Iran Hinders UN Investigation; Iranian-Russian Joint Exercises; Japan Won’t Join Coalition in Gulf

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Iran said hindering IAEA probe at alleged nuclear warehouse exposed by Netanyahu

Iran is obstructing a UN investigation into a site first identified by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last year as a secret nuclear warehouse used to store radioactive material, the The Times of Israel reported night.

Unidentified diplomats told the newspaper Iran was refusing to provide answers to questions posed by the International Atomic Energy Agency, in what was apparently the first instance of Tehran failing to cooperate with inspectors.

The diplomats said there were internal disagreements in the IAEA on how severely Iran should be censured over the issue. A recent IAEA report on Iran’s growing breach of the 2015 nuclear deal reportedly made only vague reference to Tehran’s lack of cooperation with inspectors, saying “Ongoing interactions between the Agency and Iran relating to Iran’s implementation of its Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol require full and timely cooperation by Iran.”

Iran and Russia to hold joint military drills in Indian Ocean

Iran and Russia will hold joint military exercises in the Indian Ocean, visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told a briefing on Monday and TASS reported.

“We will conduct joint military drills with Russia in the Indian Ocean. Maybe, other countries will also be interested in joining these drills,” he said, adding that the exercises are not aimed at any third countries but are geared to drill the skills of maintaining security in the region.

According to the Iranian top diplomat, his country and Russia have similar approaches to problems of maintaining security in the Gulf area. “We have a plan of ensuring security in the Gulf involving all the nations of the region. This plan is similar to Russia’s one. The concept we share with the Russian colleagues differs fundamentally from the plan offered by the United States. Our plan rests on cooperation and synergy whereas the United States’ plan is based on aggression and hostility,” Zarif stressed.

Japan won’t join U.S.-led maritime coalition in Gulf – newspaper

Japan will not join a U.S.-led security mission to protect merchant vessels passing through key Middle Eastern waterways, but will consider deploying its naval force independently, Reuters reported.

Though the United States is Japan’s most important ally, Tokyo has fostered economic ties with Iran, and Japanese firms had been major buyers of Iranian oil until U.S. sanctions forced them to find other suppliers.

Citing unidentified government sources, the Yomiuri newspaper said Japan was considering a plan to send its Maritime Self-Defense Force (SDF) on information-gathering missions in the areas around the Strait of Hormuz and Bab al-Mandab shipping lane between Yemen, Djibouti and Eritrea.

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Source: TTI, TASS, Reuters