Israel nuclear weapons threats
Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations has dismissed Israel’s allegations against Tehran’s nuclear program as unfounded and irrelevant. Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi said Israel is trying to play the victim in a bid to divert the attention of the international community from its crimes against Palestinian people. He said the regime’s accusations are also aimed at covering up the threat that its nuclear weapons pose to the world. Takht-e-Ravanchi was speaking at a UN Security Council meeting. This came after Israel’s ambassador accused Iran of trying to become a nuclear threshold state. Gilad Erdan also raised the possibility of a military attack against the Islamic Republic. Iran has time and again warned that it will give a crushing response to any acts of aggression against the country.
UK Iraq war crimes
The UK Defense Secretary says investigations into British troops’ alleged abuses in Iraq have closed without a single prosecution being brought. Ben Wallace said thousands of allegations against British troops serving in Iraq between 2003 and 2009 were looked into, adding that no soldiers were prosecuted. Wallace said a body investigating the allegations has QUOTE- officially closed its doors. He, however, stressed that some shocking and shameful incidents did happen in Iraq. The Defense Secretary did not elaborate about those incidents. The allegations investigated were about Iraqi civilians' claims of serious criminal behavior from British armed forces.
North Korea missile test
North Korea says it has successfully test-fired a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile. North Korean media say the weapon was equipped with advanced control guidance technologies. They say the missile was fired from the same vessel used in its first such test five years ago. Earlier, South Korea’s military reported a similar occurrence, noting that the missile was fired toward the sea. The recent launch from the North follows Washington’s renewed calls for talks with Pyongyang. The US and its regional allies have been expressing concern about the North’s missile tests. Last week, North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un, however, described the United States as the root cause of instability on the Korean Peninsula.