Iran English language newspaper headlines on Saturday, 09-03-2013

Tehran Times
West did not take any significant step in nuclear talks: Leader

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the Western powers did not take any significant step to help resolve the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program at the recent talks in Kazakhstan.

China opposes ‘blind’ sanctions against Iran

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Thursday that dialogue is the only way to resolve the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program, Xinhua reported.

North Korea threatens preemptive nuclear attack on U.S.

North Korea threatened the United States on Thursday with a preemptive nuclear strike, raising the level of rhetoric as the U.N. Security Council approved new sanctions against the reclusive country.

World leaders attend Chavez funeral

World leaders joined millions of mourners at a state funeral for Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez on Friday, as the nation eyes life without him with the formal swearing-in of his political heir.

Chavez will live in hearts of nations: Ahmadinejad

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad condoled Latin American nations and governments on the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and said he will live long in hearts of nations.

Syria rebels say not in talks to free UN peacekeepers

Foreign-sponsored Syrian rebels holding 21 UN peacekeepers near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in southern Syria said on Friday no talks were under way to free the men and gave no indication that they would be released soon, Reuters reported.

Saudis hold demo in support of jailed female protesters

Saudis have staged anti-regime demonstrations in the capital, Riyadh, and the eastern city of Qatif to express support for jailed female protesters.

Salehi asks UN to back efforts by Iran, Egypt, Turkey to help resolve Syrian crisis

In a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon dated March 4, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi asked the United Nations to support joint efforts by Iran, Egypt, and Turkey to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis.

Swiss FM expresses optimism about Iran nuclear talks

Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter has expressed optimism about the latest round of nuclear talks between Iran and the six major powers in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Press TV reported.

Iranian official says UN human rights rapporteur took bribes from U.S.

Mohammad Javad Larijani, secretary general of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights, has accused the UN special rapporteur for human rights in Iran of taking bribes from the United States, ISNA reported.

U.S. envoy walks out of nuclear meeting over Iran’s Israel remark

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations nuclear watchdog walked out of an agency meeting on Wednesday in protest when Iran’s representative accused Washington’s ally Israel of “genocide”, diplomats were quoted as saying by Reuters on Wednesday.

Obama will still work to find diplomatic solution to Iran issue: report

U.S. President Barack Obama will still work toward a diplomatic solution to the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program, CNN reported on Friday, quoting unnamed informed sources.


Iran Daily
Next Nuclear Talks Will Test West’s Sincerity

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said the next round of negotiations between Iran and the six major world powers, the P5+1, will be a test of western sincerity.

Ahmadinejad in Caracas for Chavez Funeral

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas to take part in the funeral ceremony of Venezuela’s late leader Hugo Chavez.

Iran: UN Human Rights Rapporteur Took US Bribes

An Iranian official has accused the UN special rapporteur for human rights in Iran of taking bribes from the United States.

Philippines: Syrian Rebels Fail to Release UN Peacekeepers

The Philippine government says Syrian rebels have failed to release 21 Filipino UN peacekeepers and stuck to their demands for repositioning of Syrian government forces before any handover.

North Korea’s Peace Pact With South Annulled

North Korea announced on Friday it was voiding non-aggression pacts with South Korea and severing a hotline with Seoul, hours after the UN Security Council adopted tough new sanctions on Pyongyang.

US Austerity Ripples Outward

Since the 2008 financial crisis and most recently with the broad federal spending cuts beginning on March 1, experts have warned that an austerity-minded political system could bring about dramatic changes in the US foreign aid model.

Ferguson Assures Rooney Over Future

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson broke his silence on Friday over this week’s Champions League exit and dismissed media speculation that dropped striker Wayne Rooney’s Old Trafford days were numbered.

Protester Killed as Egypt Braces for Court Verdict

A protester was shot dead in clashes in Port Said early on Friday on the eve of a court verdict on a deadly football riot, with unrest pushing Egypt’s already precarious government to the brink.

Call forGlobal Atomic Disarmament

Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaei has reiterated the call for a stronger global action to promote nuclear disarmament at an international level.

Defensive Power Based On Nation’s Support

Iran’s defensive power is based on the nation’s support, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Hassan Firouzabadi said on Thursday.

Azeri Official Stresses Iran Ties

Deputy Prime Minister of Republic of Azerbaijan Yagub Eyubov on Thursday underlined the need to strengthen friendly ties between the two countries, saying his country will always stand by Iran.

24th Fleet Heading For Malacca Strait

Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said the Navy’s 24th fleet is leaving China’s port city of Zhangjiagang for the Strait of Malacca.

Zardari Will Visit Iran To Inaugurate IP Project

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Moazzam Ahmad Khan said that President Asif Ali Zardari would be visiting Iran on March 11 to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the gas pipeline project.

P5+1 More LogicalAt Almaty

A senior diplomat said the proposals recently tabled by the group of six major world powers on the issues relating to Iran’s nuclear program incorporate more logical elements which are closer to Tehran’s views.