British minister: US hackers thwart missile test in North Korea

Baghdad – Agencies

Former British Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind expressed his view that a group of American hackers had foiled a missile test in North Korea.

Rifkind said the launch of a ballistic missile failed not only for technical reasons, but “there is a firm conviction that the United States intervened by launching cyber attacks several times on such tests and foiled them.”

However, the former British minister believes that North Korea is a developed country in the nuclear field and has conducted many successful tests, according to the BBC.

In this context, Pyongyang tried in 2017/04/16 to test a new ballistic missile, but the rocket exploded as soon as it was launched.


Parliament ends questioning the Commission and vote on conviction or not the answers next week {expanded}


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{Baghdad: Euphrates News} Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri said on Monday that the parliament would be interested in a session on Tuesday {Tuesday} next week, determine the question of their belief in the President of the Electoral Commission with answers Serbest Mustafa, after the completion of questioning at today’s meeting.
According to a statement to the parliament, he received the agency {Euphrates News}, a copy of it, “it was an end to questioning the President of the Board of Commissioners of the Independent Electoral Commission process and the voice of the Federation of Iraqi parliamentarians law.”
He explained that “at the outset of the meeting postponed the Presidency Commission at the request of the competent committee to vote in principle to the proposal of the executive law and submitted to meet the requirements of the change in the system of government in Iraq , the Legal Committee and in line with the foundations of the constitution of the distribution of powers between the federal authorities and non – federal and meet the requirements of the formation of the government in accordance with the firm foundations based on the assigned Constitution , the executive authority of the exclusive and common view of what is likely taking its mandate from the authorities assigned to the governorates not organized in a region. ”
Council completed the “vote on the proposal of the Union of Parliamentarians Iraqis and submitted by the committees of civil and legal community and the affairs of the member and parliamentary development law in order to invest competencies and human capacities of the members of the Governing Council and members of the legislature and contribute to building legal formations consistent with the foundations of democracy and respect for the constitution and parliamentary development role for those in March parliamentary work in the provision of advice and participation in the upgrading of state institutions and in line with the spirit of the Constitution and the text. ”
The Presidency Commission decided to postpone the vote on a proposed law amending the Companies Act No. 21 of 1997 as amended and submitted by the Committees of Tourism and Antiquities, the economy and investment at the request of the House of Representatives.
This was followed by MP Abbas al – Bayati , a statement on behalf of the Foreign Relations Committee on offending religious and national symbols expressing its displeasure of abuse of adult references and leaders, national and Islamic , which took place in one of the Jordanian cities through the use of their images inappropriately, noting that such bad practices that offend the relationship with Jordan, calling on the Jordanian government to take appropriate measures for those who did this shameful act and not to repeat it in the future, praising the positive stewards by Jordan with President of the House of Representatives and the movements of the Foreign Ministry in this regard.
For his part, al – Jubouri , get in contact with the Jordanian side stressed their keenness to which the relationship with Iraq and the accounting of the shameful deeds, stressing Iraq ‘s desire to develop a relationship with Jordan.
In another matter threw MP Abdul Kahar Samarrai , a statement on behalf of the committees of Education Tourism and Antiquities on the weekly conference of the Forum of Samarra , held by the Faculty of Archeology in Samarra University, calling for the adoption of the recommendations of the conference, most notably the launch of the assignments required for the Comprehensive Cooperation between the Salah al – Din province and the UNESCO and the assignment of important strategic projects in the and contribute to the city with the local administration in providing Taamh with those of the world ‘s cities and the opening of the old city in order to contribute to the communion and national cohesion as well as the formation of a parliamentary delegation and collectors to visit the Berlin Institute of Archeology and encourage them to purify B in the world and interest in the Museum of Samarra and carry out a media campaign to promote religious tourism and the adoption of a draft declaration of Samarra , the capital of Islamic culture.
The Board questioned the Independent High Electoral Commission Chairman of Serbest Mustafa Rashid , based on the request submitted by MP Magda Tamimi.
President al – Jubouri , welcomed on behalf of the Council President of the Electoral Commission and his accompanying delegation , praising the role of the MP Magda Tamimi to use the powers control in the interrogation process , noting the constitutional mechanisms or mechanisms set by the rules of procedure of the Council of interrogation, calling for a move away from raising any political issues or personal skew questioning about than.
At the outset of the interrogation Chief Electoral Commission rudiments process of questioning before the House of Representatives, noting that the decisions issued by the Commission is not an individual but a collective, expressing his willingness to answer the questions.
For her part, MP Al – Tamimi on its right to exercise its supervisory role by resorting to interrogation to uncover reservoirs Alladarei and financial corruption, noting that the interrogation of the Commission as a whole and not to the Chairperson of the Commission , but the President of the Commission represented by stressing that the interrogation professionally and not politically.
Asked MP Magda Tamimi about the reasons behind the lack of UNHCR legal measures taken against the negligent loss of voter cards , as well as knowledge of the reasons for the closure of the investigation into the theft that took place cards for voters in the Green Zone and get disrupted UNHCR cameras while the investigation of the thefts that took place in Mosul area Rusafa , pointing out that the election commission after sending questions questioning introduced new official books were not present to address administrative mistakes.
In its response to the President of the Electoral Commission noted that the Commission has taken all the administrative and legal procedures and have dozens of decisions in this regard, pointing out that there are two types of the first electoral cards activated and the other is disabled and the cards concerned question was idle and is disabled as not proved any failure to the work of the National Office staff which was called the closure of the investigation.
