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Tehran, New Delhi discuss co-op in oil, gas sectors

TEHRAN – Iran and India discussed cooperation in oil and gas projects especially Iran’s Farzad B gas field which Indian ONGC Videsh Ltd. (OVL) seeks to develop, Shana reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, an Indian delegation headed by Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar met with Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh in Tehran on Tuesday to discuss the financial issues regarding the Farzad B project. 
On the sidelines of the meeting, Iranian Deputy Oil Minister in International Affairs and Trading Amir Hossein Zamaninia said that the two countries are determined to reach an agreement in this regard.
“The payment of some Indian private refineries’ dues to Iran and alternative ways of sending Iranian natural gas to India were also among topics discussed in the meeting,” Zamaninia said.
A consortium headed by ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL), the overseas investment arm of Indian explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corp, discovered Farzad B in the Farsi offshore block in 2008.
The consortium, could not obtain permission to develop the field due to Western sanctions, but those sanctions were removed last year.
In March 2017, OVL submitted a revised plan to the Iranian government for the block, which the company will be able to develop within five years. The Indian oil company is now waiting for feedback from Tehran.

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70th Cannes Film Festival started by Farhadi’s speech

اصغر فرهادی

Tehran (ISNA) – The 70th Cannes Film Festival will be begun by the speech of Iranian prominent director Asghar Farhadi.

 Farhadi will be the first speaker of the Cannes Film Festival and following his speech, the important event will be started.

Farhadi won Iran’s first best foreign language Oscar for his film A Separation in 2012. His second Oscar for The Salesman put him in an elite category of double-winners in the category, including Federico Fellini and Ingmar Bergman.

The Salesman premiered at Cannes last May, where it won best actor for Shahab Hosseini and best screenplay for Farhadi.

The Cannes Film Festival, which this year celebrates its 70th anniversary, will be held from May 17 to 28.

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France takes advantage of others’ absence in Iranian market

Tehran (ISNA) - French carmakers PSA and Renault are turning their U.S. absence into an Iranian advantage by piling into a resurgent market still off-limits to foreign rivals fearful of sanctions under Donald Trump’s administration, Reuters reported.

The French investment has been seized upon by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is seeking re-election this week, as evidence that his pursuit of a nuclear detente and attempts to attract foreign money will pay off for the economy.

PSA – the maker of Peugeots and Citroens – and Renault have pushed hard into Iran since its 2015 deal with world powers that saw international sanctions lifted in return for curbs on Tehran’s nuclear activities. PSA has signed production deals worth 700 million euros ($768 million), while Renault has announced a new plant investment to increase its production capacity to 350,000 vehicles a year.

The French companies, unlike their German, American and Japanese competitors, do not have manufacturing or sales operations in the U.S. This makes them less vulnerable to penalties for any violation of U.S. sanctions still in force which ban financial transactions with Iran.

The prospect of a hardened U.S. stance under President Trump – a consistent critic of the nuclear deal – has deepened the caution of carmakers with large American exposures.

Germany’s Volkswagen and BMW are among those that have put Iranian ambitions on hold, industry sources told Reuters. “We’re well-aware of the market potential in Iran but we can’t afford to take any risks,” a source close to VW said. The company declined to comment on specific investment discussions.

PSA and Renault declined to comment on their Iranian businesses for this story, but PSA’s Middle East chief Jean-Christophe Quemard said earlier this year that the renewed U.S. pressure under Trump was helping his company stay ahead of foreign rivals who were holding back.

“This is our opportunity to accelerate,” he added. “We’ve opened up a lead and we plan to hold onto it.”

Early movers to establish Iranian operations could win big in a market deprived for years of affordable state-of-the-art vehicles and where sizable import duties hand a major advantage to locally built cars.

Iranian car sales jumped 50 percent in the first quarter of 2017, according to data provider IHS Automotive, with models from Peugeot, Renault and Iran’s SAIPA showing solid gains.

