Saudi King Salman Abdulaziz has been on a month-long tour visiting Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Japan, China, the Maldives, and Jordan. The trip is important because King Salman is reinforcing the relations between these countries with the aim of achieving Vision2030 - Saudi Arabia’s Vision for the future.
The United States pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, so now Saudi leaders are leaning towards Asia and the Pacific Ocean.
Iran has test-fired several more ballistic missiles just three weeks after it was put “on notice” by the United States. Washington declared that Iran was being put on notice because Iran blatantly disregarded the terms of the nuclear deal and a UN Security resolution.
In 2015, the nuclear deal was struck between Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia. The purpose of the deal was to show Iran’s commitment to reducing the nuclear programme it was sitting on in exchange for international sanctions being lifted.
The International Monetary Fund said on Monday that Iran’s economy is in great danger because of the uncertainly with regards to the sanctions it is now subject to. Its unstable relations with the United States also pose a risk to the economy.
The sanctions referred to are the sanctions imposed by President Donald Trump at the beginning of February. Twenty-five individuals and entities with links to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and the country’s ballistic missile program were sanctioned.
A naval commander confirmed that Iran is carrying out naval drills in the Indian Ocean and at the mouth of the Gulf.
This news comes just as tensions are rising between the Trump administration and Iran.
President Trump has vowed to be tough with Iran and has warned the Islamic Republic that its provocations will not be tolerated. He put Iran “on notice” after its test-firing of a ballistic missile at the end of January.
On Tuesday February 21, thousands of people rallied outside Iran’s parliament in Tehran. 1,000 retired nurses from across Iran held a gathering to protest and demand better pensions. Women consisted of the majority in this gathering.
Another 400 retired Interior Ministry workers from Khorasan Razavi Province, northeast Iran, also held a gathering at this site, protesting and holding placards written, “We demand pensions and insurance equal to other ministries.”
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