"South Korea–U.S. and South Korea–China relations are all equally important for us," South Korean President Moon Jae-in said during a press conference in January.
"We definitely won't let anyone coerce or intimidate Iran in this regard," Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's account wrote. "They want to force Iran to back down, but the Islamic Republic won't back down."
The Chinese Defense Ministry's Information Bureau also said the People's Republic has "never proactively provoked a war, and we have never invaded an inch of land in other countries."
"I worry that we're entering a time where anti-democracy forces will see value in developing new kinds of chemical weapons, and—noting the disruptive impact of COVID-19—perhaps biological weapons."
"IEDs are still a blind spot of the international community despite the IED having been the defining weapon for over 20 years since the 9/11 attacks," Action on Armed Violence's Iain Overton told Newsweek. "It's not getting better, it's getting worse."
"The world has moved on beyond Biden's core views, the U.S. is no longer the 'indispensable nation,'" former U.S. ambassador James Jeffrey told Newsweek, "intervention by the U.S. in countries' inner politics to promote American values is problematic and typically a failure."
"At President Biden's direction, U.S. military forces earlier this evening conducted airstrikes against infrastructure utilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in eastern Syria," Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said in a statement sent to Newsweek.
Brown University's Stephanie Savell told Newsweek the president's "America is Back" rhetoric "is worrisome because it signals a potential return to a militarized status quo in which the US is exporting its militaristic approach and its weapons to many, many places."
"They already have begun exporting their hate," former CIA officer and FBI special agent Tracy Walder told Newsweek.
A poll of Iranian citizens found that "about seven in ten (69%) thought Iran should not get involved in talks until the United States returns to the JCPOA and fulfills its obligations" as opposed to 28% who "thought Iran should immediately pursue a new nuclear agreement."
"The United States entered this war without a strategy and already left a mess behind," Afghan war refugee and former U.S. official Arash Yaqin told Newsweek. "But staying longer will mean more mess, more American casualties, and more Afghan deaths."
"There is no doubt that adherence to the agreement and its provisions will contribute greatly to ending the war and solving problems, because it was the result of tremendous efforts," Taliban spokesperson Mohammad Naeem told Newsweek.
"What we have is a technical understanding that provides some breathing space for the political actors to find a political solution," Laura Rockwood, who authored the Additional Protocol being abandoned by Iran, told a press call attended by Newsweek.
"You 'otherize' us enough, and you start to forget that we are human," one female Marine veteran told Newsweek.
Syria's U.N. mission told Newsweek that "repeated Israeli attacks on the Syrian sovereignty are not only a technical issue related to the safety of civil air traffic in Syrian airspace, but rather an act of aggression that violates the 1974 ceasefire agreement."
Candide Group's Morgan Simon told Newsweek that the recent executive order "doesn't address the fact that the majority of government contracting with private prison companies is actually with ICE," whose facilities "have equally been shown to be hotbeds of human suffering."
"If the U.S. would decide to re-enter the agreement as it is, Israel will have to recalculate regarding the Iranian nuclear race, so you know in the past we raised our options, and I'm sure we will bring them up again," former Israeli U.N. envoy Danny Danon told Newsweek.
"It's gotten close to a billion people out of poverty over the last 40 years, and given the economic challenges in the Middle East, there is a lot to like about the thinking of the Chinese model," Princeton University's Michael Robbins told Newsweek.
"Instead of sophistry & putting onus on Iran, E3/EU must abide by own commitments & demand an end to Trump's legacy of #EconomicTerrorism against Iran," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.
The White House said Biden "underscored the importance of working to advance peace throughout the region, including between Israelis and Palestinians," but Netanyahu's office made no such reference in its own account.
Newman School of Journalism's Peter Beinart fears that, to appease political rivals at home, President Joe Biden is "accepting policies like sanctions that enjoy bipartisan support, even if they are morally indefensible and endanger American power."
"I remember two meetings with him, when I was paying visits to Washington, and his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin which I attended. Trump is a striking politician," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
By ending the war in Yemen and supporting diplomacy, the Biden administration would be "opening the door to re-engaging with Iran on a full range of issues, including the nuclear file," former U.S. ambassador to Yemen Gerald Feierstein told Newsweek.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko lashed out at "very powerful forces" stoking "a rebellion based on the blitzkrieg principle" against his administration and extolled his country's ties to Russia.
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York praised Washington's support and told Newsweek that "Taiwan and the U.S. can certainly build on these broad efforts" under the Biden administration.
A senior U.S. intelligence official told Newsweek that, amid recent Israeli strikes in Syria, "the airspace was saturated above daily norms, presenting an elevated opportunity of miscalculation or perhaps the misidentification of targets by all entities."
"We've missed some things," former Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best told Newsweek. "We could probably have precluded some really dangerous acts from occurring."
North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un presided over the 2nd Plenary Meeting of the 8th Central Committee of the Korean Workers' Party, reiterating a call for more advanced nuclear weapons and a new approach to foreign affairs, including with South Korea.
"China will continue to take necessary measures to firmly defend national sovereignty and security and work together with regional countries to safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said.
Iran was also set to extend a 20-year relations agreement with Russia and is in the final stages of reaching a 25-year economic cooperation deal with China, as the Islamic Republic looks to dodge lasting U.S. sanctions under President Joe Biden.