austria's governing coalition goes into a tailspin as the freedom party says all of its ministers are quitting in the fallout over a video sting against the party leader. saying the limits iran's quadrupling the protection of low enriched uranium as tensions with the u.s. ramps up the nuclear deal on roberts. and swedish prosecutors seek in the arrest warrant for julian assange to reopening a rape investigation setting the stage for an extradition fight with the u.s. .
are broadcasting live direct from our studios in moscow this is our chief international on john thomas glad you're with us. at austria's the governing coalition was left in tatters this monday after the right wing freedom party announced that all of its ministers are to step down the mass resignations are in response to the chancellor's attempt to sack him interior minister over his response to a corruption sting that has tarnished the party's image peter oliver has. what's happened it is it's been trying to clear the decks really here he's been trying to distance himself as much as he can from the beat the tape scandal and what he said is that he needs the interior minister as well as others to be part of a transparent investigation. i am of the firm conviction that full transparency and a complete and impartial explanation is no need in my opinion it all leads to a conflict situation. which would have concluded if the interior minister had
withdrawn from his functions he didn't take that step and in this respect i decided to in consultation with the federal president and i would recommend the dismissal of the interior minister but all of this is part of the fallout from the the bombshell really that was the be theft tape or the be thick gate scandal as it's being called in some circles in which well it cost former vice chancellor christine here his job he stood down on saturday after this video of a emerged ready with him in a look a bit thin villa talking to you a woman who purports to be representing a wealthy russian who we understand has a latvian passport who said that she wanted to make multi millions over hundreds of millions of euros worth of investment in austria and perhaps could even look to to purchase a big share in a newspaper in order to try and promote and his party.
media why it is. he said. yes it was stupid yes it was responsible yes it was a mistake but at the same time it was a victim of a targeted political attack that had used illegal means but when we're looking at positions that some from the freedom party hold in the cabinet then major positions talking about the foreign ministry the health ministry that offense ministry all of these posts now have nobody filling them as it were what we have heard from sebastian coe it says he was never going to work with the freedom party after the scandal broke he's called for fresh elections snap elections really and they're going to have to come quite quickly because if we look to the opposition in austria the social democrats of austria they're saying everybody. should go including
sebastien courts and that actually an interim government should take over until there can be fresh elections we are just days out though from big european parliamentary elections and parties who are campaigning at the moment are certainly using this scandal in austria to say well in particular in angela merkel's words as she was campaigning in zagreb in croatia she said look at this it shows you can't trust the populist you can't work with them and they'll only let you down we haven't to deal with populist movements that in many areas a contemptuous of this values who want to destroy the europe it has long been known to try to win populist destabilize our press freedom and democracy far right populists are the enemies of freedom. is only the 1st domino to fall getting ready for the pen or bond and other extreme right wing puppets of moscow's leash but what this could do is actually throw a major sponsor in the works of
a plan put forward by material the deputy prime minister of italy to try and build a bloc of right wing more right wing minded parties in the european parliament as it stands at the moment parties that the subscribe to that viewpoint is set to win $250.00 out of the $751.00 seats that are available however a big problem would be a big problem that exists right now for them is that nobody really wants to work with the austrian freedom party right now following this scandal. iran says it has quadrupled its production of low enriched uranium pushing the limits of the floundering 2015 nuclear deal it is a fresh escalation with the united states which pulled out of the deal more than a year ago driving iran to suspend its commitments earlier this month here's our middle east correspondent policy or. iran has quadrupled its production of low in which the reigning in the country's capacity to enrich uranium has been increased
without adding any new change or centrifuge so the design information related to these has been submitted to the international atomic energy agency this comes against the backdrop of an increase in tensions between tehran and the united states if iran wants to fight that will be the official end of the iran never threatened the united states again. iranians have stew troll for millenia while aggressors all gone economic terrorism and genocidal taunts won't and now this follows an increase in tensions between the sides that was sparked by the american administration's deployment of bombers and also an aircraft carrier to the persian gulf and this was because of perceived threats from to read and now the iranian president has responded by saying that he is open to holding crisis talks with international partners but he has said that iran will not respond positively to any
