Concerning Actions by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s

By Kelli-Anne TIM

In light of the news of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s commitment to continue its nuclear program, the United Times has uncovered some distressing information. According to our sources, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has, on multiple occasions over the last month, delivered highly enriched uranium to Iran. These actions by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is most concerning with the summit with the United States of America only a few days away. This investigation is ongoing and we will continue to update you as information is discovered.

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Breaking News: Iran has officially announced to pursue the production of nuclear arms

By Alexandra LUX

After the United States of America have left the JCPOA and repeatedly tried to convince other European countries to do so, Marja and current Supreme Leader of Iran, Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei, has announced that the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue its nuclear program and does not rule out to pursue weapons of mass destruction in the future. Khamenei emphasized that this is necessary to ensure its safety within the international community.

The exact wording ran as follows:

“The United States, their puppet states and the satanical terrorist regime occupying the territory of Palestine have shown their true colours: they are forces of evil that are seeking to destroy the Iran! The expectation that the Iranian nation will put up with sanctions and give up its nuclear activities is an insult to our dignity. The betrayal by the US and its lying president has made JCPOA worthless for Iran. I warn the United States and their puppets – an attack on the Islamic Republic will mean war! We have continued our enrichment of Uranium, and we will take all necessary steps to defend ourselves. Aggression by our enemies will be retaliated for – tenfold! In the name of God, the compassionate, the merciful, the noble Iranian nation and its people will persist and be victorious!”

The reactions of the international community remains to be seen.

Debating on what to debate: The Endless Saga of the United Nations Security Council

By Alexandra LUX

We could call it exceptional, outstanding, extraordinary or maybe we could just use the word unusual to describe the first three sessions of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). After quickly rejecting Topic A that would have focused on state-sponsored terrorism, the twelve delegates representing Kuwait, France, Equatorial Guinea, Cote D’Ivoire, China, Bolivia, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, the Russian Federation, the United States, and United Kingdom spent the first two sessions and most of their third session on discussing which specific issue should be addressed as a delegates’ choice.

In accordance with the diversity within the committee, the suggested topics were just as various. While Kuwait repeatedly stressed the necessity to discuss human right abuses in South Sudan; the Russian Federation brought up the crisis in Syria; and Bolivia pointed to the situation in Libya. And then there was also the Iran Nuclear Deal that fired up the discussion and brought up further questions that drove a wedge between the United States of America and the Russian Federation. Did the U.S.A neglect their responsibilities within the international community when they withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal? Can Baschar al-Assad be regarded as a legitimate ruler? Faster than lightning, the delegates brought up many issues, while the specific questions mainly stayed unanswered and discussions never became really deep.

However, after hurdling through many issues that were brought up by concerned delegates, the decision was finally made in favor of Topic A.

As Lynne Doughtie once said, “different perspectives, experiences, and insights improve decision-making and lead to superior performance”. It remains to be seen whether we will get to see something superior or something that is just unusual.

Killed while providing life-saving help 21-year-old Palestinian volunteer medic shot by Israeli security forces

By Alexandra LUX

According to media reports, volunteer medic Razan al-Najjar was trying to reach those injured during demonstrations against Israeli policies in Gaza, when she was shot by Israeli security forces. As a member of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society(PMRS), she was wearing her first responder clothing that clearly distinguished her from demonstrators.

Al-Najjar was volunteering during ‘the Great March of Return’ that took place from 30 March to 15 May to mark “al-Nakba” or “the Catastrophe,” by which Palestinians remember their mass displacement during the 1948-1949 war. According to The Washington Post, more than 115 people have been killed since the Hamas-organized protests began.

Palestina Gaza Strip in 2015 / Open Source Pixabay

While the Israeli military announced that it would investigate her death, but that its troops worked “in accordance with standard operating procedures” and stressed that unfortunately Hamas is deliberately and methodically placing civilians in danger, UN agencies expressed outrage over killing Al-Najjar and pointed out that attacks on medical teams in Gaza additionally undermine the overall capacity of Gaza’s chronically underfunded health system.

Before her tragic death, Al-Najjarwas interviewed by the New York Times, as one of the only female medics responding to medical emergencies during the protests, and her message was clear: “We have one goal — to save lives and evacuate people … without weapons, we can do anything.” Al-Najjar’s funeral took place on June 2nd and was visited by thousands of Palestinians.

“No cause can justify such violence” – UN condemns suicide bombing in Kabul

By Alexandra LUX

On June 4th, about 2000 members of the religious body Afghan Ulema Council had gathered in Kabul from all around the country to promote peace when a suicide attack killed at least seven members.

According to CBS Interactive, it is probable that the attack in Afghanistan’s capital is the latest in a series of attacks by Islamic militants in Kabul, whereby both the Taliban and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have taken hundreds of lives within the last months.

While Islamic militants seem to spread in the heart of Afghanistan, the question of potential supporters arises. Several journalists and authors such as Ahmed Rashid have accused Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence of providing support for militant terrorist groups and therefore, strengthened the impression that Pakistan is playing on both sides of the war on terror.

Although no specific group has taken responsibility for the attack to date, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has officially condemned the tragedy and expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. He furthermore stressed that the United Nations stands with the people and Government of Afghanistan as they endeavor to build a peaceful future for their country.