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US: Eleven Sanctioned for Transfer of “Sensitive Items” to Iran

From US State Department: On March 21, the United States imposed sanctions on 30 foreign entities and individuals in 10 countries pursuant to the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA). These sanctions apply to the specific individuals and entities which will be listed in the federal register and will be in effect for […]

Chinese firms help to update Tehran Metro

By John Lee. According to Tehran Times, the Chinese military-affiliated Norinco International won a 93 million euro ($100 million) contract to manufacture 70 subway cars for the Tehran Metro. The cars will be sold to Tehran Wagon Manufacturing Co., a joint venture formed between Norinco, with a 29% stake, together with Tehran’s official subway operator, […]

ZTE Corp Pleads Guilty in Sanctions Case

By John Lee. Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp has pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions by illegally shipping U.S. goods and technology to Iran. The guilty plea was part of an agreement the company reached earlier this month with U.S. authorities that also called for nearly $900 million in fines and other […]

Total seeks $4bn Stake in South Pars Gas Gield

Total is seeking a 50 percent stake in a $4 billion project in Iran’s giant South Pars gas field, the French energy firm said in a regulatory filing detailing talks held with Iranian officials on several projects in 2016. Total signed a preliminary deal for the South Pars project last year, becoming the first Western […]

Why Iran’s Auto Ambitions will Benefit Economy, not Consumers

By Alireza Ramezani for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. In February, Iran hosted an international auto show for the first time in 11 years. Some two dozen European, Asian and Iranian brands, including Iran’s longtime French partners Renault and Peugeot, took part in the […]

ZTE fined $1.1bn for flouting US Sanctions

By John Lee. Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corporation (Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation) has agreed to plead guilty to charges that it shipped US-made equipment to Iran and North Korea, and has been fined $1.1 billion. The equipment included routers, microprocessors and servers controlled under export regulations for “security, encryption… and/or anti-terrorism reasons“. Steven T. Mnuchin, US […]

US allows China’s ZTE to Continue Working With Iran

By John Lee. Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE has been granted a reprieve from the U.S. to continue work with Iran until 29th March; this is the shortest reprieve granted by the US to ZTE. The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), which is part of the US Department of Commerce, has extended ZTE’s temporary general […]

Iran, Malaysia Agree to Trade in Yen, Yuan

Iran and Malaysia have agreed to use Japanese yen and Chinese yuan in their bilateral trade, a senior Iranian banking official said. We welcome the eagerness of Malaysian banks to open accounts in Iranian commercial banks in the South Asian country’s currency, Ringgit, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) for Currency Affairs […]

NIOC, SINOPEC hold talks on Upstream Cooperation

Senior executives from the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec Group) met to discuss avenues for furthering cooperation in upstream projects. NIOC Chief Ali Kardor and Wang Yupu, Chairman of Sinopec Group, attended the Sunday meeting in Tehran. “NIOC’s priority is signature of deals under the new framework of oil contracts,” […]

Total says Iran Investment Depends on Renewal of US Waivers

By John Lee. French oil major Total plans to make a final investment decision on its $2-billion Iranian gas project by the summer, according to reports from Reuters and PressTV. But Chief Executive Patrick Pouyanne (pictured) told journalists that the decision hinges on the renewal of U.S. sanctions waivers, which are due to be renewed […]