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Newsline: New North Korean ambassador to Iran talks “common enemy” U.S.

North Korea’s new ambassador to Iran was confirmed in a meeting with President Hassan Rouhani, with both officials reportedly discussing their “common enemy” in Washington. The Iranian President’s office reported that Rouhani expressed hopes to “further deepen” bilateral ties, with both Rouhani and Ambassador Han Song U sharing an anti-American stance. Rouhani reportedly stated that “U.S. officials have always been oppressive against governments and nations such as Iran and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” and that the two leaders “must stand stronger than ever against their extravagance and bullying.” Ambassador Han also allegedly agreed on the “need to work for the development of relations between the two countries,” further stating that “confronting U.S. extravagance and hegemony is a common ground” between Iran and North Korea. (https://www.nknews.org/2020/06/new-north-korean-ambassador-to-iran-meets-rouhani-talks-common-enemy-u-s/) But North Korean state media seemed to opt out of the overtly anti-American angle, instead focusing on Iran and North Korea’s will to strengthen mutual ties during the meeting.

Newsline: Iran Summons Afghan Envoy over Violation of Embassy

The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Afghanistan’s ambassador to Tehran over recent offensive moves against the Iranian diplomatic missions in Afghanistan. The ambassador of Afghanistan to Tehran was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday morning to provide an explanation for a series of recent moves against Iranian diplomatic missions in Afghanistan. In the Saturday meeting in Tehran, Director General of West Asia of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed concern about the impact of the wrong measures by that small group on the neighborly relations between Iran and Afghanistan. (https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2020/06/13/2285294/iran-summons-afghan-envoy-over-violation-of-embassy) A few days ago, a group of demonstrators gathered outside the Iranian Embassy in Kabul in protest at what they called mistreatment of Afghan nationals by Iran’s security forces after three Afghan migrants were killed and a number of others injured when a vehicle of human traffickers crashed in Iran’s central province of Yazd.

Newsline: Armenia Tries to Reassure Iran Over Embassy in Israel

Armenia’s Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan said Yerevan’s relations with Iran are advancing through active dialogue encompassing an extensive agenda. His remarks to reporters Thursday was aimed at reassuring Tehran over Armenia’s announced plans to open an embassy in Israel. Mnatsakanyan’s remarks come two days after about two dozen Iranian university students held a demonstration in front of Armenia’s Embassy in Tehran protesting Yerevan’s decision, announced last September, to open an embassy in Tel Aviv. Demonstrators chanted “death to Israel” and burned an Israeli flag. (http://asbarez.com/194680/armenia-tries-to-reassure-iran-over-embassy-in-israel/) While saying that Armenia has its own interests to advance, Mnatsakanyan told reporters that Yerevan has never and it will not pursue relations with one partner at the expense of another. While Israel and Armenia established diplomatic relations in 1992, there has not been a diplomatic representation on each other’s land.

Newsline: Twitter closes account of Iran’s Embassy in Russia

Twitter has closed account of Iran’s Embassy in Russia without any reason, media department at the embassy announced on Monday night. Twitter has not yet responded to Iran’s request to know about why the company has shut the Iranian Embassy’s twitter account in Russian language. (https://en.irna.ir/news/83800114/Twitter-closes-Iran-Embassy-s-account-with-no-reason) In the meantime, Twitter has already blocked accounts of several Iranian news agencies unreasonably. More than a year ago, French news agency had quoted Twitter as claiming that such closure is due to dispatch of messages from Iranian accounts against the US policies. Two years ago, Twitter and Facebook shut for no reason hundred of pages and accounts linked to Iran . Closure of Iran’s accounts through US-based social networks increased in parallel with the US so-called maximum pressure on Iran.

Newsline: Iran approves creation of ”virtual embassy” in Palestine

A Commission of the Iranian Parliament tasked the government to create a “virtual embassy” in Palestine. Parliament”s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission approved a previously drafted motion bill, which obliges the Iranian Foreign Ministry to lay the groundwork for the creation of “the Islamic Republic”s Virtual Embassy in Palestine” within six months and submit the results for approval to the cabinet, reports Xinhua news agency. (https://www.therahnuma.com/iran-approves-creation-of-virtual-embassy-in-palestine/) On May 12, Iranian lawmakers approved “a double-urgency motion” which, in case of turning into law, would oblige the Iranian government to take certain measures against “hostile measures” of Israel. One of the articles of the motion endorsed by the Commission states that “the historic land of Palestine belongs to the original Palestinian people”.

