Iran English language newspaper headlines on Thursday, 09-03-2017

Iran Daily

Pénicaud: Nearly 300 French companies in Iran, 2,000 more on their way
About 300 French companies wishing to enter Iran’s market have been helped by the Business France to settle in the country since the lifting of international sanctions in January 2016, said its director in Tehran Wednesday.

Rouhani defends gov’t economic performance
President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday vehemently defended his government’s economic performance, saying it has acted successfully in pursuing “Economy of Resistance” policies.

Iraqi forces hunt for bombs, Daesh holdouts in Mosul
Iraqi forces worked to clear bombs and flush out any remaining Daesh terrorists in recaptured areas of west Mosul Wednesday to set the stage for an offensive in the Old City. Iraqi forces have made steady progress in their battle to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second city and the largest that was seized by the Daesh terror group.

China urges US, North Korea to avert ‘head-on collision’
China warned Wednesday that North Korea and the United States were like two trains racing toward a “head-on collision,” calling on both sides to apply the brakes and avert a security crisis.

Dozens dead as gunmen attack Afghan hospital
Gunmen dressed as medics stormed a hospital in the Afghan capital on Wednesday and battled security forces for hours, killing more than 30 people and wounding dozens in an attack claimed by Islamic State.

Leader stresses importance of protecting environment
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei urged the country’s officials to make efforts to protect the environment, saying that natural resources are very important to the country.

Zarif, Qatari emir discuss better ties
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday held talks with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani during a trip to Doha about liberal relations and issues of mutual concern.

IRGC: US ship changed course towards Iran vessels
A commander with Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said an American warship recently drew its warning by sailing “unprofessionally” close to the force’s vessels near Iranian territorial waters.

Iran condemns use of chemical weapons, warns against politicization of case
Iran’s permanent representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) called on the member states to avoid politicizing the dossier on chemical weapons in Syria and help improve the critical situation in the Arab country instead.

Iran: JCPOA ‘sustainable’ if parties fulfill commitments
Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the 2015 nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of countries will be “sustainable” only if all parties fulfill their obligations stipulated in the deal.

Tehran Times

IRGC warns U.S. of ‘irreversible consequences’ after vessel encounter
An official with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ navy warned on Wednesday that unprofessional acts by the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf may have “irreversible consequences.”

Petchem exports anticipated to reach $9b
Iran’s worth of annual petrochemical exports is forecast to hit near $9 billion by the end of current Iranian calendar year (March 20), National Petrochemical Company (NPC) Managing Director Marziyeh Shahdaie told IRNA on Wednesday.

China hopeful Saudi and Iran can resolve problems
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday that he hopes Saudi Arabia and Iran can resolve their differences through talks, speaking ahead of a visit by the Saudi king to China, Reuters reported.

Leader highlights preserving vegetation
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday emphasized the need to preserve vegetation, urging officials to take measures against forest encroachment.

Astana format most effective for Syrian dialogue: Russian senator
Astana is the most effective framework for the intra-Syrian negotiations, a Russian senator has told the Russian news agency TASS.

State of Hawaii to challenge Trump’s new travel ban
The United States state of Hawaii has said in a court motion that it plans to seek a temporary restraining order on Wednesday against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s new executive order restricting travel from six Muslim-majority countries.

The 3 biggest risks haunting the global economy
The stock market could crash. Protectionist trade policies might backfire leading to job losses. Or housing booms in some countries could go bust.

U.S., Israel have no doubt about Iran’s defense power: minister
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said on Wednesday that the U.S. and Israel have no doubt about Iran’s defense power unless they attack the county.

Zarif in Qatar amid frosty Arab ties
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif paid a formal visit to Doha on Wednesday, the third Arab country Tehran is consulting with within a month to mend fences with the Arab world.

Iran denounces Daesh deadly attack on Kabul hospital
Iranian Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned a deadly attack on a hospital in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday.

Faith more important than weapons against enemies: Rouhani
President Hassan Rouhani has said that what makes Iran stronger against its enemies, especially the U.S. and Israel, is not just weapons but also the nation’s faith, determination and unity.

Russian lawmaker urges U.S. to comply with nuclear deal
A Russian lawmaker says Tehran is right in accusing the U.S. of stalling the process of implementing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly called the nuclear deal.