A source told Reuters that the U.S. allies were “embarrassed” by Pompeo’s support for President Trump after he incited a violent riot at the Capitol last week. Luxembourg politician and NATO ally Jean Asselborn, whom Pompeo had attempted to schedule a meeting with on the trip, called President Trump a “criminal” during a radio appearance the day after the Capitol riot.
However, the UAE decided to cancel the public vent in a bid to protest the statements on the prospect of the US selling advanced F-35 stealth fighter jets to the Gulf Kingdom coming from the Israeli security establishment.
Earlier reports in the Israeli media suggested that the sales of F-35s and other advanced military hardware to the UAE came as a secret clasue in the accord to normalize the ties.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused European allies of „siding with the ayatollahs“ after they said the US could not reimpose sanctions on Iran.
The UK, France and Germany said the US did not have the legal right to trigger „snapback“ sanctions because it pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in 2018.
The process is expected to be messy, as China and Russia openly oppose the effort to snap back sanctions, and other parties to the deal — Germany, the UK, France — are also against the move. All of them question the legality of the US trying to reimpose sanctions under the 2015 nuclear pact, which the Trump administration announced it was leaving in May 2018.
The president was referring to the contested argument that the US remains a „participant“ in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal — despite Trump’s withdrawal from it — and therefore can force a return to sanctions if it sees Iran as being in violation of its terms.
It has never been canceled since the UN’s founding in 1945.
April 17, 2020
WASHINGTON— Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) unveiled the Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act, a bill to institute a nationwide cancellation of rents and home mortgage payments through the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. The bill would constitute a full payment forgiveness, with no accumulation of debt for renters or homeowners and no negative impact on their credit rating or rental history. The legislation will establish a relief fund for landlords and mortgage holders to cover losses from the cancelled payments and create an optional fund to fully finance the purchase of private rental properties by non-profits, public housing authorities, cooperatives, community land trusts, and states or local governments—in order to increase the availability of affordable housing during this downturn.
Revelatory, I know:
Plans of Israel’s incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex the West Bank’s Jordan Valley have reportedly entered a “deep freeze”over concerns that it could potentially intensify confrontation with the International Crime Court.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to abruptly cancel talks with the Taliban may have set back the Afghan peace process, but it came as a relief to the government in Kabul.
President Ashraf Ghani’s administration, which has been excluded from the negotiations, has distrusted the process from the beginning.
„Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday,“ Trump tweeted Saturday night.
Trump claimed that before traveling to the US on Saturday evening, „Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to……an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great great soldiers, and 11 other people.“
„I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations,“ Trump added.
The government concluded that it does not meet the national interest to maintain the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), which was signed for the purpose of sharing „sensitive military information,“ he said in a statement.
He pointed out that Japan had dropped South Korea from its whitelist of trusted trade partners „without providing clear ground“ for the move, which has led to a „grave change in security cooperation circumstances between the two nations.“
“We have a technical problem with a system at the Swanwick Air Traffic Control which is causing some flight restrictions. We are doing all we can to fix it as soon as possible,” Britain’s NATS air traffic control service said.
Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Hong Kong for protests as politicians debate legislation critics fear will allow extradition to China
The unusual last-minute schedule change follows brief talks between Pompeo and the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, on the sidelines of an Arctic Council meeting in Finland on Monday.
Journalists travelling with Pompeo were not informed where they were going instead of Berlin, with Pompeo’s staff saying they may not be able to reveal the next destination until after they had left. Their plane has been tracked heading east.
Maas‘ office said in a statement Tuesday that he had spoken to Pompeo by phone and that the two „agreed to quickly find a new date for a meeting.“
The cancellation, announced suddenly on Friday, came after the original venue ditched the event, the mayor of New York City attacked his presence and major corporate sponsors pulled out. Bolsonaro’s spokesman blamed ideological attacks from interest groups and Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York.
Trump sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo twice to Pyongyang in the ensuing weeks to talk directly with Kim, and at no point, the State Department says, did he come away thinking Kim was not serious about the meeting. On the other hand, State says it sought for weeks to arrange a lower level meeting of diplomats from both countries to finalize the agenda—a request the U.S. says the North Koreans never responded to.
Launch of my Disarmament Agenda today:
Dear Mr. Chairman:
The North’s Korean Central News Agency said the Max Thunder drills between the South Korean and U.S. air forces are a rehearsal for invasion of the North and a provocation amid warming inter-Korean ties.