Iran news headlines on Tuesday include US expansion of economic sanctions on Iran’s currency and auto industry; supreme leader calling on candidate avoiding concessions to West; Iran commemoration of 24th anniversary of Imam Khomeini’s passing; country summoning Qatari envoy over ‘terror’ allegation; Velayati urging Iran and France cooperation on Syria; U.S. blacklisting of global network of Iranian ‘front’ companies and a senior cleric calling on candidate respecting law.
Turning the screw on Iran and its nuclear program, the Obama administration imposed new sanctions Monday on Iran’s currency and auto industry, seeking to render Iranian money useless outside the country and to cut off the regime from critical revenue sources.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged presidential candidates on Tuesday not to make concessions to appease the West, an implied rebuke to several of the candidates running in June 14 elections who said that they would focus on improving the Islamic Republic’s relations with other countries.
Iran is commemorating the 24th anniversary of the passing of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Seyyed Rouhollah Khomeini. Iranians across the country and abroad are holding mourning ceremonies to mark the decease of Imam Khomeini.
An Iranian semi-official news agency says Tehran has summoned Qatar’s envoy over an alleged Qatari link to a sabotage and terrorism group. The Tuesday report by Fars agency says Iran’s Foreign Ministry wished to relay a strong protest to the Arab country.
Iran’s former foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati would “cooperate” with France to resolve the conflict in Syria should he win the June 14 presidential election, he said in an exclusive interview with AFP. “My offer, if I am victorious, is that Iran and France sit together to talk, and work together, to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis,” Velaytai said. “I am ready to do it.”
A global network of private companies were blacklisted by the United States on Tuesday for providing revenue to the Iranian government and helping Tehran evade international sanctions on its nuclear program, the U.S. Treasury Department said.
A senior cleric has called on Iran’s presidential candidates to adhere to the Constitution while avoiding mudslinging against their rivals and pro-Western gestures.
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