Shamkhani Rules out Possibility of War against Tehran

A senior Iranian official has strongly ruled out the possibility of a war against the Islamic Republic given enemies' awareness of Iran's "political strength and its military and security preparedness."

Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani made the remarks on Saturday amid some reports about Israel's preparation for military action against Iran with US support, press TV reported.

"As the official in charge of the country's national security body, I am explicitly and confidently announcing that the possibility of a war [against Iran] is ruled out because of enemies' assessment of the Islamic Republic's political strength, its military and security preparedness in domestic and foreign aspects as well as their lack of determination, coherence and operational capability," Shamkhani added.

Saudi Scheme to Manipulate Lebanon Parliamentary Elections Uncovered

A recent document has pointed to Riyadh regime’s fiendish plot to assert enormous influence on Lebanon’s May 6 legislative elections, and engineer the polls in favor of House of Saud, Press TV reported.

According to a report published by Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Manar television network, which is affiliated with the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has written a letter to the kingdom's ambassador to Lebanon Walid al-Bukhari, assigning him the mission, Press TV reported.

US Withdrawal from JCPOA will Result in its Termination, Says Iran UK Envoy

Iran's ambassador to the UK has said that the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), will result in its termination.

"When the United States is out of the deal, it means that there is no deal left," said Hamid Baeidinejad during an interview with CNN aired on Wednesday.

"Because an important party of the treaty has abrogated and violated in clear terms the treaty," he added.

He further noted that Tehran would "be ready to go back to the previous situation" if the Washington ditches the JCPOA as threatened by US President Donald Trump.

Iran Reserves Right to Respond if US Pulls out of JCPOA, Says Zarif

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Islamic Republic reserves the right to respond should the US, as a party to the 2015 nuclear deal, withdraw from the agreement, Press T.V reported.

In a video message posted on YouTube on Thursday, Zarif compared Tehran's full commitment to its side of the bargain to Washington's breach of the deal, which is officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Iraqi Court Sentences Eight Foreign Women to Life Imprisonment over Daesh Links

A court in Iraq has handed down life terms to eight foreign women over membership in the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group and involvement in acts of terror across the war-ravaged Arab country.

Abdul Sattar al-Biraqdar, spokesman for Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council, said in a statement that the country’s Central Criminal Court issued the verdicts against three Turkish women, three Azerbaijanis, one Uzbek national and a Syrian citizen on Thursday.

Biraqdar pointed out that the rulings were issued in accordance with Article 2 of Iraq’s Anti-Terrorism Law.

On April 29, the Central Criminal Court of Iraq, which is the country's flagship criminal justice institution, found 19 female Russian citizens guilty of “joining and supporting Daesh.”

The court passed life sentences on the women as they were accompanied by small children during the hearing.