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  •  An Iranian diplomat said Friday that the European Union EU proposals for reviving a 2015 nuclear deal would be acceptable only if the fulfilment of Iran s demands is ensured This is according to the official news agency IRNA The diplomat said on condition of anonymity that Iran was reviewing the proposals to see if they had credibility in meeting Iran s various demands This included resolving political claims about IAEA safeguards removing sanctions on Iran and having all sides guaranteed to reach a potential agreement at the end of the nuclear negotiations The EU on Monday put forward a final text of the draft decision on reviving the nuclear deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action JCPOA while awaiting political decisions from the participants in the Vienna talks The talks began in April 2021 in the Austrian capital but were suspended in March because of political differences between Tehran and Washington The latest round of talks which had begun on Thursday following a five month hiatus came to an end on Monday Iran signed the JCPOA with world powers in July 2015 agreeing to curb its nuclear program in return for the removal of sanctions on the country However former U S President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement and reimposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran prompting the latter to drop some of its commitments under the pact NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Iran ‘ll accept EU proposals if they meet its demands
     An Iranian diplomat said Friday that the European Union EU proposals for reviving a 2015 nuclear deal would be acceptable only if the fulfilment of Iran s demands is ensured This is according to the official news agency IRNA The diplomat said on condition of anonymity that Iran was reviewing the proposals to see if they had credibility in meeting Iran s various demands This included resolving political claims about IAEA safeguards removing sanctions on Iran and having all sides guaranteed to reach a potential agreement at the end of the nuclear negotiations The EU on Monday put forward a final text of the draft decision on reviving the nuclear deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action JCPOA while awaiting political decisions from the participants in the Vienna talks The talks began in April 2021 in the Austrian capital but were suspended in March because of political differences between Tehran and Washington The latest round of talks which had begun on Thursday following a five month hiatus came to an end on Monday Iran signed the JCPOA with world powers in July 2015 agreeing to curb its nuclear program in return for the removal of sanctions on the country However former U S President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement and reimposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran prompting the latter to drop some of its commitments under the pact NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Iran ‘ll accept EU proposals if they meet its demands
    Foreign2 months ago

    Iran ‘ll accept EU proposals if they meet its demands

    An Iranian diplomat said Friday that the European Union (EU) proposals for reviving a 2015 nuclear deal would be acceptable only if the fulfilment of Iran’s demands is ensured.

    This is according to the official news agency IRNA.

    The diplomat said on condition of anonymity that Iran was reviewing the proposals to see if they had “credibility’’ in meeting Iran’s various demands.

    This included resolving political claims about IAEA safeguards, removing sanctions on Iran, and having all sides guaranteed to reach a potential agreement at the end of the nuclear negotiations.

    The EU on Monday put forward a “final text” of the draft decision on reviving the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), while awaiting political decisions from the participants in the Vienna talks.

    The talks began in April 2021 in the Austrian capital but were suspended in March because of political differences between Tehran and Washington.

    The latest round of talks, which had begun on Thursday following a five-month hiatus, came to an end on Monday.

    Iran signed the JCPOA with world powers in July 2015, agreeing to curb its nuclear program in return for the removal of sanctions on the country.

    However, former U.

    S. President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement and reimposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran, prompting the latter to drop some of its commitments under the pact.

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  •   An attacker stabbed 10 people to death in Kerman province in southern Iran due to personal differences before being arrested by police state media reported Monday On Sunday an Afghan national killed ten people due to personal differences in Rafsanjan Hossein Rezai acting governor of the city was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA He was arrested by the police as he attempted to leave the province in the evening Rezai added Six Afghans and four Iranians were killed in the attack in a rural area he said One person was also wounded State broadcaster IRIB said that the suspect was reported as mentally unstable and addicted to drugs Iran has hosted millions of Afghan refugees for decades but fresh waves have flooded through the shared 900 kilometre 550 mile border between the countries since the Taliban s return to power in Afghanistan last year
    10 killed in stabbing spree in Iran’s south: state media
      An attacker stabbed 10 people to death in Kerman province in southern Iran due to personal differences before being arrested by police state media reported Monday On Sunday an Afghan national killed ten people due to personal differences in Rafsanjan Hossein Rezai acting governor of the city was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA He was arrested by the police as he attempted to leave the province in the evening Rezai added Six Afghans and four Iranians were killed in the attack in a rural area he said One person was also wounded State broadcaster IRIB said that the suspect was reported as mentally unstable and addicted to drugs Iran has hosted millions of Afghan refugees for decades but fresh waves have flooded through the shared 900 kilometre 550 mile border between the countries since the Taliban s return to power in Afghanistan last year
    10 killed in stabbing spree in Iran’s south: state media
    Foreign2 months ago

    10 killed in stabbing spree in Iran’s south: state media

    An attacker stabbed 10 people to death in Kerman province in southern Iran due to “personal differences”, before being arrested by police, state media reported Monday.

    On Sunday, “an Afghan national killed ten people due to personal differences in Rafsanjan,” Hossein Rezai, acting governor of the city, was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA.

    He “was arrested by the police as he attempted to leave the province” in the evening, Rezai added.

    Six Afghans and four Iranians were killed in the attack in a rural area, he said.

    One person was also wounded.

    State broadcaster IRIB said that the suspect was reported as “mentally unstable” and addicted to drugs.

    Iran has hosted millions of Afghan refugees for decades, but fresh waves have flooded through the shared 900-kilometre (550-mile) border between the countries since the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan last year.

