On Friday, September 27, 2013, before Rouhani’s departure from New York, the Iranian president and American President Barack Obama held a telephone conversation. The call was the first direct communication between an Iranian and a US president since Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979. 3, 2013 at 9:45 AM TEHRAN, Oct. 3 (UPI) — Iran is willing to consider a memorandum of understanding for direct flights to the United States, a national aviation director in Iran said. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on legislators in the Islamic republic this week to review the prospects for direct flights between the United States and Iran. He has moved to engage his adversaries since winning Iranian elections this year by running as a moderate. Civil aviation director Hamid Reza Pahlavani said the government was ready to sign a preliminary agreement on the agenda, the semiofficial Fars News Agency reported Thursday. A parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy in Tehran said the measure would not only help Iranian expatriates travel home but improve ties with the United States, Fars reported. Rouhani spoke by phone with U.S. President Barack last week as the Iranian president was returning home from the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York, Fars said. Both leaders also exchanged formal letters on the nuclear impasse. Bilateral ties were severed in 1979 when the U.S.
Iran studies direct flights to United States
When asked if there was ever any wavering and thought of giving up, Tim Phillips gave a resounding No! There was no way we were walking away from any of the animals once we were there on the ground. Of course endeavors of this magnitude require a great deal of money to finance costs for travel to the circuses, trucks to transport the lions, habitat and cage building costs, etc. Fortunately, Bob Barker funded the operation in Bolivia, but money is needed to rescue circus animals in other countries. It is only through the generosity of donors that this operation can be repeated in both Colombia and Peru, who have also passed laws banning circus animals. To donate for more rescue efforts, checks can be sent to ADI, 6100 Wilshire Blvd, #1150, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Donations can also be made online, where you can learn more about the film and the lion rescue, on the Lion Ark movie website . For those that cannot afford to donate, there are other ways to help. Volunteers are needed to educate people about the cause, hand out literature, volunteer at events, and pressure your congressman. As Jan Creamer says, It doesnt matter if you have already written once, already spoken to them once. Keep applying the pressure. Every letter, every phone call, every email makes a difference. To learn more about how to help stop circus suffering in the U.S., visit the Animal Defenders International website .
United States to fly long-range drones from Japanese base
Officials in Beijing had criticised Tokyo in recent days over reports that the Japanese military was considering acquiring its own Global Hawks, saying the move could escalate tensions. China is also engaged in a bitter territorial dispute with Japan over the Senkaku Islands, an uninhabited group of outcroppings in the East China Sea that Japan nationalised last year, sparking confrontations between the two countries ships deployed in the area. Besides flying missions over North Korea, the Global Hawks would presumably give the United States and Japan better information about the movements of Chinese ships in the vicinity of Senkaku. The same goes for Chinese ships elsewhere in the region, such as the South China Sea, where China is mired in territorial disputes with the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand and other countries. The US military has flown drones over Japan in the past on a temporary basis, including after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, but next year will mark the first time it will base them in that country, according to US officials. They said the drones would be deployed on a rotational basis, meaning they could be moved elsewhere, such as Guam, for months at a time. In addition to the Global Hawks, P-8 maritime surveillance patrol aircraft will also start to be deployed in Japan in December, US and Japanese officials announced. It would be the first time the aircraft will be stationed outside the United States. The cutting-edge capabilities of the P-8, which I saw demonstrated last summer, will greatly enhance the allies ability to conduct surveillance, particularly over the open seas, Hagel said at a joint news conference with Kerry, Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. US President Barack Obama’s administration has made a point of stressing its ties to the Pacific region and showing up for Asian events as part of its pivot to Asia policy. The joint US Cabinet visit went ahead despite the government shutdown that led President Obama to curtail his own planned trip to Asia next week. Kerry will fill in for Obama for visits to Malaysia and the Philippines. The security measures announced Thursday should give both Japan and the United States greater protection and better intelligence about the activities of North Korea and China, one an adversary and the other a wary partner and sometime competitor. There are different threats and different kinds of threats, Kerry said at the start of the joint session on Thursday.