Rouhani pushed the French investment to the forefront of his election campaign when he attended a ceremony this month to mark the production launch of the Peugeot 2008, the first product of post-sanctions manufacturing deals with foreign carmakers.

“When we signed the nuclear deal, critics said it was just a piece of paper that would never be implemented,” the president said in an Instagram post picturing him behind the wheel of the mini-SUV at the event in Tehran.

“But now we can see that auto industry sanctions have been lifted, joint venture agreements concluded and a new car is being built.”

PSA and Renault have moved swiftly to sign new production deals to upgrade their pre-sanctions partnerships with Iran Khodro and SAIPA. PSA plans to add more Peugeot and Citroen models in coming months, while Renault has introduced its Sandero compact alongside the Tondar sedan.

BMW has also studied production, import and distribution opportunities in Iran but concluded that the time was not right, according to a source familiar with the matter.

A BMW spokesman said the company’s future entry into Iran “will depend on political and economic developments,” adding, “There are currently no concrete plans.”

Japanese manufacturers such as Toyota have not signaled any Iranian investment plans since the nuclear deal.

Nuclear-related sanctions were lifted after the 2015 agreement, but Washington has maintained its own pre-existing ban on financial transactions with Iran, making it harder for companies with a large U.S. presence to do business with Tehran.

But the U.S. pressure has not halted a steady recovery in car production in Iran, from 796,000 cars in 2013 to 1.23 million last year. IHS expects output to keep climbing to 1.34 million cars this year and 1.49 million in 2018, nearing the 1.65 million peak recorded in 2011. “Locally built vehicles are the best-sellers by some margin,” said IHS analyst Michel Jacinto, an Iran specialist.

South Korea’s Hyundai is building its Accent compact, to be followed by the i20 mini, as Chinese brands including Chery move to defend the small but growing footholds they gained while sanctions kept their European rivals out.

Affordability may be an issue for some new models. The Peugeot 2008 is expected to be priced at around $24,000 when it arrives in showrooms – more than three times the average annual urban household income in Iran.

Until such market realities are tested, however, the new products are being greeted with optimism.

“The 2008 launch is the result of Rouhani’s policy since the signing of the nuclear deal, so it was symbolic,” PSA’s Quemard told Reuters last week. Project lead times of two years or more mean the 2008 is the international agreement’s first tangible result, Quemard said. “So it’s a good example – and it’s being used as such.”

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Iran celebrates security and peace ahead of election: Ayatollah Khamenei

Tehran (ISNA) - Among this insecure collection of countries in the region, the Islamic Republic of Iran is busy preparing for elections in peace and security.

Ahead of the presidential and Islamic city council elections, a group people from various backgrounds met with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei Wednesday morning May 17, 2017.

In this meeting, the Leader of the Revolution invited the nation to appreciate the peace and security Iran enjoys during the week of elections.

“Look at the countries of the region, where can you find a place where there is no insecurity? Among this insecure collection of countries, the Islamic Republic of Iran is busy preparing for elections in peace and security. We have only two days left until Election Day. All Praise is due to God. This peaceful and calm environment is invaluable. In a country with 80 million people, the nation is, enthusiastically, preparing themselves for Election Day, meanwhile, there is peace everywhere; this is truly something precious that we should appreciate,” he said.

"It is likely that some individuals seek to violate law, however, these sectors--whether the executive, regulatory, or security sectors--are trustworthy and reliable, thank God; they should of course watch out," the Leader of the Revolution added.

Ayatollah Khamenei warned the nation and the authorities of the enemy by stating, "The Iranian nation has an enemy; against this enemy, the face of the nation should strongly reflect resolute willpower and determination, as well as self-confidence, peace and calm".

Highlighting the significance of public discipline, Ayatollah Khamenei asserted: “The discipline among our people is extremely important; public discipline and the people's commitment to abide by laws before the election, on the day of the election and after the election, are valuable. This is what many countries lack; and our nation proves to enjoy that: we have learned from experiences in the past. The Iranian nation has learned through experience that discipline is beneficial, and indiscipline unlawfulness can be so harmful”.

