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"People's security a red line"

Iran's President Ebrahim Raeisi says the recent rioting in the country is another flip side of the sanctions that the West has imposed on Tehran. This after the country witnessed riots and chaos for a fortnight following the death of a young woman in the capital Tehran. Raeisi was speaking in a televised address to the nation. He said there should be a distinction between peaceful protests and rioting. The Iranian president added that people’s lives and security are the Islamic Republic’s red line. The president noted that the enemy is seeking to divide the Iranian people but the Islamic Republic will not allow that to happen. Raeisi stressed that the government is seeking transparency and justice regarding the young woman’s death. In another part of the interview, Raeisi touched on the negotiations held to revive the 2015 deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Hurricane in Florida 

One of the strongest hurricanes to hit the United States in recent years has battered Florida and is moving across the state with damaging winds and heavy rains. Hurricane Ian rapidly intensified after striking Western Cuba and knocking out power across the entire country. It reached the west Florida coast on Wednesday as a category-four hurricane, packing winds of up to 241 kilometers per hour. It has now weakened to a category-one status after making landfall along the southwestern coast of the peninsula. More than two-million people in Florida are left without power. There are still no reports of possible casualties, but authorities say they are receiving an increasing number of rescue calls from people trapped by water. Hurricane issues are still in place as the storm is expected to slowly move back into the Atlantic Ocean.

Tensions on Korean Peninsula 

Tensions are running high on the Korean Peninsula as Seoul, Washington and Tokyo are planning joint military exercises. The Japanese military says its naval forces alongside those of the US and South Korea will conduct joint drills on Friday. The maneuvers will be held in the Sea of Japan and will include anti-submarine drills. The US and its allies have long carried out joint exercises, which they insist are purely defensive. North Korea, however, sees them as rehearsals for an invasion. The new announcement comes after nuclear-armed Pyongyang fired two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Wednesday. It’s the latest in North Korea’s record-breaking blitz of weapons tests this year. Pyongyang says these tests bolster its defense capabilities. 

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