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How Iran helped Baghdad seize back Kirkuk

By Fazel Hawramy, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Around 8 p.m. on Oct. 15, an Iranian general from the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) accompanied by Iraqi Commanders Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Hadi al-Ameri sat down with the Kurdish commanders in […]

Iran-Turkey Common Borders to Work Around-The-Clock

Visiting Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri announced that Tehran and Ankara have agreed to further facilitate bilateral trade between the two neighboring countries through making common borders operate 24 hours a day. Speaking at a joint press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in Ankara on Thursday, Jahangiri pointed to recent talks between high-ranking […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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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 […]

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), […]

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 […]

Iran to Block Israeli App?

By John Lee. Iran is reportedly prepared to block the traffic and navigation app Waze because it was created in Israel. According to Mobile World Live, the app was briefly blocked in the country in March, because it “raised concerns”, but the ban was soon revoked. Now the secretary of the ‎Committee for Determining Criminal […]

Iran Weary of Trump’s Plans in Iraqi Kurdistan

By Fazel Hawramy, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. More than two weeks after the Sept. 25 independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, Iran has yet to take any meaningful action against the Kurdish region despite its rhetoric, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s […]

IMF Forecasts Economic Slump for Iran in 2017

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicted an economic slump for Iran in 2017. “Iran’s economic growth will slide to 3.5 percent in 2017 from 12.5 percent in 2016 but is expected to expand 3.8 percent next year,” it said, The National reported. It added that other oil producing nations are also expected to see a […]

UK Parliamentary Team Due in Iran in 3 Weeks

A delegation from the British Parliament will pay a visit to Iran within the next three weeks, an Iranian lawmaker announced. Speaking to Tasnim, Head of Iran-UK Parliamentary Friendship Group Alireza Rahimi said arrangements for the trip are being discussed with the British side. The visit would take place within the next three weeks, he […]

“Crushing Response” if US declares IRGC a Terror Group

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi warned that if Washington decides to declare the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) a terrorist organization, Tehran would make a “firm and crushing” response. Speaking to reporters at his weekly press conference in Tehran on Monday, Qassemi hailed recent remarks made by IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, […]