Iran news headlines on Monday include conference of ‘Scholars and Islamic Awakening’ in Tehran; Iran’s Rafsanjani expressing soft stance on Israel; exploration an underground natural gas reservoir in southern Iran; Iranian Foreign Ministry rejection of US report on Iran’s human rights and Germany accusing 4 of US embargo violation.
An international conference, dubbed ‘Scholars and Islamic Awakening,’ has opened in Iran’s capital, Tehran, with a speech by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei. Addressing the conference on Monday, Ayatollah Khamenei said the Islamic Awakening is the main issue of the Muslim world and Islamic Ulmah.
Iran’s influential former president has expressed a softer stance toward the country’s archenemy Israel in sharp contrast to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’ typical anti-Israel remarks. Several Iranian newspapers, including the pro-reform Shargh daily, on Monday quoted Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani as saying: “We are not at war with Israel.”
National Iranian Oil Company’s exploration director, Hormuz Ghalavand says the country has explored an underground natural gas reservoir in the southern Iran Fars province. “It is predicted that the vast natural gas reservoir starts from Borazjan (the capital of Dashtestan county, Bushehr province) and stretches into Minab fault line and Persian Gulf coastline,” the senior official said on Sunday.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry rejected Washington’s claims about the violation of human rights in Iran, stressing that the US is a major violator of human rights and is, thus, not qualified to judge on Iran.
Federal prosecutors say they have charged three German-Iranian dual nationals and a German man with breaking export laws for allegedly supplying Iran with parts needed to build a nuclear reactor in violation of the country’s trade embargo.
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