Iran English language newspaper headlines on Sunday, 17-2-2019

Iran Daily

Germany’s Merkel defends stance on Iran nuclear deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel robustly defended the European powers’ decision to stand by the Iran nuclear deal in the face of US criticism as she delivered a spirited backing Saturday of her multilateral approach to global affairs.

Thousands attend funeral for IRGC members killed in terror bombing

Dozens of comrades circled caskets on the back of trucks on Saturday as thousands of mourners attended a mass funeral for 27 elite Islamic Revolution Guards Corps soldiers killed in a suicide car bombing this week in Iran’s southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan Province.

Iranian clothing designers: Time ripe to boost domestic production, exports

With unilateral US sanctions on Iran already in place, time is ripe for Iranian clothing designers and producers to unlock their potentials, boost domestic production and exports and dominate the country’s market.

Arab world outraged by humiliation at Warsaw conference

The Warsaw conference, organized by the US in the Polish capital on February 13-14, has outraged observers in the Arab world who believe their leaders attended the conference merely as “extras” in a preplanned scenario for normalization of Israeli-Arab ties.

Zarif: US forces will leave region sooner or later

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday downplayed Washington’s attempts to damage relations between Tehran and the Iraqi Kurdish region, and said the US forces will be forced out from the region sooner or later.

Expediency Council’s session on Palermo bill ends without conclusion

The Expediency Council’s meeting held on Saturday to discuss joining the UN Convention on Transnational Crime (Palermo bill) ended without conclusion, a member of the council said.

Iran’s submarine to be equipped with cruise missiles

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said a state-of-the-art homegrown submarine dubbed “Fateh (Conqueror)”, which is slated to join the navy’s fleet soon, will be equipped with cruise missiles.

Tehran Times

Ambassador: U.S. wants to make Venezuela another Syria or Libya

Venezuelan Ambassador to Tehran Carlos Antonio Alcala Cordones says the U.S. is seeking to create a situation similar to Syria and Libya in his country.

Expediency Council delays vote on Palermo for two weeks

Gholamreza Mesbahi-Moghadam, a member of Iran’s Expediency Council, said on Saturday that the council will study the Palermo bill in the next meeting which will be held in two weeks.

Hezbollah ‘stronger than ever’: Nasrallah

Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Saturday that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was correct in his concern that Hezbollah is now “stronger than ever.”

Spiegel: MKO members in Albania camp receive horrific training

A German maga-zine has revealed that members of the MKO, also called MEK, undergo horrific training in a camp in Albania, the Mehr news agency reported on Saturday.

The five 2019 U.S. threats in NIS report

A major U.S. intelligence report released in Washington on January 22 released the threats the U.S. faces in 2019. The document claims the threats come from three countries Russia, China, and Iran as the U.S. intelligent agencies have to keep a close eye on immigrants and cyberattack.

#MBSNotWelcome trends in Pakistan ahead of MBS’ visit

Ahead of Saudi crown prince Mo-hammad Bin Salman’s (MBS) much-publicized maiden visit to Pakistan starting Sunday, the chorus against his visit is growing louder.

Lezgi dancers join Rastak at Fajr festival

A group performs Lezgi, a style of tradi-tional dance common in Iran’s Azarbaijan region and the Republic of Azerbaijan, along with the Iranian folk music ensem-ble Rastak at a concert during the 34rd Fajr Music Festival at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on February 15, 2019.

Zarif warns it would be ‘suicidal’ to go to war with Iran

Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has warned the U.S. and its allies that it would be “suicidal” to start a war with Iran, accusing Washington of having a “pathological obsession” with his country.

Farewell to victims of terror

On Saturday, the sky opened to the city of Isfahan where patriotic mar-tyrs who died while guarding their homeland being held on deeply grateful people’s shoulder. They were ascended to the heaven by the angles to rest in peace.

Iran’s ties with Tajikistan familial: spokesman

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qa-ssemi has responded positively to Tajik foreign minister’s remarks about relations between Iran and Tajikistan, saying Tehran considers its ties with Dushanbe as “familial”.