President Barack Obama on Monday warned against "a rush for the exits" in Afghanistan, as questions mount about US war strategy after a US soldier killed 16 civilians in a shooting rampage.
"It's important for us to make sure that we get out in responsible way, so that we don't end up having to go back in," Obama said in an interview with Pittsburgh CBS station KDKA.
"But what we don't want to do, is to do it in a way that is just a rush for the exits."
Obama said the shooting rampage, which mostly targeted women and children, was "absolutely heartbreaking and tragic," but stressed that a withdrawal from Afghanistan involving tens of thousands of troops had to be done responsibly.
"We have got hundreds of advisers in civilian areas as well, we have got huge amounts of equipment that have to be moved out. We have got to make sure that the Afghans can protect their borders to prevent Al-Qaeda coming back."
In a separate interview with Denver CBS affiliate KCNC Obama added that it was "important for us just to make sure that we are not ... in Afghanistan longer than we need to be."
The White House had earlier insisted that its Afghan strategy would not be impacted by the "awful" rampage.
"Our strategic objectives have not changed and they will not change," said White House spokesman Jay Carney, adding the US goal remained defeating Al-Qaeda and empowering Afghans to ensure their own security.
Obama is committed to gradually withdrawing US forces from Afghanistan under an agreement with NATO partners which foresees a full drawdown by the end of 2014.
Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents on Monday vowed revenge against "sick minded American savages" for the weekend rampage by a U.S. soldier who killed 16 villagers in their homes.
The Taliban would "take revenge from the invaders and the savage murderers for every single martyr," the Islamists said in a statement on their website.
The soldier walked off his base and broke into the homes of villagers in Kandahar province's Panjwayi district before dawn Sunday, killing 16 people including women and children.
A soldier has been detained and the United States has offered condolences to the families and pledged that action will be taken against anyone found guilty of the massacre. Kandahar is considered the birthplace of the Taliban.
Kandahar is considered the birthplace of the Taliban.
I certainly do not know the details of this sad event. I do know that this area is hotly contested and many American and Canadian lives have been lost there. I also know that without effective leadership, a strategic plan and a hope of victory, warriors facing the continued losses of their brothers will sometimes take matters into their own hands. Doesn't make it right, it just makes it war, and war is very, very ugly.
Announce that for every American killed, we'll burn a book of allen using pig grease and use our left hands to light it.
Posted by: Silentbrick - Halliburton Lost Drill Bit Division ||
You would waste precious Pig Grease on the Koran? Just have the Pigs eat it. Or feed it to a Goat.
Posted by: Charles ||
This is not about leadership, strategic vision, or "taking matters in their own hands". Its someone completely losing the bubble. Its rare that leaders can detect these guys ahead of the event, but in hindsight thier problems often are apparent. A few months ago an ANA officer shot a number of US military officers in a conference room in Kabul. The Taliban claimed responsibility, but I expect it was really just another "postal event". Unfortunately these events have strategic consequences. You cannot understand the pent up angst among the Afghan civilians unless you have been there. So now, so much positive work will yet again be lost amid the furour. My heart goes out to all the US troops who have worked so hard, and yet will bear the brunt of the fall out from the insanity of a single man. Hang onto your berets.
"You cannot understand the pent up angst among the Afghan civilians unless you have been there."
Bullshit! It has everything to do with strategy, the mission, the conduct of daily operations, ....and winning! "There are no bad soldiers, only poor leaders." I know, I've seen both, and in more than one rodeo.
Northern Cousin, I'm not as quick to swallow the part line on this event - a PTSD case going off the deep end.
I postulate this is a man, not crazed, but tired nonetheless of Piss Poor ROE's and double dealing afghani's, cutting through the BS and delivering a blow.
I want to know more about the owners of the houses that were visited, could be it was a turn-coat who had somethnig coming to him. There have been several Americans killed by their afghan charges - WTF, who calls the shots on that?
We say "shame about the kids", but the value of young females in that culture is very low - I wouldn't be surprised if the children weren't killed by Afghani's following the event to capitalize on American sympathy's.
