Dozen Civilians Killed as Saudi Jets Target Residential Building in SW Yemen

A dozen civilians have lost their lives and several others sustained injuries when Saudi fighter jets targeted a residential area in Yemen's southwestern province of Ta'izz as the Riyadh regime presses ahead with its atrocious bombardment campaign against its southern neighbor.

Local sources told Arabic-language al-Masirah television network that the military aircraft bombarded a house in the al-Zahari area of the port city of Mukha, situated 346kilometers south of the capital Sana'a, on Saturday afternoon.

The sources added that there were women and children among the victims, noting that people were desperately searching for loved ones trapped under the rubble of the collapsed building.

It's None the Business of Anybody Other Than Syrian People to Decide Syria's Future: Zarif

TEHRAN-- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has reiterated that "it is none the business of anybody other than the Syrian people to decide the future of Syria, pointing out that from the very beginning, Tehran's political plan has been based on "supporting ceasefire, inclusive government, inclusive national unity government, constitutional reform and elections in Syria."

During an interview published by News Week on Friday and by Tasnim news agency on Saturday, Zarif stressed that Iran has presence in Syria at the request of the Syrian government to support the country in its war on terrorist organizations like Daesh, asserting that Tehran has had a consistent policy of opposing extremism regardless of where it occurs.

Iran Rejects Reuters Report, Says Missile Program Non-Negotiable

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi says the Islamic Republic’s missile program is for defensive purposes and is not open to any negotiations.

Qassemi on Friday firmly rejected a Reuters report quoting unnamed Iranian and Western officials as saying that Iran has signaled to the six world powers with which it signed the historic nuclear agreement in 2015 that it is open to talks about its ballistic missile arsenal.

“Iran regards defensive missile programs as its absolute right and will definitely continue them within the framework of its defensive, conventional and specified plans and strategies,” the Iranian spokesperson said, according to Press TV.

JCPOA Not Renegotiable, Says Salehi

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi says the 2015 nuclear deal reached between Iran and six world powers is not renegotiable.

He made the remarks in Rome, where he is to address the XXth Edoardo Amaldi Conference - International Cooperation  for Enhancing Nuclear Safety, Security, Safeguards and Non-Proliferation next week.

 “We have emphasized repeatedly that the JCPOA is not renegotiable,” he told the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), referring to the nuclear agreement that is officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

“Some [parties] want the JCPOA to be renegotiated in technical dimensions, but it is not renegotiable,” Salehi emphasized, noting that Russia, China and EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, had all stressed that the accord is not renegotiable.

NAM Voices Support for Palestine’s Bid for Full UN Membership

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) has reaffirmed support for the full membership of the state of Palestine in the United Nations, saying the oppressed Palestinian nation should be given its rightful place in the world community, according to Press T.V.

In a Wednesday statement issued on behalf of the NAM, Es’haq Al-e-Habib, Iran’s deputy permanent representative to the UN, said the UN recognition in 2012 of Palestine as an observer state highlights “the international community’s longstanding, principled support for the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including to self-determination, independence, and for the two-state solution, based on the pre-1967 borders.”