US, Zionist regime behind riots
The leader of the Islamic Revolution says the recent riots in the country were orchestrated by the United States, Israel, and their paid agents. Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei made the remarks in an address to military cadets in Tehran. The leader said he was saddened by the death of a young woman, which triggered the riots. But he said reactions to the incident, including insecurity on the streets and the burning of the Holy Quran and mosques were not normal. Ayatollah Khamenei said the death of the young woman was a pretext for some foreign governments to foment insecurity and rioting. The leader added that such governments cannot tolerate Iran’s progress and power. Ayatollah Khamenei described those governments as bullies, saying they are aiming at Iran’s independence, resistance, and power.
Response to North Korea launch
North Korea has test-fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan amid heightened tensions in the Korean peninsula. The test triggered an emergency alert in northern Japan Tuesday morning, where residents were told to take shelter. Tokyo says the missile covered the longest distance ever recorded for a North Korean launch. That was also the first time a North Korean projectile passed through Japan’s air space since 2017. The missile test has drawn an outpouring of reactions. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has described it as barbaric. The country’s defense minister says Tokyo will consider all options including what he calls counter-attack capabilities against Pyongyang. Seoul Korea has also rebuked the north, warning of a decisive response.
Russia accession vote
Russia takes another step to finalize the integration of four Ukrainian regions into its territory. Now, the upper house of Russia’s parliament says yes to the move. The Federation Council voted unanimously to approve the accession of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia to Russia. That is after the country’s lower house, the State Duma, ratified the legislations on Monday. The laws will be later submitted to the Kremlin for President Vladimir Putin to put his seal of approval on the accessions. Putin had earlier signed a decree for the formal incorporation of the four Ukrainian regions. Moscow held referenda in the areas. It says locals voted overwhelmingly to join Russia. But Ukraine and its Western allies have called the votes illegal and a sham.