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Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, June 6

06 Jun 2020, 23:30 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Friday crossed the threshold for Democratic presidential nomination, according to an estimate by the Associated Press, locking up a contest for the White House with incumbent President Donald Trump later this year.

"It was an honor to compete alongside one of the most talented groups of candidates the Democratic party has ever fielded -- and I am proud to say that we are going into this general election a united party," Biden said in a statement Friday night.

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WASHINGTON -- The door is still open for a wider negotiation with Iran, U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook said on Friday.

U.S. President Donald Trump "has had the door open to diplomacy for many years," Hook replied to a journalist a day after Iran freed U.S. citizen Michael White. "We would like to see the (Iranian) regime meet our diplomacy with diplomacy."

Hook noted as well that U.S.-Iranian contacts have so far been limited to mutual release of prisoners, not concerned issues like Iran's nuclear program.

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday threatened to withdraw Brazil from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Bolsonaro said Brazil will consider leaving the WHO unless it stops being a "partisan political organization."

Earlier, the WHO showed an opposite view against Bolsonaro's efforts to lift lockdowns, as the COVID-19 epidemic was still plaguing the country.

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MEXICO CITY -- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday that the country is unable to further decrease its crude oil production after having made the adjustments the country agreed to in April with other members of OPEC+.

"We cannot further adjust our production. We have already closed oil wells to fulfill the commitment we made," the president said at a press conference.

"OPEC members have already been informed of our position. We are complying with reducing oil production by 100,000 barrels. We have already complied," Lopez Obrador said at an event held in Villahermosa, Tabasco, where he is currently on an official tour.

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