Iran English language newspaper headlines on Wednesday, 21-8-2019

Iran Daily

Zarif: US warrant politically motivated

An Iranian tanker caught in a standoff between Tehran and the West sailed east into the Mediterranean Sea to Greece after leaving Gibraltar and Iran warned against any US move to seize the vessel after the British territory rejected a US request to detain it.

Zarif to visit Macron in France

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is expected to visit Paris and meet with his counterpart and the French president on Friday, state news agency IRNA reported.

Syrian troops force terrorists to retreat from key town

Terrorists and allied militants withdrew from a key area of northwestern Syria on Tuesday as President Bashar al-Assad’s forces pressed an offensive against the terrorist-run Idlib region, a war monitor said.

Shamkhani: US ‘maximum pressure’ campaign will not bring Iran to heel

Iran’s Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said the US administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran would not bring Iran to heel.

Zarif visits Sweden after “fruitful” trip to Finland

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was in Sweden on Tuesday in a tour of Scandinavia that took him earlier to Finland to have “fruitful meetings” with senior Finnish officials.

Leader grants clemency to over 1,000 Iranian inmates

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei approved a proposal from Iran’s top judge to pardon or commute the prison terms of 1,070 convicts found guilty by various Iranian courts.

Iran sanctions threaten lives of young cancer patients

In the continuing battle being fought over sanctions between the US and Iran, Tehran warned the United States on Monday not to retake a seized supertanker released overnight. That tanker, allegedl.

Tehran Times

Aggressors must pay damages for supertanker seizure: Raisi

Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi said on Monday that the release of the Adrian Darya 1 vessel, which was seized by Britain’s naval forces, is not enough and the aggressors must pay damages for the illegal confiscation.

U.S. move to create safe zone in north Syria is provocative, Tehran says

A U.S. agreement to set up a safe zone in northern Syria is a “pro-vocative and worrisome” act, the Iranian Foreign Ministry has said.

Rights groups voice solidarity with hunger-striking Bahraini inmates

Human rights organizations have expressed solidarity with hundreds of political prisoners, who have launched a mass hunger strike in protest against mistreatment as well as poor conditions in Bahrain.

Russia and China say U.S. missile test could revive arms race

Russia and China have said a new U.S. missile test has heightened military ten-sions and risks triggering an arms race, weeks after Washingtonended acold-war-era weapons pactwith Moscow.

Ilhan Omar: Go to Israel, see ‘cruel reality of the occupation’

Democratic U.S. Congresswom-en Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib sharply criti-cisedIsraelon Monday for denying them entry to the country and called on fellow members of Congress to visit while they cannot.

Eid al-Ghadir celebrated nationwide

People in the city of Mashhad celebrated Eid al-Ghadir, the day on which Imam Ali (AS) was appointed as successor to Prophet Muhammad (S), at the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS), Monday August 19, 2019.

Larijani praises North Korea’s vigilant decision toward U.S. unilateral demands

Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Lar-ijani said on Tuesday that North Korea has taken “vigilant decisions” against the U.S. unilateral demands.

Ayatollah Khamenei pardons over 1,000 inmates

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Leader of the Islamic Revolution, on Monday approved a proposal by Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi to pardon or commute the sentences of 1,070 convicts found guilty by various courts.

Iran says devising third step to reduce nuclear commitments

Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Monday that Iran is devising the third step of reducing its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal in a way proportionate to the issues between Iran and the remaining parties to the deal.

Shamkhani: Sanctions intended to make Iran surrender not to negotiate

Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, has said that the U.S. sanctions pressure against Iran are not for negotiation but intended to make Tehran surrender.

Europe should pre-purchase Iran’s oil through INSTEX first: CBI chief

The governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has said that the Europeans should show their sincerity about their Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) by ordering Iran’s crude.