Rejecting US accusations
Iran has strongly rejected US’ baseless accusations against an Iranian national, who has been charged with planning terrorist operations in the United States. Foreign Ministry spokesman made the remark after the US Justice Department charged an Iranian with plotting to murder John Bolton, a national security adviser to former President Donald Trump. Nasser Kan’ani said such unfounded accusations were brought up with purely political intentions to cover up numerous terrorist crimes committed by the US, Israel and their affiliated terror groups. He also issued a stern warning about any measures taken against Iranian nationals on the basis of such ridiculous accusations. Kan’ani said Iran reserves the right to take necessary steps within the framework of international law to defend the rights of the country’s government and nationals.
"No change in regional borders"
Iran's president says Tehran does not accept any change in the political geography of the region and is ready to do its best to help establish peace in the Caucasus. Ebrahim Raeisi made the remark in a phone call with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. Raeisi said observing the tripartite statement signed by the leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Russia is the best way to establish peace and security in the Caucasus. He reiterated Iran's sensitivity toward its borders with the Caucasus, stressing Tehran’s opposition to any change in the regional borders. Raeisi also lauded the two countries’ profound historical relations, calling for increased economic cooperation between Tehran and Yerevan. The trilateral statement was signed by Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Russia in November 2020. It ended the latest bout of military conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes in south-western France as wildfires continue to burn out of control. On Wednesday, the fire destroyed many homes, forcing the evacuation of 10,000 residents from the region. Firefighters say more evacuations are likely. France is currently struggling with successive heat waves and its worst drought on record. Dozens of wildfires are ablaze across the country, including at least eight major ones. Wildfires in France have razed more hectares so far this year. The figure is nearly six times the full-year average for 2006 to 2021. The French interior minister says nine out of 10 fires are either voluntarily or involuntarily caused by people.