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i. president hassan rouhani slams the suspicions surrounding iran's nuclear program claiming there's no place for atomic weapons in his country and his address the un general assembly. greenpeace accused of piracy after trying to storm a russian oil rig while the country hosts an international forum to secure arctic ecology. and the u.k. approves its own citizens people of a tiny mid atlantic island say they are being squeezed down to make room for a u.s. military base. and i welcome you watching r.t. coming to you live from moscow with me and three farm. addressing the u.n.
general assembly iran's president hassan rouhani says he's ready for dialogue on the country's nuclear program he's called for a consistent voice from washington on the issue while obama also signaled his willingness to talk on the sidelines of the gathering in new york russia and the u.s. also continued their work on a consensus over syria artie's nice and now he has this report. at his debut speech at the u.n. iranian president hassan rouhani stressed iran is not a threat but made to be won by other countries to promote interests in the region he said that no military solution is acceptable in the region and the syrian crisis is a result of external influence to change regional order now rouhani talked about how people in the world are tired of wars and violence and how moderation is needed he added that iran is ready to cooperate he once again said iran is not seeking
nuclear weapons and is ready to help quell concern over its peaceful nuclear program bottle me out on iran's nuclear program and for that matter that of all other countries must pursue exclusively peaceful purposes nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction have no place in iran's security in defense doctrine and contradict their fundamental religious and ethical convictions. as expected he had a much softer tone than his predecessor but the israeli delegation was not present for rowhani speech in fact in an interview after his speech he did talk about the holocaust saying that it was a horrible crime against jewish people much different kind of rhetoric than we heard. from. in his speeches at the u.n. the u.s. was present for the speech a lot of hope of course that this week could see a reset of u.s. iran relations no direct exchange between the president but the highest level
meeting since one thousand nine hundred seventy nine will be held as of now on thursday between foreign ministers now on the sidelines of russia and the u.s. continue their work to try and find consensus on syria sergey lavrov and john kerry confirmed the meeting was constructive lavrov says there is a mutual understanding that the next step is to move forward with the geneva two format but the u.s. is now pushing for a stronger u.n. resolution on syria that would call for the use of force if it doesn't comply with plans to get rid of syrian chemical weapons russia is very wary of any kind of mention of force in resolutions because it believes it counters hampers diplomatic efforts and also wants to push for all chemical weapons on both sides both the government and the rebels to be destroyed the u.s. pointed out it will still act to protect its interests in the mideast in fact obama
in his u.n. speech said the u.s. is prepared to use all elements of power including military force to secure these core interests in the region and that's not a very good sign for diplomacy. well barack obama also stressed that president assad staying as head of the syrian state is not an option saying it would create an extremely violent space for extremists to operate and he wore activists brian becker believes washington is just looking for a pretext to push through a military solution to the conflict. but the united states and what france are trying to do at the security council is the bully russia and china in order to get wording into that resolution that would authorize them to carry out military action under the rubric of the united nations but clearly the obama administration says it has the authority to act unilaterally but it would like to have some sort of shield or at least a mask for that sort of unilateral operation chemical weapons in this instance are
a pretext for an escalating intervention the obama administration's hand it's been stayed because of global opposition including massive domestic opposition in the united states they're trying to come back but they're in a weakened position right now it's a double standard it's hypocrisy the united states is trying to bully the u.n. security council to do what it really wants to do which is to escalate the conflict in syria to overthrow their government room on iran's president hassan rouhani has said expansionist strategies in the region cannot be masked by humanitarian rhetoric he stressed any use of force would only deepen the syrian conflict and that's just one of the many points of contention between america and iran but is there a chance of open dialogue between tehran and washington some answers to that question of coming up in cross talk in about twenty minutes. it's both sides need to compromise it's not just washington iran has a whole history of deceiving the international community about its nuclear program
it's documented it's on a record this isn't information that should be debated i think the un need to come to terms with what is actually real and what is not and there is no there is absolutely not one iota of truth in what you just mentioned iran has always been transparent about its nuclear program but under a person from the united states the i.a.e.a. start helping iran they've pulled back it's never been secret and this is just in accurate. a taste of crosstalk there coming up in about twenty minutes time and we're closely following all the developments at the general assembly to we've got all the details for you online you can listen to all the speeches by the world leaders and more all you have to do is go to our website at r.t. dot com. greenpeace activists are facing piracy charges in russia after attempting to storm
