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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on June 17

Tehran, June 17, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Thursday:

*** IRAN DAILY

-- Iran tells NATO, G7 to stop lecturing others

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the group of seven industrial nations, the G7, lack any moral high ground to preach other countries, especially Iran, which is the gravitational center for security in the West Asia region.

Saeed Khatibzadeh made the remarks in a Tuesday tweet in reaction to the final communiqué issued on Monday by the heads of state and governments participating in the meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Brussels and a Sunday communiqué by the G7 summit, Press TV reported.

“W/ a disastrous record in our region, NATO & G7 have no high ground to preach from—particularly to Iran as an anchor of peace & security in the region,” he tweeted.

-- Three candidates quit presidential race as campaigns continue

Three presidential candidates dropped out of the 13th presidential race to clear a path for the challengers who continued their election campaigns on Wednesday in their last-ditch efforts to win the chief executive’s position.

-- Iran’s economy grew 3.6% in year to March: Chief banker

Iran’s economy grew by 3.6 percent in the year to March both with oil and without oil, a sign the country is out of a deep recession caused by American sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic.

Central Bank of Iran (CBI) caretaker Akbar Komijani said that Iran’s gross domestic product (GDP) had continued to expand in the fourth quarter to March 20 by 7.7 percent, Press TV reported.

That came following two successive quarters of growth beginning late July when Iran started to gradually emerge from the economic impacts of the pandemic and the US sanctions, said Komijani.

*** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- Blast Slashes Iran’s Power Supply to Iraq

Iran state electricity company Tavanir said Wednesday power supplies to Iraq have been slashed by a fourth after an explosion in the Iraq territory that is believed to have been carried out by the Daesh terrorist group. Tavanir spokesman Mostafa Rajabi said the explosion a day earlier had targeted one of the four lines used for transmission of electricity to Iraq from Iran. Rajabi said Iraq would be responsible for the entire operation to repair the line as well as for evaluations related to losses suffered to supplies because of the explosion.

-- Leader: Elections Are a Virtuous Act

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday called the presidential election on Friday as “decisive”, assuring Iranians that the solution to their problems is to go to the polls and cast their vote.

“The enemies of Islam and Iran are against your elections. Therefore, elections are a virtuous act, and those who want to do a virtuous deed, their elections are the righteous act,” the Leader told the nation in a televised address.

“Elections show the presence of the people on the scene. The presence of the people means that the system of the Islamic Republic has the support of the people. This has a unique effect on the authority of the system and the country.”

-- Study: COVIran Highly Effective against Virus

The CovIran Barekat vaccine, Iran’s first indigenous answer for the COVID-19 virus, is highly effective against the highly contagious disease, the Shafa Pharmed pharmaceutical complex said.

The vaccine has so far cleared two phases of trial and is going through a third. It was administered to 88 people in the first phase, and 280 in the second one. The volunteers’ ages ranged between 18 and 75.

Now, as part of the third phase, as many as 20,000 volunteers are receiving the jab.

The report by Shafa Pharmed pharmaceutical complex was released to inform the public about the vaccine’s curative qualities before the results are published in world-class scientific journals, it said.

*** TEHRAN TIMES

-- Hemmati: I will use Zarif in my cabinet

In a tweet posted on Wednesday, presidential contender Abdolnasser Hemmati said that he will use the experience of Mohammad Javad Zarif as either vice president or foreign minister in his cabinet if he is elected president.

“Iran's economic expansion is not possible without strong foreign interaction and strong economic diplomacy. My government seeks to lift sanctions and pursue a foreign policy to achieve economic development, so I will invite Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif to my cabinet as vice president or foreign minister,” Hemmati tweeted on Wednesday.

Backed by certain reformist groups, Hemmati is seeking to use some of Rouhani’s ministers in his cabinet. He has admired the work of Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, the minister of communication, in his campaigns.

-- Iran intensifies diplomatic efforts to achieve peace in region

In the latest sign that Iran is serious about achieving peace in the region, a senior Iranian diplomat journeyed to Oman shortly after the top Saudi diplomat visited the sultanate.

Ali Asghar Khaji, who serves as the Iranian foreign minister's senior advisor in special political affairs, visited Muscat on Tuesday and met with Omani Foreign Minister Badr Al Busaidi in what appeared to be part of a renewed diplomacy between Iran and Saudi Arabia because a few days earlier Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan had paid a short visit to Oman, a move that has been widely linked to the current thaw in Tehran-Riyadh relations.

-- Takht Ravanchi: 27 polling stations in U.S. for Iranian presidential polls

Iran’s envoy to the United Nations, Majid Takht Ravanchi, said on Wednesday morning that Iranians living in the United States can cast ballots for the presidential elections in Iran at 27 polling places in 18 U.S. states.

He went on to say that though some U.S. states have multiple polling places, all of them would open on Friday at 8:00 a.m. local time.

He stated that "the Canadian government did not consent to host elections" in relation to hosting Iranian presidential elections in Canada.

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