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CARICOM countries need to prepare for fallout of US and Iran situation

A suggestion that CARICOM heads meet as soon as possible, and come up with a strategy to deal with any possible fallout or dangerous scenarios, resulting from the recent détente between the United States and Iran.

It comes from Strategic Security Consultant and former Director of the National Operations Centre, Commander Garvin Heerah, who says Trinidad and Tobago should take the lead on this.

He warns that countries around the world where US interests are located have now been made more vulnerable, as a result of the current situation between Washington and Tehran.

INTERNATIONAL: Iran oil tanker attacked off Saudi coast, foreign ministry says

An Iranian-owned oil tanker has been attacked in the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia, Iran's foreign ministry told state TV.

The ministry said the tanker Sabiti had been hit twice, causing some damage.

Earlier Iran's national oil company (NIOC) said two explosions on the vessel were caused "likely by missiles".

But it dismissed earlier reports quoting it as saying the missiles were likely to have come from Saudi Arabia.

Donald Trump: “Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the US”

US President Donald Trump is issuing a strong warning to anyone trading with Iran. This is following his re-imposition of sanctions on the country. He tweeted "Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States.” Re-imposed sanctions took effect overnight and tougher ones relating to oil exports will begin in November. Iran's president said the measures were "psychological warfare" which aimed to "sow division among Iranians".
 

International: Trump announces US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal

President Donald Trump has announced that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement and re-impose sanctions on Iran, a decision likely to anger allies who fear the prospect of a nuclear arms race in the heart of the Middle East.

"The Iran deal is defective at its core," Trump said during a speech at the White House.

Trump also announced that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is again traveling to North Korea to meet with Kim Jong Un in order to set up a meeting with Trump about Kim's nuclear programs.

International - Trump: Iran will never have nuclear weapons

US President Donald Trump has told Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, that Iran will never have nuclear weapons.

He suggested the Iranians thought they could "do what they want" since negotiating a nuclear deal with world powers in 2015.

Mr Trump arrived in Israel from Saudi Arabia, where he sought to win Arab states' support for fighting extremism.

He has called for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.