Iran English language newspaper headlines on Wednesday, 28-02-2018

Iran Daily

France-Iran oil trade surpassed $2b in 2017: Envoy
Oil trade between Iran and France surpassed $2 billion in 2017, French Ambassador to Tehran François Senemaud said on Tuesday, hoping bilateral business will continue as normal.

South Korean prosecutors seek 30 years’ jail for ousted president
South Korean prosecutors on Tuesday sought a 30-year jail term for former president Park Geun-hye who was ousted last year amid an influence-peddling scandal as supporters braved the winter cold outside the Seoul court demanding her immediate release.

Araqchi:US failure at UNSC sign of Iran’s power
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi on Tuesday called Russia’s veto of a UK-drafted resolution aimed at pressuring Iran over alleged weapons supplies to Yemeni fighters at the UN Security Council yet another defeat for the US.

UK: Staying in EU customs union would be sellout
Britain must leave the EU customs union to strike new trade deals after Brexit, the country’s trade minister said Tuesday, widening a major fissure within British politics over future trade relations with the bloc.

Russia: Terrorists shelling evacuation route from Syria’s Ghouta
The Russian military on Tuesday accused terrorists in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta of raining mortar fire down on an evacuation route opened to allow civilians to leave the conflict zone.

Nobakht: Iran will withdraw from JCPOA if its interests not served
Iran government’s spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht said Tehran will withdraw from the nuclear agreement if the country’s national interests are not secured.

Zarif, Serbian officials discuss several issues in Belgrade
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the second day of the first leg of his Balkans tour on Tuesday met with president of the Serbian National Assembly and prime minister.

Spain to grant €100m credit to Iran
An official of Spain’s Aresbank said Tuesday that his bank will grant a short-term refinance credit line worth €100 million to Iran.

Tehran Times

Saudi regime fires top army chiefs
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has fired the kingdom’s military chief of staff and several other high ranking military officers.

Serbia underlines development of trade ties with Iran
Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif called for expansion of Tehran-Belgrade trade ties, the portal of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) reported.

Tehraners exhaust water supplies, says mayor
Water supplies in Tehran are being exhausted as consumption in the capital city is three times the carrying capacity, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Ali Najafi said on Tuesday.

Zarif says U.S., Europe aware of Iran’s regional influence
The United States and Europe consider Iran as an influential country in the region, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday, adding that Iran is the safest country in the region despite all problems.

National handicrafts exhibit underway in Shiraz
A woman seating opposite a carpet loom practices weaving a rug during her visit to a national handicrafts sales exhibit in Shiraz, southern Iran, on February 27, 2018.

MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS UK-US duplicity fails at UN
The United States and United Kingdom, backed by a whole gamut of other allies, failed on Monday to pass a resolution at the UN Security Council which sought to legitimize accusations that Iran is responsible for arming Houthis in Yemen.

Austria has strong stake in preserving JCPOA: ambassador
Stefan Scholz, Vienna’s ambassador to Tehran, believes that the 2015 nuclear deal will continue to stand even in the most unwanted event that the United States withdraws from it, provided that Iran continues to fulfill its obligations, thus enabling European countries to follow suit.