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families at the border both of those statements were lies simply not true according to inspector general's report she also attempted to end the program that allowed hundreds of thousands of people from honduras and el salvador to stay in the u.s. legally some who had been here for twenty years. she was also known for going out of her way to try and publicly please her boss asked in congress about reports he referred to african countries with a curse word she deflected asked why he wanted more people to immigrate from countries like norway her response was widely criticized norway is a predominately white country isn't that i'm the i actually do not know that serve but i imagine that is the case she made sure not to upset the president when asked about russian interference in the election i haven't seen any evidence that the attempts to interfere in our election infrastructure was to favor a particular political party but there is evidence the intelligence community has
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explicitly said the russians wanted to help president trump. in repeated trips to the border recently the president made it clear he saw security here as an important campaign issue he says he wants his officials to be tougher and even though she was repeatedly by his side and said she supported his policies in the end none of it was enough to please the president she tried so publicly to impress leaving her department more controversial the when she came and more concretely thousands of families with the permanent scars of separation. al-jazeera washington . still to come on al-jazeera india's ruling party leaves out his promises and policies ahead of next week's election bus. the main challenger in israel's election takes aim at the prime minister's new policy on settlements but are his priorities any better.
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hello there the crowds are gathering for us i reports of china in fact if you look at the charts on choose day we can see that that's a good deal of rain around two from chengdu all the way across towards shanghai as a loss a very dark bruise of our shot indicating some very heavy rain we can also see the winds are feeding up from the south so that's ensuring that the shanghai although it might be wet at times it is going to still be pretty warm for the maximum temperature of twenty seven degrees the temperature is really drop away there was that system works its way towards the south and away from us so a fourteen degrees would just be on maximum on wednesday hong kong a ways to the south of all of that is fine and settled on mix them up at around thirty degrees now towards the west and the temperatures are rising head now for many of us and we're also seeing a little bit more unsettled weather in the north just drifting its way towards the
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east making its way of opposing bangladesh and across parts of nepal as well so more showers are expected here and choose day and wednesday those winds will start to move away towards the east instead we'll see a bit more clouds and towards parts of pakistan and across afghanistan and that will gradually just be breaking up really as we head into wednesday and then elsewhere is just going to stay pretty hot so not cool about forty two degrees you may just catch a shower in the far south. thousands of people have been killed raped or mutilated in south sudan's civil war a un report says government forces and other militia are financing the conflict with money from the country's oil industry you will never break in south sudan and we will never totally this south sudan's oil minister talks to watch zero.
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two watching al-jazeera remind all the top stories this hour passengers have been evacuated from tripoli as media reports after it was hits in an airstrike launched by warlord holiday have to his forces fights at certain airports in the capital's eastern suburbs have been suspended. anti-government protesters in sudan are calling for direct talks with the army about forming a transitional government there a soldier was killed as the army intervened to protect demonstrators from security
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forces. keirsey nielsen is leaving her position as secretary of the u.s. department of homeland security she oversaw some of president donald trump's most controversial policies including the proposed border wall and separation of migrant families. i saw fighters are attacking the taliban in eastern afghanistan the fighting and kumar provinces forced some twenty thousand civilians to escape on foot they like foods water and clothing and injure other bats the capital of neighboring nangarhar province son i saw affiliates claim responsibility for a roadside bomb explosion that blast killed at least three people and injured twenty others charlotte ballasts has more now from jalalabad. where non-god just south of where despising has broken out between taliban and isolette started about two weeks ago the initial clashes and since then clashes it continued and
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a lot of people have fled we're talking about twenty thousand people that's later out crew now which is just north of where i am and then down here towards jalalabad a lot of them side by foot describing whatever they could be talking exploiting them is exploiting limited bedding limited hygenic supply of food and water so a lot of them are in some pretty bad way but as far as the u.n. and i don't see a scar there actually finding it very difficult to reach these people because a lot of them are in taliban or i still held areas was very difficult to find saif went in to see what these people need and how they can be a safe i talked to the negative governor a short time ago and he said that they have had tamed out and have found nine hundred families that have ended up in jalalabad since this fighting have been assisting them here's what he had to say i recently flew in the commercial hub and been bitten by the run and i see his. job with an increment. the initial reports we have. one hundred families day care bridge in other words or disaster
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not a support role for some international angels dragged through identifying them and had their children assistance you a traditionally nanga heart and who not just north of you have been taliban strongholds and i feel has bubbled up here in the last few years initially they were just disenfranchised taliban but now you're saying you're right of recruitment a lot of young people who ideologically most as i said a lot of grillo will see and they're trying to push waste right now at the foothills of the mountain state pakistan and trying to move through here one more provinces lukman the next one in kabul and that is the mission is that is why we're seeing fighting bubble up now as they try to push ways and the coming up against the taliban in the south and. israel is causing the old crossings in gaza and the occupied west bank for twenty four hours from midnight local time the heads of the general election there
