News ID: 137240
Published: 0648 GMT February 23, 2016

Nobkht: No British list of candidates

Nobkht: No British list of candidates

The government spokesman on Tuesday described as baseless the alleged existence of any list of candidates supported by Britain.

"Certainly there is nothing in the name of a British list of candidates. If someone wants to say that there is such a list, it will be considered as an insult to the Guardian Council" that vetted the hopefuls of the upcoming elections, Mohammad Baqer Nobakht told reporters, ISNA reported.

He added that the stance of a foreign medium toward certain candidates should not be attributed to a foreign state.

Nobakht also stressed that the government will not allow any state to interfere in the elections or domestic affairs of the country.



"Japan may not load Iran oil in March"

Japan will likely refrain from loading oil at Iranian ports in March because of the impending expiry at the end of next month of special shipping insurance cover provided by the government, industry and government officials said.

Japan has kept the oil trade with Iran going through a special government insurance program that gives about $8 billion in coverage and the government plans to renew it with a parliamentary vote, a government source said, Reuters reported.

But, given the lack of a timetable on the vote, shippers are erring on the side of caution and will likely hold back from any loadings next month, the government source and industry sources said.

European nations have resumed loading Iranian oil despite the international P&I club only providing coverage for about 85 percent of the roughly $8 billion per ship normal liability coverage, but Japanese shippers are still holding back, said the officials. Japan is set to load 202,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Iranian crude in February, down eight percent from a nine-month high in January, said an industry source familiar with the matter.


Storm kills two in western Iran


A powerful storm killed two people in Gilan-e Gharb city in western province of Kermanshah on Monday night.

Gilan-e Gharb Governor Karam Mohammadi said that the wind speed reaching  80km/h also caused damage to some trees, houses and cars in the city, IRNA reported.

He added a man died when the storm caused him to fall from the roof of a house, while an uprooted tree fell on a woman and killed her.


10 Afghans die in road accident


At least 10 Afghan nationals died in a road accident in the southern province of Kerman, an official with Iran's Red Crescent Society said on Tuesday.

Mostafa Mortazavi added that at least four Afghans were wounded, ISNA reported.

He added that the crash took place after a sedan collided a truck on Kerman Markazi Road.

Reports say more than 100,000 people have lost their lives in road accidents during the past five years in Iran.


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