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First four ATR turboprop aircraft land in Iran

تحویل چهار فروند هواپیمای ATR به ایران‌ایر

Tehran (ISNA) – The first four ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft landed Wednesday at Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran, Iran.

IranAir has ordered 20 of the planes made by a joint venture between Airbus (AIR.PA) and Italy's Leonardo (LDOF.MI). IranAir is expected to take delivery of the remaining 16 ATR aircraft by the end of 2018, including another five this year.

The state airline took delivery of the first four ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft as part of plans to rebuild its fleet after nuclear-related sanctions against Iran were lifted last year.

The 70-seat ATR 72-600 is worth $26.8 million at list prices. IranAir is set to use the four aircraft on underserved regional routes.

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Zarif meets Indian first deputy foreign minister

قائم مقام وزیر خارجه هند

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with first deputy minister of foreign affairs of India Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

Referring to Tehran-New Delhi common grounds and historic cooperation in various fields, particularly trade and energy, Zarif said he was hopeful that bilateral ties would improve in quantity and quality between the two capitals.

Zarif stressed the need for removing obstacles in the way of Iran-India banking cooperation during the meeting with Jaishankar.

Meanwhile, Jaishankar said that prospects of India relations with Iran were promising.

He described his meetings with senior Iranian officials, especially oil minister Bijan Zangeneh in the field of cooperation in the energy sector as positive.

He also underlined mutual collaboration in the arenas of transit and North-South international corridor.

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Talks on lifting non-nuclear sanctions likely: Zarif

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian foreign minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif noted that negotiations on elimination of non-nuclear sanctions were likely.

“It is likely that negotiations will be held under appropriate conditions; however, we should wait and see the other party would abide by the JCPOA," Zarif told in an interview with IRNA.

He highlighted the assertions of the Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on the issue and said: “the Supreme Leader announced that the JCPOA is a test for the other party. If the other parties show they are willing to reach the solution, we will be prepared to enter other fields”.

“There is more or less consensus worldwide on the need to implement the JCPOA and the US had in the 90-day JCPOA report raised the irrelevant points and baseless charges against Iran concurrent with the positive report on the JCPOA implementation just to create a negative atmosphere,” he said.

Highlighting the important role of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani in nuclear talks, he said: “nobody has followed up nuclear topic in detail as he did. Rouhani’s well-awareness of the details served as a backing for the negotiators but what is more important than full awareness is courage of Rouhani”.

Elsewhere in the interview, Zarif said: “opponents of the JCPOA in the US try to cause tumultuous atmosphere and the aim behind escalation of sanctions is just to raise hue and cry”.

He noted that due to internal strife, certain friends did what pleased the US.

Touching on elections, Zarif said the elections were distinctive point of Iran and regional states.

“Public presence in the elections and public social presence in general and deciding their fate have resulted in enjoying security and stability by Iran. Today, our region is engulfed in disorder, violence and extremism and there is no real security anywhere in the universe like Iran and public presence make Iran powerful” he added.

“Iranian people are always on the scene and the reality has been proved to the negotiating parties that through pressure, humiliation and degradation, our people cannot be separated from the Islamic Republic and their own country. Friday elections mark an exceptional opportunity for people to show their power, solidarity and integration to the world,” Zarif went on to say.

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Women are main victims of current crisis in Middle East: Khoshroo

Tehran (ISNA) – Ambassador and permanent representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to United Nations announced that the women were the main victims of current crisis in the Middle East and violent extremism and terrorism.

His remarks made before the Security Council open debate on “women and peace and security: sexual violence in conflicts”.

Here is the full context of Khoshroo’s statement:


Mr. President,

Allow me to begin by thanking Uruguayan Presidency for convening this open debate. I would also like to express my gratitude to the briefers for their valuable inputs in this debate.

