US unilateralism core problem of nuke disarmament

TEHRAN– Iran’s UN envoy Es’hagh Al Habib said Mon. that the core problem of nuclear disarmament is unilateralism, in particular the unilateral nuclear actions and policies of the United States.

At the Monday debate session of UN General Assembly’s First Committee (Disarmament and International Security), delegates voiced concerns at the possible breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal and discussed ways to get collective disarmament efforts back on track, Mehr News reported.

Amnesty International: US-Led Coalition’s Rejection to Admit Killing Civilians in Raqqa Terrible

BEIRUT- Amnesty International said that the US-led coalition rejects to take responsibility for killing civilians during the raids it had launched on Raqqa city last year, describing this rejection as ‘terrible", according to SANA.

SANA said that France Press quoted Amnesty International in statement as saying on Monday that hundreds of civilians were killed in the air strikes launched by the coalition, adding that the insistence on refusing to acknowledge the large number of civilian killed and the destruction caused to Raqqa is an insult to the victims.

US Unilateral Sanctions Violate Basic Human Rights

Iran’s envoy to the United Nations has slammed Washington’s ‘morally wrong’ measures against other countries, saying that unilateral sanctions amount to collective punishment and violate basic human rights.

Gholamali Khoshroo on Monday regretted that the US “is addicted to sanctions” and sees it “as a tool in its toolbox in pursuance of its own national interests,” Press TV reported.

“The morally wrong and ethically unjustified unilateral measures not only defy the rule of law at the international level but also infringe upon the right to development and lead to the violation of basic human rights,” Khoshroo said.

EU Foreign Ministers to Back New ‘Senseless’ Sanctions against Russia, Senator Says

MOSCOW - The European Union’s foreign ministers on Monday will endorse new sanctions against Russia over its alleged use of chemical weapons, Head of Russia's Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev said.

The United Kingdom’s Foreign Office said on Sunday the EU foreign ministers would officially approve at the EU Council meeting in Luxemburg new sanctions against individuals and legal entities, allegedly responsible for using and spreading chemical weapons.

Macron: Walking out of JCPOA will Be Fruitless

French President Emmanuel Macron says walking out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran will be fruitless for the West, IRNA reported.

According to R.F.I radio in France, Macron said in an exclusive interview with the international radio station on Sunday that Paris is at odds with Washington on how to deal with Iran on the JCPOA.

'We always did our best to urge Iran to stay in the accord as it's walk out will be fruitless for us,' he said.

Once again I underline that withdrawing from the JCPOA will not be useful but will lead to serious dangers in the Middle East region, he said.

US-Led Coalition's Use of White Phosphorus in Syria Must Be Probed by UN, OPCW: Russian MP

MOSCOW- The US-led international coalition's reported airstrikes in Syria with the use of banned white phosphorus munitions must be investigated at the level of the UN Security Council and OPCW if the reports are confirmed, the Russian parliament's lower house’s defense committee member told Sputnik.

" If it is confirmed, then without a doubt, a relevant request has to be immediately submitted to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) when the information is obtained so that a relevant internal investigation is conducted; the issue must be brought to the attention of the UN Security Council," Yuri Shvytkin, deputy chair of the Russian parliament's lower house’s defense committee told Sputnik on Saturday.

Investigative Committee Labels Soyuz MS-10 Emergency Landing as Safety Violation

MOSCOW -Russia’s Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case over violations of safety rules following the failed launch of the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft, the IC’s press-service has told TASS.

"The Investigative Committee’s office at the Baikonur space site has opened a criminal case under article 216 of the Criminal Code (Violation of Safety Rules in Construction Work Entailing Heavy Damage)," the IC said.

Khamenei to Officials: Make Serious Decisions to Solve Problems

To solve the problems with the banking system, liquidity, employment and inflation, make serious decisions, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution told the heads of the three branches.

'Solving the current problems in economy of the country and meeting people's need requires tremendous efforts because these problems, especially high prices and reduction of purchase power, have created difficulties for people, especially the economically weak,' said Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in a two-hour-long meeting with President Hassan Rouhani, Speaker of Majlis Ali Larijani, and Head of the Judicial System Sadeq Amoli Larijani.