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Telegram in Iran on verge of being Blocked

From Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The popular messaging app Telegram is seemingly drawing its last breaths in Iran as a number of reports indicate its likely imminent blocking. Telegram has more than 40 million users in Iran and is widely believed […]

EU Extends Sanctions on Iran for Human Rights Violations

The Council of the European Union has voted unanimously to extend its “restrictive measures” (sanctions) against Iran by one year due to human rights violations. These measures consist of: a travel ban and an asset freeze against 82 people and one entity. a ban on exports to Iran of equipment which might be used for […]

5 potential scenarios for Iran deal

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. President Donald Trump’s tapping of Mike Pompeo and John Bolton for secretary of state and national security adviser, respectively, should do away with any pretense that the US administration wishes to “fix” the […]

Iran, Russia discuss Increased Cooperation

Top officials from the parliaments of Iran and Russia met in Tehran on Monday to coordinate policies for closer cooperation and enhanced economic relations between the two countries under a framework of parliamentary interaction. Speaking at a joint press conference in Tehran with Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of Russia’s State Duma, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali […]

83 Iranian Nuclear Achievements Unveiled

83 Nuclear Achievements Unveiled on National Nuclear Technology Day Eighty-three achievements of nuclear technology were unveiled on Monday in the presence of President Hassan Rouhani on the National Day of Nuclear Technology. Dr Rouhani also visited the nuclear technology achievements fair, in which 83 domestic achievements were displayed. Transfer of the first yellow cake shipment […]

Rouhani “pushes back against” Telegram blocking

From Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Amid fresh reports that the Iranian authorities are planning to block the popular messaging app Telegram, moderate President Hassan Rouhani has declared his opposition to such a move. In a controversial interview on March 31, member […]

Tehran’s Quality of Living Ranking …

By John Lee. Tehran has been ranked in 200th place in Mercer’s 2018 Quality of Living Survey. This puts it just ahead of Luanda in Angola and Lahore in Pakistan, and just behind Douala in Cameroon and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Vienna again retains the top spot; Zurich and Auckland follow in second and […]

MP: $30bn Has Been Transferred out of Iran

By John Lee. Iranians have transferred $30 billion out of the country in recent months, according to a claim from an Iranian member of parliament. MP Mohammad Reza Pourebrahimi, who is the head of the parliament’s economic committee, did not specify how the money has been moved out; without access to the international banking system, […]

New US Sanctions on Iran: Full Details

On Friday, in a coordinated action with the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated one Iranian entity and 10 Iranian individuals under Executive Order (E.O.) 13694, “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities,” as amended. The entity and individuals designated engaged in the theft of valuable intellectual property and data from hundreds of U.S. and third-country universities and a media company for private financial gain. “Iran is engaged […]

Human Rights Defenders “Beaten” in Iranian Jail

UN experts alarmed by reports of human rights defenders beaten in Iran jail UN human rights experts have expressed concern at the continued targeting of human rights defenders in Iran, including about reports that two well-known women human rights defenders have been subjected to beatings in detention. Atena Daemi and Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee were transferred […]

Ban on Iranian Airline’s ATR Flights Lifted

The Civil Aviation Organization of Iran lifted a month-long ban that prevented the Aseman Airlines from operating its ATR planes after a fatal crash in February. The public relations department of the Civil Aviation Organization said the temporary halt on the employment of ATR 72-200 and -500 models by Aseman has been lifted after release […]

IRGC Funding for Cinema stirs Debate in Iran

By Zahra Alipour for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. “I am a dependent filmmaker. I am a man of the system. … I thank Owj [Arts and Media] Organization. They work hard and deserve the title of ‘The unknown soldiers of Imam Mahdi.’ I […]

Iran says IS Resurgence could Hamper Iraq Oil Deal

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The Islamic State (IS) appears to be staging a comeback in parts of Iraq, which could endanger the country’s oil deal with Iran. Hamid Hosseini, the Iranian secretary-general of […]

Tillerson departure Threatens Iran Nuclear Deal

By John Lee. US President Donald Trump’s firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may hasten the demise of the Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Tillerson’s replacement, CIA chief Mike Pompeo, has expressed hawkish views on Iran and the nuclear deal. Trump delivered an ultimatum to European powers in January, […]

Apple blocks App Store in Iran

By John Lee. Apple iPhone users in Iran are no longer able to access the App Store, according to media reports. The Verge reports that while the company doesn’t sell devices or operate the App Store in Iran, Iranians were able to import Apple products from other counties and set them up to access portions […]

Gas Executive becomes UK Ambassador to Iran

Mr Rob Macaire CMG has been appointed as the UK’s Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran in succession to Mr Nicholas Hopton, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Macaire will take up his appointment in April 2018. Mr Macaire rejoins the diplomatic service following five years as Director of Government/Public […]

Questions as Iranians claim US Licensing Plane Sales to Iran

By Saeed Jalili for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Questions abound as Iranians claim US Treasury licensing plane sales to Iran Questions have emerged about whether the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued new licenses to Canadian plane manufacturer […]

Trump extends “National Emergency” with Iran

US President Donald Trump (pictured) has renewed the United States’ national emergency with respect to Iran for one more year, beyond 15th March, 2018. In a Presidential statement dated 12th March, President Trump said: “Actions and policies of the Government of Iran, including its development of ballistic missiles, support for international terrorism, and human rights […]

BBC appeals to UN over Harassment in Iran

For the first time in its history, the BBC is making an appeal to the United Nations in Geneva to protect the human rights of BBC journalists and their families. This unprecedented move comes in response to years of persecution and harassment by the Iranian authorities, which escalated in 2017. BBC Director General, Tony Hall, […]

Rouhani “Promises” Women will be allowed to attend Football

By John Lee. President Hassan Rouhani will reportedly allow women in Iran to attend football matches. The move follows the arrest of 35 women who tried to attend the Esteqlal vs Persepolis match on 1st March, causing international outrage. According to a report from The Independent, FIFA President Gianni Infantino told reporters following a meeting with Mr Rouhani: “I […]