West-anti Iran plots
Iran’s leader says the West, including the US, was seeking the collapse of the Islamic Republic by backing the former Iraqi dictator during his war on the Iranian nation. Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said all world powers assisted Saddam Hussein to wage the war. He said France and Germany provided Saddam with the most advanced weapons. The leader underlined that certain Arab states also helped the former Iraqi regime with financial aid and logistics. He said Iranian families sacrificed their sons and daughters to defend their beloved country. But, the leader added, the war made Iran stronger as the country succeeded in promoting the culture of resistance. He noted that Iran’s active presence in West Asia has been frightening the US, its allies and puppets. Ayatollah Khamenei was addressing a group of veterans and activists of the Iran-Iraq war and resistance ahead of the Sacred Defense Week.
Tehran-Moscow military cooperation
Iran’s defense minister says the development of regional organizations such as Shanghai and BRICS are signs of the world's inclination toward multilateralism. Brigadier General Mohammad-Reza Ashtiani made the remark in a meeting with Russia’s visiting Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. He said Iran opposes the presence of extra-regional forces in the region as he was reviewing the recent regional developments, especially those in the Caucasus. The Iranian general added that maintaining the territorial integrity of regional countries and international borders is one of the red lines of the Islamic Republic. Shoigu, for his part, stressed further strengthening of strategic partnership between the two countries in the defense sector.
UK industrial action
Tens of thousands of senior and junior doctors working for the UK's publically-funded National Health Service have once again walked off the job. The walkouts are part of a dispute with the government primarily over pay, and are expected to affect thousands of appointments and operations.