Russia increases radars in Arctic; Haftar forces block key route; Iran might quit nuclear treaty

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Russia to deploy more radars in Arctic capable of spotting hypersonic targets, says source

Russia’s General Staff has decided to increase the number of latest Rezonans-N radar stations capable of detecting hypersonic targets from five to ten in the Arctic, a source in the defense industry told TASS on Monday.

The Pentagon stated in the spring of 2018 that developing hypersonic weapons was a top priority for the US Army. In November 2019, the US Air Force announced it was developing two hypersonic prototypes, one of which or both should achieve their initial operational readiness by 2022.

“The General Staff has decided to deploy in Russia’s north five more Rezonans-N radars capable of detecting hypersonic targets, in addition to the five stations already ordered,” the source said.

After all the ten radars are deployed in the Russian Arctic, the “north-eastern missile-dangerous area will be fully covered by the ‘hunters’ for hypersonic targets,” the source added.

Today a contract is in place for the delivery of five Rezonans radar stations to Russia’s Defense Ministry. As CEO of the Rezonans Research Center (the developer of the radars) Ivan Nazarenko told TASS in November last year, two radars are on combat duty in the Russian Arctic today while the third station has been prepared for its operation on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago. The fourth radar has been delivered but not yet deployed and the fifth station has been manufactured, he added.

Haftar forces block key route for exports in Libya

Groups loyal to Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar are illegally blocking oil from the country’s largest oilfield from being transported to one of its most important ports for export.

The El Sharara oil terminal was seized by Haftar forces, cutting it off from the country’s northwestern port of Zawiya, according to local oil officials.

El Sharara produces more than 300,000 barrels of crude oil per day, or about one-third of the oil-rich country’s production.

Zawiya is a key port for getting Libyan oil out to the rest of the world.

Libya holds Africa’s largest crude reserves, but nine years of conflict and violence in the country since the 2011 ouster of ruler Muammar Gaddafi have hurt production and exports.

Since the ouster of Gaddafi, two seats of power have emerged in Libya: warlord Khalifa Haftar’s in eastern Libya, supported mainly by Egypt and the UAE, and the Government of National Accord (GNA) in the capital Tripoli, which enjoys UN and international recognition.

Iran says it will quit global nuclear treaty if case goes to U.N

Iran said on Monday it could quit the global nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) if European countries refer it to the U.N. Security Council over a nuclear agreement, a move that would overturn diplomacy in its confrontation with the West.

The 1968 NPT has been the foundation of global nuclear arms control since the Cold War, including a 2015 deal Iran signed with world powers that offered it access to global trade in return for accepting curbs to its atomic programme.

Britain, France and Germany declared Iran in violation of the 2015 pact last week and have launched a dispute mechanism that could eventually see the matter referred back to the Security Council and the reimposition of U.N. sanctions.

“If the Europeans continue their improper behaviour or send Iran’s file to the Security Council, we will withdraw from the NPT,” Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said, according to comments carried by the state’s IRNA news agency.

The fate of the 2015 pact has been in doubt since U.S. President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of it and reimposed sanctions. Iran has responded by scaling back its commitments, although it says it wants the pact to survive.

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