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“Invaluable Steps” to Cement Ties with Iraq

Iran Has Taken Invaluable Steps to Cement Ties with Iraq: Envoy Iran’s Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi highlighted the importance of bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries and said Tehran has taken major strides to strengthen ties with Baghdad. “We are trying to boost our relations with Iraq in all areas,” Masjedi said, addressing […]

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IAEA: Important for Iran to Implement JCPOA

Important for Iran to Implement its JCPOA Commitments, IAEA Director General Says It is essential that Iran fully implements its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano told the Agency’s Board of Governors on Monday. Mr Amano noted the announcement by Iran’s Supreme National Security Council on […]

Iran Eyes Closer Military Cooperation with Iraq

The Iranian defense minister called for the enhancement of military and defense cooperation with Iraq, saying collaboration between the two neighbors would serve regional security and stability. In a meeting with a delegation of Iraqi military commanders, Brigadier General Amir Hatami said the common threats and opportunities necessitate closer consultations between Tehran and Baghdad for […]

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Iran Plan for Air Defense Cooperation with Iraq

Iran’s Top General Unveils Plan for Air Defense Cooperation with Iraq Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri said Tehran and Baghdad have agreed to launch air defense cooperation to combat possible threats to Iran’s western border. Briefing reporters on the results of a meeting with his Iraqi counterpart […]

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US labels IRGC as Terrorists

Today, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pictured) has announced his intent to designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), including its Qods Force, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. This designation is a historic step to counter Iran-backed terrorism around the world. The IRGC […]

Floods: Evacuation of 70 Villages

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The Iranian government has ordered the evacuation of 70 villages threatened by flooding. A state of emergency has been declared in many southern provinces. Al Jazeera’s Raheela Mahomed reports:

US Disrupts IRGC Front Company Network

United States Disrupts Large Scale Front Company Network Transferring Hundreds of Millions of Dollars and Euros to the IRGC and Iran’s Ministry of Defense Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action against 25 individuals and entities, including a network of Iran, UAE, and Turkey-based front companies, that have transferred over a billion dollars and euros to the Islamic […]

New Sanctions on Entities linked to Iran Nuclear Weapons Effort

U.S. Government Sanctions Organizations and Individuals in Connection with an Iranian Defense Entity Linked to Iran’s Previous Nuclear Weapons Effort The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), together with the U.S. Department of State, designated 14 individuals and 17 entities today in connection with Iran’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and […]

Tehran’s Quality of Living Ranking …

By John Lee. Tehran has been ranked in 199th place in the Mercer 2019 Quality of Living Survey. This puts it just ahead of Karachi in Pakistan and Caracas in Venezuela, and just behind Luanda in Angola and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Vienna again retains the top spot; Zurich and Vancouver follow in second […]

33-yrs Prison, 148 lashes, for Women’s Rights Defender

Iran: Shocking 33-year prison term and 148 lashes for women’s rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh The sentencing of prominent Iranian human rights lawyer and women’s rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh to 33 years in prison and 148 lashes in a new case against her is an outrageous injustice, said Amnesty International. The sentence, reported on her husband […]

UK affords Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe Diplomatic Protection

The Foreign Secretary has today (7 March) decided that the UK will exercise diplomatic protection in the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe as part of the Government’s continuing efforts to secure her release. Affording diplomatic protection in Nazanin’s case represents formal recognition by the British Government that her treatment fails to meet Iran’s obligations under International […]

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 […]

Attempts to Hack Diplomatic Entities in Iran

By John Lee. Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab has said it has found evidence of attempts to compromise the information systems of foreign diplomatic entities in Iran: “Throughout the autumn of 2018 we analyzed a long-standing (and still active at that time) cyber-espionage campaign that was primarily targeting foreign diplomatic entities based in Iran. “The […]

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 […]

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 […]