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Iran’s ambassador in Britain accuses U.S. of provoking war

Iran’s ambassador in Britain accuses U.S. of provoking war

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May 14 (UPI) -- Iran's ambassador to Britain accused the United States of dragging Iran "into an unnecessary war" Tuesday, though both U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei both said they're not seeking violence. Tensions between the two countries have been ratcheting up in recent weeks after the United States imposed new sanctions on Iran and moved an aircraft carrier strike team, B-52 bombers and a Marine expeditionary unit to the Middle East. Speaking to Sky News on Tuesday, Iranian Ambassador to Britain Hamid Baeidinejad said the U.S. deployments to the Persian Gulf were a "serious miscalculation." "While we have renounced any escalation in the region, I would assure you that Iranian armed forces are fully ready for any eventuality in th...
Trudeau fires Canada's ambassador to China amid Huawei controversy

Trudeau fires Canada's ambassador to China amid Huawei controversy

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has fired Canada's ambassador to China, John McCallum.It follows controversial comments Mr McCallum made about an extradition case involving a senior executive from the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.Mr Trudeau said in a statement he had asked John McCallum to step down, but did not offer a reason.The detention of Meng Wanzhou, at the request of the US, angered China and soured Canada's relations with Beijing.Ms Meng, Huawei's chief financial officer, is accused by the US of evading sanctions on Iran. Both she and Huawei deny those allegations.What did Justin Trudeau say?In a statement, the Canadian prime minister said: "Last night I asked for and accepted John McCallum's resignation as Canada's ambas...
Saudi Arabia expels Canadian ambassador over criticism

Saudi Arabia expels Canadian ambassador over criticism

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Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador Monday and froze "all new business" with Ottawa over its criticism of the ultraconservative kingdom's arrest of women's rights activists — yet another warning to the West reflecting Riyadh's newly assertive foreign policy. The sudden and unexpected dispute bore the hallmarks of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's 32-year-old future leader, whose recent foreign policy exploits include the war in Yemen, the boycott of Qatar and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's surprise resignation broadcast during a visit to the kingdom. Hariri later rescinded the resignation, widely believed to be orchestrated by Riyadh, and returned to Beirut. Analysts say the dispute between Riyadh and Ottawa shows Saudi Arabia won't accept any outsid...
Trump comments spark U.S. ambassador to Estonia's resignation

Trump comments spark U.S. ambassador to Estonia's resignation

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June 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. ambassador to Estonia said President Donald Trump's comments about U.S. allies in Europe prompted him to resign. In a private Facebook post first reported by Foreign Policy, the longtime diplomat, James Melville, announced his resignation. "A Foreign Service Officer's DNA is programmed to support policy and we're schooled right from the start, that if there ever comes a point where one can no longer do so, particularly if one is in a position of leadership, the honorable course is to resign," the Melville post read. "Having served under six presidents and 11 secretaries of state, I never really thought it would reach that point for me." It continued: "For the President to say the EU was 'set up to take advantage of the United States, to attack our piggy bank,' o...
Washington to nominate U.S. Pacific Command chief as ambassador to South Korea

Washington to nominate U.S. Pacific Command chief as ambassador to South Korea

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April 25 (UPI) -- Washington plans to nominate the U.S. Pacific Command chief Harry Harris to fill the long-vacant seat of U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, U.S. and Australian officials said.According to the Washington Post, the Trump administration is planning to re-nominate Admiral Harris, as the top U.S. envoy to Seoul, although he has already been nominated as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia in February.This came after CIA Director Mike Pompeo promised to quickly fill the position in Seoul, which has been vacant for 16 months, after former Ambassador Mark Lippert finished his term in early 2017.Pompeo reportedly requested President Donald Trump to reassign the admiral, who is said to have conveyed to Pompeo he is willing to swap roles.Officials are said to be waiting for the green ligh...