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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on May 24

Tehran, May 24, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Monday:

** IRAN DAILY

-- Vetting body: Presidential candidates list to be finalized Tuesday

Iran’s vetting body, known as the Constitutional Council, announced it will hold its last meeting for deciding on the final list of the presidential candidates on Tuesday and will subsequently present the result to the Interior Ministry.
The Constitutional Council’s spokesman Abbas-Ali Kadkhodaee added, “Our job still continues. We need to examine more expert reports [about the potential candidates].

-- Iran opens consulate in Syria’s city of Aleppo

Iran opened its consulate general in Syria’s northwestern city of Aleppo in a fresh move to promote bilateral relations in various fields.
The mission was inaugurated by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Syrian counterpart, Faisal Mekdad, during a ceremony on Saturday which was held via a videoconference.

-- Kharanaq, historical village in heart of Iran
Kharanaq Village, located in the central province of Yazd, is a very old village, even older than the city of Yazd, according to some people.
Located in Ardakan County, the village is situated between the mountains and the desert. It has green plains and mild weather in the summer and cold winters, iranwonders.com wrote.

** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- Nine Injured in Blast at Chemical Plant

Nine people were wounded in an explosion at the Sepahan Nargostar Chemical Industries plant in the city of Shahin Shahr in Iran’s central province of Isfahan, the IRNA news agency reported Sunday. The factory is a producer of industrial and commercial explosive materials and is under the supervision of the National Security Council.

In addition, the company produces various types of fireworks and gunpowder, as well as nitrate, sodium, potassium, strontium, calcium, copper and barium.

The blast occurred at approximately 4:00 a.m. local time due to “unclear reasons still being investigated,” said Mansour Shisheforoush, head of the province’s crisis management organization.

-- The Saga of Khorramshahr Continues its Liberating Process

Today, as we celebrate the 39th anniversary of the glorious liberation of the city of Khorramshahr, we first and foremost thank God Almighty Who granted success to the relentless efforts of our combatants and we then feel gratified at the string of victories Iran’s achievements against global arrogance has inspired over the past four decades, the latest being recent humiliation of the illegal Zionist regime at the hands of the lightly armed Palestinian fighters of the besieged enclave of Gaza.
Yes, Operation Bayt al-Moqaddas which the Iranians launched to retake the strategic port city from a year and seven months of Ba’thist occupation was a turning point in modern military history that made the calculations of the armed-to-the teeth enemies of humanity go awry.

-- Iran’s Taekwondo Athlete Qualifies for Olympic Games

Nahid Kiani from Iran confirmed her place in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic taekwondo tournament.
Kiani qualified for the women’s -57kg final in the 2021 Asian Taekwondo Olympic Qualification Tournament underway in Amman, Jordan.
She will face Lo Chia-ling (TPE) in the gold medal match.
Her route to the final included beating Law Sin Yi (Hong Kong), Phannapa Harnsujin (Thailand) and Natali Hamaidi (Jordan).
Kiani will be the only Iranian woman taekwondo athlete in the prestigious Games, while Mir Hashem Hosseini (-68kg) and Armin Hadipour (-58kg) will represent Iran in the men’s division.
Taekwondo at Tokyo Olympic Games will be held from July 24 to 27.

** TEHRAN TIMES

-- Iran, IAEA deal to be extended ‘conditionally’: source

 An informed source at the Supreme National Security Council has said that the deal between Iran and United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be “conditionally" extended for a month, according to the Noor News Agency.

The three-month monitoring deal between Tehran and the UN nuclear watchdog expired on Saturday.

-- NIDC digs 17 oil, gas wells in 2 months

National Iranian Drilling Company (NIDC) dug and completed digging operation of 17 oil and gas wells during the first two months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21– May 21), an official with the company said.

According to Babak Zanganeh, director of consolidated planning at NIDC, the drilled wells consisted of four development and appraisal wells, and 13 workover ones.

-- Experts busy demarcating great defensive wall as a prerequisite for UNESCO status 

A team of archaeologists, topographers, and cultural heritage experts are completing a project to define legal boundaries for the ruins of the Great Wall of Gorgan, which was once one of the longest brick barriers of the ancient world.

Stretched across Iran’s northern Golestan province, the defensive wall is about 200 km in length and it was built to prevent the invasion of the northern tribes. It is said to be the longest architectural work of ancient Iran, which was built in 90 years.

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