Russia says ‘no alternative’ to Iran nuclear deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a plenary session of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Summit, in Xiamen, China September 4, 2017. (Reuters)
Updated 25 April 2018
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Russia says ‘no alternative’ to Iran nuclear deal

MOSCOW: Russia said on Wednesday that there was "no alternative" to the current Iran nuclear deal, after US President Donald Trump and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron called for a new agreement with Tehran.
"We believe that no alternative exists so far," President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, adding that Iran's position on the subject was paramount.
"We are in favour of keeping the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in its current form," Peskov added, referring to the nuclear deal hammered out in 2015.
He said the agreement was the product of the efforts of many countries.
"The question is, will it be possible to repeat such successful work in the current situation," Peskov added.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani rejected the US and French calls, and the EU also insisted the current agreement must stay.
Trump faces a May 12 deadline to decide on the fate of the Iran nuclear accord and is demanding changes that European capitals believe would represent a legal breach.


Yemeni army kills 20 Houthi militants, injures several others in Dhale governate

Updated 18 February 2019
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Yemeni army kills 20 Houthi militants, injures several others in Dhale governate

  • Yemeni forces advanced towards Al-Mashhad market in Ab governate as the Arab coalition raided Houthi areas
  • The attacks targeted Houthi reinforcements on their way to Nahm front

DUBAI: The Yemeni army killed 20 Houthi militants, including a field commander, in clashes in the southern Dhale governate on Sunday, Saudi state-agency SPA reported.

Yemeni forces advanced towards Al-Mashhad market in Ab governate as the Arab coalition raided Houthi areas, killing several militants and injuring others east of Sanaa.

The attacks targeted Houthi reinforcements on their way to Nahm front, according to civilian reports on Yemeni Minister of Defense’s official website “September Net.”

Meanwhile, Yemeni tribesmen from Hajjah’s Qeshar district destroyed Houthi militia gathering areas in the Darb Al-Maru area.

Field sources revealed that the tribesmen belonged to the Bani Riban tribe, and that they continue to group with other tribes to destroy militia gathering spots across the region.