Sunday, 6 January 2013

Iran Live Coverage: The Smog Shuts Down Tehran

Tehran skyline on Saturday

0705 GMT: Foreign Affairs Watch (Turkish Front). Iran's mixed feelings about Turkey continue. Press TV praises the Turkish Minister of Economy for his declaration that Ankara's purchases of Iranian natural gas with gold will continue.

In contrast, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast, returning from Turkey, dismissed Ankara's line that the deployment of Patriot anti-missile systems on the Syrian border is for protection. Instead, Mehmanparast said:

Western countries and the NATO have deployed the system in Turkey with the aim of supporting the Zionist regime so that in case of an Israeli military adventurism against Iran and Iran’s response to the measure, Western countries can safeguard Israel with the help of the missile system.

0645 GMT: Much of the capital Tehran and Tehran Province is shut down for the second day in a row because of air pollution, with schools and Government buildings closed.

Jason Rezaian of The Washington Post summarised yesterday, "Level of truly shocking. Local radio got it right, saying going outside in the current conditions is suicide. Whatever the cause, no one deserves to have to breathe this."

A Tehran resident replied, "This time I'm nauseous, sick and can't keep my eyes open!", and Rezaian echoed, "Never had a problem with burning eyes before today."

An official with the Environmental Protection Agency said 150 industrial plants had been shut by the smog.

from EA WorldView: EA Iran

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