Iran English language newspaper headlines on Saturday, 30-06-2018

Iran Daily

Rouhani: Iran closer to fuel self-sufficiency, may even export
President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday that Iran is closer to its goal of self-sufficiency in gasoline production after inaugurating the second phase of the Persian Gulf Star Refinery in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas.

Zarif to Pompeo: US squanders its citizens’ resources
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the US is squandering the resources of its own nation to push ahead with its policy of adventurism abroad and support “terror-sponsoring regimes,” stressing that the American people have had enough of “corruption” and “injustice” at home.

Turkey vows to keep Iran ties despite US pressure
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday his country does not have to abide by “unilateral” US decisions on Iran, saying that Ankara would not cut off trade with its neighbor at the behest of others.

US likely to offer waivers for Iran oil buyers
The United States softened its stance on Iran’s oil exports on Thursday, suggesting there could be waivers for the buyers of Iranian crude, as Washington gears up to reimpose sanctions against Tehran in November.

Iranian juniors grab three Asian rowing medals
Iranian rowers collected three medals, including two golds, at the 2018 Asian Rowing Junior Championships in South Korea.

EU leaders defend migration deal as doubts emerge
EU leaders defended a hard-won migration deal agreed after marathon talks on Friday that Italy hailed as a breakthrough despite emerging doubts on whether bloc partners would shoulder more responsibility for migrants.

Zarif: World’s inaction on Sardasht chemical attack paved way for repetition of similar tragedies
The Iranian foreign minister said world’s inaction for the 1987 chemical bombing of Iran’s city of Sardasht by the Iraqi Army paved the way for repetition of similar horrible tragedies, this time by terrorist groups against civilians in Syria and Iraq.

Rouhani sends message to Brazilian counterpart on nuclear deal
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sent a verbal message to his Brazilian counterpart Michel Temer on the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement from which the US government withdrew in May.

Iran: Intelligence sharing key to war on terror
Iran’s Permanent Representative and Ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo called for the creation of enhanced intelligence sharing mechanisms among nations as a necessary move that can help halt the spread of terrorist activities across the world.

Tehran Times

Zarif urges WMD fight as Iran marks gas attack on Sardasht
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif released a statement on Thursday sympathizing with the victims of chemical attack on the Iranian Kurdish town of Sardasth by the Saddam regime in 1987 and renewing Tehran’s demand for a total ban on production and use of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in the region and the world at large.

Iran says Saudi plan to boost oil output ridicules OPEC
Iran criticized Saudi Arabia’s plan to raise oil output and pressure from the United States on Riyadh do so, saying this was in breach of OPEC’s decision last week and belittled the producer group.

Takfiri militants lay down arms in Syria’s Dara’a
Foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants in a number of areas in the northern sector of Syria’s southern province of Dara’a have laid down their arms and renounced violence in the wake of territorial gains being made by government troops and allied fighters from popular defense groups.

It would be crazy to pretend that Trump is trustworthy: Jenkins
Peter Jenkins, former UK Ambassador to the IAEA and UN says that “It would be crazy to pretend that President Trump is trustworthy.”

Protesters occupy U.S. Senate building over Trump border policy
Hundreds of protesters have occupied a United States Senate office building and chanted slogans against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy on immigration.

Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones, Zarif tells Pompeo
on Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded to U.S. Secretary of States Mike Pompeo’s comments on demonstrations in Iran, saying it is better that Pompeo take a look at
the situation in his country ranging from its support to “terror-sponsoring regimes”, “blind support” for Israel to “separation of immigrant families and caging of their babies”.

Iran calls OPCW move ‘politically motivated’
Iranian Ambassador to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Alireza Jahangiri has said the recent move by the organization is “politically-motivated”.

Rouhani: We must turn threats into opportunity
President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday that Iran must turn sanctions threats into opportunity by
relying on domestic capacities now that the United States has withdrawn from the international nuclear agreement and plans to reintroduce sanctions on Iran.

Israel’s nukes threat to global security, peace: Hatami
Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami says the Islamic Republic is the biggest victim of chemical weapons, stressing that the Israeli regime’s possession of a massive stockpile of nukes is a threat to international peace and security.