Iran English language newspaper headlines on Sunday, 30-12-2018

Iran Daily

Zarif: US military presence in Persian Gulf illegal, source of tension
Iranian Foreign Minister criticized the US illegal military presence in the Persian Gulf, saying it creates tension in the region.

Yemen’s Houthis begin withdrawal from Hodeida port
Yemen’s Houthi fighters have begun to withdraw from the port of Hodeida, the country’s key aid lifeline, under an agreement reached in Sweden earlier this month, a UN official said Saturday.

Egypt kills 40 ‘terrorists’ in crackdown after Giza attack
Egyptian police killed 40 suspects in a crackdown on Saturday after a roadside bomb hit a tour bus claiming the lives of three Vietnamese holidaymakers and an Egyptian guide.

Trade wars cost US, China billions of dollars each in 2018
The US-China trade war resulted in billions of dollars of losses for both sides in 2018, hitting industries including autos, technology – and above all, agriculture.

Zarif: Iran to keep supporting Palestinians
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in a meeting with Secretary General of Palestinian Islamic Jihad Ziyad Rashid al-Nakhalah, underlined that his country will keep supporting the Palestinian people against Israel.

Iran’s IRGC: US pullout from Syria sign of defeat
The deputy commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out US troops from Syria is a sign of Washington’s defeat in the region.

Iran’s envoy meets top Pakistani commander
Iran’s Ambassador to Islamabad Mehdi Honardoost met with Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan General Zubair Mahmood Hayat in Ralwapindi.


Tehran Times

Chabahar trilateral agreement to take effect on Feb. 26
According to the deputy head of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) for ports and economic affairs, the trilateral agreement between Iran, India and Afghanistan on transit of goods via Iran’s southeastern port of Chabahar will be officially implemented on February 26, 2019.

Iran builds radars to monitor satellites in low earth orbit

Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps second-in-command, announced on Saturday that Iranian experts have succeeded to build radars to monitor satellites in low earth orbit (LEO).

Saudi cabinet reshuffle: An attempt to avert potential dangers
The cabinet reshuffle carried out by King Salman of Saudi Arabia has raised a lot of questions about the real motives behind the changes and future steps taken by the Saudi regime.

Pentagon and CIA are against Trump, reasons of US withdrawal from Syria: Anzour
After Donald Trump said he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria, the Turkish military operation against Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria has been postponed. Currently, the main cast in Syria is assessing the position of their forces to continue fighting the remaining ISIS presence after the departure of the U.S.

No competition between Gwader and Chabahar ports: Pakistan parliament speaker
Asad Qaiser, speaker of Pakistan’s National Assembly, believes that “there is no competition” between Gwader port owned by Pakistan and Chabahar port in Iran.

Pakistan fencing Afghan border to curb infiltration, but Afghans not happy
Pakistan and Afghanistan, the two estranged neighbors with history of hostility and bad blood, have made concerted efforts in recent months to open a new chapter in their bilateral relations.

Snow tubing fun in central Iran
Young people revel in Fereydunshahr ski resort, which is nestled in the foothills of the Zagros mountain range in Isfahan province, central Iran, December 28, 2018.

Zarif: U.S. should drag the world into chaos if it tries to prevent Iran’s oil export
Iran’s foreign minister says the U.S. would have to resort to policies that would drag the world into a chaotic state if it tried to actually shut down Iran’s oil exports.

Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader meets Zarif
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday that Iran will stand beside the Palestinian people and will continue supporting the Palestinian cause.

US policies in the region have failed: general
Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps second-in-command, said on Saturday that the U.S. policies and strategies in the Middle East region have ended in failure.

Trump couldn’t overcome Iran, Russia aid to Syria: ex-US diplomat
An American author and former diplomat has highlighted reasons behind President Donald Trump’s recent decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria, saying Trump “could see no way of overcoming Iranian and Russian aid” to the Damascus government.

JCPOA an ‘existential interest’ for Europe: researcher
The director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) think tank in Rome, Italy, has described the 2015 nuclear deal as an “existential interest” for Europe, stressing that the 28-member European Union is doing everything it can to save the agreement.