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The week in pictures, July 27 – August 2

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Matthias Appenzeller in action during the international cliff diving championships, in the Maggia valley in Ponte Brolla, Switzerland, July 27, 2019. 

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Bangkok bombs injure 4 as Thailand hosts ASEAN summit with Pompeo

Six bomb blasts hit Bangkok early Friday, injuring at least four people, as Thailand was hosting a high-level meeting attended by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his counterparts from China and other Asia-Pacific countries.

The devices were found or detonated in at least six different locations, including two bombs at stations of the capital’s elevated Skytrain rail system.

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Thai investigators examine a site of an explosion in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Aug 2, 2019. Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha on Friday ordered an investigation into several small bombings in Bangkok that took place as Thailand was hosting a high-level meeting attended by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his counterparts from China and several Asia-Pacific countries. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Other locations include a government complex on the outskirts of the city, and near the offices of a company associated with supporters of the current Thai government.

Officials say no one was seriously hurt by the explosions. Among the injured were three women cleaning the streets, while a fourth person was wounded after an explosion at one of Bangkok’s tallest buildings, the 77-story King Power Mahanakhon building.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered an investigation into the bombings and urged the public not to panic.

“A group of ill-intended people have recently incited violence while the government is propelling the country forward.”

— Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha

“A group of ill-intended people have recently incited violence while the government is propelling the country forward,” Prayuth’s office said in a statement.

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“I would like to condemn those causing the situation which destroys peace and damages the country’s image,” he also wrote in a tweet.

The bombings come as Thailand is hosting this week the annual meeting of foreign ministers of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), though none of the blasts disrupted the proceedings.

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan was asked by the media whether the bombing could be related to the junta’s recent relinquishing of power as Thailand only recently ended five years of military rule following a 2014 coup, though he said “I don’t know either, let authorities investigate first.”

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Thai investigators cordon-off an area in which an explosion injured people in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha on Friday ordered an investigation into several small bombings in Bangkok that took place as Thailand was hosting a high-level meeting attended by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his counterparts from China and several Asia-Pacific countries. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

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This isn’t the first time violence occurred as Thailand was hosting an ASEAN event. In 2009, supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra – the main rivals of the current prime minister – stormed a hotel in the resort city of Pattaya, where an ASEAN meeting was taking place, in a bid to force out a government of their opponents. The ASEAN leaders were forced to flee, some by helicopter, and the summit canceled.

Authorities said Thursday that they found two fake bombs outside their headquarters in central Bangkok near the venue of the current meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers. Two men were arrested in connection with the incident.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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North Korea test-fires weapons again Friday, South Korea says

North Korea fired what appeared to be short-range ballistic missiles twice Friday into the sea off its eastern coast in its third round of weapons tests in just over a week, South Korea‘s military and presidential office said.

The increased testing activity is seen as brinkmanship aimed at increasing pressure on Seoul and Washington over stalled nuclear negotiations. North Korea also has expressed frustration at planned U.S.-South Korea military exercises, and experts say its weapons displays could intensify in coming months if progress on the nuclear negotiations isn’t made.

By test-firing weapons that directly threaten South Korea but not the U.S. mainland or its Pacific territories, North Korea may also be trying to dial up pressure on Seoul and test how far Washington will tolerate its bellicosity without actually causing the nuclear negotiations to collapse.

NORTH KOREA LAUNCHES TWO SHORT-RANGE BALLISTIC MISSILES, US DEFENSE OFFICIALS SAY

Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the launches were conducted at 2:59 a.m. and 3:23 a.m. from an eastern coastal area and said the projectiles flew 137 miles on an apogee of 15 miles and at a max speed of Mach 6.9.

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People watch a TV showing an image of North Korea’s a multiple rocket launch during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Aug. 1, 2019. (Associated Press)

South Korea’s presidential office, which held an emergency meeting presided over by chief national security adviser Chung Eui-yong to discuss the launches, said the South Korean and U.S. militaries shared an assessment that the projectiles were likely newly developed short-range ballistic missiles the North has been testing in recent weeks. However, the office said further analysis was needed because the projectiles showed similar flight characteristics with the weapons that the North test-fired on Wednesday and described as a new rocket artillery system.

