Iran news headlines on Monday include country rejection of Russia’s S-300 substitute offer; Iran official remarks over Bushehr nuclear reactor malfunction; Haddad-Adel withdrawal from Iran election; Guardian Council statements on not considering barring Rowhani from candidacy and presidential candidate having representatives at Guardian Council.
The Tor antiaircraft system that Russia has proposed to Iran instead of the S-300 cannot be integrated into the country’s defense system, Iran’s ambassador to Russia said Monday. Ambassador Seyed Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi said Iran had developed a national defense system “and within that system the proposed Tor system would be unable to fulfill the S-300’s functions.”
Iran’s Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant has suffered a malfunction in its main generator, the Islamic Republic’s ambassador to Moscow said on Monday. Mahmoud Reza Sadjadi did not specify the nature of the malfunction or make clear whether it has caused the plant’s shutdown, Russia’s state Itar-TASS news agency reported.
Conservative former parliament speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel on Monday withdrew his candidacy from Iran’s June 14 presidential election, Iranian media reported. Haddad-Adel, a close adviser and a relative by marriage of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had been a member of a coalition of conservative “Principlist” candidates that included Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf and former foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati.
Iran’s Guardian Council said on Monday it was not considering barring any candidate from the June 14 presidential election, denying media reports that one of only two moderate contenders could be disqualified.
The spokesman for Iran’s Guardian Council says the country’s presidential candidates will have representatives at the top election supervisory body.
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