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Press Roundup provides a selected summary of news from the Iranian press, and excerpts where the source is in English. The link to the news organization or blog is provided at the top of each item. Tehran Bureau has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. Please refer to the Media Guide to help put the story in perspective. You can follow other news stories through our Twitter feed.

French Energy Giant Total Halts Petrol Sales to Iran

BBC AFP | June 28, 2010

Total has stopped petrol deliveries to Iran following a new round of sanctions in the UN and unilateral sanctions by the E.U. and the U.S., with the latter giving the U.S. government the ability to punish companies for doing business with Iran.

Total did not reveal when the shipments had stopped nor the volume of the products affected but a source close to the company described the amounts as "marginal" and said the suspension had been in effect "for several weeks."

The US measures, which complement those recently approved by the United Nations, are aimed at interrupting the supply of petrol to Iran. Iran is the world's fourth largest crude oil producer but lacks refinery capacity and is heavily dependent on imports of petrol and refined products.

Ahmadinejad Lays out Conditions For New Talks Nuclear Talks with West

IRINN | June 28, 2010

Speaking to Iranian and Foreign journalists on Monday, President Ahmadinejad announced new conditions for Iran to resume talks with the 5+1, (U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China, Germany), countries over its nuclear program:

1. "First we will postpone the talks. We will hold talks at the end of Mordad [near the end of August] [...] This is a punishment for them so that they will learn the protocol of talking to other nations."

2. The 5+1 group members should announce whether they will remain committed to NPT regulations, [a swipe at Israel and it's nuclear program].

3. "The third point is that those who want to talk to us should announce their intentions of holding the talks [...] I think the continuation of the talks requires the other side to announce their views about these questions clearly."

4. Everything has already been outlined in the Tehran Declaration, [the Turkey-Iran-Brazil deal], there is no need to change it and it should be the foundation for talks.

Referring to US sanctions and the possible inspection Iranian ships, Ahmadinejad said Iran reserves the right to take reciprocal action and that the west is "upset" with Iran's economic ties.

Khamenei Pardons 708 Detainees

PRESS TV | June 28, 2010

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei commuted the sentences of 708 people who were convicted by Iran's Revolutionary and Islamic courts after he was presented with a request from the head of Iran's judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani.

The Monday pardons coincided with the birth anniversary of the first Shia Imam, Imam Ali.

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