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Iran-IAEA cooperation

The director of Iran’s atomic energy organization says Tehran is determined to resolve technical issues with the UN nuclear watchdog without politicizing the matter. Speaking in a joint press conference with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Rafael Grossi, Mohammad Eslami said Iran and the IAEA have agreed to terminate some issues regarding Iran's nuclear activities. He said the two sides will continue joint efforts to resolve any remaining issues. Eslami said the agency testifies that there is no diversion in Iran’s nuclear activities and it will not consider plots hatched by Iran’s adversaries to politicize the Tehran-IAEA cooperation. Grossi, on his part, said he seeks common ground in talks with Iranian officials to deepen cooperation with the country. Grossi is scheduled to hold talks with the Iranian foreign minister later on Tuesday. 

Palestinian resistance 

Palestinian detainee Kayed Fasfous will finally be able to walk out of an Israel jail in a few weeks’ time, after a prolonged hunger strike. He has been refusing to eat for 131 days in protest against the Israeli administrative detention, a mechanism that allows the regime to hold Palestinians without charge or trial for an indefinite period of time. Another detainee Ayad Al-Harimi is also calling off his hunger strike of 61 days, after regime authorities agreed to release him in four months. Almost two weeks ago, Palestinian prisoner Miqdad Al-Qawasmi put an end to his hunger strike when Israeli authorities agreed to set him free in February. They were among six inmates on lengthy and potentially life-threatening strikes. The United Nations has expressed grave concern over the well-being of Palestinian hunger strikers. Administrative detention is illegal under the international law. But Israel keeps using it to lock up Palestinians. 

China-US tensions 

China has criticized the transit of a US warship in the Taiwan Strait for creating security risks and undermining regional stability. A military spokesman Tuesday said Beijing will take every necessary action to counter threats and safeguard its sovereignty. Earlier, the US Seventh Fleet said the routine passage by the Arleigh-guided missile destroyer was a demonstration of Washington’s commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Just days ago, the American and Chinese presidents traded warnings over the future of the island. China views Taiwan and the surrounding waters as its own territory. But US warships regularly conduct exercises in the strait, which Beijing deems provocative.

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