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West anti-Iran rhetoric

The United States and its European allies have accused Iran of inconsistency regarding its obligations under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. The US, the UK, France and Germany made the comment in a joint statement, citing the latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency on Iran. They said Iran’s measures go against the nuclear safeguards demands of the NPT. They were referring to a Wednesday report that criticized Iran for making an undeclared change to some of its advanced uranium enrichment machines. Iran has rejected the report on operations at its Fordow nuclear site. Nuclear chief Mohammad Eslami says the report is based on a mistake by an IAEA inspector during an unannounced inspection of the Fordow plant last month. He says Tehran immediately provided explanation on the mistake to the IAEA and the issue was resolved. 

Israeli atrocities

Israeli forces have killed another Palestinian in the West Bank as tensions remain high in the occupied territories. The regime’s troops shot dead the 25-year-old man near the northern city of Nablus. The Israeli military claimed that he had attacked its troops stationed at an outpost. Also on Friday, Israeli forces injured dozens of Palestinians protesting against illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. They targeted Palestinians with live bullets and tear gas. Israel has been stepping up its deadly crackdown against Palestinians in recent months. So far this year, its forces have killed more than 35 Palestinians in the West Bank.

EU-Ukraine summit

The EU commission chief says there is no rigid timeline for Kiev’s accession to the European Union. Von der Leyen praised Kiev’s determination to meet EU recommendations despite being at war with Russia. Elsewhere in her remarks, the EU commission chief said a new package of sanctions against Moscow is on its way to make Russia pay for its actions in Ukraine. She said technology will be targeted in the fresh sanctions to curb Russia’s ability to produce drones. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, urged the EU to accelerate its arms supply to Kiev.

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