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Iran Headlines: John Kerry, Jordan and Turkey Next for ISIS, and Military Exemption

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens to European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton during a NATO meeting in Brussels, Belgium.

NUCLEAR NEGOTIATIONS

On the eve of the next round of nuclear talks, Tasnim News Agency quoted Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi as saying, “Similar to the last round of talks, official meetings (during the negotiations) will be held in the United Nations building in Vienna, and the informal meetings will be held at the hotel.”

A news website dedicated to Iran's nuclear program quoted a senior Iranian nuclear expert who criticized a June 30 Washington Post opinion piece written by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. In response to Kerry’s comments on extending the nuclear talks past the July 20 deadline, the source was quoted as saying, “The steps and procedures that have been defined and agreed upon in the Geneva agreement are not extendable. Iran has already completed what has been asked, such as the dilution of 20 percent uranium. Thus, there is nothing to extend. New steps and procedures would have to be defined (for an extension).”

POLITICS

A writer for hard Line Raja News pens an open letter critical of MP Ali Motahari who recently publicly stated that he personally asked Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to end the house arrest of the Green Movement leaders, Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hussein Mousavi and Mousavi's wife Zahra Rahnavard. The writer asks if Motahari is an “opportunist or a critic?” And advises Motahari to re-read one of his own father’s influential books (Ayatollah Morteza Motahari) which warned of “modern radicalism,” and the “influence of foreign ideas.”

Reformist paper Etemaad conducted an extensive interview with the former deputy director of IRNA Abdolreza Davari, in which he discussed his own political views, former prime minister of Iran Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh, the 2009 presidential election, as well as his arrest during the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

In an interview with hard line Javan Online, Mohammed Hassan Asfari, a member of Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee explained that instead of Iran compensating the British government for the attack on the British Embassy in Tehran in 2011, “The British government should compensate Iran for its role in the sedition and street protests following the 2009 Iranian presidential election.”  

ISIS IN IRAQ

In reference to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Malaki’s political opponents in Parliament, hard line Kayhan argues, “A westernized political process is being used to corrupt the political process in Iraq.”

In an interview with Mehr News Agency, expert on religious and political affairs Hojjat al-Islam Mehdi Taeb said, “The next targets for ISIS are Jordan and Turkey.”

ECONOMY

Khabar Online asks, “As Iran and Saudi Arabia battle over increasing oil exports to compensate for the possible loss of Iraqi oil on the oil market, what will OPEC decide?”

ISNA reports that according to a report published by the Office of Planning and Economic Housing, “The price of property to household income ratio in Iran has tripled.” Societal changes within the family unit such as “divorce, independent living, smaller family units, and an aging population” are considered as reasons for the rise in housing prices.

MILITARY

In an interview with ISNA, the chief conscription officer of the armed forces, General Moussa Kamali explained a new procedural change in military service exemption. “In the past, healthy men over the age of 18 could seek approval from a conscription board to receive military service exemption if their father is over 65 years of age. This has now changed to 70 years of age,” said Kamali.

PHOTOS

Men, women, and children farm the rice fields of Gorgan.

The mother of renowned pilot Major General Ahmad Keshvari, “martyred” during the Iran-Iraq war.

A Ramadan food and banquet expo in Tehran offers Ramadan essentials.