Attack on Iran may spark WWIII: Envoy

Iran news headlines on Sunday include Iran envoy to France remarks over attack on Iran triggering World War III; Iran Navy plan of  launching new Shaheed Bayandor destroyer; Iranian novel “The Colonel” nomination for Best Translated Book Award and secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council urging Iran to boost nuke safety review after quake.


Attack on Iran may trigger World War III: Iranian envoy

Iran’s Ambassador to France Ali Ahani has warned against any military attack against the Islamic Republic’s nuclear facilities, saying such aggression may lead to World War III.

“A potential Israeli attack against Iran with an objective of destroying its scientific and nuclear facilities is sheer madness. Its consequences are disastrous and uncontrollable,” Ahani said, Fars news agency reported.


Iran Navy set to launch new Shaheed Bayandor destroyer

A senior Iranian naval commander says Iran is set to launch a new indigenous destroyer called Shaheed Bayandor in line with efforts to boost naval capabilities.

Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said Saturday that the destroyer will officially join the Iranian naval fleet by next month.


Iranian novel “The Colonel” to vie for Best Translated Book Award

The English version of the Iranian novel The Colonel by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi has been nominated for the 2013 Best Translated Book Award (BTBA).

Dowlatabadi’s book entered the nomination final list of the American literary event BTBA held by the University of Rochester in the United States.


Iran urged to boost nuke safety review after quake

The head of the Gulf states’ main political bloc is urging Iran to join an international accord on nuclear safety following an earthquake near the country’s lone energy-producing reactor.

Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani, secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, opened a meeting Sunday in Riyadh to discuss nuclear safety issues after last week’s 6.1 magnitude quake about 96 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of Bushehr, the site of Iran’s reactor.


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