FULL SHOW: France to shut down 70+ mosques
It’s been nearly one week since the attack on the convoy that killed an Iranian nuclear scientist. Since then, Iran’s parliament approved a bill to increase the country’s uranium enrichment, which Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says is a bad idea. Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif says his country will comply with the 2015 nuclear deal if both the United States and Europe honor their original commitments. RT America's John Huddy reports.
Meantime, reports claim Washington will be withdrawing staff from its Baghdad embassy in the coming weeks. They say the timing is notable because January 3 marks the one-year anniversary of when the United States assassinated Iran’s top general, Qasem Soleimani, in that very city. Former UK MP George Galloway weighs in.
Meanwhile, Russian officials say more than 100,000 citizens have received the Sputnik V vaccine designed to protect against COVID-19. Russia has promised the vaccine will be available for less than $10 USD internationally. They say more than 40 countries have already expressed interest. But that hasn’t stopped Western critics from writing off the Russian vaccine altogether. RT's Daniel Hawkins explains why.
Plus, France is threatening to shut down a huge number of mosques after announcing quote "massive and unprecedented" raids on more than 70 Islamic places of worship. The stated goal is to fight quote 'separatism and liberate French Islam from foreign influences'. RT’s Charlotte Dubenskij reports from Paris.