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Iran active diplomacy

President Ebrahim Raeisi says Iran’s enemies have adopted the strategy of isolating the Islamic Republic. But Iran’s current position at the global level shows they have failed in their attempts. Raeisi was speaking with reporters in Tehran on the occasion of the Government Week. He said the enemies wanted to disappoint the Iranian people and resorted to riots last year when they realized that the country is on the path of development. Raeisi added that Iran’s adversaries pinned their hopes on those riots and left the negotiation table. But when the country managed to contain the riots, they sent messages to us to come back to the talks. The Iranian president said his government is open to talks but does not tie up the country’s fate to the will of some Western states.

Syria anti-terror fight

The Syrian army has targeted the bases of two terrorist groups on the outskirts of Idlib, northwest of the country. According to the defense ministry, bomb and missile attacks hit the positions of two terror groups including al-Qaeda-linked Tahrir al-Sham. The ministry says a large number of terrorists, among them their leaders, were killed as a result. Their arms and ammunition were destroyed as well. Syria says Russian warplanes cooperated in the operation. It also says the operation followed recent attacks by the terrorists against Syrian military bases near the cities of Hama and Idlib. Syria and its allied resistance forces largely contained terrorist groups including Daesh operating in that country. However, remnants of the groups are still active in some parts. 

Korean Peninsula tensions

The leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea has lashed out at the US, South Korea, and Japan for pursuing reckless confrontational moves. Kim Jong-un said the three countries have reduced the waters off the Korean Peninsula into the world's biggest war hardware concentration spot. Kim warned of the danger of a nuclear war in what he called the most unstable waters. He called for the strengthening of the country's naval forces. Kim added that the DPRK's Navy would become a component of the state's nuclear deterrence. Earlier, this month, the leaders of the US, South Korea, and Japan agreed to deepen military cooperation in the face of what they described as Pyongyang’s nuclear threat. Last week, Washington and Seoul also began joint military exercises. The DPRK views the drills as a rehearsal for war.

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