  •  Iran s ambassador to the United Nations has said that Iran would resume full implementation of its commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal if the U S makes the right decision The official news agency IRNA reported on Thursday This was said during the address of the 10th Non Proliferation Treaty NPT Review Conference in New York Majid Takht Ravanchi said Iran was fulfilling its commitments under the nuclear deal The nuclear deal is formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action JCPOA as confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA in 15 reports But the U S pulled out of the pact in May 2018 and reimposed its unilateral sanctions on Iran as part of a maximum pressure campaign It was with an aim to deprive it of the economic interests promised under the deal the Iranian envoy said He noted that following the U S pullout from the deal Iran behaved responsibly and exercised strategic patience to preserve the agreement through maximum resistance The envoy added that since April 2021 Iran has been negotiating with the other parties with goodwill to resume the JCPOA s full implementation But the achievement of an agreement to this end has been delayed as the U S government has not yet decided to guarantee Tehran s promised interests under the nuclear deal Iran signed the JCPOA with world powers in July 2015 agreeing to curb its nuclear programme in return for the removal of sanctions on the country However former U S President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement and reimposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran prompting the latter to drop some of its commitments under the pact The talks on reviving the JCPOA began in April 2021 in the Austrian capital of Vienna but were suspended in March this year because of political differences between Tehran and Washington Delegations from the remaining signatories to the JCPOA as well as the United States are currently in Vienna for a fresh round of talks on the revival of the agreement NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Iran resumes implementation of nuke commitments if U.S. makes right decision
     Iran s ambassador to the United Nations has said that Iran would resume full implementation of its commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal if the U S makes the right decision The official news agency IRNA reported on Thursday This was said during the address of the 10th Non Proliferation Treaty NPT Review Conference in New York Majid Takht Ravanchi said Iran was fulfilling its commitments under the nuclear deal The nuclear deal is formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action JCPOA as confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA in 15 reports But the U S pulled out of the pact in May 2018 and reimposed its unilateral sanctions on Iran as part of a maximum pressure campaign It was with an aim to deprive it of the economic interests promised under the deal the Iranian envoy said He noted that following the U S pullout from the deal Iran behaved responsibly and exercised strategic patience to preserve the agreement through maximum resistance The envoy added that since April 2021 Iran has been negotiating with the other parties with goodwill to resume the JCPOA s full implementation But the achievement of an agreement to this end has been delayed as the U S government has not yet decided to guarantee Tehran s promised interests under the nuclear deal Iran signed the JCPOA with world powers in July 2015 agreeing to curb its nuclear programme in return for the removal of sanctions on the country However former U S President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement and reimposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran prompting the latter to drop some of its commitments under the pact The talks on reviving the JCPOA began in April 2021 in the Austrian capital of Vienna but were suspended in March this year because of political differences between Tehran and Washington Delegations from the remaining signatories to the JCPOA as well as the United States are currently in Vienna for a fresh round of talks on the revival of the agreement NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Iran resumes implementation of nuke commitments if U.S. makes right decision
    Foreign2 months ago

    Iran resumes implementation of nuke commitments if U.S. makes right decision

    Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations has said that Iran would resume full implementation of its commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal, if the U.

    S. makes the right decision.

    The official news agency IRNA reported on Thursday.

    This was said during the address of the 10th Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in New York, Majid Takht-Ravanchi said Iran was fulfilling its commitments under the nuclear deal.

    The nuclear deal is formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 15 reports.

    But the U.

    S. pulled out of the pact in May 2018 and reimposed its unilateral sanctions on Iran as part of a maximum pressure campaign.

    It was with an aim to deprive it of the economic interests promised under the deal, the Iranian envoy said.

    He noted that following the U.

    S. pullout from the deal, Iran behaved responsibly and exercised strategic patience to preserve the agreement through “maximum resistance.

    ’’ The envoy added that since April 2021, Iran has been negotiating with the other parties with goodwill to resume the JCPOA’s full implementation.

    But the achievement of an agreement to this end has been delayed as the U.

    S. government has not yet decided to guarantee Tehran’s promised interests under the nuclear deal.

    Iran signed the JCPOA with world powers in July 2015, agreeing to curb its nuclear programme in return for the removal of sanctions on the country.

    However, former U.

    S. President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement and reimposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran, prompting the latter to drop some of its commitments under the pact.

    The talks on reviving the JCPOA began in April 2021 in the Austrian capital of Vienna but were suspended in March this year because of political differences between Tehran and Washington.

    Delegations from the remaining signatories to the JCPOA, as well as the United States, are currently in Vienna for a fresh round of talks on the revival of the agreement.

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  •  Iran said on Thursday that it will reactivate the surveillance cameras of the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA at its nuclear sites only if IAEA withdraws its accusations against Tehran Mohammad Eslami president of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran was also quoted by the official news agency IRNA as saying that Iran seeks to achieve a good agreement at the Vienna talks The talks would safeguard its people s interests according to the top nuclear official In June the IAEA Board of Governors passed an anti Iran resolution proposed by the U S Britain France and Germany The proposal followed the agency s reports that Tehran had not provided technically credible explanations for uranium particles found at three undeclared sites After the adoption of the IAEA resolution Iran announced a number of countermeasures including turning off the IAEA s surveillance cameras at its nuclear sites Speaking of the ongoing talks in Vienna to revive the 2015 deal Eslami expressed the hope for the U S side to show goodwill and willingness to reach an agreement and refrain from breaking its promises Iran signed a nuclear deal with world powers in July 2015 agreeing to curb its nuclear programme in return for the removal of sanctions on the country However former U S President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement and re imposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran prompting the latter to drop some of its commitments under the pact The talks on reviving the nuclear pact began in April 2021 in the Austrian capital of Vienna but were suspended in March this year because of the political differences between Tehran and Washington After almost five months delegations from the remaining signatories to the JCPOA as well as the U S are currently in Vienna for a fresh round of talks on the revival of the agreement NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Iran demands IAEA to withdraw accusations before reactivating surveillance cameras
     Iran said on Thursday that it will reactivate the surveillance cameras of the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA at its nuclear sites only if IAEA withdraws its accusations against Tehran Mohammad Eslami president of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran was also quoted by the official news agency IRNA as saying that Iran seeks to achieve a good agreement at the Vienna talks The talks would safeguard its people s interests according to the top nuclear official In June the IAEA Board of Governors passed an anti Iran resolution proposed by the U S Britain France and Germany The proposal followed the agency s reports that Tehran had not provided technically credible explanations for uranium particles found at three undeclared sites After the adoption of the IAEA resolution Iran announced a number of countermeasures including turning off the IAEA s surveillance cameras at its nuclear sites Speaking of the ongoing talks in Vienna to revive the 2015 deal Eslami expressed the hope for the U S side to show goodwill and willingness to reach an agreement and refrain from breaking its promises Iran signed a nuclear deal with world powers in July 2015 agreeing to curb its nuclear programme in return for the removal of sanctions on the country However former U S President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement and re imposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran prompting the latter to drop some of its commitments under the pact The talks on reviving the nuclear pact began in April 2021 in the Austrian capital of Vienna but were suspended in March this year because of the political differences between Tehran and Washington After almost five months delegations from the remaining signatories to the JCPOA as well as the U S are currently in Vienna for a fresh round of talks on the revival of the agreement NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Iran demands IAEA to withdraw accusations before reactivating surveillance cameras
    Foreign2 months ago