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benjamin netanyahu promises to extend israeli sovereignty if his heart if his parsi wins cheese days folks will turkey and the u.k. have condemned the prime minister for his new settlement plans in the occupied west bank palestinian leaders though say they aren't surprised. we expected dogs. and your whole has been saying that for the last twenty years. maybe not publicly but this time you know he was encouraged by trumps the policies sometimes actions when trump decided to do the nigel's or most capital of israel. is over until. the pope i. see the heights he felt why not if trump approves and accepts everything that you know i ask on the amount then why are you not to go further and demand from him commission all of this or it's already over
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the local by the west bank. where polls have netanyahu in fierce competition with benny gantz who leads the centrist a blue and white alliance the former army chief is promoting himself as an honest alternatives and that's in your view it could face corruption charges in the coming months cancer is also among those who accuse netanyahu of stalking religious divisions. we have breaking news coming in for you just know the united states has designated iran's elite revolutionary guard corps a foreign terrorist organization president donald trump announced that decision on monday it's the first time washington has formally labeled another country's military a terrorist organization or the presidents of russia and
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turkey are discussing a missile defense system contracts which is cause an alarm in the united states tayyip erdogan is meeting vladimir putin in moscow after the u.s. stopped delivery of warplanes to turkey's air force turkey has bought the russian s. four hundred system to defense air bases u.s. fears the interceptor system will compromise the stealth secrets of its f. thirty five jets being sold to its nato allies. and the british prime minister to resume a is she to visit beryl and paris for yet more talks on breaks it meets german chancellor angela merkel and french president emmanuel micron before a special european union summit on wednesday may and britain's opposition labor leader jeremy corbyn still counts agree on a compromise deal for the u.k. to leave the e.u. and hope that all the latest. we enter. the latest crucial week
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not the first of course but the latest crucial week for brakes it first of all move by m.p.'s to pass legislation forcing the government to seek an extension to try and guarantee no no deal exit at the end of this week with that legislation in itself historic an extraordinary likely to receive royal assent later on monday although to resume a has of course already asked for that extension to be decided as an extraordinary summit on wednesday in brussels the other big development to look out for is ongoing signs of the search for compromise between the two parties here the main parties the conservative party and the labor party they were face to face talks between germany corben and to resume a last week and they will fizzled out towards the end of the week with labor saying the government simply weren't offering anything new anything substantial to ignore any detail about how they seek to reach consensus in the meantime this weekend to resume a recorded an address to the nation a very casual address to the nation at her country retreat checkers seated on the
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sofa next to the fire again reiterating in her view the need now for cross party compromise after the repeated failure of her own deal we await the details of how those talks may progress but of course heading into the summit on wednesday time is tight it may be the trees are made now he's preparing herself for a leap into the abyss to try and stave off that cliff edge breaks it at the end of the week by finally striking a deal with the opposition leader jeremy corbyn. india's governing party has announced its political manifesto ahead of next week's election the b j p is looking to build on what it says has been its major achievements over the past five years nine hundred million indians are eligible to vote for thursday the elections will go on for nearly six weeks. more from new delhi the governing b.g.p. say they want to make india among the top three economies in the world we're going
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to do that by continuing making it easier for foreign companies and locals to do business in the country but they're also going to double farmer income create pensions for small business owners an important base for them as well as reserve one third of all parliamentary and state legislature seats for women now some controversial points they say they'll bring in a uniform civil code right now in india civil matters such as marriage divorce and inheritance depend on the person's religion they also say they want to pass to citizenship bill that's a controversial measure that will allow migrants non muslim migrants from neighboring countries to apply for indian citizenship now the release of the manifesto began with the party congratulating themselves saying that the last five years have been a stork time for the poor and middle classes in india that another five years will take the country to even greater heights but critics say that in the last five years youth unemployment has gone up attacks on minorities have also increased and the growth in the economy has been concentrated on the wealthy. shareholders of the
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sun have a pauses and shared the former boss of the japanese car company was fired from the board of directors carla school and has already been removed as chairman after his arrest for financial misconduct in the vendor and shareholders demanded an explanation for her the scandal went unnoticed for years michael pan heads the japanese news agency shouldn't get sued he says the corruption case is complicated . yet charges which have been put against him this time are actually in many ways more serious you know previously you may recall he was essentially accused of underreporting his income to the stock exchange this time the prosecutors are saying that he directly embezzled money from nissan for his personal benefit and that of his wife essentially he used a shell game of of companies to transfer nissan money into his own accounts so
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this is a more serious round of accusations made by the prosecutors my analysis is that it's far more likely that this is part of a boardroom coup and that and that. claims that he's essential been set up does make a lot of sense so for example. if there are if nissan's executives were concerned about his pay why did they never go to him and say we're concerned about your pay instead they immediately went to the prosecutors in order to have him charged with serious crimes thus hurting the entire company's reputation so it doesn't quite make sense that this is a straightforward criminal case rising unemployment and iraq is provoking growing demands for government's action particularly by young people the international monetary fund says youth unemployment is more than double the government's official rate of twenty percent.
