Iran, world powers to have first nuclear meet since Trump pullout

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, above, will meet with his counterparts from countries which are still party to its nuclear accord. (AFP)
Updated 03 July 2018
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Iran, world powers to have first nuclear meet since Trump pullout

  • Foreign ministers to discuss ways of maintaining the deal after the withdrawal of the US
  • ‘Foreign ministers of Iran and five world powers will discuss a proposed European package and measures to protect the agreement’

TEHRAN: The foreign ministers of Iran and five world powers still party to the 2015 nuclear deal will meet in Vienna on Friday for talks on the troubled accord, Tehran and Moscow said.
The top diplomats of Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia will join Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in the Austrian capital, Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported, for their first talks together on the deal since Washington pulled out earlier this year.
During the meeting the ministers will discuss an “incentive package” the European Union is offering to try to persuade Iran to stay in the agreement, IRNA reported.
The meeting will seek “solutions to preserve the Iran nuclear deal after the illegal US action to withdraw,” it said.
In Moscow, deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov told Russian news agencies that the meeting aimed to “prevent the disintegration” of the accord and to “protect the interests of economic actors.”
“We should send a message to Washington showing how much the position of countries participating in the deal differs from the stance of (US President) Donald Trump,” he said.
The announcement of Friday’s meeting came with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Europe to rally support for the deal.
Rouhani, accompanied by Zarif, was in Switzerland on Tuesday and due to head on Wednesday to Vienna, where the accord was signed in 2015.
Trump unilaterally pulled out of the agreement two months ago, to the ire of the other signatories which along with the European Union have continued to back the accord.
Iran has warned it is ready to resume uranium enrichment to 20 percent — above the level permitted in the deal — “within days” if the agreement falls apart.


Dublin airport temporarily suspends flights over drone sighting

Updated 21 February 2019
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Dublin airport temporarily suspends flights over drone sighting

  • Similar incidents caused temporary suspension of flights in London’s Gatwick and Dubai’s International Airport

DUBLIN: Flight operations at Dublin airport have been temporarily suspended due to the confirmed sighting of a drone over the airfield, Ireland’s largest airport said on Thursday.
The flying of drones over Britain’s second-busiest airport, London’s Gatwick, sparked 36 hours of travel chaos last December while flights at Dubai International Airport were temporarily grounded last week due to suspected drone activity.
“Passengers should contact their airline’s website for flight updates. We will post updates here when they become available,” Dublin airport said on its Twitter page.