    Iran demands IAEA to withdraw accusations before reactivating surveillance cameras

    Iran said on Thursday that it will reactivate the surveillance cameras of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at its nuclear sites only if IAEA withdraws its accusations against Tehran.

    Mohammad Eslami, president of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran, was also quoted by the official news agency, IRNA as saying that Iran seeks to achieve a good agreement at the Vienna talks.

    The talks would safeguard its people’s interests, according to the top nuclear official.

    In June, the IAEA Board of Governors passed an anti-Iran resolution proposed by the U.

    S., Britain, France and Germany.

    The proposal followed the agency’s reports that Tehran had not provided technically credible explanations for uranium particles found at three undeclared sites.

    After the adoption of the IAEA resolution, Iran announced a number of countermeasures, including turning off the IAEA’s surveillance cameras at its nuclear sites.

    Speaking of the ongoing talks in Vienna to revive the 2015 deal, Eslami expressed the hope for the U.

    S. side to show goodwill and willingness to reach an agreement, and refrain from breaking its promises.

    Iran signed a nuclear deal with world powers in July 2015, agreeing to curb its nuclear programme in return for the removal of sanctions on the country.

    However, former U.

    S. President, Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement and re-imposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran, prompting the latter to drop some of its commitments under the pact.

    The talks on reviving the nuclear pact began in April 2021 in the Austrian capital of Vienna but were suspended in March this year because of the political differences between Tehran and Washington.

    After almost five months, delegations from the remaining signatories to the JCPOA, as well as the U.

    S., are currently in Vienna for a fresh round of talks on the revival of the agreement.


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  •   At least six people died in flooding near Tehran on Thursday most in a landslide that dumped mud four meters deep in a town west of the capital emergency services said The flash flooding near the capital in the foothills of the Alborz mountains comes less than a week after flooding in normally arid southern Iran left 22 dead Images from the village of Emamzadeh Davoud posted on social media showed a mud covered teenager clinging to a post as a crackling surge of debris filled water washed past him A wall is seen collapsing moments later So far five people have been killed and nine injured by the floods in Emamzadeh Davoud Iranian Red Crescent chief Pirhossein Kolivand told state television adding that several vehicles had been swept away East of the capital in Damavand a body was recovered from the flooding state news agency IRNA reported Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi said parts of Emamzadeh Davoud had been buried under up to four meters 13 feet of mud He also gave orders for the search for survivors to continue in various parts of Tehran province In 2019 heavy rains in southern Iran killed at least 76 people and caused damage estimated at more than 2 billion
    At least six dead in floods near Tehran
      At least six people died in flooding near Tehran on Thursday most in a landslide that dumped mud four meters deep in a town west of the capital emergency services said The flash flooding near the capital in the foothills of the Alborz mountains comes less than a week after flooding in normally arid southern Iran left 22 dead Images from the village of Emamzadeh Davoud posted on social media showed a mud covered teenager clinging to a post as a crackling surge of debris filled water washed past him A wall is seen collapsing moments later So far five people have been killed and nine injured by the floods in Emamzadeh Davoud Iranian Red Crescent chief Pirhossein Kolivand told state television adding that several vehicles had been swept away East of the capital in Damavand a body was recovered from the flooding state news agency IRNA reported Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi said parts of Emamzadeh Davoud had been buried under up to four meters 13 feet of mud He also gave orders for the search for survivors to continue in various parts of Tehran province In 2019 heavy rains in southern Iran killed at least 76 people and caused damage estimated at more than 2 billion
    At least six dead in floods near Tehran
    Foreign2 months ago

    At least six dead in floods near Tehran

    At least six people died in flooding near Tehran on Thursday, most in a landslide that dumped mud four meters deep in a town west of the capital, emergency services said.

    The flash flooding near the capital, in the foothills of the Alborz mountains, comes less than a week after flooding in normally arid southern Iran left 22 dead.

    Images from the village of Emamzadeh Davoud posted on social media showed a mud-covered teenager clinging to a post as a crackling surge of debris-filled water washed past him. A wall is seen collapsing moments later.

    "So far, five people have been killed and nine injured by the floods in Emamzadeh Davoud," Iranian Red Crescent chief Pirhossein Kolivand told state television, adding that several vehicles had been swept away.

    East of the capital, in Damavand, a body was recovered from the flooding, state news agency IRNA reported.

    Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi said parts of Emamzadeh Davoud had been buried under up to four meters (13 feet) of mud.

    He also gave orders for the search for survivors to continue in various parts of Tehran province.