Kim Eun-han, a spokesman for South Korea’s Unification Ministry, said the Seoul government expressed “deep regret” over launches that it believes could hurt efforts for peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Japan’s Defense Ministry said it was analyzing the launch and that the projectiles did not reach Japanese territorial waters or its exclusive economic zone.

The North fired short-range ballistic missiles on July 25 and conducted what it described as a test firing of a new multiple rocket launcher system on Wednesday.

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People watch a TV showing a file footage of a North Korea’s missile launch during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. (Associated Press)

Amid the stalemate in nuclear negotiations with the United States, North Korea has significantly slowed diplomatic activity with the South while demanding Seoul turn away from Washington and proceed with joint economic projects that have been held back by U.S.-led sanctions against the North.

The North’s new launches came as the United Kingdom, France and Germany — following a closed U.N. Security Council briefing — condemned the North’s recent ballistic activity as violations of U.N. sanctions and urged Pyongyang to engage in “meaningful negotiations” with the United States on eliminating its nuclear weapons.

NORTH KOREA LAUNCHED NEW TYPE OF SHORT-RANGE BALLISTIC MISSILE, OFFICIAL SAYS

The three countries also urged North Korea “to take concrete steps toward its complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization” and said international sanctions should remain in place and be fully enforced until its nuclear and ballistic missile programs are dismantled.

U.S. officials have downplayed the threat of the launches to the United States and its allies.

However, the North’s recent weapons demonstrations have dampened the optimism that followed President Donald Trump’s impromptu summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 30 at the inter-Korean border. The leaders agreed to resume working-level nuclear talks that stalled since February, but there have been no known meetings between the two sides since then.

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People watch a TV showing a file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. The sign reads “North Korea launches frequently.” (Associated Press)

The North has claimed the United States would violate an agreement between the leaders if it moves on with its planned military exercises with South Korea and said it will wait to see if the August exercises actually take place to decide on the fate of its diplomacy with Washington.

Trump said on Thursday he wasn’t worried about the weapons recently tested by North Korea, calling them “short-range missiles” that were “very standard.”

On Thursday, North Korea’s state media said leader Kim Jong Un supervised the first test firing of a new multiple rocket launcher system he said would soon serve a “main role” in his military’s land combat operations.

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South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff had assessed the activity Wednesday as a short-range ballistic missile launch, saying the missiles flew about 250 kilometers (155 miles), a range that would be enough to cover the metropolitan region surrounding capital Seoul, where about half of South Koreans live, and a major U.S. military base just south of the city.

On July 25, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles that Seoul officials said flew 600 kilometers (370 miles) and as high as 50 kilometers (30 miles) before landing in the sea.

North Korea said those tests were designed to deliver a “solemn warning” to South Korea over its purchase of high-tech, U.S.-made fighter jets and the planned military drills, which Pyongyang calls an invasion rehearsal. The North also tested short-range missiles on May 4 and 9.

Attending an Asian security conference in Bangkok, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday the Trump administration remains ready to resume talks with North Korea now, but said a meeting this week would be unlikely.

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North Korea launches two short-range ballistic missiles, US defense officials say

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North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles on Thursday, the day before former Army Lt. Col. Mark Esper is to head to Asia on his first overseas trip as defense secretary,  according to U.S. officials.

A defense official told Fox News the missiles are similar to the projectiles launched twice before in the past week.

The U.S. military is assessing how far and how high the missiles went.

Esper’s first overseas trip as President Trump’s defense chief includes stops in Sydney; Auckland, New Zealand; Tokyo; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; and Seoul, where he will meet with “key leaders to reaffirm defense relationships and conduct bilateral and multilateral meetings with senior officials,” according to the Pentagon.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on a trip to Asia and is to meet with Japanese and South Korean foreign ministers on Friday morning.

On Wednesday,  North Korea’s State run news agency described one of this week’s earlier tests as a “new-type large-caliber multiple launch guided rocket system.”

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un was on hand for that launch, according to the Korean Central News Agency.

Fox News’ Nicholas Kalman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Deadly car crash in India that injured alleged rape victim being investigated for possible ties to politician: report

A car crash in India that killed two people and left a young woman in critical condition on Sunday has prompted an investigation into possible links to a ruling-party politician whom she has accused of rape, according to a report.

