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US Iran sanctions

US media have cited a source close to America’s top nuclear negotiator Robert Malley in Vienna as saying that Washington is opposed to the removal of all sanctions imposed on Iran.  A news magazine, Foreign Policy, has quoted a former senior advisor to Malley, as saying that the US is willing to remove sanctions that were only outlined in the Iran Nuclear Deal. Ali Vaez says the US position is the same for those sanctions that have been relabeled by former President Donald Trump. He said, however, that the sanctions not inconsistent with the JCPOA and those he described as justified, will remain in place. Iran and the remaining signatories to the JCPOA are involved in talks in Vienna to revive the deal. Tehran has repeatedly said that the only way to revive the 2015 accord is the removal of all sanctions imposed, re-imposed and relabeled against the Islamic Republic.

Racial unrest in US

Clashes have broken out between police and protesters in the US state of Minnesota on the sixth night of unrest over the police killing of a black man. Riot police fired tear gas and flash bangs to disperse protesters in Brooklyn Center. Several protesters were arrested during the unrest. Last week, 20-year old Daunte Wright was fatally shot by a white officer, Kimberly Potter, who is now charged with second-degree manslaughter. Wright was initially pulled over by the police for an expired registration tag on his vehicle. The shooting has once again escalated tensions in Minnesota, where a similar incident last year ignited months of anti-racism rallies and clashes between protesters and the police.

Israel Gaza strikes

The Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, has condemned Israeli airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip. Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said Gaza will never surrender to the Israeli aggression. The reaction comes after the regime’s warplanes pounded several areas in the coastal enclave for the second consecutive night. Outposts belonging to Hamas in the southern City of Rafah and east of the Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza were among the targets. Israeli forces claimed the aerial raids were in response to rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.

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