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Newsline: US top diplomat hints at possible talks with Iran

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hinted that he was open to direct talks with Iran in the future. “In terms of whether I would ever pick the phone up, I’ve never shut off the phone to anyone that wants to talk or have a productive conversation,” Xinhua quoted Tillerson as saying. “At this point, I have no plans to call my counterpart in Iran, although in all likelihood we will talk at the right time,” said Tillerson. Iran’s incumbent moderate President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday won the presidential election by garnering 57 per cent of the votes, according to the Iranian Interior Ministry. Tillerson said he wanted Rouhani to “begin a process of dismantling” what he called “destabilizing forces that exist in this region.” Tillerson’s remarks were made during US President Donald Trump’s first official overseas trip to Saudi Arabia and Israel, Iran’s main regional rivals in the Middle East.


Newsline: Iranian self-immolates outside embassy in Bangkok

Thai police said an Iranian man set himself on fire Friday in front of the Iranian Embassy in Bangkok to protest his country’s presidential election. The unidentified man doused himself with gasoline before lighting himself on fire outside the gate of the embassy around noon, police said. The man suffered burns all over his body and was taken to a hospital. Pol Lt Col Noppadol Samart said the man was protesting Friday’s presidential vote in Iran, though he did not know exactly what about the election the man was opposed to.


Newsline: Pakistan summons Iran’s ambassador over commander comments

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry has summoned Tehran’s ambassador to Islamabad over remarks made by the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri. Mehdi Honardoost was summoned to convey Pakistan’s concerns after Bagheri said Iran itself would deal with the terrorists if Pakistan fails to do so, the Dawn newspaper reported. “We expect the Pakistani officials to control the borders, arrest the terrorists and shut down their bases … If the terrorist attacks continue, we will deal crushing blows to their safe havens and cells, wherever they are,” Bagheri said on Monday. Bagheri further said that the border has turned into a training ground for “Saudi-hired terrorists” who are funded by the United States. Pakistan urged Iran to refrain from making statements which could harm relations between the two countries. The remarks were made a month after 10 Iranian border guards were killed in a terrorist attack launched from inside the Pakistani soil. One of the border guards, injured, is held captive by the terrorists.


Newsline: Iran summons Pakistan ambassador for terror attack on border guards

Iran summoned Pakistan ambassador to Tehran over terrorist attack on Iranian border guards which claimed the lives of nine soldiers and injured two others. Iran’s protest on the terrorist attack was conveyed to Ambassador Asif Ali Khan Durrani, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Friday. ‘We strongly expect Pakistan government to adopt serious measures for arrest and punishment of terrorists,’ the ambassador was told. Meanwhile, the ambassador expressed sorrow over the terrorist incident and insured that he would convey Iran’s message to the Pakistani government. On Wednesday evening, nine Iranian border guards died during an ambush attack by terrorists. They were reportedly killed while patrolling in the city of Mirjaveh in Iran’s southeastern province of sistan-Baluchestan.


Newsline: Iran summons Danish ambassador to protest embassy attack

Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday summoned the Danish ambassador to Tehran to protest over a recent attack on the Iranian embassy in Copenhagen, Tasnim news agency reported. Lack of “serious and deterrent action” on such recurring incidents on the Iranian mission in Denmark could damage the ties between two countries, said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi. On Wednesday, “six hostile elements” attacked the Iranian embassy in a “suspicious move,” Qasemi said. In the meeting with the Danish envoy, the Islamic republic voiced “strong protest” at the second attack in less than two months on Iran’s diplomatic mission in Copenhagen, he added. The Danish envoy slammed the incident as “unacceptable” and pledged to relay Iran’s protest to his government as soon as possible and report back to Tehran, Qasemi said.


Newsline: Iran summons Pakistan envoy over border guard deaths

Iran has summoned the Pakistani ambassador to Tehran over a series of terrorist incidents that killed several Iranian guards at the Pakistani border. Foreign Ministry Director General for West Asia Affairs Rasoul Eslami protested against the fact that the Pakistani territory is being used by terrorist groups and bandits to attack Iranian border guards, and called on Islamabad to take serious measures to prevent similar incidents. In the latest border clashes, two Iranian border police officers were killed and several border guards injured in southeastern Iran on Thursday in an armed conflict with a group of bandits at Iran-Pakistan border. “It is unacceptable for us that a number of terrorists and bandits trespass our territory from the Pakistani soil and attack and kill our country’s border guards,” Eslami told Pakistani Ambassador Noor Mohammad Jadmani. Jadmani, for his part, expressed sorrow over the terrorist incident and pledged to notify Tehran’s objection to Islamabad. Iran has repeatedly criticized its eastern neighbors for failing to rein in terrorists who cross back borders into these countries after carrying out their attacks on Iran’s soil.


Newsline: UK embassy reopening plans under fire in Iran

A senior Iranian lawmaker slams the UK premier’s recent accusations against the Islamic Republic, urging Iran’s Foreign Ministry not to allow reopening of the British embassy in Tehran. In his address to the UN General Assembly in New York, UK Prime Minister David Cameron claimed that “Iran’s support for terrorist organizations” needs to change. Chairman of Iran’s Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi said Cameron’s recent statements show the UK government’s continued “animosity” toward the Islamic Republic. “The [Iranian] Foreign Ministry should reconsider [its decision] to allow the British embassy to resume its activities in Tehran,” added the senior Iranian legislator. Iran and the UK officially resumed direct diplomatic ties in February after the two countries severed diplomatic relations in 2011. Tehran and London have appointed non-resident chargés d’affaires as a first step toward reopening their respective embassies.