The warning by the Supreme Leader to Saudi Arabia that Iran’s reaction would be “harsh and tough” and his call for the formation of a fact-finding mission following the Mina tragedy dominated the front pages of Iranian newspapers on Thursday. Also in the headlines was the reaction Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s handshake with President Obama drew in parliament.
Ettela’at: “Disrespect for Hajj pilgrims will result in a harsh reaction,” the Supreme Leader said at the commencement of Army cadets.
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed the need for the formation of a fact-finding mission featuring Islamic countries, including Iran, [to look into the Mina tragedy].
Abrar: “Iran has sent an official note to the Saudi embassy in Tehran to demand the repatriation of the bodies of Iranian pilgrims killed in the Mina tragedy,” said a deputy Iranian foreign minister.
Abrar: Foreign Minister Zarif has held talks with his Norwegian and Polish counterparts.
Abrar: US Secretary of State John Kerry claims he has held talks with Iranian officials over Syria.
Abrar-e Eghtesadi: Parliament deputies have opposed amending the trade law.
Abrar-e Eghtesadi: Iran’s oil exports are up 10 percent.
Abrar-e Eghtesadi: “There are no legal bans on the presence of American firms in Iran’s economy,” said the vice-president for legal affairs.
Afkar: The chairman of Iranian parliament’s Sunni Caucus has said that Saudi Arabia should send a delegation to Iran to apologize [over the Mina incident].
Aftab-e Yazd: Harsh objection to Foreign Minister Zarif [for his handshake with President Obama]
Aftab-e Yazd: “We shouldn’t think whatever Muslims do is right,” said the grandson of the late Imam Khomeini.
Aftab-e Yazd: “Wavering in opposition to the US will break the hearts of millions of people,” said the chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces.
Arman-e Emrooz: The controversy surrounding Mohammad Javad Zarif’s handshake [with Obama]
A new wave of worries [by Worriers who oppose the policies of President Rouhani] has got underway.
Arman-e Emrooz: A hospital administrator in Behbahan has been shot at.
Once again doctors have come under attack.
Asr-e Rasaneh: Implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will bring $8 billion in profits to global companies and investors.
Asrar: “There will be no more inspections of Parchin,” said the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council.
Asrar: The price of water has increased by 15 percent.
Ebtekar: Diplomatic hands under fire
Insults have been hurled at Foreign Minister Zarif for a handshake.
Emtiaz: Police have attested 119 thieves and muggers in the capital.
Etemad: “President Obama and I exchange letters; sometimes he writes first, and sometimes I write first,” said President Hassan Rouhani in an interview with CNN.
Etemad: Parliament deputies Abutorabi-Fard and Motahari have rallied behind Foreign Minister Zarif.
Hemayat: “Paving the way for the presence of the enemy in the country amounts to espionage,” warned the judiciary chief’s first deputy.
Iran: Efforts are underway to amend the law that requires wives to secure the permission of their husbands [to get a passport] to travel overseas.
Javan: The smile diplomacy [a reference to the characteristic smile of FM Zarif] proved inefficient in the Mina tragedy.
Jomhouri Islami: Iran’s position in the Global Competitive Report by the World Economic Forum has improved nine notches.
Kaenat: Some 220 MPs have praised the performance of the Oil Ministry.
Kaenat: The entanglement of the homecoming of the bodies of Iranian pilgrims killed in Mina
Kayhan: A joint operation by the Iraqi Army and popular forces has resulted in the liberation of 13 villages in Kirkuk.
Resalat: “The slightest disrespect to Iranian Hajj pilgrims will be followed by a harsh reaction,” the Supreme Leader warned Saudi authorities.
Roozan: Critics of the [Zarif-Obama] handshake swear at handshake diplomacy.
Roozan: Reports that Iranian officials have been kidnapped in Mina have been denied.
Saheb Ghalam: Tehran and Paris to turn into “good partners”.
Sharq: A multi-prong attack on Zarif drew a [supportive] reaction from Abutorabi-Fard [the vice-speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly].
Tejarat: “The previous government caused a crisis by printing money,” said the economy minister.