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The Latest: Trump warns Iran to be careful on nuke issues

The Latest: Trump warns Iran to be careful on nuke issuesPresident Donald Trump is issuing a warning to Iran after its announcement that it has increased its uranium enrichment above the limit set by the nuclear deal that Tehran signed with world powers in 2015.



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Beijing issues ominous warning after 'atrocities,' but Hong Kong protesters undeterred

Beijing issues ominous warning after 'atrocities,' but Hong Kong protesters undeterredProtests rocking Hong Kong were condemned by China's mainland government as a challenge to Beijing's authority, but activists were undeterred.



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White House issues nonsensical statement about Iran nuclear deal

White House issues nonsensical statement about Iran nuclear dealA White House claim that Iran violated the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal before the agreement even existed has been ridiculed as “illogical”.Stephanie Grisham, appointed press secretary by Donald Trump last month, issued a statement on Monday that said: “There is little doubt that even before the deal’s existence, Iran was violating its terms.”Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded in a message on Twitter: “Seriously?”Daryl Kimball, the executive director of the Arms Control Association, said the White House charge was “illogical”.The White House did not elaborate on how Iran could break the terms of the deal before it had been implemented.Last year Mr Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the 2015 accord between Iran and world powers which saw it limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.On Monday, officials acknowledged Iran broke through the limit the deal placed on its stockpile of enriched uranium. Mr Zarif confirmed that his country had exceeded the 300kg limit permitted under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.> Seriously? pic.twitter.com/oZApumVt2T> > — Javad Zarif (@JZarif) > > July 2, 2019The move marked Iran’s first major step beyond the terms of the pact since the US pulled out. Mr Zarif said the move was not a violation of the accord, arguing that Tehran was exercising its right to respond to the US walkout.“The Iranian regime took action today to increase its uranium enrichment. It was a mistake under the Iran nuclear deal to allow Iran to enrich uranium at any level,” the White House press secretary said in the statement.Mr Trump, asked if he had a message for Iran, said, “No message to Iran. They know what they’re doing. They know what they’re playing with, and I think they’re playing with fire. So, no message to Iran whatsoever.”It comes less than two weeks after the president said he ordered air strikes against Iranian targets, only to cancel them shortly before impact.European powers have urged Iran not to take further steps that would violate the agreement, but they held off on declaring the agreement void or announcing sanctions of their own.Additional reporting by agencies



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White House issues nonsensical statement about Iran nuclear deal

White House issues nonsensical statement about Iran nuclear dealA White House claim that Iran violated the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal before the agreement even existed has been ridiculed as “illogical”.Stephanie Grisham, appointed press secretary by Donald Trump last month, issued a statement on Monday that said: “There is little doubt that even before the deal’s existence, Iran was violating its terms.”Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded in a message on Twitter: “Seriously?”Daryl Kimball, the executive director of the Arms Control Association, said the White House charge was “illogical”.The White House did not elaborate on how Iran could break the terms of the deal before it had been implemented.Last year Mr Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the 2015 accord between Iran and world powers which saw it limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.On Monday, officials acknowledged Iran broke through the limit the deal placed on its stockpile of enriched uranium. Mr Zarif confirmed that his country had exceeded the 300kg limit permitted under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.> Seriously? pic.twitter.com/oZApumVt2T> > — Javad Zarif (@JZarif) > > July 2, 2019The move marked Iran’s first major step beyond the terms of the pact since the US pulled out. Mr Zarif said the move was not a violation of the accord, arguing that Tehran was exercising its right to respond to the US walkout.“The Iranian regime took action today to increase its uranium enrichment. It was a mistake under the Iran nuclear deal to allow Iran to enrich uranium at any level,” the White House press secretary said in the statement.Mr Trump, asked if he had a message for Iran, said, “No message to Iran. They know what they’re doing. They know what they’re playing with, and I think they’re playing with fire. So, no message to Iran whatsoever.”It comes less than two weeks after the president said he ordered air strikes against Iranian targets, only to cancel them shortly before impact.European powers have urged Iran not to take further steps that would violate the agreement, but they held off on declaring the agreement void or announcing sanctions of their own.Additional reporting by agencies



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Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told House panel he had to condense issues for inattentive Trump

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told House panel he had to condense issues for inattentive TrumpRex Tillerson said he had to condense complex foreign policy issues for President Donald Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner often interfered.