    In 2019, heavy rains in southern Iran killed at least 76 people and caused damage estimated at more than $2 billion.

  •  Flooding in southern Iran has killed at least 21 people and left others missing following heavy rains in the largely arid country state media reported on Saturday Twenty one people were killed and two are still missing in floods that hit several towns in and around Estahban county in the southern province of Fars Hossein Darvishi provincial director of the Red Crescent Society was quoted as saying the state TV Videos posted on local media and social media showed cars trapped in the rising waters of the Roodball River and carried away as parents tried to rescue their children from the vehicles Estahban Governor Yousef Kargar said that at around 5 00 pm yesterday heavy rain in the central parts of Estahban County caused flooding according to state news agency IRNA Estahban is 174 kilometers 108 miles east of the provincial capital Shiraz The tragedy occurred on a summer weekend in Iran when families tend to head to cooler areas such as riverbanks lakes and valleys Several local people and tourists from other areas who had gone to the river bank and were present in the river bed were trapped in the flood due to the rising water level Kargar added Iran has endured repeated droughts over the past decade but also regular floods a phenomenon made worse when torrential rains fall on the sun scorched land Photos released by the Iranian Red Crescent Society showed rescuers walking on cracked dry ground while others worked through reeds In 2019 heavy flooding in the south of the country left at least 76 dead and damage estimated at more than 2 000 million dollars In January two people were initially reported to have died in flash floods in Fars as heavy rains hit the area but the death toll has risen to at least eight there and elsewhere in southern Iran Scientists say climate change amplifies extreme weather including droughts as well as the potential for increased intensity of rain storms Drying up Like other neighboring countries Iran has suffered from chronic droughts and heat waves for years and they are expected to get worse Demonstrations against the drying up of rivers have taken place in recent months particularly in central and southwestern Iran Last November tens of thousands of people gathered in the parched bed of the country s Zayandeh Rood River which runs through the central city of Isfahan to complain about the drought and blame officials for diverting the water Security forces fired tear gas as the protest turned violent and said they arrested 67 people Last week official media said Iranian police had arrested several suspects for disturbing security after they protested the drying up of a lake once considered the largest in the Middle East Lake Urmia in the mountains of northwestern Iran began shrinking in 1995 due to a combination of prolonged drought and the withdrawal of water for agriculture and dams according to the United Nations Environment Program In December in neighboring Iraq 12 people died in flash floods that swept through the north of that country despite a severe drought
    More than 20 dead in floods in southern Iran: state media
     Flooding in southern Iran has killed at least 21 people and left others missing following heavy rains in the largely arid country state media reported on Saturday Twenty one people were killed and two are still missing in floods that hit several towns in and around Estahban county in the southern province of Fars Hossein Darvishi provincial director of the Red Crescent Society was quoted as saying the state TV Videos posted on local media and social media showed cars trapped in the rising waters of the Roodball River and carried away as parents tried to rescue their children from the vehicles Estahban Governor Yousef Kargar said that at around 5 00 pm yesterday heavy rain in the central parts of Estahban County caused flooding according to state news agency IRNA Estahban is 174 kilometers 108 miles east of the provincial capital Shiraz The tragedy occurred on a summer weekend in Iran when families tend to head to cooler areas such as riverbanks lakes and valleys Several local people and tourists from other areas who had gone to the river bank and were present in the river bed were trapped in the flood due to the rising water level Kargar added Iran has endured repeated droughts over the past decade but also regular floods a phenomenon made worse when torrential rains fall on the sun scorched land Photos released by the Iranian Red Crescent Society showed rescuers walking on cracked dry ground while others worked through reeds In 2019 heavy flooding in the south of the country left at least 76 dead and damage estimated at more than 2 000 million dollars In January two people were initially reported to have died in flash floods in Fars as heavy rains hit the area but the death toll has risen to at least eight there and elsewhere in southern Iran Scientists say climate change amplifies extreme weather including droughts as well as the potential for increased intensity of rain storms Drying up Like other neighboring countries Iran has suffered from chronic droughts and heat waves for years and they are expected to get worse Demonstrations against the drying up of rivers have taken place in recent months particularly in central and southwestern Iran Last November tens of thousands of people gathered in the parched bed of the country s Zayandeh Rood River which runs through the central city of Isfahan to complain about the drought and blame officials for diverting the water Security forces fired tear gas as the protest turned violent and said they arrested 67 people Last week official media said Iranian police had arrested several suspects for disturbing security after they protested the drying up of a lake once considered the largest in the Middle East Lake Urmia in the mountains of northwestern Iran began shrinking in 1995 due to a combination of prolonged drought and the withdrawal of water for agriculture and dams according to the United Nations Environment Program In December in neighboring Iraq 12 people died in flash floods that swept through the north of that country despite a severe drought
    More than 20 dead in floods in southern Iran: state media
    Foreign3 months ago

    More than 20 dead in floods in southern Iran: state media

    Flooding in southern Iran has killed at least 21 people and left others missing following heavy rains in the largely arid country, state media reported on Saturday.

    "Twenty-one people were killed and two are still missing" in floods that hit several towns in and around Estahban county in the southern province of Fars, Hossein Darvishi, provincial director of the Red Crescent Society, was quoted as saying. the state. TV.

    Videos posted on local media and social media showed cars trapped in the rising waters of the Roodball River and carried away as parents tried to rescue their children from the vehicles.

    Estahban Governor Yousef Kargar said that "at around 5:00 pm yesterday, heavy rain... in the central parts of Estahban County caused flooding," according to state news agency IRNA.

    Estahban is 174 kilometers (108 miles) east of the provincial capital, Shiraz.

    The tragedy occurred on a summer weekend in Iran, when families tend to head to cooler areas such as riverbanks, lakes and valleys.

