afghanistan, Erdo─čan also pointed out the U.S.’s failure and indifference to the situation.

He underlined that the U.S. made their decision without input from Turkey, and thus could not expect Turkey to pay the price for the country’s irresponsible behavior.

Erdo─čan said: "It is unthinkable for Turkey to open doors and accept them (Afghan migrants). Our country is not an open-air corridor. It is not easy to accept such a thing. This action has a price and cost."

"The United States cannot say, 'Open the doors and let the Afghan people enter Turkey.' It is the U.S. that has to pay the price here. The U.S. needs to take steps in this regard," he added.

"Biden is transporting weapons to YPG terrorists operating in Syria," he also added, referring to the U.S. support to the PKK-linked terrorist group.


Turkey and Russia signed the S-400 contract back in late 2017, following years of Ankara’s failed attempts to procure modern anti-aircraft systems from its NATO allies. The $2.5-billion deal encompassed delivery of four full S-400 batteries, including various vehicles and launchers, and a cache of missiles. The deliveries began back in 2019 and have already been completed.

Ankara’s move invoked a furious reaction in Washington, with senior US officials repeatedly trying to press Turkey into abandoning the deal. Ankara has not bowed to the pressure, however, and has ended up being kicked out of the F-35 program, while the country’s defense sector has been targeted by US sanctions.

Moscow and Ankara have been in talks over procuring a second batch of the S-400 system. Back in August, Erdogan said his nation had “no hesitations” about the purchase, while Russia’s state-owned arms company Rosoboronexport indicated that the new contract would likely be signed by the end of this year.






Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Ankara’s ties with Washington remain “not healthy.”

US continues to act towards Turkey in a manner that’s not “honest,” Erdogan has said, urging the US to “sort out” the non-delivery of F-35 jets.

He said America did not act honestly, and it [still] isn’t acting so. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday, Turkey’s president touched on the frosty relations between his government and the US, signaling it was up to the latter to fix the situation.

The ongoing F-35 debacle remains the main problem in bilateral ties, according to Erdogan, with Turkey kicked out of the 5th-gen fighter program by Washington after Ankara opted to purchase Russian-made S-400 anti-aircraft systems. For Turkey, “the S-400 business is over,” and it’s not possible to somehow revert the purchase.

“We bought F-35s, we paid $1.4 billion, and these F-35s were not given to us. The United States needs to first sort this out,” the president said.

I cannot say that a healthy process is running in Turkish-American ties.

The change of US administration, with President Joe Biden taking over early this year, has apparently done little to warm up Turkish-US relations.

“I can’t say we started well with Mr. Biden,” Erdogan said. “We, Turkey, act honestly. Our stance is honest, but unfortunately America did not act honestly, and it [still] isn’t acting so.”

I worked well with George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump, but I cannot say we started well with Joe Biden,"  Erdo─čan said, expressing discontent with the incumbent United States President.

"After 19 years in office, I can’t say that we have reached a good position with the U.S.," he added.

"The U.S. must understand that Turkey won’t step back from the S-400 deal," Erdo─čan further said, referring to the Russian missile defense system that led to a row between Turkey and the U.S.

Answering a question about Turkey’s stance on the latest developments in Afghanistan, Erdo─čan also pointed out the U.S.’s failure and indifference to the situation.

He underlined that the U.S. made their decision without input from Turkey, and thus could not expect Turkey to pay the price for the country’s irresponsible behavior.

Erdo─čan said: "It is unthinkable for Turkey to open doors and accept them (Afghan migrants). Our country is not an open-air corridor. It is not easy to accept such a thing. This action has a price and cost."

"The United States cannot say, 'Open the doors and let the Afghan people enter Turkey.' It is the U.S. that has to pay the price here. The U.S. needs to take steps in this regard," he added.

"Biden is transporting weapons to YPG terrorists operating in Syria," he also added, referring to the U.S. support to the PKK-linked terrorist group.


Turkey and Russia signed the S-400 contract back in late 2017, following years of Ankara’s failed attempts to procure modern anti-aircraft systems from its NATO allies. The $2.5-billion deal encompassed delivery of four full S-400 batteries, including various vehicles and launchers, and a cache of missiles. The deliveries began back in 2019 and have already been completed.

Ankara’s move invoked a furious reaction in Washington, with senior US officials repeatedly trying to press Turkey into abandoning the deal. Ankara has not bowed to the pressure, however, and has ended up being kicked out of the F-35 program, while the country’s defense sector has been targeted by US sanctions.

