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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on July 3

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

*** IRAN DAILY

-- OPEC members concerned how Iran will return to oil market: Zanganeh

Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said that some members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) are concerned about how a return of Iranian supplies to the international markets would affect the prices.
Zanganeh said on Thursday at the end of a virtual OPEC ministerial meeting that the organization expect a future administration in Iran to have a careful planning for a return to the international oil market as the country is expected to be relieved of more than three years of sanctions imposed by the United States.

-- Iran opens $143m worth of new factories, 881 jobs added

Several new factories came online in Iran as the country boosts its manufacturing activity to add more jobs along with plans to diversify the economy away from crude.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated six large factories in four provinces across Iran using a videoconference on Thursday. The projects had cost 35.7 trillion rials ($143 million) in government and private spending, including finances provided by foreign investors.

-- Bushehr traditional clothes to be documented

Traditional clothes of Bushehr Province are to be documented, an official from the southern province announced. The documentary file of local clothing and costumes has started, the deputy head of the southern province’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department said, adding that it includes the documentary film production, photography as well as field and library research.
Nasrollah Ebrahimi explained that the work is being completed.

*** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- Lavrov: Western Partners Trying to Change JCPOA

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday commended “significant progress” made in the Vienna talks aimed at reviving the Iranian nuclear deal. “If the United States unilaterally withdrew from the agreement and thereby violated the UN Security Council Resolution [2231] in a gross manner, then, probably, the U.S. return to the JCPOA presupposes a complete and unconditional renewal of all obligations.” He also said, “Our Western partners are trying in every possible way to use this situation in order to retroactively change the JCPOA and impose new obligations on Iran.”

-- Iran’s Innovative Alternatives to Imprisonment

A top judge in the northwestern province of Khorasan Razavi says judges in the province’s Joghatay city have come up with creative alternatives to imprisonment for crimes for which prison sentences would be counterproductive.
Ali Akbar Rahimi, head of Joghatay’s Justice Department, says convicts whose punishment is not imprisonment are required to do community services, including planting trees, helping preserve the environment and wildlife, and collecting garbage.

-- Iran Know Rivals in World Cup Qualification Round 3

Asia’s top 12 nations discovered their opponents in their quest to seal the coveted spots for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on Thursday in the virtual draw for the final round of the competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Iran was drawn with South Korea in the 2022 World Cup qualification in the ceremony draw held in Kuala Lumpur.
Based on the special FIFA Ranking released for Asian teams on June 18, top seeds Japan and Iran were placed in Pot 1 of the draw, with Pot 2 comprising Australia and Korea Republic while Pot 3 had Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Pot 4 contained Iraq and China PR, followed by Oman and Syria in Pot 5 and debutant Vietnam and Lebanon in Pot 6.

*** TEHRAN TIMES

-- “Sun Children” director Majid Majidi receives IAA’s first Plaque of Glory 

Oscar-nominated director Majid Majidi was honored on Thursday with the first edition of the IAA Plaque of Glory by the Iranian Academy of Arts (IAA). He received the honor during a special ceremony at the IAA following a screening of his latest acclaimed movie “Sun Children” about child labor. 

The academy has established the award to honor an artist for his/her lifetime achievements every year.

-- OPEC pays tribute to Iran's veteran oil minister

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in its 181st meeting in Vienna on Thursday paid tribute to Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh for his long-lasting contribution to the organization and the oil market. As Shana reported, the 181st meeting of the OPEC conference was chaired by Angola’s Minister of Mineral Resources and Petroleum Diamantino Pedro Azevedo, via videoconference.

This was the last OPEC meeting in which Zanganeh would attend as Iran’s Oil Minister.

-- Restoration of Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque continues 

– A team of cultural heritage experts and experienced restorers supervises the restoration of parts of the creamy dome of the 17th-century Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, a masterpiece of Iranian architecture in Isfahan, the deputy provincial tourism chief has said. The restoration project has been in progress since last year as the previous low-quality rehabilitation work produced many criticisms from experts and authorities.

However, in recent weeks, cultural heritage aficionados have sharply criticized officials for carrying out restorations without the assistance of experts.

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