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Sanctions removal talks

Iran says it has a serious will to reach, in the shortest possible time, a good agreement on the revival of the 2015 deal known as the joint comprehensive plan of action, or the JCPOA. The comment was made by the Iranian foreign minister who spoke with UN chief Antonio Guterres on the phone. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian described as positive the process of the ongoing talks in Vienna on the JCPOA revival talks and the removal of sanctions. He pointed out to a lack of trust in the US, saying, a reliable and lasting agreement requires practical, tangible, and verifiable measures by the West and Washington. Guterres, on his part, welcomed any progress in the Vienna negotiations, which are underway between Iran and the remaining JCPOA signatories. The US is taking part in the talks indirectly, because it withdrew from the 2015 deal and reinstated sanctions on Iran.

Attack on US Iraq base

Iraqi media say a military base housing American forces near Baghdad’s international Airport has come under attack. According to the media reports, the base known as Camp Victory was attacked by six rockets. Still, no word on possible casualties or material damage. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility either. Camp Victory and other US military bases in Iraq have frequently been attacked in the past months. The incidents have grown since the US assassinated top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and a senior Iraqi commander in January 2020. Both were key anti-terror icons. Their assassination gave a rise to calls for the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq.

'NATO nuclear threat'

Russia says the western military alliance, NATO, is developing the capacity for nuclear strikes against Russian territory. The country’s top arms control official Vladimir Yermakov has spoken of what he called joint nuclear missions between NATO countries. He says, in those missions, non-nuclear NATO members are housing American B-61 nuclear bombs. The Russian official says the same members are taking part in training sessions to develop American nuclear capabilities aimed at his country. He has urged an end to those missions and says all American nuclear weapons must return to US territory. The Russian official said, these demands were included in a list Moscow presented to the West in December.

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