kind of threats more we welcome to go we do not negotiate with a party that behaves like a bully and takes a 1000000 for out of his pocket and force against all talks we do not hold such negotiations with anybody their neighbors greater stability everywhere we go in the middle east it's a real. major destabilizing in influence in the middle east spread destruction and the leaders of iran are record here's the world's largest financier of international terrorism behind every problem is already what we've been trying to do is to get the wrong to behave like a normal patient now the united states has been imposing a maximum pressure campaign against iran ever since the nuclear deal collapsed and at the same time has been imposing crippling sanctions earlier this month however in iran did warn that it would begin enriching uranium to higher levels and this it said was the remaining signatories to the deal did something to it the american 3
and also protect them from american penalties now europe is at pains to do this but it's far from clear whether or not the europeans can actually succeed in this now washington claims that iran is really aiming at developing nuclear weapons to iran has consistently denied this and it's worth pointing out at the same time that the nuclear watchdog the international atomic energy agency has never found iran. i lay ssion of any stipulations of the deal what we are seeing now however is an increase in some 3.76 percent enriched uranium not a spokesperson for iran's nuclear agency has said that this does not mean that iran will increase the number of centrifuges in use which is one of the terms of the agreement but however in weeks it could reach the 300 kilogram limit and that is a term that was set out in the 2015 deal they have informed the nuclear watchdog the international atomic energy agency and as of yet there's been no response from
this so the real concern is that iran will go beyond the limitations there for sit by the nuclear deal and although the public statements from both to iran and washington are that neither side wants to see them the 2 countries go to war the concern is that any kind of miscalculation at this particularly tenacious time could result in the whole situation spiraling out of control. meanwhile u.s. president says he is ready to negotiate with iran but only when they already made the remarks before flying to pennsylvania where he plans to address supporters trump also once again warned iran against making any provoke of threats. we have no indication that anything happened or will happen but if it does it will be met obviously with great force well that. will see what happens if they call it
certainly they go but that's going to be up to them i don't we want them to call if they're ready we are to pre-crisis situation right now and a lot depends on the political will and the determination of the europeans to join russia and china are the other signatories to the party in order to preempt use where i'm getting into a full blown crisis there's a really critical situation and we are the. ostrov basically of peace and war you've got iraq president in the white house surrounded by ideas or better hogs that thirst for another war we did iran and. saudi arabia and israel iran right walls that may instigate a false flag planted accident and so forth in order to lure mr trump to war with iran despite is the stated intention of limiting him safe to economic warfare which
is really as bad as war itself. the un security council has rejected it russian request to hold a discussion on a controversial language law in ukraine russia's ambassador says the law is a violation of international agreements and accuse the council of double standards . we deeply regret that a number of delegations nevertheless decided to apply double standards in discussing the queen in a topic in the security council of the united nations we understand this is a topic that is not pleasant for you because it does not make it possible for you to justify your charges in kiev. who are violating the right fundamental rights and freedoms of millions of their own citizens well russia brought to the 15 member body that leads the united nations a proposal to discuss the russian language in ukraine now there was just recently a bill signed into law by ukraine's outgoing president poroshenko on may 15th that
stipulates that all ukrainian citizens from now on are obliged to use the ukrainian language in all areas of life and it's important to point out that even according to the lowest estimates the most conservative estimates at least a 3rd of those living in ukraine speak russian as their primary language now russia wanted to bring this up at the un security council but that proposal for discussion was blocked and when the russian ambassador tried to raise his object and objections he was then interrupted by the british representative let's look at what happened lack of readiness by the authorities to. not to engage in dialogue with the distinguish absence of the russian federation is not giving an explanation of ots giving a substantive intervention on a meeting which is not happening in so doing mr president he shows disrespect for this council and he shows disrespect for the ruling you just go if i'm asking him
to limit his remarks to an explanation of his vote and. asking you to give me the authorization to complete my statement you can continue your statement now at this point russia is saying that it intends to bring this issue of languages in ukraine to the security council on one more occasion so people are waiting to see what happens next with this but it was rejected when russia brought it up to the security council. swedish prosecutors are seeking an arrest warrant against wiki leaks founder julian assange details on that after a short break this is. what
