Iran rejects UNGA resolution
Tehran denounces an anti-Iran resolution passed by the UN General Assembly, dismissing it as a rehash of groundless allegations based on false information. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanani said the resolution has no legal ground. He said such unconstructive moves will NOT help promote the status of human rights at the international level. Rather, they will only perpetuate the practice of politically stigmatizing independent countries. The spokesman noted that the Western states keep promoting Iranophobia and demonizing Iran. Whereas they have a long history of systematic violation of human rights, and are therefore in NO position to give Iran advice on the issue. The resolution proposed by Canada and backed by some Western countries, paints a gloomy picture of the human rights situation in Iran.
Ukraine grain deal
Ukraine will be able to export its grain through the Black Sea for another one hundred and twenty days. A Ukrainian minister says the Black Sea Grain Initiative has been extended. A senior Turkish official has confirmed that, saying the deal will remain in place under the current terms. The agreement, brokered by Turkey and the UN in July, was set to expire on Saturday. It allowed the export of millions of tons of grain blocked in Ukrainian ports due to the war. Under the deal, Western sanctions that prevent the export of Russian food and fertilizer were also to be eased. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has welcomed the extension. He says the UN is fully committed to remove any remaining obstacles to exporting food and fertilizers from Russia. Both Russia and Ukraine are major grain suppliers and the war is threatening global food security.
US midterm elections
In the US, Republicans have taken control of the House of Representatives with a slim majority far smaller than what the party was banking on. Winning with a margin of two hundred and eighteen seats in the four hundred and thirty-five-member House, Republicans now secure a legislative base to oppose President Joe Biden’s agenda for the final two years of his term. Biden congratulated his Republican opponents on the win, saying he is willing to work with them and serve the American people. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said Americans are ready for a new direction, and Republicans are ready to deliver. On Saturday, Democrats retained control of the Senate by winning fifty seats plus Vice President Kamala Harris' tie-breaking vote. Now a consequential floor vote is set to take place on January the third when the newly-elected members will choose their speakers, the third most important US political position after president and vice president.