LAS VEGAS (AP) — Investigators are looking into whether gunman Stephen Paddock scoped out bigger music festivals in Las Vegas and Chicago — and perhaps Boston's Fenway Park — before setting up his perch in a casino hotel and raining deadly fire on country music fans.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators has recently spoken with a former British spy who compiled a dossier of allegations about President Donald Trump's ties to Russia, according to a person familiar with the investigation.
The White House summoned the media to a last-minute photo op on Thursday evening, during which President Donald Trump made a series of cryptic comments while surrounded by “the world’s great military people.”
Donald Trump said on Thursday night that it was the "calm before the storm" amid reports that he will announce next week that he will “decertify” the Iran nuclear deal. The US president earlier said that Iran had "not lived up to the spirit" of the nuclear deal. Mr Trump summoned reporters to the State Dining Room at the White House on Thursday evening, where he was hosting a dinner with military leaders. "You guys know what this represents?" Mr Trump asked. "Maybe it's the calm before the storm. Could be the calm, the calm before the storm." Donald Trump speaks at a briefing with senior military leaders including defence secretary Jim Mattis, left, in Washington on Thursday Credit: Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images "What storm Mr President?" one reporter shouted. Isis? North Korea? Iran? "You'll find out," the president said. A move to end the Iran nuclear deal could lead to renewed US sanctions against Tehran, unnamed senior administration officials said. Mr Trump is expected to give a major foreign policy speech on October 12, in which he will blame Iran for fuelling terrorism and causing instability throughout the Middle East. The speech is said to mark a shift to a more confrontational policy towards Tehran. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani Credit: AFP The US president said on Thursday evening that Iran had not lived up to the spirit of the nuclear deal. "We must not allow Iran ... to obtain nuclear weapons," Mr Trump said during a meeting with military leaders at the White House. "The Iranian regime supports terrorism and exports violence, bloodshed and chaos across the Middle East. That is why we must put an end to Iran's continued aggression and nuclear ambitions." Asked about whether he would "decertify" the deal, he said: "You'll be hearing about Iran very shortly." US President Donald J. Trump speaks during the opening session of the General Debate of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 19 September 2017 Credit: EPA Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said: "The president is going to make an announcement about the decision that he's made on a comprehensive strategy that his team supports, and we'll do that in the coming days." If Mr Trump states that Iran has not been complying with the terms of the nuclear deal, designed to prevent the country obtaining a nuclear weapon, Congress would then have 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions that were suspended under the agreement. The US president has been a frequent critic of the Iran nuclear pact, a signature foreign policy achievement of his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, and signed in 2015 by the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, the European Union and Iran. President Trump Participates In Briefing With Senior Military Leaders Under the agreement, which was signed in Vienna in 2015, Iran agreed to sacrifice two-thirds of its ability to enrich uranium in return for an ending of economic sanctions. Mr Trump recently called it “one of the worst deals I’ve ever seen”, stating that Iran had “violated so many different elements, but they’ve also violated the spirit of that deal”. The move to end the deal has been widely opposed by European leaders. The British, French, German and European Union ambassadors to the US participated in a meeting on Capitol Hill on Wednesday that spelled out the consequences of the collapse of the deal. An Iran nuclear deal: why it matters 01:32 Last month, Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, urged the world to have faith in the potential of the deal to create a more open Iran. While Mr Johnson warned Iran "to stop their adventurist and expansionist plans, causing trouble in Yemen, Syria or anywhere else", he argued the deal could liberate the Islamic republic. “On the other side, we in the UK feel that Iran – a country of 80 million people, many of them young and potentially liberal – could be won over. I think it is important they see there are benefits from the JCPOA (an acronym for the nuclear agreement), so we in the UK want that alive,” Mr Johnson said, speaking alongside Rex Tillerson, his US counterpart. Supporters of the deal say its collapse could trigger a regional arms race and increase tensions in the Middle East. Opponents say it went too far in easing sanctions without requiring that Iran end its nuclear programme permanently. FAQ | Iran nuclear talks The White House did not confirm the reported plans for Mr Trump's speech. Mr Trump has to report to Congress on Oct 15 whether he believes Iran is complying with the nuclear agreement. Michael A. Anton, spokesman for the White House national security council, told the Washington Post: “The administration looks forward to sharing details of our Iran strategy at the appropriate time.” Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, said last month he would not renegotiate the terms of the deal. He warned that cancelling the deal "would carry a high cost for the United States of America".
US investigators have met with a former British spy who compiled a salacious dossier on President Donald Trump's alleged campaign ties to Russia, CNN reported on Thursday. The investigators for independent special counsel Robert Mueller met with Christopher Steele this past summer, the news network reported, citing two people familiar with the matter. Former FBI director Mueller leads a sweeping probe into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russian interference in the 2016 election.
US President Donald Trump on Thursday insisted Iran has not acted in keeping with a deal to curb its nuclear program, days before he must decide on the future of the accord. "They have not lived up to the spirit of the agreement," said Trump, as he huddled with military leaders ahead of perhaps the most consequential foreign policy decision of his young presidency. "That is why we must put an end to Iran's continued aggression and nuclear ambitions" he said.
Saudi King Salman said there was consensus with Russia's leadership on broadening the scope of relations between the two countries following a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, the Saudi state press agency reported on Friday. Putin hosted King Salman for talks at the Kremlin earlier in the day, cementing a relationship that is pivotal for world oil prices and could decide the outcome of the conflict in Syria.
The United States does not have the experience to draw upon that would guide it through a military action against the DPRK. Analysts agree North Korea is quite serious in its threat to shoot down American warplanes, even if they are flying in international airspace. The threat came in response to President Donald Trump’s latest challenge to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) via Twitter, in which he doubled down on his proclamation that the North’s days were numbered if they continued to provoke and threaten the United States.