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North Korea says, its approach towards the US won’t change and will continue making nuclear weapons
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North Korea says, its approach towards the US won’t change and will continue making nuclear weapons

Nuclear Weapons: The supreme leader of North Korean Kim Jong Un threatened that his approach towards the United States won’t change and he would continue to expand his atomic power.

Kim Jong Un’s comments indicate that the U.S. – North Korea relations won’t change even after the inaugural ceremony of the US President-elect Joe Biden takes place, who has stated that he will adopt a more adverse approach toward Pyongyang.

The diplomatic and political relations between North Korea and the United States have been aggressive since the Korean War when the U.S. bombarded North Korea and President Harry Truman also thought about utilizing nuclear weapons. 

During a Workers’ Party meeting, Kim called the U.S. his nation’s greatest foe and rehashed his long-standing attestation that the U.S. should lift its antagonistic policy to set up better ties, the Korean Central News Agency reported.

Kim urged his nation to continue making atomic weapons. Moreover, he announced that North Korea ought to acquire new capacity, for example, strong fuel intercontinental ballistic rockets, hypersonic missiles, and tactile atomic weapons. 

North Korea has done six atomic tests in September 2017. However, more testing would be needed to create tactical atomic weapons. Tactical atomic weapons are more mobile and could be utilized in war rather than bigger vital atomic weapons that are intended to do mass destruction. 

A year ago, Kim stated that he no longer feels limited by his willful delay on atomic and long-range missile tests.

North Korea has frequently timed important nuclear tests, including weapons and atomic missiles, the U.S. presidential transitions to show its military abilities and perhaps gain hold in future discussions with Washington.

In October, North Korea utilized a military parade to reveal a gigantic new intercontinental ballistic projectile, which seems intended to overpower U.S. missile defense. Some speculate Pyongyang may test the missile or different weapons systems in the following months. However, this week, the top U.S. general in South Korea stated that there were no indications that North Korea was setting a significant incitement. 

A crucial weapons test would signify an early foreign policy challenge for Joe Biden, although Biden stated that his fundamental aim is to combat the Covid pandemic and improve the falling U.S. economy.

Iranian President Rouhani says ‘whoever the United States elects as its next president doesn’t concern Tehran’
Middle East & Africa

Iranian President Rouhani says ‘whoever the United States elects as its next president doesn’t concern Tehran’

On Wednesday, as the results of the United States presidential elections are awaited, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated that whom the US chooses as its next president doesn’t concern Tehran, Reuter’s reports. 

“For Tehran, the following United States administrative policies are significant and not who wins the US political race,” Rouhani stated in a cabinet meeting. 

As per analysts, Rouhani was referring to the 2015 Iran atomic accord that President Trump pulled out from in May 2018. Since the United States withdrew from the nuclear deal and forced many economic sanctions on Iran. However, Iran has consistently disregarded its atomic commitments and enriched uranium exceeding what’s allowed under the accord, the UN nuclear watchdog reported.

Pressures between the US and Iran have been sharp for quite a long time, however, it hit its boiling point, when Washington killed Iranian army commander Qasem Soleimani, and Tehran reacted with missile strikes on Iraqi bases lodging US troops.

Trump explained that he ordered an airstrike in Iraq to execute Iran’s top general, Qasem Soleimani – a move that past US presidents had considered provocative, which further added to the already strained relationship between the two nations. 

The point of contention included authority over Iran’s oil holds, United States political interference in Tehran, Iran’s longing for atomic power, and the two nations’ developing impact in the Middle East. 

In 2016, President Trump signs an order prohibiting nationals from seven Muslim countries, including Iran, from entering America for 90 days. Iran calls the ban “an undeniable disrespect to the Islamic world” and reacts by directing a ballistic missile test. The growing strains between the two nations raised worries about the fate of the Iran atomic agreement.

In 2018, Trump withdrew from the Iran atomic deal, which he saw as unfair. He also announced that he will impose sanctions on Iran. 

Pressures further escalated in June 2019, after assaults on oil Persian Gulf and oil offices in Saudi Arabia, as well as the bringing down of a US drone.

The US authorities have consistently stressed that threats to the freedom of the route in the Gulf and the oil trade are inadmissible, yet the Trump government makes no move. 

The United States has recently hit hard and imposed fresh sanctions on 18 Banks in Iran, by additional hindering it from the global financial banking systems and forestalling the country’s endeavors to produce atomic weapons. 

The new sanctions will check Iran’s financial resources that could be used to support its nuclear program, uranium enrichment, radical terrorism, and hostile regional impact. 

The move was reprimanded by European allies who advised that sanctioning banks could crush the humanitarian situation in Iran as it requires meds and food amid the economic and coronavirus crisis. 

On Wednesday, Rouhani stated in a broadcast cabinet meeting that for Tehran, the following US administrative policies are significant and not who wins the US political race,” The National reported.

President Donald Trump’s continued sanctions that have injured Iran’s economy. In retaliation, Iran has step by step decreased compliance with agreement terms. 

Though, the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has vowed to rejoin Iran’s 2015 atomic deal with six forces if Iran restores agreement with it. 

Regardless of who wins the US political race … For Iran, principles and policies are important,” Rouhani stated. 

Recently, Trump has stated that he wants to work out a new deal with Tehran that would discuss Iran’s missile program and backing for provincial mediators in Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria.

On Nov 4, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif rejected the idea of a new deal on the standing of the 2015 atomic agreement during the term of the next US president. 

In Sept 2019, Rouhani had expressed that Iran won’t hold bilateral discussions with the United States until it removes all its imposed sanctions from Iran. Also, it can begin a multilateral dialogue among Iran and other parties to a 2015 atomic deal, Reuters detailed. 

On Tuesday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also expressed that the 2020 US presidential race’s outcome won’t affect Tehran’s policy towards America.

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