Iran English language newspaper headlines on Tuesday, 12-03-2013

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Iran, Pakistan Launch Gasline Despite US Threats

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari officially inaugurated the final construction phase of the multi-billion-dollar Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project.

Leader Commends Sports Champions

Leader of the Islamic Revolution hailed Iran’s sportspersons, describing them as the manifestation of resolve and faithfulness and messengers of the Iranian nation’s identity.

North Korea Cuts Off Hotline With South

North Korea has cut off a Red Cross hotline with South Korea as it escalates its war of words against Seoul and Washington in response to a military drill in the South and UN sanctions imposed for its recent nuclear test.

Tractor Hoping for 1st Asian Away Win

Iranian side Tractorsazi of Tabriz had a debut to remember in the Asian Football Confederation Champions League as they kicked off their Group A campaign with a 3-1 win over Al-Jazira of the United Arab Emirates on Match Day One.

Second Anniversary of Japan Tsunami Marked

Japan marked the second anniversary on Monday of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that left nearly 19,000 people dead or missing and has displaced more than 300,000.

Mideast WaterChallenges

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is getting drier at an alarming rate.

West Hostility Against Iran Futile

Vice President for international affairs Ali Saeedlou advised western powers to stop hostile acts against Tehran, and said such enmity will merely harm their own interests.

EU Diplomats Expect Partial Removal of Sanctions

Diplomatic sources in Europe said that the grounds are ready now to lift part of the current economic sanctions on Iran in the next round of talks between Tehran and the six world powers.

UN Chief: Almaty Negotiations Positive

Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon has described the Almaty talks between Iran and the P5+1 of world powers as positive, urging Iran to respond to international concerns about its nuclear energy program.

Iran UN’s ‘Number One Partner’ in Drug War

Executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has said Iran is the international body’s ‘number one partner’.

Army Will Test-Fire New Missile Systems

A senior Iranian commander says the Army Ground Forces plan to test-fire new indigenously-manufactured missile systems in an upcoming military exercise scheduled for the end of the current Iranian year (March 20, 2013).

Russia Hopeful About Next Nuclear Talks

Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin expressed hope about the success of the next round of negotiations between Iran and the six major world powers in Almaty.

Syrian Army Foiled Foreign Conspiracies

A member of Majlis said the Syrian army has managed to neutralize the barrage of foreign conspiracies against the Arab country.

Talk Offer Aims to Placate Anti-US Sentiments

An offer by the US for direct talks with Iran is aimed at improving its situation in the world which has been deteriorating following the recent economic crisis and Islamic Awakening (Arab Spring) in the region, observed Iran’s former envoy to Baghdad.