Iran Rejects All US Conditions for JCPOA

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad JavadZarif has rejected as "improper" the conditions set by the United States for upholding the 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement, urging Washington to immediately fulfill its commitments under the deal, according to Press T.V.

"A party to a multilateral agreement cannot set conditions for the deal. They [the Americans] have previously set some conditions that were improper. Their new conditions are improper as well," Zarif told reporters in Tehran on Saturday.

Putin: Russian Forces alongside Syrian Army Defeated Terrorist Organizations in Syria

Moscow-Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Russian forces participating in the task of combating terrorist organizations in Syria, in cooperation with the Syrian Arab Army, have succeeded in achieving victory over dangerous and massive terrorist organizations and eliminating them.

Putin’s remarks came during a ceremony on the occasion of Defender of the Fatherland Day, SANA reported.

Voting on Draft Resolution on Cessation of Hostilities in Syria Delayed Till Saturday Evening

WASHINGTON, (ST)- Voting on a draft resolution at the Security Council on the cessation of hostilities in Syria was delayed till Saturday evening.

The delay of voting on the draft resolution, which was submitted by Sweden and Kuwait, was announced as consultations among the 15 members of the Security Council continue with the purpose of reaching consensual formula.

According to UN sources, the ten non permanent member states of the council support consensus, whereas western countries keep manipulating the concept of flexibility by making small verbal concessions but rejecting doing any efforts to reach understanding with Russia.

Nusra Front Terrorists Are Major Obstacle to Reaching "Ceasefire" in Syria

MOSCOW- Amid the worsening situation in Eastern Ghouta, the suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the Nusra Front terrorists are the major obstacle to reaching a "ceasefire" in Syria, adding that there's no guarantee that militants will adhere to the cessation of hostilities.

The international coalition doesn't seem to fight against the Nusra Front terrorist group in Syria, Lavrov said on Friday following the meeting with his Uzbek counterpart Abdulaziz Kamilov, according to Sputnik.

‘Information War Technique’: Russia’s UN Envoy Slams ‘Mass Psychosis’ over Syria’s Eastern Ghouta

Russia’s envoy to the UN has accused mainstream media of leading a “campaign of disinformation,” spearheaded by the so-called White Helmets group, that only complicates the situation in Syria’s terrorist-controlled Eastern Ghouta.

At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in New York, Russia rejected a proposed resolution for a 30-day "ceasefire" in Syria (submitted by Sweden and Kuwait) as “utopian,” while Vassily Nebenzia said that the “propaganda-driven” approach to the coverage of the war was making a peaceful resolution even harder to reach, RT reported.

Iran Criticizes EU Inaction on US Anti-Nuclear Deal Actions

A top Iranian official criticized the European Union's inaction on the US negative actions against the nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers in 2015.

'The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is an important test for Europe,' Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said in a meeting with Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis.

He pointed to the US efforts to jeopardize the nuclear deal and noted that failure of the JCPOA will discredit the international negotiations.

Russia to Support UN- Proposed "Truce" in Syria but Not for Daesh, Nusra, Says Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow will consider supporting UN-proposed "ceasefire", providing it does not cover the Takfiri terrorist groups of Daesh and al-Nusra Front, as well as other militant outfits that are shelling civilians in Syria's militant-held Eastern Ghouta.

The top Russian diplomat made the remarks during a press conference in the Serbian capital of Belgrade on Thursday, saying Russia was ready to consider a UN Security Council draft resolution demanding a 30-day truce in the Arab country as long as it did not include the two Takfiri groups and other militants “who are shelling residential quarters of Damascus.”

Peskov: Moscow Considers US Accusations against Russia on Eastern Ghouta Groundless

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday that US accusations against Russia on the situation in Eastern Ghouta were groundless.

Sputnik reported that Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said earlier in the day that Russia was working within the UN Security Council to prepare a resolution on humanitarian issues in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta.

"We are now working in New York on the draft of the relevant resolution … As regards the humanitarian ceasefire; I think this issue will also be resolved depending on how the development of this draft resolution further goes. This is a resolution on humanitarian issues in general,” Ryabkov told reporters.