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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on May 25

Tehran, May 25, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Tuesday:

** IRAN DAILY

-- Army to stage electronic warfare drill today

The Iranian Army is going to hold a large-scale military exercise today to practice electronic warfare tactics.
The joint drill, dubbed Sky Shield 1400, would be held by the strategic electronic warfare forces of four units and covers large areas of Iran, Tasnim News Agency reported.
According to Deputy Chief of Iran’s Army for Coordination Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, Sky Shield 1400 will be the most practical joint exercise that the strategic electronic warfare units have held in recent years.

-- Iran, IAEA extend monitoring deal amid Vienna talks

Washington’s resistance to remove sanctions seems to have complicated the Vienna talks, Press TV reported.
On Sunday, Blinken sought to put the ball in Iran’s court, saying the United States had not seen yet whether Iran would move to comply with its nuclear commitments in order to have the sanctions removed.
“Iran, I think, knows what it needs to do to come back into compliance on the nuclear side, and what we haven’t yet seen is whether Iran is ready and willing to make a decision to do what it has to do. That’s the test and we don’t yet have an answer,” Blinken told ABC News.

-- Domestic manufacturing helped cut Iran’s imports by $5.4b

Figures by Iran’s Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade show that a campaign to launch local manufacturing for
imported goods and machinery helped cut the country’s imports bill by around $5.4 billion in the 18 months to late March, 2021.
A senior Ministry of Industry official said the ministry had achieved some 77 percent of the targets set in the campaign for local manufacturing of products that used to be imported before September 2019, Press TV reported.

-- Iran’s oldest living creature on route to global registration

A file for the global registration of long-lived trees, with a focus on the 4500-year-old Cypress of Abarkuh, is underway, an official from the central province of Yazd said, adding that the cypress is the oldest living creature in Iran.
The head of Abarkuh Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department, Hamid Moshtaqian, briefed the Iran Daily reporter on the details of the global registration process of the Cypress of Abarkuh, saying the tree is the second natural monument in the country, after Mount Damavand, which was registered as a National Heritage Site. The mountain was registered on July 20, 2008, as the first natural monument of Iran.

** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- Presidents Xi, Rouhani Hold Phone talks

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called for close cooperation between Tehran and Beijing in confronting the new U.S. “cold war” in a phone conversation with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. Rouhani also called for stronger partnership with China as a world power, regardless of the international developments. For his part, Xi pointed to strategic and growing relations with Iran, and called for efforts to immediate implementation of agreements between the two countries.

-- Iranian National Volleyball Team Departs for Italy

The Iranian national volleybTEHRAN (Dispatches) – The Iranian national volleyball team departed for Italy this morning to participate in the competitions of the 2021 FIVB Volleyball Men’s Nations League. On early Monday, Iran’s National volleyball team left the country for Italy to attend 2021 FIVB Volleyball Men’s Nations League.
The competitions are scheduled to take place from 28 May to 27 June. In the first match of the tournament, the Iranian national team will line up in front of Japan on Friday.

--Irish MPs Push for Expulsion of Zionist Ambassador

France’s foreign minister has expressed rare concern over the recent Israeli violence against Palestinians in Jerusalem Al-Quds and elsewhere, warning of the risk of “long-lasting apartheid”.
“It’s the first time and it clearly shows that if in the future we had a solution other than the two-state solution, we would have the ingredients of long-lasting apartheid,” Jean-Yves Le Drian said, referring to raids on a Palestinian neighborhood in the holy city and worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

** TEHRAN TIMES

-- Iran’s Amuzadeh, Eftekhari nominated for 2022 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

Writer Fereidun Amuzadeh-Khalili and book reading promoter Shahla Eftekhari have been nominated for the 2022 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, a prestigious Swedish honor to promote children’s and youths’ literature in the world.

The nominees were announced on Monday by the Iranian Association of Writers for Children and Youth, one of four Iranian institutions that are allowed to select the country’s nominations for the award.

-- Newly-unearthed Urartian inscription to go on show in northwest Iran

A millennia-old Urartian inscription will go on display at the city of Qarahziyaeddin where the object was excavated weeks ago.

Attributed to the Urartu kingdom (860 BC – 590 BC), the inscription was discovered in a survey conducted in the ruined Bastam citadel of West Azarbaijan province, CHTN reported.

-- Iran, Kazakhstan target $1b in annual trade

 Head of Iran-Kazakhstan Joint Chamber of Commerce said the two countries have the potential to boost their annual trade to $5 billion, however considering the current conditions the two sides have targeted $1 billion in trade over a 3-5 year period.

“Iran-Kazakhstan Joint Chamber of Commerce, considering all the existing conditions, has targeted $1 billion of non-oil trade over a period of three to five years, but the two sides have the potential to boost their annual trade to $5 billion” Amir Abedi told IRNA on Monday.

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