IFP has taken a look at the front pages of newspapers on Wednesday and picked headlines from 19 of them. IFP has simply translated the headlines and does not vouch for their accuracy.
The presence of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in parliament to answer questions by MPs about how nuclear talks with P5+1 are managed was on the cover of many Iranian newspapers on Wednesday. The apparently unstoppable drop in crude prices on global markets and a plan by MPs to cut the dependence of the country’s budget on oil revenues made front-page headlines too.
Abrar: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected in Iran later in January.
Abrar-e Eghtesadi: Japanese refineries have renewed their purchase of Iranian oil for 2015.
Asr-e Rasaneh: The head of the Chamber of Commerce has warned about the growth of corruption.
Donyay-e Eghtesad: “Advancing factional goals at the expense of national interests is an unforgivable sin,” Foreign Minister Zarif told an open session of parliament.
Ebtekar: “Next round of nuclear talks [between Iran and P5+1] will open in Geneva on January 18,” said Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araghchi.
Eghtesad-e Pooya: “We do not pursue factional interests in nuclear talks,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told MPs.
Emtiaz: Imports of rice and sugar have been banned.
Emtiaz: Tehran Stock Exchange continues its free fall.
Ettela’at: License plates won’t be issued to five makes of car because they pollute the air.
Hambastegi: “The Intelligence Ministry nips any security threat in the bud,” vowed the Iranian intelligence chief.
Hemayat: In a statement 230 MPs reiterated that the continued house arrest of the seditionist leaders [presidential candidates who disputed the results of the 2009 elections and sparked widespread unrest] is legal.
Iran Daily: Forty foreign enterprises ready for gas investment [in Iran].
Jamejam: The licences of five doctors who kept overcharging patients even after the Health Ministry urged them to stop have been revoked permanently.
Javan: The judiciary has released a statement in response to an open letter principlist MP Ali Motahari sent to it with regard to the continued house arrest of those who sparked post-election unrest in 2009. Motahari does not seem to know the difference between house arrest, detention and punishment, the statement says.
Jomhouri Islami: The explanations of Foreign Minister Zarif about the trend of nuclear talks in parliament satisfied the MPs.
Jomhouri Islami: “Extremism is a deadly virus. The Muslim world is now grappling with the scourge of division,” said Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in a gathering of Azad University officials.
Kaenat: The Iranian Oil Ministry says it is in talks with Afghanistan to sell crude oil to our neighbor to the east.
Kayhan: The Bahraini regime has crushed protests against continued detention of [Shiite cleric] Sheikh Ali Salman.
Kayhan: “Government should stop threats and interference; parliament has a duty to supervise,” said Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in reference to illegal withdrawal by the government of money from the National Development Fund.
Khorasan: Oil prices have dipped below $50 a barrel.
Resalat: “Some 10 million high-income individuals have been identified,” said the minister of welfare.
Resalat: Police say a huge soccer betting ring that operated across the nation has been busted.
Sharq: Parliament has unveiled a plan to cut the dependence of the country’s budget on petrodollars.