Iran English language newspaper headlines on Tuesday, 23-01-2018

Iran Daily

Iran proposes ‘regional dialogue’ amid fresh tension
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif proposed the establishment of “a regional dialogue forum in the Persian Gulf,” where “fresh conflict and tension” is brewing despite the defeat of Daesh terrorists.

Erdogan: ‘No step back’ in operation against Kurds in Syria
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday vowed that Turkey would not take any step back in its operation against Kurdish militia in Syria’s Afrin region, saying the campaign had the backing of Moscow.

US shutdown extends as crunch vote delayed
Hundreds of thousands of US federal employees stayed home without pay Monday after lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on ending a government shutdown before the start of the working week.

Once operational, remaining SP phases will generate $1b monthly
Iran will earn $1 billion in revenue per month following the completion of the development projects of phases 13 and 14 and 20 to 24 of the South Pars (SP) Gas Field, said Iran’s oil minister on Monday.

Rohingya Muslim refugees’ return to Myanmar delayed
The gradual repatriation of more than 680,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees back to Myanmar from Bangladesh, scheduled to begin Tuesday, has been delayed amid widespread fears that they are being forced to return, Bangladesh said Monday.

Iranian Army conducts drill in southeastern Iran
The Iranian Army warned two US-led coalition battleships during the first day of military exercises involving ground, naval, and aerial forces in southeastern Iran.

Araqchi: It would be wrong to give concessions to Trump over JCPOA
Iran’s deputy foreign minister described some Europeans’ policy to give concessions to the US president in order to keep him in the nuclear deal as “wrong,” saying that the policy would backfire, IRNA reported.

Diplomat dismisses reports on Iran’s heavy water reactor
The fake reports that Iran has poured concrete into the core of its Arak heavy-water reactor were fabricated by global Zionism to overshadow the facility modernization plans and downplay Tehran’s benefits from the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran’s ambassador to London said.

Iran will not negotiate on its missile program
Iran said it will not negotiate on its missile program with European countries, reiterating that its defensive missile activities are off-limits.

Tehran Times

French foreign minister ‘absolutely wrong’: Iran
The French foreign minister is “absolutely wrong” if he thinks Iran would give in to pressure and sanctions, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Monday, referring to Le Drian’s call for more pressure on Tehran over its missile program.

UAE-backed group vows to ‘overthrow’ Saudi-backed Yemeni government
A group of Yemeni militants backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has pledged to “overthrow” the “government” of a former Yemeni president whom Saudi Arabia has been attempting to prop up as the leader of the war-stricken country.

Belarus underlines enhancing economic ties with Iran
Belarusian Industry Minister Vitali Vouk underscored boosting bilateral economic ties with Iran, IRNA reported.

Boccia league gets underway in Tehran
Boccia league got underway on Sunday in Iran Sports Federation for the Disabled in Tehran, capital of Iran.

Larijani calls Iran-KRG ties ‘strategic’
Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijanisaid on Sunday that Iran has “strategic” relationship with the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (KRG) and seeks to protect it.

Top judge divides protestors into ‘deceived’ individuals and ‘rioters’
Judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani said on Monday that prosecutors should separate “deceived” people from “rioters” in dealing with cases of persons who were arrested during the recent protests in some cities across Iran.

Iran strongly condemns Afghan Intercontinental Hotel attack
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Sunday strongly condemned attack on Afghan Intercontinental Hotel which left at least 22 people killed.

During drills, Iranian forces warn off U.S. battleships
The Iranian Army has warned off two U.S.-led coalition battleships during the first day of military exercises involving ground, naval, and aerial forces in southern Iran.

Iran can set a post-Isis security policy for the region
The defeat of Isis has not just heralded the return of stability to large swaths of territory. It is also fanning fresh conflict and tension — including a concerted effort to revive the hysteria which has long obscured the reality of Iran’s foreign policy.