'Geopolitical change a red line'
Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps has warned that the country considers any geopolitical change in the region a red line and a threat to its security. The commander of the IRGC’s ground forces said the issue of border security is of great importance for Iran. Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said it is a key strategy for Iran that any changes to the borders of its neighbors are prevented. Pakpour noted that Iran will not tolerate the use of other countries’ soils as a base for the presence and operations of Israel. His comments follow the Iranian army’s drills in the country's northwestern areas, which officials said sent a warning to Israel and terrorists.
UK fuel supply chaos
Britain has deployed the military to help deliver fuel to gas stations amid acute national shortages. The government said the move is a precaution to get things back to normal amid a shortage of truckers that has paralyzed the supply sector. Panic buying of fuel triggered chaotic scenes across major cities last week, leading to long lines at gas stations and fist fight among drivers. Britain’s Petrol Retailers Association says the crisis, which has left more than 20 percent of gas stations in London area without fuel, may take up to 10 days to resolve. The shortage of truckers comes in the wake of the Brexit and Covid crises.
Japan new PM
Japan’s parliament has voted to approve Fumio Kishida as the country’s new prime minister. Kishida’s election came after former prime minister Yoshihide Suga refused to stand for the ruling party leadership after just one year in office. Local media reports say he plans to dissolve the parliament next week and call for an election for October 31. The new leader has unveiled his cabinet line-up, featuring allies of former prime minister Shinzo Abe. Of the 20 posts, 13 are filled by people with no prior cabinet experience.