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Here is the latest top stories from Press TV on March 18, 2021. 

US economic terrorism failure 

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the pressure imposed on the Iranian nation has failed to bring Tehran to its knees. In his message congratulating the Persian New Year, Zarif said Iranian people have endured unjust suffering on a massive scale over the past years. He, however, said that Iranians are now stronger and determined more than ever to decide their own destiny. He noted that Iran’s economy is becoming immunized against outside coercion, with industrial production leading the country’s growth. Zarif expressed Iran’s willingness to expand engagement with its neighbors and beyond for building a better world. 

Russia-US 'killer' row

Russian President Vladimir Putin tacitly calls his US counterpart a killer, firing back at Joe Biden for making a similar remark about him. Putin said people tend to view others as they actually see themselves. He also wished Biden "good health". On Wednesday, Biden described Putin as a killer, adding that he will pay the price for meddling in the US election last year. Biden’s accusations followed an American intelligence report claiming that Putin had directed efforts to swing the US presidential race in favor of former President Donald Trump. But the Kremlin dismissed the accusation, saying the remarks show that Washington does not want to get its ties with Moscow back on track. Russian parliament members have also slammed Biden’s comments as unacceptable and a watershed moment in the two countries' relations. 

Britain-EU vaccine fight 

The British Health Secretary says the European Union will face consequences if it violates Covid-19 vaccine supply contracts. Matt Hancock said all countries need to respect the law, expressing confidence that the European union will live up to its commitments. Hancock was responding to an EU threat to block vaccine exports to Britain. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said the bloc may halt exports of coronavirus vaccines to the UK unless it starts shipping shots to the EU. Brussels has accused Britain, the main producer of AstraZeneca vaccines, of imposing a de facto ban on vaccine exports, a claim London has rejected. The row comes while the EU is facing an acute shortage of Covid-19 vaccines. 

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