US President Donald Trump said on Thursday the agreement could be signed “shortly thereafter” January 15.
“We’re going to be signing on January 15th — I think it will be January 15th, but shortly thereafter, but I think January 15th — a big deal with China,” Trump told a local ABC TV affiliate in Ohio. Trump had earlier announced January 15 as the signing date.
War Powers Act
The US of Representatives approved a non-binding resolution on Thursday aimed at limiting the President‘s ability to go for military action against Iran without congressional approval.
Iran plane crash
In a report based on information by US and Iraqi intelligence officials, Newsweek wrote that ta Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed shortly after takeoff from the Tehran airport the night the Iranian regime launched a wave missiles on American bases in Iraq, was accidentally hit by an Iranian air defense missile.
Trump told reporters he did not believe the crash was due to a mechanical issue as Iranians were claiming. “Somebody could have made a mistake — on the other side,” he said.
Iran denied that its missiles downed the airliner, describing such reports as “psychological warfare.”
German exports to Iran
Germany’s exports to Iran nearly halved in the first 11 months of last year compared with the same period in the previous year the Statistics Office data showed on Friday. The main reason behind the drop was the US sanctions,
Between January and November, 2019 German exports to Iran dropped by 48.2% to around 1.3 billion euros ($1.44 billion). In the same period, Iran’s exports to Germany fell by 54.7% to around 191 million euros.
Iran could develop nuclear weapons in one to two years if the Tehran government continues to violate the 2015 nuclear accord, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday.
Trump sent a happy birthday message to the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, South Korea’s national security adviser Chung Eui-Yong told media on Friday.
Chung met Trump in Washington earlier this week to talk about reviving the collapsed negotiations on the peninsula’s denuclearisation.
US army upgrades Asia postures
The US military is planning to deploy a specialized task force to the Asia-Pacific region capable of conducting information, electronic, cyber and missile operations against China, the Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told Bloomberg.
The unit would be able to help neutralize some capabilities China and Russia have that are meant to keep American carrier groups away from the Asian mainland.
Abe to Mideast
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will proceed with a planned trip to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman from the weekend shortly after the heightened tensions in the Middle East. Tokyo meanwhile will also dispatch a warship and patrol planes to the region critical to the global energy flow.
US job growth is likely to have slowed in December 2019. The non-farm payrolls, average hourly earnings, and unemployment figures will be released today at 13:30 GMT.