Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel is not bound by the 2015 agreement, signed between Iran and six world powers including the US, to curb Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, and warned that Jerusalem will insure that Iran does not attain nuclear weapons.
“We will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons and this [2015 nuclear] agreement does not bind us,” Netanyahu said during a speech at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center for an event marking 40 years since Begin led the Likud party to victory in 1977, ending almost 30 years of left-leaning led politics.
“When it comes to Israel’s security, there are no compromises and in the face of the threats posed by radical Islam, we are honing defensive and offensive abilities, thus ensuring our existence,” said the prime minister, adding that radical Islam threatened the world, not just Israel.
These were familiar words from the prime minister who over the years has repeatedly said that Israel would consider all options, including the military option, in the face of an Iran advancing toward nuclear capability. Netanyahu has always strongly opposed the nuclear agreement signed two years ago with Iran, and on numerous occasions before and after it was concluded clashed publicly with the Obama administration over the accord.
Israel has also been closely watching Iran’s activities in neighboring Syria, where Tehran is heavily invested in the civil war, and has vowed to not let it open a new front against Israel in the Golan Heights. Israel has also vowed to prevent advanced weaponry from Iran from reaching Lebanese terror group and Iranian proxy Hezbollah, and several airstrikes in recent years on weapons convoys were attributed to Israel.
The last few days have seen the unprecedented war of words between China and North Korea escalate dramatically. Following China's non-veiled final threats of sanctions (or oil embargoes) unless North Korea de-escalates with US (and embassy calls for Chinese citizens to return home from North Korea), North Korea struck back with claims of "betrayal" and threats of "grave consequences," The Global Times, published by the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily, then hit back on Thursday, dismissing Pyongyang’s broadside as a “hyper-aggressive” move motivated by “nationalist passion” and “irrational logic”.
As The South China Morning Post reports, China’s foreign ministry also weighed in on Thursday with comments suggesting that bilateral ties would not be affected by the spat.
Analysts said that although North Korea constantly engaged in sabre-rattling with Washington and Seoul, it usually held off from direct verbal attacks on Beijing, its traditional diplomatic and economic backer.
As we noted previously, the bottom line is that the window for threading a diplomatic solution, brokered by China, is closing rapidly...
"The DPRK will never beg for the maintenance of friendship with China."
In China, free speech is also censored. The communist nation just recently announced new rules for media publications and online news. To be a reporter or a media outlet in China one must now obtain a government license. Also, investors must be local and public, news outlets in China must undergo a security check before working with foreign companies, according to a statement from the Cyberspace Administration of China, the agency charged with enforcing the rules, which take effect June 1. The move follows a crackdown on dissent under Communist Party leader Xi Jinping that has led to tighter controls on what can be published online.