US Using Dollar as Weapon to Pressure Europe

The United States has turned its currency into a "weapon" and is using it to challenge the sovereignty of European nations, a senior Iranian official says.

  “Dollar has become a weapon for the United Sates to force its illegitimate demands upon its European partners, practically challenging their national sovereignty," Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi said.

Araqchi made the remarks during a trip to Italy, where he discussed mutual ties as well as the future of cooperation between Tehran and Europe amid Washington’s attempts to block trade between the two sides.

Sanctions Run against Europe Sovereignty, Credit, Says Araqchi

Madrid - Before targeting Iran economy, US sanction had been against Europe sovereignty, security and validity, Iran's deputy foreign minister said.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi made the remarks in a press conference in Madrid on Friday.

After the implementation of Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the relations between Tehran and Madrid entered a new phase.

Over 3,000 Spanish firms establish long-term cooperation with Iran, he added.

Irish PM Does Not See Much Room for Brexit Deal Renegotiation

Irish Prime Minister said on Friday that more UK Members of Parliament may support the deal as reality eventually sinks in.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he did not consider renegotiating the Brexit agreement possible, regardless of who holds the position of Brexit Secretary.

According to the official, a no-deal Brexit would be very chaotic, but the UK might sign the deal in a few weeks.

Speaking about the possibility of a no-deal scenario, the prime minister stressed that it would be extremely difficult to avoid post-Brexit hard border on the island of Ireland.

Bipartisan Senate Bill to Suspend US Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill that would halt US arms exports to Saudi Arabia as a response to the “barbaric” murder of Jamal Khashoggi, continued detention of activists and “indiscriminate” bombing campaign in Yemen, according to Press T.V.

The “Saudi Arabia Accountability and Yemen Act of 2018” bill was introduced on Thursday by Bob Menendez and Todd Young along with Jack Reed, Lindsey Graham, Jeanne Shaheen, and Susan Collins.

The senators referred to the US Treasury Department’s Thursday decision to impose economic sanctions on 17 Saudis involved in the murder of Khashoggi, as well as an earlier announcement of an end to US refueling of Saudi aircraft bombing Yemen, and said the measures were not enough.

China, Russia Hail Positive Cooperation, Seek 'New Achievements'

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and Russian President Vladimir Putin have applauded an expansion of mutual ties after meeting on the sidelines the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore, Press TV reported.

"Thanks to the efforts of our governments, trade and economic ties are developing at a noticeable and impressing rate, creating a good basis for our special strategic partnership," said Putin on Thursday.

The Russian president urged regular top-level communication between the countries to be further maintained to advance cooperation in fields of energy, aviation, space, science and technology as well as digital economy.

7 Resignations and Counting: May’s Government ‘Falling Apart before Our eyes’ over Brexit Deal

Seven high profile resignations have followed on the heels of Theresa May’s announcement that her cabinet has settled on a Brexit deal, with Labour claiming that the Conservative government is at risk of completely dissolving, RT reported

Shailesh Vara, the Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office was the first top official to resign after the prime minister announced that her cabinet had reached a draft EU withdrawal agreement.

An hour after his announcement, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab – the man charged with negotiating and finalizing the deal – said he was stepping down, stating that the Brexit deal in its current form suffers from deep flaws. Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, submitted her letter of resignation shortly afterwards. More resignations have followed.

Putin Calls upon European States to Support Political Solution to Crisis in Syria

SINGAPORE-Russian President Vladimir Putin called upon the European states to support the political solution to the crisis in Syria and to encourage the return of the  displaced Syrians to their homeland, according to SANA.

In a press conference at the conclusion of his participation in East Asia Summit in Singapore on Thursday, President Putin said that if the European states don’t want a new flow of displaced, they must give up their fears and start to contribute to the reconstruction in Syria and to help finding a political settlement to the crisis with any political bias.

France Ignores Trump’s Comments

French President Emmanuel Macron’s office says it has no comment about a series of disparaging remarks by US President Donald Trump against the French president and nation.

Trump unleashed what seemed like a personal grudge against President Macron over his recent call to establish a “real, European army” to provide “protection from China, Russia, and even from the United States of America.”

The US president said it was America that came to the rescue of France during World War II.