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15 May 2018 Military News

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  • CIA Chief Nominee Vows Interrogation Program Not to Resume Under Her Leadership Sputnik 15 May 2018 -- The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) should not have conducted an enhanced interrogation program, CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel said in a letter to Ranking Member of the Senate Intelligence Committee Mark Warner.
  • CIA Nominee Haspel: Post 9-11 Interrogation Program a Mistake VOA 15 May 2018 -- President Donald Trump's nominee for CIA director says the agency should not have run the harsh interrogation program after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the U.S.
  • Navalny Gets 30 Days In Jail For Anti-Putin Protests RFE/RL 15 May 2018 -- A Moscow court has ordered opposition politician Aleksei Navalny to be jailed for 30 days over nationwide protests against President Vladimir Putin.
  • Russian Duma Approves Anti-Sanctions Bill In First Reading RFE/RL 15 May 2018 -- The Russian parliament's lower chamber, the State Duma, has approved in its first reading a bill which provides for the jailing for up to four years of Russians who adhere to economic sanctions imposed by the United States.
  • Indicted Russian Firm Accuses U.S. Of Inventing 'Make-Believe Crime' RFE/RL 15 May 2018 -- A Russian company that was among the first to be indicted in the U.S. investigation into alleged election meddling has accused Special Counsel Robert Mueller of inventing a "make-believe crime" while trying to criminalize "free speech" on the Internet.
  • Russia Moves to Retaliate for US Sanctions VOA 15 May 2018 -- Russian lawmakers Tuesday unanimously approved, in first readings, legislation to retaliate against the United States and other Western countries for last month's imposition by Washington of sanctions on some of Russia's biggest companies and business people.
  • Two Koreas to discuss denuclearization in new talks: Seoul Press TV 15 May 2018 -- South Korea has announced an agreement with the North to hold high-level inter-Korea talks on measures to bring about denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, something Seoul says Pyongyang has promised.
  • UN Prepares to Boost Food Aid to North Korea VOA 15 May 2018 -- The head of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) on Tuesday said the North Korean leadership is hopeful that following a possible denuclearization deal, the international community will increase humanitarian aid for millions of people in the country who are living in poverty and suffering from malnutrition.
  • N. Korea Tells US to 'Carefully Deliberate the Fate' of Kim-Trump Summit VOA 15 May 2018 -- North Korea has canceled Wednesday's high-level talks with the South and says the U.S. will have to "undertake careful deliberations about the fate" of the upcoming summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump because of joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises.
  • S. Korea, DPRK agree to hold high-level talks on May 16 People's Daily 15 May 2018 -- South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have agreed to hold high-level talks on May 16 at the border village of Panmunjom, Seoul's unification ministry said Tuesday.
  • North Korea threatens to cancel Kim-Trump meeting Press TV 15 May 2018 -- North Korea has threatened to cancel an unprecedented summit between its leader Kim Jung-un and US President Donald Trump.
  • Satellite imagery shows North Korea razing nuke sites Press TV 15 May 2018 -- Commercial satellite imagery shows that North Korea has already begun destroying a series of underground facilities used in the past for its powerful nuclear explosion tests.
  • N Korea Suspends Talks With South Over Their Joint Drills With US - Reports Sputnik 15 May 2018 -- North Korea announced on Wednesday that it would be suspending the May 16 talks with South Korea over ongoing joint military drills being conducted by Seoul and Washington.
  • N Korea Vows to Join Global Efforts to Ban All Nuclear Weapons Tests Sputnik 15 May 2018 -- Following years of nuclear tests, North Korea has recently decided to abandon its pursuit for nukes, the move which was welcomed by the international community.
  • North Korea Begins Dismantling Nuclear Test Site - Reports Sputnik 15 May 2018 -- North Korea has started the dismantlement of facilities at its only-know Punggye-ri nuclear test site, media reported citing satellite images from May 7.
  • Treasury Targets Iran's Central Bank Governor and an Iraqi Bank Moving Millions of Dollars for IRGC-Qods Force US Treasury 15 May 2018 -- "Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasurys Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions on the Governor and a senior official of the Central Bank of Iran, an Iraq-based bank and its chairman, and a key Hizballah official, all of whom have moved millions of dollars on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) to Hizballah."
  • New US Sanctions Target Iran's Money Transfers to Hezbollah VOA 15 May 2018 -- The United States on Tuesday blacklisted Iran's central bank governor Valiollah Seif and its international department assistant director Ali Tarzali for allegedly sending millions of dollars to Lebanon-based Shiite militant group Hezbollah.
  • Mogherini stresses EU decision to keep JCPOA IRNA 15 May 2018 -- High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini reiterated the bloc's efforts to preserve Iran nuclear deal known as JCPOA, saying that she met with German, French and British foreign ministers for the first time since US exit from the deal.
  • Iran ready to return to higher level than pre- JCPOA status IRNA 15 May 2018 -- Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said on Tuesday that if the Europeans do not provide guarantee, Iran is prepared to return to higher levels than pre-JCPOA situation.
