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US Private Military Companies Plunder Syrian Oil Facilities

US private military companies numbering over 3,500 personnel are plundering Syrian oil facilities under the cover of the international anti-terror coalition’s aircraft, Head of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operational Department, Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoi told a Defense Ministry press briefing on Monday.

"Aside from training militants, the US structures in Syria are involved in plundering oil facilities and deposits in the area across the Euphrates that belong to the legitimate Syrian government. Lately, US private military companies have been observed to actively beef up their personnel. Today, the mercenaries of the private military companies in Syria exceed 3,500 people," the Russian general stressed, according to Itar Tass.

All JCPOA Signatories Call for Saving the Pact, Says China

After attending a JCPOA joint commission meeting in Vienna Sun., China's representative said all sides of the agreement want to safeguards the pact.

"All parties expressed their commitment to the obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and to continue its implementation in a balanced way", Director-General of the Department of Arms Control of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China Fu Cong told reporters.

Political Directors Meet in Vienna over Iran Nuclear Deal

VIENNA - A session of the JCPOA Joint Commission has begun at Palais Coburg in Vienna at the level of political directors, TASS reports from the site.

The sides are expected to look into how the situation has changed since their previous meeting as well as discuss prospects for saving the deal.

Russia is represented by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov. The director-general of the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Department of Arms Control, Fu Cong, represents China. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Aragchi traditionally represents Iran.

Secretary General of the European External Action Service Helga Schmid chairs the session. The UK, Germany and France are represented by deputies to the foreign minister in charge of arms control issues or directors of the relevant departments at their foreign ministries.

US attempts to find Amano’s replacement to serve its interests: Cartalucci

TEHRAN – Referring to Yukiya Amano’s death and the US attempts to find a replacement to serve Washington's interests Cartalucci says Tehran must expect the worst and prepare for it while attempting to maintain diplomatic and strategic patience for as long as possible

Yukiya Amano, who led the International Atomic Energy Agency for a decade and was extensively involved in negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, died at the age of 72. He was heavily involved in the years-long negotiations that led to the landmark Iran nuclear deal.

Under the agreement, reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in 2015, Tehran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions, Mehr News reported.

United States President Donald Trump, however, withdrew Washington from the landmark agreement last May and decided to re-impose what it described as the “toughest” sanctions ever against Tehran.

The news of Amano’s death comes at a time of increasing concerns and escalating tensions between US and Iran, with Washington and Tel Aviv having failed to create a crisis in Iran’s cooperation with the UN atomic agency which has repeatedly confirmed the peaceful nature of the country's nuclear program.

There are some speculations about Mr. Amano's (head of IAEA) death. Some reports say his death and replacement of him by an American close to Trump administration and Israel is very suspicious and can be interpreted in line of Israel and the US efforts to affect IAEA reports on Iran's nuclear activity.

In this regards, Bangkok- based geopolitical researcher Anthony Cartalucci said in an interview with Mehr News Agency that International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano was advanced in age, so his death was not in and of itself suspicious.

Meanwhile Cartalucci said, "The US and its partners including Israel will undoubtedly attempt to find a replacement that serve their own interests rather than the IAEA's actual mandate."

"However, it should be noted that Washington, London, and Brussels' serial abuse of international institutions like the United Nations and the IAEA have undermined the credibility of both and their efficacy not only to perform their stated missions, but to serve the interests of those trying to abuse them", he added.

He went on to say, " finally, it should be warned that Washington has reached a point of desperation in regards to Iran and other nations it sees as a threat to its global primacy".

Cartalucci added, "Tehran must expect the worst and prepare for it while attempting to maintain diplomatic and strategic patience for as long as possible. Empires do not disappear overnight nor do they usually disappear quietly. The United States and its global network of power and influence is no exception."


Russia Calls on BRICS Nations to Take Part in Rebuilding Syria

RIO DE JANEIRO- Moscow urges all partners in the BRICS group of nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) to take part in work towards post-war restoration of Syria, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a BRICS foreign ministerial session on Friday, according to Itar Tass.

"It is crucially important to support the processes of Syria’s post-conflict restoration. We urge participation in this activity and note in this connection efforts taken by our Chinese and Indian friends," the Russian diplomat said.

The main tasks for the settlement in the Syria are restoration of sovereignty and territorial integrity, extermination of the remaining terrorists, assistance in the return of refugees with an advance of the political process led by the Syrians themselves in line with Resolution 2254 of the UN Security Council, Lavrov reiterated, Tass said.