Iran English language newspaper headlines on Saturday, 16-5-2020

Iran News Daily


INSTEX Transactions Unconvincing and Limited

Iran’s Deputy FM for Diplomatic Affairs Gholamreza Ansari said that the business transactions done through ISTEX are not considered plausible for Iran.


Iran-Turkey Trade Down by 70% in Q1

Trade between Iran and Turkey has declined significantly in the first quarter of 2020, a new report shows, as the two neighbors struggle to maintain exchanges despite the American sanctions imposed on Iran and a pandemic that has seriously affected movement across the borders.


Russia, China Slam U.S. Plan to Extend UN Arms Embargo on Iran

China and Russia have rejected US plans to extend a UN arms embargo on Iran along with a probable push to trigger a return of all sanctions on Tehran at the UN Security Council.“It has no right to extend an arms embargo on Iran, let alone to trigger snapback,” China’s UN mission wrote in a tweet on Thursday.“


First Shipment of Iranian Health Aid Delivered to Tajikistan

Deputy Minister of Energy of Iran for International Affairs announced the delivery of the first shipment of medical supplies of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Tajikistan.


People’s Cooperation Key Factor in Controlling Pandemic

President Hassan Rouhani says solidarity among Iranian officials and good cooperation from people were major factors that helped the country rein in a deadly outbreak of the new coronavirus.


Tehran Deplores ‘Rampant Racism’ Against Afro-Americans Under Trump

The Iranian Foreign Ministry said the Washington government has failed “disastrously” to address the COVID-19 crisis across the US, particularity in dense black populated areas, due to “rampant racism and class inequality in the age of Trump.”


Almost All Smuggled Goods Into Iran Come Through Legal Ports

Majlis has disclosed in a report that 95 percent of smuggling into the country is done through legal ports of entry and procedures, using 31 different techniques.


Tehran, Baku Have Good Neighborly Relations

Azerbaijan, Iran have good neighborly relations, says Hikmat Hajiyev.


Zarif Derides U.S. Claim of JCPOA Participation

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message dismissed the claims made by Americans with regard to participating in Iran nuclear deal, saying they have withdrawn the deal long time ago.


Palestine Most Significant Issue in Muslim World

n’s Foreign Ministry has released a statement on the occasion of the Nakba Day, which marks the anniversary of the establishment of the illegitimate Zionist regime of Israel, naming Palestine the most important issue in the Muslim world.


U.S. Urged to Stop Its State Terrorism

oreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said in a Twitter message on Thursday that Washington “must stop its state terrorism.”


U.S. Holds Its Covetous Interests Above Int’l Law

Iran’s Ambassador to Russia Kazem Jalali said that the U.S. is violating the International Law just to gain its covetous interests aiming to extend arms embargo on Iran in contravention of the stipulations of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Tehran Times


Package for manufacturing electric cars prepared: MAPNA

Managing Director of Iran’s MAPNA Group, a group of Iranian companies involved in development and execution of industrial projects, says the group has prepared a package to be used in the production line of electric cars or to turn regular cars into electric ones.


Virtual meetings to celebrate Khayyam Day

Several organizations have arranged webinars, meetings and programs to commemorate Khayyam Day, which falls on May 17 this year.


Isfahan reopens tourist sites as coronavirus restrictions ease

Tourist attractions and historical sites in the central Isfahan province have been allowed to reopen their doors to the public as coronavirus lockdown measures are relaxed in the country.


Yemeni forces retake strategic positions from Saudi-led mercenaries

Yemeni forces, backed by allied fighters from the Popular Committees, have wrested control over a number of strategic areas in central province of al-Bayda from Saudi-backed mercenaries fighting to reinstate exiled former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.


Iranian diplomat says INSTEX is not enough

Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy Gholamreza Ansari has said that current interactions through INSTEX (the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges) are not enough.


A different Ramadan for U.S. Muslims amid Coronavirus lockdowns

From Brooklyn to the Bronx, Muslim community organizations are building mutual aid networks to support families who need food, particularly during Ramadan, when many families rely on free nightly meals from local mosques.


World must stand up for Palestinians’ rights: Iran

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has urged the world to stand up for the Palestinians’ rights.


China: U.S. has no right to extend arms embargo on Iran, let alone to invoke snapback sanctions

China has said the United States has “no right” to extend arms embargo on Iran “let alone to trigger” a return of all UN sanctions on Tehran.


Bombs equipped its F-14s with modified hawk SAMs that had bombs attached to their nose

Iran is well known for repackaging and repurposing aircraft, weapons, and other military equipment that the United States supplied to the country when it was under the rule of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.


Russia says no one is allowed to implement UNSC resolutions selectively

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Thursday that no country is allowed to implement the United Nations Security Council resolutions selectively, Ryabok was openly referring to Resolution 2231 that endorsed the 2015 nuclear deal but violated it by quitting the JCPOA, the official name for the nuclear pact.


President asks for int’l community’s pressure on Israel to withdraw from Palestinian lands

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined the necessity for the international community to force Israel to return the Palestinian territories to their real owners.


High COVID-19 fatality rate among Afro-Americans due to ‘rampant racism’ under Trump: Iran

Iran says “rampant racism” emanating from the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump is to blame for the disproportionate number of African-Americans dying of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.