Demanded MP Magda Tamimi to know the motives to allow non – Iraqis to participate in the House of Representatives election year 2014 confirmed the presence of foreigners, including Turks, Syrians are not dual nationals participated to vote despite continuing periodic updates allocated financial budgets, arguing that the voter register is Rezin which indicates the presence of obvious defect in the UNHCR ‘s work and management of the electoral process.
He Serbest Mustafa , Chairman of the Electoral Commission that the voter register final and can not be challenged after the end of the prescribed period, and the database at the Commission relied on the ration card database, which includes since the days of the former regime personnel of non – Iraqi, according to the Ministry of Commerce has been deleted many of the names, noting the commission gave the names of voters cards contained in the ration card data may be non – Iraqis , including the fact that the Ministry of Commerce did not send information in this regard and confirmation on the non – delivery of electronic voter cards only to Iraqis who prove Aracathm through the card know But several cases of non – Iraqis have received voting cards appeared, explaining that he was unable to non – Iraqis to vote even if their names in the voters ‘ records but their dual nationality can vote and the nomination and the Commission has not made any decision on whether to allow non – Iraqi election.
She asked MP Magda Tamimi about the reasons for calculating the results of hundreds of private stations elections to provincial councils in 2013, despite the existence of serious irregularities, indicating the existence of an insult to deal with hundreds of electoral forms with the electoral vote has an impact on the results, noting the dominance of one of the Commissioners on the issue of data entry for cases falsification of the results for Knit and write – off in the forms.
The Chairman of the Electoral Commission to the Board of Commissioners of the owner of the exclusive power to consider complaints for the elections according to specific mechanisms and some of the forms contained may carry some mistakes were formed on the impact of this unit to check for error handling during data entry and if it is proved the existence of manipulation is canceled results, noting that 327 station election was canceled , as was presented in 1521 an appeal was replayed and were accepted three of them, denying the validity of one of the candidates forms after the revocation of the judiciary and there are procedures for write – off.
She called MP – Tamimi to know the motives of the Board of Commissioners to give bonus salary a month for the same equivalent to 8.414 million dinars after the Kurdistan region ‘s parliament, inquired about the extent of the legitimacy of the Board of Commissioners to submit a request to the Presidency of the Kurdistan region regardless of reward special for themselves that the amount of exchange was within the budget of the elections end 2014 is dedicated to the necessary cases and the reward is not among the necessary cases.
And between the head of the Electoral Commission that the Board of Commissioners did not give himself a reward, but the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan region to grant 436 UNHCR staff remuneration based on the Commission ‘s proposal was disbursed from the budget of the provincial government has not received the President of the Commission and three of its members remuneration , stressing that the budget law for the Kurdistan region is in force as the the reward is optional for the members of the Commission.
He inquired MP Magda Tamimi about the reasons for non – use of the electronic seal in 2014 elections , contrary to the decision of the Board of Commissioners despite the provision of the Electoral Commission proposals several to address fraud, noting that the foreign company for the import of services was established in the orientation commission for the purchase of appliances were purchased devices at prices more than dozens weaken the real price.
In his reply Serbest Mustafa , Chairman of the Electoral Commission said that all organizational issues of the powers of the Board of Commissioners , noting that the number of electronic sealing devices of 10 thousands of machines and the number of polling stations for elections to the House of Representatives in excess of 52 thousand, prompting not to be used for the limited number of devices station, pointing out that electronic seal has proved successful elections in the Kurdistan region has not canceled any polling station where the use of electronic seal was part of a large strategic project being completed, indicating that the Commission addresses the companies through the government has not given us any book about the existence of a fictitious company.
She called MP Magda Tamimi to know not to allocate the proportion of the share of UNHCR staff appointments for the year 2016 from the families of the martyrs and campaign certificates, pointing out that the appointments file in the Commission expresses the extent of corruption painfully especially that the number of applicants for appointment reached an advanced 50 is not set any advanced of them while It has been appointed a number of employees on the basis of the suspicions of administrative corruption.
The head of the Electoral Commission not to give UNHCR any degree of functional elections in the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 the most secure angel movement was set 39 degrees during the 2016 and the share of the martyrs of 10% , including 11 of the families of martyrs out of that number more than the allocated percentage, indicating that all grades It has been filled in accordance with the terms of the approved recruitment and priority for contractors and families of the martyrs.
She asked MP Magda Tamimi for the failure to take the Board of Commissioners legal action against the general director of operations for the added 50 voters for each polling station in the voting in the polling day election in 2014 without for approval by the Board of Commissioners contrary to the regulations and procedures, noting the absence of the movements of military cuts on election day and in the case of access is considered a major violation of the instructions, demanding to address the electoral office to disclose your book to add voters in the event of such a book , it is seen as a new issue.
In turn , head of the Electoral Commission stressed that the information is inaccurate as it does not function , Director General of Operations decisions without reference to the Board of Commissioners who issued instructions concerning the special voting adding that the preparation of the voter register your vote being final three months of polling day before as the military voters distribution in order to polling adjustments are made because of the security situation, especially in Anbar , it was transferred to the military in 1114 to the province mentioned from other provinces , forcing the electoral Commission to allow them to vote in their positions despite the difficult security conditions, a proposal to audit the official books in mPH And Dah elections.
She called MP Magda Tamimi to clarify the need for the Board of Commissioners request the amount of one billion dinars from the Prime Minister to buy cars for himself from the election budget in 2014 despite the allocation of 5 cars for each commissioner in addition to the receipt of the commissioners to Ojptin car gifts.