a platform an oil platform in the arctic they insist their protest was for the sake of the environment while investigators are calling it a reckless assault and this comes as russia hosts an international arctic forum focusing on eliminating environmental damage in the region r.t. as you call peace can obvious following events. well the activists themselves say that their actions were peaceful but you have to understand that a floating oil platform is a sophisticated mechanism there's a whole system of traffic for ships moving around and connecting to it to load up fuel and just simply docking to it could cause massive consequences including a damage to the environment but the activists didn't only try docking to the platform two of them tried climbing onto it one of them even fell down into the waters and according to the investigative committee in russia they say that they didn't only a danger to their own safety but to the environment as well so now all thirty of
them from eighteen countries are now in the russian northern city of more than ones waiting for official charges which could go all the way up to piracy and terrorism but despite the scandal with the greenpeace activists what we're seeing here are truly international efforts to preserve the environment off the arctic russia for the third time is hosting the arctic international forum this time in the city of the only one located exactly on the line of the arctic circle over four hundred experts have gathered here and one of the main issues being discussed is the environment in the arctic it truly this region holds vast natural resources of the general understanding here is that the temperatures in the arctic have in general warmed up opening up new opportunities for countries to develop these natural resources and a lot of attention is now focused on preserving the environment. well as world
powers team up to secure the ecology in the arctic rivalry over its rich oil and gas resources is heating up and that also includes the potential threat of countries increasing their military presence in the region for some insight now we're joined by live by simone ways men from the stockholm international peace research institute thanks very much for coming on to the program and we hear there about a potential increase of military presence by countries around the world in the arctic do you think that is a real threat. well the risk clearly an increasing trend to already defy fock to countries to increase their presence to military presence in the arctic. it's not a very strong threat because she said there are clear for in which the arctic is discussed among the five country that claim water stare and territorial resource the water there but there is always to chance to see if there are more weapons
around which guidelines and unclear rules of engagement and clear procedures when you meet each other in in that are claimed by several countries. things go wrong accidents happen very simple guns get playing to. people get get unhappy people do things that they shouldn't do it's not the beginning of a war but it's the beginning of it could be a very nasty incidents which could have every strong diplomatic. questions why is there a threat of this happening because as we understand it to cancel dialogue and i'm not cooperating anything right now so why can't people just talk about this why is there a feeling that there is a threat to. the region while there is there is there's talk they talk about it they talk about about dema cation of their territorial claims they talk about
behavior call prates in certain types of search and rescue and those kind of things but it's still that you have areas which are claimed by by two or more countries where both countries or more than two countries are patrolling sending ships or aircraft and when they meet each other it's always a little bit tricky what are you going to do how much do you take from the other side and something can actually go wrong doesn't mean that something goes wrong but for example between russia and the kind of things have gone wrong which in kind of end denmark for example. has got the upper hand in the battle for the arctic. five claimants are interested in strengthening the military presence and patrol ships and patrol forces to the canadians and the russians are quite strong of course they have. to. take.
the danger because of greenland. being patrolled. and the u.s. is a little bit behind in there even if they have a large military machine but very little is being used in the arctic itself but there is and clearly an interest and they pressure also in the us and in the other countries to increase military presence. military presence in the arctic and just very quickly what's the way to avoid the. one way is to just go. and talk about things. to talk about how do you behave when you meet each other at sea or in the. of communication just. seemed to be. you don't want to spend hours trying to reach a. very clear and very straightforward. communication
between potential. thank you very much we thank you. from the international. thank you. coming up later in the program the olympics goes out of this world is a cultural trio headed to the space station on a mission to boldly take an olympic torch where it's never gone before. talk to the man mr president this is what some are saying to drop a bomb and see anyone reading counterpart addressed the united nations hardliners in both countries particularly the u.s. to write diplomacy in all its negotiations there appears to be a genuine moment for engagement in the us ever take yes for an answer.
