US Navy rescues Iranian fishermen stranded at sea for eight days

U.S. Navy rescues Iranian fishermen stranded at sea for eight days. The U. S. Navy on Sunday said it had rescued two Iranian fishermen adrift in the Gulf of Oman for eight days.

Cargo ship USNS Charles Drew picked up the fishermen and provided medical care, food and water after members of an international naval coalition received distress calls, according to a statement issued by the Naval Forces Central Command.,51280979.html

On Sunday, they were transferred to an Omani coast guard vessel near Muscat, the capital of Oman, the statement added. Both were “in good health and spirits,” the statement added.

“This is what we are trained and ready to do,” said Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces. “As professional mariners, we have a responsibility to help people in need at sea.”

Iranian officials did not comment on the news, and the Iranian media did not report the news of the rescued fishermen.

The rescue comes as tensions run high between Iran and the United States.

Indirect nuclear talks between the U.S., Iran and other countries are set to restart in Vienna on Monday.

The two nations have not had diplomatic relations since 1979 but, in 2015, had signed a landmark nuclear deal, which has placed restrictions on Iran’s ability to develop nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.

In 2018, the Trump administration withdrew from the agreement. Last year, the Iranian government announced that it would no longer abide by the restrictions of the plan after a U.S. drone strike killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of the country’s elite Quds Force. The Middle Eastern country has amped up uranium enrichment since then.

While this week’s talks are seen as a way for both countries to again comply with the agreement, it is unclear what stance the Iranian government will take in the wake of the election of President Ebrahim Raisi in June. According to Reuters, Raisi said in early November that Iran will not “back down” when the talks restart.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said last month that the U.S. was “prepared to turn to other options” if the negotiations fail, and Israel has made it clear that it is ready to take military action if necessary to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

A Chinese blockbuster claiming defeat of the US Army during the Korean War has become the country’s biggest ever film.

The Battle at Lake Changjin is a three-hour epic that depicts Chinese soldiers battling US troops during the bitter cold of the 1950-1953 Korean war, highlighting a victory that the Chinese claim was a turning point in the conflict.

The film has been such a runaway hit that fans have even been inspired to eat frozen potatoes in homage to the soldiers who endured extreme hardships.

By Wednesday it reached the same revenue earned by the 2017 action film Wolf Warrior 2, but it is still in cinemas and accounts for 7 per cent of all films being shown.

It has taken at least 5.69 billion yuan (pounds 668 million), becoming China’s highest-ever grossing film, according to Maoyan, an online movie ticket booking platform. The film was released to coincide with the October 1 national holiday, and the ruling Communist Party is often keen to ensure a patriotic spirit around such events.

One scene in the film shows soldiers chewing frozen small potatoes between battles while their US counterparts feast on Thanksgiving turkey.

Some cinemas have distributed frozen potatoes to audiences before the movie, according to videos on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, with many showing moviegoers eating them or the fried flour that was also eaten by Chinese soldiers.
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A young woman in one video cried after the first bite, saying that it was impossible to eat. “The frozen potatoes they ate give us the good life we have today,” another Douyin user said.

The war ended in an armistice rather than a peace treaty or blowout defeat for either side, leaving US-led UN forces technically still at war with North Korea.

A sequel, Water Gate Bridge, is in the works, according to local media reports.

China is now the world’s second biggest film market after the United States, underscoring its importance as a key market for Hollywood’s moviemakers.

However, Chinese filmgoers have been shifting to local content in recent years amid rising patriotic sentiment. The Chinese government has imposed a quota of 34 imported films each year, many of which are produced by major Hollywood studios.

Elsewhere, a documentary about pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong won an award at the Golden Horse Awards, the Chinese-speaking world’s Oscars, in Taiwan yesterday.

Kiwi Chow’s Revolution of Our Times was named best documentary, prompting a long round of applause and shouts of support for Hong Kong from audience members at the glitzy event in Taipei.Mr Chow, who sent a pre-recorded message from Hong Kong expressing thanks for the award, dedicated the film to Hongkongers, saying he hoped it would bring them some comfort.

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