Moscow and Ankara have been in talks over procuring a second batch of the S-400 system. Back in August, Erdogan said his nation had “no hesitations” about the purchase, while Russia’s state-owned arms company Rosoboronexport indicated that the new contract would likely be signed by the end of this year.

US seeking further dialogue with Turkey on Russian-made S-400 bilaterally and through NATO, diplomat says

US seeking further dialogue with Turkey on Russian-made S-400 bilaterally and through NATO, diplomat says


(Sputnik) - The United States will continue discussions with Turkey bilaterally and through NATO on issues related to Ankara’s purchase of Russian-made S-400 air defence systems, US mission to NATO Charge d’Affaires Douglas Jones told reporters on Monday.


"The United States has been very clear about how we view Turkey’s purchase of the S-400. We oppose the purchase of the S-400," Jones said during an online briefing. "We will continue to discuss with Turkey issues related to the S-400 both through our bilateral contacts with Turkey and here at NATO. And we will continue to work here at NATO together as we plot the way ahead."

Jones reiterated the United States’ stance that the presence of "a large Russian weapon system such as the S-400" has no place in NATO.
"It also contravenes commitments that allies made to each other that we would wind off the dependency on Russian weapons systems," he said.

Jones praised Turkey as "a very valued ally" in NATO and a strong supporter of the alliance and a major contributor to its operations.

The purchase of S-400 batteries has been a major flashpoint of tensions in US-Turkey relations since 2019. The United States demands that Turkey abandon the deal in favour of US-made Patriot systems. It has suspended Turkey's participation in the F-35 jet program and imposed sanctions on the Turkish Presidency of Defense Industries under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

(Sputnik) - The United States will continue discussions with Turkey bilaterally and through NATO on issues related to Ankara’s purchase of Russian-made S-400 air defence systems, US mission to NATO Charge d’Affaires Douglas Jones told reporters on Monday.


"The United States has been very clear about how we view Turkey’s purchase of the S-400. We oppose the purchase of the S-400," Jones said during an online briefing. "We will continue to discuss with Turkey issues related to the S-400 both through our bilateral contacts with Turkey and here at NATO. And we will continue to work here at NATO together as we plot the way ahead."

Jones reiterated the United States’ stance that the presence of "a large Russian weapon system such as the S-400" has no place in NATO.
"It also contravenes commitments that allies made to each other that we would wind off the dependency on Russian weapons systems," he said.

Jones praised Turkey as "a very valued ally" in NATO and a strong supporter of the alliance and a major contributor to its operations.

The purchase of S-400 batteries has been a major flashpoint of tensions in US-Turkey relations since 2019. The United States demands that Turkey abandon the deal in favour of US-made Patriot systems. It has suspended Turkey's participation in the F-35 jet program and imposed sanctions on the Turkish Presidency of Defense Industries under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

Czech Republic ready to acquire SPYDER, an Israeli air defense system

Czech Republic ready to acquire SPYDER, an Israeli air defense system

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PRAGUE — The Czech Republic has signalled its readiness to buy a new air defense system for its military from the Israeli government, the country’s defense ministry said on Friday, Times of  Israel reported.


According to the reports, the Czechs want to acquire the SPYDER system, which is made by the Israeli state-run company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. and is capable of providing protection against aircraft, helicopters, bombers, cruise missiles and other weapons.

A statement credited to Czech Defense Minister Lubomir Metnar said the Israeli system would be key to modernizing the Czech armed forces as it would replace an obsolete anti-aircraft Soviet-era 2K12 KUB system to defend military and civilian centers such as industrial hubs, nuclear power plants, airports and other important facilities.

The Czech military said it had analyzed nine systems from seven producers before deciding on the Israeli one.

The defense ministry expects a deal worth some $430 million to be signed early in 2021 with the delivery two years later.
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PRAGUE — The Czech Republic has signalled its readiness to buy a new air defense system for its military from the Israeli government, the country’s defense ministry said on Friday, Times of  Israel reported.


According to the reports, the Czechs want to acquire the SPYDER system, which is made by the Israeli state-run company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. and is capable of providing protection against aircraft, helicopters, bombers, cruise missiles and other weapons.

A statement credited to Czech Defense Minister Lubomir Metnar said the Israeli system would be key to modernizing the Czech armed forces as it would replace an obsolete anti-aircraft Soviet-era 2K12 KUB system to defend military and civilian centers such as industrial hubs, nuclear power plants, airports and other important facilities.

The Czech military said it had analyzed nine systems from seven producers before deciding on the Israeli one.

The defense ministry expects a deal worth some $430 million to be signed early in 2021 with the delivery two years later.

