The comments of US Secretary of State John Kerry in a Senate hearing in defense of the Iran nuclear deal dominated the front pages of Iranian newspapers on Saturday. Turkey’s airstrikes against Syria and its security sweep in 13 provinces against IS militants and sympathizers were also on the covers of dailies.
Ettela’at: “Some sort of unicorn arrangement involving Iran’s complete capitulation is a fantasy,” US Secretary of State John Kerry said in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Failure to enact the agreement would isolate the United States internationally, the US top diplomat further said.
Abrar: The IS terrorist grouping earns $40 million in oil revenues each month.
Afkar: Iran’s exports have dropped by 10 percent in the past four months.
Aftab-e Yazd: “The nuclear deal has set up a launchpad for development,” Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has said.
Aftab-e Yazd: The tears of an ever-smiling man
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was unable to fight back tears when a girl suffering from respiratory disease and carrying an oxygen cylinder thanked him and fellow negotiator Ali Akbar Salehi [for clinching a nuclear deal that eases the problems of those suffering from hard-to-cure diseases].
Amin: “Putting the weak points of the nuclear deal under the microscope won’t serve the country’s interests,” said Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani.
Arman-e Emrooz: Details about the murder of a physician in Ardabil
The health minister has flown to the northwestern city to look into the case.
Asrar: “Infraction and bribery are rampant in some state institutions,” complained the secretary of the Guardian Council.
Asrar: Twenty-five Iranian oil tankers are ready to ship Iranian crude to destinations around the world.
Asrar: “Iran is not interested in simply importing goods from Europe [without exporting its products to the green continent],” the Iranian trade minister said.
Ebtekar: The controversy surrounding a visit
Principlists went out of their way to prevent a state visit to Iran by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.
Etemad: “On two occasions I ordered the Iranian diplomats to walk away from the negotiating table,” said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
“What I view as artful about myself is that I picked the best ones [as members of the negotiating team],” the president further said.
Farhikhtegan: “The growth in unemployment rate comes to a halt this year [ends March 20, 2016]”, said the head of the Statistical Center.
Iran: Some 150 Iranian and European firms have attended a conference in Vienna.
Kaenat: “Critiquing the negotiating team should have a just basis,” said Tehran Friday Prayer Leader Ayatollah Kazem Sedighi.
Mardomsalari: “Some are beating the drums of division rather than promote harmony and agreement,” said the minister of culture and Islamic guidance.
Sepid: “In buying medicine and medical equipment, we were back to the Stone Age,” said President Rouhani at a gathering of health NGOs.
Sharq: “This would have been a good deal, even if we had not been under sanctions,” said Sirus Nasseri, a former member of the Iranian nuclear negotiating team.