Lavrov Urges Russia, US to Adopt Joint Declaration on Avoiding Nuclear War

MOSCOW - The presidents of Russia and the United States should jointly declare that the use of nuclear weapons is unacceptable, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told an international forum, the Primakov Readings, on Tuesday.

"From a political perspective, it’s of principal importance that Russia and the US calm the rest of the world and pass a joint statement at a high level that there can be no victory in a nuclear war and therefore it is unacceptable and inadmissible," Lavrov said.

Lavrov recalled that the leaders of the US and the Soviet Union had earlier made such statements. "We do not understand why they cannot reconfirm this position now. Our proposal is being considered by the US side," Russia’s top diplomat said.

Lavrov: OPCW Rejects Russia’s Request to Hold Briefing on Alleged Chemical Incident in Syria’s Douma

MOSCOW-  The Technical Secretariat of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has rejected Moscow’s request on holding a briefing with experts on the April 2018 events in Syria’s Douma, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters on Monday, according to Itar Tass.

According to Lavrov, some people among the group of the OPCW’s Western experts wrote the truth about what has happened in Douma. "For example, no one dropped the canisters of chlorine from the air, they were brought to a house and put on the bed."

New Multimedia Site Tells Story of US-Led Coalition's Destruction of Syria's Raqqa

Ruins of Liberation’ site gives rare behind-the-scenes look at Amnesty’s work amid the ruins of Raqqa.

June 6th marked the second anniversary of the so-called Washington-led “anti-ISIS operation” which killed at least 1,600 civilians

I witnessed a level of destruction not comparable to anything I’ve seen in decades of covering the impact of war’ - Donatella Rovera, Amnesty researcher.

Marking the second anniversary of the start of the US-led Coalition’s military offensive in Raqqa, Syria, Amnesty International has launched “The Ruins of Liberation” - a multimedia storytelling site giving a behind-the-scenes look at its investigations in the bombed-out city.

Zionists afraid of Japan’s coop. with Iran: senior MP

TEHRAN– A senior Iranian lawmaker said that the Israeli regime is afraid of Japan's cooperation with Iran and hence is making efforts to undermine this development.

Alaeddin Boroujerdi pointed to Friday’s phone conversation between the Israeli regime’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, saying, “the prime minister of the Zionist regime thinks that he can deter Japanese PM from cooperating with Iran by pointing out his regime’s redlines in the region, since the Zionist lobby is afraid that Japan would join other countries which cooperate with Iran.”

Deal of Century Backfired after Quds Day, Iranian Speaker Says

TEHRAN– The speaker of Iran’s Parliament lauded the country’s people for their massive presence in the pro-Palestine demonstrations on the International Quds Day that turned the so-called deal of the century into a declaration of Israel’s lack of identity.

Addressing an open session of the Parliament on Sunday, Ali Larijani praised the Iranian nation for their “strong and smart” presence in the Quds Day rallies and standing against the “evil sedition” that the US and the Zionist regime have masterminded to decide the fate of the Palestinian nation.

Germany Vows to Preserve Iran's Nuclear Deal

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Saturday that the European states are doing their best to de-escalate tensions between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the US taking into account current sensitivities in the Middle East region.

Addressing a meeting in Baghdad, Maas underlined the importance of removing tensions and inviting all parties to maintain peace and exercise self-restraint.

He added that miscalculations, misunderstandings and provocative acts will leave unpredictable consequences.

Iran Says New US Sanctions Show Talks Offer Hollow

Iran says new US sanctions on its petrochemical industry show the hollowness of President Donald Trump's claims to be open to fresh negotiations with Tehran, Press T.V reported.

"Only one week was needed for the US president's claim that he was ready to negotiate with Iran to be proven hollow," Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said Saturday.

On Friday, the US Treasury announced new sanctions against Iran's largest and most profitable petrochemicals group PGPIC.

US' Call for Direct Talks with Iran ‘a Cunning, Demagogic Lie’

TEHRAN - Iranian Minister of Defense Amir Hatami said the US’ call for holding direct talks with Iran without any preconditions is a “demagogic and very cunning” lie.

“Such remarks by the White House authorities are nothing but demagogic and very cunning lies, since they have put forward tens of conditions and preconditions against our country in a unilateral and unlawful manner,” said Iranian Minister of Defense Amir Hatami on Saturday, in reaction to the US’ call for holding direct talks with Iran amid heightened tensions between the two sides.