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a while but going life mike pump a new he's chief to get a statement night which comes after the u.s. has no desiccated city iranian national guards revolutionary guards. a terrorist organization that's listen and as a nation will take effect one week from today this is the first time that the united states has designated a part of another government as an f.t.l. . we're doing it because the iranian regime's use of terrorism as a tool of statecraft makes it fundamentally different from any other government this is storage step of the world's leading state sponsor of terror the financial means to spread misery and death around the world businesses and banks around the world now have a clear duty to ensure that companies with which they conduct financial transactions are not connected to the r.g.c. in any material way it also gives the us government additional tools to counter
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iranian backed terrorism. this designation is a direct response to an outlaw regime and should surprise no one and it builds on the more than nine hundred seventy arraigned individuals and entities that the trumpet ministration has already sanctioned for forty years the islamic republic's revolutionary guard corps has actively engaged in terrorism and created supported and directed other terrorist groups the r.g.c. masquerade as a legitimate military organization but none of us should be fooled it regularly violates the laws of armed conflict it plans organize and executes terror campaigns all around the world for the moana most founded the mandate was to defend and export the regimes revolution by whatever means possible the r.g.c. institutionalized terrorism shortly after its inception directing horrific attacks against the marine barracks in beirut in one thousand nine hundred three and the us
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embassy annex in one thousand nine hundred four alongside the terror group it midwifed lebanese hezbollah its operatives the work to destabilize the middle east from iraq to lebanon to syria and to yemen with this designation the trumpet ministration is simply recognizing a basic reality. the r.g.c. will take its rightful place on the same with this terror group that supports of unease hezbollah palestinian islamic jihad hamas as well ah among others all of which are already designated as foreign terrorist organizations the long list of r.g.c. backed terror incidents is apple justification for today's decision on it just give you a handful of examples last september a federal court in the united states found iran and i are g.c. response and for the one thousand nine hundred six khobar towers bombing bombing which killed one thousand american service members in two thousand and eleven the united states foiled and i are j.c. could forty plus right here in washington d.c.
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to bomb a restaurant the attempts to kill the saudi ambassador to the united states of america outside of the united states the terror campaign is just as active in two thousand and twelve four could force operators were happy apprehended after plotting to attack israeli targets in turkey in that same year two other good force operatives were arrested in kenya for plotting a bomb attack while the goods force also directed a bomb attack the target israeli diplomats as recently as january two thousand and eighteen german authorities uncovered ten suspected could force operatives active in their country the energy she supports palestinian terror groups the targeting civilians and it helped create u.s. designated terrorist groups both in lebanon and in iraq and the r.g.c. also backs the murderous assad regime which gases and slaughters its own people our designation makes clear to the world that iranian regime not only supports terrorist group but engages in terrorism itself this designation also brings on
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president pressure and figures who lead the big regimes terror campaign individuals like awesome so the money is the commander of the quds force and oversees iran's forces deployed to advance the islamic revolution through terrorism and other forms of violence he doles out the regime's profits to terrorist groups across the region and around the world. the blood of the six hundred three american soldiers the arabian regime a strand of gold in iraq is on his hands and on the hands of the ira g.c. more broadly. inexplicably the regime is facing no accountability for mike. lining the reasons why the u.s. . designates since the arabian revolutionary guards as a terror organization this is of course the first time that a foreign army has been designated
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a terror organization we'll keep with this story on al-jazeera to stay with us the official story is unfair and unfair we also know you don't care about the official story what has the media been telling join up front of my guests from around the world take the hot seat and we debate the week's top stories and big issues. since december twenty fifth a bloody civil war has ravaged the newly independent nation of south sudan on one side troops and militia backing the president salva kiir and the other those supporting his deputy and rival the shark the fighting has caused massive upheaval . all in all hundreds of thousands of been killed raped and mutilated millions forced to leave their homes many of them fleeing to neighboring countries a peace deal has been signed but the situation is far from settled clear however is
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that atrocities of been committed by both sides essential question now how did the government troops and the militia manage to continue the fighting after all it's expensive to fight wars. the key is the country's number one source of income oil. the united nations human rights report in february said the oil industry is fueling the war the un report says quote the state owned oil companies operation have been characterized by a lack of transparency and independent oversight allegedly diverting oil revenues into the coffers of elites in the government the report goes on to say revenues and income from other natural resources have continued to fund the war enabling its continuation and the resulting human rights violations the country's oil sector is supervised by the oil minister got coolth and today for the first time since the un human rights report talks to elders there. it is
