Global leaders are engaged in urgently called security/defense meetings, but no official reason has been offered.
First, President Donald Trump’s schedule for today was completely devoid of public events – a rare occurrence on a workday.
Second, Air Force 2, carrying Vice President Mike Pence, was initially reported to have been turned around mid-air on Tuesday so that he could return to Washington, D.C.
Later, Pence’s press secretary said that he had never actually left D.C.
The vice president was scheduled to appear at political event in New Hampshire.
Third, Russian President Vladimir Putin cleared his public schedule today so that he could attend an urgent meeting with his Defense Minister.
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Then, an unconfirmed report from the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation said that the European Union’s Security Council has been called for a previously unscheduled meeting.
The sudden gathering of global leaders comes as Iran declared that it had violated the terms of the nuclear deal still in-force between it, Europe (P5+1 countries minus the U.S.) and Russia.
1:58 PM: EU Foreign Ministers drop press release on Iran violations:
In a joint statement France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the European External Action Service said:
The Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, the UK, and the High Representative are extremely concerned at Iran’s announcement that it has exceeded the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action stockpile limit for low enriched uranium. The International Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed this information.
We have been consistent and clear that our commitment to the nuclear deal depends on full compliance by Iran. We regret this decision by Iran, which calls into question an essential instrument of nuclear non-proliferation.
We urge Iran to reverse this step and to refrain from further measures that undermine the nuclear deal. We are urgently considering next steps under the terms of the JCPoA in close coordination with other JCPoA participants.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as events warrant
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