JCPOA Instrumental in Promoting Global Peace, Stability - UN Chief

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has hailed the 2015 landmark nuclear agreement signed between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, saying it plays an important role in promoting international peace and stability.

The UN chief made the remarks during a Saturday meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the fringes of the Munich Security Conference.

Guterres also threw his weight behind the implementation of the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council -- the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China -- plus Germany signed the JCPOA on July 14, 2015 and started implementing it on January 16, 2016.

US Hostile Rhetoric against Iran, Echo of Tel Aviv’s Desire - Analyst

US Vice President Mike Pence has kept up hostile rhetoric against Iran, continuing a pattern of similar statements by US President Donald Trump. Trump has accused Iran of “supporting terrorism" and described Iran’s nuclear deal as the “worst agreement” ever negotiated, according to Press T.V.

A political analyst believes the rhetoric that is coming out of the White House is not expressive of what the Americans want, but rather an echo of Tel Aviv’s desire.

“This is an echoing of what the Israelis want. We know very well that Israel is the number one state terrorism, it is a state of terrorism actually, a … [regime] which is full of terrorists and they want to accuse Iran,” Ibrahim Musawi told Press TV in an interview on Saturday.

Zarif: US Troops in Syria to Add Fuel to Fire in Region

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says any bid by the US to dispatch ground troops to Syria to allegedly fight Daesh Takfiri terrorists in the country would fan the flames of extremism in the Middle East and adversely impact the security of the whole world, according to Press TV.

"We cannot commit to solutions that are part of the problem. I believe that the presence of foreign troops in Arab territory is a recipe for those extremists to rally behind and gain new fighters from disenfranchised youth,” Zarif said in an interview with CNN on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Friday.

Iran Underlines Protection of Syria Integrity, National Sovereignty

Moscow -Protecting Syria’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as recognizing the Syrian people’s right to determine their destiny shape the main principles of a political resolution to the crisis in the country, says Iran foreign ministry official.

Hossein Jaberi Ansari Foreign Ministry Deputy for Arab and African Affairs said on Thursday that the Astana talks on Syria are aimed at facilitating the inter-Syrian negotiations and safeguarding peace and security in the country.

Referring to the previous rounds of talks in Astana, Jaberi Ansari noted that there have been successful talks on harnessing the crisis in Syria.

Several People Killed, Scores Wounded in Baghdad Car Bomb

A car bomb has exploded in a southern neighborhood of Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing several people and injuring scores of others, security sources say.

The incident took place on Thursday when the explosive-laden vehicle blew up in a Baghdad street full of garages commuted by car dealers in Hayy al-Shurta district.

According to reports, the blast has so far killed 51 people, leaving at least 55 others wounded.

A few hours after the incident, the DaeshTakfiri terrorist group, which has been wreaking havoc in Iraq and neighboring Syria over past years, claimed responsibility for Thursday bomb attack.