Iran nuclear talks
Iran’s foreign minister says Tehran has so far not seen any tangible action on the part of the US and Europe regarding halted talks aimed at reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Hossein Amir-abdollahian made the remark during a meeting with his British counterpart Liz Truss on the sidelines of this week's UN General Assembly in New York. He said the US, with Europe’s silence and abetting, continues to impose sanctions on Iran while claiming to return to the agreement. The top Iranian diplomat described the US position as a clear contradiction. He added that the reconstruction of ties between Iran and Britain requires adopting serious measures, stressing that London needs to repay its four-decade-long debt to Iran. Amir-abdollahian also met a number of other foreign diplomats at his first appearance at the General Assembly.
Tunisia political crisis
Tunisia's President, Kais Saied, has issued a new decree, putting in place special measures for wielding legislative and executive power. The presidency made the announcement in a statement but did not elaborate on the new measures. It also said that Saied will form a committee to prepare amendments needed for political reforms. It added that he will also maintain the suspension of the country’s parliament. Meanwhile, the leader of Tunisia's Ennahda party called the president's decision unacceptable, saying that is meant to cancel the constitution. Saied sacked the prime minister and suspended the parliament on July 25th. Opposition members accuse the president of a coup. Saied rejected the accusation, arguing that his intervention was needed to save the country from corruption and political paralysis.
US Govt. debts
The chairman of the US Federal Reserve has warned that failure to pay government debts would do severe damage to the economy. Jerome Powell called on US lawmakers to raise the nation's borrowing limit urgently. He also warned that the Federal Reserve or anyone else cannot protect the markets or the economy in the event of a failure by the government to pay its debts. However, the opposition leader in the Senate has steadfastly refused to cooperate with the majority-holding Democrats to increase the debt ceiling. Officials have warned that it could lead to chaos in financial markets.