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Yesterday’s riots in the city of Urumqi, located in China’s western Xinjiang province, have left at least 156 people dead and over 800 people injured. Xinhua (Chinese State Media) claims there have been over 1434 arrests.
Xinhua further reports the government said: “An initial investigation showed the violence was masterminded by the separatist World Uighur Congress led by Rebiya Kadeer.” Kadeer is considered the Uigher leader and lives in exile in the United States.
Many in Xinjiang have long campaigned to gain independence from China, which is made up of prominently Han Chinese, while Xinjiang is primarily Uigher Muslims.
The CNN article on the topic is here:http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/07/06/china.uyghur.protest/index.html
There are reports that North Korea is intending to launch aTaepodong-2 long range missle toward Hawaii from between July 4- July 8. The US Defense Secretary Robert Gates claims that the United States is ready for that eventuality and can defend itself against an threat from North Korea.
BBC reports on the issue: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8108313.stm
CBS reports on the issue:http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/06/18/world/main5095077.shtml
Text of Obama Comments on Iran During Interview with John Harwood:
Well, I think first of all, it’s important to understand that although there is amazing ferment taking place in Iran, that the difference between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi in terms of their actual policies may not be as great as has been advertised. Either way, we were going to be dealing with an Iranian regime that has historically been hostile to the United States, that has caused some problems in the neighborhood and is pursuing nuclear weapons. And so we’ve got long-term interests in having them not weaponize nuclear power and stop funding organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas. And that would be true whoever came out on top in this election.
Obama delivered a brief four and a half minute speech on the current crisis in enveloping Iran following the apparent rigging of the election. Obama says that while it is “Up to Iranians to make decisions about who Iran’s leader will be” he, and all Americans, are “deeply trouble[d] by violence I’ve been seeing,” and all “people committed to democracy feel betrayed”
Her went on to he that Washington “want[s] to avoid the United States being the issue inside of Iran,” saying that ” “we weren’t on the ground there” and thus don’t know the true outcome. He said that while “diplomacy with no illusions… is critical” he doesn’t “want to make any decisions for the Iranian people.” Reports from pro-Mousavi supporters indicate the overall approval of Obama’s speech.