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Iran Headlines: Silence in Vienna, Calls for Impeachment, and Kuwait

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrives at his embassy in Vienna, Austria.

NUCLEAR NEGOTIATIONS

Mehr News Agency reported on a statement released by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif in response to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s speech yesterday, in which Khamenei commented on the ongoing nuclear talks. “We are always appreciative of support from the Supreme Leader. The Supreme Leader illustrated yesterday in specific detail the importance, and need of our nuclear program, as well as our long-term plans,” said Zarif.

A Khabar Online editorial wrote, “Since the signing of the Geneva interim agreement is one of President (Barack) Obama’s only successes in office, and the United States doesn’t have the appetite to strike Iran militarily, the only option left for Obama is to reach a nuclear deal with Iran.”

An editorial in Alef News asks, “Why is there no news coming out of Vienna?”

Irannuc.ir, published an editorial entitled, “The mirage of a last second compromise,” and argued, “The reason for a lack of information coming out of Vienna is because even the negotiators themselves don’t know what will happen in the last moments before the (July 20) deadline.”

Citing a “source,” Irannuc.ir, reported that the general body of the text has been written, and that the negotiators are “currently finalizing the subject matter of the agreement line by line.” The source also warned that “differences between the two sides remain on enrichment capacity, the Fordow and Arak facilities, and how to lift sanctions.

ISIS IN IRAQ

While meeting with Iran’s deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs, Hussein Amir-Abdollahian in Kuwait, Fars News Agency reported that Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid, Kuwait’s foreign minister emphasized, “Iraq’s national integrity needs to remain intact because its territorial break up would be very dangerous.” He added, “A delay in holding parliamentary sessions (regarding new leadership) does not help the situation in Iraq.”

POLITICS

A hard line editorial in Raja News reported on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s address yesterday to a large gathering of current and former government officials and sarcastically noted, “There were smiles all around, from President Rouhani-to extremists, and even moderates and reformists.

ISNA reported on an open letter penned by Javad Foomani, the secretary general of the Islamic Students Association of the University of Tehran, in which Foomani openly defended the performance of Reza Faraji-Dana, the current minster of Science, Research and Technology. Hard-line MPs have criticized Dana’s choice of new university presidents, as well as allowing expelled students and professors back into the university system. Foomani wrote, “Politically active students (who were expelled) are not enemies of the state.”

ECONOMY

ISNA reported that although the Yadavaran oil field is expected to produce 85,000 barrels per day (bpd) by December of 2014, “developing the Yadavaran oil field has cost Iran $2.7 billion in losses."

According to Mehr News Agency, the Statistical Centre of Iran announced that the inflation rate in rural parts of Iran has reached 28.3 percent.

SOCIETY

In an interview with ISNA, women’s rights activist Zahra Nejad Bahram said, “The current unemployment rate for educated women is double the unemployment rate for educated men. Many of these women are eager to work, but the number of job opportunities for them are limited.”

PHOTOS

A professional baseball game was played at the Azadi Sports Complex baseball field.

Reporters get a sneak peak at the brand new Kourosh Cinema Complex in Tehran.

A residential building that collapsed in Mashhad caused two fatalities.