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Zangeneh: Minimum Risk of New Sanctions

International companies should seize new opportunities for investment in Iran’s economic and energy sectors despite the talks about new sanctions in the wake of increasing political tensions between Tehran and Washington, a top oil official says. “If there are new restrictions, it will not affect the deals that are concluded after the easing of restrictions […]

Taiwan Shipping Line Yang Ming Halts Services to Iran

Taiwan’s Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp is halting its container service to Iran due to fears of being punished by the US government. An executive with Keelung-headquartered Yang Ming said the firm had “ceased direct services to Iran on concerns of rising tensions there”. “We took into consideration the recent sanctions against Iran as well […]

Trump Orders Review of Iran Nuclear Deal

By John Lee. US President Donald Trump has directed a National Security Council-led interagency review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The US Department of State confirmed that, while Iran is compliant with its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Secretary Rex Tillerson has raised concerns about Iran’s role as […]

UK Considers $600bn Opportunities in Iran

By John Lee. The Telegraph reports that British firms are “cautiously eying” opportunities in Iran, ahead of an expected $600-billion boom in trade and infrastructure investment by 2027. Amanda Clack, head of Infrastructure and consultancy EY, is quoted as saying: “Is there an opportunity here for UK business? Of course there is … Deliverability is […]

EU Extends Sanctions on Iran over Human Rights Violations

On 11 April 2017, the European Union extended until 13 April 2018 its restrictive measures responding to serious human rights violations in Iran. These measures consist of: a travel ban and an asset freeze against 82 people and one entity a ban on exports to Iran of equipment which might be used for internal repression […]

US charges Turkish Banker in Iran Sanctions Probe

By John Lee. Reuters reports that US prosecutors have charged an executive at the Turkish state-owned Halkbank in relation to alleged violations of US sanctions against Iran. Mehmet Hakan Atilla (47) is accused of conspiring with Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab to use front companies and fake invoices to move hundreds of millions of dollars of […]

German Firm “Facing Challenges” Financing Iran Venture

By John Lee. Reuters reports that German steel plant maker SMS Group “faces challenges in raising financing” for its $400-million contract to expand production at Iran’s  Mobarakeh Steel Company. Board member Dieter Rosenthal told the news agency that the privately-held firm, which builds steel, aluminium and copper plants, signed the contract in February to add […]

Swedish Firm Accepts Deposits in Bitcoin for Iran Biz

Swedish Firm Accepts Deposits in Bitcoin to Facilitate Business with Iran A Swedish company has come up with an innovative solution which both bypasses US sanctions and does away with the need for banks to process transactions with Iran, a report said. Brave New World Investments AB is reportedly accepting deposits in bitcoin which it […]

Iran Imposes Sanctions on 15 US Companies

Iran has imposed sanctions on 15 American companies for what it describes as “propping up the Zionist regime, terrorists and suppressing civilians in the region.” The Iranian Foreign Ministry said the move comes in response to Washington’s imposition of new sanctions against Tehran. The sanctioned US corporations, and the reasons given for their inclusion, are: Beni […]

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 […]