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Iran Headlines: Wendy Sherman, Chinese Imports, and Rhinoplasty

U.S. Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman at diplomatic negotiations with Syrians in Geneva, Switzerland.

REACTIONS TO SHERMAN TESTIMONY

According to Fars News Agency, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi rejected statements regarding the Fordow nuclear facility and the Arak heavy water reactor that were made by Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, during her testimony before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday. “There has been no agreement regarding these two sites (Fordow and Arak) and differences remain on a number of topics in the negotiations,” said Araghchi.

Under the headline, “Iran’s nuclear program must be very limited and very transparent,” Irannuc.ir published in Persian, the text of Wendy Sherman’s opening testimony before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee. Video of her testimony was also provided.

A hard line Raja News report criticized a number of what it called “pro-Rouhani” domestic news outlets for falsely covering statements made by Wendy Sherman regarding the lifting of sanctions against Iran, and argued that these newspapers were “resorting to lies to make the U.S. look good.”

IRAQ

Mehr News Agency reported that influential cleric Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi released a public statement which proclaimed, “When there are political disputes inside Iraq, Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani’s opinion should be considered the final word.”

ECONOMY AND ENERGY

According to Khabar Online, gasoline consumption in Iran has increased 31 percent in late June due to “a second wave of summer traveling.”

Hard line Raja News criticized the Rouhani administration in a report entitled, “Which administration has worked more in China’s favor?” The report asserted that Iran has “increased imports from China by 122 percent in the first six months of 2014,” and that “the importation of luxury vehicles since last spring has tripled.”

Tasnim News Agency reported that Iran’s oil exports to China, India, Japan and South Korea reached 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) in the first six months of 2014, reflecting a 25 percent increase from same period of last year. China raised its imports by almost 50 percent during the first half of 2014, while India increased its purchases by a third. Japan and South Korea both decreased their oil purchases during this period. China's imports of Iranian oil increased 38 percent in June from a year earlier to 531,000 bpd, while India's imports rose by 19 percent to 167,300 bpd last month from a year ago.

SOCIETY

A hard line Javan News editorial entitled, “Feminists and ISIS, two sides of the same coin,” argued that both feminism and the Islamic State (ISIS) “were created by the West and used in specific geographical areas with the common goal of subversion.”

An Iranian cosmetic and plastic surgeon told ISNA that rhinoplasty surgery is the most popular type of surgery in Iran, “especially amongst women,” and the “majority of rhinoplasty patients are young males and females between the ages of 18-30.”

PHOTOS

Ali Daei, the current manager of the Perspolis FC, and a number of celebrities unveil the team’s new uniforms.

Gravestones of those lost their lives during the eight-year Iran-Iraq war.

Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Mahmoud Goudarzi visited and inspected the Shahid Samen sports complex in Mashhad.