Anymore loosing the bubble than the joe in Norway?
It can be very calculating.
You'd die for your brothers on the line.
Why watch them die and get maimed because someone doesn't have the fortitude to do the job we did a hundred time above Germany or Japan '44-'45.
If you're willing to die for your brothers here and now, why not 10 years from now at a rope at Leavenworth. Your brothers get to survive where they may have not if you didn't do what you did.
That's where to RoEs start to break down.
That's when the command has to choose to bug out or do the job for what they take pay for or they resign or retire.
Regardless of this terrible incident, changing the ROE is not going to change the situation on the ground enough to warrant our staying in Afghanistan. We are not going to get them much past the 10th century in our lifetime other than cell phone use and modern weapons. I don't much care how quickly we leave, but leave we must. We are not going to use the weight of our military power there to wipe out large numbers to teach them who is boss. That is a fantasy. So any additional loss of US life will be an incredible waste. I don't want that to happen. Get. Out. Now.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived in Afghanistan for an unannounced visit to meet Bundeswehr troops. The trip comes at a sensitive time for NATO forces in the country.
Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived at the Bundeswehr base in Mazar-e-Sharif on Monday morning for an unannounced visit to German soldiers serving there.
The chancellor - in the country to take a closer look at operations - had intended to first visit the restive province of Kunduz, but bad weather stopped her from landing there.
Merkel's last visit to Afghanistan was in December 2010, this being her fourth trip to the country. Germany's military is the third-largest contributor in terms of troop numbers to the NATO-led ISAF mission in Afghanistan.
Since the German military arrived in the country in 2002, the Bundeswehr has lost 52 troops in opposition attacks mounted against their installations, accidents or combat in the field.
[Dawn] The head of a US congressional subcommittee is asking a federal agency to investigate whether Afghanistan President Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai ... A former Baltimore restaurateur, now 12th and current President of Afghanistan, displacing the legitimate president Rabbani in December 2004. He was installed as the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001 in a vain attempt to put a Pashtun face on the successor state to the Taliban. After the 2004 presidential election, he was declared president regardless of what the actual vote count was. He won a second, even more dubious, five-year-term after the 2009 presidential election. His grip on reality has been slipping steadily since around 2007, probably from heavy drug use... is misappropriating foreign aid funding to benefit himself and his family.
Representative Dana Rohrabacher announced on his website that he has requested an investigation by the US Government Accountability Office.
The request for an investigation coincides with consideration in Congress of President Barack Obama On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes -- and I see many of them in the audience here today... 's 2013 budget proposal that includes $2.5 billion for Afghanistan.
Karzai takes way more than 10 percent. Maybe we should just stick to bribing Zardari...
Maybe CIA agents in deep cover could instigate a bidding war?
It's Afghanistan. Everyone is skimming, not just the man at the top.
Rohrabacher's March 7 letter to the comptroller general of the Government Accountability Office asked for a report to Congress on US foreign aid funds that "have been stolen, diverted or otherwise inappropriately gone to, or benefited Afghanistan's Caped President Hamid Karzai and his family."
Rohrabacher is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on oversight and investigations.
"American taxpayer money must cease being diverted and abused by the leader of a country whose people America has tried so valiantly to help," Rohrabacher's letter said. "A report that thoroughly quantifies how much US foreign aid has gone to the Karzai family is urgently needed." He cited media reports and Wikileaks cables as sources for his allegations.
The New York Times ...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize... reported March 7 that Karzai's brother, Mahmoud Karzai, received interest-free loans to buy a stake in the Kabul Bank, where the allegations of financial corruption are centered.
Lots of green companies in the U.S. kicking themselves right now: "Cheez, the Karzai boys got interest-free loans? What schlubs we are taking Champ's green money!"
They involve suspicions that bank and government officials skimmed foreign aid money intended to support US and coalition forces in Afghanistan. The bank came close to insolvency but was bailed out by the Afghan government with funds partially subsidized by Western nations.
"It is time to know for sure, on the record, exactly how dishonest the government in Kabul has become and how much money we are wasting there," Rohrabacher wrote.