Kim Jong-un ‘very sorry’ over North Korea’s shooting of missing South Korean official – Seoul

Kim Jong-un ‘very sorry’ over North Korea’s shooting of missing South Korean official – Seoul


South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s office on Friday said that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un apologised for the “unsavory” shooting of a state official earlier this week, RT reported.


According to the report, Kim in a formal notice sent to Seoul said that he feels “very sorry” for “disappointing” Moon and South Koreans in connection to the case, Suh Hoon.

According to the South Korean media  the director of national security at the president’s office, told reporters that Kim in a statement acknowledged that the incident was “something that should not happen.” 

According to Suh Hoon, Kim said that the official was shot as part of the measures to fight the coronavirus.

Seoul earlier accused North Korean sailors of shooting an Oceans and Fisheries Ministry staffer who went missing while inspecting the waters near the border. 

The South Korean military said the man had apparently wanted to defect to the North. He reportedly jumped off the boat in a life jacket and drifted to North Korean waters. The South Korean citizen was then questioned by sailors from the North and shot shortly afterwards.

President Moon said on Thursday that the “shocking” incident “cannot be tolerated for any reason.” The country’s National Security Council demanded Pyongyang apologize.


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South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s office on Friday said that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un apologised for the “unsavory” shooting of a state official earlier this week, RT reported.


According to the report, Kim in a formal notice sent to Seoul said that he feels “very sorry” for “disappointing” Moon and South Koreans in connection to the case, Suh Hoon.

According to the South Korean media  the director of national security at the president’s office, told reporters that Kim in a statement acknowledged that the incident was “something that should not happen.” 

According to Suh Hoon, Kim said that the official was shot as part of the measures to fight the coronavirus.

Seoul earlier accused North Korean sailors of shooting an Oceans and Fisheries Ministry staffer who went missing while inspecting the waters near the border. 

The South Korean military said the man had apparently wanted to defect to the North. He reportedly jumped off the boat in a life jacket and drifted to North Korean waters. The South Korean citizen was then questioned by sailors from the North and shot shortly afterwards.

President Moon said on Thursday that the “shocking” incident “cannot be tolerated for any reason.” The country’s National Security Council demanded Pyongyang apologize.


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U S Pompeo accuses European allies of ‘siding with ayatollahs’

U S Pompeo accuses European allies of ‘siding with ayatollahs’

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed Washington’s European allies in a Thursday news conference from the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), claiming that while officials from Germany, France and the UK have privately expressed support for the extension of the arms embargo on Iran, they publicly “chose to side with Ayatollahs.”

“We will never allow the Islamic Republic of Iran to have a nuclear weapon,” Pompeo remarked during his UNSC speech.


After admonishing France, Germany and the UK, he went on to applaud the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)nations – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia – stating they “deserve praise for showing courage and unity in warning about the danger from Iran.”

He then referenced the GCC’s August 9 statement to the UN, which called for an extension of the international arms embargo, set to expire on October 18.

“It is inappropriate to lift restrictions on the supply of weapons from and to Iran until Iran gives up its destabilizing activities in the region and stops supplying terrorist and sectarian organizations with weapons,” GCC Secretary-General Nayef Falah Mubarak al-Hajraf said, as reported by Reuters.

The three European nations have since issued a joint statement explaining that they, as still-active members of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) agreement, cannot support the US’ push for a “snapback” mechanism because it violates the agreement.
“France, Germany and the United Kingdom (‘the E3’) note that the US ceased to be a participant of the JCPoA following their withdrawal from the deal on May 8, 2018,” they wrote.

“We remain committed to the JCPoA despite the significant challenges caused by US withdrawal. We believe that we should address the current issue of systematic Iranian non-compliance with its JCPoA obligations through dialogue between JCPoA participants.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif issued a tweet earlier Thursday, labeling the US arms embargo extension attempt as “illegitimate and felonious.”

Russia and China have both expressed support for Iran, with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov even calling Washington’s push for sanctions “absurd.”

“We have repeatedly said that the US has already withdrawn from the JCPOA and therefore has no right to request the restoration of the UN sanctions regime against Iran,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian noted during a briefing.



Source: Sputnik
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed Washington’s European allies in a Thursday news conference from the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), claiming that while officials from Germany, France and the UK have privately expressed support for the extension of the arms embargo on Iran, they publicly “chose to side with Ayatollahs.”

“We will never allow the Islamic Republic of Iran to have a nuclear weapon,” Pompeo remarked during his UNSC speech.


