Iran English language newspaper headlines on Wednesday, 15-08-2018

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China condemns new US defense act, to assess content
China on Tuesday condemned measures targeting it in a new US defense act, saying it exaggerated antagonism and that Beijing would take a close look at aspects that beef up the role of a US panel that reviews foreign investment proposals.

Oil edges up on Saudi output cut, Iran sanctions
Oil prices rose on Tuesday after Saudi Arabia said it cut production in July, adding to concerns over global supply as US sanctions against Iran curb its exports, though concerns over a slowdown in global economic growth kept a lid on markets.

Erdogan: Turkey to boycott US electronic goods
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said Turkey would boycott US electronic goods like the iPhone in retaliation for punitive sanctions from Washington, as the Turkish lira finally clawed back some ground after going into a tailspin over the tensions.

Iran accounts for 92% of world saffron production
Iran accounts for 92 percent of the world’s saffron production, said the deputy head of Iran’s National Saffron Council.

Iran Christians slam US ‘interventionism’
Iran’s Assyro-Chaldean churches censured US officials’ “interventionist” claims about the situation of religious minorities in the Islamic Republic, calling on Washington to be concerned about its own poor human rights record at home and abroad instead of shedding “crocodile tears” for others.

Saudi Arabia frees three Iranian fishermen
Saudi Arabia has freed three Iranian fishermen detained by the kingdom’s coastguard last year, IRNA quoted an Iranian official as saying on Tuesday, following negotiations between the two regional states.

Iraq’s PM retracts his commitment to US sanctions on Iran
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi stepped back from his commitment to abide by new US sanctions on Iran on Monday, saying his government would only respect the dollar ban in transactions with Iran.

Qassemi rejects claims on Iran’s share of Caspian Sea
Iran’s Foreign Ministry denied as invalid the comments by Rajab Safarov about Iran’s share of the Caspian Sea, saying no such person has ever been involved in the team of Russian negotiators.

Lavrov: Sanctions against Russia, Iran, Turkey aimed at hindering Syria talks progress
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Western countries were trying to influence the success of the Astana process for Syria by imposing sanctions against Russia, Turkey and Iran.

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Annual non-oil exports set to reach $50b by March 2019
Iran’s value of non-oil exports is planned to reach $50 billion in the current Iranian calendar year, which ends on March 20, 2019, according to an official at Trade Promotion Organization (TPO).

Pakistan’s Imran Khan to visit Iran after swearing-in ceremony
Pakistan’s prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan will visit Iran and Saudi Arabia following his swearing-in ceremony later this month.

Corbyn and Netanyahu clash on Twitter
A furor over alleged anti-semitism in Britain’s main opposition party widened when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn exchanged accusations on Twitter over Israeli bloodshed.

Iran’s 50% share of Caspian Sea cannot be legally verified: expert
The director of the International Institute of Khazar Sea Studies (IIKSS) told Mehr News Agency that Iran’s 50% share of Caspian Sea does not have a legal basis.

U.S.-North Korea talks to yield no result: ex-Iranian envoy
The former Iranian ambassador to China highlighted the US government’s non-commitment to its international obligations and expressed pessimism about the future of Washington-Pyongyang talks, saying the negotiations will likely produce no outcome.

Rice harvest season in northern Iran paddy fields
With more than half of summer already passed, farmers in the northern province of Gilan have started harvesting rice from the paddy fields.

Mohamad bin Zayed, Zionist culprit in Mid-East
The Arab media announced a meeting of a United Arab Emirates top security delegation with Tel Aviv officials late last week.

Shamkhani highlights role of private sector in ‘economic war’ on Iran
Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said on Tuesday that the private sector plays an important role in countering the “economic war” launched against Iran by the Trump administration.

All-inclusive talks prerequisite for Caspian seabed carve-up: expert
A senior political analyst believes all Caspian Sea littoral states should sit down for negotiations over carving up seabed of the Caspian Sea.

Deputy foreign ministers of Caspian countries to meet
Deputy foreign ministers of the Caspian countries are planning to hold a meeting in Azerbaijan this fall to discuss the convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov told reporters on Tuesday.

Iran, Iraq sign agreement to beef up border security
Iran and Iraq signed a cooperation agreement on Tuesday for a better guarding of common borders.

Iraqi PM walks back on commitment to U.S. sanctions on Iran
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has contradicted his recent reluctant commitment to abide by renewed U.S. sanctions on Iran, saying his government only committed to not using dollars in transactions with Tehran.