Iran Not to Negotiate until Washington Shows Respect to Tehran

In an interview with the CNN, the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said his country won't negotiate with President Donald Trump unless the US shows Tehran "respect" by honoring its commitments under the disputed nuclear deal.

In an exclusive interview with CNN, Zarif warned the US was "playing a very, very dangerous game" by boosting its military presence in the region.

Zarif criticized the US for sending the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Gulf. "Having all these military assets in a small area is in of itself prone to accidents," Zarif said. "Extreme prudence is required and the United States is playing a very, very dangerous game."

Rouhani: Iranian Nation Will Not Bow to Bullies

President Hassan Rouhani asserts that the Iranian nation may be under pressure, but will not “bow its head in the face of bullies.”

Rouhani made the remarks on Tuesday in the country’s northwestern West Azerbaijan Province, where he inaugurated eight developmental projects, including two dams.

“Holding onto premature perceptions, they had thought they would be able to shatter Iran’s grandeur,” he said, adding, however, that “we have been witnessing prosperity across this land every day in this tough time and under sanctions.” 

“This is a very decisive response to the White House…and to those who reckon they can make the great nation of Iran buckle under their pressures,” the president noted.

Tajikistan Foreign Minister affirms his country’s support for Syria in its war on terrorism

Dushanbe – Tajikistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sirodjidin Muhriddin affirmed his country’s full support for Syria in its war on terrorism until terrorism is eliminated and security and stability are restored to the country.

This came during Muhriddin’s meeting with Syria’s Ambassador to Iran Adnan Mahmoud at the Tajikistani capital Dushanbe following the latter’s participation in the High-level Conference “International and Regional Cooperation on Countering Terrorism and Its Financing Through Illicit Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime” that was held in the capital, SANA reported.

The Minister asserted that Syria will recover its vial position and role in the region, affirming the need to enhance bilateral relations and expressing his country’s readiness to participate in investment projects.

Czech MP: EU sanctions on Syria block eradicating hotbeds of terrorism in it

Prague - Head of the Czech Parliamentary Group for Friendship with Syria Stanislav Grosbic confirmed that the European Union’s extension of coercive economic measures against Syria is aimed at obstructing the efforts to eradicate the remaining hotbeds of terrorism and the efforts to rebuild the infrastructure destroyed by terrorism.

“The European Union, through sanctions on Syria, proves that it stands by terrorism,” Grosbic said in a statement to SANA.

He stressed that the sanctions imposed by the EU are mainly harming Syrian citizens, as well as damaging countries of the Union itself since Syria has important partners in the world like Russia, China and others.

The Czech MP expressed his conviction that these sanctions on Syria will fall sooner or later.

US threats to Iran encourage war industry: Bolivia’s Morales

TEHRAN– Bolivian President Evo Morales on Monday condemned US threats against Iran and said that Washington's rattling comes from the desire to bolster its military industry.

"We condemn US threatening Iran with war and destruction and its attempt to deploy troops in the Middle East. Imperialism always seeks to keep the military industry at work," Morales wrote on Twitter, Mehr News reported.

The remark follows US President Donald Trump's warning made late last week to Iran that a fight against the United States would be its "official end."

Trump Says Wants to Talk with Iran ‘If They Are Ready’

US President Donald Trump says he is willing to engage in negotiations with Iran “if they are ready” amid Washington’s unilateral pressure against Tehran.

Trump made the comments to reporters in Washington, DC, as he departed the White House for an event in the US state of Pennsylvania, according to Press TV.

If they call, we would certainly negotiate but that's going to be up to them. I'd only want them to call if they're ready. If they're not ready, they don't have to bother," he said.

The US commander in chief further downplayed what he has been trumpeting as “Iran’s threat” to the region and the US interests.

"We have no indication that anything's happened to or will happen, but if it does, it will be met obviously with great force. We'll have no choice," he claimed.

‘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.