And between the head of the Electoral Commission that the Commission bought cars for UNHCR and for general managers and not private cars only with members of the Commission without the omission of a shortage in the number of vehicles where the Commission based on the approval of the Prime Minister to buy 21 car model 2013 9 of which are members of the Board of Commissioners will be delivered to the institution as well as the UNHCR institutions buy less cars, pointing to a decline in auto maintenance allocations.
And it asked MP Magda Tamimi about the reasons for dispatching guard staff of the Electoral Commission building personal Khamaiat to members of the Board of Commissioners despite the allocation of protections for them, confirming the dispatch of 12 element of the protection of the building to guard the members of the Board of Commissioners , as well as the presence of an official letter proves the existence of a significant financial waste.
He said Serbest Mustafa , Chairman of the Electoral Commission that the Commission did not send at all UNHCR building guards, but were sent central protection team , which has a major role in providing protection for visiting delegations and offices and conferences did not commission violate the law in this regard, noting that he not taken to send all members of the protection of a member of the Board of Commissioners during the dispatch inside or outside the country.
It demanded MP Tamimi know the motives that lie behind the ratification of the form of the ballot paper before its design in the House of Representatives election in 2014 by the Commission noting that there is a bias in the electoral paper in favor of a particular party design views.
And between the head of the Electoral Commission that the Board of Commissioners approved the ballot paper and technical specifications before the draw for the political entities , according to the mechanics of specific measures, adding that the approval of the technical specifications of the paper from the powers of the Board of Commissioners , where the assignment of the tender to a reputable foreign company within the legal controls at a price lower than the price offered by many foreign companies, indicating that the lottery that determines the distribution of political entities and can not be questioned in the paper distributed election.
She noted MP Magda Tamimi to the importance of knowing the reasons for printing the register of voters outside Iraq and referred to the company contrary to the instructions of the implementation of government contracts in the provincial elections in 2013 , especially that the Commission has introduced technical specifications prompted the companies to apologize while the provision of facilities for a certain company confirmed not having UNHCR accurate plan and manage court to hold elections , especially after it was leaked all the names of the voters of civilians and military personnel and sent to Britain to print the voter register was destroyed but the record and resort to printing the record again in the Commission within one day.
The president of the Electoral Commission that the Commission has printed the register of voters outside Iraq , a work by the Commission since its inception and has so far to ensure the technical specifications, adding that three international companies applied for the purpose of printing the voter register was tender to refer to one of the international companies to match the technical specifications and conditions approved and that all measures Commission within the law, stressing that the electoral register is included triple name of the voter without military rank.
She noted MP Magda Tamimi to the importance of clarifying the motives of non – receipt of source code from Andra company and the number of trainees from UNHCR staff who can deal with it.
In its answering Serbest Mustafa revealed the existence of types of source code vary from time to time have been trained 15 employees of the owners of jurisdiction for this code, alluding to the presence of several programs contracted concerning databases and card voter was conducted numerous updates at the request of the Commission to suit the nature of the work as well for the training of staff on the source code of the competent company that has set up a special center for the rehabilitation of the Baghdad account.
It asked MP Tamimi about the high numbers of delegates from the members of the Board of Commissioners to outside Iraq, causing great squandering public money and without a technical feasibility with her free of specialists, noting that the number of deputations of more than 300 dispatching in four years , according to the report of the Financial Control.
Chairman of the Electoral Commission stressed that most Alaivadat installed Oivadat specialized in various fields and at three levels, including the posts of international election observation and the signing of contracts and follow – up implementation of the strategic project on the verification and registration mail and most Alaivadat are financially covered by the authorities Her lawsuit, noting that the number Oivadat council members reached 86 Aivada over the past four years.
She asked MP Magda Tamimi for the appointment of one staff unlike the controls, instructions and the number of Aivadath and where he is now.
And between the head of the Electoral Commission that the person in question is considered a specialist in international contracts and incompetent their work, noting that the request has been submitted tenders section to appoint an interpreter after 9 days of the resignation of the head of the translation section to translate your biggest tender commission contract, was appointed as the person concerned for the purpose of translation after submitting a formal request UNHCR needed him where he was fielded for the purpose of translation, total Aivadath 13 Aivada, alluding to the employee concerned gave backing graduated from the University of Technology master ‘s degree and after approaching the university on the request of the health of the issuance of the certificate stated book not the health of their issuance , which led to a decision for his dismissal and return For amounts received after being revealed by the audit committees of UNHCR , which is now in it.
At the end of the interrogation MP Magda Tamimi made thanks to the Presidency and the House of Representatives and the President of the Commission Council and its members to attend the questioning session as a democratic state strengthen the oversight role of the Board.
As Serbest Mustafa presented Chairman of the Electoral Commission thanked the House of Representatives and the Deputy to the interviewer made available the opportunity to provide information concerning the interrogation quizzed.
Through Jubouri for ” the pride of the Council Bnaibh Magda Tamimi for their questions and documents, praising the presence of the head of the Electoral Commission , noting that the House of Representatives would be interested in a meeting on Tuesday , determine the question of their conviction with answers the questioner according to justice by saying, opinion and controls procedural.
Then decide to adjourn the meeting to on Tuesday of next week , 25/4 / 2017.anthy

