Araghchi: Negotiations not about US-Iran normalization

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In a recent interview, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araghchi said that the nuclear negotiations in Geneva do not mean the normalization of US-Iran ties, and that many other differences still remain between the two countries.

Araghchi told the Iranian Students’ News Agency that the nuclear agreement between Iran and the United Nations Security Council was not “a friendship pact.” The interview took place the day after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivered a speech critical of the United States, saying that the Americans would pursue regime change “if they could.” Continue reading

Rouhani adviser denies Foreign Ministry rejected parliamentary supervisors

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President Hassan Rouhani’s adviser has denied earlier reports that Iran’s Foreign Ministry, which is in charge of nuclear negotiations, has rejected the addition of two conservative supervisors sent on behalf of parliament to their negotiation team.

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Iran Won’t Ship Out Enriched Uranium, Says Negotiator

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Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi has said that Iran will not ship out its enriched uranium, as some had hoped. As Iran’s negotiation team heads out to Geneva to begin talks with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1), Iran’s parliament is seeking a role in the nuclear negotiations.

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Iran: New Sanctions Won’t Solve Nuclear Issue

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Yesterday, the US House of Representatives approved legislation to impose the toughest sanctions yet on Iran with a vote of 400-to-20. Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Abbas Araghchi, spoke to reporters today about the move.

The bill, which will be sent to the Senate after the summer recess, will drastically reduce Iran’s already shrinking oil exports if enacted. It also increases sanctions on Iran’s automotive, mining, construction and engineering industries. Perhaps most controversially, it also removes provisions or loopholes that would give President Barrack Obama the option to waive certain sanctions if negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program are successful.

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Iran Judge Behind Three Deaths Fined $60

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Saeed Mortazavi, the judge long accused in the deaths of three individuals involved in the 2009 post-election protests, has been sentenced.

Mortazavi, who was prosecutor-general of Tehran in 2009, was charged along with two other deputies in February with “filing a false report” and “unlawful arrest” in connection to the transfer of street protesters to Kahrizak prison.

According to various reports, Mortazavi and two others were suspended for life from judicial duties and banned for five years from government work. Mortazavi received a 200,000 toman fine ($60 based on today’s open market rate). His lawyer said that they will appeal the verdict. The light sentence has shocked many Iranians on social media.

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Khamenei: Nuclear Issue Solvable if US Ends ‘Stubbornness’

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In his speech to members of the judiciary yesterday, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addressed Iran’s elections, the need to help president-elect Hassan Rouhani and Iran’s nuclear file with the West.

In regard to negotiations with the West, Khamenei said, “Several countries have formed an opposition front to Iran and they lie to the international community. Through stubbornness they want to solve the nuclear issue. But if they put aside their stubbornness, solving the nuclear issue is simple and easy.”

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