    “Several local people and tourists (from other areas) who had gone to the river bank and were present in the river bed were trapped in the flood due to the rising water level,” Kargar added.

    Iran has endured repeated droughts over the past decade, but also regular floods, a phenomenon made worse when torrential rains fall on the sun-scorched land.

    Photos released by the Iranian Red Crescent Society showed rescuers walking on cracked dry ground while others worked through reeds.

    In 2019, heavy flooding in the south of the country left at least 76 dead and damage estimated at more than 2,000 million dollars.

    In January, two people were initially reported to have died in flash floods in Fars as heavy rains hit the area, but the death toll has risen to at least eight there and elsewhere in southern Iran.

    Scientists say climate change amplifies extreme weather, including droughts, as well as the potential for increased intensity of rain storms.

    Drying up

    Like other neighboring countries, Iran has suffered from chronic droughts and heat waves for years, and they are expected to get worse.

    Demonstrations against the drying up of rivers have taken place in recent months, particularly in central and southwestern Iran.

    Last November, tens of thousands of people gathered in the parched bed of the country's Zayandeh Rood River, which runs through the central city of Isfahan, to complain about the drought and blame officials for diverting the water.

    Security forces fired tear gas as the protest turned violent and said they arrested 67 people.

    Last week, official media said Iranian police had arrested several suspects for disturbing security after they protested the drying up of a lake once considered the largest in the Middle East.

    Lake Urmia, in the mountains of northwestern Iran, began shrinking in 1995 due to a combination of prolonged drought and the withdrawal of water for agriculture and dams, according to the United Nations Environment Program.

    In December, in neighboring Iraq, 12 people died in flash floods that swept through the north of that country, despite a severe drought.

  •   Iranian top leader warns any military action in N Syria only to benefit terrorists Iranian top leader warns any military action in N Syria only to benefit terrorists Terrorists Tehran July 19 2022 Iran s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday stressed that preserving Syria s territorial integrity is of great importance adding that any military action in the north of the Arab state would benefit terrorists Making the remarks at a meeting with visiting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also attended by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi Khamenei said He said such military actions in northern Syria would definitely harm T rkiye Syria and the entire region as well as prevent the Syrian government from implementing the expected political measure The Iranian top leader said ensuring the Muslim world s glory and greatness depended on resolving differences and remaining cognisant in the face of divisive policies This is according to the official news agency IRNA He highlighted the necessity of fighting terrorism giving the assurance that Iran will cooperate with T rkiye in the fight against terrorism He added the issues pertaining to Syria are required to be resolved through negotiations urging Iran T rkiye Syria and Russia to solve the problems through dialogue He called for improving bilateral relations in all areas saying Ankara had always been against U S unilateral sanctions on Tehran Turning to the two countries years long battles against terrorists Erdogan noted that there were terror groups in Syria that are supported and heavily armed by Western countries The armed men were to defend the country s planned military operations in northern Syria Erdogan arrived in Iran on Monday night to take part in a trilateral meeting on Tuesday to be also attended by Raisi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Syrian crisis Earlier in the day the Iranian and Turkish presidents met and signed a number of cooperation documents as well as a memorandum of understanding NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Iranian top leader warns any military action in N. Syria only to benefit terrorists
      Iranian top leader warns any military action in N Syria only to benefit terrorists Iranian top leader warns any military action in N Syria only to benefit terrorists Terrorists Tehran July 19 2022 Iran s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday stressed that preserving Syria s territorial integrity is of great importance adding that any military action in the north of the Arab state would benefit terrorists Making the remarks at a meeting with visiting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also attended by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi Khamenei said He said such military actions in northern Syria would definitely harm T rkiye Syria and the entire region as well as prevent the Syrian government from implementing the expected political measure The Iranian top leader said ensuring the Muslim world s glory and greatness depended on resolving differences and remaining cognisant in the face of divisive policies This is according to the official news agency IRNA He highlighted the necessity of fighting terrorism giving the assurance that Iran will cooperate with T rkiye in the fight against terrorism He added the issues pertaining to Syria are required to be resolved through negotiations urging Iran T rkiye Syria and Russia to solve the problems through dialogue He called for improving bilateral relations in all areas saying Ankara had always been against U S unilateral sanctions on Tehran Turning to the two countries years long battles against terrorists Erdogan noted that there were terror groups in Syria that are supported and heavily armed by Western countries The armed men were to defend the country s planned military operations in northern Syria Erdogan arrived in Iran on Monday night to take part in a trilateral meeting on Tuesday to be also attended by Raisi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Syrian crisis Earlier in the day the Iranian and Turkish presidents met and signed a number of cooperation documents as well as a memorandum of understanding NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Iranian top leader warns any military action in N. Syria only to benefit terrorists
    Foreign3 months ago

    Iranian top leader warns any military action in N. Syria only to benefit terrorists

    Iranian top leader warns any military action in N.

    Syria only to benefit terrorists Iranian top leader warns any military action in N.

    Syria only to benefit terrorists Terrorists Tehran, July 19, 2022 Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday stressed that preserving Syria’s territorial integrity “is of great importance”, adding that any military action in the north of the Arab state would benefit terrorists.

    Making the remarks at a meeting with visiting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also attended by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Khamenei said.

    He said such military actions in northern Syria would definitely harm Türkiye, Syria, and the entire region as well as prevent the Syrian government from implementing the expected political measure.

    The Iranian top leader said ensuring the Muslim world’s glory and greatness depended on resolving differences and remaining cognisant in the face of divisive policies.

    This is according to the official news agency IRNA.

    He highlighted the necessity of fighting terrorism, giving the assurance that Iran will cooperate with Türkiye in the fight against terrorism.

    He added the issues pertaining to Syria are required to be resolved through negotiations, urging Iran, Türkiye, Syria, and Russia to solve the problems through dialogue.

    He called for improving bilateral relations in all areas, saying Ankara had always been against U.S. unilateral sanctions on Tehran.

