Iran’s Rouhani says US has failed to undermine nuclear deal: TV

In this Dec. 31, 2017 file photo, released by official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran. (AP)
Updated 14 January 2018
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Iran’s Rouhani says US has failed to undermine nuclear deal: TV

ANKARA: Iran’s president said on Sunday the United States had failed to undermine a nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers, and hailed the accord as a “long-lasting victory” for Iran, state television reported.
US President Donald Trump on Friday delivered an ultimatum to European signatories of the deal to fix the “terrible flaws” of the agreement with Iran, or the United States would pull out.
“The American administration has failed to undermine the nuclear deal ... Trump, despite his repeated efforts, has failed to undermine the accord ... The deal is a long-lasting victory for Iran,” President Hassan Rouhani said in a speech, broadcast live on state TV.
On Friday, Trump agreed to waive sanctions against Iran for the last time to give the United States and European allies a final chance to amend the pact.
Iran says the nuclear deal is not renegotiable and it will stick to the accord as long as the other signatories respect it but will “shred” the deal if Washington pulls out.
Under the deal, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program, in exchange for lifting of most sanctions.


Iraq parliament approves ministers but deadlock over security posts

Updated 18 December 2018
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Iraq parliament approves ministers but deadlock over security posts

  • Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has now filled 17 posts in his cabinet of 22 ministers
  • Deadlock remains over the five empty posts including the key ministers of defense and interior

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s parliament approved three new ministers Tuesday but broke up before voting on the five remaining posts.

Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has now filled 17 posts in his cabinet of 22 ministers. 

But deadlock remains over the five empty posts including the key ministers of defense and interior.

The other 14 were approved by parliament in late October.