13 Jul 2010 23:31
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Iranian Scientist Appears in DC, Clinton Says He is Free to Go
Tuesday morning a spokesman for the Pakistani Embassy confirmed that Iranian Scientist Shahram Amiri was in the Iranian interests section of the embassy in DC and that he was preparing to leave the country. At a news conference in DC Secretary of State Hillary Clinton broke the US government's silence on the issue, saying that Amiri was in the US "of his own free will" and could leave whenever he wished.
Speaking at a press conference in Madrid, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said that Amiri should be allowed to go home while Iran's newspapers repeated the government's claim that he was kidnapped.
Iran MPs Plan to Impeach Minister of Agriculture
Dissatisfied with excessive imports of food products a number of lawmakers have lodged an impeachment bid against Agricultural Jihad Minister Sadeq Khalilian. The impeachment plan, signed by 21 MPs, has been presented to the parliament's presiding board which if accepted by the board the subject will be brought to the open session on Wednesday.
The minister's opponents cite Khalilian's lack of skill to run the ministry and disregard for the insurance fund of agricultural products as the major reasons for impeaching the minister.
Iran FM calls Russian Nuke Claim 'Totally False'
Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki rejected Tuesday as "totally false" Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's statement that Iran is close to having the potential to build a nuclear weapon. "The recent comments made by Medvedev regarding the Iranian nuclear theme are totally false and we deny them," he told a news conference in Madrid.
"We do not know what the ultimate goal behind these comments are, what operations are behind it... But we maintain our position clearly and we are doing nothing but claiming our rights," he added. In the clearest indication yet of Russian alarm over Tehran's atomic drive, Medvedev said on Monday that "Iran is nearing the possession of the potential which in principle could be used for the creation of a nuclear weapon."
Iran Gasoline Imports Almost Halved
Mehr | July 13, 2010
Iran imported 507,250 tons of gasoline worth $376 million dollars since March 21, 2010, a nearly 50 percent decrease in terms of weight in comparison to the previous year's figure, ISNA News Agency reported. Iran had imported more than 1,033,000 tons of gasoline worth $911 million in the same period during the previous year.
Facing international sanctions over its nuclear energy plans, Iran is likely to reduce gasoline imports by 75 percent by 2015 as it expands refining capacity and tackles subsidies, the International Energy Agency said, Bloomberg reported. Iran's gasoline imports will shrink to 100,000 barrels a day in five years from 400,000 in 2009, the IEA said on Tuesday in its latest monthly report.
Khatami Says People Leaving Iran due to Injustice
Khabar Online | July 13, 2010
In a speech to youth groups former President Mohammad Khatami said that "many people, professors, students, experts, and journalists are leaving the country." He added that "some think they are above the law," and that "we have reached a point that even the Majlis cannot stop injustice." Referencing President Ahmadinejad's statement that Iran only needs one party, Khatami said that "the Shah said as well that we have only one party."
Khatami also asserted that "Green Movement belongs to the people."