Smiling Iranian president makes direct offer of ‘peace and friendship’ to the United States in his first English message since election
It also eats its victims alive, just like a crocodile. Although krokodil is new to the United States, it has been around for several years and originated in Russia. Users found that it was cheaper than meth but had similar effects. It can also be made with simple ingredients. Two cases of people addicted to the drug have been reported in Arizona. As far as I know, these are the first cases in the United States, said Dr. Frank LoVecchio, director at Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center in Arizona, as quoted by Fox News . So were extremely frightened. The drug is injected into the body with a needle. The skin around the injection site can immediately start to turn rough and scaly as it breaks down and begins to decay. Gangrene can easily set in and many addicts have to have amputations just a few years after they start using the drug. Krokodil is so damaging that even those who are able to recover from addiction and stop taking the drug can be left permanently disfigured and scarred. Aside from cosmetic damage, many users lose control of their motor skills and develop speech problems. This is really frightening, Dr. Aaron Skolnik, a toxicologist at Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center in Phoenix, told Fox News.
United States, Russia agree on United Nations-Syria chemical arms measure
The aim was to craft a measure to require destruction of Syria’s chemical arsenal in line with a US-Russian deal reached earlier this month that averted American strikes on Assad’s forces in the midst of a bloody civil war. Western powers on the Security Council backed away from many of their initial demands, diplomats say, in order to secure Russia’s approval. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said an “understanding” had been hammered out, but gave no details. A major sticking point had been Russia’s opposition to writing the resolution under Chapter 7 of the UN charter, which covers the council’s authority to enforce its decisions with measures such as sanctions or military force. The compromise draft resolution, obtained by Reuters, makes the measure legally binding, but provides for no means of automatic enforcement as the United States, Britain and France originally wanted. ‘BREAKTHROUGH’ The only reference to enforcement in the draft is a threat that if Syria fails to comply with the resolution, the council would impose unspecified punitive measures under Chapter 7, which would require a second resolution that Russia could veto. A US State Department official hailed the deal as a “breakthrough”. “The Russians have agreed to support a strong, binding and enforceable resolution that unites the pressure and focus of the international community on the Syrian regime to ensure the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons,” the official said. Diplomats from the permanent Security Council members – China, Russia, the United States, France and Britain – had been haggling over the details of a resolution to back the American-Russian accord announced on September 14 in Geneva to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons. Assad agreed to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons amid an international outcry over a sarin gas strike in the suburbs of Damascus last month – the world’s deadliest chemical attack in 25 years. Washington has blamed Assad’s forces for the attack, which it said killed more than 1400 people, and President Barack Obama threatened a US military strike in response.
‘The Iranians got back to us. It was clear that it was too complicated for them to do that at this time given their own dynamic back home.’ The failed handshake was a sign of the difficulties the United States and Iran countries face in trying to seize a historic opening after decades of hostility. Demands for Diplomacy: U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 Even a brief meeting would have been symbolically important given that it would have been the first face-to-face contact between U.S. and Iranian heads of government since before the 1979 Islamic revolution that ousted the U.S.-backed shah. Rouhani’s gestures since taking office last month, including agreeing to renew long-stalled talks with world powers on Iran’s nuclear program, have raised hopes for a thaw in relations between Washington and Tehran after years of estrangement. But even as Obama welcomed signs of a ‘more moderate course’ by Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the world should not be fooled by Rouhani’s ‘soothing words.’ The Israeli leader said Iran was trying to mask its continued quest for a nuclear bomb, something Tehran denies it is seeking. After Rouhani’s speech, the Israeli leader described the address as a ‘cynical’ attempt to buy time to develop a nuclear- weapons capability. Obama stressed that ‘conciliatory words’ from Iran ‘will have to be matched by actions that are transparent and verifiable. Speech: U.S.