British defense minister calls on Iran to return to commitments of nuclear agreement

UK’s Defence Secretary Ben Wallace comments came after the head of the UN atomic watchdog agency confirmed reports that Iran has begun operating centrifuges installed at an underground site. (File/AFP)
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Updated 19 November 2020

British defense minister calls on Iran to return to commitments of nuclear agreement

  • Iran is already far past the deal’s limits on enriched uranium
  • Last week Donald Trump considered but rejected a military strike 

Britain’s defence minister urged Iran on Thursday to return to commitments of nuclear agreement and for the United States to support the deal.

UK’s Defence Secretary Ben Wallace comments came after the head of the UN atomic watchdog agency confirmed on Wednesday reports that Iran has begun operating centrifuges installed at an underground site.

Rafael Grossi, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told reporters in Vienna that the 174 centrifuges had been moved into a new area of the Natanz nuclear site and had recently begun operating.
He said that operation of centrifuges of that type was in violation of the nuclear deal Iran had signed with world powers in 2015 — known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA — but would not lead to a greater overall output of enriched uranium.
Iran is already far past the deal’s limits on enriched uranium, he noted.
“It is already beyond the limits of the JCPOA but in general terms there is no significant increase in the volumes,” Grossi said.

Last week Donald Trump considered but rejected a military strike on Natanz, Iran’s main uranium-enrichment site. Advisers warned him that military action could spark a broader conflict, US media reported. 

(With Agencies) 


3 funeral workers fired over Maradona coffin photos

Updated 8 min 55 sec ago

3 funeral workers fired over Maradona coffin photos

  • The images distributed across social media have created outrage, even death threats, across a nation that venerated Maradona
  • Claudio Fernández confirmed that he’d lost his job at the Pinier funeral home, along with his son Ismael and Claudio Medina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina: Three funeral workers have been fired for posing for photos alongside the body of soccer star Diego Maradona shortly before his funeral.
The images distributed across social media created outrage, even death threats, across a nation that venerated Maradona, who died Wednesday of a heart attack at age 60. Tens of thousands lined up for a chance to file past his body at the nation’s presidential palace on Thursday.
Claudio Fernández confirmed to Radio Diez on Friday that he’d lost his job at the Pinier funeral home, along with his son Ismael and Claudio Medina.
One of the images shows Fernández and his son — smiling and with thumb raised — alongside Maradona’s body in the coffin on Thursday. Medina appears in another in the same pose.
Fernández insisted that he hadn’t known they’d planned to take a photograph, much less distribute it. “It was something instantaneous. I’d just raised my head and my son did it like any kid of 18,” he told the radio station.
He said he had been receiving threats from others living in the El Paternal neighborhood where Maradona debuted as a professional in 1976 with the Argentinos Juniors team.
“They know me. I’m from the neighborhood,” Fernández said. “They say they are going to kill us, break our heads.”
The team issued a statement saying it was considering expelling Fernández from its membership rolls.