The Associated Press reported Wednesday that an investigation by the UN's nuclear watchdog into Iran's atomic program had stalled, with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) expected to issue a report noting as much and emphasizing that Iranian officials had failed to provide the information that the agency required to enhance transparency around what is widely believed to be an Iranian drive to acquire nuclear weapons. The wire described the probe as having been a "new and seemingly promising" effort, noting that IAEA head Yukiya Amano had been personally assured by Iranian president Hassan Rouhani that Tehran would meet its commitments. Reuters had already last week conveyed statements from diplomatic sources stating that "they had seen no indications so far that Tehran had replied in substance to questions from the [IAEA] by the agreed Aug. 25 date." There is now substantial speculation that the ongoing Iranian intransigency may - per the AP - "dampen U.S. hopes of reaching an overarching deal with Tehran by a November deadline" set under the current Joint Plan of Action (JPA) guiding negotiations. The developments however come just a few days after top Iranian officials expressed themselves to be "quiet[ly] optimistic" that the West would indeed ink a nuclear accord by the November expiration date. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif subsequently declared that the upcoming appointment of Federica Mogherini to be the European Union's new foreign policy chief offered an opportunity to increase the tempo of Iranian-European rapprochement. Western diplomats announced Wednesday that the next round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 global powers will launch on September 18 in New York.
A multi-ethnic team of surgeons with Save a Child’s Heart operated successfully on 10-month-old Fajar at an Israeli medical center. Three days before the ceasefire that has brought quiet in Israel and Gaza, an officer in the Palestinian Authority in Gaza braved the danger to bring his 10-month-old daughter, Fajar, to be prepped for lifesaving surgery at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon through Save a Child’s Heart (SACH). On September 2, Fajar’s successful open-heart surgery was performed by SACH lead surgeon Dr. Lior Sasson along with Palestinian Dr. Addas and Ethiopian Dr. Mekonnen, both taking part in the SACH training program. Fajar’s parents are well-acquainted with SACH. Last year, Fajar’s older sister Zachra, now two, was treated at Wolfson for a different type of heart condition. Zachra is due back at the hospital next week for reevaluation for a second surgery. SACH spokeswoman Tamar Shapira tells ISRAEL21c that Fajar, the youngest of three sisters, was found to have a heart defect during a routine medical checkup in Gaza. “Fajar is learning to stand holding onto furniture, or her father, whom she holds onto for security.” Fajar is now recovering at Wolfson alongside children from Syria, Iraq, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Romania. “In the bed next to her in the pediatric intensive care unit is little Rumaisa, a two-week-old baby girl from Gaza who had an extremely complex heart surgery last week,” reports Shapira. “Rumaisa arrived in an ambulance from Gaza in one of the most difficult days of the fighting in Gaza. She arrived in a very bad condition and the doctors needed a few days to stabilize her condition before operating. She is now recovering nicely and her grandmother, who doesn’t leave her bedside, is finally smiling.” On Tuesday, five more children arrived from Gaza to SACH’s weekly clinic for Palestinian children. This clinic remained open all during Operation Protective Edge, says Shapira. “The SACH medical team continued to treat Palestinian children, including children from Gaza.” (via Israel21c)
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