Iran had on 31 December informed the IAEA that it would begin producing uranium enriched to up to 20 per cent, the level it had before the nuclear deal was reached. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told reporters that South Korea was making diplomatic efforts to try to secure the release of the tanker and its crew, which includes sailors from Indonesia, Myanmar, South Korea and Vietnam.
Former Prime Minister Shinzō Abe declared a state of emergency in Japan in response to the pandemic on April 7 previous year - two weeks after the Olympics and Paralympic were postponed until 2021. But Suga hinted in a New Year's press conference that social and economic activities are unlikely to be halted across the board this time, saying the state of emergency should be implemented "in a limited and focused manner".
Mr Trump's call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger , a fellow Republican, came as some of Mr Trump's allies in the US Congress said they plan to object to the formal certification on Wednesday of Mr Biden's victory on Wednesday .
As an interim measure, restaurants and karaoke parlors in the Tokyo area would be asked to close at 8 p.m., while businesses that serve alcohol should close at 7 p.m., he said. There was no immediate word on whether the governors would seek school closures. But Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has always been hesitant about issuing such a declaration.
America's top infectious disease expert has rejected US President Donald Trump's claim the country's coronavirus numbers have been greatly exaggerated, saying "the deaths are real deaths ". On CBS News's " Face the Nation ", Moncef Slaoui, chief science adviser to Operation Warp Speed, mostly deflected questions about the national lag in administering the vaccine, and said his team is available for requests from states for assistance.
Trump has repeatedly attacked how Raffensperger ran Georgia's elections, claiming without evidence that the state's 16 electoral votes were wrongly given to Biden. Posting a list of the 11 senators, Trump added: "And after they see the facts, plenty more to come". John Dean, a White House counsel to Nixon before turning against him, told CNN that the new tape was "very damning for the president".