 Women are a key resource for promoting peace and stability. Security Council Resolution 1325 on “women, peace and security” is focusing on the specific impact of armed conflict on women, the positive role they can play in conflict prevention and strengthening peace and security in local, regional and international levels.

Mr. President,

Unfortunately, current crisis, especially in the Middle East, has taken abhorrent forms and constitutes unprecedented challenges to the stability in our region. Women are among the main victims, grappling with the scourge of violent extremism and terrorism. The spread of violent extremism, inspired by takfiri ideology, that has no respect for women, threatens in an unprecedented way the life and rights of women and girls. They have suffered the most and been targeted for systematic sexual exploitation and slavery, rape and other forms of sexual violence by extremists and terrorist groups.

Iran strongly condemns the barbaric acts of the terrorist and violent extremist groups such as Daesh and its offshoots, Boko Haram, as well as indiscriminate attacks against civilians, including women and children.

In an environment filled with hate, intimidation, xenophobic attitudes, racial profiling and discrimination based on race, religion, ethnicity, country of origin, language, women easily fall victim to sexual violence and abuse. Thus their opportunities for academic, economic, political and social progress are gravely curtailed by these intimidating mindsets and situations.

In some regions, particularly the Middle East, destructive factors such as foreign intervention, military invasion as well as foreign occupation have contributed considerably to the collapse of families. As a result, women and children are bearing the brunt of the menaces that not only destroy their present but expose them to long-lasting miseries. That would remain for generations. Under such circumstances, there will be little room for women’s empowerment and development. 

The impact of sanctions on gender-responsive policies and budgeting within respective countries is also another significant aspect. Sanctions as a form of collective punishment flagrantly and indiscriminately violate basic human rights of all citizens particularly women and others in vulnerable situations.

The systematic violations of the legitimate human rights of the Palestinian people, including Palestinian women, under brutal occupation of the Israeli regime and illegal blockade on the Gaza Strip constitute massive deprivation of the Palestinian civilians and women of their rights.

 It is also very unfortunate that women and girls are also fallen disproportionately victims to airstrikes in Yemen. As confirmed reports indicate, the unjustified invasion of Yemen by Saudi-led coalition has led to the death of more than 10.000 people and the injury of more than 17000 civilians, including at least 1677 women and 2260 children.

Mr. President,

In closing, let me, Mr. President, stress that my Delegation believes that organizing such a debate in this Council should not undermine the work of the most relevant bodies for consideration of women related issues in the United Nations system namely CSW, ECOSOC as well as the General Assembly.

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Iran, Zimbabwe discuss ways of developing economic ties

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian ambassador to Harare Ahmad Erfanian met with Zimbabwean industry minister Mike Bimha and discussed the ways to develop economic and trade relations between the two countries.

“The level of economic and trade cooperation between Iran and Zimbabwe isn’t satisfactory despite the good relations between the two countries,” Erfanian said during the meeting.

“The knowledge of the two sides about the capacities and abilities of each other is still a little but by facilitating greater participation of private sector, exchanging trade delegations, attending in exhibitions of each other and signing a trade agreement, we can pave the way for economic and trade cooperation between Iran and Zimbabwe,” he added.

Pointing to the friendly relations between the two countries, Mike Bimha said: “much work has been done in economic and trade field despite the frequent visits and signing multiple documents”.

“We also welcome the greater participation of private sector, attending in exhibitions of each other and exchanging trade delegations between the two countries,” he added.

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<div>China complains to US about 'unhelpful' Iran sanctions</div>

TEHRAN, May 18, YJC - China has lodged an official protest with the United States over its move to impose new sanctions on Iranian and Chinese figures for allegedly supporting Iran’s ballistic missile program.

China complains to US about 'unhelpful' Iran sanctions

TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - "The Chinese side is always opposed to unilateral sanctions, to the frequent implementation of unilateral sanctions, especially when it hurts interests of third parties," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a news briefing on Thursday.