a look this tiny dot is the island which is situated roughly midway between the horn of south america and africa and human rights activists accuse the british government of squeezing the life of the volcanic island up rating families that have lived there for almost a century the reason america wants to expand a military base there your smith investigates. it's a tiny island in the mid atlantic made of volcanic rock and covered in pitch and guano but to eight hundred people it's home but now the story of ascension island has all the hallmarks of being another diego garcia the british owned indian ocean islands whose inhabitants were forced to leave to make way for a u.s. base despite having lived there for generations islanders accuse the british government of. operating families who've been there for more than
a century ten years ago it all looks so different person was promising democratic institutions for the island's a legal right to live and to own property it wanted a viable community that but today the population's already decreased by. with communities replaced by contract workers were tired or unemployed people eighteen had to leave and the similarities with diego garcia and the dominant feature on the island is you guessed it an american base heavily used during president obama's recent trip to africa there are also satellites and submarine tracking stations and one of those now infamous listening posts run by g c h q the british government now conveniently insists ascension has no indigenous population and many residents believe they intend to evacuate the island completely and abandon it to the americans far from the dreams of a permanent home they had
a decade ago. reduced to haul in the special relationship. if you get the chance to go to our web site we've got plenty more stories. including naming the dead investigative journalist tackle the secrecy of pakistan drone strikes to find the real death toll of u.s. warfare and increase the army's on the allegations it may be true. any members of the far right organization golden dawn all this and more is just a click away at our say don't come. first strike. and i think.
i say education is the best investment but it could prove a costly one for the students in france scared away from the job market by record unemployment figures many prefer to stay university but few can afford it and even for there you see you can there is still the question of what to do with their skills test recently has this report. the point of view of six million unemployed youth has been well documented to date in france it's above twenty six percent and in deprived there isn't a contrie it can go as high as forty percent the chances of getting a job are so slim some have opted to go back to school but even that is proving to be problematic students fall back to university campuses like this one for another academic year student unions are sounding the alarm over the cost of funding one year of study away from their parental home they say they'll have to shell out
between ten thousand five hundred euros and fifteen thousand five hundred each year a very steep price they say in addition to what they see as a bleak future ahead of the. story today that students from working classes have less possibility to access university education because of costs the university tuition fees are not very high but the cost of living is very hard returning to university this year is going to be difficult because all the fixed prices of food health what we call mandatory fees for social security all of it is going up in the month of september for the new school year he says is once again synonymous with sacrifice and financial hardship something that is only to fulfill with a working student completing her degree in theater her story is not uncommon finding herself in a vicious circle of ashley puts it trying to live with the superman series i'm an
optimist but it's so complicated to think about my status and at the same time having to work you have to find a job but even if you find one there is no stable salary without a stable salary you can't rent a room it's not such an extreme idea that one day you'll end up on the streets there are public servant accommodation but never enough to meet demand increased government funding the number of public housing doubled by twenty twenty but does little to ease the present burden and the only ready lost generation. there's a bit of good news though the budget for student scholarships has been increased to one hundred eighteen million euros starting this month which student unions hope will be better university access and experience some of the country's poorest. and for many heading into higher education that extra cash is vital to allow them to make a note of their studies. many students get part time jobs to pay for their education that's less than twelve hours a week but any more than education suffers france is experiencing an economic
crisis and we need to have more graduates for the future it's urgent that the public knowledge the problem before it becomes catastrophic and assuming one does not get an education it goes back to the question of managing to do something with it getting a job when there are hardly any tests are so you are to paris. smore international news in brief now a powerful seven point eight magnitude earthquake hit eastern pakistan the death toll has now risen to two hundred and eight people according to local authorities the deaths occurred in a district near the center of the quake where almost a third of the buildings are said to have collapsed tremors have been reported across the region and hundreds of kilometers away in india's capital new delhi. kenya's president has announced an end to the rescue operation in nairobi's westgate mall the scene of the country's worst terrorist attack in fifteen years five members of the militant group responsible for the assault on were killed
