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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on July 11

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


-- Iran confirms cyberattack, says probe ongoing

Iran’s transportation ministry has confirmed a cyber attack targeted its internal websites and parts of its online infrastructure on Saturday, saying an investigation has been launched to determine the causes and origins of the attack.

“Following a disruption in the staff computer systems in the headquarters of the Ministry of Road and Urban Development, the issue is under investigation by technical experts of the ministry,” said a statement on the ministry’s website.

-- US sanctions, world’s inaction ruining sustainable development goals: Iran

An Iranian envoy to the United Nations said the US government’s illegitimate unilateral coercive measures, including the sanctions, coupled with the international community’s idleness have turned the pivotal ideal of sustainable development into an absurd and meaningless claim.
Addressing a High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York, the first counselor of Iran’s permanent mission to the UN Ali Hajilari denounced the obstruction of achievement of the sustainable development caused by the US policies.

--Iran’s three-month aluminum production rises 30%

Production of aluminum ingots in Iran rose 30 percent during the first three months of the current Iranian year (March 21-June 21), compared to the same period of its preceding year.
The country’s aluminum ingot output stood at 131,376 tons in the three-month period of the present year, while the figure was 101,202 tons in the same time span of the previous year, data released by the Iranian Mines and Mining Industries Development and Renovation Organization (IMIDRO) showed.

-- The Seljuk-era Rudkhan Castle hidden in Fouman forests

The Rudkhan Castle or Hesami Castle is the name of a magnificent monument belongs to the Seljuk Era, built over the forest heights of the village of Rudkhan in Fouman, northern province of Gilan.
It has an area of 2.6 hectares, 65 towers and barracks and a 1500 meters long wall.
The Rudkhan Castle is located 30km from the city of Fouman. Some experts believe that this spectacular castle was built during the Sassanid Era. In later periods the castle has been refurbished and repaired several times.


-- U.S. Blacklists Iranian, Chinese, Russian Firms

The Biden administration has added 14 Chinese companies along with 20 other entities – including some from Iran and Russia – to its economic blacklist over claims of “human rights violations.”
Thirty-four entities, including a number of Iranian and Russian ones, were added to the blacklist, according to the statement. The list also includes eight entities that Washington claims have facilitated the export of U.S. data-x-items to Iran, as well as six entities allegedly involved in the procurement of U.S.-origin electronic components, “likely in furtherance of Russian military programs”.

-- Afghanistan Needs Cooperation not Confrontation

The resurgent Taliban militia, which seems to be taking over large parts of Afghanistan from the government forces, may or may not succeed in establishing itself as the sole power over the war-torn country, but it is clear that it will play a dominant role.
The multi-ethnic composition of Afghanistan where Pakhtuns account for almost two-thirds of the population and most Pashtu speakers do not necessarily support the Taliban, may prevent a single political-military group from imposing its will on the entire country – even through use of arms.
Therefore, the current situation, especially after withdrawal of US occupation forces, warrants cooperation and certainly not confrontation, which is likely to play into American hands and make Washington keep some troops in Afghanistan.

-- Iran Rebukes UN Passivity Toward U.S. Coercion

 A senior Iranian diplomat has denounced unilateral U.S. sanctions and the international community’s failure to stand up to the policy, saying the world must take “serious and effective” steps to counter American coercion against developing states.
The first counselor of Iran’s permanent mission to the UN, Ali Hajilari, made the remarks addressing the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York.
“The U.S.’ unilateral coercive measures, including the imposition of illegitimate and illegal sanctions on developing countries, on the one hand, and the international community’s passivity towards it, on the other hand, have turned the pivotal ideal of sustainable development, namely ‘no one should be left behind’, into a purely decorative, absurd, ridiculous and meaningless slogan,” he said.


-- Iran envoy meets Iraqi, Lebanese, UN delegations in Astana

 A senior Iranian diplomat leading the Iranian delegation at the Astana Syrian talks has met with delegations from Iraq, Lebanon, and the United Nations.

On the second day of the 16th round of Astana talks in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, the delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran, headed by Ali Asghar Khaji, held meetings with the Lebanese and Iraqi delegations, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the representative of International Committee of the Red Cross, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

-- Prophet Muhammad (S) subject of Ruholamin’s latest painting “Jabal an-Nur”  

 Hassan Ruholamin, the Iranian painter who is most famous for illustrating stories from the history of Islam, put his spotlight on the Prophet Muhammad (S) in his latest artwork “Jabal an-Nur”.

The painting depicts the Prophet of Islam (S) climbing the rocks toward the cave of Hira, where he received his first revelation, which consisted of the first five ayats of Surah Al-Alaq from the angel Gabriel.

On pilgrimage to the Kaaba, Muslims usually visit the site located near Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

-- Iran’s memories in Afghanistan: two sisters apart

For years, many people including Iranians, have dreamed of visiting Afghanistan and viewing its colorful sights, a beautiful country that has been unrested for many years and engulfed in a war that is getting fiercer every day.

With roots dating back thousands of years and many similarities in dialects and history, Iran and Afghanistan share strong cultural ties.

Even though these two countries are separate now, they used to be one united empire once, which means that a lot of historical places and monuments have been left in Afghanistan belonging to ancient Iran.

There is hope among Iranians that they would walk under the blue sky of Herat, Kandahar, Kabul, and Balkh with their neighbors one day.


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