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E3 and EEAS joint statement on Iran

France, Germany, the UK and the European External Action Service have issued a joint statement on the Iran nuclear deal: “The Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, the UK, and the High Representative are extremely concerned at Iran’s announcement that it has exceeded the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action stockpile limit for low enriched uranium. The […]

Iran’s Enriched Uranium Stockpile Passes 300kg Limit

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the country’s enriched uranium stockpile has passed the 300-kilogram limit as the Islamic Republic continues to reduce its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). “We have already announced that the European measures have not been enough and as the […]

Iranian National Charged In Scheme to Evade US Sanctions

A woman in the US has admitted her role in a scheme to illegally smuggle millions of dollars’ worth of aircraft parts from the United States to Iran, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Joyce Eliabachus, a/k/a “Joyce Marie Gundran Manangan,” 52, of Morristown, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo to […]

Iran invites People to turn in Neighbours via Text

From The Independent: Iran regime invites people to turn in neighbours for ‘moral crimes’ via text message Iran is to launch a text-messaging service to allow self-appointed guardians of morality in Tehran to turn in their neighbours or strangers for violating murky codes of public conduct, officials have said. Full story here.

Iran to Exceed Enriched Uranium Limit “in Days”

Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi announced on Monday that the country has accelerated uranium enrichment activities and its stockpile of enriched uranium is going to surpass a 300 kg limit within the next ten days. Speaking to reporters at the Khandab heavy water facilities at the Arak nuclear site […]

US Sanctions target Iran Petrochemical Group

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has taken action against Iran’s largest and most profitable petrochemical holding group, Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (PGPIC), for providing financial support to Khatam al-Anbiya Construction Headquarters (Khatam al-Anbiya), the engineering conglomerate of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). In addition to PGPIC, […]

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe begins new Hunger Strike

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian mother detained in Iran, has begun a new hunger strike along with her husband, Richard Ratcliffe. She was jailed for five years in 2016 following a conviction for spying, which she denies. The decision came following the fifth birthday of their daughter, Gabriella, who has not been allowed to leave Iran […]

“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 […]