Not to be confused with Kofi Annan who was usually "deeply moved"
Illegal arrests, revenge attacks and deaths following torture in secret prisons are continuing in Libya by armed militias with the new government failing to establish an effective judicial system, according to the Secretary General of the United Nations.
In a report due to be delivered to the Security Council, obtained by The Independent, Ban Ki-moon expresses his " deep concern" at the systematic abuse continuing seven months after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi's regime.
The Secretary-General recommends that the UN Support Mission the Libya (UNSML) should continue for another 12 months. But he points out that raising human rights concerns by the international community pressure groups has had little effect with the country's interim administration, which is seemingly unable to curb the excesses.
Up to 6,000 detainees, including women and children, remain in private jails run by various 'brigades' with very little known of what is going on inside. The militias have also taken control of some official prisons and the numbers being held are actually increasing as "Revolutionary 'brigades' continue to carry out arrests of alleged former regime supporters and interrogation, including at undisclosed locations, as well as to control known detention centres where conditions remain mostly Poor" said Mr Ban.
[Yemen Post] Employees of the Yemeni Petroleum Company have threatened that they will go on a full strike on the coming Tuesday if their demands are not met, an official of the worker association said on Saturday.
The workers demand to dismiss their boss Omar Al-Arhabi who is a relative of the former Yemeni President Abdu-Rabo Mansour Hadi.
They said that the company sharply deteriorated during his period as a director of the company, accusing him of confiscating their rights.
It was reportedly alleged on Thursday that Al-Arhabi submitted his resignation to Hadi, justifying that to health reasons.
Media sources affirmed that he submitted a resignation letter to Hadi on which he claimed that he did best to maintain and develop the company and its employees.
However, a good lie finds more believers than a bad truth... officials of the Oil and Minerals Ministry ruled out on Friday reports of the resignation, stressing that they were baseless.
Dr. Saeed Abdul-Muamen, an official of the workers association said that Prime Minister Mohammad Salem Basidnowa had accepted the resignation and tasked the Oil and Minerals Minister Hisham Sharaf to appoint a new director of the company.
Sources of the association cited that pressures were put by some authorities on the minister, and he was forced to deny the reports of the resignation.
A committee presided over by the State Minister Jawhra Hamoud along with ten representatives of the financial and oil ministries was formed with the aim of resolving the problems of the company and its employees, the sourced said.
What is recently known as the institution revolution hit many public authorities and resulted in the ouster of tens of corrupt officials, security chiefs and military commanders.
[Yemen Post] The main Yemeni Opposition bloc, the Joint Meeting Parties' (JMP) official front man, Abdu Galab al-Adini, affirmed that army and security institutions shakeup is something of paramount importance at present for the politicianship to be able to reestablish its authority, and restore security and stability nationwide.
In an interview with Al-Shtraki newspaper, al-Adini said: "We can not engage in an inclusive national dialogue until the way is paved for it. The main thing that would lay the ground for the national dialogue is restructuring the army."
He, however, took the pains to assure that JMP is committed to the GCC-brokered power transfer deal and its executive mechanism, which was signed late in November in the Suadi capital of Riyadh and in which restructuring the army and security institutions was one of the chief provisions.
Al-Adini urged the newly-elected Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Haid to take bold decisions that ensure establishing e a strong national army whose loyalty is only to the nation; not to certain persons or families.
With regards to US pressures to keep former Yemeni President President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh ... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it... 's relatives in their key military posts on grounds related to fighting al-Qaeda in the country, he said that JMP would not be pressed by any country as it acquires its independent stances from its national responsibility and mainstream's will.
"Combating terrorism is a corporate responsibility of the politicianship and the armed forces and that it's not stipulated to a certain person or a military commander," stressed al-Adini.
He concluded his interview by calling on the former President-for-Life Saleh ... exemplifying the Arab's propensity to combine brutality with incompetence... and his top aides, who were granted immunity from prosecution, to avail form the immunity they have been awarded, quit politics realm, and leave Yemenis be the master of their own fates.