Jubouri raises the parliament session to Tuesday next week after the end of the interrogation of the Commission

Monday 17 April

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives Salim al-Jubouri, Monday, the session of the 27th Council to the Tuesday of next week after the meeting witnessed the questioning of the Electoral Commission for elections within the parliament.

A parliamentary source said in an interview for Alsumaria News, “The Speaker of the House of Representatives Salim al-Jubouri, the lifting of the 27th session to the Tuesday of next week, which falls on the twenty-fifth of this month.”

The source, who asked not to be named, said that “this came after the end of questioning the Electoral Commission in parliament,” noting that “the meeting saw the vote on the draft law of the Union of Iraqi parliamentarians.”

On Monday, April 17, 2017, the House of Representatives held its 27th ordinary session under the chairmanship of Salim al-Jubouri and the presence of 170 deputies.

Pence tells North Korea not to test American resolve, offering Syria and Afghanistan strikes as examples


Vice President Pence shakes hands with U.S. military officers upon his arrival at army base Camp Bonifas in Paju near the truce village of Panmunjom during a visit to the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea on April 17.© Jung Yeon-Je/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images Vice President Pence shakes hands with U.S. military officers upon his arrival at army base Camp Bonifas in Paju near the truce village of Panmunjom during a visit to the demilitarized zone…TOKYO — Vice President Pence warned North Korea Monday that it could be in for the same treatment as Syria and Afghanistan — both of which the Trump administration has bombed this month — if it continues with its nuclear program.

The stark warning, delivered in Seoul after the vice president went to the military demarcation that separates the two Koreas, could revive speculation that the White House is considering military action against the regime in Pyongyang.

Pence said that the Trump administration wanted to convince North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons “through peaceful means” but repeated the administration’s warning that “all options are on the table.”

