‘Dialogue Among Civilizations’ intellectual gift of Iranian nation

TEHRAN– President Rouhani said ‘Dialogue Among Civilizations’, an Iranian proposal adopted by the UN back in 2001, is the intellectual and theoretical gift of the Iranian nation to the world.

The president made the remark on Sunday evening in a cordial meeting with a number of students and the younger generation.

He said no other country but Iran has been able to lift seven dangerous UN resolutions in just one day, according to the Mehr News agency.

Brexit Legislation Needs to Include Public Vote, Says Labour's Starmer

The British government’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Bill needs to include another public vote when it is presented to lawmakers again next month, the opposition Labour Party’s Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said on Saturday.

After failing to get parliament’s approval three times for Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, the government will now put the bill, legislation which will enact that deal, before parliament for a vote in early June.

The Labour Party and rebels within May’s Conservative Party have said they plan to oppose it.

China Defends Iran’s Legitimate Rights, Says Chinese FM

China strongly opposes US unilateral sanctions and understands the conditions and concerns of the Iranian side and protects the legitimate rights of Iran, said China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

 Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met and held talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing.

Wang Yi mentioned that a very important situation is emerging in the international community and the region, which is rapidly evolving, adding in this regard, strengthening of Iran-China communications and cooperation is essential.

Maduro Confirms Dialogue with Venezuelan Opposition in Norway

The President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro announced that a new process has begun to initiate a dialogue with the country's opposition, aided by mediation efforts from Norwegian representatives.

From the northern state of Aragua, the leader revealed that the Minister of Communications and Information Jorge Rodriguez and the governor of the state of Miranda, Hector Rodriguez, joined the delegation that traveled to Norway "to explore the beginnings of a dialogue with the Venezuelan opposition and to map out a peaceful agenda for the country."

Envoy: Iran not to start conflict, but stands up to US

London– Iran Envoy to the UK said Iran will not start any conflict with US but the Iranians will stand up to any US aggression.

'We are not advocating to start the problem and a conflict but I assure you that our people are ready to stand against the United States and pay for the resistance,' Hamid Baeidinejad said in an interview with British media 'BBC Radio', IRNA reported.

Russia Presents Drafts Resolution to Get ‘Politicized’ OPCW ‘Back on Track’

Russia has presented a draft resolution to the UN Security Council to “get the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) back on track”, as it believes the UN’s chemical watchdog has been “hijacked by politics”.

After putting forward the draft UNSC resolution, Russia's UN ambassador charged that the OPCW had been hijacked by politics and its mandate derailed.

 "We are trying to get the OPCW back on track because it (has) slided off the track and now it is so politicized," Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told reporters, according to Press TV.

"It was always a technical organ where consensus prevailed, and now we see that it is completely politicized, with politicized agenda from various parties."

"We want the OPCW to get back to where it was before," Nebenzia said.

US Police Breaks into Venezuelan Embassy, Arrest Activists

United States security forces have broken into the Venezuela embassy in Washington Thursday and have taken the four remaining members of the Protection Collective, Code Pink organization announced. The announcement was confirmed by the activists' lawyer, Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, according to Telesur.

Such action violates several articles of the Vienna Convention and breaks international law.

TeleSUR reporter Jorge Gestoso on site outside the embassy says there are security service, federal agents and dozens of D.C. police officers heavily armed at the back entrance of the embassy. According to Gestoso the authorities dressed in military gear took up position in the embassy's basement where there are no surveillance cameras. This allowed U.S. authorities to make the arrests out of the site of the public and the media.

Zarif Calls US Anti-Iran Sanctions ‘Unacceptable’

TEHRAN– Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tehran is showing “maximum restraint” despite US pullout from the 2015 nuclear deal, calling the reimposition of sanctions by Washington “unacceptable”.

Iran is exercising “maximum restraint in spite of the fact the United States withdrew from (the) JCPOA last May,” Zarif said on Wednesday at the start of his meeting with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono in Tokyo.

“We believe that escalation (of sanctions) by the United States is unacceptable and uncalled for,” he said, according to Reuters, Tasnim News reported.