Iran expresses readiness for further nuclear talks

Iran news headlines on Thursday include Jalili expressing readiness for further nuke talks with world powers; US sanctions on Iran gold imports; an Iranian cleric remarks over impossibility of women presidency in country; Iran’s Guardian Council extension of time for vetting presidential hopefuls and US failure in wrestling with Iran.

 

Iran says ready for nuclear talks with world powers

Iran is prepared to pursue nuclear diplomacy with world powers before or after next month’s presidential election in the Islamic Republic, its chief negotiator said on Thursday. Saeed Jalili, who is also a candidate in the presidential race, was speaking after talks on the nuclear dispute with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

 

US targets Iran rial, gold imports in sanctions pressure

The US is aiming to block gold sales to Iranians to boost pressure on the rial currency, as it steps up sanctions over the country’s alleged nuclear weapons program, officials said Wednesday. Top officials of the US Treasury and State Department said in Congressional testimony that sanctions were having a deep impact on Tehran, interrupting oil exports at a cost of $3-5 billion a month and contracting the economy.

 

Iranian cleric: Women can’t be president in Iran

A member of Iran’s constitutional watchdog says women cannot be presidential candidates, effectively killing the longshot bids by about 30 women seeking to run in the June 14 election. Even before Thursday’s comments by , chances for a woman candidate in Iran’s presidential election were considered nearly impossible.

 

Iran’s Guardian Council extends deadline for vetting presidential hopefuls

Iran’s top electoral supervisory body, the Guardian Council (GC), has extended the deadline for announcing the names of approved hopefuls for the June 14 presidential race. Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaei, the spokesman for the body, said Thursday that the Guardian Council will have until the 21st of May to announce the final list of candidates.

 

Iran beats US in Grand Central exhibition

Iran’s wrestling team visited the United States for the first time in a decade and found a virtual home meet. The fans waving Iranian flags and stomping on the temporary bleachers were treated to a show of dominance by the wrestling power Wednesday in the exhibition at Grand Central Terminal. Iran beat the Americans 6-1.

 

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