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Bolton’s JCPOA exit plan to lead to fiasco for US: Iran FM

Iran’s foreign minister has slammed a “game plan” drawn up by a veteran US diplomat for the Washington administration to exit the 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement, saying John Bolton’s strategy would only lead to “a fiasco” for the United States. “This plan will definitely be a huge failure for the ...

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‘Japan requests new missile system from US’

Japan has reportedly requested a new, advanced missile system from the United States to counter what Tokyo perceive to be a growing North Korean threat. Reuters cited three unnamed sources on Wednesday as acknowledging that Tokyo had requested a land-based version of the Aegis ballistic missile defense (BMD) system from the ...

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Iran Air to receive 2 more ATR aircraft next month

Iran Air will receive two more European turboprop planes next month, bringing the number of new Western aircraft delivered to the country since 2016 to nine, Deputy Transport Minister Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan said on Wednesday. They are part of 20 ATR 72-600s which Iran Air signed with the Franco-Italian aircraft ...

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Rohingyas flee crackdown in Myanmar in thousands

A government crackdown in Myanmar has forced nearly 19,000 members of Myanmar’s minority Rohingya Muslim community to flee to neighboring Bangladesh in less than a week. “As of last night, 18,500 people have come across” from Myanmar’s Rakhine State, where they mainly reside, said Chris Lom, the International Organization for Migration’s ...

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China hopes India learns lessons from recent border conflict

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has expressed hope that India has learned a lesson from a recent border conflict and would avoid such episodes in the future, ahead of a summit meeting in China next week. “We’re hoping that their side will learn lessons from this incident and prevent some of ...

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Iran Khodro to finalize deal for Nissan’s Datsun cars

Iran Khodro (IKCO) expects to finalize a deal with Nissan Motor Co for production of low-budget Datsun cars, the largest Iranian automaker’s CEO Hashem Yekezare says. “We will enter into a contract with Japan’s Datsun in the next few months,” he said of the revived Nissan brand during a meeting ...

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UN condemns North Korea’s missile launch, Pyongyang remains defiant

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has condemned North Korea’s latest missile launch over Japan as “outrageous,” as Pyongyang hails the launch as a successful bid to foil potential threats from adversaries. Following an emergency session on the missile test launch, the 15-member UNSC said on Tuesday that the launch ...

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Chinese troops set to patrol remote border area after India standoff

China says its troops will continue to patrol a remote Himalayan border region after resolving a months-long military standoff there with India. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular press briefing in Beijing on Tuesday that the forces would continue to be stationed in Doklam plateau. “I’ve said that ...

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