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U.S.'s Pompeo faces thorny issues on India visit, from trade to Russia arms deals

U.S.'s Pompeo faces thorny issues on India visit, from trade to Russia arms dealsU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived on Tuesday for talks with Indian leaders in New Delhi, where he is expected to tackle a host of delicate issues from trade to India’s longstanding defense and energy ties to Russia and Iran. Relations between the United States and India have improved dramatically since the Cold War but they have still fallen short of their promise and now have run into serious problems over tariffs, flows of data and tighter Indian rules on online commerce in one of the world’s fastest growing large markets. Pompeo landed in New Delhi late on Tuesday night after an unannounced trip to Kabul.



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North Korea's Kim says he will coordinate views on peninsula issues with Putin

North Korea's Kim says he will coordinate views on peninsula issues with PutinNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Thursday that his summit with President Vladimir Putin will help jointly assess the Korean peninsula issues and coordinate their stances. Kim and Putin met for their unprecedented summit in the Russian city of Vladivostok, where Kim is likely to seek support from the Russian leader as nuclear talks between North Korea and the United States are hanging in limbo. Putin told Kim he welcomed North Korea’s efforts to improve ties with the United States.



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House chairman issues subpoena to former White House lawyer

House chairman issues subpoena to former White House lawyerWASHINGTON (AP) — A House chairman subpoenaed former White House counsel Don McGahn as Democratic leaders moved to deepen their investigation of President Donald Trump while bottling up talk among their rank-and-file of impeaching him.



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As the Mueller report looms, Democrats find voters would rather talk 'kitchen-table' issues

As the Mueller report looms, Democrats find voters would rather talk 'kitchen-table' issuesWith the Mueller report expected out within days, House Democrats are performing a balancing act: Focus on 'kitchen-table' issues while vowing oversight



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Elizabeth Warren Issues Her Strongest Indictment of the Filibuster Yet

Elizabeth Warren Issues Her Strongest Indictment of the Filibuster YetLev Radin/GettySen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is expected to issue the strongest indictment of the Senate filibuster of her campaign for president thus far during a speech at the National Action Network convention on Friday morning. “Last year the Senate passed a bill that would make lynching a federal crime,” Warren will say, according to prepared remarks viewed by The Daily Beast. “Last year. In 2018. Do you know when the first bill to make lynching a federal crime was introduced? 1918. One hundred years ago. And it nearly became the law back then. It passed the House in 1922. But it got killed in the Senate—by a filibuster. And then it got killed again. And again. And again. More than 200 times. An entire century of obstruction because a small group of racists stopped the entire nation from doing what was right.”Warren goes on to say that the filibuster has been used in recent years “by the far right as a tool to block progress on everything.” “I’ve only served one term in the Senate—but I’ve seen what’s happening,” she says, according to the remarks. “We all saw what they did to President Obama. I’ve watched Republicans abuse the rules when they’re out of power, then turn around and blow off the rules when they’re in power.”Democrats running for president in 2020 have been debating Senate rules for months, as activists push for a change that would not necessitate a 60-vote supermajority to pass sought-after legislation like Medicare for All or the Green New Deal, both of which have been endorsed by a large share of the Democratic candidates currently running. But many of the same candidates, including the senators in the race, have been resistant to institutional changes. The one candidate who has affirmatively campaigned on its elimination in order to address climate change is Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Many others, like Warren before Friday, had said they’d consider it, and she previously said “all the options are on the table.”But these new comments mark a shift in Warren’s thinking on the matter, arriving as the Republican-led Senate invoked the “nuclear option” again this week to expedite the appointment of President Trump’s nominees. “So let me be as clear as I can,” Warren says in the remarks. “When Democrats next have power, we should be bold and clear: We’re done with two sets of rules—one for the Republicans and one for the Democrats. And that means when Democrats have the White House again, if Mitch McConnell tries to do what he did to President Obama, and puts small-minded partisanship ahead of solving the massive problems facing this country, then we should get rid of the filibuster.”An aide to the senator told The Daily Beast that McConnell’s actions alone this week didn’t motivate the subtle change in thinking.“We can’t sit around for 100 years while the rich and powerful get richer and more powerful and everyone else falls further and further behind,” Warren continues. “We can’t sit around for 100 years while climate change destroys our planet, while corruption pervades every nook and cranny of Washington, and while too much of a child’s fate in life still rests on the color of their skin.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here



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