Pence arrived in South Korea just hours after North Korea launched its latest ballistic missile — which exploded within a few seconds — and amid a weekend of fanfare in North Korea, during which the regime showed off what appeared to be new missiles designed to reach the United States.

There, during a trip to the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea and later in remarks to journalists, he issued strong warnings to Pyongyang.

“Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan,” the vice president said after delivering a statement to the media alongside Hwang Kyo-ahn, South Korea’s acting president. Neither took questions.

“North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region,” Pence said.

Earlier this month, on Trump’s command, the U.S. military launched 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield in retaliation for a chemical attack killing scores of civilians.

Then, less than a week later, the U.S. military dropped a 22,000-pound bomb — the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat by the United States — on Islamic State forces in eastern Afghanistan.

With Kim Jong Un’s regime conducting a steady stream of ballistic missile launches and signs of activity around its nuclear test site, the Trump administration has raised the rhetoric on possible military action to stop it in its tracks.

But any potential strikes against the North would likely bring the United States into a diplomatic crisis with China, which is the North main economic lifeline.

Both Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who visited South Korea last month, and Pence have stated that “strategic patience” — the Obama-era policy of putting pressure on North Korea and waiting for it to return to negotiations — is over and that military action is an option to make North Korea desist.

The U.S. Navy’s decision to reroute an aircraft carrier strike group to the Korean Peninsula region as tensions mounted fueled speculation that the Trump administration might carry out a pre-emptive strike on North Korean military facilities.

Some analysts say that Trump might be emboldened by the ease of his actions in Syria in particular.

Administration officials say the situation has become more dangerous, but that no decision has been made about how to react to any new provocation by North Korea. They stress their desire to ensure that the situation does not escalate out of control, but at the same time they are not ruling out military action.

“As our secretary of defense made clear here in South Korea not that long ago,” Pence said Monday, “we will defeat any attack, and we will meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective response.”

Military action is strongly opposed in South Korea because it would likely bear the brunt of any retaliation. North Korea has a huge amount of conventional artillery lined up on its side of the DMZ, capable of reaching Seoul, a city of 10 million people just 30 miles from the border.

The fear of devastation in Seoul — and the risk to the American troops based in and around the South Korean capital — has long restrained U.S. administrations from striking North Korea.

To protect South Korea from North Korean missiles, the conservative government of former president Park Geun-hye agreed in July to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

The plan has been controversial in South Korea, with some worried that it would make the South more of a target for North Korean missiles, and others concerned about the economic revenge being exacted by China.

The front-runner to replace Park in a snap presidential election to be held May 9, progressive Moon Jae-in, has promised to review the previous government’s decision to host THAAD.

Apparently sensing a worsening political environment, the U.S. military sped up the deployment to try to get everything in place before the election.

Hwang, the acting president until the election in three weeks’ time, said that South Korea would “ensure the early deployment and operation” of the THAAD system.

He described the relationship as one of “totally seamless cooperation.”

Beijing strongly objects to the THAAD system because it worries the U.S. will use the radar system to snoop on China. It has imposed a painful economic boycott on South Korean exports and is making life difficult for South Korean companies in China.

Pence said that the U.S. would press ahead with the THAAD deployment and chastised China for its efforts to put pressure on South Korea to change its mind.

“The United States is troubled by China’s economic retaliation against South Korea for taking appropriate steps to defend itself,” he said. “The better path would be for China to address the North Korean threat that is actually making such defensive measures necessary.”

This is tricky for Washington, requiring the Trump administration to ask Beijing to crack down on North Korea at the same time as expecting it to accept the THAAD deployment.

Trump, who hosted Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in Florida this month and has talked to him again more recently, has repeatedly tweeted that if China doesn’t act on North Korea, the United States will.

Pence repeated that Monday.

“While issues like [THAAD] remain, the president and I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea but as President Trump made clear just a few short days ago, if China is unable to deal with North Korea, the United States and our allies will,” the vice president said.

Separately, South Korean prosecutors indicted Park Monday, paving the way for the disgraced former president to go to trial on charges including bribery, extortion and abuse of power.

pictures .. army removes the last directories and effects on the rule of Daesh Acer Mosul


Pictures .. army removes the last directories and effects on the rule of Daesh Acer Mosul
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Twilight News / regiment began the first infantry brigade 75 division sixteen wide campaign to remove and erase slogans and effects within the organization Daesh boycotted the responsibility of the brigade left side of the city of Mosul.

The ministry said in a statement on Monday, events were carried out by the media regiment as directed by the division commander Maj. Gen. Jabbar Hajim constant, remove all logos and writings of Daesh and put the Iraqi government forces and army slogans.