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Adoption Day for Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Joint Statement by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister M. Javad Zarif Today (18th December) is Adoption Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) related to the Iran nuclear programme. This is another important milestone that brings us a step closer to the beginning of implementation of the JCPOA, to […]

More Veils Lift as Topic Loses Political Punch

By Mahmoud Pargoo, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Discussion of the Islamic veil took up a tiny part of books on Islamic law, or Sharia, before the beginning of the last century. Covering one’s head was mainly considered a precondition for women […]

Video: Rouhani Reacts to Trump Anti-Muslim Comments

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. A global firestorm erupted this week over Donald Trump’s call to bar Muslims from entering the United States, with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani branding them “some of the most bizarre comments in history“:

How to get Iran’s Economy back on Track

By Alireza Ramezani, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Some observers in Iran believe that the national economy needs a coordinator rather than a command center to put everything in order. In other words, a group that has good relations with major market […]

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Did Erdogan threaten Iran?

By Arash Karami, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iranian officials, from the Hassan Rouhani administration to the supreme leader’s advisers, have been attempting to contain the escalating crisis between Russia and Turkey. As those efforts seem to be unsuccessful, there are reports […]

Video: Iran willing to ‘mediate’ Russia/Turkey Spat

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran’s Parliament speaker Ali Larijani gave a presser in Tehran, saying Iran would be willing to “play the role of mediator” in the dispute between Russia and Turkey over the downing of a Russian […]

Iran Worked on Nuclear Weapons Design until 2009

By John Lee. In a much anticipated report completed as part of the Iran nuclear agreement, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said that Iran stopped work on designing a nuclear weapon in 2009. The confidential report to its Board of Governors, viewed by Reuters, said: “The Agency assesses that a range of activities […]

Who is Iran’s Nategh-Nuri?

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. Whenever Iran is about to hold an election, the country’s two main political camps — conservatives and Reformists — start asking their most prominent figures to step forward and assume leadership. With parliamentary and […]

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Will Rouhani only Serve One Term as President?

By Arash Karami, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The weekly paper of Iran’s Hezbollah (Ansar-e Hezbollah) argued that President Hassan Rouhani will be the first one-term president in the history of the Islamic Republic of Iran. While Iran’s hard-liners have still not […]

Ayatollah: US using Sex and Money to Infiltrate Iran

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (pictured), has said that the United States is using sex, money and Western lifestyles to infiltrate Iran’s decision-making elite. Reuters quotes him as telling a gathering of the commanders of the Basij, IRGC’s voluntary militia arm: “Two main things are used for this infiltration: money and sexual attractions. They […]

Iran Hedges its Bets in Syria

By Ellie Geranmayeh, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The countries party to the statement of the International Syria Support Group, which was agreed to Nov. 14 in Vienna, seek to implement a road map to end the Syrian conflict under conditions most […]

Do Hard-Liners really want to Stop Foreign Investment?

By Alireza Ramezani, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Ultraconservatives in Iran are stepping up their crackdown on civil liberties in a move to send a message to the West — and the United States in particular — that the July 14 nuclear […]

Paris Attacks: Iran Likely to Join War on IS

The Independent quotes senior diplomatic sources as saying that Iran is likely to emerge as a member of a coalition fighting the Islamic State group (IS, ISIS, ISIL) in the aftermath of the Paris massacre. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has telephoned his French counterpart to stress the “crucial importance to fighting against terrorism and Daesh [Isis] […]

Iranian Olive Branch Offers Diplomatic Paradigm Shift

By Hassan Ahmadian, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. It has been five years since the Arab Spring began roiling the Middle East and North Africa. During this time, conflict pitting Saudi Arabia and Qatar against Iran and its regional allies in Syria, […]

Is Qatar Iran’s door to the Gulf

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 map of alliances in the Middle East is changing rapidly, influenced by regional and international conflicts. Following the Iran nuclear deal signed in July and the improvement of Iran’s ties with the West […]

Rouhani Shifts Gears on Economy

By Alireza Ramezani, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. After months of resisting calls for an economic stimulus package, President Hassan Rouhani has finally changed his stance on the matter. This will be the second such short-term plan initiated since he took office […]

Iran names First Female Ambassador since Revolution

According to a report from Rudaw, Iran has appointed its first female ambassador since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Marziyeh Afkham (pictured), currently serving as spokesperson for foreign ministry, will soon take up her position as Ambassador to Malaysia. President Rouhani vowed to improve women’s rights issues during his election campaign in 2013, but analysts say […]

Has Iran entered ‘New Era’ of Economic Policies?

By Seyed Mahdi Barakchian, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s speech at his Aug. 26 meeting with President Hassan Rouhani (pictured) and the Cabinet signaled a new era for the management of the Iranian economy. This is notable, […]

NSC Opens Office to Oversee Iran Deal Implementation

By Laura Rozen, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The US National Security Council is joining the State Department in establishing a new office to oversee implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, to be headed by NSC Director for Nonproliferation Paul Irwin, a […]

Rouhani Outlines Plans for Growth

President Rouhani described the new plans and policies of the government for economic growth, the most important foreign relations plans, and regional and global issues in a live television interview. “People are getting ready to show their respect to the culture of Ashura which is the culture of dignity, freedom, and resistance against injustice and […]