come back this is our team international the swedish prosecutors have requested an arrest warrant for wiki leaks founder julian assange after they reopened a rape case against him last week the ecuadorian embassy in london meanwhile has started handing over the whistleblowers possessions to u.s. authorities who are also seeking a songes extradition breaking down the lives. months years. today is the start of these sort of formal proceedings whereby ecuador hands over someone just personal possessions in order for us prosecutors to get their hands on them it's expected that there's 2 police officers and a prosecutor from that i can then be going through his things presuming is accumulated quite a few possessions and 70 is holed up inside and according to wiki leaks neither
julian assange nor his legal team nor u.n. representatives have been allowed to be for this process in the wiki leaks that it said christopher often has said that what's happening today is illegal on monday before. the embassy official in london for their masters in washington the trump administration. to behave like it's the wild west so u.s. authorities have until mid june to potentially expand the charges against a songe at the moment his extradition request from the u.s. says that he's wanted for conspiracy to hack and government computer but there's concern from wiki leaks that once the u.s. prosecutors get their hands on someone just computer hard drives that charge could be handed out and made much more serious now julian assange just supports it as have been his you can see they're still here outside the embassy they've been heckling people that go in and out there's been
a few police officers they are very unhappy with what's happening and we spoke to a few of them it's a disgrace that the british government should be attempting to persecute you really and he's done nothing but tell the truth he had to be a witness. of the. travesty of justice. things belong to julian assange and he doesn't give him a new commission. that would just wonder if the u.k. has reached doctorate. intent to commit a crime you can take a local police office is coming and going all day as we're watching both the entrance is the main entrance to the embassy but there's also a back exit which there's no traffic now so i can show you but there's a police van there and a police officer walking past a side exit i straight to the full month. the ecuadorian consul here in london who said he was actually dismissed by the new leadership when lenin miranda came to
power because of his support for julian assange on. illegally these abuses what is happening is basically stealing things from a person who cannot defend himself. talked to today. but does. not obliged to. take the things straightaway today. today. by the front door. basically way to come in and. as for the money shot that picture potentially about solange's computer being taken out and handed over to u.s. prost prosecutors are just taken out well according to the former console that i spoke to that he says that after artie's video agency court my son is being dragged out of here against his will last month the authorities the ecuadorian officials
inside are going to make it their priority to try in a raid the cameras this time around a long time supporter of julian assange as we spoke to says the search may come as a blow to the whistleblowers. disgraceful way for an independent sovereign nation to behave but that's what they're doing i don't know exactly what they want to find but are going to get an awful lot they're going to get judy and legal notes from the legal meeting. what should have been privately held in the embassy obviously i think that's of great concern to. preparing to fight in case here i think that the 7. spent in the embassy war very hard on him he's an incredibly resilient person but i did see the cost exerted on him i don't think that you served any time but. his enormous achievements in reinventing
journalism. inspiring not just chelsea manning but one of the whistleblowers we've seen been in a measurable benefit to the world he should be extremely grateful to julian and what has happened to him is a travesty. well as we mentioned prosecutors in sweden have requested in the rest warrant for the wiki leaks founder if granted it would be the 1st step to have extradited from the u.k. where he is currently serving a 50 week prison sentence for skipping bail back in 2012 last week decided to reopen a rape case against him after it had previously been dropped in 2017. the syrian government is denying that rebel reports that chemical weapons were used in a recent attack in the western coastal province reports came as the syrian army advances retaking main highways and trade routes along the rebel held province of
the government branded the reports as media fabrication insisting that syria has never used chemical weapons before and will not use them now adding that it will not stop in the battle against terrorism. just a few days ago a u. leaks document raised questions about the global chemical weapons watchdogs report on last year's chemical attack in the city of goma just 10 kilometers from the capital bank then blaming assad's forces the u.s. britain and france carried out airstrikes. against syrian government facilities and the o.p.c. w. is yet to respond to requests for comment donna comments. we saw petrified children. listened to the righteous indignation very terrible regime we read a scrupulous investigation into what happened by the un chemical weapons watchdog the o.p.c. w.
