News Digest: Week of June 28

June 28

Health: Iran's health minister pledged that there would not be a shortage of coronavirus vaccines in the coming months. 

Nuclear: Iran has not made a decision "negative or positive" on whether to extend a monitoring agreement with the United Nation's (U.N.) nuclear watchdog, a foreign ministry's spokesperson told reporters. The government had also not decided whether it would delete data and camera footage collected by the International Atomic Energy Agency during the past four months, the spokesperson added.



June 29

Diplomacy: President Joe Biden pledged that Iran would "never get a nuclear weapon on my watch" during a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. The U.S. president also said that his authority to strike Iranian-backed militias in Iraq and Syria who had launched drones against U.S. forces was covered "under Article 2" of the Constitution. 

Energy: Iran reduced the amount of electricity it provided neighboring Iraq due to Baghdad's arrears. The cuts came as temperatures soared to above 122 degrees Fahrenheit in southern Iraq. Four cross border power lines had their power supply completely cut to zero, the Associated Press reported

Human Rights: The U.N. Special Rapporteur for human rights in Iran urged the world body to "start investigating" President-elect Ebrahim Raisi's role in the 1988 executions of thousands of political prisoners. Javaid Rehman, the U.N. official, told Reuters that he was concerned that the government might destroy evidence of mass graves. In 1988, Raisi reportedly served on the so-called Tehran "death commission" responsible for condemning some 5,000 political prisoners. 


June 30

Diplomacy: U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged the United States to "lift or waive" all sanctions agreed to as part of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the six major world powers. "I continue to believe that a full restoration of the [deal] remains the best way to ensure that the nuclear program of the Islamic Republic of Iran remains exclusively peaceful," he said in report to the Security Council.

Energy: Thousands of Iranian oil workers went on strike to protest poor wages and working conditions, the Associated Press reported. Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threw his support behind the striking workers. President Hassan Rouhani pledged that his government would address the workers' concerns.

Finance: President Rouhani appointed Akbar Komeijani as the new governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI). Komeijani previously served as the CBI's deputy governor. The previous governor, Abdolnasser Hemmati, was dismissed on May 30 after he was selected to run in Iran's presidential elections.