during the standoff eleven of those were are in custody at least sixty seven people died in the hostage crisis with around one hundred seventy injured at least two americans and a british citizen are among the al-qaeda linked insurgents they carried out the assault a u.s. led investigation claims the prop was hatched weeks or months ago in somalia where a team of english speaking foreign fighters were selected there are reports that a british woman may have spearheaded the attack. central china is being hit by torrential rains caused by the typhoon use argue which early it crashed through the southern part of the country we confirm number of dead in the worst hit area has risen to twenty nine with over half a million residents relocated economic losses from the storm have reached almost three billion dollars every rains in nearby vietnam and cambodia of course at least thirty six deaths. thirty seven mission to the
international space station readies for blast off on thursday morning one extra special piece of equipment is being stowed on board the sochi twenty fourteen winter olympic torch that is set to make history when it is taken on a space walk artie's paul scott explains. russian cosmonauts culture of and so resents came along with american astronaut mike hopkins the trio are about to embark on the thirty seventh expedition to the international space station but along with carrying out the usual array of hundreds of scientific and medical experiments present skin culture of have one more i'm usual task to perform in november become the first people in history to carry the olympic torch into open space. as dealers at the caress you as a community will make it as beautiful and spectacular as we can we want to make it memorable millions of people around the world will be able to see us at work and
see what we do you'll be able to see the outside of the eye assess with earth in the background we aim to make it a visual spectacle but we don't want to give you all the details just yet the torch will follow the crew to the i assess on a specially branded rocket once the russians have taken it on its unprecedented space walk it will head back to earth with returning crew members ready to continue its relay across russia. starting in moscow in early october the torch is to travel sixty five thousand kilometers around the country and will be carried by fourteen thousand berries two of which will be on the i assess although it won't be late twenty's and skiing cultural got their hands on it the very same torch will be used to light the cauldron during the games opening ceremony in february the crew of expedition thirty seven a relatively inexperienced only commander cults of has been to space before and he's providing a reassuring presence for the newest members of the space community but i'd also
like to say i feel very competent and part of that comes from our commander who's obviously very experienced to us in the space craft but as you can see here in the press conference as well always has a calming presence after launch the soyuz spacecraft is set to orbit the earth four times before docking with the eye assess the entire journey taking just around six hours the crew set to remain on board until late march michael fossum who would turn from the i s s two years ago and one day hopes to go back and explains what they can expect i'm very excited for my concern again is that as they look forward to their first flight they have dreamed about this like all of us relief from the time of childhood and now they're preparing to live that dream they're a little nervous they're a little excited and they're professionals they're looking forward to doing the job for which they've trained for many years while following the final preparations in the testing center behind me the rocket has now embarked on its journey to the
launch pad and although this train track is only five kilometers long the journey is taken around two hours it has done a walking pace as not to damage the technical equipment inside and although all does look set there's plenty more final preparations to be done in the few hours ahead of launch. some of those preparations include cooling the rocket with nitrogen to minus two hundred seventy degrees to stabilize and keep the four hundred tons of fuel cool so that come the early hours of thursday morning this rockets can deliver the i assess its newest recruits pull scott by colonel. and we'll be bringing you that live launch hopefully the next piece guess whether things will change between the u.s. and iran neither is a new president in toronto. wealthy
pleasure to have you with us here on t.v. today i'm sure. hello and welcome across all things are considered i'm peter lavelle talked to the man mr president this is what some are saying to barack obama as he in his own waning counterpart addressed the united nations well hardliners in both. countries particularly the us to ride diplomacy in on its negotiations there appears to be a genuine moment for engagement can the u.s. ever take yes for an answer.
to cross talk around u.s. relations i'm joined by jenny in washington she is a fellow at the stimson center at the brookings institution we also have berry he is the washington d.c. director of code pink and irvine we cross to so ryan separate she is an independent researcher and writer all right crosstalk rose in fact folks i mean she can jump in anytime you want if i go to you first in washington in politics and diplomacy i've always been told never use the following six words this time it will be different this time will it be any different between the two countries the united states and the islamic republic of iran well we certainly hope so we've seen that the united states has had sanctions on iran since the one nine hundred seventy five they've been. boosting the rhetoric it's time for the president to meet i'm appalled at the language of will they meet in the halls and will they be able to shake.