“If the Americans had implemented [the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] accurately and with good intentions and prevented the obstruction and slowdowns that we are seeing today, we would have had confidence in them,” Rouhani said. “We would have been ready to negotiate with them on other issues that would have been in the interests of the region, America, us and others.”
NOT SO FAST, LADIES FILED UNDER: Domestic Politics
Iranian media revealed state recruitment exams have gender quotas that are heavily in favor of men. President Hassan Rouhani ordered a delay in the exams for Iranians seeking government jobs, and asked the process be reviewed to ensure it was consistent with gender-inclusive policies. He also criticized the “culture of sexual discrimination” within the country and promised to provide more rights and equal opportunities for women. Thousands of Iranians were enrolled to take the test next month for some 3,000 jobs in the state sector, which included roles for computer programmers, nurses, prison guards, and teachers.
An Iranian official explained, “Iran will continue to work with small banks, institutions as long as major European banks are reluctant to return to Iran.” U.S. banks are unable to conduct business with Iran due to U.S. sanctions, and European banks are reluctant due to hefty fines for violating U.S. financial sanctions. One of the main problems European banks face is the inability to transact in U.S. dollars with Tehran.
A British porn star traveled to Iran to get a nose job. 27-year-old Candy Charms posted about her visit to Tehran, without realizing she would receive an incredible amount of attention—both encouraging and disparaging—from Iranians on social media. In an interview, she explained, “I loved the people and it's a shame that it has had such a negative effect as I would have liked to return!”