After admonishing France, Germany and the UK, he went on to applaud the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)nations – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia – stating they “deserve praise for showing courage and unity in warning about the danger from Iran.”

He then referenced the GCC’s August 9 statement to the UN, which called for an extension of the international arms embargo, set to expire on October 18.

“It is inappropriate to lift restrictions on the supply of weapons from and to Iran until Iran gives up its destabilizing activities in the region and stops supplying terrorist and sectarian organizations with weapons,” GCC Secretary-General Nayef Falah Mubarak al-Hajraf said, as reported by Reuters.

The three European nations have since issued a joint statement explaining that they, as still-active members of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) agreement, cannot support the US’ push for a “snapback” mechanism because it violates the agreement.
“France, Germany and the United Kingdom (‘the E3’) note that the US ceased to be a participant of the JCPoA following their withdrawal from the deal on May 8, 2018,” they wrote.

“We remain committed to the JCPoA despite the significant challenges caused by US withdrawal. We believe that we should address the current issue of systematic Iranian non-compliance with its JCPoA obligations through dialogue between JCPoA participants.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif issued a tweet earlier Thursday, labeling the US arms embargo extension attempt as “illegitimate and felonious.”

Russia and China have both expressed support for Iran, with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov even calling Washington’s push for sanctions “absurd.”

“We have repeatedly said that the US has already withdrawn from the JCPOA and therefore has no right to request the restoration of the UN sanctions regime against Iran,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian noted during a briefing.



Source: Sputnik

We have not rule out military action against Iran over arms embargo: US envoy

We have not rule out military action against Iran over arms embargo: US envoy

The U.S. is considering the use of military action against Iran if it means preventing the Islamic Republic from attaining a nuclear bomb and other powerful weapons, the U.S. special envoy to Tehran, Brian Hook, told Israel’s Channel 13 this week.


US special representative for Iran, said during a visit to Jerusalem that “the military option is always on the table.” Adding that the White House was willing to take military action against Tehran to prevent the regime from acquiring nuclear weapons.

“We’ve made very clear, the President has, that Iran will never acquire a nuclear weapon, and the military option is always on the table,” he said.

Hook said , U.S. President Donald Trump is keen on preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. ​“I think the Israeli people and the American people and the international community should know that President Trump will never allow them to have a nuclear weapon.”

“The Israeli people and the American people and the international community should know that President Trump will never allow them to have a nuclear weapon,” Hook said.

The U.S. administration has repeatedly demanded that the arms embargo against Iran be renewed after it expires in October 2020.

“When you play by Iran’s rules, Iran wins, so we are making the national security case for extending the arms embargo that has been in place for 13 years,” Hook said.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his staff have been pushing to renew the arms embargo against Tehran amid the Islamic Republic’s unveiling of several new weapons, including a plethora of missile systems that were designed domestically.

The arms embargo against Iran has prevented the Islamic Republic from acquiring new stealth jets and other modernized weapons that are developed by allied nations like China and Russia.

However, with the expiration of the arms embargo in October, the Islamic Republic is expected to upgrade its air force with several new military aircraft, with some reports claiming Tehran is eyeing Russia’s Sukhoi jets and China’s J-10.

Russia and China, which are both members of the UN Security Council, oppose the embargo, however. Their support, or abstention from a vote, would be needed to extend the embargo.

“I’m hopeful because Russia and China also would like to see a peaceful and stable Middle East,” Hook said.

He highlighted ties between Israel and Arab states, which have likely been strengthened by shared concern over threats from Iran, and downplayed fears that Israel’s planned annexation of parts of the West Bank could damage those ties.

“We very much like the steps that have been taken by a number of governments I think to deal with Iranian aggression and we would very much like to see the Palestinians come to the table. With respect to annexation, that is a decision for the Israeli government to make. We are working on building support for the peace vision,” Hook said.

In his meeting with Hook, Netanyahu warned that the Iranian regime “deliberately deceives the international community. It lies all the time. It lies on solemn pledges and commitments that it took before the international community. It continues its secret program to develop nuclear weapons. It continues its secret program to develop the means to deliver nuclear weapons.”

He vowed that Israel would “do whatever is necessary to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons,” and told Hook, “I know that’s your position as well.”

“This is a policy, Brian, that we have adopted as well. We are absolutely resolved to prevent Iran from entrenching itself militarily in our immediate vicinity. We take repeated and forceful military action against Iran and its proxies in Syria and elsewhere if necessary,” said Netanyahu.
The U.S. is considering the use of military action against Iran if it means preventing the Islamic Republic from attaining a nuclear bomb and other powerful weapons, the U.S. special envoy to Tehran, Brian Hook, told Israel’s Channel 13 this week.


