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Former Central Bank boss denies meeting Zarrab

From Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran’s former Central Bank head Mahmoud Bahmani, reacting to Iranian-Turkish tycoon Reza Zarrab’s recent statements in a US court, says he never met with Zarrab. In his testimony in a New York trial, Zarrab, who was arrested in the […]

Why is Iranian Rial suddenly Weakening?

By Saeid Jafari for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. A recent devaluation of the rial on the so-called free market in Iran has raised concerns that the country’s economy will experience another collapse of the value of its national currency similar to what […]

Video: Is the Iran Deal set to Unravel?

While the Iran nuclear deal was hailed as a “triumph of diplomacy” by its supporters around the world, US President Donald Trump called it “the worst deal ever”. He recently decided to officially “decertify” the deal formally known as the JCPOA, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, between Iran six world powers and the EU […]

Turkish-Iranian Gold Trader Pleads Guilty

By John Lee. Prosecutors in the United States have reportedly revealed that a wealthy Turkish-Iranian gold trader has agreed to testify about what is claimed to be a “vast corruption scheme they say reached into the upper levels of the Turkish government.“ Associated Press says that Reza Zarrab (34) is expected to outline how he […]

Why UK-US Divide on Iranian Nuclear Deal Matters

By Kasra Aarabi for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News.  European powers, most notably Britain, have rebuffed US President Donald Trump’s Oct. 13 refusal to certify that the landmark nuclear agreement with Iran meets congressional requirements. Issuing a joint […]

New US Sanctions over Iran: Full Details

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has designated a network of individuals and entities involved in a large-scale scheme to help Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) counterfeit currency to support its destabilizing activities. This network employed deceptive measures to circumvent European export control restrictions and procured advanced […]

Iran-US Trade Drops 21% in 9 Months

The total value of bilateral trade between Iran and the US over the first nine months of 2017 has decreased by 21 percent, according to the latest data released by the US Census Bureau. The bilateral trade between the Islamic Republic and the US from January to September amounted to $140 million, showing a 21% […]

Intimidated by US, Major Banks Avoid Working with Iran

A member of Iran’s Money and Credit Council attributed major global banks’ reluctance to build banking links with Iran to the US government’s intimidating policies and obstructionism. Conditions are not still set for Iranian banks to make connection with the world’s top banks, Bahman Abdollahi, member of the highest policy-making body in the Central Bank […]

EU Ministers Voice Support for JCPOA

Foreign ministers of the three European parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) emphasized the necessity for saving the nuclear agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany). In a meeting before a gathering of the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meeting in Belgium’s capital of […]

Total May Have to Rethink Iran Deal due to Trump

Total Chief Executive Officer Patrick Pouyanne said US President Donald Trump’s new aggressive approach to Iran could kill a huge energy investment the French oil and gas major signed with Tehran just four months ago. “Either we can do the deal legally if there is a legal framework,” Pouyanné told CNN on Monday. “If we […]

Ex-CIA director speaks out Against Iran Deal

By John Lee. The former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director James Woolsey (pictured) has said the US should destroy virtually all of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) infrastructure as well as Iran’s nuclear facilities to reduce its terrorist and nuclear threats. He told The Jerusalem Post: “The next time the IRGC looks cross-eyed at […]

Total to Conform to any US Sanctions on Iran: CEO

France’s Total has opened an office in Washington to coordinate its operations in Iran where the French oil and gas major plans to develop Phase 11 of the giant South Pars gas field. On Thursday, Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne stated that his company would comply with any sanctions on Iran. Iranian officials, he said, “know that […]

Europe’s Efforts to Facilitate Banking Ties with Iran “Not Sufficient”

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for American and European Affairs Majid Takht Ravanchi said European countries have not made enough efforts to persuade their banks work with Iran. Addressing a conference in the French capital of Paris on Tuesday, Takht Ravanchi stressed the need for the European parties to the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the […]

Iran Market Great without American Rivals: Europe Firm

A senior executive with an Austrian engineering company says they would welcome an Iranian oil and gas industry market without American rivals. Speaking to Shana on the sidelines of the 1st Austrian Technology Transfer Symposium for Enhanced Oil Recovery by Using Treated Water here in Tehran, the Managing Partner of SONNEK Engineering Company DL Werner […]

Iranian Banks Slowly Reconnect to the World

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. A recent string of “financing agreements” that various governments and international banks have signed with Iran indicates that Tehran is finding solutions to leave behind the bottlenecks in financing its international projects. The question […]

Boeing-IranAir deal at risk amid claims of IRGC use

By Saeed Jalili, 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 new Iran strategy, including his Oct. 13 refusal to certify that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) meets congressional requirements, will push a contract for 80 passenger jets signed […]

Video: Iran “Living Up to the Nuclear Deal”

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), was in Tehran on Sunday, his first visit since US President Donald Trump told Congress that Iran is not complying with the […]

Iran Oil Exports Record 8-Month Rise

Market figures show Iran’s exports of crude oil have reached the highest level since February. Figures released by Bloomberg show that Iran shipped 2.28 million barrels a day (mb/d) of crude oil to international markets in September. The rise came as Iran – together with Iraq that exported 3.98 mb/d last month – took advantage […]

Trump Remarks “Unlikely to Impact Oil Market”

Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh said he believed it was unlikely that American President Donald Trump’s recent assertions on Iran’s nuclear program would impact the oil market. Reacting to the US president’s recent remarks on Iran’s nuclear deal and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Mr. Zangeneh said: “I see it unlikely that […]