‘Does not matter’ who wins next US elections: Iran foreign minister Jul 07, 2020 0 328 12345 DPARome Iran does not have a favourite candidate in the upcoming US presidential elections, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday.“For Iran it does not matter who is sitting in the White House, for Iran the behaviour [of the United States] matters,” Zarif said in a video conference with Italian think tank ISPI.He said his country expected from the US “respect for international agreements” and “compensation of Iranian people for the damages incurred over the last few years.” Zarif said he was no longer sure that US President Donald Trump had a strong chance of re-election, due to recent domestic controversies and the ongoing novel coronavirus epidemic.“I thought that President Trump’s base was still solid, now I have some doubts,” he said, adding that he was “speaking as an analyst” rather than as a foreign minister.The US and Iran have been foes for more than 40 years, but their relations worsened after Trump decided to pull out of a 2015 international deal on Iran’s nuclear programme - a deal that his predecessor Barack Obama helped negotiate.The Vienna agreement, known as the JCPOA, was intended to enable Iran to have a civilian nuclear programme, while preventing it from developing nuclear weapons, in exchange for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions.“In 2021, President Trump or a new president will sit in the White House but they will inherit the responsibilities of the previous (administration),” Zarif said.“Those responsibilities include damages they have inflicted upon the Iranian people [...] and they have to compensate for those damages and they have to return to their international agreements,” he added. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Palestinians seek closure of West Bank crossings to curb virus Jul 07, 2020 0 327 Kenya to emerge from virus lockdown, resume international flights Jul 07, 2020 0 342 Rocket fired at Baghdad airport, no explosion: Security source Jul 07, 2020 0 835 Iran’s daily virus deaths near record high Tehran Iran on Monday reported 160 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, close to the country’s highest single-day toll announced the previous day. The Islamic republic has been battling the Middle East’s deadliest .. Saudi Arabia makes masks mandatory, bans gatherings during Hajj DPA Riyadh Muslim pilgrims at this year’s Hajj must wear face masks at all times, authorities said, while workers will ensure no overcrowding or gatherings take place during the pilgrimage that in normal times brings .. Shallow 4.6-magnitude earthquake rocks Kabul: USGS A shallow 4.6-magnitude earthquake rocked Kabul on Monday, the US Geological Survey said, sending crowds into the streets of the Afghan capital. There were no immediate reports of any casualties after the quake shook .. Ghana challenger names first woman as major party VP pick Accra Ghana’s main presidential challenger John Mahama on Monday named Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as his running mate for December’s election, the first time a major party has chosen a female vice-presidential .. Israel launches new spy satellite to target enemies ‘near and far’ DPA Tel Aviv Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said his country was much better able to act against enemies “near and far” thanks to the successful launch of a new spy satellite. Against the backdrop of ..