1. IRAN SAYS NEW US SANCTIONS TARGET CITIZEN’S ACCESS TO FOOD, MEDICINE
Iran’s foreign minister today denounced renewed U.S. sanctions against its central bank as an attempt to deny ordinary Iranians access to food and medicine and said the move was a sign of U.S. desperation.
The United States on Friday imposed a new round of sanctions on Iran, some aimed at its central bank and sovereign wealth fund, following attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia that Riyadh and U.S. officials have blamed on Iran.
Responsibility was claimed by Yemen’s Houthi movement, an Iranian-aligned group fighting a Saudi-led alliance in Yemen’s civil war.
2. IRAN WILL PURSUE AGGRESSOR EVEN AFTER LIMITED ATTACK
Iran says it will pursue any aggressor, even if it carries out a limited attack, and seek to destroy it, after attacks on Saudi oil sites which Riyadh and U.S officials blamed on Tehran.
The head of the elite Revolutionary Guards, Major General Hossein Salami today said they are after punishment and they will continue until the full destruction of any aggressor.
Iran denies involvement in the attacks, which were claimed by Yemen’s Houthi movement, an Iranian-aligned group fighting a Saudi-led alliance in Yemen’s civil war.
3. DEMONSTRATORS MARCH IN HONG KONG IN NEW WEEKEND OF PROTEST
Demonstrators have marched through an outlying district of Hong Kong in another weekend of protest aimed at the Chinese government.
Several thousand people, many dressed in black, today marched through Tuen Mun on the Chinese territory’s west side. Some chanted “Reclaim Hong Kong!” and “Revolution of our times!”
Hong Kong is in the fourth month of protests that started with opposition to a proposed extradition law and have expanded to include demands for greater democracy.
Today’s march was relatively small compared with the previous weekends. There was no violence in contrast to some earlier protests that were marked by clashes with police.