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Iraq Rebuffs US on Cutting Off Energy Purchases from Iran

The US is pressuring Iraq to stop buying energy from its neighbor Iran, in what has become a major point of conflict between Washington and Baghdad. Iraqi leaders are pushing back on the demand, which is rooted in US President Donald Trump’s sanctions against Iran, according to a report by the New York Times on […]

After 40 years, is Iran’s Revolution Unravelling?

By Suzanne Maloney, Brookings Institution. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. After 40 years, is Iran’s revolution unravelling? Iranians came to the streets en masse on Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of the revolution that brought their Islamic Republic to power. As […]

US “Pressuring” European Firms to Limit Activity in Iran

The general secretary of the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce said US officials are pressuring European companies to limit their business activities in Iran. “There is more passion from our American friends to create problems,” Michael Tockuss told the German business news weekly Wirtschaftswoche on Saturday. Those problems, Tockuss said, stem from direct pressure being applied […]

ATR Applies for US Permission to Deliver Iran Planes

The CEO of Iran Air said ATR aircraft manufacturer has requested permission from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury for the delivery of the turboprops Iran has purchased. Farzaneh Sharafbafi told Tasnim on Saturday that the delivery of the remaining ATR turboprops to Iran requires a permission […]

Iran Falls in Transparency Ranking

By John Lee. Transparency International has said that Iran’s ranking has fallen eight places in its global Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). From a total of 180 countries, Iran came in at number 138; last year’s position was 130 out of 180 countries. This result puts it on equal ranking with Lebanon and Russia, ahead of […]

2018 – Iran’s “Year of Shame”: Amnesty International

Iran’s ‘year of shame’: More than 7,000 arrested in chilling crackdown on dissent during 2018 The Iranian authorities carried out a shameless campaign of repression during 2018, crushing protests and arresting thousands in a wide-scale crackdown on dissent, said Amnesty International, a year after a wave of protests against poverty, corruption and authoritarianism erupted across […]

Iraq “must not be Reliant on Iran”

By John Lee. The UK’s foreign office minister for the Middle East has reportedly said that Iraq must wean itself off economic reliance on Iran and become more energy self-sufficient. On a visit to Iraq on Sunday, Alistair Burt (pictured) told Reuters: “To expect Iran to have no influence in Iraq is fanciful … What […]

What Iran’s Revolution meant for Iraq

By Bruce Riedel, Brookings Institution. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. What Iran’s Revolution meant for Iraq The collapse of the shah’s government in Iran in early 1979 impacted the entire world but no country was more affected than Iraq. Saddam Hussein’s regime […]

7m Iranians, Iraqis Visit Each Other’s Country Annually

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the fact that each year, 7 million Iraqis and Iranians visit each other’s country is a sign of the two neighboring countries’ close ties. Speaking at a meeting with Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohammed Al-Halbousi in Baghdad on Monday, attended by the chairmen of the Iraqi parliamentary factions, Zarif […]

Iranian Amb to UK summoned over Zaghari-Ratcliffe

The British foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has summoned the Iranian ambassador, Hamid Baeidinejad, to demand that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (pictured), the British-Iranian woman held by Tehran, is given proper medical treatment. The dual national, who was sentenced to five years in prison for espionage, has started a hunger strike after her interrogators tried to persuade her […]

Iran Drought: Lawmakers Fight over Water Share

By Ehsan Bodaghi for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran Drought turns Political as Lawmakers Fight over Water Share Eighteen lawmakers representing constituencies from the central Iranian province of Esfahan, where water scarcity has reached an alarming state, have […]

Iran “Seeks to Block Instagram”

By John Lee. Officials in Iran are reportedly trying to ban Instagram due to what it deems “immoral” content. According to Israeli news agency Haaretz, Twitter, Facebook and the encrypted messaging service Telegram are all already banned in Iran. Many Iranians use a virtual private networks (VPNs) to get around the ban. More here. (Source: Haaretz)

Health Minister Resigns

By John Lee. President Hassan Rouhani has reportedly accepted the resignation of Minister for Health Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi (pictured). Hashemi resigned following a disagreement over proposed cuts to health spending. According to Iran’s PressTV, Rouhani appointed Saeed Namaki as acting Minister. (Source: PressTV) (Picture credit: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)

Iraq ‘Not Obliged’ to Abide by US Sanctions on Iran

Iraq’s foreign minister said that his country is “not obliged” to abide by sanctions imposed by the US against Iran and would be pursuing options to continue bilateral trade. On December 20, the US granted Baghdad a 90-day extension to a waiver on abiding by the sanctions that were re-imposed on the Islamic Republic in […]

Iraq offers to Mediate between Trump, Iran

By Laura Rozen for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Concerned that tensions between Iran and the United States could blow back onto Iraq, a senior Iraqi diplomat said today that Iraq would be willing to facilitate dialogue between […]

Iran Drops bid to transfer Millions out of Germany

By John Lee. Iran has reportedly dropped its request to transfer 300 million euros ($347 million) in cash out of Germany. The cash is understood to be held in accounts at the Iranian-owned trade bank Europäisch-Iranische Handelsbank (EIH). According to AP, the US had been pressuring German authorities to reject the request due to concerns about […]

Closer Cooperation between Iraq and Iran

Iran Eyes Closer Cooperation with Iraq after Formation of New Gov’t Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi hailed the growing relations with Iraq and said Tehran plans to boost its cooperation with Baghdad after a new government is formed in the Arab country. “Our relationship with Iraq as a neighboring country is good and there […]

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Turkey “Not to Comply” with US Sanctions against Iran

Turkish Ambassador to Tehran Hakan Tekin deplored the US renewed sanctions against the Islamic Republic as illegal, saying his country will not comply with the move. “We will do our best to prevent Tehran-Ankara relations from being affected by the US sanctions against Iran,” Tekin who was in Ankara to attend at the 10th annual […]