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US Iran sanctions 

Iran warns the United States that imposing more sanctions won’t create any leverage in the Vienna talks. Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh, says such moves show anything but seriousness and goodwill. He notes that Washington’s so-called maximum pressure policy against Tehran runs contrary to any diplomatic breakthrough. The comments come after the US Treasury Department announced fresh sanctions on a number of Iranian entities and nationals over alleged human rights violations. Tehran and the other signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal have so far held seven rounds of talks in Vienna with the aim of removing anti-Iran sanctions. The latest round of negotiations is now in recess and will resume on Thursday.

Beijing games boycott

Australia joins the US in diplomatically boycotting the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Prime Minister Scott Morrison says government officials will not accompany Australian athletes in the upcoming games. He says China has failed to respond to several issues raised by Canberra, including alleged human rights abuses. A day earlier, Washington also announced a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics, citing a similar pretext. The decision angered China, which warned that the US will pay a price for its mistakes. Beijing says the United States is plotting to disrupt the international event, but will fail.

Peru protest 

In Peru, a parliament move to impeach President Pedro Castillo draws thousands, including his supporters and opponents to the streets. The rival protests end in scuffles with security forces. The president’s opponents gathered outside the parliament building, holding banners and calling for the closure of Congress. That after the Congress voted against the motion. His supporters however, chanted slogans, calling for the leftist leader to stay in power. Castillo’s presidency was challenged two week ago by the opposition over a scandal of alleged meddling in military promotions. He is also accused of corruption. The president took office four months ago. But his presidency has been marred by fraud ever since then.

 


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