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International Current Affairs September 3rd Week 2019

Iran dismisses US accusations it was behind drone attacks on Saudi oil installations:

  • Iran dismissed US accusations behind the attacks on Saudi oil installations. The United States of America seeking a pretext to retaliate against the Islamic republic. 
  • The Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi gave such fruitless and blind accusations are incomprehensible and meaningless. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned Iran.
  • Yemen`s Iran-aligned Shiite Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the drone strikes, but Pompeo said, there is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen.
  • The US allegations over the pre-dawn strikes on Abqaiq and Khurais in Eastern Province were meant to justify actions against Iran. 
  • Tehran and Washington have been at loggerheads since May last year when President Donald Trump pulled out of a 2015 deal that promised Iran relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear program. 

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The Tensions between the US and Iran have escalated since May last year.The withdrawal, the US  has slapped crippling sanctions on Iran as part of a campaign of maximum pressure.

The US and its clients are stuck in Yemen because of illusion that weapon superiority will lead to military victory. The USA, Saudi Arabia leading since March 2015 a military coalition fighting the Houthis in support of Yemen`s internationally recognised government.The war killed tens of thousands of people, thrust millions to the brink of famine and spawned the world`s most devastating humanitarian crisis.

Human rights groups have criticised the Saudi-led coalition for targeting civilians at hospitals, schools and markets, while also condemning Western countries for providing it with arms. In April, US President Donald Trump vetoed a bipartisan resolution that would have forced the US military to end its support to the coalition forces.

New York Becomes Second US State To Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes:

  • New York became the second US state to ban flavored e-cigarettes. following several vaping-linked deaths that have raised fears about a product long promoted as less harmful than smoking.
  • The health council passed emergency legislation proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo outlawing flavored vaping products amid an outbreak of severe pulmonary disease that has killed seven people and sickened hundreds.
  • The ban comes into force with immediate effect. Michigan became the first state to declare a ban earlier this month, but that law has yet to be implemented.
  • President Donald Trump`s administration announced last week that it would soon ban flavored e-cigarette products to stem a rising tide of youth users.
  • The move could later be extended to an outright prohibition of vaping if adolescents migrate to tobacco flavors, seen as more legitimate products that help smokers quit their habit, said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • New York have two weeks to remove vaping products from their shelves. The ban does not prohibit menthol or tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes.E-cigarettes have been available in the US since 2006 used as an aid to quit smoking traditional tobacco products like cigarettes.Their use among adolescents skyrocketed in recent years: some 3.6 million middle and high school students used vaping products in 2018.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently that there were now more than 450 possible cases of pulmonary illness associated with vaping in the US.The CDC cautioned against vaping as officials investigate the precise cause of the deaths. No single substance has been found to be present in all the laboratory samples being examined.
  • New York`s health department found very high levels of vitamin E oil in cannabis cartridges used by dozens of people in the state who had fallen ill after using e-cigarettes.
  • Vitamin E is a commonly used nutritional supplement but is dangerous when inhaled.San Francisco, the home of market leader Juul Labs, became the first American city to ban e-cigarettes in June last year.

US sanctions Iran`s central bank in highest ever sanctions on a nation:

  • US President Donald Trump announced a new round of sanctions against Iran`s central bank, calling the new penalties the highest sanctions ever imposed on a country. His remarks came days after he ordered to substantially increase sanctions on Iran. The sanctions come after the US blamed Iran for the drone attacks on two Saudi oil facilities last week.
  • The latest sanctions action against Tehran affected the last source of funds for Iran.The action comes after Washington accused Iran for the weekend attacks on Saudi oil refineries. 
  • He ordered the Treasury Department to substantially increase sanctions on the country.
  • Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blasted the new round of sanctions.
  • Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi that the sanctions against Iran`s Central Bank are nothing new, but same old bans in a different form. The US to accept that the policy of sanctions is a failed one.



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