Israeli minister: Iran could face military answer to nukes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discusses with his advisor as he attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem on September 12, 2018. (File/AFP)
Updated 12 September 2018
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Israeli minister: Iran could face military answer to nukes

JERUSALEM: An Israeli Cabinet minister says if Iran chooses to continue pursuing a nuclear program it will face a “military” answer.
Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz was responding Wednesday to the Iranian nuclear chief’s warning that the Islamic Republic’s program stands ready to build advanced centrifuges and further enrich uranium.
In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Ali Akbar Salehi says Iran won’t be deterred by President Donald Trump’s sanctions and withdrawal from the global nuclear deal.
Katz says if Iran presses forth it will face a “direct threat from the United States and its allies.”
The US withdrawal from the deal has already badly shaken Iran’s economy, crashing its currency, the rial. Katz says Iran can either succumb to Trump or watch its economy collapse.
Israel and Iran are arch enemies.


Death toll from Jordan floods rises to 13 as girl’s body found

Updated 12 November 2018
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Death toll from Jordan floods rises to 13 as girl’s body found

  • The torrential rains forced nearly 4,000 tourists to flee the famed desert city of Petra
  • Authorities mobilized emergency services and the armed forces to assist people

AMMAN: Jordanian rescuers on Monday found the body of a five-year-old girl killed in flash floods that have left a total of 13 people dead in the kingdom, the civil defense said.
On Friday torrential rains swept the south of the country, forcing nearly 4,000 tourists to flee the famed desert city of Petra and causing damage to roads, homes and vehicles.
Authorities mobilized emergency services and the armed forces to assist people stricken by rising waters and search for those missing.
The five-year-old girl had disappeared in the Madaba region south of the capital Amman when the car she was in was swept away by flooding, the civil defense said.
The discovery of her body on Monday raised the overall death toll since Friday to 13, including a diver for the emergency services, civil defense head Mustafa Al-Bazaiha told state television.
Twenty-nine people have been injured, including four members of the civil defense and four from the security forces, he said.
Search operations that had been under way since Friday were now over, he added.
Bad weather has battered the region in recent days.
In Kuwait a man was killed on Saturday as he tried to rescue his family from their flooded home.
Last month flash floods in the Dead Sea region of Jordan killed 21 people, most of them children on a school trip, prompting the ministers of tourism and education to resign over failings in the government’s response.