Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, opposes a landmark nuclear deal that Iran reached with world powers, a prominent hard-liner has said.
Hossein Shariatmadari, editor of the daily newspaper Kayhan and a representative of Khamenei’s, made the assertion in an editorial Saturday. It was the first time that someone publicly claimed to express Khamenei’s position on the deal. Khamenei has final say on all state matters.
He has not publicly approved or disapproved of the deal. However, he repeatedly offered words of support for Iran’s nuclear negotiators during the talks.
Iran’s parliament and the Supreme National Security Council will consider the agreement in the coming days.
Meanwhile, Iranian officials Saturday gave the International Atomic Energy Agency documents linked to the U.N. agency’s probe of allegations that Tehran tried in the past to develop atomic arms, along with a confidential explanation that is unlikely to veer from previous Iranian denials of such efforts. The handover meets a key deadline to which Iran committed as part of the nuclear accord.
— Associated Press
Dozens of fighter jets soared, tanks rumbled and hundreds of troops marched in a Polish military parade Saturday, a show of force on the armed forces’ national holiday.
U.S. and Canadian troops, taking part in NATO exercises in Poland, also participated.
New Polish President Andrzej Duda, who is the armed forces’ supreme commander, received the parade in downtown Warsaw, along with Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz and Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak.
Duda, who took office Aug. 6, said he wants to strengthen Poland’s armed forces and raise NATO’s presence in the country as a deterrent in the face of a resurgent Russia and an armed conflict in neighboring Ukraine.
— Associated Press
A temporary cease-fire between warring parties in Syria collapsed Saturday as negotiators failed to reach a more permanent agreement to end fighting in a town near the Lebanese border and two villages in the northwest, sources on both sides said.
The cease-fire between the Syrian army and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah on one hand, and an alliance of Syrian insurgent groups on the other, had been in effect since Wednesday in the town of Zabadani and the villages of Kefraya and al-Foua.
Organized with help from Iran and Turkey, which back opposing sides in the conflict, the cease-fire was designed to give a chance for negotiations aimed at a more lasting cessation of hostilities in both areas. But Ahrar al-Sham, the rebel group leading the negotiations on behalf of the insurgents, said that the talks had failed and that insurgents had begun to step up military activity.
Death toll from blasts in China exceeds 100: The death toll from two explosions that tore through an industrial area in the northeastern Chinese port of Tianjin has risen to 104, state media said Saturday. The number of people killed had previously been put at 85.
At least 24 die as bombings continue in Baghdad: A spate of blasts across Baghdad killed at least 24 people Saturday, the deadliest taking place in the Shiite district of Habibiya, where 15 people died when a car bomb exploded near an open area where cars are displayed for sale. Habibiya is near Sadr City, where more than 70 people were killed Thursday in a truck-bomb blast claimed by the Islamic State.
Libya seeks Arab airstrikes against ISIS: Libya’s internationally recognized government has asked fellow Arab states to conduct airstrikes against the Islamic State in the coastal city of Sirte, a cabinet statement said Saturday. In the past few days, the Islamic State has crushed a revolt by a Salafist Muslim group and armed residents trying to break its grip on the city.
Anti-rebel forces take Yemeni provincial capital: Yemen’s anti-rebel fighters, backed by a Saudi-led coalition with tanks and armored vehicles, say they took over Ataq, the capital of southern Shabwah province. However, security officials close to the Iranian-backed rebels, known as Houthis, said the withdrawal from Ataq was a tactical move, without elaborating.
— From news services