Iran Violates Nuclear Deal; US Wants German Troops in Syria; Australia Tracks Chinese Warship
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on July 08 in last 12 hours from BulgarianMilitary.com
Iran Raises Uranium Enrichment Level in Breach of Nuclear Deal
Iran said Sunday it would further scale back its commitment to the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, raising its uranium enrichment level beyond agreed levels to produce fuel for its power plants, Israel Defense reported.
The announcement was made in a joint news conference by Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, government spokesman Ali Rabiei, and Atomic Energy Organization spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi in Tehran.
The senior officials said Iran would produce uranium at 5% enrichment, above the agreed cap of 3.67%. They added that Tehran would keep reducing its commitments every 60 days unless signatories of the pact moved to protect it from US sanctions.
“We will enrich uranium based on our needs … right now we don’t need to enrich uranium needed for Tehran reactor,” said Kamalvandi. “We will enrich uranium to the level that is needed for the Bushehr reactor.”
US calls on Germany to send troops to Syria
The United States (US) called on Germany to send ground troops to northern Syria as a replacement for the American forces, MEMO reported.
“We [US] want ground troops from Germany to partly replace our soldiers” as part of the anti-Daesh coalition, US’ special Syria representative, James Jeffrey, told Germany’s Welt am Sonntag, adding that the American soldiers would not necessarily be required to “engage directly in fighting with the Islamic State militants.”
Jeffrey pointed out that his country was expecting an answer from Berlin “this month.”
The German troops, he explained, would help in “maintaining stability in northern Syria,” adding that “international presence is needed to secure air support, for logistics, training, and technical help.”
“We are looking for volunteers who want to take part here [Syria] and among other coalition partners,” the US official said.
Jeffrey was in Berlin on Friday in an official visit “to request military and financial support from the German government in Syria.”
Australia tracks Chinese warship headed towards U.S.
Australian defence officials said on Monday they were tracking a Chinese surveillance ship that is expected to position itself just outside of its territorial waters to monitor military exercises between Australia and the United States, Reuters reported.
Around 25,000 Australian and U.S. military personnel on board battleships equipped with strike jets will over the next month participate in bi-annual Talisman Sabre war games.
Lieutenant General Greg Bilton, chief of joint operations at the Australian Defence Force, said the Chinese surveillance vessel was probably headed to Australia’s northeast coast to get a first-hand look at the military exercises.
“We’re tracking it. We don’t know yet its destination but we are assuming that it will come down to the east coast of Queensland and we will take appropriate measures,” Bilton told reporters in Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland.
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Source: Reuters, MEMO, Israel Defense