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a kilo get coolth thank you very much for talking to us thank you very much for having me let's start with the rule off the oil industry in south sudan can you tell me how significant it is for the country. that a public of south sudan became independence in two thousand and eleven. we took from sudan of course and we took seventy five percent of the oil from sudan and ninety percent of the budget of the republic of south sudan is from oil so significantly the role that the oil is playing in the republic of south sudan is very very significant and the data suggest that sixty percent of your g.d.p. is coming from oil how do you think you are going to going forward we've had some tumultuous years in the oil industry are you planning to diversify your economy or further consolidate the role of oil in your economy. our focus is
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number one we need to increase the production because before the crisis in twenty thirteen we were producing three hundred fifty thousand barrels a day but currently we are producing hundred eighty thousand barrels a day so we want to go back to where we used to be that's one number two blocks that has been dormant for the last five years we had as you mean the production there in block one two and four we have resumed the production number three our focus is to make sure that the new blocks. view one and b. two then a one a six we want to have new players because the players that we are having in south sudan we have seen p.c. of. malaysia and you see of india these are the players and the now but which is the national oil company so we want to move quickly. to make sure that we resume the production increase the production that's one two we need to diversify we have a lot of resources so also one is blessed with
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a lot of resources our goal culture is one of the longest river in the world. is one we have a lot of fish we have a lot of eco tourism secular part of the of the diversity that we can utilize to diversify our economy well those are the really great ambitions but would you agree that the benefits of the oil revenues of south sudan haven't really been able to translate into growth for the people of south sudan you and i for instance started on ranks one hundred seventy eight out of one hundred eighty countries in the corruption index so clearly there is more that needs to be done are you cognizant of the fact and what are you doing about well corruption is everywhere in the world even here in. corruption is the most important thing is what are you doing about it the president is secular having a policy which is zero tolerance on corruption so anybody who is found to be corrupt that person will a killer face justice and this is what we have been doing of course in twenty thirty and we have a crisis in the country and this is
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a killer setback to the country into the people of south sudan but thank god we managed to fix it because the president is a killer for peace he has been championing this peace for many many years and now we have an agreement signed last year in twenty eighteen and this agreement. we have decided to champion peace and implement the peace agreement so now the focus is now this we have peace who will now move forward to build this country and also to provide social services for the people of south sudan. but do you agree that so far it hasn't happened well we have been trying it has not happened in a way that we wanted to have it because of the crisis in the country but we wanted to make sure that we wanted to do better than what we are doing now so oil sector is crucial to this ambition to provide for the people of south sudan let's talk about the oil sector in itself who are the players and how does the oil ministry operate because there is as you mentioned there is a lot of investment that is coming in for from foreign investors who obviously want
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to make money for themselves rather than people of south sudan well in the exploration production sharing agreement is very clearly articulated to who should get what as we speak now we have seen p.c. from china. we have from the us from malaysia we have also and you see from india clearly it is stated that oil will be divided into profit oil and costs oil the cost of oil is go for the person of the project or production will go for cost or you will sixty percent profit oil that will be shared by the partners and also by the government government of the republic of south sudan will take eighty percent of it so and this eighty percent of it this is what we will use to provide services to the people of the loss of that nobody is being cheated and we are very happy with the partnership that we have been having with the. p.c. and all the partners your website of your company says that you your ministry has a supervisory role in all dealings in the country whether it's local companies or
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foreign companies can you describe to us what that supervisory role entails and what do you do to make sure that the laws of south sudan are implemented and letter and spirit well one thing that we are doing is to make sure that the environment is protected in the country all the oil companies that are operating in the republic of south sudan must abide by the rules and regulation of the environment so environment is one of the area we will not compromise on one is the local content the local people must benefit from the oil by providing said. this is a community development fund is the belief schools to build clinics and also have a culture and what clean drinking water and that that has been happening in the republic of south sudan and this is what we are doing also to make sure that even the contracts that are being awarded out so sudanese are in the center of this extremely serious allegations have been leveled by the u.n. human rights commission in south sudan and against their revenue of oil being used