US special representative for Iran, said during a visit to Jerusalem that “the military option is always on the table.” Adding that the White House was willing to take military action against Tehran to prevent the regime from acquiring nuclear weapons.

“We’ve made very clear, the President has, that Iran will never acquire a nuclear weapon, and the military option is always on the table,” he said.

Hook said , U.S. President Donald Trump is keen on preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. ​“I think the Israeli people and the American people and the international community should know that President Trump will never allow them to have a nuclear weapon.”

“The Israeli people and the American people and the international community should know that President Trump will never allow them to have a nuclear weapon,” Hook said.

The U.S. administration has repeatedly demanded that the arms embargo against Iran be renewed after it expires in October 2020.

“When you play by Iran’s rules, Iran wins, so we are making the national security case for extending the arms embargo that has been in place for 13 years,” Hook said.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his staff have been pushing to renew the arms embargo against Tehran amid the Islamic Republic’s unveiling of several new weapons, including a plethora of missile systems that were designed domestically.

The arms embargo against Iran has prevented the Islamic Republic from acquiring new stealth jets and other modernized weapons that are developed by allied nations like China and Russia.

However, with the expiration of the arms embargo in October, the Islamic Republic is expected to upgrade its air force with several new military aircraft, with some reports claiming Tehran is eyeing Russia’s Sukhoi jets and China’s J-10.

Russia and China, which are both members of the UN Security Council, oppose the embargo, however. Their support, or abstention from a vote, would be needed to extend the embargo.

“I’m hopeful because Russia and China also would like to see a peaceful and stable Middle East,” Hook said.

He highlighted ties between Israel and Arab states, which have likely been strengthened by shared concern over threats from Iran, and downplayed fears that Israel’s planned annexation of parts of the West Bank could damage those ties.

“We very much like the steps that have been taken by a number of governments I think to deal with Iranian aggression and we would very much like to see the Palestinians come to the table. With respect to annexation, that is a decision for the Israeli government to make. We are working on building support for the peace vision,” Hook said.

In his meeting with Hook, Netanyahu warned that the Iranian regime “deliberately deceives the international community. It lies all the time. It lies on solemn pledges and commitments that it took before the international community. It continues its secret program to develop nuclear weapons. It continues its secret program to develop the means to deliver nuclear weapons.”

He vowed that Israel would “do whatever is necessary to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons,” and told Hook, “I know that’s your position as well.”

“This is a policy, Brian, that we have adopted as well. We are absolutely resolved to prevent Iran from entrenching itself militarily in our immediate vicinity. We take repeated and forceful military action against Iran and its proxies in Syria and elsewhere if necessary,” said Netanyahu.

PHOTOS: Damascus Forces seized foreign-supplied weapons in northern Aleppo

PHOTOS: Damascus Forces seized foreign-supplied weapons in northern Aleppo

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) seized a large amount of weapons that were left behind by the militant groups that controlled parts of northern Aleppo.


In a report released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the state-owned publication said the SAA troops were able to seize this large batch of weapons and ammunition while combing through the areas once controlled by the militant groups in northern Aleppo.


According to a SANA report, the Syrian Army was “combing through the liberated villages in the northern countryside of Aleppo to ensure their safety and the safety of the families returning to their homes.”


They would add that “the competent authorities found weapons and ammunition, including medium machine guns, mortars, machine guns, tank shells, RPGs, propeller grenades, and large quantities of ammunition of various calibres.”


The Syrian Army has been combing through several areas across the country that were previously controlled by militant groups.


Many of these previously militant-held areas have weapons and explosives that were hidden before these groups departed for the Turkish border region.


AMN
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) seized a large amount of weapons that were left behind by the militant groups that controlled parts of northern Aleppo.


In a report released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the state-owned publication said the SAA troops were able to seize this large batch of weapons and ammunition while combing through the areas once controlled by the militant groups in northern Aleppo.


According to a SANA report, the Syrian Army was “combing through the liberated villages in the northern countryside of Aleppo to ensure their safety and the safety of the families returning to their homes.”


They would add that “the competent authorities found weapons and ammunition, including medium machine guns, mortars, machine guns, tank shells, RPGs, propeller grenades, and large quantities of ammunition of various calibres.”


The Syrian Army has been combing through several areas across the country that were previously controlled by militant groups.


Many of these previously militant-held areas have weapons and explosives that were hidden before these groups departed for the Turkish border region.


AMN

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