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Iran demands Saudi stop the war in Yemen

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Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh demanded that Saudi Arabia stop the war in Yemen, accusing Riyadh of dragging the region into danger as a result of its destructive policies, Russian news website Sputnik reported on its Arabic version.

Khatibzadeh added in statements to Sputnik that Riyadh has no right to state its opinion on Iran’s nuclear program, and criticised what he described as the Saudi Kingdom’s excessive purchases of weapons, as well as its alleged support for terrorist groups and its brutal killing of civilians in Yemen.

The Iranian diplomat demanded that Riyadh lift the blockade and sanctions it imposes on the Yemeni people just as it did with Qatar after the recent reconciliation agreement.

Defending his country’s nuclear program, Khatibzadeh said that the nuclear agreement and all parties’ commitments in the context of it are “very clear”, adding that the Iranian nuclear program is transparent and fully monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

READ: UN: Hundreds of thousands of Yemen children will die within months

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Exports to Iraq via Mehran near 800,000 tons in 10 months

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Exports to Iraq via Mehran near 800,000 tons in 10 months

Rouhollah Gholami, director-general of Ilam Customs Administration made the announcement on Sunday, construction materials, steel products, glass and tiles were the main products exported via Mehran during the eight-month period.

He noted that the trade between Iran and Iraq through the Mehran border crossing is on track with all coronavirus-related health protocols in place.

According to Gholami, 250 trucks carrying Iran’s export goods cross the Mehran border to Iraq daily.

Iran’s exports to Iraq via Mehran checkpoint stood at $1.18 billion during the last fiscal year (March 2019-20).

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US seeking diplomatic solution to dispute with Tehran: amb.

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US seeking diplomatic solution to dispute with Tehran: amb.

As the Alsumaria TV network reported on Sunday, Matthew H. Tueller, the American ambassador to Iraq made the comments in his meeting with the Iraqi Interior Minister and current National Security Advisor Qasim al-Araji.

According to a statement released by the office of al-Araji, the US ambassador said that his country’s different stances with Iran still exist, claiming that Washington is working to resolve them through diplomatic means and that a diplomatic solution requires extensive efforts. 

The American envoy’s remarks came while the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said on Tuesday that Iran is not interested in direct contact with the US, and the JCPOA is the right format that the talks should take place in.

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Persian leopard spotted in mountains of Qzvin

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Persian leopard spotted in mountains of Qzvin

According to Mehdi Taheri, this is the first time that the panther is spotted in the current year, and before that its footprints were found in the region.

Back in April 2020, three Persian leopards and a Pallas cat have been spotted in the mountainous habitats of Firouzkuh county, the northeastern part of the capital Tehran. At the time, the camera footages raised hopes for the survival of the species in this habitat.

Persian leopard and Pallas cat are listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

The Persian leopard is a leopard population distributed in the Caucasus from Southern Russia to Iran, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. It forms the subspecies Panthera pardus tulliana together with the Anatolian leopard population in Turkey.

According to the Department of Environment, 156 leopards have been killed in Iran from 2005 to 2014, nearly 20 leopards a year. Studies indicate that currently there are less than 500 leopards nationwide.

Persian leopards are mainly threatened by poaching, depletion of their prey base due to poaching, human disturbances, habitat loss due to deforestation, fire, agricultural expansion, overgrazing, and infrastructure development.

In Iran, primary threats are habitat disturbances followed by illegal hunting and excess of livestock in the leopard habitats. The leopards’ chances for survival outside protected areas appear very slim.

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