Iran English language newspaper headlines on Sunday, 05-03-2017

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Iran draws up $80b of oil deals
Iran is negotiating $80 billion of oil deals for signing, some of which are expected to be finalized no later than the next three months, said two senior officials said in Tehran on Saturday.

Zarif: Iran eyes expansion of France ties
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday Tehran seeks to expand relations with Paris, describing France as a major political and trade partner.

No one can prevent us from meeting with citizens
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that neither Germany nor the Netherlands can prevent the Turkish officials from meeting with citizens.

China to raise defense spending around 7%
China will raise defense spending “around seven percent” this year as it guards against “outside meddling” in its disputed regional territorial claims, a top official said Saturday, in an apparent reference to Washington.

Iran tests S-300 missile system
Iran’s S-300 missile system successfully detected, tracked, and intercepted a ballistic missile during a test launch on Saturday.

Trump alleges wiretapping by Obama during campaign
US President Donald Trump on Saturday accused former president Barack Obama of wiretapping him in October during the late stages of the presidential election campaign, but offered no evidence to support the allegation.

Iran seizes Emirati boats over illegal fishing
Iran seized two dhows belonging to the United Arab Emirates off the coast of the southern Iranian island of Kish and arrested nine of its foreign crew.

Rouhani: Issuing visas for American wrestlers embarrassed US
President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran’s move to grant visas to the American wrestlers who attended the World Cup competitions in Iran has “embarrassed the US administration”.

Iranian FM, CIS envoys discuss ties
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the ambassadors of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to Iran exchanged views on a range of issues, including ways to boost bilateral relations in all spheres.

Iran: US not in a position to assess countries’ human rights records
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday that the US is not in a position to measure the status and terms of human rights in other countries.

Tehran Times

France seeks to make most of ties with Iran: fin. min.
French companies are seeking to make the most of capacities and opportunities in bilateral relations with Iran, Finance Minister Michel Sapin said in Tehran on Saturday.

U.S. not in position to comment on human rights, Iran says
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday that the U.S. government is not in a position to make judgments on the situation of human rights in other countries.

‘Russian car manufacturer seeking to enter Iranian market’
A Russian trade website says a leading automobile manufacturer is set to establish an assembly line in Iran in 2018.

Iran-CIS relations will turn region into world energy hub: Zarif
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says strengthening cooperation between the Islamic Republic and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) on different issues will serve the interests of the region.

1,000 terrorists killed, injured in Palmyra liberation operation
A senior Russian military official said Syrian soldiers either killed or injured more than 1,000 terrorists of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Daesh) terrorist group during the recent victorious battle to retake Syria’s central city of Palmyra (Tadmor) from the terrorist outfit.

Syrian govt. says agenda agreed, seeks united opposition at next Geneva talks
Syria’s chief negotiator said on Saturday that the “only thing” achieved at 10-day talks in Geneva was an agreed agenda and that the government wanted a unified opposition delegation as its negotiating partner.

More and more joining shoes campaign in northwestern Iran
An increasing number of Iranians are joining a campaign in northwestern Iran which aims to encourage Iranians to purchase made-inIran shoes.

S-300 missile system successfully tested
The Iranian Armed Forces have successfully tested the S-300 surface-to-air missile defense systems, which Iran imported from Russia after a decade-long delay due to sanctions over its nuclear program.

Trump has no ‘choice’ but to extend nuclear deal: Araqchi
A top Iranian diplomat underscored on Saturday that U.S. President Donald Trump is left with no other options but to extend the 2015 international nuclear deal with Iran though one of his most vocal riffs during the campaign trail was “rip it up”.

Larijani calls for expanding ties with Sri Lanka
On Saturday, Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani called for an increase in ties between Iran and Sri Lanka in view of the great capacities in the two countries.

A body vetting prospective successors to Leader: Ahmad Khatami
A spokesman with the Assembly of Experts said in comments on Saturday that the body has come up with a shortlist of candidates as likely successors to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.