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Arrest of Human Rights Lawyer “an Outrage”

From Amnesty International. Arrest of prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is an outrage The arrest of Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent Iranian human rights lawyer, is an outrageous attack on a brave and prolific human rights defender, Amnesty International said today. Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested at her home in Tehran this morning and transferred to […]

Protecting EU companies in Iran

Following up on the informal Leaders’ Meeting in Sofia, as well as the Commission’s announcements of 18 May, the European Commission has adopted an update of the Blocking Statute and of the European Investment Bank (EIB)‘s External Lending Mandate. These measures are meant to help protecting the interests of EU companies investing in Iran and to demonstrate the EU’s […]

Video: Will Iran-US Tensions threaten Iraq’s Stability?

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. It’s been three weeks since the parliamentary election in Iraq and many Iraqis voted for a nationalist party opposed to foreign interference. But both Riyadh and Washington want an Iraq that is sympathetic […]

US, Iran “Face Off” in Former Extremist-Held Iraqi Town

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Locals in Al Qaim, Anbar, worry that the current stable security situation can’t last. It’s being upheld by US troops and Iran-allied militias, whose antipathy toward one another is […]

Iran to Boost Uranium Enrichment Capacity

Iran to Boost Uranium Enrichment Capacity Following Leader’s Order: AEOI Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said the organization is starting a process to boost the country’s capacity to enrich uranium following an order by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei. Kamalvandi told ISNA news agency on […]

German Credit Unions Stand by Iran

Six credit unions in southern Germany are still processing payments to Iran despite Washington’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers and its impending new sanctions on Iran, a report said. While Germany’s big banks are avoiding Iran-related deals for fear of US reprisals, six credit unions, or Volksbanken, from southern […]

Video: Nuclear Deal ‘in intensive care’

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Signatories of the Iran nuclear deal meet in Vienna in a bid to save the agreement, as Iran warns the deal has been put “in intensive care” by Washington’s dramatic withdrawal earlier this month. […]

US vows ‘Strongest Sanctions in History’ on Iran

By John Lee. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the Trump administration is imposing the “strongest sanctions in history” on Iran, adding that the country would be “battling to keep its economy alive“. The full text of Mike Pompeo’s speech to The Heritage Foundation in Washington DC can be read below: MS […]

US puts Sanctions on head of Central Bank

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions on the Governor and a senior official of the Central Bank of Iran, an Iraq-based bank and its chairman, and a key Hizballah official, all of whom have moved millions of dollars on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force […]

How Iran and Europe can Save the Nuclear Deal

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. US President Donald Trump’s unilateral withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has created an urgency for all other deal signatories to work toward saving the accord. As international companies face a new […]

Video: Iran seeks ‘Clear Future Design’ for JCPOA

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran’s president has said he will stick to the agreement, if other countries meet their obligations. Meanwhile, his foreign minister has embarked on a diplomatic tour, in an attempt to salvage the deal. […]

Trump pulls US out of Iran Nuclear Deal: FULL DETAILS

By John Lee. US President Donald Trump has said he will withdraw the United States from Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). In a live statement, the President said: “I will sign a presidential memorandum to begin reinstating U.S. nuclear sanctions on the Iranian regime. We will be instituting […]

Iran Nuclear Deal: Reaction from World Leaders

By John Lee. Following the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, world leaders have been giving their opinions. Former US President Barack Obama said: “Walking away from the JCPOA turns our back on America’s closest allies, and an agreement that our country’s leading diplomats, scientists, and intelligence professionals negotiated. “At a time when we […]

Rouhani Calls Trump’s Withdrawal “Psychological War”

President Rouhani Calls Trump’s Iran Nuclear Deal Withdrawal “Psychological War” Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that Tehran has adopted necessary measures to confront new anti-Iran pressures, saying that his US counterpart is launching psychological war and economic pressure on Tehran by announcing withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal. “The Iranian nation will be […]

Iranians hesitant to leave Telegram for Domestic Apps

By Holly Dagres, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The running joke on Iranian social media right now is that three green ticks on a domestic messaging app mean that not only does the sender and receiver read the message, but an intelligence […]

HRW slams Iran’s Telegram Ban

From Human Rights Watch. The Iranian judiciary’s blocking of the messaging application Telegram is an unjustifiable restriction on freedom of expression and access to information, Human Rights Watch has said. With more than 40 million users, Telegram had become the main social media platform for Iranians. On April 30, 2018, Mizan Online News Agency, the […]

Iran Ordered to pay $6.27bn to 9/11 Victims’ Families

By John Lee. A US judge has ordered Iran to pay some family members of victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks a total of $6.27 billion as compensation for pain, suffering and mental anguish. Ahough the 9/11 Commission found no evidence of Iranian involvement in the plot, Judge George Daniels of the Southern District […]

3 Indicted in US for Violating Iranian Sanctions

Executives Of Iranian Auto Parts Manufacturer Arrested And Indicted For Violating Iranian Sanctions Statute Sadr Emad-Vaez, Pouran Aazad, and Hassan Ali Moshir-Fatemi made their initial appearances in district court today after being indicted on April 19, 2018, for violating export control laws under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), announced Acting United States Attorney […]

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Iran “Bulldozing Mass Graves Sites to Destroy Evidence”

New evidence – including satellite imagery, photo and video analysis – shows that the Iranian authorities are deliberately destroying suspected or confirmed mass grave sites from the country’s 1988 massacre which saw thousands of political prisoners secretly killed, said Amnesty International and Justice for Iran in a new report today (30 April). The 31-page report […]

Saudi belligerence on Iran threatens US

By Bruce Riedel for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud and his son are pursuing the most virulent anti-Iran and anti-Shiite policy in modern Saudi history. This approach has deep roots in Wahhabi history. Mixed with Iran’s expansive […]