India’s Central Bureau of Investigation opened a probe Wednesday into conspiracy allegations and a potential link between Kuldeep Sengar, a lawmaker from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the crash, The Washington Post reported.

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An Indian woman holds a placard during a protest to condemn a deadly car crash that left a woman who accused a politician of rape in critical condition, in Mumbai, India, on Thursday. (AP)

The 19-year-old woman, who has not been identified, accused Sengar of raping her in June 2017. She alleged that he threatened to kill her family if she told anyone. Sengar has denied the allegations.

Since then, the woman’s family has been beset by a series of tragedies. In April 2018, her father, who was incarcerated in a separate criminal case, died in prison after an assault by Sengar’s brother, Atul Sengar, and other men.

Less than a week later, Kuldeep Sengar was arrested and charged with a raping a minor. The BJP has ousted him from the party amid the allegations, BBC reported.

THREE IN INDIA ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH KIDNAPPING, RAPE AND BEHEADING OF 3-YEAR-OLD GIRL

The young woman was traveling on a highway with her attorney and family members when a truck hit their vehicle on Sunday. The family members, two women, were killed; the attorney was critically injured, and the 19-year-old was taken to a hospital.

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The crash was initially being investigated as an accident but was handed over to the federal agency after the woman’s family members alleged foul play; the truck’s license plate had been blacked out, India NDTV reported.

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China releases dramatic army propaganda video in wake of Hong Kong protests with ‘anti-riot’ drills

As the summer of protests continues to escalate in Hong Kong, the Chinese army released a video Thursday for its troops based in the city showing footage of an “anti-riot drill” as a top commander warned of punishment against “violent criminals.

The three-minute video from the Hong Kong Garrison of China’s People’s Liberation Army was posted on social media, and begins with a solider shouting “all consequences are at your own risk.”

One section of the PLA video called “anti-riot drill footage” shows troops advancing with shields on protestors as armored personnel carriers with battering rams race forward.

HONG KONG PROTESTS CONDEMNED BY CHINA AS ‘HORRENDOUS’ AS STATE MEDIA CALLS ON ‘FORCEFUL’ ACTION TO END UNREST

The footage in the video also shows soldiers rappelling from helicopters, aiming sniper guns and, in one sequence, throwing tear gas at a crowd dressed as civilians.

The scenes bare similarities to the current situation in Hong Kong, where the police have used tear gas, pepper spray, and rubber bullets to quell pro-democracy demonstrators. Some of the targeted civilians shown in the army video are wearing helmets and masks, much like those worn by protesters who have taken to Hong Kong’s streets over the past two months.

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FILE – In this June 30, 2019, file photo, soldiers of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) demonstrate their skill during an open day of Stonecutter Island naval base, in Hong Kong, to mark the 22nd anniversary of Hong Kong handover to China. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Soldiers in the video hold up a red flag that declares: “Stop Charging Or We Use Force” and shouted that those on the receiving end would bear the consequences.

A similar banner is used by Hong Kong police when they quell protests. At the end of the drill, soldiers are seen taking some handcuffed civilians away.

The protests in Hong Kong began in April and reached critical mass in early June as a call to withdraw an extradition bill that would have allowed people in the former British colony to be sent to stand trial in mainland China, where critics say their legal rights would be threatened.  Even though the government indefinitely suspended the legislation, demonstrators are still demanding greater democracy and government accountability.

As the movement has progressed, both protesters and police have at times resorted to violence. Since the protests began, the PLA has stayed in its barracks and left the Hong Kong police force to deal with the massive crowds and sometimes violent clashes.

In response to questions about whether the army will be sent in to handle demonstrators, Chinese officials have pointed to an article in Hong Kong’s Garrison Law stating that troops already stationed in the city can be deployed at the request of the Hong Kong government.

Article 14 of the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, says PLA troops “shall not interfere” in local affairs, but that Hong Kong’s government can ask for assistance from the garrison “in the maintenance of public order and in disaster relief,” according to the Associated Press.

HONG KONG POLICE FIRE TEAR GAS AT PROTESTERS

In remarks ahead of Thursday’s anniversary of the PLA, garrison commander Maj. Gen. Chen Daoxiang said Beijing “firmly supports” Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam and moves by police and the courts to enforce the law and punish “violent criminals.”

