Iran English language newspaper headlines on Sunday, 9-12-2018

Iran Daily


Iran seeks regional front against US ‘economic terrorism’
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said US sanctions were “economic terrorism”, as he sought to foster a united front from visiting regional officials on Saturdayst US ‘economic terrorism’.

Leader urges CBI to boost currency
Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei ordered the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) to boost the value of rial, the bank’s governor said on Saturday, after a months-long plunge in the currency due to a faltering economy and US sanctions.

Zarif says US has turned Middle East into ‘powder keg’
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday chastised the US policy of pouring weapons into the Middle East far beyond its real defense needs, warning that this has turned the region into a “powder keg.

Tear gas, mass arrests as Paris hit by new ‘yellow vest’ protests
Armored vehicles rolled through central Paris on Saturday as riot police clashed with “yellow vest” demonstrators, who set fire to barricades and hurled rocks in the latest demonstrations against French President Emmanuel Macron.

New head of Merkel party seeks to build bridges with rivals
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s successor at the helm of Germany’s main center-right party sought to consolidate her power on Saturday after a narrow victory, installing a young conservative in a key leadership post in an effort to build bridges with her rivals.

Iran, neighboring states discuss economic, security ties
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani held separate meetings with visiting parliament speakers of Turkey and Pakistan, Afghanistan and Russia in Tehran, discussing economic and security cooperation.

Iran arrests four suspects in Chabahar terrorist attack
The prosecutor of Sistan-Baluchestan Province said on Saturday that security forces have arrested four suspects in connection with Thursday’s deadly car bomb attack in Chabahar.

Parliament speaker urges Pakistan to help release Iranian border guards

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani called on Pakistan to make greater efforts to secure the release of the remaining Iranian border guards abducted by terrorists near a common border back in October after five of the guards were released.



Tehran Times


Iran blames regional spy services for Chabahar attack

Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi on Saturday condemned the recent terrorist attack in Chabahar, southeastern Iran, saying Iran holds regional sponsors of terrorism and spy services accountable for the horrific incident.

NIMA supplies €6.8b for imports goods, services
Since becoming online in early July, Iran’s domestic Forex Management Integrated System (locally known as NIMA) has earned €6.8 billion of foreign currency to be consumed for imports of goods and services into the country, IRIB reported on Saturday.

ICH appoints Iran as new observer

Iran became the new observer of the International Council for Harmonization of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH), the Health Ministry announced in a report published on Saturday.

Political squabbles among OPEC members have weakened its efficacy: Entessar
Touching upon the Qatar’s reasons to withdraw from OPEC, Prof. Entessar said political squabbles among its members have weakened OPEC’s efficacy.

Draft national budget bill is based on gasoline populism
Some details of the national budget bill for the next Iranian fiscal year, which will start on March 21, 2018, were released on Thursday by the Management and Planning Organization.

‘Optimists see a Indo-Pakistani dialogue in post India’s general elections’
Relations between India and Pakistan, the two South Asian estranged neighbors, continue to fluctuate. Kartarpur corridor project had opened a window of opportunity for the two countries to bury the hatchet and strengthen ties, but the BJP government in India hasn’t shown much enthusiasm.

Paris like a conflict zone as police, protesters clash
An estimated 31,000 people joined “yellow vest” anti-government protests across France Saturday, deputy interior minister Laurent Nunez said, adding that 700 people had been detained.

UN has failed to fulfil duties in terror fight, Larijani says
Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said on Saturday that the United Nations Security Council has failed to carry out its duties regarding the fight against terrorism, Mehr reported.

Rouhani: Sanctions are clear ‘example of economic’ terrorism

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that the U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal and reimposition of sanctions against Iran are clear examples of “economic terrorism”.

Zarif says U.S. has turned region into ‘gunpowder store’
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday that the U.S. has turned the Middle East region into a “gunpowder store”.

Rouhani holds talks with parliament speakers
President Hassan Rouhani held separate meetings with top Afghan, Pakistani, Russian and Turkish parliamentarians on Saturday, discussing relations and the fight
against terrorism.

Parliament speakers of six Asian states condemn Chabahar terrorist attack

Parliament speakers of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey, China and Iran issued a joint statement at the end of an anti-terrorism conference in Tehran on Saturday condemning the terrorist attack in Chabahar, a port city in southeastern Iran.

Envoy: Thailand to back ASEAN cooperation with Iran
Thailand’s Ambassador to Iran Kallayana Vipattipumiprates voiced his country’s readiness to promote effective cooperation between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Iran in future.