DPRK Threatens to Teach US "Severe Lesson" if Attacked

PYONGYANG- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) says it is ready to teach the United States a "severe lesson" with its strategic nuclear force if Washington dares opt for military action against Pyongyang.

In a transcript of a statement by Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, Pyongyang called new US-led sanctions at the UN Security Council "fabricated" and warned there would be "strong follow-up measures" and acts of justice.

The intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests in July proved that the entire US was in its firing range, and those missiles were a legitimate means of self-defense, it added, according to Press TV.

Lavrov Details Russia’s Response to US Sanctions in Meeting with Tillerson

Rex Tillerson and Sergey Lavrov held their first meeting since the US Senate voted to impose new sanctions on Russia, which responded with countermeasures. Lavrov said Moscow is ready for normalized relations if the US “pulls back from confrontation.”

At a meeting on the sidelines of an ASEAN regional security summit in Manila, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson raised the issue of Moscow’s response to the new round of sanctions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters on Sunday.

“He was interested, first of all, in the details of those decisions that we had been forced to take in response to the adopted anti-Russian bill passed by the US Congress,” Lavrov said, as quoted by RIA Novosti.

South Africa Must Cut Zionist Entity’s Ties, Says Mandela

The grandson of South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician, Nelson Mandela, has called on South Africa’s government to expel the Israeli ambassador to Pretoria and sever all diplomatic and business relations with the Tel Aviv regime.

On Sunday, Mandla Mandela, who is a member of parliament for the ruling African National Congress (ANC), urged ANC caucus in legislature to pressure the government to send Arthur Lenk out of the country, and recall South Africa’s Ambassador to Israel Sisa Ngombane, and cut all ties, Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency reported.

Russia: UNSC’s Inability to Condemn Terrorists’ Acts in Syria Encourages Them to Carry out New Attacks

MOSCOW – Russian Foreign Ministry affirmed that the inability of the UN Security Council to condemn the acts of terrorists encourages them to carry out new provocations and terrorist attacks.

In a statement published on Friday, the ministry said that Moscow is outraged that the UN Security Council has not condemned the recent shelling of the Russian embassy in the Syrian capital Damascus, according to SANA.

Agreement Reached on Establishing Third De-Escalation Zone in Northern Homs

MOSCOW– The Russian Defense Ministry announced that an agreement has been reached on establishing a third de-escalation zone which includes 84 towns in the northern countryside of Homs.

Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov stressed that a cessation of hostilities in the third zone with a population of more than 147,000 people came into force at midday on Thursday, noting that the ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations are excluded from the agreement, according to SANA.

Putin Tops Latest Russian Approval Ratings with 83% Support

Over 83 percent of Russians approve of Vladimir Putin’s work as president, while the electoral rating of pro-Putin party United Russia stands at over 50 percent, according to state-run pollster VTSIOM.

According to a study released on Thursday, Putin’s approval rating as Russian president stood at 83.5 percent at the end of July, slightly down on 84.1 percent reported in the middle of the month, but still far ahead of other prominent Russian political figures.

The share of Russians who said they approved of the work of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was at 52.4 percent, while the government as a whole received an approval rating of 57.5 percent.

Trump's Domestic, Foreign Policies Gloomy, Says Velayati

Head of Strategic Research Center at the Expediency Council Ali Akbar Velayati said on Thursday that domestic and foreign policies of the new US administration are gloomy and leading to more isolation of President Donald Trump.

Speaking to reporters, Velayati made the remarks after his meeting with Chinese Ambassador to Tehran Pang Sen.

'From early stages of the Islamic revolution we are used to the US sanctions imposed against Iran and are quite confident that we can resolve our issues through other means,' Velayati said.

Maduro Dismisses Vote Rigging Charge, Delays Launch of New Assembly

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has rejected an allegation that the recent vote on the powerful national assembly was rigged, calling the claim a “reaction by the international enemy.”

“Nothing can stain this process, because it's transparent,” said the Venezuelan leader at a meeting with the delegates elected to the new Constituent Assembly on Wednesday.