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Iran to Withdraw from JCPOA If Benefits Remain Elusive

Iran will withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), if there is no economic benefit and major banks continue to avoid cooperation with the Islamic Republic, the deputy foreign minister said on Thursday. Under the deal with Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, Iran […]

What Trump needs to know about Iranians

By Seyed Hossein Mousavian for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Ever since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the implicit goal of US strategy toward Tehran has with rare exception been to subvert the Iranian political system. Under President Donald Trump, regime change has been adopted […]

Iran, Azerbaijan Relations Warm Up after Years of Frost

By Saeid Jafari for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 was followed by the independence of several states in the Caucasus, including the Republic of Azerbaijan. While the newfound Azerbaijani state has not enjoyed warm ties […]

Total CEO Urges Trump to Honor JCPOA

The head of French oil major Total has urged US President Donald Trump to stick with the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, a report said. Total’s CEO Patrick Pouyanne said he had raised the topic of Iran with Trump at a dinner in Davos in January, and asked the president to keep […]

How do Iran’s “Corrupt Networks” operate?

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. On Jan. 28, at an event celebrating 50 years of capital markets in Iran, the head of the Central Bank of Iran, Valiollah Seif, publicly stated, “The formidable power of illegal stakeholders on Iran’s economy has […]

Controversy in Iran over Rouhani’s call for Referendum

From Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s proposal to hold a referendum to resolve the issues and differences between conservatives and Reformists have led many to harshly attack him. On Feb. 11, the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, moderate […]

Iraqi Kurds manoeuvre to get Closer to Iran

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. Iraqi Kurds have given reassurances to Tehran that they will not allow Kurdish opposition groups to launch cross-border attacks from Iraqi Kurdistan, a major development in the warming up of relations between Erbil and Tehran. […]

Total Considers Measures to Protect Business in Iran

By John Lee. Total’s CEO Patrick Pouyanné (pictured) has said that the South Pars project was “progressing well, without delay, and [Total] continues to work, even if the situation with the American Congress is rather vague.” He added that he does not consider any future snapback of US sanctions to be automatic game-over for the […]

Iran has settled Gas Dues to Turkey: NIGC

The managing director of National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) said Iran has settled its debt to Turkey for overcharging gas and from now on receives payments for its gas flow. Hamidreza Araghi told a press conference on Monday that if Iran does not play a crucial role in the international gas market, it does not […]

The case for Net Neutrality in Iran

By Holly Dagres, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. “Please see this link,” Iran’s minister of information and communications technology replied on Twitter after an internet freedom activist confronted him about net neutrality. Typically, Iranian government officials would ignore such affronts on […]

Discussions on Iran-Iraq Ties

Iran’s Ambassador to Baghdad Iraj Masjedi and Leader of Iraq’s National Alliance Ammar al-Hakim weighed plans for closer cooperation between the two neighbor and discussed the latest developments in the region. In a meeting in Baghdad, the Iranian ambassador and the Iraqi politician discussed the most recent political and security developments in Iraq and the […]

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Conservatives step up Scrutiny on University Students

By Zep Kalb, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran’s conservatives step up scrutiny on university students On Jan. 14, Islamic Azad University (IAU) approved new rules that are set to increase state control over its many campuses. The move will also consolidate […]

US Uncertainty over Nuclear Deal Complicates Economy

By Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. US uncertainty over nuclear deal complicates Iran’s economy As the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) enters its third year of implementation, an atmosphere of uncertainty has slowed the pace of post-sanctions trade and […]

Iran’s absence at Davos sparks Speculation

From Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Despite reports that Iran’s foreign minister had canceled a scheduled trip to Davos to attend the World Economic Forum, Tehran says he never planned to participate in this year’s summit. On Jan. 21, Reuters said Foreign Minister Mohammad […]

Rouhani moves to Loosen IRGC Grip on Economy

By Mohammad Ali Shabani, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Rouhani moves to leverage unrest to loosen IRGC grip on economy In the aftermath of the recent protests in Iran, public announcements about a concerted effort to get the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) […]

Iran to Expand Ties with Cuba

By John Lee. President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that Iran is ready to boost ties with Cuba in various economic fields, particularly in the science and energy sectors. Iran and Cuba are two revolutionary countries that enjoy very good relations, Rouhani said, adding that the Islamic Republic “was determined to deepen ties with the […]

Rouhani doubles down with ‘Digital Economy’ Plan

From Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Rouhani doubles down on Iran’s conservatives with ‘digital economy’ plan After receiving criticism for unblocking the popular social media app Telegram, which was closed over the recent protests that rocked Iran, President Hassan Rouhani is not […]

Women’s Campaigns Flourish beyond Iran Protests

By Stefania D’Ignoti for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. As the protests in Iran dominated international news in early January, an editor of Grazia asked Farian Sabahi, a historian who specializes in Iran and the Middle East, to comment on the protests ravaging her country. […]

How Rouhani can Combat Corruption in Iran’s Budget

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. A full appreciation of the root causes of the recent protests in Iran requires deep and concise analysis of the socio-economic and socio-political realities in the country. Notwithstanding, even prior to these protests, there […]