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by various militias to carry out crying switch amount to him this crime and will go into details of those crimes are you aware and what is your reaction to that report well the enemies of peace. categorizing us this way. people are a killer saying the oil money is being used to fuel this war i have been in the ministry of petroleum. since two thousand and sixteen. and i can assure you there is no single dollar that has been used to buy arms in the ministry and even in the country the focus of the president of the republic of south sudan has been to bring peace because he knows very well that you will never never bring any sustainable development without peace or will continue to create problems to the country and he will continue to create miseries to the people of south sudan the focus is peace peace peace we are not investing in war and will not invest at
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all in war accusations that have been leveled against these militias of the kind of crimes that they're committing it's it's rape it's there they're burning people inside their homes when they're alive and these militias are supposedly being funded by someone and this actually this report cites a paper trail which links companies like nile pet to be behind these behind the with the operations and funding that you said that there is not a dollar that is being spent by the oil ministry but it's not directly the oil ministry it's people who are related to the oil ministry who are spending that money has not been financing and they had to vittie is that is related to violence in the country i can i kill it tell you this because i know that it is and i know what they are receiving in terms of of money whether it is from the consortium where they are having five percent of this year's there or from downstream providing fuel to the country i'm not saying that there are no crimes being
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committed in the country and that's why the president has constituted a panel to investigate all those who are killing committing atrocities and some of them have been sentenced to death and they are regular be prosecuted and that's why it is like a very important to note that the president will not tolerate any criminal activities whether you are in the army or you are in. the police or you are in the national security he has been so far in fighting those who are committing atrocities but that is a different between individual crimes in the uniform and i kill a crime being committed by the state that are individuals who are kill or committing crimes and they are in the service and when there is covered they are killing so early only any people from the oil sector there are who are being investigated right now no i'm not aware of any other so let me cite this un report to you the in let me quote this is the state owned nile oil company's operations have been characterized by a total lack of transparency and independent oversight and it's diverting oil
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revenues into the coffers of elite in the government who are behind the funding of these militias carrying out these heinous crimes are you saying this is all made of thin air you know they're human beings they're writing reports and they have opinions some of them they're not happy with south sudan some of them are not happy with our leadership some of them are even now criticizing the agreement that we have seen if you are for peace why would you criticize peace that has been signed to transition the country and the people of south sudan from war to peace some people are killing not happy with this agreement simply because they don't like the players those who brought peace like the god region and also those who are regular continuing to participate in the government they are not happy with it i'm not surprised that people like. those that i have described are also participating in writing reports like this so that they burn the country as a bad country but for me south sudan is a killer full of hope. yes future is very bright we need to organize ourselves like
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what president salva did now bringing peace make sure that there is internal cohesion in the country and then we will deliver services and develop this country we don't need anybody from outside to tell us what to do we will do it ourselves but what these people are identifying is not branding south sudan as you said as any and in any brush they're very specific about the kind of people who are being funded by various state institutes to carry out crimes and you said that there are people who are involved in this on individual capacity so is this something which is endemic how deep does it go into the oil ministry into nile pet and into the government of such well in the us i said before if there are individuals that are individuals even in this country and in the world war achille criminally minded people commit crimes and what we do as a government is to help the hold them accountable and this is what we have been
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doing in the ministry of petroleum now or the country we are not condoning criminal activities of those who are killing raping people i have daughters i have a wife and all of our leaders that. nobody will kili condone somebody else to rape your daughter or your wife anybody who are saying that the government is condoning it already supporting it was financing it they just don't know our culture so sudanese you will never allow rape in south sudan and we will never tolerate this but yet the rapes continue and the violence continues that's why our mission the violence against children continues yes you say that it is against the culture of south sudan but it is being committed by parties to the conflict in south sudan these are not people who come well outside most of the reports that you are killed reading majority of them are fabricated.