Hua added that Beijing pursued local rules and regulations and closely adhered to its responsibilities to the international community related to non-proliferation issues.

On Wednesday, the US Department of Treasury extended sanctions relief for Iran under the landmark nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in 2015.

However, Washington imposed sanctions on two Iranian defense officials, an Iranian company and members of a China-based network for allegedly supporting Iran’s ballistic missile program.

"China is opposed to the blind use of unilateral sanctions particularly when it damages the interests of third parties. I think the sanctions are unhelpful in enhancing mutual trust and unhelpful for international efforts on this issue," Hua said.

"China has lodged representations with the United States," the spokeswoman said and expressed hope that Washington "can resolve their anti-proliferation concerns through dialogue and communication, and proceed according [to] the principles of respect, equality and mutual benefits."

Tehran and Beijing have close economic and diplomatic relations. China played an instrumental role in pushing through the JCPOA under which Iran agreed to limit parts of its peaceful nuclear program in exchange for the removal of all nuclear-related sanctions imposed against the country.

The accord was negotiated under the administration of former US president, Barack Obama, but his predecessor Donald Trump has called the JCPOA "the worst deal ever.” Trump threatened to tear up the nuclear deal during his campaign and has launched a review of its terms.

Iran's Foreign Ministry on Thursday blasted the new US bans, saying it would retaliate by adding nine American individuals and corporations to its sanctions list over their human rights violations.

In a statement, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said the new US administration was seeking to undermine the "positive outcome” of the JCPOA by pressuring Tehran over "baseless accusations” in other areas than its nuclear program.

Senior Iranian official tenders resignation ahead of presidential election

TEHRAN, May 18, YJC - Head of the Inspection Bureau at the Office of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has resigned his post ahead of the Friday presidential election.

Senior Iranian official tenders resignation ahead of presidential election

TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - According to IRNA quoting an informed source on Thursday, Ali Akbar Nateq Nouri has submitted his resignation, but it has not been accepted yet.

The source also rejected as lies reports by some news channels that support one of the presidential candidates about Nateq Nouri's dismissal.

Nateq Nouri had decided to quit his post a while ago as he felt responsible to defend incumbent President Hassan Rouhani and his administration, on the one hand, and the need to keep the Leader’s position clear of common political groupings, on the other hand.

Iran will simultaneously hold its 12th presidential election and the 5th City and Village Councils Elections on May 19.

The four candidates vying in the race are the incumbent president, former deputy judiciary chief, Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, member of Iran’s Expediency Council Mostafa Aqa-Mirsalim, and former vice president, Mostafa Hashemi-Taba.

Iranians to vote in pres. election in 102 countries: Foreign Ministry

TEHRAN, May 18, YJC - Iran’s Foreign Ministry said expatriates can cast their ballots in the country's 12th presidential election at 310 polling stations in 102 countries.

Iranians to vote in pres. election in 102 countries: Foreign MinistryTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Hassan Qashqavi, the deputy foreign minister for consular, parliamentary, and expatriates’ affairs, told IRNA on Thursday that there would be 55 polling stations in the US, 21 in the United Arab Emirates, 22 in Iraq and 12 in Britain, where Iranian nationals would be able to vote.

As previous talks for holding elections in Canada failed to bear fruit, it has been agreed that several ballot boxes be set up on the North American country's border with the US, he said.

On May 9, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held a phone conversation with his Canadian counterpart, Chrystia Freeland, asking her to provide grounds for the Iranian nationals residing in the North American country to cast their votes in the presidential polls.

The Canadian minister, however, said that some "technical issues” needed to be discussed and settled given the absence of political relations between Tehran and Ottawa, closure of Iranian diplomatic sites, and Canada’s domestic regulations on polls involving other countries’ citizens.

Qashqavi, who is also head of the board supervising Iran's presidential election abroad, further stated that necessary measures have been taken to hold and monitor the election.

