"I do not see any reason why Iran and Saudi Arabia should have hostile policies towards each other. We can in fact work together to put an end to miserable conditions of the people in Syria and Yemen and Bahrain and elsewhere in the region. Iran and Saudi Arabia were able to actually stop impeding the process of the presidential election in Lebanon. We have a success story."
ICONIC BUILDING COLLAPSES FILED UNDER: Domestic Affairs
The iconic 17-story Plasco Building in Tehran caught fire and collapsed, killing at least 20 firefighters (New York Times). The building had a shopping center and housed garment manufacturers. Many shopkeepers rushed back inside to collect their money and valuables, despite calls for evacuation. Firefighters struggled to bring them back out before the collapse. It’s feared as many as 50 firefighters and shopkeepers could still be trapped inside. The cause of the fire is still unknown, however it started in the top floors where tailors often used old kerosene heaters for warmth and to cook.
Plasco was built in 1962 by Jewish Iranian businessman Habib Elghanian, deriving its name from his plastics manufacturing company. At the time, it was the tallest structure in Tehran and the first to have an escalator. After the 1979 Revolution, Elghanian was accused by Khomeini’s regime of being a spy for Israel and was executed.
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations echoed similar sentiments about the Iran Deal (Reuters). Ambassador Samantha Power said, “We who see the threat that Iran poses, through its destabilizing actions in the region and through its support for terrorism, would be very wise to preserve an agreement that denies it a weapon of mass destruction.” She added that the U.S. and other world powers were successful at ensuring Tehran does not develop nuclear weapons.