Iran English language newspaper headlines on Thursday, 17-12-2015

Iran Daily


Rouhani welcomes decision to drop PMD case

President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday the closure of investigations into Iran’s past nuclear activities was a “big success” and a political victory for the country, and that the Islamic Republic would start implementing the deal within weeks.


World reacts to Nigeria massacre

Recent killings and arresting of Shia Muslims by Nigerian soldiers have sparked strong criticism from Iranian top officials.


Kerry: US not seeking ‘regime change’ in Syria

Following lengthy talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said the United States is not seeking regime change in Syria and that the US and Russia see the conflict “fundamentally very similarly”.


Pakistan surprised by its inclusion in Saudi-led coalition alliance

Pakistan found itself in the crosshairs of Middle Eastern politics on Tuesday as Saudi Arabia named it as part of its newly formed 34-nation military alliance of Muslim countries meant to combat terrorism, without first getting its consent.


Gunmen kidnap 26 Qataris in Iraq

Gunmen kidnapped 26 members of a Qatari hunting party in southern Iraq, officials said on Wednesday, the second high-profile seizure of foreign nationals in the country in three months.


Tripartite taskforce set up to modernize Arak reactor

Iran, China and the US have formed a special working group to modernize Arak’s heavy water reactor that Tehran has undertaken to redesign under a July nuclear deal with world powers, Iran’s nuclear chief announced.


Iran VP visits Algeria

Iranian First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri is in Algeirs to confer with the country’s high-ranking officials on regional developments.


Oil official: Iran braced for ‘worst scenario’

A senior energy official said Iran is prepared for the “worst scenario” as oil prices continue the downward spiral amid global supply glut.


Tehran Times


PMD closure is a ‘moral and political victory’ for Iranians: Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani says the International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors’ resolution closing the book on the so-called possible military dimensions (PMD) of Iran’s nuclear program constituted a “moral and political victory” for the Iranian nation.


Tehran urges Nigeria to investigate Shia killings

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that it is essential for Nigeria to form a fact finding committee to investigate the killing of Shias in the country.


Assaluyeh petrochemical zone ‘impressive, fantastic’, foreigners say

A group of foreign participants in the 12th Iran Petrochemical Forum (IPF), went on a one-day tour to petrochemical complexes in the Pars Special Economic Energy Zone (PSEEZ), located in the port city of Assaluyeh, southwestern Bushehr Province.


‘Absolutely no chance’ Iran will delay export boost: deputy minister

There’s “absolutely no chance” Iran will delay its plan to increase oil shipments even as prices decline, said Amir Hossein Zamaninia, the deputy oil minister for international and commerce affairs.


Rafsanjani congratulates PMD closure

Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, chairman of the Expediency Council, has congratulated the closure of PMD dossier at a Tuesday meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors.

Iran nuclear case fabricated scenario: nuclear chief

Iran’s nuclear chief says the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s recent decision to drop the so-called possible military dimensions (PMD) in relation with the country’s nuclear case proved that the entire case was fabricated.


Tehran conducted talks with Moscow to buy T90 tanks: Pourdastan

Tehran has conducted talks with Moscow to buy T90 tanks from Russia, the Army’s ground forces chief Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said on Wednesday.


Iran fully prepared to join WTO: minister

Minister of industry, mine, and trade has said Iran is fully prepared to join the World Trade Organization (WTO).


Assembly of Experts candidate application starts Thursday

The Assembly of Experts candidate signup starts on Thursday, Tehran governor Isa Farhadi said on Wednesday.


Ravanchi castigates U.S. Congress visa bill

Deputy Foreign Minister for European and African Affairs Majid Takhte-Ravanchi on Tuesday criticized the recent U.S. Congress visa bill, saying the bill’s failure to mention supporters of terrorists shows its political approach.


Jafari: Iran’s dignity indebted to revolution’s external influence

Today the grandeur of Iran is indebted to the Islamic Revolution’s external influence, IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said on Wednesday.


Emad missile is quite a conventional weapon: defense chief

Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan said on Wednesday that the Emad missile is quite a “conventional” weapon.


Board of Governors decision opens new chapter in Iran-IAEA co-op: Araqchi

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Tuesday that a decision by the IAEA Board of Governors that closed the Iran nuclear dossier opens a new chapter in cooperation between Tehran and the UN nuclear watchdog.


Iran to redesign Arak reactor core in 2-3 weeks: Russian diplomat

Iranian specialists will complete works on redesigning the core of the heavy water reactor in Arak in two-three weeks, Russia’s permanent representative at international organizations in Vienna told journalists on Wednesday, TASS reported.



U.S. welcomes UN move in closing Iran nuclear dossier

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is applauding a move by the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog to close the book on Iran’s history of nuclear activity.

Tehran urges Nigeria to investigate Shia killings

Some seek to create rift among Muslims but Muslims should raise awareness to maintain unity.