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China says US warship ‘violated’ its sovereignty

BEIJING: Beijing on Saturday said it had dispatched a warship to drive away a US missile destroyer which had "violated" its sovereignty by sailing close to a shoal in the disputed South China Sea. The USS Hopper sailed within 12 nautical miles of Huangyan Island on the night of January 17 without alerting Beijing, the foreign ministry said, referring to the shoal by its Chinese name. Also known as Scarborough Shoal, the ring of reefs lies about 230 kilometres (140 miles) from the Philippines in the South China Sea,…

Trump speech violated Iran nuclear deal: Zarif

TEHRAN: US President Donald Trump's speech outlining an aggressive new strategy against Iran violated Tehran's nuclear agreement with world powers, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said. Trump's virulent speech contravened three articles of the 2015 deal, Zarif said in televised remarks broadcast late on Saturday. The clauses he referred to mandate the signatories to implement the accord "in good faith" and the US administration and Congress to "refrain from re-introducing or re-imposing" sanctions related to…