Iran English language newspaper headlines on Wednesday, 13-12-2017

Iran Daily

Iran’s five-month gas exports to Iraq up 64%
Iran announced that its exports of natural gas saw a huge rise over a period of five months starting March 21 which was a result of rising supplies to its western neighbor Iraq.

Oil tops $65 for first time since 2015
Oil rose above $65 a barrel for the first time since mid-2015 on Tuesday after a shutdown of the UK’s biggest North Sea oil pipeline, which helps set the benchmark for global prices.

Rouhani: Trump’s decision to cause new tension
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani once again on Tuesday slammed the US recognition of Beit-ul-Moqaddas as the Israeli capital and a plan to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city, calling the move “impudent” which would create new tension in the Middle East.

Russia begins its partial withdrawal from Syria
The first group of Russian troops deployed to Syria returned home on Tuesday, the army said, beginning a partial withdrawal announced by President Vladimir Putin.

Iranians collect medals at Asian Youth Para Games
Iranian Paralympians grabbed several medals at the 2017 Asian Youth Para Games in UAE.

UN does not confirm Iran link to Yemen missiles
The missiles were fired by Yemeni Houthi fighters at the Saudi capital on July 22 and November 4 in retaliation for Riyadh’s deadly raids against the country.

Hatami: US move shows its desperation
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said the recent US decision to declare Beit-ul-Moqaddas as the capital of Israel indicates that it has become desperate in the region.

6.2-magnitude earthquake injures 17 in Kerman Province
A magnitude 6.2 earthquake jolted the country’s southern province of Kerman on Tuesday, injuring at least 17 people.

UK foreign secretary asked Iran to release spies: MP
Spokesperson for the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Hossein Naqavi Hosseini said British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has asked Tehran to release two spies jailed in Iran.

Daesh seeking foothold in Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan
Iran’s Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi raised the alarm about the Daesh terrorist group’s attempt to establish its self-proclaimed caliphate in Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan after being flushed out of Iraq and Syria.

JCPOA Joint Commission to meet today
The 10th meeting of Iran nuclear deal joint commission is scheduled to be held in Austria’s capital, Vienna, today.

Tehran Times

Majlis urges Islamic states to cut ties with Israel
In a statement released on Tuesday, Iranian lawmakers strongly condemned the U.S. president for recognizing al-Quds as Israeli capital and called on Muslim nations to break off ties with the Tel Aviv regime and lower economic ties with the United States.

‘We have damaged the environment and have to do something about it’
No political boundaries matter when it comes to the environment, said the Iranian deputy environment chief Kaveh Madani.

EU welcomes decline of U.S. global hegemony: expert
Andy Storey, the professor of Politics and International Relations of Dublin University believes that Trump’s recklessness may inadvertantly preciptate a faster decline of the U.S. than would otherwise have occurred, and possibly a desire on the part of European elites to create, for example, an independent military capacity.

Turkish expert: Egypt stance toward Iran affected by Cairo-Riyadh ties
Turkish Political analyst Semih Idiz says Cairo’s position on Iran is driven not only by its close ties to Saudi Arabia, but because as a major Arab power it is also concerned about the increasing Iranian influence in the Middle East.

Section T permits Iran work on non-nuclear weapon applications of detonators: Heinonen
Olli Heinonen, the former deputy director general for safeguards at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), tells the Tehran Times that “According to Section T Iran is permitted to work on non-nuclear weapon applications of detonators, which find their use for example in the oil-industry.

Israeli drone strike leaves 2 Palestinians dead in northern Gaza Strip
At least two people have lost their lives when an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle carried out an attack in the besieged Gaza Strip as occupied Palestinian territories are simmering with tensions following the recent decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Israeli-occupied Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of the Tel Aviv regime.

Funeral held for climbers
Thousands of people attended a funeral procession held on Tuesday for climbers at Mashhad’s Takhti

Rouhani says Quds will be Palestinian capital

IranianPresident Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that al-Quds (Jerusalem) is the territory of all Muslims and will be the capital of Palestine.

Johnson calls his meetings in Tehran ‘worthwhile’

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told the British parliament on Monday that his meetings
in Tehran were “worthwhile”.

Congress misses Trump’s deadline on nuclear deal

Congress is about to miss what was widely seen as a deadline to deal with U.S. President
Trump’s demands for a harder line on the 2015 nuclear deal, failing to agree on new sanctions against Tehran.

General Soleimani offers support for Palestinian groups to resist Trump’s move on al-Quds

General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the IRGC Quds Force, has offered Iran’s “complete support” for Palestinians in their struggle against U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize al-Quds (Jerusalem) as Israel’s capital.

Trump’s al-Quds move sign of frustration, Iran says

Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami said on Tuesday that Donald Trump’s recognition of al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel shows frustration of the U.S. in the Middle East.

UN proves anti-Iran accusations over Yemen wrong

UN officials who examined debris from missiles fired at Saudi Arabia from Yemen have not confirmed that they were Iranian-made, according to a confidential report obtained by AFP on Monday.