The world news daily digest update from Guardian Liberty Voice for July 21, 2014 includes the coverage of the extension of the nuclear talks between Iran and the power nations, a Typhoon warning in Taiwan, and a Chinese food safety scare as major chain restaurants are provided with tainted meat.
Iran Nuclear Talks Extended
The five-month long nuclear deal negotiation between Iran and the world powers has been extended for an additional four months. The nations involved in the talks include the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia and Germany all of whom maintain significant power in the world. The most important and challenging issue between the nations is deciding how much uranium enrichment capacity Iran should be entitled to retain. The Obama administration publicly acknowledged that it could support Iran domestic enrichment program last year. Now, Iran is pushing further, contending that it is entitled to produce enough enriched uranium to supply what it hopes will be a large nuclear power generation program.
Iran will have this capability by 2021, despite the demands from the six powers to restrict the Iranian nuclear capabilities for at least the next ten years. Iran’s demands became apparent on July 7, when the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announced that Iran needed an enrichment capacity that would require more than 100,000 first-generation centrifuges while the six powers’ opening demand was that Iran be limited to 1200 first-generation centrifuges at most.
Typhoon Matmo (Henry) Threatens the Western Pacific Basin
Typhoon Matmo, also known as Henry, is currently east of Philippines and is on track to hit Taiwan, China and Japan. Beginning as a storm, Matmo quickly strengthened to a typhoon and is now expected to continue to strengthen over the next day into a Category 3 tropical cyclone. With threats of heavy rainfall, damaging winds, and landslides, people in Taiwan are preparing for the worst.
While Taiwan will be the hardest hit by the storm, other countries in the region are also prepared. Some of the damage is expected to carry over to the China, with a potential pass through Shanghai on Friday. Meanwhile, some of the southwestern islands of Japan are within the potential path of Matmo. If the cyclone can maintain its strength as it travels across China, there is a chance that Matmo will strike the Korean Peninsula by the weekend. Matmo is the third typhoon to hit the western Pacific Basin in the last two weeks.
Chinese Supplier Sells McDonald’s and KFC Expired Meat
According to a Shanghai television station, a Chinese supplier has been selling expired beef and chicken to some of the largest fast food chains in the world. Dragon TV reported on Sunday that Husi Food Co., Ltd. repackaged stale beef and chicken, putting new expiration dates on the packaging. The meat was later sold to McDonald’s, KFC, and Pizza Hut.
McDonald’s Corp. and Yum Brands Inc., which owns KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, provided statements, saying that the meat purchased from Husi was no longer being used in their products and that investigations were underway. The official Xinhua News Agency said authorities ordered the supplier to suspend all operations during the course of the investigation. No one at the Husi headquarters was available to provide any official comments, but a company manager, Yang Liqun, stated that the company has a strict quality control system and will cooperate in the investigation.
World News Digest Commentary by Ivelina Kunina
See also: World News: Guardian Liberty Voice Daily Digest for July 11, 2014