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JCPOA revival fate

Iran’s foreign minister says the country is still insisting on its red-lines in the JCPOA revival talks, and will only agree to an agreement that takes into account the interest of the Islamic Republic. In a presser in Tehran, Hossein Amir-Adbollahian said the US negotiators presumed Iran would abandon its red-lines amid rioting in the country. But Iran has always insisted on the issue for a good and lasting agreement. The top Iranian diplomat said the settlement of issues between Iran and the UN nuclear agency as well as economic guarantees are the main sticking points in the talks. He also reacted against the recent Western-sponsored IAEA resolution against Iran. Amir-Abdollahian said the US and its European allies abuse the agency for their political goals. This is while, he said, Western governments had earlier pledged they would push the IAEA to avoid a political approach to Iran’s nuclear program and stick to its technical job. 

Hailing al-Quds operation

Palestinian resistance movements, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, have hailed an operation against Israeli targets in the occupied al-Quds. They called it a natural response to Israeli crimes against Palestinians, vowing to continue their anti-Israel operations. Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement also praised the operation as heroic. The group said the two explosions that rocked the occupied city reflect Palestinians’ rejection of continued Israeli occupation of their land. It added that the operation acknowledges the resistance’s ability to deal painful blows to the regime despite its strict security measures. The blasts that took place at bus stops killed one person and injured over a dozen others. Israel is blaming the attacks on Palestinians. The explosions happened amid Israel’s increasing deadly crackdown against Palestinians across the occupied territories.

Scotland independence row

Scotland’s bid for independence from the United Kingdom has hit a roadblock following a ruling by Britain’s apex court. The Supreme Court has said the Scottish government does not reserve the right to hold a second referendum on whether to break from the UK, without permission from London. The British Prime Minister has welcomed the court’s decision, describing it as clear and definitive. But Scotland’s First Minister has strongly criticized the move, saying democracy is threatened.

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