Iran response to aggression
Iran has warned against any aggression against the country, vowing a decisive response that will make enemies regret their actions. The warning follows anti-Iran rhetoric by US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken. In an interview, the top US diplomat rehashed allegations against Iran’s nuclear program, saying all options remain on the table to stop Iran acquiring an atomic weapon. Now, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman says the US is well aware that Iran will not tolerate any aggression against its territory and interests. Nasser Kana’ani called on US authorities to beware of the legal, international and political consequences of such provocative statements. He once again underscored the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program, adding that the country will not stop its nuclear advances as a party to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
West arming Ukraine
France and Australia have announced a deal to jointly supply Ukraine with artillery shells despite Russia's warnings. The deal will see both countries share the cost of the deliveries. France will manufacture the ammunition while Australia will provide the explosive powder. The allies are trying to move on from a bitter row two years ago, when Canberra broke off a contract to buy French submarines. Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron said he would not rule out sending fighter jets to Ukraine if Kiev makes such a request. He added, however, that any arms delivery must not weaken the capacity of the French army. Since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine war, the US and its allies have been pouring weapons into Ukraine. Moscow has repeatedly warned that such military aid will only prolong the war and suffering of the Ukrainians.
Peru early elections
Peru's Congress has postponed until Tuesday its second debate to bring forward elections in a bid to end weeks of deadly protests. President Dina Boluarte has warned that if Congress fails to act, she will seek constitutional reform to make a vote happen. Last week, lawmakers turned down the president’s request to bring forward elections to December 2023. They had already agreed last month to hold the elections in 2024 instead of 2026. The South American country has been mired in political crisis after the ouster and arrest of former president, Pedro Castillo, in December. Since then, protesters have been demanding his release, Boluarte's resignation and early elections. Almost 50 people, including a police officer, have been killed during clashes between security forces and protesters.
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