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In this June 30, 2019, file photo, Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers take part in a flag raising ceremony during an open day of Stonecutter Island naval base, in Hong Kong, to mark the 22nd anniversary of Hong Kong handover to China. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

“Recently, there have been a series of extremely violent incidents happening in Hong Kong,” he said at the reception, according to the South China Morning Post. “This has damaged the prosperity and stability of the city, and challenged the rule of law and social order. The incidents have seriously threatened the life and safety of Hong Kong citizens, and violated the bottom line of ‘one country, two systems.'”

Diplomats and foreign security analysts who are watching the situation closely told Reuters they believe there is not strong will in Beijing for the PLA to be deployed on the streets of Hong Kong.

“We believe that the Hong Kong garrison of the People’s Liberation Army will continue to become a stabilizing pillar for Hong Kong’s long-term prosperity and stability,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a briefing in Beijing when asked about the video, according to the news agency.

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Any use of the PLA against protesters would conjure up memories of the army’s bloody June 1989 crackdown on student pro-democracy protests centered on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in which hundreds, possibly thousands were killed.

The PLA struggled in the years afterward to rehabilitate its reputation after turning its guns on its own people. The world’s largest standing army, the PLA is actually the military wing of the ruling Communist Party with explicit instructions to follow the orders of the party, not the government.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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French woman killed by tenant over lack of air conditioning: reports

An elderly landlord in France was fatally shot by a tenant following a fight over air conditioning, according to reports.

Maryse Malin, 71, was recently shot three times by a tenant in Les Arcs-sur-Argens in southeast France, English language French news website The Local reported on Thursday.

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A French landlord was reportedly killed after her tenant was displeased with a lack of air conditioning in the villa he was renting. (iStock)

The tenant — reportedly a 66-year-old military veteran — had allegedly complained about heat in the villa, and requested that air conditioning be installed, neighbors said.

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Malin’s family said that the landlord agreed but told the tenant air conditioning couldn’t be installed until October.

Authorities are investigating Malin’s death as a homicide, according to the news outlet.

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Dutch burqa ban becomes law, but rendered ineffective because authorities won’t enforce it

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The Netherlands’ ban on face-covering clothing, including the Islamic burqa and niqab, took effect on Thursday, but authorities say they are unwilling to enforce the controversial law.

The new Dutch law, dubbed the “burqa ban,” bans the face-covering clothing on public transportation, in government buildings and at health and education institutions. The law also applies to ski masks, full-face helmets, balaclavas, and other similar face-covering items.

Those caught breaking the law are given the option of either removing the item or get a fine up to $500. People are still allowed to wear the items in the streets.

The Netherlands is the latest country to enact such a law, following in the footsteps of several European countries including France, Germany, Belgium, Austria and Denmark.

DENMARK FINES WOMAN $156 FOR WEARING FACE VEIL AFTER BANNING BURQA, NIQAB

Despite the law being in full effect, authorities have signaled they aren’t treating the crime as a priority and warned that it could also have unintended consequences such as deterring veiled Muslim women from entering police stations to file complaints as they would have to remove their veils, the Guardian reported.

Transport companies also said they won’t be ordering their personnel on public transport to enforce the ban.

“The police have told us the ban is not a priority and that therefore they will not be able to respond inside the usual 30 minutes, if at all,” said Pedro Peters, a spokesman for the RET transport network, according to the newspaper.

“This means that if a person wearing a burqa or a niqab is challenged trying to use a service, our staff will have no police backup to adjudicate on what they should do. It is not up to transport workers to impose the law and hand out fines.”

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Muslim and rights group have opposed the new law, with an Islamic political party in Rotterdam saying they will cover the fines for anybody caught breaking the law.

Anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders has been calling for a total burqa ban for over a decade and celebrated after the parliament approved a partial ban on such veils, calling it “a historic day.”

“I believe we should now try to take it to the next step,” Wilders told The Associated Press. “The next step to make it sure that the headscarf could be banned in the Netherlands as well.”

The Dutch government was careful of the law’s rollout, insisting that the law isn’t designed to target any particular religion and stressed that people are still allowed to dress how they want, though adding that “this freedom is limited at locations where communication is vital for good quality service or for security in society.”