He added that voting would take place in foreign countries from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and that Iranian ambassadors and representatives are authorized to extend the time if necessary.

Iran will simultaneously hold its 12th presidential election and the 5th City and Village Councils Elections on May 19.

Campaigning began on April 21 for the presidential election and ended on Thursday.

Incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, former deputy judiciary chief, Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, member of Iran’s Expediency Council Mostafa Aqa-Mirsalim, and former vice president, Mostafa Hashemi-Taba, will vie on Friday to win the race.

Official: Iran has not faced any special security problem on election

TEHRAN, May 18, YJC - Iranian Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs Hossein Zolfaghari said the country has not faced any special security problem regarding the upcoming election so far.

Official: Iran has not faced any special security problem on election

TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -"Although we have passed behind three phases of election (registration of the candidates, qualifying the candidates and campaign), we firmly announce that we have not had any special security problems,” he said.

The presidential election and election of members of the City and Village Councils would start on May 19 at 8:00 am local time, he said, adding the next phase is counting the votes and announcing the results for which special measures have been considered.

He also said from Thursday any poll in cyber space is against the law, adding any speculation on the victory runs counter to security and it would be dealt with.


Iran launches first lactic butter production line

TEHRAN, May 18, YJC - Iran inaugurated the first production line of lactic butter for the first time in the country, making 7.000 tons of butter annually in a modern way.

Iran launches first lactic butter production line

TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - "Considering currency problems and money transfer in 2012, our biggest problem was providing butter for Iran in 2012 since it consumes 60.000 tons of butter in the country,” said Managing Director of Pa’ak Dairy Industries Alireza Sajadi.

Launching the production line saves 35 million euros of the country’s currency annually, he continued.

He further said that 9 Iranian dairy industries managed to have an opportunity for exports to Russia.

Iran produces one percent of the world milk and comes as the 2nd or 3rd country in importing milk, he said, adding it can meet local needs in case the required milk is provided.

Iran condemns fresh US sanctions over missile program

TEHRAN, May 18, YJC - Iran has blasted fresh US bans over its defensive missile program, saying it will retaliate by adding nine American individuals and corporations to its sanctions list over their human rights violations.

Iran condemns fresh US sanctions over missile program

TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - In a Thursday statement, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said the new US administration is seeking to undermine the "positive outcome” of the 2015 nuclear deal on the Iranian nuclear program by pressuring Tehran over "baseless accusations” in others areas than its nuclear program.

Iran "condemns the US government’s malintent in its attempts to reduce the positive effects of the implementation of that country’s commitments under the JCPOA by adding natural and legal individuals to the list of its transnational, unilateral and illegal sanctions.”

He was using an acronym to refer to the Iran deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

On Wednesday, the US Department of Treasury extended sanctions relief for Iran called for under the JCPOA. However, it imposed sanctions on two Iranian defense officials, an Iranian company and members of a China-based network for supporting Iran’s ballistic missile program.

Under the JCPOA, Iran agreed to limit parts of its peaceful nuclear program in exchange for the removal of all nuclear-related sanctions imposed by the US.

The accord was negotiated under the administration of former US president, Barack Obama, but his predecessor Donald Trump has called the JCPOA "the worst deal ever.” Trump threatened to tear up the nuclear deal during his campaign and has launched a review of its terms.

The Foreign Ministry statement further said, the Islamic Republic considers the new restrictive measures "unacceptable and contrary to the tenets of the international law.”

In response, the statement added, "nine US individuals and corporations” are added to Iran’s sanctions list over their "confirmed role in blatant human rights violations.”

The banned US firms and individuals have directly and indirectly cooperated with Israel in its "crimes against humanity in the occupied Palestinian territories” or the in the regime’s "terrorist acts,” according to the statement.

They have also supported Takfiri terrorism and crackdown on the popular movements in the Middle East or have had effective participation in actions against Iran’s national security, it added.

