Iran English language newspaper headlines on Wednesday, 16-08-2017

Iran Daily


Iran could quit nuclear deal if new US sanctions imposed
President Hassan Rouhani issued a direct warning to the United States on Tuesday, saying Iran could abandon its nuclear deal with world powers “within hours” if the US imposed any more new sanctions.

Iran Air selecting financiers for 200 jets: CEO
Iran is in the process of selecting financiers for the purchase of 200 passenger aircraft from among many domestic and foreign companies which have submitted their proposals to Iran Air, said the CEO of the national airline.

North Korea holds off on Guam missile plan
North Korea’s leader has delayed a decision on firing missiles toward Guam while he waits to see what the United States does next, the North’s state media said on Tuesday, as South Korea’s president said Seoul would seek to prevent war by all means.

China warns of retaliation as Trump launches trade probe
Trade tensions between the United States and China heated up on Tuesday as Beijing warned that it “will not sit idle” if a US probe into its intellectual property practices leads to sanctions.

Tehran slams terrorist attack in Burkina Faso
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi condemned a terrorist attack on a restaurant in Burkina Faso’s capital, which killed at least 18 people, many of them children.

Baqeri: Iran, Turkey exchange ideas over military issues
Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said on Tuesday that Iran and Turkey share safe and secured borders; however, it was important to pay a visit to Turkey to exchange ideas over military and regional issues.

Bangladesh marks National Mourning Day
Bangladesh observed National Mourning Day on August 15 to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the martyrdom of its founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

IRGC rejects US claim of Iranian drone’s “unsafe approach” to its carrier
Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in a statement rejected US navy claims that an Iranian drone made an “unsafe approach” to a US aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.


Tehran Times


China to fund $250m construction hypermarket project in Iran
Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG) is to finance $250 million in a project for building a hypermarket of construction materials in Iran.

IRGC dismisses claim of ‘unsafe approach’ to U.S. aircraft carrier
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) issued a statement on Tuesday rejecting claims that an Iranian drone had made an “unsafe approach” to an American aircraft carrier.

New environment chief warns of ‘disastrous’ water scarcity
Water scarcity is Iran’s major concern and the situation is ‘disastrous’, the newly-appointed environment chief Isa Kalantari said on Monday.

Russia could hold meeting on Iran nuclear deal: senator
A Russian senator says his country could convene a meeting with the U.S., China, France, Britain and Germany to protect the Iran nuclear deal as the moves by the U.S. is threatening the international agreement.

‘Make America Great Again’ slogan has made hate acceptable in American vocabulary: professor JameJam/ Mehri Gholipour
Professor Nader Entessar from South Alabama University says Donald Trump’s slogan of “Make America Great Again” has made “bigotry, hate, and the fear of ‘others’ acceptable in American political vocabulary”.

Iraq launches operation to liberate Tal Afar from ISIL control
Iraq has begun an operation to liberate the northern city of Tal Afar from ISIL (Daesh) terrorists weeks after driving the terror group out of its last urban stronghold in the country, the Defense Ministry says.

Women’s cycling championship held at Azadi Stadium
Iran’s women’s cycling championship was held in memory of Zeinab Sasanian, who was killed in a car crash in late July.

“Iran will go to pre-nuclear deal stage ‘in hours’ if sanctions reimposed”
President Hassan Rouhani warned on Tuesday that Iran will quit nuclear agreement “in hours” and return to the previous stage if sanctions are re-imposed on the country.

Iran’s military chief visits Turkey for security talks
Iran’s military chief who visited Ankara on Tuesday said he had begun a trip to Turkey to exchange views with Turkish officials on security issues and campaign against terrorism in view of new developments in the region.

Tehran welcomes Baghdad-Erbil talks
The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Monday welcomed talks between the Iraqi central government and the Iraqi Kurdistan as a push for independence referendum in the Kurdistan region has caused concerns in Iraq and neighboring countries.

Rouhani defends ministers, vows structural reforms
President Hassan Rouhani went to the parliament on Tuesday for a long hearing on his priorities in his second four-year term, defending his ministerial roster and pledging “structural reforms” and “daring decision-making”.