Iran FM Says Talks with ‘Insincere’ US Impossible Due to Its ‘Erratic’ Policies

 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Islamic Republic cannot trust the US to sit with it again in any possible negotiations as Washington has been pursuing “erratic policies” in dealing with Tehran.

Zarif made the remarks on Wednesday after a cabinet session, in response to a question about a recent call by US President Donald Trump for direct talks with Iran. 

“The Americans have never acted with sincerity, and Trump’s move and remarks were merely a publicity stunt. The main reason behind this is that Trump does not care about either the Iranian people or international obligations,” he told reporters.

New Cholera Outbreak Spreading Fast in Yemen’s Hudaydah

The United Nations children’s agency, UNICEF,  has warned that a fresh cholera outbreak is spreading quickly in Yemen’s vital seaport of Hudaydah, amid ongoing attacks by the Saudi-led coalition against the besieged provincial capital., according to Press TV.

“Over a year after cholera broke out in Yemen, killing more than 2,000 people, the disease is back and spreading fast in … Hudaydah,” said the UN agency in a report on Monday, adding that port city has been “a target of continued airstrikes” by the so-called coalition in an attempt “to control of the city.”

Cholera infection first became epidemic in Yemen in October 2016 and spread until December the same year, when it dwindled. The second outbreak began in the Arabian Peninsula country in April last year.

World Is Sick and Tired of US Unilateralism: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that the world is "sick and tired" of Washington's unilateralism in response to a tweet by US President Donald Trump warning other countries against doing business with Tehran.

"Tantrums & CAPPED TWEETS won't change the fact that the world is sick & tired of US unilateralism. Stopping US trade and killing 100K US jobs is fine with us, but the world won't follow impulsive tweeted diktats. Just ask EU, Russia, China & dozens of our other trading partners," tweeted Zarif on Tuesday, according to Press TV.

Stressing that this is not first time Trump has claimed he is waging war for world peace, Zarif noted that international relations are not a beauty pageant filled thread-bare clichés about a desire for world peace.

"Reminder: International relations is not a beauty pageant, with tired clichés about a desire for WORLD PEACE. And it is not the first time that a warmonger claims he is waging war for "world peace," he also tweeted.

Restoring Security in Most Syrian Areas Makes Safe Return of Displaced Syrians to Their Homeland Possible: Aoun

BEIRUT, (ST)-  President Michel Aoun of Lebanon has stressed the importance of ensuring safe return to the displaced Syrians in Lebanon to their homeland.

During his meeting on Tuesday with Italian Defense Minister Elisabetta Trenta, Aoun said that the restoration of stability and security to most Syrian areas makes the safe return of the displaced Syrians to their original residence places possible. He urged all concerned countries, including Italy, to facilitate this process.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

TEHRAN– Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif slammed the US president’s hypocrisy, saying Donald Trump seeks to create the illusion that Washington is “concerned” about the Iranian people even though he is targeting the people with sanction

 “Trump Administration wants the world to believe it's concerned about the Iranian people. Yet the very first sanctions it reimposed have canceled licenses for sales of 200+ passenger jets under absurd pretexts, endangering ordinary Iranians. US hypocrisy knows no bounds,” Zarif said in a message posted on his Twitter account on Monday, Tasnim News reported.