Iran English language newspaper headlines on Wednesday, 12-6-2019

Iran Daily

Japanese official: Abe’s Iran visit aimed at deepening friendship

The purpose of Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s visit to Iran is to deepen the friendship between Tokyo and Tehran, which already exists, said a Japanese government official.

US says ‘fine’ with Iran trade channel for non-sanctioned goods

The United States is “fine” with a European trade mechanism that would allow trade with Iran to continue without falling foul of American sanctions, the US State Department said.

Petchem chief derides US sanctions on Iran

The CEO of Iran’s National Petrochemical Company shrugged off US sanctions on the country’s largest and most profitable petrochemical group, saying they will not impact the industry.

Trump defends tariff strategy as China says ‘not afraid of trade war’

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended the use of tariffs as part of his trade strategy while China vowed a tough response if the United States insists on escalating trade tensions amid ongoing negotiations.

Lavrov: Some Western states waiting for Iran to violate nuclear deal

Some Western partners want Iran to make a mistake and declare steps, which will be in breach of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told an international forum, the Primakov Readings, on Tuesday.

Rouhani congratulates Tokayev for winning Kazakhstan’s presidential elections

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani congratulated Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on winning Kazakhstan’s presidential elections, expressing hope for closer ties between Tehran and Nursultan in all fields.

Iran releases Lebanese-American citizen

Iran released Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese national with permanent US residency who had been imprisoned in Iran for espionage since 2015, Judiciary Spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili announced on Tuesday.

Tehran Times

PBO publishes general outlines on budget bill amendment

Iran’s Planning and Budget Organization (PBO) has published a re-port titled “Budget Amendment Outline” including 23 major policies with cutting budget’s direct dependence on oil income as the major approach, IRIB reported on Monday.

Abe’s visit to Iran falls within historic ties: government

Ali Rabiei, the government spokesman, said on Tuesday that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Iran is within the framework of historic relations between the two countries.

Lavrov: Preserving JCPOA largely dependent on Europe

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday that some Western part-ners want Iran to make a mistake and declare steps which will be in breach of the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

U.S. envoy’s annexation remarks encourage violation of Palestinians’ rights: Hamas

The Palestinian resistance move-ment Hamas has lashed at U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedmanafter he said the Tel Aviv regime has the right to annex “some” of the West Bank, arguing such comments amount to “legitimization of settlement expansion activities” in the occupied territories.

Saudi-backed mercenaries kill 3 children in western Yemen

Mercenaries on a Saudi-led coalition’s payroll have slain at least three children in two separate attacks in western Yemen.

Permanent Iranian toys fair opens in Tehran

The first permanent Iranian toys fair opened in Tehran on Monday with the Islamic Ide-ology Dissemination Organization (IIDO) director, Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Qomi, in attendance.

Rouhani urges Europeans to resist U.S. “economic terrorism” against Iran

Iranian Pres-ident Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that the Europeans should resist the U.S. “economic terrorism” against Iran and fulfil their obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Com-prehensive Plan of Action.

Basij thanks Ukrainian wrestler for T-shit display

The head of the Basij Organiza-tion has thanked Ukrainian wrestler Elmar Nuraliyev for displaying his T-shirt with a picture of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

UN watchdog confirms Iran’s promised uranium enrichment hike

Iran has followed through on a threat to accelerate its production of enriched uranium, the head of the UN’s atomic watchdog has said, departing from his usual guarded language to say he was worried about increasing tension.

Non-accreditation of NYT ‘man in Tehran’ older than paper claims: source

Tehran refused an accreditation to the New York Times’ Tehran bureau chief long before what the American paper claims, a source says.