Iranian Foreign Minister Warned UK; China Doesn`t Want Nuclear Weapons; Israel Carried Out Airstrikes in Syria

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Iran warns UK against ‘starting conflict’

Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, yesterday warned the United Kingdom (UK) against “starting a conflict,” adding that he was not seeking “a confrontation”, MEMO reported.

Iran was reported last week to have seized a British-flagged tanker, the “Stena Impero,” in the Strait of Hormuz, a move that London described as “state piracy.”

Speaking in Nicaragua, Zarif said that the measures taken against the British ship were, “to implement international law, not in retaliation for the British capture of an Iranian tanker two weeks earlier in the UK’s Gibraltar.”

In response, Zarif described the seizure of the Iranian ship as “piracy” and “violation of international law” by the British and the Gibraltar authorities.

“Everybody needs to realize, it’s important for Boris Johnson to understand, that Iran does not seek confrontation,” he said, addressing the UK’s parliament member and ex-foreign minister, Boris Johnson.

“Starting a conflict is easy, ending it would be impossible,” the Iranian official continued, noting that Iran was seeking “normal relations based on mutual respect.”

China favors banning on all nuclear weapons — national defense document

China favors an irrevocable and complete worldwide ban on nuclear weapons, the country’s government said in its white paper headlined ‘China’s National Defense in the New Era,’ released on Wednesday, TASS reported.

“China favors an irreversible and full ban, as well as total elimination of nuclear weapons,” the document says.

“China has always stuck to the policy of the ‘no-first use’ of nuclear weapons in any time, under any circumstances,” it says.

According to the white paper, the country “is not engaged in any [kind of] arms race with any other country and maintains its nuclear stockpile at the minimal level, needed for ensuring national security”.

Syrian media says Israel carried out airstrikes in country’s south

Syrian state media on Tuesday night reported Israel carried out airstrikes in the nation’s south, close to the Israeli border, The Times of Israel reported.

Local media reported that air defenses shot down several missiles around half past midnight.

State news agency SANA and state TV added that the “Israeli aggression” struck al-Harra hill that is home to Syrian army posts adding that it only caused material damage and did not inflict any casualties.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights watchdog group, meanwhile, reported “loss of life” without giving further details.

According to Reuters Western intelligence sources have said the area is home to several Iranian-backed militias.

The Israeli military has acknowledged carrying out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria in recent years, on targets linked to Iran, which is backing President Bashar Assad’s regime in the Syrian civil war.

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Source: The Times of Israel, MEMO, TASS