[Dawn] Prime Minister of Pakistain Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani ... Pakistain's erstwhile current prime minister, whose occasional feats of mental gymnastics can be awe-inspiring ... said on Sunday that there are conspiracies being hatched against his government on a daily basis, DawnNews reported.
While speaking in Lahore, Gilani said that he will no longer accept advice from anyone and work according to the Constitution only.
Gilani said that he never received any directives from the Supreme Court to write a letter to Swiss Authorities.
As rockets, missiles and mortars continued to fly and hit communities in southern Israel on Sunday, Hamas once again said it was trying to bring about a ceasefire. There had been similar reports on Saturday night.
According to a report in the Bethlehem-based Ma'an news agency, Hamas' Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said that the terror groups in the coastal enclave had responded positively to his contacts with Egypt to halt escalating violence between Gaza and Israel.
Haniyeh was quoted in the report as having said that Egypt is "working around the clock" to halt the fighting.
The Gaza premier said the position of the Islamic Jihad and Popular Resistance Committees is "positive and responsible" after he made contact with Egypt to end the fighting.
The Egyptian ambassador to the Palestinian Authority confirmed to Ma'an on Sunday that his country was in touch with both sides to halt hostilities.
Yasser Othman was quoted as having said that Israel's offensive is "unjustifiable, and a breach to the truce sponsored by Egypt."
Meanwhile, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum indicated the movement is disappointed with international efforts to stop the fighting.
Ma'an reported that Barhoum said in a statement that Hamas views the response from the Arab and international world to be unequal to Israel's violations.
The Popular Resistance Committee's front man has said that his group decided not to publish the identity of the terror group's new secretary general over fears he would be targeted by the IDF for liquidation.
The new secretary general will replace Zuhair Qaisi who was killed in an IDF strike last Friday.
IDF Spokesperson Brigadier General Yoav Mordechai said Islamic Jihad ...created after many members of the Egyptian Mohammedan Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the liquidation of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah... was "continuing to operate as the long arm of Iran, which bolsters it by sending weapons and money directly from Tehran."
He added that Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz directed the forces to continue to hit hard against any terror cell launching rockets at Israel and claimed that Gantz said: "We won't discuss a ceasefire so long as the rocket fire continues."
[Dawn] Israel will continue air strikes against Gazoo "as long as necessary," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, giving no indication that a ground operation was likely for now.
"We extracted a high price from them and will continue to do so," he said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting. "We will act as long as necessary." His comments came as Israeli war planes carried out four air strikes on Gazoo on Sunday morning, bringing the corpse count in three days of festivities to 18.
Violence between Israel and GazooOrcs and similar vermin erupted on Friday afternoon when an Israeli strike killed the leader of the ultra-hardline Popular Resistance Committees, sparking a bloody cross-border exchange.
Since then, Orcs and similar vermin fired 124 rockets at Israel, of which 68 were Qassams and 44 were the longer-range Grad variety, a defence ministry statement said.
In response, the air force carried out 26 air raids, 15 of which targeted Orcs and similar vermin who were in the act of firing on Israel.
The Iron Dome air defence system set up around the southern cities of Ashdod, Ashkelon and Beersheva intercepted 30 rockets, it said.
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said the flareup meant that Israel would soon have to consider sending troops back into Gazoo as it did in Operation Cast Lead, a massive 22-day offensive which ended in mid-January 2009, leaving 1,400 Paleostinians and 13 Israelis dead.
"Sooner or later, we will probably have to put an end to the Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, regime, the terror regime, in Gazoo," he said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman justified the initial attack against PRC leader Zuhair al-Qaisi, calling him "a ticking bomb" who was about to attack Israel.
But he said a ground operation was "not desirable," unless it had the clear goal of overthrowing the territory's Hamas rulers.
And Environment Minister Gilad Erdan argued that a ground operation would be a dangerous diversion from Israel's current priority -- preventing a nuclear Iran.
"Our defence systems are working well, particularly Iron Dome, and the army has inflicted heavy losses on the terrorists, so for the time being, there is no need for a ground operation," he said.
