Iran English language newspaper headlines on Wednesday, 11-04-2018

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Total finalizes tenders for developing SP Phase 11
France’s energy giant Total has carried out tendering for subcontracts and other preparatory work at its South Pars Phase 11 project in Iran, said managing director of Pars Oil and Gas Company (POGC).

Iran’s transit revenues up by 20%
Iran’s revenues via transit registered a 20-percent growth during the last fiscal year which ended on March 20.

China files trade complaint against US over metal tariffs
China has filed a World Trade Organization complaint challenging US President Donald Trump’s tariff hike on imported steel and aluminum, the trade body said Tuesday.

Kim makes first official mention of US-North Korea talks
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un acknowledged the prospect of talks with the United States, state media reported Tuesday, in his first official mention of dialogue with Washington ahead of a planned summit with US President Donald Trump.

Russia says no chemical attack occurred in Syria
Russia and the United States traded threats at a United Nations Security Council meeting over reports of a deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta.

European official: Europe seeking to preserve JCPOA
Europe is currently seeking to work out methods to preserve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed between Iran and P5+1 in July 2015, and will continue its efforts to this end, said a member of the Executive Board of the European Leadership Network (ELN).

Zarif: Iran, Brazil have ample opportunities to broaden economic ties
Iran’s foreign minister highlighted the opportunities available for Tehran and Brasilia to broaden their bilateral economic relations, saying Iran supplied the South American country’s energy demands in the past and can now work with it in the oil and gas industry.

Defense minister advises enemies not to test Iran’s defense power
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami highlighted the country’s military preparedness in the face of foreign threats and said the enemies are well-advised not to test the Islamic Republic’s power.

Tehran City Council accepts mayor’s resignation
Tehran City Council finally accepted the mayor’s resignation on Tuesday after Mohammad Ali Najafi submitted his resignation for the second time.

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Tehran says Israel’s Syria airstrike won’t go unanswered
A top Iranian politician said on Tuesday that a recent Israeli airstrike on an airbase in Syria will not escape a proper response.

Councilors finally accept mayor’s resignation, name care taker
Despite all the efforts to convince Mohammad Ali Najafi to keep his post as mayor of Tehran, eventually the Tehran City Council accepted his resignation on Tuesday.

U.S. guided-missile destroyer setson move to Syrian coast
An escalating war of words has broken out between Moscow and Washington over a suspected chemical attack in a Syrian rebel-held town, raising international tensions amid calls for action at an urgent United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting.

Turkey to stay in Afrin ‘until new Syria elections’
Turkey’s defense minister says Syria’s northern city of Afrin would be handed over to a central
government in Syria when a new administration has been formed following elections.

UNIDO allocates low-interest loan to energy efficiency projects in Iran
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has established a revolving fund for allocating low-interest loan to Industrial Energy Efficiency(IEE) projects in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Sayad Shirazi’s memory is marked
On Tuesday Iran marked the martyrdom anniversary of Ali Sayad Shirazi, a former high-ranking military commander.

Nuclear deal belongs to international community, Tehran says
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Tuesday that the nuclear deal is not owned by the United States which is trying to make decisions on its own.

Iran can return to pre-JCPOA status immediately: Salehi
Ali Akbar Salehi, director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said late on Monday that Iran is fully prepared to immediately expedite nuclear activities similar to the pre-nuclear deal situation in case the U.S. pulls out of the2015 agreement.

Washington will be isolated if it exits JCPOA: nuclear official
Behrooz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), said on Tuesday that the U.S.will be isolated if it exits the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

U.S. seeking pretext to attack Syria, Zarif says
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif who is visiting Brazil told reporters on Tuesday that the U.S. is seeking a pretext to take military action against the Syrian government.

Zaghari case not linked to British debt,Iran says
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Sunday that the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman, is not linked to Britain’s debt to Iran.

Washington continues to violate spirit of nuclear deal
The United States on Tuesday welcomed reports that the European Union was considering new sanctions on Iran and said risks remained for those who were pondering doing business with the Islamic Republic.