Trump threatens ‘severe consequences’ if Iran resumes nuclear program

US President Donald Trump holds a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S. May 9, 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 10 May 2018

Trump threatens ‘severe consequences’ if Iran resumes nuclear program

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump warned of “very severe consequences” if Iran resumes its nuclear program, one day after pulling out of a landmark multilateral nuclear accord.
Asked how he would respond if Tehran restarted its nuclear efforts, Trump threatened that “Iran will find out.”
“I would advise Iran not to start their nuclear program; I would advise them very strongly,” the US president told reporters at the White House. “If they do, there will be very severe consequences.”
Trump’s move undercut more than a decade and a half of diplomacy by Britain, China, France, Germany, Iran, Russia and past US administration, which had resulted in the deal that lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for limits on its nuclear program.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had warned his country could resume uranium enrichment “without limit” but would refrain from doing so for now.
Other world powers have vowed to uphold the landmark deal, which places restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program and subjects it to international inspections.
US withdrawal, however, puts at risk billions of dollars of foreign investment in Iran and is likely to sharpen tensions in the Middle East.
In announcing the US pullout Tuesday, Trump dismissed the accord as an “embarrassment” that was “defective at its core” and called for a “new and lasting deal.”



Nine Iranians detained for alleged drug smuggling in Sri Lanka

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Nine Iranians detained for alleged drug smuggling in Sri Lanka

  • Nine Iranians were caught with 107.22 kg of heroin onboard a trawler bound for the country on Monday

COLOMBO: A Sri Lankan court remanded nine Iranians in custody after they were caught with 107.22 kg of heroin onboard a trawler bound for the country on Monday.

Colombo Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne permitted the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) to detain and interrogate the suspects, and ordered it to submit a report to the court on the progress of the investigation.

The vessel was tracked on Sunday morning by a joint operations team comprised of PNB agents, a police special task force and the Sri Lankan navy ship Suranimala off the southern coast of Galle.

Security forces seized the vessel and arrested the nine Iranians, after which the suspects and boat were transferred to PNB custody in the capital.

At a press briefing on Sunday night, Police Superintendent Ruwan Gunasekara said that 99 packets of heroin had been found hidden in four fertilizer bags onboard the boat, and that the suspects had posed as fishermen.

He added that the trawler had been at sea around 14 days, and that on seeing the approaching Suranimala, the crew had dumped an estimated 500 kg of heroin into the water. Mobile and satellite phones had also been found and confiscated.

“It was a joint operation and a great victory in combating the drugs menace,” Lt. Cmdr. Isuru Sooriyabandara said.

As the suspects were unable to communicate in English, the PNB said it would seek assistance from the Iranian Embassy in Colombo to help with translation. Embassy sources, meanwhile, claimed that the nationalities of the nine detainees had not been confirmed.

Early this year, a 24-year-old Iranian woman was arrested by the PNB at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo for smuggling cannabis.