20 Sep 2019

North Korea welcomes ‘new method’ from US in nuclear talks

North Korea is open to Washington adopting a “new method” for dealing with Pyongyang, a North Korean diplomat has stated. Kim Myong Gil, who is expected to play a leading role in new talks with the officials, described former US National Security Advisor John Bolton as a “nasty troublemaker” and

Read More
19 Sep 2019

Iran warns against war as US and Saudi weigh response to oil attack

Iranian foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif on Thursday warned the US that his country “won’t blink” if Washington or Riyadh decides to launch a military strike in retaliation for the recent drone attacks that disrupted about half of Saudi Arabia’s oil capacity. Such a an attack would result in “all-out war,”

Read More
18 Sep 2019

Iran warns US of response to any action over Saudi attack

Iran on Wednesday warned the United States that it will “immediately” respond to “any action” taken by Washington against the country over its alleged involvement in the recent drone attacks that disrupted about half of Saudi Arabia’s oil capacity. Both Washington and Riyadh are accusing Iran of carrying out the attack,

Read More
17 Sep 2019

Trump says he does not want war after attack on Saudi oil facilities

United States President Donald Trump on Monday stated that it “it’s certainly looking” like Iran was responsible for the recent drone attacks that disrupted about half of Saudi Arabia’s oil capacity, but stressed that he “would like not to have war.” While Trump warned that the US could respond “with an

Read More
17 Sep 2019

Taliban attacks kill 30, Afghan leader unhurt as bomb hits rally

The Taliban on Tuesday carried out two suicide bomb attacks in Afghanistan that killed 30 people and wounded at least 45 more. The deadliest of the two explosions occurred at an election rally by President Ashraf Ghani, who was not hurt in the incident. Both attacks were claimed by the

Read More
12 Sep 2019

China urges US to take steps to ensure North Korea talks resume

China wants the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) “in due course” to consider reversing some of the sanctions on North Korea to help the country “alleviate the difficulties brought to the economy and people’s livelihoods by the sanctions,” Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi said on Thursday. Wang expressed hope that

Read More
11 Sep 2019

Arab nations condemn Netanyahu’s Jordan Valley annexation plan

Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday laid out plans to annex about one third of the occupied West Bank if he receives a strong mandate from Israeli voters at the general election next week. The announcement is likely to fuel tensions in the region that have already been increasing over

Read More
10 Sep 2019

US extracted top spy from inside Russia in 2017

A recent CNN report claims that the United States government carried out a secret mission in 2017 to extract a Russian government official who had been operating as one of Washington’s top spies. One of the reasons for the extraction was a concern by intelligence officials that the spy could

Read More
10 Sep 2019

North Korea says it will resume talks but adds pressure with new launches

North Korea Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui On Tuesday said that his country is open to having “comprehensive discussions” with the United States later this month, adding that Washington should adopt a new approach if it wants the talks to be constructive. However, hours after Choe’s statement, Pyongyang conducted

Read More
09 Sep 2019

More Americans will die after Trump abruptly ends Afghan talks, Taliban say

US President Donald Trump cancelled secret negotiations with Taliban leaders on Saturday after the group claim responsibility for a recent attack in Kabul that claimed the lives of a US soldier and 11 others. The Taliban slammed Trump’s decision and warned that it “will lead to more losses to the

Read More