Iran’s coverage: Iran FM rejects ‘Shameful’ claim about deal with US on General Soleimani

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Zarif calls claim on Soleimani’s surrender ‘shameful’

An amazing claim madec by a hardliner in Iran who has asserted that Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made an agreement with Ameicans to hand over General Soleimani to them has made Zarif furious.

Iran’s non-oil GDP rises by 6.3 pct in strong rebound

Iran’s non-oil gross domestic product (GDP) has shown 6.3 percent growth during the past Iranian calendar year (March 2016-March 2017), the Statistical Center of Iran said, according to Tehran Times daily report on Wednesday.

 

Russian diplomat says US accusations against Iran ‘lead nowhere’

The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman says the US accusations against Iran ‘does not help stabilize the situation’.

Iran writes letter to UN chief to protest at unfair verdicts against Sheikh Qassim

Iran in separate letters to UN Chief Antonio Guterres and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein warned of the Bahraini government’s security approach, and called for the peaceful settlement of issues and withholding unfair verdicts against prominent Shiite cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Issa Qassim.

 

State Dept stumped over why US criticizes Iran on democracy, but not Saudi Arabia

This could be the most uncomfortable State Department press briefing moment yet.

 

Larijani re-elected parliament speaker

Iranian lawmakers on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to re-elect Ali Larijani as parliament speaker for the second year of the 10th Parliament.

 

President: Leader’s reservations about 2030 document to be carefully considered

President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s demands about the UNESCO 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be met.

 

Iran condemns deadly attack on Kabul

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi strongly denounced a deadly truck bombing near the Afghan presidential palace, which killed at least 80 people and wounded hundreds.

 

Kamalvandi: Arak reactor being redesigned under anticipated schedule

AEOI Spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said redesigning of Arak reactor was being undertaken according to the anticipated schedule and would be accomplished within 3-4 years.Behrouz Kamalvandi, Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) for International, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, told reporters that, according to predefined mechanisms, Iran will lead the project to redesign Arak reactor with China and America as partners.

Putin highlights Iran’s important role in Syrian ceasefire

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Turkey, Iran, the Syrian government and the armed opposition, as well as Russia, all play an important role in ensuring that the Syrian ceasefire works.