Iranian newspapers, which reflect a broad spectrum of political views, provided positive coverage of President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to New York City for the U.N. General Assembly opening. Even the hardline newspaper, Kayhan, which is often critical of Rouhani, ran an editorial titled “Mr. Rouhani! Bravo.” Newspapers highlighted Rouhani’s many meetings with foreign leaders, emphasizing that Iran is not isolated despite U.S. sanctions. They also portrayed Rouhani as steadfast for refusing to meet with Trump for negotiations while Iran is under sanctions. The following is a rundown of headlines and front pages from a range of Iranian newspapers adapted from IFP News.
Etemad (reformist newspaper) on September 24
War of Preconditions in New York
Rouhani Visits U.N. Despite U.S.’ Stonewalling
Iran’s Olive Branch on World’s Table
Ebtekar (centrist newspaper) on September 25
Macron’s Efforts Will Only Work If Trump’s Sanctions Removed: Rouhani
Europeans Escape by Issuing Anti-Iran Statement
Iran Sanctions Not Lifted, but Will Be Increased: Trump
Iran (conservative newspaper) on September 25
Iran Center of Consultations in New York
Merkel Calls for Respecting JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), Removal of Sanctions
Rouhani Meets German, French, Swiss, Japanese, Spanish, Pakistani Leaders
Jomhouri Eslami (conservative newspaper) on September 25
Central Bank Chief: Weapon of U.S. Sanctions Not Sharp Anymore
Rouhani: Macron’s Efforts Will Only Work If Trump Sanctions Removed
Shargh (reformist newspaper) on September 25
Trump Repeating Himself: Iran Among Major Parts of Trump’s U.N. General Assembly Speech
Iran’s First Vice President: We’ll Stand Up to Problems Despite All Economic Pressures
Aftab-e Yazd (reformist newspaper) on September 26
Failure of Strategy
Macron, Johnson Fail to Force Rouhani into Holding Unconditional Talks with Trump
Final Solution: Democracy Inside, Diplomacy Outside
Kayhan (hardline newspaper) on September 26
No to Negotiations under Sanctions; U.S. Is International Bandit
Rouhani’s Speech Full of Honor
Mr. Rouhani! Bravo [Editorial]
Abrar (conservative newspaper) on September 28
Leader: Iran Must Stop Pinning Hope on Europeans
Rouhani: Americans Sent Message to Almost All Leaders Saying They’re Ready for Talks
Trump Administration’s New Sanctions against Entry of Iranian Officials into U.S.
Javan (hardline newspaper) on September 28
Iran’s [Supreme] Leader: All Hopes on Europe Must Be Cut
We Should Never Trust Countries Openly Hostile to Iran
Europe, Which Wasn’t ‘in JCPOA’, Threatens to Leave It!
Kayhan (hardline newspaper) on September 28
Iran’s [Supreme] Leader: Europeans’ Promises Hollow, We Should Stop Pinning Hope on Them
Europe’s Ridiculous Threat: We’ll Leave JCPOA!
Trump Bans Entry of Top Iranian Officials, Relatives to U.S.
Sazandegi (centrist newspaper) on October 1
New York Not the End
Why Was Rouhani Laughing?
How Rouhani Refused to Sit for Talks [with the United States] at the Last Second
Translations were adapted from Iran Front Page News (CC BY 4.0).