Newsline: Iran summons Swiss ambassador amid warnings it will destroy US warships

Iran has summoned the Swiss ambassador in Tehran, who represents US interests in the country, over recent Gulf tensions, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said, according to the IRIB news agency. The ambassador was given a message to pass on to the United States that Iran will strongly defend its maritime rights in the Gulf and respond to any threats. (https://www.france24.com/en/20200423-iran-summons-swiss-ambassador-amid-warnings-it-will-destroy-us-warships) Iran warned it will destroy US warships if its security is threatened in the Gulf, the head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards told state TV on Thursday, a day after US President Donald Trump warned Tehran over “harassment” of US vessels. Trump said on Wednesday he had instructed the US Navy to fire on any Iranian ships that harass it at sea, but said later he was not changing the military’s rules of engagement. Earlier this month, the US military said 11 Revolutionary Guards naval vessels from the Guards navy came close to US Navy and coast guard ships in the Gulf, calling the moves “dangerous and provocative”.

Newsline: The Netherlands embassy in Iran closed due to COVID – 19

As of 18th of March, all consular appointments have been cancelled. The consular section of the Netherlands embassy is closed until to the public until further notice. (https://www.netherlandsandyou.nl/latest-news/news/2020/03/16/covid-19-teheran-update) The country has been scrambling to contain the rapid spread of coronavirus which so far has infected some 14,000 people and killed 853 – 129 of whom over the past 24 hours, according to official figures. The number of coronavirus deaths and infections has been on the rise ever since the first two fatalities were announced on February 19.

Newsline: Coronavirus kills Iran’s ex-ambassador to Vatican

Iran’s former ambassador to the Vatican and prominent cleric Hadi Khosrowshahi has died of the coronavirus, local media reported. According to the semiofficial Tasnim News Agency, the 81-year-old cleric died at a hospital in Iran. (https://www.dailysabah.com/world/mid-east/coronavirus-kills-irans-ex-ambassador-to-vatican) Iran had put the death toll in the country from the coronavirus to 26, with 254 confirmed cases. Iran has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases over the past week. Iran is one of over 35 countries that account for the nearly 80,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the world. The outbreak’s epicenter in Iran is the holy Shiite city of Qom, where the faithful in reverence reach out to kiss and touch a famous shrine. That shrine and others have remained open, despite Iran’s civilian government calling for them to be closed.

Newsline: British ambassador returns to Iran after brief arrest last month

Britain’s ambassador to Iran is back in Tehran, he said, some three weeks after he returned to London following his brief arrest by Iranian security forces. Rob Macaire was called an “undesirable element” by Iran’s judiciary after officials accused him of attending an illegal protest last month and a hardline cleric said he should be expelled, state media reported. The ambassador said he had attended a vigil for victims of the crash of a Ukrainian airliner, amid public anger over Iran’s belated admission that it accidentally shot down the plane. Britain called Macaire’s detention a violation of diplomatic conventions, and he flew back to London in mid-January. In an Instagram video posted on Thursday, Macaire said in Farsi that that visit was “an important trip that was planned some time ago” and had included a meeting with foreign minister Dominic Raab. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-britain-diplomacy/british-ambassador-returns-to-iran-after-brief-arrest-last-month-idUSKBN2010OX) Macaire, who has been in the post since 2018, added that he had recently returned to Tehran. Macaire said in the video posting that Britain wanted to use the dispute resolution mechanism in the nuclear deal – which Britain, France and Germany triggered last month – to find a path forward.

Newsline: EU’s foreign policy chief travels to Iran in de-escalation mission

The head of the European Union’s foreign service, Josep Borrell, travels to Iran to meet the country’s leaders in a bid to reduce tensions in the Middle East, the EU said in a statement on Sunday. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-eu-idUSKBN1ZW0BK) During in his trip on Monday and Tuesday, Borrell will meet Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif among others. “Borrell received a strong mandate from the EU foreign ministers to engage in diplomatic dialogue with regional partners, to de-escalate tensions and seek opportunities for political solutions to the current crisis,” the statement said. Tensions in the region stepped up after the killing in early January of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani by the United States in Iraq.