Comments by the Supreme Leader that “talks with the US are not allowed” dominated the front pages of Iranian newspapers on Thursday.
Ettela’at: “The Iranian nation will drive the enemy from the field with a vengeance,” said the Supreme Leader at a meeting with IRGC Navy commanders and staff.
Ayatollah Khamenei further said, “Talks with the US are forbidden; some are unwisely justifying negotiations with the Great Satan.”
Afarinesh: Kuwait has said that the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council stands ready to hold talks with Iran.
Afkar: “Iran held its ground well in the nuclear case,” said Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani.
Aftab-e Yazd: Zarif has been insulted once again.
“Everything I do costs me at home,” said Foreign Minister Zarif in an interview with The New Yorker.
Aftab-e Yazd: Targeting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action through obstructionism; a new ploy by the minority in parliament not to implement the Iran nuclear deal.
Aftab-e Yazd: Car production has been cut in half.
Aftab-e Yazd: “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action should not generate enmity inside Iran,” said the chairman of the Assembly of Experts.
Meanwhile, the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps said that disputes over the wording of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action should be avoided.
Arman-e Emrooz: Now that [Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas] Akhundi survived the vote of no-confidence, let’s put [Oil Minister Bijan Namdar] Zanganeh in the crosshairs.
Forty Worriers [supporters of the former president] have signed a motion to impeach another minister.
Arman-e Emrooz: “No country has found the explanations offered by the Saudis convincing,” said Chairman of the Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
Ayatollah Rafsanjani’s comments came as authorities said that 71 Iranian pilgrims are still unaccounted for and that there have been no figures on Iranian pilgrims that might have been arrested by Saudi authorities.
Asrar: “Some are using official tribunes only to promote vengefulness,” said Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
Asrar: “The sit-in of seminary students [in protest at the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] is against the wish of the Leader,” said Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, the chairman of the Assembly of Experts.
Ebtekar: “We will never launch the first strike,” the Leader said in a meeting with IRGC Navy commanders and staff.
Ebtekar: On whose shoulder will the white dove land? Angela Merkel? John Kerry? Mohammad Javad Zarif? Or Pope Francis?
Ebtekar: “Wrong signals in politics are catastrophic,” said President Rouhani.
Etemad: Ali Motahari has been summoned by a Shiraz court to appear in the hearing of his attackers.
A third session has been held in the trial of individuals who attacked the Tehran principlist MP in early 2015 in the southern city of Shiraz.
Etemad: “Government seeks to review the laws governing women’s affairs,” said vice-president for women and family affairs.
Hemayat: The attorney general has said that a special court is to be set up to gather complaints by the families of the victims of the Mina tragedy.
Iran: In protest at the invitation of Salman Rushdie, Iran has decided to boycott Frankfurt Book Fair.
Javan: “Holding talks with foreigners won’t settle the country’s economic woes,” said the commander of the Basij force [an affiliate of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps].
Jomhouri Islami: Following an escalation of Russian attacks, thousands of IS terrorists have fled to Turkey, Jordan and European countries.
Jomhouri Islami: Ayatollah Hossein Nouri Hamedani [a source of emulation] has said that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will go down in history and that people’s hopes should not be dashed.
Kaenat: The Oil Ministry has rejected rumors that it has struck a deal with BP.
Kaenat: Road accident fatalities have plunged seven percent.
Kayhan: “Talks with the US would amount to paving the way for infiltration,” said the Supreme Leader.
Resalat: “The country has been in the grips of stagnation for a long time,” said Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani.
Rooyesh Mellat: The chairman of the Expediency Council has said that the current rulers of Saudi Arabia are “inexperienced and selfish”.
Roozan: Political gamesmanship involving key ministers
The impeachment gambit has found its way to the Oil Ministry this time.
Saheb Ghalam: Pistachio exports have increased three-fold.
Sayeh: “Iran’s fight against IS is not theatrical,” said Ali Larijani, the speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly.
Setareh Sobh: The economy minister has asked Major General Hassan Firouzabadi [the chief of staff of the armed forces], Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati [the secretary of the Guardian Council], Ali Larijani [the parliament speaker], Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani [the Judiciary chief] and Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani [the chairman of the Expediency Council] to provide a list of the assets and debts of the institutions they are in charge of.
Setareh Sobh: “If they seek to have a dictatorship, I’ll take off my shirt and tell people on the street what they intend to do,” said the chairman of parliament’s JCPOA Review Committee.
Sharq: Mohammad Reza Aref has been named as chairman of the policymaking council of reformists.
Taadol: “Implementation of the nuclear deal is our first priority,” said Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.