Iran’s coverage: Leader says Saudi leaders must apologize for deadly Hajj incident

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Leader urges Saudi rulers to accept responsibility for Hajj stampede

Iran’s supreme leader has said Saudi Arabia should apologize for a crush outside the Muslim holy city of Mecca that killed 769 worshippers performing the annual haj pilgrimage, Khamenei’s website said on Sunday.

President Rouhani: Iran ready to expand all-out ties with EU

 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a meeting with President of the European Council Donald Tusk here on late Saturday voiced Iran’s readiness to considerably boost cooperation with the European Union.


80% of missing Iranian pilgrims in Mina probably dead: Minister

While due to Riyadh’s mishandling of situation after a Thursday’s crush of Hajj pilgrims the fate of hundreds of the missing remains unknown, Iran’s culture minister said some 80 percent of the country’s nationals who are still unaccounted for have probably died in the incident.


Muslim world, not Riyadh, should be in charge of running Hajj: Iran’s parliament

Iran’s lawmakers censured Saudi Arabia for failing to provide security for Hajj pilgrims and said management of the Hajj pilgrimage should be transferred to the Muslim world, which can handle the religious rites “in the safest way”.

Senior advisor: Mina tragedy not planned

 It is improbable that the tragic event happened in Mina was planned deliberately, senior advisor to the Supreme Leader said Sunday.

No need in revisiting Iran’s Parchin military facility – IAEA head

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said that there is no need in a second visit to Iran’s Parchin military facility.


Iran dismisses talks with US on regional issues

Tehran rejected western media reports claiming that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his US counterpart John Kerry discussed the regional developments in their recent meeting in New York.


Austrian oil companies keen on winning back Iran oil projects

A visiting representative of Advantage Austria has said oil companies in his country are poising to grab petroleum projects in Iran once the sanctions are lifted.


Rouhani: There are ‘differing viewpoints’ in Iran over nuclear deal

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani tells NPR that much like in the United States, there are in his country “two differing viewpoints” on the six-party nuclear deal – one that is cautiously optimistic of success and another which is highly skeptical of Washington’s desire to live up to its end of the bargain.

Iranian actress Homa Rousta passes away

 Iranian actress Homa Rousta has passed away in the American city of Los Angles Saturday evening after battling cancer for several years.