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Most French Firms ‘Unable to Stay’ in Iran

Most French Firms ‘Unable to Stay’ in Iran due to US Sanctions: Minister French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said that after the US imposes new sanctions on Iran most French companies would be unable to continue business in Iran because of problems over payment, also saying that the US cannot be the “planet’s economic […]

Protecting EU companies in Iran

Following up on the informal Leaders’ Meeting in Sofia, as well as the Commission’s announcements of 18 May, the European Commission has adopted an update of the Blocking Statute and of the European Investment Bank (EIB)‘s External Lending Mandate. These measures are meant to help protecting the interests of EU companies investing in Iran and to demonstrate the EU’s […]

Meet Iran’s Likely Next Hardliner-in-Chief

By Rohollah Faghihi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. It sounds like the days of Ayatollah Mohammad-Taghi Mesbah Yazdi leading Iran’s hard-liners are coming to a close. At 83, he appears ready to step aside for a new ayatollah. It has recently been reported by local news […]

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Truckers display new face of Popular Protest in Iran

From Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. On the first day of what quickly became Iran’s largest trucker strike in recent years, a driver told his audience on film, “Today, May 22, on the ring road of Kavar, we are making sure that […]

Iran to Boost Uranium Enrichment Capacity

Iran to Boost Uranium Enrichment Capacity Following Leader’s Order: AEOI Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said the organization is starting a process to boost the country’s capacity to enrich uranium following an order by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei. Kamalvandi told ISNA news agency on […]

Peugeot-Citroën to Pull Out of Iran

French car maker PSA Group has said it will pull out of two joint in Iran following Washington’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. In a statement, the maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars said: “After signature of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on July 14th, 2015 and the lifting of international sanctions […]

S Korea’s Daelim Cancels $2bn Deal with Iran

South Korea’s Daelim Industrial said on Friday that a contract worth 2.23 trillion Korean won ($2.08 billion) for a refinery project in Iran was canceled. The order was canceled as the Isfahan Refinery Upgrading Project failed to procure financing because of economic sanctions imposed on Iran, Daelim said in a regulatory filing, Reuters reported. The […]

German Credit Unions Stand by Iran

Six credit unions in southern Germany are still processing payments to Iran despite Washington’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers and its impending new sanctions on Iran, a report said. While Germany’s big banks are avoiding Iran-related deals for fear of US reprisals, six credit unions, or Volksbanken, from southern […]

Video: Nuclear Deal ‘in intensive care’

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Signatories of the Iran nuclear deal meet in Vienna in a bid to save the agreement, as Iran warns the deal has been put “in intensive care” by Washington’s dramatic withdrawal earlier this month. […]

US vows ‘Strongest Sanctions in History’ on Iran

By John Lee. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the Trump administration is imposing the “strongest sanctions in history” on Iran, adding that the country would be “battling to keep its economy alive“. The full text of Mike Pompeo’s speech to The Heritage Foundation in Washington DC can be read below: MS […]

Iraq Election leaves Iran Scrambling to Preserve Influence

By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The Sairoon (On the Move) Alliance formed by Muqtada al-Sadr and the Iraqi Communist Party is ahead in the preliminary results of the Iraqi elections. More than 90% of the votes in all of […]

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Total to Unwind Iran Operations if no Waiver

On 4 July 2017, Total, together with the other partner Petrochina, executed the contract related to the South Pars 11 (SP11) project, in full compliance with UN resolutions and US, EU and French legislation applicable at the time. SP11 is a gas development project dedicated to the supply of domestic gas to the domestic Iranian […]

How Iran and Europe can Save the Nuclear Deal

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. US President Donald Trump’s unilateral withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has created an urgency for all other deal signatories to work toward saving the accord. As international companies face a new […]

Video: Iran seeks ‘Clear Future Design’ for JCPOA

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran’s president has said he will stick to the agreement, if other countries meet their obligations. Meanwhile, his foreign minister has embarked on a diplomatic tour, in an attempt to salvage the deal. […]

Trump pulls US out of Iran Nuclear Deal: FULL DETAILS

By John Lee. US President Donald Trump has said he will withdraw the United States from Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). In a live statement, the President said: “I will sign a presidential memorandum to begin reinstating U.S. nuclear sanctions on the Iranian regime. We will be instituting […]

Iran Nuclear Deal: Reaction from World Leaders

By John Lee. Following the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, world leaders have been giving their opinions. Former US President Barack Obama said: “Walking away from the JCPOA turns our back on America’s closest allies, and an agreement that our country’s leading diplomats, scientists, and intelligence professionals negotiated. “At a time when we […]

Rouhani Calls Trump’s Withdrawal “Psychological War”

President Rouhani Calls Trump’s Iran Nuclear Deal Withdrawal “Psychological War” Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that Tehran has adopted necessary measures to confront new anti-Iran pressures, saying that his US counterpart is launching psychological war and economic pressure on Tehran by announcing withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal. “The Iranian nation will be […]

Can ‘De-Dollarization’ break Iran’s Economic Isolation?

By Navid Kalhor for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. While the nuclear deal struck between Iran and six world powers in 2015 lifted international sanctions, it failed to remove primary US restrictions on dollar transactions. As such, some in Iran have grown to […]

Saudi belligerence on Iran threatens US

By Bruce Riedel for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud and his son are pursuing the most virulent anti-Iran and anti-Shiite policy in modern Saudi history. This approach has deep roots in Wahhabi history. Mixed with Iran’s expansive […]

Video: Will US withdraw from Nuclear Deal?

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. France and the United States have a long history that goes back centuries. From the American revolutionary war to the Statue of Liberty – the two countries have had strong cultural and political […]