Iran’s intelligence minister highlighted the growing trend of threats targeting the country’s security, saying even the spy services of some neighbors are involved in hatching hostile plots against Iran.
Iranian Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs Hossein Zolfaqari criticized some neighboring countries for not preventing recent insecurity along common borders and warned if they fail to act, the Islamic Republic will target terrorist strongholds in the countries.
Iran’s government spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht highlighted the significance that Tehran attaches to the sovereignty of its neighbors, saying it is critical for Iraq to protect its territorial integrity amidst the Kurdistan region’s controversial move to hold a secessionist referendum.
Hebei province, home to many of China's most polluted cities, has promised to close down companies that are poisoning the environment, but after years of protests villagers living in the shadows of the Guantao chemical park remain skeptical.
A recent alleged hacking of Qatar's official state news agency has sparked a row with its Arab neighbors in the Persian Gulf, with analysts predicting that it could even fuel old tensions in the region.