  • US imposes sanctions against governor of Iran's Central Bank Press TV 15 May 2018 -- The US has imposed sanctions against governor of Iran's central bank Valiollah Seif and Iraq-based Al-Bilad Islamic Bank for transferring "millions of dollars" for Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
  • Europeans should make up for US withdrawal from JCPOA: AEOI Press TV 15 May 2018 -- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi says European signatories to a landmark nuclear agreement Tehran signed with major powers in 2015 should compensate for the United States' decision to pull out of the deal.
  • EU must stand against 'illegal, illogical' US move: Iran president Press TV 15 May 2018 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says all countries, particularly member states of the European Union, must stand up to the United States' "illegal and illogical" move to withdraw from a key nuclear agreement Tehran signed with major world powers in 2015.
  • Russia, France reiterate commitment to Iran deal: Kremlin Press TV 15 May 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, have confirmed their commitment to preserving the 2015 multinational nuclear deal with Iran despite the US withdrawal.
  • EU's Tough Choice: Analysts Say Staying In Iran Deal Is An Option If... RFE/RL 15 May 2018 -- European officials eager to salvage 2-year-old nuclear curbs on Iran are said to be exploring ways to ensure Tehran's continued participation following the U.S. decision to abandon the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA), under which Tehran limited sensitive nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.
  • U.S. Hits Iranian Central Bank Governor With Terror Sanctions RFE/RL 15 May 2018 -- The United States has imposed sanctions on the governor of Iran's central bank, accusing him of providing support for terrorist activities.
  • Iran's Zarif Hails 'Good Start' In Talks With EU On Nuclear Deal RFE/RL 15 May 2018 -- Iran's foreign minister says Tehran and European powers have made a "good start" in talks over how to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal in the wake of Washington's withdrawal.
  • Iran Wants Guarantees From EU That JCPOA Would Be Beneficial for It - Zarif Sputnik 15 May 2018 -- The foreign minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Javad Zarif has arrived in Brussels ahead of a meeting with his British, French and German counterparts. Ahead of the meeting Iran's top diplomat has spoken about the JCPOA after the US withdrawal from the deal.
  • US Imposes New Sanctions on Iran as 'Part of Aggressive Campaign' Against IRGC Sputnik 15 May 2018 -- Tensions between Washington and Tehran has been running high since US President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and vowed to reinstate all nuclear-related sanctions on Iran.
  • UK and France 'determined' to save Iran deal IRNA 15 May 2018 -- France and Britain on Monday said they were 'determined' to save the Iranian nuclear deal, despite the United States pulling out last week.
  • Trump Offers To Help Chinese Firm Sunk By U.S. Sanctions On Iran RFE/RL 15 May 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has offered to help a Chinese technology giant that says it's being pushed out of business by U.S. penalties over its alleged violations of sanctions against Iran.
  • US Strikes Supportive Note as Former Foe Leads in Iraqi Election VOA 15 May 2018 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday that the United States stands by Iraqis' electoral choices, despite the surprise success of populist Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who fought U.S. troops during the Iraq War.
  • Australia gives police new powers as terror fears grow Press TV 15 May 2018 -- The Australian government has passed new security laws that will empower police to freely check the identification of individuals at airports, as Australia remains on edge over fears of terrorism.
  • From Child Refugee To Alleged IS 'Soldier'-- A Closer Look At Khamzat Azimov RFE/RL 15 May 2018 -- After the Islamic State (IS) extremist group claimed that a recent knife attack in central Paris was carried out by one of its "soldiers," Chechnya and France have exchanged angry barbs about who bears responsibility for the radicalization of the attacker, Khamzat Azimov.
  • Kenya Steps Into Space with First Satellite Launch VOA 15 May 2018 -- Kenya has taken its first step into space with the launch Friday of a nano-satellite made at the University of Nairobi. Engineers involved in creating the cube-shaped space capsule described it as Kenya's joining the space club, although much remains to be done to get the Kenya space program off the ground.
  • Taiwan lodges protest against name change by Air Canada CNA 15 May 2018 -- The government has lodged a protest against a change of its designation to "Taiwan, China" on the website of Air Canada, the country's flag carrier and largest airline, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.
  • Sheikh Zakzaky arraigned before Kaduna court Press TV 15 May 2018 -- Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky was transferred to the central state of Kaduna, where he was arraigned before the state High Court along with his wife.
  • Burundians to Vote on Changes to Constitution VOA 15 May 2018 -- Burundians head to the polls Thursday to vote yes or no on proposed changes to the constitution. The ruling party says the changes are aimed at shaking off vestiges of colonialism. The opposition says they are designed to extend the president's term in office.
  • Uzbek Leader Mirziyoyev, Advancing Reforms at Home, Visits US VOA 15 May 2018 -- Last Sunday, a group of Uzbek human rights activists laid a floral wreath at a statue in the center of Tashkent, the country's capital. It commemorated the 13th anniversary of the massacre of 400 civilians in the central Asian nation, all of them shot to death by the military during an anti-government protest, allegedly on orders of the late dictator Islam Karimov.

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