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Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan'ani

Iran reciprocal sanctions

Strong condemnation is coming out of Iran following EU sanctions over Tehran's response to the recent riots. The Iranian Foreign Ministry is now promising reciprocal bans on European persons and entities. The ministry’s spokesman says EU sanctions constitute a violation of international law and are clear example of meddling in Iran’s internal affairs. Nasser Kan’ani says EU’s decision shows its bias and that it’s using human rights as a means to achieve political goals. He added that the EU and its member states have already acquired a reputation in Iran as a major violator of human rights due to their inaction and endorsement of harsh US sanctions on the country. Earlier, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian also took to Twitter to dismiss the sanctions as futile and based on disinformation.

'End Israel aggression'

The Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, has called on the United Nations to hold Israel accountable for its deadly aggression against the people in the occupied West Bank. Hamas also urged the UN to break Israeli siege on Palestinian cities and refugee camps. It called the regime’s blockade a collective punishment for hundreds of thousands of defenseless Palestinians in a blatant violation of international law. The resistance group said the UN should assume responsibility for criminalizing the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. The regime has intensified its deadly crackdown against Palestinians across the occupied territories over the past months. More than 120 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli attacks this year so far.

US-Saudi tensions

US officials have not been invited to a Saudi investment conference planned for later this month. That’s according to the organizer of the event. The decision comes amid growing tensions between Washington and Riyadh over a decision by OPEC+ to cut oil production by two million barrels a day from November. The conference dubbed Future Investment Initiative, or FII, is set to begin on October 25 in Riyadh. The three-day event usually draws top Wall Street investors, entrepreneurs and high-ranking officials from around the world. The organizer says the move not to invite American officials this year is made to avoid the international conference becoming a political platform. Richard Attias says he doesn’t want the media attention to be diverted to the political agenda between Washington and Riyadh.

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