Nuclear talks between Iran and P5+1 and the comments of Foreign Minister Zarif and his deputy Abbas Araghchi about the negotiations dominated the front pages of Iranian newspapers on Tuesday. Also on the covers of the dailies was a suicide attack by the Taliban on the Afghan parliament in Kabul.
Ettela’at: “Negotiators act within the framework set by the Supreme Leader,” President Rouhani said.
“At the current juncture, we need to support each other more to settle the problems the country is facing,” the president said at a joint meeting of the executive and legislative branches.
Ettela’at: “Parties to the talks should stop making excessive demands in order for a deal to be clinched,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
“There are still gaps to be filled, but we are trying to finish the job at the earliest time possible,” the top diplomat added.
Ettela’at: A 158-km highway linking Varamin [to the southeast of the capital] to Qazvin [to the northwest of Tehran] is to be built.
Ettela’at: The United Nations has said Israel has committed war crimes.
It came as the Arab League said the measures taken by Israel have made it possible to work out a two-state solution.
Ettela’at: The services of top guilds have been praised at a ceremony [among others attended by Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani].
Ettela’at: Tax evasion is to become a crime punishable by prison term and fines.
New amendments to the taxation law would turn up the heat on tax evaders.
Ettela’at: Tap water bills to increase incrementally soon.
A deputy energy minister said more than 72 percent of Iranian customers use more than the standard 20 cubic meters of water.
[The move comes as the country grapples with drought and water scarcity is around the corner.]
Abrar: “Progress at talks does not meet expectations,” Iranian nuclear negotiator Abbas Araghchi said.
Afarinesh: The interior minister has said that Iran, Iraq and Syria will hold a trilateral meeting on the fight against terrorism.
Afarinesh: “Our talks may go a few days beyond [the end of June] deadline, if necessary,” said Abbas Araghchi, an Iranian nuclear negotiator.
Aftab-e Yazd: More than $33 billion in debts is the legacy of the Ahmadinejad government for the Rouhani administration.
Aftab-e Yazd: “Ahmadinejad was summoned to the court but failed to show up,” said the chairman of Parliament’s Article 90 Committee.
Amin: “We should not make decisions for the public behind closed doors,” said Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani.
Arman-e Emrooz: The science minister on board a bus bound for Baharestan [a Tehran square where parliament building is located].
A visit to Iran by an American [academic] delegation has raised eyebrows among MPs.
Asrar: “A bill that calls for heavier punishments in cases involving acid attacks has been presented to the Cabinet,” said Vice-President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi.
Ebtekar: An Interior Ministry official has said those who disrupted a speech by President Rouhani at the Mausoleum of Imam Khomeini and staged an illegal rally of late were acting on their own.
Emtiaz: Precipitation levels in the country have fallen by 18 percent.
Water shortage in nine provinces has reached an alarming level.
Iran: Zarif has held talks with the European Three at the beginning of the final round of talks.
It came as a survey conducted by the Islamic Republic News Agency found that 87.5 percent of Tehran residents trust the negotiating team.
Jomhouri Islami: The Saudi town of Najran has been besieged by the popular forces.
Kaenat: “Khatam al-Anbia Headquarters [a contractor affiliated to the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps] should not act as a rival for the private sector,” said First Vice-President Eshagh Jahangiri.
Kayhan: The US has expressed concern over the Iranian parliament’s say in nuclear talks.
Khorasan: “We are suffering more from inaction and mismanagement than from enemy pressures,” said Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf.
Mardomsalari: The Taliban flexed their military muscle in Kabul by mounting a suicide attack on the national assembly.