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Iran Headlines: Khamenei’s Grandchildren, Additional Protocol, and Summer Tourism

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waves to the crowd in Qom.

EID AL-FETR 

Addressing a large congregation on Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of Ramadan, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei led prayers today at the sprawling Mosalla Mosque complex in Tehran. Khamenei.ir posted a set of photos which revealed a large number of senior officials among the congregants. In his address, Khamenei praised Palestinians for “resisting and standing up for themselves,” and called Israel’s military actions in Gaza “genocide,” arguing that Israel should be punished by the international community. Khamenei also ridiculed U.S. President Barack Obama for suggesting that Hamas should disarm.

Digarban posted four different photos of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praying during today’s Eid al-Fitr prayer while his two grandsons play nearby.

During an Eid al Fetr address to a gathering of senior Iranian officials and foreign diplomats of Islamic countries, President Hassan Rouhani commented on the war in Gaza saying, “Today, this festering Zionist tumor has opened once again & has turned the land of olives into destruction and blood and littered the land with the body parts of Palestinian children.” Rouhani also called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) “a second festering tumor that murders people in the name of Islam,” and added, “Analysts say that both of these tumors derived from the same origin.”   

NUCLEAR NEGOTIATIONS

Reformist Shargh Daily quoted Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani as saying, “There is legislation in parliament that stipulates if Iran's nuclear file goes to the United Nations Security Council, additional (nuclear) protocol will not be considered. If there is a general agreement regarding all the nuclear issues (in the negotiations), the parliament will then consider the implementation of additional protocol.”

POLITICS

In an interview with ISNA, lawyer Hooshang Pourbabaei discussed the recent conditions set by the Iranian parliament in establishing political parties and said, “Unfortunately in our society’s civil laws, we aren’t able to differentiate the difference between a crime and a political offense.”

In an interview with Khabar Online, conservative political analyst Amir Mohebbian said, “The individual that is to be named as the legislative representative for Press Supervisory Board should be a moderate, a familiar face to journalists, and not an extremist.”

SOCIETY

Mehr News Agency quoted state tourism official Jamshid Hamzezadeh as saying, “Rooms at four and five star hotels in Shiraz, Yazd and Isfahan have all been booked for the summer.”

Reformist Shargh Daily interviewed Sara Javanmardi, Iran’s female Paralympic shooting champion who recently won a gold medal at the 2014 Shooting World Cup two in Poland. Javanmardi discusses the financial constraints of a Paralympic athlete, the upcoming 2016 Paralympic games in Brazil, and the training limitations that she faces due to western sanctions which don’t allow top quality shooting equipment to be imported into Iran.  

Mehr News Agency reported that 25 percent of fatal or near fatal automobile accidents in Iran are caused by illiteracy on the part of the driver.

ENERGY

Citing the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Fars News Agency reported that Iran produced 3.247 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil in first four months of 2014. Iran's oil output increased by 131,000 bpd compared to the same period last year.

PHOTOS

Male and female riders from different provinces participate in the second annual equestrian-jumping competition in Tehran

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani address an Eid al Fetr ceremony  with senior Iranian officials and foreign diplomats of Islamic countries.

Iran’s national Greco-Roman youth wrestling team prepares for the upcoming World Championships in Croatia.