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president hassan rouhani slams the suspicion surrounding iran's nuclear program claiming there's no place retirement weapons in his country in his address to the un general assembly. president clinton says greenpeace activists are not pirates but reprimands them for breaching international law when trying to storm a russian oil rig. in the u.k. a brig's its own citizens people of a tiny mid atlantic island say they're being squeezed down to make room for a u.s. military base. are they watching r.t. coming to you live from the sky. now 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 force from washington on the year she 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 it has this report. 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 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 bonhomie out see it 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 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. continued their work to try and find consensus on syria sergey lavrov and john kerry confirmed the meeting was constructive love rove 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 strong 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 we want to rand's president hassan rouhani has said expansionist strategies in the region cannot be mosque 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 so mom says to that question coming up in cross talk at eleven thirty am g.m.t. . it's both sides that 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 record this isn't information that should be debated i
think that you 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 this nuclear program but how do a person from the united states start helping iran they pulled back it's never been secret and this is just in accurate. to tell you to crosstalk coming up a little later also closely following all the developments at the general assembly online and you can listen to all the speeches by the world leaders and more at our website at r.t. dot com. greenpeace activists are under arrest after attempting to storm an oil platform in the arctic they insist their protest was for the sake of being environment while investigators are calling it a reckless
a sold thirty activities from eighteen countries were detained and taken to the northern city of moments they are being investigated over these asians of piracy and could face up to fifteen years in jail and a fine of around fifteen thousand dollars will last week and what the investigators called an assault to try to climb on to the platform calling attention to the risks of drilling president putin commented on the case during his address to the arctic for more now from artie's lindsey france who joins us now mr putin actually said greenpeace activists were actually not pirates didn't tell a small yeah well let's establish first greenpeace has operated freely in russia for some time russians know very well what greenpeace is and when president putin has said this essentially he was acknowledging the fact that yes they're not pirates greenpeace is well known for their dramatic actions and protests but when
it comes to one of the harshest climates in the world and you're dealing with an oil rig and a security comes up on that sort of a situation drastic measures need to be taken to make sure no one gets hurt again this is in the far north it's extremely cold it's extremely dangerous so for a boat with even with greenpeace labels to to to come up to an oil rig attempt to storm and possibly seize security is going to assume right off the bat that they're going to that they are there to do damage that the worst case scenario could happen so that was a reason for a very dramatic reaction on the part of security and then of course law enforcement wants to take this to the highest level because of the dangers that imposes that if not could it set a precedent for these sorts of actions that could be very very dangerous and put lives at risk. now mr putin is speaking at the arctic forum currently being held in the euros or that actually is being staged to talk about ecological security isn't it and concerns about that so what more can you tell us about what decisions are
being made there well the aim of the forum essentially is to talk about ecological security but let's listen to what he actually said about the greenpeace activists and their reaction to what took place with them let's listen to what he's got to say. it would be better if greenpeace representatives sent with us together in this hole and told us what they think about the problems we're discussing they could state their complaints demands and concerns no one is trying to brush them aside would gather for meetings like this specifically to discuss such problems it's obvious they are not pirates but they tried to storm the platform our security forces and border troops did not know who exactly was trying to seize the platform under the greenpeace guys it's obvious these people violated international law by coming dangerously close to the platform. so there he addressed that issue in the op to form itself is aimed at ecological security as it's being addressed there
that it's a very sensitive area and very precarious to get drilling done and if god forbid there were an oil drilling disaster that they all want everyone wants that to be averted so what's really being laid out is who has who has the ability to drill and drill safely and what's being laid out is what the requirements are and it's really having the best technology and the best capability to do so without a disaster and which countries are up to par with that and frankly there are many countries that that aren't countries such as russia and a couple of the other major world powers do have the wherewithal to carry that out and those are some of the things really being set out here ok thanks for. being bringing us up to date thank you. as well as team up security ecology in the arctic rivalry over its rich oil and gas resources is heating up but also includes the
potential threat of countries. in the region this one was men from the international pace research institute expects. to talk about about. their territorial claims to talk about behavior called traits and 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 are 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 there is a risk clearly an increasing trend on the defy part to countries to increase their presence to military presence in the arctic.
choose your language. joyfully kill without it if you're going to kill some of. the concerns to. choose the opinions that immigrate to. choose the stories that if you. choose access to. welcome back and i watched by the atlantic ascension island is a distant remnant of the british empire still home to hundreds of people though the population has severely reduced over the past decade so let's take a look at this this tiny dot is essential and it's situated roughly midway between
the horn of south america and africa and it might be small but for the islanders the problem it represents is huge for residents and human rights activists accuse the british government of squeezing the life out of a volcanic island the reason america wants to expand a military base there artie's or smith investigates. it's a tiny island in the mid atlantic made of volcanic rock and covered in pitch no but to eight hundred people. but now the story of ascension island has all the hallmarks of big enough the 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. families who've been there for more than a century ten years ago when all the difference britain 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 retired 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 the now infamous listening posts run by. 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 from the dreams of a permanent home they had a decade ago. to haul in the special relationship.
