Iran English language newspaper headlines on Thursday , 19-12-2013

Iran Daily 


Eyre:US will oppose new Iran sanctions 

Persian-speaking spokesman for the US secretary of state said Wednesday that Washington would oppose the adoption of fresh nuclear sanctions against Iran based on the Joint Action Plan agreed in Geneva on November 24.


Assad to stay in power 

Western nations have indicated to the Syrian opposition that next month peace talks may not lead to the removal of President Bashar al-Assad and that the Alawites will remain key in any transitional administration, opposition sources say.


Speaker: Iran-Europe ties help Mideast stability

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has called for the expansion of cooperation and dialogue between Iran and European countries as a contributing factor to stability in the Middle East.


Araqchi:Iran-P5+1 talks today

Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said that Iran and world powers will resume expert level talks in Geneva on December 19.


Indians demand US apology

Protesters outside the American embassy in New Delhi on Wednesday demanded an apology from the US for the action taken against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade.


Three IRGC personnel killed in southeast 

Three members of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) were killed when their vehicle hit a booby trap in the border region of Saravan in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan.


FM: Iran never poses any threat to regional security

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran has never posed any threat to regional security as claimed by certain countries.


Senator offers to follow up Levinson case in Iran 

Sen. Bill Nelson said Tuesday he is willing to travel to Iran if it would help find missing CIA contractor Robert Levinson who disappeared while on a secret intelligence mission to Iran.


Russia urges implementation of nuclear deal 

Russian foreign minister underlined the need for full implementation of the recent Geneva deal over Iran’s nuclear energy program.


Saudi envoy slams West over Iran, Syria

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Britain Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz Al Saud criticized the West for its policies vis-à-vis Syria and Iran.


Geneva deal paves way for opportunities

Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino, on Wednesday, described the recent nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers as a ‘window of opportunities’ which should be kept open.


Tehran Times 


West to Syria opposition: Assad will remain in power

Western nations have indicated to the Syrian opposition that next month peace talks may not lead to the removal of President Bashar al-Assad and that his Alawite minority will remain key in any transitional administration, opposition sources say.


Nuclear deal with Iran has opened window of opportunity, Italian FM says

Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino has said that the nuclear deal reached by Iran and the six major powers has opened a “window of opportunity” and efforts should be made to keep the window open.


Iranian, Polish docs share top award at Cinéma Vérité

Polish filmmaker Maciej Drygas’s “Abu Haraz” and Iranian director Mostafa Razzaq-Karimi’s “Memories for All Seasons” have shared the Best Feature- Length Documentary Award in the international competition section of the Cinéma Vérité festival.


Merkel compared NSA to East Germany’s Stasi

In an angry exchange with Barack Obama, Angela Merkel has compared the snooping practices of the U.S. with those of the Stasi, the ubiquitous and all-powerful secret police of the communist dictatorship in East Germany, where she grew up.


Saudi Arabia silencing online critics: HRW

Saudi Arabia is trying to silence calls for reform and criticism of its rulers by a campaign of intimidation and arrests against online activists, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.


Morsi facing terrorism charges

Egypt’s public prosecutor ordered former President Mohamed Morsi and 35 other Islamists to stand trial on charges including conspiring with foreign organizations to commit terrorist acts in Egypt and divulging military secrets to a foreign state, Reuters reported.


‘Disassociation’ behind Takfiri infiltration: Hezbollah MP

A Hezbollah MP blamed Wednesday Lebanon’s selfdisassociation policy from the Syrian crisis for the infiltration of Takfiris into the country to implement their plot in the region.


Iran, major powers to resume nuclear talks today

Iran will resume technical talks with world powers in Geneva on Thursday and Friday over how to implement an interim nuclear deal signed last month, according to Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi.


Three IRGC personnel killed in southeast Iran

Three IRGC personnel were killed in southeast Iran early on Wednesday when their vehicle struck an explosive trap, according to an official at the public relations department of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps.


U.S. senator offers to visit Iran to help find missing CIA contractor

Sen. Bill Nelson said on Tuesday he is willing to travel to Iran if it would help find missing CIA contractor Robert Levinson who reportedly went missing while on a secret intelligence mission to Iran, AP reported.


U.S. administration should rein in out-of-touch officials: Zarif

The U.S. administration should rein in officials who are out of touch because they may undermine the process of negotiations between Iran and the world powers over the country’s nuclear program, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said late on Tuesday.


Bombing kills Iranian pilgrim in Iraq

An Iranian pilgrim was killed and 14 others were injured in a terrorists attack near Baghdad on Tuesday, an official at Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization announced on Wednesday. The bombing came a day after two separate attacks on Shia pilgrims in Iraq killed 34 people.


Settlement of Iran nuclear issue makes European missile defense shield unnecessary: Lavrov

The settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue will make unnecessary the deployment of missile defense in Europe, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, Voice of Russia reported.


‘Iran-Europe cooperation necessary to combat drugs’

Iran and European countries should cooperate more to combat illicit drugs, according to Mohammad Javad Larijani, secretary general of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights.


Iran sanctions bill is ‘coming’, Republican senator says

Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, the lead Republican working on a bipartisan Iran sanctions bill, said on Tuesday that he is optimistic the measure will come out soon and that members involved can push it forward, National Journal reported.