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A look at Iranian newspaper front pages on Sept. 27

The speech of the Iranian president at the UN General Assembly and the gold medal Iranian heavyweight weightlifter grabbed in the Asian Games in South Korea dominated the front pages of a majority of Iranian newspapers on Saturday (September 27). Also remarks by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Sacred Defense and talks between Iran, the US and Europe were given front page coverage by several Iranian dailies.

Abrar:“Iran does not need the permission of anybody to help Iraq boost its development and security,” said President Rouhani.

Abrar: “The sports minister is likely to be impeached in case of a delay in the privatization of Persepolis and Esteghlal, [the capital’s two main football clubs].”


Afkar: “Behdad Salimi, Iran’s heavyweight weightlifter at the Asian Games in Incheon, secured the country’s fifth gold medal.”


Aftab-e Yazd: “Moves by the government’s opponents to make the most out of murky waters” was highlighted by the daily to report on the harsh reactions by hardliners to unfounded remarks by the British premier at the UN General Assembly on Iran.


Asia: “Dr. Rouhani invites American businessmen to invest in Iran”, is the daily’s pick for its front page.


Asrar covers different stories on its front page, among them:

“ISIL will lie in ruins if it oversteps Iran’s red lines,” said Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri.

“The previous government has left [its successor] with billions [of tomans] in red ink”, said an Iranian MP.

“The university security is not allowed to intervene in executive affairs,” said Hamid Mirzadeh, the president of the Islamic Azad University.

“US nuclear negotiator Wendy Sherman hopes she can one day make a trip to Iran.”


Ebtekar: “Nuclear talks have reached a breathtaking point,” said the daily, adding thatit seems more likely for the US to soften its demands as far as enrichment is concerned.

Ebtekar: Secretary of the Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei has suggested that IRIB, Iran’s state broadcaster, interview former Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on how things unfolded during the Iran-Iraq war.


Emtiaz: “The factories which pollute the environment will be subject to shutdown,” said the deputy head of the Environment Protection Organization.


Etemad: “The Sacred Defense is a display of the Iranian nation’s glory and magnificence,” said the Supreme Leader in a message marking the Sacred Defense Week.


Ettela’at focused on remarks by President Hassan Rouhani at the UN General Assembly in New York quoting him as saying that arriving at a nuclear agreement with Iran would be a historic opportunity for the West.

Ettela’at dedicated part of its front page to Iran’s economic growth saying that it has risen to 4.6 percent.


Farhikhtegan: “The decision by the Islamic Azad University to increase post-graduate admissions is totally legal,” said Mohammad Ali Najafi, the acting minister of science, research and technology.

Farhikhtegan: “Corruption bubbles up and is institutionalized when bravery is suppressed,” said Seyyed Hassan Khomeini, a member of the Board of Trustees at the Islamic Azad University.


Hambastegi chooses President Rouhani’s words at the UN General Assembly for its front page, highlighting the following:

“Democracy is the product of growth and development, and not war and aggression.”

“The Middle East has a thirst for development and is weary of war.”

“It is a dire necessity to avoid acquisitiveness in [nuclear] talks.”

“The moderate-minded elite in the Middle East can build the strongest coalition against violence.”

“An agreement with Iran would serve the interests of all.”

“The solution to [Iran’s nuclear dispute] lies in holding talks and showing respect, and not in imposing sanctions and pursuing conflict.”


Hemayat took a look at reactions in Tehran to remarks by British Prime Minister David Camron on Iran at his UN General Assembly speech. It highlighted calls by some MPs for the reopening of the British embassy in Tehran to be put on hold.

Hemayat put a report on its front page on fruit prices in Iran, saying the fact that Iran may export fruits to Russia as part of the two countries’ efforts to have closer trade ties has sparked an almost 10% rise in prices.


Iran: “To go ahead with sanctions against Iran is a strategic mistake”, President Rouhani said in his UN General Assembly speech.


Iran Daily: “Iran to establish international medical research center,” Professor Majid Samii, the deputy chief of the Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST) said.


Javan: “Conflicting nuclear signals are sent from New York,” wrote the daily. It quoted Iran’s nuclear negotiator Seyyed Abbas Araghchi as saying that no progress was made in the nuclear talks in New York. Those comments were in contrast with remarks by US Under-Secretary of State Wendy Sherman who said progress is being made in nuclear talks.

Javan: “Ten-hour-long pleasure the Iranian reformist papers took from a historic meeting,” is the sarcastic title the daily has picked for its front page, examining the time span between a meeting between Iran’s president and the British prime minister and the latter’s speech at the UN General Assembly in which he made baseless accusations against Iran.


Kar va Kargar: “The Labor Caucus is to hold an ad hoc session to look into the problems the workers are currently facing,” said Alireza Mahjoob, the Secretary General of the Labor House.


Resalat: “The enemy has no right to determine Iran’s nuclear needs”, interim Friday prayer leader Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi said.


Roozan: “[President] Rouhani has bravely made mention of ‘Dialogue among Civilizations’ championed by [former President Mohammad] Khatami,” said former Vice-President Mohammad-Ali Abtahi.


Sharq: “New nuclear offer by the US to Iran,” is the headline the daily has given to a front page report on the new US proposal.


Tehran Times: “A 200% rise in number of foreign tourists visiting Iran,” said the deputy director of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization.


Vatan-e Emrooz: “Parliament’s opposition to the fee the Central Bank of Iran has decided to charge for transactions involving debit card readers.”

Vatan-e Emrooz: “The US bombardment of Syria’s oil installations” is another front page story in which the daily reviews the expanded airstrikes against ISIL militants.


By Iran Front Page


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