Iran's Revolutionary Guards threaten to avenge military parade attack

Iran's Revolutionary Guards threaten to avenge military parade attackSaturday’s assault, one of the worst ever against the most powerful force of the Islamic Republic, struck a blow at its security establishment at a time when the United States and its Gulf allies are working to isolate Tehran. “Considering (the Guards’) full knowledge about the centers of deployment of the criminal terrorists’ leaders…, they will face a deadly and unforgettable vengeance in the near future,” the Guards said in a statement carried by state media. Four assailants fired on a viewing stand in the southwestern city of Ahvaz where Iranian officials had gathered to watch an annual event marking the start of the Islamic Republic’s 1980-88 war with Iraq.


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China cancels military talks with US in protest at sanctions over Russia military equipment

  1. China cancels military talks with US in protest at sanctions over Russia military equipment  Reuters
  2. China Demands US Withdraw Sanctions Imposed Over Military Purchases From Russia  New York Times
  3. China Fires Back Against US Sanctions For Purchases Of Russian Weapons  NPR
  4. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang’s Regular Press Conference on September 21  MFA China
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China cancels military talks with U.S. in protest at sanctions over Russia military equipment

China cancels military talks with U.S. in protest at sanctions over Russia military equipmentChina’s Defence Ministry said in a statement it would recall navy chief Shen Jinlong from a visit to the United States and postpone planned talks in Beijing between Chinese and U.S. military officials that had been set for next week. It added that China’s military reserved the right to take further countermeasures, without giving further details. Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said China’s decision to buy fighter jets and missile systems from Russia was a normal act of cooperation between sovereign countries, and the United States had “no right to interfere”.


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China Demands US Withdraw Sanctions Imposed Over Military Purchases From Russia

  1. China Demands US Withdraw Sanctions Imposed Over Military Purchases From Russia  New York Times
  2. China Fires Back Against US Sanctions For Purchases Of Russian Weapons  NPR
  3. China Warns Donald Trump There Will Be Consequences for Sanctions Over Arms Purchases From Russia  Newsweek
  4. Russia’s wealth fund boosting ruble-yuan trade with China to substitute US dollar  RT
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China summons U.S. ambassador to protest sanctions over Russia military equipment

China summons U.S. ambassador to protest sanctions over Russia military equipmentChinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang summoned Ambassador Terry Branstad to lodge “stern representations” and protest the sanctions, the foreign ministry said. Earlier, Chinese defense ministry spokesman Wu Qian said China’s decision to buy fighter jets and missile systems from Russia was a normal act of cooperation between sovereign countries, and the United States had “no right to interfere”. On Thursday, the U.S. State Department imposed sanctions on China’s Equipment Development Department (EED), the branch of the military responsible for weapons procurement, after it engaged in “significant transactions” with Rosoboronexport, Russia’s main arms exporter.


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Iran's Khamenei blames Gulf states for military parade attack

Iran's Khamenei blames Gulf states for military parade attackKhamenei ordered security forces to bring to justice those responsible for one of the worst assaults ever against the Revolutionary Guards, the most powerful and heavily armed military force in the country, which answers to him. The allegation will likely ratchet up tensions with Iran’s rival Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies, who along with the United States have been working to isolate the Islamic Republic. “This crime is a continuation of the plots of the regional states that are puppets of the United States, and their goal is to create insecurity in our dear country,” Khamenei said in a statement published on his website.


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