Iran ‘Hopes Hariri Returns to Lebanon, Helps Restore Calm’

Iran says it hopes that Saad Hariri, who has resigned as Lebanon’s prime minister, will return home from Saudi Arabia and help restore calm to his country by pursuing his resignation there, according to Press T.V.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said in a press briefing on Monday that Hariri’s Sunday remark that he would return to Lebanon offered “a flicker of hope” that calm would be restored in the Arab country.

Tremors Keep Rattling West Iran as Quake Death Toll Rises to 336

TEHRAN - With successive aftershocks still rumbling through western Iran more than 12 hours after a massive earthquake on Sunday night, the province of Kermanshah, hit hardest by the temblor, declared three days of mourning.

Western regions of Iran, particularly residential areas in the province of Kermanshah, have felt scores of tremors, some even measuring greater than 4.5 on the Richter scale, after the Sunday night’s massive earthquake that has killed above 336 people so far, according to the Tasnim News Agancy.

Deadly Quake Hits Iraqi-Iranian Borders, Dozens Killed, over 1,000 Wounded

An earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter Scale has hit northern part of Iraq near the border with Iran, killing dozens of people in the areas along the border.

According, to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake happened on Sunday, 103 kilometers (64 miles) southeast of the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah, it added.

According to Press TV, Iraqi officials has said that the quake killed over 30 people in Sulaimaniyah province and injured many more, but the figures will be updated. The head of Iran’s emergency organization has said that about 100 people have been killed and over 1,000 injured.

Russia didn’t pressure JIM, but urged professional probe of Syria chemical attack – Foreign Ministry

Russia didn’t pressure JIM, but urged professional probe of Syria chemical attack – Foreign Ministry

The OPCW-UN probe into the Khan Shaykhun chemical incident showed disregard to the Chemical Convention’s guidelines and borders on “dilettantism,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry has said, rejecting the chief investigator’s accusations that Moscow somehow pressured him.

Zionist Occupation after disturbing peace in region

Tehran– Iranian Parliament’s General Director for International Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian underlined the role of the United States and the Zionist regime in crisis in Middle East and said “the Zionists are after controlling the region.”

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a televised interview with Negah-e Yek on Saturday, according to Mehr News.

Referring to the resignation of Lebanon’s PM, Amir-Abdollahian said “during the last 6 years, simultaneous with the Islamic awakening, an unholy alliance was forged between the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia through which they resorted to various means, such as ISIL, in order to suit their fundamental purpose.”