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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on June 19

Tehran, June 19, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Saturday:

*** IRAN DAILY

-- Iran nuclear deal not renegotiable; sanctions must be lifted: FM Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif once again reiterated that the 2015 nuclear deal with major world powers would not be renegotiated at all, saying all the sanctions imposed and reimposed by the United States against Tehran should be lifted.
In a Friday meeting between Zarif and High Representative of the European Union Josep Borrell on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum in Turkey, the two sides discussed the latest developments pertaining to the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as negotiations are underway in the Austrian capital of Vienna between Iran and the remaining parties to the agreement on its revival. The United States unilaterally abandoned the deal in 2018.

-- Overhaul of power plants to add over 990MW to electricity production


Thermal Power Plants Holding Company (TPPH) announced that overhaul operations will add 992 megawatts (MW) to Iran’s electricity capacity, as the plants will go on stream for the peak consumption period in the summer.
The company announced that the overhauled power plants will be put into operation gradually and before the peak consumption period in the summer (to start on June 22).

-- Lake Urmia, largest saltwater lake in Middle East

The name of Urmia Biosphere Reserve comes from the name of a lake located in the northwest of Iran. UNESCO has inscribed this natural attraction in its list of the Iranian biosphere reserves. According to the provincial divisions of Iran, the lake is located between northwestern provinces of West Azarbaijan and East Azarbaijan. It is close to the city of Urmia.
Lake Urmia is the largest inland lake in Iran and ranks the 25th in the world. It is the largest saltwater lake in the Middle East, and the 6th in the world.

*** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- Iranians Disappoint Enemies Again

Iranians voted on Friday in big numbers, dealing a blow to expectations of a low turnout by the country’s enemies which are looking for a fissure between the establishment and the people.
After voting in the capital Tehran just after the polls opened at 7:00 hours local time, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei urged Iranians to cast ballots, saying “each vote counts ... come and vote and choose your president”.
“Election Day is the day of the Iranian nation. Today, people are in charge,” Ayatollah Khamenei said. “Even one single vote counts. No one should say ‘What will my one vote do?’ These one votes become millions when combined.”
Ebrahim Raisi, 60, is the favorite to succeed Hassan Rouhani who is prevented under the constitution from serving a third four-year term in the post.

-- Iranian Voters Yet Again Frustrate Their Enemies

Iranians of various strata of society and holding differing views on many issues, joined together yet again on Friday in a grand display of loyalty to the Islamic Republic by casting their precious votes for electing the new Chief Executive of the country.
The sheer number of voters who flocked to the ballot boxes all over the country from early 7 o’clock in the morning for Islamic Iran’s 13th presidential polls proved as false the usual politically motivated forecasts of the Zionist-controlled western media.
As we go to the press, with the timeline extended till midnight to facilitate the growing number of voters streaming towards the 72,000 polling stations all over the country in the cool hours of a summer evening, the percentage of the turnout is expected to be yet another slap on the face of Global Arrogance.

-- Iran Claim 12 Medals at Asian Taekwondo Championships

- Iranian athletes have claimed six more medals at the 2021 Asian Taekwondo. Sajjad Mardani defeated South Korean Bae Yoon-min in the Men’s +87kg final match and won a gold medal.
Amir Mohammad Bakhshi lost to his Korean rival Kim Seok-bae in the final bout of Men’s -74kg. Iran’s Mehdi Jalali also won a bronze medal in the weight class. Armin Hadipour took a bronze medal in the Men’s the -58kg.
Parisa Javadi and Zahra Pouresmaeil also claimed two bronze medals in the Women’s -62kg and Women’s +73kg. On the competition’s Day 1, Negar Esmaeili won a gold medal in the Women’s -46kg.
Hussein Lotfi claimed a silver in the Men’s 54kg.

*** TEHRAN TIMES

-- Doc “Qasr-e Qand” features operation that led to death of Ansar al-Furqan’s leader 

 Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Eslamzadeh has directed a documentary named “Qasr-e Qand” that features how Jalil Qanbarzehi, the leader of the terrorist militia group Ansar al-Furqan, was killed by Iranian forces in an intelligence-military operation. Qanbarzehi took the helm of Ansar al-Furqan, a Sunni Baloch militant insurgent organization active in Sistan and Baluchestan, when the leader of the terrorist organization, Hesham Azizi, was killed in 2015. 

Qanbarzehi had taken over 1.5 tons of explosives to Iran to make suicide belts, and had planned bombing missions in regions with Sunni populations to provoke clashes between the Shia and Sunni. 

-- Iran, Syria stress facilitating barter trade to boost economic ties

– Iranian Transport and Urban Development Minister met with Syria’s Internal Trade and Consumer Protection Minister Talal al-Barazi to discuss ways for expanding trade ties between the two countries.

The meeting focused on facilitating barter trade between the two countries, supply of goods and products required by the two countries within the framework of the free trade agreement between the two sides, and using the capacities of the two countries' private sectors to develop trade cooperation.

-- Iranian president urges efforts to boost medical tourism

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has urged sustainable efforts towards developing medical tourism across the country.

“Health tourism is of great importance to us, and hospitals located in the border provinces of the country can serve a pivotal role in developing medical tourism by providing medical services to foreign guests and tourists,” Rouhani said on Thursday. He made the remarks on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony of some health projects, urging the need for reinforcing medical and health services in some provinces, including Khorasan (Razavi), Isfahan, Fars, and East Azarbaijan, is an absolute duty.

“For the time being, many Iranians living in foreign countries prefer to choose homeland for their treatment or certain surgeries,” he said, adding such a trend indicates great efforts made by “dear doctors and nurses and all the dear ones who work in the health sector”.

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