EU Threatens to Slap Sanctions on Firms Cutting Trade with Iran under US Pressure

The European Union has threatened to impose sanctions on companies that stop doing business with Iran in compliance with the US sanctions snapback mechanism.

“If EU companies abide by US secondary sanctions, they will, in turn, be sanctioned by the EU,” Nathalie Tocci, an aide to the 28-nation bloc’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, told Britain’s BBC Radio 4 Monday night.

On Monday, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order, re-imposing a first round of unilateral sanctions on Iran, which had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Japan Ready to Promote Relations with Iran in Hard Times

Beijing - President of Japan's International Friendship Exchange Council Ken Matsuzawa expressed readiness for developing relations and boosting cooperation between Tokyo and Tehran even under difficult conditions.

Matsuzawa made the remarks Wednesday in a meeting with Iran's new ambassador to Japan Morteza Rahmani Movahed.

Syria's victory over Terrorism Imminent: Czech Lawmaker

PRAGUE, (ST)- Stanislav Grospic, Head of the Czech Parliamentary Committee for Friendship with Syria has stressed that Syria's victory over terrorism is imminent, reiterating that the Syrian people have bravely defended their country's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

In a statement to the Czech " Prostejovska Pravda", Grospic said "Syria has been exposed to an evident conspiracy hatched by the United States as well as by the Turkish, Saudi and Israeli regimes against the legitimate government and the sovereignty of the Syrian State", affirming that this conspiracy has failed."

Trump’s moves harmful to regional security

TEHRAN– Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Tue. that US President Donald Trump’s measures are harmful for the security of the region, adding that Washington’s hostile behavior will not remain unanswered.

The Iranian Parliament speaker made the remark in a meeting with Norwegian ambassador to Tehran, Lars Nordrum, Mehr News reported.

During the meeting, Larijani noted the European Union’s call on Iran to refrain from taking the same approach as US regarding the nuclear deal and give them another opportunity to continue the trend of cooperation; “therefore, it was decided to hold some negotiations with the EU in order to coordinate cooperation,” he added.

Mossad Behind Assassination of Syrian Scientist Aziz Asber: New York Times

WASHINGTON, (ST)-The Israeli intelligence agency "Mossad" is involved in the assassination of the Syrian scientist Aziz Asber, the Director of the Scientific Research Center in the Syrian city of Masyaf in Hama province on Saturday, by an explosive device, according to the US "New York Times" newspaper.

The newspaper quoted a senior official at an intelligence agency in the Middle East, whose identity was not revealed, as saying that "the Mossad is the party which placed the explosives inside the car of the Syrian scientists". The official added, as cited by the newspaper, that "this is at least the fourth time over the past three years Israel assassinates an engineer specialized in weapons in a foreign territory."

Saudi-Led Coalition Cuts Deals with Qaeda in Yemen: Investigation

A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and backed by the United States has cut secret deals with al-Qaeda militants, an investigation by The Associated Press has found, al-Manar TV reported.

The Saudi-led coalition paid some Al-Qaeda militants to leave key cities and towns they had seized across Yemen and forced others to retreat with weapons, equipment and wads of looted cash, the investigation said, noting that hundreds more were recruited to join the coalition itself, the New York Times reported on Monday, citing an investigation by the AP.

“Again and again over the past two years, the coalition has claimed to win decisive victories that drove al-Qaeda militants from their strongholds and shattered their ability to attack the West. What the victors didn’t disclose: many of those conquests came without firing a shot,” the AP said as cited by al-Manar TV website.

Rouhani: US Not Trustworthy for Negotiations after Quitting Nuclear Deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the US administration is no more able to prove its trustworthiness for any negotiations after its withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and a number of other international treaties.

Rouhani made the remarks in a live televised interview on Monday, in which he answered questions on Iran's domestic issues and foreign developments, particularly after the US withdrawal from a landmark nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May.

EU Deeply Regrets Re-imposition of US Sanctions on Iran, Vows to Keep Business Channels with Tehran

The European Union on Monday voiced its deep regret over the US renewal of sanctions on Iran, saying the 28-nation bloc and other signatories would work on keeping financial channels with Iran open.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and German, French and British Foreign Ministers Heiko Maas, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Jeremy Hunt, respectively, made the remarks in a joint statement.

"The JCPOA is working and delivering on its goal, namely to ensure that the Iranian program remains exclusively peaceful, as confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 11 consecutive reports," the statement read, according to Press TV.