The statement further said an updated version of the blacklist would be released after going through legal proceedings and being approved by relevant officials.

The United States claims that Iran’s missile tests are in breach of UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which was adopted in July 2015 to endorse the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 states, the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany.

Under the resolution, Iran is "called upon” not to undertake any activity related to missiles "designed to be capable of” delivering nuclear weapons. Iran says it is not involved in any such missile work and has no such warheads.  

The Iranian Foreign Ministry’s statement further underlined Tehran’s resolve to continue its missile program, arguing that it does not run counter to the Islamic Republic’s international commitments.  

‘US blind use of bans unhelpful’

Meanwhile, China also lodged a complaint with the United States after it imposed penalties on Iranian and Chinese figures.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Beijing followed local rules and regulations and closely adhered to its responsibilities to the international community.

Beijing "is opposed to the blind use of unilateral sanctions particularly when it damages the interests of third parties. I think the sanctions are unhelpful in enhancing mutual trust and unhelpful for international efforts on this issue," she told a daily news briefing.

She further expressed hope that "the US side can on the principle of mutual respect resolve non-proliferation issues through dialogue and communication.”

China has close economic and diplomatic ties with Tehran, playing an instrumental role in pushing through the landmark 2015 deal.

Results of Iran’s presidential election to be announced gradually: Official

TEHRAN, May 18, YJC - Iran’s Interior Ministry said the results of the country’s upcoming presidential election will be announced gradually, reversing an earlier decision to declare the outcome all at once.

Results of Iran’s presidential election to be announced gradually: Official

TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - "After getting the opinion of the Guardian Council and the resolution of a legal issue, the results of the vote counts in this election will be announced gradually,” said head of the Interior Ministry’s election headquarters Mohammad Hossein Moqimi late Wednesday, according to the ministry’s website.

The Guardian Council is tasked with overseeing the election process.

The remark came despite a Tuesday announcement by Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli, who said the election results would be announced at once based on the Presidential Election Law.

In response, Abbasali Kadkhodai, the spokesman opposed the decision to announce the results at once and said that the supervisory body will discuss the issue with the Interior Ministry.

Moqimi said that the Interior Ministry has accepted the Guardian Council’s interpretation of an article under the election law concerning the manner of announcing the election results.

End of campaign

The comments come as Iranians are preparing to head to the polls on Friday morning to choose the next president as well as members of the country’s City and Village Councils.

All election campaigns ended across Iran on Thursday at 8:00 a.m. local time (3:30 GMT), 24 hours before the start of the elections.

The Interior Ministry has estimated that the presidential election will not head into a second round as two candidates have abandoned their bids and some alliances have been formed to strengthen certain campaigns.

The electorate will choose among incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, Ebrahim Raeisi, who has served in different capacities at the Iranian Judiciary, Mostafa Aqa-Mirsalim, a current member of Iran’s Expedience Council, and Mostafa Hashemi-Taba, a former vice president.

On Tuesday, Es’haq Jahangiri, the Iranian first vice president and presidential candidate, dropped out of the race to increase Rouhani’s chances of victory. Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf had done so earlier in favor of Raeisi.

Voters can cast their ballots at more than 63,000 stations and about 1.5 million staffers, 70,000 monitors and 350,000 security enforcement personnel will be assisting with the election process.

The candidates are also allowed to assign a representative to each polling station to observe the proceedings there.

Iranian researcher produces anticancer nanomaterials

TEHRAN, May 18, YJC - An Iranian researcher Shahin Homaeigohar along with his colleagues at the University of Aalto, Finland, has developed anticancer nanomaterials by simulating the volcano-induced dynamic chemistry of the deep ocean.

Iranian researcher produces anticancer nanomaterials

TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - The novel method enables making nanoclusters of zinc peroxide in an environmentally friendly manner, without the use of additional chemicals. The as-synthesised zinc peroxide nanoparticles can be used as a tool for cancer therapy and against other complicated diseases.

