Iran English language newspaper headlines on Thursday, 06-04-2017

Iran Daily

France removes restrictions on Bank Saderat
France’s Central Bank lifted banking restrictions on the Paris branch of Bank Saderat Iran (BSI) thus paving the way for regular banking transactions between the two countries, a report said.

Strong quake hits northeastern Iran
A powerful earthquake struck near the holy city of Mashhad on Wednesday, killing at least one person and injuring about 20 others.

Daesh suicide bombers kill 31 in Iraq’s Tikrit
Terrorists opened fire and later blew themselves up in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, killing at least 31 people in an attack claimed Wednesday by the Daesh terror group.

EU lawmakers adopt Brexit ‘red lines’
The European Parliament on Wednesday overwhelmingly adopted its “red lines” for tough Brexit negotiations, insisting Britain first agree divorce terms before striking a new trade deal.

US sanctions bill delayed over Iran election
US lawmakers said that a bill to impose new sanctions on Iran has been delayed in the Senate due to concerns about the European Union’s reaction and Iran’s May presidential election.

Kremlin rejects reports on Russia-US talks on Iran
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed media reports claiming that Moscow and Washington had recently discussed Iran through a “back-channel line of communication”.

Iran calls for fighting against sponsors of terrorists
Iran’s top security official said brutal crimes committed by terrorist groups against innocent civilians show that effective and all-out confrontation with these anti-humane elements, their intellectual origins and their supporters should be high on the agenda of the international community.

CBI: Luxembourg court to review Iran frozen assets case
Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Valiollah Seif said a Luxembourg court responsible for freezing $1.6 billion of Iranian assets in the European country has accepted to reconsider the case.

Attack on Iranian teen highlights hate crime in UK
A 17-year-old Iranian migrant was attacked last weekend in Croydon in south London. The incident, which left him badly injured, highlights the rise in hate crime in Britain.

Tehran Times

Iran abhors chemical attack in Syria
Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday condemned use of chemical weapons in the northern Syrian province of Idlib on Tuesday which left at least 70 people killed.

Petchem exports projected to hit $11 billion
The National Petrochemical Company plans to export 23 million tons of petrochemical products, worth $11 billion, during the current Iranian calendar year (started on March 21).

Talks with Mitsubishi ongoing despite Boeing deal, Iran says
Iran’s Aseman Airlines said negotiations with Japan’s Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. on the purchase of passenger jets are still ongoing despite its having signed a new agreement with Boeing Co. on the purchase of 30 planes.

McCain endorses Boeing’s new Iran deal, says it’s ‘completely legal’
Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona who has been a leading voice against the Iran nuclear deal, threw his full support behind Boing’s new agreement with Iran’s Aseman Airlines, saying there is little Congress can do to block the plane sale.

Foreign Office defends navy for ordering Spanish warship out of Gibraltar waters
The British Foreign Office defended the Royal Navy’s decision to order a Spanish warship out of Gibraltar’s disputed territorial waters, the latest spat in the row between Britain and Spain over the enclave’s future after Brexit.

Bannon loses National Security Council role in Trump shakeup
President Donald Trump reorganized his National Security Council on Wednesday, removing his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, and downgrading the role of his Homeland Security Adviser, Tom Bossert, according to a person familiar with the decision and a regulatory filing.

Quake jolts northeastern Iran; 1 dead, 17 injured
An earthquake measuring 6 on the Richter scale hit parts of the northeastern province of Khorasan Razavi on Wednesday morning, leaving one dead and 17 injured.

Chomsky to Mattis: U.S., not Iran, greatest threat to world peace
The American left-wing philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky said it is the U.S. rather Iran which poses “the greatest threat” to the world peace, taking a swipe at U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis who branded Iran as so.

Defense Ministry a technological mogul: Dehghan
Iran’s Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said on Wednesday the ministry has now developed into a technological mogul and branched out into other key sectors vital for the country to keep the country running.

Iran urges global action against terrorist supporters
Following a deadly terrorist attack on the St. Petersburg metro on Monday, Iran’s Supreme National Security Council secretary Ali Shamkhani said on Wednesday that it is necessary the international community launch a comprehensive war against terrorists, counter their ideology, and also take action against their supporters.

U.S. withdraws from anti-Iran sanction bill over ‘concerns’ about Iran election
U.S. Senate has postponed a bill to impose new sanctions against Iran due to “concerns” about Iran’s upcoming presidential election, Republican Senator Bob Corker has said.

Iran, Hungary set to sign deal for nuclear cooperation
Iran and Hungary plan to sign an agreement on April 8 to expand nuclear cooperation, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi announced on Wednesday.