The comments of Ayatollah Rafsanjani on a wide range of issues, including the upcoming elections, and the imminent implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the nuclear deal Iran and P5+1 struck in July, dominated the front pages of Iranian newspapers on Saturday.
Ettela’at: The walls of sanctions will come tumbling down tomorrow.
The European Union and the US president are set to announce the termination of decade-long sanctions against Iran.
Abrar: The director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has said the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will become operational on Monday.
Abrar: The German foreign minister attends a meeting in the University of Tehran this week.
Afarinesh: Iran’s largest oil terminal is ready for the post-sanctions flurry of activity.
Aftab-e Yazd: After part of the engine of a passenger aircraft en route from Tehran to Bandar Abbas came off in mid-air, a pilot has warned the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development that it will be responsible for the likely crash of old aircraft.
Aftab-e Yazd: The interior minister has said that settling the nuclear case was a decision the entire establishment made.
Arman-e Emrooz: Iran and China have signed a military MOU that covers cooperation in areas such as defense, intelligence and the fight against terrorism.
Asr-e Rasaneh: Iran and Russia are likely to sign a grand oil deal.
Asr-e Rasaneh: The vice-president has called for conclusion of a preferential tariffs deal between Iran and Armenia.
Asrar: A person likely to have been behind last year’s acid attacks in Isfahan has been arrested.
Ebtekar: “The Iranian nuclear negotiating team went through a lot over the past two years,” said Chairman of the Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
Ebtekar: Reformists and moderates will release a single ticket in the upcoming elections, said Rasoul Montajabnia, a reformist leader.
Etemad: The deputy foreign minister has said that nine Iranian teachers who had been taken to custody [for working in al-Ain with a Dubai work permit] have been freed.
Etemad: Jannati’s concerns; Hashemi’s recommendations
Ayatollah Jannati: The US seeks to send its infiltrators to the Islamic Consultative Assembly.
Ayatollah Hashemi: Holding the elections the way people want is a manifestation of respect for the rights of the public.
Hambastegi: Fighting terrorism is a priority for Iran and Lebanon, a top Iranian MP said after meeting with the Lebanese foreign minister.
Hemayat: The Iranian attorney general has sent a second letter to Saudi prosecutors to follow up on the investigation into the deadly stampede in Mina, near Mecca.
Hemayat: Mohammad Javad Larijani has warned officials that the US eyes extortion in the wake of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Iran: The message my Iran visit sends is one of seriousness [on the part of the world] to terminate sanctions, the German foreign minister said in an exclusive interview with the daily before leaving for Tehran.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier further said Foreign Minister Zarif and the negotiating team he led stood their ground to represent Iran’s interests.
Javan: A black day for IS and the Saudis
Ramadi and Baiji are all but liberated as the Iraqi forces prepare to take back Mosul.
Jomhouri Islami: “Discord and tension, especially in the run-up to the election, are like a deadly poison for society,” said Chairman of the Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
Jomhouri Islami: Tehran hosts the preliminary meeting of the Munich Security Conference with 60 diplomats in attendance.
Kayhan: Thirty-six Iranian pilgrims are still unaccounted for in Saudi Arabia.
Payam-e Zaman: France is the most important partner of Iran in the pharmaceutical industry.
Saheb Ghalam: “We have to consider the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action a done deal,” said the secretary of the Guardian Council.
Saheb Ghalam: The Russian energy minister is to visit Iran.
Sharq: The beginning of the end of sanctions
There is one step left to close the chapter on a 12-year case.