Comments by the Supreme Leader at a meeting with Muslim scholars from around the world in Iran for a conference on extremism dominated the front pages of Iranian dailies on Wednesday. In the meeting Ayatollah Khamenei said that extremists serve the interests of hegemonic powers and that the coalition formed to take on IS was a sham. Also on front pages was the news of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri following the decision of a grand jury not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, a white police officer who killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August.
Abrar: “The venue and exact timing of the next round of talks with P5+1 have yet to be determined,” said Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araghchi.
Afarinesh: “Extension of nuclear talks was the rational thing to do,” said Speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly Ali Larijani.
Afarinesh: Following the decision of Iran and P5+1 to extend their nuclear talks, EU sanctions against Tehran were suspended until July 2015.
Afkar: “Members of a terrorist cell that staged an attack on a border guard station in Saravan [in southeastern Iran earlier this year] have been arrested,” said the deputy commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps’ Ground Forces.
Arman-e Emrooz: “President Rouhani does not have to answer to every single critic of his performance,” said Ali Motahari, a principlist MP.
Asrar: The chairman of the Expediency Council has called for a ban on imports of low-quality products from abroad.
Ebtekar: “The enemy has failed to bring Iran to its knees over the nuclear issue,” the Supreme Leader told a host of Muslim scholars in Iran to attend a world conference on Takfirism and Extremism.
Emtiaz: “Iran stands ready to export natural gas to Pakistan,” said Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh.
Etemad: “Extension of talks has kept hopes and anticipation alive; support for the nuclear negotiators is evident in the stands officials are adopting,” said the paper in a story headlined “Post-Vienna Iran”.
Etemad: Rage and flames in Ferguson, Missouri after a grand jury did not find probable cause to indict a white police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in August.
Ettela’at: “We’re determined to reach a deal with P5+1 soon,” said Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Hadaf va Eghtesad: The minister of communications has denied reports that Regin malware has found its way into the Iranian network.
Haft-e Sobh: In unexpected comments the governor of the Central Bank of Iran has said that the official price of the US dollar is likely to rise by 2,000 rials next year [starting March 21, 2015].
Hemayat: Parliament has yellow-carded the minister of labor, cooperatives and social welfare, a first step toward the impeachment of Ali Rabiei.
Iran: A number of parliamentary caucuses have thrown their weight behind Mohammad Farhadi, President Rouhani’s pick to lead the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology.
Javan: “Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting has decided to reduce the number of commercials it airs.”
Jomhouri Islami: Well-informed sources at OPEC say Iran and two other petroleum-exporting countries are likely to be exempt from a possible output cut of the organization.
Kaenat: “Inflation in the 30 days to November 20 stood at 17.8 percent,” reported the Statistical Center of Iran.
Kayhan: “No doubt, Iranian nuclear facilities will remain operational,” said President Rouhani.
Resalat: “Next year’s budget will be sent to parliament based on assumptions that sanctions will remain in place,” said the minister of economy and finance.
Roozan: “Women are the biggest victims of extremist acts committed in the name of religion,” said Iranian vice-president for women’s affairs.
Shahrvand: Parliament is predicted to confirm Mohammad Farhadi as science minister with a wide margin.
Tafahom: Tehran Stock Exchange shed 1,200 points in reaction to failure of Iran and P5+1 to clinch a comprehensive deal.