    Turning to the two countries’ years-long battles against terrorists, Erdogan noted that there were terror groups in Syria that are supported and heavily armed by Western countries.

    The armed men were to defend the country’s planned military operations in northern Syria.

    Erdogan arrived in Iran on Monday night to take part in a trilateral meeting on Tuesday to be also attended by Raisi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Syrian crisis.

    Earlier in the day, the Iranian and Turkish presidents met and signed a number of cooperation documents as well as a memorandum of understanding.

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  •  Iranian police have arrested several people for disturbing security after they protested the drying up of a lake once considered the largest in the Middle East official media said on Sunday Lake Urmia in the mountains of northwestern Iran began shrinking in 1995 due to a combination of prolonged drought and the withdrawal of water for agriculture and dams according to the United Nations Environment Program Urmia one of the world s largest hypersaline or super salty lakes is located between the cities of Tabriz and Urmia with more than six million people depending on agriculture on its shores On Sunday Rahim Jahanbakhsh the police chief of Iran s West Azerbaijan province reported the arrests He described the suspects as many evil and hostile elements who had no other goal than to destroy public property and disturb the safety of the population according to the state news agency IRNA On Saturday the Fars news agency reported that dozens of people in the cities of Naghadeh and Urmia had protested against the authorities lack of attention to the drying up of Lake Urmia Fars said protesters had shouted slogans in the provincial capital of Urmia warning that the lake was shrinking Lake Urmia is dying parliament orders its death some shouted Fars reported and others shouted that Lake Urmia is thirsty Largely arid Iran like other neighboring countries has suffered from chronic droughts and heat waves for years which are expected to worsen with the impacts of climate change In recent months thousands of people have demonstrated against the drying up of rivers particularly in central and southwestern Iran Lake Urmia is an important ecosystem a key stopover point for migratory birds and home to an endemic shrimp as well as other underwater species
    Iran arrests several after protests on the lake that is drying up
     Iranian police have arrested several people for disturbing security after they protested the drying up of a lake once considered the largest in the Middle East official media said on Sunday Lake Urmia in the mountains of northwestern Iran began shrinking in 1995 due to a combination of prolonged drought and the withdrawal of water for agriculture and dams according to the United Nations Environment Program Urmia one of the world s largest hypersaline or super salty lakes is located between the cities of Tabriz and Urmia with more than six million people depending on agriculture on its shores On Sunday Rahim Jahanbakhsh the police chief of Iran s West Azerbaijan province reported the arrests He described the suspects as many evil and hostile elements who had no other goal than to destroy public property and disturb the safety of the population according to the state news agency IRNA On Saturday the Fars news agency reported that dozens of people in the cities of Naghadeh and Urmia had protested against the authorities lack of attention to the drying up of Lake Urmia Fars said protesters had shouted slogans in the provincial capital of Urmia warning that the lake was shrinking Lake Urmia is dying parliament orders its death some shouted Fars reported and others shouted that Lake Urmia is thirsty Largely arid Iran like other neighboring countries has suffered from chronic droughts and heat waves for years which are expected to worsen with the impacts of climate change In recent months thousands of people have demonstrated against the drying up of rivers particularly in central and southwestern Iran Lake Urmia is an important ecosystem a key stopover point for migratory birds and home to an endemic shrimp as well as other underwater species
    Iran arrests several after protests on the lake that is drying up
    Foreign3 months ago

    Iran arrests several after protests on the lake that is drying up

    Iranian police have arrested several people for disturbing security after they protested the drying up of a lake once considered the largest in the Middle East, official media said on Sunday.

    Lake Urmia, in the mountains of northwestern Iran, began shrinking in 1995 due to a combination of prolonged drought and the withdrawal of water for agriculture and dams, according to the United Nations Environment Program.

    Urmia, one of the world's largest hypersaline (or super salty) lakes, is located between the cities of Tabriz and Urmia, with more than six million people depending on agriculture on its shores.

    On Sunday, Rahim Jahanbakhsh, the police chief of Iran's West Azerbaijan province, reported the arrests.

    He described the suspects as "many evil and hostile elements, who had no other goal than to destroy public property and disturb the safety of the population," according to the state news agency IRNA.

    On Saturday, the Fars news agency reported that "dozens of people in the cities of Naghadeh and Urmia had protested against the authorities' lack of attention to the drying up of Lake Urmia."

    Fars said protesters had shouted slogans in the provincial capital of Urmia warning that the lake was shrinking.

    "Lake Urmia is dying, parliament orders its death," some shouted, Fars reported, and others shouted that "Lake Urmia is thirsty."

    Largely arid Iran, like other neighboring countries, has suffered from chronic droughts and heat waves for years, which are expected to worsen with the impacts of climate change.

    In recent months, thousands of people have demonstrated against the drying up of rivers, particularly in central and southwestern Iran.

    Lake Urmia is an important ecosystem, a key stopover point for migratory birds and home to an endemic shrimp as well as other underwater species.

