Iran’s UN voting right
Iran says the United States’ cruel and unilateral sanctions are to blame for suspension of its voting right in the United Nations General Assembly. Iran’s UN Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi says Iran is facing difficulties to pay its UN membership fee for the second straight year due to the sanctions. Takht Ravanchi says the restrictions are not just impeding Iran’s access to humanitarian items medicine and medical equipment. He says the bans are also impeding the UN’s work. The envoy said Iran is working to find a safe financial channel to pay its U-N membership fee and reclaim its voting right.
Iran- China relations
The 25 year Comprehensive Strategic Partnership agreement between Iran and China has become operational during a visit by Iran's Foreign Minister Hussein Amirabdollahian to China. The pact will focus on economic, political and security cooperation between Tehran and Beijing.
North Korea missile tests
North Korea confirms test-firing two tactical guided missiles, amid growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Pyongyang says the railway-borne projectiles hit their designated targets in the East Sea. It says the test launches were aimed at checking the proficiency of the railway-borne regiment, it first tested last September. North Korea also tested two hyper-sonic missiles last week. They triggered new US sanctions on people involved in its ballistic weapons program. Washington says the missile tests are a threat to regional security. But Pyongyang says its tests are in self-defense amid the US’s hostile policies and its joint military drills with South Korea.