"The Israeli interest is for the world to focus on sanctions on Iran, not on an Israeli military campaign."
IAF Colonel Tzvika Haimovitch announced that a fourth Iron Dome battery will be deployed within the next few weeks. "The escalation found us completely ready on Friday, at a complete operational level and full deployment of all batteries. The unit's achievements are very high," said Haimovitch. Sure hope we have a bunch of these suckers on order.
Ahh, Yes. Leadership..."The escalation found us completely ready on Friday, at a complete operational level and full deployment of all batteries. The unit's achievements are very high,"---It can be so inspiring.
I really hope that some anti-American scoundrel in the administration is not thinking of using the Enterprise as a casus belli, with the loss of American lives.
Truthfully, I would not put it past this bunch. They seem both utterly amoral, and completely contemptuous of the lives of their countrymen, who they are more than ready to dehumanize to justify their sacrifice for petty political ends.
Its not just the Enterprise, its the whole strike group (as per usual). This adds to the Abe and other ships in the area. Ships take time to steam to station, so pre-positioning of assets makes sense. Of course it is also serious sabre rattling in a major way. Regretably, it takes reasonable people to appreciate the meaning of a sabre rattle. With these people it probably just stokes their myopic view of the west and arguably plays into the hands of some pretty disfunctional leaders. I thought we all were being optomistic about a "diplomatic resolution". Gun boat diplomacy didnt help the Peablo much in the Sand Pebbles. I expect as much from this show of force. Oh I forgot, this is an election year. Must show resolve and strenght! My head hurts.
shit. I have a Steve McQueen box set and just watched it this weekend. I missed that. "Valve" is now a paragraph
Posted by: Frank G ||
IIRC my histoire', there was a USS GUAM riverine gunboat based in the "China/Hong Kong Station", but was later renamed the USS WAKE or a Filipino namesake [which I can't recall right now]???
* ION WAFF > IRAN CAPABLE OF BUILDING AIRCRAFT CARRIERS: NAVY CHIEF [Iran Navy RADM. Sayabari].
They can build 'em, they have the Technology.
* CHINA DAILY FORUM > [Pravda.ru] IRAN NAVY IN ATLANTIC | IRAN CAPABLE OF INCREASING MILITARY PRESENCE IN ATLANTIC OCEAN.
VARIOUS MILBLOGGERS/POSTERS = opine that its not enuff for Iran or China to have + fire 00's of conventional Rockets at a modern US Nuclear Carrier andor its escort BG, IRAN + CHINA NEED NUCLEAR WARHEADS OR DEVICES TO SINK A US NUCLEAR CARRIER.
JM. Now, be truthful here...
Might Taitano, Inc., a business unit and partner of Guam, Inc., just happen to have a USN CVN approved/signed ship-provisioning contract, etched in marble "boiler-plate"; and who are standing-by, pier-side with any and all resources required to provide all required logistics elements. Prolly, Huh? Life is good, all the way around.
[An Nahar] The B.O. regime and its allies are engaged in serious discussions about potential military involvement in Syria, The Washington Post quoted officials as saying.
"Possibilities include directly arming opposition forces, sending troops to guard a humanitarian corridor or "safe zone" for the rebels, or an air assault on Syrian air defenses," according to the officials from the U.S. and other nations opposed to Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Lord of the Baath...
"But the governments remain deeply divided over the scope of any intervention, how and when it would happen, and who would participate," the officials told The Washington Post.
To the anger of Arab and Western governments, Syrian allies Russia and China have twice used their powers as permanent members of the Security Council to veto resolutions condemning Damascus ...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world... ' brutal crackdown on protestors.
Talks on a new U.S.-led attempt to agree a resolution have hit a dead end, although U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ... sometimes described as America's Blond Eminence and at other times as Mrs. Bill, never as Another Hamilton Fish ... and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet on Monday in New York.
Russia and China say the Western nations only want a resolution to back regime change.
Russia wants any resolution to call equally on the government and opposition groups to halt the violence. The Western members say the security force assault and attacks by opposition groups cannot be put at the same level.
