Iran- Iraq ties
Iran's President Ebrahim Raeisi says his country is determined to expand relations with neighboring Iraq. Raeisi was speaking during a joint presser with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi in Tehran. The Iranian president said the two sides also made some decisions about financial issues that need to be resolved. He said the Iraqi side agreed to a visa-waiver regime between the two countries. The Iraqi premier for his part said his country attaches great significance to ties with Iran. Al-Kadhimi appreciated Iran for its role in defeating the Daesh terrorist group in Iraq. He also held talks with other senior Iranian officials.
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency says a recent agreement between Iran and the agency solved a major communication breakdown with Tehran. Rafael Grossi said the agreement would allow the IAEA inspectors to service its monitoring cameras at Iranian nuclear sites. He added that the agreement meant the agency had continuity of knowledge. He however added that the agreement was a permanent solution and was only a stopgap that would buy time for more diplomacy.
North Korea missile tests
North Korea has test-launched what it called a new type of long-range cruise missile. The country’s media reported that the missile tests were carried out successfully on Saturday and Sunday. The missiles flew 1500 kilometers before hitting their targets and falling into the country's territorial waters. The media added that the development of missiles has strategic significance as it provides effective deterrence. Pyongyang says missile capability guarantees the security of the nation and blocks military movements by hostile forces. North Korea has long accused the United States and South Korea of pursuing a hostile policy toward Pyongyang. Talks aimed at dismantling the North's nuclear and ballistic missile programs in return for US sanctions relief collapsed in 2019.