  •   The daughter of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has been charged with carrying out propaganda activities against the country and blasphemy in comments on social media the judiciary said on Sunday The indictment has been issued and referred to court on the charges of propaganda activity against the system of the Islamic Republic of Iran and blasphemy Tehran Chief Prosecutor Ali Salehi said according to the judicial website Mizan Online The charges relate to comments allegedly made by Faezeh Hashemi 59 a former lawmaker and women s rights activist during an audio discussion on a social media forum in April Hashemi reportedly said that Iran s demand that the Revolutionary Guards the ideological arm of the country s military be removed from a US terror list was harmful to the country s national interests according to the local media The removal of the Guard s terrorist designation is a key point in negotiations on restoring Tehran s frayed 2015 nuclear deal with world powers Hashemi also made separate comments about Khadija the wife of the Prophet Muhammad It is reported that he called Khadija a business woman showing that women can also engage in economic activities and whose money the prophet spent He later said the comments had been a joke with no intention of insulting state news agency IRNA reported Hashemi s late father was a moderate who advocated better ties with the West and the United States In 2012 she was sentenced to six months in prison on charges of propaganda against the Islamic republic
    Ex-Iran president’s daughter charged with propaganda, blasphemy
      The daughter of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has been charged with carrying out propaganda activities against the country and blasphemy in comments on social media the judiciary said on Sunday The indictment has been issued and referred to court on the charges of propaganda activity against the system of the Islamic Republic of Iran and blasphemy Tehran Chief Prosecutor Ali Salehi said according to the judicial website Mizan Online The charges relate to comments allegedly made by Faezeh Hashemi 59 a former lawmaker and women s rights activist during an audio discussion on a social media forum in April Hashemi reportedly said that Iran s demand that the Revolutionary Guards the ideological arm of the country s military be removed from a US terror list was harmful to the country s national interests according to the local media The removal of the Guard s terrorist designation is a key point in negotiations on restoring Tehran s frayed 2015 nuclear deal with world powers Hashemi also made separate comments about Khadija the wife of the Prophet Muhammad It is reported that he called Khadija a business woman showing that women can also engage in economic activities and whose money the prophet spent He later said the comments had been a joke with no intention of insulting state news agency IRNA reported Hashemi s late father was a moderate who advocated better ties with the West and the United States In 2012 she was sentenced to six months in prison on charges of propaganda against the Islamic republic
    Ex-Iran president’s daughter charged with propaganda, blasphemy
    Foreign3 months ago

    Ex-Iran president’s daughter charged with propaganda, blasphemy

    The daughter of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has been charged with carrying out propaganda activities against the country and blasphemy in comments on social media, the judiciary said on Sunday.

    "The indictment... has been issued and referred to court on the charges of propaganda activity against the system of the Islamic Republic of Iran and blasphemy," Tehran Chief Prosecutor Ali Salehi said, according to the judicial website Mizan Online.

    The charges relate to comments allegedly made by Faezeh Hashemi, 59, a former lawmaker and women's rights activist, during an audio discussion on a social media forum in April.

    Hashemi reportedly said that Iran's demand that the Revolutionary Guards, the ideological arm of the country's military, be removed from a US terror list was "harmful" to the country's "national interests," according to the local media.

    The removal of the Guard's terrorist designation is a key point in negotiations on restoring Tehran's frayed 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

    Hashemi also made separate comments about Khadija, the wife of the Prophet Muhammad.

    It is reported that he called Khadija a "business woman", showing that women can also engage in economic activities, and whose money the prophet spent.

    He later said the comments had been a "joke...with no intention of insulting", state news agency IRNA reported.

    Hashemi's late father was a moderate who advocated better ties with the West and the United States.

    In 2012, she was sentenced to six months in prison on charges of “propaganda against the Islamic republic”.

  •  European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell met with Iran s top diplomat on Saturday after arriving in Tehran for talks about efforts to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal The surprise visit by Borrell who arrived in the Iranian capital on Friday night is aimed at restarting the talks three months after they stalled amid differences between Iran and the United States Diplomacy is the only way to return to full implementation of the agreement and reverse current tensions Borrell tweeted Borrell met Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian in the morning and was expected to hold talks with other Iranian officials later that day the official IRNA news agency said The Iran nuclear deal has hung in the balance since 2018 when then US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the deal and began imposing crippling economic sanctions on America s archenemy The administration of current US President Joe Biden has tried to return to the deal saying it would be the best path with the Islamic republic The US leader in Iran Robert Malley reiterated the firm commitment of the US to return to the agreement during a meal with Borrell on the eve of his trip according to the coordinator of the EU talks Enrique Mora Significant diplomacy We remain committed to the path of meaningful diplomacy in consultation with our European partners Malley said later on his official Twitter account The talks which began in April last year are aimed at bringing the United States back to the deal including by lifting sanctions while ensuring Iran s full compliance with its nuclear commitments Negotiations stalled in March amid differences between Tehran and Washington in particular over Iran s demand to remove its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from a US terror list We are ready to conclude this agreement and we urge Iran to take this diplomatic opportunity to conclude it now while it is still possible a French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Friday Amir Abdollahian said Thursday that Iran was serious about reaching a deal I hope that we can get to the end point of the deal in the near future with realism on the American side he said adding that the train of nuclear negotiations has come to difficult stops as they get closer to the end The 2015 nuclear deal reached with six major powers Britain China France Germany Russia and the United States freed Iran from sanctions in exchange for guarantees that it would not be able to develop an atomic weapon Iran has always denied wanting a nuclear arsenal cameras removed In April Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States still believed that returning to the deal was the best way to address the nuclear challenge posed by Iran Blinken warned at the time that the breakthrough time for Iran to develop a nuclear bomb if it wanted to was a matter of weeks after the deal took it beyond a year The board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency adopted a resolution this month censuring Iran for failing to adequately explain the earlier discovery of traces of enriched uranium at three sites that Tehran had not declared harboring nuclear activities On the same day June 8 Tehran said it had shut down several IAEA cameras that had been monitoring its nuclear facilities IAEA chief Rafael Grossi later confirmed that 27 cameras had been taken offline leaving some 40 still in place He warned that Iran s move could deal a fatal blow to the negotiations unless inspectors from the UN nuclear watchdog were granted access within three to four weeks Borrell s visit the first to Tehran since February 2020 could be a determining factor in the fate of the operation During talks in Vienna aimed at reviving the deal Iran has repeatedly asked the Biden administration for assurances that Trump s withdrawal will not be repeated
    EU top diplomat visits Iran in bid to revive nuclear talks
     European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell met with Iran s top diplomat on Saturday after arriving in Tehran for talks about efforts to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal The surprise visit by Borrell who arrived in the Iranian capital on Friday night is aimed at restarting the talks three months after they stalled amid differences between Iran and the United States Diplomacy is the only way to return to full implementation of the agreement and reverse current tensions Borrell tweeted Borrell met Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian in the morning and was expected to hold talks with other Iranian officials later that day the official IRNA news agency said The Iran nuclear deal has hung in the balance since 2018 when then US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the deal and began imposing crippling economic sanctions on America s archenemy The administration of current US President Joe Biden has tried to return to the deal saying it would be the best path with the Islamic republic The US leader in Iran Robert Malley reiterated the firm commitment of the US to return to the agreement during a meal with Borrell on the eve of his trip according to the coordinator of the EU talks Enrique Mora Significant diplomacy We remain committed to the path of meaningful diplomacy in consultation with our European partners Malley said later on his official Twitter account The talks which began in April last year are aimed at bringing the United States back to the deal including by lifting sanctions while ensuring Iran s full compliance with its nuclear commitments Negotiations stalled in March amid differences between Tehran and Washington in particular over Iran s demand to remove its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from a US terror list We are ready to conclude this agreement and we urge Iran to take this diplomatic opportunity to conclude it now while it is still possible a French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Friday Amir Abdollahian said Thursday that Iran was serious about reaching a deal I hope that we can get to the end point of the deal in the near future with realism on the American side he said adding that the train of nuclear negotiations has come to difficult stops as they get closer to the end The 2015 nuclear deal reached with six major powers Britain China France Germany Russia and the United States freed Iran from sanctions in exchange for guarantees that it would not be able to develop an atomic weapon Iran has always denied wanting a nuclear arsenal cameras removed In April Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States still believed that returning to the deal was the best way to address the nuclear challenge posed by Iran Blinken warned at the time that the breakthrough time for Iran to develop a nuclear bomb if it wanted to was a matter of weeks after the deal took it beyond a year The board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency adopted a resolution this month censuring Iran for failing to adequately explain the earlier discovery of traces of enriched uranium at three sites that Tehran had not declared harboring nuclear activities On the same day June 8 Tehran said it had shut down several IAEA cameras that had been monitoring its nuclear facilities IAEA chief Rafael Grossi later confirmed that 27 cameras had been taken offline leaving some 40 still in place He warned that Iran s move could deal a fatal blow to the negotiations unless inspectors from the UN nuclear watchdog were granted access within three to four weeks Borrell s visit the first to Tehran since February 2020 could be a determining factor in the fate of the operation During talks in Vienna aimed at reviving the deal Iran has repeatedly asked the Biden administration for assurances that Trump s withdrawal will not be repeated
    EU top diplomat visits Iran in bid to revive nuclear talks
    Foreign3 months ago