The researchers have created these size-tailored nanoclusters by making use of the Leidenfrost effect. It is an event commonly observed in the kitchen while cooking. If you drop some water on a hot plate, droplets hover over the surface instead of making physical contact with it. In the Leidenfrost effect, a liquid close to an object much hotter than the liquid's boiling point produces an insulating vapour layer, preventing the liquid from boiling rapidly. Near volcano gates deep in the ocean or under special conditions in the lab, the vapour layer can cover a large area without rising away from the surface, while making the molecules in the liquid above behave in an exceptional way.

'The dynamic underwater chemistry seen in nature is inspiring for the next generation of eco-friendly nanochemistry. In this context, green synthesis of size-tailored nanoparticles in a facile and scalable manner via a dynamic process has not been introduced so far', tells Professor Mady Elbahri at Aalto University.

'We demonstrate the Leidenfrost dynamic chemistry occurring in an underwater overheated confined zone as a new tool for customised creation of nanoclusters of zinc peroxide. The hydrodynamic nature of the phenomenon ensures eruption of the nanoclusters towards a much colder region, giving rise to growth of monodisperse, size-tailored nanoclusters', continues Elbahri.

'Our study can pave the way for sustainable synthesis of monodispersed particles', explains Ramzy Abdelaziz, a postdoctoral researcher at Elbahri's group and coauthor of the study.

From a biomedical perspective, peroxides act as an oxygen supplier and thus can be exploited in treatment of a wide variety of diseases induced by anaerobic and even cancerous cells.

'Our nanoparticles have been investigated in terms of cytotoxic effect on suspension and adherent cells to prove their applicability as cancer nanotherapeutics', said Duygu Disci-Zayed, a former research group member.

Having synthesised the monodispersed ZnO2 particles, the researchers performed a series of initial experiments to determine the impact of these nanoparticles on the cancer, and normal, healthy cells. According to their study, ZnO2 nanoparticles have the potential to kill tumor cells by apoptotic and non-apoptotic mechanisms.

The study was published today in Nature Communications.

Campaigning underway on the streets of Tehran

TEHRAN, May 18, YJC - On the final day of campaigning for the upcoming presidential as well as city and village council elections people in the capital Tehran and other major cities took to the streets voicing their support for their favorite candidates. Our correspondent Hamid Javani tells us more in this report.


Hamid Javani
Press TV, Tehran

Iran’s presidential hopeful Mir-Salim quits race, backs Raeisi

TEHRAN, May 18, YJC - Iranian Presidential hopeful Mostafa Mir-Salim withdrew from presidential race in favor of another candidate Ebrahim Raeisi, the current custodian of the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza (PBUH) in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad, The Islamic Coalition Party said in a statement.

Iran’s presidential hopeful Mir-Salim quits presidential race, backs Raeisi

TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - The coalition also invited all Iranians to go for vote on May 19.

Earlier, Tehran mayor and a candidate in Iran's 12th presidential election, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, issued a statement announcing that he is to withdraw from the presidential race while backing principlist candidate, Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi.

"The day I decided to enter the election despite my personal interests, I was aware that I would face difficult and dangerous conditions," Qalibaf said in the statement on Monday.

He added that it was clear to him that bringing about any fundamental change to the status quo would not be possible unless through a fight against the "four-percent" affluent minority, which has been in control of the country's economic and political resources for long years.

Es’haq Jahangiri, the Iranian first vice president and a candidate in the country’s 12th presidential election, dropped out of the race to back moderate President Hassan Rouhani.

Jahangiri issued a statement on Tuesday, saying he decided to enter the presidential race at senior reformists’ discretion and after consultation with President Rouhani to elucidate the country’s situation "at the beginning and along the path that we have taken.”


Iran Plans to Lease New Train Cars from Europe

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Iran Receives 1st ATR Plane after JCPOA

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Iran Urges Removal of Trade Barriers with India

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