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Iran rules out any change to nuclear accord

TEHRAN: Iran on Saturday rejected any modification of its nuclear deal with world powers after US President Donald Trump demanded tough new measures to keep the agreement alive. Iran "will not accept any amendments in this agreement, be it now or in the future, and it will not allow any other issues to be linked to the JCPOA", the foreign ministry said in a statement, using the 2015 deal's technical name. It has the backing of all the partners to the agreement apart from the United States, with Russia warning…

ECO has the potential to strengthen region: Sartaj Aziz

ISLAMABAD: Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday called for increasing trade and investment opportunities and ┬áhuman resource development between Economic Cooperation Organisation member states. Addressing the council of foreign ministers meeting preceding the ECO Summit which will be held in Islamabad tomorrow, Sartaj Aziz said the body has immense potential to integrate and strengthen the region. The ten-member summit is expected to review the state of affairs of ECO in the light of new emerging global…

Iran pushes for dialogue with Gulf Arab states

MUNICH: Iran's foreign minister on Sunday stepped up efforts to improve ties with Gulf Arab Sunni states urging them to work with their Shi'ite rival to address "anxieties" and violence across the region. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last week traveled to Oman and Kuwait to try improve ties, his first visit to the Gulf states since taking power in 2013. The six Arab members of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), especially Saudi Arabia, accuse Iran of using sectarianism to interfere in Arab countries and build its own…