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Headlines in Iranian English-language dailies on Jan 1

Tehran, IRNA - The following headlines appeared in English-language newspapers in the Iranian capital on Saturday, January 1, 2021:

*** IRAN DAILY

-- Iran launches satellite with three research devices into space

Iran has launched a rocket with a satellite carrier to send three research devices into space, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday.
“The Simorgh (Phoenix) satellite launcher carried three research payloads into space,” Seyyed Ahmad Hosseini, the ministry’s spokesman for its space division said.

-- Iran: Current US gov’t also responsible for Gen. Soleimani’s assassination

Iran said on Friday the current US administration is also “responsible” for the assassination of revered commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike carried out two years ago under former president Donald Trump.

-- Good progress made in Vienna on sanctions removal, verification: Iran

Iran’s top negotiator said on Thursday that good progress has been made during the latest round of talks in Vienna aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal with regard to the removal of sanctions and subsequent verification of sanctions removal.
“The issue of sanctions removal was the main focus of the talks. Iran and the other side continued their negotiations on multiple issues, including a number of sessions on the verification of sanctions removal,” Ali Baqeri Kani told reporters on Thursday before leaving the Austrian capital for Tehran after the negotiators adjourned for a few days on the occasion of the New Year holidays, Press TV reported.

*** KAYHAN INTERNATIONAL

-- Simorgh Soars to Space

Iran used a satellite launch rocket to send three research devices into space on Thursday, a defense ministry spokesman said, suggesting the launch was a test ahead of coming attempts to put satellites into orbit.
Ahmad Husseini said the Simorgh (Phoenix) satellite carrier rocket launched the three research devices at an altitude of 470 km (290 miles) and at a speed of 7,350 meters per second.

 -- U.S. Perennially Responsible for ‘Terrorist Act’

Iran said Friday the current U.S. administration is also “responsible” for the assassination two years ago of its legendary anti-terror commander General Qassem Soleimani, as the Islamic Republic started commemorations to mark his martyrdom.
Former U.S. president Donald Trump brought the region to the brink of a war on January 3, 2020 with the terrorist assassination of General Soleimani, who was commander of the Quds Force.

-- Wildfires Gut Homes in U.S., Thousands Flee

Tens of thousands of Coloradans driven from their neighborhoods by wind-whipped wildfires anxiously waited to learn what was left standing of their lives Friday after the flames burned an estimated 580 homes, a hotel and a shopping center.
At least one first responder and six other people were injured in the blazes that erupted outside Denver on Thursday morning, unusually late in the year, following an extremely dry fall and amid a winter nearly devoid of snow so far.

*** TEHRAN TIMES

-- Time Is Up for the United States in Iraq

These days with any big events and concerning developments surrounding our lives, the role of the media cannot and should not be undermined. Those seeking the news should be allowed to take their information from a variety of sources to make their own independent judgement on where they stand on the issue. That can’t happen when the narrative of the biggest security problem in West Asia today, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is being narrated to suit one party over the other.

-- 2021 year in review for Iran sports

Another year is almost over for Iran sports and it has been quite a good one on the whole. Two prestigious events were held in 2021 and the Iranian athletes and Para athletes competed in highly competitive Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

-- U.S. never tolerates competition in arms sale in West Asia market: military analyst

A senior Lebanese political and military analyst says the U.S. never accepted anybody to challenge it in the arms market in West Asia, especially in Saudi Arabia.

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