Iran Headlines: P5+1 Ministers in Vienna, Ahmadinejad, and Rafsanjani

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meet in Geneva, Switzerland.

NUCLEAR NEGOTIATIONS

Fars News Agency reported that on his way back from Afghanistan; United States Secretary of State John Kerry will join the nuclear negotiations in Vienna, Austria, this Saturday (July 12).

Fars News Agency also reported that Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization downplayed the absence of the Russian and Chinese foreign minister this weekend in Vienna and said, “The (Russians and the Chinese) will make decisions and coordinate amongst themselves, and we are optimistic about reaching a deal.”

Mehr News Agency reported that while speaking on a network television program, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, Tehran’s interim Friday prayer leader explained that during the eras in which both Saeed Jalili, as well as the current Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani were Iran’s nuclear negotiators, Khatami was briefed by both men on the status of the nuclear negotiations. When asked whether current Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif had briefed him during the current negotiations, Khatami said, “I have sent Mr. Zarif a message telling him that if he has an opinion on the nuclear talks, I am ready to hear it.”

An Irannuc.ir report asks, “What’s the purpose of P5+1 foreign ministers traveling to Vienna?” According to a diplomatic source, „The foreign ministers (of the P5+1) are traveling to Vienna to speed up the negotiations. There hasn’t been too much movement in the past few days, and difficult decisions need to be made that the current negotiators can’t make.” The source also refuted reports of an additional six month interim agreement by saying, “The more likely scenario would be an extension of a few days or few weeks.”

POLITICS

Mehr News Agency reported that during an interview on network television, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, member of the Assembly of Experts claimed, “We begged (Ayatollah) Hashemi (Rafsanjani) to distance him with the sedition (and protests) of 2009.” Khatami went onto explain that Rafsanjani’s association with the sedition ultimately resulted in him losing the assembly’s chairmanship position to Ayatollah Mahdavi Kani.

ISNA quoted the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Hassan Firoozabadi as saying, “In his recent remarks to government officials, the Supreme Leader fully approved (the policies) of the Rouhani administration, and as such we are obligated to do everything every possible to help the government in this important and sensitive time.”

AHMADINEJAD

Alef News reported on comments made by Ali Younesi, a senior adviser to President Hassan Rouhani,  regarding former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani. “The situation with Rafsanjani (and the Supreme Leader) goes back 50 years. This is what Ahmadinejad tried to exploit (during his presidency), but he wasn’t able to. There was always a chance that Ahmadinejad would not obey (Khamenei). Rafsanjani or (Akbar) Nateq-Nouri might have a difference of opinion; but they always follow the command of the Supreme Leader.” Younesi also spoke about reformist politicians and said, “Reformists need to reform themselves and understand that this is the Rouhani administration, not the (Mohammed) Khatami administration.”

ECONOMY

In an interview with Khabar Online, political commentator Amir Mohebbian said, “People (in Iran) have the expectation that if the negotiations lead to a nuclear agreement, some of their current (economic) problems will be resolved.”

Khabar Online also reported that according to Iran’s Central Bank, “The monthly expenses of an urban middle-class family amount to around 300 thousand toman, but in actuality, the minimum in monthly expenses for an urban middle-class family in Tehran is 600 thousand toman.”

PHOTOS

Friday prayers in Tehran were once again held at Mosalla Mosque instead of Tehran University.

Iranian boys compete in a youth weightlifting competition in Isfahan Province.

The Friday Mosque in Bastam, located in Semnan Province was built in the eight century.

Authors

  • Hanif Zarrabi-Kashani

Source: Iran at Saban

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