A look at Iranian newspaper front pages on Feb. 22

IFP has taken a look at the front pages of newspapers on Sunday and picked headlines from 16 of them. IFP has simply translated the headlines and does not vouch for their accuracy.

Nuclear talks in Geneva between representatives of Iran and the US and the addition of new faces to the Iranian negotiating team along with the passing of Seyyed Sadegh Tabatabai, an associate of the late Imam Khomeini during his years in exile, dominated the front pages of Iranian dailies on Sunday.


Abrar: Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has arrived in Geneva.

His arrival came as a second day of talks [at deputy ministerial level] joined by the director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran was held on Saturday. Also over the weekend Zarif’s deputy Abbas Araghchi said there won’t be a two-stage deal.



Afkar: Ali Akbar Salehi has met with the US energy secretary.

The meeting between the director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran with Ernest Moniz was held in Geneva.



Aftab-e Yazd: Parliament has voted for an increase in electricity and gas bills.



Arman-e Emrooz: Salehi and Fereydoon have traveled to Geneva

With nuclear talks between Iran and P5+1 entering a sensitive final stage, director of the Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi and Hossein Fereydoon, a special adviser to the president, have arrived in Geneva to join the negotiations.

Arman-e Emrooz: Some 120 bank accounts suspected of having been used for money laundering have been blocked.

Attorney General Seyyed Ebrahim Raeesi made the announcement.

Arman-e Emrooz: “We won’t give in to rogue elements,” said Ali Jannati.

The minister of culture and Islamic guidance also said that some are taking advantage of the religious sentiments of the public.



Asrar: “Supporters of the previous government do not allow the Rouhani administration to fulfill its responsibility,” said Masoud Pezeshkian, an MP.



Ebtekar: Seyyed Sadegh Tabatabai has passed away.

Tabatabai, a nephew of Imam Musa al-Sadr and the brother in law of Seyyed Ahmad Khomeini, the late Imam’s son, has died of lung cancer in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Ebtekar: Traces of laundered money in political games

Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli has said drug trafficking money has been used in electoral campaigning.



Ettela’at: “Current juncture offers the best opportunity to cut dependence on oil,” said the Iranian economy minister.

The comment by Ali Tayyebnia came as First Vice-President Eshagh Jahangiri said, “With or without sanctions, the principles of a resistance-based economy will be followed.”

Ettela’at: The chemical weapons of Muammar Qaddafi have fallen into the hands of IS.

IS terrorists have test-fired the chemical weapons stolen from the military depots of the deposed Libyan leader. The terrorist group has also claimed responsibility for an attack on a Libyan town that left dozens killed.



Hemayat: The national police chief has said that provision of shelter for homeless addicts is on the agenda of law enforcement.

The comment by Brigadier General Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam came as the interior minister said the turnover of drug trafficking stands at two-thirds of the country’s annual budget.



Iran: “Rouhani’s presidency is more difficult than the conditions that prevailed in the immediate aftermath of war,” said Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

The chairman of the Expediency Council also said the problems the Rouhani administration has inherited from the previous government are worse than what we went through during the war. “I have full confidence in President Rouhani.”

Iran: “The Environment Protection Organization is no place for settling political scores,” said the first vice-president.

Eshagh Jahangiri made the comment at an international environment exhibition in Tehran.



Jomhouri Islami: Following a decision by the Expediency Council the way elections are monitored will undergo change.

Under the new arrangements a Central Election Commission, which brings together the representatives of all three government branches and national confidants, will be formed.



Kar va Kargar: “Rumors that there has been an Ebola outbreak in the country are a media mischief,” said Health Minister Hassan Hashemi.

Kar va Kargar: “Without environmental studies no permission will be issued to development or industrial projects,” said Eshagh Jahangiri.

The vice-president made the comment in a speech at an international environment exhibition.



Kayhan: More than 200,000 deaths and 10 million displacements, a present the West has offered to the Syrian people.

The figures were released by a spokesman of the UN secretary general who said Ban Ki-moon calls for an immediate end to the Syrian crisis.

Kayhan: Israel is training IS leaders in Sinai Peninsula.



Resalat: “The leader has the ultimate say, I have a duty to abide by,” said Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

The chairman of the Expediency Council also said that he has no interest in running for chairmanship of the Assembly of Experts.

Resalat: “Products of countries which have imposed sanctions on Iran should not be bought or advertised,” said Gholamali Haddad Adel, [a principlist MP and a former parliament speaker].



Shahrvand: “As many as 30 million Iranians are affected by air pollution,” said the first vice-president.



Sharq: The daughter of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khatami has passed away.

The president has offered condolences to former President Mohammad Khatami on the passing of his sister.



Taadol: New nuclear lineup of Iran and the US in Geneva

Appearance of new faces on both sides has made a deal more likely than ever. Meanwhile, Seyyed Hossein Mousavian, a former Iranian nuclear negotiator, said that the current understanding is enough to strike a final deal.


By Iran Front Page