US embassy in Jerusalem opens amid Palestinian protests

1 / 4
The US officially opened its deeply controversial Jerusalem embassy on Monday. (AFP)
2 / 4
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in attendance at the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. (AFP)
3 / 4
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in attendance at the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. (AFP)
4 / 4
US ambassador to Israel David Friedman. (AFP)
Updated 15 May 2018
0

US embassy in Jerusalem opens amid Palestinian protests

  • Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, along with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, led the ceremonies
  • Opens amid deadly clashes along the Israeli-Palestinian border where more than 50 people are reported to have been killed

JERUSALEM: The US officially opened its deeply controversial Jerusalem embassy on Monday in a ceremony that included a video address by President Donald Trump.
Trump told the ceremony that the United States remained committed to reaching a lasting Middle East peace though the move of its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has provoked outrage.
A plaque and seal was unveiled at the ceremony officially opening the embassy.
Earlier in the day, violent clashes erupted along the Gaza Strip's border, leaving at least 55 Palestinians dead from Israeli fire and thousands wounded in the conflict's bloodiest day in years.
Tens of thousands had gathered near the border in protest while smaller numbers of stone-throwing Palestinians approached the fence and sought to break through, with Israeli snipers positioned on the other side.
US ambassador to Israel David Friedman also spoke at the ceremony in Jerusalem and Trump was given a standing ovation when he mentioned him.
Friedman referred to the embassy's location as "Jerusalem, Israel" drawing wild applause.
US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan led the Washington delegation at the inauguration that also included Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, both White House aides, as well as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
Some 800 guests were attending the ceremony.
Jerusalem's status is perhaps the thorniest issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israel considers the entire city its capital, while the Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.


Iran says it will not extend 60-day nuclear deal deadline: Tasnim

Updated 15 min 31 sec ago
0

Iran says it will not extend 60-day nuclear deal deadline: Tasnim

  • Iran gave other signatories 60-days deadline to protect them from US sanctions
  • The country stopped complying with some of the commitments in the agreement since May 2015

LONDON: Iran will not extend a 60-day deadline for it to start pulling out of more commitments agreed under its nuclear deal, the spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Behrouz Kamalvandi, said on Wednesday.
Iran stopped complying in May with some commitments in the 2015 nuclear deal that was agreed with global powers, after the United States unilaterally withdrew from the accord in 2018 and re-introduced sanctions on Tehran.
Iran said in May it would start enriching uranium at a higher level, unless world powers protected its economy from US sanctions within 60 days.
“Iran’s two-month deadline to remaining signatories of the JCPOA (nuclear deal) cannot be extended, and the second phase will be implemented exactly as planned,” Kamalvandi was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.