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Slamming European Parliament's resolution

The Iranian foreign ministry spokesman has called unacceptable a resolution passed by the European Parliament over the recent unrest in the country. Nasser Kanaani said the resolution bears no value as it amounts to interfering in Iran’s internal affairs. He accused the European Parliament of adopting a double-standard approach, saying its resolution bodes well for prejudgments toward Iran. The resolution called for EU sanctions against Iranian officials over alleged human rights violations and crackdown against protests. The demonstrations broke out in a number of Iranian cities in mid-September after the death of young woman Mahsa Amini. The rallies then turned into riots which Iran blamed on foreign elements. On Friday, Iran released an official forensic report into Amini’s death. It said she died due to multiple organ failure caused by cerebral hypoxia, NOT beatings.

South Korea-US war games

South Korea and the US are conducting joint maritime drills, as tensions simmer with North Korea over its ballistic missile tests. Seoul says the drills take place in waters off South Korea's east coast on Friday and Saturday. It says the war games aim to strengthen the readiness to counter any provocations by North Korea. The USS Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is taking part in the drills. It also participated in trilateral exercises with warships from Japan and South Korea on Tuesday. That’s when North Korea launched a ballistic missile that overflew part of Japan. The North on Thursday launched two more ballistic missiles and flew warplanes near the border with the South. Pyongyang has condemned Washington for repositioning its aircraft carrier near the Korean peninsula, saying it threatens stability there. The North says its launches are a counter-measure to the joint drills by the South and the US.

Zelensky's call for preventive strikes

Moscow has slammed the call by the Ukrainian president for pre-emptive NATO strikes on Russia.


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