Iran news headlines on Tuesday include country denial of malfunction at Bushehr nuclear power plant; Mohammad-Reza Aref withdrawal from Iran election; former president Khatami declaration support for Rohani; country launching new destroyer Bayandor and FM Spokesman explanation of election process for Iranian nationals abroad.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman is denying reports that the country’s Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant has suffered a malfunction. Abbas Araghchi said at a news conference on Tuesday that no problem has been reported by responsible authorities.
Mohammad Reza Aref has withdrawn his candidacy from Iran’s June 14 presidential election in order to give the reformist camp a better chance to win. The former vice president announced his decision to drop out of the election in a statement issued late on Monday, in which he said the decision was made after he received suggestions from former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, who advised to stand aside.
Iran’s former President Seyyed Mohammad Khatami has announced his support for presidential candidate Hassan Rohani. In a statement issued on Tuesday, Khatami said that, due to the responsibility he feels toward the country and the fate of the Iranian nation, he would vote for Rohani in the June 14 presidential election.
Iran says it has launched a 50-year-old destroyer on the Persian Gulf after overhauling it and rearming with modern missiles. Since 1992, Iran has been pursuing a self-sufficiency military program, reportedly producing its own jet fighters, tanks, missiles and light submarines as well as torpedoes.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi has presented the details of the forthcoming presidential election process for the Iranian nationals living in other countries.
During his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Araqchi said Iran’s 11th presidential election will be held in 96 countries and in 128 Iranian mission headquarters.
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