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they are not actually telling the truth even the success we had now for the last three years they are not being reflected in the report it is not even the wherever we are sorry now in twenty twelve million two thousand and any t. . september twelfth two thousand and eighteen it is not being appreciated or not be reflected and that's why we have regular come to the conclusion that we need to bring peace to ourselves as a country as people of south sudan we need to reach our most of the positions that all of them that in juba the capital of south sudan we are working together by president went to the vatican a week ago met with. the holy see pope francis and. prayed for the people of south sudan and the whole leadership will be going to vatican first week of april to make sure that there is peace and reconciliation and healing in the country so that we can deliver now services to the people of south sudan we have started delivering services but with the small pockets of of fighting
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here and there we will not be able to do more but. as we speak now there is total peace in the country where there are four hundred thousand people who have been killed since the war started there are more than a few million who are displaced is fighting that still continues in like you said in pockets of the country i don't think that anyone is doubting here the intentions of your government but how much of those intentions are actually going to translate into actionable progress for the people that is something which your government so far has failed that's what i'm michael saylor you know the number one action that we have done is bring peace we have signed peace and the peace is being implemented that's one too we have allowed all the opposition leaders to come into the country they are now in juba they are in the country they are feeling secure and safe that's one thing number three the president has launched development projects now by building highways in south sudan using the crude oil to build roads and power this is
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a killer some of the thing. that we have translated into action not words this is what we are doing and this is now myself and my colleagues in the government we are also working to make sure that the production is increased and we resume the oil blocks that has been dormant for the last five years this is also going to translate into into money so that we can have more money and then we provide services to the people of them but that's the problem that we know that with more money comes more corruption and that's what various reports have been citing that a lack of transparency a lack of third party evaluations a lark of people giving people hope that their government representatives are actually going to deliver for them and the way this is been happening there is this talk about eighty million dollars which has been divested in from various oil revenues into these militias not exactly just for procuring guns but this is been going into the aviation industry which is held by you know various government officials who are currently part of the government and their wives and their
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spouses so this is an endemic problem what is the concrete step that you taking so far what you've been telling me are great intentions but what has been done so far and how are you defeated people are being dismissed people are being held. while there are former ministers were dismissed before me there are people who are actually in jail because of corruption we have been a killer deal of targeting people who have been kill involved in corruption and there and they are prosecuted to me the president the secular doing the right thing and we are open books in the ministry of petroleum of finance all the whole government we are open book because basically the sellers of the oil is international community and we transfer the money from the buyer to the to the central bank account in new york. not in juba we have an account in the federal reserve bank in new york and in the us usa this is yes definitely i'm not saying that there is no corruption corruption everywhere in the world but the most
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important thing is how you deal with it mr get go through your background is from a criminal justice perspective you are in a position where your country can greatly benefit from the proper functioning of your ministry what do you bring in to dismiss you personally satisfied of sitting in that chair for three years in achieving what you have i'm very proud of what i have done. under the presidents died and said leadership president salva kiir. i'm also very proud that the colleagues that have been working in the government and also in the ministry of petroleum they are doing very well and i'm very happy that also we have a neighbor sudan that is called pretty with us very well president bashir. managed to sit together with his colleagues president of uganda president of kenya president everything the prime minister we thought yes they worked together and they brought peace to the people of south sudan so the explanation that we are
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having with sudan he's also contributing positively in resuming the production and increasing then the oil production so that so far i'm very very proud of what i have done and we will continue to do more under the leadership of president sam is there something that you wanted to achieve and you haven't been able to well for a killer focusing to make sure that we have more investors to come and invest in broad view one and two we have a one all the way to a six we have we also have eat two into blocks by the way it's also done is floating on all your. so sudan is full of oil only twelve percent of the whole country is explored eighty eight percent is really an exploit so that's why i'm here and i will be also traveling worldwide to make sure that the narrative of oil is not what the reports say the narrative of south sudan is peace
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prosperity full of hope and we have a lot of resources that we can use for the benefit of the people well that's a great public relations campaign and i think you know you doing a great job in taking it abroad let me let me sort of liberalism let me say is the united nations the united states rather the commerce department right now because you said you need to bring foreign direct investment into the country the this is the u.s. states united states commerce department saying sanctions on fifteenth south sudanese oil operators they were importing sources of cash for the government in an action aimed at increasing pressure on our present keer to end the country's conflict and humanitarian crisis so this is it's not just the united nations report this is the largest or oil producing company in the country in the world these are the united states government which is going to be either you part or are going against you how do you plan to bring in more investors when your country's prognosis is quite opposite to what you've been seeing speaking u.s. is a friend going to continue to be a friend because they have been with us during the war and they have been with us
