Hassan Rouhani said today (August 27) that Iran would not hold talks with the United States until Washington lifts sanctions against it. The comments of Iran's president come as counterpart Donald Trump said he would meet Rouhani under the "right circumstances". Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on the country in November. The nuclear deal had lifted crippling sanctions in exchange for imposing limits on Iran's nuclear programme. The US hopes ever-increasing economic pressure will force Iran to give up its ambition for nuclear weapons, but Tehran has waved away the measures as “useless”. Rouhani said on Monday that the Iranian regime was not seeking a nuclear weapons programme. Why were sanctions imposed? Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal stating the deal had "lifted crippling economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for very weak limits on the regime's nuclear activity and no limits at all on its other malign behaviour". … [Read more...] about Iran sanctions: Who do they target and will they work? | Euronews answers
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Prison officers in Delhi’s Tihar jail have begun arrangements to execute the four men convicted of the December 16, 2012 gang rape and murder of a physiotherapy student in the national capital, according to officials aware of the preparations.These include approaching a prison in Bihar for gallows rope, writing to other states for services of hangmen, and inspections of the courtyard as well as the equipment that will be used to carry out the execution.“We have ordered 10 new ropes from the Buxar jail. We are making preparations so that when the time comes, everything is in place. The ropes are made in Buxar jail by prisoners. They have to be of a particular type and should not break during the hanging or cut the throat. We had some old ropes but we did not want to take a chance,” said a Tihar officer who spoke on condition of anonymity.Pawan Gupta, Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh Singh are on death row for the gang rape and … [Read more...] about Quiet preparations on to hang December 16 convicts?
After demonstrators in Iran set fire to hundreds of bank branches last month in anti-government protests, the authorities dealt with another less visible banking threat that is only now coming to fuller light: a security breach that exposed the information of millions of Iranian customer accounts. As of Tuesday, details of 15 million bank debit cards in Iran had been published on social media in the aftermath of the protests, unnerving customers and forcing the government to acknowledge a problem. The exposure represented the most serious banking security breach in Iran, according to Iranian media and a law firm representing some of the victims. The breach, which targeted customers of Iran’s three largest banks, was likely to further rattle an economy already reeling from the effects of American sanctions and came as Iran’s leadership was grappling with deep-seated anger over its deadly crackdown on the protests. The number of affected accounts represents close to a fifth … [Read more...] about Iran Banks Burned, Then Customer Account Details of 20% Population Were Exposed Online
President Donald Trump has threatened Iran with "obliteration" if it strikes "anything American" after Tehran dismissed new US sanctions as "useless". In what's becoming a war of words, Iran responded to the fresh sanctions by calling the White House 'mentally retarded'. "Any attack by Iran ... will be met with great and overwhelming force," Trump tweeted. "In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration." But the US President has left the door opens for talks. “Their country is not doing well economically at all. That could be changed very quickly, very easily,” Trump said. “But they have to get rid of the hostility from the leadership. The leadership – I hope they stay, I hope they do a great job - but they should talk to us peaceably.” On Monday, Trump signed an executive order ordering additional sanctions against Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Foreign minister Javad Zarif, and eight Revolutionary Guard commanders. Tensions started on … [Read more...] about Trump threatens Iran with ‘obliteration,’ Iran says White House ‘mentally retarded’
US national security adviser John Bolton continued the back and forth between the US and Iran on Tuesday stating it will be "the combination of sanctions and other pressure that does brings Iran to the table". Trump signed an executive order on Monday imposing sanctions on Iran's supreme leader and other Iranian officials. Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi tweeted on Tuesday that the sanctions would result in a "permanent closure of the path to diplomacy". Bolton said that in the US president's view, "all options remain on the table". "They should give up their pursuit of deliverable nuclear weapons," Bolton said about the Iranian regime. "They should make that strategic decision. They haven’t done it yet. All these subsidiary steps that they take simply make it more difficult for the rest of the world to trust them". He said if Iran was serious about a solution, they wouldn't have violated the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, be the "world's central banker" of … [Read more...] about Sanctions and other pressure will ‘bring Iran to the table’: US national security adviser