Iran “Playing No Role in Iraq’s Kirkuk Operation”

Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior member of Iran’s Expediency Council, rejected the notion that the Islamic Republic helped the central government in neighboring Iraq to take full control over the disputed region of Kirkuk, which was previously held by Kurdish Peshmerga forces. “Iran has no role in the Kirkuk operation,” Velayati told reporters on the […]

Dentons advises Quercus on €500m Solar Energy Deal

Dentons Europe LLP has advised Quercus, one of the world’s largest renewable energy investors, on a deal worth more than €500 million with Iran’s Ministry of Energy for the development, construction and operation of a 600 MW solar energy photovoltaic (PV) plant in Iran. This is Quercus’ first investment outside of Europe and represents the […]

“Iran’s Facebook” Shuts Down

By John Lee. Iran’s oldest social media network is to close following years of conflict with censors. According to a report from AFP, company director Mohammad Javad Shakouri Moghadam said Cloob.com was entirely blocked three times and the last time it took 28 days to unblock it; he said the actions allowed foreign sites such […]

Iranian Official Urges Enhanced Economic Ties with Iraq

Chairman of Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce Yahya Ale-Ishaq has hailed the political ties between Tehran and Baghdad, saying the two sides’ economic ties should also be strengthened. Speaking in a forum of Iranian and Iraqi traders, Al-e Eshaq said the economic relations between Tehran and Baghdad have not developed on par with the political and […]

Assessing the Impact of Shifting Iran-KRG Relations

By Bijan Khajehpour, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq have historically been on good terms. During the Saddam Hussein years, Iran was one of the main countries to host Kurdish leaders. In the post-Saddam […]

Trump Remarks “Unlikely to Impact Oil Market”

Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh said he believed it was unlikely that American President Donald Trump’s recent assertions on Iran’s nuclear program would impact the oil market. Reacting to the US president’s recent remarks on Iran’s nuclear deal and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Mr. Zangeneh said: “I see it unlikely that […]

No Change in IMF Policy on Iran

By John Lee. The Managing Director of the International Monterey Fund (IMF) has said the IMF sees no reason to change its policy on granting loans to Iran, despite US pressures and bans. Christine Lagarde (pictured) told a news conference on Sunday: “You know, we operate with 189 members, and we only provide support and […]

European Powers Continue to Support Nuke Deal

Joint statement from Prime Minister Theresa May, Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron following President Trump’s statement on the US’ Iran Strategy. We, the Leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom take note of President Trump’s decision not to recertify Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to Congress and are […]

Video: Trump’s Iran Speech raises Int’l Concern

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Trump’s decision on the Iran nuclear deal is raising international concerns. Many argue the US cannot unilaterally amend a security council resolution. Iran has also sent a formal letter of protest to the […]

Trump Speech Sparks Outrage in Iran

From Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. In Iran, both government officials and regular citizens have reacted with anger to the Oct. 13 speech made by US President Donald Trump on his new Iran strategy. Though Trump attempted to distinguish between the Iranian […]

German Firm Starts Construction of Solar Plant

By John Lee. IRNA reports that a German-Iranian company has started construction of first phase of a new 100 MW solar power plant in Meybod. Pasargad Solar Projects Ltd is developing the project in collaboration with Kronos Solar Projects GmbH and Parsia Business Development Solutions. (Source: IRNA)

Iran 3rd in World for Exploration Capacity

Iran is ranked as the third country in the world, after Russia and Iraq, for enjoying exploration capacity, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Addressing an upstream forum at the 3rd Iranian Petroleum and Energy Club Congress and Exhibition in Tehran, Director of Exploration at the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) Seyed Saleh […]

Korean Firm to Sell Navigational Aid Systems in Iran

By John Lee. Korea Airports Corporation (KAC) has reportedly signed an agency contract with Iran’s Tolid Malzomat Bargh (TMB) to have the company sell its navigational aid systems in Iran. According to Yonhap, TMB will sell its instrument landing system (ILS) and portable ILS/VOR Field Test Set (FTS), also known as a signal analyzer. (Source: […]

EOR Vital to Iran Oil Industry

A senior official at Italy’s ENI says enhancing production from oilfields by even one percent would be a great advancement for Iran. Addressing an upstream forum at the 3rd Iranian Petroleum and Energy Club Congress and Exhibition in Tehran, Alessandro Tiani, Vice President of Enhanced Recovery Technologies and Advanced Reservoir Modeling at Eni, said raising […]

OFAC Sanctions Four Iran-Related Companies

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on Friday designated three Iran-based entities pursuant to E.O. 13382 for their activities related to two key elements of Iran’s military, and one China-based entity for proliferation activities related to a key supporter of Iran’s military. Shahid Alamolhoda Industries (SAI) was designated for […]

US Issues Sanctions against IRGC

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on Friday designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) pursuant to the global terrorism Executive Order (E.O.) 13224 and consistent with the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. OFAC designated the IRGC today for its activities in support of the IRGC-Qods Force (IRGC-QF), […]

Iran Plans for Giant Leap in Oil Industry

Iran says it is gearing up efforts including study of its oil reserves to ramp up the country’s crude oil production, a senior Iranian oil official says. Addressing a conference here in Tehran, Gholamreza Manouchehri, deputy for development and engineering at the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), said plans are under way to study all […]

Iran may Import Belarusian Beef

By John Lee. Iran may import beef from Belarus. According to a report from BelTA, Belarus’ Deputy Agriculture and Food Minister Igor Brylo said he has discussed supplying beef to Iran with representatives of the Iranian veterinary service and deputy ministers. “They are interested in it,” Igor Brylo said. (Source: BelTA) (Picture credit: Tasnim, under […]

Trump Threatens to Pull Out of Iran Nuclear Deal

US President Donald Trump has threatened to terminate the Iran nuclear deal — the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — if the US Congress and American allies don’t change the agreement. While not immediately pulling the US out of the deal, he said his administration was ready to negotiate on toughen the obligations on […]

President Trump’s New Strategy on Iran

“It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran’s government end its pursuit of death and destruction.” – President Donald J. Trump President Donald J. Trump, in consultation with his national security team, has approved a new strategy for Iran. It is the culmination of nine months of deliberation with […]