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when we were conducting a friend myself i was also privileged to be in new york in washington at the same time. they will continue to be our friends what they have imposed is not for sanctions is restrictions. these restrictions to these oil companies basically they are saying if you want to procure any equipment for the operation of oil you need to get permission from the department of commerce we this is a very unfortunate and we're also appealing to the u.s. government to release that restriction because it is not allowing us. to do what we want to do. by the way we will continue to be friends to the u.s. just like what we are also doing now we are friend to china we are also a friend to russia we want to make sure that everybody in south sudan is highly welcome and we will use of the resources that we are having. very. greedy and
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keeping it for ourselves the best ages peace and friendship your friendship with china we all know every single blog that you cite is about forty percent of their investment they are coming in but your friendship with the united states does not seem to be heading in that direction because like you said these restrictions have come because these individuals or companies have been found to have some sort of ties with the violence in south sudan you can't escape it unless you can take some real action that the world would look and see and say now that's a place we can do business with well just to tell you that yes we are a friend to us but we want to also appeal to the u.s. that you don't punish your friend when you are trying to advise them you have vice them politely tell them you are going wrong here and then you can fix it here and that's why we are regular appealing to them to ease those restrictions so that we will love continue to be in the same road we want to make sure that us continue to be our ally. in the region and we'll continue to work together what i what i'm
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trying to get at is that you are going to appeal to them and you are going to say that what you said was either true or false and this is what we've done so what is it that you have done which is going to persuade the americans to lift those restrictions but sometimes you know your friend can sometimes. say things about you which are not true and then you have to discuss them quietly and say this is what you have stated by me by me but this is what i am and i believe that these restrictions will be lifted but right now what you are saying is that you denying the united nations you denying the united states you are denying allegations that have been leveled by your. tribes people in the new our tribe have leveled allegations against the government of that you represent so all of this can't be completely false there has to be some truth to it honestly speaking. the conflict in south sudan has nothing to do as tribes whether it is. body or
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the tribes no. something to do with the political to struggle the power. if you want for example. water took over from president salva kiir. using violence what are you going to do than definitely that if there is a before disaster and that's what we we went through in twenty or thirteen and we want we don't want to repeat this again anybody the focus now you have peace make sure that we focus in implementing that women and then in three years from now we will go for election and whether he's elected by the people of south sudan will be the president of the republic of south sudan we don't need to fight again we don't need to subject our people into this suffering we just want to have peace so that president salva kiir will contest he if he's elected he will be elected that he will be the president of the republic of south sudan resident people can wait for another five years mr. petroleum minister for south sudan thank you very much for
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a tool statecraft makes it fundamentally different. from any other god. forces loyal to warlords have started launching air strikes at tripoli's only operational airports as the battle for control of the libyan capital intensifies antigovernment protesters a call on the army to hold talks on a transitional government to replace president bashir. a little your support of the golden state warriors go into the n.b.a. playoffs as the top seeds in the western conference. hello u.s. president donald trump has designated iran's revolutionary guards as a foreign terrorist organization and this is the first time washington has formally labeled an arm of another country's military as a terrorist group the trumpet ministration says the iranian force actively participates in finances and promotes terrorism as
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a tool of statecraft iran has threatened to take similar action against the us military. today the united states is continuing to build its maximum pressure campaign against the iranian regime. i am announcing our intent to designate the islamic revolutionary guard corps including its good force as a foreign terrorist organization in accordance with section two nineteen of the immigration and nationality act just as a nation will take effect one week from today this is the first time that the united states is designated a part of another government as an f.t.l. we're doing it because the iranian regime's use of terrorism as a tool of statecraft makes it fundamentally different from any other government this is stored step of read the world's leading state sponsor of terror the financial means to spread misery and death around the world frozen jordan is standing by the state department where pompei all made that announcement will go to her in just a moment for us over it for
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a white house correspondent kimberly halkett and kimberly this was expected yet it's still an unprecedented move. yeah the white house is defending it not only do they hold a background briefing with reporters on this but also sending out a statement essentially making the argument that this designation complements some of the actions that have already been in place that this white house refers to as its maximum pressure campaign that this designation of the i.r.g.c. is a foreign terrorist organization by the united states expands the state scale and scope of that maximum pressure campaign sensually reporters asking you know what this means for those who may be doing business in tehran who may not realize whether or not these businesses are in any way interwoven with the i r g c the white house did not have an answer for that only saying that if anyone is caught doing business under u.s. law now this would make it
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a criminal prosecution the intent in all of this the white house says is to force iran to abandon what it calls its malign behavior that iran now has a clear choice that it can seize what the united states calls destabilizing activity in the middle east or face severe economic consequences and in the process when a story. over but hadn't taken the step is there something to be said about the timing why no. i tried to press the deputy press secretary in the driveway of the white house just now and that they didn't hear my question or chose not to take it but there certainly are many that are questioning the timing of this given the fact that the israeli elections are imminent and this may be in some way to try and boost a well known ally of u.s. president donald trump and that is benjamin netanyahu the leader of israel so this is certainly something that is being asked here in washington when we asked the
