16 Jul 2010 21:09
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Toll Rises From Twin Suicide Bombing at Iranian Mosque, Clinton Issues Condemnation
The toll in a twin suicide bombing at an Iranian mosque in the southern city of Zahedan rose to 26 dead and 300 wounded, including members of the powerful Revolutionary Guards Corps. The Sunni Muslim militant group Jundallah claimed responsibility for the attack, in which one of the bombers was wore women's clothes.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the attack and said that the "United States extends its sympathy to the families and loved ones of those injured and killed. We also call for the perpetrators of this horrific attack to be held accountable for their actions."
MP resigns after Zahedan terror attack
PRESS TV | July 16, 2010
Zahedan representative in the Majlis Hossein-Ali Shahriari tendered his resignation following the terrorist attack on the Zahedan Grand Mosque. In his letter addressed to Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, he said he was resigning for the inability of authorities to maintain security in his constituency.
Top IRGC Official Blames West and Israel for Zahedan Blasts
PRESS TV | July 16, 2010
Yadollah Javani, the head of IRGC's political bureau said late Thursday that it had implicated "the US, Israel and some European countries" in the deadly blasts in the southeastern Iranian city of Zahedan.
"The enemy seeks out division between Shia and Sunni Muslims in order to create chaos in the country," Javani noted. "One could not doubt the involvement of secret foreign services in the efforts to generate tension amongst Muslims," he further explained.
Russia: S-300 deal with Iran not off
PRESS TV | July 15, 2010
"The contract on supplying S-300 air defense systems to Iran has not yet been cancelled," RIA Novosti quoted Sergei Chemezov, the chief of Russia's military conglomerate Rostekhnologii as saying. "The final decision on signing or dropping the contract must be made by the President."
Prices soar as sanctions hit ordinary Iranians
Reuters | July 15, 2010
Some worry about higher food prices, some fret about overseas travel and others about business, but it is clear that ordinary Iranians are feeling the effects of sanctions imposed over Tehran's nuclear programme. In shops and markets, people say they are struggling to cope, squeezed by soaring rents and grocery bills on the one hand and stagnant salaries on the other.
"Prices go up as soon as there is talk of sanctions. The nation is paying a heavy price for the nuclear dispute," said an English teacher in Tehran, who asked not to be identified. "Do the officials know how difficult it has become for ordinary people to even feed their children?" said the 45-year-old father of two, who earns about $400 per month.