Iran English language newspaper headlines on Tuesday, 17-12-2013

Iran Daily 


Dozens killed in Iraq violence

Bombers and gunmen killed at least 54 people in Iraq on Monday, medical and police sources said, in attacks mostly targeting Shia Muslims, who mark a big religious festival next week.


Zarif: US, P5+1 committed to comprehensive deal

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the United States and other members of the P5+1 group are committed to reach a final deal over Tehran’s nuclear program.


Rouhani: Iran has never sought WMD

President Hassan Rouhani said the country has never sought Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and believes possession of such arms is completely against its national interests.


ICRC lauds Iran’s cooperation

As a center of stability in the region, Iran can cooperate with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to resolve turmoil in certain regional countries.


China for diplomacy after US blacklisting

China on Monday urged all parties to be committed to a diplomatic solution on the Iranian nuclear issue after the United States blacklisted additional companies and individuals suspected of evading earlier sanctions against Iran, Xinhua reported.


Israeli soldier killed in clashes with Lebanese forces

Israeli troops shot two Lebanese soldiers early on Monday, hours after a Lebanese soldier killed an Israeli soldier as he infiltrated the border late at night, the Israeli military said.


Deputy FM to meet Ashton

Deputy foreign minister is reportedly scheduled to hold talks with EU Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton in the Belgian capital of Brussels on Tuesday.

Tehran to pursue pipeline attack

Iran sent a top diplomat to Iraq to pursue a terrorist attack against a group of Iranian pipeline workers in the neighboring country.


Submarines designed, developed at home

The Islamic Republic of Iran has developed the capability to design and manufacture various types of submarines, a local official said.


Iran to attend Geneva 2 unconditionally

A top Iranian parliamentary official said Tehran will take part in the Geneva II Conference on the Syrian crisis, but will not accept any preconditions for its participation.


Tehran Times 


Lebanese sniper kills Israeli soldier; Israel hits back

Israeli troops shot two Lebanese soldiers early on Monday, hours after a Lebanese army sniper killed an Israeli soldier as he drove along the volatile border late at night, AP reported.


EU ready to suspend Iran sanctions swiftly

The EU said Monday it was ready to suspend some sanctions against Iran as soon as experts check that Tehran is implementing the terms of a historic deal on its nuclear program, AFP reported.


Iran believes final nuclear agreement is possible: Zarif

Iran believes it can reach a final deal with world powers to resolve the decade-old dispute over its nuclear program, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an interview with the Washington Post’s David Ignatius published on Monday.


New facts emerge about massacre in Adra, some victims reportedly cooked alive in bakery ovens

Over 80 civilians in Adra, located in northwest of the Syrian capital of Damascus, have been executed by extremist rebels with many others tortured and kidnapped, a new report says.


Israeli, Saudi diplomats held meeting in Monaco: reports

Israel’s official state radio has reported that a “historic meeting” was held between Israeli and Saudi diplomats on the sidelines of the World Policy Conference in Monaco.


More than 50 killed in Iraq in run-up to Arbaeen

Suicide bombers and gunmen killed at least 54 people in Iraq on Monday, medical and police sources said, in attacks mostly targeting Shia Muslims, who mark the big religious festival of Arbaeen next week.


Zarif tells Kerry: Iran dissatisfied over new sanctions

During a telephone conversation between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Zarif has voiced dissatisfaction over the U.S. recent move to put new sanctions on the country.


11-year-old girl’s organs donated for transplants

Babol Medical Sciences University announced on Monday that a young patient, named Kowsar Ashoran, was hospitalized a few days ago in her hometown of Babol for loss of consciousness, IRNA reported.