Saudi Arabia Is the Centerpiece of US Mideast Foreign Policy, Says Analyst

Saudi Arabia has been the centerpiece of the American Empire’s foreign policy in the Middle East region, according to Daniel Patrick Welch, an American writer and political analyst.

On Sunday, Saudi Arabia warned against threats to punish it over the October 2 assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Istanbul consulate, saying oil could hit $200 “or even double that figure.”

On Monday, US President Donald Trump, who had threatened “severe punishment” if it turned out Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, backtracked on his statement, suggesting the kingdom might not be responsible for the fate of Khashoggi.

Japan Says Continuing Cooperation with Tehran under Sanctions

A senior official of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) announced that the country will not alter its supportive policies towards Iran after implementation of the US sanctions on November 4.

"JICA always supports development of mutual cooperation in the private sector and it will use its utmost efforts to return the Japanese companies to the Iranian market," the head of JICA's office in Iran.

He explained that JICA is an organization affiliated to the Japanese government, adding that the Japanese government supports Iran.

Saudis Preparing to Announce Khashoggi Died in Interrogation: Sources

The Saudi Arabian government is working on a report that would include admitting to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during an interrogation that went wrong in the monarchy’s consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul, sources says, according to Press TV.

The report could implicate those involved in the possible murder operation to portray it as done without clearance and transparency, one source told CNN on Monday.

The CNN report could itself affect the content of such a report before its release and might even be a part of the Saudi crisis management through its sources.

Another source, meanwhile, cautioned that the report is being prepared and subject to change.

Tehran Says American Forces Had Better Exit Syria Soon

TEHRAN-Spokesman of the Iranian Foreign Ministry Bahram Qassemi has stressed that the US military presence in Syria is illegal.

In a press briefing on Monday, Qassemi said that the US presence is "unlawful and in contravention of international regulations" because America has deployed its forces to Syrian territory without the government's permission

"Our advice is that America had better exit Syria at the earliest and refrain from interfering in the [internal] affairs of the country," he added.

The US started an aerial campaign allegedly against what it said were the positions of the Daesh terrorist group in Syria in September 2014. It has had special forces on the ground there as well. Both of those activities have lacked Syrian government permission.

President Rouhani: EU Siding with Iran against US

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani highlighted the country’s political achievements in the international arena following the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal and said the European Union has sided with Tehran against Washington.

Iran has been successful politically and legally in international institutions and before the eyes of the world, Rouhani said during a speech at the University of Tehran on Sunday. 

He further pointed to his recent meetings with EU leaders on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York and said the prime minister of “an important European country” told him that five years ago, any move by the EU to side with Iran against the United States seemed impossible because the EU and the US were close allies.