A Look at Iranian Newspaper Front Pages on December 23

Iran Front Page – IFP has taken a look at the front pages of Iranian newspapers on Sunday, December 23, 2018, and picked headlines from 14 of them. IFP has simply translated the headlines and does not vouch for their accuracy.

The top story in all papers today was the alleged encounter of IRGC boats and a US warship in the Persian Gulf.

Several papers also covered the comments made by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in an interview with the French newspaper Le Point.

Donald Trump’s decision to withdrawal US forces from Syria and Afghanistan also remained a top story today.

The above issues, as well as many more, are highlighted in the following headlines and top stories:



1- Iraq PM Praises US Decision to Extend Baghdad’s Exemption from Iran Bans

2- Veteran American Diplomats: US Withdrawal from Afghanistan to Endanger Peace Prospect


Aftab-e Yazd:

1- Zarif to Le Point: Why Didn’t Macron React to Netanyahu’s Remarks?

2- Christmas Throws Oil Market into Chaos

  • Global Markets in Shock ahead of New Year

3- US Will Sooner or Later Enter into Talks with Iran: Senior Lawmaker



1- Omar al-Bashir Hit by Rubble of Poverty

  • A Look at Causes, Consequences of Popular Protests in Sudan

2- Lake Urmia on Path of Revival



1- Betrayal of Kabul, Celebration of Taliban, NATO’s Mistrust

  • Trump Decides to Withdraw Forces from Afghanistan

2- Iran, Not US, Responsible for Security of Hormuz Strait



1- IRGC Chief-Commander: Iran’s Defensive Power Deterrent

2- Iran’s Extraction from Joint Gas Field South Pars to Be on Par with Qatar This Year

3- Zarif to Le Point: Europe Wants to Swim but Not Get Wet!



1- IRGC’s Offensive War Games in World’s Energy Hub

2- French Court Confirms Corruption of Total in Iran’s Oil Industry

  • Total Fined Only 500,000 euros

3- Jewish MP: Religious Minorities in Iran Turned into First-Class Citizens after 1979 Revolution


Jomhouri Eslami:

1- Central Bank’s Domination over Forex Market More than Ever: Governor

2- Washington Post: Trump Told 7,000 Lies in First 700 Days of Presidency

3- South Pars Gas Field Brings $250 Billion Revenues for Iran

4- US Airstrike on Eastern Syria Leaves 30 Dead



1- Trump’s Stubbornness Shuts Down US Government

  • Third Gov’t Shutdown in One Year after Senate Refuses to Fund Mexico Border Wall

2- Details of IRGC Boats’ Encounter with American Warship



1- Germany Bans Flights of Iranian Airliner in Addition to Refuelling Ban

2- Tenth Yellow Vest Protester Killed in Sixth Weekend of French Protests


Mardom Salari:

1- Iraqi PM Pleased with Being Exempted from Iran Bans

  • Iraq Can Purchase Electricity from Iran for 90 More Days

2- Zarif to Le Point: We’ve Never Sought to Eliminate another Country

3- Iran Denies Holding Talks with US Diplomats in London



1- Ebrahim Raisi to Be Appointed as Head of Judiciary

2- War between Businessmen, Generals; Why Pentagon Chief Resigned


Setareh Sobh:

1- FM Zarif’s Analysis of US, Saudi Hostiles Moves against Iran

2- Iran Must Use Heavy Weight of Europe to Prevent US Stonewalling

3- Message of US’ Untimely Withdrawal from Syria



1- Washington in a Coma: Trump Fulfils His Promise to Shut Down Government

2- Exhausted by War, Yemen Arrives in UAE for AFC Asian Cup


Vatan-e Emrooz:

1- Clinton Slams Syria Withdrawal: US Leaving Everything for Iran, Russia