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white house in this briefing about that timing they would not give an answer in fact they did not answer the question all only saying that there is an opportunity to diminish the power of iran through this designation and it is time for the united states to stand with the people of iran who may not have the same views as their leadership ok you can really help reporting from just outside the white house kimberly thank you let's bring in roles in jordan she's joining us from the u.s. state department you were listening to that briefing pompei you gave just give us a sense of what more he had to say in the tone. well the tone was very determined the administration has really been processing this issue of holding iran accountable for its foreign policy and the big argument that secretary of state might pompei i was making is that the i r i r g c is the one that
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really drives iranian foreign policy not only does it help determine iranian foreign policy it actively engages in trying to as the secretary of state and the special representative for iran policy brian hoke said try to remake other countries across the middle east in iran's image in a sense to try to spread the islamic revolution of one nine hundred seventy nine to other countries mr pompei also made a point of noting the support for the government of president bashar al assad in syria in that country's eight year old civil war he made a point of talking about the engagement of iran in the ongoing civil war in yemen and he also made a point of talking about. efforts to try to destabilize the government in lebanon by supporting hezbollah even though. working ization is considered a terrorist organization by the international community rose one is it possible to
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gauge how much support there is for this move outside off the sort of white house and state departments of the trumpet ministration because there are reports that some pentagon officials are perhaps a little apprehensive about this move fearing that it could in fact provoke a backlash against u.s. troops stationed in the region. well certainly that question came up several times during the briefing first with secretary of state powell pale and then with two senior officials nathan sales who was the assistant secretary for counterterrorism as well as mr hull koon deal. with the iran foreign policy per. all and basically said tell us forces always have the ability and are always given the tools necessary to protect themselves wherever they happen to be deployed there was also one question but not as many as you might expect about the fate of
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americans both. iranian americans as well as other americans who have been detained by the iranian government there was simply this answer from brian hook that the u.s. would continue to use diplomacy to try to secure their release even though this designation of the. i.r.g.c. excuse me as a foreign terrorist organization has been imposed and unless there's huge pushback from members of congress it takes effect seven days from now. with an update from the u.s. department thank you so earlier on monday the iranian foreign minister mohammad javad zarif stressed that his country will not let washington go unpunished if it dares to designate the islamic revolution guards corps as a terrorist organization he also warned that iran will be prepared for a tough reciprocal response let's speak to. him he's the editor in chief of the forest news agency he's joining us via skype from tehran thanks for speaking to us
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so what do you expect the iranian response to be. thanks for having me well the rainy and officials have already stressed that that would you know it was super kate to move this but the fact that they are not after escalating tensions with anyone including the united states but apparently donald trump means to you know go ahead with this fully illogical move you know they claim in washington that they mean to crease economic pressures and i.r.g.c. any iran in favor of bringing to iran to the negotiating table why do we all know that i.r.g.c. has been targeted by the cats sanctions act and those who are who claim in washington that they intend to force foreign investors and businesses to escape the run under the suspicion that they don't know if they are dealing with i.r.g.c.
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or not they have already you know withdraw from the reigning market under the katz sanctions act also i r g c has been labeled you know has been targeted by presidential decree executive degree one three two two four that these rules are that harsh word answer on the i r g c and it's going to scare foreign companies when it comes to trading or investing in iran no. no not at all i was explaining the same thing actually when the united states you know labels a group as a sponsor of terrorist groups or it is a group to be terrorists much of the repercussions economic repercussions are the same maximum sanctions come in place and such entities are placed under such harsh sanctions and i argue sees no exception it has come under
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you know much pressure and economic sanctions what is the difference that what is the friend is in area of security and military cautions when a group is there is a committed the terrorists because then the us army would be duty bound to forget or capture this entity and then iran which definitely reciprocated would defend themselves they have already stress that they would treat us army as eisel members and considering that both have boots on the ground in a mil east especially in the persian gulf then you may see that crude prices would skyrocket these names them concentrated or should. we raise a good point that what impact is this going to have politically as well as militarily on the i r g c and where it operates in the region. well. this move is that going to again change or but not in the way that that is
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desired by the tribe administration you know iran and the u.s. have been arch foes the current state status of a verse that has been in limbo somehow between these two our foes will you know turn. spiraled out of control as a result of this smallest mistakes you know a misfire or a story like the u.s. marines that were captured by iran in iranian waters in the persian gulf this could you know spiral out of control and end up in war and only the beginning you know the in the show impact would be rising crude and energy prices in the you know as a result of such conflicts and clashes in the persian gulf therefore it seems that donald trump is forcing the whole board and the region to pay for the costs of these illogical you know decision making policies and decisions and i believe.


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