    EU top diplomat visits Iran in bid to revive nuclear talks

    European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell met with Iran's top diplomat on Saturday after arriving in Tehran for talks about efforts to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

    The surprise visit by Borrell, who arrived in the Iranian capital on Friday night, is aimed at restarting the talks three months after they stalled amid differences between Iran and the United States.

    "Diplomacy is the only way to return to full implementation of the agreement and reverse current tensions," Borrell tweeted.

    Borrell met Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in the morning and was expected to hold talks with other Iranian officials later that day, the official IRNA news agency said.

    The Iran nuclear deal has hung in the balance since 2018, when then President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the deal and began imposing crippling economic sanctions on America's archenemy.

    The administration of current US President Joe Biden has tried to return to the deal, saying it would be the best path with the Islamic republic.

    The US leader in Iran, Robert Malley, “reiterated the firm commitment of the US to return to the agreement” during a meal with Borrell on the eve of his trip, according to the coordinator of the EU talks, Enrique Mora.

    'Significant diplomacy'

    "We remain committed to the path of meaningful diplomacy, in consultation with our European partners," Malley said later on his official Twitter account.

    The talks, which began in April last year, are aimed at bringing the United States back to the deal, including by lifting sanctions, while ensuring Iran's full compliance with its nuclear commitments.

    Negotiations stalled in March amid differences between Tehran and Washington, in particular over Iran's demand to remove its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from a US terror list.

    “We are ready to conclude this agreement and we urge Iran to take this diplomatic opportunity to conclude it now, while it is still possible,” a French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Friday.

    Amir-Abdollahian said Thursday that Iran was "serious" about reaching a deal.

    “I hope that we can get to the end point of the deal in the near future with realism on the American side,” he said, adding that “the train of nuclear negotiations has come to difficult stops as they get closer to the end.”

    The 2015 nuclear deal reached with six major powers -- Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States -- freed Iran from sanctions in exchange for guarantees that it would not be able to develop an atomic weapon.

    Iran has always denied wanting a nuclear arsenal.

    cameras removed

    In April, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States still believed that returning to the deal was "the best way to address the nuclear challenge posed by Iran."

    Blinken warned at the time that the "breakthrough time" for Iran to develop a nuclear bomb if it wanted to was "a matter of weeks" after the deal took it beyond a year.

    The board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency adopted a resolution this month censuring Iran for failing to adequately explain the earlier discovery of traces of enriched uranium at three sites that Tehran had not declared harboring nuclear activities.

    On the same day, June 8, Tehran said it had shut down several IAEA cameras that had been monitoring its nuclear facilities.

    IAEA chief Rafael Grossi later confirmed that 27 cameras had been taken offline, leaving some 40 still in place.

    He warned that Iran's move could deal a "fatal blow" to the negotiations unless inspectors from the UN nuclear watchdog were granted access within three to four weeks.

    Borrell's visit, the first to Tehran since February 2020, could be a determining factor in the fate of the operation.

    During talks in Vienna aimed at reviving the deal, Iran has repeatedly asked the Biden administration for assurances that Trump's withdrawal will not be repeated.