Iran English language newspaper headlines on Saturday, 16-12-2017

Iran Daily

CNPC eyeing Total takeover in giant Iran gas job
Speculations are rising that China’s leading oil and gas company CNPC could replace French energy giant Total in a key Iranian natural gas project if any new US sanctions against investments in Iran’s economic projects forces it to leave the country.

EU leaders launch new phase in Brexit talks
The European Union cleared the way Friday for Brexit talks with Britain to move onto the second stage, which will involve wide-ranging — and potentially far trickier — discussions on their future relationship and trade.

FM Zarif: US complicit in Saudi war on Yemen
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the United States of being complicit in Saudi war crimes in Yemen amid Washington’s baseless claim that Tehran is providing supply of ballistic missiles to Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement.

US Republicans: New bill does not bar any aircraft sales to Iran
The US House passed legislation Thursday that would require Treasury Department to report to Congress on Iranian purchases of US aircraft while Republicans emphasized that the legislation does not bar any aircraft sales to Iran.

Siege of Qatar ‘arbitrarily splitting up families’
Thousands of ordinary people are bearing the brunt of a six-month blockade imposed on Qatar by neighboring Arab states, especially through forced separation, a new Amnesty International report has found.

Iran’s Bimeh Razi crowned champion at GR World Clubs Cup
Iran’s Bimeh Razi Isfahan was crowned champion at the 2017 Greco-Roman World Clubs Cup in Isfahan, central Iran.

UN chief urges US to stay committed to Iran nuclear deal
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed support for the 2015 Iran deal from all the signatories except for the US, calling on Washington to also honor its obligations under the landmark agreement.

Iran, South Korea sign health MoUs
Iran and South Korea signed several Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) on Friday to boost health cooperation.

Araqchi: Middle East will be worse off if JCPOA collapses
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi warned that the Middle East would not be a better place if Iran nuclear deal collapses amid US President Donald Trump’s threat to terminate it.

Iran expresses reservations about OIC summit’s documents
Iran expressed reservations about certain articles of the documents adopted at a recent emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Beit-ul-Moqaddas, which suggest, somehow, the recognition of the occupying Israeli regime.

Tehran Times

CNPC considers taking South Pars if Total leaves
China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) is weighing taking over Total’s stake in Iran’s South Pars
gas field project if the French company leaves to avoid possible U.S. sanctions, Reuters reported citing industry sources.

ISIL weapons traced to U.S. and Saudi Arabia
Weapons supplied by the United States and Saudi Arabia to opposition fighters often fell into the hands of ISIL, significantly enhancing the “quantity and quality” of the group’s armaments, a new report alleges.

Palestinians celebrate 3 decades of Hamas resistance
Gaza was a sea of green as thousands came out to celebrate Hamas’ 30th anniversary.

Imad Mughniyeh’s father passes away
Fayez Mughniyeh, the father of Imad Mughniyah, died on Thursday.

Bimeh Razi claim GrecoRoman World Clubs Cup title
Iran’s Bimeh Razi defeated compatriot Sina Sanat Izeh in the final match of the 2017 Greco-Roman World Clubs Cup on Friday.

Alternative evidence from Powell to Haley
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday said Washington is using “alternative facts” to cover up its complicity in war crimes in Yemen.

U.S. House passes bill tightening controls on Iran plane sales
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday that would require Treasury Department to report to Congress on Iranian purchases of U.S. aircraft and how those sales are financed.

Trump can ‘try’ if he thinks West Asia would be better place without nuclear deal, Iran warns
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi has warned that a collapse of the 2015 nuclear deal could jeopardize stability in West Asia.

Iran to support Hezbollah in line with liberation of Palestine: diplomat
The Iranian Ambassador to Jordan, Mojtaba Ferdosipour, has said that Iran will support Hezbollah toward the liberation of Palestine.

UN chief says Iran complying with nuclear deal
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said that Iran is complying with the 2015 nuclear deal.