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"Western media distort realities"

Iran has rejected a report by the news website Bloomberg claiming inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency have found enriched uranium above 60 percent purity. Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Behrouz Kamalvandi said it is regrettable the UN nuclear watchdog is being used as a political lever to put pressure on Tehran. He added Bloomberg’s report is aimed at distorting the realities. The spokesman said the existence of uranium particles with over 60 percent purity during the enrichment process does not mean uranium has been enriched at that level. What matters, he said, is the end product, adding that Iran has never enriched uranium to purity levels more than 60 percent. In its report, Bloomberg claimed that IAEA inspectors had discovered enriched uranium in Iran with a purity level of 84 percent.

North Korea missile tests

North Korea has launched more projectiles, a day after firing an intercontinental ballistic missile that landed off Japan's coast. The South Korean and Japanese militaries said the two short-range ballistic missiles were fired within minutes of each other early Monday. They reportedly landed outside Japan's exclusive economic zone. The launch came a day after joint US-South Korea military drills. In response, North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un's sister warned against increased US presence in the region. She said the North could turn the Pacific into a firing range depending on US forces’ movements. Tensions are running high on the Korean Peninsula as the North views America's war games with its regional allies as provocative and rehearsals for an invasion.

Russia-Ukraine war

Russia has accused Ukraine of planning to stage a nuclear incident on its territory to pin the blame on Moscow ahead of a UN meeting to discuss the deadly conflict. The Russian Defense Ministry said radioactive substances had been transported to Ukraine from a European country as Kiev was preparing a "large-scale provocation." Moscow has repeatedly accused Kiev of planning false-flag operations with non-conventional weapons, using biological or radioactive materials. In the past, Russia also expressed concern about the use of what it called dirty bombs by Ukraine. Kiev and its allies have dismissed such accusations as cynical attempts to spread disinformation.

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