Will they never get enough of war? For God's sake, stay the hell OUT of it for once! Let them slaughter themselves as they see fit. The entire region isn't worth a pale of piss and nothing will change, nothing. An ideology cannot be simply defeated and permitted to quietly survive and fester. It must be entirely destroyed, which is something we are unwilling to do.
[An Nahar] Hizbullah on Sunday claimed that "there are some March 14 Those are the good guys, insofar as Leb has good guys... associates in power who are involved in facilitating arming and infiltration into Syria," describing the U.S. embassy in Leb as "a military operations room against Syria."
"The countries that conspired against Syria have admitted that they had engaged in an uncalculated adventure and nowadays we're noticing how they have started tactical, political retreats," Sheikh Nabil Qaouq, deputy head of Hizbullah's Executive Council, said.
Since the start of the uprising against the Syrian regime in mid-March last year, several reports have suggested that arms were being smuggled from Leb into Syria to support the opposition, while major world powers -- including the U.S. -- so far have been opposed to arming the dissidents.
Qaouq noted that Leb was immune against any Israeli attempt to take advantage of the crisis in Syria, stressing that "had the Resistance That'd be the Hezbullies, natch... not been strong and capable, Israel would have exploited the crisis in Syria to make up for its defeats in Leb."
"The same as talk has started about tactical military withdrawals from (the Homs neighborhood of) Baba Amr and other regions, today we are witnessing tactical political retreats, in the vein of what happened yesterday in Cairo" during a meeting on Syria between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Arab counterparts, Qaouq added.
"Pro-U.S. Arabs backed down from their professed slogans and plots against Syria and agreed with Russia on a new initiative," the Hizbullah official said, adding that "it is an official Arab acknowledgement that the objectives of the plot against Syria had failed."
Slamming the rival March 14 camp, Qaouq accused the March 14 forces of "arming, financing and overseeing the attacks against Syria," attributing that to "their ambitions to return to power at any price, even if that was over the bodies of the Syrian people."
"There are some March 14 associates in power who are involved in facilitating arming and infiltration into Syria," he added.
And as he stressed that "today the U.S. is as weak as ever and going through its worst days in the region, after its July 2006, Iraq and Egypt defeats," Qaouq asked the March 14 forces: "Why are you heeding the orders of the ambassador of U.S. sedition in Leb?"
"The U.S. ambassador to Leb (Maura Connelly) is practicing incitement and trying to stir up sedition, and what's more dangerous is that U.S. officers are overseeing the infiltration, armament and operations against Syria and that the U.S. embassy in Leb is a spy den and a military operations room against Syria," he charged.
[Dawn] Iran's diminutive PresidentMahmoud Short Round Ahmadinejad said on Sunday that the West should drop its "bullying" stance against his country and insisted that sanctions imposed over its nuclear programme were having no more than a "psychological" effect.
"As God is my witness, the Medes and the Persians will not give a damn for (your) bombs, warships and planes," he said in a televised speech in the city of Karaj west of Tehran.
"They say all (options) are on the table. Well, let them rot there. You yourself will rot," he railed, in characteristically fiery ...a single two-syllable word carrying connotations of both incoherence and viciousness. A fiery delivery implies an audience of rubes and yokels, preferably forming up into a mob... language.
Ahmadinejad said the United States and its EU allies "should talk politely, and recognise the rights of (other) nations, and cooperate instead of showing teeth, and weapons and bombs."
His words came as Iran and major world powers -- the five UN Security Council permanent members and Germany -- are poised to revive stalled talks amid high tensions over Tehran's nuclear activities.
The United States in particular has repeated that "all options are on the table" when it comes to Iran, raising the spectre of military strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities.
US President Barack Obama They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them... , though, has cautioned against "bluster" in talking about possible war with Iran, saying there still exists a window of diplomacy.
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, welcomed Obama's "good talk" but called US determination to press on with sanctions an "illusion".
Mohammad Nahavandian, the head of Iran's chamber of commerce, said in a statement on Sunday that the opportunity of the new talks with the world powers "should be seized, and we should try to pay serious attention to removing all sanctions."