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Iran Headlines: Turkey, U.S. Bilateral Nuclear Talks, and Abortion

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani shakes hands with Turkey's President Abdullah Gul in Ankara, Turkey.


Entekhab News reports that while on an official state visit to Turkey, President Hassan Rouhani and his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul pledged to expand bilateral relations and have signed a number of agreements in different fields. Rouhani is accompanied by a high-level delegation of businessmen and cabinet members including Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh, who according to Entekhab is courting Turkish investors to invest over $70 billion USD into Iran’s natural gas industry. Other discussions include a Iranian-Turkish railroad line that would eventually connect Southern Iran to the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, as well as other neighboring countries. 

According to Fars News Agency, during a weekly press conference, Iran's Judiciary Spokesperson Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei announced that billionaire sanctions buster “Babak Zanjani’s temporary detention has been renewed and extended,” and that the investigation “is still ongoing with a number of people having been released as well as re-arrested.”


According to Khabar Online, Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani acknowledged that some MPs may have “differing views” regarding the nuclear talks with the P5+1, but reminded his fellow MP’s that the negotiating team is “working within the framework of our national rights,”  and that they should “support Iran’s negotiators and experts.”

In a conversation with an unnamed U.S. State Department official, Fars News Agency identified the members of the United States negotiating team during this week’s bilateral talks in Geneva.  They include: Deputy Secretary of State William (Bill) Burns, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, national security advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, Jake Sullivan, senior director at the National Security Council Robert Malley, Deputy Ambassador to the U.N.  Brooke Anderson, senior arms control advisor to Wendy Sherman James (Jim) Timbie, the National Security Council's Director of Nonproliferation Paul Irwin, and Richard Nephew, the principal deputy coordinator for sanctions policy at the State Department.

Islamic Consultative Assembly News Agency reports that the head of the Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi was quoted as saying, “Our negotiators should note that whatever amount of nuclear fuel needed for our reactors needs to be domestically produced.”

Speaking on the sidelines of a banking and insurance exhibition in Tehran, the deputy head of Central Insurance International Affairs and Reinsurance Mina Sedigh Nouhi noted that after almost six months after signing the Geneva interim agreement, the suspension of oil transportation insurance sanctions for oil tankers “has not yet been implemented.”


ISNA reported that the head of Medical Sciences at Shahid Beheshti University warned, “Currently 35 percent of the population is considered young, but if this (fertility) trend continues, by 2050 only 14 percent of the population will be considered young, and this will create many problems for us in the next 30 years.”

Tasnim News Agency reports that the Minister of Science, Research and Technology Reza Faraji Dana announced that Tehran University professor of Metallurgy Dr. Mahmoud Nili Ahmadabadi has been named the 32nd dean of Tehran University.

ISNA reports that during a meeting at Shahid Beheshti University, the director of Population and Family Health Sciences Dr. Motlagh said, “In 1391 (2012) there were over 220,000 abortions in Iran and 100,000 of them were for medical reasons; the remaining 120,000 were illegal abortions.” He also estimated that 90,000 people in Iran are infected with the HIV virus but that only “27,000 have been identified in the country.”


Shazdeh (Prince’s) Garden in Mahan (Kerman province) was built during the Qajar era. Damaged after the 2004 Bam earthquake, it has been vandalized and unkempt.

Iran’s national soccer team plays a friendly match against Trinidad as they prepare for next week’s World Cup match against Nigeria.

Military ceremony for young soldiers in Iran’s armed forces.