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France became the first European country eight years ago to introduce the ban on public use of veils, both face-covering niqabs and full-body burqas. A 2004 law also bans Muslim hijab headscarves and other religious symbols from being worn in state schools, but the law applies only to state schools.

The law prompted an uproar on the international stage, with the U.N. Human Rights Committee last year ruling that France violated the human rights of two women by fining them for wearing the niqab.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Rwanda closes border with DR Congo after 2 Ebola deaths in border city

Rwanda has closed part of its border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, a drastic step that comes after two people have died from Ebola in a border city in the past month.

Officials in Congo said the latest victim died just days after his case was confirmed by medical professionals in Goma, a border city of more than 2 million people that also has an international airport.

The first confirmed case in Goma was a 46-year-old preacher who managed to pass through three health checkpoints on the way from Butembo. Authorities noted that there’s no link between cases in the city, but raised concerns that the highly-contagious virus is spreading.

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In this Saturday, July 13, 2019 photo, health workers wearing protective gear check on a patient isolated in a plastic cube at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, Congo. On July 17, the World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak an international emergency after it spread to eastern Congo’s biggest city, Goma. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

The Congolese presidency said there had been a “unilateral decision by the Rwandan authorities” to shut down the border crossing at Goma, according to the BBC.

“The Congolese authorities deplore this decision, which runs counter to the advice of the WHO” the statement added.

This comes as the crisis has already become the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 1,700 people killed even though medical professionals widely use an experimental but effective Ebola vaccine.

Health officials for months feared that an Ebola case would be confirmed in the city. Just days after the first Goma case was confirmed, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola outbreak a rare global emergency – the highest level of alarm.

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In this Sunday, July 14, 2019 photo, Red Cross workers carry the remains of 16-month-old Muhindo Kakinire from the morgue into a truck as health workers disinfect the area in Beni, Congo. The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak an international emergency. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

The organization has used such an alarm level only four times in its history, including the Ebola epidemic that took the lives of more than 11,000 people in West Africa between 2014 and 2016.

While the alert prompted a surge of millions of dollars in new pledges by international donors, health workers say a new approach is desperately needed to combat misunderstandings in the community that lead people with Ebola not to seek medical help.

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There is no licensed treatment for Ebola and many people in the region don’t believe that Ebola is real, health workers have said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Iran’s president mocks ‘childish’ US sanctions against Tehran’s top diplomat

Iran’s president mocked as “childish” U.S. sanctions targeting the regime’s foreign minister, saying the actions will be a barrier to diplomacy.

The Trump administration imposed financial sanctions on Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday in an effort to further pressure Iran to end its belligerent activities in the Persian Gulf region.

The move to penalize Zarif, an architect of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal who perceived as a more moderate figure in the Islamic Republic, follows Trump’s earlier executive order placing sanctions on Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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In this photo released by the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Associated Press)

President Hassan Rouhani mocked the Trump administration in a speech in western Azerbaijan province, saying “They have started doing childish things.”

“Every day they claim: ‘We want to negotiate with Iran, without any pre-conditions’. and then they put sanctions on the country’s foreign minister,” he added.

Though the sanctions target Zarif personally, they won’t stop him from traveling to New York for official United Nations business, in accordance with America’s international obligations.

“It has no effect on me or my family, as I have no property or interests outside of Iran,” Zarif himself tweeted about the U.S. move.

Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have been heightened ever since the Trump administration pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal and then imposed punitive sanctions on the Iranian regime, sending the economy into freefall.

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But in recent months, Washington and Tehran were on a constant brink of war after the regime attacked oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz and later shot down an unmanned American drone.

The attack on the drone prompted President Trump to order military strikes on the regime – only canceling them at the last minute over concerns of potential casualties on the Iranian side.

Iran also seized a British tanker earlier this month. The regime said the seizure was a response to British authorities seizing an Iranian tanker on route to Syria, though the U.K. says the tanker was seized because it carried oil and was in violation of sanctions against the Syrian regime.

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The Iran nuclear deal also unraveled in recent months amid the failure to force the European powers to provide economic relief amid U.S. sanctions, prompting the regime to announce that it’s openly exceeding limits on its nuclear activities.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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