September 30, 1938
The British Prime Minister has been hailed as bringing “peace to Europe” after signing a non-aggression pact with Germany.
PM Neville Chamberlain arrived back in the UK today, holding an agreement signed by Adolf Hitler which stated the German leader’s desire never to go to war with Britain again.
The two men met at the Munich conference between Britain, Germany, Italy and France yesterday, convened to decide the future of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland.
Winston Churchill, who declared, “You were given the choice between war and dishonour. You chose dishonour and you will have war.”
April 2, 2015
President Obama said Thursday that a major breakthrough in the international talks concerning Iran’s nuclear program will bring about a deal that will make the world safer.
Iran is known to have about 19,000 IR-1 centrifuges, often referred to as first-generation machines because they are less sophisticated than newer models. They are installed at two uranium-enrichment facilities at Natanz and Fordow. Under the tentative deal, Iran has agreed to reduce by about two-thirds its installed centrifuges to 6,104, with 5,060 of these enriching uranium for 10 years.
Last summer, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the country ultimately needed the enrichment capacity of 190,000 first-generation centrifuges to fuel a domestic nuclear-power industry.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has long demanded that Iran’s enrichment facilities be entirely dismantled, although last month, he signaled for the first time that he could accept Tehran being allowed a very limited enrichment capacity.
Iran is not to be allowed to deploy newer centrifuges that can enrich uranium more quickly.
For those of you too young to remember: Fifty-two American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days (November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981) by Iran. The story was replicated in the movie Argo.
Chants of “Death to America” are a recent fact. In 2013, a new Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, was sworn into office. While more soft-spoken than his predecessor – and widely described as a “moderate” – Rouhani has nonetheless referred to “the Zionist regime” as an enemy nation and pledged to find a way to achieve Khomeini’s long-term goal of ensuring that Israel ceases to exist.