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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani gives a speech in the city of Tabriz in the northwestern East-Azerbaijan province on April 25, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

Here is a brief look at Press TV Newsroom's headlines from 09:00 GMT to 17:00 GMT, May 7, 2018.

 

Rouhani warns Washington

The Iranian president has warned the US against a possible withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal, saying Washington will regret any strategic mistake in this regard. Hassan Rouhani said Tehran is ready to react to any US decision on the agreement. He added that the world will not blame Iran if the US pulls out of the deal. The Iranian president went on to say that the International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly confirmed Iran’s commitment to the deal. He also stressed that Tehran has never been trying to build a nuclear bomb as it is forbidden by Iran’s law and religion. Earlier, Iran’s foreign minister said quitting the nuclear deal would isolate the US in the international arena. Mohammad Javad Zarif said Washington has already violated the landmark accord, indicating that the US is not reliable.

Putin starts new term as Russia’s president

Vladimir Putin has been sworn in as Russian president for another six-year term. In his inauguration speech, Putin thanked the Russian nation for their unity and trust and pledged to do his best to serve the people. He said Russia needs to go through changes to reach further prosperity. The Russian president said he would work hard to maintain the country’s security with regard to international developments, but stressed that domestic issues will be his first priority. Vladimir Putin won Russia’s presidential election by a landslide in March. He’s been in power as president or prime minister since 2000.

US Russia probe

Donald Trump's new attorney says he wouldn’t allow the American president to be in an interview with the Special Counsel over his campaign team’s alleged collusion with Russia. Rudy Giuliani added that Donald Trump is the president of the United States and he could use the same privileges as other presidents did. He was referring to the Fifth Amendment of the US constitution which allows citizens not to appear in court as a witness. Trump recently expressed readiness to take part in an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller to answer questions regarding the Russia probe. The president has repeatedly said that his team had no collusion with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Lebanon elections results

Secretary General of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah hails the results of the country’s elections as a political and moral victory for the resistance. Nasrallah thanked the Lebanese people, security forces, army and government for successfully holding the vote on Sunday. He said the seats won by Hezbollah and its allies will protect the resistance. Nasrallah noted that it gained the trust and support of Lebanon's people despite a smear campaign by the United States and some Persian Gulf Arab states. According to Nasrallah, Hezbollah and its allies seek to work and cooperate with other political factions instead of focusing on disagreements.

Backing Iran nuclear deal

France, Germany and Britain have reaffirmed their commitment to the Iran nuclear deal ahead of the May 12 deadline when the US president is to announce his decision on the accord. Maas noted that Germany doesn’t see any reason to scrap the JCPOA. He said Berlin, Paris and London have come up with good proposals and presented them to the US. Meanwhile, the UK Foreign Secretary has stressed his country’s opposition to scrapping the nuclear agreement. Boris Johnson however notes that the deal has some flaws that need to be fixed. US President Donald Trump says the JCPOA is flawed and must change. Iran strongly opposes this. It says the agreement is NOT renegotiable.

Anti-UAE protest in Yemen  

People on the Yemeni island of Socotra have taken to the streets to condemn the United Arab Emirates’ military presence there. The Yemeni protesters called for Emirati forces to immediately leave Socotra. Last week, the UAE deployed over 100 troops as well as four military aircraft to the region. The move provoked angry rallies across the southern island. Tensions have flared up between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi ever since UAE beefed up its military presence in Socotra. Both countries are involved in a deadly war against Yemen. Abu Dhabi seeks to gain a foothold in southern Yemen, especially in the city of Aden, by supporting separatists there.


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