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.

Putin: Combating Int’l Terrorism in Syria is a Priority

MOSCOW-Russian President Vladimir Putin affirmed that fighting international terrorism, including in Syria, is an absolute priority, SANA reported.

Putin remarks came during a ceremony during which he received the credentials of 23 new ambassadors to Moscow on Thursday.

He pointed out that Moscow is working on solving the crisis in Syria in a way that ensures its sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.

Putin hoped that the reconstruction process in Syria will be a joint task for the international community.

Russia, China, North Korea Agree on Five-Way Talks to Resolve Tensions on Korean Peninsula

Russia, China and North Korea have agreed on the need for five-way negotiations including the US and South Korea to resolve tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, according to Press TV.

A ministry statement said deputy foreign ministers of the three countries expressed support for such talks to normalize relations among concerned nations during a meeting in Moscow on Tuesday.

The development comes amid reports that South Korea is considering removing its unilateral sanctions against the North and improving bilateral ties between the two countries.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told legislators in Seoul Wednesday that South Korea is weighing options on whether to lift sanctions it imposed on Pyongyang in 2010.

Deal on Syria's Idleb Demilitarized Zone Adhered to: Lavrov

MOSCOW- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has stressed that eliminating terrorist threat in Syria is a priority, pointing out that Sochi agreement on Idleb  is being implemented.  

The agreement reached in Sochi by the Russian and Turkish Presidents on setting up a demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib Governorate are being complied with, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters on Wednesday, according to Itar Tass.

Russia to Expose US Chemical Weapons Provocations against Syria, Says Official

THE HAGUE- Russia will continue to expose provocations by a group of US-led countries against the Syrian government, which are expected to produce the impression Damascus uses chemical weapons, the chief Russian delegate, Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Georgy Kalamanov, told the 89th session of the OPCW Executive Council, according to Itar Tass.