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Iran “Freezes Assets of BBC Persian Staff”

The BBC has said that Iranian authorities have frozen the assets of BBC Persian staff in Iran. BBC World Service Director Francesca Unsworth said the order was preventing staff from selling or buying property, cars and other goods. The service, which broadcasts on TV, on radio and online, is banned in Iran. More from BBC […]

The real footprint of the IRGC in Iran’s economy

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. The Iranian economy consists of three distinct sectors: public, private and semi-state — which includes religious, revolutionary, military foundations and cooperatives, as well as social security and pension funds. Experts agree that as a […]

Iran steps up Pressure on Iraqi Kurds to Halt Referendum

By Fazel Hawramy for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have become entangled in a war of words as the referendum on Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence nears. Both sides are now making veiled threats, which — if they […]

Huge Iran-UK Immigration Ring Busted

By John Lee. Police in Spain have reportedly broken up a large immigration ring that smuggled Iranians as young as five into the United Kingdom. According to BBC News, the gang allegedly supplied fake Spanish passports to Iranian nationals so they could fly into the UK. Europol said the group charged migrants about €25,000 (£22,500) […]

Amnesty International challenges Iran on Human Rights

Iran’s judicial and security bodies have waged a vicious crackdown against human rights defenders since Hassan Rouhani became president in 2013, demonizing and imprisoning activists who dare to stand up for people’s rights, Amnesty International said in a new report. Caught in a web of repression: Iran’s human rights defenders under attack details how scores […]

Russia: Visa-Free Travel for Iranians Possible Soon

Iranian citizens could start traveling visa free to Russia in two or three months, Russia’s ambassador to Tehran said recently. Speaking on the sidelines of a ceremony in Tehran, held to sign a contract between Iran and Russia on the joint production of train cars, Levan Jagarian said based on an agreement with Iran’s Foreign […]

Trump’s Options on the Nuclear Deal with Iran

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. While President Donald Trump’s State Department has twice now certified Iranian compliance with the July 2015 nuclear deal, there are indications that Trump is intent on scuttling his predecessor’s signature foreign policy achievement. However, […]

Iranians Support Restarting Nuclear Program if US backs out of Deal

By Barbara Slavin for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iranians Support Restarting Nuclear Program if US backs out of Deal Iranians’ approval of the 2015 nuclear deal is growing, but so is their appetite for restarting the country’s suspended program if the Donald Trump […]

Firm Fined $12m for “Apparent Violations” of Sanctions

CSE TransTel Pte. Ltd. (“TransTel”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the international technology group CSE Global Limited, both of which are located in Singapore, has agreed to pay $12,027,066 to settle its potential civil liability for 104 apparent violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part […]