reports was meant to pose an indisputable and to speculations over what happened in duma in syria in spring 2018 except that it really. the 60 newly revealed pages challenge of the bag bone of the official conclusions. after passing through the ceiling and impacting the floor at lower speed the cylinder continued in altered trajectory until reaching the position in which it was found. observations of the scene of the 2 locations suggest that there is a higher probability that both cylinders were money placed at those $2.00 locations rather than being delivered from aircraft the engineering teams account as well structured it includes pictures from the side of the incident blueprints and images
of the test cases studied to deliver their verdict it's unlikely the projectile fell from above which would in that case mean one thing the assad controlled air force had nothing to do with it and while the sky was dominated by the governments of the ground at that time was in control of the insurgents so the question is now who else could have placed the cylinder on that bed now the revelation at the o p c w concerned. not the substance of it but the fact that someone in their ranks when grow and exposed something they tried to bury as deep and far away from the public eye as possible the bottom line and the documents has been passed to us as i said before we've had we have confirmation from multiple sources which clearly shows that there has been an investigation carried out from within you. an
investigation which is not found its way to move leak into the fire do not report and use your investigation into your p.c. w. and how it has been operating because it is the case that this organization has been subjected to political pressure and that have led to distortion their investigations and that is an incredibly serious matter. but this engineering analysis is not the 1st blow to the official version of what happened in duma now this video purported to show the harrowing aftermath of the chemical attack resonated across the airwaves and was hyped by many channels horrific images of syrian children fighting for brownfield and suffocating in their homes the editor of urgency shelter many with foam in their mouths disturbing reports of a chemical weapons attack chemical attack carried out by the asset regime except
later people in the video said they had no recollection of a chemical attack some people barged into the hospital hosed people with water instigated panic and vanished even a producer with the b.b.c. a broadcaster that gave major airtime to the clip said he believed the hospital video was staged. after almost 6 months of investigations i can prove without a doubt that the duma hospital scene was staged no fatalities occurred in the hospital. in 20 teen the allowed us to voices on the world stage were quick to deliver their verdict and punishment these are not the actions of a man. they are crying of a monster instead the nations of britain france and the united states of america have martial their righteous power against barbarism and brutality.
but with this new information it's not that obvious anymore and although it speak the interest of the politically engaged classes in light of the new evidence from our no p c w engineers report i hope the guardian newspaper will have the good grace to print and then reserved apology for their scurrilous ad hominem attack on me after i denounce the white house potently concocted story for what it was when they have just discovered to major piece of the puzzle explaining how seemingly independent international organizations how deceive us into consent into wars and regime change interventionism around the world there's a deafening silence from the great and good the entire body of evidence for that particular attack is questionable the o.p.c. w. would. or is designed to lay blame on this particular party or that particular
party obviously they are going to be abused by elements on the ground because they know that with russian and syrian air. planes in the air and there they have nowhere to go or they would desperately need some help by american planes were british planes so they could fabricate everything or anything and the interesting part is that the united states and and its allies weren't even wait for investigation to take place whenever there is a hint of something they would just immediately go and bomb move a change that if we don't know it really depends if you ask me the question on what the official doesn't make of the report but it is a really high possibility i really doubt it. for that does it for me i'll be back with more news let's say 32 minutes and 15 seconds.
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a professor at the higher school of economics as well as author of the case of western civilization and resurgence of brush and in london we cross a charles schumer age he is a security analyst and a former u.k. army and counterterrorism intelligence officer or a german cross-talk rules in effect that means you can jump any time you want and i always appreciate charles let me go to you 1st and london you're that you flagged this story for me i'm going to read the headline from in our story on the website leaked o.p.c. w memo cast doubt on watchdogs. chemical attack conclusions in its in inverted commas their chemical attack i've always said alleged because the evidence was never forthcoming now it looks like a leak is showing that those of us that said alleged were right all along go ahead charles yes you're right remember you can immediately mouth of the do that chemical attack alleged chemical attack in march 2018 in which dozens of people civilians were reported to have been killed graphic photos you remember video shots.