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PLO office in Washington to be closed: American daily

Tehran, The Palestinians' defiance of the call by Washington to engage in talks with the Zionist regime has prompted the White House to take retaliatory actions, vowing to shut down the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in the US capital.

The Trump administration will not keep the office open when the Palestinians refuse to start direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel, John Bolton US National Security Advisor is arranged to say, the Wall Street Journal reported citing prepared remarks it had obtained.

We will sanction their funds in the US financial system, and we will prosecute them in the US criminal system. We will do the same for any company or state that assists an ICC investigation of Americans, Bolton says, threatening International Criminal Court (ICC) and other individuals that cooperate with ICC, the American daily said.

The Palestinian officials, reacting to Washington's recent decision on cutting financial aids to Palestinians, have said US measures are in line with its intention to promote the so-called peace plan between the Palestinians and the Zionist regime of Israel, known as the 'deal of the century'.

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) Spokesman Hazim Qassim on Sunday referred to the implementation of 'deal of the century' as the root cause of pressures that US government exerts on Palestinians.

Also the representative of Hamas movement in Lebanon Ali Barke said in a recent interview with Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), It is clear that the real purpose behind the decision of the United States was to neglect the right of the Palestinians to return to their homeland and this constitutes a new hostile approach toward the Palestine issue.

The decision to close the PLO office in Washington is the last of a series of events against Palestine.

Relocating the US embassy to Jerusalem and cutting off funding for The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) that supports Palestinian refugees are the latest actions of the US opposing Palestinians.

In the latest 'March of Return' � a chain of protests held by Palestinians � which have been held every Friday since March 30, 2018, Zionist troops killed and injured some 400 Palestinian in Gaza Strip.

Previous editions of March of Return' also have ended in killing and injuring hundreds of people.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA


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