well earlier i spoke to david lindsay whose family originates from the island and he says it's outrageous that british citizens could be forced on the whim of the us military. i have been there several times though and i say most most people on ascension out of our sense of indian origin in my family seven years ago i was born there there is a very very strong sense that ascension out of his being one might almost say starve to death and there is a precarious kind of political representation there that is the absence of guaranteed property rights are due to very much property rights at all people are born they have people to live their entire working lives their people do wish to retire there but cannot do so may not do so is not to mention the sick if this is because once we think there's any serious doubt because of pressure from the american base which is largely intelligence related and it is a serious question to be asked about why on british territory british citizens living there these are full british passport holders of why these people are being
treated like this for the sake of a station with a base which is almost certain you might know more of the details of this in fact engaged in the activities that have been such a huge global story in terms of spying on pretty much everyone but that is happening on british north american territory and a british population there is being mistreated. if you get a minute to go to our web site we've got plenty more on there including naming the dead investigative journalist in the secrecy of pakistan drone strikes to find the real death toll of u.s. warfare and ingrates the army is under fire over allegations it may be training members of the far right organization golden dawn all this and more is just a click away at r.t. dot com. they 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 state university but few can afford it and even for those who can there is still the question of what to do with their skills artie's test recently as this report. the point of view of six million unemployed youth as been well documented to date in france it's above twenty six percent and in deprived there isn't the contrary 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 as 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 them. today the 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 called 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 all too familiar with a working student completing her degree of theater her story is not uncommon finding herself in a vicious circle of puts it trying to recruit someone there to me i'm an optimist but it's so complicated to think about my status 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 soon accommodation but never enough to meet demand government funding the number of public housing doubled by twenty twenty but does little to ease the present burden of an already lost general. 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 with me 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 the most of their studies. many students get part time jobs to pay for their education that's ok if they work less than twelve hours week but any more the education suffers from this is experiencing an economic crisis and we need to have more graduates for the future it's urgent that the public powers acknowledge the problem before it becomes catastrophic assuming one does not actually get an education it goes back to the question in managing to do something with it getting
a job when there are hardly any tears are syria are to paris a quick look now at some other international news a powerful seven point eight magnitude earthquake has hit eastern pakistan the death toll has now risen to two hundred 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 and the rescue operation in nairobi as westgate mall was scene of the country's worst terrorist attacks in fifteen years five members of the militant group responsible for the yourself were killed during the standoff eleven others 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 that carried out the
assault us that investigation claims the port was hatched weeks or months ago in somalia where a team of english speaking foreign fighters were selected there are also reports that a british woman may have spearheaded the attack. sent from china is the hit by torrential rains caused by the typhoon is starkey which earlier crashed through the southern part of the country the confirmed number of dead is the worst hit area in the worst hit area has risen to twenty nine with over half a million residents relate k. to economic losses from the storm have reached almost three billion dollars heavy rains in nearby vietnam and cambodia have caused at least thirty six deaths. the such a twenty fourteen winter olympic torch is bogey going where no torches gone before it will be taken on a spaceport by two russian cosmonauts who due to blast off from earth on thursday paul scott has more on the historic mission.
the russian cosmonauts coach of and. 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 ray of hundreds of scientific and medical experiments result skin culture of have one more unusual task to perform in november now become the first people in history to carry the olympic torch into open space. it's the correct 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 old side of the aisle 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 eye 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 crewmembers ready to continue its relay across russia. starting in moscow in early october where the torch is to travel sixty five thousand kilometers around the country and will be carried by fourteen thousand bearers 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 cult 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 tubes in the spacecraft 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 mid march michael fossum who returned from the i s s two years ago and one day hopes to go back explains what they can expect i'm very excited for my concern again as they 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 has taken around two hours this is 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 calling 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 rocket can deliver the i assess its newest recruits pull scott baikonur. and you will be able to watch the launch life here on our next from prisoners to human rights activists we take a look at the lives changed by guantanamo bay prison that special report is coming up.
it's not that i feel lonely and i am lonely for him and who could possibly understand what i have experienced in guantanamo when i talk about it even asking who is most scum no one is able to imagine. and the flag flew over camp delta and guantanamo bay cuba where you know the detainees are housed. to honor all those service members and civilian who have lost their lives during the global war on terrorism and those who continue to fan the ideals of freedom and democracy throughout the world.