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System to avert US Sanctions “ready soon”

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran on Monday as part of European efforts to salvage the historic JCPOA nuclear pact and […]

Iran Boosting Gas Exports to Iraq

An Iranian official said the exports of natural gas to Iraq are growing steadily and are expected to hit 40 million cubic meters a day in summer. Managing director of the Iranian Gas Engineering and Development Company (IGEDC) Hassan Montazer Torbati told Tasnim that Iran’s gas exports to Iraq are constantly increasing and nearing a […]

Korean SMEs “Go Bankrupt” Due to Sanctions on Iran

The chairman of Iran-South Korea Joint Chamber of Commerce said following last year’s move by the US to renew sanctions against the Islamic Republic, some Korean companies went bankrupt. Speaking to Tasnim, Hossein Tanhayee pointed to the 70 percent fall in bilateral trade between Iran and South Korea after the re-imposition of the US sanctions […]

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 […]

Renault to Return to Iran: Deputy Minister

An Iranian deputy minister said French carmaker Renault SA will return to Iran after it halted cooperation with Iranian companies under the US sanctions. In comments on Thursday, Deputy Minister of Industry, Mines and Trade Farshad Moqimi said Renault has made an investment of $1 billion in Iran. “Following the negotiations and consultations that have […]

Iraq Rebuffs US on Cutting Off Energy Purchases from Iran

The US is pressuring Iraq to stop buying energy from its neighbor Iran, in what has become a major point of conflict between Washington and Baghdad. Iraqi leaders are pushing back on the demand, which is rooted in US President Donald Trump’s sanctions against Iran, according to a report by the New York Times on […]

ATR Applies for US Permission to Deliver Iran Planes

The CEO of Iran Air said ATR aircraft manufacturer has requested permission from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury for the delivery of the turboprops Iran has purchased. Farzaneh Sharafbafi told Tasnim on Saturday that the delivery of the remaining ATR turboprops to Iran requires a permission […]

New Mechanism to Facilitate Trade with Iran

French, German and UK Foreign Ministers today announced the creation of ‘INSTEX‘, a new mechanism for facilitating legitimate trade with Iran in order to preserve the Iran nuclear deal. Joint statement by the E3 Foreign Ministers Jean-Yves Le Drian (France), Heiko Maas (Germany), Jeremy Hunt (United Kingdom): “France, Germany and the United Kingdom, in accordance […]

Iran-Switzerland Payment Channel Ready: Official

The head of Iran-Switzerland Joint Chamber of Commerce announced that a payments channel has been developed and prepared to be inaugurated in a bid to boost bilateral trade between the two countries. In remarks released on Wednesday, Sharif Nezam Mafi said the financial mechanism has been prepared and its operational features have been announced. The […]

France Says SPV to Be Implemented in ‘Coming Days’

The French foreign minister said the special purpose vehicle (SPV), the EU mechanism aimed at facilitating trade with Iran in the US sanctions era, would be established in the “coming days”. The SPV “should be implemented in the coming days”, Jean-Yves Le Drian told the French parliament’s foreign affairs committee, Reuters reported late on Wednesday. […]

Iraq ‘Not Obliged’ to Abide by US Sanctions on Iran

Iraq’s foreign minister said that his country is “not obliged” to abide by sanctions imposed by the US against Iran and would be pursuing options to continue bilateral trade. On December 20, the US granted Baghdad a 90-day extension to a waiver on abiding by the sanctions that were re-imposed on the Islamic Republic in […]

Iraqi Dinar may replace US Dollar in Iran-Iraq Trade

Iranian ambassador to Baghdad said Iran and Iraq are weighing plans to eliminate US dollar in trade transactions and also lift visa requirements for citizens of the two countries. Speaking at a TV program on Saturday night, Iraj Masjedi said Tehran and Baghdad are considering plans to use Iraqi dinar for trade transactions or develop […]

Iraq offers to Mediate between Trump, Iran

By Laura Rozen for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Concerned that tensions between Iran and the United States could blow back onto Iraq, a senior Iraqi diplomat said today that Iraq would be willing to facilitate dialogue between […]

Volvo Halts Iran Truck Assembly under US Pressure

Swedish truckmaker AB Volvo has stopped assembling trucks in Iran because US sanctions are preventing it from being paid, a spokesman for the company said on Monday. Volvo spokesman Fredrik Ivarsson said the trucks group could no longer get paid for any parts it shipped and had therefore decided not to operate in Iran. “With […]

Iraq seeks Sanctions Waiver on Iran Energy Trade

Iraq is negotiating with the U.S. for exemptions from the impending snap-back of sanctions against Iran, arguing that it could not cut consumption of Iranian electricity and natural gas immediately without suffering serious economic harm and social instability. An Iraqi delegation was in Washington last week seeking a waiver for its cross-border trade, meeting with […]

US Targets Thai Company Supporting Iranian Airline

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Thailand-based My Aviation Company Limited for acting for or on behalf of Mahan Air, an Iranian airline previously designated for supporting Iran’s terrorism activities.  The action today was taken pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support […]

Iran to Work with Italy’s Bankrupt Banks Using Euros

Italy’s banking system authorities have agreed to let a number of the country’s bankrupt banks and the second and third-class banks to work with Iran using euro instead of dollar to skirt US sanctions, an Iranian official said. In an interview with Tasnim, chairman of Iran-Italy joint chamber of commerce, Ahmad Poorfallah, said Italy has […]

US Sanctions cause Big Losses for Iraqi Investors in Iran

By Salam Zidane for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News.  The Iranian economy has spiraled out of control since a new set of US-enforced sanctions against trade with Iran went into force Aug. 7, as its currency value has been plummeting ever since while inflation rates are […]